British singer Dua Lipa moves to US to be closer to partner Anwar Hadid

Lipa and Hadid celebrated their one-year anniversary in June. Instagram
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Updated 14 August 2020

British singer Dua Lipa moves to US to be closer to partner Anwar Hadid

DUBAI: British-Albanian hitmaker Dua Lipa has reportedly moved to Los Angeles to be closer to her partner part-Palestinian musician and model Anwar Hadid despite restrictions on travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

The “Physical” singer and the younger brother of Gigi Hadid spent three months in self-isolation together in London, before jetting off to St. Lucia for holiday. 

A source told British tabloid, The Sun: “It was difficult to get to the US in the first place and she knows it's not going to be easy going back and forth because she would have to quarantine for weeks on end.”

The source added: “Being in the US right now is great for pushing her career there too, especially with new music coming out. Dua's making their new place nice and homely and she has just got a puppy called Dexter with Anwar because they see their future in LA.”

According to the tabloid, Lipa purchased property near Hadid’s famous family in Beverly Hills. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

our tiny bestfriend Dexter!!! thank you @thelabellefoundation HE’S PERFECT

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It appears that the couple’s relationship is getting more serious. Last week, they adopted a puppy together from a Los Angeles-based animal rescue shelter, who they named Dexter.

The Grammy Award winning artist introduced the puppy to her 49.6 million Instagram followers, sharing several photos of their new "tiny best friend" snuggling up to the couple.

The 24-year-old singer and 21-year-old Hadid began dating in 2019 and celebrated their one-year anniversary this June. 

Lipa and Hadid were first rumored to be a couple when they were spotted at a concert in Hyde Park, London, in July 2019 — and later made their red carpet debut at the American Music Awards.

The couple has enjoyed spending time together due to the pandemic. In an interview with “Good Morning Britian,” Lipa revealed: “Both my boyfriend and I are quite used to making anywhere a home. We travel a lot, so this is fine. It’s been really, really good. We’re good at doing our things, then coming together when we want to watch a movie or play a game or do some painting or go on our daily walk.”


Lebanese teen Nour Ardakani is global pop group Now United’s first Arab member

Updated 21 September 2020

Lebanese teen Nour Ardakani is global pop group Now United’s first Arab member

DUBAI: The search for global music group Now United’s newest member is finally over. Enter Nour Ardakani, the 18-year-old singer from Lebanon, who is set to become the band’s 16th member – and first Arab – after an extensive, months-long search for talent across the Middle East and North Africa.

Ardakani was hand-picked by Simon Fuller, the man who founded popular British girl band The Spice Girls and created “American Idol.”

“I think you are absolutely wonderful, and I think you would be perfect to join the group. And I would like to invite you to be the next member of Now United,” Fuller told the singer and dancer in a video call.

“Seriously, it’s me? You picked me?” asked Ardakani, to which Fuller replied: “You got it.”

The singer, who currently resides in Beirut with her family, joins fellow group for the band’s latest single “Feel It Now.”

Founded in 2017, the multinational music group announced in November last year that they were looking for a new member from the MENA region.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Out of thousands of hopefuls in the Middle East and North Africa, 13 were shortlisted and invited to participate in a virtual audition last week in front of Fuller. Eventually, it came down to Ardakani and a 15-year-old Emirati singer, Alya Al-Ali.

Fuller picked Ardakani after hearing her recording of Now United’s song “Habibi.”