Nadia Padayachi

Minki, Graeme only human

2005-01-14 15:13

I ended off last year by naming 2004 the year of the couples - listing Minki and Graeme as one of them.

This cute romance has been followed by the media to every last detail. Hell, they could have started their own reality show, I'm sure it would have been a hit!

Until disaster struck: Shock and horror, the youngsters might not actually be made for each other! The headlines littered the web and print media - the relationship had hit the rocks. Ag Shame, but hey, that's life.

We don't know if they really love each other or not, but people have relationships all the time. And then they break up.

When life is bigger than the game

Some would argue that Smith should put personal matters aside and leave the headlines open for more important matters, or even to give more exposure to the game his being paid to lead.

At this point, when Smith plays such an important role in the outcome of the country's cricket, should this matter be in the limelight?

Minki, managed a fine catch - I'm not referring to Smith, but her publicist Andrew Farr, who has lots of experience and has been blessed with the patience to handle this sort of crisis. He is the man paid to handle the 'savages', otherwise known as the media.

The mere fact that Farr's comment on the situation, was no comment, shocked me at first. As a publicist, one of the golden rules is talk about the situation even if you don't have anything confirmed, saying "no comment" is not going to get you anywhere. So Farr saying this means that the relationship is sensitive, so let them be.

Speaking to him he understands that this is a high profile relationship, and that this kind of story sells newspapers, but there has been far too much speculation. He says that the papers have printed articles based on what they speculate, not on what is fact.

This has become South Africa's most closely covered relationship, thinking back, not even James Small and Christiana Storm got this amount of coverage.

At the end of the day I feel sad for Minki, for an ordinary 20-year-old maintaining a relationship is difficult. She has to put up with a three-way: her, Graeme and the media.

The third arm acting as though they have a right to know. Some might say that there's a price to pay for being in the limelight, which to a certain extent I agree with.

These are people, who have a right to lead a life. For some reason, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston breaking up is different because they are like objects, not humans. Minki and Graeme deserve respect and some space.

  • Nadia Padayachi is a publicist at a Cape Town publicity agency.

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