Joost doc quits over media scrutiny

2012-02-21 09:25
Antoinette Pienaar
Johannesburg - Dr Jody Pearl, the attractive neurologist who has been named in rumours surrounding Joost van der Westhuizen and his estranged wife, Amor Vittone, has decided to step aside as his doctor.

This came after Vittone, whom Van der Westhuizen is divorcing, told reporters she had heard from her child that Joost and Pearl had shared a tent while camping.

According to Van der Westhuizen it was "pretend camping" for the sake of the children in Pearl's garden.

He told Rapport Pearl's parents and brother and her own children were present and they were in separate tents.

Media spectacle

Pearl was divorced last year.

She said on Monday the "unnecessary exposure" in newspapers was damaging to her, her family and her practice.

"Joost is one of South Africa's heroes and has been diagnosed with a devastating terminal illness.

"He is receiving experimental treatment and I was always supporting him, just like other doctors," she said.

"I have no interest in being involved in any aspect of his personal life and the media spectacle unfortunately gave me no other choice but to withdraw."

In good hands

"I wish Joost and his family all of the best. He has a fantastic medical team and I believe he is in good hands."

Dr Kgosi Letlape, acting registrar with the Health Professions Council said the ethical rules for doctors demanded that they avoid "improper" relationships with their patients and the friends and family members of patients.

Pearl said Van der Westhuizen's last medical evaluation was handled by Dr Craige Golding, an internist from the Integrative Medical Centre in Bryanston two weeks ago, and not by her.

Van der Westhuizen was apparently tested for the presence of heavy metals and other toxins in his body and he was being treated to remove these.



  • Kobus - 2012-02-21 09:40

    Dont blame her. Who wants to join this two man circus (Joost and whats her name?)

      Joe - 2012-02-21 23:26

      What camping? They were just playing doctor-doctor.

      Stefanus - 2012-02-22 07:04

      shame poor woman...moral of the story is be carefull who you involve yourself with

  • vanetia.mentor - 2012-02-21 09:41

    Wow....Thanks Amor,hope u got wat you tried to achieve....And the beat goes on..Tomorow the saga continues...

      Thomas - 2012-02-21 23:48

      I wouldn't be surprised if Joost has a male doctor, she accuses him of being gay She seems very shallow!! They both talk about the children, but have they ever thought about the children!!!!!!!!!

  • Donald - 2012-02-21 09:42

    I wonder if Amore didnt choose Joost for this purpose along - to 'elevate' herself to so called 'celeb' status. I also wonder how she will maintain this after Joost has gone.

      karen.inward - 2012-02-21 10:18

      Amor did not need elevating. She came from a fine family. Joost? Who knows.

      Xinobia - 2012-02-21 13:50

      Inwardk - Fine family my ass...... A fine family would not make themselves guilty of such ridicule. They would keep their sad story private, without trying their best to make other people look bad.

      Stefanus - 2012-02-22 07:06

      this Joost guy is stupid, its quite obvious that he is just being used by this Amor woman for press time

  • Gerda - 2012-02-21 09:57

    I think the negative comments against Amore Vittone are unfounded. She stayed out of the limelight until Joost had his interview with Huisgenoot and made some allegations to which she did not agree with and defended her side. Not a fan of both of them but Joost is playing on the simpathy of those that pity him.

      karen.inward - 2012-02-21 10:01

      Yes I agree - I know Joost's type, playing on sympathy is exactly what he would do to avoid responsibility. Basically a low-life. He provokes and she reacts. Amor is not to blame.

      Susan - 2012-02-21 10:06

      oh please she waited for the opportunity to open her big mouth...

      Tilly - 2012-02-21 11:03

      You don't know what you're talking about. She has appeared in many You magazines and the cover for Xmas. She is a gold digger and using her children as the pawns. Joost is a dying man. What more does she want from him? She took him away from his wife and surely is not as innocent as she makes out. To stir up like this shows her lack of integrity.

      Danielle - 2012-02-21 11:49

      Ok in fairness- cheating is NEVER OK.But- having said that- the guy is dying- so maybe have a bit of compassion A, and B, if they're getting a divorce- how is it Amore's business anyway what he does with whom? It seems like attention seeking to me. Move on with your life Amore. He obviously wants to.

      Konrad - 2012-02-21 11:58

      AMOR is,was and will always be a Trailer trash celebrity

      Mikkel - 2012-02-21 15:59

      #Konrad Jeez that's harsh words! But true.

  • Susan - 2012-02-21 10:01

    Why does Amor care, does she want him back..let him share a tent with whomever he wants to...

      karen.inward - 2012-02-21 10:15

      She does not care except if it's his doctor because the doctor reports back to her and is supposed to be objective. I agree. Children need to be protected. The neutral doctor cannot be sleeping with Daddy. This argument is not about Joost nor Amor it is about the children.

      Danielle - 2012-02-21 11:51

      @inwardK- what rubbish? How does the dr have to "report back" to Amore. Last I checked a Dr doesnt need to report back to EX SPOUSES.

      Xinobia - 2012-02-21 13:57

      The children need to be protected? Against who? The doctor that's treating him and trying to prolong his life? The children didn't go home and cried abuse! If I were the mother I would be very grateful for the fact that a doctor specializing in his condition are with him when my kids are there. Who would otherwise be better equipped to make sure all is fine? RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's what it is!!!!!!!!!!

  • Susan - 2012-02-21 10:05

    I Think Amor is jealous bitch..Joost has moved on, and she has'nt.

      Xinobia - 2012-02-21 13:59

      Because nobody wants her sorry ass!!!!! Would you after seeing what she's capable off. Not knowing when to stop feeling sorry for yourself. Bunny Cooker!

  • Facts - 2012-02-21 10:07

    All you can say about Dr Pearl is: Pure beauty and Pure class.

      geraldine.furter - 2012-02-21 10:56

      I agree. Jody is beautiful, and she has a real career! Amor is a has been wanna be KOMMIN koekie. You go Joost! At least the doctor is giving you the support you need. As for your estranged wife, she is hoping he will kick the bucket before the divorce so she can cash in!

      Susan - 2012-02-21 12:50

      can't agree more, in fact she is truely gorgous..

  • Willie - 2012-02-21 10:11

    Amor better bite onto that wheel like the dog that she is. Because it is turning, and fast...

  • Alida - 2012-02-21 10:17

    I think the problem here is just that some people can't move on. He hurt her, now she wants to hurt him back. They are BOTH at fault. He did cheat on her, she decided to divorce him, so it is done. Move on. As for the doctor, right choice, this debacle is not worth your licence to practice.

  • Jean - 2012-02-21 10:21

    I feel sorry for Joost with his sickness and such but Amor shouldn't hold her feelings back, if she wants to take him out let her, we're quick to judge her but how humiliating is it when a sex video comes out of your partner (in this case a person that SA also thinks holy of) showing him using drugs and then he just continues lying that it isn't him and this plastered all over SA's media... Think SA is trying to learn from Hansie's mishap but SA is going at it completely wrong, you may have forgiven Joost but do not expect the person that was hurt and has angry feelings towards her family's humiliation! BUT trying to damage the Doctor's career, that is just pathetic, she should sue Amor and everyone else doing damage!!!

      Danielle - 2012-02-21 11:54

      I agree- the whole spectical is rediculous- but if what goes around comes around- so I have little sympathy for someone who stole a man from his first wife, and then was so obviously over-confident to not realise he wouldnt treat her any better.

      Hendrik - 2012-02-21 13:36

      Can't work out if I should give you a thumbs up or down. Agree with part of your comments and completely disagree with the other.

      Jean - 2012-02-21 18:03

      I understand why Amor is like the way she is towards Joost but I do not like the way she jeopardizes (innocent) someone's career so that she can get a nail in the coffin... People like to say think of the children, well imagine quickly your kid goes to school and kids starts saying 'oh ja I saw your cheating dad/mom sex tape and he/she is using drugs... You still wanna blame Amor for her reactions? cos quickly you go google Joost and you see what comes up! JUST REMEMBER WHO SCREWED UP THE RELATIONSHIP!!

      trix.duvenage - 2012-02-22 08:36

      In my opinion one should look at the broader picture. DEATH is the ultimate STOP to almost any argument no matter what surrounds the conflict between people. I mean no matter how serious any argument, when one of the parties passes on the argument becomes null and void. What looks like a mountain while he argument is raging on, simply shrinks to the size of a mole heap once death steps in. Be serious. Joost vd Westhuizen is practically DEAD. He is just hanging in here for a little while longer before everything STOPS and then we will never see him again and we will only hear about him for another week or so before even THAT will be history. --Why are some of us still try to make the remaining days of his life misrable with all the crap we mention?--- Ask Amore to VISUALISE this situation and then make peace with the fact that she is supposed to give Joost EVERY bit of respec and love she is capable off for then she will regain her status in life. Her fans as well as Joost's fans will respect and love her for supporting a dying hero. Everybody will respect her for making her children's lives as comfortable as possible while supporting their daddy in his worst moments ever in his life. Surely this is not hard to understand? The fact of the matter is: This situation could have been just the other way around for we ALL are just flesh and blood and susceptible to any illness every second of the day. I wonder what AMOR would do if SHE gets diagnosed with MND today or tomorrow?

  • Don - 2012-02-21 10:22

    Why try to ruin another person's reputation ??, leave her alone Amore and let go. Let Joost also live his lfe now. He has enough to cope with.

  • Marlene - 2012-02-21 10:26

    Sounds like sour grapes on Amor's side!! You sow what you reap. Remember his first wife.

  • clive.jeepman - 2012-02-21 10:30

    Amor is such a Bitch ! She was messing around with Joost while he was still married now she makes out as if she is squeaky clean. So what if he is seeing his Doctor. He is separated from "Super Bitch" and would most likely have been divorced if it was not her stalling tactics and she is divorced !

      Silvana - 2012-02-22 08:22

      @Clive. The converse applies. While Joost was still married, he was having an affair with Amor. What does that make him. A philanderer. No, because he's a rugby hero. I'm not a fan of either of them and I think it's disgusting the way they BOTH hang their dirty washing out for everyone to see. What do you think the kids at school are saying behind their kids back. They are both adulterers, irrespective of their careers and irrespective of any illness. The divorce proceedings started before the onset of the illness.

  • monja.duplooy - 2012-02-21 10:33

    Hope you are satisfied Amor!!!!

  • Colene - 2012-02-21 10:39

    I feel sorry for this beautiful Dr and Kurt who now is dragged into Joost and Amor's fights - just pathetic. They should rather sort out their lives and stop to ruine the lives of innocent people.

  • Ryno - 2012-02-21 10:48

    Hell have no fury like a woman scorned!!!!!

      Kevin - 2012-02-26 07:21

      From what we hear she wanted her cake and eat it all over the place.

  • Maurene - 2012-02-21 10:52

    Well done Amore??? Now you have stoooped lower than a snake to cause a doctor to leave a terminally ill patient. How far are you going to go to destroy the last few years of this man. Always remember that when he is no longer around your children will be and they will hear of your viciousness . Nice one doll!!!! You are getting a divorce for goodness sake just get on with it and leave the stage? Are you CD's not selling enough, do you have to keep yourself in the public eye for bookings, well lady that will not help as your fans are deserting you.

  • Andrew Worrall - 2012-02-21 11:07

    Who cares?!!! I'm more concerned that the Bulls are playing in pink.

      Jc - 2012-02-21 15:38

      Brilliant, I agree 100%

      Andrew Worrall - 2012-02-21 20:38

      Hahaha thanks

      trix.duvenage - 2012-02-22 08:40

      Maybe they could still be called BLUE BALLS??

  • RealityDan - 2012-02-21 11:10

    If you elect to fight dirty and in public, both sides get mud on them. It seems as if both Joost and Amore are only interested in remaining in the public eye in any manner whatsover...rather than solving their disputes.

      Schmee - 2012-02-21 11:42

      Fully agreed, both are guilty of mudslinging. Jooste is accusing Kurt Darren and Amor is accusing Jody Pearl. Both are guilty of infidelity, gosh their relationship was based on infidelity. And who are the real ones get affected and are not yet equipped to deal with this? The kids!!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-21 21:16

      I think it's like any addiction once you're hooked. A lot of celebrities can't stand being out of the limelight - even if they look like complete * heads doing so. The old law of famous/infamous - both get attention. Imagine if Kotze wrote a book - we would all buy it,or at least scan a copy. We are fascinated by evil and wrong-doing.

  • Chris - 2012-02-21 11:14

    Amor is n' Has been en nou soek sy weer aandag wat de hel maak dit saak wat Joost doen hulle is dan gesky so sy moet maar haar aandag aan die ouens op die TV kry en pop speel

  • karen.inward - 2012-02-21 11:26

    Interesting. My previous comment has disappeared, so has the one of the lady after me, we both supported Amor, did not use offensive language or swearwords at all. Both of us just remarked that Joost appears to use his "illness" to look like the victim towards the public. And that he is dishonest in not disclosing his assets to Amor. Now WHY would these comments disappear? This means there is someone very pro Joost sitting inside News24 manipulating these comments. Ummm.... Wonder how to handle this one.

      tina.morkel - 2012-02-21 21:50

      my husband wrote an anti amor comment - also gone - so clearly not one sided...???

      Kevin - 2012-02-26 07:22

      No wonder they took your comment off

  • Schmee - 2012-02-21 11:29

    Oh for goodness sake, both of them have been unfaithful since the beginning of their marriage why is it now a problem?

  • Leon - 2012-02-21 11:34

    Both Joost and Amor have skeletons in their cupboard. They are divorcing. They are for all practical reasons not married anymore. Let him enjoy the last bit of humping he can get before he is unable to. Amor is not giving him anything, so he has to look for it somewhere else. Why did he have to use a slut before to get satisfaction? Was Amor really there for him? makes you wonder.

  • Maria - 2012-02-21 11:36

    Happy now Amor ? (Amor means love...... show it !

      Susan - 2012-02-21 12:53

      beauty comes from inside...

  • Franci - 2012-02-21 11:45

    Tipies Amor, sy kon Joost nie gelukkig hou nie maar nou mag niemand anders die beurt kry nie. Die dokter is in elk geval 'n olieverf skildery teen Amor. Amor gaan terug hok toe dit is waar jy hoort

      trix.duvenage - 2012-02-22 08:44 is soos 'n hond wat by die hooimied staan en blaf. Sy kan self nie die hooi vreet nie en nou keer sy dat dit perd dit ook nie moet vreet nie

  • Trevor - 2012-02-21 11:53

    Amor Vittone is a sponge to make money and her name in the press you don't want him any more his money you've had already just get out of his life.

  • crazearte - 2012-02-21 11:58

    Iemand by die koerant moet groot word, hierdie is siek sensasie, mens speel nie met mense se lewens nie en nog minder met kinders sin. Laat toets julle emosionel inteligensie ek is seker dis baie laag!

      kvdwatt - 2012-02-21 14:46

      dis media + media = sensasie - anners het jy dit ook nie gelees nie...go figure!!

  • julie.oelofse - 2012-02-21 12:04

    How stupid, not matter how sick I am my doctor has never invited me to go camping in their back yard!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-21 21:18

      Therein lies the rub, Julie - my thoughts exactly.

      Kevin - 2012-02-26 07:24

      What do you look like?

  • veelee57 - 2012-02-21 12:21

    Shame on you..Amor get a life.... you have an affair with Kurt Darren and have the audacity to point fingers at an innocent person... she was there to comfort him something you not capable of doing because of all your glitz and glamour..... what more do you want for poor Joost..

  • Sandy - 2012-02-21 12:23

    Amor you have said all long your children will be not brought into any of this, WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • winston.mullany - 2012-02-21 12:33

    She can play doctor doctor with me anyday:-)

  • DeSmiffs - 2012-02-21 12:35

    Who cares who Joost sees or does not see. He is allowed to move on, and Amor needs to do the same. Hanging out all your personal issues in the media, is for idiotic, immature, vindictive people. Which clearly Amor is. As a celebrity you have to act like a lady, as you have followers. Amor, your kids did not get divorced, so what is your problem. Joost is sick, so why hold that over his head, your kids need to spend as much time with him as possible. Really unsure why the media need to cover stories like this, as there are much more entertaining stories out there. Amor get over yourself. Media hype like this is not going to sell records. My word, get out there, with positive thoughts, help your ex to overcome this, and teach your children, the right way.

  • Sandy - 2012-02-21 12:38

    This saga is getting better than Dallas !!!!!!!! true colors showing Amor

  • Robyn - 2012-02-21 12:49

    Grow up Amor. Your ex-husband is so sick I just wish you would realise how sick he really is. My aunty had the same disease 10 years ago I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Try and concentrate on maybe supporting your exhusband instead of trying to cause trouble.

      Kevin - 2012-02-26 07:25

      Your children will remember the way you treated there sick father.

  • Manhattan - 2012-02-21 12:56

    I remember when Joost & Amore first got together and promoted themselves as the perfect South African family. What a horrible pair they turned out to be, both of them.

      Susan - 2012-02-21 15:20

      Ja i remember, they called themselves the Brat&Angelina of South Africa..

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-02-21 15:58

      Not the perfect South African family for sure but probably more representative, no matter what those horrible magazines try and portray.

  • Leon - 2012-02-21 13:15

    "Make-believe" camping? Yeah right, I will believe you this time, but next time I talk cr@p you'd better believe me too!

      Yolanda - 2012-02-21 14:44

      How does make-believe camping even work??!! lmao!

  • lucy.caswell - 2012-02-21 13:19

    Everybody seems to forget that Amor had an affair with Joost that caused the break-up of his first marriage.....did she think that the wheel wasn't going to turn? They are both getting exactly what they deserve!

  • rachel.delport - 2012-02-21 13:34

    people who live in glass houses must not through stones. Yes both of them were wrong. Why wash your laundry in public. I will be too ashamed to admit that I was not strong enough, or good enough to keep my marriage from falling apart (which it did) but why tell the world. I honestly think that you should not try to ruin somebody elses live just because you are unhappy, and they both are doing it. Amore with the doctor and joost with Kurt. Leave other people alone. Fight your own battles in private, we don't give a crap who you sleep with. But Amore, there is a saying " You cannot build your happiness on somebody elses unhappiness" Is that not what you two tried to do forgetting about Joost's first wife ?

  • Xinobia - 2012-02-21 13:38

    What an elegant lady. Now Amor, in stead of running to the press, why don't you run to her for some style training. Might be a little hard for white trash like you to actually get it, but why not try? If I were the doctor and my practice and reputation suffered any damage because of little miss "I get no attention", I would claim those damages from her.

  • Yolanda - 2012-02-21 13:50

    And I ask myself again, why is this even in the news??? WHO CARES?

      Mikkel - 2012-02-21 16:13

      Dammit Yolanda it is entertaining. haha

      Lara - 2012-02-21 20:27

      Yolanda, a week ago I would have agreed, but now it's better than any horror/comedy/soap opera. And it's FREE.

  • Deon - 2012-02-21 14:41

    So Amor, you claimed that your are the nice innocent angel. I can still remember when Joorst was still married to Bienkie van der Westhuizen, you slept around with Joorst. How does it feel now?

      Susan - 2012-02-21 15:23

      I think it's called KARMA!!!

  • Carole - 2012-02-21 14:42

    Was nog nooit 'n Joost fan nie, kan nie besluit wie is meer ├žommon'hy of Amore nie, enige iets net vir publisiteit. Hou op aandag soek mensies julle is vervelig!

      Theo - 2012-02-21 21:59

      Ek stem, omtrent net so vervelig soos om na Julius Malema se tragiese episodes te luister. "Trailer trash" albei van hulle.

  • hosia.modiga - 2012-02-21 14:57

    Dr Jody Pearl, the attractive neurologist" Hmmmm.This should make any woman to be jealous.

  • beverley.sass - 2012-02-21 15:04

    Amor needs to get a life of her own and stop worrying about what Joost is doing - Amor stop being bitter u made a decision to divorce him.

  • Pauline - 2012-02-21 15:34

    Well done Amor, hope you are happy now. You deserve nothing.

  • Pauline - 2012-02-21 15:37

    Hope you are now satisfied Amor, you deserve nothing

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-02-21 15:39

    Dr Pearl is a fine woman for sure. But lets not forget that as a medical practioner she should never, ever be getting into relationships with a patient. That is totally unethical and it would be a shame if it cost her her career. It's a great soapie though...

  • Paul - 2012-02-21 16:04

    The Doctor is very sexy, and is entitled to the atttention she gets. Joost is not cheating on anyone if he hooks up with her. Go boy.

  • Michelle - 2012-02-21 16:16

    Any woman that brings her little girl into this tangled web is disgusting... not to mention giving that information to the press and advertising that she got the information from her child!!! HAVE YOU NO SHAME??? Amore you are a bad mother... let your kids see their dying father.

  • Mikkel - 2012-02-21 16:16

    And so this is what I call "a pot of stew" gone wrong.