She made headlines back in 2010 after her sexting scandal with Vernon Kay and has been a target for abuse daily; however, Rhian Sugden has revealed it is Tess Daly she feels more sympathy for.
Rhian has spoken honestly about her affair with Vernon, and how she has received constant abuse online: “He must see it because his name is always linked to it, and I just think, poor Tess Daly getting all this attention again for no reason.” She added: “If we had a full blown affair I’d understand, but text messages from 2010 is a bit much now. It’s old news. If I could erase the internet I would. I feel like that’s all I’m known for. I’ve done so much stuff since the texts, I’ve got my own business, I’ve been to Afghanistan, but all that’s ever mentioned is something to do with sex.”
Back in 2010, after the messages were revealed, Vernon made a public apology on his Radio 1 show. Vernon, who has two children Phoebe Elizabeth Kay and Amber Isabella Kay, with presenter, Tess Daly said live on air that he would no longer contact Rhian or the four other women he had been caught messaging.
However Rhian then revealed the pair had got back in touch in December last year – with Vernon sending hundreds of texts asking to ‘reconnect’ with the model. However, Vernon revealed at the time that Tess knew about the message exchanges.
Rhian has also spoke about the extreme levels of abuse she receives over the scandal, in light of her house being burgled last week. According to reports, Rhian was at the hair salon last week when burglars broke into her home and stole her computer. Rhian took to Twitter to slam the thugs tweeting: “’I’m terrified to be in my own house as my windows where smashed through and my house has been violated.”
Rhian took part in Celebrity Big Brother 2011, and is rumoured to be part of the “Summer Legends” version later this year.