Former supermodel Jerry Hall, 59, said ‘I do’ to 84-year-old media mogul Rupert Murdoch in London. Murdoch tweeted:
“Feel like the luckiest AND happiest man alive. No more tweets for 10 days — or ever!“
Murdoch gave Hall a $3 million, 20-carat diamond ring which despite being the mother to four of Mick Jagger’s children, Jerry has never had an engagement ring. Her bridal dress was designed by her old pal Vivienne Westwood.
The reception will include many high-profile political and celebrity figures like Sir Michael Caine, Prime Minister David Cameron, playwright Tom Stoppard, with glam wife Sabrina Guinness, comedian Eddie Izzard, artist Tracey Emin, actor Richard E. Grant, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Live Aid founder Bob Geldof and former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman & his wife, who is Hall’s best friend.
The couple met in Australia just last August, when Jerry was touring in a production of The Graduate. Their first public outing was at the Rugby World Cup final and he proposed at Christmas. Jerry’s old friend, actress Joan Collins said that Jerry gushed:
“I’m in lurve! Rupert just proposed!“
A friend of Jerry’s said:
“He is simply dazzled by her and she doesn’t have to worry about him going off with someone else, which makes a change after Mick. Also unlike Mick, Rupert is a man who likes being married. In fact, he told her that very soon after they met and it went down well as Jerry craves security.“
They have ten children between them — he has six, Prudence, 53, James, 43, Lachlan, 44, Elisabeth, 47, Grace, 14 and Chloe, 12; she has four, Lizzy, 32, James, 30, Georgia May, 24 and Gabriel, 18.
Mick Jagger, 72, is said to be appalled when he heard that Jerry was to marry Rupert— she did not warn him of the announcement in advance. He is “absolutely staggered and horrified.” A friend of the star — who is currently in the middle of an extensive South American tour with the Stones, said:
“He has been seething because this means that Rupert Murdoch is going to become a part of his extended family, … Mick has a real problem with that.“
How come? Well, it was Murdoch’s tabloid newspaper, the Sun, which broke the news that Mick had fathered a baby by a Brazilian model, Luciana Morad and THAT affair ended his marriage to Jerry, costing him millions in a legal settlement after he was kicked out of the family home.
And of course, Murdoch is worth $12 BILLION to Mick’s $300 million. The media, after the initial half-hearted congrats have been taking jabs at the couple too – Murdoch for being old and Hall for being a gold-digger.
Peggy Drexler in an opinion piece for CNN.com, called Why Marry?, wrote,
“Murdoch’s split from his third wife, Wendi Deng, was high-profile and undoubtedly humiliating. Though Deng denied having an affair with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, a good friend and godfather to one of Murdoch and Deng’s two children.
A marriage to Murdoch comes with enormous wealth, power and an international platform that’s far greater than Jagger’s…. if a marriage between independent individuals in pursuit of love and companionship and irrespective of need –sprinkled with a bit of entirely natural “look at me now” revenge– isn’t wholly modern, I don’t know what is.”
As I’ve said before, I hate Murdoch’s politics, but it’s hard to begrudge people’s happiness, however late in life. We should all be so lucky to be giddy in love in the third act.
(via The Daily Mail)