His ravenous appetite for fame and riches prompted the first of his two ex-wives to conclude that he is ‘never satisfied’ and believes that ‘happiness lies just around the corner’.
But has motormouth broadcaster Chris Evans finally decided, at the age of 56, that he’s made enough to be getting on with?
I ask only because he has seemingly missed out on a multi-million-pound bonanza stemming from the demolition of one of his mansions — Beechgrove, in Sunninghill, Berkshire, standing in nine acres of Green Belt land less than a mile from Ascot’s world-renowned racecourse — and its replacement by a lavish new building boasting 14 luxurious flats, two of them sumptuous penthouses.
Evans, who made £75 million while still in his mid-30s by selling his Ginger Media Group, appeared to have displayed his customary acumen when, in 2010, having bought another mansion in Sunninghill for £3.5million, he retained ownership of eight-bedroom Beechgrove.
Broadcaster Chris Evans has seemingly missed out on millions, as one of his former properties was converted into luxury flats selling for more than £1million each
Chris Evans owned a mansion in Berkshire which has been turned into 14 luxurious flats (pictured)
Evans bought the original eight-bedroom building (pictured) back in 2010 but still sold it for a healthy profit in 2019 before it was developed
He held onto it until 2019, finally selling it for £4.9 million to Millgate Homes. A property specialist tells me it would have been entirely understandable if Evans had inserted a clawback clause in the sale. ‘He could have said: “You will pay me this amount when you get consent for development,”’ explains the specialist. But Evans’s agent tells me the broadcaster, who by then was living six miles north-east of Ascot with his third wife, Natasha Shishmanian, didn’t have a finger in the developer’s financial pie. ‘The firm that bought the house when he sold it were the ones who obtained the planning and built the development. Chris has never had anything to do with the planning, development and building on the land at Beechgrove.’ Millgate, which is selling the flats from about £1.2million each, is to be applauded for showing the kind of nerve that has typified Evans’s own extraordinary career. Back in 2018, the firm submitted plans to demolish Beechgrove and replace it with a building containing 12 flats, plus three separate detached houses ‘with triple garages’.
These were rejected amid howls from irate locals. Beechgrove was, of course, still owned by Evans at the time.
They are reported to be retiring from public life, but Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have not forsaken family duties. At noon today they and Prince Michael’s brother, the Duke of Kent, and sister, Princess Alexandra, are joining their cousin, Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, for a special service at Christ Church, Oxford. ‘I will be delivering my father’s Knight of the Garter banner to Christ Church,’ Princess Elizabeth tells me, explaining that her father, Prince Paul, was once an undergraduate at the college.
Kate tries coke again just for the taste of it
Diet Coke’s new Creative Director Kate Moss unveiled four new limited-edition designs, inspired by her most iconic looks at a London event
Moss entertained guests by singing Diana Ross’ song Endless Love at the event earlier this week
The 48-year-old also took over the DJ decks alongside DJ Fat Tony (pictured)
Kate Moss was branded ‘Cocaine Kate’ in 2005 after pictures surfaced which a newspaper claimed showed her snorting drugs at a music studio. She lost her £1million contract with H&M and booked herself into a rehab clinic. Now, the supermodel apparently prefers a different type of Coke. She’s become a ‘creative director’ at Diet Coke and gave the fizzy drink’s owners their money’s worth at the Diet Coke x Kate Moss launch party at London’s 180 The Strand. Not only did Moss, 48, entertain guests by getting behind the decks to perform as a DJ, she also showed off her karaoke skills, with a rendition of the Diana Ross song Endless Love. It’s not the first time she’s picked up a microphone. During her tempestuous romance with Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty, she’d often join him on stage for an impromptu duet.
Peter Jackson just can’t Let It Be when it comes to making films about The Beatles. Not content with Get Back, his three-part, eight-hour docu-series on the making of the Fab Four’s last album for Disney+, the Lord Of The Rings director, 60, has revealed he’s in discussions with Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr about a second idea. ‘I’m talking to The Beatles about another project — something very, very different than Get Back,’ he says. ‘We’re seeing what the possibilities are, but it’s another project with them. It’s not really a documentary . . . and that’s all I can really say.’
Turning 31 — and the other cheek . . .
Bruce Willis’ daughter Scout celebrated her 31st birthday by sharing a revealing post on Instagram (pictured)
Scout, whose mother is Demi Moore, works as a musician and released her first album last month
How does the daughter of Hollywood royalty mark her birthday? By posing in her birthday suit, of course.
Actress and singer Scout Willis, whose parents are Die Hard star Bruce Willis and Ghost actress Demi Moore, shared this intimate snap as she turned 31, telling fans: ‘This is going to be the best year of my life.’
Scout, whose boyfriend is musician Jake Miller, marked a previous birthday by posing topless. So, what does she have in store for next year?