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Designer Michael Costello has apologized to Leona Lewis after she complained that he body shamed her during a dress fitting in 2014.

Costello admitted he was “completely blindsided” by the singer’s claims that he bullied her.

Lewis, 36, shared her experiences with Costello after he accused Chrissy Teigen of bullying him to the point of considering suicide.

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Lewis said that back in 2014, she was asked to take part in a fashion show to raise money for charity. Costello was assigned as her designer.

However, the British star claimed she felt “very awkward and uncomfortable” at the fitting because “the dress was a sample size and he/his team clearly did not want it to fit me”.

She said Costello canceled on her, adding: “He no longer wanted to dress me and he abandoned his commitments to me and the show which made me well aware that I wasn’t the body type required.”

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Lewis, who has since lost weight, said she suffered “personally and professionally” due to Costello’s actions, adding: “The most hurtful thing is that it was to raise money for charity, and this went against everything we were trying to do.”

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Costello, who is openly ghey, responded in a post on his Instagram page, insisting he was “surprised” by the singer’s allegations because he “fangirled” over her at the fitting.

“I was really surprised to hear about your traumatic experience with me from the Go Red Women charity event in 2014. I flew to New York just to fit you and we had a wonderful time at the fitting. I fangirled over you and told you how much I loved your songs. You are one of the most talented and beautiful women I know. We took photos and I left options of dresses for you with the charity.

“You told me you absolutely loved the dresses, so much so that even after that event in 2014, you continue to wear and post me on your own IG in 2015, Your team has continuously reached out to me to pull custom looks for you, which I was happy to create. The most recent request I received from you was May 17, 2021.”

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The 38-year-old designer, who employed this plus-size model during his L.A. Fashion week runway show in 2019, continued:

“I don’t take accusations of body shaming lightly, as I have built a career as celebrating diverse women of all shapes and sizes,” he continued. “But if I did unintentionally hurt you and you continued to support me, I want to apologize to you directly. This caught me by surprise, I am completely blindsided.”

Concluding his open letter, Costello wrote: “Whenever you’re ready, I’m here. Let’s have a heart-to-heart conversation. @leonalewis.”

Lewis was discovered on the TV talent show ‘The X Factor.’ Her debut album, Spirit, went 10x platinum in the UK and became the 4th best selling album of the 2000s.

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End of An Era: Twitter Reacts to Atlanta Hawks Replacing Ryan Cameron with Big Tigger as Announcer

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The Atlanta Hawks have replaced announcer Ryan Cameron with Big Tigger. The Hawks also hired Tenitra Batiste as in-game sports analyst.

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As the news spread on social media on Wednesday, Cameron’s fans voiced their outrage.

One Twitter user wrote: “I love Big Tigg but what’s up with Ryan Cameron? No one announces the for 3s like he does.”

Cameron, father to daughters Ryan Megan and Kai and son Cayden, has not responded to the report.

Cameron is the host of Ryan Cameron Uncensored from 2p-6p on Majic 107.5 FM in Atlanta.



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Outrage Over Barack Obama’s 60th Birthday BBQ with 500 Guests Amid COVID Surge

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Barack Obama sparked outrage over his huge 60th birthday bash with a guest list of 500 people at his beachfront Martha’s Vineyard mansion amid a surge in Delta variant cases.

The former U.S. President hired 200 workers for the huge bash next weekend to celebrate turning 60 on Aug. 4.

AXIOS reports that all attendees must be tested for COVID and be fully vaccinated, but face masks are not required.

Politicians, public figures, and social media users expressed outrage over news of the bash. But the White House dismissed the criticism.

READ ALSO: Barack Obama Urges Black Americans to Get Vaccines Because ‘Wealthy and Powerful’ Are Taking It

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Others pointed out the hypocrisy of elites like Obama operating under a different set of rules than average Americans.

Mark R. Jacobsen, an Assistant Dean at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University tweeted:

“Sorry Mr President @BarackObama – my kid would like a big birthday bash too – but this is tone deaf and we need some more leadership from influencers like you.”

Greg Pollowitz, Twitchy.com editor, said: “Obama must cancel his birthday party.” Pollowitz cited a recent Covid-19 outbreak in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as the reason.

Mediate Senior Columnist John Ziegler tweeted:

“Elite Liberals: The two greatest threats we face are the COVID pandemic and global warming!! Also Elite Liberals: Let’s have a huge party on super-expensive beach front property we own, even though we claim to believe it will be soon overrun by the rising ocean!!”

Twitter also dragged Obama’s advisor Valerie Jarrett who asked the public for donations for Obama’s Presidential Center in Chicago.

“My dear friend @BarackObama is turning 60 tomorrow. For his birthday gift, I’m asking you to chip in $6 or $60 to help us bring the Obama Presidential Center to life in Chicago. Donate at http://obama.org/60-for-60/ #HappyBdayObama.”

Candace Owens tweeted in response:

“LOL.
He is throwing a party with 700 people on a private beach in Martha’s Vineyard but please peasants, remember to give whatever is left in your savings accounts to his causes and remember— we’re all in this together!”



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DaBaby Reportedly Lost Lollapalooza Gig After Failing to Deliver Apology Video

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Earlier this month, it was reported that rapper DaBaby did not respond to requests from LGBT+ groups to help create an HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign targeting Black males.

DaBaby was “canceled” after uttering anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ comments during his set at Rolling Loud music festival in Miami last month.

In addition to the PSA campaign, the “Suge” rapper was asked by music festival organizers to record a video of his “sincere and heartfelt” apology to the LGBT+ community.

According to industry insiders, DaBaby agreed to record a video in which he planned to confess that he was “touched” by a male family acquaintance as a child.

That incident reportedly fueled his longstanding hostility and resentment toward homosexuals as an adult.

READ ALSO: Elton John Drives the Final Nail Into DaBaby’s Rap Career

As reported by Billboard, a publicist for DaBaby reached out to seven fall festival promoters and assured them that the video was forthcoming.

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The apology video was to be played before he hit the stage at Lollapalooza. However, DaBaby missed the deadline to submit the video to Lollapalooza organizers for their approval.

He was dropped from the lineup and his slot was given to another rapper with feminine tendencies, Young Thug.

DaBaby has since lost lucrative gigs at other music festivals including Governors Ball, Parklife, Day N Vegas, ACL Fest, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

To control the significant damage to his rap career, DaBaby’s publicist wrote a heartfelt apology to the LGBT+ community and shared it on the rapper’s Instagram.

But the third party apology was too little, too late.
 

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