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Celeb bodyguard goes from protecting Bella Hadid to the big screen

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Despite what Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston showed us in “The Bodyguard,” running security for a gorgeous female celebrity doesn’t usually lead to love. But the lines can certainly get blurred, at least from the outside looking in.

“The problem is, you are kind of the ultimate guy: You get the door, you carry the bags, you are always nice and do as you are told,” Simon Newton told The Post. “But that’s not ­really you, is it? No man is like that. People get mixed up with being a boyfriend and a bodyguard.”

The 41-year-old Londoner has been a bodyguard for the likes of Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Rita Ora and Naomi Campbell, not to mention Michael Jackson.

With brooding good looks, cartoonish muscles and a natty personal style, Newton looks like he was dreamed up by Guy Ritchie’s casting director. In fact, he had a small part in Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows,” as well as “Green Zone” starring Matt Damon. He was also a body double for Dave Bautista in 2018’s “Final Score.”

“Everything I do, I am always typecast as the bodyguard, soldier, policeman, prison inmate, gangster, tough guy. I never get the gay-librarian parts,” Newton said with a laugh. “But I’d have a go at that, too.”

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Now he is ready to command as much of the spotlight as his former clients do. This year was set to be a busy one. He had two movie roles lined up: an action flick to be filmed in Los Angeles and a short film set in London, but both were postponed ­because of the pandemic. He is currently shopping a reality-TV competition show in which contestants will try to see if they have the chops to make it as a bodyguard.

“I’ve done everything you could do in the [security] industry,” Newton told The Post. That includes establishing his own security firm, Askari Secure Ltd. “And now with the acting, It’s a new path for me.”

Not bad for a self-proclaimed “fat kid” whose main goal growing up was to join the military.

“Everything in my life has just come along. I’ve been offered opportunities and thought, ‘Yeah, I am going to have a go at that.’ I never really planned anything,” he admitted. “I think everybody gets maybe three life-changing opportunities in a lifetime. Whether they chose to take or even identify them is up to them.”

Although his hasn’t always been a glamorous existence. He had to exercise off some serious weight to be ­accepted into the British Army, which stationed him in Iraq in the early 2000s. When he was offered a job with a private security company based in London, he left the military and worked in Iraq and Afghanistan and even protected oil tankers in the Indian Ocean.

“They used to get taken captive by pirates, so we would defend the ship when it was traveling to port cities,” Newton recalled. “That was surreal.”

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In 2006 life became even more ­bizarre when he was assigned to protect Michael Jackson.

“You won’t ever look after anyone more difficult than Michael Jackson. I don’t mean him personally — but his fan base was just horrendous. It was the hardest,” said Newton, adding that rabid devotees of the singer would book rooms in whatever hotel Jackson was staying, and hire black cabs to be on standby 24 hours a day to chase Jacko around town.

“Everywhere we went, we had to be meticulous and get him straight inside a building because the crowd buildup was insane.”

Newton started garnering his own fan base while guarding some of the world’s most beautiful women. “When I was looking after Bella, Vogue did an article on me. And people started saying, ‘Oh I want to be a bodyguard and be in Vogue.’ They don’t know what I’ve done in the 13 years to be able to do this,” said Newton. He also landed in the pages of GQ and “I kind of slipped into fitness modeling somehow.”

Following celebrities to film premieres and other glamorous parties, he began to pride himself on his personal style. “I realized that if you start to look physically fit, you can ruin it if you don’t have the right clothes.” He relies on Sloane Tailors in Knightsbridge, London to fit his duds to his muscular physique. And he isn’t afraid of a little flamboyance: Newton’s most recent purchase was a green-velvet dinner jacket.

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Since giving up being a bodyguard about two years ago to run his own firm, he has also had more time for a personal life. For the last year and a half, he’s been in a long-distance relationship with model-turned-attorney Jennifer Mancuso. The pair met in London on a night out and travel back and forth between England and Canada, where she resides.

“This has been one of the first times that I’ve been able to have a proper relationship because, before, I would get a phone call and be out of the door in two hours and not back for three months,” he said. “People sort of see me and sometimes think I have the golden life, but they haven’t seen the sacrifices I’ve made over the years to be able to go away and do my job.”

And now he’s ready to sacrifice in a different way: “I am not going to say that I am going to get a leading part as James Bond but I am looking to regularly get sensible roles.”

Hey, to borrow a title from 007: Never say never.

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Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married

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Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith.  The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.

Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.

Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage.  When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.

Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.

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Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’

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Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.

“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.

Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.

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Why an ‘active’ approach to risk modelling is key to navigating markets today

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Whether investors are aiming for a cautious approach or a riskier investment profile with the potential for higher returns, Architas’ Blended Fund range is designed to match a range of investor risk appetites. And like many asset managers, Architas predominantly uses two approaches to define asset allocation within the five risk bands used in the Blended Range – strategic and tactical.

Whilst risk model provider EValue’s quantitative approach to asset allocation takes into account the long-term performance of different asset classes and the likely future performance given current valuations, along with long-term measures of volatility and correlations with other asset classes. Yet as with most systems of its kinds, EValue focuses on the long term; it is unable to analyse short-term market movements and fluctuations. So whilst it would have seen that in Q1 2020 markets fell by a record percentage before rebounding, it will not be able to factor in the cost of the coronavirus and lockdown and its impact on markets. Similarly, it is not able to consider ongoing Brexit woes, geo-political trade wars or the outcome of the US election in 2020.

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