Kiwi actress Rebecca Gibney slams media report on grandfather's alleged sexual assault of her and her mum

New Zealand actress Rebecca Gibney has expressed how "saddened" her and her family are from a media report her grandfather tried to sexually assault her as a child.

Gibney took to Instagram today after sensitive information she had shared with ABC News for an upcoming interview, was reported by The Daily Telegraph without her knowledge. 

In the interview, Gibney travels home to Wellington to discuss her father and grandfather with host ABC Julia Zemiro, who Gibney later describes as "extrememly sensitive and wonderful".

"I have not seen the show and I have not been contacted for publicity nor have I given any interviews for the episode," wrote the actress, who is a public campaigner on domestic violence .

Gibney reportedly told Zemiro of how her 12-year-old self fought off her maternal grandfather's advances. 

The Daily Telegraph also reported that her grandfather, who is now deceased, sexually abused her mother between the ages of two and 15 years.

Gibney posted that using her family's story to sell newspapers was not on.

"My family and I are extremely saddened that I was not contacted or informed that this article was coming out," she said.

The ambassador for Share the Dignity said that if her openness about growing up in an abusive home can help others, then her job is done. 

"For those that have suffered any kind of abuse, please know that you can get help and move forward. My family and I are a testament to that," she said.

New Zealand actress Rebecca Gibney
New Zealand actress Rebecca Gibney Source: Getty


Backlash over 'idiot' Lorde's Whitney Houston 'death joke' Instagram post forces songstress to apologise

Kiwi singer Lorde has apologised after posting a photo on her Instagram of a full bath, with the caption "And iiii will always love you" which many social media users took to be an insensitive joke aimed at deceased singer Whitney Houston.

Lorde's controversial deleted post referencing Whitney Houston.
Lorde's controversial deleted post referencing Whitney Houston. Source: Instagram/Lordemusic

Houston died in 2012 after accidentally drowning in a hotel bathtub in Los Angeles.

The post sparked backlash on Instagram, leading to the post being deleted within an hour of being posted and Lorde apologising in an Instagram story.

"Extremely, extremely poorly chosen quote," she wrote.

"I'm so sorry for offending anyone — I hadn't even put this together I was just excited to take a bath. I'm an idiot. Love Whitney forever and ever. Sorry again."

"It's not my fkn day today", was her next post.

Users took to Twitter saying "Whitney was a legend. she was amazing. she was a queen. she was a strong black woman. I like lorde but this is truly disgusting."

Another one said, "C'mon Lorde out of all the lyrics to use for your bathtime u use Whitney lyrics.... Like for why??"

"Lorde is probably sitting in the tub not realizing what she just did" one user tweeted.

The Kiwi singer is still on her North American tour.

Whitney Houston and Lorde.
Whitney Houston and Lorde. Source: 1 NEWS


Shania Twain to play second concert in Auckland in December

Promoters have announced Shania Twain, the top-selling female artist in country music history, will perform a second show in Auckland in December following the sell-out of her first concert.

The newly-announced concert date is Wednesday December 19 at Spark Arena, the night after her other show on the 18th.

The Canadian singer and songwriter also performs at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday December 22.

It's her first tour to New Zealand and part of her 'Now Tour', celebrating her third album.

Shania Twain has sold over 100 million records, making her the world's top-selling female artist of all time, and among the best-selling music artists.

Her success has seen her given the title the 'Queen of Country Pop'.

Shania Twain Source: Getty