Last Night’s TV – The Bigamist Bride: My Five Husbands

by Lynn Connolly

The Bigamist Bride

Why, oh why, was this despicable women given airtime that I presume Channel 4 paid her for to boot? Emily Horne, convicted bigamist and duplicitous, deceitful liar, used this show to put across “her side” of what amounted to an Alice in Wonderland meets Brothers Grimm fairytale of deceit and compulsive lying.

But unlike any fairytale, this story involved real people being really conned, repeatedly. And really hurt in the process.

Having watched Horne lie and lie her way through this documentary – and also it seems her entire life, according to the evidence of those who know her best – I felt that what Emily needs is not a camera in her face, it’s a cell. A secure one at that.

Her constant attempts to turn her sordid tale into amateur theatrics were almost laughable. The long pauses to camera, the ‘heartfelt’ monologues, the blaming everyone else but herself, all amounted to letting us know exactly what Horne is; she’s a user and an abuser. And it was no surprise to hear that she’d been making porn; anything to get your face – and every other body part that she wields like a weapon – on camera eh?

She’s narcissistic, she’s greedy, she’s materialistic and there’s nothing to which she won’t stoop to get her own way. We heard last night how she’d accused various men of abusing her, raping her, forcing her into having an abortion, and if the woman had any credibility at all, all would of course be horrific incidents. But she doesn’t so I personally wouldn’t believe her if she told me today was Friday.

Everyone got the blame for her appalling behaviour, except, as I said, herself. It was her parents fault for splitting up, it was the many husbands fault for being so stupid as to let her con them, it was her bi-polar disorder… the list of blame laying went on and on, and like her lies, were legion and all in order to excuse herself. There is no excusing this woman.

I felt extremely sorry for her family and many of the men she’d duped because despite her vile behaviour, the majority of them seem to have truly loved her. And to a man – or woman – she took that genuine emotion and wrung it of any value it might have. She even told her current boyfriend that her father was dead, and unless Channel 4’s make-up department are exceptionally talented, his participation in this film would suggest that was yet another of Horne’s lies.

I hate women like her; women who make it that much harder for the rest of us. And yes, I know ‘hate’ is a strong word to use, but I’m referring especially to the allegation of rape. We all know how tough it is on women who’ve been raped to even get someone to believe them sometimes. And why? Because of women like Horne who will do anything, and say anything, to get what they want.

In Horne’s case, the majority of what it is that she wants – other than material things – is attention. She’s like a Münchausen Syndrome sufferer except I truly do not believe that she’s mentally ill, despite her protestations that she is. I honestly think she’s just bad. Some people are.

I just hope that her ’15 minutes of fame’ as a result of this film will be the last she has, and I hope she’ll finally get a sense of herself as others see her; a repugnant and unashamed consumer of people.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.