Rumours about Angela Gheorghiu's relationship with Romania's unlucky Eurovision entrant Cezar Ouatu had circulated for months. They were quashed shortly before the Eurovision final when Angela issued a press release knocking the classically-trained countertenor.
Everything about the presentation (video below) was wrong, she said, adding that Cezar "must return to good music and good
taste" - before wishing him good luck.
In an about-turn, Angela has now confirmed on TV her romance with the man who looks better in a dress than she does.
She was cagey about the details, but it's widely reported in the Romanian press that they paired up some time ago. They are said to have moved in together last week after meeting at the Eurovision pre-selection a year ago. Cezar was a controversial choice, and Angela is said to have lobbied strongly for his selection.
Given Angela's usual willingness to share her private life, some may find it surprising that it's taken her this long to come clean. Elements of the Romanian press unkindly speculate that Cezar was cunningly playing the oldest of tricks to keep Eurovision's huge gay audience on his side.
Cezar is 33 to Gheorghiu's 47+, but he told an interviewer that age is just a number. His last girlfriend was 25, and he says he'd be happy with an 80 year old.
Angela Gheorghiu's visit to South Korea isn't going too well.
First off, two of her planned four shows of La bohème with Vittorio Grigolohad to be cancelled after tickets sold poorly amidst overpricing complaints. The most expensive were 570,000 won, or over £300.
The second of the two shows celebrating the 20th anniversary of Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu's first encounter was more musically accomplished than the first. And the curtains worked. But we were never allowed to forget why we were there. Like the first, the evening had the air of a football testimonial - two sides, singers and orchestra, battling it out for the greater glory of the stars.
Last night marked 20 years since Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna first clapped eyes on each other in some obscure crevice of the Royal Opera House.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, a fount of scurrilous gossip and hilarious candids ever since, Covent Garden have mounted two special performances of La bohème, the John Copley production that is even older than the famed couple's relationship. This was the first.
Angela Gheorghiu has joined forces with greying Romanian rockers Holograf ('Holocaust' in English, according to Google) to record what sounds from the clip like a Bono-style charidee single. Only not for charidee.
Curiously, they've not chosen to exploit the festive market; the record emerges sometime next year. If you can wait that long.
Fortunately the Bolshoi had found another big name to take his place a few days before the big night. Angela Gheorghiu, more experienced at pulling out than stepping in, used a score for her aria from The Queen of Spades and according to viewers sounded underprepared.
Faust - Royal Opera House, 18 September 2011 (first night)
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Despite some outstanding performances from a top-drawer cast, this second revival of David McVicar's Faustsomehow fails to hit the mark. Part of the blame is of course Gounod's - never afraid to cut a flowing story dead in its tracks with a crowd-pleasing ballet or drinking song.
Talk about a hot ticket. Queuing for the 67 day seats for this Tosca started the night before. But after a season short on star power, the lure of Gheorghiu, Kaufmann and Terfel (for just two shows) is hard to resist. Even if the staging is well-worn, and frankly not that exciting in the first place.
Mrs Roberto Alagna has declared an interest in directing opera "and sooner maybe than you think! This is a real part of me, deep inside, and I do understand some things." Directors are of course less replaceable than sopranos, and whether any opera house is brave enough to take a punt on hiring someone with a cancellation record longer than their attendance record remains to be seen.
The full interview (sweet tooth required) is in this month's Opera magazine, teaser page online.