Diva Katherine Jenkins’s fat fee for benefit gig

(News of the World)

Opera diva Katherine Jenkins has thrown a warbler following a benefit gig where she was paid thousands to perform. The millionaire star told her manager Brian Lane she’d sing at his son’s school to help raise money.

But the curvy Welsh wonder was the only big name to accept a fee from St Paul’s in London – while fellow songbirds Heather Small and Faryl Smith performed for free.

Then Katherine fell out with her manager because she refused to be filmed for a TV special, which could have raised the school more money.

Jenkins – who dates Strictly Come Dancing hunk Gethin Jones – has now dumped manager Lane, who made her one of the world’s best-selling opera stars. Last year she signed a £6.7 million deal with Warner Music.

A source said: “This benefit concert resulted in the end of Katherine’s relationship with Brian. It’s turned very nasty.”

Lane had managed to convince forces sweetheart Jenkins from Neath, South Wales, to perform at the private school’s 500th anniversary concert. He also arranged for the Welsh language channel S4C to record the gig for a special programme. Profits made were to be split between Jenkins, 29, and the school, which charges parents £24,000 a year for boarders.

But a huge row erupted over how much money the singer would receive. The exact figure has not been disclosed but is thought it could have been as high as £10,000.

Our source added: “Katherine was very unhappy and made her feelings clear. The argument was over what proportion of the fee went to the school, and what went to her. Brian, who is very passionate about his son’s school, had divided loyalties.”

Eventually Lane, 69, was forced to cancel the broadcast, which he had hoped would raise cash for St Paul’s that they could pump into future building projects. Last night, the singer’s spokesman said it would have been inappropriate for her to be seen on Welsh TV performing at an English school, and added: “There was no charity involved. Katherine’s fees are strictly confidential.”

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