Censored: Michelle Mone on why she won’t victoria secret sexy lingerie be posing in her lingerie any more, her cheeky tweet on her ex-husband’s engagement… the new cancer scare that made her sell her business
The large black-and-white billboard posters resembling victoria secret sexy lingerie movie adverts appeared on street corners throughout cities in Southern California. Emblazoned with the names ‘Pacino’ and ‘Stallone’, they might suggest they were announcing a new film release by two of the world’s biggest stars.
But a third name ‘Mone’ appeared – with equal victoria secret sexy lingerie billing – in large red lettering on the posters, giving its owner a quiet thrill as she travelled from LAX airport to her hotel in the centre of Los Angeles.
Millionaire Scots businesswoman Michelle Mone loves to victoria secret sexy lingerie rub shoulders with the famous – and, seven weeks on, she is still disconcerted by her good fortune in sharing a stage with Hollywood legends Al Pacino and Sylvester Stallone in front of 2,500 delegates at a conference for entrepreneurs.
One of the UK’s most high victoria secret sexy lingerie profile business figures, Michelle Mone, opens up about her latest cancer scare which made her reassess her life to the point where she sold off the company that made her famous
Ms Mone got equal billing with screen legends Al Pacino victoria secret sexy lingerie and Sylvester Stallone in advertisements promoting a conference for entrepreneurs in California
She says: victoria secret sexy lingerie ‘I grew up with the film Rocky. I used to run up and down the steps in the east end of Glasgow, delivering papers and pretending I was Rocky Balboa. I had no idea that I would be sharing a stage with them one day and they would be listening to my story.’
In an exclusive interview with The victoria secret sexy lingerie Scottish Mail on Sunday, the woman who has become one of the UK’s most high-profile business figures is happy to talk about the new health scare that made her reassess her life, to the point where she has now sold off the company that made her a household name.
She is ready to reveal how she is coping with news of victoria secret sexy lingerie her ex-husband’s engagement to her former designer, and how she is carving out a new career for herself as a public speaker and lifestyle guru which allows her to rub shoulders with the Hollywood greats.
Ms Mone has just returned to the UK after two months of travelling around the world as a guest speaker. It’s a role she’s keen to pursue now, having just sold 80 per cent of her lingerie company following a second cancer scare.
Two years ago, she had a cancerous mole removed from her shoulder. Four months ago, a routine smear test showed up pre-cancerous cells and she panicked.
‘I thought “Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m sitting listening to this”,’ she recalls. ‘I cancelled all my meetings, told the gynaecologist I wanted anything pre-cancerous out, and had the operation within 48 hours. Maybe I over-reacted slightly, but I left a note for my eldest daughter, Rebecca, telling her where all the insurance policies were.
Ms Mone poses with her childhood hero Stallone; she has just returned returned to the UK after two months of travelling around the world as a guest speaker
Ms Mone, pictured with Pacino, has a new role developing the Utan self-tanning and beauty section which she has bought outright from Ultimo
‘I think that you do worry about your children more when you’re a single parent.’
The lingerie queen and her former business partner, Michael Mone, ended their 20-year marriage with a bitter divorce in 2011. It emerged later that he was having a relationship with one of Ms Mone’s former Ultimo bra designers, Samantha Bunn.
The pair have since become engaged, and last week Ms Mone tweeted her congratulations to them with the words: ‘Never thought I’d ever say this, congratulations to my ex-husband on his engagement to my ex-designer. No bitterness, no regrets, happiest ever.’
Her seemingly gracious tweet won her praise from many of her followers on the social media site.
But others were cynical about her intentions, claiming she had known about the engagement since September and had caused some bewilderment through her very public announcement.
But why so publicly? Why not a private message? Addressing her critics, she empathically denies there has been any maliciousness in her actions.
‘We don’t talk,’ she says bluntly. ‘We haven’t spoken since the divorce. I’ve no way of letting either of them know that’s how I feel now. I don’t care if I speak to them ever again but I honestly, sincerely, do wish them the best of luck.
‘If I’m honest, I’ve only felt that way for a few months. It took me a long, long time to get over what I saw as their betrayal. After the divorce, I became a very bitter person. But bitterness and jealousy are destructive and I didn’t like the way I felt.
‘I had to get rid of all those hurtful feelings and I managed it. Now, I don’t care if our younger daughter Bethany is a bridesmaid at their wedding.’ She reflects: ‘If I’ve one regret about my tweet, I wish I’d used their first names Michael and Sam. With hindsight, it would have been a nicer way of putting it instead of my “ex-husband” and “ex-designer” but there was nothing meant by it.
The lingerie queen and her former business partner, Michael Mone, ended their 20-year marriage with a bitter divorce in 2011. It emerged later that he was having a relationship with one of Ms Mone’s former Ultimo bra designers, Samantha Bunn. The pair have since become engaged.
‘I absolutely love my life just now. I’d like to thank Michael for that – for giving me the life I never had. I’m a very different person now and I would never have found myself, or had the courage to pursue my dreams, if this hadn’t happened to us.
‘I feel that this year has been a year of cleaning up and getting ready for 2015. Now there’s no more cleaning up to do. I’ve finally got my house in order.’
Selling the majority share in her lingerie company was something she could never have imagined doing a year ago, but she confesses it became the obvious thing to do a couple of months ago when she realised she’d become ‘jaded’ after 15 years at the head of the company she’d created.