All the gossip from New Year celebrations in Barbados

Posted by Dean Piper On January 6th, 2011


*The two most important women in Simon Cowell’s life have been at each other’s throats over the festive season in Barbados.
Cowell’s current squeeze Mezhgan Hussainy and his ex Sinitta Malone (yes, that’s her full name) could hardly bear to be in the same room all holiday.
My impeccable source tells me: “There’s no love lost between Sinitta and Mezhgan.
“Mezhgan wants Simon to herself now that they’re engaged. But Simon loves Sinitta and she’s been in his life forever so Mezhgan needs to get used to it.”
And Mezhgan acted more like a PA than a lover with her fiancé, according to my source who said: “Simon arrived at the Tabor bash and said, ‘I think I want a beer.’ And Mezhgan toddled off to the bar for him.”
And it sounds like Mezhgan’s mood failed to improve.
Word reaches me from the female loos of the fabulous Lonestar restaurant that a toilet attendant said to her: “Oh you’re Simon’s girlfriend, aren’t you?” To which Mezhgan snapped: “Fiancée!” Then stormed out.
She then tried to shake off Sinitta by planning a romantic cruise with Simon on a superyacht to St Barts. But they were forced to abandon the trip because of bad weather.
It was only when they all went to Global Radio boss Ashley Tabor’s bash on Wednesday evening that relations showed any sign of a thaw. That man knows how to throw a shindig. As well as Take That performing, the charmer laid on a huge barbecue and a free bar for 500 guests.
But there was still no peace for Mezhgan – she was forced to share Simon with Sinitta and the rest of the gang as they all rang in the New Year at the Sandy Lane Hotel.
She finally got shot of Sinitta yesterday when the singer returned to Blighty with her kids – but Simon brought his pal Paul McKenna along when they set sail for a 10-day Caribbean cruise yesterday.
At least Si’s other former flame Jackie St Clair skipped the annual trip to Barbados to spend time with her husband Carl Michaelson in France.
Meanwhile I hear Rihanna couldn’t get to Simon at the bash and refused to pose for pictures with fans (including kiddies). Instead she spent the evening with Westlife Kian Egan’s wife Jodi Albert nattering in a private room with Kian and Mark Feehily. Kian joked: “Jodi and Rihanna are besties now, ha!”

*It’s safe to say that Take That were not feeling in the mood for attention following their performance at Ashley Tabor’s bash.
The boys performed a five song set at the exclusive shindig on Wednesday and disappeared from view shortly afterwards.
The lads weren’t paid but were put up in the luxurious Sands Hotel for their entire stay. Jason brought his mum, Howard brought girlfriend Katie Halil, Gary flew solo and Mark brought his wife Emma.
But despite the glam atmosphere, the guys didn’t seem in the mood to party. My source revealed: “The lads weren’t in the mood for a million people bugging them so they were whisked to a private room in Ashley’s house. They stayed there downing vodka cocktails until nearly 3am with Mark and Kian
from Westlife and Rihanna. Mark had a face like thunder and wasn’t mixing much – I guess it’s because he doesn’t drink or anything anymore.
“It was very much a turn up, sing, show-face and go. Thankfully they were great when they sang. They got kids and the women up on stage for the finale too.” Why so shy boys?!

WHICH star that loves a vacation or two also sets up all her own paparazzi shots – she even gets passers by on beaches to take shots on her own camera before getting them professionally airbrushed!

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Above: Mark Feehily’s partner Kevin McDaid, me, and Kian Egan

*Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber seems to be falling in love with the island of Barbados more and more these days. I hear he’s extending his property empire on the island. As well as his huge mansion within the Sandy Lane estate he’s now finalizing plans to buy a multi-million pound pad in the new Four Season’s beachside resort. Set alongside Sandy Lane Hotel the Lord will be neighbours with Simon Cowell. It’s alright for some.

*Golfer Lee Westwood was the man to get Simon Cowell’s concentration for over half an hour at Ashley Tabor’s plush bash. My mole in the know tells me the pair sat down for over half an hour while Simon’s other half Mezghan looked on bored out of her skull. I never knew Simon liked golf!

*Keeping low key at the party wasn’t easy for Simon Cowell and Sir Philip Green. Especially when the DJ played Travie McCoy’s hit song Billionaire. The whole room stopped and pointed at the pair in an embarrassing fashion. My source tells me: “Philip spent part of the evening dancing with Lizzie Cundy and twirling her around and then when the song came on the whole room stopped and pointed at him.”
Admittedly Simon’s some way off being a billionaire with a fortune of just over £150 million. But the Topshop boss easily falls into that category!

*Barbados resident Jack Kidd took all four of his children along to the Tabor bash alongside the Sandy Lane Hotel and his daughter Jaden, nine, sounded a little starstruck to say the least. A gust tells me: “She walked in with Jack and they spotted Simon Cowell right in front of them and Jaden’s jaw dropped to the floor. Simon l walked up to her and said: “Yes, it is me.” And carried on his conversation.” Classic.

*It wasn’t just Sandy Lane stacking in the celebs. The exclusive Coral Reef Club managed to pack in a lot of Brit names too. Showbiz manager Jonathan Shalit and his wife Katrina were enjoying a Christmas break and Westlife boys Kian Egan and Mark Feehily were also enjoying the sunshine.

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*ITV at the Movies host Lizzie Cundy (above with me) is on flying form right now. She may be putting her marriage to footballer Jason Cundy to bed with a somewhat messy divorce the jolly presenter is designing a new range of bikinis for LA firm Sandstorm.
Over a cocktail at sunset she revealed: “I’m doing good. Obviously the divorce isn’t a great situation but things are going well.
“My two boys are happy and healthy, I’m designing this swimsuit range and I’ll be flying out to LA for the Oscars where I’ll be interviewing all the stars including Leonardo DiCaprio. What do I have to complain about?” Nothing, Lizzie. Nothing.

*Loser alert, loser alert! That Ben Duncan from Big Brother and a equally posh and annoying male friend were on my British Airways flight out to the sunny isle. The ‘star’ gets the award for the lowest rent person to pop out to the Caribbean island for a holiday. Well, let’s face it. There was always going to be somebody falling victim to that honour! Oh, and he was in economy too. Ha.

*I’ve finally found something that ruins Nicky Clarke’s usually pristine hair – a flight to Barbados. The chopper was alongside me on the flight over to the island and looked a right old mess when he landed. His hair was all over the place and he wasn’t freshly shaven as per usual.

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