Gogglebox millionaire Scarlett Moffatt was described this week as feeling “betrayed and confused” when she found out that her mother had been dipping into her fortune to fund a gambling addiction.
30-year old Scarlett rose to fame and fortune after appearing on the hit TV show, but recently discovered that her 50-year old mother, Betty Moffat, had turned to online gambling during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown.
That saw Betty, who Scarlett often called her “mamager”, losing “thousands every week” according to newspaper reports. She then – “desperate and panicky” according to insiders – began to chase her losses by secretly taking “thousands” from daughter Scarlett’s accounts.
The big win to replace the money never appeared according to a source for the Sun newspaper, stating:
“Of course, she never did win the money and the next thing she knew, Scarlett realised her account was missing tens of thousands, and was horrified. Initially she didn’t understand and obviously felt betrayed and confused. But once Betty broke down and explained what had happened Scarlett couldn’t have been more supportive.”
Scarlett’s mother is now in rehab and receiving therapy for her gambling addiction.
Scarlett Moffat’s millions started to pour in after she, her mum Betty, and 54-year old dad Mark became one of the most popular families on the Channel 4 show, Gogglebox, back in 2014.
Scarlett went on to win the Queen of the Jungle title in “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!” in 2016, following it up with further TV appearances, fashion advertising work, as well as book deals and a fitness DVD.
As the only director of Northern Unicorn Productions, Scarlett received dividends of £448,000 in 2018, followed by £240,000 in each of the last two years.
A representative for Scarlett declined to comment on the shock news.
If you or someone you know is having problems keeping their gambling under control, you can call GamCare for free on 0808 8020 133, or access their online services here.
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