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Shaquille O’Neal and Former InStyle editor Laura Brown in Australia on speakers’ circuit


Jarrod Scott and Briony Prior rubbed shoulders with Jamie Foxx.Credit:

The dazzling charity gala, hosted by the actor Jamie Foxxraised €8 million through an auction to support Ukrainian and Syrian relief efforts.

Jennifer Lopez blew guests away with a show-stopping performance, sporting a feather-adorned, animal-print Roberto Cavalli jumpsuit and her new wedding band.

Lopez treated star-studded guests to a jam-packed set list featuring her own hits, including Waiting For Tonight and On the Floorplus disco classics such as Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive and Gloria Estefan’s cover of Turn the Beat Around.

Lopez’s big night marks her first major performance as Mrs Ben Affleck. The pair tied the knot in Las Vegas last month and jetted off to France to celebrate their honeymoon in Paris.

Scott himself did his bit for charity modeling a Hublot watch that sold for €75,000.

Scott himself did his bit for charity modeling a Hublot watch that sold for €75,000.Credit:

While the blushing groom was nowhere to be seen at the gala, it was attended by an extensive list of Hollywood celebrity guests such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Vanessa Hudgens, Jared Leto, Leni Klum, Diplo, Karolina Kurkovathe Haim sisters, Caylee Cowan and Casey Affleck.

Scott did his bit for charity, modelling a Hublot watch that sold for €75,000.

Surprise couple build property portfolio

They were the talk of Sydney’s eastern suburbs when their age-gap romance set tongues wagging, now several years on, Andrew Spira and Julia Maguire are making their mark on Sydney’s property scene.

Emerald City can reveal the couple splashed $9 million on a four-bedroom Vaucluse home that boasts harbour views in October last year. The pair already shared 11 investment properties together including a Shoal Bay weekender and a block of apartments in Elizabeth Bay.

In 2020, the couple paid $3.41 million – $310,000 above reserve – for three two-bedroom apartments and a one-bedder at 72 Elizabeth Bay Road.

Spira, 23, is the son of socialite Lizzie Buttrose – the niece of Ita Buttrose – and is the founder and chief of business-loan broker Pineapple Funding. Ms Maguire, 37, is the executive director of media relations agency The Capital Network.

Julia Maguire with Andrew Spira outside their Elizabeth Bay apartment.

Julia Maguire with Andrew Spira outside their Elizabeth Bay apartment.Credit:Louise Kennerley

The couple first made headlines in 2019 with Emerald City’s exclusive that the pair, who met through Buttrose, had begun a relationship. They are now understood to be engaged.

Shaquille O’Neal to take up residence at The Star

NBA hall-of-famer and pop-cultural giant Shaquille O'Neil is set to take over Sydney's very own Marquee club on August 27 for a mammoth EDM set.

NBA hall-of-famer and pop-cultural giant Shaquille O’Neil is set to take over Sydney’s very own Marquee club on August 27 for a mammoth EDM set.Credit:Getty

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is heading Down Under this month for the first time in 20 years, for a series of speaking engagements and public appearances across Sydney and Melbourne.

While in town, Emerald City hears Shaq and his large entourage will take up residence at The Star’s Darling Hotel, residing in a penthouse suite that cost upwards of $5000 a night.

The Darling is the only hotel in the city with a Forbes five-star rating. Rumour has it he’ll be shooting hoops in the middle of The Star Sports Bar during his stay in the Harbour City.

While in town, he’ll dust off his DJ Diesel name for an exclusive DJ set at The Star’s Marquee nightclub.

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