The stars are out in force tonight for Ariana Grande's defiant One Love Manchester benefit concert. The likes of Little Mix, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Take That are joining Ariana on stage at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground to help raise money for victims of the terror attack at her Manchester Arena concert on May 22. Organisers hope to raise at least £2m toward the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. All the artists are performing for free while concert promoter Live Nation has underwritten the cost of the event. 'Broken' Ariana suspended her tour and returned home to the US to be comforted by her loved ones after 22 people were killed and 120 more were injured when a suicide bomber targeted crowds leaving her gig. But tonight, a host of stars are standing together with the people of Manchester in what's set to be an unforgettable evening. But what's going on backstage? Ariana took to the stage earlier to sound check ahead of the gig. Dressed in a white jumper, jeans and … [Read more...] about Stars get ready for One Love Manchester gig as Ariana Grande does soundcheck and Perrie Edwards gets glammed up
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FURIOUS Karim Benzema has demanded France let him play for another national team after being snubbed from the latest squad. French FA president Noel Le Graet yesterday claimed the in-form Real Madrid striker would never represent his country again. Benzema, 31, has been blacklisted from the squad after he was charged with conspiracy to blackmail French team-mate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape. Hitting back at Le Graet, Benzema tweeted: "Noel I thought you were not interfering in the decisions of the coach! "Know that it is me and I alone that would put an end to my international career. "If you think I'm finished, let me play for one of the countries for which I'm eligible and we'll see."Benzema was born to Algerian parents and in 2006 turned down the chance to represent the African nation. But he has performed a U-turn having missed out on the 2016 Euros and 2018 World Cup with France. Fifa rules mean it would be extremely difficult for the former Lyon star to play for another … [Read more...] about Benzema demands France let him play for another national team he is ‘eligible for’ after Les Bleus snub
There has been much whining in the run-up to the release of this latest Bond outing – from the strangulated cry of Sam Smith’s wailing theme tune (and the reaction it provoked) to the sound of leading man Daniel Craig complaining that he would rather slash his wrists than play 007 again. After the high-water mark of Skyfall (my joint-favourite Bond movie with On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), there was a very real fear that director Sam Mendes’s second 007 adventure may go the misbegotten way of Quantum of Solace. Terrific to report, then, that while Spectre may not be the equal of its immediate predecessor, it’s still bang on target in delivering what an audience wants from this seemingly indestructible franchise: globetrotting locations (London, Rome, Tangier), spectacular stunts, impossible intrigue, inconceivable costume changes, laugh-out-loud zingers (most of them delivered by Ben Whishaw’s scene-stealing Q) and a plot that is at once utterly … [Read more...] about Spectre review – another stellar outing for Bond
RAFAEL Nadal's new wife Xisca Perello has shunned the media limelight over the years despite dating one of the most famous sportsmen in the world. But what is Xisca's background and what's she said about her reluctant fame? Here is all we know on the beauty as her partner attempts to lift a maiden ATP Tour Finals trophy. Who is Xisca Perello and how old is she? Xisca Perello - born Maria Francisca Perello - is a 31-year-old insurance worker and business graduate. She serves as project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the charity which Nadal launched almost ten years ago. The pair reportedly started dating in 2005 despite having known each other for a number of years before. When did they get married? Having dated for 14 years, it was a case of 'finally' when they tied the knot.They announced their engagement in January 2019, before getting married the following October. The couple said their vows in front of around 350 guests at the La Fortaleza castle in Majorca, the island of … [Read more...] about Who is Rafael Nadal’s wife Xisca Perello, when did ATP Finals tennis ace marry her, and do they have children?
Eddie Jones looked pretty pleased with life as England got out of the path of Japan’s super typhoon and headed for a weekend at the seaside. Not so fast, Eddie. Having the France game cancelled does indeed mean England win Pool C and get a fortnight between games to get fresh for a quarter-final against opponents with half the preparation time. So why does it leave me feeling uneasy? Because I personally think England needed another game. They had the perfect match schedule coming in, with degree of difficulty increasing week on week leading into the knockout rounds. But Tomás Lavanini was sent off after 18 minutes for Argentina and that changed everything. All of a sudden what promised to be a real step-up on the Tonga and USA games became a formality. Argentina, reduced to 14 men, all but disappeared. To then lose Le Crunch to Typhoon Hagibis today was to remove a second stepping stone and leave England needing to jump from pummelling the 14-man Pumas to a World Cup … [Read more...] about Paul Grayson column: Why missing French Test could come back to bite England