Most parents would be horrified if their daughter decided to quit her top private school at 17 and not bother with A-levels or university, but not actress Donna Air.
Her reaction to the news that daughter Freya, whose father is Damian Aspinall, was quitting education was: ‘I left school at 13 [to star in children’s TV soap Byker Grove] and it didn’t do me any harm.’
Freya wants to follow in her conservationist father’s footsteps and work at the Aspinall Foundation. Refreshingly, her parents are entirely behind her decision.
Actress Donna Air has supported the decision of daughter Freya’s decision to quit school at 17
Her reaction to the news that daughter Freya, whose father is Damian Aspinall, was quitting education was: ‘I left school at 13 [to star in children’s TV soap Byker Grove] and it didn’t do me any harm’
‘I don’t see what the big deal is,’ Donna, 41, told me at the private view of Elephant Family: Coexistence, by George Butler.
She adds: ‘My daughter is incredibly bright. University is a wonderful thing, but education comes in all different forms and my daughter has had a wonderful education. She’s been incredibly lucky, but I felt and she felt it’s time for a different form of education. I don’t have any objections.
‘As a parent you just have to make a decision on what’s best for your child – and if the pandemic has taught us anything it is that the most important thing is your child’s happiness and mental health. Damian left at 16 and he was fine.’
Of course, having parents who are worth millions does help with this kind of thing…
I wonder what first attracted stunning actress Amy Jackson to her new ‘friend’ Richard Livingstone – who is 27 years her senior… and a multi-billionaire?
Amy, 29, was seen looking very close to the property developer during a dinner date at the Chiltern Firehouse last week.
She hasn’t been seen with her fiancé, hotelier George Panayiotou with whom she has a one-year-old son, for months – and no longer wears an engagement ring.
Amy Jackson, 29, was seen looking very close to property developer Richard Livingstone during a dinner date at the Chiltern Firehouse last week.
Richard and older brother Ian own luxury properties such as Cliveden House in Berkshire and the London Hilton on Park Lane as well as the David Lloyd leisure centres through their company London & Regional Properties – and have amassed an eye-watering fortune estimated at £7.4 billion.
Given that the Livingstones have previously been described as ‘arguably the lowest-profile billionaire siblings in London’ they will be keen to play down rumours of a blossoming friendship, while a spokesman for Bollywood actress Amy confirmed the date at The Chiltern but described them as ‘good friends.’
While there’s no sign of George, perhaps Richard’s wealth will continue to see Amy wined and dined at the most ostentatious restaurants. Well, you know what they say: money talks, but wealth whispers…
Huge congratulations to Alisa Green this week, as I can reveal the previously unlucky-in-love model has accepted a proposal from businessman Scott Anderson – who is now set to be her third millionaire husband.
Former Elle magazine fashion editor Alisa was previously married to French Connection founder Stephen Marks, who is father to her three children.
He later had to sell £38 million shares in his business to pay Alisa a £32 million divorce settlement.
Huge congratulations to Alisa Green this week, as I can reveal the previously unlucky-in-love model has accepted a proposal from businessman Scott Anderson – who is now set to be her third millionaire husband
Her second marriage to Belgian businessman Didier Thiry ended with him being jailed for contempt of court, when the couple disputed a multi-million pound loan and other marital assets.
But Alisa, 57, has hit the jackpot once more after meeting Scott. The US-based businessman runs Muffin Town, a large-scale family-run Massachusetts bakery that supplies hospitals and schools and rakes in a reported £18.8 million a year.
So Alisa is rich in her own right and set to marry a muffin millionaire – talk about having your cake and eating it…
My lips are sealed but…
Which well-known young member of the Royal Family pitched up at Kensington Palace in the early hours of the morning with their eyes like saucers after a night of raving?