LIZ & DAMIAN: BFFS FOR­EVER

Some might say she puts the mother in smother Will they ever get to see each other?

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Clipped vow­els, icy-blue eyes and a model pout – there’s no deny­ing Damian Hur­ley’s parent­age. Last week, El­iz­a­beth Hur­ley and her son posed for a lav­ish photo shoot and gave their first-ever joint in­ter­view, in which they chat­ted about their un­break­able bond. And, ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers, Liz, 53, has come to de­pend on the 16 year old as the only man she can trust – and is rid­dled with fear about the day she has to let him go.

“Liz and Damian have al­ways been close, and he’s her only child, so she’s very pro­tec­tive,” says heat ’s source. “They’re in­sep­a­ra­ble – Liz has leaned on him more and more as he’s got older. She some­times feels like he’s the only man she can trust. She can talk to him about any­thing.”

Damian at­tends board­ing school dur­ing the week and spends the rest of his time with his ador­ing mother. In the in­ter­view, she said that she’d been “blessed with a child whose per­son­al­ity gels with mine”. She went on to say they split their time be­tween her Kens­ing­ton flat and coun­try man­sion in Here­ford­shire, watch­ing Net­flix and swap­ping clothes (yes, re­ally). Ac­cord­ing to Liz, she’s “overindul­gent” when he’s home on the week­ends, ad­ding, “Given I’m a sin­gle mother and he’s an only child, by de­fault we spend a lot of time to­gether, and we are ut­terly com­fort­able in each other’s com­pany.”

While Damian’s dad Steve Bing – who de­nied pa­ter­nity un­til a DNA test proved oth­er­wise – has re­mained out of the pic­ture through­out his life, he counts Liz’s ex-hus­band Arun Na­yar as his fa­ther fig­ure. But Arun and Liz di­vorced in 2011, and her last se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship – with crick­eter Shane Warne – ended five years ago. De­spite ad­mit­ting in the in­ter­view that she has been pri­vately see­ing a new man, she said, “I’m al­ways slow to in­tro­duce any­one to Damian. Un­til I know how long they’re go­ing to stick around, there’s no point.” We’re told her son is her num­ber-one guy and she doesn’t want that to change.

“She’s so proud of the young man Damian has be­come – he’s like her best friend. But she knows there will come a time when he will have to leave and start a life of his own, and she’s dread­ing that. So now she’s cher­ish­ing ev­ery mo­ment she has with him. It was the two of them for so long and she can’t bear the thought of los­ing him.” Thank­fully for Liz, it seems the ap­ple of her eye won’t be flee­ing the nest too soon: ac­cord­ing to Damian, “Friends come and go, but fam­ily is for­ever.”

Hear that, Hugh Grant? You’re dis­pos­able, mate.

‘he’s her only child, so she’s very pro­tec­tive’

For long-dis­tance cou­ple Mark Wright and Michelle Kee­gan, hav­ing a suc­cess­ful ca­reer means that other as­pects of their lives have to take a back seat. And now that Mark has an­nounced he’s the new host of The Bach­e­lor UK – which will be filmed in South Africa – he’s go­ing to be spend­ing even more time away from his wife.

And fac­ing her hus­band work­ing on a show that fea­tures mul­ti­ple hot, young, sin­gle women com­pet­ing for the af­fec­tions of a hunky sin­gle man, Michelle is said to be deal­ing with jeal­ousy, too. “Michelle has is­sued a strict ban for Mark when it comes to mak­ing friends with any of the fe­male con­tes­tants,” an in­sider tells heat. “It’s caus­ing a bit of ten­sion be­tween them, which isn’t helped by the fact they’ll be spend­ing more time apart. Mark thinks it’s a ridicu­lous re­quest and has told Michelle that she’s be­ing para­noid.”

Michelle re­cently spoke about not be­ing able to visit her hus­band of three years in LA – where he’s based for his TV re­port­ing role on Ex­tra – for at least the next three months while she films her new com­edy Bras­sic in Manch­ester. And now with Mark jug­gling his US job with The Bach­e­lor, their re­la­tion­ship is only set to get more dif­fi­cult.

“Mark’s go­ing to be in South Africa with all these des­per­ate girls look­ing for fame and a re­la­tion­ship, so no won­der Michelle’s not happy,” we’re told. “Their friends and fam­ily are baf­fled by some of their choices. They both keep sign­ing up for big jobs that re­quire them to spend loads of time away from each other rather than fo­cus­ing on their life to­gether. Some peo­ple think they’re ig­nor­ing im­por­tant un­der­ly­ing is­sues in their re­la­tion­ship.

“It’s shap­ing up to be an­other test­ing time for them.” ■ KATIE HOL­LOWAY

“You look hot, Mum”

Just re­mem­ber you’re not an ac­tual bach­e­lor, Mark

I’ll give you my rose, Mark

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