Sunday, June 15, 2008

Newlywed Coleen shows off her £250,000 wedding bling


They look more like knuckle dusters than wedding rings.

Bold and showy, they are more in keeping with the latest fashion trend for cocktail rings, favoured by those wishing to make a clear statement about their wealth.
People like Mr and Mrs Rooney, in fact.

Wayne and Coleen exchanged rings worth an estimated £250,000 his-and-hers rings at their glittering ceremony in Genoa on Thursday.
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Mr & Mrs Rooney flash their bling as they head out from their lavish wedding to an Italian airport

The bride designed each of the diamond-encrusted bands, which have the couple’s initials carved into the inside.

The proud couple flashed the distinctive gems during a wedding breakfast at 700-year-old La Cervara Abbey, and they were also sparkling as they boarded a jet at Genoa yesterday on their way home to Liverpool.

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Wayne and Coleen's lavish ceremony was held on the Italian Riviera at the 17th Century Villa Durazzo. Portofino

Coleen loves designer jewellery and often wears a £30,000 diamond-encrusted bracelet from New York jewellers Jacob & Co. But the most stunning is the £200,000 ten-carat diamond from Chopard – a 21st birthday present from her husband.

Meanwhile Catholic Church officials are to launch an investigation into the wedding as the monastery where the ceremony was held was deconsecrated and not suitable for a religious event, raising fears that the marriage may not be valid.
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Coleen braves the rain in one of the three wedding dresses she wore on her £5million wedding day

Trinny and the trouble with Johnny Too Bad


When Trinny Woodall arrived at an exclusive showbusiness party last week, she was wearing her customary pout and steadfast steely glare.

Pushing through swathes of paparazzi she carried a well practised air of hauteur, refusing to acknowledge anyone who enquired as to her wellbeing.

Nothing unexpected about that, you might think. The television presenter is, after all, a staple presence on the capital’s party circuit, used to being subjected to the glare of the media and certainly not a woman to crumple in the face of rigorous speculation about her private life.
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Is it all over? Trinny posing with Johnny

Yet for all her attempts at normality, the past seven days have been traumatic for Trinny.

Growing doubts about her marriage to former rock drummer turned financial adviser Johnny Elichaoff last week crystallised as full-blown reports that the two had split.

The pair have held a series of crisis meetings in a desperate bid to salvage their nine-year marriage. They face, it seems, an uphill struggle.

For The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the chasm between them has deepened to such an extent that it is all but unbridgeable – caused by a toxic combination of his deep-seated jealousy, her unwavering ambition and the drastically different ways they cope with the addictions that continue to blight both their lives.

Trinny, 44, has fought a well documented battle with alcoholism. She has not had a drink for 16 years, and attributes her abstinence to religiously attending her local branch of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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Trinny posing at the Sex And The City world premiere

Her 49-year-old husband, meanwhile, is dealing with a dependence on prescription painkillers, for which he was treated two years ago. But Johnny is, his friends fear, throwing his wife into despair.

As one well placed source explains: "Trinny is totally into recovery and the process of recovering. She feels let down that Johnny can’t make the same inroads."

Also the source says after all her problems, Trinny hates to be near drinkers.

"She won’t set foot in a pub, but Johnny will, so they have been living almost separate lives, which has taken its toll on their marriage.

"She is channelling her addictive personality into furthering her career, while Johnny is more laid-back and thinks that there’s more to life than work, work, work."

Trinny, of course, fronted the BBC’s hugely successful fashion makeover show What Not To Wear from 2001 to 2005 with her best friend and business partner Susannah Constantine.

The pair – in a move that is, with hindsight, bitterly ironic – went on to host a marriage "counselling" show, Trinny & Susannah Undress, on ITV in 2006.

This month they stripped off in their show The Great British Body, also on ITV.

Both women boast privileged backgrounds. Trinny’s grandfather was the head of British Steel, Sir John Duncanson, and Susannah’s father was ex-Eton and Coldstream Guards.

They first met at a dinner party hosted by Susannah’s former boyfriend Viscount Linley in 1994 and wrote a newspaper fashion column together before landing their television contracts.

Their frank advice and no-holds-barred criticism attracted more than seven million viewers and their accompanying fashion books have sold in excess of 2.5million copies.
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Revealing all: Trinny and Susannah on The Great British Body

Coupled with lucrative advertising contracts, the two women have become a bestselling brand, among the wealthiest and most successful celebrities in Britain.

But that is not enough for Trinny, who gave birth to Johnny’s daughter, Lyla, in 2003.

"Trinny wants to conquer America," adds the source.

"She’s proud of what she’s achieved and always wants more, while Susannah, like Johnny, is far more laid-back. Johnny’s not interested in a lot of the things Trinny’s obsessed with and sees her celebrity lifestyle as increasingly superficial.

"He’s bored when she’s off doing her own thing and he feels stuck out on a limb. She feels let down. She says that she can’t be both adults in their relationship."

It is fair to say that the tables have turned somewhat for the couple, who own a £2.2million terraced townhouse in West London, where there was no sign of either of them last week.

Back in 1982, it was Johnny who commanded the limelight, as a madcap rock drummer who toured the world supporting U2 and Siouxsie Sioux.

Nicknamed Johnny Too Bad, he played in a Seventies band called Stark Naked And The Car Thieves before defecting to the equally bizarrely named Baby And The Black Spots and then playing in guitarist Robert Fripp’s League Of Gentlemen.

His musical career was interrupted by a two-year spell in the Army in 1984, and he went on to help manage rock bands Tears For Fears and Fairground Attraction.

It was a long way from the rather dry world of taxes and insurance that he inhabits nowadays.

Many wonder if, deep down, he still hankers after being a performer as he watches his glamorous wife command centre stage.

Trinny was still on the cusp of stardom when they met, and reeling from her traumatic childhood, teens and drink-soaked 20s.

The youngest of six siblings, she is the daughter of a wealthy banker and was dispatched to boarding school at the age of six.

It was an institution she recalls as "cruel" and "sadistic", not least for the time she was forced to stand naked in the school corridor as a punishment for her involvement in a water fight.

By her early teens she suffered from severe acne. "It was hideous," she says.

"It affected my self-worth, everything. It was the bane of my life. I grew my hair long just so I could cover my face."

She was not prescribed effective medication until she was 29, so she self-medicated with alcohol instead, drinking in an attempt to numb her embarrassment.

"I did everything," she admits. "It became a real problem. I would drink and go mad."

Working as a secretary, she spiralled out of control, living beyond her means and racking up £26,000 of credit-card debts in her early 20s until, at 26, she hit rock-bottom.

"I’d had enough [of drinking]," she remembers. "I felt so low. There was an exact moment when I just knew I didn’t want to do it any more. I was out with two very good friends of mine, who are now dead. They both died of alcoholism.

"It was about 3am and I thought, 'I don’t want to do this. I have to stop.' I’d felt that before, a hundred times, but I woke up the next morning and I still didn’t want to do it. And that was the first time in ten years I’d had that strength of feeling."

She spent a year in rehab. "I never want to go back to where I was," she says. "A lot of people do go back, so I still feel a day at a time."

Being married to a fellow addict may in some ways provide a source of support. But it is also, it seems, antagonising Trinny’s honourable intentions.

Johnny – who has a son, Zak, from his first marriage – developed an addiction to prescription painkillers two years ago when he had 20 operations after breaking his leg in a motorbike accident.

He was treated in a Californian rehab clinic in October 2006, during which time Trinny caused concern by collapsing in the aisle on a flight from New York to London.

She dismissed the incident, claiming she had simply had an allergic reaction to a sleeping pill.

Some close to the couple, however, feared otherwise. "Part of the reason for her collapse was that she had recently spoken to Johnny," says a confidante. "She was worried about his addiction."

Tellingly, it had only been a month earlier that Trinny insinuated they were suffering strains in their marriage.

She admitted: "Johnny and I had to deal with a difficult stage. We have a 'business meeting' where we talk about our issues. It works for us. You have to keep talking to each other."

Theirs is certainly a bond that has weathered a number of storms, perhaps the worst being Trinny’s struggle to become pregnant.

Susannah – married to Danish entrepreneur Sten Bertelsen and the mother of their three children – fell into motherhood effortlessly.

But Trinny was diagnosed with blocked fallopian tubes and endured nine rounds of IVF and two miscarriages before she conceived.

She said at the time: "It is stressful having IVF. I’m a hormonal cow for a month, but luckily my husband is very patient."

When she finally became pregnant she spoke glowingly of Johnny. "I still feel a sexy woman, which is important," she said.

"Some husbands are very funny about their wives when they’re pregnant and go off them sexually, but my husband never puts me down. I’ll say, 'I hate my thick legs,' and he’ll say, 'Trinny, you can cover them – and your t*** look fab.' He always makes me feel great."

She added poignantly: "I probably won’t have another. I’ve tried to have another baby. I would love Lyla to have a sibling near her own age, but what will be will be."

However, those close to the couple say the situation has now changed and that it is Johnny who is pushing to become a father again.

"In spite of all their problems conceiving in the past, he is keen for another child," says one source. "He thinks it would help ground Trinny but her response is very much 'not now'."

Indeed, her social schedule is such that another baby would struggle for space in her life.

When she is not performing sartorial overhauls she is entrenched in a glamorous whirl of charity fundraising as a trustee of the Chemical Dependency Centre and a staunch supporter of the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care.

Counting Elton John, Mick Jagger and Liz Hurley among her many friends, she is undoubtedly well connected.

"She really admires Liz and sees how her husband Arun lavishes diamonds and exotic holidays on her," says the source.

"She sometimes wants that a bit for herself but isn’t married to somebody who gives her that.

"She’s the one everybody recognises at parties and he’s pushed out of the way by people trying to get to her. He feels emasculated."

There is also the prickly issue of Trinny’s appearance. A self-confessed Botox user, she has shocked viewers in the past with her scrawny figure, but insists that, at 5ft 7in and a steady nine stone, she eats heartily.

Yet although not suffering from an eating disorder, she is evidently fanatical about her health and beauty regime.

"She is on a desperate quest to stay youthful and trim and she’s often in bed early in the evening as a result," says a source.

"Johnny finds that over the top and superficial."

For all her workaholic tendencies and neuroticism – fellow contestant Piers Morgan labelled Trinny a "banshee" after her spectacularly bossy behaviour on BBC’s Celebrity Apprentice last year – Johnny has always been her most ardent supporter.

He said of his wife before their most recent troubles: "Trinny comes across as cold and aloof, but in fact she is the kindest woman I have ever met. She has a heart of gold. The steeliness people see in her is really a cover for her chronic shyness, believe me."

There is no doubting Johnny and Trinny’s earnest desire to make their marriage work.

But their shared experience of addiction – and the toll that it takes whatever its form – is both a blessing and a curse. Addiction is selfish and so, sometimes, is the determination to sustain a recovery.

Ambition, too, can be an unforgiving quality, especially if it is not shared in equal measure by a spouse.

Last week, Trinny was once again wearing her wedding ring, something she has been neglecting to do in recent times.

Is this a sign of a desire for reconciliation with the man who, for all their troubles, she so clearly adores?

How long the ring will stay there is anybody’s guess.

Liz Hurley and my husband... by wife of the co-star she got close to


When Liz Hurley was dogged by rumours of an affair with American actor and comedian Denis Leary, the co-stars were quick to insist they were ‘just good friends’.

Now, a novel written by Leary’s wife has revived the rumours, with one character appearing to be a thinly-disguised version of the Estee Lauder model.

Ann Leary’s book Out-Takes From A Marriage features a glamorous actress who wears skimpy see-through dresses to parties, dates only billionaires and flirts outrageously with her co-star.
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Co-stars: Denis Leary and Liz Hurley, pictured in 2001, were rumoured to have been having an affair

Ms Hurley famously wore a revealing Versace safety-pin dress to the premiere of Four Weddings And A Funeral and later had a son with billionaire Steve Bing.

There were reports of an ‘intimate dinner’ she had with Leary in 2001 after her break-up with Bing. Now she is married to Indian businessman Arun Nayar - worth a comparatively modest £13million.

Mrs Leary, who remains happily married to her husband of 19 years, insists that any similarity between her novel’s character and her ‘good friend Elizabeth’ is entirely coincidental.
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Married: Denis Leary with his author wife Ann, whose new book 'is a thinly disguised stab' at man-eater Hurley

But she has admitted using her experiences as the wife of a celebrity in her novel - Leary has even accompanied her to book signings.

In the story, Julia Ferraro accidentally finds a suggestive voicemail message from a woman left for her husband Joe, a TV actor. Julia stalks Joe to discover who the woman is and finds several candidates including Susanna Mercer, an Australian actress.

At first, Julia rules out Susanna but then the actress invites the couple to a party at her home. Mrs Leary writes how Susanna wears a see-through dress showing off her ‘flawless’ body and ‘firmly uplifted breasts’.
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Revealing: Liz shows off her figure in a plunging dress. The actress in Ann Leary's new book also likes to wear skimpy frocks

When the wife visits the two actors filming in Mexico, she discovers Susanna has persuaded her husband to go on a carb-free diet. Ms Hurley, 43, went on a similar diet before her wedding last year to Nayar.

Leary, 50, is one of Ms Hurley’s closest friends and is godfather to her six-year-old son Damian. He helped her get roles in two films they starred in together – Bad Boy and Double Whammy.

He has spoken fondly of their long nights chatting in Manhattan bars. He said: ‘Mutual friends kept saying, “You guys should hook up, you’d get on really well”. The truth is, she’s got a lot of Irish blood in her, like a lot of the girls I grew up with, and the first time we met, we ended up in one of my favourite Irish bars in New York, talking music trivia.’

Mrs Leary, 46, said in a recent interview that the fictional couple were not based on her and her husband.

However the actor, Joe, is nominated for a TV award, just like her husband who has been up for two Emmys. And Susanna runs her own film production company – just like Ms Hurley’s Simian Films.

Mrs Leary told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I can see how people would think I was talking about our dear friend Elizabeth. But in fact Susanna was a small character I created, who was not based on Elizabeth Hurley at all.’

Neither Mr Leary nor Ms Hurley had any comment to make.
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Liz Hurley has been married to Indian businessman Arun Nayar since March 2007

Her flimsy gown was eyecatching. A body that appeared flawless and was plainly visible to all.'

'Her breasts managed to stay uplifted without the benefit of a bra.'

'She will only date billionaires... She has her own film company.'

Kate demands a botty double ... because (you'll never believe this) she thinks hers is too big


She has a slim, toned figure that most women would die for. But Kate Beckinsale has demanded a body double for her latest film – because she "loathes" her bottom.

Producers have had to hire a £1,000-a-day nude stand-in after Kate, 34, refused to bare her derriere in a shower scene.

In the past the actress, who earns £3.2million for a film, has not been shy of squeezing into sexy clothing and almost showed her bottom in Uncovered in 1994.
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Does her bum look big in this? A slimline Kate at a premiere

But a source on her new film Whiteout said: "Kate has a terrible self-image. She thinks she is fat and she is always complaining how certain outfits make her bottom look big. Of course, the reality is that she has the most amazing body.

"The script called for her character to be filmed nude in a shower, focusing in on her bottom and thighs. Kate insisted on a double being hired. She was quite open on the set about not liking her body and said she particularly loathed her bottom and was not comfortable baring it."

A last-minute call for a double went out on a Hollywood casting website last week for scenes that begin shooting tomorrow.

Silver Pictures advertised for a 5ft 8in brunette, weighing just under 9st. It added: "It’s a shower scene so there is no intimacy."
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Barely There: Kate allowed just a hint of her bottom in Uncovered in 1994

Kate plays a US marshal tracking a killer in Antarctica in the £25million drama.

The source explained: "Kate just didn’t want to show her bottom, even though everyone on the set was saying how good it looks in jeans. She said she couldn’t face the thought of seeing her butt up on a big screen. She will have the final veto over who stands in for her."

Oxford-educated Kate, whose father, Porridge star Richard Beckinsale, died aged 32 in 1979, suffered anorexia as a teenager and at 15 weighed just 6st.

She has openly discussed her body image issues and recently complained of the unrealistic pressure on women in Hollywood.

She told US Glamour magazine: "I don’t think you can aspire to the Hollywood 'look' and nor can I.

"Everybody is retouched, stretched, lengthened, slimmed and trimmed. I could look at a picture of myself from the past and think, 'Why don’t I look like that now?' It’s because I never have. If I could swap places for a day it would be with someone with gigantic, real breasts. I am fascinated by breasts because my mother didn’t have them either."

She is not the first star to have a bottom double. Keira Knightley had one in Atonement and Sarah Michelle Gellar demanded one for Scooby-Doo.

Fergie flaunts the cellulite that exercising cannot banish


She has a phenomenally successful singing career, is engaged to a heart-throb actor and is the envy of women all around the world - but it seems Black Eyed Pea Fergie isn't so perfect after all.

At first glance, the health-conscious London Bridge singer appears as lean as usual in photographs of her out jogging in Los Angeles.

But a closer look reveals Fergie suffers from that skin scourge dreaded by millions of women - cellulite.
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Cellulite strikes super-fit Fergie, out for a run in Los Angeles

However, the 33-year-old - real name Stacey Ferguson - is unlikely to worry too much about an unflattering photo.
As a solo artist and the frontwoman of the mega-selling Black Eyed Peas, she's also expected to marry her boyfriend, Transformers star Josh Duhamel, who she's been dating since 2004, later this year.

Just last month, former crystal methamphetamine addict Fergie proved her stunningly high level of fitness during a performance on U.S. TV's Today programme.
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Former drug addict Fergie leads a healthy lifestyle with her fiance, actor Josh Duhamel

During a rendition of the Heart song 'Barracuda' , she adeptly turned her body 180 degrees in the air and positioned one hand on the ground to carry her full body weight, while her other hand was clutched on to her microphone.

Fergie then wowed television viewers with three more one-armed cartwheels.

Football star Joe Cole shows he's a real Zucker for his bikini-clad lady in red


For a couple whose wedding is only days away, Joe Cole and fiancee Carly Zucker looked relaxed and quietly assured ahead of their big day.

And as they strolled along on a Barbados beach, the football star couldn't keep his eyes off his young bride-to-be.

Dressed in a red halterneck bikini, Carly looked a picture of sexiness as she frolicked in the afternoon sunshine.
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Carly Zucker showed fiance Joe Cole why he's picked the perfect sexy bride

Smiling happily 23-year-old Carly basked in the opportunity to show Chelsea star Cole why he has found the perfect partner.

And it seems they were not the only pair taking some much-needed time out of their heavy football schedules to treat themselves to some holiday time.

Fellow England star Steven Gerrard and wife Alex Curran have been soaking up the rays while on holiday in Miama, Florida.
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The couple looked happy and relaxed ahead of their big day later this month

Lily Allen gives paparazzi the run-around in Beverley Hills


She was lapping up the attention earlier this week, but it looks like Lily Allen’s affection for the paparazzi could soon wear off.

The Smile singer has been spotted dodging a mass of eager paparazzi in Beverley Hills.

Arms full of shopping and cigarette in hand, the 26-year-old fled across the street, with the paparazzi in hot pursuit.
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Charge! Lily Allen knocks one of the paparazzi over as she attempts to escape them

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Onlookers laugh as the pint-sized star gives the parazzi a run for their money

The pint-sized star was taking a break from her hectic recording schedule, with a shopping trip to Sunset plaza.

She touched down in the US just earlier this week to work on her second album and has already been hassled by photographers.

She wrote on her blog on Tuesday: ‘I have never been followed like we were today, there were literally 20 cars of [paparazzi] with us.

Apparently enjoying being the centre of attention, she added: 'Not that I'm complaining, they were perfectly pleasant, in fact we had a bit of a laugh with them and I quite fancied one of them.'

In fact, she only had one criticism of the paparazzi. Urging them to downsize their gas-guzzling SUVs, she wrote: 'Boys, go green.'
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The Smile singer, 26, flees off the 'side walk' in the Beverley Hills Street

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Go girl! Lily makes a run for it

His 'n' her counsellors for Guy and Madonna


With rumours again rife that Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s marriage is on the rocks, I hear the couple have turned to the Kabbalah to help them through their latest problems.

They have been having private ‘teachings’ at their local centre in Oxford Street, London, every Friday night.

Perhaps appropriately for a couple who by all accounts lead separate lives, they have separate teachers, but for the past month they have been meeting together for prayers and blessings.
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Madonna, 49, and Guy Ritchie, 10 years her junior, are said to row about everything

They are having counselling, which everyone who goes to the Kabbalah has,' says my source.

'We call them teachings and Guy takes them very seriously, but for a while Madonna stopped going.

‘Guy would go to meetings with the children on Friday nights, then Madonna would turn up for the dinner.

‘For the past few weeks, though, she has been going for prayers. She and Guy have had joint blessings by her rabbi Eitan Yardeni who has been her teacher for many years.

Guy has another teacher called Marcus Weston who has been really supportive. It really hasn’t been an easy time in the Ritchie household.’

Guy was pictured last week on a night out with male friends and sources say he and Madonna, who turns 50 and embarks on a world tour later this year, plan to spend most of the summer apart.

‘Madonna leaves for New York in a couple of days and will be staying at her recently extended and refurbished apartment.

She is taking her kids and her entourage, not Guy, although he may well fly out for appearances’ sake.

‘He just wants to be in London preparing for the release of his movie RocknRolla and spending some time with his friends.’

Meanwhile, I’m told the couple’s celebrity friends have also stepped in to help keep the Ritchies on track.

‘Gwyneth Paltrow has been to the Kabbalah dinners with Madonna – and Sting and Trudie, who introduced them, have been on the phone all the time,’ adds my spy.

Posh can't snog - she gnawed my lips, claims ex Corey Haim


Victoria Beckham can't kiss to save her life, says film has-been Corey Haim, who briefly dated the former Spice Girl before she married husband David.

Haim, 36, known in the '80s for his role in The Lost Boys, claims that Victoria gnawed on his lips and made a strange grrhh sound when they kissed.

The pair met in 1995 when Victoria was at a London recording studio with her Spice Girl bandmates. They were 'soulmates', says Haim, who claims Posh was so serious about him that she took him to her family home - where her parents warned him off visiting her bedroom at night.
Victoria Beckham

Gnawty: Posh and hubby David share a moment of passion

When she kisses she does this little grrhh thing. What did it feel like? Like a girl gnawing on your lip!' says Haim in a recent kiss-and-tell magazine interview.

Of their first meeting, the actor, who suffered a drug-induced stroke in 2001 and has been in and out of rehab many times, says: 'These five punk rock chicks walked in and there was Vic - boom. So I had to hang out with her, it was my job as a man.'

The pair split after a blazing row over band Take That - after a cosy evening in watching TV, Posh confessed to Haim that she 'loved' the band.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Sexy but skinny Kate Moss gives her cleavage a rare public outing


Just in case her hemline wasn't short enough to do the trick, Kate Moss made absolutely certain all eyes were on her as she stepped out in Berlin today.

The supermodel, who was arriving at the Hotel de Rome in the city's Bebelplatz square, put her cleavage on show with a daring neckline that plunged right down to her middle.

She cut a very lean figure as she made her way into the establishment, the nipped in waist of her grey frock accentuating her small proportions.
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Taking the plunge: Kate Moss arriving at her hotel in Berlin today

Kate is thought to be in the city on business, but is expected to fly to Majorca this weekend with her boyfriend Jamie Hince for a dose of rest and relaxation.

Topshop billionaire Sir Phllip Green is reportedly paying £100,000 to fly her out for the luxury holiday after she complained of feeling 'a bit run down'.

A source is quoted in The Sun as saying: 'Kate phoned him in tears, saying she is exhausted from too much travel and emotionally battered.
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High hemline: Kate's dress barely covered her derrière

She also said things between her and Jamie were strained because of his European tour with The Kills and his bandmate Alison Mosshart not wanting Kate around the band when they’re gigging.

'So Sir Philip is flying Kate and Jamie to Spain for absolute pampering.'

A butler, masseuse and beauty therapist will be on hand to accommodate their every whim.

Adds the source: 'They also get a boat so can disappear to any cove.'

Forgotten something, Mel B? Lingerie model wears revealing dress... but no bra


As the face of a lingerie firm, one would expect Mel B to be more diligent about her choice of clothing.

But the former Spice Girl today threw caution to the wind and decided that she didn't need the support for her full figured bust line.

Melanie, 32, arrived in Monte Carlo for the 38 Film Festival wearing a gorgeous fitted white satin mini dress that put her cleavage on display.
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Bra-less: Mel B poses during the 48th Monte Carlo television festival but it appears as if the lingerie model has forgotten her bra

However, with no bra under her very low cut dress her breast could give any glamour model a run for their money.

Only a few weeks ago, Melanie became the new face for lingerie company Ultimo and was featured in a sexy lingerie and swim wear campaign, but it appears as if she had forgotten this.

Let's just hope that the bra was the only piece of lingerie that she forgot to put on this morning.

Although not a major fashion faux pas, her heaving bust were clearly noticeable on her slim body.
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Mel B as the new face and body of Ultimo lingerie

Steven Gerrard and Alex Curran snub Coleen and Wayne's big day


England footballer Steven Gerrard and his wife Alex Curran have flown into Miami - in what appears to be a snub of teammate Wayne Rooney and fiancé Coleen McLoughlin's wedding.

The couple arrived in the US with four friends yesterday, just one day ahead of Rooney's lavish Italian nuptials.
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Snub? Steven Gerrard and Alex Curran have just arrived in Miami and have missed the WAG wedding of the year

When reporters asked why they'd miss the much-anticipated £5 million bash, Curran refused to answer and turned away.

Liverpool star Gerrard, 28, wasn't in the mood for talking either, at one point pushing away photographers' lenses.

After arriving at Miami International Airport, the group of three men and three women boarded a black minibus before being whisked away to a luxury South Beach hotel.

The £400-a-night Delano hotel, where Gerrard and Curran have previously stayed, has oceanfront views and is favoured by the rich and famous.

Steven Gerrard and Alex Curran
Surprise visit: The couple checked out the sights of Miami, despite being widely expected to be in Italy


Steven Gerrard and Alex Curran
VIP arrival: The pair touched with three bags of luggage, hinting they are plan to stay for some time

Alex, 25, a model and mother-of-two, and fellow WAG Coleen are known to be friends who are occasionally spotted rubbing shoulders at fashion events.

And they may play in rival Premiership teams, but footballers Rooney and Gerrard have of course played together for their country.

Of course, Wayne and Coleen were present at the couple's high profile wedding last year, flying into the Cliveden estate in Berkshire via helicopter especially for the occasion.

"Everyone would expect Steven and Alex to be there on Wayne and Coleen's big day," said one source.

"Tongues are bound to wag about whether they've fallen out over it."
Steven Gerrard and Alex Curran
Pals: Coleen and Alex are known to be friends among the WAG set

Elle The Body shows plenty of front with her fabulous fortysomething figure


Younger models have challenged her for the title, but even at 44, Elle Macpherson is proving she's still The Body.

The model turned multimillionaire business woman put her knock-out figure on show during a photoshoot in London yesterday.

All eyes were on the star - and her plunging waistcoat as she worked her magic for the camera on a balcony in the capital's centre.
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Glam: Elle Macpherson strikes a pose during a photoshoot in London yesterday


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She looked as happy as ever, flashing her trademark smile between takes, but sources say the model is preparing to move back to her native Australia to escape the demanding pace London life.

"Elle has had enough of living in London," a friend said last month.

"She just finds it too busy. She has decided she wants to move back to Australia for a more simple life."


Elle Macpherson
Hat trick! Elle shows her playful side during the shoot

She has lived in the capital for nearly ten years, sharing her Notting Hill home, estimated to be worth £8million, with sons Flynn, nine, and Aurelius Cy, four.

Having earned a £45million fortune from her modelling work and lingerie business, Elle has previously hinted that she might one day consider quitting Britain.

Although her spokesperson wouldn't comment her plans, the star, who has also has a holiday home in the Bahamas, says she's happiest when by the ocean.

She told a magazine recently: "The Bahamas mirror what I imagine my life in Australia would be like."

"I wake up and go for a surf. I'm an earth mother, 100 per cent there for my kids, and there's no work."

She has recently denied links to Vito Schnabel - the 21-year-old son of Oscar-nominated director Julian Schnabel.

Elle and Bryan have been romantically linked, on and off, for the past year.

Hollyoaks girls pose for racy calendar... with the help of a Seventies space hopper


The Hollyoaks girls let their hair down, and got playful at a photo shoot for their new calendar.

Straddling a space hopper, blonde Zoe Lister messed around in the sun with fellow soap babes Roxanne McKee, Jennifer Metcalfe, and Gemma Merna, and Zoe Lister.

The Hollyoaks babes took time out while shooting the 2009 calendar at Thornton Manor in the Wirral, Merseyside.
Hollyoaks girls pose for racy calendar
Bouncy bouncy lady: Roxanne McKee appears to be loving the bouncy playtime


Hollyoaks girls pose for racy calendar
It's my turn: Jennifer Metcalfe, Zoe Lister and Roxanne McKee squabble over who gets to straddle the Space Hopper

Dressed in an assortment of lacy underwear and stilettos, the girls revealed their stunning figures in the grounds of the country house, as they enjoyed some downtime.

Luckily for us a photographer was on hand to see the scantily-clad girls at play.

Meanwhile Hollyoaks fans will be pleased to see some familiar faces returning to the Chester-based soap in the coming weeks.

Long-time stars Sarah Dunn and Darren Jeffries return for the on-off marriage of Steph and Max.
Hollyoaks girls pose for racy calendar
Hollyoaks babe Zoe Lister takes time out with her colleagues while shooting the 2009 Calendar at Thornton Manor in the Wirral, Merseyside

Jeffries played OB for 10 years, and only quit the teen soap in February, when his character followed girlfriend Summer to London.

Dunn left for pastures new in 2006 after playing blonde bombshell Mandy Richardson for more than a decade.
Hollyoaks girls pose for racy calendar
Gissa go: Ex-gymnast Claire Cooper and Loui Batley race to get their turn on the cool 70s toy

Mandy fled when her marriage to Tony (Nick Pickard) broke down following their daughter Grace's death.

The stars are both to return in two weeks' time, when Max and Steph finally put their differences aside to tie the knot in a hastily arranged ceremony.
Hollyoaks girls pose for racy calendar
Hollyoaks' babe Carley Stenson who plays Steph is set to marry on-off love Max on the show

Worse-for-wear Aisleyne tries to drive herself home in a cab... without letting go of her drink


Former Big Brother contestant Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace had clearly hit the champagne a bit too hard last night.

As the model and designer was seen leaving the Embassy club in London and clearly was in no mood to hang around, as she got behind the wheel of a waiting cab - with drink still in hand - as if to drive herself home.

Thankfully, once alerted the driver removed her from behind the wheel, and sat her in the back seat.

She then directed him to take her on to the Maddox club, where she continued to party.
Aisleyne Horgan

Don't drink and drive: Aisleyne almost hijacks a waiting taxi after leaving a club worse for wear

Looking bleary-eyed and clearly the worse for wear, Aisleyne was on a big night out with BB pal Nikki Grahame.

But quite what they were celebrating quite so heartily was anyone's guess.

Aisleyne who has been linked to former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson, has said the boxer can help fallen football star Paul Gascoigne overcome his addiction problems.

She revealed former boyfriend Tyson, who has already overcome his own booze and drug addictions, is now sure that he can help Paul Gascoigne recover.
Aisleyne Horgan

Party hard dudettes: Nikki Grahame and Aisleyne left the Embassy club rather worse for wear and then headed to the Maddox to continue their night out

Mike will be a brilliant help to Paul. He’s an excellent person for him to talk to, almost like a counsellor.'

“He will really sort Paul’s problems out. Mike’s really not like people think. He’s made out to be this scary, fearsome person but he’s nothing like that.'

Judging by the hangover she'll be nursing today, it may be Aisleyne who is in need of some tough talk from Iron Mike.
Aisleyne Horgan

Where's the next party at: A worse for wear Aisleyne might need a tough talk from friend 'Iron' Mike Tyson

Expecting twins made me more creative in the bedroom,' says Angelina Jolie


Pregnant Angelina Jolie has revealed how expecting twins spiced up her sex life with Brad Pitt.

In a typically revealing interview, the 'Wanted' star told how being pregnant has made her more "creative" in the bedroom.

Angelina said: 'It's great for the sex life. It just makes you a lot more creative. So you have fun, and as a woman you're just so round and full.'

Angelina admitted she was shocked to find out she was having twins.
Angelina Jolie
Sexy: Angelina revealed that being pregnant with twins made her feel sexy, and she and partner Brad had to get creative in the bedroom

She also told how she designed Brad's new tattoo and insisted she has no regrets about revealing details of her wild past.

The mother-of-four 'Entertainment Weekly' magazine told: 'We weren't expecting twins.

'So it did shock us, and we jumped to six quickly. But we like a challenge.

'We really don't know. His mom and dad are on standby to come out and help.'

Her main concern is how her kids Maddox, six; Pax, four; Zahara, three; and Shiloh, two, will feel when the twins are born.
Angelina Jolie
Angelina and Brad in France before she gave birth to her twins, with Zahara and Pax Thien

She said: 'They're old enough to feel included to change diapers themselves, to feed bottles themselves, like if I pump into a bottle.

'We're trying to find ways where it can be a fun group things. Everybody gets special time so we can make sure we know where they're at.'

Angelina told how Brad is helping her get around doctor's orders to stop picking up her kids so much while she is pregnant.

She said: 'We've worked out a system where Brad just lifts them to me every time they want to come up.

'I just don't bend down. I'll scream, 'Honey!' and he'll come running and lift them up."
Angelina also revealed she designed the new tattoo on Brad's back, spotted in recent photographs.

She said: 'I drew that. We went to Davos. It's not that we were bored at the World Economic Forum, but one night we didn't have anything to do, so I was drawing on his back. He just liked it!

'The picture everybody saw was kind of awkward, but it just lines up beautifully on his back, just enhances the part of the body I like.'

Angelina is glad she was open about her wild-child past.

She said: 'The reason I talked about going through certain pains or even cutting myself is that I was already out the other side.

'I knew there were people that do that - and somehow are happy that somebody admitted they did and discussed how they got out of it.

'I don't see the point of doing an interview unless you're going to share the things you learn in life and the mistakes you make.

'So to admit that I'm extremely human and have done some dark things, I don't think makes me unusual or unusually dark.

'I think it actually is the right thing to do and I'd like to think it's the nice thing to do.'

Lily Allen lives it up in La La land


Lily Allen may be in Los Angeles on business, but she's finding plenty of time for pleasure too.

The Smile singer took a break from working on her second album for a day of pampering, hitting a nail salon for a pedicure before stopping off for a sweet ice cream treat.

The fun didn't stop there. The 23-year-old moved on for a shopping spree on Melrose Avenue, where she bought bags full of sneakers.
Lily Allen
Pampering: Lily Allen gets an al fresco pedicure while in Los Angeles yesterday


Lily Allen
Lily on the go: The singer made a spash in a nail salon before hitting Melrose Avenue for a spot of sneaker shopping

The singer was trailed by a pack of LA photographers, but appeared more than happy to be centre of attention.

She wrote on her blog yesterday: 'I have never been followed like we were today, there were literally 20 cars of [paparazzi] with us.

Apparently taking a leaf from Britney Spears' dating book, she adds: 'Not that I'm complaining, they were perfectly pleasant, in fact we had a bit of a laugh with them and I quite fancied one of them.'
Lily Allen
Sugar rush: Lily enjoys a sweat treat

But she was critical of the paparazzi on one front, urging them to downsize their gas-guzzling SUVs, writing: 'Boys, go green.'

It has certainly been a busy couple of days for Lily since touching down in the country.

She was spotted dining at Il Sole with Hollywood party girl Lindsay Lohan and her girlfriend Samantha Ronson on Monday night.

And she promises her album is coming along nicely, assuring fans she's just written a track 'that will blow your minds'.
Lily Allen
Smile! Lily says she's developed a crush on one LA paparazzo

Monday, June 9, 2008

Coleen slums it on budget hen do (while Wayne splashes out on £250,000 stag)


While Wayne Rooney spent £250,000 on his four-day stag party in Ibiza, his bride-to-be was slumming it on a budget hen do in Tenerife.

Coleen McLoughlin shunned five-star luxury in favour of a one-bedroom holiday apartment, preferring quiet nights in with her group of three friends.

Coleen was avoiding partying so that she could look good for her wedding.
Coleen Mcloughlin

Coleen enjoys her low-key hen party in Tenerife last week...

Coleen Mcloughlin

... while Wayne (right in cap) and the boys make a big splash in Ibiza

She flew to Tenerife last Tuesday, swapping the couple’s £4million mansion in Prestbury, Cheshire, for her aunt’s modest flat with a small terrace in The Heights, a development near the resort of Los Cristianos.

And as soon as she arrived back from the Canary Islands yesterday, she was off to her hairdresser in Liverpool to keep up appearances.

‘Coleen just wanted to take it easy in Tenerife,’ said a friend.

‘She was happy for Wayne to have a chance to let his hair down, but her mind is focused on the wedding.
‘She wants to look her absolute best and that means plenty of rest and drinking lots of water, not drinking alcohol into the early hours.

'She is so excited – she cannot stop smiling.’
Coleen Mcloughlin

Coleen McLoughlin indulges in some retail therapy back in Liverpool
Coleen Mcloughlin

Happy couple: Wayne and Coleen at the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield stadium in Liverpool

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