Schapelle Corby sings her way through 40th birthday

SCHAPELLE Corby burst into song today, on her 40th birthday, treating her Instagram followers to a short solo.

"I'm in Queensland and it is sunny. I have the palm trees behind me," Corby sings, panning from her face to palm trees in the selfie song.

Corby turns 40 today, her first birthday in Australia since her 2005 arrest in Bali on drugs charges when she was just 27.

Corby captioned her short melody "Mucking around on this sunny day #2017" with a red heart emoji.

And she made special mention of her Indonesian boyfriend, Ben Panangian, noting his Bali-based stand up paddle board Instagram account with a blue heart emoji.

Some of her 201,000 Instagram followers wished her a Happy Birthday.
 

Mucking around on this sunny day #2017❤️ @nat_zelz

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It is understood Corby is planning a quiet family dinner to mark her 40th. Extended members of the Corby clan were also seen arriving at the home of Corby's mother, Rosleigh Rose, in Loganlea, on Saturday night but there has been no action there today so far.

Since her release from parole at the completion of her 15-year drug trafficking sentence Corby has shunned the media, refusing requests and monetary offers to conduct any tell-all interviews.

She communicates only via the Instagram account she set up on the day of her release from Bali on May 27. Since its inception the account has garnered 201,000 followers, who regularly send her messages.

Last week the convicted drug trafficker used the account to introduce Panangian to her followers, describing him as #myben and #bensmyman, with a photograph of him on a stand up paddle board while she snorkelled underneath.

 

Previously, to her parole officers in Bali, Corby denied having a boyfriend and denied being romantically linked to Panangian, the Sumatran native, who spent nights and days at Corby's Kuta home.

Panangian, himself twice convicted and jailed on drugs charges, has since told New Idea that he is lonely in Bali without Corby and that the couple dreams of getting back together one day.

Corby has been banned from entering Indonesia for six months from the day of her deportation on May 27 and authorities say the ban can be extended at any time. Panangian's ability to secure a visa to Australia is also hampered by his two previous drug convictions.

Corby's Instagram followers include longtime supporters who regularly post about the Expendables website, which is a proponent of Corby's innocence on charges of trafficking 4.2kg of marijuana from Australia to Bali.

Today, among the birthday wishes, is a war of words between the supporters and another Instagram follower, who suggests that the Corby support group and Corby herself should research job websites and get a real job.

The supporters suggest that the follower should be barred for refusing "to research the truth".
 

1 month home today. In the car, where shall i go? #hopalong #wanderwherethewifiisweak

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Prior to today's birthday song, Corby's last Instagram post was three days ago when she posted a photograph of herself inside Kerobokan jail in front of a partially completed painting of a woman riding on a horse, dubbed "Freedom".

Corby wrote: "Freedom painting in progress. Behind the walls of block W Kerobokan prison. Prison guard helped take the photo and develop the pic so the artist could have my likeness captured."

The completed painting was posted two days after her deportation from Bali.

And five days ago Corby posted a photograph of herself getting a manicure inside the jail.

"A fellow cell mate, my friend in block W gifting me a manicure a few days before my release from Kerobokan prison. I borrowed a guards hand phone to take this photo February 2014."

News Corp Australia


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