Katherine Jenkins breaks silence on saving elderly lady during mugging: ‘I’d do it again’March 30, 2020
Katherine Jenkins, 39, has spoken out about being robbed late last year, while on her way to perform at the Straubenzee Memorial charity carol service at St Luke’s Church in London. She intervened in an altercation between an elderly woman and two teenage girls back in December of last year, who were allegedly trying to steal her handbag, in what witnesses described as an “extremely violent” incident.
So many people just walked past. It was an instinct to rush over and, in doing so, I got attacked as well
Now, she’s broken her silence and insisted that she has no regrets about stepping in to help.
“If it happened again, I’d do it again,” she said in an interview with Stella Magazine.
The mezzo-soprano recalled the incident: “She [the elderly lady] was clearly in distress, screaming for help.
“So many people just walked past. It was an instinct to rush over and, in doing so, I got attacked as well.”
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Just hours after the horrific incident, the opera hitmaker took to the stage at the carol concert, where she performed classics such as Silent Night and O Holy Night, desperate “not to let them down”.
“I was shaken up initially,” she revealed.
“But my instinct is always to keep going, so I got out there. It was a charity. I didn’t want to let them down.”
The songstress admitted that she had “forgiven” the 15-year-old female, who was responsible for allegedly stealing her phone.
As a member of the Christian faith, she said: “It’s part of my faith to give people a chance and show forgiveness.”
The Neath-born singer added that her husband, film director Andrew Levitas, was “proud” of his wife for her brave efforts to save someone during their time of need.
At the time of the terrifying incident, Katherine’s spokesperson confirmed what had happened and told Express.co.uk that the star had seen the elderly woman being attacked and had gone over to assist her, before falling victim herself.
In a statement, the singer’s agent said: “Katherine was in London to sing at the Henry van Straubenzee memorial charity carol concert at St Luke’s Church.
“On her way to rehearsal she witnessed an older lady being mugged and intervened to help.
“As a result of her stepping in, Katherine was then mugged herself.”
Pictures from the scene showed the singer looking distraught and close to tears after the attack, as police attended the scene.
Sharing her front page cover on her Instagram account, the 39-year-old was showered with priase for her bravery that night, as fans commented heart emoji’s to signify their support.
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“Great article Katherine, keep well,” one user wrote.
Someone else said: “Well done Katherine.”
And, in an effort to cheer people up during the coronavirus lockdown, she put on a little concert for her fans via her live story.
A fan applauded: “Loved your concert last night! Thank you sooo much.”
“Gave me the lift I needed,” a third clapped.
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