Sydney man about town Tim Holmes a Court and his Melbourne-raised girlfriend Amanda Valmorbida have quietly become engaged.
Emerald City understands the couple recently got engaged in Sydney where they have resided together for the past five years having previously lived in London.
Valmorbida, 29, works in the media industry, and has edited Broadsheet's fashion content in the past. She is part of the wealthy Melbourne family famed for importing Lavazza coffee, La Gina canned tomatoes and Sirena Tuna to Australia in the 1970s.
Entrepreneur Holmes a Court was co-owner of Double Bay venue Pelicano alongside artist and DJ Daimon Downey. His father is a cousin of the late 1980s corporate raider Robert Holmes a Court, Australia’s first billionaire.
No doubt a luxurious destination wedding is on the cards for the couple. In 2016 Tim's sister Bridget Holmes a Court married Paul Bertelle in a lavish ceremony in Sicily, with guests flying in from around the globe to celebrate the nuptials.
Lauren Phillips flying high with jet tycoon
Weekend Today weather presenter Lauren Phillips has bounced back from her divorce, shacking up with aviation tycoon Paul O’Brien.
Close friends say Phillips has never been happier since making the sea change from Melbourne to Byron Bay, avoiding Victoria’s strict lockdown to live with her new partner.
After splitting with ex-husband Lachlan Spark soon after their lavish 2018 wedding Phillips was hospitalised for two hip surgeries and diagnosed with Bell’s palsy.
O’Brien runs air charter group AVMIN, and has a long list of celebrity clients including the Hemsworth family, and his website boasts US star Matt Damon as an AVMIN flyer.
Since moving north, Phillips has fast become part of the local celebrity circle, spending time with Chris Hemsworth, his wife Elsa, and brother Luke. She trains with Luke Zocchi, best known for sculpting the Hemsworth body into his lead role for Thor.
It seems Phillips' new man has a penchant for TV presenters, having done the rounds of the three commercial networks. He was previously married to Brisbane reporter on Ten’s Eyewitness News Georgina Lewis before moving on with Seven Sunrise co-anchor Samantha Armytage, only to now couple up with Nine’s Phillips.
Last week the couple quietly jetted into Sydney, spending a day on the harbour for the Melbourne Cup. Accompanying them were Melbourne stylist Suzy Eskander and the New Zealand film director behind the Thor franchise, Taika Waititi.
Postcard from hotel quarantine
A number of Australian journalists were flown over to the US to bolster the networks' coverage of the election that seems to have no end. But unlike Tom Hanks, Alan Sugar or Nicole Kidman, there will be no special exemptions granted for these reporters to quarantine privately when they return home in coming weeks.
ABC News Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland and Sunrise co-anchor Natalie Barr both told Emerald City they will be subject to hotel quarantine like any other returning Aussie when their election duties finish.
“We go into hotel quarantine when we get back,” Rowland told Emerald City.
The mandatory two-week break will give the veteran journalists ample time to read, write, watch movies, practise yoga, sleep or people watch the streets below.
However, hotel quarantine has received mixed reviews with guests complaining about inedible food (not to mention meagre portions) and a lack of fresh air.
Here’s hoping that star power will see the likes of Rowland and Barr posted to a reputable hotel for their fortnight of downtime.
All-star Aussies get fizzy
DJ (Paul) FISHER, best known for Losing It, one the biggest dance hits of the decade, hasn't wasted any time since live music events were ruled out for 2020.
Instead the Gold Coast-raised music producer and former pro-surfer is launching a canned seltzer with some all-star backing from his surfie and Gold Coast mates.
Cryptic social media posts had Emerald City guessing what ‘Hard Fizz’ was all about.
The cast behind the new drink include FISHER and his wife Chloe Chapman, Mad Hueys clothing co-founder Joel Scott, professional surfers Laura Enever and Nikki Van Dijk, celebrity chef and TV personality Hayden Quinn, international DJ Tigerlily, DJ and fitness model Brooke Evers, night club supremo (and Manpower founder) Billy Cross and drinks veteran Wade Tiller.
It’s been all hands on deck for the celebrity crew, many of whom lost their day jobs overnight when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Hard Fizz cans will hit shelves in late November, just in time for the party season.
“We’ve pulled together a sick family to blow this baby up over summer; we’re all mates and we’re going to have a tonne of fun doing it,” FISHER told Emerald City.