Sir Mick Jagger, who has fathered eight children by five different women, can scarcely be accused of lacking energy.
But, at the age of 75, the rock legend appears ready for a gentler kind of mood music: he is, I can disclose, collaborating on his debut ballet with his girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, 32, who is the mother of his youngest son, two-year-old Deveraux.
The collaboration will ensure that the couple — currently on holiday for the festive season with Deveraux — play to their respective strengths.
Sir Mick Jagger, who has fathered eight children by five different women, can scarcely be accused of lacking energy
Hamrick, whose most recent stage appearance was in a New York production of The Nutcracker, is choreographing the work, the first ballet she has staged, and is said to have taken a leave of absence from the American Ballet Theatre until the spring to ensure she does it justice.
Jagger’s influence will permeate the production — and not just because Hamrick has set it to various Rolling Stones’ classics, including She’s A Rainbow, Paint It Black and You Can’t Always Get What You Want.
His role is not limited to mere musical inspiration, as he is said to be ‘curating’ and ‘editing’ Hamrick’s work.
Just as well he is leaving the pirouettes to the professionals, given that he’s previously spoken dismissively of his own explosive stage performances, commenting: ‘I just leap about, and sometimes it’s very ungainly.’ The as-yet-untitled production is set for its world premiere in an appropriately exquisite classical setting — in Russia, in March, at the Mariinsky Theatre ballet festival in St Petersburg.
Mick is collaborating on his debut ballet with his girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, 32
The following month, it will enjoy an American premiere in similar splendour, at the Lincoln Center in New York.
The U.S. scheduling dovetails helpfully with the rock star’s day job: the Rolling Stones’ 13-show No Filter tour is due to start the same month at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
Which suggests that on this occasion, Jagger — as is so frequently the case — is getting exactly what he wants.
How Emily Blunt was a music star at just 11
Mary Poppins star Emily Blunt proved she had the voice to sing as well as act her way to stardom when she was just 11 years old.
Mary Poppins star Emily Blunt proved she had the voice to sing as well as act her way to stardom when she was just 11 years old
In a newly unearthed photo, the actress, now 35, is seen coming third in a national singing contest held at Earls Court. Beaming confidently with her short haircut and holding her runners-up certificate, Emily stands beside her song-writing partner Paloma Trigas, a fellow pupil at Ibstock Place School in South London.
‘We were best friends, always doing musical things together,’ recalls Paloma. ‘We wrote a lot of songs together, either during break times or at each other’s houses after school.’
Photographer David Bailey, who has snapped everyone from The Queen to The Beatles, doesn’t care for fame.
‘People sometimes get starstruck when they meet me,’ says the 80-year-old. ‘But there’s no one that has that effect on me because everyone is the same, everyone is equal, and I treat them that way.’
Stars, stripes and stilts for India Hicks and her girl
Prince Charles’s colourful goddaughter India Hicks was not to be outshone at the Bahamas’ annual Junkanoo Boxing Day festival, striding around the streets of Nassau on a pair of vertiginous stilts.
Prince Charles’s colourful goddaughter India Hicks was not to be outshone at the Bahamas’ annual Junkanoo Boxing Day festival
Towering over her barefoot daughter, the 51-year-old designer — who lives on the island with her partner, David Flint Wood, and their five children — revealed in an Instagram post that she made the outfits herself. Her handiwork included an American-themed stars-and-stripes bodysuit, an outlandish top hat, plus an extra-long cane for her and a mini-me hat and tailcoat for Domino, 11.
India, granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, joined thousands of locals at the bash, celebrating Bahamian art and culture from 2am till sunrise.
Chef Heston ‘owes his staff £500,000’
MICHELIN-starred chef Heston Blumenthal, owner of The Fat Duck in Berkshire, has left a sour taste in Australia where he owns a Melbourne restaurant, Dinner by Heston.
The 52-year-old creator of parsnip cereal and snail porridge has been accused of underpaying senior chefs there by up to £16,500 — £500,000 in total — by failing to recompense them for hundreds of hours of overtime. Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman says it is ‘conducting inquiries’ into the matter.
So, too, is Heston, whose spokesman has issued a statement saying that, though the company does not think anything is amiss, it is carrying out a full audit ‘in the interests of complete transparency’.
Art expert Philip Mould, co-host of TV’s Fake Or Fortune, fought off celebrities and minor royals to secure a piece of memorabilia from Mayfair nightclub Annabel’s, which closed last month.
‘I bought the most wonderful view of Cornwall by Harold Knight for £20,000,’ he tells me. ‘My wife was very, very keen on it. We’ve always loved Cornwall but can’t really find a way of getting there, so this is like looking at it through the window.’
His ’n’ hers stockings for Wills’ pal and Sharapova
Romance is blooming between Prince William’s Old Etonian chum Alexander Gilkes and his girlfriend, former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova.
Romance is blooming between Prince William’s Old Etonian chum Alexander Gilkes and his girlfriend, former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova
I can reveal that the 39-year-old founder of art auction house Paddle 8 spent Christmas with the 31-year-old blonde (left) at her home in the U.S.
Gilkes, who was married to Meghan Markle’s best friend, fashion designer Misha Nonoo, for four years until 2016, revealed in an online photograph that they had matching stockings on the day ‘with our names embroidered on the side to avoid any intentional swapping’.
What a smashing idea…