Samantha Brick: Women should spy on their husbands
Samantha Brick, the journalist who claimed she was shunned for her good looks, said Jamie Oliver's wife Jools was right to read his messages and phone call history.
Miss Brick said she regularly confronted her husband Pascal over numbers she didn't recognise or personal emails because she did not trust other women.
The journalist, who faced public humiliation after claiming women were jealous of her beauty, said snooping on her partner "protected her marriage".
Writing in the Daily Mail, she said: "For, as far as I'm concerned, my husband's emails, voicemails and texts aren't just his business — they're mine, too. I read, listen and check all of them daily. And I don't mind admitting that I open his post, too."
She denied she and Jools Oliver were insecure housewives following an interview in which the wife of the TV chef said she checked his emails, Twitter account and phone.
Instead, she said women were better communicators and likely to try to snare a man using social networking or text messages.
"I don't think my approach is possessive — rather it's eminently practical. I also believe openness and transparency in marriage is the key to such a relationship thriving," Miss Brick said.
"Consequently, my husband and I don't harbour secrets, neither do we have clandestine accounts, undeclared mobile phones or belong to any of the myriad online social networks.
"Just as I check up on him, my email account is on his computer and I've written down all of my passwords and security codes for him, too."
She cited the example of TV presenter Vernon Kay, who was caught up in a scandal over risqué text messages with five other women.
His wife, Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly said at the time: "The trust is gone".
"Men seem to have no idea about how pitifully easily they can be trapped by unscrupulous women hell bent