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Celebs slammed for using taxpayer money for furlough and Dame Judi plans to keep going

Several high profile celebrities have come under fire for claiming money from the government to furlough their employees despite being worth millions – or even billions. A company linked to the former President of the United States, Donald Trump, claimed from the UK government for employees of his luxury golf resort in Aberdeenshire. Despite Trump being worth an estimated £2.2 billion, the company claimed £25,000 from the government to furlough staff.

Celebs slammed for using taxpayer money for furlough and Dame Judi plans to keep going
Matilda Davies
· 4 min read

Several high profile celebrities have come under fire for claiming money from the government to furlough their employees despite being worth millions – or even billions. A company linked to the former President of the United States, Donald Trump, claimed from the UK government for employees of his luxury golf resort in Aberdeenshire. Despite Trump being worth an estimated £2.2 billion, the company claimed £25,000 from the government to furlough staff.

Famous chefs Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver also used government money to furlough their restaurant staff, claiming £25,000 and £10,000, respectively. The furlough scheme is expected to cost taxpayers over £50 billion, causing many to hit out at the celebrities online for not using their own fortunes to pay staff. Other implicated celebs included Tony Blair, James Blunt, model Cara Delevigne and the Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips.

Chrissy Teigen has revealed she plans to open a restaurant in Beverly Hills

After two bestselling cookbooks, Chrissy Teigen plans to open her own restaurant in Beverly Hills. She said she is looking at market and restaurant spaces in the "heart of Beverly Hills" and has already hired interior designer Jake Arnold to work on the project. He has worked with several other celebs, including Rashida Jones, Dan Levy and Julianne Hough.

While the teaser didn't give any information on when she plans to open or what kind of restaurant it will be, she assured fans it would "disrupt some s**t". Chrissy Teigen rose to fame as a model, subsequently winning social media fans' hearts and pursuing her passion for cooking with her cookbooks and line of cookware. She also worked as a 'food stylist' on Tyra Banks' daytime talk show.

Dame Judi Dench says she is determined to keep acting despite health issues

Dame Judi Dench spoke out this week to assure fans she planned to continue acting for the foreseeable future despite her eyesight deteriorating. She told The Guardian: “I’ve had to find another way of learning lines and things, which is having great friends of mine repeat them to me over and over and over again.” She also admitted she relies on others to tell her where she needs to be standing.

The 86-year old had several films released last year, including Artemis Fowl and Six Minutes to Midnight. She also has two movies due to be released this year: Belfast, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and British comedy Off the Rails.

Rosamund Pike has spoken out against airbrushing after her cleavage was enhanced on a film poster

Rosamund Pike hit out against “body-tuning”, saying that it is causing many to lose “grip” on what their bodies actually look like. She said for the poster of 2011 film Johnny English Reborn her breasts were augmented to look “massive”. She said in the poster for Radioactive, where she played Marie Curie, her eyes were altered to be brown, when they are blue in real life.

She added: “Those are the obvious times, right? But there’s probably countless times where our image is doctored and we don’t notice it. Because I think we’re all losing our grip on what we really look like.”

New documentary will expose publicist Max Clifford for predatory behaviour

A new Channel 4 documentary to be released on Monday will play audio tapes of publicist Max Clifford boasting about hosting celebrity orgies, cheating on his wife and tricking women. The exposé shows Clifford explaining he posed as the fictional Terry Denton to lure women to his office to give him sexual favours. He is also heard talking about cheating on his first wife while she was dying of cancer with married women the couple were friends with.

The recordings in the documentary were obtained in 2004 for Clifford’s best-selling biography Read All About It. Clifford, who died in 2017, was convicted of eight indecent assaults during his lifetime. His former clients included Michael Jackson, Simon Cowell, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and OJ Simpson.

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Matilda Davies
Matilda Davies
Matilda is an experienced journalist and content creator who has written for local, national and global publications. She is passionate about culture and lifestyle content, and connecting with audiences through these topics.