Rumors swirl over Bella Hadid’s private life as model gets political

The part-Palestinian model just turned 24. Instagram
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Updated 14 October 2020

Rumors swirl over Bella Hadid’s private life as model gets political

DUBAI: Part-Palestinian model Bella Hadid is a verified headline maker — from her trips around the world to reported beaus, the catwalk star is never without a mention in the international press.

This time, US media outlets are speculating that the half-Dutch catwalk star is quietly dating actor Duke Nicholson, who is the grandson of “The Shining” actor Jack Nicholson. Neither party has confirmed — or denied — the reports, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from turning.

Hadid was previously in an on-and-off relationship with Canadian R&B crooner The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye. The former couple broke up in 2016, before reconciling in 2018. They would go on to call it quits again in August 2019 — and now, multiple outlets have speculated that Nicholson stepped in to celebrate Hadid’s birthday with her last week, just before she jetted off on a holiday.




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The California-bred model, who turned 24 last week, celebrated by rounding up a group of her closest girlfriends and jetting off to an unidentified far-flung locale via a private jet.

She documented the trip on Instagram, writing, “Oh gosh I feel just really lucky… I usually cancel any kind of big birthday celebration so this year I just wanted to take my beautiful friends on an adventure that was absolutely non-refundable.”

She wrote in another post: “Kissing and hugging every one of you from my soul to yours. Thank you for the birthday love. This year has been overwhelmingly up and down, but all around I feel so grateful to be alive.”

Hadid took some time out from her birthday celebrations to remind her American Instagram followers to vote early for the Nov. 3 presidential election, captioning a photo, “Morning. I hope you have the best day. Don’t forget to vote... it’s time (sic).”

Before that, the model took to Instagram to remind young voters of the importance of the elections, saying, “This election will be such a pivotal moment, not only for the presidential spot, but for every single branch of the government... they are all connected and you know about the domino effect. Each ‘small’ portion of what we vote for ultimately contributes to much larger decisions and outcomes.”

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

Updated 20 October 2020

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

DUBAI: To celebrate the monumental impact of K-Pop on fans around the world, Spotify delved into its listening data for some of the genre’s best-known acts. From BTS to ATEEZ, here are the five most streamed K-Pop groups across Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. 


Formed in 2013, BTS has spearheaded the K-Pop drive into the Middle East with catchy, upbeat music. The seven-member South Korean boy band recently notched up the first No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a South Korean group with their first all-English language single “Dynamite.” 


It’s not just the boys that are driving the K-Pop obsession. Seoul-based girl group Blackpink, who recently released their first Netflix documentary “BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky” on Oct. 14, are also experiencing a serious surge in streaming. Their latest release “The Album” became the #1 global album on Spotify during the week of launch. 


Beside Blackpink, Twice have also established themselves in the region. This is a big month for the nine-member girl group: Oct. 20 marks five years since they hit the scene in 2015, and on Oct. 26 they are releasing their second full-length Korean album “Eyes Wide Open.”

Stray Kids 

The fourth most streamed act in the Middle East is Stray Kids. The group consists of eight male members, who are currently preparing for their Nov. 22 virtual concert on Beyond Live, the online performance platform. Their most famous hits are “Grow Up,” “Voices” and “Side Effects.” 


ATEEZ is one of the most recent K-Pop acts. Formed in October 2018, the eight-member group has already made it to the region’s top five most streamed K-Pop bands. Not just that, but as of September 2020, the group has released five Korean-language EPs, one full-length album and two Japanese albums.