Where did Sydney A-listers ring in the New years?
It seems many of Sydney’s notable faces were elsewhere when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. And with many absent from the New Year’s Day parties, it raises the question – where did the other half ring in 2020?
Billionaire businessman James Packer and partner Kylie Lim hosted pals Ben Tilley and publican Stu Laundy for an evening of drinks and fireworks at Packer’s lavish West Buttermilk Estate at the Colorado ski resort of Aspen. Tilley, a former school pal of Packer’s, now calls Aspen home after purchasing a condominium in the upmarket North of Nell hotel earlier last year. Missing in action from the clique was Nine’s Karl Stefanovic, who in recent years has visited Packer in Aspen.
Across the pond, back in Sydney, an unlikely crew of partygoers kept the New Year’s celebrations going after a day of drinking at the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Emerald City hears prominent dentist Daniel Adamo and his wife Katie hosted the after party at their lavish Mosman home, which is currently listed for $23 million to $25 million.
“Half the pub was there,” a source told Emerald City. “All the Soda Shades guys, lots of Wallabies players – Kurtley Beale, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Luke Burgess.”
KIIS FM host Kyle Sandilands rang in the new year with his new girlfriend, 34-year-old Tegan Kynaston. The former personal assistant to the shock jock made it clear the two were an item when the clock struck midnight, sharing a photo to Instagram of herself kissing the radio host, 48, on the cheek in front of the fireworks. Kynaston uploaded the snap to her private Instagram account and captioned it with a flower emoji.
Former celebrity stylist Jo Ferguson dodges death after blood poisoning
It has been a long road to recovery for former Sydney-based celebrity stylist Jo Ferguson, who has endured three long months in hospital after near-fatal blood poisoning.
In 2017, Ferguson fell down 27 stairs, knocking herself unconscious, gashing her head and losing four litres of blood. She needed three blood transfusions and 38 stitches to her head after lying unconscious for five hours before being found.
Two years on and dealing with ongoing nausea and feeling faint, Ferguson’s doctors realised she had been given the wrong blood type during her transfusions.
“They gave me B-positive and I am A-positive,” Ferguson told Emerald City from her Adelaide home. “I had 9.1 litres poisonous blood drained from my body, I was close to death and said I had six months to live.”
But in another blow, Ferguson was cruelly robbed of her treasured possessions during her time in hospital.
“Everything was stolen, they took nearly everything I own,” she says. “They were stored in a friend’s home in a locked room but their new housemate broke in and stole handbags and jewellery – things I had worked hard to buy for myself.”
She says her loss is nothing in comparison to those affected by bushfires that are burning across the country. “I can replace my things but the poor families who have lost their homes arent so lucky and its heartbreaking.”
Ferguson famously served as one of actress and model Kristy Hinze‘s seven bridesmaids when she married tech billionaire Jim Clark in 2009, and has and been linked to a string of high-profile men over the years including millionaire car dealer Neville Crichton and television personality Tom Williams.
Lucy Manly is a reporter and gossip columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald.