But Robbie Williams has found an alternative — his kids’ pencil cases.
He says colouring in has become the perfect distraction to help beat his 40-a-day habit, so when he’s tempted with a fag, he gets the crayons out instead.
During an Instagram live video, he said: “I’m just doing some colouring in, which is good because I’ve got something to concentrate on.
“Art is good for my mind.” And he added: “Anyone who is giving up smoking with me, keep on. The struggle is real. I’ve been all right all week, it’s been sort of six out of ten difficult and then in the last hour and a half I’ve just collapsed, panic attacks, over- whelmed . . . I’ve had to get out of the house just to calm down a little.”
Robbie first quit smoking when wife Ayda Field gave birth to his son Teddy, the oldest of his three children, in 2012 but started again in 2016.
Now he wants to stub out the habit for ever. The X Factor judge, who once picked up a £60 fine for smoking on stage in Australia, said last year: “On January 1 I’m going to stop smoking, does anyone want to join me?
“But I’m really scared about putting weight on. I’m terrified in fact about that, but staying alive for my children will be worth the weight gain . . . he said, lying to himself.”
I recently revealed that Liam Payne had managed to quit smoking last year by hiring hypnotherapist Mark Kirsten, who has helped Adele and Ewan McGregor kick the habit.
Somehow I think colouring in is a bit more cost-effective.
ELLIE GOULDING has admitted to suffering an addiction to exercise.
Sharing an old snap from 2014, she wrote on Instagram: “Memories of being addicted to the gym, not worth it! By ‘not worth it’ I mean . . . it was just kind of miserable
Rita's posh Neighbour
RITA Ora has never had any shortage of A-list pals – and she’ll be hoping to add her new neighbours to the list.
I can reveal she has bought a £3.6million flat in West London on the same street as Posh and Becks.
The singer, right, picked up the three-bedroom penthouse, complete with roof terrace featuring its own bar area, shortly before Christmas.
A pal revealed: “It’s a hell of a place and just a few doors down from the Beckhams, so it shows just how far she’s come.
“And it’s got its own bar too, which will be perfect for Rita as she loves throwing a party.”
Details of the purchase emerged as Rita filed new financial accounts for her companies which show she is £5million in the black thanks to a bumper year.
Profits were soaring even before the release of her second album Phoenix in November last year. She boosted her income with acting roles in TV and film, including the Fifty Shades series, and has had a run of lucrative deals with brands including Adidas, Coca-Cola, DKNY and Samsung.
Generous Rita is happy to share the wealth though – and has given her previous £1.6million pad in nearby North London to her parents.
But she still has quite a long way to go if she wants to catch up with her more well-heeled neighbours.
While Rita’s bagged the top floor of her new home, David and Victoria own their whole pile.
SINGER Sophie-Ellis Bextor has given birth to her fifth son with The Feeling bassist Richard Jones.
She wrote on Instagram: “Mickey Jones born today weighing 7lb 1oz and he’s absolutely gorgeous.”
Nat's the way to do it
AS awards season begins, Natalie Portman appears to be taking fashion inspiration from her 2010 Oscar-winning turn in Black Swan.
The snaps, part of her latest campaign for Dior, celebrate the 25th anniversary of her first film, Leon: The Professional, when she was 13. And she’s still going strong.
Last year saw her star in films Vox Lux and Lucy In The Sky. This year she will appear in Wes Andersons’s The French Dispatch alongside Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton, which is in production.
She could be getting another Oscar soon.
Kim don't do Dolce
KIM Kardashian won’t be wearing Dolce & Gabbana again in a hurry.
She showed off a selection of the brand’s jackets on Instagram, thanking the designers for sending freebies – before fans reminded her that Stefano Gabbana had called her family “the most cheap people in the world” last July.
Kim then swiftly deleted the post.
The sequinned blazers were worth thousands – maybe they’ll end up on eBay.
Flack is back
CAROLINE Flack looks on top of the world while on holiday in Thailand.
The Love Island host relaxed sipping a cocktail after drawing plenty of praise for her West End performances in Chicago.
But her Apprentice ex Andrew Brady looked like a glum backpacker Down Under – where he moved after Caroline finally put an end to their on-off relationship.
Don't panic! He's back
BRENDON Urie could soon be heading back to the theatre.
The Panic! At The Disco singer – who wowed audiences in Broadway musical Kinky Boots in New York in 2017 – has revealed he is in discussions about writing his own show.
In an exclusive interview, he said: “I’ve been talking to a couple of movie directors about film music ideas and about doing musical theatre, Broadway maybe.
“The ideal would be to write music for an idea somebody else has come up with.”
The project could even be based on Brendon’s life.
He added: “I talked about doing my origin story, growing up in Vegas, so we will see what happens.”
With his back catalogue, he could give The Greatest Showman a run for its money.
Niki takes a breather
NIKI Minaj has proved she does actually get out of her bedroom – after boasting about her sex life.
The singer shared this snap of herself dressed up like Barbie during a day out in Australia, where she is on tour, having opened up about her bedroom antics with ex-con boyfriend Kenneth Petty.
On being asked how often she does the deed each night, she tweeted: “3-4 on average. 6 is a bit much sis.”
It’s amazing she has the energy for anything else.
AQUAMAN has become the highest-grossing DC extended universe movie of all time. The superhero film, which stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman and Dolph Lundgren, has grossed £697million worldwide, overtaking Batman v Superman, which grossed £686million when it was released in 2016.
JIM Carrey has found love again three years after the death of his on/off girlfriend Cathriona White. The actor is dating Ginger Gonzaga, who he stars opposite in US comedy drama series Kidding. They made their first appearance together at a Golden Globes nominees party at West Hollywood’s Sunset Tower Hotel on Saturday night.
IDRIS Elba is starring opposite Taylor Swift in the upcoming Cats film, based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, but he is aiming for their friendship to result in another collaboration.
The Luther actor and DJ said: “I’m hoping that, maybe, we might get Taylor and I to do a song. That would be great.”
Kendal Jenner left fans unimpressed after her mum Kris teased she would be “so brave and vulnerable” by sharing “her most raw story” to “foster a positive dialogue” . . . only to announce she was the new face of an acne brand. I imagine it’s actually the make-up artists and pricey facials which have helped her look so good for so long.
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