Selena Gomez mirrors Drew Barrymore in bomber jacket

Drew Barrymore had worn the same jacket to the Coach 75th Anniversary: Women’s Pre-Fall And Men’s Fall Show on December 8.

She’d also worn a strikingly similar knee-length floral dress – red, white and green blossoms on a black background – as the one the 24-year-old wore this week.

Mirror images: Selena Gomez (left) stepped out in Manhattan on Wednesday in an outfit strikingly similar to one Drew Barrymore (right) wore at a Coach event on December 8
Mirror images: Selena Gomez (left) stepped out in Manhattan on Wednesday in an outfit strikingly similar to one Drew Barrymore (right) wore at a Coach event on December 8

Mirror images: Selena Gomez (left) stepped out in Manhattan on Wednesday in an outfit strikingly similar to one Drew Barrymore (right) wore at a Coach event on December 8

Gomez seemed in high spirits during her outing, running into a swarm of fans and stopping gamely for selfies.

Her hair fell free, and she’d perched a pair of red cat-eye sunglasses with thick black rims onto her face for the day.

She’d got on a multilayered dress, which above the waist was purple and pink, featuring bits of ruffle and a black sash about the midriff.

Photo-op: The 24-year-old found herself plunged into a crowd of fans on Wednesday and took it in stride, stopping over for selfies

Photo-op: The 24-year-old found herself plunged into a crowd of fans on Wednesday and took it in stride, stopping over for selfies

Busy outfit: She seemed in high spirits during her outing, and had pulled on a red bomber jacket streaked with black and white patterning

Busy outfit: She seemed in high spirits during her outing, and had pulled on a red bomber jacket streaked with black and white patterning

Below the waist, the dress featured red, white and green flowers speckled across a black field, with a ring of red roses and green leaves at the hem.

From beneath that hem, another stretch of sheer black fabric stretched to her knee, allowing her to showcase her toned calves.

The Come And Get It singer completed her outfit with a pair of black ankle-strap stilettos as she hoofed out into New York.

Hollywood Life has claimed Gomez and The Weeknd – whom she was first seen kissing January 10 – dined together Monday night in Los Angeles.

Styling in red: Her hair fell free, and she'd perched a pair of red cat-eye sunglasses with thick black rims onto her face for the day

Styling in red: Her hair fell free, and she’d perched a pair of red cat-eye sunglasses with thick black rims onto her face for the day

Cinched: She'd got on a multilayered dress, which above the waist was purple and pink, featuring bits of ruffle and a black sash about the midriff
Cinched: She'd got on a multilayered dress, which above the waist was purple and pink, featuring bits of ruffle and a black sash about the midriff

Cinched: She’d got on a multilayered dress, which above the waist was purple and pink, featuring bits of ruffle and a black sash about the midriff

The gossip site’s quoted a source who said during their date at the Sunset Tower, the Grand Prairie native and Abel Tesfaye ‘seemed to be celebrating something.’

Allegedly, ‘He gave her a small gift before they had dinner. It was some kind of bracelet. They were very affectionate with each other.’

The source went on: ‘They came in holding hands and left holding hands. A couple of times while they were eating, Selena reached over and gave him a kiss.

Floral motif: Below the waist, the dress featured red, white and green flowers speckled across a black field, with a ring of red roses and green leaves at the hem

Floral motif: Below the waist, the dress featured red, white and green flowers speckled across a black field, with a ring of red roses and green leaves at the hem

When you got it: From beneath that hem, another stretch of sheer black fabric stretched to her knee, allowing her to showcase her toned calves

When you got it: From beneath that hem, another stretch of sheer black fabric stretched to her knee, allowing her to showcase her toned calves

So it came out well?: She seemed pleased with the result of one of the selfies

So it came out well?: She seemed pleased with the result of one of the selfies

To hear Hollywood Life’s witness tell it, ‘It was very sweet and they both seemed very happy and completely into each other.’

People quoted a source of their own who’s said the two performers ‘walked in holding hands and were very cozy together.’

Apparently, ‘They looked very happy together and were escorted to a private back table,’ she ‘beautiful in a long black trench coat.’

A Bentley took them from the date spot, and ‘She was hugging him from behind and they could not keep their hands off each other.’

Mind the gap: A man beside her appeared to be gesturing her through the crowd

Mind the gap: A man beside her appeared to be gesturing her through the crowd

A simple black: The Come And Get It singer completed her outfit with a pair of ankle-strap stilettos as she hoofed out into New York
A simple black: The Come And Get It singer completed her outfit with a pair of ankle-strap stilettos as she hoofed out into New York

A simple black: The Come And Get It singer completed her outfit with a pair of ankle-strap stilettos as she hoofed out into New York

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Shirley Collins: Star who couldn’t sing for 30 years is nominated for two awards

Shirley Collins: Star who couldn’t sing for 30 years is nominated for two awards

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Shirley Collins is best known for the album Anthems in Eden, which she recorded in 1969 with her sister, Dorothy

Folk star Shirley Collins, who was robbed of her voice for 30 years by an emotional crisis, has been nominated for two Radio 2 Folk Awards.

The 81-year-old is up for singer of the year, while Lodestar, her first record since 1978, is up for best album.

Collins was an immensely important figure in Britain’s folk-rock scene in the 1960s, thanks to her pared-down singing style and strong storytelling.

But her career was cut short by the end of her marriage in the late 1970s.

The star’s second husband, Ashley Hutchings, left her for a young actress who took to showing up at Collins’ performances.

One night, during a performance of Lark Rise at London’s National Theatre, she froze on-stage and found herself unable to sing.

“My voice just… my throat locked,” she told NPR last year. “I was trying not to weep. Some nights I could manage a few notes, sometimes nothing came out at all when I opened my mouth. And it was in front of an audience, you know, and the band.”

Collins developed a form of dysphonia, a condition often associated with psychological trauma.

In the years that followed, she wrote books while working in charity shops and a job centre to support herself. But her music was discovered by a younger generation of fans – including Blur’s Graham Coxon and the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy.

Eventually, she was coaxed back onto the stage – and released her new album to wide acclaim last year.

Going Gaga?

Collins is nominated for singer of the year alongside Ireland’s Daoiri Farrell, Scottish musician Kris Drever, and five-time Folk Award winner Jim Causley.

Farrell has the most nominations, three in all, while Songs of Separation – a project inspired by the Scottish referendum, featuring Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart and Jenny Hill – has two.

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Woody Guthrie is one of the most influential figures in folk and popular music

US folk icon Woody Guthrie will be inducted to the Folk Awards Hall of Fame on the 50th anniversary of his death.

The author of classics such as Do Re Mi, Pretty Boy Floyd and This Train Is Bound For Glory, his songs were a major influence on popular music, and have been covered by the likes of Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

Just this week, Lady Gaga sang a portion of his civil rights anthem This Land Is Your Land in a thinly-veiled attack on Donald Trump at the Super Bowl.

Billy Bragg, who made a Grammy award-winning album with Wilco based on unused Woody Guthrie lyrics, will pay tribute to the star with a headline performance at the awards.

Scottish singer-songwriter Al Stewart, best known for the hit single Year Of The Cat, will also perform, after being honoured with the lifetime achievement award.

Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis will present the awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday, 5 April. The ceremony will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.

Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017: Full list of nominations

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR

  • Daoiri Farrell
  • Jim Causley
  • Kris Drever
  • Shirley Collins

BEST DUO

  • Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
  • Megson
  • O’Hooley & Tidow
  • Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton

BEST GROUP

  • 9Bach
  • Breabach
  • The Furrow Collective
  • The Gloaming

BEST ALBUM

  • Jarlath Henderson – Hearts Broken, Heads Turned
  • Jim Moray – Upcetera
  • Martin Green – Flit
  • Shirley Collins – Lodestar
  • Songs of Separation – Songs of Separation

HORIZON AWARD

  • Daoiri Farrell
  • Fara
  • Ninebarrow
  • Talisk

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • John McCusker
  • John McSherry
  • Mohsen Amini
  • Rachel Newton

BEST ORIGINAL TRACK

  • Fragile Water by Nancy Kerr
  • If Wishes Were Horses by Kris Drever
  • Roll Away by Martin Green feat. Adam Holmes
  • Sounds of Earth by Jim Moray

BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK

  • Courting Is a Pleasure by Jarlath Henderson
  • Echo Mocks The Corncrake by Songs of Separation
  • Van Diemen’s Land by Daoiri Farrell
  • Willie Taylor by Julie Murphy

BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARD

  • Amelia Coburn
  • Charlie Grey & Joseph Peach
  • Eryn Rae
  • Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente

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Katie Price says child abuse influenced glamour career choice

Katie Price says child abuse influenced glamour career choice

  • 8 February 2017
  • From the section UK

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Katie Price on Loose Women: “Being a glamour model is a trade for men”

TV star Katie Price has said a sexual assault at the age of seven influenced her decision to become a glamour model.

Price, 38, told ITV’s Loose Women that being a victim “led to me dressing provocatively” and go into modelling.

She appeared on the show as a guest alongside Karen Danczuk, who was raped by her brother when she was a child.

Price, who gained fame in the 1990s as her former alter-ego Jordan, previously spoke about a rape claim in 2009.

After leaving school, Price began training as a nurse but turned to glamour modelling instead, she told Loose Women on Wednesday.

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Price appeared on the show alongside rape victim Karen Danczuk

“You could be all sexy,” she said. “Being a glamour model is a trade for men, so it was like, you can look at me but you can’t touch me.”

Hosts Ruth Langsford, Saira Khan and Janet Street-Porter asked how the assault had affected her life.

“I say it hasn’t affected me but it must deep down,” she said, adding that the assault “absolutely” impacted her choice of career which had given her a sense of control.

In 2009, Price told Piers Morgan on chat show, Life Stories, that “some weirdo” had attacked her in a park.

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Price told Piers Morgan in 2009 “some weirdo” had attacked her

She added on Loose Women: “I’ve never gone into actual detail about what he did.

“I’ve been abused and raped since then, I’m not going to say who.”

Price has previously said she was raped by a ”famous celebrity” in a magazine column published eight years ago.

At the time, she said she had no plans to make a formal complaint and would “absolutely never” name the celebrity.

Mrs Danczuk, whose brother Michael Burke was jailed for 15 years in December, said: “Mentally I feel like I’m ready to move on”.

She added: “At the same time I can be washing the dishes or walking to school with my boys and get flashes in my head.”

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It’s official: Drake out-sold everyone in 2016

It’s official: Drake out-sold everyone in 2016

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Drake is currently on tour in the UK

He only had One Dance, but it was a pretty popular one: Drake has been named the best-selling artist of 2016.

The Canadian star achieved millions of sales and billions of streams with his fourth album, Views, which topped the charts around the world.

He managed to beat Adele and Coldplay, who also achieved big sales last year.

The news comes from music industry bigwigs the IFPI, who’ve given Drake their Global Recording Artist of the Year Award.

“Drake’s phenomenal success reflects how deeply his unique sound appeals to an enormous global audience,” said chief executive Frances Moore.

In the UK, Drake’s single One Dance topped the charts for 15 weeks, nearly beating the all-time record, held by Bryan Adams’ (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.

However, Views only ended the year as the country’s eighth best-selling album, behind Little Mix’s Glory Days and Adele’s 25 – which took the top spot for the second year in a row.

In Germany, the world’s third-biggest music market, the album was only the year’s 100th best-seller.

The IFPI declined to release figures for Drake’s overall sales, or a country-by-country breakdown, so it is hard to decode how he made up the difference – but the star’s phenomenal success on streaming services is likely to be key.

Views became the first album to reach one billion streams on Apple Music (where it was initially available as an exclusive); while One Dance was the first song to be played one billion times on Spotify.

The album also topped the year-end charts in the US, still the biggest music market in the world, with sales of 4.1 million.

The IFPI Global Recording Artist Award was established in 2013, and previous recipients have been One Direction (2013), Taylor Swift (2014) and Adele (2015).

Top 10 Global Recording Artists of 2016 (source: IFPI)

  1. Drake
  2. David Bowie
  3. Coldplay
  4. Adele
  5. Justin Bieber
  6. Twenty One Pilots
  7. Beyoncé
  8. Rihanna
  9. Prince
  10. The Weeknd

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Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson found dead

Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson found dead

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, pictured in July last year, rose to fame in the 1990s

Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has been found dead aged 45.

A former Sunday Times columnist, reality TV star, and goddaughter of Prince Charles had received treatment in 2016 for a non-malignant brain tumour.

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Officers were called to her flat in Bramham Gardens, South Kensington, at 13:40 GMT. A woman in her 40s was found dead at the scene, the Met Police said.

The death is being treated as unexplained.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall released a statement in which they said they were “deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family”, following the death of their close friend.

Palmer-Tomkinson rose to fame in the 1990s as a hard-partying “it girl” and put her names to several columns chronicling her glamorous lifestyle.

She was diagnosed with the tumour last January after returning from a skiing trip, and hit back at critics who blamed her frail health on her well-documented cocaine addiction.

Later in her career she appeared on reality TV series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2002, as well as several other TV shows.

Rolf Harris trial: Ex-TV star cleared of sex assault charges

Rolf Harris trial: Ex-TV star cleared of sex assault charges

  • 8 February 2017
  • From the section UK

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Former TV star Rolf Harris has been cleared of three sex assault charges.

The jury at Southwark Crown Court failed to return a verdict on four other counts.

Harris, who found success with novelty pop hits and on children’s TV, made no reaction when the not guilty verdicts were read out.

The 86-year-old is currently in jail after a 2014 trial saw him convicted of 12 sex offences against four females, including a girl under 10.

After deliberating for just under a week, the jury found Harris not guilty of indecently assaulting a young autograph hunter on a visit to a Portsmouth radio station with her mother at the end of the 1970s.

He was also cleared of groping a blind, disabled woman at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London in 1977, and sexually assaulting a woman in her 40s after filming a TV show in 2004.

Judge Alistair McCreath discharged the jury from deliberating on the further four counts he was accused of.

Stephen Vullo QC, defending, had told jurors Harris was innocent of these latest charges, as well as the indecent assaults over which he was convicted in 2014.

He blamed a “media frenzy” for making Harris “vulnerable to people making accusations against him”.

The prosecution team asked for a week to decide if they will apply for a retrial. Harris has been remanded in custody until then.

His defence team said Harris was expected to be automatically released from prison for the sentence he is currently serving this summer.


The end of a 60-year career

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Harris received the Bafta Fellowship in 2012

Until his arrest in 2013, Rolf Harris had been a fixture on screens in Britain and beyond since television took off in the 1950s.

He had shown early promise in sport and art – narrowly missing out on representing his native Australia as a swimmer at the 1948 Olympic Games and staging exhibitions of his paintings from the age of 16.

Illness led him to focus on painting, and he moved to London to enrol in art school, performing at cabaret clubs to earn money before auditioning for children’s TV.

Harris became a regular on the BBC and commercial TV in the UK and Australia, hosting variety shows, children’s programmes and animal welfare documentaries – the exposure even led to pop success and appearances at the Glastonbury Festival.

But it all ended with his conviction in 2014 for 12 indecent assaults on four women and girls between the 1960s and ’80s.

Rolf Harris: Full profile


Comedy pioneer

Comedy scriptwriter who, together with Ray Galton, wrote for Tony Hancock and created Steptoe and Son.

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Alan Simpson: Comedy scriptwriter of Galton and Simpson dies at 87

Alan Simpson: Comedy scriptwriter of Galton and Simpson dies at 87

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Alan Simpson and writing partner Ray Galton were behind hits including Steptoe and Son

Alan Simpson of writing duo Galton and Simpson has died at the age of 87, his manager has said.

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The pair created sitcoms including Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

Simpson had undergone a “long battle with lung disease”, manager Tessa Le Bars said.

The Moorside: Sheridan Smith drama praised by critics

The Moorside: Sheridan Smith drama praised by critics

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Sheridan Smith plays Julie Bushby, the mother who led the community search for missing Shannon

The first episode of BBC One drama The Moorside, which stars Sheridan Smith, has been warmly received by critics.

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The series, tells the true story of the disappearance of Shannon Matthews and the repercussions on the local community.

Matthews was found 24 days after she went missing from her home in Dewsbury in 2008.

The first episode of the two-part series was watched by an average of 7.2 million viewers on Monday evening.

Have a look at what the critics thought below, or read the full reviews from The Telegraph, Metro, The Daily Mail, Radio Times, The Independent and The Guardian.


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