According to E! News, Ozzy Osbourne and his wife of 33 years, Sharon Osbourne, have split up. For more information, read the article below.
A source has told E! News that the couple mutually agreed that Ozzy would move out of their house temporarily.
The report states that the couple’s breakup is not related to Ozzy’s sobriety. The BLACK SABBATH singer has apparently been sober for three and a quarter years.
British tabloid newspaper The Sun reports that Sharon left Ozzy after she accused the musician of having an affair with a celebrity hairstylist.
The couple’s spokesman, Gary Farrow, did not address the infidelity claims, but issued the following statement to The Huffington Post U.K.: “At this time, Ozzy is not at the marital home.”
A source told People that the rumors of the split are “sort of true,” but added that they would not be surprised if Ozzy and Sharon worked out their differences. “He’ll be back,” the source said.
This is not the first time Sharon and Ozzy have separated. Back in 2013, Sharon admitted she was considering divorcing Ozzy after he relapsed on drink and drugs. She spoke about the rumors on during an episode of her U.S. talk show “The Talk”, saying that everything written about their split had been “distorted.”
“We’re not getting divorced,” she continued. “However, am I happy? No. Am I upset? Yes I am. I’m devastated right now.
“We’re dealing with it,” she continued, speaking about Ozzy’s much-publicized battles with drugs. “We’ve dealt with worse. We’re dealing with it and this too shall pass.”
Ozzy has previously credited Sharon for saving his life. “I’m alive because I’ve got a strong wife, I think,” he said. “I didn’t expect to live past 30. I remember when I was 21 saying I would be dead by 40. That was all right until I was 39½.”
As part of his recovery, Ozzy was going to daily AA meetings which he said was the only way he can stay sober. “Sharon tells me I’m a bloody fool and screams at me when I’m drinking, but that doesn’t stop me,” he told DailyMail.co.uk. “But she supports me, she knows it’s an illness, she knows it’s part of who I am and it’s only me who can deal with it and it’s because I don’t want to lose what I have with Sharon and the kids that I do it. No one else can cure an addict but the addict.”
After Ozzy was fired from BLACK SABBATH in 1979 because of substance abuse and erratic behavior, Sharon became his solo career manager, and then his girlfriend. The two were married on July 4, 1982.
The couple’s early relationship has been described as volatile, with Ozzy blacking out and almost strangling Sharon after a five-day Vodka binge in 1989.
Ozzy and Sharon have three children: Aimee, 31; Kelly, 29; and Jack, 28.
Emma and Busted rocker husband Matt already have daughter Isabelle, six, and four-year-old son Ace.
A source said: “They couldn’t be more made up and are enjoying precious time together as a family.”
Earlier this month, Busted singer Matt opened up about Emma being due to give birth just days before he heads on tour with the reunited pop rock trio.
He told MailOnline: “I can’t wait for the baby. Emma is due on the fourth of May and we go on tour on May 11, so we’re cutting it pretty fine, but it will be fine. I’m really stoked about it, I can’t wait!”
Now the ‘family man’ actor outed by US publication as having slept with Wayne Rooney prostitute is named all over social media despite gagging order
An A-list actor who won an injunction to hush up claims he slept with a prostitute used by Wayne Rooney has been widely named on social media just hours after being identified in the US.
The married father, whose reputation as a family man has boosted his career as a world-renowned star, allegedly paid escort Helen Wood £195 for sex.
The millionaire then paid a firm of high-powered lawyers tens of thousands of pounds to stop his fans finding out and successfully obtained a draconian gagging order in 2011 preventing publication of the details of the encounter.
However, the cheating well-known celebrity was outed yesterday in American print media due to differing laws to the UK, and just hours later his name was prevalent across British social media.
It comes despite the fact the ‘family man’ paid hundreds of thousands on the gagging order to keep the affair private and out of the public eye.
And it now means people around the world will know all about the sordid claims, but UK publications still cannot publish the details.
Campaigners said the law was again proving itself ‘an ass’, following the case of another married celebrity who is trying to hush up claims of an extra-marital threesome. He has already been named in the US and Scotland.
And last month, a married football star threatened legal action to stop newspapers writing about secret sex messages, having won an injunction banning mention of an earlier affair.
The latest A-list philanderer – with a reputation as a family man that has boosted his career – allegedly paid Miss Wood £195 for sex, then paid tens of thousands of pounds to lawyers to obtain an injunction preventing fans from finding out.
The gagging order was granted by the High Court in 2011. But yesterday the global star was humiliated in the US as a publication available to millions of Americans plastered his name and photo over two pages of sordid claims about his infidelity with the prostitute and ‘a sex toy’.
Last night the publication’s editor said it was the only one with ‘the guts to tell it like it really is’, adding: ‘Prohibitive laws are denying readers and fans the right to know the unvarnished truth.’
The rumours are prevalent on the internet, but publications in England and Wales remain gagged.
Miss Wood famously had a threesome with Manchester United and England star Rooney and her friend while the player’s wife Coleen was pregnant.
She claimed the actor booked her for an afternoon sex session – in which she used a sex toy on him – through an escort agency in March 2010.
Miss Wood described how he arrived without his wedding ring before having a shower in her room. ‘He came out of the shower naked. I asked him if he wanted a massage and I gave him one,’ she said at the time.
‘He turned over and he was a disgusting kisser. He kissed like a virgin.’
She says she offered to use a sex toy on him and he ‘eagerly agreed’. Afterwards, he left without leaving a tip, but he did recommend a local restaurant, she claimed.
The actor is understood to have confessed to his wife after fearing the news would leak out.
The ex-escort compared the ‘barmy’ legal situation to that of the other married celebrity, who has spent £1million battling to stop details of his threesome with another couple being published.
The Supreme Court will decide imminently if he can be named after the Court of Appeal overturned his gagging order – but meanwhile the rest of the world knows who he is.
Miss Wood told The Sun: ‘I read about the other injunction involving a celeb threesome and an olive oil bath and have seen the name everywhere on the internet.
‘It’s strange that the rest of the world knows who these stars are but newspapers in the UK can’t report it.’
The 29-year-old, who is no longer a prostitute and who won Celebrity Big Brother last year, said the man who paid her for sex has used his family to boost his own career.
She said: ‘He tries to come across with this persona as if he’s some fantastic family man. I don’t think a fantastic family man sleeps with escorts.’
Since the star obtained the High Court injunction, the wealthy actor has ignored a deluge of rumours on social media and continued his career as if everything was normal.
He has attended glittering functions with other actors and given celebrity interviews about his life and work.
The actor has basked in the adulation with his glamorous wife, slipping an arm around her and posing with a smile for photographers.
The philandering star has given publicity interviews – in which he mentions his family – to promote his work and attempt to boost his audiences.
Past: Miss Wood (left) famously had a threesome with Manchester United and England star Rooney and her friend while the player’s wife Coleen was pregnant (together right last night)
When he ran to the courts to hush up Miss Wood’s kiss-and-tell claims to The Sun, Mr Justice King agreed the actor – whom he described as ‘a world-famous celebrity’ – had a reasonable expectation that his sex session with Miss Wood was private.
At the time friends of Miss Wood, of Bolton, the daughter of an academic, claimed her relationship with the actor was well known.
Jenna Hughes, 24, a former nightclub friend, said: ‘It has been common knowledge up here for a while now and it really doesn’t come as a surprise to us.’
A friend named only as Hayley said: ‘The blokes she has these flings with should really know better. She is the ultimate kiss-and-tell, and people in the public eye should watch their back. More fool them, I say.’
The latest case means people around the world will know all about the sordid claims, but UK publications still cannot publish the details.
Of the gagging order, John Hemming, the former Lib Dem MP who exposed footballer Ryan Giggs’s infidelity in the Commons in 2011, said: ‘I hope the courts recognise it is hopeless, these King Canute-style attempts to hold back the tide of information.
‘They are also implicitly threatening 50million ordinary Britons with prison, because everyone is covered by injunctions … The result is judges abusing State power merely to create a society in which people, especially those with money, can live a lie with impunity.’
Bob Satchwell, of the Society of Editors, said: ‘The American media is making a mockery of our system of justice.’ He added that UK courts were ‘granting orders which they cannot enforce’.
Lawyer Mark Stephens, of solicitors Howard Kennedy, added: ‘It’s getting increasingly ridiculous. This actor’s extra-marital activities were widely known among the chattering classes … but ordinary folk were kept in the dark.’
Supreme Court judges are still considering whether a different married star who had a threesome with another couple will be named.
An injunction protecting the married man was overturned a fortnight ago by the Court of Appeal, which ruled that widespread online and global coverage meant the affair was now ‘common knowledge’.
But Supreme Court judges said the Press blackout in England and Wales should continue while they decide if his appeal should be allowed. No timescale was given for how long they will take.
The anonymity order was branded a ‘farce’ after the celebrity’s name was published in Scotland, the US, Australia and online.
A survey carried out by MailOnline found that one in five people in England claimed to know the name of the star, who has two children with his spouse, who is also famous.
Ryan Giggs’ family-man image was left in tatters five years ago when he tried to hush up an affair with model and Big Brother contestant Imogen Thomas.
The former footballer secured an injunction to stop his name being made public – despite his identity being common knowledge online.
It then emerged that he had been sleeping with Natasha, his brother’s wife. The affair apparently began in 2003 and continued while Stacey was pregnant with their children, now aged ten and 13.
Giggs even paid Natasha £500 to abort his child weeks before she married his brother. Mrs Giggs apparently forgave her husband after the revelations.
The Manchester United star is now facing one of the largest sporting divorce payouts in British history – after his wife finally ran out of patience with his womanising ways.
Stacey Giggs, 37, stood by the former Manchester United player, even after he had an affair with his brother’s wife.
The footballer, 42, also spent £150,000 on a controversial legal battle to hush up his affair with a glamour model. However this week it emerged that his wife now wants a divorce, and he stands to lose half his £40million fortune.
Former prostitute Helen Wood’s fury over ‘stupid s**g’ who sold her story they had had a threesome with Wayne Rooney
Former prostitute Helen Wood has opened up about her infamous threesome with footballer Wayne Rooney – branding the other woman who sold their story to a Sunday newspaper a ‘stupid s**g’.
The former Big Brother star has previously admitted to ‘regretting’ the sexual liaison with Rooney and Jenny Thompson ahead of the South Africa World Cup in 2010 and has now claimed she would have taken out an injunction if she had the money.
She also revealed her fury over her former friend Ms Thompson ‘selling her out’, calling her a ‘stupid s**g’ for going public with details about the scandalous sex session.
Appearing on Sam Delaney’s News Thing – an ironic chat show broadcast online once a week – she said: ‘In my situation it was taken to the papers by the stupid s**g that was involved.
‘She didn’t even need to say my name, I begged her, I said ‘can you just meet me halfway and say it was just you’, and she couldn’t even do that.
‘£15,000 and she just sold my name like that. I just think it’s f****** bad. Why do they do it?
‘Why do people have this intention of s******* someone, and the next morning thinking I’m going to make some f****** money off it. You already made enough money off it.
‘I just don’t get that mindset of jumping into bed with someone and thinking I’m going to f*** this person and then sell it the next day. It’s weird.’
Miss Wood was discussing her view on injunctions in light of the recent gagging order taken out by an A-list actor to prevent news of their sexual encounter – for which he paid £195 – being published in the UK.
Asked if she is a fan of injunctions, Miss Wood said: ‘Mixed opinions really.
‘I think everyone should be able to have them, I don’t think it’s fair that only rich people are able to have them, for obvious reasons, because if I’d had the chance I’d have definitely f****** got one but I didn’t have a spare £50,000.
‘So why is it alright for some people to be named, and others not?’
Hosted by Sam Delaney, each episode of News Thing features a panel of comedians or ‘political guest’ discussing contemporary issues and taking a ‘sideways’ look at the news of the week.
Janet Jackson is said to be pregnant with her first child.
A source shared the news to Entertainment Tonight, but the pop singer is yet to publicly confirm it. The star – who turns 50 on May 16 – postponed her Unbreakable tour last month to start a family with husband Wissam Al Mana.
‘We’re in the second leg of the tour and there actually has been a sudden change,’ she told her fans via a video posted to Twitter on April 6.
‘I thought it was important that you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour. Please, if you could try and understand that it’s important that I do this now.’
‘I have to rest up, doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you. I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can.’
A source told E! News that the singer is in the second trimester of pregnancy, adding the couple had been working with a fertility specialist in a bid to have a child.
USC fertility specialist Dr. Kristin Bendikson told CBS Los Angeles that it was most likely Janet would have undergone in vitro fertilization (IVF) but wouldn’t have used her own eggs.
Dr Kristin said: ‘The chance that a woman, who is 49 years old, will get pregnant is very low, probably less than one per cent. As a woman gets older, the quantity and quality of her eggs goes down. Her eggs have always been there since before she was born. So those eggs are aging just like any other cell in her body.’
The news followed two previous postponed dates.
On Christmas Eve, she announced a delay in her North American tour, saying that she needed an urgent operation, and gave no other clarification other than to deny rumors she had cancer.
She later called off a European tour and had been due to resume performances on May 14 in Las Vegas.
Jackson secretly married retailing tycoon Al Mana, 41, in 2012, but didn’t confirm they’d wed until early 2013.
Speaking out that year after rumours they were planning an ‘extravagant wedding,’ Jackson said: ‘Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony. Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favourite children’s charities.’
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine in 2009, the then-single singer said: ‘I think that if I’m really supposed to have kids, it will happen, if that’s God’s plan for me.’
She added: ‘I would hope my legacy would be bringing smiles to faces. Happiness with my music. Also, to make babies. I’ve had so many people come up to me and say, “My child was conceived by listening to your music.”‘
Back in 2013, it was reported the couple had been looking into adopting a child from a developing country.
A source close to the singer told UsWeekly: ‘She now pretty much knows pregnancy is not in the cards, so she’s been looking into adopting. She’s been very moved by the events in Jordan and Syria now that she’s been living overseas.’
The singer has been married three times, to James DeBarge as a teenager and to choreographer René Elizond, which ended in divorce in 2000.
Jackson last year released Unbreakable, her first album since the 2009 death of her brother, Michael Jackson aged 50.
The King of Pop had highly publicised dramas he tried to start a family, eventually having two children with Debbie Rowe – who worked at his dermatologist’s office – and a third child with an undisclosed surrogate.
Family murders, visions and even long-awaited answers raise more puzzles for fans than ever
Episode two of Game of Thrones series six was full of tense drama and grisly deeds – but ended with the moment for which many fans had been waiting.
However, the gripping events raised more questions than they answered. Here are five of them:
Has Jon Snow changed?
So, Jon Snow is alive, brought back by Melisandre, the Red Priestess, at the behest of Davos. After some tense moments, in which both Melisandre and Davos believe she had failed, direwolf Ghost stirred at his master’s feet and Snow opened his startled eyes. But what are the implications? Will the fans’ favourite become like Beric Dondarrion, the “Robin Hood-esque rebel knight” of the Riverlands who has been repeatedly brought back to life by his own Red Priest, asks Erik Kain atForbes. “Or will he be changed in some other, perhaps darker, way?”
What does it mean for the Night’s Watch?
One of the most important aspects of Snow’s revival is the fact that he was “legitimately, unquestionably dead”, says Rebecca Hawkes in the Daily Telegraph. In theory, that means the vows he took when he joined the Night’s Watch – to take no wife, hold no lands and father no children – may no longer apply. The wording of the pledge specifically states: “Night gathers and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death.” The title of episode three is Oathbreaker, so perhaps that gives us a clue as to whether Snow will abandon his post for another mission.
Episode two wasn’t all about Snow. North of the Wall, Bran Stark had visions of his father, uncles and aunt Lyanna as children play-fighting in Winterfell. Hodor also appeared in the vision, but he was called Willis and was able to speak normally. What was the event that left him unable to say anything but “Hodor”? And, is it a coincidence that we see Lyanna, rumoured to be Snow’s real mother, just before Snow is brought back from the dead?
Will Ramsay get away with murder?
Ramsay Bolton is still as savage as ever, murdering his father Lord Roose, stepmother Walda and newborn brother in yesterday’s instalment. While the Northerners might not be too upset about Roose’s death, will Ramsay’s cold-blooded murder have deadly consequences? Huw Fullerton in the Radio Timespoints out that Walda’s family have a “history of dastardly revenge”.
Who will lead the Iron Islands?
Well done if you remembered Balon Greyjoy, says Fullerton. Patrick Malahide’s King of the Iron Islands has scarcely been seen in recent series, making his sudden reappearance and subsequent death less dramatic than it might have been. Nevertheless, his killer is “definitely an interesting new addition – Pilou Asbaek’s Euron Greyjoy, a pirate and younger brother to Balon with a ruthless attitude and a God complex”. Now Euron looks set to challenge his niece Yara for Balon’s throne and the results might have serious consequences on the future of Westeros.
Game of Thrones series six: the best theories about Melisandre’s secret
Much of this week’s Game of Thrones season six premiere involved scene-setting for the action to come, but there was one big shocker at the very end of the episode.
In the closing moments, Red Priestess Melisandre, played by Carice van Houten, disrobed in front of a mirror and turned into an incredibly old naked woman.
The internet is awash with theories about what this might mean for the rest of the season – and, most importantly, for Kit Harington’s Jon Snow, who so far appears to be very dead…
One initial hypothesis voiced by The Independent’s Christopher Hooton is that Melisandre has “given up decades of her life to give them to Jon”. Earlier in the episode, she went to see Snow’s body and looked very glum indeed, repeating that it was he who she had seen in her visions in the fire. Will she give her “life energy” to him? “It’s very possible we’ll see her do this next episode before presumably dying – having maxed out the amount of years she could give up and still be non-arthritic enough to do a bit of magic,” says Hooton.
A more common theory is that Melisandre has been old for a long time and hid her true image using “glamor” magic – something discussed in George RR Martin’s books that allows witches to weave “light and shadow and desire to make illusions that trick the eye”. Van Houten has previously said her character is “way over” 100 years old, suggesting this is the first time we have seen the real Melisandre.
The way in which Melisandre removed her necklace suggested it might be significant in her transformation. It changed colour as she took it off and once it was away from her neck, she swiftly aged by decades. Some believe the power of youth is therefore in the piece of jewellery, which could be used to help Snow. However, one fan pointed out that young Melisandre has been seen in previous seasons without the necklace.
A slightly off-piste theory is that Melisandre is the witch from Cersei’s prophecy at the beginning of season five. A flashback showed a young Cersei being told she would have three children with gold crowns and gold shrouds. “Now that we know what we know about Melisandre, is it possible that these two characters are the same person?” asks Leah Thomas at Bustle. “I would love it if Melisandre has been pulling strings for decades. It would also be incredible fitting, considering that the season six premiere showed up a Melisandre whose faith in prophecy is faltering, as well as a Cersei who seems to be finally believing it and giving in to her fate.”
The most complicated hypothesis is born from Martin’s books and was being discussed on fan forums long before season six began. Azor Ahai is a legendary figure in the faith of R’hllor who is believed to have forged a sword called the Lightbringer to defeat the darkness of the Great Other. A prophecy says he will be reborn as the Prince That Was Promised. Melisandre once thought this would be Stannis, but appears to have later put her faith in Snow. “When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone,” says the prophecy. Fans believe Melisandre is the red star.
Another layer in the Azor Ahai theory is that the “red star” in the prophecy is the daughter of Shiera Seastar and Bloodraven, bastard children of King Aegon IV Targaryen. Even before season six, fans had speculated that Melisandre could be the daughter. The descriptions of Melisandre and Shiera in the books are very similar – both have “full breasts”, a “heart-shaped face”, narrow waists and an intense impact on the men they meet. Is it possible that Melisandre has been hiding her true identity because she is part of the deposed House Targaryen?
Jon Snow dead
Perhaps the most depressing theory is that now that Jon Snow is dead, Melisandre has simply given up. “It’s easy to make jokes about an old naked woman, but seeing Melisandre unmasked and unglamored is to see her truly undone, too,” says Sonia Saraiya at Salon. “Her visions appear to have been lying to her; her Azor Ahai reborn is now dead. And this mortal coil that she has augmented, with a kind of magical cosmetic surgery, to continue getting her way with the men of this world, is now just sad evidence of her ultimate hollowness.”
Melisandre doesn’t know her own strength
Josh Wigler at the Hollywood Reporter agrees that Melisandre is potentially key to bringing Jon Snow back to life, but he says “perhaps even Melisandre isn’t fully aware of her own powers”. He points to the story of Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye), a red priest of the Lord of Light, who had brought his friend Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) back to life six times. Before Thoros realised what he was capable of, he had suffered a lack of faith. “I knelt beside his cold body and said the words, because I believed in them,” he tells Melisandre in season three. “He was my friend, and he was dead, and they were the only words I knew. And for the first time in my life, the Lord replied. Beric’s eyes opened, and I knew the truth: our god is the one true god.”
Wigler notes: “By his own admission, Thoros was jaded and lost, a man of faith without much faith at all, only finding hope once all hope was lost.
“If it sounds like a familiar song, that’s because it is: Melisandre is presently undergoing her own crisis of faith… Like Thoros, all she needs to do is say the magic words.”
Game of Thrones: Spoiler-light reviews of ‘creepy’ series six premiere
Game of Thrones is back, with a premiere full of shocks, bloody acts and creepy reveals – but no definite answer about the fate of Jon Snow.
Season six is the first time the TV series has moved ahead of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, so even dedicated readers have no idea what will happen. Reviewers say the first episode, The Red Woman, resolved some of the cliffhangers from the last series, but also has a few shocks in store, including one very creepy reveal involving a leading lady.
“The tension was incredible,” says Ed Power in the Daily Telegraph.
Season six opened with the camera swooping low over Castle Black and pausing on noble Jon Snow after his bloody run-in with the traitorous Night’s Watch.
“Alas, the Bastard of Winterfell (Kit Harington) was, for the time being at least, staying very dead indeed,” says Power. This was confirmed by “a haunting close-up of his waxy visage and the pool of scarlet arranged like a skewed halo”.
Short of spelling out: “He’s dead!” in huge flaming letters, the writers couldn’t have driven the point home harder, adds the critic, who asks whether this was “a sadistic riposte to fans” who have waited a year to see if their heart-throb will return or “a sleight-of-hand intended to make his eventual reappearance all the more dramatically satisfying”.
Christopher Hooton in The Independent writes: “The last season of Game of Thrones didn’t so much end on a cliff-hanger as a splat on the beach below. Jon Snow is unequivocally dead,” or so we’ve been repeatedly told over the past few months.
However, he adds, the sheer amount of screen time given to his body “suggested more than just a ‘funeral then we all move on with our lives’ narrative”.
With the “obligatory Jon Snow death check” out of the way, this episode was mostly about setting up the playing field for the rest of the season, continues the critic.
Indeed, it was “a sombre, sturdy opening”, says Matt Fowler on IGN. While “not a high watermark for the show”, the series’ opener resolved some cliff-hangers and included “a big creepy reveal regarding Melisandre right at the end”.
It also set up the pieces on the chessboard and managed to touch upon just about every character in the ensemble, says the journalist, a much easier task these days, “now that the herd is so thin”.
Yes, it was a “table-setting episode”, says Daniel Fienberg at the Hollywood Reporter, as premieres are supposed to be. The episode did what it needed, putting this mammoth locomotive back on the track.
Being Game of Thrones, however, there were a few shockers, including some gory violence and nudity that is “more shocking in its narrative ramifications than its gratuity or titillation”. And while the answer to Snow’s wellbeing comes quickly, says Fienberg, “it needn’t necessarily be permanent, because what things are?”
Game of Thrones season six: Who has the biggest axe to grind?
Game of Thrones begins a new series on Monday and it’s set to be a violent affair. Trailers show tension mounting in every scene – with dragons, fire, threats and battles aplenty. With so many characters wronged in the first five seasons, who will be seeking revenge in series six?
Cersei wasn’t the only one to fall from grace in season five – Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) briefly became queen after marrying the young King Tommen Lannister but then found herself imprisoned by the Faith Militant for lying about her brother’s sexuality. Although still in her cell at the end of season five, Dormer has said viewers can expect to see a very different side to her in the new series. “It’s very liberating to play someone who’s losing their sh*t,” she told the Radio Times.
Emilia Clarke’s Dany, the Mother of Dragons, has been on one of the longest missions to right what she sees as the wrongs of her past. Her family and its power over Westeros were destroyed, forcing her into exile at a young age. While it looked as if she might be able to rally enough men and women to help her take back the throne, she was left in a tricky spot at the end of last season. The latest trailers suggest she has been captured by a Dothraki horde – but can she persuade them to join her fight?
Last seen jumping from the walls of Winterfell in a brave escape from her psychotic husband, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) looks likely to be hell bent on vengeance. After suffering at the hands of the late King Joffrey, she escaped the Lannisters only to be pushed into a marriage to Ramsey Bolton that began with a brutal rape on her wedding night. Turner has said this is “Sansa Stark’s season”, summing up her character in series six as: “Boss. Ass. Bitch.”
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) suffered a giant fall from grace in season five, going from manipulative queen to a prisoner paraded naked through the streets of King’s Landing by the Sparrows. She is also about to learn that her only daughter was murdered in Dorne. In one trailer, Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon) tells her to order her “man” to step aside or there’ll be violence. “I choose violence,” she replies, apparently setting the tone for the season as a whole.
The youngest Stark sister, played by Maisie Williams, has been reciting her Kill List since the first season, intent on avenging the deaths of her family and friends. However, when she finally crossed one of her marks off the list last season, she found herself in deep trouble: blinded for her lack of discipline by the Faceless Men, the order of assassins she joined. Will she remain with the order or continue her vendetta against the Lannisters and other targets?
Game of Thrones: How to watch season six online next week
Game of Thrones is back! Well, almost. The first episode, entitled The Red Woman, airs on 24 April on HBO at 9pm Eastern time in the US.
If you want to watch episode live – or if you’ll simply be too excited to sleep – there is good news: Sky Atlantic has announced it will show the episode in the UK as it airs in the US. That’s 2am on 25 April, so you might find yourself needing a nap at your desk later on.
If that sounds a bit too rich for your blood, don’t worry. Sky will air The Red Woman again at 9pm for those with jobs and lives.
Each season of Game of Thrones has broken records for the number of pirated downloads, but this leaves you open to risks such as downloading malware or even finding yourself in legal hot water. Luckily, there are plenty of legitimate ways to keep up with series six online.
US viewers can subscribe to HBO Go or HBO Now to watch on computers, tablets, phones and Smart TVs. Meanwhile, Sky has exclusive rights to broadcast Game of Thrones in the UK so if you’re a subscriber, you can watch live or catch up using the Sky Go or Sky Q app, depending on your subscription.
If you don’t have Sky, you can still watch Game of Thrones if you sign up to Now TV. For a monthly fee of £6.99 (plus a £14.99 box, if you want to watch it on television), you get access to 13 channels, including Sky Atlantic, not included in a standard Freeview package and can watch your favourite episodes over and over. Now TV apps can be installed on mobile phones, tablets, and games consoles, giving you plenty of ways to watch.
Game of Thrones: Will Sansa join forces with Davos?
Game of Thrones fans have long speculated about when and how some of the show’s characters might come face-to-face. Well, now there’s reason to believe that two inhabitants of Westeros are going to have their first ever meeting – thanks to an eagle-eyed fan on Reddit.
A user going by the name Fallofmen10 noticed something very interesting in the background of the two season six trailers released so far. In the first, Sansa Stark appears in a stone chamber with a chandelier in the background, while the second teaser shows Davos Seaworth standing it what looks like the same room, with the same chandelier.
Could an alliance with Stannis Baratheon’s right-hand man be part of Sansa’s plan to take back Winterfell? It might not seem like a likely prospect – Davos himself admitted he wasn’t much of a fighter in the first teaser, but it would make sense for him to pick up where his beloved master left off and try to drive the Bolton army out of the North.
Or maybe the props team simply spent all their budget on longbows and prosthetic severed heads and thought no one would notice if they stuck the same chandelier up in two separate scenes.
Game of Thrones season six: What did the ‘shocking’ LA premiere reveal?
With much fanfare and anticipation, Game of Thrones season six premiered in Los Angeles last night. So what did the first look reveal about the upcoming series?
The opening episode was shown to a select audience in Hollywood’s famous Chinese Theatre ahead of its television premiere later this month. Being the first season to significantly depart from the narrative in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books, few had any idea of the story to follow.
The audience, however, was given a stern warning, says Jane Mulkerrins in theDaily Telegraph: “Anyone revealing spoilers or plot points would face excommunication, or, worse, be married off to Ramsay Bolton.”
That said, Mulkerrins reveals that the series features a “mournful, melancholy curtain up” following on directly from the final scene of season five, showing a lifeless Jon Snow on the “same snowy spot where the last tragic, bloody episode ended”.
The opening episode is titled The Red Woman, after the mystical Melisandre, who “in no way dominates the action”, adds the critic. Instead, it is heavy on violence and brutality, featuring epic scenes of armies on the march, along with defiant declarations to avenge the dead. It is lighter than many episodes on sex and nudity.
But by the hour’s end, notes Mulkerrins, “a luridly surprising twist, sets the scene for some powerful sorcery to come”.
The “ultra-mysterious” first episode prompted exclamations of “wow” and its variations, “incredible” and “spectacular”, says James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly. Unlike some years, when Thrones started with a slower paced first episode, The Red Woman “hits the ground at full sprint”.
Hibberd says this is partly due to the strength of last year’s finale, which included Dany’s capture by the Dothraki, Cersei’s Walk of Shame, Arya being blinded, Snow’s death and Sansa and Theon fleeing Winterfell. This “intense” new hour picks up right where those cliff-hangers left off, he says.
The premiere spends a lot of time at Castle Black, continues the critic, who also warns that there are some “genuinely shocking” scenes even hard-core fans won’t see coming.
Yes, numerous moments “elicited gasps of shock, unexpected (and uncomfortable) laughter, and long moments of stunned silence”, says Josh Wigler in the Hollywood Reporter, and Snow remains part of the conversation, even as a corpse.
Afterwards, a teaser previewed the weeks ahead, continues the journalist: “Based on what was shown, it looks like season six will be a chilling one indeed.”
Something else we know about the upcoming season is that Sansa Stark is headed for a big and powerful role, says Joanna Robinson in Vanity Fair. That’s according to the actress who plays her, anyway.
“After everything Sansa’s gone through, it’s going to be a big one,” Sophie Turner told the magazine/
Describing her season six character in three words, Turner chose: “Boss. Ass. Bitch,” prompting Robinson to ask: “Should Cersei be frightened that Sansa is coming for her title?”
Game of Thrones season six will arrive on Sky Atlantic at 2am on 25 April in the UK.
However, the lucky few invited to the LA screening weren’t the only ones treated to some brand new footage. HBO has ramped up the anticipation by a releasing a late-in-the-game trailer for the season six opener, which is now less than two weeks away. It might not compare to seeing a full episode, but the two-minute teaser will have to do.
Backed by a martial drum beat, the trailer promises, blood, battle and plenty of dragons. Cersei, as one might expect, is out for blood following her Walk of Shame at the hands of the High Sparrow. “Show them what Lannisters are,” she orders her son, Tommen. “What we do to our enemies.”
Nor is she the only one hell-bent on vengeance. Sansa is on the warpath and has her husband/rapist, Ramsay Bolton, in her sights.
Absent from the action is Jon Snow, who is still officially dead, despite fan rumours to the contrary. But one moment will be of interest to the “alive” faction.
“Make no mistake – the dead are coming,” Davos warns.
He’s talking about the White Walkers, but given the fervent speculation over Snow’s status, it’s hard not to read something more into it.
Game of Thrones series six: First episode title revealed
Game of Thrones fans now have an episode title and a synopsis for the opening show in series six of the bloody fantasy drama.
The series, which returns to UK screens on 25 April, begins with The Red Woman, which fans have quickly sussed as a probable reference to the priestess Melisandre, who many suspect will use her magic to bring Jon Snow back from the dead somehow.
Based on the exclusive clip screened at SXSW, which showed Melisandre telling Davos that she saw “him” in the flames, the theory makes sense. However, the synopsis remains insistent that fan favourite Snow has definitely ceased to be.
“Jon Snow is dead. Daenerys meets a strong man. Cersei sees her daughter again,” it says.
Kit Harington, who plays Snow, is not on the cast list for the episode – but that won’t end fan speculation. For one thing, the actor has already confirmed he was on set during filming in Northern Ireland, although he says he will only appear as a corpse. We’ll see…
Adding to the excitement, HBO have a released a tantalising synopsis hinting at what’s in store for rest of the new series.
Following the shocking events of the series five finale, “survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates”, says the press release. “Familiar faces will forge new alliances,” while “new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south”.
Former glamour model Katie Price looked lovely as she slipped back into a wedding dress for her new TV show. Read more below!
The Loose Women panellist and reality TV star has been married three times – but Katie looked far from tired of posing up a storm in a stunning bridal gown as she filmed her new soon-to-be-launched show Katie Price’s Pony Club in Cheshire.
The 37-year-old entrepreneur and former Celebrity Big Brother winner was joined by other mums from the show who were all dressed up in bridal gowns too for a wedding-theme night out.
Keen horsewoman Katie, who married ex stripper Kieran Hayler in 2013, will teach her children and their young friends a series of challenges on the TLC show.
The new six-part reality series will follow a group of young novice riders and their mums as they take on the elitist world of pony clubs.
Katie, who was previously married to singer Peter Andre and kickboxer Alex Reid, is a devoted mum to Harvey,13, from her relationship with former Manchester United footballer Dwight Yorke.
She had Junior, 10, and Princess, eight with Peter and she and Kieran have a son Jett and baby daughter Bunny together.
Katie has hired a ‘glam squad’ from Manchester for the new show and she has had lip enhancements, botox treatments and collagen-boosting LED facial masks – the latest celebrity must have – with aesthetic practitioner Rebecca McDermott, makeup artist Francesca Britton and brow educator Naomi Bardusco.
Katie – who is open about the beauty treatments she has had done – has said she will not let anyone else but Rebecca, who has also treated Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosby and Marnie Simpson and TOWIE’s Sam and Billie Faeirs, Ferne McCann and Chloe Sims, touch her face. Katie has visited Rebecca’s Whitefield salon for treatments.
The local entrepreneur of Mac Aesthetics started her career as a psychiatric nurse and now has two clinics in Manchester and Birmingham.
Rebecca, Francesca and Naomi will all feature in the show.
Francesca said: “She is amazing. She is really down to earth.”