Bar­dot scan­dal

Chantelle Barry breaks her si­lence and ad­mits she stole from So­phie

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Reality Update -

It’s the dis­grace that’s haunted her for 17 years. But now for­mer Bar­dot mem­ber Chantelle Barry is com­ing clean, con­fess­ing ex­clu­sively to Woman’s Day she stole from So­phie be­fore be­ing promised a solo deal and of­fered “hush money” to leave the pop group.

“So­phie left her $100 weekly al­lowance in an en­ve­lope in my bed­room and I in­tended to re­turn it on the week­end – we had plans to go to a gig to­gether,” Chantelle, 37, re­mem­bers.

The for­mer mem­ber was pro­pelled to fame at age 19, along­side Katie Un­der­wood, Belinda Chap­ple, Sally Polihronas and So­phie in the first se­ries of Aus­tralian Pop­stars.

“In a mo­ment of stu­pid­ity, be­ing a teenager and think­ing a pair of shoes was more im­por­tant than the friend­ship I had with So­phie, I de­cided to keep her money for my­self.”

Man­age­ment soon dis­cov­ered what had hap­pened and con­fronted Chantelle, who con­fessed.

“I re­mem­ber So­phie say­ing, ‘It’s OK Chan, my best friend stole from me and I for­gave her and we’re still friends, and I’ll for­give you, too’, I felt ter­ri­ble,” Chantelle ad­mits.

In the fol­low­ing weeks, the story found its way to me­dia and the en­su­ing furore was aw­ful. Not know­ing how to han­dle it, Chantelle was as­sured she had a fu­ture as a solo artist. Pop­star’s pro­duc­tion com­pany also of­fered her $1000 hush money, un­der the con­di­tion she left the band quickly when film­ing wrapped up.

“I wasn’t al­lowed to have a rep­re­sen­ta­tive with me dur­ing the meet­ing and I was led to sign a re­lease agree­ment, which for­bade me from speak­ing about it [the scan­dal]. I was young, naive and saw it as a way out,” she re­calls.

When she was en­cour­aged to do an in­ter­view, Chantelle was told to lie about what had hap­pened with So­phie. “Af­ter the in­ter­view, I never heard from them again,” she says.

Leav­ing Aus­tralia in 2001, Chantelle made up her mind to forge a new life for her­self in LA, scor­ing gigs on 90210, En­tourage and up­com­ing ac­tion TV show Nin­jak vs The Valiant Uni­verse. She’s also re­leased two suc­cess­ful al­bums, with a third one on the way in 2018.

Bar­dot, be­fore Chantelle left in 2000. Mov­ing to LA helped Chantelle’s ca­reer.

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