I don’t watch the E! series The Royals, but only because I don’t have cable. The show’s star, Elizabeth Hurley, is featured on the cover of Britain’s Grazia magazine – for their Luxe Issue, which seems like a perfect fit.
Along with some stunning photos, the 52-year-old actress, model and swimwear entrepreneur discussed her role on The Royals, describing her character, the fictional British monarch Queen Helena, as a cross between Cruella de Ville and Joan Collins (who plays her mother on the show). She reveals that while she’s used Botox for her forehead, she’s bene “too scared” to have plastic surgery. She also dismissed fillers with a “forget about it!” As for her fitness regime, Elizabeth said, “I’m not a vegan who lives on green juices, I don’t go to the gym religiously.” She added that she’s had to give up yoga and Pilates for eight months after injuring her shoulder with a hedge trimmer.
As for her love life, she discussed her past relationships with Hugh Grant, Steve Bing, ex-husband Arun Nayar and her ex-fiancé, Australian cricketer Shane Warne, whom she broke up with five years ago. She also hinted to the magazine that she’s now dating another famous man. Here’s a bit of what she had to say:
On maintaining relationships with her exes (except Bing):
“Hugh is my oldest friend, Arun is my best friend too and I adore Shane – it’s pretty hard to break up from a best friend. They’re still people you want to share both good and bad things with. Hugh is very happy with his girlfriend [now wife] Anna, they’ve got three kids together and I get on with Anna incredibly well.”
“You can’t annihilate the past, you have to make friends with it, otherwise you’ve got these terribly dark areas – we are our past so it would be pretty sad to tear up photographs and delete everything.”
On dating “in the biz”:
“We’ve all lived out of suitcases our entire professional lives, passport in our bags the whole time, all of us in the public eye, we just get it. You never have any ties in our business, you can never commit. If I had to fly to New York tomorrow to work I’d go in a heartbeat. People who aren’t in that life can find it very difficult to adapt.”
Is she dating now?
“I’m not saying anything because it wouldn’t be fair. I’ve made a vow, unless I’m engaged to somebody, I don’t talk about anybody, sorry, I know that’s boring.”
So, is Elizabeth dating now? Elizabeth was linked to music producer David Foster last year, but he’s sort of spoken for at the moment, I guess. I do think the timing of this interview is a little suspect. It reminds me of people (who may or may not have been me at some points) who make sure to post happy pictures, preferably with a potential new mate, on social media, hoping the ex will see. Hugh Grant did just get married after all. Oh, and there are also those frequent bikini pics on Instagram. Yes, I know she has her own swimwear line, but, really….
Regardless if she and Anna “get on” well, I can’t help but think that for Elizabeth, Hugh, despite his glaringly obvious past flaws, will always be “the one that got away.” I can totally relate. I also can’t wrap up this post without recognizing Elizabeth’s commitment to fighting breast cancer. Last week the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Annual Hot Pink Party, which was emceed by Elizabeth and co-chaired by Leonard and Judy Lauder (Leonard is the son of makeup great Estée Lauder), raised over $5.5 million for breast cancer research. She’s good people, and I hope she finds her happily ever after, whether that’s single or attached.
Photos: Getty Images, WENN.com