We’re all too obsessed with celebrities

Singer Charlotte Church leaves the High Court in London today after being awarded a settlement from News Group Newspapers after being a victim of phone hacking. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 27, 2012. The singer and her parents settled their phone-hacking damages action for �600,000 at the High Court. See PA story COURTS Hacking. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Singer Charlotte Church leaves the High Court in London today after being awarded a settlement from News Group Newspapers after being a victim of phone hacking. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 27, 2012. The singer and her parents settled their phone-hacking damages action for �600,000 at the High Court. See PA story COURTS Hacking. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Charlotte Church seems to have lived her entire life in the spotlight.

Her every cough and spit has made a headline and it was easy to assume that was how she wanted it; that she had a bevvy of press agents employed to scurry hither and thither between red top tabloids and gossip magazines with some new titbit deemed “interesting” enough to keep her in the public eye.

Not so. She and her parents have been granted £600,000, one of the largest compensation payouts for damages since the News of the World phone-hacking scandal came to light.

And good on her for sticking it out for her day in court, rather than settling.

She wanted to tell a different story this time; of how a young girl’s private life was invaded, time and time again, by reporters illegally hacking into her phone.

And of how her parents were harassed and her mother bullied into an interview about a suicide attempt when journalists heard about it in private voicemails.

There are more celebrity claimants starting proceedings. But once they are settled, what then?

There’s now another Sunday paper on the block wanting celebrity stories to fill its pages because people still want to read them.

We’re all way too obsessed with celebrity status - readers, papers and the famous themselves, who are only too happy to feed the hand that can turn around and bite them when it so chooses.

Will Charlotte shy away from the limelight from this day hence?

I doubt it.