Back injury forces Simon Cowell off ‘America’s Got Talent’

He will be absent when NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” kicks off its run of live shows beginning Tuesday and Wednesday. (AFP)
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Updated 10 August 2020

Back injury forces Simon Cowell off ‘America’s Got Talent’

MALIBU: Simon Cowell will miss the season’s start of “America’s Got Talent” live shows because of a back injury requiring surgery.

Cowell broke his back this week while testing his new electric bicycle at his home in California and was to undergo surgery that evening, according to a spokesperson for the entertainment mogul.

He will be absent when NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” kicks off its run of live shows beginning Tuesday and Wednesday, the network said on Sunday.

Cowell, who fell off the bike while in the courtyard with his family at his house in Malibu, created the talent show and serves as a judge. The show’s other judges are Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara, with Terry Crews as host.

He has also been a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent,” “The X Factor” and “American Idol.”


Bella Hadid donates designer clothing for a good cause

Updated 28 September 2020

Bella Hadid donates designer clothing for a good cause

DUBAI: If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on Bella Hadid’s ultra-luxe wardrobe featuring brands like Dior, Off-White and Vivienne Westwood, you may just have a chance. The part-Palestinian model this week decided to take part in the Sidewalk Sale for Social Justice in Brooklyn by donating a slew of her own clothing items to the sale, and it’s all for a good cause.

The Sidewalk Sale for Social Justice, which took place on Sunday, benefits a variety of causes such as the Black Lives Matter movement, which Hadid has been quite outspoken in her support of. 

The Palestinian-Dutch model documented the charitable event via her Instagram Stories, and showcased the “lil rack of stuff” she had for sale, which included plenty of designer items.

“I’ve got a lil rack of stuff!! curated by my sis @haleywollens ! But also so many great vendors !!! 100% of proceeds going to @abundantbeginnings @brooklyn_supported_agriculture! Thank you @sorrymydude for this (sic),” she wrote alongside a photo of herself laying among the donated pieces of clothing.

The Sidewalk Sale for Social Justice coordinators were thrilled with Hadid’s charitable contributions, and reposted her donated items on their Instagram Stories.

“This week we have donations from the best dressed baby doll @bellahadid,” said one of the posts.

It’s not the first time the model cleans out her closet for a humanitarian cause. In June, the 23-year-old donated a pair of paint-splattered Miu Miu boots for British Vogue’s online auction in aid of organizations  NHS Charities Together and the NAACP.