Issue 48: This week in New Idea
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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: ‘KATE'S PREGNANT!’ TELLS CLOSE FRIEND
As the Royal Jubilee festivities wind down, Prince William and his wife Kate are preparing to take the spotlight yet again in coming weeks – for an announcement the world has longed to hear. After months of pregnancy speculation, close friend Jessica Hay tells New Idea that her old schoolmate Kate has ‘wonderful, happy news’ to share, with next month tipped as the deadline for the revelation. The breaking news follows buzz from royal bump watchers, who speculate Kate’s recent weight gain is baby related.
MEL B TELLS: X FACTOR FINALE SCANDAL & MY FIGHT WITH NAT
In an exclusive interview with New Idea, Mel B reveals all about her role as The X Factor’s most outspoken judge. From rumours that the series is rigged, to her public rows with fellow judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte and life in the celebrity spotlight, Mel concedes it’s her personality to be honest and doesn’t let fame interfere with her personal and family life. ‘Look, I was called Scary for a reason,’ Mel grins. ‘I’m very opinionated and I just tell it like it is on the day.’
WHITE RIBBON DAY: HELP US STOP THE VIOLENCE
Australia changed forever following the tragic rape and murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher earlier this year. It seems that ordinary people have never been more united in their determination to put an end to violence against women. With one in three women over the age of 15 reporting physical or sexual violence, New Idea has joined forces with White Ribbon Day to publicly take a stand and encourage other men to never commit, excuse or remain silent about any sort of violence. Celebrities Andrew O’Keefe, Nathan Hindmarsh, Steve Peacocke, Paul Mercurio and Ryan Clark pledge their support to this year’s White Ribbon Day on November 25.
LEO’S NEW AUSSIE LOVE
It was once her dream to meet Leonardo DiCaprio – and now it’s rumoured she’s dating him. Former Neighbours starlet Margot Robbie was spotted getting cosy with the actor at his private birthday party in New York last week, with guests saying he only had eyes for her. Despite an array of A-list celebrity attendees including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Cameron Diaz and Robert De Niro, spies say that Margot was the true star who shone at the party.
15 YEARS ON, RHETT HUTCHENCE TELLS: I STILL MISS MICHAEL
It is 15 years this week since the tragic death of rock star Michael Hutchence and still his family are at war – feuding over the INXS singer’s memorabilia and his late mother’s $2 million will. ‘But I don’t want to fight anymore,’ says the charismatic musician’s younger brother Rhett. ‘I’m sick of it, I just want it to end. As a Hutchence, I always used to have some fight in me, but I just can’t be bothered anymore.’ But the bitter battle between Rhett and his half-sister Tina – over their mother Patricia Glassop’s legacy – is perhaps the final episode in a long-running saga that has sparked headlines around the world. As Rhett opens up to New Idea about his tumultuous family dealings with his half-sister, it’s clear the pain and heartache still lingers.
NEW IDEA FOOD: CHRISTMAS
’Tis the season with New Idea’s very first Christmas special. For the next five weeks the, New Idea Test Kitchen will be making fabulous festive fare to take the stress out of the season. From inspiring recipes, including delicious maraschino cherry bites, to DIY crochet garlands to decorate your house, it’s time to get baking and be creative!