Bec Judd ‘leaving Melbourne’ for Byron Bay after backlash
Rebecca Judd has announced she's leaving Melbourne after months of backlash over her lavish life in lockdown.
The mum-of-four, who recently quit her KIIS FM's 3pm Pick-up, revealed on the weekend she was temporarily saying goodbye to Victoria to taste "freedom" in NSW's Byron Bay over the summer holidays - and the criticism has been swift and harsh.
"We have no commitments in Melbourne (in 2021)," she told Sunday's Herald Sun.
"It will be nice to have a bit of freedom next year.
"What COVID-19 has taught us is that we can do the majority of our work from anywhere.
"We have family all over (the country) and the ability to travel within Australia and still work while doing it.
The 37-year-old is the latest celebrity to flock to the hippy beach town, joining the likes of Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.
But while she and retired AFL-player husband Chris Judd are only off on a pre-Christmas jaunt before returning to their $7.3 million "forever home" in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton - some Twitter users believe it is another example of the star "whinging her mansion isn't enough".
"Apparently Bec Judd is trending again. I'm just going to ... suggest we stop listening to rich people who whinge their mansions aren't enough," one person wrote on Twitter on Monday.
"Bec Judd is off to inflict her tone deaf reality on Byron Bay," another posted.
"Oh no! Bec Judd is leaving Melbourne. Hope she'll now have a bit more space in her 'forever home' in Brighton which was apparently a bit too cramped & made her feel claustrophobic..." someone else scoffed.
Meanwhile some defended the Judds, wishing them a "nice time away" and asking the internet to "stop piling on them".
I hope Bec Judd has a nice time away. I don't know why so many people hate on her, what has she ever done to anyone?— Charles010120 (@charles010120) December 13, 2020
The pile-on over Bec Judd by righteous keyboard warriors is just ugly bullying.— Peter Holland (@Vtone35) December 13, 2020
Others shared memes showing Melburnians waving Bec off as some speculated the wild weather in Byron at the moment was "Mother Nature" responding to the news. One commenter even teased Melbourne's status as the "world's most liveable city" had been restored.
The Bec Judd tide hits Byron. https://t.co/mgPWVJzRnw— Eric George (@ericpaulgeorge) December 14, 2020
Bec Judd: I'm leaving Melbourne— Ä•°•°•° (@caadiiska_dhig) December 13, 2020
Melbourne has restored its status as world's most livable city thanks to the departure of Bec Judd. Thanks Bec!— PRGuy (@PRGuy17) December 13, 2020
BEC JUDD BACKLASH
The brutal blowback against Bec Judd began when the coronavirus pandemic first hit in March and Bec was vocal about her support of lockdown measures, urging followers to download the COVID Safe app and wear a mask.
She even called for parts of the city with virus clusters to be locked down in the early days of the state's second wave.
But when harsh lockdown rules were later imposed on everyone her support dwindled, and she took to social media to weigh in on the situation, slamming "Dictator Dan" for the ongoing stage 4 restrictions.
She later wore a T-shirt emblazoned with "Free Melbourne" on it - and as a result, she copped a wave of criticism with many branding her behaviour as "tone deaf" considering she was holed up in a massive house while others were enduring lesser living conditions.
Bec has yet to respond to the latest backlash, but told the Herald Sun Byron Bay was only the start of their travels now borders had reopened, stating "we are going to see Australia".
Originally published as Bec Judd 'leaving Melbourne' after backlash