Today in news we’ve never been so happy to hear, so-called “Botox Mom” is now claiming she made the whole thing up. In a written and signed declaration obtained by TMZ (who else?), Kerry Campbell says she never injected her daughter Britney with Botox, “nor allowed her to get any type of waxing, nor is she a beauty pageant contestant.” So why say she did?
Campbell, whose really name it turns out is actually Sheena Upton, says The Sun (which originally “broke” the story) approached her and asked her to “play the role of Kerry Campbell.” Upton says she was paid $200 and given a script to follow for the interview. As for her impassioned defense of her actions on ABC’s Good Morning America, Upton also claims that the network offered her “a large fee” to appear on camera. After GMA’s segment aired, San Francisco’s Human Services Agency removed Britney from her home.
First of all, this sensational story is from The Sun, which is unapologetically a tabloid. Then, there’s scarce evidence that the little girl and mother exist as they’re presented in the story. The pair, who are called Kerry and Britney Campbell in the piece, have almost no online footprint. The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology has no record of a Kerry Campbell, and there isn’t anyone with a similar name licensed in the San Francisco area. Even a search of Yelp and Facebook didn’t turn up anything.
And if Britney is competing in Bay Area beauty pageants, she should probably show up somewhere on their websites, but I checked several and found nothing. Nanette Mathias of California’s Our Little Miss organization also told me that its pageants don’t allow girls to compete if they’re using adult treatments like Botox and waxing.
Apparently Upton put together the declaration in order to regain custody of Britney and the pair have since been reunited. Futhermore, she says professionals agree with her declaration. “After my daughter received a full medical exam,” she writes, “the results indicated that she has not ever received treatments including Botox or other such injections.”
While Upton’s actions, if true, are still reprehensible, we’ve never been so happy to have fallen for a hoax. The big unanswered question in all of this, however, is how Britney is faring. Injecting an eight-year-old with Botox is terrible, but being parading her out on national television for the sake of a few dollars might just be worse.
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