XXXTentacion's girlfriend is pregnant

XXXTentacion's girlfriend is pregnant

XXXTentacion was expecting a baby with his girlfriend when he was murdered, the star’s mother has confirmed.

“He left us a final gift,” Cleopatra Bernard wrote on Instagram, next to an ultrasound picture of the unborn child.

The news was later confirmed on the rapper’s personal account, with the message: “May the new baby know his father was a legend.”

XXXTentacion, real name Jahseh Onfroy, was shot outside a motorcycle showroom on Monday and died later in hospital.

Authorities said the rapper was ambushed by two suspects in an apparent robbery attempt.

A suspect, named as Dedrick Devonshay Williams, was arrested on Thursday and faces a charge of first-degree murder.

“Homicide detectives are seeking additional suspects,” said Broward County Sheriff’s Office. “The investigation continues.”

XXXTentacion’s lawyer, J David Bogenschutz, told People magazine his family “will be much calmer as soon as it is confirmed that all of the suspected participants are in custody”.

The musician was one of the fastest-rising artists in the US, after breaking out with the bratty, distorted song Look At Me! in early 2017.

But at the same time as his career took off, the musician was in jail, after being arrested on charges including aggravated battery of a pregnant victim and false imprisonment.

He was awaiting trial on those charges at the time of his murder.

The identity of his unborn child’s mother is not known, but it is not thought to be Geneva Ayala – who filed the original charges against him.

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Sophie Gradon: ITV2 leads tributes to ex-Love Island star

Sophie Gradon: ITV2 leads tributes to ex-Love Island star

ITV2 has led tributes to former Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon who has died at the age of 32.

Gradon, who was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009, was found dead at her home on Wednesday. Police are not treating her death as suspicious.

A short on-screen tribute was aired before Thursday’s episode of Love Island with a photo and the words: “In loving memory of Sophie Gradon.”

Many viewers welcomed the “beautiful” tribute to the reality star.

“That little tribute to Sophie broke my heart,” one person wrote on Twitter, while another said: “Why am I crying at the 1 second tribute to Sophie Gradon on Love Island tonight.”

But others criticised the show’s producers with one person saying it was “pretty poor” and “hardly a tribute”, while another called it too brief.

Gradon, who appeared on the 2016 series of the ITV2 dating show, was also a former winner of Miss Newcastle.

Her boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, wrote on Facebook: “I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always.”

Love Island presenter Caroline Flack said the news was “so very sad”.

The makers of the programme, which recently began its latest series, also expressed condolences on Twitter.

In a statement, Northumbria Police said: “At about 8.27pm yesterday (20 June) police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased.

“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.”

Gradon has previously spoken about her struggle with depression and anxiety.

In August 2016, she responding to a question on Twitter about whether she would recommend applying for Love Island, saying: “Not if you suffer from anxiety or depression. It’s a VERY testing environment.”

A few months later she also tweeted: “Feel so guilty when my anxiety takes over, for not wanting to see or speak to anyone.

“Some days I get so overwhelmed I just want to nap.”

And in September last year she said she was “battling a little bit of depression”, adding she had tried hypnotherapy and meditation.

Gradon’s fellow Love Island contestant in 2016, Malin Andersson, has said reality TV stars need to receive more care after leaving shows.

She described Gradon as having an infectious smile and was “always so upbeat and so happy” on the show – but added there is a “downside to reality TV and fame” that people don’t see.

Olivia Buckland, who appeared with Gradon on Love Island, described Gradon as a “beautiful beautiful woman” with a “one in a million” smile. She added: “The world failed you.”

Alex Bowen, a contestant on the 2016 series, said she was “a beautiful person with a beautiful soul”, while Kady McDermott, another 2016 participant, said she was “absolutely heartbroken“.

Cara de la Hoyde, who won the 2016 series with Nathan Massey, said her “heart [was] broken” as well, while Amber Davies, winner of the 2017 series, said she was “absolutely in shock“.

Other reality TV stars have also paid tribute, with Mario Falcone from The Only Way is Essex saying he was left “speechless” by the news.

Calum Best, who starred in the original Celebrity Love Island show set in Fiji in 2005, tweeted: “How sad, what a good woman and friend.”

The organisers of the Miss Great Britain contest said they were “sending all our love” to Gradon’s family.

Gradon coupled up with Thomas Powell in the Love Island villa and went on to have a relationship with Katie Salmon.

In a lengthy message on Twitter, Salmon said her “smile will be remembered forever”.

She added: “I urge everyone to be kind to every person they meet and speak with on social media and in person… you really don’t know the battles they go through every single day.”

Gradon, who had more than 400,000 followers on Instagram, took part in a talk earlier this year about the impact of social media on children. Psychologist Emma Kenny, who took part in the same event, described her as an “utterly lovely woman”.

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Home and Away's Orpheus Pledger helped stop street attack

Home and Away's Orpheus Pledger helped stop street attack

Home and Away actor Orpheus Pledger has described how he intervened to help a woman who was being attacked on an Australian street.

The 25-year-old, who plays Mason Morgan in the Australian soap, said he had spotted the woman apparently being followed by a man in Sydney last year.

When the woman was approached and thrown to the ground, Pledger grabbed the attacker and helped restrain him.

The man, 28, was convicted of assault this week, Australian media reported.

Pledger said he had noticed a “suspicious character” emerge from an alleyway during a walk at night.

“I instantly drew my attention to this person – my instinct told me something was wrong,” said Pledger, who gave evidence to a court in April.

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported that Pledger could not speak publicly about the case, an attempted robbery, until it had concluded.

The actor’s account comes amid intense discussion in Australia about violence in public places following the high-profile killing of a young comedian in Melbourne.

‘Call the police’

Pledger said he had acted after seeing the man run up behind the woman and throw her to the ground.

“In that moment my instincts kicked in and I ran up and was screaming, ‘stop stop stop’,” he told the BBC.

“I pulled him off her and was holding him back physically while yelling out for someone to call the police.”

He said nearby residents had alerted authorities and helped restrain the man until police arrived.

The attacker could face up to 20 years in jail, the Daily Telegraph said. Pledger said the victim was “ok”, but could not give further details.

“Violence towards anyone should never be tolerated,” the actor said.

The killing of comedian Eurydice Dixon, whose body was found in a Melbourne park last week, has prompted a wide-ranging discussion in Australia about bettering public safety.

While police have welcomed many ideas, they have also repeated cautions about the public intervening in potentially dangerous situations.

Kim Kardashian defends wearing hair in braids: 'I'm not tone deaf'

Kim Kardashian defends wearing hair in braids: 'I'm not tone deaf'

Kim Kardashian West has defended wearing her hair in braids saying she’s “not tone deaf”.

The reality TV star said she chose the style because her daughter North asked her to.

The 37-year-old wore her hair in Fulani braids at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Saturday.

She faced some backlash on social media with one Twitter user writing: “You’ve literally become the face of cultural appropriation in America.”

Cultural appropriation is broadly defined as the adoption of elements of a minority culture – typically by members of a dominant culture.

In an interview with lifestyle website Bustle, Kim explained the reason for the hair style.

She said: “I actually did that look because North said she wanted braids and asked if I would do them with her.

“So we braided her hair and then we braided my hair.”

It’s not the first time she has faced controversy for wearing her hair in braids.

In January she posted a photo on Instagram showing her wearing the hairstyle along with the caption “Bo West”.

She was referring to the actress Bo Derek who wore similar looking braids in the 1979 film 10.

Fulani braids can be traced back to the Fulani ethnic group in West Africa – which Kim insisted she knew.

She said: “I remember the backlash when I had the blonde hair and that I called them ‘Bo Derek braids’.

“But I obviously know they’re called Fulani braids and I know the origin of where they came from and I’m totally respectful of that.

“I’m not tone deaf to where I don’t get it. I do get it.”

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Roseanne spinoff The Conners ordered – without Roseanne

Roseanne spinoff The Conners ordered - without Roseanne

ABC has ordered a spinoff to comedy series Roseanne, without the involvement of its creator and namesake, Roseanne Barr.

The original writers, producers and cast members will appear in the new show, given the working title The Conners.

Ms Barr will not receive any payment for the series, ABC said.

The network cancelled Roseanne in May, immediately after Ms Barr posted a racist tweet.

Later blaming sedative pill Ambien for her words, the comedian likened a former aide to President Barack Obama to an ape.

A vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, Ms Barr received support from the White House in the ensuing scandal.

The Conners will start in the autumn and is expected to have Roseanne’s daughter Darlene, played by Sara Gilbert, as the main protagonist.

Aside from Ms Gilbert, core cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman will also star in the 10-episode season.

In a joint statement the five said their characters “not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience,

“We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”

For her part, Ms Barr expressed “regret” for her removal, saying in a statement she agreed to a settlement with ABC “in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved” and wished the best for all involved.

Great Exhibition of the North artists on 'freedom, cheap rent and community'

Great Exhibition of the North artists on 'freedom, cheap rent and community'

The north of England has always been a place of big imaginations and ingenuity. That pedigree is being celebrated with The Great Exhibition of the North, an 80-day festival of art, design and innovation that is billed as “the country’s biggest event in 2018”.

It begins in Newcastle and Gateshead on Friday, and visitors can see objects like Robert Stephenson’s Rocket, John Lennon’s piano and Helen Sharman’s space suit.

As well as items that have shaped our past, there will be the chance to examine ideas and technologies that might shape our future, and the work of artists who are based in the north today.

Here, three artists talk about how the north feeds their work, and what it means to them.

Great Exhibition of the North artists on 'freedom, cheap rent and community'

Frances Disley

“There’s a lot of freedom,” Liverpool-based Disley says when asked why the north is a good place to make art.

She spent seven years in London, but a city like Liverpool doesn’t have the fixed pecking orders and expectations of the capital’s art establishment. What it does have is a go-ahead ethos, she says.

“Nobody turns their nose up if somebody says, ‘OK I’m sick of nothing happening – I’m going to set up a gallery and do something’ or ‘I’ve not been busy for a while – I’m going to put a show on’. Lots of DIY things can happen.”

Disley is showing two “activated” paintings (which come to life when a performer appears as part of the work) at the Baltic 39 gallery as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

The cheaper cost of living in Liverpool, compared with London, gives artists more security and makes it easier to focus on their work. “You’re not having to work six jobs and it’s not exhausting,” she says.

Despite that, many graduates decide to move on to brighter lights – but there is “a really supportive community”.

“I think that feeds into the work because you’re not necessarily afraid of somebody being really critical, so there’s some room to make some awful things and play without being scrutinised 100%. That blank canvas is really useful.”

Harry Meadley

The north has “this weird dual state of feeling both superior and inferior”, according to Leeds-based Meadley.

“You have this sense that northerners do feel like we are ‘better than’, and we shouldn’t have to play into the rules as set by what’s perceived as a London-based establishment.

“But all that stuff no-one really cares about. It’s very internalised and does hold a lot of people back and in different ways had held me back at times, all of which is ultimately unhelpful.”

The 30-year-old lived in the capital for two years before moving back to Leeds and has decided that the art scene in the north is on an equal footing.

“What I had to do was see the north of England as a whole as an equivalent to London,” he says. “It’s an hour or two to get around from one part to another – it’s exactly the same.

“If you view the entire area of the north of England, it is an equivalent in terms of the number of institutions, the number of opportunities and the number of people doing things – it’s just slightly more stretched out.”

At Baltic 39, Meadley is showing a video work – a fly-on-the wall look at another project he’s doing, which is an attempt to exhibit Rochdale Council’s entire fine art collection.

The cheaper costs mean artists can be more experimental outside the capital, he says. “There’s no way I could be in the position I am now and working the way I am now in London,” he says. “If you fit into an easier commercial [art] model, then maybe it’s possible – but even then for most that’s not a reality.”

Becky Peach

Between two pawn shops on Gateshead High Street, in the window of a shop that was once home to Woolworths and Poundland, Becky Peach is putting the finishing touches to her contribution to The Great Exhibition of the North.

The shop has been taken over by The Newbridge Project, which was set up in 2010 to support and exhibit emerging artists, and Peach’s installation has taken inspiration from the local surroundings.

“I’m interested in little snippets of shapes of textures around the area that we may be not quite so aware of,” the 28-year-old says. “I tend to blow them up or distort them.”

So she has made wallpaper using double yellow lines from the streets outside, the “o” from the Woolworths logo, images of brickwork and Perspex and window frames, all twisted and reshaped.

“Part of it is to do with the fact we’ve become so immersed in technology you can really miss out on a lot of your surroundings,” she says.

Peach is based in Liverpool and is director of The Royal Standard, a studio and gallery complex in the city.

“It’s just got such a do it yourself attitude,” she says. “If things don’t exist there then people make them happen. And it’s a really affordable place to be working as an artist. My rent’s really cheap and I’ve been able to keep practising since uni for those reasons.”

What is the Great Exhibition of the North?

  • It’s lots of hands-on events, performances and exhibitions in venues and on the streets of Newcastle and Gateshead
  • Organisers hope it will be seen by three million people – including visitors and “virtual audiences”
  • It was dreamed up by former Chancellor George Osborne in 2014 as part of his Northern Powerhouse plans
  • It harks back to historic events like the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, which attracted six million people, and the 1929 North East Coast Exhibition
  • Mr Osborne pledged £20m – £5m for the festival itself and £15m for culture around the north of England
  • But artist Frank Styles, who’s spray-painted a huge mural for the event, said “artwashing” government policies were harming the region
  • There was also a controversy when artists threatened to pull out when they discovered it was sponsored by defence giant BAE Systems (BAE ended up pulling out instead)
  • It runs until 9 September

Other Great Exhibition highlights

  • Friday’s opening event will feature poet Lemn Sissay, indie band Maximo Park and a giant fountain on the River Tyne
  • BBC 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne will curate a series of concerts featuring northern musicians at Sage Gateshead
  • As well as Robert Stephenson’s actual Rocket, at the Discovery Museum on loan from the Science Museum, there will be a virtual reality experience recreating the early steam age
  • Artist Lubaina Himid, who won the Turner Prize in 2017, has an exhibition inspired by the colourful east African kanga fabric at the Baltic gallery
  • Opera North will take people on a musical journey along the banks of the River Tyne using songs and stories in Aeons
  • The Great North Museum will have artefacts and innovation from figures in the north’s history of creativity and innovation, ranging from John Lennon to Postman Pat
  • Three walking routes will link the galleries and museums – the Innovation Trail, the Art Trail and the Design Trail