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Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner’s PDA at Bahrain Grand Prix echoes some notorious shows of solidarity by famous couples hit by scandal


Arriving hand-in-hand for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix wearing vintage Gucci and a poker face, Geri Horner was determined to give everyone a clear message: Stand By Your Man. 

Spice Girl Geri was seen sharing several PDAs with her beleaguered husband Christian Horner – after the humiliating leak of hundreds of WhatsApp messages, apparently exchanged between the Red Bull team principle and a female colleague. 

And yet the couple were all over each other, sharing kisses and huddling up close, all in full sight of the photographers.

It comes straight out of the playbook of a beleagured MP after a cheating scandal – kiss for the cameras and perhaps it will make everyone forget. 

Dominic West tried the same tactic in a notoriously awkward photoshoot with his wife in 2020, after he was caught in a passionate clinch with then co-star Lily James.

This weekend, ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell shared a kiss with her beleaguered husband Christian Horner - who has faced allegations relating to hundreds of WhatsApp messages that appeared to be written by him to a female colleague - at the Bahrain Grand Prix in a show of solidarity after leaked text messages rocked Formula One

This weekend, ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell shared a kiss with her beleaguered husband Christian Horner – who has faced allegations relating to hundreds of WhatsApp messages that appeared to be written by him to a female colleague – at the Bahrain Grand Prix in a show of solidarity after leaked text messages rocked Formula One

Another memorable cheating row from that same year saw a teary-eyed Will Smith put on a show of unity with Jada Pinkett-Smith after she admitted to an affair with musician August Alsina – by appearing on their family talk show.

Here, FEMAIL takes a look at the cringe-worthy moments of solidarity from seemingly hard-done spouses…

CHRISTIAN HORNER AND GERI HALIWELL 

Geri Halliwell shared a kiss with her beleaguered husband Christian Horner at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, amid scandal rumours.

It appeared that Christian leaned in to kiss his wife in full view of the cameras as the world watched their response to the controversy that has rocked Formula One.

After they shared a smooch, Geri seemed to look directly at photographers. 

Her husband, Red Bull F1 chief Christian, has faced allegations relating to hundreds of WhatsApp messages that appeared to be written by him to a female colleague.

Christian was cleared to continue as Red Bull head following an internal probe into ‘inappropriate behaviour’ by the F1 team’s parent company, Red Bull GmbH. The 50-year-old has always denied the claims. 

Geri Halliwell shared a kiss with her beleaguered husband Christian Horner at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, amid scandal rumours

Geri Halliwell shared a kiss with her beleaguered husband Christian Horner at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, amid scandal rumours

Christian initially broke cover on Saturday morning with no sign of Geri after his wife found out the texts were leaked as she was flying in a private jet.

Yet the couple walked hand-in-hand in the Paddock in Bahrain. Geri appeared red-eyed as she put on a brave face, smiling while her husband clenched her hand. 

Last week, Red Bull cleared Horner of inappropriate behaviour allegations which were made by a female employee.

But 24 hours later, flirtatious WhatsApp messages apparently exchanged between Christian and the female complainant were leaked to 149 F1 figures while Geri was on a flight to see her husband ahead of this weekend’s season opener.

An insider previously told the Mail it would be ‘mayhem’ if Geri showed her face at Saturday’s Grand Prix. 

However, Red Bull confirmed to Mail Sport on Saturday that the former Spice Girl would be on the grid and she was seen at around 1.20pm with her F1 boss husband.

Christian initially broke cover on Saturday morning with no sign of Geri after his wife found out the texts were leaked as she was flying in a private jet

Christian initially broke cover on Saturday morning with no sign of Geri after his wife found out the texts were leaked as she was flying in a private jet 

It appeared that Christian leaned in to kiss his wife in full view of the cameras as the world watched their response to the controversy that has rocked Formula One

It appeared that Christian leaned in to kiss his wife in full view of the cameras as the world watched their response to the controversy that has rocked Formula One

Geri was holding ‘crisis talks’ over Christian‘s leaked text messages and did not want to meet her husband in Bahrain until she was talked into it by his family, sources earlier claimed.

Red Bull workers are reportedly afraid that more messages may be leaked.

Christian, who has won 13 world championships since heading the team as a 31-year-old in 2005, had previously thanked his ‘very supportive wife’ for her backing during the accusations.

Geri and Christian mixed in social circles before they struck up a romance, having first met each other at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2009.

Christian, who has won 13 world championships since heading the team as a 31-year-old in 2005 , had previously thanked his 'very supportive wife' for her backing during the accusations

Christian, who has won 13 world championships since heading the team as a 31-year-old in 2005 , had previously thanked his ‘very supportive wife’ for her backing during the accusations

Yet the couple walked hand-in-hand in the Paddock in Bahrain. Geri appeared red-eyed as she put on a brave face, smiling while her husband clenched her hand

Yet the couple walked hand-in-hand in the Paddock in Bahrain. Geri appeared red-eyed as she put on a brave face, smiling while her husband clenched her hand

Their relationship, however, got off to a rocky start, coming under fire after the Red Bull chief left his long-term partner Beverley Allen six months after she gave birth to their daughter Olivia.

While the couple took a short break to see if Christian could rescue his relationship with the mother of his child, just nine months later he announced his engagement to Ginger Spice in a notice in the The Times in 2014.

The former Spice Girl and Red Bull boss tied the knot at St Mary’s Church in Woburn, Bedfordshire, in 2015.

Geri’s A-line lace bridal gown was designed by British designer Phillipa Lepley.

Her nine-year-old daughter, Bluebell, whom she had with screenwriter Sacha Gervasi in 2005, also attended the wedding.

Guests included Geri’s former Spice Girls co-star Emma Bunton, radio presenter and singer Myleene Klass, and TV presenter Amanda Holden.

DOMINIC WEST AND CATHERINE FITZGERALD

Dominic West and his wife struck a ‘denial pose’ in echoes of ‘unfaithful politicians trying to save their careers’ as they posed outside their house in 2020 – in a famously awkward photoshoot.

The actor, who wasn’t wearing his wedding ring, and his wife Catherine FitzGerald kissed and put on a united front outside their Wiltshire home after his passionate clinch with Lily James in Rome in a pose reminiscent of various MPs – including the likes of Piers Merchant. 

Speaking to FEMAIL at the time, body language guru Judi James said she was surprised the couple went for the ‘old-school and rather gruesome body language ritual known as ‘The Denial’ pose’ to prove their marriage is still ‘strong’ and that they’re ‘very much still together’.

Dominic West and his wife struck a 'denial pose' in echoes of 'unfaithful politicians trying to save their careers' as they posed outside their house in 2020 - in a famously awkward photoshoot

Dominic West and his wife struck a ‘denial pose’ in echoes of ‘unfaithful politicians trying to save their careers’ as they posed outside their house in 2020 – in a famously awkward photoshoot

The actor, who wasn't wearing his wedding ring, and his wife Catherine FitzGerald kissed and put on a united front outside their Wiltshire home

The actor, who wasn’t wearing his wedding ring, and his wife Catherine FitzGerald kissed and put on a united front outside their Wiltshire home

‘Whether prompted by guilt or actual innocence, the denial ritual is notoriously and historically one of the trickiest non-verbal performances to pull off,’ she explained. 

‘A favourite of face-and-career-saving politicians, who would often involve their entire family in the Walton’s-style shots, the public have become cynical as a result of so many of them emerging just prior to a split.’ 

The photos came one day after the actor and the Mamma Mia! star Lily, caused quite the stir with their passionate – and very public – display and didn’t seem to mind who saw them as they cuddled up while taking in the sights of the Italian city. 

JADA PINKETT-SMITH AND WILL SMITH 

Many fans were left wincing after Will Smith four years ago joined his wife Jada Pinkett-Smit on Red Table Talk – for a candid conversation about the affair she had admitted to having.

During their talk on the Facebook show, the two openly discussed Jada’s ‘entanglement’ with August Alsina as they even addressed the break in their marriage in 2015. 

In the episode, the Hollywood couple sat opposite each other as they set the record straight and reaffirmed their commitment to each other.

Jada began explaining that the couple met August through their son Jaden, 25, and recalled the singer, who would have been 23 at the time, was ‘really sick’.

Many fans were left wincing after Will Smith four years ago joined his wife Jada Pinkett-Smit on Red Table Talk - for a candid conversation about the affair she had admitted to having

Many fans were left wincing after Will Smith four years ago joined his wife Jada Pinkett-Smit on Red Table Talk – for a candid conversation about the affair she had admitted to having 

During their talk on the Facebook show, the two openly discussed Jada's 'entanglement' with August Alsina as they even addressed the break in their marriage in 2015

During their talk on the Facebook show, the two openly discussed Jada’s ‘entanglement’ with August Alsina as they even addressed the break in their marriage in 2015

Jada said: ‘And it all started with him just needing some help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state. 

‘The outpouring for him from our family was initially about his health,’ she said. ‘We found all those different resources to help pull him through and from there you and I were going through a very difficult time.’ 

Following Jada’s confession Will admitted: ‘I was done with you,’ while Jada added that they decided to separate for a ‘period of time’.

‘And then what did you do, Jada?’ Will asked, urging his wife to keep talking. 

‘As time went on, I got into a different type of entanglement with August,’ Jada explained.

The mother-of-two went on to respond to August’s claim that Will gave her ‘permission’ to have an affair.

‘The only person that can give permission in that circumstance is myself,’ she insisted.

Jada began explaining that the couple met August through their son Jaden, 25, and recalled the singer, who would have been 23 at the time, was 'really sick'. August pictured in 2016

Jada began explaining that the couple met August through their son Jaden, 25, and recalled the singer, who would have been 23 at the time, was ‘really sick’. August pictured in 2016

‘But what August was probably trying to communicate because I could see how he could see it as permission because we were separated amicably, and I think he wanted to make it clear he’s not a home wrecker, because he’s not.’

When Will pushed Jada to clarify what she meant by ‘entanglement’ she responded, ‘It was a relationship, absolutely.’ 

As Will made light of the fact that he’s being the dutiful husband and standing by his wife after her ‘transgressions’ amid intense media scrutiny, Jada admitted that she doesn’t see her relationship with August ‘as a transgression at all’.

Jade said: ‘Through that particular journey, I learned so much about myself and was able to really confront a lot of emotional immaturity, emotional insecurity and I was really able to do some really deep healing.

In October, Jada admitted that she decided to stay by Will’s side, the moment he slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022.

‘I knew it was going to be an intense reaction. And that was the moment that I decided that I was going to stay by his side,’ she said on The One Show. ‘You know, it’s funny how intense situations can amplify love, and it was a pretty difficult time, but it definitely drew us closer. So yeah, it’s, crazy how things work.’

In the explosive memoir, she has revealed how the dynamics of her marriage with famous actor and Will changed after the Oscars.

The pair had secretly separated six years prior to the incident, with Jada confessing: ‘I’m not thinking in a million years he’s getting up on stage and it has anything to do with me!’

In October, Jada admitted that she decided to stay by Will's side, the moment he slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. The couple pictured in 2019

In October, Jada admitted that she decided to stay by Will’s side, the moment he slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. The couple pictured in 2019

While she and Will were living separately at the time, Jada explained that they've always had each other's backs, more so now that they're apart. Trey Smith, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith pictured in 2022

While she and Will were living separately at the time, Jada explained that they’ve always had each other’s backs, more so now that they’re apart. Trey Smith, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith pictured in 2022

Speaking to Red magazine, she added: ‘That’s when your relationship gets deeper than romance or all the c**p that comes with marriage.

‘I was just really concerned about Will. And I realised in that moment that, as challenging as our relationship can be, I’m always going to be by his side, no matter what.’

At the 94th Academy Awards, Will strode onto the stage and slapped Chris after the comedian cracked a joke about Jada looking like ‘G.I. Jane’ because of her bald head when she had recently revealed that was suffering from alopecia.

While she and Will were living separately at the time, Jada explained that they’ve always had each other’s backs, more so now that they’re apart.

PIERS AND HELEN MERCHANT 

Disgraced former Tory MP Piers Merchant, who died in September, 2009, was caught with 17-year-old Soho nightclub ‘hostess’ Anna Cox at the height of the Tory sleaze furore before the 1997 General Election. 

His wife Helen Merchant backed her husband by declaring that he had been a ‘bloody fool’ but that she still loved him – and similarly appeared on the doorstep of the family home and kissed him passionately.

Piers, a committed Thatcherite, was Personal Private Secretary to Social Security Secretary Peter Lilley at the time of the Anna Cox scandal.

He immediately denied that he was having an affair with the Soho hostess claiming: ‘Anna is a dear friend of mine and has been helping my campaign.

‘But there is no question of us having an affair. I have never made love to her.’

His wife Helen Merchant backed her husband by declaring that he had been a 'bloody fool' but that she still loved him - and similarly appeared on the doorstep of the family home and kissed him passionately

His wife Helen Merchant backed her husband by declaring that he had been a ‘bloody fool’ but that she still loved him – and similarly appeared on the doorstep of the family home and kissed him passionately

Piers, a committed Thatcherite, was Personal Private Secretary to Social Security Secretary Peter Lilley at the time of the Anna Cox scandal

Piers, a committed Thatcherite, was Personal Private Secretary to Social Security Secretary Peter Lilley at the time of the Anna Cox scandal

He was quoted as saying: ‘That may well be me kissing her in the picture, but I see nothing wrong with that. I am sure my wife will not be the slightest bit concerned.’

Within days of being caught out by the Sun, Piers and his wife appeared on the doorstep of their family home and passionately kissed for the benefit of the assembled Press.

Despite the controversy, he retained his Beckenham seat at the election. 

He claimed that he had been the victim of an elaborate ‘sting’  and claimed that Cox had been recruited by the Sun from a Soho hostess bar.

Until the story broke in the Sun, Anna’s family had not known she was working in a strip club as a £100-a-night hostess.

The girl who had left school with ten GCSEs told them she was a waitress.

‘I’m not old enough to vote  –  but I’m old enough to know when I’ve been used,’ Ms Cox was quoted as saying at the time.

He immediately denied that he was having an affair with the Soho hostess claiming: 'Anna is a dear friend of mine and has been helping my campaign. Pictured with his wife

He immediately denied that he was having an affair with the Soho hostess claiming: ‘Anna is a dear friend of mine and has been helping my campaign. Pictured with his wife

But despite the controversy over the pictures Piers then befriended Ms Cox and hired her as his assistant and began an affair.

He took Ms Cox to the Tory conference in Blackpool that year and they were videoed in another tabloid sting – set up by Merchant’s former colleague Anthony Gilberthorpe.

Gilberthorpe had been paid £25,000 by the Mirror, whose journalists had wired the flat with concealed video recorders to capture the couple’s cavortings.

He also invited the couple to stay in his York flat, secretly filmed them in bed and released that, too.

Pictures from their bedroom romp made the front page of the Sunday Mirror for a further two weeks.

Mrs Merchant still stood by her husband, insisting that Ms Cox was a family friend with whom she was happy for her husband to spend his nights.

But Piers later admitted to the Mail that he had slept with Ms Cox up to two months before the Tory conference.

In a detailed explanation of the affair, Piers told how he had broken the news of his infidelity to his wife in a mobile phone call onboard a packed commuter train.

And he was later forced to apologise for having lied to the public and his party about the affair when confronted.

Piers said: ‘As the story was breaking I made a statement which was deliberately misleading.

‘To counter the allegations, I issued a statement saying categorically: “Piers Merchant and Anna Cox are NOT having an affair.”

‘Strictly speaking, because of the tense, that was true. We were not having an affair – we were sitting at home with my wife and family. I admit it was deceptive. I was trying to be too clever, and I regret that.’

In 2004 Piers was caught out again cheating on his wife with 41-year-old property consultant Caroline Bew in yet another tabloid sting.

Piers quit as an MP 48 hours later under pressure from new Tory leader William Hague.

Ina statement he said: ‘This is entirely my own decision. I have been put under no pressure from anyone else to do this.

‘I have always tried to work as effectively as possible for all my constituents.

‘I have informed my agent and Conservative Association chairman but have not yet had the opportunity to discuss the matter.

‘I hope my quick decision will reduce damage to the local association.’



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