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Emma Watson

There are many downsides to growing up in public. The public catching you while you’re in mid transformation from one thing to another and deciding that’s the real you. The fact that every mistake you make gets captured by a camera somewhere. But the worst has to be that every tiny crumb of romance gets analysed like it’s the plot of Romeo and Juliet, which if you think back to your own teenage dalliances, is just preposterous.

So, a little sympathy please for Emma Watson, who has had to face the twin shame (note: not shame) of being snapped dancing happily with a guy called Francis Boulle at a polo match, with the usual hysterical speculation that follows, AND to have to bear him mouthing off to the press (hello Heat magazine) about how he dumped her because she’s too famous for him.

He said: “I actually really like Emma.  She’s a really cool person.  She’s a very different person to who she is in the media. That’s what I liked about her — she’s very interesting.

“We had a bit of a thing a while back, but I have always been an ambitious person and I want to achieve my own notoriety for what I’ve done.”

Thankfully he’s now becoming well-known in his own right, because of a sub-Jersey Shore type ‘reality’ show about posh people in London, called Made In Chelsea. Which means he can now officially talk about his time with Emma, as it’s (for him at least) no longer the only interesting thing about his life.

“That’s why I chose not to pursue it any longer, because I didn’t want to be the boyfriend of some child actress.”

No, now you’re the ex-boyfriend of a Hollywood star. Is that better?

Here are some other points of interest from the day so far:

• David Hasselhoff wants Simon Cowell to be the voice of KITT in a relaunched version of Knight Rider. This, despite ample proof from Family Guy and The Simpsons, that Simon Cowell can’t even act the part of Simon Cowell. (via Female First)

• Wanna know what the grande finale of the Susan Boyle musical will be? A performance from actual Su-Bo herself. That’s not weird at all. (via Musicrooms)

Alan Moore, the comics genius who wrote (among other things) Watchmen, does not have a copy of that book in his house, because it reminds him of the hassles he had working for large comics corporations. (via Digital Spy)

• And while we’re asking, would you like to see Cheryl Cole design a shoe? Let the Telegraph lead the way.

• Church worker Christopher Corder, who suffered severe brain damage after being knocked down by Pete Doherty’s manager Andrew Boyd. driving Pete’s car uninsured, has been given the right to sue the pair personally in order to have his care needs paid for. (via The Sun)

Who fans, the band want your moddiest videos for the song “5:15” to help promote the remastered “Quadrophenia” (via Planet Rock)

• There’s a whole load of fuss and chaos surrounding the final edit of the new Judge Dredd movie. The British cartoon character is once again making the transition to the big screen, but the edit has been beset by reports of directors being fired, writers taking over directing, and general ego war. SFX have the latest…

• British chef and food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has caused a certain amount of controversy by insisting that he sees no ethical difference between the killing of any animals for food, including household pets. He’s been living the vegetarian life for four months, in order to research a new organic cookbook. Speaking to the Radio Times, he said: “In principle, but not in practice, I have no objection to a high-welfare organic puppy farm.

“You can’t object, unless you also object to the farming of pigs. It’s an artificial construct of our society, a cultural decision, to make pets out of dogs and meat out of pigs. Both animals could be used the other way round, although pigs probably do make better meat than dogs and dogs better pets than pigs, but it’s not a foregone conclusion.”

Would you be interested in finding out?

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By Fraser McAlpine