While you were sleeping: the biggest overnight news stories 17/02/17

By Marni Dixit February 17, 2017
Nicole Kidman

All the stories you need to know this morning

Nicole Kidman confirms she was engaged to Lenny Kravitz before meeting Keith Urban

Nicole Kidman Lenny Kravitz and Keith Urban

We never knew these two dated! Nicole Kidman was rumoured to have been secretly engaged to Lenny Kravitz 14 years ago, but it was never confirmed by either star until now.

Nicole let slip she was engaged to Lenny during an interview with The EDIT for her new series, Big Little Lies, which also stars Lenny's daughter Zoe. When asked what it was like working with her former boyfriend's daughter, the actress said:

“Well, I knew Zoe because I was engaged to her father. It’s all in the family! I love Lenny; he’s a great guy.”

The pair met when Nicole rented the musician and actor's New York loft, and he apparently wrote the song 'Lady' about the award-winning actress.

Grant Hackett has been found after going missing


Grant Hackett was in hiding last night after more bizarre behaviour with his family reporting him as a "mentally disturbed" missing person. It is believed that he was staying at the Surfers Paradise Marriott hotel when police found him late yesterday. 

The swimmer failed to attend a private hospital, instead, checking himself into the Palazzo Versace hotel. His father, Nev, said:

“The police got a couple of calls and they located him and interviewed him. He’s alive and sober but he’s very, very embarrassed and doesn’t want to see anybody or talk to anybody.”

Grant reportedly sent his mother, Margaret, a text saying, "I'm okay but I can't talk". Nev revealed his son had been seeking help from a doctor for the last few months, but had a relapse.

"What happens now is up to Grant... We just have to sit and wait and see what happens.”


Donald Trump has slammed Obama administration in first solo press conference

Donald Trump

Donald Trump has slammed the Obama administration in his first solo press conference, also issuing a threat to leakers:

“To be honest, I inherited a mess, at home and abroad. Jobs are pouring out of the country... We’ll take care of it folks.”

The US president said the "dishonest" media is "out of control", adding he is "keeping his promises to the American people". He dismissed scandals and set-backs, calling them media fiction, saying his administration is "running like a fine-tuned machine". 

He also made sure to deny reports he and his administration are linked to Russie, saying it's a ruse and saying he wished the US could get along with Russia.

Lisa Curry's fiance says she needs to tone it down in the jungle

Lisa Curry Mark Tabone

Lisa Curry's fiance, Mark Tabone, has revealed to News.Com.Au that he hopes his partner tones it down and shows her sensitive side on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! The Elvis impersonator said:

“One thing I said to her before she went in was to make sure she shows Lisa as well as Coach Curry... That is the strong Lisa, she does a lot of boot camps and things, but there’s obviously that really soft side to her and also a sensitive side.”

He added:

“If you give Lisa a task, she will take it on by the horns... She will take it very seriously and that is why she clashed a bit with Tom. She doesn’t like to let people down so if you give her a task she will find the best way to get through and do it.”

Mark revealed that the pair are yet to set a date for their wedding, but said it would be a small, quiet ceremony and reception.



In case you missed it, a man is in hospital after being beaten by up to five men yesterday afternoon.

The incident occurred at a grassy area at the northern part of Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

Some witnesses say the man was bashed with nail-studded bats, axes and metal poles, although this hasn't been confirmed.

The victim, who is in his 30s, was transported to St Vincent’s Hospital and is in a stable condition.

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