To kick off the new year, This Is Us star Justin Hartley went Instagram-official with actor Sofia Pernas, clearly ready to leave his own relationship drama of 2020 behind him. And this new duo is just one of many who made things official in 2021.
Here are all the biggest new celebrity couples who got together in 2021.
While Kate Middleton and Prince William typically attend the star-studded event, the Duke of Cambridge had planned to attend solo this year. Sadly, he had to cancel after the death of his grandfather, Prince Philip, on April 9.
Despite the lack of royals in attendance, everyone is bringing their fashion A-game. Chopra showed out in two fierce ensembles, while The Crown star Vanessa Kirby’s Louis Vuitton dress appears to be made of liquid metal.
The events are still in full swing, but here are the best looks from the 2021 BAFTA Awards so far.
Priyanka Chopra in Bulgari and Nick Jonas in Giorgio Armani
On April 10, Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang stole the show when he joined Weekend Update as the actual iceberg that sunk the Titanic. While he claimed he was there to promote his new album—a hyper-pop EDM new disco Fantasia called Music—Colin Jost continued to ask about the fateful night of April 14, 1912.
But Yang’s iceberg didn’t want to talk about it. “That was a really long time ago. I’ve done a lot of reflecting to try and move past it,” he said of the upcoming anniversary. “It’s one very small part me, but there’s so much going on beneath the surface that you can’t see.” (You know, like an iceberg.)
Jost kept pressing, asking the iceberg what was going through his mind during the crash. “No, these are not the questions we discussed. This is not very nice, Colin,” the ice mountain snapped. “I think my publicist was very clear. I’m not here to talk about the sinking.”
That’s when the floodgates opened. “First of all, you came to where I live and you hit me! It was midnight. I was chilling. And then I hear this Irish cacophony behind me,” he explained. “And before I turn around and go, like, ‘What?‘ Half my ass is gone, which was my best feature.”
Honestly, it wasn’t his fault! “Everyone’s talking about me, no one’s talking about the water,” The iceberg bemoaned. “What did the autopsy say, they iceberged-ed? No, they drowned, bitch. That’s not me, that’s water. But nobody’s canceling the ocean.”
You can watch the full SNL sketch (as well as Yang’s performance of the iceberg’s song, “Lover Boy”) here.
Bowen Yang has been a fan favorite since he joined Saturday Night Live as its first Asian American cast member in 2019 (and a personal fave of mine since this exceptional Grey’s Anatomy lip-sync moment), but this particular performance had him trending on Twitter once again.
“I wonder if Bowen Yang’s back hurts from carrying SNL,” one user tweeted, while many others pointed out that Yang—who is currently a featured cast member—should have been promoted to regular a long time ago.
As another Twitter user put it: “We stan Bowen Yang. A true Ice Queen.”
This time last year, most of us were on the fence about shag haircuts. Maybe it’s all the incredible inspo being served up by the likes of L.A. stylist Sal Sal and cool-girls models Mica Arganaz and Suki Waterhouse; or maybe it’s the fact we’ve spent the past year in loose sweatshirts, but it feels like we’re leaning into the shaggy vibe much more these days.
That said, it’s quite a baller move isn’t it? A traditonal shag incorporates extreme choppy layers around the crown and while it looks cool and rebellious, it’s a pretty big commitment. Since our hair is as much a statement of our personality as the clothes we wear, they have to align. “A much more ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ girl is going to suit something different from a ‘sweet’ girl,” says Luke Hersheson, Kérastase consultant and CEO of Hershesons salon. A shag is tougher than most standard chops so “you’ve got to have the confidence to wear this look,” he explains.
He’s right, as smokin’ as a “full-on shag” may look on some, it’s not for everyone. “Someone who likes a more traditional look is a different tribe,” says Hersheson. But that doesn’t mean you can’t adapt the elements of a cut that you like—*the volume, the breeziness, the attitude—*and combine it with your own style.
That’s where the “pretty shag” comes in, it combines the rebellious spirit of a shag but the structure is more laid-back, with a beachier texture. “The key thing that makes a shag a shag is layers around the front, the sides and the crown to get that volume towards the roots,” says Hersheson. “The shorter those layers are, the more extreme the look is. The longer they are, the less extreme it is. So if you want to adapt it to make it feel softer, keep the layers a little longer.”
It’s a balancing act though. “If you don’t go short enough, it won’t feel like a shag, but going in with less layers and making them slightly less drastic will still give you that rock ‘n roll vibe,” says Hersheson.
And, if you’re still not ready for the chop, clever styling can help give the illusion of layers and create that signature rounded shape around the crown. The trick is to create a bend in your hair high-up where a choppy layer should fall. Check out our how-to here.
The Nevers: As Glamour contributor Lizzie Logan writes, “Set in Victorian London, the series takes place after some supernatural event left a portion of the population with strange new abilities. Those affected, called The Touched, are feared by society. Some keep their differences secret, while others put them on display. X-Men with corsets and accents? Sign me the eff up.” 9 p.m. ET on HBO
Tuesday, April 13
My Love: Six Stories of True Love: Read Netflix’s official description, below. Streaming on Netflix
“Inspired by the acclaimed Korean documentary My Love, Don’t Cross That River, the poignant series My Love documents a year in the lives of six elderly couples from around the world. Globe-trotting through Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, the U.S., and Spain, the six-part docuseries gets to the heart of long-lasting love.”
Wednesday, April 14
Why Did You Kill Me?: The Netflix synopsis for this doc reads, “The line between justice and revenge blurs when a devastated family uses social media to track down the people who killed 24-year-old Crystal Theobald.” Streaming on Netflix
The Circle: Watch the trailer for season of this reality hit, below. Streaming on Netflix
Thursday, April 15
Younger: The seventh and final season is here. Streaming on Paramount+
Friday, April 16
Big Shot: Per Metacritic, “David E. Kelley’s latest series is set in the world of high school basketball. John Stamos stars as a fired college coach who takes a job coaching at an all-girls school, where Shiri Appleby plays his assistant and Yvette Nicole Brown is the school’s dean.” Streaming on Disney+
There’s no denying it, gray hair has been the most talked-about shade of the past year. Sure, some people have been Googling how to cover it, but the biggest conversation has been how to embrace it, or fake it. Either way some serious gray appreciation is happening.
When we asked hairstylists their hair color predictions for 2021, almost all of them spotlit grey. But we’ve spotted one shade in particular taking off. Oyster gray hair is the fresh, breezy, pearlescent color trend that’s popping up all over Instagram, and it’s perfect for summer.
The bright, white-gray color brings together platinum blonde with shimmering silver tones that look like the inside lining of an oyster shell. The key though is conditioning. The ultra glossy, mother-of-pearl sheen is what elevates this color, which means hair masks and glossing treatments are this shade’s best friend.
“This season we will definitely see a continuation of women embracing their gray hair,” says James Pryce, expert master stylist at Larry King Salon. Not only will we be embracing our God-given grays but, according to Pryce, we’ll also be faking the gray with a little help from glosses, tints, and dyes.
There will also be lots of hybrid shades that incorporate natural grays, but emphasize them with the help of beautifully applied dye.
“We will see a lot of softer, finer, shimmering balayage,” says TRESemmé lead stylist Aaron Carlo. He reckons we’ll see lots of silver shots and sparkling strands through hair to celebrate or incorporate grays. “Loads of people are embracing gray so we’ll see some amazing new ways to enhance the shade with toners and shampoos.”
To coincide with this boom in gray appreciation, the market has seen an explosion in innovation, with brands like John Frieda, Redken and Moroccanoil all increasing their offerings to protect, enhance, or create silver-gray strands.
Spin-off shades have seen an uptick, too. “Mushroom blonde“, a glossy greige, recently skyrocketed on Pinterest, with the search site noticing a 308% spike in users seeking out the shade. Even Bella Hadid toyed with the trend; she took to TikTok over lockdown to share a video of her with grey hair. Granted, it was just a really, really good filter but with such an enthusiastic response from followers, she’s might be tempted to make it permanent. Who could blame her with shades this pretty? Scroll on for some of our favorite oyster gray hair ideas.
Enter: balayage. As the ultimate minimal-maintenance color technique perfect for summer, the treatment involves sweeping sections of hair lightly with blonde and golden highlights and it has dominated salon requests for years.
The reason people are such staunch fans of the look is because, unlike other coloring techniques, the highlights are blended seamlessly throughout lengths (think soft caramels harmonized with luminous blondes) to ensure that there’s never a band of color or tell-tale roots left visible. In fact, it only gets better and more blended with time so it’s ideal for anyone who wants to stretch their color out as long as possible.
Want an even fresher take on the trend for summer 2021? Of course you do.
As we venture out of lockdown to our first hair color appointment in forever, one hair expert predicts a new color technique will dominate salons—and it’s basically balayage 2.0.
“The new balayage, otherwise known as ‘The Color Sweep’, will be the hottest hair trend of the year,” proclaims Sam Kerswell, founder of Mode Hair Lab.
It’s also been the ideal hair color solution during the pandemic and with the potential of future lockdowns being mooted, the color sweep could be the ideal solution for you.
As Kerswell explains: “We’re set to see an even bigger increase in this service post-lockdown due to the ease of the grow-out period. It still looks flattering six months down the line.”
When you get a color sweep, your professional hair stylist virtually hand-paints color onto your hair, which creates an effect similar to that of getting highlights in your hair, but the process is much more complex and creates much better and softer results.
“The main benefit is that it looks completely natural and grows out without any awkwardness,” promises Kerswell. “Unlike highlights or other hair color techniques that look unnatural and obvious during the grow out, this is so flattering.”
Want more color inspo? We’ve compiled all the hair color trends you’ll definitely want to consider this summer.
Who has been feeding Alex all that information? Throughout the series, a mystery woman referred to as “Diana the Huntress” has been providing Alex with important information about Sara’s case. Turns out, the huntress was Sara’s best friend, Marifer (Ela Velden). In another scene from the day of Sara’s death, Marifer begs Sara to come to her house in tears, leaving us with more questions than before.
Who else could have killed Sara? As you now know, César, definitely had motive and has killed before. Why? Sara has seen one of the murders César taped at his casino/brothel. In fact, César and Sergio (Juan Carlos Remolina) have been covering up multiple killings of prostitutes who’ve been forced to work for him.
Though it doesn’t seem like César is responsible for Sara’s death, it looks like his days are a free man are numbered, thanks to Alex.
Anything else? In the finale, Alex found another one of Sara’s diaries This one, however, details Sara’s struggles with her mental health, including a passage that read, “I want to die.” It also led him to discover a shallow gravesite with an actual, literal skeleton. When Alex calls his girlfriend, Eliza Lazcano (Carolina Miranda), he says he was wrong about everything. Clearly, the mystery is just getting started.
There’s good news! You won’t have to be confused for much longer (hopefully). In fact, new episodes of Who Killed Sara? are just over a month away. Netflix has announced that season two will drop on May 19, 2021.
If you don’t know, the underrated TV Land comedy centers on Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a 40-year-old divorced mom who lies about her age to get ahead in the millennial-heavy book-publishing industry. Soon she finds herself caught in a web of deceit, love triangles, and all kinds of situations. Hilary Duff plays Kelsey, her coworker.
But will these women get their happily-ever-afters? Who will Liza pick: sweet boy tattoo artist Josh or buttoned-up executive Charles? We can’t say, but we have picked up a few key details, including an exclusive first look at the show’s final season table read! Watch below:
Here’s everything else we know about Younger’s final season:
Where will it air?
Paramount Plus, exclusively. Whether you’ve been binge-watching on Hulu or watching live on TV Land, you’ll have to get a log-in to the new streaming service to finish the series. Very clever, Paramount Plus.
When will it premiere, and how many episodes will there be?
The seventh season will start streaming on April 15; it’s the perfect reward for finishing your taxes. The sixth season finale aired in 2019, and the show had to delay its final season because of the pandemic—especially since Younger is set and filmed in New York City.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there will be 12 episodes; the first four will be available on the 15th, and the others will drop each Thursday after that. An official trailer dropped March 30:
When we last saw Liza, she was weighing a marriage proposal from Charles, while Kelsey was steadily taking over the publishing world. Per an official synopsis, “Liza’s personal life is on shaky ground as she tries to stay true to herself. After a setback at work, Kelsey doubts her career decisions and discovers a new creative outlet. Maggie (Debi Mazar) gets canceled.”
The Hollywood Reporter also notes that series creator Darren Star plans to make a spin-off show centered around Kelsey.
We will update this post as more information is revealed.
UPDATE: April 10, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST— It’s official: Prince Harry will be attending the funeral for his grandfather, Prince Philip, next Saturday. Buckingham Palace also confirmed that his wife, Meghan Markle, who is pregnant with their second child, won’t be joining him.
“The Duke of Sussex is planning to attend,” a royal spokesman said at a briefing, per People. “The Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel. So the duke will be attending.”
On April 9, the couple honored Prince Philip’s memory on the Archewell website. “In loving memory of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021,” the homepage reads. “Thank you for your service…you will be greatly missed.”
ORIGINAL STORY: April 9, 2021—
Just after it was announced that Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, had passed away at the age of 99, reports emerged that Philip’s grandson, Prince Harry, would be visiting the United Kingdom to support his family and presumably attend some sort of memorial.
Harry has been in the United States since March 2020, after he and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped back from their positions as working members of the royal family, a move they made official and permanent in early 2021. They’ve since given a wide-ranging interview to Oprah Winfrey about the issues, particularly racism, they faced while in Britain, citing the British press as a major source of stress which contributed to Markle’s mental health struggles. They are now living in Southern California and expecting their second child, a girl, this summer.
The rest of the royals were reportedly dismayed at some of the comments made in the Oprah interview, though that’s not the only thing keeping them apart: The pandemic, of course, makes international travel risky and complicated.
According to government guidelines, travelers are required to self-quarantine for 10 days after arriving in the U.K., though the Daily Mail reports that five days plus a negative test also meets the current criteria. Per their source, “Harry will absolutely do his utmost to get back to the U.K. and be with his family. He will want nothing more than to be there for his family, and particularly his grandmother, during this awful time.”
The source adds, “Meghan is obviously pregnant so she will need to take advice from her doctors about whether it is safe for her to travel, but I think Harry will definitely go.”
After a story about a member of the royal family being concerned about the color of their son Archie’s skin caught particular media attention, Meghan and Harry clarified that it was not Prince Philip who made the insensitive remark. It was also unclear how much Philip, who was ill for many weeks prior to his death, was fully apprised of the situation regarding the Sussexes and their interview.