The caveat thwarts any potential sale or transfer of the property’s title.
Matriarch Elizabeth Buttrose suffered a major stroke more than a year ago, which her son described as a “brain injury”. She requires care and is living in a facility in the Eastern Suburbs.
The three adult Buttrose children are now at loggerheads over their mother’s estate, with sisters Lizzie and Katherine “Evie” Buttrose unhappy with their brother’s legal bid.
Katherine Buttrose is her mother’s power of attorney.
“I am so sick of my brother suing my mother’s estate,” former Sydney socialite Lizzie Buttrose told PS.
“We travelled all over the country, dragging our children and my mother, to support him while he was in prison. All the media attention created a lot of stress for my family. I know my mother really suffered during that time.”
PS understands the legal action follows an attempt by the Buttrose sisters to negotiate a proposal with Richard Buttrose to sell the home and split the proceeds, with the lion’s share going to their mother, and smaller shares split between the three siblings.
Meanwhile Buttrose, who remains on parole until later this year and has separated from his wife Pollyanna Stoneham, the mother of their two children, confirmed reports he had embarked on a new relationship with Sydney public relations executive Tiffany Farrington.
They have been discreetly dating for the past two years, but denied rumours they had become engaged or were expecting a baby.
Since leaving prison in November 2017, Buttrose, who served nine years of a 12-year sentence after he was caught with two six-kilogram bags of cocaine and more than $1.3 million in cash, has maintained a low profile, though he did step out with his famous aunt, ABC chairman Ita Buttrose, last March for the 60th anniversary of toy doll Barbie.
He said at the time his aunt had been a great support since his release, and it is understood she continues to back him in his latest legal bid.
Breakfast stars in the line of fire
They spent 2019 as on-air rivals, but ratings battles and breakfast television drama were the last thing on Deborah Knight, Virginia Trioli or Samantha Armytage’s minds when they found themselves caught up in the middle of the biggest news story of 2020 as the devastating fires on the South Coast wrought havoc.
While former ABC Breakfast co-host Trioli was bunkered down in Bermagui, the Sunrise and former Today co-hosts were not far away, both enjoying family holidays.
Armytage and her new boyfriend Richard Lavender, who both own properties in the Southern Highlands, along with the Seven star’s beloved “fur baby” Banjo, were evacuated to a caravan in the middle of a field in Narooma, while Knight and her family were in Tathra.
With power down and no phone reception, all three newswomen had to rely on intermittent social media access to share what they were experiencing.
Both Trioli and Armytage were less than impressed that the Sydney fireworks went ahead on New Year’s Eve, but were both thanking their lucky stars they had escaped the worst of the flames.
“A belated HNY to you all. We’ve made it out of the South Coast fire zone & I’m feeling very excited for a shower, some electricity & telecommunications,” Armytage wrote on Instagram.
“More seriously, I’m feeling very thankful for my lot in life & very sad for those who’ve just lost lives, livestock & livelihoods,” she added.
“I plan to use the year ahead wisely. To simplify my life. With more love for my loved ones, more kindness, more patience, more healthy living.”
Knight and her family packed up their belongings and hit the road on New Year’s Day, eventually making it to the comparative calm of a smoke-chocked Canberra after Tathra, and while she said her family was “safe”, Knight admitted the experience was “frightening”.
Meanwhile The Bachelor couple Laura Byrne and Matty “J” Johnson, along with their six-month-old baby girl Marlie-Mae, found themselves trapped in Mollymook.
“We have just spent the last few days with no electricity, no phone reception, breathing through thick smoke in Mollymook with all roads in and out of the area closed, and yet we are so immensely lucky,” the new mum wrote.
“Just a few kilometres away from us there were families who lost everything.”
Those water trucks heading up to Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky’s new $20 million Byron Bay compound PS wrote about last week were for drinking water, not the garden, according to the actor.
No word on how they are watering those beautiful new gardens, or indeed where the water for the new pool came from, but all appeared in order on the couple’s social media updates as their extended family converged at the property for Christmas.
But what are we to make of the Hemsworth Christmas tree decorations? In particular the jars of vitamins Pataky was hanging and posing with on Instagram to flog one of her husband’s big sponsor’s wares?
Judging by the reaction of many of her followers, they might want to stick to regular, un-branded baubles next year.
Seen among the herd
Launching oneself onto the “Sydney scene” is no small feat if the experience of Israeli couple, model Lee Levi and her businessman fiance Eitan Neishlos is anything to go by.
Who? Well, that was PS’s thoughts too when their publicist (yes, they hired one as soon as they got to town) called to promote their arrival, which was heralded by a lavish cocktail party at the Sydney Opera House just before Christmas.
The bash turned out to be an engagement announcement too, to which PS had also been invited (the last wedding I was invited to – for publicity purposes – was Geoffrey Edelsten and his ex wife Brynne’s three-ring-circus).
While PS was unable to attend, it appears the couple need little introduction to Sydney. They’ve already caught up with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and have become big supporters of singer and cancer survivor Stan Walker.
Roxy must be seething.
New Year predictions
Another year dawns and another batch of stories to help decorate these pages, and who doesn’t love a good love story?
But what can we expect from 2020 and some of PS’s favourite names?
Cupid’s arrow is set to be busy this year, but will it actually reach it’s desired targets?
Could we soon be hearing wedding bells for James Packer and Kylie Lim?
The couple have notched up another year together, making their three-year courtship something of a record for the billionaire who tends to pop diamonds on his flames’ wedding fingers much sooner than that. This would be his fifth engagement if it came to pass.
And could 2020 finally be the year that Packer’s former fiancee, Tziporah Malkah, previously known as Kate Fischer, finally stops selling her stories about life with Packer (which ended in 1998) and retires from Instagram?
Indeed, perhaps a less-troubling and less-public occupation than Instagram updates, especially now that Max Markson is no longer “managing” her, could be the way to go. She might just meet the love of her life if she would just put that blasted phone away.
Roxy Jacenko is set to appear in her own reality television series on Channel Ten, which will no doubt also star her great love and husband Oliver Curtis and their children Pixie and Hunter.
Who knows, if it goes well she might beat the Home and Awayers and bag the best actress award at this year’s Logies. Or even better, mother of the year?
What will become of Kyle Sandilands‘ former girlfriend Imogen Anthony now he has moved on with another pretty young blonde named Tegan Kynaston? His latest squeeze was peppering her boss/boyfriend’s cheeks with New Year’s kisses while his ex posted angry missives on social media.
Could our favourite pop princess Kylie Minogue finally marry? She has been dating British magazine creative director Paul Solomon now for nearly three years, though the singer has deliberately kept the romance out of the spotlight. It’s a strategy that appears to be working, so far.
Will Ray Hadley actually make it down the aisle for the third time to marry his personal assistant Sophie Baird, who has worked with the announcer for 16 years and is two decades his junior?
The pair are supposed to be getting married at the property of much-married Hadley bestie, millionaire John Singleton, in June.
Andrew Hornery is a senior journalist and Private Sydney columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald.