Dan Single and Bambi Northwood-Blyth marriage trouble rumours are ‘crap’

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Former party boy Dan Single and his international model wife Bambi Northwood-Blyth remain married, and media speculation the pair’s relationship has hit the rocks is “crap”, according to those closest to the situation.

“Bambi and Dan are still together,” an associate of Single’s told PS this week, two weeks after it was reported the marriage was in trouble, as Northwood-Blyth travelled around Europe while Single had rehabilitation and learnt how to walk again.


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“She was with him every day, except a couple when working, while they were in Paris and she actually flew with him back to Sydney. She then returned to work in Europe shortly after. All her ‘gallivanting’ trips have been for work and, while Dan would love to be with her, his current circumstances means that he obviously can’t travel.”

But it is not clear exactly what those “current circumstances” are, nearly four months since the fashion entrepreneur and renowned party boy fell from the balcony of the hip Grand Amore Hotel in Paris.

Still together: PS' sources close to Dan Single and Bambi Northwood-Blyth have dismissed talk of their marriage being on the rocks.

Still together: PS’ sources close to Dan Single and Bambi Northwood-Blyth have dismissed talk of their marriage being on the rocks. Photo: James Brickwood

Single declined to speak with PS in detail about his ordeal, indicating he was focusing on recovery.

The 39-year-old shattered his legs and feet after the fall on March 12, spending weeks in a Paris hospital bed before returning to Sydney.

However, his recovery effort raised eyebrows after the former founder of the multimillion-dollar Ksubi fashion label launched a GoFundMe page to help raise $300,000 to fund his treatment, a move that backfired spectacularly when critics questioned why someone who had seemingly been so successful in business and enjoyed a hedonistic lifestyle partying around the world needed financial help.

International model Bambi Northwood-Blyth had been travelling while her husband Dan Single was in rehab after his fall.

International model Bambi Northwood-Blyth had been travelling while her husband Dan Single was in rehab after his fall. Photo: Justin McManus

“Yes! Everything you have heard is true,” Single wrote on the GoFundMe page, which was soon removed. “I fell three floors (35 metres) out of my hotel room in Paris, did a (somersault) and landed on my feet (a miracle) saved my spine and my brain.

“I did, however, shatter every bone from my feet to my hips and pelvis.”

After being in a coma for two weeks, Single had eight operations and was “covered in pins and bolts in my bones”.

“I am also lucky to have my family here by my side, wife, mother, brother and at least a visitor a day.

“Overwhelmed at the messages of love and support.”

French graffiti artist Andre Saraiva.

French graffiti artist Andre Saraiva owns the Grand Amore Hotel in Paris where Single fell three floors off the balcony.

Single and Northwood-Blyth had been staying at their close friend French graffiti artist Andre Saraiva’s hip hotel when he fell. Saraiva designed the couple’s label for their eponymous wine business and is close to Northwood-Blyth.

Interestingly, while Single has been recuperating in Australia, Northwood-Blyth managed to squeeze in a surfing trip – between modelling gigs – to Ditch Plains Beach, Montauk. Coincidentally, the handsome Frenchman, whom she has described as “my legend friend”, happened to be there too.

It is not clear when Northwood-Blyth will be reunited with her husband in Australia.

Queen wears Australia bling for PM’s visit

While Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull swallowed his republican pride to meet Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace this week, it would be doubtful he could have missed the fabulous sparkling brooch Her Maj wore to mark the occasion: a diamond encrusted jewel in the form of a spray of wattle.

Indeed the wattle brooch, presented to her by Prime Minister Robert Menzies during the 1954 Commonwealth tour, remains one of her more popular baubles in the royal bling collection.

The Queen was given the Andamooka Opal, which is set into an ornate scrolled necklace made of diamonds, and a matching pair of earrings during her visit to Adelaide in 1954.

The Queen was given the Andamooka Opal, which is set into an ornate scrolled necklace made of diamonds, and a matching pair of earrings during her visit to Adelaide in 1954.

​A gift from the government and people of Australia, it comprises 150 white and yellow diamonds. Interestingly the gems were sourced from Europe rather than Australia’s diamond fields, which weren’t fully developed until the 1970s.

Designed and made by the Budapest-born jeweller Paul Schneller and commissioned by William Drummond & Co. of Melbourne, when the brooch first went on display in the jeweller’s Melbourne window it drew crowds of admirers.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Photo: AP

The Queen wore the brooch on several occasions throughout her 1954  Australian tour, including a visit to Flemington Races. 

This week PS went rummaging through the Queen’s jewellery box to see what other treats from Australia were lying about.

While not quite as popular as the wattle brooch, the Queen also wears a diamond and ruby hibiscus brooch, which was originally a gift to the Queen Mother in 1958 to mark her first visit to Australia since 1927 – neither she nor King George VI were able to visit during his reign (1936-52) though one was planned but was cancelled due to the king’s ill-health.

The Queen wore the wattle brooch presented to her during the 1954 Commonwealth tour when she met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The Queen wore the wattle brooch presented to her during the 1954 Commonwealth tour when she met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

A gift from the people of Australia and featuring 346 flawless diamonds and 34 Burmese rubies, the Queen Mother immediately pinned it on after receiving it, saying, ‘How beautiful, how very beautiful”. 

Bequeathed to Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, she has worn the hibiscus brooch on a number of occasions, including when she attended the passing out parade for Prince William at Sandhurst Military Academy in 2006.

However, PS is unsure what has become of the Andamooka opal necklace and earrings “Our Liz” was given in 1954 from the South Australian government on behalf of the people of South Australia when she visited Adelaide.

Found in 1949 and known simply as the Andamooka Opal, it is thought to be the finest opal ever discovered in the Andamooka opal fields and is praised both for the intensity of its colours and for its overall size. It truly is a whopper, weighing a staggering 203 carats.

Adelaide company Wendts Limited set it into an ornate scrolled necklace made of diamonds set in 18-carat palladium and created a pair of matching earrings, each with an impressive opal pendant.

And while she gave it an airing during her visit to Adelaide, she has not been seen wearing the extraordinary pieces ever since – some 63 years later.

Perhaps it is gathering dust in the back of her highness’ wardrobe, possibly near the carved emu egg featuring the Queen’s portrait she was given during her visit to Bourke back in 2000?

Among Queen Elizabeth II's gifts from Australia is an emu egg carving presented to her by the students and staff at Bourke Public School, New South Wales, in 2000.

Among Queen Elizabeth II’s gifts from Australia is an emu egg carving presented to her by the students and staff at Bourke Public School, New South Wales, in 2000.

Obstetrician to stars delivers his last baby

Over his 37-year career as one of Sydney’s leading obstetricians and gynaecologists, Dr Keith Hartman has delivered more than 10,000 babies, including some of the most famous and wealthiest bubs in the land.

Not that it made much difference in the delivery suites at the Mater Hospital, where Hartman had a strict policy of egalitarianism when it came to his patients, regardless of how big their silver spoon.

However, after four decades delivering babies for the Murdochs, the Packers, the Walkers, the Waterhouses, the Gazals, Cate Blanchett, Jackie “O” Henderson and so many more, Dr Hartman has delivered his last bub, having hung up his stethoscope for a life of retirement.

Dr Keith Hartman has delivered more than 10,000 babies during his 37-year career.

Dr Keith Hartman has delivered more than 10,000 babies during his 37-year career.

“The time has come for me to retire, to enable me to spend more time with my large family and to explore my many other interests,” Dr Hartman recently reflected on his extraordinary career.

The father of high-profile convicted insider trader John Hartman, Dr Hartman has long eschewed publicity, preferring to get on with his work quietly and without fanfare, despite the stellar line up of patients he has treated over the years. 

“My career in medicine has brought me enormous satisfaction. I have been honoured to have been so intimately involved in the lives of 15,000 women and their families. During the 37 years I have delivered over 10,000 babies,” he said on retirement.

Gretel (left) and Erica Packer. Erica is among the stellar line up of patients Dr Keith Hartman has seen over the years.

Gretel (left) and Erica Packer. Erica is among the stellar line up of patients Dr Keith Hartman has seen over the years. Photo: Louise Kennerley

“I will treasure the memories of my relationships with my patients, many of whom I have looked after for several decades. I sincerely thank them all for their trust in me.”

As a parting gift, Dr Hartman gifted several paintings from his rooms, titled Journey to Motherhood as a dedication to the Mater’s midwives, though it is the $60 million start-of-the-art neonatal unit at the Mater which he pioneered that many believe will be his true legacy.

Dr Hartman, known as the obstetrician to the stars, delivered babies for Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch.

Dr Hartman, known as the obstetrician to the stars, delivered babies for Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain

Dr Hartman goes into retirement with his wife of almost 50 years beside him, Kerry-Anne, a solicitor and member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Their six children and 12 grandchildren will no doubt keep them busy for many years to come.

Meet Sydney’s original celebrity housewife

Channel Seven’s Yummy Mummies and their skin-tight, blinged-up maternity wear went down like a lead balloon in the ratings this week after viewers switched off in droves following its low-brow debut, while the jury is still out on whether those screeching, foul-mouthed harpies from The Real Housewives Of Sydney will ever make it back to the small screen on Foxtel.

Indeed, if reality television was to provide a snapshot of our wives and mothers of 2017, future generations would understandably look back in horror.

However, the casts of Yummy Mummies and RHOS might want to take note of today’s PS Spotlight, which is shining on a woman who really set the mould when it came to Sydney housewives and mothers, and no, it’s not Roxy Jacenko.

Mary Ann Piper was a 15-year-old servant girl who fell in love in 1804 with Captain John Piper, then a dashing young officer in the NSW Corps, who promised to make the convicts’ daughter “the greatest lady in the Colony”.

Mary Ann Piper had nine children. She is portrayed here in an 1826 oil painting by Augustus Earle.

Mary Ann Piper had nine children. She is portrayed here in an 1826 oil painting by Augustus Earle. Photo: State Library of NSW

Though he can’t take all the credit. 

Appointed in 1814 as Naval Officer to the Colony, Piper married Mary Ann on February 10, 1816, and they had nine children.

Mary Ann became the “queen” of Sydney society, entertaining on a scale that had never been seen in Australia, living high off the hog from her husband’s prestigious position which allowed him to keep 5 per cent of the government taxes and customs duties he collected.

They built a “sumptuously furnished palace” that had more than 100 servants, sat amid manicured gardens, and was the only residence on the rocky heights of what we know today as silvertail enclave of Point Piper, named in their honour.

Matty Samaei and Athena Levendi from Foxtel's Real Housewives of Sydney.

Matty Samaei and Athena Levendi from Foxtel’s Real Housewives of Sydney. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

The Pipers’ properties extended to about 1200ha of prime Sydney waterfront, and they used Vaucluse House as their “weekender”. Yep, we’re talking serious dough here by today’s standards.

Scaling the heights of the young colony’s social strata, both the governor’s wife, Henrietta Macquarie, and social “grand dame” Elizabeth Macarthur were both happy to call on the former convicts’ daughter, who had become the richest woman of them all.

Their magnificent home, known as Henrietta Villa, cost nearly £10,000 and took four years to build.

The cast of Yummy Mummies: Maria Di Geronimo, Lorinksa Merrington, Jane Scandizzo and Rachel Watts.

The cast of Yummy Mummies: Maria Di Geronimo, Lorinksa Merrington, Jane Scandizzo and Rachel Watts. Photo: Seven Network

Set amid a vast estate and designed to complement its harbour views, English novelist Anthony Trollope visited the property 50 years later, in the 1870s, and described it as being comparable to Britain’s stately home Chatsworth House where the period drama Downton Abbey was shot.

According to Trollope, Henrietta Villa made Government House “look like a farmyard”, especially the vast ballroom with its sparkling chandeliers and Regency style domed ceiling. All since demolished.

And forget about tacky baby showers and suburban divas, an invite to Henrietta Villa was the ultimate ticket in this town, with guests arriving by boat from Sydney Cove welcomed by the thundering 18 gun salute fired from a brass cannon in front of the house. Eat your heart out Roxy.

But their story didn’t have quite so fabulous an ending, though one that is familiar today to many of Sydney high flyers.

Financial hardship befell the Piper’s who were forced to sell their expansive land holdings and moved to the bush.

By the time Captain John and Mary Ann died, their fortune had vanished.

Bullet-proof bob

Big hair, just don’t care? Indeed, that seems very much to be the case for Miranda Kerr in the pages of the latest Vogue Italia, for which the Aussie model sports a huge helmet-shaped, bullet-proof bob.

Miranda Kerr as she appears in July issue of Vogue Italia.

Miranda Kerr as she appears in July issue of Vogue Italia. Photo: Vogue Italia

Recently married to billionaire tech whiz kid and Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel​, Kerr – the former wife of Orlando Bloom and mother of their little boy Flynn – has not made any comment on the scandal over her previous “boyfriend”, chubby Malaysian billionaire Jho Low, which resulted in her emptying her Los Angeles safe deposit box of $11 million worth of diamond jewels and handing them over to US authorities after it emerged the bling had been allegedly bought with stolen money in a huge Malaysian corruption scandal.

Capri capers

Oh, to be in Capri. With so many Aussies winding their way to the Amalfi Coast to escape the winter chill, PS has been inundated with various sightings of the jet set from down under, though there is enough of that on social media.

However, none of the sights have been quite as amusing as the scene inside D’Amore restaurant, where none other than showbiz promoter Michael Gudinski​ appeared to have locked himself in the loo. Indeed, PS hears Gudinski’s wife, Sue, was seen running around the swanky eatery in a state of some distress telling staff her hubby was stuck in the can. Eek!

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