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Johnny Depp’s Confirmed ‘star’ Cameo in Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Fashion Show Sparks Backlash



The actor is set to make a pre-filmed appearance at Rihanna’s upcoming fashion show (Picture: AP/Getty)

The news that Rihanna has tapped Johnny Depp to appear in her Savage x Fenty fashion show next week as a special guest has sparked backlash among fans online.

The Umbrella chart-topper’s fourth fashion presentation, which will air on Amazon Prime Video on November 9, is to star models such as Cara Delevingne and Irina Shayk strutting along the runway wearing her latest lingerie collections. 

There will also be musical performances from Anitta and Burna Boy, and understands that Johnny Depp will be taking part as one of the show’s ‘star’ moments.

While his inclusion won’t see him on the runway in any capacity, he is following in the footsteps of previous cameos made by the likes of Cindy Crawford and Erykah Badu.

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny, 59, will also be the first man in the history of Savage x Fenty to take on the role. 

However, as the news spread to social media, the reactions were thick and fast – and rather mixed, in light of his controversial libel trial against ex-wife Amber Heard over the summer. 

He is the first man to make a ‘star’ cameo role, like Cindy Crawford has done in the past (Picture: Noam Galai/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Irina Shayk modelling in the show, filmed on Wednesday to be broadcast next week (Picture: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 4 presented by Prime Video)

‘Savage x Fenty is already a flop – adding Johnny Depp to the mix is just another example of how out of touch Rihanna actually is,’ tweeted one fan.

Another lamented: ‘Rihanna can’t be serious? With all these beautiful and unproblematic men in Hollywood, and Johnny Depp is the one that appeals to you the most?’

‘I love Rihanna obviously but, if this is true, it’s the second instance in a matter of months where Johnny Depp has been a “surprise” during a large-scale production,’ commented a third fan, referencing Johnny’s Moonman cameo at the 2022 VMAs.

‘It’s slimy behavior imo [sic] – if you’re going to support him, at least be upfront about it.’

Several Rihanna fans were unhappy with the singer and entrepreneur’s decision to invite Johnny to participate (Picture: Amy Sussman/WireImage)

Aylah Williams and Lara Stone during Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 4 presented by Prime Video in Simi Valley, California (Picture: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 4 presented by Prime Video)

Others remarked on the ‘dizzying’ speed with which Hollywood was keen to ‘rehabilitate’ the star, while one stated: ‘Rihanna including Johnny Depp in her fashion show is when I get off that fan train.’

Singer ad actor Olly Alexander communicated his disappointment with the decision by sharing the news with a sad face, emphasised by many sad-mouth brackets.

After a fan then said that he wore the brand ‘so well’, the Years & Years star added: ‘thank you but after this news i won’t be wearing it anymore [sic].’

However, many were also pleased to see the actor and musician be given the opportunity.

‘Rihanna supporting Johnny Depp and honouring his career is what I like to see,’ declared one.

Another added: ‘I’m feeling so passionate about Johnny Depp and his rise from the ashes today. I’m just so proud of him. Sold out shows, a bunch of other successes, and today this new thing with Rihanna.’

thank you but after this news i won’t be wearing it anymore

— olly alexander (@alexander_olly) November 3, 2022

Savage x Fenty is already a flop adding Johnny Depp to the mix is just another example of how out of touch Rihanna actually is

— Chrysanthemum (@blupeoni) November 3, 2022

rihanna can’t be serious? with all these beautiful and unproblematic men in hollywood, and johnny depp is the one that appeals to you the most?

— Kat (@feneptune_) November 3, 2022

if a pic of johnny depp in lingerie ever gets through my vision I’ll need rihanna to compensate me with 2 billion dollars

— ggedon (@swisleys) November 3, 2022

I’m feeling so passionate about Johnny Depp and his rise from the ashes today. I’m just so proud of him. Sold out shows, a bunch of other successes, and today this new thing with Rihanna. 🏴‍☠️

— 🏴‍☠️🔮Lily Magick🕯🏴‍☠️ (@JDisALegend2022) November 3, 2022

🙌🙌 yaaasss #Rihanna #JohnnyDepp

— Stacey Skirving 🤖🏴‍☠️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@skirving_stacey) November 3, 2022

Johnny’s already-filmed segment for the fashion show has been described as ‘cool and chic’ while honouring all aspects of his artistry such as acting, modelling and music, according to TMZ.

It was also Rihanna, 34, and her team who were said to have reached out to Johnny to extend the invitation to take part, and he was thrilled to say yes.

The Edward Scissorhands actor was embroiled in legal drama earlier this year when he sued ex-wife Amber, claiming she defamed him with an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018 describing her experience with domestic abuse.

While he wasn’t named in the piece, the actor’s legal team argued it suggested he was the partner who was physically and emotionally abusive towards her. 

The couple were married for a year, with their marriage coming to an end in 2016. 

Johnny has barely stopped since his legal victory in the summer (Picture: Venla Shalin/Redferns)

After a six-week trial, a jury found in June that Amber did defame Johnny and both sides were awarded various damages. 

Since his victory, Johnny has been busy, embarking on a tour with Jeff Beck over the summer and releasing an album with the musician, while he’s set to also reunite with his own band Hollywood Vampires next year. 

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He has also finished filming scenes for the period drama Jeanne du Barry. has contacted reps for Rihanna, Johnny Depp, Savage x Fenty and Amazon Studios for comment.

Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Vol 4 airs on Amazon Prime Video on November 9.

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France Hopes to Replace Notre-Dame’s Spire by the End of 2023



Notre-Dame cathedral, badly damaged by fire in 2019, should reopen by the end of 2024, according to France’s Culture Ministry – too late for the Paris Olympics. The cathedral’s distrinctive spire should nonetheless be back in place by the end of this year.

While the culture ministry, which is responsible for the cathedral’s structure, says reconstruction work is progressing “at a good pace”, the cathedral will no

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LGBT+ History Month in London: 8 Events in the Capital in February 2023



There are plenty of great LGBT+ events going on in the capital this month (Picture: Getty)

February is LGBT+ history month and there are so many ways to commemorate the occasion in London.

From LGBT+ history walking tours, to drag events and pub quizzes, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

This year’s theme is #BehindtheLens and celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens so there are also plenty of film related events taking place across the capital.

Here’s our round up of the best events the month has to offer.

LGBT+ history walking tours

London With A Local is carrying out a number of free LGBTQ+ history tours in the capital across February.

Expert tour guides will give you an insight into everything from how the queer influence of the Roman’s shaped the city, to the Aids crisis and the history of the iconic Heaven nightclub.

The tours begin at 11am, last for two hours and take place on every Sunday in February (February 5, 12, 19 and 26).

To find out more info and to book tickets visit the London With A Local website.

The meeting point for the tours is The Clermont Hotel, Strand, London WC2N 5HX.

This year’s theme is Behind The Lens (Picture: Getty)

‘Quiztorical’ quiz night

Sports Media LGBT+ and the West London Queer Project are hosting a charity quiz night on February 9, to raise money for LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity akt.

The quiz will include questions on queer history but will also cover a wider range of topics.

It’s £5 to enter , starts at 7pm and is open to LGBTQ+ people and allies.

More info can be found on the Sports Media LGBT+ website.

The Duchess, W6 OXF.

Welcome to UK LGBT+ History Month from the co-founder of the month @suesanders03

Celebrating LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from #BehindTheLens.

Look ‘Behind the Lens’ and learn about the lived experiences of LGBT+ people.

— LGBT+ History Month 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ (@LGBTHM) February 1, 2023

Fierce Queens: All Aboard

On February 24, Fierce Queens will be taking over the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, for a night of cabaret, queer history and more, hosted by Drag King and Queen, Adam All and Apple Derrieres.

The event starts at 7pm and tickets are £14 for Royal Museums Greenwich members, £16 for non members and £12 for concessions.

For more information and to book tickets visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website.

Cutty Sark, King William Walk, London SE10 9HT

LQBTQ+ Film Day at the British Museum

The British Museum is celebrating this year’s LGBT+ history month theme, Behind the Lens, with a day showcasing LGBTQ+ short films Gay Black Group, What am I? and Sally Leapt Out of A Window Last Night.

There will also be a guided tour of some of the British Museum artifacts that have LGBTQ+ connections and there will be a live poetry reading from Simon Maddrell.

The event takes place on February 25 from 10:30-4 and is free to attend.

The British Museum, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Kids storytime event with Dani the Storyteller

Under 5s can take part in a free immersive story telling experience on February 17, as Dani the storyteller takes them through the history of Islington’s Pride movement.

Dani will take the children on a journey as they play football with Stonewall FC, drive a red bus to the first-ever Pride March and celebrate under a giant rainbow flag.

The event takes place from 10-11am and more information can be found here.

Cally Clock Tower Centre, Caledonian Park Market Road London N7 9PL

Pride banner designing and making workshop

Pride banner making is just one of many great activities you can do this LGBT+ History Month (Picture: Getty)

El Warcha are putting on Pride Banner designing and making workshops at Wood green Library.

The designing workshop is on February 4 and then there is a separate workshop to make the banner you have designed on February 11.

The banners will celebrate inclusivity in the community and will be displayed in the library.

This event is for ages 14+ and is free to attend.

More info can be found here.

Nobody’s Perfect

Nobody’s Perfect is a film event that will take place at St Pancras hospital on February 15, that will explore representation of LGBTQ+ people has changed on the big screen over the decades.

The event will include research from students at The University of Westminster and an introduction by Professor Pippa Catterall.

The takes place from 6:30 to 8:30, is free to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

More info can be found here.

AIDS: A cultural history

Aids: A Cultural History is a lecture discussing the virus’s impact on the LGBT+ community (Picture: Getty)

Aids: A Cultural History is a talk by Professor Joanna Bourke which focuses on the period before antiretroviral drugs were developed to treat the virus.

The lecture also discusses: ‘questions of civil liberties, gender and sexuality, race, religion, and cultures of both harm and care’.

It takes place at 6pm on February 16 and is free to attend.

More information can be found here.

Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, London, EC1N 2HH

Lots more great events can be found here.

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Speeding Driver Who Killed ‘selfless’ Dad-of-two in Hit-and-run Jailed



Dad-of-three John Wilson was sentenced at the Old Bailey (Picture: Central News/REX)

A motorist who killed a ‘selfless’ father-of-two in a hit-and-run on a pedestrian crossing has been jailed.  

John Wilson, 39, was travelling at 60mph on a 40mph dual carriageway when he hit Tarsem Randhawa, 55, while undertaking another car.  

Mr Randhawa, a financial advisor, died at the scene on Great West Road in Isleworth, west London.   

Wilson, a father-of-three, was driving his fiancee’s car without a licence or insurance when he hit the victim on April 28 last year.  

He only confessed after police arrived at her home to arrest her for the offence, the Old Bailey heard.  

Mr Randhawa, a devoted Chelsea fan, was described by his son, Marco, as ‘the most innocent, humble, selfless kind-hearted man’.  

‘He was adored by everyone and the amount of love and support we received following his passing was truly overwhelming.’  

His second son, Tiago, described his father as ‘his hero’ and ‘his rock’.  

‘I thought I’d have Paps for my whole life,’ he said.  

‘I thought he’d be there as I began my career, I thought he’d be there when I got married and I thought he’d be there when I had kids. 

‘The pain of knowing that that future has been robbed from Paps, from me, from everyone has left me in a deep dark hole which can never be filled.  

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‘We have lost someone so beautiful, everyone’s favourite person.   

‘The greatest pain is knowing how much pain Paps would have been in, to know that as quick as his death may had been there was also that split second when he knew he had lost it all.  

‘An entire life of dedication, laughter and loving, had just disappeared.  

‘To know my hero had to go through that hurts the worst, to know he was completely helpless as his life vanished as if he had never existed.’  

Wilson looked away when the brothers walked past him in the dock.  

Mr Randhawa’s sister, Binda Rai, said his death ‘tore our world apart and it remains so to this day.’  

‘My brother shouldn’t have died and he certainly didn’t need to die at such a young age and in such a brutal way. A part of me has gone with him,’ Ms Rai said in a victim impact statement.  

Sentencing him to 18 months in prison, Judge Charles Gratwicke told him: ‘You were driving above the speed limit.  

‘You were undercutting a vehicle which was observing the speed limit.   

‘Why you were speeding, only you know. If you had been observing the speed limit you could have swerved to the right and the collision could have been avoided.’ 

Wilson, of Brentford, west London, admitted causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving; causing death by driving a vehicle whilst uninsured and without a licence; and failing to stop after a traffic accident. 

He has been disqualified from driving for two years and nine months. 

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