Or more to the point, why do the women’s magazines target Bert & Patti Newton?
The showbiz couple were again on the cover of Woman’s Day this week implying that Patti may have walked out on Bert.
She hit back at the claims this week on radio, saying she had sought legal advice.
“Everyone’s thinking I’m leaving Bert — I guess that’s what they wanted,” she told 3AW hosts Simon Owens and Phil Brady. “The way the story reads I’m heading over to console Matthew.
“It’s only because they’ve got that photograph that they’ve made up that story.”
The story suggests son Matthew had ended his engagement with Catherine Schneiderman, with an unnamed “friend” saying an “inconsolable” Patti was ready to pack her bags and fly to New York.
But Patti denied any break-up, adding,“I’ve spoken to them both today, they’re as happy as Larry.
“It’s a totally made-up story, just so they can use this shocking photo of me carrying bags.”
While it’s fair to argue Bert & Patti are in the public spotlight (both are semi-retired) it surely isn’t license to hound them with paparazzi pics and false, distressing headlines. Can anyone explain, what has Patti ever done to warrant such tabloid treatment?
Patti, 72, recovered from a bad fall in October while Bert, 79, was recovered from pneumonia earlier this year. Yet all the mags do is add to stress while we have seen debates about harassment, bullying and lies.
Surely our seniors, whether they’d are in or out of the limelight, deserve better. At the very least they deserve accuracy.
Kudos to Patti for attempting to rise above such dross.
“It does drive me mad. It’s such a stupid story,” she said.