Private Sydney: Nicole slammed as Grace Kelly
Ray Hadley campaigns against his ex wife's new boyfriend and Nicole Kidman has copped a royal bollocking on the French Riviera for her performance in Grace of Monaco. Columnist Andrew Hornery has more.PT1M57S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-38fbo 620 349 May 16, 2014
It was Ray Hadley’s boss, 2GB owner John Singleton, who told his star talent over lunch at Singleton’s Mount White estate on Thursday that his private life had become public property, and it was causing a lot of problems.
But while Hadley downplayed the discussion with Singleton as being purely ‘‘coincidence’’, PS hears he was ‘‘summoned’’ to an emergency meeting and ‘‘read the riot act’’ after it had emerged he campaigned to have his estranged wife Suzanne’s new boyfriend, Canberra Raiders and NSW assistant coach Matt Parish, sacked.
Following his meeting with Singleton, Hadley called Suzanne in an attempt to mitigate any further damage.
Worthy of more respect from the media: Nicole Kidman attends the Cannes film festival.
PS understands her reaction was ‘‘pretty unsympathetic’’, their relationship fraught after months of marital torment which came to a head in February, following an ugly row at the Hadley residence which resulted in Suzanne leaving the property with her daughters and seeking an apprehended violence order against her husband and his adult son, St Marys police constable Daniel Hadley. However, the following day she withdrew it, friends saying she had been ‘‘convinced by Hadley the AVO would ruin their family’’.
Matt Parish first met Suzanne Hadley in March at the Crowne Plaza in Terrigal, the pair introduced by mutual friend, Yvette Hartman, the Gosford socialite and beautician who was once engaged to John Singleton.
PS understands the couple enjoyed a drink together but did not meet again for a fortnight, going on a dinner date in Sydney as their fledgling relationship quickly gathered momentum.
Expected to be keeping a low profile: Geoff and Sarah Huegill attend court. Photo: Chris Pearce
Hadley told his listeners on Friday morning: ‘‘I’ve never been one to be overwhelmed by things, but this year has provided me with no doubt my biggest personal challenge,’’ he said.
‘‘At times I’ve felt like staying in bed and not coming here [to 2GB]. Some mates have suggested, ‘Maybe, son, you’d better talk to someone, you might need some help’.’’
Yet a source familiar with Parish and Suzanne Hadley’s relationship told PS: ‘‘It is going well so far, but the problem they face is Ray.’’
Ray Hadly with ex-wife Suzanne. Photo: Mediakoo
Last month Hadley raised eyebrows by calling Manly’s home NRL game against Canberra for 2GB from his Sydney studio, rather than from Brookvale Oval. It was noted the Raiders coaches’ box housing Parish was positioned right next to the commentary box where Hadley would normally have been.
The couple, married for 20 years, announced they were separating in February 2011, but reconciled a short time later though friends say the marriage was often stormy.
Suzanne Hadley told Australian Story a year ago: ‘‘He got angry about something and I just, just couldn’t, I just couldn’t deal with it any more. So I left and moved somewhere else with the children.’’
Back to business as usual: Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington.
Then, in February this year, the Herald broke the story about the broadcaster’s wife applying for the AVO. Around the same time, colleagues had reportedly seen Hadley sleeping overnight on a sofa in his office.
Why our Nic's Cannes canning makes no sense
The time has come to mount a defence for Nicole Kidman. Of all the stars who have come out of Australia over the past three decades, PS has always found her to be one of the more pleasant, unpretentious and gracious to deal with — hands down.
Whether it be responding to tedious questions on a red carpet or simply giving yet another reporter the time of day when she really didn’t need to, Kidman has always been a much warmer woman in person than she has ever been portrayed in the media.
When she is visiting Sydney she catches up with old girlfriends, spends time with her family and gives considerable money to charities (we’re talking in the millions), which is rarely publicised.
She signs on to local projects with unknown directors, though she could make much more money doing films in Hollywood which provide little risk and absolutely no challenge.
There are no sex tapes, no stints in rehab and no diva antics to report on, so who on earth did she tick off in Cannes this week to warrant the almighty savaging the 46-year-old has copped?
Over the past few days she has been carved up over everything from her ‘‘puffy’’ face to her performance in Grace of Monaco, which one critic said was so wooden it was practically ‘‘a fire hazard’’.
It’s not the movie’s director, Olivier Dahan, who must wear such criticism, but rather his leading lady, the public face of the film.
Just more than a week ago Kidman wrapped filming of the Australian thriller Strangerland, due for release next year.
It will mark her 50th feature film since she first graced the silver screen in BMX Bandits back in1983.
Sure not all of her efforts have been gems, but for every Bewitched, Practical Magic and Eyes Wide Shut there were some great films, such as A Portrait of A Lady, Dead Calm, To Die For and Moulin Rouge!
Along the way she has collected Australia’s first best actress Oscar, three Golden Globes, a BAFTA, three Logies and enough other trophies from various film festivals to fill a dozen pool rooms.
And while the likes of Cate Blanchett are practically beatified in the press, Kidman is subjected to such mealy-mouthed commentary as the Daily Mail reporting ‘‘slight-yet-noticeable facial swelling’’.
Surely the woman deserves a break?
While Gretel Packer and her daughter Francesca are yet to walk down the red carpet in matching outfits, PS hears they are both being advised on their wardrobe choices by the same stylist, Kelly Smythe.
Having already dressed a multitude of personalities over the years, from Delta Goodrem to Megan Gale, PS is informed that Smythe has been busy sorting through the Packer belles’ extensive wardrobe, including the often arduous process of ‘‘culling’’ outfits that don’t work.
However, given recent shots of James Packer’s horrendous leisure wear and the ‘‘cracking’’ commentary it generated during the Bondi billionaire biffo, perhaps Smythe might extend her services in the not too distant future?
HUEGILLS LAY LOW
Don’t expect to see Geoff and Sara Huegill gracing the social pages any time soon. The couple, who had become firm favourites on the red carpet, are expected to be taking a much lower profile for the immediate future following this week’s appearance in Waverley Local Court where they pleaded guilty to cocaine charges. The pair were given six-month good behaviour bonds after being caught with the prohibited drug in the bathrooms of an exclusive suite at Randwick racecourse last month.
The Huegills have faced the controversy head on, telling the assembled media outside court how remorseful they were over the scandal. However, it remains to be seen what the long-term impact will be on the former swimmer, who relies on a squeaky clean image to make an income.
Lara Bingle and her Hollywood hunk boyfriend Sam Worthington didn’t waste any time licking their wounds following Bingle’s day in court over traffic offences. The pair were spotted in Rushcutters Bay huffing and puffing their way through an intensive exercise workout.
On Tuesday Bingle was warned in Waverley Court that she would spend time behind bars if she got behind the wheel of a car within the next two years before being slapped with a six-month suspended jail sentence for twice driving without a licence, as well as a $2000 fine.
The plight of domestic goddess Nigella Lawson is still fresh in the minds of many people after she was recently denied entry to the United States following revelations that she had used cocaine, but it appears Bingle won’t face a similar situation when she next visits the US, where Worthington’s career continues to power on.
According to the US embassy in Canberra: ‘‘Individuals who have been convicted of minor traffic violations [such as speeding] or with drink-driving convictions generally do not need to apply for a visa provided they are otherwise eligible to travel on the Visa Waiver Program and receive approval via the Electronic System of Travel Authorisation.’’