CONVICTED drug smuggler Schapelle Corby says media reports suggesting that she is heading to the UK to appear on reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother are “false news”.
Rumours were rife on Sunday morning after News Corp reported the 39-year-old former Gold Coast beautician had applied for a working visa after signing a deal with Big Brother’s distributor, Endemol Shine International.
The News Corp article also suggested the program’s distributor helped pay for Corby’s presidential-style return to Australia and had encouraged her to start her now famous Instagram account.
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The article, branded as an exclusive by reporter Amy Harris, was published in the Sunday Telegraph with the headline “Schapelle Corby’s reality TV date: Britain beckons along with return to locked-up living”.
The first line read, “FROM convicted drug smuggler to reality star”.
Both Channel 7 and Channel 9 were quick to run with the fluffy report, which claimed Corby would be marketed as “Australia’s most famous drug smuggler” on the reality TV show which is set to air live in the UK in July.
Both stations broadcasted the ‘news’ live across the nation on their respective breakfast TV shows, Sunrise and The Today Show.
Sunrise even went one step further and branded the report “First on Seven”. See the videos below.
But Corby was quick to respond to the speculation after being bombarded with questions from many of her 196,000 Instagram followers.
“…is it true #channel 9 just reported your going on #bigbrotheruk…” Instagram user meharfreeman wrote in a comment on a photo Schapelle posted on Saturday.
“…not true at all,” Corby responded. “First ive heard of it. I just googled ? false news…” she wrote.
Shortly after Schapelle put the rumours to rest, her sister Mercedes took to Instagram to have her say.
“Haha ??? what a load of crap this is,” Mercedes wrote alongside a screenshot of an online news report published by Yahoo7 on Sunday morning.
“…apparently Schapelle has signed a deal and is applying for her visa to uk,” the caption continued. “It’s just BS reporting again. Who are these made up sources close to the family I wonder spinning all these quotes??”
Mercedes closed the caption with “…had to laugh”.
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) June 10, 2017
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) June 10, 2017