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Friday 9 December 2016

Sarah Caden: Vern learns that he texts it best . . . when he texts nothing at all

No amount of big talk can shake off a 'sexts' scandal, writes Sarah Caden, as TV personality Vernon Kay found out to his cost

Sarah Caden

Published 03/04/2016 | 02:30

TROUBLE: The TV presenter Vernon Kay has denied acting inappropriately by contacting glamour model Rhian Sugden, pictured, who he ‘sexted’ six years ago
TROUBLE: The TV presenter Vernon Kay has denied acting inappropriately by contacting glamour model Rhian Sugden, pictured, who he ‘sexted’ six years ago
TROUBLE: Tess Daly and Vernon Kay — the TV presenter has denied acting inappropriately by contacting glamour model Rhian Sugden, who he ‘sexted’ six years ago. Photo: PA

'Regarding today's story: I was contacted by Rhian out of the blue back in December regarding the story in 2010 claiming she had information she wanted to pass on. I recognise how it may look when messages are pulled out of context but there was never any inappropriate intent to our communication, I was merely trying to find answers to questions that I've had since 2010. Tess is aware of everything that has been discussed with Rhian.'

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This is a post on Twitter last week from TV and radio personality Vernon Kay. It's formal and dignified and has an air of being concerned with serious stuff. But then, that is the style of the celebrity statement, no matter what it concerns. Big words, serious language, quasi legal-speak picked up from The Good Wife or whatever. It's rolled out online for marriage-split statements, of which Gwyneth Paltrow's "conscious uncoupling" is the classic, which stress respect, enduring friendship, civility and maturity regardless of the realities.

In fact, this accepted online puffed-up language goes into overdrive when there's a sniff of bad behaviour, as in the case of Kay. Kay's very mature Twitter statement came after revelations last week that he had been texting Page 3 model, Rhian Sugden. And not for the first time. This renewed contact comes six years after Kay was involved in what was called a "sexting scandal" with the model. Actually, Sugden was one of five women, it was reported, that Kay was sexting in 2010.

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