Nothing gets people reading like a celebrity tell-all, and Sir Alex Ferguson’s My Autobiography is the latest ‘true tale’ to set tongues wagging. It reached the headlines before the shelves when it became the most pre-ordered book of all time, and that’s before the uproar over the content kicked off! While this is just the most recent in a long line of explosive autobiographies, it seems readers can’t get enough of a celebrity scandal.
Cheryl Cole: My Story
Before releasing her autobiography last year, the former X-Factor judge warned that some people ‘should be scared’ by the book’s content. Cheryl didn’t disappoint, lifting the lid on her relationship with cheating ex-husband Ashley Cole and the time she punched a toilet attendant when Girls Aloud were just starting out. The tantalising threat seemed to work – My Story was the second highest selling autobiography of 2012!
Kimberley Walsh: A Whole Lot of History
Cheryl Cole isn’t the only Girls Aloud member to put pen to paper. Kimberley Walsh’s autobiography, published this year, finally confirmed rumours of a frosty feeling between Nadine Coyle and the other girls. Putting on a brave face at her book launch, Kimberley switched the sleek Puma trainers she sported as the face of the brand for a navy blue jumpsuit that showed off her trademark curves. With bestie Cheryl by her side you almost didn’t notice the rest of her bandmates were nowhere to be seen. Almost.
Sharon Osbourne: Unbreakable
Another X Factor dirt-dishing came in Sharon Osbourne’s third autobiography Unbreakable. Dannii Minogue is the target of Shazza’s wrath six years after they fell out while working together on the 2007 series. It might be old news in Dannii’s eyes, who has reportedly accused Sharon of bullying her, but readers still want to hear more.
David Beckham: My Side
In 2004, then-Manchester United star David Beckham published his autobiography My Side, telling all about the 2003 bust-up with manager Sir Alex Ferguson. After the team lost a crucial match Fergie famously kicked a football boot that hit Beckham on the eye. Becks was candid about his reaction, describing how he ‘lost control’ and had to be held back by his fellow team members. By appearing honest and remorseful he cemented his ‘national treasure’ status, and managed to sell a few books too.
Sir Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography
Nine years after Beckham’s book came out, Fergie’s autobiography gives his version of the pairs’ fiery relationship and is riddled with accusations of incompetence. His Beckham-bashing has been the main focus of media attention, thanks to claims that Becks missed the chance to become a top player because of his marriage to Victoria and desire to be a celebrity. Despite these comments, the former England star is sticking with the moral high ground, describing his old manager as ‘fantastic’ and a source of ‘huge strength’. Meanwhile, Roy Keane has accused Fergie of disloyalty, and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has said he finds it sad that the controversial book may end up overshadowing Ferguson’s legacy as a football manager.
Salacious scandals and rocky revelations will always catch the public’s eye, and while Sir Alex may be retiring from football, he looks set to stay in the spotlight for a while yet.