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Why an emotional Gladys Berejiklian continues to bizarrely ‘puff’ her cheeks during tense press conferences – as her body language indicates she’s ‘right on the edge’ of breaking down

Gladys Berejiklian has been actively ‘trying not to cry’ in the press conferences she has conducted since her secret relationship with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire was revealed on Monday, body language experts claim.

The New South Wales premier, 50, has been using a bizarre ‘cheek puffing’ manoeuvre while fronting the Australian press that body language specialist Sophie Halliday Zadeh said shows she’s ‘suppressing emotion-specific sadness’.

Director of InsideOut Public Relations and media commentator Nicole Reaney said Ms Berejiklian’s cheek movements could also be a way of thinking over her responses before answering, to control an aspect of the situation.

‘There is a sense of tension, particularly when we compare her usual fun, kind and confident demeanour. Gladys is acknowledging the importance of fronting up rather than avoiding the media,’ she told FEMAIL.

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Nicole Reaney, Director of InsideOut PR and founder of influencer agency, #AsSeenOn . Nicole has extensive experience in corporate and consumer PR and Communications and is available to comment on topics.

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