Finding the real BRYNNE
She has been pilloried for her startling red- carpet outfits, labeled a “bedazzled sack of potatoes” for a performance on Dancing With The Stars, mocked for having a husband 40 years her senior, and has survived the media coverage of that same husband’s alleged affair.
So why on earth would Brynne Edelsten, 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 reality show which mocked her dancing gave her the confidence to show her true self.
“Dancing With the Stars was a good experience for me,” Brynne says, in her girlish American twang. “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 millionaire businessman’s latest wife.
The girl from Arizona and her husband with the penchant for garish suits quickly set tongues wagging as much for their dress sense as their lavish lifestyle.
But in Dancing With The Stars, viewers saw an unfailingly polite and slightly vulnerable woman. So from August 2011 until August this year, she let the cameras into her life. The result is My Bedazzled Life. She signed up with just one aim: to show the Brynne beneath the bling.
Speak to Brynne and you discover a woman who is humorously selfdeprecating, misses her family, and sometimes gets a little lonely.
Her closest companion is her beloved maltese/shih tzu cross Judd, and she desperately wants a baby.
Brynne hasn’t seen a finished episode of the show showcasing what has been a tumultuous year.
That included suspicion her marriage was in trouble after it emerged earlier this year that Geoffrey had a secret adult child, an incident in March when he showered another woman with gifts on a three- day getaway in the US, and police responding to an emergency phone call from the couple’s Melbourne apartment.
At times like these, Brynne says, she really wanted the cameras turned off.
“Obviously, there have been some really difficult things in my marriage and stuff that I would have preferred kept personal, but when I signed up to do this show I didn’t put restrictions on what
Even though I have all these sparkly accessories
in my life, I’m really down-to-earth
they could and couldn’t film because I wanted it to be genuine,” she says.
One of the lowest of those moments is when she finds out about her husband’s trip overseas with a companion.
“I just wanted to hide in my apartment, or hide somewhere and not talk to anyone,” she confesses. “You see my reaction to finding out about it – which wasn’t the prettiest. It was devastating. I think it was shock, to be honest.” The pair have weathered that storm. “Every day we’re working on our marriage, like any other couple, and I guess time will tell if we’re strong enough or not,” 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.”
She spends plenty of time putting the case to her initially resistant husband and now that the cameras have stopped rolling she says he has come around.
“We’re trying. We’re definitely practising. He has decided that he is ready, and I’m ready, and unfortunately that hasn’t happened yet, but hopefully, soon,” she says.
Brynne’s self- deprecating humour shines through in lighter moments of the show. At her first acting lesson, she realises she is out of her depth.
“There’s one problem in the room and that’s me,” she says of her acting ability.
In a post-mortem with a buddy, she admits: “Luckily I was playing a desperate character because I was just desperate to get out of there.”
Brynne knows she won’t win over everyone with the show and is ready to deal again with the critics.
“Of course you hope everyone will just love it, but everyone has an opinion and that’s OK,” she says. “It will probably be more difficult because I’ve opened up so much, but everyone has a right to an opinion.
“I just hope people will see that even though I have all these sparkly accessories in my life, I’m really downto- earth and like almost any other girl in Australia I’m dealing with my marriage, trying to have a baby, my family, the highs and lows, and can relate to that.”