x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Baby joy for Adele

Plus: Lagerfeld denies insulting French president; Louis C?K to host SNL; Hemsworth injured on Hunger Games set; plug pulled on Private Practice; a teary Brooks enters country music hall of fame.

Adele has given birth to a baby boy. AFP
Adele has given birth to a baby boy. AFP

Baby joy for Adele

The British singer Adele has given birth to a baby boy. The 24-year-old singer and her partner, Simon Konecki, welcomed their first child on Friday, reported People magazine. Adele was said to be “ecstatic” about the baby’s arrival. Adele had announced her pregnancy in June with the statement: “Obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time.” Konecki, a charity worker, also has a 5-year-old daughter with his ex-wife. * The National staff

Lagerfeld denies insulting French president

The fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld on Sunday refuted claims he called French President François Hollande an “idiot”, suggesting the purported remark reported in a magazine came from a mistranslation. “Obviously I did not say that. So I don’t have to apologise because I didn’t say it,” the Paris-based German designer told France 2 television. “Unfortunately, I do not speak Spanish, so I don’t really know what they said.” According to the Spanish edition of Marie Claire, Chanel’s creative director called Hollande an idiot for imposing a 75 per cent tax on annual incomes exceeding €1 million (Dh4.8m). * AFP

Louis C?K to host SNL

While Louis C?K’s sitcom may have been put on hiatus until 2014, fans eager to see more of the funny man won’t have to wait much longer. NBC has announced that C?K will be hosting the long-running sketch show Saturday Night Live on November 3. FX, the TV channel that screens C?K’s show, Louis, recently announced that the comedian requested and received an extended hiatus between the show’s third and fourth seasons. This was to accommodate a stand-up tour and a starring role in a yet-untitled Woody Allen movie. * The National staff

Hemsworth injured on Hunger Games set

Liam Hemsworth suffered a minor injury on the set of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Atlanta, the Australian actor told USA Today. “I twisted my knee,” said the 22-year-old. “I try to fight through it. There are many people waiting for you to do your thing. You feel obligated not to let everyone down.” Hemsworth said of the forthcoming sequel: “All the characters have more action than they did in the first one.” The actor recently finished filming two other movies: Empire State and Paranoia. * The National staff

Plug pulled on Private Practice

The US medical drama Private Practice will end after the current sixth season is broadcast. The show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, announced that discussions with the TV network ABC had led to the “heartbreaking” decision. “The guys at the network, the studio and I all decided that Private Practice was reaching its finish line,” she said in a statement. * The National staff

A teary Brooks enters country music hall of fame

An emotional Garth Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the weekend during a star-packed ceremony in Nashville in the US. The tears began before he’d even entered the building. The third best-selling artist in US history, with more than 128 million albums sold, Brooks has helped take an oft-maligned genre of music to the world. * AP