Pals count the cost of a Madonna work­out

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so, KAB­BALAh DEvo­tEEs Madonna and guy Ritchie are to split, with Ritchie blam­ing his wife’s loy­alty to Jewish mys­ti­cism as one of the rea­sons for the break­down in their mar­riage. As for Madge, she is al­ready looking af­ter the pen­nies, pos­si­bly in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the ef­fect the di­vorce set­tle­ment will have on her es­ti­mated £250 mil­lion for­tune. Ap­par­ently, the 50-year-old singer has been charg­ing friends, in­clud­ing Gwyneth Pal­trow and Stella McCart­ney, to use her home gym. A source told the Daily Mail: “Madonna de­mands a to­ken amount for clean­ing and up­keep but the price has been creep­ing up. stella and gwyneth found they were giv­ing her hun­dreds of pounds. stella of­fered to pay in clothes but Madonna wants cash only.” Maybe that’s why she is still worth £250 mil­lion.

if you thought things had seemed a lit­tle quiet on the Amy Wine­house front lately, think again. her lat­est plea­sure ap­pears to be coke (and i’m not talk­ing about the cola va­ri­ety) candy floss. A “source close to the singer” told The News of The World the con­coc­tion had been cre­ated by her pal, Babysham­bles gui­tarist, Mick whitnall. “it was Mick’s idea. the candy floss ma­chine was Amy’s pride and joy and he thought it would be funny to give it a boost. he and some pals sprin­kled a wrap of coke into the mix­ture and Amy started eat­ing it be­fore she re­alised what they’d done. she now thinks it’s a hoot to do the same.” Mean­while, oa­sis main man noel gal­lagher has lit­tle sym­pa­thy for wine­house’s prob­lems, ac­cus­ing her of “at­ten­tion seek­ing”.

High School Mu­si­cal star Zac Efron has had to com­mit to stay­ing squeaky clean af­ter

the de­light­ful Katie Price has re­vealed to The In­de­pen­dent’s Deborah Ross what her Jewish­ness means to her. she ad­mits she doesn’t fol­low the re­li­gion but spec­u­lates that her kosher roots may ac­count for her “want­ing to earn money”. the for­mer glam­our model also talked of be­ing “snubbed” by singer Rachel stevens at the gQ awards. “it was when she was big and she was with her man­ager and some­one asked for a pic­ture [of them to­gether] and she was like: ‘no, no, no’, prob­a­bly be­cause i wasn’t good enough. And where is she now? Strictly Come Danc­ing.” Ross, much like me, didn’t see that as a par­tic­u­lar in­sult and asked Price if that meant she wouldn’t ever take part in the hit BBC show. “i haven’t got the time, un­less they want to pay me five mil­lion, then i’d do it. Five mil­lion to have Pricey on the show.” Must be those Jewish genes kick­ing in again, Katie.

show­biz su­per-agent Jonathan Shalit has been work­ing his magic once again — this time with Jonathan An­stell, a for­mer mem­ber of the g4 opera boy band. And he thinks he may have found the key to suc­cess for An­stell, who is dat­ing Jewish tv pre­sen­ter Debbie King. he tells me: “i love work­ing with Jonathan — al­beit he is not Jewish, he is sur­rounded by Jews in both his work and pri­vate life and has great per­sonal Jewish val­ues which are some of the core rea­sons for his grow­ing suc­cess as a renowned tenor.” An­stell has proved a re­ally suc­cess­ful X Fac­tor grad­u­ate — even though he didn’t win the com­pe­ti­tion. he sold more than 1.5 mil­lion al­bums when he was part of g4, his first solo al­bum went gold and he’s now re­leas­ing his sec­ond, For­ever. As they say, it’s not the winning but the tak­ing part that counts. Lara Lew­ing­ton is Five News show­busi­ness and weather pre­sen­ter

Madonna: charg­ing her mates for use of her gym

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