You might have thought being related to novelist Sir Salman Rushdie would be a cause for pride.
However, his daughter-in-law is fuming after being reminded of her family connection to the distinguished writer, who had a fatwah declared against him 30 years ago this month following the publication of his controversial novel The Satanic Verses.
Classical singer Natalie Rushdie — who before marrying the author’s son, PR boss Zafar, was Natalie Coyle — is not happy after her marital link to the Man Booker Prize winner was spelled out to TV audiences by a Sky Sports commentator.
Natalie Rushdie performed the National Anthem at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. She graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in music and won a place with the Royal Choral Society
Natalie Rushdie performed the national anthem before the Carabao Cup Final. But her marital link to the Man Booker Prize winner was spelled out to TV audiences by a Sky Sports commentator
After performing the National Anthem at Wembley Stadium on Sunday for the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Chelsea FC, the 31-year-old said: ‘After I finished singing, a Sky Sports commentator felt the need, on air, to reference the fact I have a very well-known father-in-law.’
Salman Rushdie’s daughter-in-law Natalie (above) is fuming after being reminded of her family connection to the distinguished writer
‘This is SO frustrating, not only because of the reductive nature, but it gives the impression that I was there purely due to a family connection and not the years of hard work and accomplishments, earning my own right, that have gone into getting me where I am today.’
Scottish-born Natalie graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in music and won a place with the Royal Choral Society.
Sky Sports boss Barney Francis said: ‘This was in no way meant as a reductive comment. We celebrate family ties in sport, but they take nothing away from the individual and the merit they have earned.’
Perhaps Natalie should consider changing her name back?
Celebrity Fashion: Amber’s girl is dish of the day in topless pose
Amber Rudd’s daughter Flora Gill, 27, reveals she has been portrayed nude on a plate by the artist Eliza Hopewell, 24, who charges £500 a dish
Stately oil paintings were once an indicator of wealth and status, but the daughter of Cabinet minister Amber Rudd claims the true mark of social acceptability today is being immortalised in ceramics.
Flora Gill, 27, whose father was the late writer A. A. Gill, reveals she has been portrayed nude on a plate by the artist Eliza Hopewell, 24, who charges £500 a dish.
‘Stiff portraits seem hopelessly demode — like a prop from an Evelyn Waugh dramatisation,’ declares fashion project manager Flora in the new issue of Tatler.
‘Imagining myself a great muse, I opted to be painted sans clothes — a decision made easier by the fact no flattering photos are needed as Eliza invents your naked body.’
In true millennial style, the London-based artist researches her commissions — her subjects have included film producer Jemima Goldsmith and designer Bella Freud — by trawling through their social media accounts.
Flora Gill is pictured with mother Amber Rudd. Ms Rudd is Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and served as Home Secretary until April 2018
The daughter of Cabinet minister Amber Rudd claims the true mark of social acceptability today is being immortalised in ceramics. Flora Gill’s plate is pictured above
Unlike her contemporaries who complain that work dries up when they get older, actress Geraldine James has been too busy filming to do what she loves best — sing.
‘I am very disappointed as I love singing, but just haven’t been able to make the Battersea Choral Society rehearsals for Elijah, which they are singing in March,’ the 68-year-old tells me after filming Downton Abbey the movie and a new comedy series for BBC3, called Back To Life.
I caught up with the Jewel In The Crown star packing for the snowy wilds of Canada, where she is due to film a third series of the award-winning Netflix drama Anne With An E, based on Anne Of Green Gables.
Celebrity Fashion: Jude’s daughter wigs out over wedding news
The model, 18, whose parents are actor Jude Law, 46, and fashion designer Sadie Frost, 53, posted this selfie at the weekend
Well, they do say blondes have more fun — and Iris Law looked ready for some jolly japes as she swapped her brunette locks for a blonde bob wig.
The model, 18, whose parents are actor Jude Law, 46, and fashion designer Sadie Frost, 53, posted this selfie at the weekend after it was reported that her father is set to tie the knot with his long-term girlfriend, Phillipa Coan.
The Alfie actor and his 32-year-old psychologist lover will apparently be holding the ceremony in France in May, with Jude’s son Rafferty, 22, enlisted to be his best man.
Law was previously married to Sadie Frost until they split in 2003.
Celebrity Fashion: Sharapova has her plate full with Prince’s pal
Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, who is dating Prince William’s friend Alex Gilkes, co-founder of online auction house Paddle8, admits she’s finding it hard to adjust to his arty lifestyle.
She is still recovering after joining the Old Etonian Gilkes for a dinner party — in honour of Pace Gallery — at Chateau Hanare in Los Angeles. ‘When you see a menu on these occasions, sometimes you’re like, oh my God, I’m never going to finish the last three or four dishes,’ says sportswoman Maria, 31.
‘I love the social aspect, but I think at some point it’s like enough is enough with the food, and that’s a shame.’
Actress Tamzin Outhwaite is a devotee of ‘hot yoga’ because it allows her to shed tears in private.
‘It’s my favourite form of exercise,’ says the actress. ‘I like to sweat, and it gets my heart pumping and de-stresses me. Everyone in the studio is dripping with sweat — and if you fancy a little cry, you can do it and no one notices. Hot yoga helped me cope when my mum died out of the blue