UK TV Star Talks of Thin Line Between 'Admiration' and 'Sexually Aggressive'

Published August 12th, 2018 - 01:40 GMT
TV presenter Melanie Sykes (Shutterstock/File Photo)
TV presenter Melanie Sykes (Shutterstock/File Photo)

TV presenter Melanie Sykes said she is concerned the #MeToo movement might have gone 'too far' in its campaign to call out sexual harassment.

The 48-year-old star said there was a clear difference between 'admiration' and being 'sexually aggressive' but that it is troubling when the line is 'blurred'.

Speaking to the Sun on Sunday's Fabulous magazine, she said: 'If a man can't even say you look nice any more, I think that's bulls***.



'Because that's just human interaction, and where would we be without being able to admire another human being?'

She added: 'We all know when it feels uncomfortable and we know when it doesn't, and we should be the judge of that.'

Sykes, who has two teenage children with first husband Daniel Caltagirone, 46, also told how she has grown tired of the speculation surrounding her love life since the split from her second husband Jack Cockings in 2016.

'I read a lot, I'm very interested in art, in films, I love to cook, but it all comes down to what I'm wearing and who I'm having sex with,' she said. 'And I'm tired of it.'

The former I'm A Celebrity contestant, who is hosting a BBC Radio 2 show with Alan Carr over summer, last week jetted off to Mallorca to celebrate her 48th birthday.

She looked glamorous in an array of printed bikinis and cover-ups as she soaked up the sun with close friend, photographer Samantha Hemsley.

Sykes shared snaps from the girls' holiday on Instagram, where she boasts more than 163,000 followers.

The mother-of-two balances life in the spotlight with co-parenting her sons Roman, 16, and 14-year-old Valentino, affectionately known as 'Tino', with Caltagirone, with whom she enjoys an amicable relationship.

Sykes has previously spoken candidly of the difficulties she faced when Tino was diagnosed with autism aged two.

Speaking to the Mirror earlier this year, she admitted she 'couldn't cope' with the diagnosis at the time and still has occasional 'wobbles' when she questions whether she is doing enough.

She said her priority was to make sure her son was given enough room to grow.

'I think I have got it all right, but all of a sudden I do have a wobble about it because I do worry about him,' she said.

'He really needs me. Sometimes I think I am doing really well, and sometimes I am just overwhelmed by it.

'Every now and again it will hit me and I will go, "Wow, he might never be independent of me". Which is fine. But I want him to have independence because that’s how we grow.'


This article has been adapted from its original source.

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