The public eye likes to scrutinise. It is judge, jury and executioner. It takes away fame and fortune as easily as it showers its subjects with adulation. The recent furore over Tiger Woods reminds us of our insistence of perfection from the objects of our voyeurism.
Tiger is not the first athlete to cheat on his wife. He will not be the last. The public have yet to forgive his misdemeanours but will we ever forgive him? Taking a look at previous transgressions of his celebrity peers, we evaluate his chances of redemption.
‘I’m not racist, the guys I go for are mixed race…I have ex-boyfriends who are mixed race who were prepared to stand up for me in court’ — Cheryl Cole, The Sun, Wednesday 5 November 2003
And so began the PR machine that desperately tried to save Cheryl Tweedy from the abyss that currently houses Ron Atkinson, Carol Thatcher and every now and again, Prince Harry.
In November 2003 Cheryl Cole was found guilty of punching a toilet attendant in ‘an unpleasant piece of drunken violence.’ The pop star was sentenced to complete 120 hours of unpaid community service and payment of £500 compensation to the victim. Cleared of throwing racially motivated blows at Sophie Amogbokpa, Tweedy set out on a mission to cement her place in Girls Aloud and rebuild her public image.
She told Ulrika Jonsson ‘to watch out if she bumps into me or one of the girls’ after being branded a ‘bully’ by the presenter, and the judge clearly stated Tweedy showed ‘no remorse’ after the attack. Yet Tweedy has done quite well for herself.
She realised her dream and married a mixed-race boy, became Cheryl Cole and secured a successful role as a judge on The X-Factor. She followed continued success with Girls Aloud with the beginnings of a flourishing solo career. How did she manage it?