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Shy Maria Sharapova Loves Karaoke, Art and Architecture






Maria Sharapova, the massively wealthy world number two, who has topped the Forbes list of richest women athletes for 10 years, confesses to loving art and architecture. She also enjoys karaoke, belting out Cher hits.




Despite being the highest paid sportswoman on the planet and one of tennis’ most recognisable faces, Maria Sharapova insists she is shy and dosen’t need expensive things to make her happy.




But the massively wealthy world number two, who has topped the Forbes list of richest women athletes for 10 years, also confesses to loving art and architecture. She also enjoys karaoke, belting out Cher hits.




“I’m quite shy, actually, in the beginning,” the US-based Russian told The Age newspaper in Melbourne as she prepares to launch her Australian Open campaign.





“I’m quite an easy person. I don’t need a lot of big or expensive things to make me happy.”




Despite having homes in Florida and California, where the paparazzi thrive, and being the face of everything from German cars to French mineral water, the 27-year-old said she is able to live a relatively obscure life.



Fot this, she is grateful.




“No matter what people define me as, and say that I am quite well-known, I’m able to live a very normal, easy life,” said Sharapova, whose partner is world number 11 Grigor Dimitrov.




“I’m lucky enough not to have a lot of cameras following me around.




“I live in a country where I think actors and musicians are a little bit more of a bigger deal than maybe athletes are — which I’m very thankful for.



“At the end of the day I can wake up and not feel like I have to put on red lipstick. I don’t know if I’d ever be able to manage that!




“I just want to go get my cup of coffee and I’m able to do it. I mean, I don’t wear pyjamas (out), but I don’t have to, like, have the full gear on.”




  • Art and architecture –





While tennis remains her number one passion and what drives her — she is determined to unseat arch-rival Serena Williams as world number one — Sharapova is a keen art and architecture fan.





Her Manhattan Beach home is a private gallery, Fairfax said, with the Russian nominating her Californian friend Chris Gwaltney and edgy Briton Tracey Emin as her favourite artists.





“I love architecture and modern art, so I actually enjoy building projects and looking at beautiful pieces and adding them to my collection,” she said.





“I have a lot of beautiful white walls and concrete walls, and I love different textures and, I don’t know, I like looking at something that just puts a smile on your face, makes you happy.




“People think ‘oh that’s so strange’ and don’t really understand, but that’s what art is about, I guess.




“I really love art. Every time I go to a city I always try to find my way to the cool galleries.”




The savvy five-time Grand Slam champion can afford the best on offer, having become a major force in the business world.




On top of her numerous sponsorships, she has a Nike apparel line called the Maria Sharapova Collection that is worn by a number of other players.




Sharapova is also owner Supergoop, a premium brand of sunscreen, and Sugarpova, a candy line now sold in more than 20 global markets.




While the glamorous blonde has the world at her feet, also enjoys simple pleasures, like singing karaoke.




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“My voice is not that bad, actually! I love singing Cher,” she said.




“I know it sounds crazy, but I have quite a good time singing Cher.”


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Kate Middleton’s anger at Prince William over his lifestyle: ‘Making me look bad’



KATE MIDDLETON was left furious with Prince William after he was pictured dancing on a podium alongside another woman just days after another encounter in a nightclub.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced Kate will host a charity Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey next week. Taking place on December 8, the event will be televised in the lead up to Christmas. Kate and William’s increasingly integral role within the Royal Family has also shown the strength of their relationship. Earlier this year, the Cambridges celebrated 10 years of marriage. They didn’t reach the milestone without challenging moments, however, as highlighted by a 2007 report.

It claimed that William had been seen dancing on a podium in Bournemouth, attracting the attention of another woman.

This came just days after newspaper reports claimed William was seen sharing an embrace with a woman while on a “boys’ night out” in Boujis, London.

The newspaper quoted a friend of Kate’s who said the Duchess sent a warning to William.

The friend said: “Kate told William that he was making her look bad.

“She has coped for years with girls flinging themselves at her boyfriend and, for a while, she found it humorous and even flattering.

“But after his recent behaviour she gave him an ultimatum and told him that every time he behaved like that in public he was cheapening her image as well as his own.

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“She told him she wasn’t prepared to be treated like a doormat and that his carefree behaviour was affecting her image.

“She gave him quite a pasting. In the past, she had always let go of things like that, but this really bothered her.”

A family friend of Kate’s added: “Kate rose above all the rumours and just laughed them off, but something recently snapped in her.

“She was irritated when she read about his flirting in Bournemouth and she wasn’t best pleased to hear about the blonde he ended up with on the dance floor at Boujis.”

Kate and William endured a tough year in 2007 when they briefly split.

Reports from April 2007 also claim that William broke up with Kate via a phone call that she received while at work.


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Naughty Boy’s unfortunate Meghan Markle error: ‘This is the future’



NAUGHTY BOY made a bold prediction about Meghan Markle’s place in the Royal Family, which sadly turned out to be far from the truth.

Naughty Boy, the music producer who is best known for hits such as Runnin’ and La La La, is already getting stuck into bushtucker trials as he stars in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! He has also clashed with fellow campmate Kadeena Cox over cooking duties as the show begins in dramatic fashion. Naughty boy, whose real name is Shahid Khan, is used to keeping company with big stars, including members of the Royal Family. In February 2018, Naughty Boy performed for royalty as Prince Charles and Camilla hosted a gala dinner for the British Asian Trust.

He admitted he was “petrified” ahead of a performance for the royal couple at Buckingham Palace.

Naughty Boy said: “I was really petrified initially because there’s so much powerful energy here, but it felt right that I should be doing this.”

The DJ said: “I think this is part of the future. The whole culture is shifting to accepting just everything. For the Royal Family to spearhead that ‒ I think that’s amazing.”

Meghan’s life in the Royal Family was far from idyllic, however, as two years of regular criticism and tensions within the family culminated in the Sussexes leaving royal duties behind in 2020.

Meghan and Prince Harry later spoke about their life in the Royal Family with Oprah Winfrey.


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Will Andy Murray retire from tennis?



After producing a 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 comeback against Oscar Otte on Wednesday, a match played under the centre court lights with a sense of nostalgia, Andy Murray then bowed out of Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Denis Shapovalov on Friday.

That loss once again raised the matter of his retirement. Murray almost retired once, but fought back from undergoing surgeries in 2018 and in 2019, operations that mean he now plays with a metal hip

t had seemed that the Scot was set to retire in 2019, so much so that a farewell video was prepared with messages from tennis legends and the other members of what had been ‘The Big Four’. That came as a shock to the three-time Grand Slam champion as he had never officially stated he’d hang up his racket. But, it did appear that the end was near.

His return at Wimbledon 2021
Murray was able to fight back from his injury nightmare, playing well in doubles and even winning another ATP men’s singles title at the 2019 European Open, his first since March of 2017.

Through a wildcard, he was able to enter Wimbledon in 2021 and spoke ahead of the tournament about how excited he was.

“A few years ago, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to play there ever again,” he told GQ.

“So, even though the last 18 months have been difficult from a tennis perspective, I’ve still been able to play a little bit.

“Unfortunately, I haven’t been at the level that I want as consistently as I wanted to, because of the injuries, but then again before the hip operation I also had come to terms with the fact that I might never play tennis again. So it’s been hard.

“But I’m still excited to be out there and getting the chance to compete in events such as Wimbledon.”

Murray hints at retirement
After bowing out of Wimbledon in the third round, though, Murray was more pessimistic when asked about his future.

“There is a part of me that feels a bit like I have put in so much work the last three months and, you know, ultimately I didn’t play how I would want and expect,” he said after his loss to Shapovalov.

“So, it’s like, is it worth it?”



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