Being a celebrity used to be simple. You were either famous or notorious, and there were only a handful of ways to become either.
But things have changed. And as seen with backlash against Married At First Sight‘s Cheryl Maitland this week, Australia is struggling to catch up.
The 25-year-old was a contestant on one the highest-rating television program of 2017. Roughly 1,379,000 of us – more than the entire population of Adelaide – tuned into the April finale to learn the fate of these thrown-together-for-TV couples.
Yet when the Scottish-born woman recently tried to manage that profile by arranging a paparazzi photographer to snap her at Melbourne airport, it became a major ‘gotcha’ moment.
The story broke because that photographer, a person who makes his living off following and taking pictures of famous people (sometimes without their knowledge or consent), took a screenshot of her request and shared it online.
His caption, “When they need to stay relevant.”