Australian cricket star Shane Warne caught in secret rendezvous with Liz Hurley

  • Pictures in Sunday tabloid show her kissing and embracing Warne after apparently staying overnight at his hotel
  • Pair have been exchanging flirty tweets since the summer
  • Hurley takes to Twitter to defend herself in wake of claims

Liz Hurley has taken to Twitter in the wake of allegations she cheated on her husband with cricket star Shane Warne.

A Sunday tabloid published pictures of the model and sportsman sharing a series of steamy clinches and claimed Hurley had spent two nights with the womanising Australian, 41, in his London hotel suite this week.

On Sunday afternoon she responded to the reports on Twitter, saying she had separated from her Indian tycoon husband Arun Nayar 'a few months ago'.

Just good friends?: Liz Hurley, left, pictured here leaving C Restaurant in London last Tuesday, was said to have spent Tuesday and Wednesday night with Shane Warne, right
Just good friends?: Liz Hurley, left, pictured here leaving C Restaurant in London last Tuesday, was said to have spent Tuesday and Wednesday night with Shane Warne, right

Just good friends? Liz Hurley, pictured here leaving C Restaurant in London last Tuesday, was said to have spent Tuesday and Wednesday night with Shane Warne, pictured flying into Heathrow last week

But she didn't make any reference to her relationship with Warne - who she has been exchanging flirty tweets with since the summer - or spell out exactly when she split from Nayar.

'Not a great day,' Liz tweeted. 'For the record, my husband Arun & I separated a few months ago. Our close family & friends were aware of this.'

The News of the World claims to have captured on video the pair embracing and kissing outside restaurant Sake No Hana earlier this week.

Liz Hurley

Speaking out: Liz posted this message on Twitter this afternoon, but didn't say exactly when she split from Arun despite sharing flirty tweets with Warne since the summer

A source is quoted in the paper today as saying: 'They were so passionate they looked like honeymooners. It was electric.' 

The News of the World said: 'Hurley and Warne roared with laughter and chatted like old friends during the lively meal in a first-floor room. And at 1am they were spotted going down the escalator to the lobby area.

Close: The pair first met at Goodwood races in July, though it was reported at the time that they were old friends

Close: The pair first met at Goodwood races in July, though it was reported at the time that they were old friends

Smiles: The pair looked close during the summer race meet in Sussex

Smiles: The pair looked close during the summer race meet in Sussex

'While they waited for their coats to be brought to them Hurley reportedly pulled Warne towards her into a darkened doorway, cupped his face with her hands and leaned in to lock lips.

'After releasing from their clinch they gazed into each other's eyes and smiled adoringly.'

They were also said to have flirted again in front of Liz's ex fiance Hugh Grant during the meal on Wednesday night.  

Funny business: Liz and Shane share a joke at Glorious Goodwood, where Liz was watching the fortunes of a horse she has a share in

Funny business: Liz and Shane share a joke at Glorious Goodwood, where Liz was watching the fortunes of a horse she has a share in

The 45-year-old actress, swimwear model and mother of eight-year-old Damian, who now runs an organic farm in Gloucestershire, wed Nayar in 2007.

They tied the knot in a string of extravagant ceremonies that she sold to magazines for millions.

There were rumours last year that their marriage was in trouble, all hotly denied by Liz. 

Married: Liz and husband Arun Nayar pictured at a fundraising event in London last year

Married: Liz and husband Arun Nayar pictured at a fundraising event in London last year

Sexy: The profile picture that Liz uses on her official Twitter page

Sexy: The profile picture that Liz uses on her official Twitter page

Hurley and Warne were reportedly spotted exchanging more lingering kisses after popping out of the cricketer's luxury £1,750-a-night suite at the Bentley Hotel in South Kensington - less than one mile from Hurley's London home.

On their second night together, they were locked away in the same suite for more than 11 hours, the paper said.

They were also seen smooching and kissing again during a meal on Thursday at San Lorenzo in Chelsea.

A witness told the paper: 'They looked completely smitten and blissfully happy together.' 

The pair, who first met in July at Goodwood races, have been exchanging flirty Twitter messages for months. 

At first, the banter was about the fact that they were initially reported as 'old friends' after their first meeting.

Curious: Liz's Tweet to Shane from her official Twitter account, purportedly from a dog

Curious: Liz's Tweet to Shane from her official Twitter account, purportedly from a dog

But the tone between them soon got more and more familiar, with Hurley calling father-of-three 'Angel' in public messages that could be seen by her 35,138 followers, and the 251,281 people that subscribe to Warne's Twitter feed.

In one bizarre message that appears to be a coded message from a dog, Hurley tells Warne: 'Sammy sends you a special lick and says he'd like to put his silky head on your shoulder.'

In a spin?: The bowling legend and the model regularly Tweet each other in public before their thousands of followers

In a spin?: The bowling legend and the model regularly Tweet each other in public before their thousands of followers

More recent Tweets came this week when Warne messaged Hurley about a adventure park ride he went on during a trip to Abu Dhabi, saying: 'I screamed so loud when ride took off I'm surprised you din not hear me back in the uk !!!'

Liz replied: 'Oooooh, I loved scary rides - remember to scream if you want to go faster!

She also calls him her 'favourite Australian' and calls herself a 'Converted Cricket Fan'.

A notorious philanderer, Warne split from Simone, the mother of his children Brooke, 13, Jackson, 11 and Summer, 8, after a string of affairs. 

Full spin: Shane in action playing against South Africa in December 2005

Full spin: Shane in action playing against South Africa in December 2005

They divorced in 2007, but got back together in 2009 for a trial reunion.

However, it didn't work out though he still lives with his ex-wife in Melbourne.

On his official website, Warne wrote on Monday: 'Sadly and unfortunately, Simone and I split up a while ago, our close friends and family were informed at that time. It is a private matter so we did not make it public. We remain friends and will continue to be good parents.'

Poor Arun just wasn't sexy enough to be Mr Liz Hurley

BY ALISON BOSHOFF

Forlorn figure: Arun Nayar tries to get away from yesterday's revelations by having a smoke and listening to music

Forlorn figure: Arun Nayar tries to get away from yesterday's revelations by having a smoke and listening to music

All but her most devoted fans will attest that Liz Hurley is not a particularly good actress. But she and Arun Nayar have made a good job of pretending all was well in their three-year marriage. 

Only six weeks ago, she did her usual legs-cleavage-smile routine when the couple attended Elton John’s Winter Ball.

To those who knew her well, however, yesterday’s announcement that the marriage has been over ‘for some months’ will have come as little surprise. 

It had become increasingly clear behind the scenes that the marriage which started with such an exhausting display of wealth and togetherness in 2007 was on the rocks.

‘He was hardly ever with her and she didn’t seem to mind one bit,’ said one of her society pals yesterday. 

‘I’d been hearing that it was over between them for more than a year, but she was always very positive about him when you asked her,’ says another.

Perhaps the most significant clue was that this year she and Arun didn’t go on their usual sunshine holiday in October, even though it was her customary birthday present to her husband. 

Others had noted how Hurley had started taking her new best friend, the gay shoe designer Patrick Cox, to social events instead of her husband.

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I’m told she has even invited Cox to be her guest at her Gloucestershire home this Christmas, indicating that she had been quietly planning for her first festive season as a single woman. One thing is for sure: though the public exposé of her extra-marital fling will have come as an embarrassment, the relationship between her and Nayar was already over when into the vacuum stepped Shane Warne – precisely the sort of diverting and dangerous company that she had missed so much. 

You can see why the attentions of such a notorious womaniser would be catnip to a woman who is not yet ready to let go of her racy image. (You don’t go out braless and in see-through shirts at the age of 45, as she does, if you aren’t in search of a bit of attention from the opposite sex.)

So if this was her little ego-boost after the end of her marriage, when did the troubles begin? 

In truth, the union between Hurley and Nayar had always been a fiery one. The couple met in late 2002 but even in the blissful early days of Eurotrash parties and ski-ing at St Moritz there was ‘heavy bickering’. Right from the outset, Arun struggled at being seen so much in Liz’s shadow.

She, meanwhile, was impatient when it came to his gentle nature. She was especially annoyed by his relaxed approach to securing a divorce from his first wife, the Italian-born model Valentina Pedroni, who was never slow to issue disobliging remarks about Hurley ‘stealing’ her husband.

In the end it took Nayar almost five years to become a free agent, and to be able to give Hurley the wedding of her dreams – an immense affair at Sudeley Castle, owned by her friend Henry Dent-Brocklehurst, followed by lavish Hindu ceremonies in Rajasthan. (The event was, of course, recorded for posterity over a mere 53 pages in Hello! magazine, which can now add another name to its long list of those whose marriage has been ‘cursed’ by featuring in the publication.)

Since then the relationship has progressed through several rocky troughs, thanks largely to Hurley’s spectacular temper. She will admit that she is ‘nervy’ and ‘hyper’, whereas Nayar is laid back and gentle. 

He used to call her ‘Minx’ because he thought she was intoxicatingly sexy, but full of drama and mischief. She, in return, called him Slick – a joke about his vanity and taste for the high life. (His collection of expensive watches apparently has to be seen to be believed.)

Nayar, an Oxford graduate, gave up a lot to marry the siren of Basingstoke – principally his playboy lifestyle which revolved around the more expensive European nightclubs and spending January in St Moritz and August in Nice.

He was horrified when Hurley wanted to move out of Chelsea and into the country, where Nayar, a moneyed sophisticate who reads the Christie’s catalogue in bed and collects cufflinks, was reduced to acting mostly as La Hurley’s number one employee. (She has eight other staff on hand, should he fall short.)

It’s perhaps no wonder, then, that Nayar has needed to travel to Mumbai to attend to his computer software business regularly. I’m told he has recently been there for at least one week in four, and sometimes considerably more than that.

Rocky: Even just a few days after their wedding the couple don't seem to be pleased with the attention they are receiving as they leave an airport in Mumbai

Rocky: Even just a few days after their wedding the couple don't seem to be pleased with the attention they are receiving as they leave an airport in Mumbai

As a result, locals in Gloucestershire have been convinced for some time that all was not well in the relationship. The talk in their circle was that Arun was fatally unglamorous, and did not, in the end, manage to fulfil his high-maintenance wife’s expectations. 

His relative lack of financial success is said to have been a bit of a strain, too. They reportedly relied on Hurley’s income from Estee Lauder, for whom she continues to model, to finance their fancy holidays. One time, he even flew using her Airmiles. 

For Nayar, too, life in Britain was becoming a bit of a let-down. In Mumbai, he still has considerable social cachet – he’s the heir to a textiles fortune and his family are well known. In Britain, he was simply Mr Liz Hurley. 

And of course, there had always been a third person in the Hurley/Nayar marriage from the outset, namely Hugh Grant, who has lived at their home for extended periods, and holidays with the couple every August. In an interview this year, Hurley admitted: ‘My overall best friend is Hugh. There is a part of my life neither Arun nor my sister Katie understand; a career part and a different emotional level where Hugh is still my number one. We’ve been best friends for 24 years and that’s not nothing.’

Minx and Slick: The couple had pet names for each other, Arun calling Liz Minx because she was 'intoxicatingly sexy' while he was known as Slick because of his vanity and taste for the high life

Minx and Slick: The couple had pet names for each other, Arun calling Liz Minx because she was 'intoxicatingly sexy' while he was known as Slick because of his vanity and taste for the high life

She denies that there is even a faint flutter of sexual jealousy on any side, blustering: ‘We’re all grown up, and if I wanted to be with Hugh, we would be together.’ But many were left wondering what marriage can accommodate a bond like that.

On a more practical level, as Nayar struggled to keep his business going during the global financial crisis, his wife had seldom been busier. She has concluded the filming of a Living TV fly-on-the-wall documentary about her particularly glammed up version of country life, and recently launched her own range of snack bars and beef jerky. Then there’s her range of swimwear, which she continues to promote. (Her Christmas card this year features her in a tiny bronze bikini from the Liz Hurley Beach collection, posing with a family of polar bears.)

Day to day, her brother Michael helps her to run her organic 400-acre farm, with its Old Spot pigs and Herdwick sheep, but it is an exhausting and time-consuming business.

She also has Damian, her eight-year-old son by former boyfriend Steve Bing, to look after. She is devoted to ‘Master D’ as she calls him, and feeds him his tea while juggling the multiple demands of her empire. 

Which brings us to one other major sadness in her marriage: the couple’s failure to have a baby. She admitted that she and Nayar had been trying for years without any luck. Now that she is 45 she had started to accept that any further children were unlikely. ‘Arun would love one,’ she said recently. ‘And I think it would be great if one came along. But we’re grateful for what we’ve got.’

She said Nayar was a ‘full father figure’ to her son. ‘Damian calls him daddy. He knows he’s not his blood father. He’ll sometimes forget, though, and say, “Tell me again why dad’s brown and we’re so white”. And I’ll say, “He’s not blood, remember”.’

That remark may have been casually made, but it does bear testimony to Liz Hurley’s instinct for independence. Her friends have long admired her ability to do it all on her own – the modelling, the mothering and the earning. But as her marriage ends, it means of course that she has absolutely nothing to lose now that she’s moving on.

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