If I had a nickel for every time a celebrity’s family member spoke to the media to express supposed concern for their well-being and sadness over losing them to fame, I’d have a lot of nickels. But probably not enough to make me rich, so let’s make them cookies instead. Cookies or nickels, family members speak to the media a lot about their famous relatives, and it never ceases to totally skeeve me out. The latest family to get their 15 minutes by talking about their estranged love one belongs to Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr.
Miranda’s mother, father, brother and grandmother are appearing on a TV documentary on Australia’s ABC1 tonight called Family Confidential, in which they claim they haven’t seen Miranda or her son Flynn in over a year and complain that fame has gone to her head. They’ve supposedly become so distant from her that it was her husband Orlando Bloom who called to tell them they were splitting up last fall. Here’s what her mom Therese, who used to work for Miranda’s skincare company before parting ways to start her own rival line last year, has to say, according to the Sydney Morning Herald:
“Miranda’s life is so different now [and] she’s surrounded by ‘yes’ people all the time. It’s so important for me to be real, to be true, to be who she needs me to be.”
I’d actually argue that being real and true would involve keeping your issues with Miranda private and expressing your concern away from television cameras that will actually bring you more of the fame you claim has changed her for the worse. It also probably won’t help win her over. There’s this little thing called irony. Also hypocrisy.
The family thinks Miranda’s move to New York City has contributed to the change — well, physical distance will do that — and they hope she and Flynn will spend more time in Australia. They’re also concerned about how the spotlight and constant paparazzi attention will affect Flynn. Once again, if fame and media attention is the problem, why are they drawing even more attention to themselves and to Miranda by talking to the media?
Miranda wasn’t able to go to Australia to participate in the documentary, but the Herald reports that her rep released a statement saying she’s “grateful to her parents, brother and extended family in Australia for their ongoing support and love.” She’s also shown her appreciation on Instagram in recent months, sharing the above Throwback Thursday photo in December with the caption “family love.” Ah, families. Aren’t they great?