Is Claire Winton Burn Collateral Damage In The Masterchef Media Feeding Frenzy?
Masterchef Australia contestant Claire Winton Burn has found out just how tough reality TV can be as her love life has made national headlines, and has been gossip mags and blogging fodder.
But is she this year’s whipping girl by the publicity departments to feed the ferocious appetite of the media for Masterchef news?
When you go on a reality TV show the production company and casting agents look at the massive application forms to find people with a interesting story. Also part of this process is looking in detail into their personal lives which will be used to promote the contestant’s and the show throughout the series.
Hence this week there is a staged picture of Courtney and her partner. Also earlier there were the wedding pictures of Jonathan Daddia and his wife.
Rumours are now circulating that maybe the publicity departments added fuel to the fire on the Claire Winton Burn saga when they could have killed the story straight away, however did they decide to keep the story going to ensure Masterchef Australia media saturated the market?
The story went from a married man leaving his wife after she had just given birth to their third child, to him only having one child and the marriage was over prior to the legal colleagues taking up a relationship.
Claire has definitely become collateral damage in this whole scenario, something she has acknowledged to Woman’s Day.
In the article she believes her chances of winning Masterchef has been compromised by claims she is a “home wrecker”. She also says all the attention over her relationship with a married man is an “unwanted distraction” as it reaches the pointy end of the competition.
She has declined to comment on claims she caused the breakdown between lawyer Trevor and his ex-wife, Narelle. However friends insist the marriage was over before they met.
She said to Women’s Day “It’s obviously a difficult conversation for me to have,” and “But my private life is private and that’s the way it’s going to stay.”
The person who has kept a dignified silence under this intense media pressure is the ex-wife Narelle, because if she had an axe to grind now would be the perfect opportunity to do so.