Rather than start her 39th birthday with lunch at the Mandarin Oriental and end it with a five-hour orgy which lasted until 8am the next day in her seventh-floor suite at Claridges as she did nine years ago, she popped to the Red Lion And Sun pub in Highgate village and was home in time for dinner.
While most of the Croydon-born Supermodel’s birthday bashes in the past have read like a who’s who of celebsville – with even Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin making a brief appearance at her 30th to sip fruit juice before retreating like scared rabbits caught in the headlines as soon as the drugs came out and the clothes came off – her partner-in-crime yesterday was husband Jamie Hince.
And, rather than showcase a series of carefully-chosen outfits to compliment her chosen birthday theme as she did at the start of her third decade (the theme then was based on F.Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Beautiful and the Damned’ with a morose Kate (above) at one point wailing to a then one-year-old Lila Grace’s father Jefferson Hack: ‘I’m damned!’ and him replying soothingly: ‘No, no, you’re beautiful’), she instead wore a pair of old jeans that looked as if they hadn’t seen the inside of a washing machine in some time and no make-up.
So what’s going on? With most of the group formerly known as ‘The Mossy Possé’ now moving on to domestic bliss and regular AA meetings, perhaps finally as she looks forty in the face Kate’s grown up and found contentment and no longer feels the need to fill an empty void inside her with erm, cock, coke and cocktails?
Perhaps there’s a wild all-night bash planned for later this week but I hope Kate really has found a sense of happiness thanks to her marriage to Jamie Hince.
It’s one thing being fashionably late but being the party girl who doesn’t want to leave the party and clings on to her twenties by her fingernails long into her forties is unfashionably lame.