The Column this week…..

Posted by Dean Piper On May 24th, 2010

*Spice Girl Mel B is set to appear on a TV show with her ex Eddie Murphy! The pair parted ways when Mel fell pregnant with the couple’s child Angel Iris nearly four years ago and had barely been in contact until recently – but now it seems like they’re becoming friends for the sake of their little one. The Mel B Project is a fly on the wall of the Spice Girls life and the 10-part series debuts in September in the US and the UK on the Style Network. Rumour has it the show will also feature the other Spice Girls too! Woo hoo!

*Lindsay Lohan’s had one hell of week partying it up in Cannes.
Earlier in the week she was pictured with mysterious lines of white powder on a table next to her at one bash and on Friday night it seemed like she needed more than a little bit of help walking. The star was out with British socialite Lady Victoria Hervey on a yacht for dinner with pals. Lady V told me: “She’s on good form and there were about 40 paps flashing cameras in her face. Who could walk under that amount of flashing.” She has a point about that! Come on Elton – rescue her!

*Friday evening saw Paloma Faith take to the decks at the Hoxton Pony for an exclusive DJ set. The star kicked off her exclusive DJ set at the venue and said: “I’m dressed like a Christmas cracker, and now I”ve gone bang!” The star got so into her set – even rapping over 2-Pac and Biggie Smalls tracks – before blowing the speaker system forcing the people to go home!

*Now I didn’t see this one coming, Grace Jones was bitten by a fan this week. The, let’s face it, fairly scary music legend was traveling out to Cannes where she rocked the exclusive Belvedere vodka party when a rather over-zealous admirer crossed the line. My mole tells me: “Grace was approached by a drunken fan when she got on the flight and they were singing her songs and making a nuisance of them selves. They managed to get right up close to Grace and they insisted on kissing her hand. She held her hand out and this guy bit her hand. Grace obviously was startled and immediately walked away. Thankfully she controlled her anger and stayed right out of the way of the person fot the rest of the trip.”
Fortunately Grace was looked after incredibly well by Belvedere and that probably softened the blow of being gnawed on. Her rider included a platter of oysters, champagne and red wine and she chose to only wear a g-string, a basque and a mask on stage to perform for the likes of Sarah Harding. I’m a definite slave to her rhythm!

*I loved catching up with Shaznay Lewis of All Saints fame this week. She’s a top girl and we’re going to be hearing a lot more from her again soon. She told me: “I’m hoping to be in the studio soon actually. I’m going to be working on a new solo record. There’s no plans for an All Saints reunion anytime soon. But we’re in touch all the time. We’re all mum’s now and its madness when we are together.” I bet it is! Good to see you, Shaz!

WHICH young pop singers are secret lesbians? These two have been having lady loving for the past few weeks and are apparently blissfully happy!

*Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon tells me he’s nearing completion on the band’s new album with super producer Mark Ronson. Speaking at the Ivor Novello Awards he told me: “Mark came to us wanting to make a classic sounding Duran album – not a Mark Ronson sounding Duran album. And I think that’s what we’ve achieved. We’re all thrilled with the results. And we’re nearly finished. Mark’s been an absolute joy to work with.”

*Paul Weller’s son Natt Weller is kooky as can be. He wears make-up, dresses like a space age goth and doesn’t give a damn what people think. But he’s a nice lad in person. He’s been busy recording his own music for the past few years and debut single Tallula is on the net right now – he’s even got a video for the track circulating on But he tells me it’s more than a bit annoying to travel when you’re a boy that wears make-up. He said: “I have to take it over every time I come back to the UK via Paris. The French make you do it when you go through customs. So I have to wipe it off – then reapply. It’s frustrating.” I bet!

*It was a case of third time lucky when legendary music producer Trevor Horn was presented with his gong for PRS For Music outstanding contribution to British Music at the Ivor Novello Awards this week. First choice to present Trevor award was Robbie Williams but I hear he jetted back to LA and couldn’t make it, secondly Elton John was supposed to do the honours and finally they drafted in ABC frontman Martin Fry. Phew – got there in the end.

*Emily Blunt clearly packs a punch in Hollywood these days. So much so that I hear the British actress flew her own private hairdresser half way around the world for the amfAR event in Cannes this week at a cost of £40,000. The charity bash, which was attended by J-Lo and Paris Hilton and a whole host of A-Listers, was the event to be seen at this year. A source tells me: “Her hairdresser was paid close to £30k for the trip but then they had to get a jet to fly her over and pay all the expenses. Obviously her film company will pay for it – but it’s very extravagant, to say the least.

*Lily Allen
could barely hold all three of her heavy Ivor Awards when I bumped into her backstage. She told me: “I still think my songs sound like nursery rhymes. I’m sure I’ll be found out one day! I’m still going to be writing lots. But it’ll be for other people from now on.” The star’s next project is opening up a vintage clothing store in London. They’re even making a TV documentary for Channel 4 about the whole change of career. Why not, I say!

*Sex and the City star Kristin Davis is the latest big star to ask for the help of trainer to the stars Tracy Anderson. Kristin – who plays Charlotte in the series and stars in the movie (out this Friday) – has been working out like a beast to get in shape for a bikini scene in the movie. My source tells me: “She’s gone to Tracy as she was aware of the amazing shape Madonna and Gwyneth are in thanks to her efforts so she knew that Tracy got results. She’s been doing two hours of working out every day. Doing dance aerobics for an hour and an hour of pilates every day. She’s had sweat pouring off of every inch of her body to get fit.” I look forward to seeing those ripped muscles at the premiere this week!

*Lee Mead continues to make a big impact on the West End – this time he’s the male lead in Wicked at the Apollo Theatre in Victoria. And I went down to catch up with Lee and his charming wife Denise Van Outen this week. The couple’s baby Betsy is just two weeks old and they are getting to grips with being new parents. Lee beamed telling me: “She’s the light of my life. It’s totally changed the dynamic of Denise and me – we’re a family now. I’ve started this run in Wicked and have to make sure I get to see her as often as I can. It’s tough going to work and leaving her. But I’m over the moon to be a father. And Denise is an incredible mum.”
Den looked svelte and happy on her second night out since the birth. But is she on some crash diet to ditch her baby weight? “Of course I’m not,” she said. “I’ve just had a kid and I’ve done nothing yet. Although I did get excited being able to go for my first power walk this week. I’m in no rush to be slim. Believe me clothes are covering things well – I’m breast feeding and not interested in being on a silly diet.”

*I have new music coming out my ears these days. Here’s my tips for some good tunes. I listened to Kylie’s brand new album Aphrodite this week – it’s HUGE and will have Kylie fans rejoicing the world over, if you like country music then Lady Antebellum are fantastic and their album Need You Now is out now and I’m loving Remi Nicole’s new single Let It Go with Bless Beats, Wiley and Plug 1.

*Kelis is the girl of the moment right now. Her album Flesh Tone is HUGE. And everyone wants a piece of her. Trust me, she’s got the album of the summer – perfect for any Ibiza fan. The star is also the talk of the fashion world too. John Galliano himself requested she leave London to fly to Shanghai to perform at a Dior store launch this week. Celebs watching in the audience included Charlize Theron and Marion Cottilard.

*Tara Palmer Tomkinson is busy beavering away on her next book – and this time it’s going to lift the lid on her socialising and drug fuelled past. Speaking at the summer party she revealed: “I’m concentrating on my book at the minute called Inheritance. It is self-autobiographical and about the lifestyle of a rich girl. There is an awful lot of sex and drugs in the book; though I remember my life being more about drugs than sex. I didn’t get a lot of sex – probably because I was on drugs. I’m not saying if I have more sex now.
“I wondered why a lot of the sex in the book had disappeared and then I realised it’s because my mum edits my drafts. I find her reading a sex scene I’d written really awkward.”
The funny girl also talked about turning her back on television – but she’d take up a position as an X Factor judge if Simon Cowell asked. She added: “I gave up television because I thought I’d taken it as far as I could. I was always going to be known as one type of presenter. I’d love to be a judge on a judging panel though; that’s exactly what I need. Get Simon Cowell to get in touch. I would need new teeth and hair for that though. And a pair of high-waisted trousers.”

*Frank Lampard ought to watch out – Louie Spence wants a piece of him! Louie, who was hanging out with the glamorous Lizzie Cundy, told me: “I fancy Frank Lampard the most, he is a God, on and off the pitch! I’ll be his lucky mascot any day! I’ll be watching every match, but definitely not for the football. I can’t wait to feast my eyes on their legs and see their rippling muscles when they peel their shirts off!”
The Pineapple Dance Studios star added that he’s getting a lot of attention these days – mainly from straight men. “I’m getting lots of attention from builders and policeman which is fabulous with me,” he said. “I haven’t had any crazy fans but some people have cooked me brownies and cakes.” Once on the lips – I lifetime on those hips!

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