Celine Dion begs Drake to think twice about tattoo of her face

In bizarre celebrity news of the week, Celine Dion has spoken out to beg singer and rapper Drake to think twice about getting a tattoo of her face on his body.

Dion issued a direct plea to her fellow Canadian star during an interview with iHeartRadio Canada.

Drake, famous for hits including One Dance, Hotline Bling and Started From The Bottom, reportedly said a few years ago that he wanted to get the Grammy-award-winning big ballad singer’s face inked – to add to a collection which includes Denzel Washington, Aaliyah and The Beatles.

The pair were pictured together at the Billboard Awards in 2017. But now, Dion has urged him not to go through with it.

When asked which celebrity she would choose to get tattooed, she instead issued her plea to Drake.

“Please Drake, I love you very much,” the singer said. “Can I tell you something? Don’t do that.”

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“You can write me love letters, you can send me autographs for my kids, you can come and visit.

“I can have you home for lunch or dinner… we can go for a drink. We can sing together. Whatever you want to do… I can talk to your mother. Whatever you want, but please…”

Gesturing to her face, she continued: “This is not the money-maker.”

Dion added: “My face will go longer and it will go not prettier.

“So please, don’t tattoo. If you do it, just do a fake one so you can change your mind.”

Drake is yet to respond, but keep everything crossed for that Drake-Dion collab.

Ralph Lauren launches Rachel Green Friends collection

Twenty-five years ago, Rachel Karen Green burst into the Central Perk coffee house in a soaking wet, off-the-shoulder wedding dress, and Friends was born.

Played by Jennifer Aniston, Rachel went on to become our most fashionable Friend, with a haircut that inspired a gazillion copies and a wardrobe that made her a style icon for the 1990s and 2000s.

Image: Ralph Lauren has launched its Friends collection to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary

Ralph Lauren has launched a Rachel Green collection to celebrate 25 years of Friends

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From dungarees, baggy combats and Clueless-style kilts and knee socks, to an endless supply of gorgeous evening dresses, power suits and even her cheerleader outfit, Rachel Green knew how to dress.

Of course, she worked at Bloomingdales and Ralph Lauren, which must have helped. Hello, staff discount!

Now, as Friends celebrates its 25th anniversary, her former employer is marking the occasion in the best way possible – with a special wear-to-work collection including blazers, turtlenecks and dresses.

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“Just as Friends has proved to be a perennial favourite series for viewers over the last 25 years, this collection reflects Ralph Lauren’s timeless styles and archetypes that have remained a go-to for the modern working woman,” the brand said in a statement.

Not only this, but Ralph Lauren has also collaborated with Bloomingdale’s to bring the show’s most memorable locations, including Central Perk and Rachel’s office, to some of its stores in the US.

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Fans can buy the collection online, with prices starting at £75 for a turtleneck and going up to £849 for a pair of lambskin leather paperbag trousers.

Hey, we never said looking like Rachel Green came cheap.

Towie star denies fraud over '£3m diamond scam'

The Only Way Is Essex star Lewis Bloor has denied dishonestly marketing diamonds in a £3m scam.

The 29-year-old pleaded not guilty to one charge of conspiracy to defraud investors, with the knowledge that the coloured diamonds did not represent a legitimate investment opportunity.

There were around 50 victims involved in the alleged fraud, a previous hearing heard.

Image: The former TOWIE star only spoke to confirm his name and date of birth during the short hearing

Bloor, who wore a navy blue blazer and trousers at Southwark Crown Court, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

The former reality star, from Essex, joined the cast of the popular ITV2 show in 2013 for three years, and became romantically involved with several cast members including Lauren Pope.

In 2016, he took part in the 18th series of Celebrity Big Brother, where he was the fifth housemate to be evicted.

The conspiracy is claimed to have taken place between 17 May 2013 and 19 June 2014.

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Bloor sat in the dock with his co-defendants Joseph Jordan, 26, from Hertfordshire, George Walters, 27, from Kent, Max Potter, 22, from Middlesex, and Nathan Wilson, 25, from Essex – all of whom pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud.

Another co-defendant, 25-year-old Simon Akbari, from Loughton, Essex, did not enter a plea to the same charge.

Danny Chappell, 52, of Bexleyheath, Kent, denied a charge of seeking money for completing renovation works which had not been undertaken in 2014.

The amount of money lost was allegedly “in excess” of £3m.

The trial has been adjourned to the week of 1 September 2020.

Alec Baldwin and wife expecting baby after sharing miscarriage news

Actor Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria are expecting a baby, five months after suffering a miscarriage.

Hilaria, 35, revealed the couple are expecting their fifth child by sharing a video of the baby’s heartbeat on social media.

The yoga teacher wrote: “It is still very early… but we have learned that there is a little person inside of me.

“The sound of this strong heart makes me so happy – especially because of the loss we experienced in the spring.”

Hilaria said she wanted to share the news because she and Alec are “excited and don’t want to hide the pregnancy”.

“These first few months are tough with exhaustion and nausea… and I don’t want to have to pretend that I feel ok,” she wrote.

In April, Hilaria made headlines when she shared the family’s pain over her miscarriage.

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She posted a photo of the family saying: “There was no heartbeat today at my scan… so it’s over… but I have some pretty strong and amazing heartbeats right here.

“I am surround by such love and I feel so fortunate.”

After announcing her current pregnancy, Hilaria requested that paparazzi do not follow her, saying: “I want to remain peaceful during this very early time in my pregnancy and getting chased around by cameras is not in the doctor’s orders”.

Posting a picture of her baby bump, she added: “When you’ve had so many babies, 6 minutes pregnant = looking like 6 months pregnant.”

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin married in 2012 and have three sons and a daughter together.

Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter serves restraining order on brother Aaron

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter has obtained a restraining order against his younger pop star brother Aaron, alleging he threatened to kill his pregnant wife and unborn child.

Nick, 39, posted a statement on social media saying he had been left with “no choice” but to take action, citing his brother’s “increasingly alarming behaviour”.

Image: Nick (L) and Aaron pictured together at the 2000 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas

Aaron, 31, who had hits including Crush On You and Crazy Little Party Girl as a child star in the late 1990s, tweeted: “So my brother just got a restraining order against me. And I was just served lol.”

The temporary order states that Aaron must stay at least 100ft (30 metres) away from Nick, his family and his home in Las Vegas.

Aaron has denied allegations of threatening behaviour.

In his statement, Nick said: “After careful consideration, my sister Angel and I regret that we were required to seek a restraining order against our brother Aaron today.

“In light of Aaron’s increasingly alarming behaviour and his recent confessions that he harbours thoughts and intentions of killing my pregnant wife and unborn child, we were left with no choice but to take every measure possible to protect ourselves and our family.

“We love our brother and truly hope he gets the proper treatment he needs before any harm comes to himself or anyone else.”

Aaron, 31, said on Twitter: “I am astounded at the accusations being made against me and I do not wish harm to anyone, especially my family.”

He added: “Take care. @nickcarter. we’re done for life.”

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Aaron has a history of drug convictions and mental health issues. On a recent episode of US TV show The Doctors, he said he suffered from “multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression”.

He later said he did not have any mental health issues and the show had been edited to make it look like he did. The Doctors’ producers denied the episode had been edited.

Nick is a member of chart-topping boy band the Backstreet Boys, who had hits including Everybody, As Long As You Love Me and I Want It That Way in the 1990s.

He and his wife Lauren announced they were expecting their second child in May.

Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter serves restraining order on brother Aaron

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter has obtained a restraining order against his younger pop star brother Aaron, alleging he threatened to kill his pregnant wife and unborn child.

Nick, 39, posted a statement on social media saying he had been left with “no choice” but to take action, citing his brother’s “increasingly alarming behaviour”.

Image: Nick (L) and Aaron pictured together at the 2000 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas

Aaron, 31, who had hits including Crush On You and Crazy Little Party Girl as a child star in the late 1990s, tweeted: “So my brother just got a restraining order against me. And I was just served lol.”

The temporary order states that Aaron must stay at least 100ft (30 metres) away from Nick, his family and his home in Las Vegas.

Aaron has denied allegations of threatening behaviour.

In his statement, Nick said: “After careful consideration, my sister Angel and I regret that we were required to seek a restraining order against our brother Aaron today.

“In light of Aaron’s increasingly alarming behaviour and his recent confessions that he harbours thoughts and intentions of killing my pregnant wife and unborn child, we were left with no choice but to take every measure possible to protect ourselves and our family.

“We love our brother and truly hope he gets the proper treatment he needs before any harm comes to himself or anyone else.”

Aaron, 31, said on Twitter: “I am astounded at the accusations being made against me and I do not wish harm to anyone, especially my family.”

He added: “Take care. @nickcarter. we’re done for life.”

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Aaron has a history of drug convictions and mental health issues. On a recent episode of US TV show The Doctors, he said he suffered from “multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression”.

He later said he did not have any mental health issues and the show had been edited to make it look like he did. The Doctors’ producers denied the episode had been edited.

Nick is a member of chart-topping boy band the Backstreet Boys, who had hits including Everybody, As Long As You Love Me and I Want It That Way in the 1990s.

He and his wife Lauren announced they were expecting their second child in May.

Britney Spears' father avoids legal action over grandson 'assault'

Britney Spears’ father will not face action over allegations he physically assaulted the pop star’s son, prosecutors say.

Jamie Spears was accused of grabbing and shaking his 13-year-old grandson Sean last month.

The child’s father, Kevin Federline, alleged that Mr Spears was involved in a physical altercation with Sean on 24 August.

Mr Federline, a former backing dancer who was married to Britney Spears from 2004 to 2007, filed a police report against his former father-in-law.

He said 12-year-old Jayden, his second son with Ms Spears, was also in the house at the time of the alleged incident.

But California authorities decided not to take action and a statement from the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office said there was “insufficient proof” a crime had been committed.

Mr Federline obtained a restraining order against Mr Spears following the alleged incident, according to NBC News.

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After being reported to police, Mr Spears stepped down as Ms Spears’ conservator and cited health reasons for the departure.

The request was approved on Monday and Ms Spears’ caregiver, Jodie Montgomery, was appointed as his replacement.

Image: Britney Spears with her sons Sean (L) and Jayden (R)

Mr Spears took guardianship of the singer of 2008 when she was put in psychiatric care after refusing to let go of custody of her children.

He had petitioned the court to put his daughter under his care and has since had the power to restrict Ms Spears’ visitors “by any means”, with the exception of her attorney Samuel Ingham.

Britney Spears' father avoids legal action over grandson 'assault'

Britney Spears’ father will not face action over allegations he physically assaulted the pop star’s son, prosecutors say.

Jamie Spears was accused of grabbing and shaking his 13-year-old grandson Sean last month.

The child’s father, Kevin Federline, alleged that Mr Spears was involved in a physical altercation with Sean on 24 August.

Mr Federline, a former backing dancer who was married to Britney Spears from 2004 to 2007, filed a police report against his former father-in-law.

He said 12-year-old Jayden, his second son with Ms Spears, was also in the house at the time of the alleged incident.

But California authorities decided not to take action and a statement from the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office said there was “insufficient proof” a crime had been committed.

Mr Federline obtained a restraining order against Mr Spears following the alleged incident, according to NBC News.

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After being reported to police, Mr Spears stepped down as Ms Spears’ conservator and cited health reasons for the departure.

The request was approved on Monday and Ms Spears’ caregiver, Jodie Montgomery, was appointed as his replacement.

Image: Britney Spears with her sons Sean (L) and Jayden (R)

Mr Spears took guardianship of the singer of 2008 when she was put in psychiatric care after refusing to let go of custody of her children.

He had petitioned the court to put his daughter under his care and has since had the power to restrict Ms Spears’ visitors “by any means”, with the exception of her attorney Samuel Ingham.

RuPaul's Drag Race UK: Queens talk camp and politics

The stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK are on a mission: to bring “camp” and LGBT+ visibility to Britain.

Speaking to Sky News at the pink carpet event in London, the 10 contestants taking part in the competition to find the UK’s best drag queen said audiences could expect “a showcase of queer stories” and a “campy and funny” programme.

The show pits drag performers from across the UK against each other to test their dancing lip-syncing, sewing and acting skills to find the most talented queen in the country.

Although the stars of the show out of drag are either men or non-binary people, in character they all use female pronouns.

As well as becoming an Emmy-winning hit over its 10 years on air in America, RuPaul’s Drag Race has sparked conversations around LGBT+ matters. The show has discussed issues such as living with HIV, the Orlando gay nightclub mass shooting, and gay marriage.

Its political themes are something which the show’s cast said will continue in the UK version.

Image: Blu Hydrangea hopes the show will open up the conversation about LGBT+ rights in Northern Ireland

Blu Hydrangea, 23, is a queen from Northern Ireland. She told Sky News: “Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK that doesn’t have equal marriage and I feel like that should be shouted from the rooftops… so even being able to open up that conversation would be amazing.

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“Me being able to express myself in a country where we are oppressed will really help young kids from Belfast that look at me and say: ‘That guy is being his authentic self in drag on nationwide TV’.”

Sum Ting Wong, 30, who is an Asian queen, said she chose her drag name partly from a joke she saw online, but also to reclaim it from racially derogatory connotations.

“I feel like it’s really a kind of reclamation…I want other Vietnamese, Oriental, Chinese kids to be, like, ‘I can be just like her – overweight and on telly’,” she joked, adding more seriously: “It’s the best way to tackle racism.”

Sum Ting Wong is also originally from Birmingham, where some parents have protested against same-sex relationship lessons for children in schools.

“It’s about starting the conversation and having a dialogue,” she said, adding that she hopes the show will spark viewers to have those discussions.

Sum Ting Wong says the show will help tackle racism

Image: Sum Ting Wong says the show will help tackle racism

Some of her fellow contestants had stronger feelings about the issue, including 34-year-old east London circus performer Crystal.

“The idea that someone could be debating whether or not I exist is offensive to me,” she said.

“The show is really important because it’s showcasing queer stories… even though we’re dressing up like silly, silly things, if you’re paying attention there’s a lot of parts to it.”

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Labour MP Wes Streeting, who is gay and a self-professed Drag Race superfan, was also on the pink carpet, preparing to watch the first episode’s premiere.

He told Sky News: “Drag Race has promoted a powerful message about acceptance, inclusion, being proud about who we are and what we stand for.

“And I think given some of the debates we’ve had in the UK recently, with protesters outside of schools, let’s promote a message of inclusion and LGBT-inclusive education.”

Jamie-Lee O'Donnell (L) and Nicola Coughlan from Derry Girls back the show

Image: Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (L) and Nicola Coughlan from Derry Girls back the show

Other big names on the carpet included Jamie-Lee O’Donnell and Nicola Coughlan from comedy show Derry Girls, which is due to return for a third series next year, and TV presenter Scarlett Moffatt, who will be hosting a podcast about the show.

Speaking to Sky News, Coughlan said: “This show, it’s always got that political edge to it.

“It’s really like an eff-you to all the bigots. It’s showing that you should be celebrating, you should be fabulous. It’s sending out the most positive message. If you can’t get on board with that then get in the bin.”

Moffatt told Sky News: “I feel like I am a bit different… I just wish it was around when I was a kid because it just embraces everybody and makes everybody feel like it’s okay to be different.”

Scaredy Kat said being on the show had 'scary but really good'

Image: Scaredy Kat said being on the show had ‘scary but really good’

One contestant who speaks openly about not fitting in is Scaredy Kat.

Aged only 19 during filming, growing up in rural Wiltshire, and being one of the show’s only openly bisexual queens, she told Sky News: “It’s been scary but really good… there’s no drag scene in Wiltshire. It’s like a joke to even say that there is one.”

The show will feature a range of performers, from queens like Scaredy Kat who focus on the artistic elements of drag, to more comedic queens, such as The Vivienne, 27, who is known for her celebrity impressions, and 35-year-old Vinegar Strokes, who starred in hit West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Divina De Campo insists the UK is ready for the show

Image: Divina De Campo insists the UK is ready for the show

One of the queens, Gothy Kendoll, described the series as a “campy and funny” show, while Baga Chipz said: “You’re going to see acceptance and people that have never seen a drag queen in everyday life are going to watch it and think ‘they are just normal down-to-earth people, showing their talents’.”

Contestant Cheryl Hole teased a potential lighthearted showdown with her namesake Cheryl, who is a guest judge in the series.

Speaking about the singer, formerly known as Cheryl Cole, the drag queen said: “Everybody wants to know if I met Cheryl. The Cheryl versus Cheryl show. But you’ll just have to watch.”

Meanwhile, asked if the UK was ready for a show like Drag Race, contestant Divina de Campo said: “The UK’s been ready for Drag Race for 25 years.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK airs weekly on BBC Three’s iPlayer channel from 3 October.

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