Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and his Olympian boyfriend Tom Daley suffered a terrifying ordeal on Monday (21Jul14) when the plane they were travelling in made an emergency landing in Russia.
Post by Dustin Lance Black.
The Milk writer and his sports star partner were travelling back to London from a diving championship in Shanghai, China when their jet appeared to run into problems. Black captured a video of fuel being dumped from the plane over Russia shortly before the jet made an emergency landing in Irkutsk, and he posted it to his Facebook.com page with the message, "Emergency landing into a Russian town. This was our view over Mongolia. #VirginAtlantic #ScaryAsHell (sic)."
He later added a picture of the plane sitting on the runway surrounded by fire engines, writing, "Locked in the broken plane. No word on what's happening. #EmergencyLanding in Russia. #FireEngines abound. #NeedToPee! (sic)."
Post by Dustin Lance Black.
Black's partner Daley also took to social media to voice his fears about the flight, revealing he was left terrified as the incident came just days after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over the Ukraine in a suspected attack by pro-Russian rebels. He writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Scary to emergency land in RUS (Russia) after recent events, yet no word on what problem is after hour surrounded by fire engines #VirginAtlantic."
A spokeswoman from the Virgin Atlantic airline blamed the emergency landing on a technical problem, saying, "Virgin Atlantic can confirm that the VS251 travelling from Shanghai to London Heathrow has diverted to Irkutsk Airport, Russia, as a precautionary measure due to a technical issue. Safety and security is always our top priority... "Our priority now is to ensure our customers resume their journey as soon as possible. The airline would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused."
British Olympic diver Tom Daley has topped gay magazine Attitude's Hot 100 Sexiest Men list for the second consecutive year, seven months after 'coming out' as a homosexual. The 20-year-old sportsman, who is dating Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, was unveiled as the publication's new cover star at its annual summer party in London on Wednesday (16Jul14).
Daley beats former The X Factor U.K. winner Shayne Ward to claim the title, while acting hunk Zac Efron places third, just ahead of soccer stud David Beckham and British reality star Dan Osborne in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Andrew Fraser, Attitude's Deputy Editor, says, "It's been a big year for Tom Daley. When he made his very moving and personal video last year, where he revealed his relationship with Dustin Lance Black, he not only changed his own life, but will have helped change the lives of countless other young gay people who are starved of role models in the world of film, TV and sport."
In the accompanying interview, Daley admits he would like to pursue a career as a TV presenter once he retires from diving, and opens up about settling down in the near future, saying, "Family is something that has always been really important to me and yes, at some point I would love to marry and have kids."
Irish pop star Una Foden will be hobbling to the diving board as she prepares to compete in U.K. reality show Splash! after breaking her toe during training. The Saturdays singer, aka Una Healy, has signed up for the upcoming second season of the TV hit, in which a group of celebrities learn diving skills from British Olympian Tom Daley, but she has been struggling through pool sessions thanks to a nasty injury.
A source tells the Sunday Mirror newspaper, "Una has been putting everything into her training but is having to take it easy as possible right now because she's in a lot of pain.
"She wasn't even jumping off the board when it happened, she was practising landing in foam in a dry dive area and her foot just buckled."
The singer isn't the only celebrity contestant to suffer an injury before the show even begins - British TV presenter Rav Wilding was recently forced to pull out of the show after an incident left him needing surgery on his leg.
Foden will go up against the likes of Hollyoaks actress Gemma Merna, former Eastenders star Ricky Groves and wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan when the series kicks off on 4 January (14).
Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has fuelled rumours he is dating British Olympic diver Tom Daley after they were pictured sharing a drink together following a training session in Texas on Wednesday (11Dec13). The Olympic bronze medallist recently hit headlines in his native U.K. when he revealed he is in a relationship with a man, and rumours linked him to the Milk writer.
They have now been pictured together for the first time as Black, 39, supported Daley, 19, during a training session at the University of Houston's diving centre. In the pictures, published on Justjared.com, Black was photographed wearing a team Great Britain jacket and sipping from the athlete's smoothie drink as they left the venue.
Daley has so far refused to name his partner, but has said of him, "(He) makes me feel safe and happy, right now I couldn't be happier. I'd never felt the feeling of love, it happened so quickly. I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point I can't get him out of my head all the time. I've never had it before where I love someone and they love me just as much."
British Olympian-turned-TV star Tom Daley's boyfriend is Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, according to a U.K. report. The 19-year-old diving star, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and went on to front U.K. reality TV show Splash!, told his fans on Monday (02Dec13) that he was dating a man in a candid video posted on YouTube.com.
He kept his partner's identity a secret, but Britain's The Sun claims his mystery lover is Oscar winner Black, who wrote the screenplay for gay rights movie Milk and is 20 years older than the athlete.
A source tells the newspaper, "He's besotted with Dustin. They love each other and aren't concerned what anyone says about age difference.
"Dustin is very proud of Tom for making such a powerful statement about his sexuality - it's what he believes in doing. Dustin has given Tom the confidence to be himself. He's in awe of him and proud of him.
"He no longer minds people knowing they are together."
British Olympian-turned-TV star Tom Daley has revealed he is in a relationship with a man. The 19-year-old diving star, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and went on to front U.K. reality TV show Splash!, revealed his news in a video posted on YouTube.com.
In the clip, Daley speaks about his sexuality and explains how he struck up a new relationship with a man earlier this year (13).
He says, "In spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. That someone is a guy. It did take me by surprise a little bit, it was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen, but it wasn't until spring this year that something just clicked. It felt right. My whole world just changed right there and then. I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier."
When most people heard that ABC was airing Splash!, a celebrity diving competition (modeled after one in the UK hosted by Olympic sensation Tom Daley), there was a collective eyeroll and a shrug that the thing would be gone after an episode or two. Wrong! It was actually a ratings hit for ABC. Cue the millions of "ABC makes a Splash" headlines.
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8.8 million viewers watched last night's premiere and it did a 2.6 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic that advertisers crave like contestant Louie Anderson craves not doing another belly flop (and probably a cheeseburger when he gets out of the pool). That's enough to beat every show but the unstoppable NCIS that aired at the same time and enough to make it the biggest network reality premiere since the heavily-hypped The X Factor bow two years ago. Just a few months ago, Fox aired it's own answer to the celebrity diving show, but only 3.4 million people were lobotomized by Celebrities in Danger: The High Dive.
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Yes, sadly that means that we are not only stuck with the rest of this season, but probably a Season 2 as well. You did this to yourself America. If you want to dive into the show (even I can't resist) the first episode is below.
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The pair will don bikinis and head to the pool to perform synchronised stunts on the TV competition series alongside the likes of comedian Louie Anderson, The Cosby Show's Keshia Knight Pulliam and actor Drake Bell.
The reality show first debuted in the U.K. earlier this month (Jan13) with a variety of British stars trying to perfect the art of diving under the mentorship of Olympian Tom Daley.
The U.S. adaptation of the programme is due to premiere on 19 March (13).
Kristen Stewart has had a hard few weeks. Not only has she been forced to cope with constant tabloid scrutiny following her cheating scandal with married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, but she also has to deal with something far more difficult to stomach: absolute, unfettered hatred. Of course, brutal detractors have been around as long as the famous people they hate (let's face it: there were probably thousands who thought Betsy Ross was awful and couldn't sew), but Stewart is living during the age of the Internet, when hatred flows as rapidly as misspellings.
Case in point: This new shirt — sold online — which is causing scandal for reading, "Kristen Stewart Is a Trampire." It's a message that's working up Stewart loyalists for being undeniably mean-spirited — but it's hardly the only message on the Web that calls out the young star for entering a moral gray zone that many her own age enter. Just search for Stewart's name on Twitter, every tween's favorite over-sharing tool (that's not Tumblr), and you'll find detractors lining up like it's the opening of the final Twilight movie. "Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson. They're both ugly." "I'm not surprised that Kristen Stewart cheated on Whatshisface. I'm just surprised she did it with a guy." "Me and my family discussing how much we hate Kristen Stewart." "I really just hate Kristen Stewart so much." And, my personal favorite, "Kristen Stewart's acting teacher was blatantly Plank from Ed Edd & Eddy."
Cartoon Network-inspired digs aside, it's Twitter, Facebook, and other avenues of self-expression that are making it harder to be a celebrity these days. Skreened.com, the site with the offending K-Shirt (which is a Kristen Stewart T-Shirt, of course), allows for users to click on a few buttons to create a garment with a horrible message and make it available for public consumption. Even if no one buys a shirt, it's still far too easy to be cruel — in a pre-Internet era, you would need a steam press, felt letters, and a trip to the mall to create and buy the garment. Now, all the vitriol is free – and virtual.
Which, of course, makes it easier for stars to realize just how hated they are, even if the emotions are completely irrational. Twitter, which brings sentiment to the masses and stars, can not only influence public opinion, but also the celebrities themselves. That's turned some away from the swarm of negativity that builds up online. Take One Direction boy bander Zayn Malik, a musician who owes a great deal of his band's success to its teenage, tweeting fans... who eventually drove him off Twitter. His last tweet (with Twitter's standard grammatical laxity preserved) said, "The reason i don’t tweet as much as i use to, is because I’m sick of all the useless opinions and hate that I get daily."
You can't blame him — especially when the hatred has gotten so intense, Twitter requires a police presence. After placing a very respectable third in the men's 10m diving competition at the London Olympics, young British diver Tom Daley started receiving death threats through on the social media site: "I'm going to find you and I'm going to drown you in the pool," a UK teen said to Daley. The teen was arrested for harassment before being let go with a warning.
But should Internet negativity deserve more than mere warnings? Everyone can agree that death threats, no matter how they are delivered, are over the line, but how about the garden variety expressions of dislike? What about the lashings Kristen Stewart or Selena Gomez face just for dating boys that are the objects of other girls' affection (Robert Pattinson and Twitter's supreme god Justin Bieber, respectively)? What do they say about us as a culture? The sentiments behind these outbursts probably aren't very different from what girls felt toward anyone who would dare to date David Cassidy or the disdain faced by New Kids on the Block by some teenage males. But now the hatred is out in the open, making it acceptable for all young pop culture fans to adopt a dangerous mean girl attitude towards the latest teen sensation, be it Stewart, Miley Cyrus, or the troubled Demi Lovato. If one user was allowed to publicly embarrass and attack a celebrity, why couldn't another? Why not use the Internet as society's giant burn book? But there is a big difference between telling your friends that you hate NKOTB in third period and persistently and senselessly attacking Lovato for her weight where millions can see it. We are becoming accustomed to living in a culture of disdain and forcing those who want to work in it grow impossibly thick skins.
No matter how well-paid these public whipping posts are, it seems evident they're not going to be able to take the vitriol forever. Lovato, for one, has talked about how bullying contributed to her issues with cutting and eating disorders, and though she's undoubtedly overcome her insecurities, it's almost cruel to imagine what awaits her on the Internet while she judges The X Factor. Certainly celebrities are closer to us than ever before, but if we continue to anonymously abuse them with the help of technology, they may be forced to withdraw to a place where we won't be allowed even the slightest access ever again. And, for Twilight fans, that's more cruel than a "Trampire" shirt. Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo credit: Wenn.com] More: Kristen Stewart Cheated on Robert Pattinson with 'Snow White' Director What Is Kristen Stewart Thinking? A Thought-Provoking Gallery Lovato chastises Disney bosses for TV joke about eating disorders