Saturday 19 January 2019

Glenda has to pull out of Miss Universe gig

GLENDA Gilson has pulled out of a major presenting gig citing work commitments.

The model has said that she will not be able to host the Miss Universe Ireland contest next week because it clashes with another job.

It was to be her first big presenting role since a judge warned that she could be facing jail if she does not fulfil certain obligations in connection with the winding up of a company that she co-owned with her brother, Damien.

The Herald can reveal how the Castleknock beauty will now be replaced by her newly single Xpose colleague Lisa Cannon, who will host the pageant alongside fellow Alan Hughes.

Glenda (30) is said to have bowed out due to conflicting work commitments on the night and will not be in a position to attend the glitzy bash at the Burlington next Friday at all.

It was revealed this week that the showbiz reporter and her sibling could face prison unless they provide a statement of financial affairs in relation to a wound-up car sales company they are directors of.

High Court judge Ms Justice Mary Finlay-Geoghegan warned the siblings that they had two weeks to provide the statement or else they will have to appear personally in court to explain why on June 27.

The judge said she wanted to make it clear if they fail to comply, any application to attach and commit them to prison for failure to do so will still stand.

Glenda's co-owned company The Gilson Motor Co, Annaly Drive, Onger Wood, Dublin 15, was wound up by the High Court after it failed to pay €141,937 in taxes to the Revenue last March.

To date, the brunette beauty has declined to make any comment on the court case.


She did, however, turn on the style on Thursday night when she stepped out to the launch of TV3's summer reality series Celebrity Salon in an orange shorts and top combo.

The TV3 beauty stayed well out of show participant Rosanna Davison's way on the night following the high-profile pair's now infamous falling out last year.

The much-publicised split in their friendship came about after Rosanna jetted off to Morocco with Glenda's ex Johnny Ronan following the onetime couple's public bust-up, dubbed the 'Ranelagh rumble'.

And while Glenda will miss out on next week's glitzy Miss Universe bash, Rosie will be there on the night as one of the celebrity judges.

The Herald columnist will join forces with fellow judge Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace to choose this year's Miss Universe Ireland, who will step into reigning beauty queen Rozanna Purcell's shoes.

This year's winner will jet to Sao Paulo in Brazil later this year to go head to head with other beauties from around the globe in the hopes of taking the title.

Miss Universe Ireland organiser Andrea Roche will be accompanying the Irish representative to the pageant to provide support.


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