Wonder Woman is back, and this time she’s fighting crime in the 1980s.
We are of course talking about Wonder Woman 2, or Wonder Woman 1984, as it has been named.
It’s hardly surprising that a sequel was confirmed, given the record-breaking success of the 2017 release, with the female-led and directed film dominating the box office and grossing over £282 million in the first two months.
In fact, since the sequel was announced, fans have been waiting for snippets of news and updates on the highly anticipated project.
Today’s royal baby news however comes from Zara and Mike Tindall, who it was announced have welcomed their second child.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed the news, releasing the following statement:
‘Mrs Michael Tindall was safely delivered of a baby girl on 18th June, at Stroud Maternity Unit. Mr Tindall was present at the birth. The weight of the baby was 9lbs 3oz.’
‘The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Mike’s parents, Mr Philip and Mrs Linda Tindall, have been informed and are delighted with the news. The baby’s name will be confirmed in due course.’
The statement continued: ‘This baby is the second child for Zara and Mike, the fourth grandchild for The Princess Royal and the seventh great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.’
Zara and Mike already share four-year-old daughter Mia, who Mike called their ‘saving grace’ when the couple tragically suffered a miscarriage in 2016.
Huge congratulations to Zara and Mike on their new arrival.
And now for the question on everyone’s lips – will Harry and Meghan follow suit?
Since the nuptials however, the public has been far more concerned with what Meghan gets called in private, with the 36-year-old seeming to have a catalogue of nicknames.
While Harry calls her ‘Meg’ and mum Doria refers to her as ‘Flower’ – yet another reason to love Doria Ragland, Prince Charles’ nickname for the Duchess might just be our favourite yet.
Yes, that’s right.
We knew Meghan had a close relationship with her father-in-law, with the future King even walking her down the aisle in the place of her own dad, but we didn’t know just quite how fond of Meghan Prince Charles was until we heard his nickname for her.
The name? Tungsten.
While it might seem strange that she’s been named after a strong metal, according to the Mail, there’s a very sweet explanation behind it.
‘Prince Charles admires Meghan for her strength and the backbone she gives Harry, who needs a tungsten-type figure in his life as he can be a bit of a softy,’ a source reportedly told the tabloid.
It looks like Meghan is well and truly settled in the royal family then.
While the wedding run up was full-on, with Harry and Meghan keeping the public updated on all details of their nuptials, the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been more private since becoming man and wife.
‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday,’ Kensington Royal captioned an Instagram of the newlyweds in an official statement. ‘They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world #RoyalWedding’.
But while the couple have made official appearances together – with the Queen’s Trooping of the Colour being the most recent – they have yet to open up about their first few weeks of marriage.
That is, until this week, when Meghan spoke out about her husband on her first royal outing with the Queen, with the pair journeying up to Cheshire on the royal train.
While greeting the crowds, Meghan could be heard talking to a female fan about Harry, after being asked how she was enjoying married life.
‘It is wonderful, I’m really enjoying it,’ the 36-year-old Duchess announced, and when fans told her to give their love to Harry, she replied, ‘I will do. That means an awful lot to us. He’s the best husband ever.’
To say that the adorable photographs of them living their best lives together went viral would be a huge understatement.
While Queen Elizabeth has always made a noticeable effort with Meghan, making a lot of exceptions to welcome her into the royal fold, it was her actions this week that spoke the loudest on her admiration of Meghan.
Queen Liz invited Meghan to accompany her on her personal train – the royal train – to Cheshire, an honour usually reserved for senior titles. Even Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton are yet to receive an invite.
And never missing a detail, the Queen even gave Meghan a touching gift to commemorate the event – a pair of pearl and diamond drop earrings that Meghan wore on the tour.
The pearl and diamond earrings matched her grandmother-in-law’s, with The Sun reporting that the jewels were a gift from the Queen herself.
It is unknown whether the earrings were bought especially for the occasion or whether they were from the Queen’s personal collection, but judging by Princess Diana’s frequent wearing of similar jewels, we would guess the latter.s
Meghan teamed her new jewels with a light beige pencil dress with a caped top by Givenchy, whilst the Queen opted for a lime green Stewart Parvin suit and a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat.
An invite on the royal train AND pearl earrings? It looks like the Queen is a fan of Meghan.
Love Island series 4 is only in its second week, and we’re already obsessed.
Will Adam win Rosie over again? Are Dani and Jack in it for the long haul? And will Megan wake up and choose Alex?
There are so many burning questions already.
The main public support however has surrounded Alex and Samira, the unlikely friendship who are coupled up to save each other and help each other find love.
There are even bets going that Alex and Samira will win Love Island 2018.
But while Samira is definitely proving popular on the island, it’s safe to say that the 22-year-old has rustled a few feathers on the outside.
In fact, according to recent reports, Samira is being sued for entering the villa.
Confused? We’ll talk you through it.
While Samira was quick to tell the islanders of her cool credits as a dancer in Dream Girls, it looks like she may have failed to disclose the hurry with which she left in, reportedly quitting the West End show for the ITV2 programme.
Samira, who was a member of the ensemble in the Savoy Theatre’s Dream Girls reportedly quit with just one day’s notice after receiving the Love Island offer, with Sonia Friedman Productions as a result deeming her ‘totally unprofessional’.
Not only this, Sonia Friedman Productions are also reportedly demanding £3,000 in compensation from the 22-year-old, and judging by the amount that Love Island stars are actually paid, this could be problematic!
It looks like Samira and Alex might have to win after all!
Any millennial will remember Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush’s heartbreaking divorce, separating just five months after their 2005 marriage.
It hit us so hard of course because to us, they were One Tree Hill’s Lucas and Brooke, one of the public’s favourite onscreen couples from the noughties.
But it wasn’t their age that led to their short-lived marriage, with Sophia being 22 and Chad being just 23 when they tied the knot. Instead it was their relationship, with Sophia, now 35, revealing in a recent interview that she felt pressured into marrying her ex husband.
‘It was not a thing I actually really wanted to do,’ Sophia explained of marrying Chad Michael Murray, in an interview with Andy Cohen on Sirius CM Radio Andy.
And when asked by the 50-year-old host why she went through with the wedding if she didn’t want to, the One Tree Hill actress got very real about the situation.
‘Because how do you let everybody down? And how do you, what’s the fight?,’ she explained. ‘And when you have bosses telling you that you’re the only person who gets a person to work on time and 200 people either get to either see their kids at night or they don’t because our days start on time?’
Sophia continued: ‘Life is always loaded. What the public knows ever is never — it’s not the tip of the iceberg. Hilarie and I used to laugh and we were like, “If we had a behind-the-scenes show, the drama would be so much fucking better than the drama that the writers write.”’
Chad’s representatives issued a statement in response to PEOPLE, and he doesn’t seem happy about her comments.
‘Chad conducts himself in a completely professional manner and would never marry for any reason but love,’ the statement read. ‘Thirteen years since his divorce from Sophia, he has a very happy family life with his wife and children. He has completely moved on and doesn’t feel the need to engage in this type of behavior.’
Guess we won’t see many Brooke and Lucas scenes in the upcoming lifetime movie then.
When Angelina Jolie originally filed for primary physical custody of their six children back in 2016, Brad Pitt kept a relatively low profile, and although we knew they were disputing over custody in court, little news has since emerged.
This month however, the former couple’s divorce has taken a turn, with a court order issued last week over the custody of Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
The verdict? Angelina is reportedly required to give Brad more access to their children.
Angelina Jolie with her family and the cast of First They Killed My Father. Credit: Rex
Angelina, who has primary custody of their three daughters and three sons, was reportedly told by the judge to improve her estranged husband’s access and relationship to their children.
How is this happening?
Brad has apparently been given unrestricted phone rights. This means that that the 43-year-old actress must provide her former husband with the mobile phone numbers of each child and allow them to be in contact with their father at any time, with an additional clause that she is not allowed to monitor the text messages or phone calls.
Additionally, the court is said to have arranged a summer visitation schedule for the couple, apparently including supervised visits with physicians, and it is said that when the children are with Brad, Angelina is restricted to one phone call a day – scheduled at a prearranged time.
Not only this but according to CNN, the court order issued last week requires Angelina to tell her children that they are ‘safe with their father’ and that the ‘court has determined that not having a relationship with their father is harmful to them’.
Opening up about Angelina’s approach to the divorce proceedings, a source told PEOPLE, ‘she will focus only on their children and being with them’.
Meghan Markle is probably the most talked about woman in the world, from her powerful fashion influence to her transformation from Hollywood actress to full-on royal since assuming a Duchess title.
One of the most talked about aspects of Meghan’s life however is her relationship with her grandmother-in-law, the Queen.
There was concern when a framed photo of Meghan and Harry, previously seen in Queen Elizabeth’s audience room, was moved, but royal experts were quick to explain that the Monarch has a tendency of moving her photographs around, assuring the public that the Queen and Meghan are big fans of each other.
The two power women then proved this today, going on their first official outing as a pair.
Queen Elizabeth has made a noticeable effort with Meghan, making a lot of exceptions to welcome her into the fold, even inviting her to spend Christmas in Sandringham before she was officially a royal.
But it was her actions this week that really made an impact, with Queen Liz inviting Meghan to accompany her on her personal train – the royal train – to Cheshire, an honour usually reserved for senior titles. Even Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton are yet to receive the honour.
The Queen and the now Duchess of Sussex arrived today in high spirits, disembarking the royal train after having spent the night onboard.
Meghan wore a light beige pencil dress with a caped top by Givenchy, whilst the Queen opted for a lime green Stewart Parvin suit dress, teamed with a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat.
The pair will first be heading to the Mersey Gateway Bridge, before watching a performance by local school children. Then they will journey to Storyhouse to meet a Syrian settlement group and watch a dance and singing performance by the Fallen Angels dance company and A Little Night Music. Then their final stop in a jam-packed schedule is lunch at Chester Town Hall with locals.
But it’s not their itinerary that is going viral, but the adorable photos of the two women living their best lives, laughing and joking together throughout their tour.
‘It is the way of the royal family – all part of the training and getting used to being in public life and under public scrutiny,’ Elizabeth’s former press secretary, Charles Anson, told PEOPLE of the Queen’s taking Meghan under her wing. ‘Showing people the ropes is a high priority for the Queen.’
So, does the Queen have a soft spot for Meghan? It certainly looks like it.
Here’s everything you need to know from how to get tickets to the woman behind the exhibition…
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is an icon, with a colourful and compelling life story, but having died in 1954, most of what we learn about her is from books and films, with Salma Hayek nominated for an academy award for portraying her in Frida.
Now however, we will be able to see for ourselves as a brand new exhibition has come to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, showcasing Frida’s most intimate personal belongings – from artefacts to clothing.
Introducing: Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico – and it’s set to give us a fresh perspective on her incredible life story.
What is in the Frida Kahlo exhibition?
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up will present some of Frida’s most intimate personal belongings, with the highlights including a Guatemalan cotton coat with Mazatec huipil belonging to the artist, a selection of Frida’s cosmetics and the prosthetic leg with a leather boot that she used to wear.
When is the Frida Kahlo exhibition?
The Frida Kahlo exhibition is running from Saturday 16th June till Saturday 4th November so we should all be able to get tickets.
How can I get tickets for the Frida Kahlo exhibition?
Tickets for Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up can be purchased either on the door of the V&A or online – and cost £15 each. It is recommended that you book in advance via their website though, with the exhibition set to be very popular.
What is Frida Kahlo’s life story?
With a sickening crash, the bus collided with a trolley car on a packed street in Mexico City. It was 17 September 1925, and as passengers were flung helplessly from the wreckage, an iron handrail pierced 18-year-old Frida Kahlo’s abdomen, fracturing her spine and shattering her pelvis. Her collarbone was broken, her right leg – already withered from childhood polio – was fractured in 11 places and her foot dislocated. Frida’s boyfriend at the time, Alejandro Gomez Arias (known as Alex), was travelling with her and remembers the scene: ‘Someone in the bus had been carrying a packet of powdered gold, which fell all over Frida. When people saw her they cried, “La bailarina!” With the gold on her red, bloody body, they thought she was a dancer.’
The physical, emotional and psychological impact was devastating. Frida was encased in a full-body cast for three months and underwent more than 30 operations. ‘She lived dying,’ said a close friend. But she found a way to communicate her fear and desperation through her uncompromising art. In 1926, confined to bed after a relapse, Frida was given an easel and paints by her parents. In the 29 years between her accident and her death in 1954, aged 47, she would create sensual, disturbing, powerful art, many self-portraits that challenged convention, pre-dating Tracey Emin’s artistic self-exposure by decades. ‘I paint myself because I am often alone and I am the subject I know best,’ Frida said.
Born on 6 July 1907 in Coyoac·n, a suburb of Mexico City, Frida later made a political gesture by claiming her birth date was 1910, so her life would begin with the Mexican Revolution. Raised with three sisters by their German father Guillermo, a photographer, and mother Matilde, Frida’s upbringing was unconventional. At six, she contracted polio, spending nine months confined to bed. Against the odds, eight years later she was one of only 35 girls in Mexico City to attend an elite prep school. A natural-born rebel, Frida would let off firecrackers in class and wear men’s clothing to taunt visiting artists. One visitor was world-famous painter Diego Rivera, who was invited to paint a mural in the school’s amphitheatre in 1922. He was 36 and Frida just 15, but she declared: ‘My ambition is to have a child by Diego Rivera.’
Frida Kahlo. Credit: Rex
The pair met again at a party six years later and, despite becoming known as something of an odd couple – her parents called them ‘the elephant and the dove’ (he was immensely overweight) – they married in 1929. He built them adjacent houses, joined by a bridge, and Frida would lock the connecting door when she was angry with him, usually over one of his many affairs. ‘She never got used to his loves,’ remembers her friend Ella Wolfe. ‘Diego never cared. He said having sex was like urinating. He couldn’t understand why people took it so seriously.’
The affair that caused Frida most pain was Diego’s relationship with her beloved younger sister, Cristina, in 1934. Frida described feeling as though she was being ‘murdered by life’ in her painting A Few Small Nips, which is also based on a newspaper account of a woman stabbed by her boyfriend. For a short time, Frida moved out. ‘I suffered two grave accidents in my life. One in which a streetcar knocked me down. The other accident is Diego.’
Openly bisexual, Frida also had extra-marital relationships with both women (which Diego encouraged) and men (which enraged him). Despite their difficulties, they were compulsively drawn to one another. Frida suffered multiple miscarriages and a medically advised abortion as she tried and failed to have Diego’s child, as a result of her pelvic injuries from the bus accident. She portrayed her pain in her painting Henry Ford Hospital, which shows her lying on blood-soaked sheets after a miscarriage. ‘Never before has a woman put such agonised poetry on canvas,’ said her husband at the time. Together, the couple became the centre of art, culture and Marxist politics in 30s Mexico.
Frida Kahlo painting In Bed. Photographed By Juan Guzman, Mexico City, 1952. Credit: Rex
In 1937, Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his wife came to live at Frida’s family home, Casa Azul, for two years, after he had been expelled from his country by Stalin. Trotsky and Frida had an impassioned affair (she called him ‘el viejo’, old man, and he would leave her love notes inside books he loaned her). In Frida’s famous self-portrait Between The Curtains, she is holding a document that says, ‘To Trotsky with great affection, I dedicate this painting November 7, 1937. Frida Kahlo, in San Angel, Mexico.’ Two years later, both she and Diego were suspected, but cleared, of involvement in Trotsky’s assassination.
Meanwhile, Frida’s reputation as an artist was growing. In 1938, she was invited to exhibit her work in New York; artist Georgia O’Keefe came to the opening and Hollywood actor Edward G Robinson bought four of her works. ‘She became one of a group of post-revolutionary intellectuals who reinvented traditional culture through a lens of modernity,’ says Adriana Zavala, curator of a new exhibition of Frida’s work that opens at The New York Botanical Garden in May.
Known for her exotic outfits, Frida adopted the traditional costume of Mexico’s Tehuana Indians, with ribbons in her hair. She sometimes wore gold and diamond tooth caps that glittered when she smiled. Refusing to conform to feminine beauty ideals, she would blacken her faint moustache and heavy eyebrows to exaggerate them. When she walked down the streets, children would mob her and ask where the circus was. Her mother had dressed in Indian costume as a child and Frida originally began wearing the full skirts to disguise her withered leg. ‘Indigenous culture was adopted by Mexican intellectuals and Communists to signal their support of native practices,’ explains Zavala. ‘But Frida’s way of dressing was so extreme, it was a form of aggression; she was asserting her will to be different and to flout convention.’
Frida Kahlo. Credit: Rex
Her compelling image is still resonant today. Madonna said last year that when she was a struggling dancer in New York: ‘I would look at a postcard of Frida Kahlo taped to my wall, and the sight of her moustache consoled me. Because she was an artist who didn’t care what people thought.’ Even the latest Valentino Resort collection was inspired by Frida’s look. ‘We are fascinated by a character able to live following her own schemes and rules, not subjected to any kind of protocol,’ said joint creative director for the label, Pierpaolo Piccioli.
Frida showcased this independent attitude in Paris in 1939, when she was invited by Andre Breton to show her work. Unwell with a kidney infection, she was missing Diego and reportedly hated the ‘artistic bitches’ of the city’s bohemian cafe society. Nevertheless, her time in Paris was a triumph. Elsa Schiaparelli designed a dress inspired by her, the Louvre bought one of her paintings – its first by a 20th-century Mexican artist – and she even helped 400 refugees from the Spanish Civil War escape to Mexico. ‘They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t,’ she said at the time. ‘I never painted my dreams. I painted my own reality.’
Back in Mexico, that reality was to become even harsher. After five months apart, Frida and Diego’s marriage was over – he claimed he ended it to avoid causing her more pain with his infidelities. ‘I understood that for him it is better to leave me. Now I feel so rotten and lonely,’ she wrote at the time. But Diego couldn’t live without her, either. A year later, they remarried, with conditions – Frida insisted on supporting herself and refused to have sex with her husband.
Frida Kahlo photographed by Gisele Freund with her doctor and painting of the two of them. Credit: Rex
Their uneasy reconciliation coincided with Frida’s deteriorating health. From 1944 until her death, she suffered repeated operations on her spine – another consequence of her accident – spending 28 months encased in a plaster corset, sometimes suspended from iron hoops in the ceiling, or with sandbags attached to straighten her back. In 1953, in Mexico, she appeared at her final exhibition, in a huge four-poster bed decorated with skeletons and pictures of her friends, family and Diego. ‘I am not sick. I am broken,’ she said. ‘But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.’
Eventually, she was diagnosed with gangrene and her leg was amputated from the knee. Frida, who had occasionally used drink and drugs to cope with the agony of her condition, became even more dependent on them – sometimes drinking two litres of cognac a day and injecting a cocktail of opiates. She tried hard to maintain the Frida persona, wearing red leather boots with gold embroidery and bells to disguise her prosthetic limb, but her depression and despair were obvious. ‘If I were brave, I would kill her. I cannot stand to see her suffer so,’ lamented Diego.
She died in 1954 – whether from suicide or natural causes is still a mystery – but her passing was characteristically macabre. At her cremation, the intense heat of the furnace caused her body to sit up and her hair flame around her head ‘like a sunflower’. The shape of Frida’s body was apparent for a few moments in the ashes. The young girl who had been covered in gold dust was now a silvery skeleton.
Today, Frida remains the world’s most recognised female artist, according to Zavala. ‘There’s a very powerful self-presence in her paintings, but her work isn’t purely biographical: it reflects the politics and environment of her times and that has influenced generations of artists and feminists ever since.’ As Frida herself once said: ‘I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought there must be someone who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this, yes, it’s true, I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.’
The Frida Kahlo exhibition will be open at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, from Saturday 16 June 2018 to Sunday 4 November 2018.