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Thursday 16 August 2018

Penniless Karla shrugs off troubles to catch Bieber Fever at movie premiere

FLAT-broke socialite Karla Elliott has made her first public appearance since she applied for a council house.

The former wife of Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott brushed aside the financial catastrophe which has left her penniless, to attend the Irish premiere of Justin Bieber's debut movie

Karla was among a host of stars who turned out for Never Say Never at Cineworld on Parnell Street, Dublin.

The ex-Society Queen (46), who also had a relationship with restaurateur Conrad Gallagher, stepped out alongside her daughter Emily Jade (12) and a school pal.

It marked her first public appearance since it emerged that she is living on social welfare payments as a lone parent.

The mum-of-one declared herself so poor that she could not afford to pay staff at her failed beauty salon Sanas in Churchtown, South Dublin, at an employment appeals tribunal last month.

And she revealed that she had to resort to selling her jewellery and designer clothes in order to pay the bills, describing herself as a "shell of a human being".

"I feel so numb. I feel so low. I feel so bad. I feel like I have been kicked and kicked repeatedly. It is so humiliating, all this. I am embarrassed about the situation," she said last month.

"I don't know what to do, I don't know where to turn or who to talk to. I am on the dole. It is all so embarrassing and humiliating. Totally humiliating."

Last night, however, she looked glam in a black patterned coat and appeared to be in a jovial mood as she joked with photographers.

However, the former model insisted she would not be making any further comment on her financial difficulties.

"I'm here to see the Justin Bieber movie and have a good time, nothing else," she told the Herald when asked about her financial predicament.

Karla currently lives with Emily Jade in a two-bedroom rented apartment in South Dublin.

Other guests who stepped out to the red-carpet event included top model Georgia Salpa, who treated her two younger sisters to the film, and reigning Miss Ireland Emma Waldron, who said she was infected by 'Bieber Fever'.

"I absolutely adore him. I think it's just fascinating how he found fame so young."

lnolan@herald.ie

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