Vernon Kay’s 2010 affair: where is Rhian Sudgen now and what is the scandal behind them?

Their messages were exposed in newspapers

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Who is Rhian Sugden?

Rhian Sugden is a glamour model and former Page Three girl who is best known for a texting affair she had with TV personality Vernon Kay in 2010, who has been married to Tess Daly since 2003.

What has Rhian Sugden said about the Vernon Kay scandal?

The former Page 3 model and TV presenter's secret messages were exposed in 2010 and although he was married to wife Tess Daly at the time, his career managed to survive the scandal – but the story was different for Rhian.

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Rhian has spoken out about her sexting scandal ©Getty Images

"He just got away with it. It ruined everything for me," she said in a 2020 documentary.

"I felt like I was going up and up with my career and then that came along. I wish I’d never met him."

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Vernon and Tess made it through his scandal ©Getty Images

During her appearance on Page Three: The Naked Truth, Rhian went on to add, "He got to give an apology on the radio and just got to carry on, with Family Fortunes, ironically.

"It still makes me feel sick."

What has Vernon Kay said about the Rhian Sugden scandal?

Vernon took part in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here in 2020 during its first ever series filmed in a castle in Wales, and opened up to his campmates about the affair.

“All that stuff is in the past, we've forgotten about that, we've moved on. It's all gone. It's disappeared.”

Although Vernon and his family have moved on from the scandal, he said, "We've all learned through being more aware about mental health, that talking is a good tonic. I'm more than happy to engage in conversation with anyone about positive stuff and negative stuff,” he added to The Mirror.

“I think that's why I'm hoping this camp will be an open forum with no judgement on what people have done in the past and the present and how they've moved on from it. Everyone has moved on. All that stuff is in the past.”

What happened between Vernon Kay and Rhian Sugden?

The 33-year-old model - who is now married to former Corrie star Oliver Mellor - went on to detail exactly how the scandal began and confessed "there was an attraction there for both of us".

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Rhian broke down in tears reflecting on the scandal ©Channel 4

"I was a Page Three girl and he was Vernon Kay. He’s a good looking fella," she continued.

"He came to Manchester and that was the first night we’d met. Things just stemmed from there.

"It was all probably more bravado on text from him when he’d had a drink."

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Rhian and her husband Oliver ©Getty Images

"‘Oh you look fit in that picture, sexy, wish I could see you more’," she recalled from one of the text messages.

After the news of their sexting came out in the press, Rhian detailed the backlash she received.

"If I’d met this man, slept with him and had a full blown affair with him then I would understand the backlash. It was like I’d literally killed somebody," she admitted.

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Rhian Sugden and Vernon Kay 2016 scandal

In 2016 allegations surfaced thatVernon and Rhian had got back in contact - six years after the scandal - however the presenter shut down any speculation.

"Regarding today’s story: I was contacted by Rhian out of the blue back in December regarding the story in 2010 claiming she had information she wanted to pass on," he wrote on Facebook.

"I recognise how it may look when messages are pulled out of context but there was never any inappropriate intent to our communication, I was merely trying to find answers to questions that I've had since 2010.

"Tess is aware of everything that has been discussed with Rhian."

Where is Rhian Sugden now?

Rhian is still working as a lingerie model and as a freelance writer. She's open about her struggles with fertility and IVF and has created an online community for women experiencing the same.

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