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Group chats. We're all part of one, or several. But, while the topic of conversation in those group chats is ever-changing (like talking about period cramps one minute and breaking things off with your partner the next), there's one thing you can always count on: support from all your pals. It makes sense then, that even when you're an A-list celebrity, there's a support group to turn to when the going gets tough. And, according to Tiger King's Carole Baskin, she recently joined one for that very reason.
Her induction into the group came not long after she appeared on the hit Netflix series, Tiger King – which made Baskin a household name overnight. In the show, Joe Exotic (aka the Tiger King himself) accused Baskin of murdering her first husband and feeding his body to the cats at her Big Cat Rescue centre. Exotic's allegations turned much of the public against Baskin, who was soon flooded with abuse on social media and in the press.
This negative online attention resulted in her joining the support group, the 60-year-old (who went on to take part in Dancing With The Stars) claims. "Somebody reached out to me and said, 'I have this group of celebrities and we meet, or before COVID, we would meet…' I forget what day it was [that they met each week], but they would meet once a week and they’d all get together and they’d talk about what it was like to live their lives," she explained.
"It gave them a place where they could talk to each other," Baskin added, revealing that the celebrity who contacted her said: "You have no idea what the press is going to do to you. They’re going to be horrible to you. The [people in the group] have already lived through what you’re about to endure and they want you to come onto our Zoom meetings."
Although reluctant to name any of the stars in the support group, of the "21 to 22" famous faces, there were only a handful Baskin didn't recognise. But, she did reveal that the secret celebrity who contacted her, told her the group wanted her to join, "So that they can just let you know that they’ve got your back and that you’re going to live through it. You need to live through it because it’s going to be a nightmare."
As for what the celebrities in the group told her to expect from her time in the limelight, the former Dancing With The Stars contestant revealed they had encouraged her not to read news stories or articles about herself, and to avoid reading comments on social media. "It was really good advice, and I can’t thank them enough for coming out so quickly to try and help me through that," she concluded.
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