All Black heartthrob Sonny Bill Williams has a new girlfriend - the daughter of another sports star.
Williams,26, has been seeing Aucklander Jaime Ridge, the teenage daughter of former league star Matthew and his ex-wife Sally.
The pair have been seeing each other for about three weeks and have been spotted out together. They have reportedly spent time together in Auckland where Ridge lives, and in Hamilton where Williams plays Super 14 rugby for the Chiefs.
But then comes the bit that gives cause to the heading of this thread; read on (with our emphasis added):
"They're both very publicity shy and it's very early days for the relationship, but they have been spotted together on a regular basis," a source said.
Whatever. Sonny Bill Williams may be many things, but publicity shy isn't one of them. He lives his life in the media, and the media makes a significant contribution to his lifestyle, via the efforts of his manager Khoder Nasser. Williams appears in a number of television commercials and publicity campaigns, and even his foray into boxing is designed to enhance the SBW "brand". So don't tell us that he shies away from publicity.
And Miss Ridge is hardly a shrinking violet either. Her parents are regulars in the women's magazines, and she herself is no stranger to the media, as the Stuff story notes:
She is a regular in the social pages with mum Sally, and recently featured in a Metro magazine photo shoot of Auckland celebrities.
She has done some modelling work, including at last year's Fashion Week where she modelled a lingerie creation designed by her mother.
So how about a bit of honesty please Stuff. In all probability, this has been carefully released to the media so don't give us the "They're both very publicity shy" nonsense, because it simply doesn't wash.