Luann de Lessepsappears to be off the market after confirming a new romance on the Nov. 18 episode of the Ex Appealpodcast. During her latest interview, the Real Housewives of New York City star confirmed she is dating Hamptons trainer Garth Wakeford.
“We actually met on the dating app,” Luann, 55, told hosts Jenn Lahmers and Julien Marlon. “He lives locally in the Hamptons…We took it very slow because it’s a pandemic but it’s been a nice thing to happen during a pandemic—to meet someone you like.”
When the “Money Can’t Buy You Class” singer first saw pictures of Garth on the dating app, she thought, “Oh, he is too good to be true.” But after meeting up, Luann said, “‘Oh, my God! He’s exactly what he looks like on the app.’ He’s tall, he’s handsome, he looks like a Viking.”
Photographers also spotted the pair leaving Tutto Il Giorno in Sag Harbor together earlier this month.
While pop culture fans know Luann from the Real Housewives of New York City, they may be curious to learn more about Garth. According to his Instagram, the 49-year-old is a personal trainer and wellness coach who created JULUKA fitness.
As for whether or not he will be featured on the Bravo series, you’ll just have to watch what happens. “Right now, I am single,” Luann clarified. “I’ve had a couple of dates here and there.”
During her time on the show, however, Luann has been open about her relationships and dating life including her public divorce from Tom D’Agostino in August 2017 after seven months of marriage.
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One thing viewers can expect in the upcoming season is a new face to the group.
E! News previously confirmed that season 13 is currently being filmed and will feature Eboni K. Williams as a new Housewife. The attorney will make history by becoming the first Black Real Housewives of New York City cast member.
Viewers can catch up on old episodes of the Real Housewives of New York City on Peacock now.
(E!, Bravo and Peacock are part of the NBCUniversal family)
You could be forgiven for thinking that the Dubai edition of Indochine might fall short of its infamous New York older sibling. You would, however, be entirely incorrect. Indochine Dubai, opened earlier this year, exudes an effortless cool often sought after by fledgling restaurants. It's not that they've got one thing right, it's that they've got everything right.
The Decor: The French-Vietnamese influences, prevalent in the cuisine, are also found far beyond. Adorned with semi-circular velvet banquettes and banana leaf motifs, the décor instantly transports you. Make sure to stop by the 'wall of fame' – an array of photographs from the infamous New York flagship – to catch some of the greatest names in fashion such as Linda Evangelista, Bella Hadid, and Kate Moss.
The Ambience: Unadulterated fun. There's a real party atmosphere to Indochine. Despite being sat at your own private table, the restaurant layout makes you feel as though you're part of something greater – a community atmosphere that you signed up for the second you walked through the illuminated doorway.
The Service: I'm putting it out there – the best service experience I've had in Dubai from the chicest array of characters. In what can be considered a somewhat bleak year, the staff at Indochine are determined to put a smile back on your face.
Standout Dishes: Absolute must-tries include the Crispy Egg Plant and Caramel Black Cod – the common theme being the exceptional use of caramel. The Wok Tossed Rice Noodles are an incredible surprise – put all preconceived notions of noodles to one side.
Celebrity cook Mary Berry and grime pioneer Dizzee Rascal have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Berry, who has earned the status of national treasure over a six-decade career, was “overwhelmed” at being made a dame for services to broadcasting, the culinary arts and charity.
It is “such a huge honour”, she said.
Dizzee Rascal, real name Dylan Kwabena Mills, has been made an MBE for services to music.
Reacting to the news, Dame Mary added: “When I was first told that I was going to be a dame you don’t really believe it. And then it’s so exciting, and you feel very proud.
“For most of my life I have been lucky enough to follow my passion to teach cookery through books and the media.
“To be a dame is really the icing on the cake.”
The former Great British Bake Off judge joked: “I just wish my parents and brothers were here to share my joy, as my only achievement at school was just one O-Level – in cookery of course.”
Dame Mary is no stranger to the Royal Family, having made meringue roulades with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last year, for her Berry Royal Christmas TV special.
The much-loved broadcaster, baker and food writer is also a patron of Child Bereavement UK, after having lost her son William aged 19 in a car crash in 1989.
In 2018, she told The Graham Norton Show she was once arrested at an airport after baking ingredients were mistaken for drugs.
Dizzee Rascal is considered to have been one of the founding fathers of grime – a UK-based electronic rap genre which grew out of the English capital at the start of the century.
In 2003, aged 19, the East London MC became the youngest artist to win the Mercury Prize, with his debut album Boy in da Corner.
The elder statesman of the British rap game, who drops his seventh album E3 AF at the end of October, told the BBC in 2017 that he deserved to be given top billing at Glastonbury Festival.
“I’ve toured this festival for years, never disappointed,” he said. “You can always count on me.”
“I’m basically at the stage where they need to make me headline this thing – because they ain’t had no British rappers headline this festival.”
His drive and success helped to pave the way for modern superstar Stormzy to eventually become the first black solo headliner in the history of the Worthy Farm event last year, bringing UK hip-hop and grime into the mainstream in the process.
Dame Mary is joined by veteran actress and Coronation Street star Maureen Lipman and The Woman in Black author Susan Hill, in being made a dame commander. The latter played the title character’s mother in Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning 2002 drama The Pianist.
There were knighthoods for one of the country’s first rock ‘n’ roll icons Tommy Steele, for services to entertainment and charity, along with Brookside, Grange Hill and Hollyoaks creator Professor Phil Redmond, for services to broadcasting and arts in the regions. Hercule Poirot actor David Suchet was also knighted for services to drama and charity.
Derrick Evans – more commonly known as Mr Motivator – has also been made an MBE after creating online home exercises during lockdown and hosting a week-long workout with Linda Lusardi to raise money for Age UK’s Emergency Coronavirus Appeal.
Another English music star, singer Mica Paris, was also made an MBE, as well as performer and vocal coach Carrie Grant.
Other entertainment honourees
Elsewhere, broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough added to his legacy by being made a GCMG – one the country’s highest honours.
Sir David, who has spoken to a big Glastonbury crowd himself in recent years, is considered to be an inspiration for people of all ages in the UK and beyond, for a lifetime spent warning world leaders of the need to protect the planet and of ongoing issues around climate change.
Sir Paul Smith, the chairman of the clothing label Paul Smith, was made a Companion of Honour, for services to fashion.
Longstanding daytime ITV presenter and journalist Lorraine Kelly was made a CBE alongside Judy Cramer, the woman behind the movie Mamma Mia! and singer-songwriter/campaigner Joan Armatrading – for services to music, charity and equal rights.
Professor Brian Cox, scientist and presenter of BBC shows including The Wonders of the Universe, was also made a CBE alongside actor Adrian Lester, who is currently starring in BBC drama series Life and appeared in the films Primary Colors and The Day After Tomorrow.
OBEs went to ELO singer and music producer Jeff Lynne; and Tony Hatch – the man who wrote the theme tunes for Neighbours, Crossroads, Emmerdale and Petula Clark’s Downtown; as well as Last Tango in Halifax screenwriter Sally Wainwright – for services to television.
Booker Prize-winning-author Bernardine Evaristo was also appointed at the same level.
The Girl, Woman, Other novelist became the first black woman to win the award, when she shared it with Margaret Atwood in 2019, after the judges broke their rules by declaring a tie.
Last but not least, How to Train Your Dragon writer Cressida Cowell was made an MBE for services to children’s literature, while ITV’s Dr Hilary Jones was made an MBE too, for services to broadcasting, public health information and charity.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours list is usually revealed in June, but it was delayed this year by several months due to coronavirus.
Country musician Mac Davis, known for writing enduring Elvis Presley hits like “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto” has died at age 78.
His longtime manager Jim Morey said in a statement on Facebook that Davis died on Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn., after heart surgery and was surrounded by family and friends.
Davis had a long and varied career in music for decades as a writer, singer, actor and TV host and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. In addition to penning Presley hits, he was responsible for his own track “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me.” He was named 1974s entertainer of the year by the Academy of Country Music and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“Thank you, dear Lord Jesus, for letting us know the man to whom you gave the most incredible talent,” said Reba McEntire in a statement. “He entertained and spread joy to so many people. What a wonderful legacy he left all of us with his music. Mac was one of a kind. Im so blessed to have been one of his many friends.”
Born in Lubbock, Texas, and raised in Georgia, Davis was inspired by fellow Lubbock native Buddy Holly, but it was Presley who gave him his first musical big break. Davis worked as a staff songwriter in Los Angeles for Nancy Sinatra’s publishing company when in 1968 Presley cut “A Little Less Conversation.”
FILE – Musician Mac Davis appears at the Texas Film Awards in Austin, Texas on March 6, 2014. Davis, a country star and Elvis songwriter, died on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 after heart surgery. He was 78. (Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)
Although it had a little success at the time, the song became a bigger hit after Presley’s death, being covered by more than 30 artists and became Davis’ most licensed TV soundtrack song. The song reached the top of the U.K. charts in 2002 after it was used in a Nike commercial and was featured in the hit movie “Ocean’s Eleven.”
Davis also helped craft the song “Memories” that was a cornerstone of Presleys big 1968 comeback TV special.
Davis got a recording deal of his own in 1970, recording “Hooked on Music,” “Its Hard to be Humble,” and “Texas in my Rearview Mirror,” and getting crossover success on pop charts. He had his own TV series, “The Mac Davis Show” on NBC, and also acted in TV and film, including alongside Nick Nolte in the football film “North Dallas Forty.” He even starred on Broadway, in “The Will Rogers Follies” and toured with the musical. The group Gallery had a hit on his song “I Believe in Music.”
He also wrote songs recorded by Kenny Rogers (“Somethings Burning”), Dolly Parton (“White Limozeen”) and Ray Price (“Lonesomest Lonesome”). He was still writing later in life, getting co-writing credits on songs by Avicii ( “Addicted to You”) and Bruno Mars (“Young Girls.”)
“He was the songwriter behind some of the most iconic and timeless songs that transcend genres and generations and was named a BMI Icon in 2015,” said BMI President and CEO Mike ONeil. “Beyond his extraordinary talent, Mac was a dedicated friend and advocate for songwriters everywhere.”
“A small town boy whod achieved the greatest kinds of fame, he remained a good guy, a family man,” said country star Kenny Chesney. “That was Mac: a giant heart, quick to laugh and a bigger creative spirit. I was blessed to have it shine on me. And Mac, who was joyous, funny and created a family around him, never stopped writing great songs, creating music and inspiring everyone around him.”
“Today our country community lost an amazing entertainer, songwriter and artist,” said Sarah Trahern, CEO of CMA. “I remember watching Macs TV show as a kid as well as his three years co-hosting the CMA Awards with Barbara Mandrell, which proved his command of the TV medium as well as the music.”
Start your weekend the right way – the social way – at Social Company with their Social Brunch. This relaxed eatery situated at Zabeel House by Jumeirah at The Greens serves as a much-desired, relaxed neighborhood hub. Their evening brunch offering consists of starter, main, and dessert sharing plates featuring the likes of mushroom risotto, Caesar salad, and salmon.
The Decor: Open-plan relaxed dining with wood and metal accents. Floor to ceiling greenery transports you to a calm oasis.
The Ambience: There's always a social buzz that creeps through Zabeel House and this is just as true in its ground floor offering, Social Company. Waste hours watching the loyal crowd come and go in this open-plan space.
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Insider Tip: Bring your dog. There's no need to fret about abandoning your best friend for a Thursday night of indulgence as the 'social' in Social Company isn't just limited to humans.
Mariah Carey has scored countless number one records, a shelf full of Grammy Awards and been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
But she has always been guarded about her private life – until now.
In her new memoir, The Meaning Of Mariah Carey, the singer discusses growing up in poverty in a violent household, her experiences of racism, her music, her marriages and much more.
Co-written with Michaela Angela Davis, it pulls back the curtain on a compelling rags-to-riches story and deconstructs (well, mostly deconstructs) the star’s image as a self-deluded diva.
Here are six of the more revealing moments from the book.
1) She experienced domestic violence at a young age
“By the time I was a toddler, I had developed the instincts to sense when violence was coming,” Carey writes.
She recalls numerous altercations between her father Alfred and brother Morgan, writing: “It was not uncommon for holes to be punched in walls or for other objects to go flying.”
Carey details an occasion when, at the age of six, she called a family friend for help after her mother was assaulted. When police arrived, one of the officers apparently said: “If this kid survives it will be a miracle.”
2) Racism was ‘like a first kiss in reverse’
With a black father and white mother, Carey says many of her friends didn’t realise she was biracial. She even recalls a teacher laughing and saying: “Oh, Mariah, you used the wrong crayon,” when, aged four, she drew her father with brown skin.
“A brew of self-consciousness and embarrassment boiled up from my feet to my face,” she writes.
She describes her first encounters with racism as “a first kiss in reverse”, explaining: “Each time, a piece of purity was ripped from my being.”
Later, she describes a traumatic sleepover when a group of girls locked her in a bedroom and repeatedly shout the n-word at her.
“The venom and hate with which these girls spewed this… chant was so strong, it quite literally lifted me out of my body,” says Carey. “I was disorientated and terrified and I thought that maybe, if I held on and just kept crying, surely a grown-up would come and stop the assault. But no-one came.”
Experiences like these later inspired the song Outside, where Carey sings: “Inherently, it’s just always been strange / Neither here nor there / Always somewhat out of place everywhere / Ambiguous – without a sense of belonging to touch.”
3) Carey accuses her sister of putting her at risk of being ‘pimped out’
Older sister Alison dropped in and out of Carey’s life, through teenage pregnancy, drug dependency and suicidal thoughts. Although they shared some tender moments, the singer depicts several occasions when she believes Alison puts her at risk.
One story involves her sister’s boyfriend, who – Carey says she later realised – was running a prostitution ring. Aged 12, she claims she was tricked into spending a night alone with him, ending up at a card game and a drive-in movie, where “almost immediately” he put his arm around her.
Immobilised and terrified by the “handgun resting against his thigh”, Carey says she only escaped after another car pulled up alongside them, prompting John to leave and drive home “in silence”.
The singer believes she was at risk of being pimped, reasoning: “Dysfunctional families are ideal prey for abusers, the exposed little ones vulnerable to being picked off.”
Speaking to The Sun, Alison denied the claims in the book and said she was shocked and appalled that Mariah would accuse her of pimping her out.
4) The Beatles taught her a valuable lesson
Many artists look to the Beatles for musical inspiration – but not Mariah. She was more interested in their business affairs.
While still a teenager, the singer was offered $5,000 by a publishing company to put one of her songs, All In Your Mind, on the soundtrack to a movie.
“I refused,” says Carey. “Even though back then $5,000 seemed like a million (which was how much I got for my first real publishing administration deal).”
The reason for her refusal? “I remembered seeing a documentary on The Beatles when I was growing up and being shocked that they didn’t have complete ownership of the songs they’d written – the Beatles!” she writes. “So I knew not to give away all my publishing.”
5) Her first husband was so controlling she couldn’t go to Burger King
Carey married Sony Music executive Tommy Mottola in June 1993 and acknowledges that she owes her success, in part, to him. Mottola gave her a record deal and even persuaded her to record a Christmas album – resulting in the multi-million selling All I Want For Christmas Is You.
But as a husband, he was controlling and jealous, she claims. The couple’s $32m home was “fully staffed with armed guards” and Carey refers to it as “Sing Sing” after the maximum security prison in New York.
Things came to a head in 1996 when Carey recorded a remix of Always Be My Baby with hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri and rapper Da Brat in the mansion’s private recording studio.
On a whim, she and Da Brat took a car and drove to Burger King. Mottola allegedly went “berserk”, calling out an armed search party.
As the musicians ate their take-away in the car, Da Brat suddenly got serious, telling Carey: “This ain’t right. You done sold millions of records, girl. You live in a damn palace. You have everything, but if you can’t be free to go to Burger King when you want, you ain’t got nothing. You need to get out of there.”
Carey and Mottola separated the following year. In his 2013 memoir, he admitted being “obsessive” but said she had given “harsh” and “untrue” descriptions of their relationship.
6) She recorded a secret grunge album
Carey is best known for sweeping ballads like Vision Of Love and girl-next-door pop candy like Fantasy and Dreamlover.
But in the middle of recording her fifth album Daydream in 1995, she cut a secret alt-rock record, channelling the “rage” and “anger” she felt as her marriage fell apart.
“I created an alter-ego artist and her Ziggy Stardust-like spoof band,” she explains. “My character was a dark-haired brooding Goth girl who wrote and sang ridiculous tortured songs.
“I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers who were popular at the time. They could be angry, angsty and messy, with old shoes, wrinkled slips and unruly eyebrows, while every move I made was so calculated and manicured. I wanted to break free, let loose and express my misery – but I also wanted to laugh.”
Of the writing process, she says: “At the end of each session [for Daydream] I would go off to a corner and, without over-thinking it, quickly scribble down some lyrics. In five minutes, I’d have a song.
“I’d bring my little alt-rock song to the band and hum a silly guitar riff. They would pick it up and we would record it immediately. It was irreverent, raw and urgent, and the band got into it. I actually started to love some of the songs.”
The album was released in 1995 under the pseudonym Chick. Song titles like Love Is A Scam and Demented give some none-too-subtle clues about Mariah’s state of mind at the time.
Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski are growing their family.
The couple have welcomed their second child together, Sadoski’s representative, Erica Gray, confirmed to USA TODAY on Monday. Seyfried and Sadoski shared the news in a joint statement to INARA and War Child USA, which the charities posted on their Instagram accounts.
“Since the birth of our daughter 3 years ago our commitment to the innocent children that are so brutally affected by conflict and war has been a driving force in our lives,” read the statement. “With the birth of our son the work of INARA and War Child has become our North Star.”
Along with the statement, the couple shared a picture of their newborn son.
Sadoski later re-posted the statement and image on his own Instagram, asking for donations to the two organizations that seek to protect children impacted by war.
USA TODAY has reached out to Seyfried’s and Sadoski’s reps for more details.
Seyfried and Sadoski first met on Broadway in 2015 as co-stars in “The Way We Get By,” a Neil LaBute play about a one-night stand, and began dating while shooting their 2017 film “The Last Word.” Seyfried’s publicist, Evelyn Karamanos, confirmed the couple’s engagement to USA TODAY in Sept. 2016.
On March 12, 2017, Sadoski revealed on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” that he and Seyfried had eloped. A week later, Karamanos confirmed to USA TODAY that the couple had welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Nina.
Speaking about fatherhood, Sadoski told Corden, “I’m more excited about this than I’ve ever been about anything in my life and I’m also more terrified about it than anything I’ve ever been in my entire life.”
It's a girl! Gigi Hadid has welcomed her first child with Zayn Malik, the singer announced on Twitter Wednesday night. On Sept. 23, Malik revealed the 25-year-old model gave birth to a baby girl. "Our baby girl is here, healthy & beautiful," he wrote in a tweet. "to try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task. The love i feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding.Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, & thankful for the life we will have together x."
Gigi and Zayn first got together in November 2015, and they've been dating on and off ever since. While news first broke in April that Gigi was pregnant, it was actually her mom, Yolanda Hadid, who confirmed it. "Of course, we are so excited," Yolanda gushed to Dutch outlet RTL Boulevard. "I'm excited to become a Oma [grandma] in September, especially after I lost my mom so recently. But this is the beauty of life: one soul leaves us and a new one comes in. We feel very blessed."
We get it: when it comes to weight loss, it feels tough to even get started if you don't have access to a gym, home workout equipment, or even a set of dumbbells. Of course, as you probably know by this point, weight loss has a lot to do with your life outside of exercise, too; aspects like sleep and nutrition play key roles in getting after this goal. No matter how hard you work out, it's important to eat nutritious foods, like vegetables and protein-rich items, to see results. Exercise is only part of the equation.
If you're looking to lose weight without equipment, full-body and compound exercises are a great choice, said ACE-certified trainer Jennifer Nagel. "They use multiple muscle groups at once. With more muscle engagement comes more calorie burn," she explained, because you use more energy when you're working more muscles. "Also, the more lean muscle you build, the more calories you burn at rest."
I know what you're thinking: I'm here to lose weight, not build muscle! Actually, the two go hand in hand. When you gain muscle, you increase your resting metabolic rate (RMR), the number of calories your body needs at rest to perform basic functions (think: breathing) that keep you alive. Increasing your RMR means you burn more calories even when you're not exercising. And while lifting weights is typically the recommendation for building muscle, you can also increase your muscle and therefore improve your RMR through bodyweight exercises like the ones ahead.
For bodyweight work specifically, aim to work out three to five days a week. Within each workout, try to complete high reps and sets of each exercise; three to five sets of 15 to 20 reps per exercise is a good goal, Sten Stray-Gunderson, MS, an exercise physiologist and trainer at Reach Outcome, said in a previous interview with POPSUGAR. (Note that the exercises we have coming up aren't a full workout, but rather a selection of moves you can plug into your routine.)
Ahead, check out eight bodyweight exercises that, when done consistently and paired with a healthy diet, can help you reach your weight loss goals. Some moves work just about every muscle in your body (like burpees) while others target two or three key muscle groups at once; both will typically help you burn more calories than isolated moves like bicep curls and sit-ups.
Paris Fashion Week has a digital destination this season, just like New York Fashion Week's Runway360 platform, which was launched in partnership with the CFDA. The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode will function as the online destination for all the spring/summer 2021 collections being debuted in Paris from Sept. 28 through Oct. 6. According to the site's official statement, the organization will comply with recommendations of public authorities in order to carry out successful presentations, ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved.
While many designers have dropped out altogether, some are offering digital experiences that will also be broadcast across social media, such as Mugler, and others, like Dior, are moving forward with an in-person show, albeit with capacity limits and strict regulations set in place. You can check out what a
Rihannas Diamond Ball returns today, Sept. 12, but before our eyes are blessed with whatever killer look RiRi decides to wear to the event, were taking a look back at some of her hottest outfits ever.
With the end of New York Fashion Week comes Rihannas fifth annual Diamond Ball. The gala will be held tonight, Sept. 12, will be hosted by Seth Meyers, and will have entertainment provided by Pharrell and DJ Khaled. The Diamond Ball benefits Rihannas Clara Lionel Foundation, which funds education and emergency response programs globally. Its obviously going to be quite a night, but before the fashionable guests arrive, we thought wed prepare for the event by looking back at some of the Fenty Beauty founders best looks ever. After all, shell definitely show up tonight wearing something KILLER.
Rihannas already served looks this fashion week. On Sept. 10, the “We Found Love” hitmaker held her Savage X Fenty fashion show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The event was filmed and is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, Sept. 20. Before the show, Rihanna walked the red carpet in a sequined turquoise dress by Alexandre Vauthier. She finished off the shimmery ensemble with matching sunglasses, large hoop earrings and strappy heels.