Grant Denyer and his wife, Chezzi Denyer, have received an apology from New Idea magazine for publishing an article suggesting the 44-year-old was having an affair with his Dancing With The Stars: All Stars partner.
The apology appeared on page one underneath the magazine editor's note and was addressed to the Denyers as well as Lily Cornish, Grant's 22-year-old dance partner.
The statement acknowledged that the October 18 article that 'conveyed' the father-of-three was having an extra-marital affair was 'false'.
It also noted that Chezzi was left 'heartbroken' by the story which was featured prominently along with slogans such as 'Grant Denyer Caught Out' on New Idea's front cover.
"Are Media and New Idea acknowledge that Grant Denyer and Lily Cornish are not having an extramarital affair. They have never had an affair," the statement continued.
The company expressed 'regret' over publishing the piece and apologised to all three parties involved for the 'hurt and embarrassment' caused.
Grant slams mag's 'false' front cover
Both Grant and Chezzi took to Instagram to share a snap of the apology and their own statement reacting to the news.
"As many of you have already read and raised with us, New Idea have printed today on the editor’s page an apology to Chezzi, Lily and myself for their most recent attack - The false, sensationalised, out of context and WRONG front cover," they wrote.
"And they have admitted (which very RARELY EVER happens) that the article was FALSE.
"They also have admitted that they regret publishing the article."
The couple went on to reveal that they had engaged legal representation but managed to reach a 'confidential settlement' with Are Media and New Idea.
"And while I can’t disclose details, I want you to know that we employed Richard Leder and Georgie Austin from Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Renee Enbom QC, with every intent of suing but have since reached a suitable confidential settlement outside of court which includes, most importantly, a public apology and admission that the story and headline were false," they wrote.
"Writing false stories should be ILLEGAL but it’s not."
Grant and Chezzi recognised that while it's not possible to remove the 'affair' front page from circulation, they hoped that the successful outcome sets a serious precedent for the future.
"Thanks to each and every one of you who have sent us letters, emails and messages of support throughout this, and to all of those who passed on their distain to New Idea and boycotted the magazine, we thank you from the bottom of our heart. Without your support the 3 of us may not have been brave enough to take on this media giant."
Denyers respond to affair claims: 'Crap'
Back in October, Chezzi took to Instagram to call out New Idea's front cover story, writing: “What the actual hell is this front page crap New Idea”.
She went on to say: “Right before this little ‘she’ll be right’ leg pat … I was on the phone with them also consoling Lilz… but where’s all the other photos New Idea?”
Chezzi asked where the photos were of her and Grant FaceTiming each other or the ones of “some tears and a big hug and pat on the back?”.
“Lilz is like our adopted daughter. We grew extremely close during her month long stay with us here in Bathurst. We absolutely adore her,” Chezzi said.
She called the context of the pictures and the headline “gross and really mean”.
Grant also took to his Instagram Stories to call the article “savage”, saying that while he doesn’t usually bother to respond to articles like this, he’s sticking up for Lily as “this kind of treatment is brutally unfair and disgusting”.
“I’m a Dad of 3 girls. And if any friend is having a bad day or a tough time in their life, I’m going to be there for them. End of story,” he said.
Additional reporting by Sarah Carty.
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