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Keeping Up With the Danczuks: Karen’s ‘journey’ and Simon’s inner Jade Goody

by | 21st, July 2015

Keeping Up With The Danczuks: in today’s instalment of the twitter-based reality TV show, MP Simon Danczuk says:

“I must have been hell to live with. I’d say horrible things to Karen”

Simon and Karen Danczuk are doing their bit to change perceptions of their native Rochdale. Once a place where secrets of sex and power were locked away to fester, Rochale is now where dirty laundry is hung still moist and run up the flagpole.

Carol Midgley meets Simon in Manchester. Will the Danczuks be reconciling?

“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he says, sadly. “No, we’ve been through too much; too much water’s gone under the bridge. It’s not going to happen — but that’s life.”

The conversation turns to his depression:

He regrets not getting help earlier and trying to “self-medicate” with alcohol, a bottle or more of wine a night. After their break-up, his wife went on Twitter to call him an “arrogant alcoholic” but later praised him when he admitted having depression. Danczuk says he isn’t an alcoholic — “I was clearly drinking too much, no doubt about that but I wouldn’t consider myself an alcoholic. Some days I don’t have a drink at all now” — but does describe himself as a workaholic.

He cried on BBC Radio 4:

“I was really angry with myself,” he says. “I’m from a working-class family in Burnley: you don’t cry; that’s not what you do. I got home and I was angry with Karen [saying,] ‘You don’t know what’s [just] happened’.” 

He adds:

“I’d lie in bed in London with suicidal thoughts… Not every day, but you’d just have a low period or something. Drink is a depressant anyway so if you’ve had four or five pints the night before you wake up thinking: ‘God, I feel s*** about myself.’”

Midgley than lays a glove on the media loving Danzuk:

Danczuk seems to be that rarest of creatures: an unguarded politician. Or at least he makes it appear that way.

Ding! Dancuk seems keen to tell his own story, getting in first and hardest with the ‘truth’.

Ask him a question and he seems to answer emotionally, from the hip, not to calculate how it might play out (he was awarded this year’s Contrarian Prize, which seeks to recognise individuals in public life who demonstrate independence of thought, courage and conviction in their actions).

He is self-deprecating, which is a often a likeable trait. If you can’t gain fame by being thick and unchallenging, like the late Jade Goody or the dumb-to-deadline Joey Essex, present yourself as guileless, an open book accessed through serialisation rights.

In reply to a question on what he used to get upset about, he replies:

“Oh, the most mundane things. Domestic things. I must have been hell to live with, actually. I would say some horrible things to Karen as well, really not nice and I regret it.” Does she understand? “Yes, she’s quite forgiving. We’ll remain good friends because we are good friends. I know she’s been through a lot in her own life. I think we’ve helped each other in many ways.”

And on Karen Danczuks, who claims to have been sexually abused when young and is now keen to celebrate her newfound confidence by showing everyone her bust and aiming for a media career:

“I think she’s been on a journey…”

This is the language of cod, X-Factory-style therapy.

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