Christina and James find love after the storm

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Feb 24, 2004

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Cape Town's most famously tempestuous couple are back in love.

And not only that, but "they", as people insist on saying these days, "are pregnant".

Christina Storm and James Small, drooled over for years in almost equal number as one of Cape Town's favourite models and South African rugby's favourite rebel, are back together again - completing another wild loop in their roller-coaster-ride relationship.

The trouble all started about seven years ago when the owners of two of Cape Town's most admired bodies met on the set of a fashion shoot for a women's magazine. They were meant to French kiss, but they were meant to just pretend...

For the next four years, Storm and her world champion Bok steamed up the spotlight as one of the country's most-watched celebrity couples.

There was a break-up, then a reunion, accompanied by a glittering engagement ring, which was mysteriously stolen.

But drama began to unfold seriously in 2001.

First came the news that they were to split up. Then their dirty laundry was aired in public, and soon afterwards Storm was being seen in town on the arm of another Springbok, Arno Karstens of the band Springbok Nude Girls.

Small had a breakdown blamed by his family on "years of stress, anxiety and exhaustion". Half the male population of South Africa may have worn his "No Fear" underwear label, but the one-time hero was over the edge.

Men like former Bok coach Ian McIntosh rallied to his side, expressing their affection for the moody, explosive, bad boy who played 47 Tests and scored 20 tries.

The cowboy who cried was even contacted by former president and Springbok jersey-wearing Rugby World Cup 1995 talisman Nelson Mandela. And, slowly, Small rebuilt his life.

He now owns or part-owns two of Cape Town's trendiest spots - Cafe Caprice on Camps Bay's sunset strip, and the So Now coffee-clothing shop in Kloof Street.

Storm also diversified, spending less time on the catwalk and disclosing her secret pastime of illustrating children's books.

Since their break-up, Storm told GQ magazine that she wanted children, "and lots of them!".

She said she loved South African men for their "old fashioned good manners". Not finding a husband was her "biggest fear" and she admitted that she would love "a decent, non-rugby-watching, beer-drinking one" to write to her out of the blue and ask her out to lunch.

But she also said of her former lover in another interview last year: "He's an amazing human being - not an aggressive guy."

She said they had had fights "like every other couple".

There was the news that Small was stocking some of Storm's designs in his new fashion store and their friendship blossomed as the pain of the past eased. And now they are back together and "expecting".

Their little somebody's gender is not yet known and will be born in September.

The couple are due to put out a statement on Wednesday.

In the meantime, they are both said to be extremely happy.

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