When infamous call girl-blogger Belle de Jour unmasked her true identity last weekend, she was greeted with the support of family and friends.
The real Belle, Dr Brooke Magnanti, says her mother reacted positively to the news.
"She is being fully supportive and says she's 'not one to judge,'" explains Brooke. "I, for one, am happy and relieved."
Now a doctor working in cancer research, Brooke says her colleagues, all women, were "amazingly kind and supportive" when she revealed her secret to them.
After keeping her identity under wraps for six years despite penning a memoir and inspiring a TV programme, Brooke finally decided to go public because she feared an exposé was being planned.
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