EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Cricket hero Jonny Bairstow's secret romance with Sir Kenny Dalglish's daughter

Still celebrating England’s historic World Cup win last weekend, Jonny Bairstow seems to have bowled a maiden over.

I hear the flame-haired Yorkshire batsman, 29, has enjoyed a secret romance with Lauren Dalglish, the beautiful daughter of football legend Sir Kenny Dalglish.

‘They quietly went out for several months,’ a mutual friend tells me. ‘But they are both very private so have been keen to keep the romance low-key. They made a good, sporty team.’

Still celebrating England’s historic World Cup win last weekend, Jonny Bairstow seems to have bowled a maiden over. I hear the flame-haired Yorkshire batsman, 29, has enjoyed a secret romance with Lauren Dalglish, the beautiful daughter of football legend Sir Kenny Dalglish

Lauren, a 31-year-old English graduate from Newcastle University, is the youngest of four children of the Liverpool and Scotland striker who went on to become a multiple trophy-winning manager at Anfield.

A contemporary of Princess Eugenie at £39,000-a-year boarding school Marlborough College, Lauren is such a determined character that she is said to have decided which school she would attend.

‘She arranged to go to Marlborough herself,’ claims the friend. ‘Kenny knew very little about it.’

In his most recent blast of glory, Bairstow became the first England batsman to score two successive World Cup centuries. He, too, was privately educated, at St Peter’s School, York.

I hear the flame-haired Yorkshire batsman, 29, has enjoyed a secret romance with Lauren Dalglish, the beautiful daughter of football legend Sir Kenny Dalglish. ‘They quietly went out for several months,’ a mutual friend tells me

I hear the flame-haired Yorkshire batsman, 29, has enjoyed a secret romance with Lauren Dalglish, the beautiful daughter of football legend Sir Kenny Dalglish. ‘They quietly went out for several months,’ a mutual friend tells me

Curiously, however, a woman bearing a striking resemblance to Lauren was pictured leaving the England team’s hotel with the cricketer last week. She was covering her face in an apparent attempt to avoid being recognised

Curiously, however, a woman bearing a striking resemblance to Lauren was pictured leaving the England team’s hotel with the cricketer last week. She was covering her face in an apparent attempt to avoid being recognised

His spokesman confirms that Bairstow courted Lauren, but bowls a googly by suggesting the romance has been consigned to the past.

Curiously, however, a woman bearing a striking resemblance to Lauren was pictured leaving the England team’s hotel with the cricketer last week. She was covering her face in an apparent attempt to avoid being recognised.

Let’s hope Bairstow is not on a sticky wicket, as his spokesman tells me the mystery blonde is a different woman entirely.

Lauren was employed by sports agency Pitch International, which produced the cinema biopic Kenny, about her celebrated father, but is now said to be working for her mother’s charity, the Marina Dalglish Appeal. 

Marina established the charity in 2004 after surviving a battle with breast cancer the previous year.

Bairstow concentrates his own charitable efforts on Chance To Shine, a grassroots cricket cause dedicated to introducing children to the game. Lauren declines to comment.

Geldof sisters share poignant family snap

Graduating from university became a family affair for rock star Bob Geldof’s adopted daughter, Tiger Lily.

She was joined by her half-sisters, Fifi and Pixie, at the joyful ceremony on Thursday at Goldsmiths, University of London.

‘Sisters celebrating,’ Fifi wrote next to this poignant photograph she shared online.

Tiger Lily was adopted by Live Aid founder Geldof after his ex-wife Paula Yates died of a heroin overdose in 2000 when the child was four years old.

Her father, the INXS singer Michael Hutchence, had killed himself three years earlier.

A friend tells me: ‘The sisters have always been close and support each other.’

Graduating from university became a family affair for rock star Bob Geldof’s adopted daughter, Tiger Lily

Graduating from university became a family affair for rock star Bob Geldof’s adopted daughter, Tiger Lily

 

Male models often complain that their business is one of the few in which men are paid less than women. 

But Marks & Spencer mannequin David Gandy can boast about his own figures. I can reveal that Gandy has amassed a staggering £4.5million in the private company through which he channels his earnings. 

Newly published accounts disclose that the business, Fuimus (London) Ltd, increased its net worth by £825,000 last year. How much will it take to get Gandy out of bed now?

 

(Very) modern manners

Tattoos might still be associated with drunken, muscle-bound sailors in some minds, but well-born model Frankie Herbert is determined to show they’re suitable for the upper classes, too.

Frankie, 23, is the niece of the Earl of Carnarvon, who owns Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed. 

She’s had flowers inked on her left arm. ‘I love my spindly daisy friends,’ Frankie tells fans next to this photo posted online.

Frankie’s not the first aristo to go under the needle — the Queen’s late cousin, Patrick Lichfield, had a seahorse on his arm.

Frankie, 23, is the niece of the Earl of Carnarvon, who owns Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed
She’s had flowers inked on her left arm. ‘I love my spindly daisy friends,’ Frankie tells fans next to this photo posted online

Tattoos might still be associated with drunken, muscle-bound sailors in some minds, but well-born model Frankie Herbert is determined to show they’re suitable for the upper classes, too

 
Pouting Lady Kitty Spencer ’s multi-millionaire boyfriend, Michael Lewis, is treating her to the tycoon lifestyle

Pouting Lady Kitty Spencer ’s multi-millionaire boyfriend, Michael Lewis, is treating her to the tycoon lifestyle

Pouting Lady Kitty Spencer ’s multi-millionaire boyfriend, Michael Lewis, is treating her to the tycoon lifestyle.

After a romantic trip to Capri in Italy, Princess Diana’s 28- year-old niece is now in that playground of the rich, The Hamptons, in New York state, with Lewis. 

At 60, he’s five years older than her father, Earl Spencer.

‘They are serious about each other,’ a friend tells me. ‘Michael is very youthful. ’Not that Lady Kitty is bothered about the age difference: her last boyfriend was property developer Niccolo Barattieri. 

At 48, he’s a mere slip of a lad by comparison.

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Cricket hero Jonny Bairstow's secret romance with Sir Kenny Dalglish's daughter 

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