Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson SPLIT after nine months

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson have parted ways and decided to just be friends, DailyMail.com can confirm.

Pete, 28, and Kim, 41, went public as a couple nine months ago after she made her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live, where he was then a cast member.

However a source has informed DailyMail.com that the couple split up this week over their demanding schedules and the long distance.

A source close to Pete Davidson has also confirmed the split to DailyMail.com.

Pete has spent months filming his upcoming movie Wizards! in Australia, where Kim visited him in July for a romantic getaway in the Daintree Rainforest.

However their luxury stay at a lavish five-star ‘eco lodge’ in the jungle was evidently not enough to salvage the couple’s relationship.

News of their split comes a day after a source told People that the ‘long distance hasn’t been easy for Kim’ as Pete continued shooting Wizards! abroad.

An insider has now explained to E! News: ‘They have a lot of love and respect for each other, but found that the long distance and their demanding schedules made it really difficult to maintain a relationship.’

Kim’s breakup with Pete comes as she is still ironing out the legal details of her divorce from her third husband Kanye West, with whom she shares four children – North, nine, Saint, six, Chicago, four, and Psalm, three.

Although Kim initially filed to end the marriage in February 2021, the process is still underway, and this week Kanye’s fifth divorce lawyer so far withdrew from the case.

Kim and Pete first set tongues wagging during her Saturday Night Live episode last October, locking lips during an Aladdin-themed sketch.

News broke shortly thereafter that they had become a couple in real life – months after Kim filed for divorce from Kanye, who by last autumn was publicly begging her to give the marriage another chance.

Kim joined a long list of Pete’s celebrity girlfriends, including Andie MacDowell’s daughter Margaret Qualley and Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber, as well as Ariana Grande and Kate Beckinsale.

During a confessional on her new Hulu show The Kardashians, Kim revealed that she felt ‘a vibe’ when she kissed Pete on Saturday Night Live and was struck by the desire to ‘try something different.’

After he neglected to show up to her afterparty, she got in touch with a producer on the comedy show and secured Pete’s phone number – though a serious romance was far from her mind.

‘I wasn’t even thinking, like: “Oh my God. I’m gonna be in a relationship with him,”‘ Kim admitted, explaining that to the contrary she was ‘basically just DTF.’

Yet as their romance grew, she discovered him to be ‘really thoughtful and humble and just so genuine,’ and she eventually came to regard him as ‘literally the best human being’ she ever met.

Kanye, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2016, carried on an increasingly explosive feud with Kim and Pete during the early months of their relationship.

He took to disparagingly referring to Pete as ‘Skete,’ and early this year he went viral for rapping in the single Eazy that he would ‘beat Pete Davidson’s a**.’

The bizarre music video of the song showed Kanye burying a claymation version of Pete alive, to the alarm of several viewers.

However an Entertainment Tonight source claimed that Pete ‘finds the fact that Kanye included a cartoon version of him in his music video hysterical. He is almost flattered by it all because it is so ridiculous to him.’

Kanye defended the video on free speech grounds and argued: ‘Art is not a proxy for any ill or harm. Any suggestion otherwise about my art is false and mal intended.’

At one point, Pete’s friend Dave Sirus posted screen-grabs of a text conversation between Pete and Kanye about their lively public feud.

Over the course of the exchange, Pete went from expressing concern over Kanye’s mental wellbeing to bragging about being ‘In bed with your wife.’

Showering praise on Kim, Pete tried unsuccessfully to arrange a ‘face to face’ meeting with Kanye and called his behavior ‘dangerous.’

However the feud has simmered down in recent months, and this week a source remarked to Us Weekly: ‘Kim and Kanye have been coparenting very well as of late. They are very civil with each other right now, there are no issues. They are both treating each other with mutual respect.’

Meanwhile, Pete became serious enough about Kim to acquire multiple pieces of body art in her honor, having her name branded onto his chest and getting a tattoo that reads: ‘My girl is a lawyer.’

The ink is a reference to Kim’s ambition to become an attorney, following in the footsteps of her late father Robert Kardashian, who was a member of OJ Simpson’s ‘dream team.’

During her relationship with Pete, Kim finally passed California’s practice ‘baby bar’ exam on her fourth attempt.

Pete also at one point got a collarbone tattoo reading: ‘Jasmine and Aladdin,’ a reference to the Saturday Night Live sketch that resulted in his first kiss with Kim last October.

Kim has made a string of glamorous public appearances with Pete, who has been hailed online for his ‘big d*** energy’ for years ever since Ariana Grande slyly tweeted about his ’10 inches.’

Pete and Kim made their presence felt together at such banner events as the White House Correspondents Dinner and the Met Gala, where she set off a controversy by having rapidly lost 16lbs to squeeze into Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ dress.

Pete and Kim went viral in June when they indulged in a sun-kissed holiday in Tahiti, where they flashed the flesh in swimsuits as they frolicked around in the sea together.

A couple of months ago, during a confessional on The Kardashians, a producer asked Kim if she was in love with Pete and she coyly replied: ‘I don’t know if that’s any of your business,’ grinning.

Pete also earned plaudits from Kim’s family, including Kris Jenner, the ‘momager’ and matriarch of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, who told Good Morning America the funnyman is ‘great.’

Kim got married for the first time at 19, eloping to Las Vegas with music producer Damon Thomas, who was a decade her senior and whom she later accused of beating her. Damon staunchly denied the allegations.

Between marriages, she dated the dashing singer Ray J, who became her co-star in the world-famous sex tape that helped propel her to the stratospheric stardom she enjoys today.

Kim’s second wedding occurred when she was already a global celebrity – she was married to basketball player Kris Humphries for just 72 days before they split.

She and Kanye ultimately got married in Florence in 2014 and are now the co-parents of four children – North, nine, Saint, six, Chicago, four, and Psalm, three.

Despite Kanye’s furious text message to Pete: ‘NO YOU WILL NEVER MEET MY CHILDREN,’ Pete reportedly did become acquainted with Kim and Kanye’s little tykes.

‘Her family played a big part in helping Kim navigate the situation as Kanye made it clear he didn’t want anyone around his kids that Kim was with,’ an Entertainment Tonight source said in June.

‘Kim and her family discussed how they’ve always navigated being a blended family well and that Kim had to do what was right for her and Pete. The kids and Pete get along very well and Kim seeing him be so great with them only made her fall in love with Pete more.’

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  • 2 часа, 7 минут назад 16.08.2022Showbiz
    Adrienne Bailon and husband Israel Houghton announce the birth of their son via surrogate

    Adrienne Bailon has announced her and husband Israel Houghton, 51, have welcomed a son via surrogate.

    The singer/host, 38, shared a photo of her holding their newborn, revealing his name as Ever James.

    Adrienne wrote: ‘We have quietly prayed while sitting on this most magnificent secret for the last nine months,’ adding that they feel ‘love and gratitude’ for God, their surrogate, friends and family who have been with them on their ‘challenging’ journey to parenthood that spanned five years.

    Adrienne cradled Ever in her arms with Israel looking over her shoulder at their baby boy.

    The star wrote a touching message about the five year journey it took to become parents, revealing that they experience miscarriages and tried IVF.

    The couple welcomed Ever via a surrogate, and opted to keep the entire pregnancy a secret.

    Adrienne posted a poem about her son in the caption, writing: ‘Ever James [Infinity emoji]. For this child we have prayed. Just to hear our baby cry. Skin to skin and face to face. Heart to heart and eye to eye…’

    Adding: ‘He’s here and we have never been happier to lose sleep! #HappilyEverHoughton,’ adding a heart emoji.

    Adrienne has been open in her struggles to get pregnant, speaking to the audience for The Real in 2018.

    At the time, she said the process of getting pregnant ‘isn’t what I thought it would be,’ via People.

    The Cheetah Girls star said that people are ‘very insensitive to that,’ in the sense [that] I know you guys are like, “Is she pregnant?” “Her face is fuller” – FYI I’ve always had a really chubby face so that’s not what it is.’

    ‘I think that as an audience we should be sensitive to the fact that everybody doesn’t get pregnant right away. I think for myself I thought it would happen so easily for me and it just hasn’t happened that way.’

    Adding: ‘I’ve had to come to peace with that it’ll happen when it’s God’s timing and I believe in that and I have faith in all of that. But it can be really discouraging and it can be really frustrating.’

    ‘I think I looked at myself and in my mind I was like, “I’m a Cheetah Girl, I’m 19 years old” and then I woke up and was like actually I’m going to be 35 in a few weeks and that makes a big difference. I can feel as youthful as I want in the inside and in my heart, but my ovaries are what they are and that sucks to hear that,’ she said at the time.

    Adrienne also told The Real audience during the 2018 conversation that she always thought her ‘having wide hips and the fact that I’m Latina – I thought that if my husband looked at me I’d get pregnant. I really believed that and it just hasn’t been that way.’

    Adrienne and Israel, a gospel singer, tied the knot in 2016 in a Paris.

    He has four children from a previous relationship: Mariah, Milan, Jordan and Israel.

  • 2 часа, 7 минут назад 16.08.2022Showbiz
    Last picture of Darius Campbell Danesh before he was found dead aged 41

    Darius Campbell Danesh was last pictured out in Malibu with actor Gerard Butler in June – two months before he was found dead in his bed at the age of 41.

    The former Pop Idol contestant and theatre star was found unresponsive in his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 – although the cause of death remains unknown.

    The two men – who became friends after Darius moved to America – were seen walking barefoot towards Malibu beach as the late singer walked his dog.

    The picture was taken nine weeks before Darius’ shock passing on June 11.

    Daris was wearing a baker boy style flat during the outing with a pair of trousers rolled up to his knees.

    Gerard, who lives in the Malibu area, walked ahead wearing a pale blue polo shirt and a pair of jeans.

    Darius, who was married to Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, whose films include sci-fi hit Species, from 2011-201 and has been based in the U.S. for the past fifteen years.

    The couple married in 2011 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, but were divorced a few years later. He previously told the Scottish Herald: ‘That relationship was certainly not without its ups and downs. Over the course of 12 years, we broke up many times and had a period of six months apart.

    ‘It was often a long-distance relationship for half of it. That in itself was an amazing experience, but a painful one. When you love someone you want to be with them.’

    As well as becoming friendly with A-lister Gerard, 52, he also also become close with other stars including Rebel Wilson.

    During his stint stateside, Darius became a successful actor and producer and was known for Imperium (2016), Tomorrow (2018) and Hotel Babylon (2006).

    Darius’ family wrote in a tweet announcing the news on Tuesday: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh. Darius was found unresponsive in bed in his apartment room in Rochester, Minnesota and was pronounced dead in the afternoon by the local medical examiners’ office.’

    Police have said there were ‘no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances’, his relatives also confirmed.

    Danesh made his first bid for fame in ITV show Popstars in 2001 with his quirky rendition of Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time.

    He did not make it into the band but the following year appeared on the first Pop Idol, which was won by Will Young, with Darius finishing third behind another household name in Gareth Gates.

    The Scottish performer went on to forge a successful theatre career, appearing in Chicago as Billy Flynn in two runs of the production, as well as Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and more in the West End.

    He lived in the US and was in a relationship with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, whose films include sci-fi hit Species.

    The couple married in 2011 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, but had since divorced.

    A family statement said: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh. Darius was found unresponsive in bed in his apartment room in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 and was pronounced dead in the afternoon by the local medical examiners’ office.

    ‘The local police department have confirmed that there were no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances. The cause of his sudden death is unknown at this stage while medical examinations continue.

    ‘We ask that you kindly respect our wishes for privacy at this time whilst we come to terms with the tragic loss of our son and brother.’

    Following the news that the Scottish singer had passed away, a slew of stars took to social media to offer their sympathies, including Lorraine Kelly, Adele Roberts and Rylan.

    Responding the news of his death, actress Carrie Hope Fletcher tweeted today: ‘This is such sad news’ and shared a broken heart emoji.

    He first shot to fame when he appeared on Popstars in 2001 before going on to defy critics and enjoy a successful music and theatre career.

    In a performance regarded by most as cringey when it aired at the time, Darius garnered attention for his cover of Britney Spears’s Hit Me Baby One More Time sporting his memorable ponytail and goatee on the ITV talent show.

    After Pop Idol in 2002, Danesh turned down Simon Cowell’s offer of a record deal and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite, whose credits include U2 and the Rolling Stones.

    His debut single, Colourblind, was released in July 2002 and went straight to number one, marking the start of a run of top 10 releases.

    As the accolades began pouring in for the acclaimed singer and songwriter’s career, his first solo album Dive In went platinum, while his first West End stage appearance came as Billy Flynn in the iconic Chicago.

  • 2 часа, 7 минут назад 16.08.2022Showbiz
    Robert Downey Jr. beams with happiness as he films new project in the Hamptons

    He’s spent much of his life on camera.

    But the magic of movie making has not dwindled for Robert Downey Jr.

    The actor, 57, couldn’t have looked any happier as he filmed a new project in the Hamptons on Monday.

    Robert smiled from ear-to-ear as he strolled about the set wearing a blue top, joggers, and white sneakers.

    He shielded his eyes behind a pair of black sunnies and accessorized his look with a smart watch.

    The actor made a costume change as he was spotted in a sharper look.

    Robert was now wearing a black button down, green trousers, and smart sneakers.

    The Iron Man commanded attention as he chatted with several other men, including employees of KEM South, a full service diesel shop.

    The actor lit up as he clenched his fists, putting his acting abilities on display.

    It’s unclear what film Robert was pictured filming, but he does have several projects coming soon.

    All-Star Weekend and Oppenheimer are both currently in post-production, while his other projects – Play Dirty, Sherlock Holmes 3, and the mini series The Sympathizer – are all in pre-production, according to IMDb.

    Outside of his film career, Robert has reportedly been helping the disgraced actor Armie Hammer, after his career imploded in January 2021 following sexual assault allegations made against him.

    A source previously told Vanity Fair that Hammer, who has reportedly struggled with substance abuse issues, had been staying at a home owned by the Avengers: Endgame actor and ‘attended an A.A. meeting’ in Malibu.

    The source added that Downey has been providing Hammer with ‘financial assistance until he gets back on his feet.’

    The insider confirmed that Downey paid for Hammer to spend close to six months in the Florida rehabilitation facility the Guest House.

    Downey himself has a famed Hollywood redemption story, after he returned to the big screen following multiple arrests on drug related charges, and a stint in prison.

    DailyMail.com previously caught up with Armie’s estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers who seemed to confirm Robert had helped fund Hammer’s rehab stint and said ‘everybody needs help.’

  • 2 часа, 7 минут назад 16.08.2022Showbiz
    Katie Piper is rushed into emergency surgery with ‘extreme pain’ in her eye after 2008 acid attack

    Katie Piper has revealed she was rushed to hospital for an emergency operation as she thanked her surgeons for their ‘knowledge, expertise and kindness.’

    Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the presenter, 38, shared how she was left in ‘extreme pain’ on Sunday and her husband noticed a black spot in her eye.

    The Loose Women panelist has continued to be plagued by medical issues after suffering horrific injuries to her face, chest, arms and hands, and being blinded in one eye, following a 2008 acid attack, organised by her ex-boyfriend.

    Her latest incident resulted in her not being able to tolerate light anymore and as her condition worsened she had to be rushed in to hospital.

    She penned: ‘Emergency Operation for me! On Saturday my husband noticed a small black circle in my blind eye, I was excited thinking I had a pupil again.

    ‘By Sunday my left eye was extremely painful and couldn’t tolerate light, so I patched it up and put it down to old injuries.

    ‘I’m used to being in some level of discomfort and I went to work.’

    Detailing how the black circle was a hole in her eye she said she had feared of this happening.

    She added: ‘By Sunday night I felt nausea and in extreme pain. I got in touch with my eye specialist @sherazdaya @centreforsightuk and unfortunately he confirmed the black circle was a hole in my eye and the eye had perforated.

    ‘This had always been a fear that it would happen.

    ‘Yesterday @sherazdaya sourced tissue for me and operated on me. I cannot thank him and his team enough, their knowledge and expertise but also how kind and caring they all are.

    ‘There maybe some evil people in this world but there are also some pretty incredible people doing amazing things for people on a daily basis.

    ‘Huge thank you team @sherazdaya @centreforsightuk You are the best!’

    Earlier on Tuesday, on Loose Women Katie told her ‘Life Before Loose’ story, detailing how her world changed after the acid attack which left her disfigured and recalled the abuse hurled at her during her recovery.

    Stefan Sylvestre was sentenced to a minimum of six years in 2009 over the horrific assault after he threw acid on the orders of Katie’s obsessive ex-boyfriend Daniel Lynch, who co-ordinated the pre-planned street assault outside her north London home in Golders Green.

    As well as looking back on the moment that simultaneously changed her life and found her purpose, Katie also spoke fondly of happy childhood growing up in Hampshire, her teenage rebellious years and moving to London.

    Talking to panellists Christine Lampard, Coleen Nolan and Janet Street-Porter, Katie candidly reflected on how her world changed aged 24.

    She admitted: ‘When I look back on it and reflect, it does feel like two separate lives. I’m 38, but I sort of feel in my 70s or 80s.

    ‘Because what’s happened to me, I’ve condensed so much into such a short period, and that happen to some people in their whole lifetime.

    ‘In some ways you can take that as a positive – life experiences enrich us, they build our character and we can go onto use that in our future, but in other ways it was a lot. It took its toll on me mentally and physically. Some of the physical changes are still ongoing in my medical journey.’

    She added: ‘Nobody prepares for that.. It was like my life was turned upside down in a matter of seconds. Lots of different things happen to people and what’s happened to me is obviously more visual, but we all experience trauma in varying degrees. Trauma’s a fact of life, but it needn’t be a life sentence.’

    The sulphuric acid, some of which Katie had swallowed, blinded her in her left eye, and caused partial thickness and full thickness burns.

    On how her parents dealt with the situation, Katie said: ‘It was quite complex because when people think of burns, you think of military heroes or burns in the kitchen or fireworks.

    ‘I don’t think any of us realised how much it affects so many functions and so many other internal medical problems that we had to educate themselves on…

    ‘It wasn’t an accident that happened to me. A long legal trial, several different charges that the whole family was affected – my siblings, my parents…’

    Katie also reflected on why she made her first documentary – Katie: My Beautiful Face – in which she spoke candidly about what had happened to her.

    She explained: ‘How people reacted was my motivation to do the documentary because initially I looked very different to how I sit here today, I wore a face mask for two years, I had a shaved head, very purple/red appearance…

    ‘People reacted by asking me to leave shops, shouting at me in the street. I wasn’t famous, I wasn’t known, people didn’t understand why I wore a mask…

    ‘I wanted to explain people why I looked this way, educate people, relieve myself of that isolation]… I’m not contagious, I’ve not going something which means I need to be rejected from society.’

    The presenter also opened up about how Simon Cowell helped her in her journey to set up the Katie Piper Foundation, where she mentors burns survivors.

    Katie – who recently received an OBE – said: ‘Taking back that empowerment and having that voice became very important to me….I believe that in life there are some things we’re sometimes out of control, we’re the captain of our own ship. Your life is ultimately in your hands… what a privilege to find your purpose at 24.’

    Elsewhere, Katie reflected on her ‘great’ childhood, growing up in a small village, recalling: ‘I was a tomboy. I had a dreadful haircut – a bowl haircut. My dad was a barber in the local village, and my mum a teacher, so you either had a haircut from my dad or detention from my mother.’

    She added, ‘It was innocent, I never had any real pain or trauma at all growing up. My mum and dad were invested in us… They weren’t about big ambitions, but about independence and making your own way in life.’

    Speaking about her teenage years, Katie said she was a ‘disappointing’ teenager. She revealed, ‘I grew up in such a small town, I really wanted city life… I rebelled, I was the smoker, the drinker, I used to jump out of the window to go out at night, I pierced my nose… used to dye my hair with food colouring because I couldn’t access hair dye.’

    Katie then went on to say she studied a college hair and beauty course, admitting: ‘I wasn’t really academic. It wasn’t because I wasn’t bright, I just wasn’t interested… I was more interested in going out and boyfriends.’

    Aspiring for more, Katie moved to London ‘to seek out a different life’, moving into a house share with actors, dancers, those in theatre, promo girls, which ultimately became the path she took.

    She told: ‘It felt exciting, who knew where it may or may not take me? It was more money than I was earning at that time .I worked on shopping telly selling solar panel lights, quiz shows until 4 in the morning, furniture catalogues and adverts,…’

    Katie explained that there was ‘a lot of partying around this.’ She said, ‘ Monday-Thursday, clubbing, drinking, eating. I’ve always been a real people person. I’ve always grabbed life and loved glamorous things.’

    Katie also revealed she watched Loose Women back then, telling the panel: ‘I always wanted to be in that world and talking on telly, connecting with people, I used to watch Loose Women, I’ve watched it since I was a child. I think Coleen Nolan was back on it, even then!’

  • 3 часа, 55 минут назад 16.08.2022Showbiz
    ‘I’ve got no bra on!’ This Morning’s Rochelle Humes caught in awkward exercise blunder

    During Tuesday’s instalment of the ITV show, Rochelle and her This Morning guest presenter Andi Peters join in with an exercise segment with Peloton instructor Ben Alldis. However, when Rochelle started to jump around she quickly realised she wasn’t wearing a bra.

    Before the presenting duo got into the exercises, Andi told his co-host he was taking the segment far too seriously as he got changed into some athleisure wear beforehand.

    Rochelle, still dressed in a shoulderless top and white flared jeans, admitted she was too busy watching the VT of Doctor Scott to change her outfit.

    Taking off her heels, Rochelle was told she would be doing five easy lower body exercises.

    One of the moves they had to do was to get into a squat before jumping up and getting back into position.

    When they both started to jump, Andi encouraged the former Saturdays star by commenting: “Go on Roch.”

    Although after a couple of jumps, Rochelle stopped as she clung to her chest explaining: “I’ve got no bra on!”

    While Ben laughed, Andi joked: “That’s a revelation we weren’t quite prepared for.”

    She replied: “Well, I didn’t know we’d be jumping! Sorry guys.”

    The 33-year-old continued with Ben’s workout but had to hold her top up as a result.

    For the last move, Rochelle and Andi made the whole crew on set get involved which saw some members squat up and down while holding the camera.

    Commenting on the team all working out, Andi shouted: “Come on, that’s what I like to see everyone!”

    At the end of the segment, the former CBBC host showed he had worked up a sweat to Rochelle but she joked that he was simply “glowing”.

    Elsewhere in the show, the duo were left in fits of giggles after speaking to Patrick the Pony’s owner Kirk Petrakis live from Devon.

    The miniature pony is a therapy animal and due to his positive impact on the community has earned the title of mayor of Cockington.

    After Kirk spoke about Patrick’s fame, he asked Rochelle and Andi if there was time to sing a song.

    Caught off guard, Andi burst out laughing before Rochelle asked: “Well what song would you like to sing Kirk?”

    Bursting into a song about Patrick, the This Morning hosts could be hard giggling off camera.

    Applauding him once the song had finished, Rochelle said it was “lovely” while both presenters were struggling to keep a straight face.

    Thanking him for appearing on the show, they continued to laugh as Andi commented: “No one mentioned the song!”

    This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am.

  • 3 часа, 55 минут назад 16.08.2022Showbiz
    Jean-Christophe Novelli on brutal dumping by girlfriend ‘She wanted a real man!’

    Luckily, the Michelin star chef, 61, can at least impress his own children, after he signed up to become an avatar on an online platform called MetaTown and become the world’s first celeb chef to cook in the metaverse.

    He confessed: “I can’t stand ­listening to my own voice, it ­irritates the hell out of me.

    “In fact, I’m the only TV chef who has a screen wiper in front of the TV, because every time I hear my own voice, every time I hear myself talking on TV, I keep spitting.”

    On the consequences of his career choice, the dad of four, originally from Arras, northern France, said: “I got dumped by my first girlfriend when she found out I was going to become a chef.

    “She dumped me the next day because she wanted a real man with a real job. It was outside the main stairs at the school and I saw her green eyes creeping about with sadness that she had to tell me that and it was so sad. I never forgot the moment.”

    Jean-Christophe, who was awarded an MBE last year, has been teaching cookery at his world-renowned Novelli Academy, based at his Hert­­fordshire home, for 17 years.

    He is now donning digital chef’s whites as he moves into the world of virtual reality by hosting live culinary demonstrations as an avatar.

    The displays will take place on the online platform BrandLab360, where people can create a virtual reality– or VR – world and avatar for themselves.

    He explained: “This is something very unique to me and I am really privileged to be part of this fantastic unique project because I am really old school.

    “When I speak to my children, who are very switched on about the virtual world, they are actually more impressed by that than by the fact I have an MBE.”

    “My kids think I am the coolest dad ever, the coolest dad on the planet because of the avatar.”

    He added: “I have always loved attention and this is the perfect tool, at my age, to go further than I have done in my life.”

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