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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Kate Moss, 48, to reveal the secrets of her relationship with artist Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud left an indelible mark on Kate Moss when he inked two swallows on the base of her spine.

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And the supermodel is determined that the tiny tattoo is not the only souvenir of her fascinating friendship with the celebrated artist.

I hear that Moss, 48, has agreed to a film being made about her relationship with Freud, who died in 2011 aged 88. To make sure the movie meets with her approval, she’s acting as executive producer.

The man charged with taking on the project, to be called Moss & Freud, is British screenwriter and director James Lucas, who in 2015 won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film The Phone Call.

‘Sitting for Lucian was an honor and incredible experience,’ Moss says. ‘After watching The Phone Call, I knew that James would convey the emotion in the storytelling in a fitting way, one this memoir deserves.

‘Having been involved in the project and script development from the beginning, I am now very excited to see the film come to life.’

I can’t wait to see which actress will be cast as Moss. Benedict Cumberbatch could be ideal as Freud.

Artist Lucian Freud pictured cuddling Kate Moss in bed.  Moss, 48, is reported to have agreed to a film being made about her relationship with Freud, who died in 2011 aged 88. To make sure the movie meets with her approval, she¿s acting as executive producer

Artist Lucian Freud pictured cuddling Kate Moss in bed. Moss, 48, is reported to have agreed to a film being made about her relationship with Freud, who died in 2011 aged 88. To make sure the movie meets with her approval, she’s acting as executive producer

The nature of Moss’s relationship with womanising Freud has long provoked intrigue. He often slept with his subjects, including children’s author Emily Bearn, who was 35 years his junior.

Moss had mentioned Freud as being the person she most wanted to meet. This led him to ask her to be his muse.

She posed for him nude while heavily pregnant with her daughter, Lila, in 2002. The portrait took around nine months to complete, with Moss said to have posed seven nights a week, from 7pm to 2am. It was later sold to an anonymous bidder at auction for £3.9 million.

As for the tattoo, Moss later joked that it would be worth millions. ‘It’s an original Freud,’ she explained.

The nature of Moss¿s relationship with womanising Freud (pictured together in 2003 has long provoked intrigue. He often slept with his subjects, including children¿s author Emily Bearn, who was 35 years his junior

The nature of Moss’s relationship with womanising Freud (pictured together in 2003 has a long provoked intrigue. He often slept with his subjects, including children’s author Emily Bearn, who was 35 years his junior

Too push to push

Looking as good as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley does while caring for a toddler would be a challenge for anyone. Luckily, the top model has some help at hand.

Rosie, 35, who grew up on a farm near Tavistock, Devon, left an assistant to push the pram carrying her 15-month-old daughter, Isabella, as she soaked up the sun at the luxury Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Antibes during the Cannes Film Festival.

The Marks & Spencer mannequin, who wore a ruffled white maxi dress, has two children with her fiance, Hollywood hardman Jason Statham, 54.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 35, who grew up on a farm near Tavistock, Devon, left an assistant to push the pram carrying her 15-month-old daughter, Isabella, as she soaked up the sun at the luxury Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Antibes during the Cannes Film Festival

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 35, who grew up on a farm near Tavistock, Devon, left an assistant to push the pram carrying her 15-month-old daughter, Isabella, as she soaked up the sun at the luxury Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Antibes during the Cannes Film Festival

Disco legend Nile Rodgers hopes his appearance at the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert could lead to an honor from the Queen. ‘I want to wear a suit of armour, I want to have a sword, a horse and the whole bit,’ the American musician, 69, tells me at the Ivor Novello music awards in Mayfair. ‘It would be cool to be an American black knight.’

Spare a thought for neighbors of Emeli Sandé. The Scottish pop star, 35, who announced last month that she was in a same-sex relationship with musician Yoana Karemova, says they settle their tiffs by playing loudly on two separate pianos.

‘Sometimes we have a little musical argument without a word being thrown,’ says Emeli, who was married to university lecturer Adam Gouraguine for two years until 2014.

‘There’s a piano in the basement, there’s one upstairs, so it’s a full-on piano-off. She’s a classical pianist — she usually wins. But I get my point across.’

Britain’s first transgender peer moves a step closer

You’d be hard-pressed to claim that the House of Lords is an incubator for innovation.

But it broke new ground yesterday when Lord Simon of Wythenshawe, 67 — a transgender woman, born as Matthew and now called Matilda Simon — was added to the list of candidates for by-elections to the Lords, held when one of the 92 hereditary peers dies.

‘That makes her the first transgender candidate,’ Lucy Dargahi, Lord Speaker’s communications adviser, tells me.

Matilda’s success follows a decision by the Lord Chancellor, who ruled that her claim for inclusion on the list was legitimate.

If, in due course, Matilda wins a by-election, she will surely be the envy of those daughters of hereditary peers who are disqualified from inheriting their fathers’ titles by dint of their sex — almost all of them, in other words.

Blair takes up invitation from a super-rich model

Sir Tony Blair pictured with former Pirelli calendar star Christina Estrada at a dinner in her home this week

Sir Tony Blair pictured with former Pirelli calendar star Christina Estrada at a dinner in her home this week

She was once engaged to the late South African tycoon Sol Kerzner before marrying Saudi billionaire Walid Juffali, from whom she secured a £75million divorce settlement.

But nowadays former Pirelli calendar star Christina Estrada mixes with a far broader spectrum of society, as she demonstrated this week when Tony Blair to dinner. Sir Tony once inspired great affection in Wendi Deng, then wife of Rupert Murdoch, who spoke of his ‘really good legs’.

Some mischievously claimed he reciprocated her admiration — hurtful for his wife Cherie, who accompanied him to dinner chez Estrada.

Naked chef Jamie beefs up security

Jamie Oliver called on his fans to join him as he marches on 10 Downing Street (pictured) today, protesting about Boris Johnson¿s ¿reckless U-turn¿, meaning that junk food TV adverts will not, after all, be banned before a 9pm watershed

Jamie Oliver called on his fans to join him as he marches on 10 Downing Street (pictured) today, protesting about Boris Johnson’s ‘reckless U-turn’, meaning that junk food TV adverts will not, after all, be banned before a 9pm watershed

Jamie Oliver called on his fans to join him as he marches on 10 Downing Street today, protesting about Boris Johnson’s ‘reckless U-turn’, meaning that junk food TV adverts will not, after all, be banned before a 9pm watershed.

But, back at Spains Hall, the magnificent Elizabethan Grade I house he snapped up for £6 million in 2019, Oliver, 46, is doing his best to safeguard his own privileges. He has secured permission to install new fencing and metal gates which combine remote-control modernity with classic design.

‘Temporary gates were put in place as a security measure to prevent unauthorized access,’ explains the Naked Chef’s planning consultant, Stephanie Gray.

But, back at Spains Hall (pictured), the magnificent Elizabethan Grade I house he snapped up for £6 million in 2019, Oliver, 46, is doing his best to safeguard his own privileges.  He has secured permission to install new fencing and metal gates which combine remote-control modernity with classic design

But, back at Spains Hall (pictured), the magnificent Elizabethan Grade I house he snapped up for £6 million in 2019, Oliver, 46, is doing his best to safeguard his own privileges. He has secured permission to install new fencing and metal gates which combine remote-control modernity with classic design

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