MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Strictly Come Dancing’s Bruno Tonioli texts to see if I fancy dinner tonight
in LA – he’s over here to judge Dancing With The Stars. I suggest my new
favourite haunt, Cecconi’s, where Bruno entertains me with talk of his work
as a choreographer for some of the biggest stars of the ’80s – Freddie
Mercury, Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet. But when I suggest he writes a book
about it, he says he’s vowed never to dish the dirt. Boo!
“I was in a position of trust, darling, like a doctor,” he explains.
“Celebrities feel safe around me to be themselves!” I know what he means. I
instantly clicked with Bruno and consider him a loyal friend.
Talk turns to Christmas and Bruno says he’s off to the Indian Ocean to
celebrate alone. He’s been single since splitting from Paul, his partner of
20 years, a few years ago and both his parents are dead. He says he’d rather
be on his own reading a good book than with the wrong person. My heart
breaks at the thought of him tucking into turkey on his own, so I suggest he
spends Christmas with Chris and me in Cornwall. He immediately replies:
“F*** Cornwall, I need the sun!”
It turns out Bruno’s had lots of invites but he’s chosen not to accept any. “I
just want to relax,” he explains. I understand and decide my New Year’s
resolution is to find him a boyfriend. He’s a catch!
Speaking of new dates, I can’t wait to get back for a catch up with my friend,
The One Show’s Christine Bleakley to talk about her ¿and England footballer
Frank Lampard. I told her to go for it recently and, it seems, she has! I
think they make a lovely couple and I’m really pleased for her. Christine’s
been single for a while and deserves a guy who can make her happy. We’re
having dinner next week after I’m a guest on her show, so I’ll be getting
the low-down. Watch this space!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
I’m still in LA polishing my stuntwoman skills for my new ITV1 show, Fantasy
Lives. Today, for my stunt finale, I dress up as an LAPD cop (yes Chris,
I’ll bring the outfit home) and drive a patrol car at speed into boxes and
bins. Afterwards I’m made an honorary member of the United Stuntwomen’s
Association. Proud? You bet!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
I meet up with Terri Seymour for dinner – at Cecconi’s again! As showbiz
reporter for US celeb telly show Extras, Terri’s just returned from
interviewing Renée Zellweger’s on/off squeeze, actor Bradley Cooper, in
Canada. I really like Terri and wonder if Simon Cowell will one day look
back and regret letting her go.
Talking of the devil, I sent Simon a phone video of me doing the doughnut
spins yesterday. “That is not feminine,” he responded, to which I replied:
“Sod feminine, it’s very cool.” Simon fired back: “Swearing is not feminine
either.” I figure he’s just jealous because he loves driving fast. Maybe I
should use my new fighting skills on him!
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