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Natasha Hamilton of Atomic Kitten fame got engaged for the 5th time recently.

I tweeted a rather ill-advised joke upon reading her happy news. I didn’t think anything more of this tweet until it ended up on the Mail Online later that day, complete with my mug shot. It involved my Mum which is why the tweet was ill-advised. She’d go fucking apeshit if she knew.

Anyway, who am I to judge how many engagement rings Natasha Hamilton wants to collect? It’s not for me to cast aspersions; walk a mile in my shoes, I always say.

However, I am going to get all Judgey McJudgerson about something regarding Miss Hamilton and I don’t think I’m out of order for doing so. Actually, I don’t even care if I am.

Apparently, according to Natasha, she received a raft of criticism upon announcing her latest engagement. ‘Twitter Trolls’ (I am not a troll before anyone accuses me of being one) hit out at Natasha for moving on so swiftly from Ritchie from 5ive and shacking up with her latest fella. Some even upgraded her from being a 4×4 (she has 4 children by 4 different fathers) to a 5×5. Harsh some might say.

I honestly could not give a flying fig if Natasha wants to go and get knocked up by every single member of One Direction, Take That or even Calvin Harris (I’d be jealous) for that matter.

What I do take umbrage with is her justification that it’s her business and her business only whose marriage proposal she accepts and how many times she does it and then sells her story to the highest bidder; who this week comes in the form of OK Magazine.

The go to publication for many a Z Lister, OK Magazine love a good engagement tale. In fact they appear to love Natasha’s many engagement stories so much they’ve featured her almost (and actual) nuptials more than once.

Emblazoned with the words “Exclusive Interview” Natasha opens up to the low rent mag regarding her whirlwind romance, how her new fiancé proposed in New York (nice) and how they’re planning on moving in together in 2017.

ok magazine

Without so much as a hint of irony, Natasha told the equally low rent publication Mail Online last week that her new relationship status was no one else’s business. Fair enough love. Can’t argue with that.

The problem with the aforementioned declaration is that it has now become EVERYONE’S business. Well everyone who chooses to part with the 2 English pounds it costs to procure an OK magazine of course.

Let’s look at it this way.

I choose to write very personal articles about my life, I invite you; the reader to have a gander, much like Miss Hamilton has invited OK readers to learn all about her 19th proposal of marriage (slight exaggeration I know). So, how rich would it be if I then suddenly announced my life is no one else’s business but my own? I’ve made my business your business; through my own choice.  Just like Natasha had a choice as to whether or not she took OK magazine up on their offer of a presumably paid interview.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Money talks. Celebrities, be it A-listers or Z-listers need to take a long hard look at the way they live their lives if they want the privacy and respect they repeatedly bleat on about. Selling your story to the magazine that will pay you the most dough is not the way to command privacy. Be it right or wrong it’s an open invitation to be harangued by the general public.

You can’t just suddenly decide you don’t like the response you’re receiving if every time you so much as sneeze you’re announcing it to every single glossy mag and tabloid newspaper the country over. Privacy just doesn’t work like that I’m afraid.

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  1. I used to love all the celeb gossip-y magazines, but there all the same now and I’d rather put my £2 towards my bus fare or the food shop than read who’s engaged to who! You’re right about them needing to realise that also by doing (and getting paid silly amounts of money) for these set up photo shoots, they will have to then lost some of the privacy they apparently crave.

  2. Tracey

    Fabulous and as always well said Mrs.
    It personally gets my goat too… X

  3. I loved this. My hubby and I just quietly enjoy bagging out celebs for selling their story and then having a boohoo for not getting privacy. PS: Also loving the phrase Judgie McJudgerson – one of my own personal faves 🙂 #brilliantblogposts

  4. Ha ha! It’s so hypocrytical, hate it when . Here I am cashing in on my 5th engagement photos in any celebrity z list mag that will have me. You must look at my cringey photo’s, but never ever speak about them. Or tweet about them…#brillblogposts

  5. youd think on number 5 she might think ‘hang on a second …’ but god bless her enthusiasm i suppose. I get that she has to make money so no objection to selling her story, but like you say dont go on about your private life then. Also, how much can engagement story for Natasha Hamliton be worth, 5th time around?? #ablogginggoodtime

  6. I have no ideal what is happening out in the celeb world and I am quite happy to keep it that way. I never read these magazines. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime ?

  7. I didnt know that about your tweet. I can’t remember the last time I bought a crap glossy. All a load pf crap and adverts. Give me Take A Break any day! Xx

  8. MMT

    You got in the daily mail! Classic!

    I’m sooo out of touch with celeb news these days – my hubby takes more interest in the Daily Mail app than me these days which is something I never thought I’d say! I have to ask him who is on-off-onagain.

    I hear you though – loads of celebs seem to live relatively low key lives, so it IS doable. Look at Jamie Dornan for example – I’d happily pay £2 to see what he gets up to in his spare time, but it ain’t gonna happen. Respect for privacy has to be erant just like all other types of respect.

    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

  9. Mary

    HAHA, you got in the Mail. Dear lord.

    Fabulously written post! I find it mind-boggling when celebs sell their stories (ESPECIALLY to crap mags) then whinge about not getting any privacy…


  10. I totally agree. I get that many celebrities value their privacy – but those celebrities don’t willingly share their stories with tabloid magazines. You can’t have it both ways. #PoCoLo

  11. Jaki

    Brilliant! And you’ve got it spot on.
    Impressed you got the Daily Mail. I got quoted by The Scum once. You’ve beaten me now!! 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

  12. I think you are right to an extent. Celebrities shouldn’t use their private lives to make money, and then complain when people judge them. She has made it everybody’s business by taking about it. But I do feel poor old Natasha is just trying to make a buck for Christmas and her four kids, one of the only ways she knows how, through her celebrity, and I don’t hold that against her. And you have every right to say what you think about it to your readers, just like Natasha does to OK! readers. #bigpinklink

  13. Well here here. I bloody love this. It’s double standards at its very best. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying the trolls are justified, they’re not, of course. But equally one cannot command privacy one the one hand but use the other to tell their story publicly! It’s bonkers. #ablogginggoodtime x

  14. Hehehe ooo I love a bit of drama. Check you out, getting your tweet on the mail…now you’re famous Rach. I agree with the point you’re making, if you can’t sell your story then expect people not to pass comment. Obviously trolls are another matter, they are just nasty. There is a difference between being nasty and having an opinion based on reality. xx #BloggerClubUK

  15. Daily Fail picking up on the blog can’t hurt your traffic! And it’s not trolling, it’s a commentary.
    Nice piece Rach.

  16. I have no idea who this is (too English centric I guess) but I kind of like people that fall in 100% love with every relationship – it’s sort of a joie de vivre most of us are lacking. I’ve never heard of this 4×4 business, but how come the wayward fathers are never judged by the same standard? I’ve never heard of a man judged for having kids with different women. So the only thing I’ll say on this, is that there wouldn’t be a market if no one bought the magazine…(My personal hate is long time couples plastering the cover with ‘we’re going to have a baby’ – that’s a total non-story until the baby turns up) #Stayclassymama

  17. I’m not really one for celebrities at all, but I’m inclined to agree with this. I worry about putting myself out there too much on the blog, but then I guess that I can control that to a certain extent by not writing about the things that I want kept private. As you say, if she is interviewing about her engagement, then she needs to be prepared to be asked about her engagement. Thanks for linking your thoughts on this up to #DreamTeam 🙂

  18. I do love a bit of celeb gossip but hate how it’s clearly always elaborated. She slightly hypocritical that Natasha though isn’t she! Thanks for linking up to this weeks #bestandworst

  19. So true. She’s a big fat hypocrite (I don’t even know who she is lol). You can’t sell your story to OK and then cry about how you don’t have any privacy, this makes no sense. Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

  20. When I was younger I loved the glossy mags but after having kids and doing some growing up I realised it’s all paid for nonsense and actually I’m not that interested. If someone decides to share their story it’s no longer a private story. You can’t have it both ways.
    Great post Hun, thanks for linking to #pocolo

  21. Back from #StayClassyMama I still think she is a bit mad to sell her story and expect people NOT to want to know more!

  22. Zoe

    I freaking love the way you write!
    I don’t follow celebs or soaps or glossy mags (unless one day I get to sit in the hairdressers child free and just happen to lay my hands on a 3 year old magazine!) I think the minute you start selling your stories, then your life becomes public property so to speak. You’re either a “celeb” or a Whingey money maker. (Not mutually exclusive however! Selling the stories you want to sell but asking for privacy off the back of each “troll” response is contradictory. Anyway. All publicity is good publicity. Right?!

  23. This post is brilliant! I completely agree with you. This “celebrity” culture is trashy, but people will always keep paying to read about it.

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