Miss Universe finalist, 23, dies suddenly after tragic final Facebook post

A FORMER Miss Universe finalist has died suddenly after posting a heartbreaking last Facebook message.

Tributes have poured in for "feisty" Amber-Lee Friis, 23, who was raised in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Miss World New Zealand Facebook page wrote: "All of us at Miss World NZ are dreadfully sad on hearing this.

"Amber absolutely turned her contestant journey around, after an early 'wobble' she ended up as one of the most positive and supportive contestants we had.

"She overcame so much to join us in the first place and she won our admiration and respect from the get-go.

"She was a beautiful, exciting and unique person with an extraordinary energy for life. The world has lost a young woman who had so much to offer.


"Rest in Peace Amber, but you've gone too soon and we will all miss you."

New Zealand Police confirmed they attended a sudden death on Monday and the case has been referred to the Coroner.

Amber-Lee was a Miss Universe NZ finalist in 2018 and jetted to Thailand as part of the legendary pageant.

Miss World New Zealand CEO Nigel Godfrey described her as "feisty" and "genuine."

"We liked and respected her and were very proud to call her a friend, long after the competition had finished," he wrote.


"Amber-Lee turned her life, and indeed her experience with us around, and into an incredibly positive force for good."

The day before she died she posted a photo with her sister on Facebook.

"Rest In Peace Amber-Lee, you are so loved by so many people," one person wrote on her page.

"Rest in peace you Beautiful girl, I cherish every moment I spent with you till we see each other again," another added.

Amber-Lee previously told how she had been bullied at school because of her tanned skin and "slanted eyes".

Aged just 15 she moved in with her then boyfriend and studied mechanics while working in a pizza restaurant.

However she started piling on then pounds and weighed 15 stone at 16 before joining a gym and getting back in shape.

She was represented by The Talent Tree model agency who said "We've lost a beautiful young lady who is going to be sorely missed."

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It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

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  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
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Cody Simpson on Miley Cyrus Directing His Latest Music Video

Just when we started to wonder how creatives would continue to create amid lockdown, the question was answered by Miley Cyrus and her partner, the Australian musician Cody Simpson.

Cyrus directed his new music video for “Captain’s Dance with the Devil” from her very own home. Simpson is known for using poetry (he recently released a book of his original prose called Prince Neptune,) and lyrics as a mode of storytelling. In “Captain’s Dance With the Devil,” Simpson paints a portrait of a teenage heroin addict, a young man living outside social convention.

“‘Captain’s Dance With the Devil,’ was inspired by my new collection of poetry,” Simpson said. “It’s a narrative about a young sailor yearning for freedom. Interested in the rough life, the tough life, a life outside the law. A life at sea.”

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In the video, Simpson covers his face in brightly colored makeup and dons elaborate archival and vintage pieces from Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel, while blue lighting drowns a drug-fueled night. Here, the musician discusses Cyrus’s directing style, and how a makeover she gave him inspired part of the visuals.

What was the inspiration for this song? How did it come to you?

The original conception of the song began as a narrative short story about a young sailor who ventures to sea in search of freedom and never returns. The lyrics are fairly ambiguous and open to interpretation. Every one who has heard the song walks away with a different message.

Miley’s interpretation, which is reflected in the video, was about a Captain’s struggle with society’s conception of masculinity—especially at a time when it wasn’t as accepted as it is today—and who also has affinity for drag. I wrote the song fairly swiftly, probably in under an hour. My favorite music I write seems to happen that way.

Do you relate to the song personally or did you write it with someone else in mind?

I certainly relate to it personally. What I take from it overall is that we can’t win in the world. We are constantly judged no matter what it is we do. And so it touches on my struggle with true freedom in society.

The lyrics are so poignant—was this poetry you had written or did you write it with the intention of turning it into a song?

It began as the concept for a short story, but I turned it into a song. Who knows, maybe a novel is still in the works.

The video has such vivid imagery—did you have an idea of the imagery as you were writing it, or did the visuals come later as you guys were brainstorming the video?

The imagery was developed later, especially as Miley and I lived with the song, and we decided how we’d like to craft the visual. We had been trapped inside together for over a month, and started messing around with makeup. The video conception was crafted after I had asked her to make my face up, after which we figured it’d be interesting to incorporate it into a visual.

What was Miley’s directorial process like? Or was it more organic with a more flowing process?

She had the whole outline mapped out before we even began, from the basic setups, to the costumes and lighting. She is truly a proven director and is extremely organized in that sense. Once we started, we began to improvise, and I was free to develop each character in whatever way I pleased. It was cool being stuck indoors and having to look inward and into our immediate surroundings for props and belongings. Everything in the video is from our personal collections and closets.

How much or how little was it a collaborative process?

I give her full the credit for the vision and for executing it so vividly. But it was certainly a creative collaboration for us, and deepened our relationship not only as a couple but as creative partners.

Related: Cody Simpson Suggests That You, Too, Become a Poet

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California Judge Dismisses Sex Tape Lawsuit Against Kevin Hart

The ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ actor is no longer facing a sex tape lawsuit in California after a judge decided to throw the case out of the court.

AceShowbiz -A $60 million lawsuit filed against comedian Kevin Hart by his sex tape partner has been thrown out of a California court due to jurisdiction issues.

Montia Sabbag launched legal action against the “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” star last year 2019, claiming he and a pal, JT Jackson, teamed up to record the 2017 liaison in a suite at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas without her knowledge – allegations Hart has repeatedly denied.

In February 2020, the actor moved to have the suit dismissed, claiming he hadn’t been properly served the legal documents, but now a federal judge has tossed the case on a different technicality – because she filed it in the wrong venue.

However, Sabbag, who sought damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy, has been given the opportunity to refile in local civil courts as the case was dismissed without prejudice, according to documents obtained by The Blast.

Hart has maintained he had no idea about the sex tape set up, insisting he had nothing to gain from the scenario as the scandal rocked his marriage to Eniko Hart, then-pregnant with their son Kenzo, while he also claimed Jackson attempted to blackmail him over the embarrassing incident.

He and second wife Eniko managed to overcome the controversy, and are now expecting their second child together.

Hart also has two older kids from his marriage to first wife Torrei Hart.

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Emmerdale spoilers: Charity Dingle devastated as Vanessa asks Rhona to look after son Johnny if she dies

CHARITY Dingle and Vanessa Woodfield’s relationship buckles under pressure next week in Emmerdale as Vanessa asks Rhona to look after son Johnny if she dies.

Vanessa has been diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

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Viewers know that Charity has struggled to cope with Vanessa’s cancer diagnosis ever since her girlfriend broke the bad news to her. 

Vanessa confided in her sister Tracey that Charity was in denial about it all and that she’d gone to the hospital without her.

Tracey then lashed out at Charity and told her to stay away from Vanessa and leave things to her if she was going to bury her head in the sand. 

Charity did kind of get her act together but viewers know there’s been a rift between her and Vanessa ever since. 

And it looks like things are about to worsen as this week’s episodes of Emmerdale will see Vanessa turn to Rhona for support.

But disaster strikes when they head out to celebrate Rhona’s birthday and Vanessa goes too heavy on the booze. 

Struggling to cope with her cancer diagnosis, she ends up fighting a student in a bar. 

The incident is captured on camera and eventually ends up doing the rounds on social media, leaving Charity worried when she sees it. 

Next week’s episodes of Emmerdale will see Charity receive another blow when Vanessa asks Rhona to be Johnny’s guardian in the event of her death. 

The upcoming scenes will see Charity hurt and wounded by Vanessa’s decision – why hasn’t she picked her?

The big question is: as Vanessa and Charity continue to grow apart will they realise they need each other now more than ever?

Speaking about the cancer storyline, Vanessa actress Michelle Hardwick said: "This is such a challenging storyline, but we’ve been working closely with Bowel Cancer UK, who have been enormously helpful to me in researching Vanessa's symptoms and treatment.

"I hope to do Vanessa’s story justice. I was actually really shocked to learn that bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer, but diagnosed early is treatable."

Genevieve Edwards, Chief Executive at Bowel Cancer UK said: "This storyline will help to raise awareness of bowel cancer, and we hope it encourages viewers to recognise the symptoms and visit their GP if they’re concerned."

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Demi Lovato Reveals The One Disney Alum She’s Still Close With & It’s Not Selena Gomez

Demi Lovato is ready for the next phase in her career and life, and that means leaving some old friends behind. In a new interview, Demi Lovato spoke on her relationships with literally everyone, including ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, who is newly engaged, and fellow Disney Channel alums like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus. And while she was respectful, it’s clear the singer is ready to move on.

Lovato, who is gearing up to release her first album since her overdose, opened up in a new cover story with Harper’s Bazaar, published on Tuesday, April 14. She talked about her relationships, and who she leans on today. Sadly, Valderrama is not one of those people, with Lovato saying they haven’t spoken in a while. Though, when asked about his engagement to model Amanda Pacheco, she said, “I’m really happy for him and I wish him nothing but the best, but we’re not in each other’s lives, haven’t spoken in a long time."

The former power couple met in 2010 and dated on-and-off for over six years, remaining friends when they weren’t romantic. Valderrama even visited the singer in the hospital after she overdosed in 2018. However, Lovato explained that their split was eventually beneficial for her. “I think I needed that because I needed to learn to be okay on my own," she said. "When you get into a relationship with somebody at that young of an age and then you spend six years with somebody, you don’t really get to learn about yourself.”

From Disney Channel, Lovato confirmed that she no longer speaks to the Jonas Brothers, who she was close with as recently as 2016, when she embarked on a co-headlining tour with Nick Jonas. She’s not close with Selena Gomez either, despite her former BFF praising her widely acclaimed Grammys performance of "Anyone" on Instagram in January. "When you grow up with somebody, you’re always going to have love for them," Lovato explained. "But I’m not friends with her. I will always have love for her, and I wish everybody nothing but the best."

In fact, the only Disney alum that she remains close to is none other than Hannah Montana herself, Miley Cyrus, despite them never acting on the network together. (They did take the leads on the iconic climate change anthem "Send It On" though — never forget.) "She’s awesome, and I love her to death and always will, always have," Lovato said of Cyrus. "But I think she’s kind of the only one from that era that I still stay in touch with."

Unless you count Ariana Grande, who starred on Nickelodeon at the time, not Disney, but with whom she’s grown close to thanks to their manager Scooter Braun. "I love the fact that Ariana and I have such a supportive friendship because it’s hard to find," she said. "Two women who are in a competitive industry — the whole world seems to want to pit women against each other, so it would be so easy to do that." Grande and Lovato’s friendship has been on display on social media ever since they celebrated Lovato’s birthday together last year.

In fact, Lovato cherishes her female friendships so much that she did a guided meditation with 16 women to collectively set their intentions for 2020. "It was so beautiful, and that divine feminine energy is what has picked me up and carried me through some of my darkest times," she told Harper’s Bazaar. There’s no word on if Cyrus or Grande were apart of it, but that would definitely be a reunion for the books.

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Quiz: Where are Charles and Diana Ingram today?

Married couple Charles and Diana Ingram became the subject of national obsession thanks to their appearance on ITV game-show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Diana and her brother had already appeared on the show, scooping a cool £30,000 each during their stints. 

But it was Charles – a major in the British army – who became one of the rare contestants to scoop the £1 million jackpot. 

But things weren’t as they seemed. The episode where Charles won was pulled from the air and he was arrested over suspicions that he had cheated his way to his winnings, thanks to well-timed coughs from plants in the studio audience letting him know which answer was right.

What were Charles and Diana Ingram charged with?

Both Charles and Diana were arrested and put on trial for the cheating claims, alongside supposed co-conspirator Tecwen Whittok. 

They were both found guilty on one single count of procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception and given suspended prison sentences of almost two years.

They also had to pay hefty legal fees, with the couple coughing up £115,000.

Where are Charles and Diana Ingram today?

Speaking to Metro.co.uk and other press at the launch of Quiz, the show’s writer James Graham gave a little insight into the fate of the Grahams after their trial made them national obsessions.

‘They lost their reputation,’ he explained. ‘The Major was kicked out of the army, they went bankrupt I think – I think now they’ve been made bankrupt four times.’

For a while, the couple courted fame however – knocking up appearances on several reality shows including Celebrity Wife Swap, Hell’s Kitchen, Celebrity Poker Club and Fear Factor UK.

They were last seen on our screens in 2006, where they took part in a celebrity couples version of The Weakest Link.

Now, according to The Independent, the couple are living in Bath, where Diana makes and sells her own jewelry in local market stalls and over the internet.

According to Diana’s website, the products are ‘fashioned using Murano glass beads, Swarovski crystals, seawater and freshwater pearls or crystals and other semi-precious gemstones in the most beautiful styles.’

Quiz writer Graham has previously said that the Ingram’s were ‘happy’ with their portrayal in the three-part drama, where they’ll be played by Spooks star Matthew MacFayden and Fleabag’s Sian Clifford respectively.

‘We spoke to everybody [involved],’ Graham said. ‘We deliberately engaged with them very early on.’

‘I think, I hope, that since we are raising the possibility that all is not as it seems, they seem quite pleased that this conversation is being had.’

Quiz airs tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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Woman, 71, with coronavirus dies minutes after being discharged from hospital – The Sun

AN ELDERLY woman died from coronavirus just minutes after she was discharged from a hospital in New York City, according to a report.

Carolyn Frazier, 71, was diagnosed with COVID-19 while at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, the New York Post reported, citing police sources.

Frazier was released from the hospital, located in Queens, around 10am on Friday.

She was transported home via a private ambulance, but by the time she got there, she had died, per the Post.

She was pronounced dead at 10.14am, just a short time after she left the medical center.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Frazier was discharged from the hospital, considering she was diagnosed with the coronavirus and had underlying health issues, like high blood pressure and diabetes.


New York is the epicenter of the United States’ coronavirus outbreak and had 53,520 confirmed cases of the virus as of Sunday morning.

At least 672 people have died in New York City alone, another 162 dying elsewhere in the Empire State.

President Donald Trump on Saturday said he was thinking about forcing New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, otherwise known as the tri-state area, into a 14-day quarantine.

But, he backed down from the idea after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo described the plan as "illegal" and a "declaration of war."

Trump initially said: "We’d like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot — New York, New Jersey, maybe one or two other places, certain parts of Connecticut quarantined.”

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