Monday 26 September 2016

Holly Carpenter: 'Young and naive' is sneaking vodka into a nightclub, not €2m of cocaine'

Holly Carpenter

Published 08/04/2016 | 07:31

Holly Carpenter
Holly Carpenter
A picture of Michaella McCollum taken by Peru Police . Pic:Mark Condren
Michaella McCollum on RTE
Vernon Kay (L) and Tess Daly attend The F1 Party in aid of the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital at the Victoria and Albert Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

Convicted drugs mule Michaella McCollum has been slammed for her 'well rehearsed' RTE interview last Sunday.

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It seemed like everyone on my Twitter timeline was interested to hear what the 23-year-old had to say about her time in prison and the crime she committed.

Before the show even started, the focus was largely on her physical transformation.

The Tyrone native was dressed in a smart white blazer, black jeans and showed off a head of blonde highlights, complemented by a red lipstick.

A picture of Michaella McCollum taken by Peru Police .
Pic:Mark Condren
A picture of Michaella McCollum taken by Peru Police . Pic:Mark Condren

People were quick to criticise McCollum over her polished look and I found the tweets quite funny.

I got the impression that McCollum's reason for doing this interview was to gain some sort of public support and sympathy. She portrayed herself as a young, naive girl who just made a few mistakes.

But if her goal was to win hearts and minds, then you could say it didn't exactly go to plan. Her glamorous appearance had already lost her the crowd before she'd even opened her mouth.

I think if McCollum had gone into the interview looking like she had been through hell and back and put her hands up, it could have been different.

Michaella McCollum on RTE
Michaella McCollum on RTE

If she had said "I'm extremely sorry for what I've done to my family and for the potential damage I could have caused, I knew what I was doing and thought I'd get away with it" ... I think people would have appreciated her honesty and maybe had a bit of respect for her for owning up to it all.

Instead she went down the "everyone makes mistakes" route by saying how young and naive she was.

When I was 20, I too was young and naive and got caught smuggling a naggin of vodka into a nightclub.

That's a normal silly mistake to make at that age in my eyes.

But attempting to smuggle 11kg of cocaine is obviously a serious crime that bares no comparison. You can't just play it down by saying "Ah, sure I was only young".

People have begun to speculate about how much money she will make if she signs a book deal - and bookmakers are taking bets on her appearing on Celebrity Big Brother.

While I believe that everyone deserves a second chance and it's never too late to turn your life around, I think this is absolutely crazy.

If I was Tess Daly I would be furious at hubby Vernon

Vernon Kay (L) and Tess Daly attend The F1 Party in aid of the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital at the Victoria and Albert Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
Vernon Kay (L) and Tess Daly attend The F1 Party in aid of the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital at the Victoria and Albert Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

Since the story broke that Vernon Kay had been texting glamour model Rhian Sugden again, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive. People have begun speculating as to whether Tess Daly would leave her husband of 13 years.

The married couple have since been photographed out and about together showing a united front.

I find it highly unlikely that Daly was aware of the recent messages, or that she believes there was nothing seedy about them.

The cringeworthy details of the lewd messages her husband sent back in 2010 were splashed all over the papers and very nearly ended their marriage.

I don't see how Daly could think there was any need for Sugden and her husband to keep in touch.

If it was me, I would be furious.

A source close to the couple said that despite her "humiliation", Daly was not likely to leave Kay.

After receiving over a week of harsh criticism from people on social media, Sugden decided to fight her corner and has now insisted it is "crazy" for Kay to say that he had told his wife about their messages, and his suggestions for them to meet.

Sugden's fiance, former Coronation Street star Oliver Mellor, tweeted a photo of himself and Sugden in bed together to shut down claims that their engagement had been called off.

The couple put on a very public show of affection in front of the cameras during a day out in Liverpool following the scandal.

While I do feel sorry for Daly, a part of me feels that maybe she believes what she wants to believe.

It's easier to tell yourself that your husband is on the receiving end of the flirty texts and it's purely one-sided.

However, the fact that Sudgen's fiance is sticking by her side makes me believe that the opposite is true.

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