Liz-Arun affair on the rocks?

PTI | ByVijay Dutt, London
Nov 06, 2004 12:55 PM IST

Close friends of Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar are increasingly getting convinced that their 10-month old liaison is heading for the rocks, reports Vijay Dutt.

Many close friends of Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar are, reportedly, getting increasingly convinced that their 10-month old liaison is heading for the rocks. It is said she is working hard to placate her lover who has grown petulant about his "subservient" role in Liz's glitzy world.

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The report that Arun is feeling left out has come as a surprise to many. He had escorted her to the Royal Albert Hall for the Fashion Rock and Pop extravaganza last week. She was the "star" at the show hosted for raising funds for the Princes Trust. But some "chums" say they have had a bad patch of heavy bickering.

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To covet Nayar's love, say the sleuths, who have been micro-scrutinising her love affair with Nayar, Liz has arranged as "surprise" birthday present for him next month--- a lavish 10-day Caribbean holiday that will cost about £22,000. Apparently this is no longer a surprise, the media having revealed all about the love gift.

She has booked a six-bedroom villa on Mustique for which she is paying a rent of £22500. She has invited Arun's brother and his wife to cheer up her moody lover, according to reports. But things are not looking very positive.

Two weeks ago, Liz reportedly wanted Arun to join her in New York where she was promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Week. But after an argument he went to Mumbai and stayed there for a week. The reports sent from Mumbai suggested that he was throughout his Mumbai stay partying and was in a "very flirtatious mood".

He has, reportedly, confided in a close friend, that he feels "unsettled" as Liz's "latest accessory". He has a yet to recover from the embarrassment of being asked by a presenter of an American chat show whether he was gay.

Another chum has been quoted saying that Arun had a major row with Liz following the incident. "Now, he is questioning whether he wants to go on being known as Mr Hurley," the friend said. The other sore point is her closeness with Hugh Grant who was her lover for 14 years.

Significantly no dates have been announced about their formal engagement or wedding, despite reports about wedding dress having been ordered by Liz.

Meanwhile Arun's Italian wife is still waiting in the wings.

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