The teenage Beyoncé fan whose friends managed to get her a FaceTime call from the star has died of cancer just four days after she spoke to her idol. Ebony Banks’ heartbreaking story reached the 35-year-old pregnant singer through a social media campaign that Ebony’s friends started online and the Formation singer then surprised the teenager, who has been battling with a rare form of cancer, with a video call on Wednesday. Shortly after Beyoncé granted her final wish, the youngster passed away on Sunday.
Out of Iraq director, Chris McKim, has said the struggle faced by a gay couple in his latest film to leave the country in a bid to be together proves that ‘love conquers all’. The film follows the real lives of two young soldiers who fall in love in Iraq, and risk being separated when Nayyef receives a US visa to work as a translator and Btoo is left behind with his family growing increasingly suspicious at his long-distance phone calls. Speaking to the Standard following the documentary’s UK premiere at BFI Flare, McKim – who previously worked on RuPaul's Drag Race – said the film’s message was a positive one, despite the couple’s struggle.
Is Val Kilmer Okay? The 57-year-old star has posted a series of “creepy and obsessive” tweets about actress Cate Blanchett, admitting to having dreams about her where “her husband wasn’t in them”. The Top Gun star posted almost two dozen messages on the social network about Blanchett, 47, even including photos and memories of having met her.
Coleen Nolan broke down on Loose Women as she recalled the “earth shattering” moment her sister Linda was been diagnosed with cancer again. Coleen, 52, made the admission as she returned to Loose Women to explain her recent absence from the ITV show. Coleen fought back tears as she said: “My sister Linda had an accident where she fell up the stairs and she broke her hip.