It’s time to turn off the oxygen.
We’ve been writing about Gabi Grecko for a few years now. Her January/December relationship with disgraced businessman Dr Geoffrey Edelston has been fun celebrity fodder. Their outfits, their outlandish lifestyle, their occasionally stomach-churning public displays of affection – it’s reality TV come to life.
But things have happened over the past week that have made us stop and consider what we are doing here. Whether we’re telling the story of a quirky couple or whether we’re contributing to something that is unhealthy and potentially damaging. Today, we’ve decided that we need to stop talking about this couple. We need to disengage with this story. Because something is not right here. Something is very disturbing.
Gabi Grecko is in the hospital, apparently with a collapsed lung, cracked ribs, a broken foot, a cut on her leg and bruises covering her body. We know because we’ve seen – by my count – fifteen pictures of her in hospital and four videos of her injuries in the three days since she was admitted.
In the days before she was admitted, Gabi Grecko announced she was pregnant. Now she said that she has taken so many pictures because people think that she may have faked that pregnancy. The 26-year-old has denied that particular suggestion in the Daily Telegraph, saying, “I think that’s a horrible thing to say. I’ve been putting off talking to the specialists but I think Geoff knows.”
So she doesn’t know whether she is still pregnant? Or she doesn’t know the health of her child – or does she not know about her own condition?
To understand what we’re talking about, you can see some of Gabi’s hospital images below (at least one of them is NSFW):
Gabi says her fall was caused by pain medication that she is taking for her endometriosis (a condition often associated with infertility).
She says that she fell down some stairs when she was trying to walk up them after forgetting the swipe card for her apartment’s elevator: “I tried to skip like a step I think and the bottom of my shoe and foot, the back of my shoe barely hit the stair and I grabbed a handle but not firmly enough and I fell.”
There are the question marks over the pregnancy itself. She said on radio she was “three or four weeks” into her pregnancy. Now it’s five weeks. She says her gyno apparently rang her on Saturday to give her the pregnancy news, but she checked it with a home pregnancy kit.
And then there’s the actual pregnancy test that Gabi used in her Instagram announcement. It appears to be a Clearblue digital pregnancy test – but not one that is available for sale in Australia (the digital Clearblue test available here is shaped differently – see below). Maybe she bought it overseas and kept it just in case she needed it. That’s possible.
It’s a troubling thing to fake a pregnancy. It’s even more disturbing to potentially manufacture an injury in order to get out of an earlier fabrication. Maybe she was never pregnant, maybe she was. It seems that trying to track down where the truth lies comes to Gabi and Geoff is not only time-consuming and virtually impossible – it’s also pointless.