Renée Zellweger, having decamped from her four-month marriage to country-western star singer Kenny Chesney, has taken up with yet another singer. Doesn’t this make three? You do remember that Renée dated 30-year-old rocker Jack White for almost two years before they said toodles and ta-ta to one another. Now the lark close to her heart is 34-year-old Damien Rice, who has become one of her closest friends since they met about a year ago. Damien has invited her to visit him at his home in County Kildare, Ireland, which is famous for its beauty and horse breeding. Actually, it’s the home of what they call the Irish National Stud — referring, of course, to the Horse Museum there and not to darling Damien, who is convinced she needs to get out of the press’ red glare. Other than that, Damien insists they’re just friends. That again. Renée just says nothing.
She has also just signed on to play Beatrix Potter, the legendary author of the children’s classic “Peter Rabbit” in an as-yet-untitled movie that she will also produce. She is talking with Ewan McGregor about being her leading man. I can see her in that, can’t you?
Twiggy, the painfully skinny fashion icon of the Sixties who was catapulted into supermodel-dom before there was even a term for it, is back in the limelight. The waif, who has filled out nicely, turned 56 this month and celebrated her 17th anniversary with actor Leigh Lawson a few days later. She has also just replaced Janice Dickinson as a judge on Tyra Bank‘s TV show “America’s Next Top Model.” When the Twig was interviewed for the show, she said: “If you’re looking for a judge to be unkind, I am not the person you want.” You’ll be utterly amazed to hear that this former icon does not think there is any excuse for being fat. Voluptuous is all right, but obese is beyond the pale. “The pressure on young girls to be skinny today is terrible. I was blamed for causing bad eating habits, but I always came out and said, ‘Look, I eat like a horse.’ I was naturally skinny.” Yeah, yeah, yeah.
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Kate Moss is giving her daughter, Lila Grace, the best birthday present ever. Moss checked into The Meadows rehabilitation center in Wickenburg, Ariz., earlier in the week. Lila Grace turned three years old on Thursday and, although her mother is not allowed to make phone calls, Kate is hoping her doctors will make an exception so she can wish the little girl happy birthday.
Lila Grace will spend her special day with Kate’s mother and Lila’s father, Jefferson Hack, who insists Kate is a good mother. “She has been hung out to dry,” he says. What a choice of words.
Heidi Klum has hired a trainer and a nutritionist so she can slither back on the runway and into her Victoria’s Secret lingerie quicker than quick. She works out every day and tries to eat at home before she goes out so she can stick to her specified diet. Calling Twiggy, calling Twiggy.
The lovely, horse-loving Arriana Boardman is giving a party at Mark’s, the smart-as-paint club in London where the elite meet to eat, on Nov. 2. It’s not just any old gathering, you know. It’s a fun, fun, fun celebration for her husband, the New York financier Dixon Boardman‘s 60th birthday. His many friends are expected from all over the globe. Yo, Dixon.
The Boardmans’ Long Island retreat has been the scene of many joyful and cozy occasions as his many friends will be happy to tell you. Arriana keeps her horses there and the couple just loves romping around the garden with their two dachshunds, Hansel and Gretel. Cute.
The house and guest cottage were originally part of a far-flung estate and the main residence features a raspberry-colored living room that Arriana created with the help of designer Ralph Harvard. You can see the beautiful results in the November issue of House & Garden with Valesca Guerrand-Hermès and her two little children at their place in Morocco on the cover. Valesca’s husband, Mathias, is a member of the family that owns Hermès, but when they asked her what she dresses her children in, she said, “Gap Kids, and when we need them to be dressed up, we find something at Marie Chantal.” That’s Princess Marie Chantal of Greece‘s store on Madison Avenue. But you knew that.
Hilary and Wilbur Ross — he’s the steel king; she’s his adorable wife — have a marvelous new apartment in the Sherry Netherland on Fifth Avenue, and they’ll show it off on Oct. 11 when they give a drinks party for Mario Buatta, who decorated the place as only Mario Buatta can.
Brooke Shields, who happily turned 40 last spring, is enjoying being a mother to her two-year-old daughter, Rowan, so much that she and her husband, Chris Henchy, want to give her a baby brother or sister. We’ve read a lot about Brooke’s troubles with postpartum ills, but apparently she doesn’t plan to have that again. Anyhow, she says she’s always wanted more than one child. And listen, nobody wants to hear Tom Cruise‘s opinion on any of this.
In London, they’re saying that Madonna has received more than 50 parking tickets, to the tune of more than $4,000, outside of the studio where she goes twice a week to take pilates classes. Reportedly, she tells her chauffeur to drop her off and wait outside in a no-parking zone. No matter what the local bobby says to the driver, he always obeys M’s wishes and waits for her exactly where she tells him to. For a while, when the tickets started to pile up, Madonna began riding her bike to the classes, but since she fell off that horse and hurt her arm it’s back to being driven. Who pays the bill for those tickets? She does, says her husband, Guy Ritchie, but he wants to make it clear that they split all the other expenses 50/50. Doesn’t he get the short end of the stick when you think of what he doles out for all that couture and the closets full of shoes? Very, very, short end.