Showbiz Roundup: Shhh, did you hear?

So what really went on with Jude and Sienna?

Was it another man? Was it her pet dogs? Did Sadie’s anti-Sienna plot work? Or was it just because he was a grumpy old boring stay-at-home man? And we’ve even heard there was a bit of a disagreement over the prenup. Your guess is as good as mine (if we ignore the information I have that my lawyer will not allow me to say). But yes, it’s all over – again – for Serial Miller and Jude Snore, who called time on their second-time-round engagement. And this time, the couple, who are now denying they were ever engaged (this time), are over for good. Kaputz. El finito. Adios. Bye… Meanwhile, Sienna’s reported to have moved on to Robin Hood cutie Joe Armstrong, with whom she is in rehearsals for Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path, directed by Trevor Nunn, in the West End. While a spokesperson denies there is a romance, I had one of ‘those’ moment in showbiz journalism in which over the space of two hours, all my ‘sleb squealers’ said her mystery young man is ‘definitely, definitely’… and then add pretty much any name you want! But it was a very exciting two hours where I was working on the news desk of a weekly celeb mag. Very exciting indeed.

A Warne-ing to Liz Hurley

Just when it seemed that the new romance between ‘actress/model’ Elizabeth Hurley and Australian cricketer Shane Warne was going from strength to strength, the notorious Lothario is hit with more cheating allegations. Elizabeth is currently in Warne’s home town of Melbourne spending time with her new beau however adult film star Chloe Conrad revealed to a Sunday tabloid that the 41-year-old father of three had been sending her explicit text messages after they spent a night together. Warne had moved his ex-wife out of his home after his relationship with Liz became public knowledge but Ms Conrad, also an Aussie, claims that he spent a night with her at the same time he was dating Elizabeth. ‘If Liz thinks he has changed, she’s sorely mistaken,’ Chloe told the paper. ‘On the night he was with Liz at the Bentley he was sending texts to me. I never for one second thought I was the only woman. Everyone knows Shane is not the ideal guy to settle down with. Liz is a lot older than me and should be wiser.’

Trouble and Strife for Katy and Russell

Rumours are rife that Russell Brand and Katy Perry’s relationship is on the rocks after just three months of marriage. An American magazine reported that the couple have sought out relationship counseling after their hectic work schedules and commitments kept them apart. Despite Katy’s UK publicist dening this story, her appearance at a pre-Grammy’s bash without her husband added fuel to the fire. Russell was in New York guest hosting Saturday Night Live and most people expected Katy to make a cameo appearance so were surprised when she stayed in LA. The tension can’t be helped by Russell’s notorious flirty behaviour. On the sketch show he was filmed seemingly kissing a brunette guest star and only recently did he describe kissing Jennifer Garner on the set of his latest film by saying ‘there is a brand of red-velvet cake; her mouth is made of that.’ But their show of unity on the red carpet at The Grammy’s should quiet everyone – for a little while anyway!

Which came first – Lady Gaga, the hen or the egg?

The first lady of bonkerdom Gaga outdid herself on the red carpet at the Grammys tonight, arriving entombed in a giant egg carried by half-naked dancers. No autographs there, then. Kelly Osbourne alerted the universe of Gaga’s latest attempt at crazy and tweeted a pic of the bizarre scene. ‘You will not believe your eyes when you see how Lady Gaga showed up to the Grammys,’ she tweeted. The singer, who’s latest single has caused a stir with some saying she’s ripped off Madge and others, including Elton, saying it’s going to be an anthem, is expected to perform tonight, but for the looks of it, she’s already got the audience requiring new jaws. How much Gaga can the people take?

Colin’s King Of The Baftas

As the first gong of the evening was handed out to The King’s Speech, the tone was set for a royal sweep of the night. With a 7-gong haul, including Best Actor (go Colin, we love you, especially when you were younger and trudging down to your manor pile in your breeches dripping wet), Best Film, Best Supporting Actress (looking fabulous in Vivienne Westwood Ms Bonham-Carter – and we adored your rather long but well worth it speech too), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush)… well it’s just as well Black Swan and The Social Network were floating about to take Best Actress (Natalie) and Best Director (David Fincher) trophies home, else it would have been Colin and co all the way! Notable red carpet wardrobe joy came from Emma Watson, Colin’s wife Livia, Bond girl Eva Green and, yes, 14-year-old best actress nominee Hailee Steinfeld in Prada. Jolly good show!

Victoria’s designs are fit for a princess

Victoria Beckham look set to be the latest fashion designer to benefit from a royal connection. It seems that the former Spice Girl has been contacted by a representative for Kate Middleton and asked to send some dresses for the future royal bride to try. Speaking at the launch of her autumn winter 2011 collection in New York, Victoria confirmed that she is sending a selection from her spring summer range for Kate to try on. ‘Apparently, she likes my clothes and has asked to see a selection,’ she said. ‘It’s tremendously exciting and I would be honoured if she were to wear my designs. I admire her tremendously. She’s a beautiful young girl, she has a wonderful figure and I think she wears clothes beautifully.’ Already a celebrity favourite, a princess is just what Victoria needs to add to her client list.

Brad and Angelina deny adding to brood

Brad Pitt and Angelina have put the kibosh on the latest rumours that they are to adopted another child. The couple were thought to be adopting a 4-year-old girl from Haiti but they have made a statement denying this. ‘There is no truth to these rumors,’ Ange’s rep said. ‘[Angelina] is focused on enhancing the welfare and legal protection of children within Haiti. As such, she has been meeting with government of Haiti officials, Haitian legal experts and non-governmental organizations regarding a new initiative of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. The recently launched Jolie Legal Fellows Program will assist the justice system in Haiti to improve child protection.’ So another biological child then?

Jen Puts Heidi in her place

Meanwhile, Brad’s ex Jennifer Aniston reportedly banned her low-rent co-star Heidi Spencer from the premiere of her new film, Just Go With It – and the poor little plastic woman wants you all to know how crazy and publicity hungry hurt she really is. “I’m so upset,” said the surgery siren. ‘I was so excited! This is the first movie I’ve ever been in and I can’t walk the red carpet because Jennifer Aniston decided I was “too polarising”. I’ve been such a huge Jennifer Aniston fan my entire life and it’s just really upsetting that she would do this to me. To have someone like Jennifer Aniston go out of her way to make things hard for me is really disheartening.’ Heidi has since backtracked, saying: ‘I read that Jennifer had banned me from the premiere for being too polarising, but I know now that it wasn’t true.’ So why the no-show luv? ‘I got my invite and I would have loved to be there, but I had to be in Los Angeles with my dogs. I was honoured to be a part of such a great movie and I apologise to Jennifer and Sony for this big misunderstanding. Go see the movie this weekend! It’s fantastic!’ Er, we don’t think so dear. Turns out it’s another Aniston flop, with critics already slamming it as ‘noxious’ and ‘dumber than a box of Tinkertoys’.

by Justine Harkness
[picture credits: mysunshine; Wenn/Cortis; Daniel Deme / WENN.com; Andres Otero/ WENN.com; Patricia Schlein/ 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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