JOHANNA AND GARY’S SHOCK REUNION
Running into an ex-partner can be awkward at the best of times, let alone when it’s in front of hundreds of celebrities and paparazzi at one of the most prestigious race days in Australia! But when Johanna Griggs found herself in the company of former husband Gary Sweet at Derby Day last week, the popular TV beauty was the picture of poise and composure.
MARY’S HEARTBREAK: ‘I’M SO ALONE’
Princess Mary is struggling to come to terms with the tragic news a member of staff who was like a mother to her has suddenly died. Lady’s maid Tina Jorgensen, 53, had worked for Mary for eight years and had attended a gala with her just hours before she mysteriously passed. ‘[Tina] was like a mother to the Crown Princess,’ says Mary’s hairdresser, Soren Hedegaard. The shock loss of her close confidant is sure to have brought back haunting memories for the grieving princess, who lost her mum Henrietta Donaldson in 1997.
STEPHANIE RICE: MY PRIVATE AGONY
It’s only now with the Olympic flame well and truly out that Stephanie Rice is able to speak out about her friendship with basketball superstar Kobe Bryant. ‘I didn’t want to tell my side of the story before because the media hype was ridiculous, and people had already jumped to massive conclusions anyway,’ she explains, dismissing the rumour they were romantically involved. In her most candid interview yet, the swimming champ speaks out on her Olympic journey, injury – and those man rumours!
EXCLUSIVE PICS: JESSICA’S BEACH BODY - HOT MIAMI MAMA
As she emerges glistening from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, a vintage black swimsuit clinging to her perfect curves, Jessica Marais looks like a classic Hollywood screen siren. It’s almost hard to fathom that just six months ago the Aussie star welcomed her first child into the world! The former Packed to the Rafters star’s rapid transformation from new mum to the queen of Florida’s Miami Beach was obvious to all as 27-year-old Jess filmed scenes for hit ’50’s crime drama Magic City last week. ‘I’ve learnt moderation, but I’m slack with my diet… Luckily I have an appreciation for healthy fats!’ says Jess.
EMMA’S GOLDEN MOMENT: ‘I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M A WIGGLE!’
To the parents and toddlers sitting in Vancouver’s picturesque Stanley Park, flame-haired Aussie Emma Watkins is just another tourist. But come early next year when she starts wearing the Yellow Skivvy for kids’ supergroup The Wiggles, Emma will be the greatest thing since fairy bread. At 23, this high achiever is living her dream, having landed the high-profile role that’s made her the envy of thousands of young women. ‘This is the most exciting time of my life!’ Emma enthuses to New Idea in her first ever interview since joining the Wiggles.
NEW IDEA FOOD: SPRINGTIME SALADS
Need to bring a plate along to a springtime feast? The New Idea Test Kitchen has got you covered with a delicious display of easy-to-make zesty salads. Try Mexican corn and chorizo salad or Asian pineapple salad with green pawpaw. Also in this issue, celebrity chef George Calombaris shares his cinnamon-infused Greek chicken while this week’s Masterclass for char siu pork is finger-licking good!