*Don’t worry boys, Saturdays star Frankie Sandford is still young, free and single!
I got to the bottom of rumours the star has been shacked up with hunky JLS wee-man Aston Merrygold by asking the lady herself to reveal the truth.
And not only does she says her ‘union’ with Aston is a load of cobblers she also spoke about her sadness over splitting with McFly dish Dougie Poynter.
Frankie told me at the Lee Jeans launch party this week: “It’s inevitable that Aston and me do get pictured because Rochelle is dating Marvin from JLS. It’s already happened with all this stuff about us dating – it’s false. It’s crap. And the stuff about me and Calum Best was crap too. Calum literally sent me a Tweet and that’s where that story came from.
“He’s a nice guy but I’m not going there – I’m not stupid! I’m just friends with Aston, he’s a nice guy. It can be really annoying being falsely linked to other people.”
And seeing as Frankie was in the mood to talk she admitted she’s yet to get over her split from Dougie after their split last month. “I didn’t think anyone would care about Dougie and I splitting up,” she revealed. “I was so surprised by the reaction to it. We are staying good friends. I know that’s what everyone says but I don’t bulls**t. We need time apart and that’s what were doing now. I needed to get away from everything so that’s why I took myself off Twitter and had a holiday.” “It’s hard enough splitting up with someone but when you’re in the public eye it’s so much harder. I had no idea and I’m learning about it. If you split up with your boyfriend you wouldn’t then see him pictured out with other girls in the paper. He’s going to start dating other girls, and I’m fine with it, but I don’t want to see it and learn about it in the papers. It’s going to be hard when it does.”
The star, currently in the studio with the rest of the Saturdays recording new material for a repackaged summer version of their album Wordshaker, sounds desperado for a relationship of some kind. She added: “I haven’t been out any dates since we split. But I really want to be taken out on a date! I’m not good at the whole dating scene and I just want a boyfriend. I don’t go out on a date for the sake of it as first I need there to be a spark and hint that it may turn into a relationship.”
WHICH ageing rocker needs to lay off the bongs these days. My spies spotted this man in the street last week in his boxer shorts saying to a friend: “Look how cool the moon is, man.” Bizarre!
*Could Lorraine Kelly’s pretty daughter Rosie, 16, be appearing on a catwalk wearing the latest trendy designs sometime soon? I only ask because the wee lass was spotted by a top model scout at the launch of the GMTV stylist Mark Heyes’ new book Get The Look at London’s uber trendy Sanctum Hotel this week. Lorraine told pals she was “undecided” about whether Rosie should go for a meeting or not. Go for it, Rosie!
*There’s only one single you should be downloading or purchasing this week. Ben Montague’s Haunted is a classic ballad – something that any Take That fan would love to have on their iPod. It’s the first track from Ben’s album Overcome, out May 3. Get involved people – Ben writes his music himself, is a great live performer and is easy on the eye too.
*Los Angeles venue Soho House is pulling in the Hollywood heavy weights as expected since opening just a handful of weeks ago. My spies have spotted Cameron Diaz, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gordon Ramsay and Penelope Cruz over just the past two weeks. Oh to be a fly on the wall….
*Former Playboy bunny Kendra Wilkinson is fessing up to some major dark days in the new series of her reality show on E! This weekend. In scenes to be screened tonight she talks about her drug abuse at the age of 13 and how her family ended up sectioning her during her crazy partying days. Watch Kendra spill the beans on the E! Entertainment Channel at 10pm tonight.
*Christina Aguilera looks cute and healthy these days. We’ll be seeing an awful lot more of Chrissie now she’s unveiled new single, Not Myself Tonight. I can’t get enough of it. This is one girl that continually pushes buttons and the new sound is ace. I hear the star can look forward to being lent some amazing Stephen Webster jewels when she comes into London in the coming weeks. Assia Webster, Stephen’s wife, tells me: “Christina can always borrow whatever she needs and we’re making her some bespoke pieces too.” Lucky weasel.
*So they didn’t walk down the aisle last weekend – but David Walliams and Lara Stone did manage to enjoy date night this Thursday. The pair popped into Vue in Leicester Square to see the movie of the moment, Kick-Ass. Even the film’s soundtrack is amazing – featuring the likes of The Prodigy and Ellie Goulding.
*Rumours started floating about this week that the Sugababes were to be dropped by Island Records. This isn’t the case I hear. In fact a source tells me Heidi Range, Jade Ewen and Amelle Barrabah will be busier than ever despite a disappointing charting for their latest album Sweet 7. My source reveals: “The girls are off to do promo in India – and have a huge gig out there. Then they’ll begin recording new material. This isn’t the end of them. Thing may not have worked out with this album but they are still positive about making things work.” Good luck to them.
*I have so much in common with Mollie King of The Saturdays. To start with she’s blonde and she hates camping. The girls play the Isle of Wight festival in June and Mollie tells me: “It’s going to massive for us. We may stick around and see the other bands but maybe not if it’s rock because that’s not for me. I’m not sure if I’d camp. If we did I’ll be traipsing around the festival in my massive heels!” Get yourself some Hunters, girl!
All the gossip from the Marie Claire bash!
*The amazing thing about Sarah Brown is her ability to connect when she speaks in public. She nails it every time. I caught up with her after yet another powerhouse speech at the Claire Inspire & Mentor event in association with The Prince’s Trust this week and we talked fashion and mentors. “I think this campaign is amazing – everybody in life needs some sort of mentor, even me,” she said. “I do lots of work with charities and I it is a task sorting out outfits for them all. I guess I’ve enjoyed wearing some different outfits lately but I do laugh when people say I have style. I know what works for me.” Indeed she does!
Other stars at the event included Jenni Falconer, Keeley Hawes and my favourite emerging stage actress Hayley Atwell.
*Mama Said singer Dionne Bromfield was in no doubt of who her mentor in life was when I bumped into her at the Marie Claire event at London’s snazzy Ivy Club this week. Step forward Amy Winehouse. Dionne, 14, told me: “Amy is my mentor in life – she means the world to me and I learn so much from her. She’s doing well now. She’s been clean for 18 months and she’s doing great. It makes me laugh when people say she’s crazy – she’s really not. She’s just Amy.” Righty ho!
*It doesn’t sound like Naomie Harris would be that enamoured to be enjoying the next instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean – especially because it’s supposedly being filmed in the not so sunny St Ives in Cornwall this time around. Naomie told me: “I’m really not sure yet whether or not I’m going to be involved. I have heard about it – but I’m really not sure yet. And if it is actually filming in Cornwall then it’s possibly not quite so appealing.” I hear you!
*I have to give it to Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe, she’s got a great sense of humour. The star, who plays Mercedes McQueen, tells me she barely works out to keep her figure in check for all the glam shoots she does for the likes of FHM and the infamous annual Hollyoaks calendar. “I tend to work out at 7am for five days in a row and then give up for the rest of the month and that’s all I need to do,” she laughed. “I don’t try and trim down at all to get into my bikini in the summer. I just tell them to airbrush my belly and my eye bags out. I don’t have enough time to work out properly and I get bored.
“I eat a balanced diet like the next girl and have a lot of treats and probably drink too much alcohol.” Jen and fellow Hollyoaks girls Claire Cooper and Leah Hackett have joined forces to open a new dress rental scheme for women to bag red carpet gowns as worn by actual celebs (including Tess Daly, Alicia Keys and Cheryl Cole) for their night out – with a percentage going to Christie’s Children’s Hospital in Manchester. Log onto www.theclosetliverpool.com.
*Has Ricky Whittle got worms? The former Strictly star must have gobbled down 20 mini burgers in front of my very eyes at The Closet bash this week at Circo in Liverpool. His relationship looks to be back on track with Carly Stenson – the pair sloped off via separate entrances trying to fool waiting paps before returning to Carly’s pad for a cosy night in together. I wish they’d just step out and be happy together – it’s not like they’re Posh and Becks for crumbs sake!
*Drew Barrymore is due a holiday – she’s not had one for THREE years! The actress, who’s making her directorial debut with the new flick Whip It, says: “My flaw that I’d like to make peace with is to take a vacation. So, if I do that this Fall, you’ll know that I’ve done something for the first time in three years that I have not done.” She must be one tired young lady!
*Edith Bowman gave me a bell this week to talk about her brand new live music show Evo Music Rooms. The star will introduce four live acts per episode and can’t wait to get cracking at bringing live music onto our screens once more. “It’s all about the evolution of music,” she told me. “There’s six episodes and we’ll have everybody from Faithless to the Specials performing. Once Jonathan Ross goes there’ll only be Jools Holland left to show off live music.
“We really need Top of the Pops back. The only outlet for live music is Alan Carr or Jonathan. And then it’s just one type of music. The Rihannas or the Mariah Careys and half the time it’s not live. We’re going to have six headliners – relevant and current just now.”
It doesn’t sound like Edith and her partner Tom Smith of The Editors will be adding to their brood anytime soon. They have far too much on their hands it would appear. Edith, whose show Evo Music Rooms premieres on April 8, Channel 4 at 12.05am, added: “I think at some point we’d have more children – but right now I have the festivals coming up, the show and we’re moving house too. We’re hoping to exchange in the next couple of weeks. I don’t have anytime to breathe let alone fornicate.” Thanks for setting the record straight Edith!