Vernon Kay says wife Tess Daly has 'moved on' from 'sexting scandal'

‘We’ve forgotten about that’: Vernon Kay claims he and wife Tess Daly have ‘moved on’ from his ‘sexting scandal’ with Rhian Sugden in 2010

  • The I’m A Celebrity star, 46, said the incident was ‘in the past’ and claimed he and wife Tess had ‘moved on’
  • Vernon also said he hoped he will be able to talk to his campmates about ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ things that have happened in his life 
  • Vernon was famously forced to make a public apology to his wife Tess on BBC Radio 1 back in 2010 after a set of their saucy messages came to light
  • He went on to promise live on air that he would no longer contact Rhian or the four other women he had been caught messaging at the time

Vernon Kay has claimed he and wife Tess Daly have ‘moved on’ from his ‘sexting scandal’ with Rhian Sugden ten years ago.

The I’m A Celebrity star, 46, spoke with The Mirror on Friday about the topic when he was asked if there were any misconceptions he’d want to put right during his stint on the reality show.

Denying there was anything, he said: ‘There isn’t a hidden side to me. I’ve been on telly for 20 years and my career started on a reality show.

‘We’ve forgotten about that’: Vernon Kay claimed on Friday he and wife Tess Daly have ‘moved on’ from his ‘sexting scandal’ with Rhian Sugden in 2010 (pictured in March)

‘All that stuff is in the past, we’ve forgotten about that, we’ve moved on. It’s all gone. It’s disappeared.’

Vernon also claimed he hopes his fellow campmates are open-minded enough, so he can talk to them about ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ things that have happened in his life.

He explained: ‘I think that’s why I’m hoping this camp will be an open forum with no judgement on what people have done in the past and the present and how they’ve moved on from it. Everyone has moved on. All that stuff is in the past.’ 

Vernon and Rhian’s daily contact came to light in 2010 after he pursued her on Twitter, text and email for four months, with the blonde bombshell later claiming he also tried to set up a secret liaison with her in a hotel room. 

Incident: Vernon and Rhian’s daily contact came to light in 2010 after he pursued her on Twitter, text and email for four months, she later claimed he also tried to set up a secret liaison

Denial: When asked if there were any misconceptions of him he wanted to make right on I’m A Celebrity, Vernon said: ‘All that stuff is in the past, we’ve forgotten about that, we’ve moved on’

Afterwards, she assured Tess that they never met up alone and it was nothing more than a ‘close friendship and flirty messages’. She concluded with offering her ‘sincerest apologises’ and wishing the both of them happiness for the future. 

Vernon was famously forced to make a public apology to his wife Tess on BBC Radio 1 back in 2010 after a set of their saucy messages came to light.

He went on to promise live on air that he would no longer contact Rhian or the four other women he had been caught messaging at the time.  He continued to host his radio show and present All Star Family Fortunes following the scandal.

It was then revealed the pair had got back in touch in 2015 with Vernon sending hundreds of texts asking to ‘reconnect’ with the model. 

Discussions: Vernon claimed he hopes his fellow campmates are open-minded enough, so he can talk to them about ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ things that have happened in his life

In June, Rhian broke down in tears as she discussed her ‘sexting scandal’ with the married star in 2010 on documentary Page Three: The Naked Truth.

The glamour model, 33, appeared on the Channel 4 documentary to talk about her experience in the industry, and when talking about the scandal she admitted that it was the lowest point of her life.

Rhian lamented the fact that the presenter ‘got away with it’ after publicly apologising to wife Tess.

The model also claimed that her career was ruined and she lost ‘so much weight’ from stress during the scandal. 

Emotional: In June, Rhian broke down in tears as she discussed her ‘sexting scandal’ with the married star on documentary Page Three: The Naked Truth

Rhian started the interview by boasting about her former Page Three modelling career and how it was the ‘best time’ of her life as she got free drinks, parties and Champagne on tap.

Although the chat soon took an emotional turn as Rhian admitted: ‘But then some of the girls crossed the line into scandal and it raised people’s profiles. That’s what happened to me.’

She continued: ‘There was an attraction there for both of us. I was a Page Three girl and he was Vernon Kay. He’s a good looking fella. 

‘He came to Manchester and that was the first night we’d met. Things just stemmed from there. 

Tears: Rhian admitted that it was the lowest point of her life and she lost ‘so much weight’ from stress during the scandal 

Career: She then started crying as she recalled how her career was ruined and she had gone from having £15,000-a-month in her bank account to nothing

‘It was all probably more bravado on text from him when he’d had a drink, ‘Oh, you look fit in that picture, sexy, wish I could see you more.”

Rhian then spoke about the backlash after their texts were exposed, she said: ‘If I’d met this man, slept with him and had a full blown affair with him then I would understand the backlash. It was like I’d literally killed somebody.’

She then started crying as she recalled how her career was ruined and she had gone from having £15,000-a-month in her bank account to nothing.

Anger: Rhian cried: ‘He just got away with it, it ruined everything for me. I was going up and up with my career, when that came along. I wish I had never met him’ 

She added: ‘He got to give an apology on the radio and just got to carry on, with Family Fortunes, ironically. It still makes me feel physically sick’ (Vernon pictured in 2012)  

Wiping away tears, the model, who is now married to soap actor Oliver Mellor, said: ‘I lost so much weight from stress. I have never been so low, apart from that time. It makes me upset. I am going to ruin my make-up. 

‘It was awful, my whole family… they must have been so embarrassed. He just got away with it, it ruined everything for me. I was going up and up with my career, when that came along. I wish I had never met him.’ 

She emotionally added: ‘He got to give an apology on the radio and just got to carry on with Family Fortunes, ironically. It still makes me feel physically sick.’

Apology: Vernon was famously forced to make a public apology to his wife on BBC Radio 1 back in 2010 after a set of their saucy messages came to light (Vernon and Tess pictured in 2015)  

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