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I wasn't a stripper, says Brynne

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Denials ... Brynne Edelsten on the red carpet at Crown.

Denials ... Brynne Edelsten on the red carpet at Crown. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Brynne Edelsten has slammed a Woman’s Day report which claims she worked as a stripper in Arizona before she fell madly in love with Geoffrey Edelsten and became a celebrity in her adopted homeland.

According to Brynne, she only ever worked as a ‘‘cocktail waitress’’, though the Woman’s Day article, headlined ‘‘The Secret former life of BRYNNE’’, claimed she made a living ‘‘dancing in clubs including Skin Cabaret’’.

Her former lover Eddie ‘‘Spaghetti’’ Carlee tells the magazine: ‘‘I was the one who got her into stripping.’’

Another former boyfriend, Jason Johnson, tells the magazine Brynne was ‘‘a real party girl, if you know what I mean.’’

Grabbing her glitter pen, Brynne furiously scrawled her response yesterday, firing off an angry statement in which she said: ‘‘If I wasn’t so upset, I would almost be amused at the lengths the media will go to in an effort to write salacious gossip.

‘‘I refer to the Woman’s Day article that appeared today suggesting that I was a stripper in a club in Arizona. In response, I have questions, ‘If I was a stripper and I’m not, what’s the crime?’ Secondly did you see me on Dancing With The Stars? … seriously!'"

According to Brynne, grammatical errors included, the story was sparked by a US blog which asked how ‘‘a ‘fat pig’ like her (me) could have their own television show Downunder?’’

‘‘The result is that several people from my hometown have come forward and I know for a fact, they were paid for comments. The result is a story is completely full of inaccuracies. The sources are sadly very unreliable for a whole host of reasons, but I’m not here to judge how others live their lives.’’

Woman’s Day editor Fiona Connolly stood by the story yesterday, telling PS: ‘‘Out of respect for Brynne we edited a lot of content which was far too explicit to publish. I’ll leave it there.’’

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