Body language expert Michael Kelly examines Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation

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The telltale signs a devastated Gladys Berejiklian was ‘utterly distraught’ during her shock resignation speech – as body language expert reveals the Premier’s ’emotional tipping point’

  • Body language expert Michael Kelly examines Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation
  • Outgoing NSW Premier appeared ‘utterly distraught’ as she fronted microphone
  • Her ashen expression on Friday indicated how devastated Ms Berejiklian was 
  • Rapid speech indicated the Premier was ready to ‘get this over and done with’
  • Smudged mascara and nose pinching reveal she was at ’emotional tipping point’ 

PUBLISHED: 14:13 AEDT, 2 October 2021

A body language expert has weighed in on the moment Gladys Berejiklian delivered her shock resignation speech, describing her as ‘utterly distraught’.

The outgoing NSW Premier announced she was standing down on Friday, as the state’s corruption watchdog launched an investigation into her secret relationship with ex-MP Daryl Maguire.

Body language and speech expert Michael Kelly said Ms Berejiklian’s ashen expression revealed just how devastated and distraught the Premier truly was.

Body language and speech expert Michael Kelly said Gladys Berejiklian’s ashen expression revealed she was ‘utterly distraught’ on Friday

‘She walked up to the microphone ashen faced, my first impression was that she was utterly distraught,’ Mr Kelly told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It’s almost as if she thought, I’ve done my best I want to get this over and done with as soon as possible.’

He added it was reiterated in her inflection – through her rapid speech which sounded ‘rushed’.

Mr Kelly also closely analysed the Premier’s facial expressions throughout her resignation speech, which he said ‘read like a code’.

‘With some politicians they are very blind to their failings but she seemed very genuine with her misjudgments that have torpedoed her political career,’ he said.

Smudged mascara and nose pinching indicated the Premier was on the brink of an ’emotional tipping point’.

‘She would have been crying previously, it seems like her mascara was running if you look at it,’ he said.

The outgoing NSW Premier pinched her nose several time throughout the press conference indicating she was at an ’emotional tipping point’

Mr Kelly thinks the Premier may have been crying prior to her resignation speech due to her smudged looking mascara

Mr Kelly said throughout the speech she held it together and showed ‘resilience’ despite her ‘misjudgements’

Ms Berejiklian pinched her nose several times throughout the press conference, another subtle sign that revealed she was almost at the point of crying.

But Mr Kelly said the Premier ‘didn’t lose it’ despite showing ‘genuine disbelief’.

‘Gladys showed resilience, she maintained her composure,’ Mr Kelly said.

‘She took it on the chin.’

Gladys Berejiklian resigned as NSW Premier on Friday as the Independent Commission Against Corruption is investigating whether Ms Berejiklian breached public trust when she awarded grants to several community organisations between 2012 and 2018.

The 51-year-old leader will also step down as Willoughby MP and leave politics for good as soon as a byelection can take place after Sydney’s Covid lockdown.

Her rapid speech indicated the Premier wanted to get it all ‘over and done with’, Mr Kelly added

‘I’ve had to make a difficult decision overnight,’ Ms Berejiklian said as she hastily read a prepared statement in front of the cameras before she refused to take questions.

‘It pains me to announce that I have no option but to resign from the Office of Premier’.

‘Given the Covid restrictions, my resignation as premier could not occur at a worse time, but the timing is completely outside of my control as the ICAC has chosen to take this action during the most challenging weeks of the most challenging times in the state’s history.

‘Resigning at this time is against every instinct in my being and something which I do not want to do,’ she said.

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