Daniel Radcliffe just opened up about turning to alcohol to forget his HP fame

Daniel Radcliffe just opened up about turning to alcohol to forget his HP fame


‘I really struggled’

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows may have come out over a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve moved on from the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

In fact, us millennials are probably still as hooked as we were when the series was actually still going.

Too many of us own wands, chocolate frogs and clothes emblazoned with our Hogwarts House crest (we’re ALL Gryffindor, OK?) and we can all admit to having debated HP theories deep into the night.

It’s hard therefore to remember that the actors have their own lives, with the three leading stars speaking openly about the realities of having fame thrust upon them at such a young age.

This is something that lead actor Daniel Radcliffe spoke out about this week during an appearance on Off Camera With Sam Jones.

Describing his fame, the 29-year-old recalled: ‘I really struggled with particularly in my late teens when I was going out to places for the first time where you would feel – again it could have largely been in my head but – you would feel watched when you went into a bar, when you went into a pub.

‘Then, in my case, the quickest way of forgetting about the fact that you were being watched was to get very drunk and then as you get very drunk, you become aware that, “oh people are watching more now because now I’m getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more.”’

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He continued: ’Part of the thing is the expectation that you should just be delighted all the time. You have a great job, you’re wealthy, you don’t have a right to not be excited about the thing all the time. I think that’s a pressure as well. You suddenly start to feel, “Man, if I am just feeling some human emotion of sadness, does that mean I’m doing this wrong? Am I not good at being famous?”‘

How did he get through it? ‘I have been unbelievably lucky with the people I had around me at certain times in my life,’ he explained. ‘I met some really key people, some actors some of them not, who just gave me great advice and really cared for me. Ultimately it was just my own decision. I woke up one morning after a night, going, “This is probably not good.”‘

Harry Potter fans are coming out in force to praise Daniel for speaking out on the subject.

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This is what happens when a star borrows diamonds for the Oscars

This is what happens when a star borrows diamonds for the Oscars


The Oscars are just around the corner, and celebrities are getting ready to compete for the best dress on the red carpet (here are the most expensive Oscars dresses of all time in case you were wondering).

Of course, if you’re wearing an amazing outfit, you want accessories to match, and there’s only one thing for it: diamonds. Now as we’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars here, a lot of celebrities just borrow them for the night, and it’s a whole process.

Jeweller Martin Katz has been dressing actresses for 30 years now, and he revealed what happens behind the scenes.

He said, ‘I remember my first encounter bejewelling an actress for the red carpet came when a client (an actress) asked me to loan jewellery to her co-star – it turned out to be a new young actress named Sharon Stone who was just about to hit the big time with Basic Instinct. I loaned her some pieces for that premiere and my brand went “viral” from there.’

Since then, Martin has accessorised over 500 of Hollywood’s finest, from Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman, all the way through to Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet Ashley Judd, Alessandria Ambrosia and Gigi Hadid.

What’s interesting is everything that goes into making this happen. Whilst some brands do pay the celebs to wear the jewels (‘eye-watering sums’ according to Katz), he simple works with those who like his designs.

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First off, it starts with the stylist. He says, ‘My team initially liaise with the stylists, and this can often be only weeks in advance. Since we are based locally in Beverly Hills we have developed close relationships with some top stylists who we work with throughout the year so we know their clients well.

‘Most stylists prefer choose the gown first then start considering the jewellery. On occasion, we have come across stylists who have a particular style of jewellery in mind then source an evening gown to fit that. We will then invite them into our boutique on Brighton Way for an appointment at which stage I personally like to meet with them to discuss ideas and show them pieces that I feel would work well.’

Once the celebrity approves of the choice, or requests a custom design, then ‘they have fittings in their ready-to-wear with the selected jewellery items and their hair and make-up done. They must see the finished look in advance and take several photos from all angles to ensure the look is flawless.’

Unfortunately, there’s always a risk the celebrity won’t wear the jewellery (or the dress, remember Anne Hathaway?), so the team have to bide their time: ‘they may suddenly wake up the morning before or worse yet, the morning of the event and change their mind on their outfit which can then knock on to the jewellery too. That would involve a last minute rush into the vaults to select alternatives and it’s happened before…’

And when we’re talking about really expensive jewellery, you need to have a plan in place in case anyone tries to steal it – just think how many people come to watch that red carpet.

Martin says, ‘Measures are taken to ensure the security of the jewellery and the talent wearing the piece too so we will send a security guard to accompany them.’

Disasters can happen though, and the jeweller’s diamonds once scattered all over the red carpet. ‘I will never forget though the year when Minnie Driver wore a multi-strand ruby of mine to the Oscars and unfortunately it became attached to her dress, causing the clasps to break and the ruby beads to dissipate across the floor of the auditorium. James Cameron was seen on his hands and knees helping to pick up the rubies for the distraught Ms. Driver. There’s never a dull moment at the Oscars!’

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Meghan Markle gave her baby shower guests the sweetest gifts

Meghan Markle gave her baby shower guests the sweetest gifts


This is lovely.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced the news that they were expecting a baby in Spring 2019, just months ago, with the exciting news sending the internet into a frenzy.

Who are the god parents going to be? What will be the royal baby name of choice? And of course, when is the due date?

While Meghan has hinted at an April arrival, supposedly disclosing the month to a member of the public, the question on everyone’s lips this week surrounded the Duchess’ baby shower, taking place in New York this week.

Yes, Meghan Markle spent the past few days in New York, spending some time with her closest friends before the arrival of her baby.

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The intimate baby shower took place in the city’s Mark Hotel, attended by Jessica Mulroney, Abigail Spencer, Amal Clooney and Serena Williams, among some of Meghan’s other BFFs.

While the details of the event are being kept a secret, there have been rumours of a flower arranging class and a dessert table – yes, really. A dessert table.

The sweetest detail seemed to come from the Duchess herself, with guests receiving a sweet party favour – a trio of decorated biscuits. Giving a nod to Meghan’s ‘little bump’, the three monochrome biscuits came in three different shapes – a rattle, a baby bib and stork.

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Meghan’s close friend and make up artist, Daniel Martin, made the details known this week, when he shared a photo of the sweet treats to Instagram.

‘Such an incredible day celebrating #babylove,’ he captioned the sweet snap.

We hope Meghan had the baby shower she deserved!

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Princess Charlotte’s favourite snack is pretty fancy for a three-year-old

Princess Charlotte’s favourite snack is pretty fancy for a three-year-old


Sophisticated.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child in April, and all eyes are on the royal couple. The world is waiting for details about Baby Sussex, from whether Harry wants a boy or girl, to the vegan paint Meghan is using in the little one’s nursery. We even had a glimpse of Meghan’s New York baby shower this week, and we have to say the biscuits looked delicious (and very cute).

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome their bundle of joy in a couple of months, there are three little royals who will be very excited to meet him or her. Kate Middleton and Prince William’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, will finally have their first (first) cousin!

They will no doubt be happy to show Baby Sussex the royal ways – and if Charlotte has anything to do with it, she’ll be teaching them the secret to a sophisticated palate.

During a royal appearance earlier this month, Kate admitted that her young daughter ‘loves olives’. What a fancy snack for a three-year-old!

Apparently, Charlotte and her brother, George, also love making ‘cheesy pasta’ and enjoy creating their own pizzas because they get to make their own dough.

‘They love it because they can get their hands messy,’ Kate said.

We can just imagine these two putting their culinary skills to the test in the royal kitchens!

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The one thing that Queen Elizabeth doesn’t like about Prince Harry

The one thing that Queen Elizabeth doesn’t like about Prince Harry


We don’t get it.

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Prince Harry is one of the most popular royals, but it turns out that not everything he does impresses his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

Earlier this week, we learned that the Queen doesn’t approve of Prince William’s favourite hobby, and it turns out that she’s also irked by something that Harry chooses to do.

Katie Nicholl’s autobiography about Prince Harry entitled Harry: Life, Loss, and Love points out that his beard displeases the Queen.

According to the Express, Katie claims that Harry decided to grow his facial hair while he was in the army and decided to keep the look going when he got home. However, the Queen wasn’t best pleased about it as she reportedly believes that men should be ‘clean-shaven’.

The paper also reported that the Queen gave Harry special permission to sport a beard when he married Meghan Markle.

In a statement at the time, Kensington Palace said: ‘Her Majesty The Queen gave her permission for Prince Harry to get married in his uniform.’ It’s believed that this included his facial hair.

A royal insider previously told Hello! magazine: ‘The rest of the family liked it and were taking the mickey, especially his cousin Zara who dubbed him Prince Hairy.

‘But the Queen soon let her displeasure be known.

‘She doesn’t mind royal men growing beards when they are away in the armed forces or out in the wild like Harry was in the Antarctic, but she expects them to be clean-shaven when they get home.’

We’re here for Harry’s beard, tbh.

Sorry, Liz, but we’re going to disagree with you on this one.

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Gwyneth Paltrow almost missed out on this iconic role because of her split from Brad Pitt

Gwyneth Paltrow almost missed out on this iconic role because of her split from Brad Pitt


Wait, WHAT?

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Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the most talked about women in the world, and from her lifestyle brand Goop to her recent marriage to Brad Falchuk, she never fails to make news.

This week, it was her previous relationship with Brad Pitt that everyone was talking about, with Gwyneth admitting that her split from the Fight Club actor had almost prevented her from taking one of her most iconic roles, Viola from Shakespeare In Love.

On Shakespeare In Love’s 20th anniversary, Gwyneth explained that she wasn’t supposed to star in the film at all, with a different A-list actress given the role.

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Gwyneth Paltrow. Credit: Rex

‘The movie had many iterations,’ Gwyneth recalled in an interview with Variety. ‘Julia Roberts was going to do it for a long time, and then that version fell apart. It ended up in Miramax, and I was the first person they offered it to.’

Despite being offered the role however, Gwyneth went on to explain that the timing wasn’t right, with the actress mid break up from Brad, reportedly turning the opportunity down at first.

‘I was in the middle of a terrible breakup and the idea of going to England and being far from home just seemed … I didn’t even read it,’ she explained. ‘I was just like, “I can’t read anything right now. I’m having a really hard time.”’

We don’t know who convinced Gwyneth to reconsider but seeing as she won herself an Oscar for the role, we doubt she regrets her decision!

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Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at the BRITS

Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at the BRITS


Meghan Markle was spotted at the BRITS last night, but not in the way you think, as she was on her way back from her baby shower in New York.

Instead, she made an unlikely appearance in Beyonce‘s company when the singer accepted her award via video message.

She and Jay Z won the award for Best International Group (as the Carters), and stood in front of a portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge to accept it.

In the oil painting, Meghan wears a crown and old-fashioned pearls, which makes her look like Queen Victoria.

This was all the more poignant that it was to celebrate Black History Month, and with it the landmark of Meghan being the first bi-racial woman in the Royal family.

You can watch the full video below:

Beyonce also congratulated the Royal on her pregnancy, writing, ‘In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.’

We’re pretty sure Meghan will love this.

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Beyoncé reveals the meaning behind the Meghan Markle Brits painting

Beyoncé reveals the meaning behind the Meghan Markle Brits painting


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The BRIT Awards was an absolute treat. Not only did Hugh Jackman prove he is, indeed, the greatest showman, we were absolutely living for Little Mix and Pink’s performances.

But one moment that got Twitter talking was Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s acceptance speech. The couple won Best International Group as The Carters but weren’t able to attend the ceremony to collect their award. Instead, viewers watched as they said thank you via VT. While celebs usually film themselves saying thanks in a dressing room or from their tour bus, Bey and Jay made sure that their video acceptance speech was epic.

In their Apeshit music video, The Carters are casually hanging out in front of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. But last night they recreated the iconic scene in front of a portrait of Meghan Markle looking regal AF.

Bey told the camera: ‘Thank you so much to the Brit Awards for this incredible honour. You guys have always been so supportive. Everything is love. Thank you. You’re Welcome.’

They then turned to face the painting of Meghan by illustrator Tim O’Brien. And fans loved it.

‘The HIGHLIGHT of the brits is The Carters paying homage to Megan Markle,’ one person wrote on Twitter.

Another added: ‘THE CARTERS STANDING IN FRONT OF THIS ICONIC PAINTING OF QUEEN MEGHAN MARKLE.’

Beyoncé took to Instagram to explain the meaning behind the moment.

Alongside a photograph of the pair in front of the portrait, Bey wrote: ‘Thank you to the Brits for the award for Best International Group. I won this award back in 2002 with my besties, Kelly and Michelle.

‘How lucky am I to have been in a group with my other best friend, the GOAT Hova.

‘In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas.

‘Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.’

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Meghan Markle’s brother just outlined his take on the Markle family rift

Meghan Markle’s brother just outlined his take on the Markle family rift


And it’s pretty controversial…

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Meghan Markle has a difficult relationship with her family, something that has plagued her first few months as a royal.

The Markles as a whole have created a lot of drama around the now Duchess of Sussex, from estranged nephew Tyler Dooley naming his cannabis business after her to her father Thomas Markle continuously engaging with the press, despite Meghan’s reported pleas for him not too, even leaking a private letter to the press this month.

Samantha Markle has undoubtedly taken the most attention, from her chilling Anne Boleyn warning to Meghan and her rumoured appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, to her choosing the Duchess’ due date to release her tell-all book.

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But it was Meghan’s estranged half brother, Thomas Markle Jr, who made news this week, talking to OK! Magazine about how Meghan’s ‘rift’ with his father is affecting him.

‘He’s hurt and very confused about what happened to his relationship with his daughter, and I think he’s a little more frustrated now because he’s got a grandchild coming up with his favourite person that he worshiped,’ Thomas Markle Jr. explained. ‘They had such a tight bond together and now he’s worried about if he’s ever going to get to see his grandchild. It’s a new addition to the family and now would be a perfect opportunity for the family to get back together.’

Going on to explain the rift, he continued: ‘A lot of the distance happened between Meghan when she went to Toronto and her first big break in TV which was Suits and it turned out to be a big hit in the USA.

‘I think she turned into a little Hollywood starlet and she was focused on her career so much. I get it. I get being in that world because once you’re down that path you’ll do anything it takes to be successful so that had a lot to do with being distant from her whole family.’

Hmmmmmm.

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Melania Trump has paid an emotional tribute to Karl Lagerfeld

Melania Trump has paid an emotional tribute to Karl Lagerfeld


‘We will miss you’

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It was announced yesterday that iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld had died in Paris aged 85.

The sad news of his death comes after weeks of ill health, with Karl – the artistic director of CHANEL – missing his catwalk bow at the end of the most recent CHANEL Couture Show in Paris.

‘It is with deep sadness that the House of CHANEL announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the CHANEL Fashion House since 1983,’ Chanel announced in a statement.

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It was undoubtedly a very sad day for the fashion community, with high profile figures coming forward to pay their respects, from Victoria Beckham to Alexa Chung.

One unexpected high profile figure to pay an emotional tribute to the German designer was First Lady Melania Trump, who took to her Twitter page to honour the icon.

‘Today the world lost a creative genius,’ Melania tweeted alongside a photo of her with Karl and one of his personalised sketches for her. ‘We will miss you Karl! #RIPKarlLagerfeld.’

From Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell to Marion Cotillard and Elton John, the tributes continue to flood in.

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