Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga were undoubtedly the talk of award season, with the two not only raking in the nominations and wins for their acclaimed film, A Star Is Born, but also achieving all the co-star goals, making their admiration for each other known.
From Bradley voicing his fears at singing live with such a talent as Gaga to the 32-year-old singer being turned into a meme for her ‘100 people in a room’ compliment about her co-star, these two clearly had a lot of time for each other.
And while fans started to ‘ship’ the co-stars, dubbing them the next ‘Brangelina’, the two insisted that they were simply the closest of friends.
It’s hardly surprising therefore that people were sad at a revelation this week, as it was was reported that Bradley Cooper ‘hasn’t spent any time with Lady Gaga’ since award season.
According to People, the actor and director has devoted his time to his girlfriend Irina Shayk and their daughter, Lea De Seine, since award season, and as a result Bradley and Gaga are rumoured to have lost touch.
‘Since the awards season ended, Bradley spends every day with his family,’ a source told People. ‘Most days, Bradley and Irina take Lea out for activities together. Sometimes they just stroll on the beach. Bradley and Irina seem great.’
The source continued: ‘It seems Bradley hasn’t spent any time with Lady Gaga. He has been all about his family.’
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens will always go down as one of the most popular A-list couples of the noughties, with High School Musical fans still hoping for a Troy and Gabriella reunion.
Since their split in 2010 however, both Vanessa and Zac have remained relatively tight-lipped about the relationship, something that changed this week as the HSM actress got candid about her former love during a recent appearance on the Awards Chatter podcast.
‘It started off really organically,’ Vanessa explained. ‘I could not have been more grateful to have that relationship at the time.’
High school musical
Speaking about the rollercoaster that was High School Musical, she continued: ‘It was this massive phenomenon and [all] eyes were on me. And it’s just a really weird foreign thing to go through. And by being in a relationship, it kind of kept me stabilized and grounded, and I had someone to lean on who was going through it as well.’
‘I pride myself on being a professional,’ Vanessa concluded. ‘So I was like that aside we are going to move forward and do what we need to do. And we sorted it all out. I think because I was so young, I think that relationship stabilized me.’
We love Zac and Vanessa but we guess they ‘had to go their own way’.
The Cambridges are one of the most talked-about families in the world, but while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend the most time in front of the cameras, it’s their children that really steal the limelight.
From Princess Charlotte’s signature sass and Prince George’s cheeky grin to their royal waves when meeting their brother, Prince Louis, these toddlers never fail to make news. And it looks like Prince Louis is following after his royal siblings.
Luckily, the youngest Cambridge melted hearts this weekend as they released an early portrait of their royal son ahead of his first birthday.
‘Happy Birthday Prince Louis!’ Read the caption alongside a very smiley snap of the prince. ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share this new photograph of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow.’
While the early photos were a lovely surprise, prince Louis’ happy demeanour was expected, with the royal’s christening photos quite possibly being the happiest on record.
There’s no news on how Prince Louis will be celebrating his birthday but we hope he and the Cambridges have a very special day!
However, Baby Sussex is most talked about for having rule-breaking parents, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex proving unafraid to rip up the royal rulebook for the sake of their little one.
Here are all the ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are breaking protocol with the royal baby…
While most royal couples have held a sense of privacy when it has come to royal babies, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have broken tradition in how guarded they have been – and understandably so.
The royal couple have faced more online backlash and speculation than most, with Meghan in particular getting vilified during her pregnancy. It was hardly surprising therefore when the royal family announced that the couple would be celebrating in private.
‘Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private,’ the statement read. ‘The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.’
The baby shower:
Meghan Markle’s New York baby shower made news for various reasons – partially for the star-studded guest list, but mostly for its break from royal tradition.
The 37-year-old’s ‘extravagant’ baby shower saw A-listers from Serena Williams to Amal Clooney congregate in The Mark hotel’s penthouse suite, something that the Queen was rumoured to have disapproved of. But while sources have insisted that the monarch wasn’t fazed, royal expert Victoria Arbiter among others explained that baby showers are ‘inappropriate’ for members of ‘The Firm’.
It’s hardly surprising that a lot of the couple’s breaks from tradition are americanisms, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following a modern US trend this year, taking a babymoon before their arrival.
The couple reportedly had a lavish three-night babymoon at Hampshire’s Heckfield Place, spending some quality time together in the Georgian manor house.
‘Meghan is only a couple of weeks away from giving birth, so Harry really wanted to treat her,’ a friend told The Sun, going on to explain that their break was filled with eating Michelin starred food as a two and going for long walks through the 400 surrounding acres.
The delivery team:
It has been reported that the former Suits actress is breaking tradition with her delivery team, opting out of using the Queen’s doctors, not wanting ‘men in suits’ delivering her baby, with royal gynaecologists, Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston having to take a backseat.
‘Meghan said she doesn’t want the men in suits. She was adamant that she wanted her own people,’ a source told the Daily Mail. ‘It did leave a few of us a little baffled’. Another source reportedly added: ‘It is slightly surprising. These people are the best of the best, and when it comes down to it, their role would actually be very limited in the birth itself, assuming all goes to plan.’
Meghan is reportedly opting out of having the two male gynaecologists leading her delivery team, apparently going for a woman instead, though it is not known who she is.
Meghan however is set to break the tradition, with sources close to Vanity Fair claiming that the Duchess of Sussex is considering a home birth. And that’s not all, with Meghan said to be additionally considering a natural birth, with her mother Doria Ragland said to be involved in the birthing plan.
The water birth:
Not only is Meghan apparently parting with four decades of tradition to have the royal baby at home, it has also been reported that she is planning on having a water birth, which would be a royal first.
‘Obviously Meg’s into all the homeopathy, so none of us were shocked when we found out she’d been talking about a water birth,’ a friend of Prince Harry reportedly told the Daily Star Sunday. ‘Apparently she wants it to be as natural as possible: no drugs, no caesareans and so on. It’s the next logical step from all her yoga, meditation and so on. Obviously when she goes into labour she might end up, medically speaking, having to go the more conventional route. But for now a water birth is absolutely her plan, is what they’re saying.’
The paternity leave:
Prince Harry is breaking tradition once more, following a modern post-birth approach rather than a traditional royal one. The Duke of Sussex is reportedly taking paternity leave to support his wife and spend some quality time with his newborn.
‘He doesn’t need to take paternity leave because he doesn’t work in the way most people do,’ a friend of Prince Harry’s told The Express. ‘But he thinks it’s a very modern Dad thing to do.’
While nannies are customary for royal babies, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are apparently going against tradition with their choices. According to The Express, the royal couple are taking a ‘modern American approach’ to the nanny they hire, reportedly opting for a ‘manny‘.
‘Hiring a “manny” is far more common in the U.S. — a nation that Meghan is more in tune with — than in the U.K. She’s keen to introduce the royal family to what she considers a more enlightened, modern American approach,’ a source explained. ‘[Prince Harry] and Meghan have discussed nannies and both have an open mind to a male nanny. They will definitely try to shortlist one.’
Congratulations again to these two royal rule breakers!
The 37-year-old has fitted seamlessly into the royal family, blossoming into the role and carrying out everything from speeches to official events with an impressive amount of confidence.
Yes, Meghan may have only been a Duchess for less than a year, but you wouldn’t think it by looking at her, with the former Suits actress undergoing Princess lessons to learn the etiquette, something she has made look effortless.
According to body language experts however, Meghan has one tell-tale sign that she’s not quite as confident as she seems.
The gesture in question? Playing with her hair, that experts are speculating could be a nervous tic.
‘Some people touch their hair, play with their fingernails, or rub their arms, as a way to psychologically and physiologically calm themselves when they’re feeling anxious, uncomfortable,or stressed,’ body language expert Blanca Cobb told GoodHousekeeping.com. ’Some people might touch, twirl or stroke their hair when in awkward social situations such as when they’re not sure what to do or what to say.’
Of course, Meghan’s hair touching could just be habit, but judging by the stress that comes with her royal role, we wouldn’t be surprised if she had developed a nervous tic.
Last week the royal couple announced that they would be keeping the birth of their child quiet in order to ‘privately celebrate’, and ever since the whole world has been speculating about everything from potential baby names and nursery decor to God parent choices and due dates.
This week however the subject that made news was the matter of nannies.
The royal couple were first rumoured not to be having a nanny, with Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland set to move in to help out, and then it was suggested that the couple might choose a ‘manny’.
But it was rumoured this week that Meghan had another stipulation. Meghan apparently wants to hire ‘an American nanny to look after the royal baby’
‘They are keen to explore the possibility of a male nanny. The worker will earn up to £70,000 a year, depending on experience,’ The Mirror reported. ‘Meghan was clear in telling recruiters she favors an American over a Brit and wants them to feel part of the family rather than a uniformed member of staff. That is important to her, she’s never hidden the fact she is fiercely proud of her American roots.’
Will Meghan and Harry opt for a British or an American nanny? Only time will tell.
The college admissions scandal has dominated the headlines this past month, with the recently unearthed scheme reportedly being the largest college admissions scandal of all time.
The scheme in question reportedly saw parents bribe school officials and college coaches to get their children into top colleges, either by cheating on standardised tests or by getting the children accepted as college athletes despite often not even playing the sport.
According to federal prosecutors, 50 people took part in the scheme, but the two famous faces involved are Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman and 90210 actress Lori Loughlin – both of whom have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in ‘Operation Varsity Blues’.
Lori Loughlin and her daughters. Credit: REX
But while both women could be facing potential jail time for their alleged involvement in what is being referred to as ‘Operation Varsity Blues’, they are actually facing very different consequences.
Felicity is reportedly looking at a potential 4-10 months in prison, whereas Lori Loughlin’s charges apparently have a maximum sentence of 40 years. It is thought however that if she is found guilty, Lori will most likely face around three to five years in prison.
Lori Loughlin with her daughter Olivia Grace. Credit: REX
One of the reasons for Lori’s potentially longer sentence, aside from her additional charge, is her not guilty plea, something that according to sources, is worrying the actress, fearing that her daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella may be forced to testify against her.
‘[Lori is] very afraid that her daughters will have to testify,’ a source told People. ’That will traumatize them even more.’
Meghan Markle is one of the most talked about women in the world, becoming Duchess of Sussex just under a year ago, and now expecting a royal baby any day.
The 37-year-old has fitted seamlessly into the royal family from the moment she started dating Prince Harry, from bonding with the Queen’s corgis to getting an early invite to spend Christmas at Sandringham with the Windsors.
And now that Meghan is officially a royal, she has only blossomed into the role.
Yes, Meghan may have only been a Duchess for less than a year, but you wouldn’t think it by looking at her, with the former Suits actress undergoing Princess lessons to learn the etiquette, changing things about herself from her handwriting to her wardrobe.
The most recently known rule that Meghan must comply to involves conversation topics, with the Duchess reportedly forbidden from discussing politics in public.
In royal expert Katie Nicholl’s book Harry: Life, Loss and Love, she explains how it is now Meghan’s job to be politically neutral, explaining that she would get into hot water with the Queen if she were to voice her political opinions.
‘There’s no problem with Meghan speaking out on feminism, social justice and equality issues, but if she starts getting political she’ll be in hot water,’ the royal expert explained. ‘The Queen is politically neutral. She expects her family to do the same.’
Meghan has been very respectful of royal rules so we’re sure she has nothing to worry about.
But it’s not just Kate who is a regular at the school gates, with Prince William even said to work out with the mums at the school after doing the drop off.
‘George is really happy at school,’ a fellow parent told Vanity Fair, going on to explain that ‘either William or Kate do drop off, and they are always very friendly.’
Then going on talk about the future King, the parent in question continued: ‘William particularly loves to have a chat with some of the other parents and he works out with some of the mums at the Harbour Club after drop off. He’s very chatty and amiable.’
You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, especially in recent months. The US Democratic politician was made Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district in January this year but the millennial is nothing like her predecessors.
The activist known best by her initials, AOC, wears Zara, serves up razor-sharp comebacks and until recently worked in a bar while launching her campaign. Oh and did we mention that she’s 29 years old?
Yes, AOC is one huge breath of fresh air, and with a political system in desperate need of a shake up – she couldn’t have come at a better time.
It seems that her influence is so strong in fact that she has been asked to perform at Glastonbury festival this summer.
If AOC does choose to perform, she will be following in the footsteps of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who she is known to get along with, tweeting about him earlier this year after sharing a phonecall:
‘It was an honour to share such a lovely and wide-reaching conversation with you, Jeremy Corbyn! Also honoured to share a great hope in the peace, prosperity + justice that everyday people can create when we uplift one another across class, race + identity both at home & abroad’.
With Jeremy being the last politician to perform at Glastonbury, we’re sure he’ll give AOC some pointers.