Kayla Itsines reveals the key to her success

At just 26, Australian personal trainer, Kayla Itsines, runs her own global fitness empire and this year was named the top Forbes fitness influencer for 2017. 

She also placed 40th in the 2017 Young Rich List with a shared wealth of $46 million coming in from her exercise business and Bikini Body Guide.

And now, the successful fitness queen has shared what she believes helped her climb to the top and earn a following of more than eight million people on social media. 

At just 26, Australian personal trainer, Kayla Itsines, runs her own global fitness empire and this year was named the top Forbes fitness influencer for 2017

At just 26, Australian personal trainer, Kayla Itsines, runs her own global fitness empire and this year was named the top Forbes fitness influencer for 2017

At just 26, Australian personal trainer, Kayla Itsines, runs her own global fitness empire and this year was named the top Forbes fitness influencer for 2017

She also placed 40th in the 2017 Young Rich List with a shared wealth of $46 million coming in from her exercise empire and Bikini Body Guide

She also placed 40th in the 2017 Young Rich List with a shared wealth of $46 million coming in from her exercise empire and Bikini Body Guide

She also placed 40th in the 2017 Young Rich List with a shared wealth of $46 million coming in from her exercise empire and Bikini Body Guide

Speaking to Collective Hub, the Adelaide-based entrepreneur said the first thing she does every morning without fail is check her phone and read hundreds of direct messages on Instagram. 

This, she explained, is how she got ‘so popular’. 

‘Have your passion, but also listen to your audience and what they say, because there’s nothing worse than producing something that you think is cool and you think is awesome, but it’s not what they want,’ Kayla said. 

And now, the successful fitness queen has shared what she believes helped her climb to the top and earn a following of more than eight million people on social media

And now, the successful fitness queen has shared what she believes helped her climb to the top and earn a following of more than eight million people on social media

And now, the successful fitness queen has shared what she believes helped her climb to the top and earn a following of more than eight million people on social media

Speaking to Collective Hub , the Adelaide-based entrepreneur said the first thing she does every morning without fail is check her phone and read hundreds of direct messages on Instagram

Speaking to Collective Hub , the Adelaide-based entrepreneur said the first thing she does every morning without fail is check her phone and read hundreds of direct messages on Instagram

Speaking to Collective Hub , the Adelaide-based entrepreneur said the first thing she does every morning without fail is check her phone and read hundreds of direct messages on Instagram

‘You have to listen… For example, my clients, they’ll find little things that I don’t see, like, “Oh, you should do this, or you should do this”. and it’s like, “That’s a really good idea”.

‘If you just listen to them, you build a product that your customer wants.’

Kayla also puts her success down to plain old ‘hard work’ and doing things ‘out of love’. 

Kayla has also earned the respect of her followers by sharing the positives and the negatives of her daily life and recently opened up about losing the motivation to work out following the death of one of her dogs. 

'Have your passion, but also listen to your audience and what they say, because there's nothing worse than producing something that you think is cool and you think is awesome, but it's not what they want,' Kayla said

'Have your passion, but also listen to your audience and what they say, because there's nothing worse than producing something that you think is cool and you think is awesome, but it's not what they want,' Kayla said

‘Have your passion, but also listen to your audience and what they say, because there’s nothing worse than producing something that you think is cool and you think is awesome, but it’s not what they want,’ Kayla said

She recently shared her own transformation snap (pictured) - detailing the time several months ago when she lost 'motivation' to work out

She recently shared her own transformation snap (pictured) - detailing the time several months ago when she lost 'motivation' to work out

She recently shared her own transformation snap (pictured) – detailing the time several months ago when she lost ‘motivation’ to work out

‘I post so many stories of the girls who use my program, and people often ask me for a transformation photo of myself,’ Kayla prefixed her before-and-after comparison.

‘To be completely honest, I don’t have a transformation story or photo, but instead I have posted above a progress photo showing change in my body over the last few months.’

Kayla then explained that at ‘the start of the year I lost one of my dogs’.

‘Now to some of you this may not seem like a big thing, but I was honestly so upset I didn’t really know how to deal with this,’ she said. 

Kayla  who is known for her workouts - said she stopped 'exercising' for a short period of time, while trying to just eat well

Kayla  who is known for her workouts - said she stopped 'exercising' for a short period of time, while trying to just eat well

Kayla  who is known for her workouts – said she stopped ‘exercising’ for a short period of time, while trying to just eat well

In May, Kayla (pictured with her dogs) said she sat down and said 'I'm not going to do this to myself' - so she got fitter and stronger than ever, hence the after photo

In May, Kayla (pictured with her dogs) said she sat down and said 'I'm not going to do this to myself' - so she got fitter and stronger than ever, hence the after photo

In May, Kayla (pictured with her dogs) said she sat down and said ‘I’m not going to do this to myself’ – so she got fitter and stronger than ever, hence the after photo

Kayla said ‘for a short time I stopped exercising regularly and just kept up my walking and a session where possible’.

While Kayla said she still ate well, ‘I had minimal motivation to do anything else because I was too sad about what had just happened’. 

In May, Kayla said she sat down and said: ‘I’m not going to do this to myself’.

‘I got stronger in every way possible and I know little TJ would be proud of me.

‘So here’s some of my own personal progress… There’s nothing wrong with how I looked before, but mentally I was in a bad place as a result of some sadness in my life.’

'There's nothing wrong with how I looked before, but mentally I was in a bad place as a result of some sadness in my life,' she explained

'There's nothing wrong with how I looked before, but mentally I was in a bad place as a result of some sadness in my life,' she explained

‘There’s nothing wrong with how I looked before, but mentally I was in a bad place as a result of some sadness in my life,’ she explained

Kayla Itsines is the mastermind behind millions of fitness transformations around the world, and the pioneer behind the before-and-after Instagram snaps you see all over the Internet

Kayla Itsines is the mastermind behind millions of fitness transformations around the world, and the pioneer behind the before-and-after Instagram snaps you see all over the Internet

Kayla Itsines is the mastermind behind millions of fitness transformations around the world, and the pioneer behind the before-and-after Instagram snaps you see all over the Internet

Kayla Itsines is the mastermind behind millions of fitness transformations around the world, and the pioneer behind the before-and-after Instagram snaps you see all over the Internet

Kayla Itsines is the mastermind behind millions of fitness transformations around the world, and the pioneer behind the before-and-after Instagram snaps you see all over the Internet

She concluded her post by saying ‘I’m stronger on the inside, which made me stronger on the outside.

‘Oh! And I weight 2kgs more. This is a good reminder that we are all human, we all have ups and downs.’

Kayla Itsines is the mastermind behind millions of fitness transformations around the world, and the pioneer behind the before-and-after Instagram snaps you see all over the Internet.  

Britney Spears gets birthday surprise from Sam Asghari

Britney Spears is certainly feeling the love on her birthday.

The veteran pop singer turned 36-years-old on Saturday and received quite the surprise from her handsome boyfriend Sam Asghari.

The 23-year-old personal trainer took to Instagram on Saturday to share a video of Britney’s reaction to his romantic present.

Sam took the time to set up a room full of candles, rose petals in the shape of a heart, and a platter of cupcakes with candles on it. 

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Aww: Britney Spears turned 36-years-old on Saturday and received quite the surprise from her handsome boyfriend Sam Asghari

Aww: Britney Spears turned 36-years-old on Saturday and received quite the surprise from her handsome boyfriend Sam Asghari

Aww: Britney Spears turned 36-years-old on Saturday and received quite the surprise from her handsome boyfriend Sam Asghari

Hunky: The 23-year-old personal trainer took to Instagram on Saturday to share a video of Britney's reaction to his romantic present, as they are pictured earlier this week

Hunky: The 23-year-old personal trainer took to Instagram on Saturday to share a video of Britney's reaction to his romantic present, as they are pictured earlier this week

Hunky: The 23-year-old personal trainer took to Instagram on Saturday to share a video of Britney’s reaction to his romantic present, as they are pictured earlier this week

The Womanizer singer – who stunned in a backless dress – grinned from ear to ear as Sam says: ‘Happy birthday, baby.’

She then says ‘thank you’ before squatting down to blow out the candles and then does a dance in the dark room.

He shared the post along with a very touching tribute which read: ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY ONE AND ONLY.

‘Thank you for being you, thank you for showing me the true meaning of a beautiful woman and a strong mother, and most of all thank you for being mine. I consider myself the luckiest man on this planet @britneyspears #luckiestmanalive’

What a gesture: Sam took the time to set up a room full of candles, rose petals in the shape of a heart, and a platter of cupcakes with candles on it

What a gesture: Sam took the time to set up a room full of candles, rose petals in the shape of a heart, and a platter of cupcakes with candles on it

What a gesture: Sam took the time to set up a room full of candles, rose petals in the shape of a heart, and a platter of cupcakes with candles on it

Wow factor: The Womanizer singer - who stunned in a backless dress - grinned from ear to ear as Sam says: 'Happy birthday, baby'

Wow factor: The Womanizer singer - who stunned in a backless dress - grinned from ear to ear as Sam says: 'Happy birthday, baby'

Wow factor: The Womanizer singer – who stunned in a backless dress – grinned from ear to ear as Sam says: ‘Happy birthday, baby’

Make a wish: She then says 'thank you' before squatting down to blow out the candles and then does a dance in the dark room

Make a wish: She then says 'thank you' before squatting down to blow out the candles and then does a dance in the dark room

Make a wish: She then says ‘thank you’ before squatting down to blow out the candles and then does a dance in the dark room

Britney seemed to be having a blast on her special day as she also showed off her amazing vocal range with an Instagram clip inspired by one of her predecessors at the top of the pop mountain, Madonna.

Britney wrote Saturday, ‘I was really inspired yesterday by @madonna’s post,’ referencing the Material Girl’s acoustic cover of her Grammy-winning track Toxic on Friday, to commemorate World AIDS Day. 

Madonna added, ‘Silence=Death,’ before wishing Spears a happy birthday at the end of the post. 

Showing off her skills: Britney belted out a rich version of the Elvis Presley classic Can't Help Falling in Love on her Instagram account Saturday, as an homage to a previous post from Madonna 

Showing off her skills: Britney belted out a rich version of the Elvis Presley classic Can't Help Falling in Love on her Instagram account Saturday, as an homage to a previous post from Madonna 

Showing off her skills: Britney belted out a rich version of the Elvis Presley classic Can’t Help Falling in Love on her Instagram account Saturday, as an homage to a previous post from Madonna 

In her post, Britney added, ‘She’s right… silence = death,’ adding that Madonna’s ‘words really stuck with [her,] because they are so true.’

The Make Me… singer then paid her own homage to Madonna with a Instagram performance of her own, belting out a deep, rich rendition of the Elvis Presley classic, Can’t Help Falling in Love.

In the clip, filmed at her Thousand Oaks, California mansion, the Oops!… I Did It Again artist wore a backless black skirt as she revolved around her opulent living room, highlighted by the enormous Christmas tree that was the talk of social media earlier this week.

Inspired: Britney was spurred to take to Instagram with the song after Madonna did a cover of her track, Toxic 

Inspired: Britney was spurred to take to Instagram with the song after Madonna did a cover of her track, Toxic 

Inspired: Britney was spurred to take to Instagram with the song after Madonna did a cover of her track, Toxic 

Checklist: Britney said she's 'always wanted to do a performance like this' - in a little black dress with a 360-degree view

Checklist: Britney said she's 'always wanted to do a performance like this' - in a little black dress with a 360-degree view

Checklist: Britney said she's 'always wanted to do a performance like this' - in a little black dress with a 360-degree view

Checklist: Britney said she's 'always wanted to do a performance like this' - in a little black dress with a 360-degree view

Checklist: Britney said she’s ‘always wanted to do a performance like this’ – in a little black dress with a 360-degree view 

Fit: The songstress, who frequently shares her workouts on social media, showed off her toned back in the clip

Fit: The songstress, who frequently shares her workouts on social media, showed off her toned back in the clip

Fit: The songstress, who frequently shares her workouts on social media, showed off her toned back in the clip

Britney added on Instagram that she was inspired by her special day to deliver the social media performance.

‘I’ve always wanted to do a performance like this… singing in a pretty little black dress, with a simple 360, one take shot!’ she wrote. ‘I figured since it was my birthday, why not go for it?! So boom … When the clock struck 12:00, I did it!!!’

The pop diva, who celebrated the day in romantic fashion with boyfriend Sam Asghari, made sure to show her appreciation toward her fan base. She wrote, ‘Thank you all for the beautiful birthday wishes, and for letting me do what I love. I appreciate you more than you will ever know!!!!’

Searing romance: Britney and beau Sam Asghari, 23, shared their romance on social media earlier this week

Searing romance: Britney and beau Sam Asghari, 23, shared their romance on social media earlier this week

Searing romance: Britney and beau Sam Asghari, 23, shared their romance on social media earlier this week

Ice breaker: Britney's enormous Christmas tree set social media abuzz earlier this week

Ice breaker: Britney's enormous Christmas tree set social media abuzz earlier this week

Ice breaker: Britney’s enormous Christmas tree set social media abuzz earlier this week

Love Island winners Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies split

  • The pair are said to have called time on their short lived relationship following a series of arguments prompted by their hectic work schedules
  • ‘We fell in love in the villa and want to thank all the fans of the show for supporting us,’ they said in a statement to MailOnline 

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Love Island winner Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies have separated, little more than five months after meeting on the popular ITV2 show.

The pair are said to have called time on their short lived relationship following a series of arguments prompted by their hectic work schedules.

Confirming the split in a statement to MailOnline, they said: ‘With sadness, we’ve decided to separate.We fell in love in the villa and want to thank all the fans of the show for supporting us. 

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All over: Love Island winners Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies have separated, little more than five months after meeting on the popular ITV2 show

All over: Love Island winners Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies have separated, little more than five months after meeting on the popular ITV2 show

All over: Love Island winners Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies have separated, little more than five months after meeting on the popular ITV2 show

‘Our schedules made it difficult. We’ll remain good friends.’  

Insiders revealed Kem – who is busy training for the upcoming new series of Dancing on Ice, and Amber had had a string of furious rows, made worse by the fact they were living together in Essex.

A source told The Sun: ‘They’ve been at each other’s necks for the past month. They’ve been living on top of each other and clashed over the smallest things.

‘They’ve been at each other’s necks for the past month. They’ve been living on top of each other and clashed over the smallest things.

‘It’s also been very hard for them to see each other with their hectic schedules. They tried to make it work but realised they want different things and being together was too tough.’ 

The news of a split came shortly after it was claimed the pair had blocked one another on social media following an argument.

A source recently said: ‘They have been arguing a lot recently and things finally came to a head on Saturday.

‘Amber was out with some of the girls from ‘Love Island’ — Olivia Attwood and Georgia Harrison — so blocked Kem on social media to try and enjoy a stress free evening.

‘It was just a silly argument — Kem even sent Amber some flowers to make things right again between them. 

‘It’s also been very hard for them to see each other with their hectic schedules. They tried to make it work but realised they want different things and being together was too tough.’ 

 

 

 

I’m A Celebrity: Kezia Dugdale is SECOND to leave jungle

She had entered the jungle as a late arrival alongside comedian Iain Lee and had been quick to settle into camp life. 

But Kezia Dugdale’s time on I’m A Celebrity came to an end on Sunday night, as she became the second celebrity to leave the much-loved reality series, following the exit of comedian Shappi Khorsandi. 

On her exit from the show, the Scottish politican declared she was ‘free at last’, as she insisted to show hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly that she was ‘ready to go’ after 12 days in camp.

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Kezia told the presenting duo: ‘I’m hungry, I want a bacon roll and a cup of coffee. I’ve done 12 days, I’m ready to go.’

Explaining her decision to enter the show, as a politician, she said: ‘It’s the biggest show in the UK it was important for me to come on and talk about things that I care about.’

Kezia added that she wanted to challenge the stereotype when it comes to politicians to show, as she continued: ‘There’s people like Stanley [Johnson] that’s old white, pale and stale, I wanted to show there is other people out there.’

Reflecting on her time in camp, Kez said the she thought she ‘fitted in’ with the other stars, despite being more ‘reserved’ and ‘quiet’ than the ‘huge personalities’ that make up this year’s celebrity lineup. 

She had survived four days living on a rationed diet of rice and beans, joking as Ant & Dec quizzed her about her lack of meals: ‘I thought that was all i was ever going to get, the first bit of meat was fab!’

Kezia also touched on her strained relationship with boxer Amir Khan, as the duo had been known to clash with one another in camp, and while she insisted she wasn’t left annoyed by the sports star, she wanted to fight her own when it came to the assigned tasks in camp. 

‘You have a task that’s your job and you don’t want anyone to mess around with it,’ she said. ‘You do have to push back a little bit. [Men] are like only we know how to lift logs and make a fire, but then they a**e it up! That’s Amir!’ 

Meanwhile in the episode, Vanessa White was joined by Coronation Street star Jenni McAlpine as they took on the latest Bushtucker Trial, Car Cruel Karaoke – a play on Car Pool Karaoke made famous on The Late Late Show by James Corden – and they each had to name the song title and artist while the other one hummed the track while holding a critter in their mouth.

Jenni had hummed along to the Bon Jovi track and while Vanessa knew every word, she failed to correctly give the rocker’s name, causing the duo to lose out on a star. 

When told it was Bon Jovi, Vanessa flippantly replied: ‘See I wouldn’t know that,’ before confessing the ‘artist’ is her downfall, as she struggles to remember names. 

Despite getting off to a rocky start, Vanessa did manage to go on to win herself and her campmates a few more stars, with a little encouragement from Jenni along the way. 

The shame: The singer caused outrage on Twitter as she failed to name Bon Jovi as the artist to sing iconic '80s hit Livin' On A Prayer

The shame: The singer caused outrage on Twitter as she failed to name Bon Jovi as the artist to sing iconic '80s hit Livin' On A Prayer

The shame: The singer caused outrage on Twitter as she failed to name Bon Jovi as the artist to sing iconic ’80s hit Livin’ On A Prayer

Having a ball: Despite having to hold critters in their mouths as they hummed and being covered in bugs, the girls appeared to enjoy themselves during the trial

Having a ball: Despite having to hold critters in their mouths as they hummed and being covered in bugs, the girls appeared to enjoy themselves during the trial

Having a ball: Despite having to hold critters in their mouths as they hummed and being covered in bugs, the girls appeared to enjoy themselves during the trial

She managed to correctly name Spice Girls’ track Stop, Last Christmas – although she could only name George Michael as the artist and not Wham who the hit is actually by, Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen and Like A Virgin by Madonna. 

Jenni, meanwhile, put her campmate to shame as she correctly guessed all of her song choices and the duo took home eight stars for camp, winning Ostrich egg for dinner. 

At the end of their trial, host Ant McPartlin told Vanessa he ‘expected more’ from her, while Declan Donnelly joked: ‘You’re great with the songs, do you not care who sings them?’ 

Hum it out: Jennie could be seen humming along to the Spice Girls while holding three witchetty grubs in her mouth

Hum it out: Jennie could be seen humming along to the Spice Girls while holding three witchetty grubs in her mouth

Hum it out: Jennie could be seen humming along to the Spice Girls while holding three witchetty grubs in her mouth

Gruesome: Jennie  and Vanessa didn't seem fazed by the critter-infested challenge

Gruesome: Jennie  and Vanessa didn't seem fazed by the critter-infested challenge

Gruesome: Jennie and Vanessa didn’t seem fazed by the critter-infested challenge

Shocking: At the end of their trial, host Ant McPartlin told Vanessa he 'expected more' from her, while Declan Donnelly joked: 'You're great with the songs, do you not care who sings them?'

Shocking: At the end of their trial, host Ant McPartlin told Vanessa he 'expected more' from her, while Declan Donnelly joked: 'You're great with the songs, do you not care who sings them?'

Shocking: At the end of their trial, host Ant McPartlin told Vanessa he ‘expected more’ from her, while Declan Donnelly joked: ‘You’re great with the songs, do you not care who sings them?’

As the dinner descended into camp, the celebrities were left baffled by the size of the ostrich egg, with Amir Khan selected to handle the treat while cooking the camp’s latest meal. 

Trusted with the large egg, he said: ‘I had everyone’s dinner in my hands and i thought if i break it I’m going to be the most hated man in camp.’

Luckily, he managed to hold his nerve and the celebrities enjoyed a fairly hearty dinner that led to a slew of egg puns from the group, with Stanley Johnson commenting the group were ‘egg-static’ by the meal, while Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo described her dinner as ‘egg-cellent’. 

Meanwhile, former politician Stanley, who is father to Boris Johnson, left viewers amused as the campmates took part in a challenge named ‘Displeasure Beach’. The stars were buried in sand and covered in fish guts and critters while they had to count the number of coloured flags a lifeguard was holding up in front of them. 

Getting himself through the task, Stanley took it upon himself to entertain the group with his own rendition of I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside, that included the lyric, ‘I love to have these tiny creatures nestling next to me,’ but left them furious when he wrongly answered how many flags he had seen. 

Toff, Jamie Lomas, Dennis Wise and Vanessa had all guessed their colour correctly and while Stanley was adamant he had seen nine blue flags, Dennis insisted the star to answer nine, as he too had been counting. 

Sticking to his guns, Stanley favoured seven and told his pal: ‘You can beat me up afterwards if you like, I’m sticking with 7!’ only to be told he was wrong. 

‘Truth to tell I had to say it as I saw it, now I know it was nine I should have listened and learned not to let your mind wander, it is possible I missed a flag or two,’ he confessed. 

The group also took part in another critter-infested challenge titled Dingo Bingo and were later allowed to win luxuries for the group in a tombola style game. 

While Iain won Kez her care package, after she missed out first time round, the others secured for the camp cheese and biscuits, milk chocolate, crumpets, fresh socks and fresh laundry for two lucky campers.

 

 

Grant Denyer’s wife Chezzi requires surgery

She shares two children with husband and Family Feud host Grant Denyer.

And on her blog last week, Chezzi Denyer revealed she’s to undergo surgery, just weeks before Christmas, for debilitating migraines.

‘I am left really struggling to just get through my everyday life,’ the 38-year-old candidly shared. 

'I'm struggling to get through everyday life': Grant Denyer's wife Chezzi, 38, revealed via a blog post last week, that she's to undergo surgery for a debilitating condition just weeks before Christmas

'I'm struggling to get through everyday life': Grant Denyer's wife Chezzi, 38, revealed via a blog post last week, that she's to undergo surgery for a debilitating condition just weeks before Christmas

‘I’m struggling to get through everyday life’: Grant Denyer’s wife Chezzi, 38, revealed via a blog post last week, that she’s to undergo surgery for a debilitating condition just weeks before Christmas

Chezzi began: ‘The week of my birthday earlier this month (November), I was sent to hospital with a severe migraine pain in my left hand side of my head. I’ve not experienced anything like it and thought it was caused by me detoxing?’ 

With her surgery scheduled for December 6, the media personality went on to describe the debilitating condition.

‘In the interim, I am left really struggling to just get through my everyday life. Some days are worse than others. Some days I have such severe vertigo that I nearly fall over if I get up too quickly or if I move my head in a certain way.’

Debilitating: Severe migraines have left the media personality struggling daily, and is scheduled to go into surgery on December 6

Debilitating: Severe migraines have left the media personality struggling daily, and is scheduled to go into surgery on December 6

Debilitating: Severe migraines have left the media personality struggling daily, and is scheduled to go into surgery on December 6

Support network: Chezzi is relying on the support of her beloved husband Grant, to get her through such challenging times

Support network: Chezzi is relying on the support of her beloved husband Grant, to get her through such challenging times

Support network: Chezzi is relying on the support of her beloved husband Grant, to get her through such challenging times

Chezzi is relying on the support of her beloved husband Grant, to get her through such challenging times.  

‘My beautiful and loving husband is my tower of strength and I’ve been depending on him so much lately.’   

Chezzi, a Jeans for Genes ambassador, married Grant, 40, in 2010, and the couple share two daughters, Sailor, six, and Scout, two.

Family: 'My beautiful and loving husband is my tower of strength and I've been depending on him so much lately,' the mother-of-two wrote to her blog last week

Family: 'My beautiful and loving husband is my tower of strength and I've been depending on him so much lately,' the mother-of-two wrote to her blog last week

Family: ‘My beautiful and loving husband is my tower of strength and I’ve been depending on him so much lately,’ the mother-of-two wrote to her blog last week

Living on a 27 acre farm just outside of Bathurst, the family could welcome another child in the near future.

Speaking to TV WEEK magazine in September, Chezzi revealed that Grant would love a son.   

‘He’d love a little boy running around the house. Grant’s an amazing dad, and we’ve spoken about it, so who knows.’ 

Love story: Chezzi, a Jeans for Genes ambassador, married Grant, 40, in 2010, and the couple share two daughters, Sailor, six, and Scout, two 

Love story: Chezzi, a Jeans for Genes ambassador, married Grant, 40, in 2010, and the couple share two daughters, Sailor, six, and Scout, two 

Love story: Chezzi, a Jeans for Genes ambassador, married Grant, 40, in 2010, and the couple share two daughters, Sailor, six, and Scout, two 

Jeremy Piven’s Entourage co-star comes to his defense

Kevin Dillon insists Jeremy Piven is a ‘gentleman’ despite the allegations that have been put forth against his former Entourage co-star as of late.

The 52-year-old actor has spoken out to defend Piven – who has been accused of sexual assault by four women – over the allegations against him.

He told TMZ: ‘I think he’s getting railroaded here. I’ve never seen him do anything like that. He’s been nothing but a gentleman.’

No time for Johnny Drama! Kevin Dillon insists Jeremy Piven is a 'gentleman'  to TMZ despite the allegations that have been put forth against his former Entourage co-star as of late

No time for Johnny Drama! Kevin Dillon insists Jeremy Piven is a 'gentleman'  to TMZ despite the allegations that have been put forth against his former Entourage co-star as of late

No time for Johnny Drama! Kevin Dillon insists Jeremy Piven is a 'gentleman'  to TMZ despite the allegations that have been put forth against his former Entourage co-star as of late

No time for Johnny Drama! Kevin Dillon insists Jeremy Piven is a 'gentleman'  to TMZ despite the allegations that have been put forth against his former Entourage co-star as of late

No time for Johnny Drama! Kevin Dillon insists Jeremy Piven is a ‘gentleman’  to TMZ despite the allegations that have been put forth against his former Entourage co-star as of late

And Kevin went on to slam the ‘witchhunt’ that his engulfed Hollywood and seen a number of high-profile men accused of sexual misconduct.

When told Matt Lauer had lost his job on Today due to similar allegations, he said: ‘No way! It’s a witch hunt.’

Jeremy has been accused of sexual assault or harassment by four women – actress Anastasia Taneie, former Playboy model Ariane Bellamar, Longmire actress Cassidy Freeman, and advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby.

The crew: Dillon pictured with Piven, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, and Jerry Ferrera (from right to left) at the Entourage: The Movie premiere in London back in June 2015

The crew: Dillon pictured with Piven, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, and Jerry Ferrera (from right to left) at the Entourage: The Movie premiere in London back in June 2015

The crew: Dillon pictured with Piven, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, and Jerry Ferrera (from right to left) at the Entourage: The Movie premiere in London back in June 2015

Following the spate of allegations, Jeremy said in a statement to BuzzFeed: ‘Let me be absolutely clear, this simply did not happen.

‘I would never force myself on a woman. I cannot speak as to why a person would create a story like this.’

Meanwhile, HBO – the TV network that broadcast Entourage – said: ‘We reviewed our records and did not receive any complaints against Jeremy Piven on Entourage.’

The actor reportedly took polygraph tests regarding three of the claims, and a blanket lie detector test to determine if he had ever assaulted a woman, and he passed with no signs of deception.

But in the wake of the allegations, the 52-year-old actor had his CBS TV show Wisdom Of The Crowd axed.

Accusers: Actress Ariane Bellamar, 38, (left) last month accused Piven of groping her breasts. Porn star Isis Taylor (right) is another women who claims Piven harassed her

Accusers: Actress Ariane Bellamar, 38, (left) last month accused Piven of groping her breasts. Porn star Isis Taylor (right) is another women who claims Piven harassed her

Accusers: Actress Ariane Bellamar, 38, (left) last month accused Piven of groping her breasts. Porn star Isis Taylor (right) is another women who claims Piven harassed her

Accusers: Actress Ariane Bellamar, 38, (left) last month accused Piven of groping her breasts. Porn star Isis Taylor (right) is another women who claims Piven harassed her

Accusers: Actress Ariane Bellamar, 38, (left) last month accused Piven of groping her breasts. Porn star Isis Taylor (right) is another women who claims Piven harassed her

Advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby says Piven attacked her in 2003 in his hotel room

Advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby says Piven attacked her in 2003 in his hotel room

Cassidy Freeman also accused him of engaging in 'predatory behavior' against her when she was 'far too young'

Cassidy Freeman also accused him of engaging in 'predatory behavior' against her when she was 'far too young'

Advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby (left) says Piven attacked her in 2003 in his hotel room and actress Cassidy Freeman (right) also accused him of engaging in ‘predatory behavior’ against her when she was ‘far too young’

He tweeted: “Wanted to thanks all of you guys for supporting us at #WisdomoftheCrowd sorry we don’t get to continue with this great family we have created . Proud of the work we did and we will Finish out our 13 episodes with full hearts !

‘Thanks for all the love , going to miss it as well… #WisdomoftheCrowd (sic)’

All 13 episodes of the show originally commissioned will air, but an order for additional episodes has been declined, an insider told TV Line. 

Piven and Dillon starred together on all eight seasons of Entourage from 2004 to 2007. They also starred on the 2015 feature film together.

Signature roles: Piven and Dillon starred together on all eight seasons of Entourage from 2004 to 2007

Signature roles: Piven and Dillon starred together on all eight seasons of Entourage from 2004 to 2007

Signature roles: Piven and Dillon starred together on all eight seasons of Entourage from 2004 to 2007

 

5 things we learnt from this weekend´s Premier League…

Press Association

Manchester duo City and United continue to set the pace in this season’s Premier League as the latest round of fixtures yielded few surprises.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at what we learned over the weekend.

1. Liverpool have some clever footballers

Whatever the validity of the questions posed about Liverpool’s ability to defend, they have very few problems going forward, where pace and talent are matched by admirable footballing intelligence. Mohamed Salah’s ability to carry to ball at high speed and then either finish himself or pick out a killer final pass is hugely impressive, but the vision of Philippe Coutinho and his audacity in drilling a free-kick under Brighton’s defensive wall rather than over it are priceless.

2. Arsenal have forgotten how to defend

But for David De Gea and some last-ditch defending, Arsenal might have beaten Manchester United comfortably on Saturday evening. That they did not, however, was due only in part to the excellence of the Spanish goalkeeper and his rearguard. The kamikaze Arsenal defending allowed Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial to stretch them repeatedly on the counter and ultimately proved terminal.

3. Eden Hazard is hitting form at the right time

Chelsea may or may not eventually have a say in where the Premier League title ends up this season, but whatever they achieve collectively, Eden Hazard is showing ominous signs of entering World Cup year at the height of his powers. The Belgium international dismantled promoted Newcastle on Saturday to serve England with a timely reminder of his talent as the two nations cast one eye towards their showdown in Russia next summer.

4. Sam Allardyce in a nutshell

What you see is what you get with Sam Allardyce. The new Everton boss launched his reign against Huddersfield by ticking off the checklist he has employed to great success for most of his managerial career – be hard to beat, take the minimum of risks, keep a clean sheet, score a goal (or in this case, two) and collect three points. It may not be pretty at times, but it is effective.

5. David Moyes may have something to work with after all

David Moyes

David Moyes

David Moyes

David Moyes may have collected just a single point in his first four games as West Ham boss and the club does find itself inside the relegation zone, but there were signs on Sunday that their cause may not yet be forlorn. The Hammers briefly suggested they could pull off a major shock when Angelo Ogbonna headed them into the lead at Manchester City and although Pep Guardiola’s men eventually won, Moyes’ men made them look ordinary at times in a spirited display.

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Sam Wood ‘spotted shooting an audition tape’ for The Block

 He rose to fame on The Bachelor in 2015. 

But Sam Wood could be returning to TV screens in 2018, with Woman’s Day reporting he has set his sights on appearing on The Block. 

According to the publication, the 37-year-old was ‘spotted shooting an audition tape’ several weeks ago with his friend Paul Lange. 

From The Bachelor to The Block? Sam Wood 'spotted shooting an audition tape in front of Gatwick Hotel' for the Channel Nine renovation series

From The Bachelor to The Block? Sam Wood 'spotted shooting an audition tape in front of Gatwick Hotel' for the Channel Nine renovation series

From The Bachelor to The Block? Sam Wood ‘spotted shooting an audition tape in front of Gatwick Hotel’ for the Channel Nine renovation series

Sam was reportedly seen shooting a test tape for the series outside St Kilda’s Gatwick Hotel in Melbourne.

The famed building has been widely touted as the set for next year’s season of The Block.

‘Sam was cycling along Fitzroy Street, talking about why he and his mate should be a team on the show,’ a ‘source’ allegedly told the magazine.

Lovebirds: The reality TV sweethearts, who met and fell in love on The Bachelor in 2015, welcomed their first child together in October 

Lovebirds: The reality TV sweethearts, who met and fell in love on The Bachelor in 2015, welcomed their first child together in October 

Lovebirds: The reality TV sweethearts, who met and fell in love on The Bachelor in 2015, welcomed their first child together in October 

Returning to TV? Sam was reportedly seen shooting a test tape for the series outside St Kilda’s Gatwick Hotel in Melbourne 

Woman’s Day also reports that Sam is auditioning for the show with his friend Paul, as his fiancee Snezana Markoski is ‘busy with their bub Willow’.

The reality TV sweethearts, who met and fell in love on The Bachelor in 2015, welcomed their first child together in October.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sam for comment.

Sam makes no secret of his love for the popular renovation show, purchasing an Elsternwick home designed by The Block’s Sasha and Julia last year.  

 Meanwhile in March Sam revealed he had auditioned to be a personal trainer on the ill-fated reboot of The Biggest Loser. 

He's a fan! Sam makes no secret of his love for the popular renovation show, purchasing an Elsternwick home designed by The Block's Sasha and Julia last year 

He's a fan! Sam makes no secret of his love for the popular renovation show, purchasing an Elsternwick home designed by The Block's Sasha and Julia last year 

He’s a fan! Sam makes no secret of his love for the popular renovation show, purchasing an Elsternwick home designed by The Block’s Sasha and Julia last year 

‘I applied last year as the male trainer as Channel 10 were going to have all new trainers,’ he wrote on his 28 by Sam Wood Facebook page.

‘I was told I was the best candidate but they decided that changing all the trainers in one go was too risky so they went with Shannon and Libby.’

Sam finished: ‘I think they both do a great job but next year I really want to be the trainer and share the magic that is 28 with Australia and the millions that need to know.’

But it’s unlikely Sam will get a chance to appear on The Biggest Loser next year, with the show’s dismal ratings seeing it moved to a lunchtime slot.  

She won't appear? Woman's Day also reports that Sam is auditioning for the show with his friend Paul, as his fiancee Snezana is 'busy with their bub Willow' 

She won't appear? Woman's Day also reports that Sam is auditioning for the show with his friend Paul, as his fiancee Snezana is 'busy with their bub Willow' 

She won’t appear? Woman’s Day also reports that Sam is auditioning for the show with his friend Paul, as his fiancee Snezana is ‘busy with their bub Willow’ 

 

Blake Lively dons short dark wig on Rhythm Section set

She’s playing an assassin in her new film, The Rhythm Section.

And Blake Lively was completely unrecognizable from her usual Hollywood chic self as she continued filming in Dublin, Ireland, on Sunday.

In character as Stephanie Patrick, the 30-year-old actress’s long, golden locks were hidden under a tousle , short, brunette wig.

Stepping out: Blake Lively was completely unrecognizable from her usual Hollywood chic self as she continued filming The Rhythm Section in Dublin, Ireland, on Sunday

Stepping out: Blake Lively was completely unrecognizable from her usual Hollywood chic self as she continued filming The Rhythm Section in Dublin, Ireland, on Sunday

Stepping out: Blake Lively was completely unrecognizable from her usual Hollywood chic self as she continued filming The Rhythm Section in Dublin, Ireland, on Sunday

She wore a long dark blue coat over a matching sweater, black pants and heavy leather boots as she walked the rain-soaked streets of the city. 

The actress was joined on set by co-star Jude Law, whose character has yet to be revealed. 

He was a late recruit to the thriller, signing up at the end of September. 

Different look: The 30-year-old's long, golden locks were hidden under a short, brunette wig for her role as would-be assassin Stephanie Patrick

Different look: The 30-year-old's long, golden locks were hidden under a short, brunette wig for her role as would-be assassin Stephanie Patrick

Different look: The 30-year-old's long, golden locks were hidden under a short, brunette wig for her role as would-be assassin Stephanie Patrick

Different look: The 30-year-old's long, golden locks were hidden under a short, brunette wig for her role as would-be assassin Stephanie Patrick

Different look: The 30-year-old’s long, golden locks were hidden under a short, brunette wig for her role as would-be assassin Stephanie Patrick  

Looking down: The actress wore a long dark blue coat over a matching sweater, black pants and heavy leather boots as she walked the rain-soaked streets of the city

Looking down: The actress wore a long dark blue coat over a matching sweater, black pants and heavy leather boots as she walked the rain-soaked streets of the city

Looking down: The actress wore a long dark blue coat over a matching sweater, black pants and heavy leather boots as she walked the rain-soaked streets of the city

One in the crowd: Keeping her eyes down she blended into the people on the sidewalk

One in the crowd: Keeping her eyes down she blended into the people on the sidewalk

One in the crowd: Keeping her eyes down she blended into the people on the sidewalk

The 44-year-old was also warmly dressed in a dark green army-style jacket teamed with a black sweater, black pants and heavy boots.

The pair didn’t appear to be filming scenes together but they hung out and chatted.

Also on set was actress Amira Ghazalla, who plays Alia Kaif. 

Star power: Jude Law was also spotted on set. The actor was a late recruit to the thriller, signing up at the end of September, and his role has yet to be revealed 

Star power: Jude Law was also spotted on set. The actor was a late recruit to the thriller, signing up at the end of September, and his role has yet to be revealed 

Star power: Jude Law was also spotted on set. The actor was a late recruit to the thriller, signing up at the end of September, and his role has yet to be revealed 

Having a chinwag: Blake and the 44-year-old enjoyed a chat and a warming cup of coffee on the chilly day

Having a chinwag: Blake and the 44-year-old enjoyed a chat and a warming cup of coffee on the chilly day

Having a chinwag: Blake and the 44-year-old enjoyed a chat and a warming cup of coffee on the chilly day

Cold weather outfit: Jude was warmly dressed in a dark green army-style jacket teamed with a black sweater, black pants and heavy boots

Cold weather outfit: Jude was warmly dressed in a dark green army-style jacket teamed with a black sweater, black pants and heavy boots

Cold weather outfit: Jude was warmly dressed in a dark green army-style jacket teamed with a black sweater, black pants and heavy boots

 The movie is based on the first of British author Mark Burnell’s four books in his best-selling Stephanie Patrick series. 

And his fans will know that Blake’s character is also a master of disguise.

Which explains why she was dressed as a disheveled blonde drug addict living rough in Dublin in scenes filmed in early November.

Sneaking up behind him: The pair didn't appear to be filming scenes together

Sneaking up behind him: The pair didn't appear to be filming scenes together

Sneaking up behind him: The pair didn’t appear to be filming scenes together

Scouting out the area: Jude Law checked out the Dublin street

Scouting out the area: Jude Law checked out the Dublin street

Scouting out the area: Jude Law checked out the Dublin street

Scouting out the area: Jude Law checked out the Dublin street

Scouting out the area: Jude checked out the Dublin street where filming was taking place

Staying hydrated: He knocked back a refreshing bottle of water

Staying hydrated: He knocked back a refreshing bottle of water

Staying hydrated: He knocked back a refreshing bottle of water

The action thriller centers on the grieving heroine whose family dies in a tragic plane crash on a flight she was meant to be on.

 But after the distraught protagonist discovers the crash was no accident, she embarks on a mission to avenge her family’s death.

 Fueled by revenge, Stephanie becomes a deadly assassin and sets out to track down the group responsible for putting a bomb aboard the plane. 

Looking worried: Also on set was actress Amira Ghazalla, who plays Alia Kaif in the movie

Looking worried: Also on set was actress Amira Ghazalla, who plays Alia Kaif in the movie

Looking worried: Also on set was actress Amira Ghazalla, who plays Alia Kaif in the movie

Covering up: The Game Of Thrones actress covered her brunette hair with a plastic rain hat

Covering up: The Game Of Thrones actress covered her brunette hair with a plastic rain hat

Covering up: The Game Of Thrones actress covered her brunette hair with a plastic rain hat

The thriller is backed by the team behind James Bond team – Barbara Broccoli, who has produced the last eight 007 chapters, and Michael G. Wilson, via their Eon Productions banner.

 Barbara and Michael issued a statement on the project in July saying: ‘It is exciting for us to be working with the immensely talented team of director Reed Morano and actress Blake Lively, who have a strong vision for this very compelling story driven by a female protagonist.’

The Rhythm Section  is due out in the US on February 22, 2019. 

Different look: Back in November, Blake donned a blonde wig to play Stephanie, who becomes a master of disguise as she hunts the group who bombed the plane her family was on

Different look: Back in November, Blake donned a blonde wig to play Stephanie, who becomes a master of disguise as she hunts the group who bombed the plane her family was on

Different look: Back in November, Blake donned a blonde wig to play Stephanie, who becomes a master of disguise as she hunts the group who bombed the plane her family was on

Her more usual look: Blake oozed sheer elegance at an event in New York City in October

Her more usual look: Blake oozed sheer elegance at an event in New York City in October

Her more usual look: Blake oozed sheer elegance at an event in New York City in October

 

PM poll boost as Bill Shorten linked to Chinese tycoon

Malcolm Turnbull has enjoyed a poll boost as it’s revealed Labor leader Bill Shorten visited the home of a Chinese tycoon despite warnings from ASIO.

The prime minister’s Coalition team has posted a small recovery in Newspoll, with its primary vote up two points to 36 per cent.

However, the government still trails Labor 53 per cent to 47 per cent after preferences, marking Mr Turnbull’s 24th consecutive Newspoll loss.

Malcolm Turnbull enjoyed a small Newspoll recovery but it's still his 24th consecutive poll loss

Malcolm Turnbull enjoyed a small Newspoll recovery but it's still his 24th consecutive poll loss

Malcolm Turnbull enjoyed a small Newspoll recovery but it’s still his 24th consecutive poll loss

Bill Shorten reportedly sought election funding from Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo when in March 2016

Bill Shorten reportedly sought election funding from Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo when in March 2016

Bill Shorten reportedly sought election funding from Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo when in March 2016

The opinion poll news came as The Sydney Morning Herald revealed Mr Shorten had visited Chinese businessman Huang Xiangmo at his Sydney mansion, reportedly months after a warning from ASIO.

The Opposition Leader and his family reportedly visited Mr Huang’s North Shore home at Mosman in March last year to solicit funds for the Labor Party’s 2016 campaign ads.

The revelation come with Senator Sam Dastyari embroiled in a scandal involving Mr Huang and Chinese influence on local politicians.

Mr Shorten has not denied the visit, but pointed out to Fairfax that senior government figures including Mr Turnbull, his deputy Julie Bishop and his predecessor Tony Abbott, had all socialised with Mr Huang.

Foreign donations to Australian political parties will be banned to prevent figures like Mr Huang (pictured) influencing Australian politics with donations

Foreign donations to Australian political parties will be banned to prevent figures like Mr Huang (pictured) influencing Australian politics with donations

Foreign donations to Australian political parties will be banned to prevent figures like Mr Huang (pictured) influencing Australian politics with donations

Labor’s national secretary George Wright was briefed by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation on Mr Huang’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party in October 2015.

Fairfax Media said it was unclear whether the concerns were shared with the opposition leader before his visit.

Mr Shorten was not personally briefed by ASIO on the issue until late 2016, long after the visit.

Mr Shorten’s office stressed his home visit did not compromise Australia’s national security and that Labor would ‘no longer accept donations from Mr Huang’.

‘It is unbelievable that Mr Turnbull still refuses to do the same.’

Senator Dastyari relinquished his post as deputy opposition whip last week after he allegedly warned Mr Huang his phone might be bugged by ASIO

Senator Dastyari relinquished his post as deputy opposition whip last week after he allegedly warned Mr Huang his phone might be bugged by ASIO

Senator Dastyari relinquished his post as deputy opposition whip last week after he allegedly warned Mr Huang his phone might be bugged by ASIO

Huang Xiangmo's former adviser Tim Xu is working on Liberal candidate John Alexander's campaign team

Huang Xiangmo's former adviser Tim Xu is working on Liberal candidate John Alexander's campaign team

Huang Xiangmo’s former adviser Tim Xu is working on Liberal candidate John Alexander’s campaign team

Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph says Mr Huang’s former adviser, Tim Xu, has joined the Liberal campaign for John Alexander in the Bennelong by-election.

Foreign donations to Australian political parties will be banned in the wake of Labor senator Sam Dastyari’s alleged leak to a Chinese businessman.

New laws will also also crack down on classified information leaks, and criminalise supporting foreign spy agencies.

The government will introduce the legislation this week amid reports Bill Shorten sought election funding from Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo.

Senator Dastyari was forced to resign as deputy opposition whip last week after he allegedly warned the same businessman his phone might be bugged by ASIO.

The new laws would make it a criminal offence to support foreign intelligence agencies in the same way as helping terrorist organisations, The Sydney Morning Herald said.

A U.S.-style register of foreign agents would be set up to help prevent political interference in Australian politics.

Disclosing classified or other harmful information would be criminalised, along with covert or deceptive activities that, while not espionage, interferes with Australia’s democratic process.

The reforms followed Attorney-General George Brandis’ review of foreign interference, which he said was ‘a problem of the highest order and it is getting worse’. 

Labor leader Bill Shorten pointed out Huang Xiangmo's link to Liberal deputy Julie Bishop

Labor leader Bill Shorten pointed out Huang Xiangmo's link to Liberal deputy Julie Bishop

Labor leader Bill Shorten pointed out Huang Xiangmo’s link to Liberal deputy Julie Bishop

The Opposition Leader dined with Mr Huang, who has links to the Chinese Communist Party, in his Sydney mansion in May 2016.

He was there to ask for donations for the Federal Election last July, sources told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr Shorten did not deny meeting the controversial tycoon at his Mosman home, but did not answer questions about why he was there.

His visit came after ALP national secretary George Wright, along with representatives from the Liberal and Nationals, were briefed in October 2015 by ASIO about Chinese interference in Australian politics using cash donations.

ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis told them the agency was concerned about Mr Huang’s connections to the Communist Party.

It was not clear whether Mr Wright told Mr Shorten the contents of the briefing, and the Opposition leader didn’t have his own until late 2016. 

The new laws introduced by Attorney-General George Brandis will also also crack down on classified information leaks, and criminalise supporting foreign spy agencie

The new laws introduced by Attorney-General George Brandis will also also crack down on classified information leaks, and criminalise supporting foreign spy agencie

The new laws introduced by Attorney-General George Brandis will also also crack down on classified information leaks, and criminalise supporting foreign spy agencie

Mr Huang (pictured left with Senator Dastyari centre) has links to the Chinese Communist Party and ASIO was concerned about his ability to influence Australian politics with donations

Mr Huang (pictured left with Senator Dastyari centre) has links to the Chinese Communist Party and ASIO was concerned about his ability to influence Australian politics with donations

Mr Huang (pictured left with Senator Dastyari centre) has links to the Chinese Communist Party and ASIO was concerned about his ability to influence Australian politics with donations

A spokesman for Mr Shorten said both Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had also met with Mr Huang.

Both said they had never visited the businessman’s home, but Mr Turnbull met him at an event and Mr Shorten and trade minister Andrew Robb attended his daughter’s wedding last January. 

Mr Shorten’s office stressed his March 2015 visit with Mr Huang did not compromise Australia’s national security.

Since the ASIO briefing, Labor accepted $141,000 in donations from Mr Huang, the Liberal Party $122,960, and the Nationals $15,000.

Liberal candidate for Bennelong, John Alexander, has also been dragged into the scandal with revelations Mr Huang’s until-recently aide Tim Xu is working for him.

Mr Alexander is contesting a by-election against former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally on November 13 after he had to resign over his dual citizenship.

Mr Xu was close confidant and translator to Mr Huang, who can’t speak English, until he resigned in August and joined Mr Alexander’s campaign.

He was seen handing out how-to-vote cards in the heavily-Chinese suburb of Eastwood, Sydney, wearing a John Alexander T-shirt alongside volunteers.

John Alexander (L) campaigning with Malcolm Turnbull as he contests a by-election on November 13 after he had to resign over his dual citizenship

John Alexander (L) campaigning with Malcolm Turnbull as he contests a by-election on November 13 after he had to resign over his dual citizenship

John Alexander (L) campaigning with Malcolm Turnbull as he contests a by-election on November 13 after he had to resign over his dual citizenship

Mr Xu was also one of four people in the meeting where Senator Dastyari cut ties with Mr Huang and warned him about possible surveillance.

‘He was the witness in the room as Huang’s interpreter,’ one of two sources confirming his presence told the Daily Telegraph.

Senator Dastyari allegedly told Mr Huang they should leave their phones inside when they met at the donor’s Mosman mansion in October last year.

The meeting was less than a month after he stepped down as consumer affairs spokesman and manager of opposition business in the Senate.

His parliamentary fall from grace followed revelations he’d allowed Mr Huang to pay a personal debt and taken a pro-China stance on the South China Sea – at odds with Labor’s position.

Senator Dastyari previously said he only ‘incorrectly’ mumbled an answer backing Beijing’s controversial policy when asked by Chinese reporters.

But the embattled Labor senator was forced to walk the plank again last week after audio emerged which made his remarks appear prepared and scripted.

Mr Huang with former prime minister Julia Gillard and Senator Dastyari

Mr Huang with former prime minister Julia Gillard and Senator Dastyari

Mr Huang with former prime minister Julia Gillard and Senator Dastyari

Senator Dastyari allegedly told Mr Huang they should leave their phones inside when they met at Mr Huang's Mosman mansion in October last year

Senator Dastyari allegedly told Mr Huang they should leave their phones inside when they met at Mr Huang's Mosman mansion in October last year

Senator Dastyari allegedly told Mr Huang they should leave their phones inside when they met at Mr Huang’s Mosman mansion in October last year

However, Senator Dastyari still denied any wrongdoing or leaking of classified material to Mr Huang at his meeting or at any other time.

‘After the events of last year, I spoke to Mr Huang to tell him that I did not think it was appropriate that we have future contact,’ he said.

‘I thought it was a matter of common courtesy to say this face-to-face.’

He insisted he was never briefed by any security agency, or received any classified information.

‘I reject any assertion that I did anything other than put to Mr Huang gossip being spread by journalists,’ he said.

He repeated this in his resignation speech, saying: ‘I’ve never passed on intelligence information. I’ve never been in possession of any.’  

SENATOR SAM DASTYARI AND HIS CHINESE LINKS 

* August 2013: Sam Dastyari elected to the Senate to replace Matt Thistlethwaite who quit to run for a lower house seat.

* 2015: ASIO cautions Labor and the Liberals against taking donations from two businessmen – Huang Xiangmo and Dr Chau Chak Wing – suspected of being conduits to the Chinese Communist Party.

* June 2016: Dastyari defends China’s actions in the South China Sea during a press conference to Chinese journalists, attended by Huang. ‘The Chinese integrity of its borders is a matter for China,’ he said, contradicting Labor policy outlined by its then defence spokesman just days earlier.

* Details of the press conference were revealed in September 2016, at which time Dastyari said he had only ‘incorrectly’ mumbled an answer to a question he should not have taken.

* August 31, 2016: Government documents reveal the Top Education Institute – a Chinese higher education provider – paid Dastyari’s $1670.82 excess travel bill. Dastyari admits in parliament he should have paid the bill himself.

* September 5, 2016: New details emerge that Dastyari failed to declare two bottles of wine worth $700 given by big Chinese donors.

* September 6, 2016: Shorten tells off his ‘junior senator’ but will not sack him. Dastyari bumbles through a 26-minute press conference where he admits he was wrong to have a Chinese donor pay outstanding bills. He remains defiant that he did not provide political favours in return for the payments.

* September 7, 2016: Quits Labor shadow ministry and role as manager of opposition business in the Senate.

* October 2016: Met with Huang at the businessman’s Sydney mansion and reportedly told him they should leave their phones inside while they spoke outside, as a counter-surveillance measure, and warned him his phone may be tapped.

* February 2017: Appointed deputy opposition whip in the Senate.

* June 2017: ABC’s Four Corners reports Dastyari lobbied for Huang to secure Australian citizenship. He says such efforts were part of his job and his office had dealt with hundreds of citizenship matters since he was elected.

* November 28, 2017: Fairfax reports on the October 2016 meeting with Huang. Full audio of the June 2016 press conference emerges, contradicting the senator’s September 2016 explanation.

* November 29, 2017: Bill Shorten tells Dastyari he must resign senior parliamentary positions, including as deputy opposition whip in the Senate. Dastyari says he is ‘shocked’ the audio does not match his recollection of what he said at the press conference.

 Source: AAP