The other day in my post about Adele ahead of her two performances at Hyde Park this weekend (her first public shows in five years), I wondered about the celebrity attendance. Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden were there, hanging out with Adele’s ex-husband Simon Konecki and her boyfriend Rich Paul. You can see a photo of the four of them here. Also Niall Horan, Natalie Portman, James Corden, Idris Elba, Luke Evans, and Joe Locke and Sebastian Croft, aka Charlie and Ben from Heartstopper.
Speaking of Heartstopper, there was a cast reunion this weekend for Pride in London…
Happy Pride ðŸ³ï¸â€ðŸŒˆðŸ’–ðŸ³ï¸â€âš§ï¸ðŸ‚ pic.twitter.com/74gwgavK58— Sebastian Croft (@SebastianCroft) June 2, 2022
…where they met the hate with middle fingers and a LOT of fun.
#Heartstopper's @joelocke03 merrily bouncing up and down while giving the middle finger to bigots is definitely the energy I want to take into the rest of July. Iconic. Heartstopper cast: we love you all SO MUCH #PrideInLondon https://t.co/x7gp9ZwHxP pic.twitter.com/cYpi11xsUC— PinkNews (@PinkNews) July 2, 2022
A tale of two generations, right there. On one side is fear, people desperately clinging to their small, narrow existence, a status quo meant to only include the few. On the other side is the future – a resistance built on joy and love.
And that was Adele’s energy for her shows too as she draped herself in a Pride flag on night one when she sang “When We Were Young”.
That flag, by the way, was borrowed. From a fan called Dean who shared how it all happened on Twitter – thread below:
Dean and his friend Jack bought that flag for eight quid at Holborn Station and in return were seated in diamond VIP, before being moved to even better seats later on – basically on stage with her – and then got the shoutout of a lifetime from Adele herself.
And that’s the story of how a Pride flag will always pay off.
Yours in gossip,