The Weeknd gets candid on Bella Hadid’s birthday

Bella Hadid and The Weeknd have had an on-again-off-again relationship. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 09 October 2018
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The Weeknd gets candid on Bella Hadid’s birthday

DUBAI: Bella Hadid celebrated her 22nd birthday on Tuesday and her on-again-off-again boyfriend, The Weeknd, was quick to celebrate with a series of intimate photos posted on Instagram.

“Happy birthday, angel,” the singer, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, captioned a string of PDA-heavy photos, including a short video of the loved-up pair.

We can’t help but hope that this declaration of love means the US-Palestinian model will join her pop star beau as he performs at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November, but that remains to be seen.

The couple recently rekindled their much-reported-on romance after splitting in November 2016, after which The Weeknd reportedly had short-term relationship with fellow pop superstar Selena Gomez.

However, fast-forward to 2018 and the couple seem to be back on track and have been spotted together around the world.

Hadid’s year has been a whirlwind in her love life and career — she just nabbed the cover of Harper Bazaar Arabia’s October issue in the second time the model has posed for the title.

Hadid unveiled the two cover photos on her Instagram page a last week. The photos were shot in Rome by acclaimed photographer Mariano Vivanco and saw Hadid channel various looks.

“Portraying both an Italian diva and an Arabian princess, I feel I have to capture the strength and vibrant internal beauty of both kinds of woman,” Hadid told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.

In one of her looks, Hadid boasts an exquisite bun by hair stylist Joey George. The three-tiered bun is paired with a strapless Oscar de la Renta gown and Bulgari jewelry. In the other cover photo, Hadid wears a beautiful emerald-colored coat and finishes it off with green Bulgari jewels.

Just last month, Hadid was on the cover of Pop magazine’s September issue. That magazine spread saw Hadid posing inside a see-through box on a pedestal while viewers examine her as though is an exhibit at a museum.

The series, called “Goldfish Bella,” was partly shot by Stevie Dance, a New York-based fashion stylist, designer and director, who got behind the camera for the cover images. Pop is a British fashion magazine that was co-founded in 2000 by Ashley Heath and editor Katie Grand. Speaking about the photoshoot, Heath revealed the theme was a play on the star’s “fame and celebrity life,” according to the Daily Mail.


Gigi Hadid hits back at paparazzi ‘stalking’ as photographer threatens legal action

Updated 21 October 2018
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Gigi Hadid hits back at paparazzi ‘stalking’ as photographer threatens legal action

DUBAI: US-Palestinian celebrity model Gigi Hadid is hitting back at a paparazzo who she says threatened her with legal action over a photo she posted on Instagram.

The model took to the social media platform over the weekend to reveal that she is being “legally pursued” for reposting a street style photo taken by a paparazzo, a snap which she has since removed from her social media feed.

“The photo is by a paparazzi and is of me on the street outside an event last week,” the 23-year-old told her 43.8 million followers. “I posed/smiled for the photo because I understand that this is part of my job,” Hadid wrote.
“These people make money off us every day, legally stalking us day in, day out,” she continued.
“It is not spoken about enough the mental/emotional toll that this kind of pressure has on people, days I (and countless others) have stayed inside because I don’t want my photo taken or to have that attention/suffocation while just trying to live as normally as possible,” the model added.

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Hadid went on to reveal the dangerous position some paparazzi put celebrities in on a daily basis.
“They drive dangerously close and extremely recklessly; they put the general public in danger in pursuit of a photo (I and many people I know have gotten in car accidents in cabs/car services because of paparazzi) and it seems that they can never get enough,” she wrote.
In the post, Hadid wrote that she found the uncredited image on Twitter and reposted in on Instagram, adding that she “had no way of knowing which of the 15+ photographers outside that day took these exact photos.
“If the person had just commented on my photo I would have been happy to tag and give you credit,” she added.
“To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job. But there is a line. We are human beings, and sometimes it takes a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences.”
Hadid’s statement garnered support from celebrities and models alike, with reality star Khloe Kardashian sharing her own experience in the comments section.

“I was sued for hundreds of thousands for posting a picture of myself. I don’t understand how it’s right that they literally stalk us and taunt us and they are allowed to sue us for posting our own photo,” she wrote.

Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowksi Candice Swanepoel and Olivia Culpo also left messages of support on the Instagram post, which had more than one million likes as of Sunday afternoon.