Catherine Tyldesley slammed by former Corrie star over cake gate scandal

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Catherine Tyldesley slammed by former Corrie star over cake gate scandal
Catherine Tyldesley slammed by former Corrie star over cake gate scandal

Catherine Tyldesley denied claims she asked a bakery to supply free cakes in exchange for social media exposure but former Coronation Street star Nicola Thorp has argued the actress had a "moral duty" to make sure all those involved in her party were being paid.

Nicola, who worked alongside Catherine on Coronation Street until 2018, largely defended her before adding that her video addressing the scandal in which she said she hopes "the cake lady got the exposure she was craving" was "not well-advised".

On TalkTV, Nicola said: "I feel sorry first and foremost for the cake woman. She’s brilliant. What she said is so clever. She was like, ‘I can’t pay my staff with heart emojis on Instagram’. She’s absolutely right. She runs a business. Why on earth should it be expected? Because this PR company are making money somehow. So they are getting money, they are just choosing not to pass it on to her.

“But it’s also not Cath’s fault, Catherine, because she wasn’t aware of it and I believe that because this is just the way these PR companies work. I agree, that video was not well-advised at all. She shouldn’t have been shooting down another woman. I believe strongly in this. It’s a woman’s business… It happens all the time and I don’t think that’s a good thing and I’m sick of it."

Catherine Tyldesley slammed by former Corrie star over cake gate scandal eideziqkeiqhhinvCatherine's former Corrie co-star has weighed in on cake gate (TalkTV)

"Because what Cath went on to say in that video, was you know, ‘I use this company all the time and they have provided performers for me’ etc, etc. Well, it’s your duty as the person who is having the party done for you, to know that everybody who turns up is being paid. That’s a moral duty and also from a PR perspective, you would want to make sure that this kind of thing wasn’t happening," she added.

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Founder of Three Little Birds Bakery, Rebecca Severs had been shocked when a party planning firm appeared to reach out to request cakes for a 40th birthday party of a "well-known celebrity" in exchange for social media coverage, later reported to be Catherine.

She wrote: "This poor celebrity apparently can't afford to pay people for their products and services. Spare a thought! What happened to women supporting women."

Catherine Tyldesley slammed by former Corrie star over cake gate scandalCatherine denied the claims in a video (Instagram/auntiecath17)
Catherine Tyldesley slammed by former Corrie star over cake gate scandalIt had been reported the party planner working for the Corrie star had made the request, which included a cake for her husband (Getty Images)

Catherine 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."

NVRLND PR denied asking for free cakes and claimed it would never expect a collaborating business to be "out of pocket". 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.

Charlotte McIntyre

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