The Botox mom, a/k/a Kerry Campbell, a/k/a the woman who gave her eight-year-old daughter Botox and “virgin waxes” to prevent hair from growing “down there” and basically make her a better pageant contender, feels very sorry (as she should) that her daughter was taken out of her custody after Campbell appeared on the morning show circuit to talk all about the Botox, etc., and was then unceremoniously trashed by the American parenting public. Thus, she has taken to The Sun, where all this trouble started (it’s there that she initially told her tale of child-Botoxing) to explain that she is incredibly remorseful, and will get therapy for her looks-obsession.
She also vowed never to use Botox on the little Britney again, and said, “I honestly felt I was helping her. I regret doing it and remain committed to being a good mother and being reunited with my daughter.”
Britney is staying with relatives, while San Francisco child protective services investigates, and Campbell is currently allowed no contact with her. Let’s point out that this is probably quite sad for Britney as well as Campbell — no eight-year-old wants to be banned from her own mom. But as we said before, Campbell has made an array of mistakes, the first one being, obviously, her Botoxing her eight-year-old, and the second one being her being a publicity whore about it. Stay out of the papers, lady!
Among the various apology-explanations Campbell gave The Sun,
“I now realise that what I was doing was wrong. By concentrating on Britney’s looks I was ignoring the things that were more important, like her being a normal child.
“The entire world hates me but I will fight to get my daughter back. I have been hounded and become a hate figure, which I probably deserve.
“But I want to take this opportunity to apologise to the world for my mistake. I vow never to give her Botox again.”
Well, we hope she’s right, and the family can be happily reunited, never to look a needle or British tabloid in the face again.
Caveat: This could all, of course, be an elaborate ruse for attention. Or a hoax. Which would still be pretty sick.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 18, 2011