An angry Katherine Jenkins has hit back at comments made by David Beckham he said she didn’t deserve her OBE.
Over the weekend it was revealed that David was furious that she had been honoured by the Queen when he had missed out on being knighted.
According to the Sun, David – in a series of leaked emails to his PR manager, Simon Oliveira – allegedly branded the decision a ‘f****** joke.’
In the private emails, he seethed: “Katherine Jenkins OBE for what? Singing at the rugby and going to see the troops plus taking coke. F****** joke.”
But glam Kath isn’t taking his mean-spirited comments lying down and has had her rep Jonathan Shallot lash out over the weekend in her defence.
“Beckham says, ‘Katherine Jenkins OBE for what? Singing at the rugby and going to see the troops plus taking coke. F***ing joke’.
“I say Katherine was awarded an OBE for her services to music and charity.
“With regards to the taking of coke which Katherine has courageously publicly admitted with great honesty — this was when she was in her early 20s still studying, over a decade before she was awarded her OBE and started her recording career.”
David’s reputation has been seriously dented after the emails were revealed over the weekend.
Not only did he lash out at poor Katherine, the messages to his PR manager also – embarrassingly – exposed his attempts to use his charity work as part of a campaign for a knighthood.
It’s also believed that he demanded expensive air tickets and failed to put his hand in his own pocket to fund charity events.
In one message the celebrated former footie player branded the Honours Committee “unappreciative c***s” and poured scorn on lesser awards, ranting: “Unless it’s a knighthood f*** off”.
Although David himself has remained silent on the matter, his reps have been quick to calm the storm.
A spokesperson for the superstar said: ‘This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture.
“David Beckham and UNICEF have had a powerful partnership in support of children for over 15 years. The David Beckham 7 Fund specifically has raised millions of pounds and helped millions of vulnerable children around the world.
“David Beckham has given significant time and energy and has made personal financial donations to the 7 Fund and this commitment will continue long term.
“Before establishing the 7 Fund, David had supported UNICEF and a number of other charities over many years, including donating his entire earnings from PSG during his time playing there.
“David and UNICEF are rightly proud of what they have and will continue to achieve together and are happy to let the facts speak for themselves.”
Doyen Sports – who represent David have admitted that they were the victims a blackmail plot and that hackers had demanded up to £1million to keep the email secret.
In a previous statement, Doyen Sports said: “The documents, some of which are true, others manipulated to increase the media and the public’s interest, were obtained through a cyber attack on Doyen Sport’s servers.
“The documents have been regularly published only because Doyen Sports did not give in to the pressure and demands.”