Magazine apologises to Grant Denyer and his wife for a front-page story falsely suggesting he was having an affair with his Dancing with the Stars partner
A magazine has apologised to TV presenter Grant Denyer and his wife Chezzi after publishing a story falsely implying he was having an affair with a woman half his age.
The tabloid reached a confidential settlement with the Denyers after they called in the lawyers over an October 18 front-page article that suggested Grant was romantically involved with his Dancing with the Stars partner Lily Cornish.
The publication printed an apology in its Monday edition and online, acknowledging the story was false and that Grant and Lily never had an affair.
New Idea magazine has apologised to TV presenter Grant Denyer and his wife Chezzi after publishing a story falsely implying he was having an affair with a woman half his age
The apology reads: ‘On 18 October 2021, [publisher] Are Media and New Idea published an article that conveyed that Grant Denyer was having an extra-marital affair with his Dancing with the Stars: All Stars dance partner, Lily Cornish, and that his wife, Chezzi was heartbroken as a result. The article was false.
‘Are Media and New Idea acknowledge that Grant Denyer and Lily Cornish are not having an extra-marital affair. They have never had an affair.
‘Are Media and New Idea regret publishing the article.
‘Are Media and New Idea wish to sincerely apologise to Grant Denyer, Chezzi Denyer and Lily Cornish for the hurt and embarrassment caused by the article.’
Grant hailed the magazine’s mea culpa as a major victory on Monday, telling his Instagram followers he hopes the apology ‘sets a serious precedent for the future’.
The Channel 10 star also said he’d reached a ‘suitable confidential settlement outside of court’, but did not specify if New Idea paid any damages.