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Bono has banned Donald Trump from attending U2's tour in the States... it's the Dredge

All the day’s dirt.

EVERY WEEKDAY MORNING, rounds up the best of the day’s celebrity dirt from the top to the very bottom.

U2 World Tour Source: JONATHAN HAYWARD

Bono has banned President Donald Trump from attending U2′s current North American leg of the band’s new tour.

The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour began in Vancouver on Friday night, and in Seattle over the weekend Bono didn’t hold back when asked if the new President would be welcome – telling The Mirror:

People who voted for Trump are welcome here but he’s not.

U2′s lead singer is apparently furious that Trump has cut funding in the fight against HIV:

Bill Gates will be here tonight, he will tell you ‘but that doesn’t work guys.’ He can’t level it off because people will die.
So I don’t wanna (Trump).

The tour, set to arrive in Dublin in July, is celebrating 30 years since the release of The Joshua Tree – with the gigs in Seattle and Vancouver giving us an idea of what the setlist will look like in Croker this summer.

MUSIC U2 Vancouver 20170512 Source: JONATHAN HAYWARD

Bono also revealed to The Mirror that U2′s new single was inspired by RTÉ pundit Eamon Dunphy:

Eamon Dunphy had a very big influence on our new single. He said when speaking of my missus that ‘Ali was the best thing about Bono.’ So we’ve written a song called You’re The Best Thing About Me.

Early draft titles probably included ‘I’ve managed to stay alive for 63 and a half years baby’ and ‘Niall Quinn is a creep’.

‘You’re The Best Thing About Me’ sounds like the better fit tbh. (Mirror)

Proving once again that Drake is never one to miss a party, the rapper turned up at the last minute to chaperone his cousin to her prom. 


Imagine rolling up to your Debs with Drake casually by your side:


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His cousin is Jalaah Moore and she goes to Fairley High School in Memphis.

So Drake was essentially a third wheel as Jalaah already had a date. Look at the three of them here:

drakeprom Source: @LocalMemphis

TMZ report that Drake didn’t perform at the dance, but was with the pair for most of the night “hanging out”:

Drake flew in Saturday … ordered them a white Rolls Royce to drive them to prom, and also paid for their custom matching outfits.
Afterward, he threw Jalaah a party at Hard Rock for about 400 of her suddenly super-close friends.

For the record, Drake’s dad is Jalaah’s grandmother’s brother… so, making them second cousins.

drakeprom2 Source: @LocalMemphis

Not a bad night out at all.

Prom 2017 #FairleyHighSchool #901 #YoungLove @hyfr_jalaah 🙌🏽💙🌺

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Her date might be raging that he was completely overshadowed – but sure look, a free matching outfit and an after-party are probably worth it.

Weekend cooking 🍗 (more on stories)

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Harry Styles’ new girlfriend Tess Ward has asked new followers to be nice to her – after a week of trolling by a small section of One Direction fans. 

The new relationship was revealed last week, so Tess came in for a lot more online attention than she’s used to:

She wrote:

I am thankful but please be kind to me. All I want is to share beautiful food with you all.

Fair enough.

Everyone, be sound.  (The Sun)

And the rest of the day’s dirt…

  • Kevin Hart has revealed he and wife Eniko Parrish are expecting their first child together. (E!Online)
  • Cat Deeley and Patrick Kielty were out for a Mother’s Day lunch in LA yesterday. Long way from Belfast for Paddy. (DailyMail)
  • Vogue Williams has denied her relationship with Spencer Matthews is fake. (
  • Heidi Montag was cradling her new baby bump on Instagram for Mother’s Day (US Magazine)
  • The ‘Avril Lavigne died 12 years ago and was replaced’ conspiracy theory has raised its head again. Definitely true. (Mirror)

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