Sydney PR guru Roxy Jacenko has finally put an end to her longstanding feud with gossip columnist Andrew Hornery.
The pair, who famously clashed in 2018 after Hornery mocked Jacenko’s outfit during a fundraiser, buried the hatchet last month after meeting for lunch at a trendy restaurant in Paddington, Sydney.
Hornery noted in his Sydney Morning Herald column on Thursday that both he and Jacenko had become “mutually beneficial adversaries” over the years.
Friends again! PR guru Roxy Jacenko (left) has buried the hatchet with her media nemesis Andrew Hornery (right), three years after branding the gossip columnist “a bitter old man” for mocking the designer dress she wore to a fundraising campaign
“Just as to me Jacenko is a rich seam of stories, those stories kept her in the news cycle that underpinned her career,” he wrote.
Hornery explained that he had apologized to Jacenko for the mean stories he had written about her personal life in the past.
Admittedly, I have more than once described her as a ‘publicity-seeking missile,’ he said, adding that Jacenko had once responded to his wails by calling him a ‘bitter and deranged old man’.
Burying the hatchet: Hornery noted in his Sydney Morning Herald column on Thursday that both he and Jacenko had become “mutually beneficial adversaries” over the years. He also said he apologized to Jacenko for the mean stories he had written about her in the past
He also apologized for the way he reported on Jacenko’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2016.
At the time, Hornery had accused the PR mogul of using her health struggles to gain publicity, especially after she had a tumor removed during a 60 Minutes special.
“It’s a topic that I admit I owe her a much-anticipated apology for after reporting cynically about the media exposure before 60 Minutes filmed her operation,” he wrote.
Critic: In May 2018, Hornery raised eyebrows when he mocked Jacenko for wearing a powder blue ‘mullet’ dress (pictured) designed by Velani for the Sydney Gold Dinner fundraiser
The pair’s decision to make peace comes three years after Hornery and Jacenko clashed in a much-discussed media scandal contest.
In May 2018, the writer mocked the publicist for wearing a powder blue ‘mullet’ dress designed by Velani to the Sydney Gold Dinner fundraiser.
Hornery made a comment about Jacenko’s ensemble after returning it to the Five Dock store shortly after wearing it on the red carpet.
Snarky: Under the headline ‘Mullet Dress Swims Upstream’, Hornery wrote: ‘Barely 48 hours after it hung from the fake tan frame of one Roxy Jacenko, the over-the-top Italian tulle ‘mullet’ dress was back in the picture. window of Five Dock “couturier” Velani’
Under the headline ‘Mullet Dress Swims Upstream’, Hornery wrote: ‘Barely 48 hours after hanging from the fake tan frame of one Roxy Jacenko, the over-the-top Italian tulle ‘mullet’ dress was back in the window of one Roxy Jacenko. Five Dock “couturier” Velani.”
The mother of two quickly hit back, telling the Daily Mail Australia at the time: ‘Good heavens, he really is a bitter old man.’
Days later, Hornery returned fire by sharing an Instagram photo of a fashion boutique in western Sydney with the caption: ‘Fairfield “couturier” Rose’s – sadly no sign of mullet.’
Don’t go down without a fight: Mum of two hit back quickly, telling Daily Mail Australia at the time: ‘Heavenly, he really is a bitter old man’
Ouch! Days later, Hornery returned fire by sharing a photo to Instagram of a fashion store in western Sydney, alongside the caption: ‘Fairfield “couturier” Rose’s – sadly no sign of mullers’
Hornery went on to criticize Jacenko for claiming her “mullet” dress was a “one-off” design, insisting that the dress in fact very similar to one recently worn by Italian designer and model Chiara Ferragni.
Jacenko responded by posting a photo of another “mullet style” dress, sarcastically captioning it: “How the hell did you miss this one?”
She added: ‘Oh wow, I’ll be damned—another mullet frock—maybe we can start week four of four with the stories in your column, Andrew?’
‘Oh wow, I’ll be damned – another mullet dress’: Jacenko replied by uploading a photo of another ‘mullet’ style dress, writing sarcastically in the caption, ‘How the hell did you miss this one? ‘