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Little Simz hopes to sample Michelle Obama on new song after presidential shout-out


Little Simz’s next track might feature Michelle Obama (Picture: Getty)

Little Simz is aiming to sample Michelle Obama on a future track after America’s former First Lady championed her music.

The 26-year-old Londoner was gobsmacked last month when both Michelle and her hubby, former US president Barack, spotlighted her music.

‘It’s very, very surreal,’ Simz told Guilty Pleasures after Michelle shared her track Pink Youth on a ‘Black Girl Magic’ playlist, while Barack highlighted One Life, Might Live as his song of the summer.

She added: ‘To know that my music would migrate from north London to the Obama household is insane to get my head around. But in the same breath, it makes sense, I guess? I think they’ve got great taste in music!’

Simz’s career just gets bigger and bigger after she scooped the best album award for Grey Area at a socially distanced ceremony for The Ivors.

Celebrating with co-writer Inflo, the star said: ‘I feel good. I feel humbled.’ Robbed of the chance to milk the acclaim on the red carpet, she said: ‘I wish there was a ceremony to go to, but you know. It’s all good either way. Having applause would have been great!’

Michelle shared Little Simz track Pink Youth on a ‘Black Girl Magic’ playlist (Picture: Getty Images)

She said attending the event would have given her an opportunity to approach some of the other nominees including rapper Dave, who won the best contemporary song prize for Black.

‘Doing something with Dave at some point would be really cool. I’ve worked with Stormzy before but it would be nice to touch base with him and maybe do something,’ she added.

Pic caption: Winner: Little Simz scooped best album at The Ivors PICTURE: GETTY

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Paul: Normal fans went crazy after my sex with Daisy

Normal People heartthrob Paul Mescal says he won’t let dirty DMs from admirers on social media force him out of the industry.

The 25-year-old revealed that after getting naked with co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones in the TV hit he has been flooded with indecent proposals.

Paul and Daisy appear in the latest issue of Elle with actress Alicia Vikander on the cover (Picture: ELLE UK/ Hans Feurer)
Fringe benefits: Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal (below) are among Elle’s top movers and shakers in 2020 (Picture: ELLE UK/RUTH OSSAI)

The Irish lad confided: ‘I felt objectified after Normal People. It’s to be expected, given the intimacy of my scenes, but it doesn’t make it easier. I daren’t read some of the intense DMs I receive. But it’s not enough to put me off the industry.’

Explaining what he might be doing instead, Mescal — who lives in east London — said: ‘I almost joined the army at 16. But my love for Gaelic football and acting kept me in Ireland.’

Meanwhile, Edgar-Jones is feeling pressure about her own appearance after lockdown forced her to let a friend cut her fringe, which gained iconic status on the BBC3 show.

‘I owe everything to my fringe,’ said the 22-year-old beauty, who dates Game of Thrones star Tom Varey in real life.

‘In true break-up style, I got it after being devastated about a role I didn’t get.

(Picture: ELLE UK/RUTH OSSAI)

‘Then I landed parts in War Of The Worlds and Normal People.

‘My flatmate had to cut it during lockdown — it was a lot of pressure.’

Daisy and Paul have both been voted as top movers and shakers on The Elle List in the October issue of ELLE UK, out tomorrow.

It all turns out rosé as Nicole and Brad holiday at vineyard

Brad Pitt and lover Nicole Poturalski will have no doubt toasted their romance with his new pink fizz after he entered the crowded celebrity booze race.

Pitt, who is holidaying at his French vineyard with the married 27-year-old German model, is touting rosé champagne Fleur de Miraval at £285 a bottle.

Brad Pitt is touting rosé champagne at £285 a bottle

His competition includes tipples from George Clooney, Kylie Minogue and Ryan Reynolds.

But the 56-year-old Oscar winner gushed: ‘Miraval isn’t a “celebrity” wine for me.

‘Above all, it’s a wonderful, exceptional estate that I fell in love with, and that I continue to invest in to make it one of the finest in Provence. The result is spectacular and I’m very proud of it.’

Hammer time: Armie’s a builder

Actor Armie Hammer is living up to his name — by swapping Hollywood for lockdown work as a builder. After splitting from his wife, Elizabeth Chambers, the Call Me By Your Name star has been living and working with his pal Ashton Ramsey. 

Armie Hammer is living up to his name (Picture: Getty Images for IFP)

armie hammer

On his 34th birthday, Hammer posted a photo of Ashley (above) on Instagram, hailing him as ‘the most supportive friend anyone could ask for’.

He added: ‘For the last 2 months I have lived with Ashton, worked construction with Ashton, and hiked with Ashton every day.’

Ezra: OCD makes me feel horrible…

George Ezra has spoken of his battle with a form of obsessive compulsive disorder called ‘Pure O’ which leaves him feeling like ‘a horrible person’ and ‘vacant to the world’.

George Ezra battles with a form of obsessive compulsive disorder (Picture: Sakura/WENN.com)

‘Pure O is when you have the thought patterns and the intrusive thoughts without any of the physical actions to relieve them,’ said the 27-year-old Shotgun singer.

Sharing how it has dogged his life, he told the BBC: ‘You go, “In this situation the worst thing you could think is…” And then you have that thought. And then you think, “Come on, don’t have that thought again”… And then you do.’

Caring Brad cooped up with his mother

Bradley Cooper has spent the pandemic in the house with his frail 80-year-old mum and three-year-old daughter Lea. The actor, 45, said: ‘We have not left.’

Kanye: My fortune Trumps president’s

Kanye West has denied his US presidential bid is a diversion tactic by pal Donald Trump. The rapper, 43, scoffed: ‘Bro, can’t nobody pay me… I got more money than Trump.’

Engagement draws to a close for Sienna

Sienna Miller has suffered more, er, art ache — she’s split up with her gallerist fiancé Lucas Zwirner, 29. The American Sniper star, 38, had hoped to start a family with him.

Billie’s J-Lonesome in hug-free lockdown…

There has been no romance in lockdown for Billie Eilish — as the singer, 18, told Capital FM the last person she hugged was Jennifer Lopez, ‘right before Covid’.

Becks feels proud to see his son Ro grow

Romeo Beckham says he’s finally a ‘man’ after turning 18. Dad David, who led his clan’s tributes to his second eldest, wrote: ‘You have grown into the most beautiful person.’

Charli: I’m feeling like moving now

Charli XCX is flogging her Hollywood mansion for £2.6million. The Brit, 28, used it to record her DIY lockdown album How I’m Feeling Now.

Spot on! Biebs’ wife cleared up his acne

Justin Bieber’s wife Hailey says the star no longer hides behind hats thanks to her beauty tips. ‘Justin was struggling with acne… It’s gone, and he’s really happy,’ she said.

Boys Don’t Cry star Chloë wanted a girl

Chloe Sevigny starred in Boys Don’t Cry — but the 45-year-old still wanted a girl when she gave birth to son Vanja. ‘I’d always secretly desired a girl,’ she confessed.

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