Rhian Sugden has finally apologised to Tess Daly for sexting her husband Vernon Kay in 2010.
The pair were exposed by The Sun eight years ago after hundreds of flirty texts between the two, including Vernon’s repeated attempt to meet Rhian in a hotel room, were uncovered.
Celebrity Big Brother star Rhian, who is now engaged to Coronation Street’s Oliver Mellor, has written an open apology to the Strictly Come Dancing host almost a decade later.
Tess has admitted that her marriage to Vernon is still a “work in progress” following the revelation.
“Dear Tess, I’m sorry for the hurt and issues that were caused back in 2010. I deeply regret creating a friendship with Vernon and allowing him to continue speaking to me the way he did,” she began.
“As time has passed, I regret not being wise enough or strong enough to deal with my own issues and insecurities myself, this leading into a downward spiral that Vernon tried to help me with.
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“The exchange of messages was inappropriate and I should not have encouraged such behaviour. I know it takes two to tango but I could have stopped contact.
“I could have changed the series of events but for one reason or another, I didn’t. It was selfish of me and massively out of line.
“I should never have got involved and I shouldn’t have created such a close friendship with a married man. I take full responsibility for allowing such behaviour. I would never have taken the situation any further, however, it should never have got to the stage it did. It was disrespectful, hurtful and I can only apologise for my actions.
“I feel the need to make it clear that we never met up alone. It was nothing more than a close friendship and flirty messages. Not that they are justifiable – it is still bad form and tasteless. I wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing now. I can only put it down to being immature and just plain stupidity.
“I look back and I can only describe myself as a silly young girl who got caught up in a very bizarre situation. I appreciate nothing I say will make any difference but I want to give you my sincerest apologies and I wish you both all the happiness for the future. Yours, Rhian Sugden,” she ended the heartfelt letter.
Tess and All Star Family Fortunes host Vernon have been married since 2003. They share two daughters; 13 year old Phoebe and nine year old Amber.