Gwen’s a Country Girl at Heart

2017-12GossipEver since calling time on her marriage to Gavin Rossdale in 2015 and taking up with Blake Shelton, her colleague on the American version of The Voice, our cover girl, Gwen Stefani, has discovered the simple joys of country life. In an in-depth interview with Marie Claire magazine she revealed that one of her favourite things is to escape to Shelton’s Oklahoma ranch with her children and her soon-to-be (if the rumours are to be believed) sister-in-law’s family. “We cook and get muddy and dirty. There are ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles). Being a mother of three boys, it’s kind of the perfect place. Everything is real now, whereas before, things didn’t seem so real,” she said. However, she also revealed that the demise of her marriage didn’t happen without some real soul searching: “What I learned was that my heartbreak was supposed to happen, that it was my purpose to write about and share my story. I met at least 50 to 100 people before each show on my tour and got to hear that my truth and my story translated, and I feel very lucky and honoured knowing that,” she admitted. It looks as though 2018 will be a year of changes and progress for her.

Catherine and Michael’s Anniversary Celebrations

It hasn’t been the most straightforward of marriages, that’s for sure. The whole structure seemed briefly to crumble when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and then he had some very rum ideas about how he contracted throat cancer, but it wasn’t long before they both realised that they were much happier together than apart. After raising two children together, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas took some time out of their busy schedules recently to celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary. Zeta-Jones referred to Douglas as her “best friend” and, despite the 25-year age difference, the marriage is looking stronger than ever, as she added, “'I'm very blessed. I have a husband who listens to me and I'm a wife who listens to him. That's why - although every marriage goes through its ups and downs, its times of adversity - we've come to a place where we couldn't be better. I have a very healthy husband, a very healthy mother and two vivacious, healthy children. I think after that, everything just falls into place.” We do love a happy ending – especially now we’re entering panto season!

The Crucible, 21st Century Style

Everyone knows Arthur Miller’s play that focuses on the 17th century Salem witch trials as an analogy for the McCarthy anti-Communist witch hunts of the 1940s and 1950s and now it looks as though we are revisiting the territory. When someone as family friendly as Aled Jones is currently having his collar felt by the BBC for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ you can be sure that we are living in very interesting times. Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey are either ‘in therapy’ or in hiding, Jeffrey Tambor has reportedly resigned from his role in Amazon Prime’s monumentally successful Transparent over similar allegations and now Girls creator, Lena Dunham has been forced to perform a very interesting balancing act with regard to Murray Miller, one of her team of writers who has been accused of rape. Dunham, long thought of as America’s most vocal young feminist, has come under fire for dismissing claimant Aurora Perrineau’s account as “misreporting” and “a lie”. Needless to say, Dunham’s status as the US’s Feminist-in Chief is being questioned by a number of parties and it’s likely that this current crisis will undermine her creative voice for some time.

Gone Hollywood   

Were you surprised when you heard the news that the Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood’s 20-year marriage had ended? If so, take heart – it seems that it came as a bolt out of the blue to the star baker too. Just as his wife Alex was announcing to all and sundry that their marriage had crumbled under the weight of his infidelity (a serious fling with his American co-presenter Marcela Valladolid and a very public snog with last year’s GBBO winner, Candice Brown), Hollywood was gushing about how wonderful his marriage was in an interview with the Radio Times. If this was an attempt at damage limitation then he appears to be labouring under a massive misapprehension, since the feisty Alex – a former scuba instructor, who Hollywood met when he was a chef at a five-star resort on Cyprus – looks set to take control of a decent sized share of Hollywood’s estimated £10 million empire. Apart from his earnings as a TV judge and presenter he has also launched his own range of bakery products. However, given the success of the Great British Bake Off’s Channel 4 relaunch, it looks as though Hollywood is in line to make another tidy profit for himself.

Rock on, Gold Dust Woman!

Throughout the course of their lengthy partnership, Fleetwood Mac garnered a reputation as one of the most druggy bands on the circuit and no member of the band took that reputation more seriously than other-worldly vocalist, Stevie Nicks. Having joined the outfit way back in 1975 as part of a package with her then musical and life partner, Lindsey Buckingham it was widely assumed that this was the defining – albeit failed - relationship of her life, but a new biography by Stephen Davis reveals that, in fact, Nicks’s great lost love was in fact…Joe Walsh! Yes, it’s hard for the gossip columnists to believe but Nicks who, even at the age of 69, remains a figure of wild curiosity and fantasy for men of all ages, was once compulsively drawn to the big-hootered Eagles guitarist. Now married to Barbara Bach’s sister Marjorie, Walsh is Ringo Starr’s brother-in-law and often performs with his All-Starr Band. Sadly for Nicks, Walsh’s drug use at the time of their relationship was so impressive that she has been airbrushed out of his memories although, for her, he remains ‘the one that got away’. “There was nothing more important than Joe Walsh. Not my music, not my songs,” revealed Nicks sadly. Stevie, may we just say, forget him – he’s not worth it!

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