Showbiz Roundup: Shhh, did you hear?

Bowled Over

When I read last week that Aussie spin bowler Shane Warne had tried his luck with married actress Liz Hurley, only for her to reportedly laugh his ardent advances off, I did chuckle a bit at his unabashed brazenness. I mean, what does a womanising retired Orstrayan from Melbourne have in common with one of the most posh starlets in the world? However the front page of the News Of The World this weekend has got the showbiz and cricketing world in a, well, spin. Turns out the married twosome are indeed in the midst of an affair and have spent several nights together in his London hotel last week. Further evidence has the unlikely coupling embracing in ‘steamy looking clinches’ and snogging outside the London restaurant Sake No Hana. The pair, who met in July at Goodwood races, were clocked going down the escalator to the lobby and: ‘While they waited for their coats to be brought to them Hurley reportedly pulled Warne towards her into a darkened doorway, cupped his face with her hands and leaned in to lock lips. After releasing from their clinch they gazed into each other’s eyes and smiled adoringly.’ Then there’s the couple’s bizarre, yet strangely provocative, Twitter messages to each other, including this gem: ‘Sammy sends you a special lick and says he’d like to put his silky head on your shoulder.’ Hmmm. Since the revelations, Liz has used her twitter account to reveal that ‘For the record, my husband Arun & I separated a few months ago. Our close family & friends were aware of this.’ Shane could be on a lucky wicket then!

Nobody Leaves Madonna In The Corner

When Madge’s romance with snack pack lover Jesus Luz fizzled out in February, it was reported she got back in touch with ex-hubby Guy Ritchie and begged him to give their marriage another try. No way, was his response, as he’d moved on and was loved up with lingerie model Jacqui Ainsley. Things went from bad to worse for the singer when she heard Jacqui, who hooked up with Guy in April, was feeling broody and wanted to try for a baby. Madge immediately ‘auditioned’ for a new toyboy and was linked with backing dancer Brahim Rachiki, although whispers from the Material Girl’s camp say he was simply another ‘pretty’ distraction. However it seems Ms Ciccone has had the last laugh. Poor Jacqui was left devastated after Guy sat her down last week and told her she wasn’t invited to his Christmas celebrations – because he’d be spending it with Madge and the kids at their former marital home, Ashcombe House in Wiltshire. A source reveals to the Mail: ‘He has told Jacqui he’s spending it with his ex-wife for the sake of the children – but it hasn’t gone down at all well.’ No kidding. We’ve also heard he’s banned her from the set of his new Sherlock Holmes movie, saying it would only be a distraction. ‘Guy has made it clear that no girlfriends are allowed on set,’ an insider tells the Mail. ‘But when he was married to Madonna she used to come to the set all the time.’ Uh oh. Jacqui, sounds like Madge is cutting up your grass, dear.

Sandra Takes Heed From Madge

Sandra Bullock is well rid of her philandering ex-hubby Jesse James, but it seems the Oscar-winning actress is ready to put all the behind them to ensure his kids, yep, <his> kids, have a great Christmas. Sandra, who is on a major health and beauty kick at the moment in anticipation of handing out the Best Actor gong at the Oscars in Feb, is planning to spend the holidays in Texas with Jesse, her adopted son, Louis, and Jesse’s three kids by porn actress Janine Lindemulder. ‘Sandra is making plans for a Christmas reunion for Louis and her former stepkids – Chandler, 14, Jesse Jr, 12, and Sunny, 6 – so they can spend time together and bond,’ a family insider tells US magazine In Touch. ‘And she’s agreed to allow Jesse to come, as well. Sandra wants to make sure Louis grows up knowing Jesse’s children, so she is willing to put the past behind her for the sake of the kids. Sandra knows that having Jesse’s family in Louis’ life is good for him.’ Well that’s true class eh? After taking on the role of surrogate mum to Jesse’s kids when Janine was jailed for tax evasion, the bugger broke her heart just weeks after her Oscar win this year when it emerged he’d been having an affair with a stripper. What a jerk. We imagine she’ll be pulling out another Oscar-winning performance come Christmas Day in a new reality show called ‘Let’s Play Happy Families’. We reckon he’ll be quick to grab the carving knife before she does…

X Factor Ends On An X Rated Note

It’s been the most watched and controversial series of X Factor ever and while congratulations goes to painter and decorator turned womanising X Factor champ Matt Cardle, we have to wonder what happened to the so-called ‘family show’. Saturday night’s performances saw some very racy performances from both Rihanna, in nothing more than strapless bra and pants, and Christina Aguilera – so much so a flood of complaints hit the web, particularly over the pre-watershed gyrations of Xtina and her female dancers. Performing her new song from her new flick Burlesque – out this week, the performance featured the recently divorced platinum blonde in low-cut dress cavorting – really cavorting – with lingerie-clad dancers. The production will do little to down-play rumours she is now partial to the opposite sex when it comes to bed-time play. Following claims she is seeing none other than lesbian-to-the-stars Samantha Ronson, who was spotted last month leaving the mum-of-one’s LA mansion in the wee hours of the morning, Xtina has gone out of her way to be seen out and about with ‘new boyfriend’ Matthew Rutler. But an LA insider is adamant the ‘relationship’ is a coverup: ‘She’s still seeing Sam, but sadly she thinks her public appeal will wane if she comes out. It was Nicole Richie who first introduced her to Sam and they’ve become really close. Matthew is nothing but a coverup.’ Last year, the singer told Cosmo mag: ‘I think women are such sensual beings. And, I mean, I’m married and I love my husband, but honestly? If I had the choice between viewing a naked man or a naked woman, I’d choose the woman. We’re just naturally sexier and more beautiful to look at.’ Fair enough, but I don’t fancy seeing Sam Ronson in the buff…

The Bride Was Upstaged By An Elephant

With a Royal Wedding confirmed for April next year and persistent reports Brangelina are planning to tie the knot (apparently Maddox and Pax have been on at them to get hitched and his wishes have really sunk home), this weekend Nicole Richie tied the knot to her boyfriend of four years, Joel Madden, and we hear it was a dream come true for the whole family. Held a papa Lionel’s Beverly Hills mansion, the black-tie winter-themed ceremony played host to family and friends, including Gwen Stefani, Ashlee Simpson, Sam Ronson, Nicole’s childhood pal Khloe Kardashian and none other than an elephant. The trained mammal was led into a white tent to join the revellers and best man, Joel’s bruv Josh,  happily Tweeted of the nuptials: ‘The stuff of which memories are made.’ Nic’s dad Lionel said: ‘My happiness for Nicole and Joel knows no boundaries. They have given me two beautiful grandchildren, Harlow and Sparrow, and have proven to be great parents. I am not sure who is luckier, Nicole and Joel to have each other, or me, to have both of them in my life.’ Aaaagh. Our invite must have got lost in the pre-Xmas postal rush. Bummer.

by Justine Harkness
[picture credits: mysunshine; WENN]
Justine Harkness

Justine Harkness

Now based in Los Angeles, Justine had worked for publications from Now to Look, OK! to Loaded, in the UK as well as for weekly magazines in Australia. She has written everything from in-depth celebrity interviews to covering every showbiz party, hotspot, the three ‘Fs’ (fads, fashion, fitness), awards ceremonies, travel (to Mustique, no less), you name it, for all the big magazines. A regular showbiz and lifestyle expert commentator for radio and TV, including BBC, Sky and all the terrestrial channels. There’s more, but there always is. She lives in Santa Monica with her ridiculously fluffy kitten Cookie (‘We should have called her Queen Latifah,’ she shrugs), chasing the latest celebrity stories. Justine’s mantra in life is: ‘In vodka we trust.’ She successfully out drinks many, yet is a bit of a hippy at heart. Just don’t ask her about grammar.

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