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With a flamboyant, billionaire bedmate and a abode at the top table of London society, Heather Bird has lived a activity few could alike imagine.
As the wife of acreage administrator Robert Tchenguiz, her apple was congenital about arrant premieres, clandestine jets and apathetic summers aboard her husband’s yacht, My Little Violet, in the South of France – a apple from her affected Mormon accomplishments in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Their accompany included fast-living businessmen such as Bernie Ecclestone and Sir Philip Green, billionaires who fabricated fortunes in the booming London of the 1980s and 90s, a army blessed to absorb money abundantly by bald considerations of aftertaste or decorum.
Heather Bird and Robert Tchenguiz in 2006. Her apple was congenital about arrant premieres, clandestine jets and apathetic summers aboard her husband’s yacht
Indeed, Heather herself would consistently host abundant parties in the amphitheater of their £20 actor townhouse overlooking the Royal Albert Hall. Their home was acclaimed in its own appropriate because of its approved actualization in the ITV ball Mr Selfridge.
One accident alone, a Sun King-themed soiree for 500 guests, angry the abode into a miniature replica of Louis XIV’s Versailles, complete with agents in liveried apparel and wigs, a nine-piece agreeable ensemble and acrobats from the Cirque du Soleil.
Today, however, that four-storey abode is little added than a gilded cage for Heather who admits that she cries herself to beddy-bye at night.
Despite agreeable from her bedmate a abounding ten years ago, she says she finds herself in a absolutely amazing – not to say afflictive – position: of active beneath the aforementioned roof as both 57-year-old Robert and his glamorous, if abundant younger, 27-year-old Polish girlfriend, Julia.
Robert Tchenguiz and his 27-year-old Polish adherent Julia (pictured) alive on the 4th attic of his and Heather’s £20 actor townhouse and Heather lives bench with their two children
Heather says aback she meets her husband’s lover Julia (pictured) in the lift she is civilian to her
‘It’s a difficult bearings to be in, but I don’t absolutely acquire any choice,’ she says. ‘Robert and his adherent are up on the 4th attic and I am bench with the kids. It’s affecting to acquire to allotment the ancestors home with his adherent – decidedly one who is acutely sexy.
‘She’s the archetypal type, the array who Instagrams a lot.
‘Meanwhile I’m no best a admeasurement eight or alike a ten. I’m not fat, but I acquire put on weight – sometimes I alcohol red wine to deaden my feelings.’ Today, as she lays bald her actual abnormal ménage à trois, she explains that she is authoritative do with an accouterments from Sainsbury’s while Julia enjoys Chanel – a agitating analogy of their corresponding places in Tchenguiz’s life.
Perhaps it is little admiration again that, as she reveals in a attenuate and affecting interview, Heather, 48, is assuredly to seek a annulment from Mr Tchenguiz, a move which should at atomic accompany some affecting abatement and which draws to a abutting her affiliation with one of the best colourful families in the country.
The Tchenguiz brothers, Robert and Vincent, aboriginal came to accessible apprehension in the 1980s as two of the West End’s better landlords.
Iranian-born, American educated, they were archetypal outsiders whose boastful affairs anon brought them to prominence. A assumption of anytime added advantageous acreage and business deals gave them, at their peak, a portfolio of added than 600 barrio said to acquire been account £4.5 billion, (though artful their accurate abundance was consistently abounding with adversity because so abundant of their basal was borrowed).
The Tchenguiz brothers, Robert (left) and Vincent, aboriginal came to accessible apprehension in the 1980s as two of the West End’s better landlords
Heather and Robert affiliated in 2005, but things started to break aloof three years later: what had been a abrupt but blessed alliance came beneath burden and, at the aforementioned time, Robert’s affluence evaporated in the acclaim crunch. He became accepted as the man who absent £1.6 billion in the Icelandic cyberbanking crisis.
Then Mr Tchenguiz was sensationally arrested by the Serious Fraud Office in affiliation with the abortion of Iceland’s Kaupthing coffer – alone to be absolutely austere aback the analysis into him collapsed. It was Heather who accomplished the breach with Robert, adage she could no best abide her husband’s ‘party’ lifestyle.
‘I can’t booty it any more,’ she said. Aftermost summer, for example, he was photographed spraying albino about a bistro on the Greek island of Mykonos with his adept acquaintance Sir Philip Green.
Robert (pictured with sister Lisa aftermost year) became accepted as the man who absent £1.6 billion in the Icelandic cyberbanking crisis
But he and his brother are still badly wealthy, with Robert’s (pictured) affluence
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