Today’s post will be about the very interesting and well known phone hacking case (or should I say scandal?) of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson. And yes, we will talk about her oh so interesting love life as well!
But first, let us discuss a thing or two about the phone hacking incident:
Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, the two former new international editors along with the former managing director of Name Of The Word Stuart Kuttner and the papers former news editor Ian Edmondson were charged with conspiring to illegal phone hacking of the royal family, victims and other powerful and potential sources. The charges relate to 2000 and 2006.
Andy Coulson was found guilty in 2014 while Rebekah Brooks, his predecessor, walked free from the Old Bailey after she was cleared of all four charges from the eight-month trial. Brooks was found not guilty from charges including conspiring to phone hacking while she was editor of the News of the World and making corrupt payments to public officials when she was editor of the Sun. She was also cleared of two charges that she conspired with her former secretary and her husband to conceal evidence from police investigating phone hacking in 2011. Stuart Kuttner also was found not guilty on phone-hacking charges.
However, what is more interesting about Rebekah Brooks and Any Coulson is not only their illegal handlings or the fact that she got amazing red bouncy curly hair, but the fact that they had a 6 year long love affair!
Rebekah Brooks was first married to actor Ross Kemp. However, in the meantime she had an affair with Coulson who took over from her as editor at the News of the World when she moved to The Sun. The police found out about some letters to Coulson she wrote in 2004. It said: ‘You are my very best friend. I tell you everything, I confide in you, I seek your advice, I love you, care about you, worry about you. We laugh and cry together.”
Brooks has desperately tried to explain the affair and said she knew indeed it was wrong and it shouldn’t have happened. She went on to say that she and Ross Kemp was simply not meant to be together.
She met her husband Charlie 2007 and married him in 2009, after her divorce from Kemp. She had also endured rounds of fertility tests and treatment in a bid to have a baby, before her cousin agreed to be a surrogate and carry her baby.
“We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.”
― Ken Levine