When Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood’s ex-wife, Jo, split from her builder boyfriend last year, she declared: ‘I just don’t think many men keep up with me — my energy, I mean.’
Happily, the former Strictly contestant has now met her match — and he’s very scrummy.
I can reveal that the cosmetics entrepreneur, 63, is courting top rugby coach Carl Douglas, 54.
Jo Wood (left) and Carl Douglas (right) attend the Legends Of Rugby Dinner 2019 in aid of Nordoff Robbins at The Grosvenor House Hotel
The couple went public with their romance this week at a London sports dinner. ‘We met on the Telegraph dating site,’ Jo tells me. ‘I knew nothing about rugby before we met. I’m still quite surprised that we get on so well.’
The ex-model adds of the Welshman who was head coach at Oxford University for five seasons: ‘He’s got a lot of energy and he’s very romantic. He hasn’t shown me any moves yet — no rugby moves, anyway.’
Carl is yet to meet her ex. Jo says: ‘He’s not a fan of the Stones and I don’t know if Ronnie likes rugby.’
Zeta’s girl and the scourge of celebrity sprogs… the mamarazzi!
Catherine Zeta-Jones is used to photographers clamouring to take her picture.
For her 15-year-old daughter, Carys, it’s her mother, not the paparazzi, she has to contend with.
‘Mamarazzi is what my kids call me with my camera,’ admits Catherine, 49, who’s shared this holiday snap of Carys leaning against an old red VW Beetle.
‘Mamarazzi is what my kids call me with my camera,’ admits Catherine, 49, who’s shared this holiday snap of Carys leaning against an old red VW Beetle (pictured)
Carys (pictured with her mother), whose father is Fatal Attraction star Michael Douglas, 74, and grandad is 102-year-old Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, has struggled with her showbusiness heritage
Carys, whose father is Fatal Attraction star Michael Douglas, 74, and grandad is 102-year-old Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, has struggled with her showbusiness heritage.
She says: ‘When I was younger I didn’t like the idea of having this name attached to me, this kind of “Douglas dynasty” stuff.’
Loud-mouthed anti-capitalist comedian Russell Brand is laughing all the way to the bank.
I can reveal that the 43-year-old has doubled his money at the exotically titled company through which he channels his earnings, Pablo Diablo’s Legitimate Business Firm.
Profits held in his business rose to £1.16 million, from £601,000 the year before, newly published accounts disclose. It’s great news for Laura Gallacher, sister of Sky Sports presenter Kirsty, whom he handed half his business after their wedding in 2017.
The new accounts report that they shared dividends of £555,000. I’d say it’s the least Laura deserves for being married to erstwhile lothario Brand.
Will Harry be prince of pop?
Could Prince Harry present a Brit award at next month’s music bash?
A source at the bash, which will be hosted by royal pal Jack Whitehall, tells me: ‘We have been trying to get the Prince to present an award for a number of years.’
Courtiers are said to be nervous that something could go horribly wrong at the ceremony full of well-refreshed rock musicians.
After all, who can forget John Prescott having a bucket of water thrown over him by a drummer from crusty outfit Chumbawamba?
Harry takes part in an aboriginal cleansing ceremony at Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island during a tour of Australia
Sir David Attenborough is turning into a father figure for Prince William. I hear he invited the naturalist to Kensington Palace on Wednesday.
No doubt, Wills was keen to brief Attenborough, whom he will interview next week at the Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Apparently, the pair stayed indoors. When Sir David was filmed chatting to the Queen in the gardens at Windsor, Her Majesty complained about noisy aircraft overhead: ‘Why do they go round and round when you want to talk?’
Keep it to yourself but…
A celebrated Hollywood actor spotted a girl in a London nightclub and asked his ‘people’ to arrange for her to be ferried to a studio where he proceeded to draw her naked.
After finishing the drawing, he calmly went back to work on the film set.
Desert Island Discs presenter Lauren Laverne declared that her website The Pool would be a ‘dream’ place for women to work, but it has turned into a nightmare for all the writers left unpaid.
‘The Pool owes a lot of people money and yet they’re still asking for pitches and work shifts,’ claims technology writer Holly Brockwell.
Laverne reveals she has now quit the website she helped create four years ago — though she is still pictured at the top of its list of contributors. ‘I parted ways amicably with The Pool some time ago,’ she tells me. ‘However, I was concerned to see these reports.
‘I’m sure the team are working hard to find a solution and I hope that everything can be resolved swiftly.’
The Pool’s latest accounts reveal losses of £1.84 million and chief executive Victoria Jaye has written to those owed money, explaining that it’s undergoing financial restructuring.
Tchenguiz’s wife splits from lover
Trying to find lasting love was always likely to prove a challenge for Heather Bird, who shares a mansion next to the Royal Albert Hall with her estranged husband, property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz, and his Polish model girlfriend 31 years his junior.
And now Heather has split up with dashing U.S radiologist Chris Degn after an eight-year romance.
Heather Bird Tchenguiz with boyfriend Dr Christopher Degn at the AACL Gala Night of musicals at Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington, London
Speaking at the Magnetix-Wellness launch at HB Health in Knightsbridge, she says wistfully: ‘We could have done amazing things.’
Heather, 49 today, had her awkward domestic arrangements revealed in a BBC documentary last year. She hasn’t been able to divorce Tchenguiz, 58, because of his financial troubles.
She laments: ‘I couldn’t be with [Degn] because Robbie wants me to stay in the apartment. Who wants to live with someone’s husband?’