True love is six weeks in hotel quarantine

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later.

Advertisement

This was published 4 months ago

True love is six weeks in hotel quarantine

By Lucy Manly

The coronavirus pandemic has been a testing time for many people with border closures keeping many loved ones apart around the world.

Actor Anthony LaPaglia and his wife of two years Alexandra Henkel are among those understood to have had their marriage put to the test by the pandemic. Sources close to the couple say the pair have spent more time apart in their short marriage than they have together, with distance and the 30-year age gap now putting pressure on their relationship.

Anthony and Alexandra wed in an intimate ceremony in Hawaii two years ago.

Anthony and Alexandra wed in an intimate ceremony in Hawaii two years ago.Credit:Getty

LaPaglia, 61, has been splitting his time between the US and Melbourne where Henkel, 31, lives and works in marketing. Emerald City is told the actor has quarantined on three separate occasions in the last six months, in a bid to make his marriage work. When the couple were forced to spend their second anniversary apart in April, the Without A Trace star posted a message for his wife on Instagram: "Happy Anniversary Alexandra," he wrote. "Even in this strange time apart, this day is and will always be a seminal day in my life. Love A."

LaPaglia was previously married to My Big Fat Greek Wedding actress Gia Carides, with whom he shares an 18-year-old daughter, Bridget.

Anthony LaPaglia did not respond to requests for comment.

Fash clash on Celebrity Apprentice

Fashion designer and cancer crusader Camilla Franks will make her reality television debut on Celebrity Apprentice in the new year but it's not all sunshine, rainbows, and err tiger prints like her popular kaftan designs.

Camilla Franks and Martha Kalifatidis came to blows during filming of the reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice.

Camilla Franks and Martha Kalifatidis came to blows during filming of the reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice.Credit:Nine

Emerald City is told the 43-year-old clashes with former Married At First Sight bride-cum-influencer Martha Kalifatidis. According to the on-set spy, the pair were initially thick as thieves, bonding over their love of fashion and beauty.

Advertisement

However, relations apparently soured during an episode that saw them both make the final of a challenge and front Lord Alan Sugar to hear him decide who got to stay in the competition and who would be told "You're fired".

According to the television snitch, Kalifatidis throws Franks under the bus and later tells the camera Camilla no longer answers her phone calls. However, could this bust-up all be for the cameras? It was just two weeks ago Kalifatidis was a guest at a Studio 54-themed party Franks hosted at Manta Restaurant & Bar at Woolloomooloo Wharf.

Loading

After Queensland opened its border to NSW Franks and her artist-muso husband JP Jones then jetted to Hamilton Island for a romantic getaway.

Celebrity personal trainer Michelle Bridges, ARIA Award-winning pop duo The Veronicas Lisa and Jess Origliasso and Nova breakfast host Michael 'Wippa' Wipfli all star in the 2021 season of Celebrity Apprentice which will air on Nine (owner of this masthead). Fashion designer and entrepreneur Lorna Jane Clarkson and Boost Juice pioneer and investor Janine Allis act as Lord Sugar's right hand advisors on the show.

Australian-born model and actor Jordan Barrett stars in Myth, which is showing at the Sydney Opera House.

Australian-born model and actor Jordan Barrett stars in Myth, which is showing at the Sydney Opera House.

(Super) model behaviour or just an act?

Australian model Jordan Barrett has fast become a playboy poster boy for his good looks and jet-setting lifestyle that sees him trot around the globe for a stroll down the catwalk or a party with his celebrity pals. The Byron Bay-raised 24-year-old often makes headlines for his wild partying that has seen him dubbed a ‘bad boy’ by the media.

But fresh out of two weeks' hotel quarantine Barrett was on his best behaviour on Wednesday night when Emerald City was seated next to him for an intimate dinner at the Opera House after the premiere of Myth in which the model stars alongside creator George Maple.

Nursing a glass of pinot noir and opting to vape instead of smoking (apparently he’s recently quit the fags) the feline-faced Barrett was giggly and personable. He mingled with guests which included Myth investors, and instead of kicking on, went home early to keep his 4am call time the next morning.

IMG model Bambi Northwood-Blyth, New York-based model Dougie Joseph and GQ editorial director Grant Pearce were all invited to the post-show dinner, but Northwood-Blyth skipped the event after organisers coudn't find a seat at the table for her pal, Victoria's Secret model Georgia Fowler.

Appearing in campaigns for top brands such as Balmain, Versace and Tom Ford, Barrett spends most of his time in the United States, where he also dabbles in philanthropy, recently appearing in a new campaign clip for the Lion Recovery Fund.

Frozen melts Sydney's heart

There was some moisture around the eyes when Disney theatrical producer Thomas Schumacher leapt on stage at the end of Frozen’s opening night on Thursday to celebrate Sydney making history as arguably the world capital of musical theatre right now.

The Capitol Theatre event was the second major opening in two weeks after Pippin premiered at the Lyric a week earlier. Thursday’s crowd included Arts Minister Don Harwin and his frontbench colleague Stuart Ayres, philanthropist Ros Packer, TV personality Rove McManus, singer Samantha Jade and socialite Christian Wilkins.

Christian Wilkins attends opening night of Frozen The Musical at Capitol Theatre last week.

Christian Wilkins attends opening night of Frozen The Musical at Capitol Theatre last week.Credit:Don Arnold

The capacity crowd loved the show and the only real room for improvement involved the supplied masks. With the theatre now pretty much the only place in Sydney anyone wears them, the cheap generics handed out at Frozen paled in comparison to the luxe, branded masks dispensed at Pippin. No wonder everyone quickly jettisoned with them for the outdoor street party hosted by DJ Lady Rose after the curtains closed on the Frozen premiere.

Get a little more outta life

Start your week with practical tips and expert advice to help you make the most of your personal health, relationships, fitness and nutrition. Sign up to our Live Well newsletter sent every Monday.

Most Viewed in Culture

Loading