Playboy made her an offer – for 500,000 pounds (770,000 dollars) – to loose her clothes. Still, however tempting the offer, it seems she will refuse. Why, we ask?
“Cheryl is incredibly flattered by the offer but she’s always been fundamentally opposed to going nude in magazines,” a source said.
“She reckons it’s great if other girls can do it, but it really isn’t her. People won’t believe it but she is actually incredibly shy when it comes to all that stuff.”
The insider added: “Cheryl has a fortune of £10m. It’s not like she needs the money.”
Hefner offered a price of $5.5 per share, with almost 40% more than the quotation of $3.94 from Friday’s closing stock meeting, announced Monday, Playboy Enterprises.
He already holds 69.5% of Class A shares and 27.7% of Class B shares. Their classification is based on voting rights. In most cases, Class A title gives the holder more voting rights than Class B.
The funding will be provided by the company Rizvi Traverse Management, Hefner’s partner in this transaction. Hefner is not interested in selling or merging the company, Playboy Enterprises announced.
“No-one wants her to do it. Her business people are trying to convince her that it could be seen as being a bit lowbrow and cheesy, and will alienate her fans who like her edgy appeal,” a source said.
“She thinks it will be an experience, and she’s always looking to grow as an artist. She doesn’t think there’s anything distasteful about it. She sees it as just another form of expression.
“She’s been chatting with everyone about it all week. She’s always been a fan of Hugh Hefner’s, and his whole sex-as-art kind of thing.
“She’s always looking to shock and entertain, and something like this would be perfect for her. She wants her shoot to be like nothing Playboy has every seen before. If she doesn’t drop it, her nude shoot will be like nothing Playboy has ever seen!”
On the other hand, last year, 2009, the singer refused to pose naked for the magazine: “I mean, if I was a glamor model, I would be delighted, but for me it’s all about the music. Ask me again, though, when I have a new album to plug.”
It also seems that after a 15-year battle over the estimated $1.6 billion fortune left by Texan J. Howard Marshall, the law sided with his late son, Pierce.
In consequence, Smith’s only surviving heir, her 3-year-old daughter Danielyn, will get nothing, lawyers for Marshall said.
“It is an instruction that the case is over, and that E. Pierce Marshall’s estate wins. Hopefully, this will be the end of it,” Eric Brunstad, who represented the Marshall estate, told Reuters.
Anna Nicole married oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall in 1994 when she was a 26-year-old topless dancer in Houston and he was 89.
Marshall died a little over a year later, triggering a bitter battle over his fortune between the former Playboy model and his son, Pierce, who died in 2006.
Smith died of a drug overdose in 2007 and was survived by Danielyn, who was fathered by photographer Larry Birkhead.