Where Is Your Wild Rock Star Husband?  Home With Our New Puppy, Says Yasmin
Irish Daily Mail 22 January 2007

interview: Lucie van den Berg


In his bachelor days, he set the standard for rock-star excess, with tales of yachts, blondes and Caribbean holidays aplenty. So when Simon Le Bon's wife Yasmin leaves town for a modelling assignment in Ireland, does the Duran Duran frontman hit the nightclubs, trying to relive his more notorious years?

Erm, no. As the ever-youthful Yasmin met the media in Dublin yesterday, the Rio singer was babysitting the family's latest addition, their puppy. "I've left Simon holding the puppy," she said as she represented Newbridge Silverware at the launch of Showcase Ireland.

"It's a bit like having a baby again." Wearing an elegant black dress and sporting vibrant red lipstick, the 42-year-old mother of three showed why she is still in demand as a model more than 20 years after she first hit the catwalks.

Yasmin and Le Bon met in 1984 when - dashing the dreams of thousands - the singer, who is now 48, spotted her on the cover of a magazine and telephoned her modelling agency to arrange a meeting. The couple married a year later and have three children Amber Rose Tamara, 17, Saffron Sahara, 15 and Tallulah Pine, 12.

She said that when not caring for their new puppy, Le Bon is busy working on Duran Duran's new album, which is expected to be released in May. As for Yasmin, the British-Iranian model said she is keeping her options open - though we won't see her indulging in the vogue for reality TV any time soon. "You won't see me being on I'm A Celebrity," she laughed, adding that she found Celebrity Big Brother "incredibly depressing."

Speaking about the Channel 4 show, she remarked: "I try not to watch it, because I think it's just poison really." However, she did weigh into the Jade Goody row, saying that she felt for both Miss Goody and Shilpa Shetty. "I don't think it was racism. I think it has something more to do with lack of education and I think it has a lot to do with the people who make the programme, they orchestrated it."

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