EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Mayfair gallery owner Tim Jefferies, 57, who once counted Elle Macpherson and Claudia Schiffer among his girlfriend's, splits with his Swedish model wife of 11 years

When he was Britain's consummate man about town, Tim Jefferies numbered top models Elle 'The Body' Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer and Sophie Dahl among his girlfriends.

But the Mayfair gallery owner eventually settled down and declared that he was happy to abandon his bachelor days in favour of nappy changes and domesticity with his wife, Malin Johansson, a Swedish model 15 years his junior, and their two children.

Now, the couple's marriage has hit the rocks 11 years after they exchanged vows at Blenheim Palace.

Tim Jeffries, who once dated Elle Macpherson, has split up with Malin Johansson, a Swedish model 15 years his junior, after 11 years

Tim Jeffries, who once dated Elle Macpherson, has split up with Malin Johansson, a Swedish model 15 years his junior, after 11 years

'It's very sad,' one of their friends tells me. 'They were such a lovely family and Tim seemed to be a blissfully happy.'

Indeed, Jefferies, 57, insisted his raffish, boulevardier days were consigned to the past.

'I lived a life back then that most single thirty–something men dream of and it was terrific fun,' he said in 2013. 'But I have entered a new phase, I am embracing family life; I have two adorable children and it's utterly blissful, I couldn't be any happier.'

Jefferies declines to discuss the split, but friends say he's looking for a new home.

Malin was his second wife, as he married Prince Andrew's ex-girlfriend Koo Stark when he was 21 and she was 28. 

Jefferies declines to discuss the split, but friends say he's looking for a new home

Jefferies declines to discuss the split, but friends say he's looking for a new home

The same year he received a £500,000 settlement — enough to buy ten London houses in those days — from his grandfather Richard Tompkins, who introduced Green Shield stamps to Britain and founded the Argos chain.

His marriage to Koo lasted barely a year and he went on to have relationships with numerous models as well as pop star Kylie Minogue. Unusually, he managed to remain friends with his exes. 'I've been very fortunate that there's never been any ill will or unpleasantness,' he said.

Just don't call Jefferies a playboy. 'It makes me cringe and it's a complete misnomer,' he insisted. 'I'm not a playboy: I can't fly a plane, I don't own a string of polo ponies, I've always worked for a living.'

 

David Cameron may have left the Royal Family furious after boasting to the BBC that he had leaned on the Queen to intervene in the Scottish independence referendum. 

But the documentary, The Cameron Years, has done wonders for another family. 

It was produced by Melanie Fall, who just happens to be the identical twin sister of Dave's deputy chief of staff Kate — elevated to the peerage in his resignation honours. 

Melanie previously worked for the Treasury. 

 

Blue Peter star and mum of his young twins separate 

Tim Vincent has split with his girlfriend less than a year after she gave birth to their twin sons

As a Blue Peter presenter, Tim Vincent was a valuable source of handy tips for children. Off screen, he's struggling to make a success of family life.

I can reveal that he has split up with his girlfriend, the television producer Gemma Charles, less than a year after she gave birth to their twin sons.

'Tim and Gemma are not together any more,' a pal tells me. 'They insist that they will remain the best of friends, and put their boys first, but they just couldn't make it work as a couple.'

Vincent, 46, who now works for U.S. show Access Hollywood, met Gemma, 36, on the hook-up app Tinder and they soon became 'inseparable'.

She gave birth to their sons last October.

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Mayfair gallery owner who dated Elle Macpherson splits with Swedish model wife

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