Katherine Jenkins found herself at the centre of 2017’s biggest celebrity scandal

It’s been a tumultuous year for singer Katherine Jenkins. Preparing for the stage role of a lifetime, she unwittingly found herself at the centre of 2017’s biggest celebrity scandal. She has kept her silence… until now. Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins has hit back at former England football captain David Beckham after he allegedly branded her OBE award a ‘joke’. This is the award assigned by the Order of the British Empire.

The songwriter, 36, has rubbished his alleged comment – discovered after emails were hacked – and defended her award. David Beckham, in fact, allegedly wrote email after Katherine Jenkins was given an OBE. Ms Jenkins received the award in 2014 and Beckham allegedly said it was a ‘joke’
She has hit back and defended her award for her services to music and charity. She was given an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours for her services to music and charity. Her manager, Professor Jonathan Shalit, told Dan Wootton at The Sun, that she deserved her award for her charity work and music career.

Katherine Jenkins was born in Neath, Wales, on 29 June 1980, and she is a lyric mezzo-soprano, singer/songwriter. She is a popular classical-crossover singer who performs across a spectrum of operatic arias, popular songs, musical theatre and hymns. Graduated at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Katherine Jenkins has become famous thanks to her mix of opera and country, very unique and special. Her style can be traced back to the so-called classical crossover. Her producer is David Foster. She suffers from a rare disease, lagophthalmos, which does not allow her to never close the eyes. In April 2014 she married Andrew Levitas (1977), American artist and actor. The couple has a daughter, Aaliyah Reign Levitas, born September 30, 2015.