Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone and Businessman James Stunt have been granted a divorce
The exes – who have children Lavinia, James Jr and Andrew – were due to have a two-day divorce hearing starting yesterday at the Central Family Court.
However, it was announced at the five-minute hearing, attended by the pair’s legal teams on their behalf, that they’d settled their rumoured £5.5billion fortune out of court.
“I’m delighted about that and I congratulate both parties,” said the judge.
“Clearly both parties have come to agreement which is an extremely desirable outcome… I pronounce decree nisi for divorce.”
I am devastated that my marriage has broken down. I love Petra and our children.
James, 35, said in a statement: “I am devastated that my marriage has broken down. I love Petra and our children.”
A separate statement from a representative of the estranged couple added: “It is announced, with regret, that James Stunt and Petra Ecclestone have agreed to divorce and that decree nisi, uncontested, was granted by HHJ Tolson this morning. James is committed to remaining firm friends with Petra.”
The seemingly amicable result is a surprising turn of events for the couple who were expected to fight over their £158million mansion in Los Angeles and a Grade II-listed home in London’s Chelsea.
At the first court hearing in July, matters seemed intractable as 28-year-old Petra, who is the socialite daughter of former Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone, left the courtroom visibly upset after James slammed his hand on to a table and appeared to make a “gun gesture”.
The two married in a lavish £12million ceremony in Rome’s Odescalchi Castle in 2012.
Taylor Swift has launched her own social media app
TAYLOR’S FANS NOW HAVE A DIRECT LINE
Taylor Swift’s march towards pop-culture domination has got closer now she’s launching her very own social networking app.
In what could give gargantuan mobile apps such as Instagram and Snapchat a run for their money, the singer has designed The Swift Life.
Her Marketing describes it as “a creative, inclusive and communitydriven place for users to better connect with each other… and Taylor!” She posted a video on YouTube saying: “I think you guys are really going to like this. I mean, I hope. It would be preferable if you did.”
Users will have a direct line to the hit-maker, 27, who can see and comment on all posts, and have the chance to “Get exclusive Taylor stuff!”
The singer, whose latest single is the rather aptly titled Look What You Made Me Do, already has a successful online merchandise shop.
The Who’s Roger Daltrey is finally penning his memoir
The Who’s Roger Daltrey is finally penning his memoir, delighting loyal fans by announcing yesterday that his tome will hit the shelves in October next year.
“I’ve always resisted the urge to ‘do the memoir’ but now fi nally I feel I’ve enough perspective,” the 73-year-old said.
“When you’ve spent more than half a century at the epicentre of a band like The Who, perspective can be a problem.
“Everything happened in the moment. One minute, I’m on the factory fl oor in Shepherd’s Bush, the next I’m headlining Woodstock.”
Previously he has said: “ Most of the rock biographies I’ve read I kind of got bored with about halfway to two-thirds of the way through. I hope not to fall into that trap.”
Having had experience of performing live on TV each week when she was on The X Factor in 2008, you’d think Alexandra Burke’s current stint on Strictly would be a waltz in the park.
Speaking to Lorraine Kelly the 29-year-old confesses she suffers from stage fright: “It’s so nerve-racking. It’s all happening so quickly, you’re waiting around and then all of a sudden you’re on,” says the singer who is paired up with Gorka Marquez.
“ It’s hard core but I’m loving every moment.”
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OLD PALS AL AND BOB JOIN FORCES AGAIN
They made their names portraying powerful mafia bosses and violent criminals but these days Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are more old fellas than GoodFellas.
Despite that, however, the pair, pictured on location in New York, are returning to their bad-boy roots in fellow septuagenarian Martin Scorsese’s new movie The Irishman.
The upcoming film is based on real-life hitman Frank Sheeran’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, and Robert, 74, will play Sheeran – who was supposedly involved with the death of kingpin gangster Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al, 77.
The pair last worked together on Righteous Kill in 2008, 13 years after their hit Heat, while Robert has worked with Scorsese, 74, in numerous flicks, including classics Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
Source : EXPRESS