Further to my little piece on Nicole Kidman and her victory over the Telegraph and its Celia Walden-edited Spy column in the Chanel No 5 libel case, I am intrigued by further information.
When the actress popped over to the UK recently to promote The Golden Compass - Kidman at her best, btw, as a complex villain - a press release was put out to hacks claiming that she was fragrant with Jo Malone's White Jasmine & Mint cologne. "Her co-stars can expect the red carpet to smell divine tomorrow night," it burbled. But this release was withdrawn very hastily with the explanation that it should not be treated as a celebrity brand endorsement. There is no suggestion that the actress asked for or used the scent: rather that Jo Malone sends unsolicited gifts to certain stars - Nicole Kidman included.
I don't know whether Jo Malone's celebrity gifting might have confused Celia, I have no idea at all. But may I take this opportunity to say how ravishing Miss Kidman looks in those Chanel No 5 bus shelter ads: a glamorous and warming sight as scruffy old tarts await the 267 to Richmond, or whatever. Personally, I would spray the homeless with the scent: Christmas always brings out the better part of me.