Andrew Hornery

Andrew Hornery

Senior journalist Andrew Hornery is the man behind The Sydney Morning Herald's Private Sydney column, keeping tabs on everyone from socialites to social climbers. If they are worth knowing about, you can bet they are on the PS radar.


Why is being gay an issue?

Andrew Hornery As the likes of Ian Thorpe knows only too well, staying in the closet is not as easy as one might think, especially when you are a celebrity.

Life in the celebrity closet

Thorpe highlights warped priorities

Ian Thorpe

Andrew Hornery As the likes of Ian Thorpe knows only too well, staying in the closet is not as easy as one might think, especially when you are a celebrity.

Storrier family in will bust-up

Sandra Marshall

Andrew Hornery It was supposed to be an evening of celebration for acclaimed artist Tim Storrier and his wife Janet, having just received news that his portrait of Sir Les Patterson had won the 2014 Archibald...

Blame it on the 'bots'

PS: It's a cool time to party

Geoffrey Edelsten and Gabi Grecko at their first public outing.

Andrew Hornery It is traditionally the quietest time on the social calendar but even in the depths of winter this has been a big week of parties in Sydney.

50th anniversary of The Australian

Rupert Murdoch celebrates 50th anniversary of 'The Australian'

Rupert Murdoch

Andrew Hornery As a fleet of limousines and shiny government cars disgorged their VIP cargo, media mogul Rupert Murdoch arrived at the 50th birthday bash of his favourite Australian newspaper in what could...

Molly Meldrum finally pens 'tell-all' memoir

Andrew Hornery Even before he fell off his roof, showbiz personality Molly Meldrum was not known for being the most succinct storyteller.

Sydney flocks to Paris for fashion frolics

Andrew Hornery There were a few familiar faces in the crowds this week in Paris for the haute couture fashion shows.

Sydney's ghost mansions: the lights are on but nobody's home

Elizabeth Bay

Andrew Hornery They rank as some as some of the most expensive and lavish homes in the world, occupying the highest priced real estate in this city, but these vast trophy homes lie unsettlingly silent –...

Winners and losers

For celebrities, social media is make or break (or both)

America's last movie star?: Tom Cruise.

Andrew Hornery The advent of social media was meant to provide celebrities with a golden opportunity: to tightly control their own image by editing (censoring) the information disseminated about themselves ...

Trouble in paradise

Mystery surrounds Portia de Rossi's reported month-long stay in rehab


Andrew Hornery Magazine claims the Australian actress and wife of US talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres "secretly" checked into the Passages Malibu rehab clinic for a 30-day program.

Bursting the bubble: NRL stars behaving badly

Andrew Hornery Private Sydney PS dinkus

Andrew Hornery Not all big-name footballers are boofheads, surely?

Homophobic rantings

Tamar Iveri softens up Facebook page

Andrew Hornery The exact whereabouts of Georgian opera singer Tamar Iveri remain unclear following her sacking from Opera Australia after the homophobic rantings posted on her Facebook page.

More artists' eyes than ever on the Archibald Prize

Andrew Hornery It was a mad dash to the finish line on Friday as hundreds of artists stampeded their way to the Art Gallery of NSW to enter their portriats in the most famous art compeittion in the country: the...

Friends surprised by no inquest into Dawson's sad end

Andrew Hornery Four months after she took her own life, there will be no coronial inquest into the death of Charlotte Dawson.


Ian Dickson and Sarah Morice set to lose spot on 2UE

Ian Dickson

Andrew Hornery Ian "Dicko" Dickson and Sarah Morice are set to lose their coveted daily radio show on Sydney's 2UE as the station prepares to unveil a new line-up, due to hit the airwaves next week.

Taking the Big O to the Big Apple

Andrew Hornery By some strange quirk of genetics and nature, Rachel Dunham, a fourth-generation Australian of Anglo-Saxon descent has been told countless times how much she reminds people of Oprah Winfrey.

Jodhi Meares in a pickle over driving accident

SHD- Socials 300910. Vaucluse Amateur 12ft Sailing Club,end Wharf Rd,Vaucluse. Jodhi Meares for Tigerlily launch.. Pic By Sasha Woolley  00135322

Andrew Hornery What possessed an intoxicated Jodhi Meares to get behind the wheel, and why did nobody try to stop her? By Andrew Hornery.


Jodhi Meares charged with drink-driving after Bellevue Hill crash

Jodhi Meares split from James Packer in 2002 and is engaged to singer Jon Stevens.

Megan Levy, Andrew Hornery and Rachel Olding Jodhi Meares, the fashion designer and ex-wife of billionaire James Packer, has been charged with high range drink-driving following a weekend crash in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Elle's Super Elixir

Elle Macpherson suffers backlash over her food supplement Super Elixir

Elle Macpherson

Andrew Hornery Earth to Elle ... do you read us?