Lauren Silverman was the unlikely “ugly duckling” who blossomed into a celebrity swan as it was revealed by her fifth grade school photo.
Before Lauren Silverman joined Miami Country Day School’s “mean girl clique” with Brooke Mueller, Simon Cowell’s pregnant lover was an awkward preteen.
With braces and frizzy hair, Lauren Silverman’s fifth grade school photo is a far cry from the glamorous socialite we’ve seen frolicking around the Hamptons.
The photographic blast from the past comes after revelations Lauren Silverman is set to get a share of the multi-million dollar pre-nup she signed before marrying Andrew Silverman – despite breaking a cheating clause.
Lauren Silverman’s fifth grade school photo is a far cry from the glamorous socialite we’ve seen frolicking around the Hamptons
Lauren Silverman, who is expecting Simon Cowell’s child, has held “productive conversations” with her estranged husband Andrew as they continue to thrash out their divorce agreement.
Andrew and Lauren Silverman – who spent the weekend locked in talks at their rental home in the Hamptons – are also working on plans to share custody of their seven-year-old son Adam.
Meanwhile, Simon Cowell, 53, jetted out of Los Angeles on Friday, watching his band One Direction in concert in Las Vegas on Saturday night before heading to Europe, where he will spend the month on board the Slipstream yacht, touring St Tropez.
Simon Cowell is believed to want to give Lauren Silverman space in order to work out her divorce case. If the case is settled somewhat amicably, then it will avoid an ugly court battle, in which Simon Cowell could be dragged into – and any embarrassing secrets exposed.
The New York Post reported that Lauren silverman waited until her 10th wedding anniversary to break the news of her affair with Simon Cowell to her husband so the terms of her pre-nup would kick in.
And a source again insisted today that Lauren Silverman tried to “max out her return by stringing things along past the 10 year mark to increase what she would be eligible to receive”.
The Tallow Candle, an early work by Hans Christian Andersen, has been found at the bottom of a box near the Danish fairy tale writer’s home city, experts say.
The Tallow Candle is a short story about a revered candle that becomes grimy and neglected until its inner beauty is recognized and ignited.
The ink-written manuscript is dedicated: “To Mme Bunkeflod, from her devoted HC Andersen.”
Experts say it was probably written by the Ugly Duckling author in the 1820s.
Mrs. Bunkeflod is thought to be a widow whom the writer visited, read to and borrowed books from as a child.
Experts told Danish daily Politiken the script is likely the copy of an original manuscript that has since been lost.
The newspaper has translated and published a version of the story in English.
The Tallow Candle, an early work by Hans Christian Andersen, has been found at the bottom of a box near the writer’s home city
Historian Esben Brage made the chance finding in a filing box at the National Archives of Funen in October and experts have since scrutinized the copy of the 700-word manuscript.
Experts say the story’s simplistic style is not on a par with Andersen’s elegantly written mature works, suggesting it was written during his time at a grammar school in the mid-1820s.
Born in Odense in 1805, the son of a shoemaker and a washerwoman concentrated on poetry before his first book of fairy tales was published in 1835.
Many of Hans Christian Andersen’s most famous works, such as the Emperor’s New Clothes and the Little Mermaid, focus on perceptions of wealth and beauty – themes touched on in The Tallow Candle.
Andersen expert Ejnar Stig Askgaard described the discovery as “sensational”.
“I have no doubt that it is Christian Andersen who wrote it,” he said.
A dedication thought to have been written on the copy later in blue ink reads: “To P. Plum from his friend Bunkeflod.”
The Plum and Bunkeflod families were close friends, and Hans Christian Andersen had a close relationship with Mme Bunkeflod, Politiken reported.
Before he died in 1875, Hans Christian Andersen wrote hundreds of fairy tales which have since been translated into more than 100 languages.