It has of course long been the practice of companies to give merchandise away for free to celebrities in return for a mention on Twitter or something similar.
Martine McCutcheon and Katie Price, to name but two celebs, have both recently been on the receiving end of free gratis or discounted stuff – such as hair extensions and facials – in return to mentioning the freebie on Twitter, and that’s all very nice…
However, according to the Daily Star, former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has been given a car that’s worth around £265,000 in return for a mention on the social networking site!
The paper states, “POP star Cheryl Cole has been given her own Love Machine, a top-of-the-range Bentley.
“The Girls Aloud singer, 29, tweeted her thanks yesterday after accepting the brand new Mulsanne.”
She was apparently given the car so that she can “zoom between gigs in comfort” not that I imagine she was ever catching the bus…
However, on Twitter, Cheryl wrote: “I have been so spoiled this tour!! Thank you @jbarclaybentley for my pressie!! #spoiledgirlaloud.”
The car apparently boasts a top speed of 184mph and can go from 0-60mph in just 5.1 seconds.
Additional features include hand-stitched leather seats, wood veneer surfaces and a state of the art sound system that has 14 hidden speakers.
Derek Bennett, of Jack Barclay Bentley, said, “It’s a very comfortable car and really has a sense of occasion about it.
“They’re UK-made cars and we thought it very appropriate to support the girls’ UK tour.”
However, around six years ago, Cheryl apparently wasn’t a big fan of Bentley as the paper reports that she made her former husband Ashley return the Bentley that he bought her for their first wedding anniversary.
In her autobiography, Cheryl wrote, “I’m not really into cars…but I took it out for a drive.
“I pulled up at some traffic lights and there was an elderly man next to me in a tiny little Polo.
“He’d probably fought in the war and there I was, swanking it up beside him in a Bentley.
“It just felt so wrong and I wanted to hide my face.
“I drove straight home and told Ashley the car had to go.”
Well evidently no pensioners and/or war veterans were around when she signed for her new ride this time.
Anywho, here’s a reminder of Cheryl on The Jonathan Ross show last year…