IS LIS­BON THE NEW LA?

Grazia (UK) - - 10 Hot Stories -

MADONNA, 59, IS SAID to have dropped £7 mil­lion this year on a house just out­side Lis­bon af­ter her son, David Banda, 11, was en­rolled in the Ben­fica foot­ball team’s youth academy. John Malkovich, 63, is part-owner of a fancy res­tau­rant, Bica do Sa­p­ato, in the city. And Mon­ica Bel­lucci, 53, owns an apart­ment in the same block as Chris­tian Louboutin, 54, in the Castelo district of the Por­tuguese cap­i­tal.

If that wasn’t con­fir­ma­tion enough that Lis­bon is 2017’s hottest city, now Michael Fass­ben­der has re­vealed that he and girl­friend, Ali­cia Vikan­der, 29, are ditch­ing Lon­don for the city de­scribed as a ‘postcard-per­fect panorama of cob­bled al­ley­ways, an­cient ru­ins and white-domed cathe­drals’ by Lonely Planet.

‘At the mo­ment we live in Lis­bon,’ he ex­clu­sively told Grazia. ‘I like it, I like the peo­ple and the fact that it’s right next to the ocean. The weather, the food, the wine is al­ways good. We have a UK base, but Lis­bon is be­com­ing home.’

The pair are un­der­stood to be liv­ing in a £1.5 mil­lion lux­ury apart­ment in the city, which Michael bought in May af­ter claim­ing he wanted to leave the UK for the first time in 20 years – partly be­cause of Brexit.

It comes amid news that the cou­ple, who have been dat­ing since 2014, are to marry next month in a se­cret cer­e­mony in Ibiza. While Michael, 40, de­clined to com­ment on the ru­mours, he did re­veal what the cou­ple do in their spare time.

‘ We karaoke. It’s usu­ally some­thing in falsetto,’ he said. ‘I guess my Frank Si­na­tra is not bad be­cause I’m kind of a bari­tone. But if I’m am­bi­tious, I’ll try Marvin Gaye or Ri­hanna. Ri­hanna went re­ally badly – she was there!’

Belt­ing out Um­brella with Fass­ben­der and Ali­cia in the sun? We’ll pack our bags!

Left: Ali­cia and Michael have upped sticks to Lis­bon. Be­low: Ri­hanna, who Michael likes to cover on karaoke. Who knew?

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