Cynthia Bailey Finally Breaks Silence on Nene Leakes Not Attending Her Wedding

Cynthia Bailey of The Real Housewives of Atlanta ended up having her dream wedding this past year. Despite the coronavirus pandemic raging on, the former model went ahead and tied the knot in a lavish event. Bravo cameras allegedly did not film the party and there was one person notably missing. Nene Leakes skipped the wedding and Bailey is now giving her take on that.

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Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey | Tommy Garcia/Bravo

Was Nene Leakes invited to the wedding?

Leakes and Bailey’s friendship was rocky during the past year. There were accusations that Bailey was talking behind Leakes’ back that fractured their relationship. Although they both seem to have made up on RHOA Season 11, things never went back to normal.

Their friendship dwindled even further as Bailey became close with Kenya Moore, Leakes’ nemesis. The latter was not asked back to return to the Bravo reality series full-time and ended up quitting.

Despite their severed relationship, Bailey told Page Six that Leakes was invited to her wedding.

“With everything going on as far as her leaving the show, I wasn’t sure how comfortable she’d be attending the wedding knowing she has issues [with Bravo],” Bailey said. “You just never know what someone is going through, but she’s still more than welcome to come.”

Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey
Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey | Paras Griffin/Getty Images

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Ultimately Leakes did not show up at Bailey’s wedding to Mike Hill. Leakes explained on her Instagram Stories that she was invited to the nuptials but she didn’t go because it didn’t benefit her.

“Listen, I’m very happy for her. I was with her when she took her first date out here in Atlanta with Mike Hill. I was there, I was the third wheel. I wish them nothing but happiness,” Leakes said. “I’m in a different place in my life where I just didn’t think going to her wedding was going to benefit me in any kind of way.”

After the fact that Leakes was a no-show, Bailey said that she would have loved to have Leakes and her husband be at her special day.

“I really would have loved Nene and Gregg [Leakes] to come to the wedding,” Cynthia told Daily Pop. “Although we’re not in the best place right now, I want to believe that regardless of that, she is happy for me, and she is happy that I found Mike. I really felt in my heart…it felt actually wrong not to extend the invite.”

Cynthia Bailey and Nene Leakes
Cynthia Bailey and Nene Leakes | Prince Williams/WireImage

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“Now whether she chose to come or not, that’s completely up to her. But I felt like I wanted to invite my old friend to be a part of my special day. And I was completely fine with whatever she was fine with,”

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Harry Styles breaks 127-year-old Vogue record flouting fashion norms

Harry Styles appearance on the cover of Vogue Magazine’s December issue is one for the fashion history books – and no, not because he’s wearing a dress.

According to The Huffington Post, the former-One Direction star is the first male to grace the mag’s cover alone in its 127-year history.

Styles, 26, told Vogue he was inspired to flout fashion’s so-called gender rules by his musical icons: Prince, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury and Elton John.

“They’re such showmen. As a kid it was completely mind-blowing. Now I’ll put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don’t feel crazy wearing it.”

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On the cover, the Sign Of The Times singer wears a Gucci tuxedo jacket, with satin lapels, over a dove-grey tulle evening gown.

Styles has often worn clothing either explicitly for women, or in a feminine style, such as this Gucci chiffon shirt he wore to The Met Gala in 2019.

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Styles has often worn clothing either explicitly for women, or in a feminine style, such as this Gucci chiffon shirt he wore to The Met Gala in 2019.

In the accompanying article, Styles describes good clothes as being “like a superhero outfit”.

“Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with,” Styles said.

“Once you remove any barriers, obviously you open up the arena in which you can play. I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing.”

The cover ends 2020 on a high note, after what might have been a lacklustre year for Styles professionally.

In September, he was forced to postpone his world tour, including his New Zealand shows, “until further notice”, due to coronavirus. Fans, including one who spent about $21,000 on flights and tickets, were devastated.

In early November, filming on Don’t Worry Darling, the Olivia Wilde-directed period drama he stars in opposite Florence Pugh, was shut down due to the virus, too.

The year has had some Golden moments for singer’s popularity and celebrity, however.

In May, according to The Insider, he was lauded for his gentlemanly behaviour on the set of the Watermelon Sugar video shoot by the models he worked with, earning him the title “consent king”.

In September, he set the entire Internet on fire when his car broke down outside a superfan’s house and he ended up feeding her fish.

In October, 72-year-old pal Stevie Nicks told E! if he were closer to her age, Styles would be “her type”.

The same month, he made headlines for taking the world on a glorious Italian holiday – lockdowns, masks and social distancing be damned – with his music video for the song Golden.

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Lazada’s 11.11 shopping festival breaks records, serving more than 40 million users

SINGAPORE, Nov. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lazada, Southeast Asia’s leading eCommerce platform, again surpassed its 11.11 shopping festival records, with more than 40 million users and 400,000 brands and sellers participating in the one-day sale event across the region. The majority of these brands and sellers were local small-and-medium enterprises.

LazMall, Lazada’s premium platform for authentic brands and the region’s largest virtual mall, also broke record by exceeding its 11.11 sales performance last year in under half a day. It welcomed four new joiners, including Tefal, to its list of 26 brands who made the ranks of its LazMall Millionaires Club, which are brands that achieved sales exceeding US$1 million in one day. Electronics brand Samsung also became one of the first two brands to hit over USD10 million in sales.

“This year’s 11.11 performance is very much a reflection of the seismic shift in more consumers and merchants going online and an overall digitalisation of the retail landscape, which has vastly accelerated in 2020,” said Chun Li, Lazada Group’s Chief Executive Officer. “Soon after we kicked off the campaign at midnight, we were already surpassing US$100 million in sales, in less than half the time we took last year.”

With digital adoption here to stay, this year’s 11.11 also saw more local brands and sellers outperforming on Lazada’s platform. The number of small-and-medium merchants with over US$10,000 in sales doubled to more than 8,000 from last year’s 11.11. Thai fashion label Mitr achieved more than THB2 million in the first hour from sales of one product, as Southeast Asian brands which onboarded Tmall Global through Lazada’s Sell to China programme also continued to break records. Beauty brand Sunnies Face, from the Philippines, achieved a year-on-year sales growth of almost five times, while Indonesian hair care brand Ellips, as well as Singapore snack brand Irvins, who participated in Tmall Global’s 11.11 event for the first time, recorded sales of 50 times the norm or more on Nov 11.

Lazada stepped up its Shoppertainment strategy by launching new game Happy Bounce in the lead-up to 11.11, and saw increased user engagement of over 3.5 times as consumers spent more than 70 million minutes playing Lazada’s in-app LazGames titles. Along with Fun Farm, both new games saw players collect more than 20 million vouchers in 24 hours. LazLive, Lazada’s livestreaming technology, gathered over 11 million views on Nov 11 alone and saw more sellers adopt the service, which resulted in a 380% year-on-year growth in GMV generated from their sessions.

In a recent report by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company, there are 40 million new internet users this year alone, which means that 70% of the region’s population now has access to the digital economy. More than one in three consumers are new to digital services, and 90% of them intend to continue their newfound habit of shopping, ordering food and paying online.

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Alex Trebek’s Wife Jean Breaks Her Silence After His Death

Surrounded by love. Alex Trebek’s widow, Jean Trebek, spoke out for the first time since the Jeopardy! host lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.

“My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity,” Jean, 57, wrote via Instagram on Wednesday, November 11, alongside a photo from her and her late husband’s April 1990 wedding. “Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much. Many Blessings to all, Jean Trebek.”

Alex died at the age of 80 on Sunday, November 8, while surrounded by family and friends at home. He had been diagnosed with cancer in March 2019 and continued to host Jeopardy! for 18 months.

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“This is an enormous loss for the Jeopardy! staff, crew and all of Alex’s millions of fans,” the game show’s executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement on Sunday. “He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years. Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host Jeopardy! was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever.”

The Daytime Emmy winner was last in the Jeopardy! studio on October 29, just 10 days before his death. His final episode is set to air on December 25. Producers have not yet announced a replacement host.

Alex thanked Jean for being his primary caretaker during a joint interview in January, telling ABC News, “She has to deal with her worrying about my well-being. … I’m not always the most pleasant person to be around when I’m experiencing severe pain or depression, and she has to tread lightly around me.”

The metaphysicist, with whom the TV veteran shared son Matthew, 30, and daughter Emily, 27, was quick to turn the conversation back to her love for Alex.

“He certainly has a great intellect, but his heart is really beautiful, and I think that comes across through Jeopardy!” she said at the time. “As I’ve seen Alex grow over time, his self-awareness, his compassion has beamed, blossomed in such a beautiful way.”

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Blaze breaks out in Ludhiana clothing unit

Fire broke out in a clothing factory at Baba Gajja Jain Colony, Moti Nagar, in Ludhiana on Friday. (Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)

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Fire broke out in a clothing factory at Baba Gajja Jain Colony, Moti Nagar, in Ludhiana on Friday. (Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)

A blaze broke out at a clothing factory in Baba Gajja Jain Colony in Moti Nagar here on Friday.

While goods and machinery at Kabir Clothing Company were gutted, major tragedy was averted as the staff was on its lunch break when the fire broke out.

Around 30 labourers, who were working at the factory, had gone for lunch at 1pm. Around 1.15pm flames were spotted on the first floor of the building and alarm was raised.

It took firefighters two hours to bring the blaze under control. Lack of ventilation and heat within the factory hampered efforts to douse the flames. Firefighters said no fire-safety arrangements had been made by the owners.

Owner Amit Puri said, “The fire was caused due to a short circuit. Fortunately, no injury or casualty was reported as the labour was out for lunch. Goods and machinery have perished. The exact loss is yet to be ascertained.”

Sub-fire officer (SFO) Maninder Singh said, “Five fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The firefighters were able to restrict the flames to the first floor and no damage was reported on the ground or second floor.”

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Athletics-Jepchirchir breaks own women’s-only half marathon record

Gydnia, POLAND, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir bettered the women’s-only half marathon world record when she took gold in a closely-fought race at the World Athletics half marathon championships in Gdynia on Saturday.

Jepchirchir, 27, finished in a time of one hour, five minutes and 16 seconds to improve her own mark set in Prague last month, claiming the title for the second time having won it in Cardiff in 2016.

Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya celebrates after beating the World Record (1:05:16) and winning the women's race of the 2020 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, in October 17, 2020. (Photo by MATEUSZ SLODKOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by MATEUSZ SLODKOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya celebrates after beating the World Record (1:05:16) and winning the women’s race of the 2020 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, in October 17, 2020. (Photo by MATEUSZ SLODKOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by MATEUSZ SLODKOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Germany’s Melat Yisak Kejeta crossed the line two seconds behind to take silver while Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw was third a further second adrift.

Uganda’s 19-year-old Jacob Kiplimo won the men’s race with a championship record time of 58 minutes and 49 seconds to upset Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie who took silver. Ethiopia’s Amedework Walelegn finished third.

Kandie was the fastest man over the distance this year having run 58:38 in Prague last month.

Kiplimo’s compatriot Joshua Cheptegei, who holds both the 5,000m and 10,000m world records, finished in a time of 59:21 on his half marathon debut to earn fourth place.

The event was originally scheduled for March but was postponed to October due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Princess Beatrice Breaks Silence on Her Royal Wedding Day in Rare Tweet

Ahead of her three-month wedding anniversary, Princess Beatrice has finally spoken out about one of the biggest days of her life.

The royal daughter of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew wed her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a small private ceremony on July 17, two months after the coronavirus pandemic interfered with her previously planned May nuptials. After the low-key event at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Buckingham Palace confirmed they were married in a public statement.

On Friday, Oct. 16, the newlywed expressed her gratitude to the public in a rare tweet. “Thank you to everyone who has sent in and tweeted their best wishes for our special day in July,” she wrote. “Edo and I are so excited to embark on this new chapter together.”

The 32-year-old also reflected on wearing her grandmother Queen Elizabeth II‘s dress for the special occasion as it is currently on display at Windsor Castle until mid-November.

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“It was an honour to wear my grandmother’s beautiful dress on my wedding day,” Beatrice wrote. “I hope many of you are able to visit the exhibition which is still open at Windsor Castle.”

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Thanks to the gown and tiara, the bride had the sweetest solution to the “something borrowed” wedding tradition.

“Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen,” the royal family previously confirmed on Twitter. “The tiara was worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947.” Thanks to a photo of the British monarch in the dress from 1962, fans can see the subtle changes that were made for Beatrice’s nuptials, including the addition of puff sleeves and a new hem.

And now, with the dress, shoes and a replica bouquet on display, fans can get an up-close look at the royal wedding ensemble—if they find themselves in England with a face mask, that is.

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Princess Beatrice Breaks Wedding Day Silence to Share a Special Message in Rare Tweet

Princess Beatrice Made a Last-Minute ‘Request’ to Borrow the Queen’s Dress for Her Wedding Gown

“It was touching for both of them,” a friend of the bride tells PEOPLE

Princess Beatrice has broken her silence on her wedding day joy.

In a rare message on the royal’s personal Twitter account, Beatrice thanked the public for their well-wishes and spoke of her joy to be able to wear a hand-me-down dress from her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

“It was an honour to wear my grandmother’s beautiful dress on my wedding day, I hope many of you are able to visit the exhibition which is still open at Windsor Castle,” the newlywed wrote on Friday, retweeting the Royal Collection Trust’s tweet from September when as per royal tradition the dress went on display.

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Beatrice also thanked the public for their kind wishes on her special day, sharing two of the official photographs, she wrote: “Thank you to everyone who has sent in and tweeted their best wishes for our special day in July. Edo and I are so excited to embark on this new chapter together.”

In a new interview with the Financial Times’ “How To Spend It” website, her property developer husband also opened up about his wedding attire, revealing that he had helped design his morning suit from the Savile Row tailor, Huntsman. “It was a wonderful process and for the rest of my life, every time I put on the suit, I’ll feel happy,” he said.

Benjamin Wheeler/PA Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Beatrice made a last-minute request to borrow the Queen’s 1960’s-era Norman Hartnell dress after having to postpone her May wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic. In July, she wed fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a small, private ceremony with just a handful of people present, including the Queen at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor.

Daily Mail/Shutterstock Queen Elizabeth at the premiere of Lawrence of Arabia in 1962

The dress, which was last seen in 1966 when the Queen wore it to the State Opening of Parliament, was also worn to the London premiere of Lawrence of Arabia in 1962 and before that, to a state dinner in Rome in 1961.

Benjamin Wheeler/PA Wire Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on their wedding day, July 17, 2020

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Princess Beatrice breaks silence THREE months after secret wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

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Princess Beatrice has thanked royal well-wishers for their heartwarming messages, three months after she secretly tied the knot to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Taking to her Twitter page on Friday, the royal shared two official photos from her big day and said: “Thank you to everyone who has sent in and tweeted their best wishes for our special day in July. Edo and I are so excited to embark on this new chapter together [heart emoji].

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She also made reference to her vintage wedding gown, which was loaned to Beatrice by her grandmother, the Queen, who first wore the gown for a State dinner in Rome in 1961. Her Majesty also wore the dress again to the London premiere of the film Lawrence of Arabia in 1962 and the State Opening of Parliament in 1966.

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It was an honour to wear my grandmother’s beautiful dress on my wedding day, I hope many of you are able to visit the exhibition which is still open at Windsor Castle,” she added.

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Over the summer, Beatrice and her husband, property developer Edoardo, surprised the world after they revealed they had secretly got married during the pandemic. While the couple were due to marry at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace, followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace, they actually ended up marrying in Windsor.

Their ceremony was attended only by the couple’s parents, siblings, Edoardo’s son Wolfie, and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.


One of the official wedding photos the royal shared on her Twitter page (picture credit Benjamin Wheeler)

Meanwhile, with coronavirus restrictions limiting the number of guests at their reception, they celebrated afterwards with 14 close friends in the grounds of Princess Beatrice’s family home, Royal Lodge Windsor.

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Beatrice, 32, and Edoardo, 37, were believed to have originally invited over 100 family and friends, but were forced to reduce their numbers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a new interview with the Financial Times, Edo gave royal fans a rare insight into their married life together. “My favourite room in my house is the kitchen,” he said. “I’ve fallen in love with cooking again.

“It’s been the epicentre of our family life and we come together for every meal. We are lucky enough to have a small vegetable garden and we cook seasonally. Even my son has got involved.” He also admitted that the only “object I would never part with is my wedding ring”.

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