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Sophie Gradon, a reality star who appeared on the British dating show Love Island, was found dead at a residence in Medburn, Ponteland this past Wednesday.
She was 32 years old.
“At about 8:27 p.m. yesterday (20 June) police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased,” Northumbria Police told BBC News in a statement Thursday, adding:
“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.”
Gradon’s cause of death is unknown at the moment.
The late Love Island contest’s boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, also paid touching tribute to Sophie on Facebook, writing the following:
“I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always.”
Armstrong included the following selfie with Gradon along with this heartwrenching caption:
Love Island is hosted by Caroline Flack and it plops single people down in a luxurious paradise, with the hope that they will find romance with each other there.
Throughout the series, Flack delivers challenges, twists and surprise announcements to the stars, each meant to test the relationships between those “stranded” on this island.
To remain on the program, contestants must couple up and win the hearts of the public, as viewers ultimately decide who stays on Love Island and who goes.
Flack, meanwhile, responded to Gradon’s passing on Twitter:
“So very sad . Such a beautiful soul …. such a beautiful smile …thoughts and love with friends and family @sophiegradon.”
And the series itself had this to say:
“The whole ITV2 and Love Island team are profoundly saddened to hear the news about Sophie, and our deepest sympathies and thoughts go to her family and friends.”
Gradon, who had over 400,000 Instagram followers, appeared on Love Island in 2016.
So did Alex Bowen, who said on social media that Sophia was “a beautiful person with a beautiful soul,” while Kady McDermott, another 2016 participant, said she was “absolutely heartbroken” over this news.
The 32-year old, it’s worth noting, was also crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009.
The organizers of the latter beauty pageant said on Twitter they were “sending all our love” to Gradon’s family. And we are doing the same.
Meanwhile, an on-screen tribute was featured prior to Thursday’s episode of the show:
Other reality television stars have also mourning Gradon online, with Mario Falcone from The Only Way is Essex saying he was left “speechless” by the news.
We send our condolences to Gradon’s friends, family members and loved ones.
May she rest in peace.
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As it turns out, not everyone loves Meghan Markle.
As it also turns out, not everyone is tolerant of people who are not Caucasian.
A pretty major flap has arisen in Great Britain after The Daily Mail obtained text messages from a woman named Jo Marney.
She is (or was, keep reading…) the girlfriend of a British politician named Henry Bolton and she GOES OFF on Markle in these explicit messages, writing the kinds of things one would expect to only hear from Donald Trump.
(Just kidding. Sort of.)
An ex-model, Marney refers to Markle in these texts as Prince Harry’s “black American fiancee,” adding that she will “taint” the Royal Family with “her seed.”
No, seriously. She wrote all that.
She also said Markle will pave the way for a “black king” to rule the nation.
It’s unclear to whom Marney is texting, but when she gets called out for being awful and racist, she responds as follows:
“lol so what. Not wanting other races and cultures to invade your own culture doesn’t mean I hate their race. Just means I don’t want their cultures invading mine.”
It’s a fine line, apparently.
(Marney also says that she would never have sex with “a negro” because they are “ugly,” but, hey, she doesn’t have any issues with that race, okay?!?)
Bolton, meanwhile, is a 54-year old leader in The UK Independence Party who some citizens wanted to resign even before this new scandal hit…because he left his wife and two kids for the 25-year old Marney.
He has broken up with his girlfriend in the wake of this public flap, but he may still be ousted by the party’s ruling National Executive Committee on Thursday.
If this happens, it would leave the party having to elect its fifth leader in just over a year and a half.
Here is a photo of the controversial former couple:
In a statement to The Mail, Marney apologized and claimed her comments had been taken out of context, which is pretty hilarious.
This is what she wrote for her mea culpa:
“No offense was intended and, again, I apologize unreservedly for any such offense or hurt that my messages have caused to members of the public, members of Ukip, my friends, family and loved ones.”
Markle’s father is white and her mother is African-American.
Sadly, she has faced a great deal of harassment concerning her mixed heritage ever since entering the spotlight as Harry’s girlfriend.
In November of 2016, the Internet trolls grew so loud in their racism that Prince Harry instructed Kensington Palace to issue a strongly worded statement in regards to a “wave of abuse and harassment.”
“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with [Prince Harry] that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” this statement read, adding:
“He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game.’ He strongly disagrees.
“This is not a game – it is her life and his.”
In their first joint interview as an engaged couple, Markle and Harry addressed this topic.
They remained level-headed about it and are refusing to let horrible people such as Marney influence their happiness in any way, shape or form.
“At the end of the day I am proud of who I am and where I have come from and we have never put any focus on that, we have just focused on who we are as a couple,” said the actress at the time.
Good for her.
And very bad for Marney. Very, very, very, very bad.
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According to what has been described as a “well-sourced report” in The Daily Mail on Thursday, Markle sat with the Queen of England for tea last week, conversing with Her Majesty for approximately an hour.
Naturally, this sit-down has only fueled speculation that Markle is very close to becoming a part of Great Britain’s most famous family.
Royal expert Richard Kay filed the aforementioned report and claims that “everything about the tea-time meeting was deliberately informal” in a bid to “settle any nerves Meghan might have felt.”
This is supposedly the first time Markle has ever visited the monarch’s official residence.
And it arrived about a month after she and Harry were all lovey dovey with each other in Toronto at the Invictus Games.
For the past several weeks, nary a day has gone by without some entertainment outlet alleging Harry has already popped the question.
We keep waiting for that Internet-shattering announcement to be made, but we keep being disappointed every time we fire up our Internet machines.
However, a separate report claims Harry and Markle aren’t only engaged, but are already discussing marriage plans.
And what they have in mind may very well crush the hopes, dreams and spirits of millions in Great Britain.
Unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton, Harry allegedly does NOT want to get married at Westminster Abbey.
In fact, he wants such a low key affair that the traditional Royal Wedding Bank Holiday across the region would not be needed.
This possibility has left many British people angry and concerned because it means they would have to go to school and/or work on the day Harry gets hitched.
“Pomp and pageantry is the last thing he would want,” a source says of this handsome Prince, adding:
“I can see him wanting to get married at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
“It would stop it from turning into a total media circus and give the day a sense of privacy that Harry so badly craves.”
Moreover, yet another insider tells Us Weekly that Markle – who may be quitting USA Network smash hit Suits for her man – won’t make a giant deal out of their engagement, either.
“They will most likely hold a small photo call at Kensington Palace, with just one photographer and a journalist invited,” this tabloid writes.
“On the same day, they’ll do a TV interview that will be syndicated around the world.”
Perhaps they’ll also give The Hollywood Gossip an exclusive? Maybe there’s a small chance?
Okay, probably not.
But a website can dream, can’t it?