Charlotte Church brands Piers Morgan a ‘pr**k’ over phone hacking video interview
The singer also blasts David Cameron as 'pretentious' and explains why she doesn't want her daughter to watch Katy Perry videos
"He was such a pr**k.
"His argument basically centred around, 'You're rich, you're making money out of this, who the f**k are you to question it?' I was like, 'I hate you!'
"I wanted to storm out and it took all my strength not to, and in that talk he basically told me about phone hacking and everything.”
Questioned further on exactly what Morgan told her about phone hacking, she said:
"He didn't say it happened at the Daily Mirror but it was in the video I had made [of the talk]. I gave it to The Guardian because when it all came out he was like, 'I had nothing to do with it', but I was like, 'Well, I've got a f**king video of you telling me how to do it from way back!'"
A Channel 4 documentary aired the same footage – showing Morgan discussing phone hacking with a then teenage Church – back in 2012.
Morgan was recently questioned by the police as part of their ongoing investigation. He denies all allegations of phone hacking.
She went on to recall a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron, arranged during her time with privacy campaign group Hacked Off to discuss illegal tactics used by the tabloid press to pry into the lives of famous people.
"We met with David Cameron – it was awful.
"I just felt like Cameron looked at us like we were children. He had a proper conversation with Hugh Grant and the other men and any time he looked at me or Jackie Haines [Crimewatch presenter] it was like we were kids who he had to be nice to. So patronising. Him and Michael Gove; I can’t bear them."
Church and her family were eventually awarded £600,000 in damages by News International in 2011 after its journalists were found to have illegally tapped her phone.
Elsewhere in the interview, the mother-of-two turned her attentions to the feminist role models she wants her six-year-old daughter Ruby to look up to. The answer? Not Katy Perry.
"I don’t want my little girl to see a Katy Perry video. I like Katy Perry; she’s funny – I’m not fussed on her music – but I don’t want my little girl to hold her up as an ideal. I think a lot of what she does is marketed at children. All that candy stuff. If [Ruby] had seen that she would have loved it, sweets everywhere and then there she is – naked chick!"
And definitely not Miley Cyrus, either.
"It’s so obvious this young lady has a skewed perspective because of what she’s been through. All she knows is to sell and to be sold. This sounds patronising but in a couple of years she’ll change her tune."
Church is currently holed up in her home studio in South Wales as she finishes her latest studio album, Four. She also revealed plans to go back to University and study physics, as well as make a documentary on education.
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