out with the old, in with the new
her painful split with James behind her to date sexy French superstar
Pop icon Kylie Minogue was fuming last month after ex-boyfriend
James Gooding bragged about sleeping with other women during the
pair's stormy three-year relationship.
star was devastated after James sold secrets of their private life
to a newspaper and admitted that he'd had affairs with model Sophie
Dahl and actress Davinia Taylor.
came just days after James was released from the Farm Park clinic
in Surrey, where he sought treatment after taking a lethal cocktail
of tranquilizers cocaine and whisky - which, he admits, was a 'cry
He said his
despair over Kylie drove him to attempt suicide after she'd snubbed
him at the Brit Awards and flirted with Justin Timberlake in a bid
to boost her career.
also accused Kylie of being a 'fame-obsessed control freak' and,
in a final stab at the pop beauty, says he fears that she'll end
up a lonely spinster.
But his father
David Gooding, 57, said that James only has himself to blame and
that he's a jack-the-lad who thinks he's God's gift to women.
mends her broken heart
Kylie got herself a new boyfriend - and he isn't Justin Timberlake.
The new man in her life is handsome, dark-haired French actor Olivier
Martinez, 37, who's starring opposite Helen Mirren in steamy new
film The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone.
a close friend, her much-publicised friendship with Justin was a
convenient smoke screen to deflect attention away from Olivier.
Kylie has been
secretly seeing Olivier for weeks. She first hooked up with him
in LA, then the pair were pictured together in Paris last month.
about Olivier,' says her pal. 'They've been secretly dating since
the middle of February. She's well aware of the interest in her
love life and once she goes public with Olivier, the spotlight is
going to get awfully intense because no one really knows who he
the friend, Kylie met Olivier at a gym in LA. 'She was doing some
exercises and says she looked up and there was the most gorgeous
guy she'd ever seen. She asked her trainer who he was and found
out that he was an actor from France. Once Kylie heard he was in
the business, she became even more interested.
finished her workout, Kylie went up to him and said: "Hi"
and before she could get her name out, he said: "I know who
you are." She gave him her phone number and told him to call
her some time. He called her the next day and they went out the
day after that'.
thing is just silly,' says her friend. 'She's like 13 years older
than him. They have nothing in common other than both being pop
stars. That's not a whole lot to build on. Olivier is much closer
in age, he's from Europe, he's sophisticated and classy and he's
a real potential long-term romance for her.'
Kylie has a
penchant for Frenchmen. Four years ago she had a long relationship
with French photographer Stephanie Sedanoui. Now, it seems, she's
fallen for another Gallic charmer and Olivier's as crazy about her
as she is about him.
care from Wickramarachchi's
Mihira Wickramarachchi launched Wickramarachchi & Company
as a hearing care business when he was in his teens. In parallel,
he started dealing in spectacles. From one store, the company has
now expanded to 11 outlets dealing in hearing care, eye care and
The sole representative
in Sri Lanka for Danavox International, after training at Danavox,
Mr. Wickramarachchi was repairing and fitting hearing aids for his
clients. At that time, J. M. Wickramarachchi & Company was the
only company in Sri Lanka importing and selling hearing instruments.
& Co. is a technology driven company. From designer sunglasses
to contact lenses, the company has led in innovation in the field
of optometry, investing heavily in state-of-the-art equipment, with
all stores being equipped with modern machinery. In 1981, Mr. Wickramarachchi
received a diploma in Contact Lens Fitting from Kieler Anpasa Institute
of West Germany. The studies covered fitting of tailormade contact
lenses for special Karato Commer fitting.
He also worked
for Breur Optik of Kiel, Germany and was appointed country representative
in Sri Lanka for Zeiss and Wohlk.
lens dispensing it is essential to market other items of contact
lens care. Mr. Wickramarachchi obtained the agency for Sri Lanka
from Allergain Pharmaceutical Inc, Ireland. He has a diploma in
audiology from the Stockholm University.
He is also
the sole distributor and sole agent in Sri Lanka for Rion Hearing
Products manufactured by Rion Trading Company of Tokyo, Japan. In
this capacity, Wickramarachchi became the official supplier and
technical supporter for Japan International Corporation funded projects
in Sri Lanka.
has participated in a major project relating to prevention of sound
pollution, involving framing official guidelines and regulations
for Sri Lanka with the collaboration of the Labour Department.
To add to his
many skills, he also has a degree in traditional medicine which
he says has improved his outlook on health related issues. He has
worked as a volunteer consultant audiologist to the Sri Lanka Army
for the past 10 years.
the Wickramarachchi Group reaches people in the Western Province
and the Central Province. The company plans to expand its operations
to the Southern Province and Wayamba in the next two years.
to the thousands of walk-in customers, the company provides services
to the government of Sri Lanka, SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka Army,
Navy, Air Force, Police, Bio Medical Engineering Services of the
Department of Health, Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital, National Hospital,
Southern University at Karapitiya, etc.