THEY were fast becoming this year’s hottest celebrity couple – but the romance between Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor and US comedian Pete Davidson has gone ice cold.
Pals close to the couple, who started dating in February, have revealed the relationship has started to fizzle out after their busy work schedules started making it difficult for them to see each other.
A source said: “Pete and Phoebe’s romance was a real whirlwind and from the start they were both totally committed. But as time has passed, it’s become increasingly obvious it is going to be difficult to make this work.
“Phoebe has had back-to-back filming dates with Bridgerton in the UK. Meanwhile, Pete has been back in the US filming Saturday Night Live. Alongside that he has just started working on a new film, Meet Cute, with Kaley Cuoco.
“Phoebe and Pete were last together in the UK in July but since he flew back to the States, he’s not seen her. Obviously all the travel restrictions because of the pandemic have not helped.
“People can’t just jump on planes and jet around the world when they want to. It has made everything more difficult. It was pretty telling when Phoebe headed to Croatia with her mates this week rather than going to see Pete in America.
‘Their relationship won’t recover’
“It was wild while it lasted and they both really care for each other. But the distance has put a strain on them.
“Their mates think they make a great couple but the distance has made it completely unworkable. They had fun and will remain close but unless something drastic changes their relationship won’t recover.”
I know fans of the couple will be gutted but I bet Phoebe’s mum, Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Webster, will be breathing a sigh of relief.
Although Pete is a lovely bloke, his bed sheets have seen more action than I’ve had hot dinners. And I’m sure our Sal would like Phoebe to bring home someone who is a little more wholesome.
MAYA’S HIPPY BIRTHDAY
WHATEVER Maya Jama is doing, she needs to keep it up.
The BBC presenter looked stunning as she posed in an orange bikini on holiday.
She has been celebrating her 27th birthday in paradise with her boyfriend, NBA player Ben Simmons, and pals.
Maya posted the snap showing off her hourglass figure on Instagram, captioned: “27. All the birthday feels. Cling cling ya bs. I love you all.”
Maya also shared photos of her enjoying a cocktail while on a private jet and the sensational view of palm trees and crystal-clear blue sea from her hotel room.
ROB RIGHT TO TAKE ON ACCENT SNOBS
REGULAR readers may have a sense of who I am and what I’m into. But I’m hiding a deep secret: I talk a bit funny. My northern accent, honed in a Liverpool suburb, barely registers to me anymore.
But sink two pints of Peroni and friends suggest I sound like the incoherent love child of Wayne Rooney and “our Cilla”.
I drop letters off the end of words, throw in the odd elongated “eeeeerr” and at my worst, swap the latter half of a sentence for the sort of throaty rasp usually heard on farmyards.
But none of that has any bearing on whether or not what I’m saying is intelligently conceived, sincerely felt, masterfully argued, maybe even romantic – or down right stupid. It’s something that appears to be lost on Radio 2’s snooty listeners.
But the introduction to the airwaves of somebody who doesn’t sound like they’re sitting on a velvet cushion proved all too much for some delicate listeners, who promptly bombarded the likeable comic in text messages to the studio berating his insultingly ordinary voice.
I can’t say a T at the end of words but I’m busy, aren’t I? I haven’t got time for that.
Calling them out on air, Rob said: “You should see the text messages you get from people with my accent on Radio 2 – absolutely livid.
“I’m from South East London. People think I’m in Towie most of the time. They think London and Essex is the same but it’s slightly different. I can’t say a T at the end of words but I’m busy, aren’t I? I haven’t got time for that.”
Well said, Rob. He’s been “busy” raking hoovering up TV work, presumably because all but a handful of stuck-up BBC stalwarts who want the world to sound like the Shipping Forecast have no problem keeping up with what he’s got to say.
And he’s not the first to find himself on the wrong end of this sort of snobbery in recent weeks.
Pretentious life peer Lord Digby Jones took a swipe during the Olympics at sports pundit Alex Scott for her accent, which she later described as “proudly” working class. Quite right. And in case any more of the haughty brigade are struggling to keep up at the back, I’ll spell this one out slowly for them.
You can shove your snobbery up your A-R-S-E.
Back at it
THE ARCTIC MONKEYS appear to have recorded a new album deep in the Suffolk countryside.
They were seen in a recording studio during June and July at former monastery Butley Priory.
The venue’s website said: “We’ve had a band staying with us for the last month recording an album. Musicians love the acoustics in the Great Hall and drawing room, with their huge vaulted ceilings.
“Being serenaded while watering and weeding the garden, listening to the double bass, drums and piano wafting out of the open double doors was pretty nice.
“Thank you, Arctic Monkeys.”
NADINE’S PRIDE IN HER ’PIT
NADINE COYLE looked sensational when she headlined Margate Pride at the weekend.
But the Girls Aloud singer admitted she’s not had any luck in the dating game.
Nadine, who has a daughter with her ex-fiancé, former American football player and Strictly contestant Jason Bell, told one woman in the audience: “I see you wearing a bride hat. Good luck, rather you than me. I give up.”
She was just as excited to be there as the crowd. With her arms in the air, Nadine said on stage in Kent: “I’m so happy right now.
“I’m happy that the first time seeing so many people is with all of you.
“And I’m also happy that I went back and shaved this armpit tonight.”
JOEL: I WILL CORRY ON KEEPING IT REAL
THE past year has established Joel Corry as Britain’s most successful DJ in years. His track Head & Heart was the longest-running No1 of last summer, he’s had four consecutive Top Five singles and three Brit Award nominations.
But there’s no chance of him becoming big-headed and jetting off to live the high life in Los Angeles – because he loves living next door to his dad in a North London bungalow.
He revealed his lifestyle is nothing like the glitzy ones of his showbiz pals. But he would not have it any other way, especially as his dad cuts his lawn for free.
In an exclusive chat, Joel said: “I live in a bungalow and my dad lives next door to me, in a bungalow as well.
“When I’m away touring, he comes over and does all the gardening and looks after the place. He puts up pictures, cuts the grass and does DIY. I’d love to do some summers over in Ibiza and I’ve got family who live in America and I do love it there.
“But listen, the UK is my home, that’s where my heart is, so I never see myself fully moving away from the UK. I still go over to my mum’s every weekend for a roast dinner and she loves to hear all the gossip. My dad, we have a little coffee each morning in the garden, and my little sister is my best mate too.
‘Ed loved remix’
“She is probably my biggest fan, same with my brother. So they keep me grounded.”
And he isn’t the only one who is confident about it. Jax said: “I can’t wait to watch the reaction on the dance floor. It’s a contender for song of the summer.”
Away from his own singles, Joel has been doing remixes for other stars, most notably Ed Sheeran’s No1 Bad Habits.
To get that message personally from Ed, I can’t tell you how amazing that felt.
He said: “If you ever ask me who my dream collaboration is, it’s Ed Sheeran, so I loved doing that remix.
“Then, this blew my mind, I got a DM from Ed saying thank you, and that he loved the remix, he loved Head & Heart and Bed. He said in the DM that what I do with my music has made people happy at a time when they needed it most.
“To get that message personally from Ed, I can’t tell you how amazing that felt.” Ed’s not wrong.
IT’S been way too long since Yungblud released music so new single Fleabag is a welcome treat.
He makes sure rock ’n’ roll stays alive, with a proper guitar solo. It comes after the singer played a couple of gigs at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town.
In the tune, he sings: “Cause I’m just a fleabag, nobody loves me. Send me to rehab, somebody touch me. I’m not your monkey, I’m not your puppet.”
He adds: “Nobody loves me at all.” I love you Yungblud.
HOT OR NOT
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- MATT SMITH is a rowdy boozer, according to pal NOEL GALLAGHER.
- FAREWELL, then, to Radio 1 legend NICK GRIMSHAW. It won’t be the same.
- LOVE Island’s FAYE WINTER disgraced herself with vile rants on the show.
- Note to Strictly bookers: GORDON RAMSAY’s daughter Tilly is not a celeb.
- GEMMA COLLINS wants £250 a minute for personal appearances.