What the gossip mags say

Last updated 12:17 24/02/2014
Jaime Ridge
ALL GROWN UP: Jaime Ridge showcases a design by Michelle Yvette in the Weddings Collection show at last year's Fashion Week.

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Women were leading the stories in gossip mags this week, with Jaime Ridge, Kate Middleton, and Alison Pugh making cover pages.

Oh, and of course Kim Kardashian - and her curves - were mentioned, too.

Over a "deeply personal" brunch with Woman's Day, socialite Ridge talked about her recently righted relationship with her father, former rugby league star and television personality, Matthew Ridge.

Until last year, the pair had hardly seen each other since her mother Sally and her father divorced in 2001.

However, now the father and daughter speak on the phone "virtually every day" and enjoy regular catch-ups.

Having turned 20 and consequently "grown up" (yet admitting to still living at home with her mother), Ridge said she felt ready to let her father into her life again.

Meanwhile, New Idea's front page trumpets a second baby is on the way for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, with inner pages reporting Kate to be in the early stages of a "surprise" pregnancy.

The couple's friend Jessica Hay "exclusively" told New Idea that there were "definite grains of truth in the intense buzz".

Reality television star Kim Kardashian is featured repeatedly in too-tight clothing, with New Idea reporting the star's "greatest challenge of her life" is losing excess weight put on during pregnancy.

Thought to have spent more than $600,000 on treatments to make herself appear thinner, friends and family are apparently worried Kardashian's self-obsession will destroy her relationship with fiance Kanye West.

Closer to home, New Zealand's Woman's Weekly interviewed Alison Pugh about her new role as co-host on TV One's Breakfast show.

Credit to Pugh, this is her first magazine story and she admitted being nervous and reluctant to talk about herself.

Having watched Breakfast every morning before journalism school (she studied at Canterbury), Pugh said it seemed "surreal" to now be sitting on the infamous Breakfast couch.

She described the job as a buzz and an honour, and said she "wasn't really fazed" about the lack of social life it imposed.

"With a nine-to-five job, you spread your energy over the day, but with Breakfast, it's condensed into three hours," she said.

"You do crash a little at nine, but people don't want to wake up to a miserable person. It's about getting a laugh out of someone that early, making their day a little chirpier."

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