Whitney Wolfe, the founder and CEO of the popular dating app Bumble became a target for threats after her decision to ban gun imagery and content from people’s dating profiles
Words by Katherine Benson
Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe has revealed that she and her staff have been targeted with death threats after the company made the decision to ban gun imagery from users’ profiles. During a panel at Cannes, Wolfe spoke about how the move ‘pissed a lot of people off’ and had led to a series of death threats and harassment campaigns’.
She told the audience. ‘I was getting emails saying “I’m gonna show my Glock and my you know what [genitals],” with literally a picture of the Glock and the other thing’. The stream of distressing emails, described by Wolfe as containing threats such as, ‘We’re coming for you, we know where your office is’, has forced her to have police at the company headquarters for several weeks.
The decision to ban gun imagery on Bumble came after February’s devastating mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This was the 31st mass shooting of 2018 in the US, a figure which, according to records from Gun Violence Archive, has since risen to 101.
However, despite these distressing statistics, Wolfe explained how the decision created strife even within the company. She revealed, ‘We have a lot of people on our team that are responsible gun owners. I’m from Texas… Our brand values are equality, empowerment, kindness and accountability. Do guns fit that bill? No.’
Wolfe stands by her decision and has since donated $100,000 to the pro-gun control group March For Our Lives, adding: ‘As mass shootings continue to devastate communities across the country, it’s time to state unequivocally that gun violence is not in line with our values, nor do these weapons belong on Bumble.’
‘I was just walking around, spying on her from the corner of the room. In a non-creepy way.’
While all of us remember the first time we set eyes on Legolas with his blonde tresses and bright blue eyes in The Fellowship of the Ring, Orlando Bloom had his eyes on somebody else while filming Lord of the Rings. Namely, someone you might not have even remembered starred in the film: Cate Blanchett.
The two were reunited for a special London episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, where they chatted with the host and singer Niall Horan about everything and nothing. The Lord of the Rings alum reflected on their time dealing with Frodo Baggins’ infamous ring and their first meeting in New Zealand, which was when Orlando revealed he held a torch for Cate.
James asked, ‘What was your first impression of Cate Blanchett when you first met?’
Orlando turned to Cate and blurted, ‘I had such a crush…I had the biggest crush on you. But I was 21 and you were just-’
‘And I was what, a hundred and ten?’ Cate deadpanned.
Thinking quickly, Orlando said, ‘But you were like 25…26…no, 28?’
‘I’d go to the lower end,’ she advised him.
Although Orlando may have well and truly put his foot in it during the interview, he apparently was a secret admirer from afar while they were filming. The Tolkien epic was one of his first big gigs out of drama school and we bet Cate, with her poise and endless list of film credits on her IMDB page. It turns out that they didn’t have very long together on set however, as Cate was only there for about three weeks – and Orlando really didn’t make an impression. Mainly because she didn’t even know who he was.
‘I didn’t recognise you for two weeks…The first time I saw you, you had hair – like Fabio hair – and blue eyes. And then I just saw you, like this really cute guy out of drama school who was at the parties. And I didn’t put two [and two together that it was] Orlando,’ she said.
Orlando joked, ‘And I was just walking around, spying on her from the corner of the room. In a non-creepy way.’
While it may not have worked out for the former elves, they seemed to be in good spirits and bounced off one another well on the show. They also both were suitably flabbergasted when Niall Horan revealed that One Direction had been thrown out of Trump hotel by – you guessed it – President Donald Trump.
Ah well, such is life. To be honest, we only want the best for our Cannes-protesting, suit-wearing, no-bullshit-talking queen Cate Blanchett.
We love you Orlando, but we don’t know if you’re it.
Are Wes and Laura out of the honeymoon period? Has Alex (Dr Love) finally found himself a girl? And will Adam get his comeuppance for his womanising? His ‘family’ certainly seem to think so.
One of the biggest talking points since the ITV2 show returned to our screens however was the evictions, with reluctant couple Charlie Frederick and Hayley Hughes being the most recent to leave, voted the least compatible by their fellow Islanders.
To be fair, they weren’t wrong, with the former couple unable to even look at each other as they left the villa.
Having only been in the villa for a matter of days, Charlie’s departure was seen by viewers as premature, with Love Island fans taking to Twitter to voice their sadness for the 23-year-old model.
‘Can we vote Hayley and Charlie out and then start a petition to get Charlie back in the villa like Sam last year?’ Tweeted Matt Turner, while another viewer JXD tweeted, ‘Absolutely GUTTED for Charlie! We need a petition to get the chap back in the Villa! Hayley has completely destroyed his experience.’
It looks however like the popular former islander might not need a petition to go back to the villa, with an insider telling the Sun that it is quite possible that he will be brought back onto the show in the next few weeks.
‘Charlie was a hit with viewers and behind the scenes everyone thinks it’s really unfortunate he had to leave,’ the insider reportedly told The Sun online. ‘There’s been a lot of talk about how he could possibly make a comeback – just like Mike Thalassitis did in last year’s series.’
The source continued: ‘What they don’t want to happen is make it predictable though, so if Charlie does come back to the villa it’s going to be in an explosive way. Bosses know what the public want and they have listened. Watch this space when it comes to Charlie.’
Could a Charlie-Samira romance FINALLY be on the cards? We certainly hope so.
Environmental assault is surprisingly the number one cause of ageing – and while pollution is a danger all year round, harmful rays from the sun are heightened during summer.
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The royals have had a very busy week recently, what with Princess Diana’s niece getting married, the Order of the Garter procession and Royal Ascot kicking off their first races just yesterday. There’s a couple of royals who have been particularly busy though, namely Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice who have nailed the art of the day to night outfit change. Mainly out of necessity, as they had a lot to do yesterday.
The sisters attended Royal Ascot in the morning, where they were a pastel perfect pair as they strolled around the royal enclosure. Princess Beatrice chose a powder blue Claire Mischevani dress with eye-catching shoulders, paired with a white clutch and a total high heel classic: nude Kurt Geiger pointed heels.
On the other hand, bride-to-be Princess Eugenie very much kept in line with Meghan Markle’s all-white ensemble in a chic, minimal outfit. She wore a white Osman wraparound dress with structured kimono sleeves, along with silver heels and a millennial pink clutch.
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The Ascot veterans completely nailed the occasion, as the races are notoriously strict on dress code. Their compulsory hats were also gorgeous, with Eugenie’s more dramatic style designed by Juliette Millinery while Eugenie’s chic oversized hat was by Emily-London.
The royals then changed the game for their evening event, namely the super cool Serpentine Summer Party back in London. Channeling a much more rock and roll vibe, Princess Eugenie bust out a leather jacket and a peacock Mary Katrantzou dress – which we’re still convinced is in some way an optical illusion. She paired it with silver embellished heeled sandals and very on-trend box clutch.
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Although Meghan Markle may have gotten some heat for her off-the-shoulder look at Trooping the Colour, Eugenie dared to flash hers regardless with a striking one-shoulder piece by Roland Mouret. Detailed with electric blue and purple florals, she gave it an edgier vibe with a pair of leggings and dramatic black heels. Her husband-to-be Jack Brooksbank also joined her, though he didn’t go for as bold a look.
Want to cop their style? Here’s some similar looks below…
2018 is undoubtedly the year for celebrity babies, with Jessica Alba kicking off the year by announcing the birth of her and Cash Warren’s third child on New Year’s Day.
Since then, it seems like a new celebrity baby has been announced each week, with Kim Kardashian welcoming Chicago, Kylie Jenner giving birth to Stormi Webster and Khloe Kardashian and Rachel McAdams both welcoming babies in April.
Last night Adam Collard reinstated himself as the villain of this year’s Love Island when he ditched Rosie Williams for new girl Zara McDermott.
The 22-year-old Geordie seemed to find it amusing when the girl he’d previously been coupled up with explained how she felt.
‘I shared a night with you; I trusted you when I shared that night with you, you had what you wanted and ditched me 12 hours later,’ Rosie tearfully said.
‘You can’t treat girls like that. You will never ever be happy because you are constantly searching for more. You trick girls into thinking that you are in here for a serious relationship, [but] you’re in here to rack up your numbers.’
As well as angering a lot of social media users, it appeared Adam’s family weren’t too impressed with how he’d treated Rosie either.
Or so we thought.
In a series of tweets, ‘Adam’s mum’ seemed to denounce her son’s appalling behavior on Twitter for all the world to see, saying he’d hate for his own sisters to be treated in the same way.
‘Even us at home really don’t agree with what Adam’s been doing it in the house,’ the first tweet began. ‘Actually feel sorry for Rosie. No remorse. Families not happy with his actions [sic].’
However, it turns out this is actually a fake account and Adam’s mum had nothing to do with the tweets – his actual account is @theadamcollard.
‘We have NOT issued this and would NOT condone these comments at all!’ the person looking after Adam’s real account wrote. ‘Say what you will this is a reality game show!’
The account has since been suspended. To be fair, signing off as ‘Adam’s mum x’ was a bit of a giveaway.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May wedding will go down as one of the most touching in royal history, and his cousin, Princess Eugenie, will be following him up the aisle, marrying her longtime partner, Jack Brooksbank, at Windsor Castle in October.
The royal wedding on everyone’s lips this week however involves a senior member of the royal family, and it’s one for the ages, breaking royal history.
The happy couple? The Queen’s third cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, and his boyfriend James Coyle.
That’s right. Their happy union will mark the first same-sex wedding in the extended royal family’s marital history – and to make the news better, it was broken during Pride month.
Lord Ivar Mountbatten, 55, has three children with his ex-wife Penny, who he separated from in 2011, before he came out in 2016, and to make the wedding even more special, she is expected to walk her ex-husband down the aisle.
‘It makes me feel quite emotional. I’m really very touched,’ Lady Penny Mountbatten explained, going on to announce that their children had been the ones to suggest it.
‘Being a Mountbatten was never the problem,’ Ivar went on to explain to the Daily Mail of his inability to ‘come out’. ‘It was the generation into which I was born. When I was growing up, it was known as “the love that dare not speak its name.”’
The couple are set to wed at a private chapel in Devon, and unfortunately for well, everyone, the Queen and co. will not be in attendance.
‘Sadly they can’t come to the wedding,’ Lord Mountbatten explained of the Windsors. ‘Their diaries are arranged months in advance and they’re not around, but they adore James. Everyone adores him.’
We think these face masks might just change your life (and your skin)
It’s easy to write the best face masks off as non-essentials. After all, you wear them for 10-minutes, watch a little Netflix, then wash your hard-earned pennies down the plughole. Or so you might think.
The truth is, the best face masks for your skin, can transform and treat all kinds of problem skin. From tired, blotchy and dehydrated skin to blemished, dull and congested skin.
Here’s why you should use a face mask: beautifying ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and retinol, are able to penetrate further into your skin where they can impact cell turnover, collagen and elastin production and, ultimately, have a huge impact. Thats because face masks literally hold these ingredients captive against your skin for 10-minutes or so, and your face has no choice but to suck all that goodness up. Neat, huh?!
If your skin is dull and dry, the best face masks can make for a great exfoliator. Whilst you might be currently using a grainy scrub to rid your face of dead skin, they’re actually not gentle enough on skin. Look for masks containing mild peeling actions or ingredients like fruit enzymes, which will nibble away on dry, flaky skin to reveal the softer, plumper stuff underneath. No scrubbing involved.
We’re obsessed with the best sheet masks, and where would we be without the best eye masks? They almost instantly plump up dehydration lines and boost brightness around the eye area.
Homemade face mask
If you’re not so willing to splurge on a ready made face mask, chances are you have some of the ingredients you should slap on your skin in your fridge or kitchen cupboards already. That supermarket-bought honey is seriously moisturising, while organic yoghurt is jam-packed with AHAs to dissolve dead skin cells and zinc to regulate your skin’s sebum production. Plus your avocado obsession will do your skin some serious good, as they’re packed with antioxidants and fatty acids that preserve skin’s moisturiser.
Not sure where to start when it comes to making your own face mask? Try out one of these 6 recipes for homemade face masks for an excellent skincare boost that’s on the cheap.
Best face masks for acne
Struggling with acne can make you a bit wary about what you put on your face. The last thing you want is a product that causes you to break out even more or make existing breakouts even worse. La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Anti-Blemish Clay Mask, £8.25, is formulated for oily, spot-prone skin. Use it a few times a week and you’ll notice a marked difference in your complexion; spots wither under its glare as it gets a hand on your skin’s oil levels. It’s no wonder that oily-skinned women rave about the entire range.
Best face masks for blackheads
If blackheads are your biggest issue, seek out something with exfoliating properties to help clean out your plugged pores. Salicylic acid is a well-known hero when it comes to treating congested skin, so if it appears on a face mask’s label, you can put your faith in its ability to help get rid of blackheads. But think twice before trying one of those Instagram famous black face masks, which can potentially ruin your skin. Glamglow’s Supermud, £16, is a firm favourite of the MC Beauty Team. It has activated charcoal inside, which draws out dirt and toxins from the pores. As the mask dries, you can actually see the darker bits of oil and grim that have been extracted. It’s BEYOND satisfying.
Best face masks for dry skin
Trust us when we say that the best face masks will completely transform even the driest of complexions into soft and radiant skin. The key is to choose something that’s going to supply your skin with a high concentration of moisturising ingredients. While shopping, be sure to keep your eye out for hyaluronic acid, a mega-hydrating ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. Genius. The best we’ve tried? Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Masque, £55.
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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced their separation last year, insisting they had nothing but love for each other and their five-year-old son, Jack, but breaking the hearts of fans across the world.
Anna Faris opened up about the separation at the time, getting real about her heartbreak, but Chris remained tight-lipped on the subject, only addressing the pains of his split during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly in April.
‘Divorce sucks,’ the 38-year-old actor explained. ‘But at the end of the day, we’ve got a great kid who’s got two parents who love him very much. And we’re finding a way to navigate this while still remaining friends and still being kind to one another.’
He continued: ‘It’s not ideal, but yeah, I think both of us are actually probably doing better.’
Now that the dust seems to have settled, it looks like the couple are moving on, with the Guardians of the Galaxy star seemingly photographed on a date with a well-known woman this week.
Who is the new woman in Chris Pratt’s life? Katherine Schwarzenegger.
Yes, you guessed it – the eldest daughter of actor/ politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The two were seen on a picnic date in Santa Barbara, California, over the weekend, with rumours emerging that the pair are dating.
But, who is Katherine Schwarzenegger? Katherine is the 28-year-old daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger, not to mention author and blogger in her own right.
‘We’ll always have each other and be incredible friends,’ Anna, who is currently dating cinematographer Michael Barrett, explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly about the split. ‘There is still so much laughter in our lives together, and he is proud of me, still. We watched each other grow and he still cracks me up all the time. And I think I crack him up – unless he’s a really good actor and great at faking laughter.’