In a bid to encash her newfound popularity, 22-year-old Mumbai Indians cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto is now demanding money to talk about her recent sacking from IPL for blogging about ‘flirtatious’ cricketers.
When contacted by us for an interview, Pasqualotto, now back at home in South Africa, replied, “Due to the huge publicity and interest with my story, I have been approached by many media clientele, locally and internationally. I am in negotiations with my lawyer and I have decided to do one story for an independent newspaper in South Africa. I want to do one story for India, in which it should be my own exclusive story, written by me.”
The message further read, “I have been offered a fee, in order to cover my funds. So if you are willing to pay, I will be happy to have an interview with you for a bio etc and discuss this matter further.”
A reporter from a South African paper that broke the story, confirmed, on condition of anonymity, “Everyone wants Gabriella’s number. I’m afraid she has sold her story to a local paper and I’ve been instructed to stop giving her number to journalists. I believe her story will appear over the weekend.”
Interestingly, in her tweets, Pasqualotto has denied writing what she did, for money or fame. “It’s not about the dollars,” she tweeted earlier. “Not after fame/money. Just want to be heard,” she wrote on Twitter again, on Wednesday.
Why she’s in news
Gabriella Pasqualotto, 22, a cheerleader of South African origin, was fired from the Indian Premier League’s Mumbai Indians cheerleading squad for alleging on her blog that cricketers misbehaved with her at post-match parties. It was later reported that three of the team’s players — Aiden Blizzard, Andrew Symond and Moises Henriques — had complained against her.