Grief has no price tag

Damian is lucky to be so close to his mum as he deals with this tragic loss

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There is a deep sad­ness sur­round­ing any sui­cide. Pure grief is deep­ened by the hor­ri­fy­ing, un­war­ranted guilt felt by close fam­ily and friends. So head­lines around the half-a-bil­lion dol­lar in­her­i­tance that Steve Bing might leave af­ter his death feel pretty dis­taste­ful.

Bing was the play­boy fa­ther of Liz Hur­ley’s son, Damian. He fa­mously de­nied pa­ter­nity un­til a DNA test proved oth­er­wise. With a dis­tinct lack of gal­lantry, he said, ‘Ms Hur­ley and I were not in an ex­clu­sive

Steve (in­set) and Liz were an item in the early 2000s re­la­tion­ship when she be­came preg­nant. It is her choice to be a sin­gle mother.’ A sec­ond pa­ter­nity test proved he had fa­thered a daugh­ter with a tennis player – an­other child he had re­fused to be­lieve was his.

We can all dream of his in­her­ited bil­lion-dol­lar riches, but Bing’s life was a clas­sic ex­am­ple of money not buy­ing hap­pi­ness. The man had a mon­u­men­tal so­cial life and rev­elled in his role as film pro­ducer, but clearly had is­sues. What makes his death par­tic­u­larly sad is that Hur­ley re­vealed they had be­come close again in re­cent months. Gen­er­ously, she paid trib­ute to a ‘sweet, kind man’. She said they had last spo­ken on Damian’s 18th birth­day in April. What an ab­so­lute tragedy for that young man. To have your ex­is­tence de­nied by your fa­ther, then re­unite, only to lose him weeks later be­fore re­ally get­ting to know him is im­pos­si­bly cruel. It’s a good job Damian’s glam­orous mum is such a solid tower of sup­port – no amount of in­her­ited wealth could make that pain go away.

Good hair day

I have just had THE best in­vi­ta­tion. Join­ing Bradley Cooper on his pri­vate jet to a Greek is­land? Nope. My hair­dressers have just rung to say they can fit me in on 4 Au­gust. I have never been more ex­cited about any­thing in my life, ever.

Nicely put, Chris O’dowd

‘I DON’T CARE WHAT THEY SAY, I WON’T FEEL COM­FORT­ABLE GO­ING TO THE GYM BE­FORE THERE’S A VAC­CINE. OR AF­TER THERE’S A VAC­CINE.’

Mugged off

Mezzo-so­prano Kather­ine Jenk­ins has been talk­ing about how she took on two teenagers who were mug­ging an old lady. She sprinted across two lanes of traf­fic to con­front the thieves be­cause no one was help­ing the vic­tim.

She said, ‘I never want to be that woman who looks the other way.’

Bravo, Kather­ine – for an opera singer, you to­tally rock.

Kather­ine sprun ac­tion when nee

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