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Patsy Kensit's fourth husband, Jeremy Healy has kept his Kings Cross bachelor pad, and supermodel Lily Cole will be allocated a campus room by a secret ballot at King's College in Cambridge
Patsy Kensit and Jeremy Healy
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Patsy Kensit and Jeremy Healy

Patsy's hubby number four keeps his bachelor pad

Wise man, music producer and DJ Jeremy Healy, having waited until the ripe age of 46 to marry for the first time, has cannily kept - and let - his minimalist King’s Cross bachelor flat. Just in case.

Since daring to become actress Patsy Kensit’s fourth husband last April the Peckham-born former Haysi Fantayzee frontman shares her recently acquired four-storey Gothic Highgate home, together with her two sons, James from her second marriage to musician Jim Kerr, and Lennon from her third marriage to pop singer Liam Gallagher.

The former childhood actress and rock chick already prefers her new N6 home — with its 18ft kitchen sofa, dancing fireplace Jesuses and signed Michael Jackson portrait - to her previous address in trendy Notting Hill.

“I like to power-walk the hills around here.” she explains. “It’s so green and leafy.” The Hounslow-born daughter of the late Kray-brothers gangster Jimmy Kensit has recently enjoyed a career revival, playing feisty Faye Morton in BBC1’s medical drama Holby City.

Lily Cole
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Lily Cole
Supermodel Lily Cole will be keeping her fingers crossed when she resumes history of art studies at King’s College, Cambridge in October. For, along with fellow second-year undergraduates, she must enter a secret ballot that will decide her campus rooms for the next three terms.

“It‘s all very democratic,” sniggers a pal. “But she could end up in a pokey room beside a noisy staircase.” The Torquay-born redhead, said to be worth £6 million since modelling for M&S, Tiffany and Chanel, has already gained a First in her first-year exams.

Currently dating US actor Enrique Murciano she recently posed topless for the latest Pirelli calendar: another first for King’s College.

Vince Clarke
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Vince Clarke
Will anyone carry on Eighties pop legend Vince Clarke’s quixotic Yorkshire dream? Nine years ago the former Yazoo and Erasure musician bought two 17th-century cottages set in 80 acres of remote sheep-grazed moorland near Grisedale.

“Vince got permission to convert them into a single four-bedroom house and a recording studio,” explains a friend. “But he ran out of money before work could start and moved to New York. He has been trying to sell them for the past four years for £475,000.”

Local agents John G Hills, says: “Any six-figure offer starting with a four could seal a deal.” Basildon-raised Clarke now lives with his wife, New York publicist Tracy Hurly and their son Oscar in a lovely cedar-shingled Maine cottage near Damariscotta.

Henry Holland-Hibbert
Henry Holland-Hibbert
A slice of Middle England will disappear when former banker and Devon High Sheriff Viscount Knutsford moves out of Broadclyst House, his Georgian seat near Exeter. He and his wife, Portman Estate heiress Sheila, have lived in the Grade II-listed former vicarage for 52 years.

“But both are now in their eighties and feel it’s time to move on,” says a friend. “The house has glorious grounds but needs modernisation.”

The seven-bedroom property, which includes a walled garden and a three-bedroom cottage is under offer at “just over £1 million” according to estate agent Savills.

The Knutsfords plan to move nearer their estate agent heir, Henry Holland-Hibbert, and their four grandchildren in Hertfordshire.

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