A bitter public feud has erupted among the family of the late French rock star Johnny Hallyday after two of his children challenged his will, which leaves his entire reported €100 million (£89m) estate to his fourth wife.
Hundreds of thousands had gathered to mourn the death of the crooner they called “the French Elvis” at his funeral last month in which President Emmanuel Macron delivered a eulogy that moved many to tears across the country.
But weeks after the huge show of national unity, “Johnny” came back to haunt France after his 34-year old daughter, the actress Laura Smet, announced she was challenging the will because it failed to leave her anything.
Nothing causes family rows quite like inheritance, eh?
Billionaire James Stunt has claimed that he was the victim of Britain’s biggest ever burglary with £90million of cash and valuables stolen from his house.
Petra Ecclestone’s ex-husband has told police that the Belgravia property, where he moved in December, had been ‘cleaned out’ by thieves while he slept.
The 36-year-old reported the theft on December 14 shortly after taking up residence in the home but police are still hunting the burglars.
Cash was taken from the house along with gold and diamond jewellery, according to The Sun on Sunday.
It was reported that Stunt, whose six-year-marriage to Ecclestone ended last year, had not yet installed CCTV cameras in the luxury home.
‘He is devastated by the loss. It’s a lot of money even for him – though luckily he’s insured’, a source told the newspaper.
I just can’t put my finger on it, just can’t quite spot what slightly jars about this story, making me ponder whether I believe it or not.
And if that’s my reaction what will be that of the insurance company’s loss adjuster?
But to lay down a market for the future. It’s going to be really, really, fun to see whether that claim gets paid out upon. Is there any manner of checking such things? I guess there isn’t, no public register of claims paid etc. But if it isn’t then I can imagine m’learned friends getting involved, which would be public.
On the other hand, a theft which wasn’t insured against would be a neat explanation for why there’s no money other than his wife’s. Not that that could possibly be the real situation of course.
Prince Charles’s time at school is widely thought to have been far from happy – and he is reported to have even described it as “Colditz in kilts”.
But his Scottish boarding school has hit back after Netflix drama The Crown depicted an unhappy, bullied Charles struggling with cross country runs and hostile classmates.
Gordonstoun School has pointed to a speech the Prince made in the House of Lords, as well as an interview printed in the Observer Magazine, to suggest that he has a more nuanced view of his education that the drama suggests.
Both took place in the 1970s, less than 20 years after he attended the school, and paint the Prince’s time at Gordonstoun in a more positive light than the drama.
Episode 9 of its second series chronicles the Prince’s experiences at the school, focusing on his shabby dormitory, hostile classmates and freezing morning runs.
It also includes a flashback to his father Prince Phillip’s experience at the school, which is located in the north east of Scotland.
Fritz – Peter – Morgan might be projecting a little here. Although Downside really wasn’t that bad when we were there.
Lily Allen has sparked a furious Twitter backlash after claiming she is unable to move back to the London flat she owns because her tenants are claiming ‘diplomatic immunity’.
The row has seen the singer accused of ‘profiteering’ by renting out the property to wealthy foreigners instead of taking in refugees as she had previously pledged.
In the now-deleted tweet, Ms Allen wrote: ‘Meant to be moving back into my flat this week, but my tenants just dropped that they can’t find anywhere to go up to their standards.
‘Then they said they’re diplomats and have diplomatic immunity and there’s nothing I can do about it.
Unconvinced that diplomatic immunity works that way but still.
In September, the 35-year-old businessman, who was once estimated to be worth £3bn
I really do think it’s most unlikely that James Stunt has ever had £3 billion of his own money.
Of his wife’s possibly, but then there was a pre-nup, no?
A backing singer for Joss Stone has accused Sir Richard Branson of ‘putting his face in her cleavage’ during a party at his luxurious Necker Island resort.
Antonia Jenae, 44, claims the Virgin boss made an ‘engine boat noise’ as the incident happened.
I know someone who vaguely knows Branson in private life. Well, sorta private life, F1 races, parties, that sort of thing.
His remark one day was that Branson seems to have a rather large and ever changing cast of nieces.
Terry Adams, a former gangster whose family “firm” is linked to 25 murders, contacted the former Formula One boss offering to help to negotiate financial and other arrangements.
He is assisting James Stunt, a gold trader, after the collapse of his six-year marriage to Petra Ecclestone, 28. Mr Adams is godfather to Mr Stunt
The things you learn in divorce proceedings.
His international man of mystery act is all well and good, but a fluctuating weight and preference for shiny suits combine, at times, to give him the air of a David Brent rather than a James Bond.
I think we can take it that the Mail doesn’t like him.
American star Doris Day has received a birthday surprise – she has discovered that she is 95, not 93.
Some number of years of insisting on holding back time and then, when the achievement is running the other way…..
And of course there is always that lovely old joke. She married very young, had a kid, then went on to play all those wholesome innocents. Leading to one ungallant claiming to be so old he knew Doris before she was a virgin.
‘Britain’s biggest divorce’: Sir Shifty’s multi-millionaire best friend Richard Caring, 68, ‘faces £350m bill after walking out on his wife, 67, to move into £32m mansion with Brazilian lover half her age’
Richard Caring, 68, has allegedly split from his wife of 45 years, Jacqui
Restaurateur and fashion mogul said to have moved in with new partner
Reportedly dumped wife for 35-year-old Brazilian with whom he has son
Jacqui, 67, could be in line for £350m in one of Britain’s richest divorces
Mogul Mr Caring owns several exclusive London eateries including The Ivy and is best friends with Topshop and former BHS owner Sir Philip Green
There is a rumour, entirely unfounded we’re all absolutely certain, that not all of those restaurants and the like were entirely and wholly financed directly. Some nonsensical tale about non-dom status making it convenient for someone domiciled to be the underlying investor, can’t quite understand the whole allegation myself.
A contested divorce would of course put all such stories to rest, wouldn’t it?
Incredible drone footage shows the Church of Scientology’s secretive ‘Gold Base’ HQ – complete with a special gym, suite and full-sized theater just for Tom Cruise
Wouldn’t he fit into a half sized one?
Amber Heard has demanded that her ex-husband Johnny Depp double the amount that is paid to charity following their divorce settlement.
She recently pledged to donate the $7m (£5.3m) settlement to two charities for abused women and ill children.
But he has begun to donate the money directly in her name, instead of giving it to her first, leading her to accuse him of trying to reduce his total bill.
She said he must now “honour the full amount by donating $14m to charity”.
On Thursday, the Pirates of the Caribbean star revealed he had paid the first instalments of the original $7m sum to the charities “in the name of Amber Heard”.
So, Johnny’s claiming the charitable donation tax credit then.
Which is very fun because it means that Amber Heard cannot.
An interesting question – is a divorce settlement a taxable event? If it isn’t then this would be the sort of thing to drive Heard into an absolute rage.
Imagine, that it isn’t taxable to her, that $7 million. So, she gets all the kudos of donating it all to charity. And then gets a $7 million write off against her own taxes which, in CA would be about 50% of total income.
She don’t get this credit now. Johnny does. She’s what, $3.5 million worse off because he’s donating directly? Woman scorned and all that.
All does depend on whether a divorce settlement is taxable of course. Dunno. Dennis?
Vastly rich bird with great legs who is obviously intelligent and talented and also has small tits.
Bird whatever with big tits.
Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch has been reduced to a dry and dusty shadow of its former glory, seven years after the singer’s death.
New photographs, taken earlier this week, show that the property in Los Olivos, California now looks more like an unloved ghost town than the sprawling theme park it once was.
Jackson bought the ranch in 1987 for $19.5 million and lived there until authorities raided the property in 2003, when Jackson faced accusations of child molestation.
It’s simply in the wrong place. Wrong valley, wrong side of the mountains, 50 miles from where people would happily pay $100 million and up for it. Used to live just up the coast and know the area vaguely. Where it actually is is as close to redneck country as coastal (and it’s not even very coastal) California ever gets.
Carla Lane created funny women – because that was the norm in the 80s
British women were funny in the 1980s. What the hell happened?
Daniel de Blanke, a freelance composer whose daughter has been working as a child actor for almost half her life (she’s nine months old) says that “not being a big napper” has given his daughter an edge in the business. (Her upcoming spots include a print ad and an online commercial for a rental hunting website).
“Being physically awake during auditions is a big thing,” he explained.
Staying awake isn’t half of it, by no means, but it does help.
And by the way, that’s a very good little article indeed in the G. Might be that the subject isn’t quite to your taste but it is very well done.
Who’s Hugh’s date? It’s Mrs Bonneville! Downton Abbey star shows off his fun side in shades as he’s joined by wife Lulu at the TV BAFTA Awards
It was the Telegraph which used to do this of course….
Sir Elton John and JK Rowling listed as most charitable UK celebrities