Global Gossip 12.01.09

BATD ON Jan 12, 2009 AT 1:58 pm

Lily Allen & Jay Jopling

Lily Allen & Jay Jopling

Lily Allen’s 30 second romance with 45-year-old Jay Jopling is apparently over. The 23-year-old singer has ended her brief romance with Mr. Jopling because of the huge age gap and work pressures. A source close to Lily – who was recently seen embracing the art dealer while on holiday in the Caribbean – said: “It was Lily’s decision to split as she’ll be away on tour a lot this year and wouldn’t have seen Jay much. She also felt the age difference was too big. She thought both her and his friends disapproved and her dad Keith wasn’t happy.”

Despite the singer being seen on several occasions sporting a band on her ring finger, friends of Lily insist the relationship, which began shortly before Christmas, was never serious.

Lily Allen & Jay Jopling

Lily Allen & Jay Jopling

A source said: “It’s all over – it was basically just a holiday romance. They have had a lot of fun together, but Lily has said it’s finished.” Lily has recently overhauled her style and shed more than 14lbs in weight, and friends claim her make-over was inspired by her desire to date Jay – the estranged husband of artist Sam Taylor-Wood. A friend said: “Lily had been on a mission to get Jay for more than four months. She never normally sticks to a diet or weight-loss plan but she was so determined to get Jay she managed it. She even changed her hair just for Jay.” It’s seems to me once Lily finally had him she realized she didn’t actually want him. Celebs eh? They’re a fickle bunch.

 

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis has just got a little more interesting, the former X-Factor winner is set to duet with Justin Timberlake. The two pop superstars plan to collaborate for a cover of Whitney Houston’s 1992 worldwide hit single ‘I Will Always Love You’ – originally penned by Dolly Parton. A source told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “They will record the track in the next few months and are just waiting for a period when they’re both free to go into the studio. Leona and Justin are huge fans of each other’s music and are raring to go.”

‘SexyBack’ singer Justin has previously admitted how desperate he is to work with the British star after they met at his concert ‘Justin and Friends’ last year. He said: “I’m going to go pimp myself to Leona Lewis, because I think she’s an amazing singer.” Meanwhile, Leona has been banned from touring by her manager Simon Cowell  – because she is too “shy”.

A source said: “Although Simon believes in Leona as a world-class solo singer, he still feels she does not have enough confidence to play to large crowds on her own. Leona is Simon’s little baby and he is very aware of how shy she is.”

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