The story on the left is not true. At all
When the Sun claimed that the Lineker family were happy about the split, they were making it up. We know this because their “Senior Showbiz Reporter” Natalie Edwards said so in an exchange of text messages with Gary’s brother Wayne. And we know there was an exchange of text messages as Wayne has published the lot. Sound bloke!
Ms Edwards, like the people in The Prisoner, wanted information: “Wanted to see whether you had any insight or knowledge into the break-down of their marriage? Can do it all off-the-record if you don’t want to be named … Editor is very keen for a story [hello Tony] … will make sure I handle it delicately”. Wayne saw her coming: “I would prefer not to comment anyway because of what happened last time”.
The Sun hack was not for being fobbed off: “I completely understand … It won’t be like last time [oh yes it will] as you would not have to comment as Wayne Lineker but rather it would all come as source quotes. No-one would know where it came from. We of course would pay”. Wayne deployed a straight bat: “I’m just not prepared to get involved”.
So that’s that, is it? You jest: back came Ms Edwards with “Completely understand your concerns [like heck] but … The Editor has sent me out to Chigwell and I think it would be better to speak in person … Even if it’s just for a cup of tea an a life catch-up as I’ll be freezing as I’m getting dropped off by cab [not slumming it on the Central Line, then]”. Wayne was unmoved: “I’m just not prepared to comment either way”. There was also the minor matter of his not living in Chigwell any more.
So what did Natalie Edwards do then? She decided to go ahead and make it up anyway: “I’ve told the Editor and just so you know we are planning to run a story about Gary’s family being happy with the split based on the info you gave me back in April. That Danielle didn’t really get on with your family and Gary changed etc … They also plan to re-use the quotes in the piece that we did together so your name will be mentioned that way”.
That, folks, is the Sun in one: you won’t talk to them, so they’ll make it up anyway. Wayne’s last comment - “I’ve never said Gary’s family would have been happy they split … you know how much I regretted saying anything last time. Would appreciate this doesn’t get brought up again” - just got ignored. So he had little option but to publish the contents of the text message exchanges, so everyone could see what a shower the Sun are.