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Anthony LaPaglia denies claims he was ‘dumped’ at the Novotel

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Anthony LaPaglia has silenced claims he was ‘dumped’ out at the Novotel at Sydney’s Olympic Park for two weeks of hotel quarantine, after flying in from America.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Private Sydney alleged on Saturday that friends of the 61-year-old said he was ‘given anything but star treatment’.   

In two Instagram posts later that day, the Australian actor branded the reports a ‘flat out lie’, describing the hotel staff as ‘wonderful under these difficult circumstances’.

No truth: Anthony LaPaglia (pictured in July 2017) denied report by The Sydney Morning Herald's Private Sydney on Saturday, that he was 'dumped' out at Sydney's Olympic Park for hotel quarantine, describing staff as 'wonderful' and 'considerate'

No truth: Anthony LaPaglia (pictured in July 2017) denied report by The Sydney Morning Herald's Private Sydney on Saturday, that he was 'dumped' out at Sydney's Olympic Park for hotel quarantine, describing staff as 'wonderful' and 'considerate'

No truth: Anthony LaPaglia (pictured in July 2017) denied report by The Sydney Morning Herald’s Private Sydney on Saturday, that he was ‘dumped’ out at Sydney’s Olympic Park for hotel quarantine, describing staff as ‘wonderful’ and ‘considerate’ 

‘It’s a flat out lie. I had no problem doing the quarantine because it’s what required under these unique circumstances. 

‘The Accor Novotel hotel management and staff in Sydney park were considerate, helpful and wonderful under these difficult circumstances. 

‘So good I’d recommend anyone travelling to Sydney to stay there,’ he continued.

Anthony went on to share a photo of a balloon bouquet the hotel staff gifted him on his last day of quarantine.  

Setting the record straight: The Australian actor (pictured in June 2017) branded the claims a 'flat out lie' in an Instagram post on Saturday

Setting the record straight: The Australian actor (pictured in June 2017) branded the claims a 'flat out lie' in an Instagram post on Saturday

Setting the record straight: The Australian actor (pictured in June 2017) branded the claims a ‘flat out lie’ in an Instagram post on Saturday 

Treated just like anyone else: 'The Accor Novotel hotel management and staff in Sydney park were considerate, helpful and wonderful under these difficult circumstances,' the 61-year-old said in relation to the claims (pictured in June 2017)

Treated just like anyone else: 'The Accor Novotel hotel management and staff in Sydney park were considerate, helpful and wonderful under these difficult circumstances,' the 61-year-old said in relation to the claims (pictured in June 2017)

Treated just like anyone else: ‘The Accor Novotel hotel management and staff in Sydney park were considerate, helpful and wonderful under these difficult circumstances,’ the 61-year-old said in relation to the claims (pictured in June 2017) 

Sweet gesture: Anthony went on to share a photo of a balloon bouquet the hotel staff gifted him on his last day of quarantine

Sweet gesture: Anthony went on to share a photo of a balloon bouquet the hotel staff gifted him on his last day of quarantine

Sweet gesture: Anthony went on to share a photo of a balloon bouquet the hotel staff gifted him on his last day of quarantine 

The Sydney Morning Herald report Anthony was referring to, also suggested there is a ‘celebrity pecking order’ with Nicole Kidman, 53, and Keith Urban, 52, granted special permission by the New South Wales Government to self-isolate at home.   

After news of the exemption made headlines, some Australians angrily suggested that COVID-19 travel restrictions only seem to affect ordinary people, and not the rich and famous.  

In pictures obtained by Daily Mail Australia, the couple and their daughters Sunday, 12, and Faith, nine, appeared happy and relaxed as they walked through their Sutton Forest farm to their $6.5million mansion in the Southern Highlands on Monday. 

Recommendation: Anthony also recommended the hotel as a great accommodation option for anyone travelling to Sydney. Pictured: Novotel hotel

Recommendation: Anthony also recommended the hotel as a great accommodation option for anyone travelling to Sydney. Pictured: Novotel hotel

Recommendation: Anthony also recommended the hotel as a great accommodation option for anyone travelling to Sydney. Pictured: Novotel hotel 

Surroundings: Pictured is the interior of a standard room at the Novotel

Surroundings: Pictured is the interior of a standard room at the Novotel

Surroundings: Pictured is the interior of a standard room at the Novotel 

However, their freedom to head straight home following a long-haul flight from the U.S., where there have been four million confirmed COVID-19 cases, has divided their fanbase.

One fan fumed on social media: ‘If we all have to do it and no one is getting exemptions then EVERYONE should have to do it! And they wonder why people start breaking the rules.’

Another wrote: ‘Two different sets of laws: one for the rich and powerful and one for the ordinary person.’ 

Self-isolating at home: Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman, 53, and Keith Urban, 52, (both pictured in January 2020) skipped hotel quarantine, and have been self-isolating at their $6.5million estate in the Southern Highlands since Monday afternoon

Self-isolating at home: Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman, 53, and Keith Urban, 52, (both pictured in January 2020) skipped hotel quarantine, and have been self-isolating at their $6.5million estate in the Southern Highlands since Monday afternoon

Self-isolating at home: Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman, 53, and Keith Urban, 52, (both pictured in January 2020) skipped hotel quarantine, and have been self-isolating at their $6.5million estate in the Southern Highlands since Monday afternoon 

However, many others pointed out that they didn’t see a problem with it if the pair stayed at home for two weeks.

One supporter wrote: ‘This is right decision. They have their own property, why not? They both deserve a little credit for promoting Australia every day… Welcome home.’

Another added: ‘Why is everyone carrying on? They are isolating at home, just not at a hotel. So what if they are stars? They still have to isolate away from everyone.’ 

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Not impressed: 'This is SO wrong! First, bloody Dannii Minogue and now these two. Completely unfair and wrong!' one fan fumed on social media

Not impressed: 'This is SO wrong! First, bloody Dannii Minogue and now these two. Completely unfair and wrong!' one fan fumed on social media

Not impressed: ‘This is SO wrong! First, bloody Dannii Minogue and now these two. Completely unfair and wrong!’ one fan fumed on social media

Unlike ordinary travellers who must stay in hotels, Nicole and Keith were allowed to head straight from the airport to their $6.5million country mansion.

Despite being granted this exception, the pair must still spend 14 days at home in accordance with Australia’s coronavirus rules.

According to the NSW Government website, people returning from overseas are only exempt from staying at a quarantine hotel if there are ‘strong medical, health or compassionate grounds’.

Set on a sprawling 45 hectares, Nicole and Keith’s Southern Highlands estate boasts traditional sandstone verandahs, pressed metal ceilings, a grand carved cedar staircase and 10 original marble fireplaces. 

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'Why are people tripping out?' However, many others pointed out that they didn't see a problem with it if the pair stayed at home for two weeks

'Why are people tripping out?' However, many others pointed out that they didn't see a problem with it if the pair stayed at home for two weeks

‘Why are people tripping out?’ However, many others pointed out that they didn’t see a problem with it if the pair stayed at home for two weeks

Since buying the property, Keith and Nicole have installed an 18-metre swimming pool, a gym and a full-sized tennis court. The home is also surrounded by large grass mounds to block out prying eyes.     

The couple’s arrival Down Under comes after Nicole was given the green light to film her new TV series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia. 

The production, based on the 2018 novel by Liane Moriarty, will reportedly inject $100million into the struggling local film industry by creating hundreds of jobs.  

Strict COVID-19 restrictions are in place, according to local news reports, and production is based out of Nicole and Keith’s Southern Highlands home.

Rules: According to the NSW Government website, people returning from overseas are only exempt from staying at a quarantine hotel if there are 'strong medical, health or compassionate grounds'. Nicole and Keith are pictured in January 2020

Rules: According to the NSW Government website, people returning from overseas are only exempt from staying at a quarantine hotel if there are 'strong medical, health or compassionate grounds'. Nicole and Keith are pictured in January 2020

Rules: According to the NSW Government website, people returning from overseas are only exempt from staying at a quarantine hotel if there are ‘strong medical, health or compassionate grounds’. Nicole and Keith are pictured in January 2020

Cast and crew members flying from overseas or interstate will be made to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days upon their arrival in NSW.

Nicole and her fellow producers will also be responsible for paying all medical and security costs.

The limited series is being produced by Nicole’s production company, Blossom Films, alongside Big Little Lies collaborators Bruna Papandrea and David E. Kelley.   

Nicole will also star in the show with the likes of Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans and Manny Jacinto.   

The series will tell the story of nine stressed-out urbanites who escape to a wellness retreat run by Nicole’s character. 

Filming will begin on August 10 and will run for 19 weeks.

Latest project: The couple's arrival Down Under comes after Nicole was given the green light to film her new TV series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia

Latest project: The couple's arrival Down Under comes after Nicole was given the green light to film her new TV series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia

Latest project: The couple’s arrival Down Under comes after Nicole was given the green light to film her new TV series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia 

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Turban-clad Gemma Collins flaunts her weight loss

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She recently revealed she had lost a staggering three stone with the help of controversial £250 SkinnyJabs. 

And Gemma Collins was ensuring her weight loss was not stopping anytime soon as she headed to the SkinnyJabs clinic in Essex on Thursday, while shooting her show. 

The Diva Forever star, 39, looked phenomenal in a wrap dress from her eponymous fashion line as she headed to the shop in Ropers Yard in Brentwood – just a few doors away from The Gemma Collins Boutique. 

Strutting her stuff: Gemma Collins was ensuring her weight loss was not stopping anytime soon as she headed to the SkinnyJabs clinic in Essex on Thursday, while shooting her show

Strutting her stuff: Gemma Collins was ensuring her weight loss was not stopping anytime soon as she headed to the SkinnyJabs clinic in Essex on Thursday, while shooting her show

Strutting her stuff: Gemma Collins was ensuring her weight loss was not stopping anytime soon as she headed to the SkinnyJabs clinic in Essex on Thursday, while shooting her show

Slimmed-down Gemma looked incredible in the black and blue wrap dress, called Layla, which has been slashed from £50 to £35.

She wore her bouncy blonde locks loose while adding a black turban on top and clutching a chic handbag with hand sanitizer attached. 

 Gemma has been vocal about her use of controversial £250 SkinnyJabs and was seen headed to the store on Thursday.

The star has reportedly booked a boob job because her ‘body is getting smaller’.

Wow! The Diva Forever star, 39, looked phenomenal in a wrap dress from her eponymous fashion line as she headed to the shop in Ropers Yard in Brentwood - just a few doors away from The Gemma Collins Boutique

Wow! The Diva Forever star, 39, looked phenomenal in a wrap dress from her eponymous fashion line as she headed to the shop in Ropers Yard in Brentwood - just a few doors away from The Gemma Collins Boutique

Wow! The Diva Forever star, 39, looked phenomenal in a wrap dress from her eponymous fashion line as she headed to the shop in Ropers Yard in Brentwood – just a few doors away from The Gemma Collins Boutique

A vision: Slimmed-down Gemma looked incredible in the black and blue wrap dress, called Layla, which has been slashed from £50 to £35

A vision: Slimmed-down Gemma looked incredible in the black and blue wrap dress, called Layla, which has been slashed from £50 to £35

A vision: Slimmed-down Gemma looked incredible in the black and blue wrap dress, called Layla, which has been slashed from £50 to £35

She told The Sun: ‘I can’t wait to get rid of these boobs, they’re massive and look ridiculous. I have never looked better than I do now and I’ve never felt so good.’ 

While admitting it tends to be the ‘norm’ to opt for larger breasts when booking cosmetic procedures, Gemma insisted that she wants a her natural boobs reduced. 

She added: ‘I never have wanted surgery. But as my body is getting smaller, I feel like I am falling over on top and I just want them gone.’  

Personalised: She wore her bouncy blonde locks loose while adding a black turban on top and clutching a chic handbag with personalised hand sanitizer attached

Personalised: She wore her bouncy blonde locks loose while adding a black turban on top and clutching a chic handbag with personalised hand sanitizer attached

Personalised: She wore her bouncy blonde locks loose while adding a black turban on top and clutching a chic handbag with personalised hand sanitizer attached

Slimmed: Gemma has been vocal about her use of controversial £250 SkinnyJabs and was seen headed to the store on Thursday

Slimmed: Gemma has been vocal about her use of controversial £250 SkinnyJabs and was seen headed to the store on Thursday

Slimmed: Gemma has been vocal about her use of controversial £250 SkinnyJabs and was seen headed to the store on Thursday

Bold: She also wore a Gemma Collins branded face mask

Bold: She also wore a Gemma Collins branded face mask

Bold: She also wore a Gemma Collins branded face mask

Gemma has just returned from Mykonos, where she headed with her personal trainer pal, former love interest and TOWIE co-star Charlie King to help heal her broken heart following her split from James Argent, 32, in July. 

She ended her relationship with Arg after she revealed a string of abusive messages, purportedly sent to her by the TV personality prior to their split.

Elsewhere, her ex James seemed to be moving on from their split by partying with close friends and singing at pal Elliott Wright’s restaurant in Marbella.  

Curves: While admitting it tends to be the 'norm' to opt for larger breasts when booking cosmetic procedures, Gemma insisted that she wants a her natural boobs reduced

Curves: While admitting it tends to be the 'norm' to opt for larger breasts when booking cosmetic procedures, Gemma insisted that she wants a her natural boobs reduced

Curves: While admitting it tends to be the ‘norm’ to opt for larger breasts when booking cosmetic procedures, Gemma insisted that she wants a her natural boobs reduced

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Melanie Sykes, 50, wears denim shorts during London stroll

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She celebrated her 50th birthday earlier this month. 

And Melanie Sykes looked sensational as she showed off her age-defying beauty while stepping out in West London on Thursday.

The TV presenter put on a very leggy display in her casual chic ensemble which saw her step out in denim hot pants and a white tank top that showed off the pink bra that she was wearing underneath.

Legs for days! Melanie Sykes, 50, put on a VERY leggy display in a pair of denim shorts and also showed off a glimpse of her pink bra through her white top while out in London on Thursday

Legs for days! Melanie Sykes, 50, put on a VERY leggy display in a pair of denim shorts and also showed off a glimpse of her pink bra through her white top while out in London on Thursday

Legs for days! Melanie Sykes, 50, put on a VERY leggy display in a pair of denim shorts and also showed off a glimpse of her pink bra through her white top while out in London on Thursday

Melanie wore a pair of strappy black sandals that helped to highlight her slender legs as she strolled through a car park.

She cinched her outfit at the waist with a small black belt, while she accessorised with a matching cross-body handbag and chic shades.

Melanie’s brunette locks were pulled back into a loose bun, and she embraced her natural beauty by wearing a light palette of make-up. 

Comfy: Melanie wore a pair of strappy black sandals that helped to highlight her slender legs as she strolled through a car park

Comfy: Melanie wore a pair of strappy black sandals that helped to highlight her slender legs as she strolled through a car park

Comfy: Melanie wore a pair of strappy black sandals that helped to highlight her slender legs as she strolled through a car park

Enviable figure: Melanie cinched her outfit at the waist with a small black belt, while she accessorised with a matching cross-body handbag and chic shades

Enviable figure: Melanie cinched her outfit at the waist with a small black belt, while she accessorised with a matching cross-body handbag and chic shades

Tanned: Melanie's ensemble highlighted her sun-kissed skin

Tanned: Melanie's ensemble highlighted her sun-kissed skin

Enviable figure: Melanie cinched her outfit at the waist with a small black belt, while she accessorised with a matching cross-body handbag and chic shades

Stunning: Melanie's brunette locks were pulled back into a loose bun, and she embraced her natural beauty by wearing a light palette of make-up

Stunning: Melanie's brunette locks were pulled back into a loose bun, and she embraced her natural beauty by wearing a light palette of make-up

Stunning: Melanie’s brunette locks were pulled back into a loose bun, and she embraced her natural beauty by wearing a light palette of make-up

On Friday last week Melanie marked her 50th birthday by posing for an age-defying photo shoot in her own magazine Frank.

She also discussed life in lockdown with her two sons and how she has ‘no interest in settling’ for just any man.

Reflecting on the last decade, Melanie said it has been a time of growth for her both personally and professionally and it has not always been easy. 

Although turning 50 single, Melanie said she’s in no rush to be in a relationship and is content with waiting for the right person.

Relaxed: Melanie appeared to be in good spirits as she headed out

Relaxed: Melanie appeared to be in good spirits as she headed out

Relaxed: Melanie appeared to be in good spirits as she headed out

Exciting: On Friday last week Melanie marked her 50th birthday with an age-defying photo shoot, when she candidly discussed how she has 'no interest in settling' for just any man

Exciting: On Friday last week Melanie marked her 50th birthday with an age-defying photo shoot, when she candidly discussed how she has 'no interest in settling' for just any man

Exciting: On Friday last week Melanie marked her 50th birthday with an age-defying photo shoot, when she candidly discussed how she has ‘no interest in settling’ for just any man

She said: ‘I would love to find a good man to share my life with romantically. Sadly in all realms of life, most, not all, but most men are pretty basic and disappointing.

‘I don’t need a father for my kids, I don’t need to be financially supported and I’m not sure if I want too much domesticity with someone…I have no interest in just settling.’

Melanie was said to have been left ‘gutted’ when her relationship with Steve Coogan, 54, came to an end last year. 

It’s said she began to grow increasingly concerned the Alan Partridge star didn’t want to settle down with her amid their largely low-key romance.

Speaking in Frank, the media personality also revealed she’s been thinking a lot about her 50s and discussed how she keeps her age-defying looks.

She explained how a mix of yoga, weights and ballet exercises are what she uses currently as well as trying to maintain a balanced diet and doing meditation. 

Melanie added: ‘I would not rule out surgery in the future, if that’s what I want, I’ll do it. It’s my right to choose either way. I could not give a stuff about anybody else’s opinion.’ 

Independent: Melanie said of romance, 'I don't need a father for my kids, I don't need to be financially supported and I'm not sure if I want too much domesticity with someone'

Independent: Melanie said of romance, 'I don't need a father for my kids, I don't need to be financially supported and I'm not sure if I want too much domesticity with someone'

 Independent: Melanie said of romance, ‘I don’t need a father for my kids, I don’t need to be financially supported and I’m not sure if I want too much domesticity with someone’

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Pregnant Ashley James is now excited to be having a baby boy

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Ashley James has spoken out about her initial disappointment when she learned she was having a son. 

The former Made In Chelsea star, who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Tom Andrews, described how she felt after being convinced she was having a girl on Instagram on Thursday. 

Ashley, 33, said when she first discovered her baby’s gender during an ultrasound scan she felt guilty because she wanted a girl to pass on her wisdom too but, upon reflection, is now ‘really excited’ about the prospect of raising a boy.

Honest: Ashley James has spoken out about her initial disappointment of learning she was having a son (pictured last month)

Honest: Ashley James has spoken out about her initial disappointment of learning she was having a son (pictured last month)

Honest: Ashley James has spoken out about her initial disappointment of learning she was having a son (pictured last month)

Ashley, who is a body confidence advocate, explained how having negative experiences with men impacted her outlook at first as she felt more comfortable being around women. 

During a Q and A, one fan asked: ‘Can you tell us more about your gender disappointment? I think there’s a stigma around it.’

To which Ashley replied: ‘I think a lot of people feel guilty because: A) Having a baby is such a blessing they feel guilty to admit any disappointment

Gender: The former Made In Chelsea star described how she felt after being convinced she was having a girl on Instagram on Thursday

Gender: The former Made In Chelsea star described how she felt after being convinced she was having a girl on Instagram on Thursday

Gender: The former Made In Chelsea star described how she felt after being convinced she was having a girl on Instagram on Thursday

‘B) They worry people will judge them or think they won’t love their child    

‘For me, I’m passionate about empowering women. I’ve spent the last decade on a huge journey trying to build self esteem, boundaries and confidence 

‘I’d love to pass this down to a daughter.

Exciting: 'I'm now really excited to know I can raise an incredibly respectful boy', Ashley said

Exciting: 'I'm now really excited to know I can raise an incredibly respectful boy', Ashley said

Exciting: ‘I’m now really excited to know I can raise an incredibly respectful boy’, Ashley said

‘I also have had a lot of negative experiences with men, and learning I was having a boy made me deal with a lot of that and also work on separating my negative experiences from an entire sex.’

Ashley went on to say she is very feminine and is already outnumbered by boys in her house including her boyfriend and dogs Snoop and Biggie.   

She continued: ‘I don’t know how rational that is as I know gender is a social construct anyway. 

‘I’m now really excited to know I can raise an incredibly respectful boy. 

‘Also there’s never been any doubt in my mind that I will love the hell out of this baby and I feel very connected to him, so please don’t mistake gender disappointment with lack of love.’

The blonde beauty previously told OK! Magazine: ‘I was so convinced I was having a little girl, perhaps I was somewhat hoping to raise a little feminist with a strong mind?

‘But I know that this little boy will grow up so loved and supported, with great values and the upmost respect for women… and hopefully he’ll make a great big brother one day!’ 

Exciting news: Ashley is expecting her first child with her partner of nine months Tom Andrews (pictured in France in July)

Exciting news: Ashley is expecting her first child with her partner of nine months Tom Andrews (pictured in France in July)

Exciting news: Ashley is expecting her first child with her partner of nine months Tom Andrews (pictured in France in July)

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