18TH FEBRUARY

We rundown the top 5 news stories of the week!

From the hostless 91st Oscars, to the death of Chanel fashion designer, Karl Lagerfield, this was the week that was the 18th February...

5. Smollett Charged

Empire Actor, Jussie Smollett was charged over allegedly staging the hate crime which prompted international support from fellow celebrities, Senators and political commentators.

Chicago Superintendent, Eddie Johnson, delivered a scathing attack on Smollett’s actions, stating that he didn’t understand why anyone would wish to use the image of a noose, due to its serious connotations to racist attacks.

The actor, has maintained his innocence, and his attorneys released a statement on Smollett’s behalf. “Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”

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4. Tony Got A Flypast

Tony Foulds finally got his much-deserved flypast last week. For seventy-five-years, Tony has maintained a memorial to the ten men who saved his life, after their plane crashed in woodland in Sheffield.

Thanks to Dan Walker, presenter from BBC Breakfast, Tony finally received an emotional and moving flypast at the place where the plane originally crashed. Welling up with tears, thousands of well-wishers came to support Tony and watch the amazing display.

To read our full article on Tony’s story and the emotional flypast, click here!

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3. BRIT Awards

The British music industry had their biggest night of the calendar last week, as Jack Whitehall hosted the annual BRIT Awards.

The show was opened by Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman, who performed a medley of hits from his hit movie, The Greatest Showman. Others who performed were Jess Glynn, whose empowering performance saw her sitting in front of a desk removing her make-up.

The notoriously controversial awards was mild in comparison to past ceremonies, and for many lacking in shocking moments.

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2. Karl Lagerfield Dies

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfield died at the age of 85. The iconic ‘saviour’ of fashion house Chanel, reportedly passed away due to cancer.

Lagerfield was a divisive character in the fashion industry and further afield due to his many scathing comments. Famously criticising Princess Diana as ‘pretty but stupid’ and singer Adele as ‘fat’ caused a backlash against the designer.

Despite this many fashion elites, including Anna Wintour, Kendall Jenner and many more took to social media to send their respects to Lagerfield’s estate.

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1. OSCARS 2019

It is the biggest night in Hollywood and this year there was no host. The Oscars opened with a stunning medley of rock band, Queen’s biggest hits. Sang by Adam Lambert, the rock icons brought the house down!

One performance that set pulses racing for an altogether different reason was Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Their performance of the hit song ‘Shallows’ from the movie A Star Is Born set Twitter alight, with many fans stating the steamy duet was more than a simple performance.

But the night also had its many winners including Brit favourite, Olivia Colman who won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in ‘The Favourite’. Her brilliant speech captured the hearts of Hollywood and beyond, with many stating it was the best in decades!

To read about more moments from this year’s Oscars, click here!

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