ANY festival with Calvin Harris and Jess Glynne would be massive, so I doubt anyone was turning down an invite to one of the showbiz weddings of the year last weekend.
The duo were among a raft of huge names celebrating the wedding of John Newman’s songwriter brother James. And the party quickly descended into a wild celeb bash.
But it wasn’t only Saturday’s reception that turned into a raucous, booze-fuelled rave. I’m told the drinks were flowing from Friday right up until Monday morning.
They even forked out more than £20,000 on a monumental firework display to end the reception.
A wedding insider said: “By 8pm on Saturday it started to get out of control — it was a real laugh, especially as there were stars everywhere you looked and everyone was letting their hair down.
“Calvin barely ever comes over to the UK so everyone was really excited to catch up with him, especially as he brought his model girlfriend Aarika Wolf over with him. It was a very emotional day, though.
“James and John were both crying their eyes out at a speech John did about their dad walking out on them as kids and how they’d had each other’s backs ever since.
“He talked about what they’d been through and, at one point, told him, ‘I can see the love in his eyes, he’s a much better person’.
“Even Jess shed a tear about that. It was all really sweet.”
Sigala, who also made a speech, and Rudimental were among other stars at the glitzy event, held at James’s home in Kent that he used to share with his famous sibling.
James has had a stellar career in his own right, having helped pen songs for Little Mix, Ed Sheeran and Calvin, while his new wife Cleo Tighe, also a songwriter, has worked with Jess and Charli XCX.
The weekend must have cost an arm and a leg — but at least they had plenty of DJs to play at the reception.
Lew day for Elt
LEWIS Capaldi is unquestionably the breakout star of the year and also boasts 2019’s best-selling album.
But it seems you’ve never truly made it until you land a selfie with Elton John. The icon posted a snap with Lewis, naming him the next new superstar, after inviting him for a chat.
But Elton has form for this – and it turns out he’s not got a bad eye for talent.
He pulled the same move with Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran, plus singer Anne-Marie, and is mentoring actor Richard Madden, too.
Either Elton is the gatekeeper to stardom – or he’s just trying his best to look cool.
Sail of a time for Amanda
SAILING has never looked so sexy, thanks to my favourite Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden.
She shared a snap of her cruising on the Med during a recent break in Italy – and, true to form, she looked as stylish as ever in a tie-front bikini and oversized sun hat.
While most people’s holidays are tailored for relaxing, Amanda clearly couldn’t resist doing some work while there, launching her debut clothing collection.
She teamed up with British brand Fenn Wright Manson to create a capsule collection including evening gowns and sophisticated two-pieces.
Judging by the amount of time she spends in them, she should add bikinis to her range, too.
LIAM Hemsworth has confirmed his split from Miley Cyrus after ten years together and seven months of marriage.
He said on Instagram: “Miley and I recently separated and I wish her nothing but health and happiness.”
Gab has little mission
IF Little Mix want a hand with their new album, they should call superfan Gabrielle Aplin.
While hard at work on her new single Losing Me, featuring JP Cooper, out today, Gabrielle, has also been writing for other artists on the side.
She told me: “Without trying, I end up doing lots of dance stuff – which I really enjoy. It exercises the part of my brain that’s creative but I can turn it off when I leave the room. When I’m writing for myself, I can’t leave it.
“I would love to write a Little Mix record. They’re the coolest. That would be my dream. I went into (their former record label) Syco and begged to write for them but it never happened. Hopefully one day. I will keep pestering.”
- NICKI Minaj will tie the knot with boyfriend Kenneth Petty in the next three months after securing a 90-day marriage licence. Speaking on Beats 1 radio station, she said: “I’ll be married before my album comes out, but will have my wedding after the album comes out. Before the 90 days is over, yes, I will be married. I’m very happy about that.”
- GENEROUS Taylor Swift has handed over nearly £4,000 to a fan who had posted online about being desperate for money to cover her rent and university fees. After writing the post on Tumblr, Ayesha Khurram saw the money drop into her account with a note from the singer, which said: “Ayesha, get your learn on girl. I love you! Taylor.”
- BRITNEY Spears is worth around £46million, but she still loves a good bargain. New financial records show she made more than 80 trips to US budget store Target in 2018 – and spent £331,000 on her personal expenses in total. She still made more than £2million over the 12 months though, so she can afford to splash out more often.
- AFTER I revealed she had signed a deal with the BBC last month, Gemma Collins has released the first episode of The Gemma Collins Podcast through BBC Sounds, in which she acts as an agony aunt and speaks about her bonkers life. She said: “If you’ve ever wanted to sit down for a chat with me, that’s what this podcast is going to be like.”