DIGNITY IN WITH THE DIRTY LAUNDRY
Dignity comes in small doses these days.
It has gone the way of thank you letters, respect for privacy, and thinking of others before oneself. Dirty laundry is de rigueur.
Candice Alley and Grant Hackett. Photograph via Courier Mail.
Exhibit A: Grant Hackett’s plan to tell the story of his marriage breakdown to 60 Minutes.
He wants to win back public support before covering the London Olympics for Channel 9. Lawyers have been engaged to break a court-ordered vow of silence.
The provision is there for a reason – to protect the children.
In any interview, Grant Hackett would have to disparage his estranged wife, Candice Alley, in order to defend himself.
Newspapers are no longer fish ‘n’ chip wrapping: The digital footprint lasts forever. Once they learn to read, two-year-old twins Charlize and Jagger will learn every last detail about their parents’ break-up. As if they haven’t suffered enough.
Nev Hackett says the children weren’t there for “90 per-cent” of his son’s rampage after Derby Day last year. But, judging by the pictures, anyone witnessing wanton destruction of home and hearth would be wounded – either emotionally or physically.
Victorian police are continuing their investigation into how the photos were leaked, six months after the incident. Sources claim police only released them to one party: the solicitor of Candice Alley.
If this is the case, both sides are guilty of putting their own interests ahead of their children’s.
What kid wants everyone to know that Dad left after smashing up the house?
Then News Ltd. received another leak, about Hackett drinking five bottles of wine over lunch at the Red Hill winery. The following day, a friend of Hackett’s sent the media receipts revealing only one bottle of wine was purchased that day.
When a marriage ends, raw emotion takes over rational thought.
I know. I’ve been there. You might have, too. But this one is being played out in the papers. Tit-for-tat. He-said-she-said. Assertion-and-denial.
Frankly, it’s sickening.
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