Madeleine Holtznagel, the model girlfriend of Merivale pub baron Justin Hemmes, stepped out on the Sydney social circuit on Wednesday, attending the launch of risque lingerie label Honey Birdette's swimwear collection at Boy Charlton pool.
Dressed in a chic pink two-piece and Chanel trainers, the Wollongong-raised 24-year-old told Emerald City she was surprised by the public's sudden interest in her relationship with 48-year-old Hemmes.
While shying away from confirming exactly how long the pair have been dating, Holtznagel suggested the relationship has been going on for much longer than the reports that began surfacing earlier this year. “We have known each other for two years and met when I was modelling in Singapore,” she said.
The relationship has been juicy fodder for gossip columns since Holtznagel sat out the COVID lockdown with a couple of other girls at Hemmes' Vaucluse harbourfront pile.
Holtznagel is now reportedly living in a Coogee penthouse Hemmes owns, but she is yet to introduce her billionaire boyfriend to her parents. However older sister Simone, a former Australia’s Next Top Model finalist, has given Hemmes the tick of approval apparently.
“My parents and my sister Anna haven't met him yet but Simone has been introduced to him and really liked him." Hemmes has two young daughters from his previous relationship with Kate Fowler which ended in 2018.
This weekend Holtznagel will celebrate her 25th birthday with her model-pack of gal pals. While she was tight-lipped on the details, Holtznagel has over 80 bars, restaurants and event spaces in the Merivale empire to choose from for a venue.
As Holtznagel left the sexy Honey Birdette soiree with complimentary vibrator in hand on Wednesday she joked that Hemmes’ seaplane wasn't picking her up but the Rolls Royce was on its way.
Emerald City has been told Hemmes' frequent outings on his famed seaplane have become a noisy headache for his Vaucluse neighbours. However Maritime Services would not comment on specific complaints, and Hemmes said there was no truth to the chatter.
The anonymous Instagram account trolling Sydney’s 'it' crowd
For over a year the anonymous Instagram account Sydney Shade Room has been calling out influencers and poking fun at society types across the harbour city. But in recent weeks the posts have become snarkier, singling out the luxe nuptials of Poppy Tzaneros (nee O'Neil) for some particularly mean spirited treatment.
The account threw shade at the pre-wedding celebrations (which were extensive), and poked fun at the Met Gala-themed attire of guests Deborah Symond O'Neil, Nadia Fairfax and Joshua Penn.
The posts were the talk of Sydney's social set, with much conjecture as to who was behind them. Then mid-last week Sydney Shade Room suddenly vanished from Instagram. Emerald City has been told the account was reported to Instagram and then blocked.
End of an era for daytime soap magazines
Like sands through an hourglass, Australia's last-standing magazine devoted to daytime soap operas will cease publication come December. After 36 years of publication, Next Media has decided to close TV Soap after what has been a tough year for the industry.
“It is always a sad day for the magazine industry when a title closes, especially a brand with such a long legacy and dedicated readership," said Fiona Connolly, group publisher for weekly titles at Are Media (formerly known as Bauer Media). Connolly is responsible for the enduring local TV Week title, home of the Logies.
TV Soap's closure means TV Week can now own the category and Connolly is hoping to boost readership of her title. "TV Week will continue to deliver the best content for readers who simply can’t get enough of their soaps. As Australia’s only TV listings guide and much-loved iconic brand, we’re ready to welcome TV Soap readers to their new home where they can expect more of the content they love." she said.
"Consolidation of the magazine industry means better servicing readers and a better quality product."
Emerald City hears that TV Soap editor Vesna Petropoulos may head for opportunities stateside once she prints the last edition of the mag. Next Media did not respond to requests for comment.
Samantha Jade swaps nuptials for a puppy
Pop singer Samantha Jade and fiance Pat Handlin (the son of powerful Sony Music boss Denis Handlin) were due to get married in Melbourne next month. But COVID has put paid to their wedding plans, so instead of saying ‘I do’ in front of their closest friends and family the couple will instead celebrate Jade's forthcoming single Back2Back.
“My wedding was meant to be next month, we found a venue that we loved and started the planning process and then COVID hit and we put everything on pause,” Jade said.
“We got a COVID puppy which was a gift to ourselves in lieu of the wedding - if we were not getting married then we were getting a puppy."
Like so many artists, Jade has found the global pandemic stressful for her career.
“Like everyone, I went through an anxious stage and then it fuelled my fire to write a song about powerful women and the importance of solidarity and friendship which is exactly what Back2Back about.”