Do celebs have a right to a private life?

Published Wednesday, 18 December 2013
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This week One Direction singer Harry Styles won a court order stopping the paparazzi from harassing him, but is being followed and photographed just part of being in the spotlight, or should celebrities have a right to privacy?

Do celebs have a right to a private life?
Harry Styles won a court order stopping the paparazzi from harassing him. (© Getty)

Styles' actions follow claims that he was unhappy with the methods and tactics of certain photographers.

In the past numerous celebrities have found themselves caught up in legal proceedings after lashing out at the paparazzi but should they simply accept that they no longer have any privacy while in the public eye?

Speaking to This Morning, Blue singer Lee Ryan, who has also had altercations with photographers, said there is a difference between taking photos if a celebrity who is on the red carpet and constantly harassing the person while they are in private.

"It's a hard thing to kind of grasp when you first get in the industry," he said. "(The paparazzi) can be very intrusive and goad you to get a reaction from you.

"I have seen firsthand the way paparazzi behave and it can be quite despicable sometimes.

"For example I've seen paparazzi put their cameras up women's skirts; I mean that's just below the belt, that is disgusting.

"I think that is just really low and I fell like there is no kind of boundary right there."

One of the reasons One Direction are the world's biggest boyband is because of the paparazzi.

Neill Wallis, former editor

But former editor Neill Wallis disagreed and argued that if a person wants to be in the spotlight, they should accept that they have "done a deal with the devil".

He said: "When you do this, when Lee chose to be a member of Blue, they knew exactly what they were doing.

"There is a basic truth which is to become the world's biggest boyband you have to get lots of young teenage girls screaming after you and you have to have your photograph taken a awful lot.

"It has very little to do with the talent of the song.

"There is no sadder sound in the world than a star from a boyband ringing you up and saying "but I was on the red carpet last night, why isn't my picture in the paper?"

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