Brynne's past involves a string of ex-boyfriends quick to describe her as a gold digger, with a short career as a stripper.
But despite the gossip mags being desperate for dirt on the colourful Mrs Edelsten, anyone who talks about her, whether past or present, says she has a heart of gold.
It's been a bad day in a bedazzled life with allegations that Brynne "was a stripper at not one but two different lap dancing clubs" published in Woman's Day after an investigative piece by Hollywood-based reporter Henry Meller.More stories from Today Tonight
The article states "we spoke to a barman at Skin Cabaret - one of the lap-dancing clubs that Brynne used to dance at - who goes by the name of Eddie 'Spaghetti' Carlee, Spaghetti being his nickname of course. He told us that he was actually the one who recruited Brynne to be a dancer at Skin Cabaret and at another strip club in Arizona called Bourbon St Strip Club."
Meller writes "Skin Cabaret is your typical lap dancing bar, its dark, its dinghy, there's stripper poles on a stage."
Naturally the Edelsten camp strongly denies the claims. In a statement late this afternoon, Brynne wrote that she never worked as a stripper, and was actually employed as a cocktail waitress.
The dirt digging comes during a no-holds-barred magazine war, and judging from the stripping headlines, the gloves are off at Woman's Day, which launched an assault on New Idea's guest editor, Brynne.
Team Brynne claims Meller sought people on a muckraking website to dig out anything on her past, and that he paid for the dirt.Brynne knew about the nasty blog weeks ago, and writes in her statement she was aware an Australian journalist had put a request in the blog "advising that anyone who could come up with information about her or her life before getting married would be paid for their trouble."
Meller says he only paid for the photos."We spoke to a number of people who, on the record, told us that Brynne has always wanted an older man, a sugar daddy if you like. Her ex-landlord Elizabeth Rhee said that a sugar daddy was paying her bills the whole time she lived at another apartment in Hollywood," he said.
One thing Meller's US sources agree on is that Brynne is a 'nice' person, but is she also a little naïve?
"I think there's no doubt Brynne Edelsten is living the life she's always dreamed of."Response statement
When will the nonsense end? If I wasn't so upset, I would almost be amused at the lengths the media will go to in an effort to write salacious gossip.
I refer to the Woman's Day article that appeared today suggesting that I was a stripper in a club in Arizona. In response, I have questions, "If I was a stripper and I'm not, what's the crime?" Secondly did you see me on Dancing With The Stars? ... seriously!
Some weeks ago I was made aware of an online blog that emanates out of the US, the blog asked the question as to how a "fat pig" like her (me) could have their own television show Downunder? A "journalist", (I use the description loosely), from ACP magazines immediately posted in the blog, advising that anyone who could come up with information about me and my life before getting married, would be paid for their trouble.
The result is that several people from my hometown have come forward and I know for a fact, they were paid for comments. The result is a story completely full of inaccuracies. The sources are sadly very unreliable for a whole host of reasons, but I'm not here to judge how others live their lives.
My management contacted the said "journalist" offering assistance if they were looking for a story and were told, "oh it's just routine when someone breaks out internationally that we do some research". Interestingly Woman's Day have never contacted my management for comment or confirmation of the story.
Woman's Day say that they didn't pay for the comments but that they "paid for the images" ... The images are readily available on my personal Facebook page ... I know what they paid so ... more fool them!
I could go on and correct all of the errors, I could name and shame the people who have been paid for their comments but frankly, what I've learnt in my short time in the media is that at the end of the day, the media will always write, say and show what they think gets ratings or sells magazines and newspapers.
Today my management has been approached by press, radio and television outlets all wanting "my side of the story" – some have even offered money. The irony ...
I know that even this quote will be broken up and distorted by many in order to "fit the page", or to get "sound bites" that make the story more interesting.
The truth won't sell magazines or newspapers, but here it is ... I was employed as a cocktail waitress.
I'm bored by the salacious gossip, my family are hurt by it ... it's rarely true, it's often nasty, but apparently it's the price of celebrity!
- Brynne Edelsten
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