Criticism: Chris Evans has been slammed by Victoria Beckham for forcing her to weigh herself on live television
Known for his lewd behaviour in the Nineties, TV presenter Chris Evans has now been slammed by Victoria Beckham for forcing her to weigh herself on live television shortly after giving birth.
The extraordinary incident happened on Evans’s Channel 4 show TFI Friday in 1999, two months after the then Spice Girls singer had given birth to Brooklyn, her first child with England captain David Beckham.
Evans told her: ‘A lot of girls want to know, because you look fantastic again, how did you get back to your shape after birth?’
After replying that she was actually really lazy and hadn’t been to the gym at all, the host wouldn’t let up, demanding: ‘Is your weight back to normal?’
When she said it was, he persisted: ‘Can I check, do you mind?’ before getting her to step on to some scales and remarking: ‘Eight stone’s not bad at all, is it?’
The fashion designer now says: ‘I went on a TV show with Chris Evans many years ago and I’d just had Brooklyn and lost a lot of weight after.
‘It happened to my mum after her pregnancies. It doesn’t mean you have an eating disorder. And he made me stand on the scales to be weighed. Can you imagine doing that nowadays?’
Right off the scale: Chris Evans weighs the then new-mum Victoria Beckham live on TV
The former Posh Spice talks about the media obsession with her body shape in the forthcoming edition of Vogue Australia: ‘I’ve had ‘Porky Posh’, I’ve had ‘Skeletal Posh’. After I had Brooklyn, there was a picture pointing to every single part of my body where I had to focus on losing the weight from.’
Evans’s behaviour around the time of the incident has been the subject of much interest.
He was questioned by police in 2016 after a woman alleged that he exposed himself to her on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast. He denied indecent assault and claimed that he was the victim of a witch-hunt.
Evans, 56, recently told listeners of his Virgin Radio show that he planned to bring back TFI Friday later this year. Last night, he could not be reached for comment.
Victoria has come under fire this week from a famous Spanish chef for causing him grief at a celebrity wedding with her ‘complicated’ dinner demands.
Three Michelin star chef Dani Garcia, 46, claimed the Spice Girl had ‘changed the whole menu’ when former Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos tied the knot with his model and TV presenter wife Pilar Rubio in Spain in 2019.
Dani recalled how Victoria had coconut water by her ‘all of the time’ as well as bowls of mints, as he branded the habits ‘odd’ in a new interview.
Uh oh! Victoria has come under fire this week from a Spanish chef for causing him grief at a celebrity wedding with her ‘complicated’ dinner demands (pictured at the wedding in 2019)
Touching on what it was like to cook for the fashion designer at the June 2019 wedding banquet near Seville, Dani said on Spanish TV on Monday night: ‘It was very strange. Victoria Beckham changed the whole menu.
‘It was very sad because when you make such an effort, not just me and my team but the bride and groom and everyone else to create a unique menu.
‘Hers was totally different and just based around vegetables. And then there were some odd things that I’ve never seen in my life.
‘She had coconut water, all the time, a bowl of mints and then on the other side hydroalcoholic gel which is very famous now but back then wasn’t because the Covid pandemic hadn’t started.
Opinion: Three Michelin star chef Dani Garcia, 46, claimed the Spice Girl had ‘changed the whole menu’ after former Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos tied the knot with his model and TV presenter wife Pilar Rubio
‘It was complicated giving Victoria her menu that night.’
Disputing Dani’s version of events, a source close to Victoria said: ‘This makes a great story but isn’t fair or accurate – the most Victoria would have done when asked about dietary requirements is ask for some plain fish and vegetables.’
Dani, who was awarded his first Michelin star when he was just 25, made his comments about Victoria on a popular evening show called El Hormiguero, which the likes of Justin Bieber and Will Smith have guested on regularly over the years.
It is one of Spain’s most watched prime time programmes in its evening slot on the Antena 3 channel with around 2.5 million viewers.
Glasto might have been all over the BBC schedules, but Liam Gallagher thinks there should be more music on TV — and far fewer baking and cooking shows. ‘That’s the problem with this f****** country — too many programmes on food,’ snarls the Oasis star, 49. ‘There’s nothing on music. The only thing you’ve got is Jools Holland. You’ve got a lot of d**ks baking cakes and all that. F*** off.’
Dench admits she’s stage struck by love
Dame Judi Dench met her future husband, Michael Williams, when they were cast together in a theatre production, but she’s revealed he’s not the only co-star she’s fallen in love with on stage.
Dame Judi Dench with her husband, Michael Williams
Giving another example during a talk at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End, the Oscar winner, 87, says: ‘I was in Hamlet with John Neville. He was beautiful. It was beautiful.’
Asked if she fell in love with Neville, who died in 2011 aged 86, she replies: ‘Yes. I am very prone to it. I am very susceptible. It does not happen all the time, and it does not go to enormous extremes, but it is, perhaps, sharing [stage] fright that is so electrifying.’
He gave up his membership of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, was stripped of the title of honorary president of Inverness Golf Club, and his honorary membership of the Royal Dornoch Golf Club was revoked, yet there is one course left in Scotland where Prince Andrew can still play — on the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire. And now it’s advertising for ‘an enthusiastic’ seasonal greenkeeper for its nine-hole course. The contract will run from July to October — coincidentally when the royals are mostly in residence.
Lipman’s heart is in just the right place
She lost her husband, Jack Rosenthal, in 2004 but found comfort with Guido Castro in 2008 — only to lose him, too, last year.
But Maureen Lipman was determined that a man would accompany her to Windsor Castle when made a Dame by Prince Charles, as she told guests attending ‘an intimate evening’ at London’s Delaunay restaurant last week.
Maureen Lipman’s handbag came in clutch when her son Adam’s trouser flies broke before meeting Prince Charles
So she invited her son, Adam, telling him he would need to wear a suit — and a tie. Adam managed both. But Lipman noticed that his flies were undone. Not just undone, it transpired, but broken.
‘I had with me a red, heart-shaped, patent leather handbag,’ added Lipman, explaining that Adam clamped it strategically in position (circled) ‘while I took the gong from Prince Charles’.
She adds: ‘He was on the Six O’Clock News — all his friends saw him with this heart handbag in his hands.’
The Queen tapped her teacup to the opening beats of their anthem We Will Rock You to mark the start of her Platinum Party at the Palace. But there’s an even more pleasing sound for ageing rockers Queen — the ringing of cash tills. Newly published figures for their music business, Queen Productions, disclose a staggering turnover of £39.2 million with a £17 million dividend shared among Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor and the estate of Freddie Mercury. The band continue to reap the rewards of blockbuster biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Orlando’s big build up after a fall
Orlando Bloom was told he would be wheelchair-bound after he fell while climbing on a roof when he was a teenager.
Now 45, the Canterbury-born actor, who shot to fame as an elf in The Lord Of The Rings, is celebrating overcoming physical adversity by showing off his strapping physique.
Orland Bloom, 45, shows off his strapping physique
‘I broke my back when I was 19 and they said I’d never walk again,’ says Bloom, who’s engaged to pop superstar Katy Perry.
‘I crushed my spine, narrowly escaping death and paralysis. I’m grateful every day for my limbs.’