Headlines this week claimed Chrissie had a ‘sex addiction’. What is the truth? Chrissie was keen to set the record straight…
‘So today I woke up to my phone ringing next to my bed in the wee hours. The calls were from radio stations in Melbourne and Sydney asking me to comment on my sex addiction. For a second I thought they had the wrong person but then I remembered a podcast I’d recorded this week for Show + Tell with my dear friend Monty Dimond where we were discussing a new service for single women who wanted a police check conducted on potential suitors.
I said in the podcast this was a bad idea given my experiences nearly 15 years ago when I was single and dating. I, like millions of women in their late 20s would’ve had that police check hotline running off the hook because news flash: women have a few sexual partners before they find the one they settle down with. Imagine checking every single one?
Because this was a podcast, and we knew we were only speaking to subscribers who want to hear us, we happily laughed about our sexual exploits in our younger days. Egged on by my friend, I joked that I had a borderline sex addiction. We laughed. We took it as far as we could. We were joking about those heady days of idiot one night stands and frivolous fun. Then we moved on to talk about c-sections, true crime, keeping secrets etc etc. It was a 40 minute podcast between two girlfriends for a very small crowd of people who had actively chosen to listen in. It was funny. We moved on.
Now, one joke within that 40 minute podcast has been turned into a headline about my sex addiction. The ridiculousness of this astounds me. When did we lose our sense of humour? When did news websites get so desperate for ‘clicks’ that they knowingly spin an innocent joke into a story designed to humiliate and misrepresent the person who told it? Anyone who listened to the podcast would know I was joking. That it was a throwaway line to make my podcast partner and subscribers have a laugh.