HAVING shared so much of her life with a fascinated public, Kelly Brook would be forgiven for thinking there was nothing much left for the rumour mill.
So when she asks: â€œIs there any gossip about me right now?â€ she probably wasnâ€™t expecting my reply.
â€œWell,â€ I say, finally bringing into the open whispers that have been circulating online for ages. â€œThe word is you may actually be a lesbian.â€
Kelly shrieks with laughter. â€œWhat!? Really? Really?â€ she says. â€œNo way!â€
Kelly, 35, who shares a plush Los Angeles apartment with her model friend Natalie Loren, giggles: â€œDo you know what goes on in our house?
“If you could be a fly on the wall there, youâ€™d know it couldnâ€™t be further from the truth. Itâ€™s absolutely hilarious.â€
The truth is that Kellyâ€™s life is all about work at the moment.
After 20 years of hard graft and â€œlots of coming secondâ€, Kelly has finally landed her big break with a prime-time TV role on NBCâ€™s One Big Happy, the brain child of Ellen DeGeneres.
She says itâ€™s a dream come true and an honour to have been chosen for the role of Prudence â€“ a British girl who found herself in the US illegally then married a man who had recently got his lesbian best friend pregnant.
The ratings have been good, a consistent 4 to 5million, plus extra numbers for those who watch later.
â€œItâ€™s my dream, this is what Iâ€™ve been working for for the last 20 years,â€ she says.
â€œWeâ€™re incredibly proud of the show. I love working with everyone and to be on Ellenâ€™s show is amazing.â€
The girl from a council estate in Rochester, Kent has come a long way.
â€œI come from nothing,â€ she says. â€œIâ€™m from a working class background, I grew up on a council estate but one day while I was watching Fame I knew I wanted to go to acting school.â€
The road to Hollywood has not been straightforward for Kelly.
She fell into glamour modelling aged 16 but she always knew it was a means to an end â€“ and she credits her late father Ken, a scaffolder, with teaching her the value of hard work.
â€œI donâ€™t regret the modelling,â€ she says. â€œI knew what I wanted and I knew if I put the work in then I would get the rewards back.
“I feel like that is just starting to happen.
â€œMy dad was a grafter, he would get up and go to work every day. I love what I do, Iâ€™ve always loved acting and dancing. I think itâ€™s being passionate.
â€œI got to 16 and people told me I should be a model.
“I grew boobs and I had no money and my mum asked when I was going to move out so I did a few photo shoots so it took me down that glamour model path.
â€œBut I worked so hard on the acting. Thatâ€™s what it takes to be the best. You work twice as hard, twice as many hours as everyone else. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve done my whole life.â€
For a long time that big break was just out of reach.
â€œIâ€™ve been to so many auditions. Iâ€™ve done it a thousand times,â€ she says.
â€œPeople donâ€™t see the hard work, the determination, 20 years of knocks, being down to the last two â€“ those are the worst, the â€˜nearly but not quiteâ€™ â€“ but you donâ€™t give up.
â€œPeople are only now seeing the fruits of my labour, theyâ€™re driving down Sunset and they see me on a billboard and they think how did I get up there?â€
Kelly is a smart young woman, far from the bimbo she is sometimes perceived to be due to her high-profile romances and all those career knock-backs.
She joined Channel 4â€™s Big Breakfast at just 19 years old in 1999, but lasted only a few months.
She was then ridiculed when she presented ITVâ€™s Love Island and, perhaps most famously, given her P45 by Simon Cowell after three days as a judge on Britainâ€™s Got Talent in 2008.
Kelly is keen to set the record straight.
â€œThe way Simon made it look was that I went chasing him,â€ she says.
â€œI didnâ€™t. He called me and asked if I would do it, like, the next day. So I called my stylist, got some clothes sorted and got there in time.
â€œSimon didnâ€™t, though â€“ he was hours late. We would have to start at 9am and he wouldnâ€™t get there until 1pm. It was disrespectful to me, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan.
â€œThroughout my career, if I have a call time of 9am, Iâ€™ll be there at 8.30am, ready to go. Simon didnâ€™t work like that, it was his party and he did it his way.
“It wasnâ€™t what I wanted to do anyway. I wanted to act. So when it didnâ€™t work out I wasnâ€™t bothered, it meant I could go back to doing what I really wanted to do.â€
Work has always come first for Kelly â€“ and not all her boyfriends have been happy about that.
She tells of working until 3am, then getting home to a boyfriend who accuses her of cheating because he canâ€™t believe she would be working such long hours.
She says: â€œIâ€™m on a plane every other week, or Iâ€™m in a studio, and when youâ€™re working more than the guy youâ€™re with â€“ and most of the time I have been â€“ itâ€™s hard for men to be supportive of that.
â€œI can be filming for 15 or 16 hours a day. They think youâ€™re up to no good.â€
Some of the men she has been involved with would have preferred her to stay at home. She says: â€œIâ€™ve had plenty of offers to be a kept woman, but Iâ€™ve chosen not to. Absolutely not.â€
Kelly is horrified when I suggest that the public view her as someone who canâ€™t keep a man. â€œWhy canâ€™t I? Because I donâ€™t want to keep them.â€
Kelly has had several high-profile romances.
There was actor Jason Statham, who she describes as â€œthe bestâ€, Titanic star Billy Zane â€“ a â€œsweetieâ€ and rugby ace Danny Cipriani.
Then there was rugby player and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Thom Evans, with whom she suffered two devastating miscarriages.
After splitting from Gladiators star Dave McIntosh she is now besotted with Italian judo champ Jeremy Parisi.
He lives in Paris but the long-distance relationship is â€œgoing wellâ€.
Are marriage and babies on the agenda?
She says: â€œI think at this point itâ€™s the wrong thing to do. I have everything I want right now, I love travelling, I love my job, I love being creative.
â€œIâ€™ve set myself up so nicely, Iâ€™ve got all my ducks in a row. It will take a really amazing person for me to change anything in my life right now because I have worked too hard.â€
So why did she date losers like ÂMcIntosh, or Cipriani, who was caught cheating on her more than once?
â€œNeither were right for me but I had fun figuring it out,â€ she says.
“I do what I do because I want to. Maybe someoneâ€™s good in bed, or a good cook, or we do something fun together,â€
Kelly is now the face of the Atkins diet, on which she has lost 8lbs since arriving in LA.
She looks better than ever through a combination of a high-protein diet and plenty of workouts.
â€œI wanted to keep my boobs and my bum, and keep my shape,â€ she says â€“ which is easier said than done.
And hereâ€™s how she did it: â€œI was doing a lot of weight training and eating a lot of protein, burning all of the fat.
â€œOnce I built the maximum amount of muscle, I did cardio to burn the fat.â€ She insists on working out with a female trainer.
â€œI only train with girls,â€ she says. â€œI never work with males, I only like working with women.â€
But in case anyoneâ€™s still not got it, that does NOT, insists Kelly, mean she is a lesbian. – Mirror