Belle de Jour reveals identity
Belle de Jour has revealed her identity as developmental neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology specialist Dr Brooke Magnanti. Hands up if you guessed that outcome? The Bristol research scientist, whose web diary of her second career as a call girl became a series of books and ITV show starring Billie Piper, made the revelation in an interview with The Times. Magnanti said: "It was time. I've felt so much guardedness and paranoia about remaining anonymous recently. It's really been playing with my emotions."
She continued: "Now I just really want to be on the other side of this. I don't mind what happens about coming out; I don't want this massive secret over me anymore. It's changing the way I behave around people, the way I conduct my life."
On her blog, she added: "Belle will always be a part of me. She doesn't belong in a little box, but as a fully acknowledged side of a real person.
"The non-Belle part of my life isn't the only 'real' bit, it's ALL real. Belle and the person who wrote her had been apart too long. I had to bring them back together."