Sir Philip Green has said he is ‘not getting involved’ in his daughter’s new relationship with ‘hot felon’ Jeremy Meeks.
The tycoon refused to be drawn when asked about Topshop heiress Chloe’s holiday romance with Meeks, telling the Telegraph: ‘With respect, I am not getting involved in it.’
Sir Philip spoke as Meeks returned to Los Angeles to face the music with his wife of eight years, Melissa, following his fling while on holiday in Turkey with Green.
Clutching a phone to his ear and a cigarette between his fingers, the model was seen rolling his eyes as he spoke to an unknown person on the phone before lighting up as he waited for a ride outside LAX on Monday afternoon.
The 32-year-old father of two is facing a backlash from fans who are furious he dumped the wife who stood by him while he was in jail for the 26-year-old billionairess, Green.
The pair were pictured sharing an intimate kiss over the weekend and snuggling up together as they waited to be taken back to their $145,000-a-week yacht in Bodrum, Turkey.
Their tender embrace was watched over by an entourage which had joined them on their luxury charter for a week of fun in the sun.
It came as Melissa broke her social media silence and as his legions of fans turned on him for dumping her.
Jeremy Meeks spoke on the phone with an unknown person while clutching a cigarette as he returned to Los Angeles to face the music following his summer fling with Topshop heiress Chloe Green
Meeks rolled his eyes as he spoke while lighting up in the waiting area at LAX on Monday. He is facing a backlash after dumping his wife of eight years Melissa for Ms Green while holidaying in Turkey
The ‘world’s hottest felon’ has been riding high since a 2014 mugshot led to him being signed by a model agency and leaving his former life of crime behind. But social media rounded on him following his holiday romance
After spending his days lounging in the sun with Miss Green on a $145,000-a-week boat, Meeks is now back in reality in Los Angeles where he will have to deal with the fallout of his summer fling
While the ‘hot felon’ is facing a social media backlash because of his actions, it appears that his new modelling career is safe for the time being as his agency have not announced any plans to drop him
Chloe Green cuddled up to Jeremy Meeks as their luxury yachting holiday in Bodrum, Turkey, came to end on Saturday
On Monday, an intrepid Meeks posted an Instagram photograph from Germany, paying no mind to the scandal engulfing him.
The ‘hot convict’-turned-model was pictured grinning from ear to ear during a jaunt to Germany on Saturday, in a snap posted to his manager’s Instagram page.
The picture was posted just two days after Meeks was caught kissing Green, the daughter of billionaire businessman Sir Philip, on a yacht in Turkey which they are understood to have paid £112,000 a week to hire.
Instagram users responded negatively to Meeks’ manager’s post in Germany.
‘Shame on you,’ one user wrote, an apparent reference to the kissing pictures.
Meeks’ wife of eight years, Melissa, appeared to respond to her husband’s alleged infidelity with a sultry Instagram post of her own on Sunday.
Green failed to raise a smile as she squeezed in some final moments with her new beau on the jetty before they were taken back to their boat
Chloe, no stranger to life at sea after decades of yachting holidays with her family, was helped on to the dinghy by a crew member. Meeks was supported by another member of their entourage as he climbed aboard
The pair sat side by side, looking deep into one another’s eyes as members of their entourage took selfies on the dinghy that ferried them back to their yacht
Chloe wore a serious expression as she exchanged words with her new love. Meeks, in a khaki green wife beater, kept his back to the camera
The group stayed on board this $145,000-a-week yacht which they sailed around the Aegean Sea around Bodrum, Turkey, last week
Ignoring the revelation that her husband was cheating on her, Melissa Meeks made a point of not mentioning his adultery and instead opted to caption the picture with two hashtags – Queens are Born in July and It’s My Birthday Month.
Chloe Green has since deleted her Instagram account shortly after posting a picture of her and Meeks together with the caption: ‘Just the beginning…We appreciate all the love and the hate.’
Meeks too has edited his account, deleting all photographs of him and Melissa, which has not gone down with the fans who fell in love with his good looks after his California mugshot went viral in 2014.
He has left pictures up of Melissa’s two children frm a previous relationship as well as their own child.
One user Mish Reine wrote: ‘And the award for the biggest scumbag of the earth goes to Jeremy.
As Chloe bid farewell to her beau in Turkey, her parents Philip Tina relaxed on their own yacht, The Lionheart, in Monaco
Sir Philip appeared not to let the storm surrounding his daughter’s latest fling bother him as he soaked up the sun on Monday
‘What an idiot leaving a woman who held you down for eight years despite everything she’s even given you a beautiful child just for you to throw it all away for a bit of fame by going off with a billionaire daughter for more publicity.
‘Your actions are the real meaning of a low life felon.
‘Karma’s a b***h. Remember that.’
Another user going by the name of Enlightened Beauty wrote: ‘How sad. Don’t let the materialistic things get to you.
‘When you die, none of this is gonna matter. Everyone will remember you cheating on your wife.’
And Cessa1997 said: ‘Why is anyone surprised? He’s a felon.
‘He didn’t have any morals or integrity before, can’t buy that with all the money in the world. Rich trash or poor trash, still trash.’
‘Hot Convict’ Jeremy Meeks grins in a picture with his manager posted just four days after he was spotted kissing Topshop heiress Chloe Green on a yacht in Turkey
Some of his former supporters even claimed they had tried to curse him over his tryst with the British socialite.
People also turned on her, saying they were going to boycott Topshop given her family ties to the company and abusing her looks in the comments section of her new boyfriend’s social media accounts.
Tia Jasra said: ‘What you did is disgusting and I, as a Topshop lover, am boycotting it because Chloe knew you were a married man and still helped you cheat.
Meeks’ wife Melissa appeared to respond to the photos on Sunday, with this sultry Instragram post
‘I will not buy products from any brand you model for.
‘You are a horrible man and I’m sorry but your good looks can’t take away from your repulsive personality.’
Barely a week goes by that Chloe Green, daughter of the billionaire retail boss Sir Philip, isn’t seen cavorting on a yacht off the sun-kissed coast of some Mediterranean idyll.
Cocktails in Cannes, sunbathing in St Tropez, diving in Dubrovnik . . . life is one long cruise for the 26-year-old heiress — and, conveniently, Daddy owns three multimillion-pound super-yachts, which he is more than willing to place at his darling daughter’s disposal.
But the latest photographs of Chloe strutting her stuff at sea have raised more eyebrows than most. For the scantily clad socialite has been showing off her new boyfriend: a shaven-headed reformed criminal and former gang member called Jeremy Meeks.
They have left everyone wondering (with a slight smile): ‘Oh dear, what will Daddy say?’
Chloe, the apple of Philip’s eye, and Meeks, 33, spent most of the weekend locking lips, gazing fondly at each other and wrapped in one another’s arms as they cruised around the coast of Turkey.
In one image, wearing nothing but a skimpy black bikini top and a towel, she throws her head back as he clasps her face and kisses her passionately. In another, the pair sit on the deck in the searing sun and gaze out to sea as he puts one arm around her waist and rests another on her inner thigh.
When they weren’t whispering sweet nothings, the lovebirds made sure they kept fans updated on every moment of their romantic getaway. Meeks, who has an astonishing 1.2 million followers on Instagram, uploaded a shot of himself sitting on the yacht’s hull with his arms outstretched to the ocean, alongside the caption: ‘All things are possible!’
Chloe, meanwhile, posted two pictures to her Instagram account (where she has a mere 128,000 followers). The first is a smouldering self-portrait, showing the heiress in a low-cut white leotard and tight jeans.
Meeks, who is married to his wife of eight years Melissa (right together) received flak when photos emerged showing him with the Topshop heiress (left)
A family snap of Jeremy and Melissa Meeks with her two children and their own son
Chloe Green deleted her Instagram account after posting this picture of her and Jeremy after the scandal emerged
In the second, she sits beside Meeks in a restaurant, one hand clutching his neck. The caption reads: ‘Just the beginning. We appreciate all the love and all the hate.’
This unlikely pairing has, understandably, given rise to lots of the latter. If he looks familiar, it’s because he is better known by the nickname ‘hot criminal’ or ‘blue-eyed bandit’, whose good looks went viral on the internet back in 2014 after a mugshot posted online by a Californian police department attracted thousands of worldwide female admirers.
While Meeks may present himself as a mild-mannered, reformed character — his agent (yes, he has an agent) describes him as a ‘soft-spoken family man’ who is overwhelmed by all the attention — his chequered criminal past suggests otherwise.
But we can reveal that not only has Meeks served time behind bars, but he is a violent, hardened criminal who carries a gun, abuses police officers and was once arrested for beating a 16-year-old boy ‘to a pulp’.
The unlikely pairing has raised questions about what Sir Philip, said to be ‘very protective’ of his daughter, will say
In fact, he is deemed so dangerous that he has been banned from entering Britain. When he flew into Heathrow in April to attend a party, officials detained him and escorted him onto a plane back to America. So does Sir Philip know just what Chloe is getting into?
She is, of course, the only daughter of the much-derided tycoon at the centre of the BHS scandal, which saw 11,000 job losses when the High Street chain shut in 2016. A self-styled ‘fashion expert’ who found fame on the reality series Made In Chelsea in 2011, Chloe spends her days shopping and sunbathing and her nights partying, courtesy of her father’s £3.8 billion fortune.
While she was courting the spotlight, Meeks was doing time. The heavily tattooed thug — described by police in Stockton, California, as ‘one of the most violent criminals in the area’ — was convicted in 2014 of possessing a semi-automatic pistol and sentenced to two years in prison.
It wasn’t his first time in jail: in 2002 he served two years for grand theft (stealing £230 worth of goods). Records show he has been in and out of courtrooms most of his life, for offences including resisting arrest, negligent driving and identity theft.
On one occasion, he was so aggressive towards police who were trying to arrest him that he had to be pepper sprayed.
The teardrop tattoo under his left eye is, according to prison lore, said to symbolise the death of a gang member, while another inking along his right forearm shows the word ‘Crips’ — the name of a notorious American gang involved in murders and drug dealing.
Not only that, but he is married — with two stepchildren and one of his own — and was pictured kissing Melanie, his wife of eight years, as recently as last month. One can only imagine what Daddy — said to be ‘very protective’ of his only daughter — might say if Chloe brought him home.
Maybe that’s a bridge Chloe, wisely, is yet to cross. For Chloe and Meeks were frolicking not on one of Philip’s many vessels but on the Hazar Yildizi, a luxury yacht moored in Malta which can be chartered for £112,000 a week.
It’s hard to believe there wasn’t room on Lionheart, the £100 million floating palace with helipad, pool and six capacious cabins, which Sir Philip and wife Tina took delivery of last summer and turned into their permanent abode.
Maybe Chloe simply isn’t ready for her new man to meet the parents. They have, after all, only known each other a few weeks.
The couple are thought to have met at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Convicted criminals aren’t usually on the guest list at the elite A-list event — but since his release from prison in March 2016, Meeks’s life has undergone a dramatic transformation.
When his piercing blue eyes and razor-sharp cheekbones catapulted him to fame, he did several interviews from his cell at Mendota Federal Correctional Institution in northern California, telling fans he ‘appreciated’ their support and insisting: ‘I’m not some kingpin.’
Two years later, he had an agent, Jim Jordan of Los Angeles-based White Cross Management (who also represents model starlet Gigi Hadid), lined up on the outside. Jim said he had been ‘inundated’ with offers of work for Meeks — and set about turning him into an international model.
A FEW weeks after his release, Meeks, who claimed to have found God in prison, had a six-figure modelling contract.
Since then he has walked the runway at New York Fashion Week, posed with former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld and appeared on the cover of an upmarket men’s magazine. At Cannes, where he was promoting a pair of £70 boxers, he stripped off his shirt and wandered around a glitzy party topless, schmoozing with stars including singer Nicki Minaj, socialite Paris Hilton and Israeli supermodel Hofit Golan.
Since his release, Meeks, who grew up in Stockton in northern California, has sought to explain how a tough childhood drove him to a life of violence and crime.
Claim to fame: Meeks, who has a firearms conviction and was sentenced to 27 months behind bars in 2015, shot to fame when his 2014 mugshot (right) went vbiral
‘I heard it all my life: you’re so handsome, you have the most beautiful eyes, and I heard it a hundred times a day,’ he said in an interview earlier this year.
‘I still had a father in prison doing life. I still had a heroin-addict mother, and me and my brother and my sisters struggling through life’s tribulations.’ Since prison, however, he insists he has turned his life around: ‘I’m a family man. I’m a father. I’m a husband. I’m an uncle. I’m a best friend. I’m a God-fearing man, a Christian.’
But he has certainly been making the most of his new lucrative lifestyle. Meeks — who married local nurse and mother-of-two Melissa at 24, and went on to have a son, now seven, with her — moved into a mansion and bought a £120,000 Maserati (which he couldn’t drive, as he was under house arrest).
Just six months ago, he celebrated his eight-year anniversary with his wife, posting a picture of the pair posing in a vineyard with a bottle of wine alongside the caption ‘Through thick and thin’. Another photograph showed a sultry Valentine’s Day couple’s shoot, with the words: ‘You’re the most amazing wife a husband could ever have. The best thing that ever happened to me. Love you forever.’
Mysteriously, those images have disappeared from his Instagram page. So has all trace of Melissa. A few days ago, an apparently devastated Mrs Meeks posted the following quote online: ‘It’s just me against the world, baby’.
Chloe, meanwhile, looks like the cat that got the cream as she defends her controversial relationship. Maybe she shouldn’t be so smug; after all, the blonde heiress has been far from lucky in love.
In June 2011, aged 20, she dated Spencer Matthews, the reality show Lothario who claims to have slept with 1,000 women — and who is the brother of James Matthews, Pippa Middleton’s husband.
A month later, Chloe was linked to Ollie Locke, one of Spencer’s co-stars on Made In Chelsea, who has since come out as gay.
That September, she was seen holding hands with Waterloo Road actor Lucien Laviscount, with whom she is thought to have had a short-term fling.
In May 2012 she had moved on to Premier League footballer Jermain Defoe, with the pair seen tenderly embracing in the street.
Chloe’s love of bad-boy types is no secret: she has been linked to French footballer Djibril Cisse, once cautioned for assaulting his pregnant wife; was pictured looking cosy with Cristiano Ronaldo, known for his on-pitch tantrums; and is rumoured to have enjoyed romances with rappers Fazer (an old flame of former X Factor judge Tulisa) and Wretch 32.
Her most recent — and longest-term — relationship was with Marc Anthony, the musician ex-husband of Jennifer Lopez, 23 years Chloe’s senior, whom she dated from 2013 to 2014. Despite the age gap, Daddy was said to be a fan, but the pair split because of ‘busy schedules’.
Since then, Chloe has been seen with several dapper gentlemen but has yet to find love. At Cannes, in a slinky black dress and diamond necklace, she enjoyed a night out with suave investment banker Andrew Danenza, and the duo were seen looking cosy on their way home from a nightclub. It is now clear, however, that Chloe had her eye on someone else.
Friends say she seems ‘quite taken’ with Jeremy. ‘He’s one of the sexiest guys on the celebrity social circuit and has a story or two to tell about his colourful past,’ one adds. Quite, but could there be a happy ever after?
Given his criminal past, under UK immigration rules it could be 2026 — ten years after he was released from prison — before Meeks is let into this country.
Luckily, Chloe is used to spending time at sea. And it looks like as if the yacht is the safest place for them . . . until Daddy Green decides to drop anchor near by.