Has Camilla been taken in by kabbalah?
PWhile preparing to auction off £500,000 worth of his entertainment memorabilia at London’s Bonhams, former I’m a Celebrity… contestant David Gest told me all about his collection and his upcoming tour. Naturally I showed him my own celebrity collectables — which consisted of a metal necklace bent by Uri Geller (“Everyone wants a piece of Uri Geller,” Gest joked), a photo of me with impressionist Jon Culshaw (with a prosthetic face making him look like Des RINCE CHARLES MAY not be visiting Israel any time soon, but his wife could be more favourable to the idea. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has apparently joined the list of famous names seen wearing a red ribbon, as merchandised by the Kabbalah Centre, on their wrists. She was seen wearing the bracelet during the recent royal visit to Uganda last week, when she teamed it rather fetchingly with an impressive diamond necklace and crown. But before everyone gets too excited, it appear that Camilla may not be as interested in Jewish mysticism as it seems. A spokesman for Clarence House told The News of the World that the ribbon was “something she was given on a recent visit to a Hindu Temple in Neasden”.
And while we’re on the subject, veteran rocker Sir Mick Jagger has laughed off reports that he is a Kabbalah Centre follower. The Rolling Stones frontman sparked rumours he had gone the way of Madonna, Paris Hilton, Billie Piper et al by sporting a red wristband at a lunch in London last week. But Jagger insists the bracelet was a gift he received during a recent trip to Rajasthan, India. He says: “If I wore a string vest, would people think I’d suddenly become a kabbalah convert? It’s rubbish.” Lynham), and a Sports Relief sock. He told me the sock was “only any good for the cleaning, but as it was red at least it wouldn’t show the dirt”. He then excitedly burst into a song about the jungle, a taster of his new all-singing, all-dancing musical about himself. I can tell you that it has to be seen to be believed.
Amy Winehouse fans have been asking for their money back after yet another shambolic performance, this time at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. She was apparently 45 minutes late on stage and just walked off halfway through her encore, leaving a backing singer to finish the song. To top it off, at one point her beehive hair extensions nearly fell out. Her mum, Janis Winehouse, has now spoken out about her troubled daughter to First magazine, saying that if Amy’s husband — Blake Fielder-Civil, who is currently on remand over trial-fixing charges — goes to jail, it could be the saving of her. “I was more worried when they were together. I think, while they are apart, she will wake up and think, ‘What have I done?’”
Meanwhile, Winehouse has agreed to go into rehab if she fails to quit drugs over the Christmas period, according to reports. And on Tuesday, she cancelled all her remaining gigs this year, saying she could not perform while her husband was in custody. We wish her well.
It may have been made four decades ago, but Neil Diamond has now revealed that the true inspiration for his song Sweet Caroline was President Kennedy’s daughter. So any Carolines out there who have been telling their grandchildren it was for them are going to have to come clean.
Natalie Portman has been talking about why it’s so good to be called Natalie Portman. She adopted the name when she started acting, at 12, in an attempt still to be able to lead a normal life. She says: “It was like having an alter ego. I was able to keep my public persona controlled and let the messiness be in private. I could be a human being.” The fact that her real name is Natalie Hershlag had nothing to do with the decision, of course.
Playwright Harold Pinter doesn’t like Hollywood. In fact, he hates it. The American cinema industry is “mainly a kind of s***house”, he tells Time Out, after seeing The Bourne Ultimatum. You can tell he’s a wordsmith, can’t you? Lara Lewington is the Five News showbusiness and weather presenter