By Lucy Manly
When photos emerged of former Home and Away actress Kate Ritchie walking hand in hand with a younger man during her Byron Bay getaway earlier this month tongues began wagging about who her new suitor might be. Little is known about John Bell, who operates cybersecurity solutions business Vireoss.
Emerald City can reveal that prior to his high profile romance with Ritchie, 42, the 25-year-old from Portland in Victoria has had a couple of minor brushes with the law including careless driving and possession of cannabis. Court extracts show no conviction was recorded for either charge.
A friend of Bell described him as a ‘messed up teenager from little old Portland’ in a gushing birthday post on Instagram last year.
The new romance for the fiercely private Ritchie appears to confirm she has split for good from her husband, retired rugby league player Stuart Webb.
Webb, 40, is also no stranger to the law himself, with numerous drink driving offences. Police took out an AVO against him on behalf of Ritchie after an incident at the couple’s eastern suburbs home in 2019.
Ritchie, who hosts Nova’s drive show with Tim Blackwell and Joel Creasey, has not been seen wearing her wedding ring in over a year. She shares six-year-old daughter Mae with Webb.
Neither Bell nor Ritchie’s management responded to requests for comment.
Rae’s on Wategos to set sail
The entrance to Rae’s on Wategos is already one of Byron Bay’s most Instagrammable locations and now the boutique hotel has a new summer backdrop for its cashed-up celebrity and socialite clientele.
Rae’s owner and former Domain CEO, Antony ‘The Cat’ Catalano, has added luxury vessel Sea Raes to his hotel stable after a recent refit in Europe.
Emerald City spied the superyacht on Stefanie Catalano’s Instagram feed last week.
The $2.5 million 26.6 metre superyacht, originally dubbed the Viking Legacy, was intended for chartering in the Mediterranean. But international travel restrictions mean Captain Cat’s floating hotel will instead set sail on the east coast of Australia.
While a Rae’s spokesperson did not wish to comment, it seems the luxury tinny – that sleeps 10 guests and six crew – will be available for private charter from next month.
Sea Raes is the latest flash toy in the Rae’s Collection, which also includes private jet Air Rae’s.
He was the original high school heartthrob thanks to his starring role in 1993′s The Heartbreak Kid, going on to carve out a stellar acting career. Now Alex Dimitriades has become an in-demand DJ.
Best known as DJ Boogie Monster, 47-year-old Dimitriades is the music master behind the decks at venues across Sydney including Merivale’s Hemmesphere, Harpoon Harry’s, Tokyo Laundry and Tatler bar.
Unlike most of today’s disc-jockeys who press keys on a laptop to get the party started, Dimitriades sets himself apart as a strictly vinyl DJ, unearthing forgotten gems spanning soul, jazz, funk, house, boogie and disco. And it seems Boogie Monster has won the approval of industry peers having supported the likes of Client Liaison, Jamiroquai, Simon Caldwell, Maurice Fulton and Peven Everett.
Away from the nightclubs, Dimitriades is set to star in Foxtel’s 10-part-drama The End next month.
Clubhouse: invite-only app everyone’s trying to get invited to
Forget the Houseparty app (that’s so early-2020 COVID lockdown). Clubhouse is the latest social media platform being rapidly adopted by some of the biggest stars on the planet.
But it’s not just the star power attracting users to the app. Clubhouse is strictly invite-only, which is fuelling its appeal to eager users, because exclusivity is the next best thing to limited edition, right?
Celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Kanye West, Ashton Kutcher and Paris Hilton have embraced the audio-chat app where speakers run the virtual floor and listeners can raise a hand and get called on by moderators to give input on the topic of discussion.
Its relative privacy is a big plus for VIP members as they can answer questions freely, unlike on Twitter and Instagram, while regular users get the chance to rub (virtual) shoulders with the rich and powerful.
Lucy Manly is a reporter and gossip columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald.