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No, I don't necessarily think that's true. I think that as soon as you try and create a public image, which -- and there is evidence to suggest that actually the way you live your life privately is very different to that public image that you've tried to create and manipulate, there might be a kind of hypocrisy argument, and I say might. I think this is a very grey area, because I think it's easy to use it as an excuse, particularly for mass circulation newspapers, to delve into the private lives of celebrities.

For me, the much more important principle here is that celebrities become celebrities very often because they are good at something. I think Steve Coogan made this point, "I happen to be a good writer", he said, and this person happened to be a wonderful singer. There are people who are very good at sport or are wonderful dancers, and they became famous and possibly rich because they are very good at something.

The idea that therefore, about because they excel at what they do, they should then become legitimate targets for journalistic exposure or even any kind of intrusion that they don't want seems to me to be entirely wrong and entirely counter-productive and it's actually -- I think in a funny kind of way it's quite British, in a bad way, and I don't think it reflects well, actually, on our own culture.

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