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Gavin Prins Examines Joost van der Westhuizen and Amor Vittone's Relationship in Joost and Amor

Joost and AmorJoost en AmorJoost and Amor: Behind the Headlines will hit the shelves later this month:

The celebrated Springbok rugby hero Joost van der Westhuizen and his wife, the singer Amor Vittone, were a glamorous couple who captured the imagination of many South Africans. Known as their country’s own “Posh and Becks”, they were blessed with success, fame, public adulation and an apparently happy marriage. Until a shock report appeared on the front page of a local Sunday newspaper about a sex video …

In this book, the well-known journalist, and a personal friend and confidante of the Van der Westhuizens, Gavin Prins, now recounts the story behind the story – one that has never been published before. Prins, who broke the sex-video scandal on the front page of Rapport, chronicles how a simple farm boy who had become a national rugby hero met the woman of his dreams and married her, only to fall from grace in the most publicly humiliating way possible. With his confession came a measure of redemption – until he was brought to his knees by a life threatening illness…

Hard-hitting, often shocking but ultimately uplifting, this is the true story behind the sensational headlines that have dogged South Africa’s most high profile couple.

Also available in Afrikaans as Joost en Amor: Agter die skerms.

About the author

As the entertainment reporter for Rapport newspaper, Gavin Prins broke the stories about two sex scandals that occurred at American TV mogul Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive girls’ school in South Africa. Prins also presented two entertainment shows, Glitterati and Tonge los, on the Afrikaans kykNET channel. He was the iKusasa Journalist of the Year for 2012. Prins resigned from Rapport after 14 years and is currently the deputy editor at Heat magazine.

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