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Annabel Giles has torn into the Daily Mail for using a comment she made in the wake of the death of Charles Kennedy as the basis for a diary story about a 'tryst' between the pair.
After the former Liberal Democrat leader died last week, the Welsh actress and presenter paid tribute to Kennedy on Twitter, claiming the two once went on a date together.
I once went on a date with Charles Kennedy. He was (I think) the youngest ever MP at the time. And no, we didn't. #gentleman— Annabel Giles (@Annabel_Giles) June 2, 2015
Writing a week later in the Mail, the paper's diarist Sebastian Shakespeare published an article based on the tweet titled: "Annabel - my tryst with sad Charles Kennedy."
In the piece he re-produced Giles' tweet: "‘I once went on a date with Charles Kennedy,’ she says. ‘He was the youngest ever MP at the time.’ Annabel adds coyly: ‘And no, we didn’t.’"
Giles was quick to react, presumably upset that she felt Mail's article implied more had gone on between her and Scots politician.
HOW PATHETIC. HOW UTTERLY PATHETIC. FUCK OFF, DAILY MAIL. https://t.co/JxMek3f2cD— Annabel Giles (@Annabel_Giles) June 9, 2015
THIS IS UTTERLY PATHETIC. WANKERS. WHERE'S THE NEWS? https://t.co/ViibbuxB5c— Annabel Giles (@Annabel_Giles) June 9, 2015
The word tryst is often used to to describe an appointment to meet at a certain time and place, especially one made somewhat secretly by lovers, but can also mean a meeting or place of meeting.
The Daily Mail's deputy diary editor tweeted the story, referencing her ex-husband.
Which just seemed to make Giles angrier.
I married a famous man 30 years ago and have done nothing of note or interest since. https://t.co/hCGfT63Fmm— Annabel Giles (@Annabel_Giles) June 9, 2015
Right, well, I think that's told 'em! *brushes self down, picks self up, starts all over again*— Annabel Giles (@Annabel_Giles) June 9, 2015
Amazing response from twitter, thank you so much. Turns out I'm not the only one who doesn't like the Daily Mail. #understatementoftheyear— Annabel Giles (@Annabel_Giles) June 9, 2015
Many people came out in support of Giles expressing their feelings over the article.