The xx’s Oliver Sim inundated with support as he confirms HIV battle after diagnosis at 17 | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

The xx singer Oliver Sim has revealed that he has been living with HIV for the past 15 years. Taking to his Instagram today, the star, 32, told how he felt it was time he went public about his HIV status.

In view of his 38,900 followers, the singer made the announcement.

He told how he penned the song Hideous explaining that it was “how he felt towards himself” following the diagnosis.

Oliver wrote: “I’ve been living with HIV since I was 17 and it’s played with how I’ve felt towards myself, and how I’ve assumed others have felt towards me, from that age and into my adult life.

“So, quite impulsively, I wrote it on a song called Hideous. I thought I could release it in the world and be done with it.

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Ainsley Harriott breaks silence as he saves sister from drowning at Chelsea Flower Show | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

The chef and other onlookers rushed to save Jacqueline from drowning following her fall.

Ainsley could be seen pulling his sister out of the water alongside other celebrities, including DIY SOS star Nick Knowles who attended with his girlfriend.

Following his tweet, fans of the star took to the comments to express their relief that AInsley’s sister is “doing well”.

Twitter user @9ee wrote: “Hope she is ok. Must have been quite a shock for both of you! Best wishes. x”

Brooklyn Beckham and wife Nicola snub David and Victoria in ‘wedding inspiration’ insight | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Brooklyn Beckham, 23, and Nicola Peltz, 27, were married last month in a lavish ceremony at the actress’ family home in Palm Beach, Florida. The star-studded event included 500 guests, a custom Valentino wedding gown and a full string orchestra.

The multi-million-pound affair was one of the celebrity events of the year and included A-listers like Eva Longoria, Spice Girl Mel C and Serena and Venus Williams.

The couple’s extravagant ceremony has drawn speculation as to whether they were inspired by the nuptials of Brooklyn’s parents, David, 47, and Victoria, 48.

David and Victoria’s iconic wedding was held in 1999 in Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland.

It famously included giant golden thrones, Victoria donning a diamond tiara and a four-month-old Brooklyn matching his dad in a white suit.

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Brooklyn and Nicola have now reflected on their special day and dispelled rumours that they took inspiration from David and Victoria in an apparent snub.

Nicola told British Vogue: “Their wedding was incredible and those pictures are iconic.

“But the wedding we were most inspired by was Iman and David Bowie’s.”

David and Iman wed in 1992 at Lausanne City Hall in Switzerland.

Another picture showed the mum-of-four in a selfie with her daughter Harper, 10, and Desperate Housewives star Eva.

Earlier in the week, Victoria described how she became overcome with “emotion” while she watched her son tie the knot.

She said: “It’s a big deal, your child getting married. I was very emotional.

“David’s speech was beautiful.”

The fashion designer added that it took her a while to figure out what she wanted to wear to ensure she was looking “appropriate”.

She went on: “It took me quite a while to figure out what I wanted to wear.

“The day wasn’t about me, it was about Brooklyn and Nicola. So, I wanted to look appropriate, and really to be comfortable and to feel like myself”, she told Grazia Magazine.

See the full feature in the June issue of British Vogue available via digital download and on newsstands from Tuesday 24th May. 

What George R.R. Martin Has to Say About LOTR Series

George R.R. Martin hopes the Lord of the Rings series is good—but not better than House of the Dragon.

The Game of Thrones creator shared his honest thoughts on the two shows, which are set to air simultaneously this September, telling The Independent, “I know a lot of articles, the minute the dates were announced, it’s: ‘Oh, the battle for fantasy supremacy. It’s Rings of Power versus House of Dragon, who will win?’ I don’t know why they always have to do that.”

Martin said he wants both shows to “succeed,” but added, “I’m competitive enough. I hope we succeed more. If they win six Emmys, and I hope they do, I hope we win seven.”

Game of Thrones, based on Martin’s books, aired its final season on HBO in 2019 but will be revived via the prequel series House of the Dragon in August. The Lord of the Rings movies, based on J.R.R. Tolkien‘s books, last aired an installment in 2014.

All in all, Martin is just glad to see the fantasy genre getting its recognition, even if it means Game of Thrones has a new dragon to slay. As he said, “It’s good for fantasy.”

Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker secretly gives birth and introduces newborn to The Crown star | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

It is not clear exactly when Jodie gave birth, and details such as the name and gender of the couple’s second baby aren’t yet known.

The actress also didn’t officially announce her second pregnancy, but it soon became clear on the red carpet at the Brit Awards earlier this year when she walked with her baby bump on show.

The sci-fi actress revealed the happy news non-verbally, as she cradled her baby bump in a loose-fitting white and orange dress.

Outfit designer Carli Pearson wrote on Instagram: “The beautiful Jodie Whittaker in our custom made beanbag ball dress for #thebritawards2022.

Rolling Stones’ legend Mick Jagger laments at Brexit ‘nightmare’ as UK ‘isolated’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

He went on: “Brexit has not been a success for the British touring industry. I’m not saying, ‘Well, we’ve got to rejoin the EU.’

“Unfortunately that’s all in the past.”

He continued to the Sunday Times: “But from personal experience and talking to friends who are in other businesses, it’s not a success, it’s a nightmare.

“We’ve isolated ourselves, and that sounds good to some, but it’s an ideology more than a practicality.”

Rebekah Vardy puts Coleen Rooney trial behind her amid cosy display with husband Jamie | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Rebekah Vardy, 40, has spent some quality time with Leicester City footballer husband Jamie Vardy, 35, following her dramatic exit from the courtroom on Thursday.

The couple could be seen sharing a hug and a kiss following the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton at The King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Rebekah was accompanied in the stands by her daughter, Olivia, one, who also took the pitch with her dad in a full Leicester City kit.

She sported a casual look wearing a pair of jeans teamed with a top and baby blue blazor.

Her brunette tresses hung loosely over her shoulders as she added a pair of sunglasses.

Jamie and Rebekah appeared in good spirits as they played with Olivia, who’s shirt had the word “Daddy” emblazoned on the back, and talked to each other.

Rebekah is currently suing Coleen Rooney, wife of Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer Wayne Rooney, for libel.

Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking information from her private Instagram story in October 2019.

The pair’s lawyers delivered their final statements on Friday as they await the final verdict.

Carol Kirkwood divorce: BBC gem on ‘shocking’ divorce before meeting ‘soulmate’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

On Monday, BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, 59, announced she had gotten engaged while live on air. She has not discussed the identity of her fiance but glowed with pride as she recounted the “romantic” story of the surprise engagement while out having a picnic with her partner. The Scottish TV personality was reporting from the Chelsea Flower Show when BBC Breakfast presenters Sally Nugent and Jon Kay began lightheartedly grilling her about the ring on her finger.

Sally joked: “I’m a little bit concerned about you this morning. I don’t know how you’re managing to stand up with that giant rock on your left hand, Carol.”

Carol then responded: “Oh that one, thank you Sal. It is rather nice, I got engaged.”

But this won’t be the weather presenter’s first marriage – she was married to Jimmy Kirkwood in 1990, when she was 28, just after she had just started working at the BBC.

Jimmy is best known as a cricket player from Northern Ireland.

They split in 2008, but the details of why the couple decided to divorce were kept private.

However, Carol has revealed some details of how the divorce impacted her.

Speaking to the Radio Times in 2018, she said: “I found myself when I got divorced.

“I started to do things and to think, ‘I’m not going to say no, I’m going to say yes!’ I’m braver now.”

She also told The Sun: “I was married for a long time and I got married quite young so it’s nice doing things I have the freedom to do now.”

In her 2021 book, Under The Greek Moon, Carol admitted the divorce was “all so shocking to me”, and recalled how she’d break down in tears behind the scenes on BBC Breakfast before putting on a smile for the camera again.

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“I wouldn’t get married just for the sake of being married, because I’m happy as I am.”

In an interview with Prima magazine last year, Carol discussed her partner, and even admitted she was unsure about getting married a second time.

She said: “I don’t want to say too much about my boyfriend, but I will say that he is very kind and very funny – he’s always making me laugh.

“And extremely handsome, as well.

“He always makes me a cup of tea before I go to work in the morning, which is very romantic – it’s 2.45am and he often leaves me a little love note for when I come home from work.

“That, to me, is worth a million red roses.”

She then concluded: “He is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, without a shadow of a doubt.”

‘Are you staying with him?’ Amanda Abbington gets asked as BGT fiancé left paralysed | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Amanda Abbington, 48, has spoken up about her relationship with her former stuntman fiancé Johnathan Goodwin, who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent. The daredevil, 42, was left paralysed after being crushed during a stunt while in rehearsals for America’s Got Talent.

The actress and her beau were friends for many years before they started dating.

Amanda has said that she couldn’t imagine her life without Johnathan by her side.

She has explained how the accident has changed her outlook on life.

The star said that it was a horrible phone call to receive, but that Johnathan handled it inspirationally before she revealed people ask if she plans to stay in a relationship with him.

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Instead, Jonathan became crushed between them as they caught on fire.

Amanda told Jay Rayner’s Out To Lunch podcast earlier this month: “He fell 30ft and lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs.

“Third-degree burns, broke his spine and severed his spinal cord and nearly died. And then on the operating table, he nearly died again.”

Amanda and the BGT star became friends after realising they were both single following their split with previous partners.

‘Still can’t believe’ Emmerdale star Ash Palmisciano pays tribute to ‘role model’ late mum | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Emmerdale’s Ash Palmisciano, 32, shared the sad news of his mum Micki’s death in a heartfelt social media post. The actor, who plays Matty Barton in the ITV soap, shared his devastation. In view of his 28,700 Instagram followers, the actor vowed to live his life like his late mother did with “hope, love and positivity”.

He shared a throwback photograph of the pair smiling, which prompted an outpouring of support for the TV star.

Ash captioned the shot: “Still can’t believe you’re not with us mum, I’m just starting everyday like you did…with a good cuppa, Hope, love and positivity!

“My biggest inspiration and role model, Miss you everyday #Micki #MyMum”

Fans and friends of the Matty Barton star rushed to the post’s comment section to send him their well-wishes.

“It’s not long before he’s charmed his way into the affections of all those who meet him.”

She added: “His tale of a man trying to shake off his past and find acceptance in the present is full of emotion, humour and ultimately hope as he settles back into rural village life, turning Moira’s world upside down in the process.”

Speaking about Ash’s addition to the cast, she continued: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Ash on board to play this role.

“A skilful actor of great talent, he exudes charisma and there’s an unflinching honesty to his performance that adds real depth to this complex character.