Celebs aren’t wasting any time this year. It’s almost half of the year and they are already giving gossips and news that really keeps us updated or entertained, whether it is not cool or not, we still feel we deserve to have a rundown of the craziest and biggest celebrity news just to keep us in the loop! Judging from the last six months, we will have plenty more moments to tackle soon but for now, here are some bits and pieces of information that have once made headlines online.
LANA DEL REY INSTAGRAM SCANDAL
On May 21, American singer Lana Del Rey posted to her Instagram voicing her frustration with her image in the music industry. Del Rey, responsible for hits like “Summertime Sadness” and “Young And Beautiful,” said she is tired of female writers and fellow alternative artists saying she glamorizes abuse, while other female artists write about similar topics but receive less backlash. “With all the topics women are finally allowed to explore…I just think it’s pathetic that my minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships has often made people say I’ve set women back hundreds of years,” Del Rey said in the post.
Del Rey said she does not describe herself as a feminist and there needs to be a space for women who look and act like her. Some artists took offense to the post but more so with Del Rey criticizing and name-dropping female artists of color. Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé are among the artists Del Rey mentioned in her post, referring to the fact that they have all had chart-topping songs which relate to empowerment in promiscuity. Del Rey’s post has left fans with opinions of their own and Gillian Gieske, junior hospitality major, disagrees with Del Rey. “I think she was being tone-deaf, but I don’t think she realized how bad she sounded,” Gieske said. Gieske said she thinks Del Rey should apologize and reflect on how she uses her privilege. “She made it seem like the women of color she mentioned hadn’t experienced any kind of criticism, which is completely untrue,” Gieske said.
Del Rey made a follow-up post on May 22 addressing the backlash. “I remain firm in my clarity and stance in that what I was writing about was the importance of self advocacy for the more delicate and often dismissed, softer female personality,” Del Rey said in her second post. Del Rey’s final comment on the matter is that her intention wasn’t about creating a space for white women specifically, but for women who don’t look strong or smart and advocating for the delicate personality type.
In a move that sent shockwaves throughout the world, Prince Harry and Duchess Megan announced on Jan. 8 that they were essentially quitting the royal family. They issued a statement explaining that they “intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent,” though the made it clear they still wanted to continue to represent the queen. Further, the duo, who share son Archie, said they’d split their time between the U.K. and North America. Ten days later, after uncharacteristically rapid negotiations with Queen Elizabeth II and heirs Prince Charles and Prince William, the monarch reluctantly approved what the British media has dubbed “Megxit” — though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were ultimately unable to secure the half-in, half-out arrangement they wanted. Harry and Meghan will keep but no longer use their HRH (His/Her Royal Highness) titles “as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family,” a statement explained, also confirming that the couple “understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments” and “will no longer receive public funds.” However, “With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations” even though “they can no longer formally represent The Queen.” The couple further shared their wish “to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their U.K. family home.” A day later, Harry explained in his first public comments about their formal exit, which will happen in the spring, “The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly.” He added in a lengthy speech, “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”
CELEBRITIES ARE MARCHING IN THE BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS
A number of high-profile celebrities, like Ariana Grande and Halsey, have protested alongside civilians and activists since the death of George Floyd last week. Floyd died after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneeled on his neck for about eight minutes.
The incident was caught on video and circulated widely on social media, sparking Black Lives Matter demonstrations and marches across the country. Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Protesters are hoping to inspire more permanent, systemic solutions to police brutality. Ariana Grande was spotted amidst the George Floyd protests in Los Angeles. Harry Styles was spotted by multiple fans showing his solidarity for the movement, when joining a Los Angeles protest on June 3. Wearing a mask and sunglasses, Styles attended the protest with friends.
Halsey also looked to be protesting at a rally in Los Angeles, posting to her Twitter describing her experience. The singer spoke of the horrific situation, explaining “fired rubber bullets at us. we did not breach the line. hands were up. unmoving. and they gassed and fired.” Posting to her Twitter and Instagram accounts, actress Tessa Thompson documented her experience at the Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protests on May 30. The Westworld star shared a video of protestors in the streets kneeling, and also shared that the event was peaceful until the LAPD “arrived and escalated it.”
On June 3, Star Wars actor John Boyega attended a Black Lives Matter Protest in London, where his speech on systemic racism and police brutality inspired thousands in the crowd. Following his empowering speech, Hollywood’s most influential directors, writers and producers have flooded to Twitter to show their support.
Musician couple Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, have also taken to the streets in downtown Miami, at two ‘Justice For George Floyd’ protests, to march in solidarity for Black Lives Matter. Actor Jamie Foxx visited Minneapolis for a press conference on May 29, to join community leaders and protestors in the city where Floyd was killed. Telling the crowd that he wasn’t there as “a celebrity”, Foxx referred to the crows as his brothers and expressed his support to all those taking part in marches.
Models Cara Delevingne and Kaia Gerber both attended a protest organised by Black Lives Matter at Los Angeles City Hall on June 3. Other celebrities are also there and showed support.
THE SAD DEATH OF A BASKETBALL STAR
One of the most popular sports figures in Los Angeles and a celebrity around the globe, Bryant had to be identified by his fingerprints after his body was found in the dirt outside the wreckage of the chopper. The graphic report made it clear: Bryant and the passengers almost certainly were dead in an instant due to blunt trauma.
“These injuries are rapidly if not instantly fatal,” wrote Juan Carrillo, senior deputy medical examiner, in Bryant’s report.
The crash that killed the 41-year-old retired Los Angeles Lakers star, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna — donning the jersey she would have worn to play that morning, with the word “Mamba” on the front and her last name on the back — pilot Ara Zobayan and the others is considered accidental.
Bryant was headed from Orange County to his daughter’s tournament at his Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks on the morning of Jan. 26. The group, including one of his daughter’s coaches and two of her teammates, encountered thick fog in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.
Zobayan, an experienced pilot who often flew Bryant, climbed sharply and had nearly succeeded in breaking through the clouds when the craft took an abrupt left turn and plunged into the grassy, oak-studded hills below. When it struck the ground, the helicopter was flying at about 184 mph and descending at a rate of more than 4,000 feet per minute. The impact caused a crater and scattered debris over an area the size of a football field in the Calabasas hills. Flames engulfed the wreckage, but burns on the bodies were determined to have occurred after death.
Bryant’s body was found on one side of the wreckage, and his daughter’s was found in a ravine on the opposite side.
Although Bryant was unrecognizable, a forensic examination offered reminders of the All-Star who captured the imagination of Lakers fans and who was wearing “multicolored court shoes” the day he died.