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Here begins lesson 101 in how to destroy a personal brand. No, I’ll start again. Here begins lesson 101 in how to reinforce a negative personal brand. Uh, no, how about: Here begins lesson 101… Oh I give up. It’s all just too hideous for words.
Heather Mills McCartney has been lambasted… and it seems that she happily contributed by a thorough self-basting, before offering herself up for a roasting by the press following her High Court, high-profile divorce from Sir Paul McCartney. No surprises there. No surprises anywhere in fact. Not at her throwing a glass of water over Sir Paul’s lawyer Fiona Shackleton, which Heather apparently referred to as ‘baptising’, nor the fact that she won less than a fifth of the £125m that she was claiming.
And I don’t know why I am surprised that she hasn’t learned a single lesson about managing her personal brand, but I am. One would think that all of the pointers are there for her – as clear as day. Would it really take that much to find a touch of elegant neutral ground or a slither of grace? She seems hell-bent on reinforcing all that we have come to perceive as vile, trashy and vengeful. Can this brand ever recover? I think not.