'If your instinct says no, get out of there', Myleene Klass on declining Russell Brand's unwanted advances | The Sun
MUM-OF-THREE Myleene Klass has today opened up on declining Russell Brand’s unwanted advances.
The 45-year-old presenter said she had felt uncomfortable in an encounter with Brand and "trusted her instincts and got out".
The I’m a Celebrity legend, whose guidebook They Don’t Teach This At School has been such a hit that it’s been developed into a podcast, featuring pals such as Amanda Holden, Lauren Laverne and Amir Khan, claimed that she wasn’t single at the time.
Confirming Brand had made advances, she exclusively told Fabulous: “I can’t say too much about it. But if you are uncomfortable and your instinct says no, get out of there.”
It comes after Brand was accused of a string of sexual offences and abuse by women.
Five women went public with claims that Brand assaulted them between 2006 and 2013.
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The first claims to have been raped by the comedian against a wall at his home in Los Angeles.
She also alleges that she went to a rape crisis center the same day before texting Brand to tell him that "when a girl [says] no it means no".
Other women say Brand subjected them to abuse, control and threats of legal action. One girl was 16 at the time and says she was groomed by the former Channel 4 and BBC star.
As the allegations emerged in reports in The Times and on a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, Brand released a YouTube video in which he strongly denied the claims, without specifying what they were.
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The 48-year-old slammed the accusations as "untrue" and said that they were part of a "coordinated media attack" against him claiming that all of his relationships were "always consensual".
But Myleene isn’t the only celebrity that has commented on Brand since the allegations emerged.
Lorraine Kelly recently recalled the "uncomfortable" moment Brand touched her thigh and called her a "slut" during a chat show appearance.
Comedian Katherine Ryan has also made claims about Brand – when she recently slammed his infamous behaviour and later called him a predator.
The Canadian comic, 40, spoke about a well-known figure being notorious on the comedy circuit – now confirmed to be Brand.
The Times has now said that Ryan had confronted Brand, 48, while the pair were fellow judges on Comedy Central show Roast Battle in 2018.
Brand, who denies allegations of rape and sexual abuse, was reportedly called out repeatedly while filming.
Producers dropped him from the programme after just one series.
Despite the previous unwanted advances, Myleene opened up to Fabulous about her relationship with her fiancé.
She explained that she trusted her gut when she met PR executive Simon Motson, although she admitted that she never would have believed on their first date that they would be engaged with a son – Apollo, four – all these years later.
The star revealed: “I didn’t expect that, but it’s funny, you do get partners that are very different and it seems to work.
“He is definitely calmer than me, but I’m very level-headed in a panic situation.
“We balance each other out, but, ultimately, what I love so much about him is watching him be a dad.
“I used to get Father’s Day cards, as I was doing both parenting roles, and I think it’s a compliment that I don’t get them any more; he does.
“He’s an amazing dad, and he shows up. He’s there every school run. He does the small things, but they are actually the big things.
“He has never missed a single event for the kids, whether it’s Hero’s trumpet performance, Ava’s piano concert or Apollo on the football pitch. That’s what I love about him – and he brings me a coffee every morning.”
But Myleene is the first to admit that creating a blended family comes with its own set of challenges – as well as Ava, Hero and Apollo, Simon has a son and a daughter from his first marriage.
She confessed: “It’s really hard. Everyone has their own rules and ideas of how you should do it.
“I always say: ‘We’re all in the same boat, and if one person rocks it, we’re all going over. My job is to get you all to land on this boat.’
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Read Kelly Allen's full interview with Myleene in Fabulous, out today in The Sun On Sunday.
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