It was one of the biggest showbiz weddings ever and pictures of it were at the centre of a £1 million court battle. So I’m astonished to discover that Catherine Zeta-Jones didn’t get around to looking at the photos from her marriage to Hollywood royalty Michael Douglas for almost 20 years.
And after all the secrecy at the time, Catherine has finally revealed that the event was a raucous affair that ended with her playing the piano at 6am.
The Welsh actress says of the photos: ‘I looked at the proofs and that was it – I never made an album. The photographer got in touch recently, so about three weeks ago I got to see all my wedding photographs. It was a wonderful day.’
Catherine Zeta-Jones pictured attending the 2019 Netflix Primetime Emmy Awards After Party at Milk Studios on September 22, 2019, in Los Angeles, California
Catherine pictured with her family in Zimbabwe, in an Instagram snap posted by the Welsh actress, captioned: ‘Watching the ballet that is the elephants bathing’
Catherine and Michael tied the knot at New York’s Plaza Hotel in November 2000 in front of guests including Michael Caine, Sean Connery and Brad Pitt. The couple struck a £1 million photo deal with Ok! for exclusive rights.
However, rival magazine Hello! published some secretly taken shots, which sparked a High Court battle, during which Catherine gave evidence. Eventually, Hello! paid out more than £1 million.
Catherine – nicknamed Dame Doom by her husband because of her moments of insecurity – said at one point, a host of people were singing around the piano when she realised the pianist had vanished.
After asking about his whereabouts, a man replied: ‘He’s gone home, Mrs Douglas, it’s 6am!’ She added: ‘I didn’t know what time it was. I couldn’t tell you it was daylight outside – it was like Vegas. I got on the piano!’
The couple have two children – Dylan, 19, and Carys, 16 – and Catherine says despite them being born into privilege, they are both down-to-earth.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre’s wedding may have a looked like a fairy tale, but the model has admitted the ceremony nearly ended in disaster over her vows.
The American model revealed that Warren Brown, Idris’s co-star in the BBC crime drama luther, officiated at the ceremony in Marrakesh last April – but forgot to print out Sabrina’s vows for her.
‘I’m standing at the altar and I’m like, “Warren, where’s my vows?” and he dropped the F-bomb!’ she laughed.
Fortunately, the blunder was for the best – Sabrina says it meant she got to look Idris in the eye and tell him just how much she loved him.
Sir Rod Stewart is certainly getting his five a day – and plenty of booze to go with it – if his wife Penny Lancaster’s latest Instagram snap is anything to go by.
The Instagram snap posted by Penny Lancaster, 49, which read: ‘Had to get my husband drunk before I could serve him my cooking tonight #stayhome’
Penny, 49, looked a little coy as she showed off two plates of chips, salad and green beans. Not exactly a classic culinary combo.
And she admitted that she had to resort to surreptitious methods to make the 75-year-old rocker eat his dinner, writing: ‘Had to get my husband drunk before I could serve him my cooking tonight.’
Maybe it’s time for Rod to sing ‘Have I told you lately that I love… a takeout.’