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James Arthur reconciled with his ex-girlfriend Jessica Grist just six months after they split

WITH Christmas over and normality creeping back in, there’s not a lot to celebrate. But it looks like James Arthur is still unwrapping presents, after rekindling his romance with stunning on/off girlfriend Jessica Grist. I revealed James and the blonde model had slightly awkwardly split in July — just as he released a record packed […] ...

WITH Christmas over and normality creeping back in, there’s not a lot to celebrate.

But it looks like James Arthur is still unwrapping presents, after rekindling his romance with stunning on/off girlfriend Jessica Grist.

Singer James Arthur has rekindles his romance with gorgeous on/off girlfriend Jessica Grist
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The pair were spotted at a specialist car garage as they both wore extremely bold, patterned designer outfits[/caption]

I revealed James and the blonde model had slightly awkwardly split in July — just as he released a record packed with lyrics about their relationship. But hopefully he can now sing them again without feeling blue having patched things up.

James and Jessica were spotted together at a specialist car garage, which wraps smart motors in personalised colours and logos, with both of them wearing extremely bold, patterned designer outfits.

I’m told: “They’ve had six months apart but have always stayed in touch, and got on very well. People close to them are pleased they’re back on — there’s a definite chemistry and they’ve been together the best part of a decade. Hopefully this is a fresh start because there was always something really good there.”

James and Jessica first started dating in 2012 when she worked as a backing dancer on the series of The X Factor James won. I told in July how they had drifted apart, and in an interview shortly after their break-up he told me: “The challenge is, people like storytelling from me, the love stuff — but it’s trying to work out how I can dress it up in a cooler way. I put a lot of myself into the music, a lot of my story, but the hope is it will help other people too.

“I’ve never wanted to involve people in my personal life, even though I know it comes with the territory, but I’m fine about putting myself out there. I’m a big ambassador for mental health. Uncomfortable as it makes me feel to talk about my personal struggles, I’ve seen how helpful it can be so I’ll continue to do it, whether through music or interviews.”

James recently unveiled a headline UK tour this spring, which will see him hit venues across the country performing fan favourites and some new material. Hopefully his rekindled romance will inspire some more hits.

DOJA’S KING OF TASSLE

DOJA CAT looked as though she was ready for the rodeo as she performed in Indianapolis.

The US rapper woke up Naptown with an upbeat performance of some of her biggest hits in these black and red tassled chaps and a matching bra along with white trousers and long gloves.

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Doja Cat stunned in these black and red tassled chaps and a matching bra[/caption]

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The US rapper performed some of her biggest hits in Indianapolis[/caption]

The concert on Saturday was Doja’s first following her holiday in the Bahamas.
The Kiss Me More singer had spent the New Year soaking up the sun and fuelled speculation she is dating rapper French Montana.

French, who recently worked with Doja and Saweetie on single Handstand, shared a snap of him having dinner with Doja and a friend.

In another video the pair were seen enjoying themselves at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.

Doja and French had previously insisted they were just pals but their fans certainly seem to hope they could get together. They do make a lovely couple.

LOUNGE RICKIE IS THINKING PINK

RICKIE HAYWOOD WILLIAMS says he and co-hosts Melvin O’Doom and Charlie Hedges have some surprises in store for Radio 1’s brilliant Live Lounge.

And that is after Ed Sheeran was forced to cancel his slot.

In an exclusive chat Rickie, said: “We were supposed to have Ed in the studio before Christmas but he got Covid so it’s been pushed back. We want to get Ed back in soon. Then we have Wolf Alice and some other acts who had to cancel but it’s going to pick up soon.”

And a dream guest for Rickie, alongside Beyonce, includes the winner of the BBC Sound of 2022 poll, Pink Pantheress.

Rickie – who has partnered with Birds Eye Green Cuisine for its new “do-what-you-can-uary” campaign to reduce meat consumption – added: “She is getting a lot of press right now and rightly so. Pink Pantheress is absolutely brilliant.

“She is amazing. She is one of those artists who gets what music is about right now. Some of her tracks are just two minutes long because she is thinking about how people listen to music now on TikTok and social media. She is so current and she totally gets it. She is a genius and I love her so much.”

Cardi's apology

CARDI B has apologised to her fans after she launched into a bitter Twitter row with female rapper Cuban Doll.

The WAP hitmaker got in the row with Cuban over the weekend after she claimed Cardi’s husband OFFSET tried to bed her in 2018.

Cardi told her fans: “Deleting those tweets . . .  it’s bad for business and I’m done helping out the needy. I want to apologise to my fans. I know y’all get upset when I give attention to germs.” Cardi and Offset briefly split in 2018 following claims he had cheated on her, with one woman claiming he had invited her and Cuban to sleep with him.

At the time Cuban denied knowing Offset but on Saturday she posted a series of tweets claiming she had been paid to pretend she didn’t know him. As the row escalated, Cardi hit back when Cuban claimed she was being “bullied” by her.

A NEO LOOK FOR HAILEY

HAILEY BIEBER appears to be a big fan of The Matrix.

The US model wore sunglasses and a long leather coat that the film’s Neo would be proud of as she visited husband Justin at a studio in West Hollywood.

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Hailey Bieber stunned in these sunglasses and a long leather coatas she visited husband Justin at a studio in West Hollywood[/caption]

She headed inside to have a listen to the new tunes that her singer spouse has been working on.

Justin dropped his seventh studio album Justice last March and will perform the record, along with some of his biggest hits, next February in the UK.

The star has sold almost one million tickets for his world tour, with the huge demand seeing the Canadian adding three extra shows on his run over here. Justin will play gigs across the UK including in Manchester, Aberdeen and London.

He warmed up his British fans with a set at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball last month and after watching his performance I can confirm that any people who have tickets for him in 2023 are in for a treat.

ELT FEELS THE LOVE TONIGHT

ELTON JOHN is once more one of the most in-demand singers on the planet, five decades into his career.

A string of young stars are desperate to hit the studio with the Rocket Man singer after seeing his revival.

Elton John is once more one of the most in-demand singers on the planet

A bumper 2021 saw him top the charts for the first time in 16 years with his Dua LIPA collaboration Cold Heart then repeat that success with his and Ed Sheeran’s festive single Merry Christmas and on Ladbaby’s parody Saus­age Rolls For Everyone.

DJ and producer Joel Corry,, who has had hits with Mabel and David Guetta, told me: “I would love to do a big dance track with Elton. He’s topping the charts and smashing it. I’d love an Elton John and JC banger.”

WESTLIFE are also pining for a collab – and have pre­v­iously joked how Elton “emailed the wrong band, he thought he was emailing West­life” for his 2002 venture with Blue, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.

Nicky Bryne told me: “Elton is a legend but he has worked with everyone except us. Elton, we are here and ready. Tiny Dancer would really work for us – Louis Walsh always said that.”

Mark Feehily agreed: “Nobody is getting tired of Elton John any time soon. No matter how many albums he makes he still is a legend. He is still fiery, where we wouldn’t want to p*** him off. He still sounds amazing. I am surprised we haven’t somehow sung with him yet.”

Shane Filan added: “Some day I think it will happen. Us and him together would be pretty awesome.”

PIN THERE SUNG THAT

MABEL braved the chill and bared her pins on a night out in London.

The Don’t Call Me Up singer teamed her barely there legwear with a leotard, jacket and boots.

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Mabel braved the chill and bared her pins on a night out in London.[/caption]

I revealed last week that the star is preparing to drop her second album, with tracks including Good Luck and Let Love Go appearing to take aim at her ex-lovers.

Her boyfriend, Preye Crooks, should take note and stay on his best behaviour.

END OF AN ERA FOR PUSSYCAT DOLLS

NICOLE SCHERZINGER’s fellow Pussycat Dolls say the axeing of their tour marks the end.

Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta claimed they had no idea the world tour had been panned.

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Nicole Scherzinger fellow Pussycat Dolls say the axeing of their tour marks the end[/caption]

In a joint statement they said: “It seems as though it’s the end of a chapter to an incredible, life-altering experience filled with some awesome memories we will forever be grateful for. To the fans, we love you.”

Nicole said on Saturday they chose to cancel the dates due to the pandemic.

But given the bad blood – and legal dispute rumbling between her and the Dolls’ creator Robin Antin, I think it was more than Covid that scuppered their plans to return…

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