Jeff Soffer and Elle Macpherson at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce 87th Annual Gala
Uh oh. It looks as if supermodel Elle Macpherson faces the ‘Mick Jagger problem’.
She has split from her husband, Jeff Soffer, but now friends of the American billionaire are claiming they were never properly married.
The couple tied the knot in Fiji in 2013 but it remains to be seen if their wedding is legally valid.
‘It’s like Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall all over again,’ remarks a showbusiness source.
After Texan model Jerry filed for divorce from the philandering Rolling Stones singer in 1999, Jagger claimed their Hindu wedding on the Indonesian island of Bali nine years earlier had not been legally valid.
Jagger succeeded in having the Hindu marriage ceremony declared invalid, unlawful, and null and void by the High Court in London.
According to sources in America, hotel heir Soffer, 47, has been ‘bragging’ to friends that he and Macpherson, 53, who was nicknamed ‘The Body’ in her heyday, were never legally married.
The couple were brought together by a tragic accident in 2012, when he was a passenger in a helicopter that crashed attempting a landing at a golf club in the Bahamas. Lawyer Lance Valdez, one of Soffer’s greatest friends, died.
Soffer suffered a fractured spine in the accident and required lengthy rehabilitation. Elle jumped on to the first plane out to Miami and helped nurse him back to health.
The couple were said to have tied the knot in a ceremony attended by just 15 family members and friends.
The only details published at the time were that it was a ‘day ceremony’, with guests including Soffer’s property developer father, Donald, and Macpherson’s two teenage sons from her nine-year relationship with London-based financier Arpad ‘Arki’ Busson.
Elle (left with Soffer and, right, with Mick Jagger) and Soffer split in June, with the Australian model reportedly leaving their Miami home with her children. She is said to be looking for her own house in Florida
Elle and Soffer split in June, with the Australian model reportedly leaving their Miami home with her children. She is said to be looking for her own house in Florida.
There are no records of a divorce in the U.S. state. Spokesmen for the couple could not be reached for comment.
According to Fiji’s tourism website, weddings are ‘recognised as legal worldwide’.
However, its embassy in Washington, DC, explains that ‘overseas visitors intending to get married in Fiji are required by law to obtain and sign a marriage licence of their choice from a nearest marriage registry prior to the actual marriage ceremony’.