Seven days of TV view­ing

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - DEB­BIE SCHIPP

SHE has been pil­lo­ried for her star­tling red car­pet out­fits, la­belled ‘ a be­daz­zled sack of pota­toes’ for a per­for­mance on Danc­ing With The Stars, mocked for hav­ing a hus­band 40 years her se­nior, and she has sur­vived the me­dia cov­er­age of that same hus­band’s al­leged af­fair.

So why on earth would Brynne Edel­sten ( pic­tured), the buxom, blonde, 29- year- old wife of con­tro­ver­sial busi­ness­man and celebrity high- flyer Geoffrey, 69, want to star in her own re­al­ity show?

Iron­i­cally, be­cause the same re­al­ity show that mocked her danc­ing gave her the con­fi­dence to show Aus­tralia her true self.

‘‘ Ge­off and I had been ap­proached to do this sort of thing be­fore and it never felt right,’’ Brynne says, in her girl­ish Amer­i­can twang.

‘‘ Danc­ing With The Stars was a good ex­pe­ri­ence for me. The sup­port I got from view­ers and peo­ple in the street gave me the con­fi­dence to be open with my en­tire life.’’

Brynne Edel­sten has been firmly in the gos­sip col­umns and pa­parazzi spot­light since ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia in 2010 as the lat­est wife of mil­lion­aire busi­ness­man Geoffrey.

The girl from Ari­zona and her hus­band with the pen­chant for gar­ish suits quickly be­came a red car­pet fix­ture.

Through Danc­ing With The Stars, au­di­ences dis­cov­ered a woman who was also un­fail­ingly po­lite, and just a lit­tle vul­ner­a­ble.

So from Au­gust 2011 un­til Au­gust this year, she let the cam­eras into her life. The re­sult is My Be­daz­zled Life. Speak to the brassy blonde Amer­i­can, and you dis­cover a woman who is hu­mor­ously self­dep­re­cat­ing, misses her fam­ily and is ‘‘ work­ing on her mar­riage, like most mar­ried cou­ples’’.

I didn’t put re­stric­tions on what they could and couldn’t film

Brynne hasn’t seen a fin­ished episode of the show show­cas­ing what has been a tu­mul­tuous year, which in­cluded sus­pi­cions her mar­riage was in trou­ble af­ter it emerged that Geoffrey had a se­cret adult child, an in­ci­dent in March when he show­ered a woman who was not Brynne with gifts dur­ing a three- day get­away in the US, and po­lice re­spond­ing to an emer­gency phone call from the cou­ple’s Mel­bourne apart­ment.

It was at times like those, Brynne ad­mits, when she des­per­ately wanted the cam­eras to be off.

‘‘ Ob­vi­ously, there have been some re­ally dif­fi­cult things in my mar­riage I would have pre­ferred stay per­sonal, but when I signed up to do this show I didn’t put re­stric­tions on what they could and couldn’t film be­cause I wanted it to be gen­uine,’’ she says.

My Be­daz­zled Life may show­case its hero­ine on lav­ish spend­ing sprees ( try $ 250,000 on clothes in 20 min­utes), pri­vate jets and an over­flow­ing shoe closet (‘‘ I do love my shoes,’’ she con­fesses al­most shame­facedly), but an over­rid­ing theme is her des­per­a­tion for some­thing money can’t buy. A baby. ‘‘ I want a baby so bad,’’ she says. ‘‘ I have the time to look af­ter one re­ally well, and I think I’d be a good mum.’’

MY BE­DAZ­ZLED LIFE,

South­ern Cross, Thurs­day, 7.30pm

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