By Lucy Manly
F45 members invited to a sweat session in Sydney last week with Mark Wahlberg (who has a stake in the wildly successful fitness chain) were left disappointed when the Hollywood actor barely stayed five minutes.
Cricketer David Warner, his wife Candice, model twins Jordan and Zac Stenmark, former athlete Amy Pejkovic, and Bondi glamour couple Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull all turned up for the training session with Marky Mark at the Woolloomooloo F45 gym on Tuesday.
But contrary to reports he took part in a group workout, the 49-year-old didn’t stick around for any exercise. Instead he posed for a couple of photos, offered a cheery "enjoy your workout guys" and then made a swift exit.
In 2019 Wahlberg bought a minority stake in F45 Training with his company, the Mark Wahlberg Investment Group, and FOD Capital.
Wahlberg and his entourage of six (including friend, chef, security, management and doctor) flew home on Wednesday after a brief visit to NSW where he filmed a Ladbrokes commercial after quarantining for two weeks at a luxury property near Byron Bay.
Mauboy cuts ties with longtime team members
It’s been a year of change for Australian songstress Jessica Mauboy. After parting ways with her long-time agent David Champion of Parade Management in March, reports emerged last week Mauboy had split from record label Sony after 16 years to sign with rival Warner Music.
The Darwin-raised pop star - who has previously described herself as a ‘boss lady’ - is understood to be seeking business advice from an accountant she was introduced to by another Australian singer.
Mauboy also appears to have cut ties with her celebrity publicist Camille Thioulouse and makeup artist Victoria Barron.
But it’s understood she continues to take fashion cues from Sydney stylist Mikey Ayoubi who she fired in 2015 after the infamous Melbourne Cup wardrobe debacle, but then rehired. The fashion saga saw Mauboy pull out of singing the national anthem after she was dressed in shoes from David Jones when Myer sponsored the event.
Warner Music declined to comment. Thioulouse did not respond to Emerald City’s request for comment.
Palmer out of gaol for Christmas
It has been a long month in custody at Silverwater Correctional Facility for eastern suburbs mother Samantha Palmer, charged with allegedly stabbing her son. She left the gaol in tears on Friday after being granted bail, and was reunited with her husband James Tilley.
Bystanders watched as the newly-released inmate stripped off her prison uniform right down to her underwear in the prison car park before returning her uniform to authorities.
Palmer, 55, is accused of attacking her son, Hugo, 22, with a 12-inch knife at the family’s Bellevue Hill home at 1.30am on November 21.
Palmer was granted bail on the provision she and Tilley offer $200,000 each in surety, as well as a number of other conditions, including that she not contact her son, surrender her passport, report to police daily and abide by a curfew.
Scots College alumnus Hugo has been seen around the eastern suburbs since the alleged stabbing, spied at Double Bay watering hole The Royal Oak with his wound bandaged.
Lingerie boss Eloise Monaghan settles in Surry Hills
She may be the boss in the boardroom but Honey Birdette CEO Eloise Monaghan leaves her ego at the door of her newly purchased Surry hills penthouse where she says wife Natalie is boss.
Business is clearly booming for the underwear and sex-toy mogul who dropped $3,025,0000 on the three-bedroom, two-bathroom inner-city apartment.
Natalie, 36, put her career as events manager for the Sydney Museum, Observatory and Powerhouse on hold to move to the US so Eloise could expand Honey Birdette in the US. The couple who met on Tinder five years ago recently married. They are relieved to have settled on home after living in rentals and hotels over the last few years.
With Eloise busy selling sexy undergarments across the globe, Natalie transformed the couple's new home in just eight weeks with the help of Hare and Klein Interior Design.
“She kept most of it secret and it was all under lock and key,” Eloise said. “I promised I wouldn’t see it until it was finished and it is spectacular, it was more than what I expected.”
The couple aren't ruling out expanding their family once they've settled into their new abode."If it’s something she [Natalie] felt really passionate about then I am sure it's something we would do when the time is right," Eloise said.
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Lucy Manly is a reporter and gossip columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald.