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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