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RHOM: Lydia Schiavello accused of Photoshopping Chyka Keebaugh to look heavier

Real Housewives of Melbourne‘s Lydia Schiavello has been accused of maliciously Photoshopping an image of her co-star Chyka Keebaugh to make her look heavier.

Taking to Instagram on Monday, Lydia shared a throwback photo from 2014, which showed her and Chyka with fellow Housewives Pettifleur Berenger and Janet Roach.

But eagle-eyed fans noticed Chyka looked larger around the torso than usual, so went through the archives to find the original photo from seven years ago. 

Edited: Eagle-eyed fans noticed Chyka looked larger around the torso than usual, so went through the archives to find the original photo from seven years ago. Pictured: the edited version Lydia posted on Monday

Spot the difference: Real Housewives of Melbourne ‘s Lydia Schiavello has been accused of maliciously Photoshopping an image of her co-star Chyka Keebaugh to make her look heavier. Left: the original photo uploaded in 2014; right: the edited version Lydia posted on Monday

In the original photo uploaded in 2014, Chyka was noticeably slimmer, leading fans to conclude that Lydia – or someone else – had used a warp tool to make her look fat. 

‘Dying at the Photoshop. Poor Chyka doesn’t deserve the extra 47kg Lydia,’ one fan commented, while another added: ‘Someone please find the original of this photo and bring justice for poor Chyka!’

‘Is definitely photoshopped. Look at Pettifleur’s coat, that is not how that outfit sits. I love all these ladies but Lydia this is definitely not the original,’ another pointed out.

But Lydia, 50, denied she had retouched the image herself, commenting: ‘It’s an old photo Season 2 no Photoshop. I wouldn’t do that after being fat shamed myself x.’

'How bad is that': In the original photo posted in 2014, Chyka was noticeably slimmer, leading fans to conclude that Lydia - or someone else - had used a warp tool to make her look fat

‘How bad is that’: In the original photo posted in 2014, Chyka was noticeably slimmer, leading fans to conclude that Lydia – or someone else – had used a warp tool to make her look fat

Denial: Lydia, 50, denied she had retouched the image herself, commenting: 'It's an old photo Season 2 no Photoshop. I wouldn't do that after being fat shamed myself x'

Denial: Lydia, 50, denied she had retouched the image herself, commenting: ‘It’s an old photo Season 2 no Photoshop. I wouldn’t do that after being fat shamed myself x’

A close inspection of Lydia’s post reveals Chyka’s stomach looks very stretched out compared to the original photo. Pettifleur’s top also appears smudged and blurred.  

Chyka told Daily Mail Australia she was ‘not really sure’ why Lydia had shared the old photo in the first place, saying it was a ‘really strange thing to do’.

‘I haven’t reached out to Lydia,’ she said.

‘We haven’t actually spoken to each other for at least four years so I’m not really sure where this came from. I think it’s a really strange thing to do. 

‘There’s so much turmoil, horror and sadness in the world at the moment – no one really wants to see this. I truly believe in being positive because that’s how we will all get through – not being derogatory to another woman.’ 

Not happy: 'I haven't reached out to Lydia, we haven't actually spoken to each other for at least four years so I'm not really sure where this came from. I think it's a really strange thing to do,' Chyka told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday

Not happy: ‘I haven’t reached out to Lydia, we haven’t actually spoken to each other for at least four years so I’m not really sure where this came from. I think it’s a really strange thing to do,’ Chyka told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday 

Chyka’s daughter, Chessie, slammed the post on Monday, sharing a statement on Instagram in which she labelled the Photoshop ‘pathetic’. 

‘A grown woman posted this yesterday,’ she said

‘Seven years on and the worst editing job I’ve ever seen. I laughed when I was shown because it’s truly the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen.

‘But I actually woke up incredibly mad that in 2021 a woman went out of her way to bring another woman down. Yes, it’s my mother, but taking a step back from that.

‘This is so high school and actively malicious, I’m truly in shock. What fiftysomething woman sits at home morphing herself to look thin and the woman next to her large?’

She added: ‘I worry for your mindset. It poses serious questions around your ego. Are you that desperately in need of attention and your ego stroked that you’re willing to do that at another person’s expense?’

Family: Chyka' daughter Chessie was quick to slam the post online, taking to Instagram to share a statement alongside the image in question

Family: Chyka’ daughter Chessie was quick to slam the post online, taking to Instagram to share a statement alongside the image in question 

Fuming: 'A grown woman posted this yesterday, Seven years on and the worst editing job I've ever seen. I laughed when I was shown because it’s truly the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen,' Chessie wrote

Fuming: ‘A grown woman posted this yesterday, Seven years on and the worst editing job I’ve ever seen. I laughed when I was shown because it’s truly the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen,’ Chessie wrote

Of course it is possible Lydia may not have realised the image was Photoshopped when she shared it with her Instagram followers.  

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Lydia for further comment.

The two women have known each other for years before their latest public spat, having both appeared on Foxtel reality show Real Housewives of Melbourne. 

Chyka starred in the first four seasons before leaving in 2016, while Lydia announced she would not be returning for season five earlier this year.

‘I love the show, I love the girls and all the people involved from Foxtel to the production house Matchbox, however the changes of this world caused me to pause and re-evaluate my life,’ Lydia said in a statement.

‘I will miss the camaraderie the interaction with viewers and the challenges that my fellow cast members presented. I look forward to spending quality time with my husband, family and friends.’

Stint: Chyka (pictured) starred on the first three seasons of The Real Housewives of Melbourne and made a guest appearance on season four

Stint: Chyka (pictured) starred on the first three seasons of The Real Housewives of Melbourne and made a guest appearance on season four


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