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Rita Ora and Taika Waititi have just celebrated their first wedding anniversary after tying the knot in an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles.

Now, the jeweller behind the singer’s stunning five carat diamond wedding band has shared candid details about the ring and what it was like to work with the hitmaker, 32.

Talking exclusively to 9Honey Celebrity, Zena K’dor from House of K’Dor described Ora as a ‘beautiful soul’ and said she wanted a ‘timeless’ wedding band ‘with a modern twist’.

Ora opted for a stunning band that features almost five carats of the finest natural, round, brilliant diamonds in an 18k white gold setting to match her reported $860,000 emerald green engagement ring.

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While not disclosing the exact price of the bespoke band, K’dor said her husband Tarick K’dor handcrafted the ring in the House of K’dor Atelier after they were approached by Ora earlier this year.

”We’re super excited, I met Rita earlier this year when she was here in Sydney filming,” K’dor said.

“When she saw the collection, she looked at it and she was familiar with the brand and that was incredible for me.

“I love her music, style and energy and has such a really cool vibe and for her to know about the brand and admire it, that’s how the relationship formed.

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“She reached out and said she wanted to see the collection, she’s just such a beautiful soul. With all our guests, they enter the boutique and our home and that’s when she suggested we design her wedding band, someone I admire, it was so special.”

About the ring design, K’dor said Ora wanted ”something that stood out” and matched her personality. 

“It’s a timeless wedding band with a modern twist. She wanted something unique and she’s such an artist and has unique fashion, she’s cool and contemporary,” K’dor said.

“We wanted that band that had a modern twist that represented her.”

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“It was meticulously hand-crafted in our Sydney atelier and it’s just under five carats of natural round diamonds, it’s a beautiful band.

“She wanted a piece that stood out, she could wear on her own solo or with the emerald green engagement ring she had.

“We wanted a band that fitted her personally and lifestyle, the diamonds are triple excellent, brilliant and all natural.”

K’dor, who has worked with the likes of Kelly Rowland and Natalie Bassingthwaighte, went on to say that it was really easy working with Ora.

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“She’s beautiful and just radiates,” she explained.

“What I loved about her was how kind and genuine she really is and it’s nice to work with someone who appreciates workmanship.”

K’dor said she met Waititi, 48, and Ora’s family throughout the design process and said you can tell just how in love the newlyweds are.

“Her mother and whole family were amazing. They are such a cool couple, artistic, [full of] so much love and modern,” she said. 

“It makes me so happy to be a part of the journey, it’s sublime. It’s a highlight.

“We treat everyone the same and everyone gets the K’dor experience. It’s a family. It’s celebrating moments and moments like this that give us the ultimate fulfilment.”

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“As a designer, it’s incredible to see someone like that represent your brand.”

The star couple, who got together at a mutual friend’s birthday party while both in Australia for work in 2021 – Ora on The Voice Australia and Waititi for Thor: Love & Thunder – only just confirmed their 2022 nuptials this year.

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In January, Ora confirmed her wedding and said on Heart Radio Breakfast: ”Yes [I am married]. I am officially off the market people. I chose to keep it more private and keep it to myself more but with my new video I am playing on what could have been”.

”It was perfect. It was exactly, exactly how I wanted… It is nice to keep some things just to myself sometimes it was nice and sweet… Sorry it’s not that interesting. One day I will throw a big party.”

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Published Date: Mon, 04 Sep 2023 00:09:00 GMT

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‘It wasn’t worth it’: Why Tom Selleck took a three-year break at the peak of his career

Tom Selleck has made a name for himself in Hollywood with an impressive CV to boot, known for his roles in Magnum PI, Blue Bloods and Friends.

Despite becoming a household name, Selleck has learned that family always comes first.

While his career was thriving, starring as the lead for Magnum PI, Selleck made the sudden decision to take a break from acting.

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The decision came out of Selleck’s desire to step back from the Hollywood lifestyle.

“I quit Magnum, not because I didn’t like it or I was tired of it,” Selleck told People magazine.

“I was tired from it, And I wanted a three-dimensional life because I didn’t have one.”

Selleck has since revealed that the decision came after his daughter, Hannah, was hospitalised with viral pneumonia, People reports. 

“I got off that train,” he told People in a recent interview as he promotes his upcoming memoir.

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09:  Actor Tom Selleck (C) with wife Jillie Mack (R) and daughter Hannah (L) arrive at the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards held in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 9, 2005 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

The star had, at the time, signed on to star in the 1992 film Christopher Columbus: The Discovery. He committed to the film but missed a lot of the preparation while his daughter was receiving treatment. 

“I had agreed to do the picture because Marlon Brando was in it,” Selleck told People. 

“I missed all the rehearsal and everything. We got Hannah home, and then I went, but I didn’t like that.”

After the film, despite having the opportunity to work with Brando, Selleck says “it wasn’t worth it”.

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Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack attend CBS' "The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special" at CBS Televison City on October 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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“It was never going to be worth it,” Selleck told People.

“And I said, this is crazy. I quit Magnum really, to have a family, and now I’m jumping at every movie that comes along.” 

This realisation sparked a self-imposed three year hiatus for the star in which time he prioritised time with family.

Reflecting on the time off with People in 2020, Selleck said that he “put up” with reporting that he had “disappeared” and that ultimately the “big lull” in his career helped the star “put a lot of things in perspective”.

Today the actor is balancing time with family with his work on the police series Blue Bloods.

He is living with his wife, Jillie, on their ranch in Ventura, California.

“I’ve always treasured the balance between work and time with my family. It’s always about them,” he told People.

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Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 04:04:00 GMT

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‘Shameful’: Sydney Sweeney reacts to producer’s negative comments

Actress Sydney Sweeney has hit back at comments from film producer Carol Baum who said Sweeney is “not pretty” and “she can’t act.”

In a statement to E! News on April 17, a representative for Sweeney commented, “How sad that a woman in the position to share her expertise and experience chooses instead to attack another woman.

“If that’s what she’s learned in her decades in the industry and feels is appropriate to teach to her students, that’s shameful.”

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“To unjustly disparage a fellow female producer speaks volumes about Ms. Baum’s character.”

Baum, who was a producer on films such as Fly Away Home, Father of the Bride and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, made the comments during a conversation with the audience after a screening of her 1988 film Dead Ringers on April 11.

Speaking with New York Times film critic Janet Maslin before an audience of fans, the director said.

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“There’s an actress who everybody loves now, Sydney Sweeney… I don’t get Sydney Sweeney.”

Baum explained that she began watching Sweeney’s recent film Anyone But You but eventually found it “unwatchable”.

She recalled asking her class USC School of Cinematic Arts where she teaches, “I said to my class, ‘Explain this girl to me. She’s not pretty, she can’t act. Why is she so hot?'”

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Maslin, who moderated the talk, later took to X, formerly Twitter after the backlash, explaining, ”We brought up Anyone But You because it’s been the rare smash hit rom-com at a time when they aren’t working. Not because we wanted to take cheap shots at anyone.”

Many came to Sweeney’s defence after the comments were first revealed, with Teddy Schwarzman, a producer on Sweeney’s new film Immaculate, writing on X formerly Twitter, “I’ll enlighten Ms. Baum that two-time Emmy nominee Sydney Sweeney is not only one of the most talented actresses I’ve worked with, but also incredibly smart, kind and humble.

“I’m not sure why someone who claims to still be a producer would make such terribly ugly comments.”

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Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 03:04:00 GMT

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Ashanti and Nelly announce they’re engaged and expecting a baby: ‘So excited’

Congratulations are in order for singer Ashanti and rapper Nelly.

The reunited couple have gone public with both a pregnancy and their engagement.

They shared the news exclusively with Essence magazine, which posted an announcement Wednesday on social media.

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“This new year of my life is such a blessing full of love, hope, and anticipation,” Ashanti, 43, said in a statement to the publication.

“Motherhood is something that I have looked forward to, and sharing this with my family, fiancé, and loyal fans, who have been so supportive of my career, is an amazing experience.”

Ashanti had some fun with the news on her own verified Instagram account, with a video in which she’s seen preparing for a performance.

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When her mother and manager Tina Y. Douglas asks her how much time she’s going to need in the clip, Ashanti quips, “I’m gonna need about nine months” as he mother gasps and the screen goes to a logo for Proov, an at-home fertility and hormone marker test.

In a statement to CNN, the singer said, “As you know, I am so close with my mom and dad, so I am looking forward to being an amazing parent to our child, like they were to me and my sister. Nelly and I are so excited to welcome and love on Baby Haynes.” (Nelly’s real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.)

Ashanti and Nelly, 49, confirmed in September that they were reunited as a couple, 20 years after they were first linked together in a relationship that ended after a decade.

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Ashanti attended the MTV VMA Awards around that time, where Nelly was a scheduled performer. She carried a clutch with a photo of her and Nelly from when they attended the awards ceremony together back in 2003.

During an interview with E! News at the event, Ashanti said she thought the bag was “cute” and was asked if she and the Hot in Here star were in a relationship again.

After some laughing, she responded coyly with, “I mean…yeah.”

Nelly also came clean during an appearance with Love and Hip Hop Atlanta stars Rasheeda and Kirk Frost on her Boss Moves with Rasheeda show last fall.

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“We cool again,” Nelly said. “I think it surprised both of us. It wasn’t anything that was planned.”

CNN has reached out to representatives for Nelly for additional comment.

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