Corrie star slams claims she asked bakery to make free cakes for her birthday

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Corrie star slams claims she asked bakery to make free cakes for her birthday
Corrie star slams claims she asked bakery to make free cakes for her birthday

Former Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley has slammed the baker who shared her response when asked by a party planner for free cakes for her in exchange for social media exposure.

Party planners NVRLND, who were reported to be acting on behalf of the Corrie star, reached out to Three Little Birds Bakery in Keighley, West Yorkshire to ask for some cakes for the actress' 40th birthday bash in exchange for "social media exposure" across Cath's social media and in a magazine.

The bakery said it was asked to create a cake with the theme of "pinks, sparkles and a touch of flamingos" as well as a second cake for her husband Tom Pitfield and 100 cupcakes. The 40th birthday party is said to have promised: "A guest list full of celebrities and industry people from TV/film and music, so loads of work would come from it".

The owner of the bakery hit back at the offer, originally saying the party planners were acting for a previously-unnamed but "well-known celebrity". That was later claimed to be Strictly Come Dancing star and former Corrie actress Catherine Tyldesley. However, she has since responded in a video uploaded to her Instagram story to clarify she did not know the emails were being sent.

Catherine said: "Cake gate, what! So I have no idea those emails were being sent. I'm not working with the lovely OK! Magazine on anything that I'm aware of and NVRLAND are an amazing company. They've supplied me with performers in the past. They're insane and they've been completely misrepresented in this matter. Utterly bizarre. Don't really know what to say. I mean I hope the cake lady got the exposure she was craving."

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Corrie star slams claims she asked bakery to make free cakes for her birthdayA party planning company acting on behalf of Catherine Tyldesley offered a bakery 'social media exposure' in exchange for cakes (Getty Images)
Corrie star slams claims she asked bakery to make free cakes for her birthdayCatherine has now responded in an Instagram video, denying her knowledge of the claims (Instagram/auntiecath17)

Catherine's husband had previously told the Mail Online he knew nothing about the cake controversy or if his wife was involved.

Three Little Birds' viral email reply to NVRLND read: "I’m so sorry to hear that your client has fallen on such hard times they can’t afford to pay small businesses their products. Unfortunately as my mortgage provider doesn’t take payment 'in the form of promotion on their socials', and my staff can’t feed their kids with exposure on Instagram, I’ll have to decline your very generous offer."

Catherine, who played Eva Price on the soap until 2018, was named as the celebrity at the heart of the freebie row after another bakery claimed they were sent a similar request for free stuff for the 40th birthday bash – and were told the request was for the former Corrie actress.

Leeds-based NVRLND claimed their email had been "completely misconstrued" Founder Victoria Eames said: "NVRLND contacted Three Little Birds Bakery to offer them the opportunity to collaborate with one of our clients to cater for a party. As part of the collaboration, our client would cover all of Three Little Birds Bakery’s expenses and costs in exchange for social media content and local and national exposure for their business. To confirm, NVRLND are also retained on the same expenses-only basis."

She continued as she explained they selected the Three Little Birds Bakery to help "support a local business and help them grow", before adding: "Our aim is to connect small local businesses with the opportunity of growth and the possibility of a full diary which is what we have experienced when working on past collaborations. We would never expect any business to be out of pocket and nor would our client. Our email communication to Three Little Birds has unfortunately been completely misconstrued."

NVRLND also added that they could not reveal who the celebrity client was at the heart of the request.

Niamh Spence

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