Katy Perry celebrates her birthday with a trip to Egypt

Updated 03 November 2019

Katy Perry celebrates her birthday with a trip to Egypt

  • The popstar touched down in Egypt with her fiancé Orlando Bloom
  • The couple partook in various tourist activities

DUBAI: Katy Perry turned 35 last week and to celebrate the occasion, the popstar touched down in Egypt with her fiancé Orlando Bloom and his mother, as well as 60 of her closest friends. The couple have been documenting their whirlwind 10-day trip in the North African nation via Instagram.

Most recently, the pair enjoyed a night time camel ride near the Pyramids of Giza. “This is living,” the “Fireworks” singer captioned the images. 

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The couple, who got engaged on Feb. 15, also partook in other tourist activities such as touring the country’s historic sites, including Luxor, Aswan and Siwa Oasis. Meanwhile, the hitmaker celebrated her actual birthday, on Oct. 25, by enjoying a dinner at a temple in Edfu, a city located to the west of the Nile River.

Perry shared a series of pictures of herself enjoying the Egyptian sunset with her fiancé. In one of the images, she is pictured posing against the backdrop of the Giza pyramids wearing a breezy, mint-colored dress and a headscarf tied around her blonde locks. 

“Ancient Egyptians believed that when you pass on your heart had to be weighed. It had to be lighter than a feather to be qualified for the trip to the afterlife,” she captioned the stunning snapshots. “My mother has called me feather since I was a little girl and I hope after all is said and done my heart is as light as one.”

In a photo posted on his own Instagram page, “Lord of the Rings” star Bloom gave a shout-out to Perry and his mother, who is also celebrating her birthday, writing: “It’s like looking out over the entire cosmos – Egyptian magic got my heart open to a download of love for my Scorpio wonder women both celebrating their birthday.”

The multi-Grammy-nominated singer’s visit to Egypt shouldn’t come as a surprise considering her well-documented fascination with the North African country. For the music video of her 2013 hit “Dark Horse,” Perry is depicted as an Egyptian pharaoh. 

The nation has attracted a plethora of famous faces in recent months, including Alicia Keys, Kourtney Kardashian and Hilary Swank, who all shared snapshots of their Egyptian vacations on social media.

Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $200,000 amid US protests

Updated 01 June 2020

Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $200,000 amid US protests

DUBAI: Protests were held across the US this week demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the other black Americans who have been victims of police brutality. Many celebrities joined in on these protests in major cities such as Los Angeles or New York, including French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, pop star Ariana Grande, model Emily Ratajkowski and rapper J. Cole. 

Meanwhile, other stars have taken to their social media platforms to demand justice and draw attention to various organizations which help low-income protesters pay bail or donation pages that directly benefit the family members of the victims. 

Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively  shared a joint statement on Instagram on Sunday night, revealing that they donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund, a civil and human rights legal organization that provides legal assistance to low-income African Americans.

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The couple, who share two children together, wrote “We've never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we're pulled over in the car. We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out. We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is."

The couple’s statement continued, “We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it… especially our own complicity.” 

Lively and Reynolds aren’t the only celebrities to donate a hefty sum amid the George Floyd protests sweeping the US. Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen pledged to donate $200,000 towards the bail-outs of protesters across the nation.