Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner caught up in Fyre Fest fallout

Bella Hadid starred in the promotional video for Fyre Festival. (Getty Images)
Updated 29 January 2019

Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner caught up in Fyre Fest fallout

DUBAI: The fallout from the ill-fated Fyre Festival of 2017 continues to unfold and now the models who starred in the promotional video for the event and posted about it on their social media accounts — including the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner — are back in the headlines.

According to US media, IMG Models, which represents models Hadid and Hailey Bieber, and DNA Model Management, which represents Emily Ratajkowski, could be forced to reveal details about the payments they received from the festival’s founder and promoter Billy McFarland after a judge issued subpoenas as part of Fyre’s bankruptcy filing.

A subpoena is also expected for model Kendall Jenner’s company, Kendall Jenner INC, as investigators try to piece together what happened to the millions of dollars paid out by McFarland in the run-up to the failed festival.

Fyre Festival’s bankruptcy trustee, Gregory Messer, filed an ex-parte order in bankruptcy court in order to examine McFarland’s dealings with the agencies and it was approved on Monday.

Officials say McFarland, who was sentenced to six years in prison in 2018, raised $26 million from investors and now a bankruptcy court is attempting to find out how the money was used.




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According to court documents seen by US news show Entertainment Tonight (ET), Messer asked that 24 parties, called “examinees,” be subpoenaed, including IMG Models, DNA Model Management, Kendall Jenner INC, United Talent Agency and others.

According to ET, the subpoenas are seeking to understand how the models and their respective agencies were paid to promote the festival on social media.

In October 2018, a federal judge gave the creator of the highly publicized Fyre Festival in the Bahamas a six-year prison term.

McFarland was sentenced in federal court in Manhattan. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald called him a “serial fraudster,” the Associated Press reported at the time.

He admitted defrauding investors of $26 million in the 2017 music festival and over $100,000 in a fraudulent ticket-selling scheme after his arrest in the festival scam.




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Buchwald said McFarland deserved a long prison term because he disrespected the criminal justice system by lying to law enforcement agents when they learned about the ticket-selling business.

Speaking in a courtroom packed with friends and family and at least one victim, McFarland apologized as family members cried behind him.

The festival has been subject of two recent documentary films, “Fyre Fraud” on Hulu and Netflix’s “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.”


Internet goes wild as Gigi Hadid claps back at YouTuber Jake Paul

The 24-year-old model is known for standing up for herself, her loved ones and issues close to her heart on social media. (File/AFP)
Updated 24 February 2020

Internet goes wild as Gigi Hadid claps back at YouTuber Jake Paul

DUBAI: Part-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid and British-Pakistani singer Zayn Malik have officially rekindled their on-again-off-again romance. Their relationship status had tongues wagging in early January and by Valentine’s Day, they were Instagram official again.

On Sunday, YouTube star Jake Paul tweeted the following about Malik, which did not make Hadid happy at all: “Almost had to clap up zane from 1 direction because he is a little guy and has an attitude and basically told me to f*** off for no reason when I was being nice to him…zane (I know) you’re reading this…stop being angry cause u came home alone to ur big a** hotel room hahaha (sic),” Paul wrote.

According to celebrity news website TMZ, Paul was in Las Vegas for the boxing match between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury II, when he happened to run into the “Pillowtalk” singer.

The YouTuber, known for playing Dirk Mann on Disney's “Bizaardvark,” wrote in a second tweet that Malik “started yelling and freaking” out and that he felt bad for “childhood stars.”

Hadid clapped back at YouTuber Jake Paul after his dig at Zayn Malik on Twitter. 

Though the former One Direction star didn’t reply to Paul’s comments, Hadid certainly did, serving up her own scalding response: “Lol cause he doesn’t care to hang (with) you and your embarrassing crew of YouTube groupies...? Home alone with his best friends like a respectful king cause he has me, sweetie. Unbothered by your irrelevant ugly a**. Go to bed... (sic).”

Hadid’s scathing response surprised everyone, none more than Jake Paul himself, who didn’t respond to the model directly, though he did delete his tweets.

Fans on Twitter were quick to praise the California-born beauty for standing up for Malik. “Gigi Hadid telling Jake Paul he’s ugly and irrelevant is EXACTLY what I needed to see on a Sunday, a true queen (sic),” wrote one user, while another simply tweeted “Gigi Hadid for president.”

The 24-year-old model is known for standing up for herself, her loved ones and issues close to her heart on social media.

Who can forget when she fought back against celebrity prankster Vitalii Sediuk who grabbed her and lifted her in the air after she left a fashion show during Milan Fashion Week in 2016?

More recently, she confronted and escorted away French YouTuber Marie Benoliel who crashed Chanel’s Spring 2020 show at Paris Fashion Week.

Not one to hold her tongue, Hadid has also been extremely vocal about issues surrounding the fashion industry, the environment, Palestine and President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, often taking to her various social media platforms to publicly voice her concerns.