At least she has HaShem to hold her close.
TZIPORAH Malkah has admitted she hasn’t “had a shag” in six years on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
On Thursday night’s episode, the former fiancee to James Packer was talking to Lisa Curry when she made the personal admission before revealing she has a special friend in South Australia.
“Ash (Pollard) said today, ‘God I need a shag’, and I said, ‘Darl, I haven’t had a shag in six years,” 43-year-old Malkah told the Olympian.
Later in the conversation with Curry, Malkah dished on her male friend in South Australia.
“I haven’t seen him for a long time. We were teenage friends,” she said. “As soon as I can get a couple of weeks off I am going to go and stay in a hotel within walking distance from him and see how it goes.
“We’ve discussed that there may not be any physical chemistry between us,” she added. “We are getting on really well on the phone. We’ve had marathon phone calls. We are like teenagers. We spent literally seven hours on the phone one night together. It is ridiculous.”
Malkah and billionaire James Packer dated in the mid-90s for five years and had a two-year engagement, before separating in 1998. Last November she told KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O the split was mutual.
“It was just talking about the time that we needed to spend together and he just said, ‘My job’s too stressful and if I need to go off and do whatever I want I need to be able to do that,’ and I said, ‘That’s not the sort of marriage that I want.’ It was sort of mutual in a way,” she said.
From Vogue model to the I’m A Celeb jungle: How Kate Fischer became Tziporah Malkah
SHE’S appeared on the cover of Vogue four times, starred alongside Hugh Grant in a hit film and was once engaged to billionaire James Packer.
But now Tziporah Malkah, formerly known as Kate Fischer, is back in the spotlight as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, a reality show famous for featuring D-listers looking for a career revival.
Malkah, 42, made her reappearance on national television by being spun around in a box filled with insects and had to fill in fellow contestants on what host Dr Chris Brown called “her previous life”.
At age 14, she won the Dolly Covergirl of the Year competition and was touted as the next Elle Macpherson. The Vogue cover girl later starred alongside Portia de Rossi and Hugh Grant in the Australian film Sirens, two INXS music videos, as well as the soap opera Echo Point.
A portrait of her by Australian painter Paul Newton was a finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize exhibition – the painting is believed to now be in James Packer’s private collection.
So what is she doing now, where did it all go wrong, and why is she suddenly back in the public eye? This is how she explained it on Monday night’s show.
“I got outed recently in a tabloid magazine, dressed in a bedsheet collecting my mail and I looked absolutely hideous,” she said, referring to Woman’s Day, who published unflattering shots of her outside her home in Melbourne’s leafy Toorak. Malkah had been on the cover of Woman’s Day before, in 1997, looking glamorous in a crotchet bathing suit…
On Monday night’s show, former MKR contestant Pollard asked Malkah what we were all thinking: “What does your name mean?”
Apparently it means “bird” in Hebrew. Her family is Jewish (her mother is NSW member for Goulburn Pru Goward) but has not practised Judaism for many years.
“I was given a gentile name to be in the street, but at home I’ve always been Tziporah. I’ve just decided to reclaim it,” Malkah said.
“If anyone calls me ‘Kate’, ‘Zippy’ or ‘Zip’, they’ve got three strikes and they’re out. I’ll let them know.”
She was born Katherine Helen Fischer, but legally changed her name to Tziporah Malkah in her early 20s. It’s a family name passed down from her grandmother.
In the ‘About Me’ section on her public Facebook page, she renounces her birth name.
“Tziporah is how I wish to be addressed,” she wrote. “You won’t get far with Kate – it is not my name and it is disrespectful for people to be wilfully rude and ignore this simple request.”
HER WEIGHT LOSS BATTLES
Malkah is open about the fact that at 118.5kg, her doctor has classified her as “morbidly obese”. Her weight has made her the target of ridicule on social media, with some criticising her for not wearing a bra in the jungle.
“I’m going to lose at least 20kg, hopefully much more. I’m way too heavy and it’s time to trim down,” she told New Idea last year.
“This is doctor’s orders — he says I’m morbidly obese. My blood pressure is way too high and I’m likely to die prematurely unless I lose weight. So my life depends on this. I’m ready!”
“I don’t advocate fatness or thinness, but some of us fight the good fight in regards to our weight all the time. It can be mentally all-consuming and very draining- particularly if there are other stresses and distractions going on in one’s life.”