'Disappointing, but not surprising': Katie Price's management company hit back at model show winner Amy Willerton's claims they let her down
Katie Price's management company has hit back at claims they failed her modelling show winner Amy Willerton, insisting they fulfilled all their promises.
BlackSheep Management – run by Price's manager Andrew Antonio and her brother Daniel – insisted they had a long-term plan for the 19-year-old's success, but she was impatient.
The company put out a statement on Price's official blog this afternoon after the Bristol teenager sold her story to a Sunday newspaper, accusing the reality star and the firm of failing her.
BlackSheep Management praised Willerton as 'beautiful and bright', but said her refusal to work with them on an exclusive basis – as mentioned on the Signed /03/04/article-2109917-11DEDE3D000005DC-130_306x790.jpg” width=”306″ height=”790″ alt=”Differences: Amy Willerton, pictured left at Hybrid relaunch party two weeks ago, claims her mentor Katie Price, pictured on Friday, hasn't fulfilled her promises” class=”blkBorder” />
Differences: Amy Willerton, pictured left at Hybrid relaunch party two weeks ago, claims her mentor Katie Price, pictured on Friday, hasn't fulfilled her promises
They said they had spent
'considerable time and money' preparing to launch Willerton's career,
alluding to some 'reputational issues' that needed clearing up first.
Following her official launch in January – a month after she was unveiled as the winner on the Sky Living show – Willerton refused to sign a contract with them.
In an interview with the Sunday
Mirror today, Willerton claims she refused to sign the contract because
she didn't believe she had been offered enough modelling work since the
show and was disappointed with how little time her 'mentor' Price spent
She told the paper: 'I never expected overnight fame. But I don’t believe the promises from Katie or her team were kept.
'Disappointing, but unfortunately not surprising': Price's management company Blacksheep put a lengthy statement on the model's official blog
'I'm so angry.
When I won, I thought life would change. It has… but for the worse. My
life’s been turned upside down. I’ve had enough of Katie and don’t want
anything more to do with her or her team.'
However, in their statement, BlackSheep Management said: 'As Amy is aware we have only been able to work with her properly since she was announced as the winner on Kate’s show (on 6th December 2011), because we were embargoed from doing so before then…
'We discussed with Amy when would be best to launch her to the world and it was decided that this should happen after the Christmas period. This happened on the 20th January, just 5 weeks ago.
'After the launch Amy decided she did not want to work with us on an exclusive basis. We have no issue with that as we are not interested in forcing client’s to work with us but this was something that all the contestants on Katie’s show were told they would need to do.
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'Naturally with Amy refusing to agree such it undermined our ability to manage her in the way envisaged. This was Amy’s choice.'
Willerton, from Bristol, claims she was encouraged to give up her place at Cardiff University and in the Miss England competition and quit her job at a clothing store.
she was unveiled as the winner of the show in December – several months
after it was filmed – she said she expected to land a modelling
contract, a front page on OK! magazine, keys to a Range Rover and a
luxury holiday in the Maldives.
However, BlackSheep insist they fulfilled all their promises to her.
The statement continued: 'There have been no broken promises to Amy and it is sad that she is claiming such. The prizes for the show were: A contract with Blacksheep Management – Amy has chosen not to sign this, it is not something we have failed to deliver.
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'The use of Range Rover car for a
year – This too was delivered but Amy has been unable to get insurance.
Alternatives were being considered.
'A luxury holiday – again, Amy could
have taken this. During the time she wanted to go away we made a 5 star
villa in Marbella available to her.
'We are sorry that Amy seems to think
this is below her. Had she wanted to go on different dates other
options would have been available.'
said Willerton's decision to sell her story was 'disappointing but
unfortunately not surprising', claiming she had 'changed' from the girl
they discovered while filming the show.
They also said Willerton had 'taken the short term option of doing a
story to s**g off Kate, that’s fine – it is what a lot of people do to
get 5 minutes of fame but it is not the way to build a long term career'.
Writing on her Twitter page today, Willerton confirmed she had left BlackSheep Management.
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She tweeted: 'I can confirm that I have left Black Sheep Mgt. None of the prizes, and promises on SBK were delivered – I have walked away.
'For everyone wondering about the range rover it was taken away the day after the launch – I never drove it.'
The women's fall-out comes six weeks after they shared the sofa on This Morning.
Speaking about her protogee, Price said: 'She stood out a lot and
for nineteen she's really mature for her age and even if you've got a
product, I can put her anywhere and she can just talk.
got the look, the body. I mean, some people have got
mixed views on Amy and I think when you first meet Amy, a lot of people
are like “she's fake and she's this and that”, but I think when she's
nervous she talks a lot but she's really not like that.
'She's contracted [with me], but if she
wants to go, she can go, but I don't think she wants to go anywhere!
That's important for anyone out there actually, when they go to
agencies, you always find agencies that just want to sign them up, its
like you shouldn't have that worry, its nice to have that confidence