SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Wham! George Michael’s former partner Kenny Goss wins a share of the pop star’s £97m will
When George Michael’s ex-lover, Texan Kenny Goss, demanded cash from his £97 million estate, the pop superstar’s family are said to have vowed: ‘He won’t get a penny.’
Now, however, I can reveal that Michael’s trustees have agreed a financial settlement with Goss after a long-running court battle.
Art dealer Goss, 62, had wanted payments of £15,000 a month, claiming that Michael had supported him financially, even though they had split up years earlier.
He also questioned the ex-Wham! singer’s state of mind when he signed his will in 2013. The settlement he’s agreed with the trustees, Christopher Organ and Michael’s sister, Panayiota Panayiotou, known as Yioda, 62, is confidential.
When George Michael’s (left) ex-lover, Texan Kenny Goss (right), demanded cash from his £97 million estate, the pop superstar’s family are said to have vowed: ‘He won’t get a penny’
Documents just released by the High Court in London reveal that Yioda will also inherit the multi-million-pound estate of her sister, Melanie, who died aged 59 exactly three years after her famous brother, on Christmas Day 2019, after falling into a diabetic coma.
Melanie died without making a will and, under the laws of intestacy, her father, Jack, would have been entitled to a share of her estate. But he has disclaimed any interest in it and the money will instead go to Yioda.
Michael died from heart and liver disease in 2016, aged 53, with the bulk of his estate going to his older sisters, his father, Jack, 85, and friends. But he left nothing to Goss, nor to his boyfriend at the time, Fadi Fawaz, who found his body.
Art dealer Goss, 62, had wanted payments of £15,000 a month, claiming that Michael had supported him financially, even though they had split up years earlier
Goss had issued a lawsuit, seeking reasonable financial provision from Michael’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, saying when George died he was being ‘wholly maintained’ by him.
Now, procedural judge Master Kaye has made a Tomlin order — a form of consent order — ending the dispute between the two sides.
If either party fails to comply, the opposing side can take them back to court without needing to start a new lawsuit.
Love is all for Josh
Greater love hath no man . . . The Crown’s Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles, says he’s prepared to turn down roles in the future in order to make his long-distance relationship work.
The dashing 30-year-old star is going out with marketing director Margot Hauer-King — the daughter of restaurateur Jeremy King — who lives in New York.
‘A job came in that I really wanted to do, and it will take me to Ireland where I would need to quarantine and so my partner can’t come over and just see me,’ he says. ‘So, you have to have these conversations, is it “worth taking this job if I can’t see you for x amount of months?” ’
The Crown’s Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles, is going out with marketing director Margot Hauer-King — the daughter of restaurateur Jeremy King — who lives in New York
Despite starring in The Social Network, the Oscar-winning film about the origins of Facebook, Andrew Garfield insists he’ll never use social media. ‘I don’t think it would be beneficial to my mental health. I think I’m too sensitive, and I want to stay that way,’ says the 37-year-old, who grew up in Surrey. ‘What these platforms promise is some form of negative or positive feedback, and either one can be addictive for someone who equates attention with love. It’s not great if you want to have a deep experience of being alive.’
A mystery treat for Suranne
There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Unless you’re Suranne Jones. The Gentleman Jack star reveals she was bowled over yesterday when a fellow diner at a café in London left a note for her and her husband, scriptwriter Laurence Akers, saying she’d taken care of the bill.
‘Someone paid for my meal after seeing my husband and I eating outside our local cafe,’ explains Suranne.
‘We didn’t see who it was, but thank you, Stacey, for your support and kindness.’
Suranne Jones revealed she was bowled over yesterday when a fellow diner at a café in London left a note for her and her husband, scriptwriter Laurence Akers, saying she’d taken care of the bill
Thrifty BBC sports presenter Gabby Logan reveals her secret to looking stylish on screen is that she livens up old clothes with new accessories. ‘I love a new dress as much as the next girl, but I tend to keep things for years,’ explains Gabby. ‘I get jumpers repaired and replace zips if I need to. I am not a very good fashion “influencer”. When I am asked about something, it’s often over five years old. But a new accessory can bring an old jumper back to life.’
The 48-year-old, who is married to former rugby player Kenny Logan, also relies on a friend’s advice for when she has the urge to buy new clothes that she doesn’t need: ‘Don’t buy any more black jackets . . . get a candle!’
Time is a great heeler, Amber
Hollwood star Amber Heard is ready to put her best foot forward after a difficult year. The 35-year-old ex-wife of fellow actor Johnny Depp shared a picture of herself yesterday reclining on a yellow sun lounger, with black shorts and matching vertiginous heels.
‘Anyone else nervous to trade their Converse for platforms post-pandemic?’ she captioned it playfully, referring to her new-found habit of wearing comfortable shoes.
Amber credits her toned physique to training for her role in the Aquaman movie, the sequel of which she starts filming next month in the UK. It includes working out five times a day with ‘a lot of weight and strength training, as well as special martial arts training.’
Hollwood star Amber Heard is ready to put her best foot forward after a difficult year, sharing a picture of herself yesterday reclining on a yellow sun lounger, with black shorts and matching vertiginous heels
Macca batters Yorkie tradition
Sir Paul McCartney says he used to eat Yorkshire puddings for dessert. ‘When I was a kid my mum used to make Yorkshire Pudding, but because it was called Yorkshire pudding, we had it as a pudding. We didn’t have it with the beef and the lamb.
‘She always just had it afterwards with golden syrup. Hot Yorkshire pudding with golden syrup on it. There’s a little bit of working class creeping in here.
‘Years later, you’d meet people who’d say: “Do you want Yorkshire pudding?” And you say yep, and they’d say: “No, it’s with your main meal.” Oh no.’
Strictly pro Katya Jones finds her estranged husband, and fellow dancer on the show, Neil Jones, is very forgiving. Despite their marriage breaking down three years ago after she was caught kissing her ballroom partner, comic Seann Walsh, he has showered her with love on her 32nd birthday. ‘Please never change,’ he declared online, which included a playful reference to a rehearsal where she once accidently head-butted his nose. ‘Maybe be a little bit calmer when you dance with me, but other than that, keep being the over-the-top definition of energy that we all know and love.’
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