What did Vernon Kay do in 2010 for people to call him a cheater?
‘He just got away with it’
Vernon Kay is proving popular on the latest series of I’m A Celeb, a show which often demands its participants give as much effort partaking in gruelling challenges as discussing personal stories and private issues during their downtime for audiences at home. Undoubtedly it seems Vernon’s past will come up in discussion at some point if the Twitter mob has anything to do with it, for he’s been routinely called a “cheater” ever since the announcement that he’d be on the show.
But what did Vernon Kay actually do in 2010 for people to call him a cheater? Did Vernon Kay cheat on Tess Daly? Who is Rhian Sugden and what did Vernon do with her? Here’s every answer we have about Vernon Kay’s cheating scandal in 2010.
If Vernon Kay can cheat on the gorgeous Tess, what hope the rest of us? Why can't men see these predators are making a 'career' out of it?!
— Jo Hemmings (@TVpsychologist) February 10, 2010
Did Vernon Kay cheat on Tess Daly?
Before entering the castle, Kay told the media that he and his wife had “moved on” and “forgotten about” the scandal in 2010, but what actually happened?
In 2010 Vernon was exposed for sending sexual text messages to glamour model Rhian Sugden. He messaged her every day for four months after meeting her at a Bolton nightclub.
At the time, Vernon was a very popular radio and television personality, and he took to the radio to make a public apology to Tess live on air.
Too glam to give a damn! 😏
— Rhian Sugden (@Rhianmarie) November 2, 2020
A source told The Sun that the 2010 scandal was nothing more than texts: “The daft thing is they never even so much as kissed six years ago. It was just flirty, sex chat and a few nights out together. But there’s obviously chemistry between them and once they start texting each other, they can’t seem to stop.”
Rhian Sugden, the lady he had been messaging behind Tess’ back, said on a Channel 4 documentary that she wished she’d never met him: “He just got away with it. It ruined everything for me. I felt like I was going up and up with my career and then that came along. I wish I’d never met him.
“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.”
He reportedly started messaging her again in 2016, saying that he wanted “closure” and that Tess knew all about this second potential scandal. Messages to Rhian included:
“A very private location is required for some wine.”
“That’s cool. You’d better get a wig.”
“Lol. I’m serious.”
“No way in public. Who has an apartment?”
Vernon responded to the latest story, claiming that he could recognise how the messages looked but they were pulled out of context: “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.”