Eight days later she was in Pyongyang in a luxurious villa that was constantly guarded.
Despite being divorced, Mr Shin and his ex-wife had remained close and he went to Hong Kong to look for her. He too was later abducted.
The late Mr Kim, who ruled North Korea from his father’s death in 1994 until his own in 2011, was said to be a great film buff, and an avid watcher of Hollywood movies.
He had hoped that the couple’s presence in the North could help their film industry compete on the international stage. After eight years, the couple won Mr Kim’s trust and were allowed to travel to Vienna to promote their films.
While in Vienna, the duo sought political asylum at the US embassy. They returned to South Korea years later and Mr Shin died in 2006.
The outlandish tale has gone on to grip audiences across the globe. In 2016, a film titled “The Lovers and the Despot” premiered, following the life of the couple as they were kidnapped and taken to North Korea.
‘Gone but never forgotten’
Ms Choi’s passing has been widely mourned across South Korea.
“I went to see her movie when I was in high school,” said 82-year-old actress Um Aing-ran. “After seeing her acting I decided to become an actress.”
Other social media users also remembered her.
“You were such a beauty. You really had a rough life, you are gone now but your passion for acting will never be forgotten,” said one user on Naver. “I hope you reunited with Mr Shin and be happy.”
“We say there is no life without a story. But her life was so dramatic,” said another Naver user. “I [will] remember your elegance. Rest in peace.”
Ms Choi’s funeral will be held on Thursday in Seoul.
But is it right to set up an account and post in your child’s name when they aren’t able to give consent?
As is often the case, things aren’t as clear cut as they may first appear.
For starters, some famous names may just be setting up a social media handle in their baby’s name for them to use later on should they want it.
That could be the case with baby True, for example, whose Instagram handle is @true. There are not yet any posts on her account, although she already has 138,000 followers. Her mother has posted on her own account more than 3,000 times.
True’s cousin, Dream, was born in 2016 and also has her own Instagram account – with almost a million followers. But to date, there are still no posts to the account of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna’s baby.
On the other hand, Asahd Khaled’s account features more than 350 posts and the one-year-old already has a huge 1.8m followers.
His Instagram feed mainly consists of family photos and some fashion shoots with the odd celebrity face thrown in.
Similarly, Boomer Phelps – the son of Olympic champion swimmer Michael and his wife Nicole – is a prolific poster with nearly 250 posts in his short life.
It is worth noting that Instagram guidelines require users to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account.
“I would rather see a dedicated account for a baby than to see someone’s personal account swarmed with only baby pictures,” Luke James Dunn posted on the BBC News Entertainment Facebook page.
‘Child as an accessory’
Nicole James agrees: “It would be a place for me to stick all the endless baby pictures that won’t annoy my friends, and it’s also like a little memory book I can pass on. You can always make the account private.”
Yvonne Vincent says she wouldn’t create an Instagram account for her baby “but part of me thinks some celebrity kids are going to grow up without privacy anyway so what does it matter? It’s treating your child as an accessory, which is pretty horrible really”.
Indeed, there are many famous names who deliberately don’t put pictures of their children on social media – or if they do, their faces are obscured – including TV presenters Holly Willoughby and Emma Willis.
Award-winning blogger Jen Walshaw, who runs parenting website Mum in the Madhouse, has been posting images of herself and her two boys on her Instagram account for several years.
She says it’s all about being mindful of what you post, especially as they get older (the boys are now 12 and 13).
Jen has also never used her sons’ real names.
“I’ve never posted pictures of them naked or on the potty. I’ve never called them by their first names [they’re referred to as Maxi and Mini].
“But now I want them to be judged for themselves and tell their own stories.”
The eldest has his own account, which Jen says is private and “has about four pictures of football boots!”
She cautions: “You’ve got to bear in my mind they’re the first generation growing up with this digital footprint that they haven’t created.
“If my two wanted me to delete all the posts, that’s their prerogative.”
But if you land financial bonuses as a result of your online life, there are more factors to consider.
Jen says if she benefits financially from her Instagram posts i.e. a free holiday “and it involves the boys, we make a decision as a family”.
“The payback might be that they get the experiences,” she explains.
Dr Victoria Nash, deputy director of the Oxford Internet Institute, agrees that people should think before they post.
“We are becoming much more aware… in the early days, we put pictures of kids up willy nilly.
“The major pitfalls include increasingly recognising that children have rights of consent. Who owns a child’s identity?
“It’s impossible to really delete anything from the internet. Even if in five years, they delete the account, someone may have screen-shotted it. You have to think about the type of picture you post – could this be embarrassing later?”
Dr Nash says we are becoming more aware of what might be appropriate – “it’s more common for people to ask permission from other parents to post pictures of their children online” – but she says most of us still post our holiday pictures for all to see.
Where celebrities are concerned, Dr Nash suggests they should look at their motives: “Am I using my child to further my own celebrity? I don’t want to judge as I’ve not been in that situation but it is a consideration.”
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Sir Cliff Richard felt “violated and betrayed” by BBC coverage of a police search of his flat, TV and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford has said.
In a witness statement presented to the singer’s High Court privacy case against the corporation, she said her friend was left “extremely distressed”.
Sir Cliff was not charged after South Yorkshire Police’s investigation into a historical sexual assault claim.
The BBC says its August 2014 report was of legitimate public interest.
Lawyers for the broadcaster maintain it acted in good faith and its journalists had respected Sir Cliff’s “presumption of innocence”.
Ms Hunniford, who attended some of the court hearings with Sir Cliff, said she had been watching television when the BBC first reported officers were searching his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire.
“That the police were searching my friend’s apartment was of course a shock in itself, but to witness the search being carried out on television apparently in real time, with a helicopter filming overhead, together with details of the appalling criminal allegations that the police were said to be investigating, seemed beyond belief,” she said.
Sir Cliff, 77, is suing the BBC for the misuse of private information and breaking data protection rules.
He told the judge how the BBC decision to name him and report on the raid left him feeling “forever tainted” and “smeared”.
Ms Hunniford’s statement said Sir Cliff had always been the “most positive and upbeat of people” but after the coverage “he seemed a different person; broken and extremely confused”.
She said there was a “real emotional and mental change… and even a physical one” in the two years it took for prosecutors to announce Sir Cliff would not be charged.
Ms Hunniford, who hosted a daily show on BBC Radio 2 for 10 years and currently presents Rip Off Britain on BBC One, has known Sir Cliff since 1969.
She said after the raid he “tried to keep things as normal as he could” and they continued to go on holidays together and spent occasional time at his home in Portugal.
“He was clearly trying to stay positive and put on a brave face on things, but he was not quite succeeding,” she said.
Ms Hunniford said Sir Cliff later spoke of how relieved he was when cleared.
She added: “I could tell that he was, but at the same time I could still see evidence of the toll that this extraordinarily difficult time had taken upon him. When I gave him a hug, he had lost so much weight that he felt like skin and bones.”
Ms Hunniford said while Sir Cliff now “seems more his old self and is looking a lot better… he cannot stop talking about how violated and betrayed he feels about the BBC decision to broadcast the police search of his apartment and create the media storm that ensued”.
One of the singer’s lawyers, Paul Morris, gave evidence to the court and described South Yorkshire Police’s investigation into Sir Cliff as “astonishingly long”.
Sir Cliff’s business manager, Malcolm Smith, told the judge, Mr Justice Mann, it was hoped the investigation would be over within 12 weeks. But he said it was delayed by further false allegations that “would not have been made but for the BBC publicising the raid in the way they did”.
‘Bonkers but brilliant’
Police had been looking into a claim Sir Cliff sexually assaulted a boy under the age of 16 in Sheffield in 1985.
South Yorkshire Police has settled its own privacy case with Sir Cliff for £400,000 and argues that the BBC should pay a share of this because its actions were “far more causative of the damage suffered”.
Former Det Supt Matthew Fenwick told the court on Monday that police only agreed to tell the BBC about the raid because it had wanted to stop reporter Dan Johnson breaking the story before it had a chance to search Sir Cliff’s flat.
Details of text message conversations between Mr Johnson and South Yorkshire Police’s head of media, Carrie Goodwin, on the day of the raid were raised in court by the BBC’s barrister Gavin Millar.
The lawyer referred to a message Ms Goodwin sent a few hours after the search and the first BBC broadcast, to ask Mr Johnson whether he had had a “good day”.
Mr Johnson said it had been “bonkers but brilliant. Thanks for your help. Hope it went well from your point of view. Any idea what happens next?”
In response, Ms Goodwin said: “Just waiting for meeting to be arranged – everyone thinks we tipped you off so lots of grief from the media but nothing we cannot handle.”
Cross-examined by Mr Millar, she denied police had been “perfectly happy to use Johnson and the BBC after his initial approach to get coverage” for its “high profile” investigation, saying his suggestion “couldn’t be further from the truth”.
Ms Goodwin also rejected the lawyer’s assertion the force had gone “out of its way” to help the BBC to report the case.
Sad to hear famed sitcom writer Ronald Chesney has died aged 98. One half of the writing team behind such shows as The Rag Trade, Meet the Wife and On the Buses he was also in his younger days Britain’s most famous and successful harmonica player. Lovely modest chap too. #RIPpic.twitter.com/n05Vuw1mOc
Radar Radio, which describes itself as “the next generation of radio”, is known for its shows highlighting both new and established musical talent. Past guests have included Cardi B, M.I.A, and JME.
Pxssy Palace, a DJ collective which had a show on Radar, was one of the first to release a statement about its experience with the station.
It cited “a string of disappointing experiences with Radar” – which it says included “allowing the airing of sexist, homophobic and transphobic shows”, “organisational racism” indicated by an imbalance in pay and promotion, and “creating an uncomfortable and toxic environment”.
Radar Radio, which is owned by Ollie Ashley, the son of Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley, responded to Pxssy Palace’s claims in a statement that was published on its blog last Friday.
“We were very concerned and disappointed to see the statement from Pxssy Palace suggesting that we are getting some important aspects wrong.
“We don’t agree with all the opinions in that statement but like most organisations we know we are capable of making mistakes and have to be vigilant to maintain standards.”
I am deeply saddened by the recent news regarding Radar Radio. Unfortunately, due to these views being so far removed from my own, this has left me with no choice but to step down as host of the breakfast show. I would like to thank all my listeners and every single guest.
However, more allegations against the radio station surfaced when a person claiming to be a former employee released an anonymous blog post regarding her mistreatment at Radar Radio.
She told Newsbeat: “There was a producer who grabbed my bum when I was out at a club one night.”
She also claims that the harassment continued in the office.
When she wrote about the experience on social media, she claims a manager told her “it’s just boys being boys” and “either tell a manager or stay silent on the topic”.
She says she was told to sign a confidentiality agreement, but has now decided to speak out.
“I’ve heard conversations of Radar staff behind the scenes saying very misogynistic things, very homophobic things, very very racist things – and it’s like, you wouldn’t have a platform if it wasn’t for black people.
“The idea that young white men can come in, use this platform that’s built off the back of grime and have racist views at the same time is really really messed up.”
Ive decided to stop my show on Radar Radio. I’ve addressed all the previous hang ups Ive had with em head on & w the relevant people. This recent allegation is a GIANT nail in the coffin and I ain’t gonna turn a blind eye out of expected “loyalty”.
“I still refuse to go to a festival that is owned by someone who is anti-LGBT and pro-gun”.
Those were the words from Cara Delevingne as she explained her decision to boycott Coachella to her 41m fans on Instagram on Sunday.
Despite being left “speechless” and in tears by what she called Beyonce’s “iconic” headline performance, the 25-year-old continues to protest against the alleged values of its billionaire owner Philip Anschutz – who has been linked with far-right Christian evangelical groups.
Delevingne, a supporter of gay rights and herself sexually fluid, added that she should be “allowed to shame that man and the festival and still show my appreciation of an artist at the same time”.
In response to the model’s remarks, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) released a statement saying it “wholeheartedly” supports the LGBT community.
The statement said: “Our recent support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and its vital work speaks to our organization’s true values.”
Anschutz went on to express “regret” if any money given to charities “may have worked against these values”.
“That was not my intention, it does not reflect my beliefs, and I am committed to making sure it does not happen again”.
Anschutz, 78, made his initial fortune through the oil, road and telecom industries before forming AEG in 1999.
Its live music arm, AEG Live, brought Goldenvoice in 2001 which operates Coachella, as well as a host of venues worldwide – including the London O2.
But the accusations – which Anschutz denies – relate to payments made to hard-line conservative religious and political groups across the US, through his charitable foundation.
Same-sex marriage opposition – Culture website The Fader detailed alleged payments made by Anschutz to a number of hard-line conservative politicians. This included a payment of £1,900 to Republican Scott Tipton. a strong opponent of same-sex marriage and abortion, in October 2017.
Pro-gun support – The same Fader investigation alleged that in March, he gave £3,780 to Senator Cory Gardner, a vocal pro-gun advocate. Following the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people, Gardner came out against gun control. “This is a tragedy, if you’re trying to politicize it, or if anyone is trying to politicise it, then shame on them,” he told TIME.
Anschutz released a statement at the time strenuously denying all the allegations, branding them “garbage” and “fake news”.
In his statement to The Fader website, Anschutz said: “I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation.”
The billionaire went on to highlight the diversity of AEG’s workforce as evidence, saying: “We do not tolerate discrimination in any form.”
“Both The Anschutz Foundation and I contribute to numerous organizations that pursue a wide range of causes.” He added that both he and his foundation “immediately ceased all contributions” to organisations if it was discovered they were funding anti-LGBT initiatives.
Delevingne’s renewed criticisms of Anschutz followed fan claims that her support of Beyonce’s Coachella set was hypocritical given her stance on its in owner.
In response, she posted in an Instagram story: “Just because I love Beyoncé doesn’t mean I now love Coachella. My hashtag was #Nochella, I still wouldn’t go.”
The model added: “Don’t let anyone come between you and your truth”.
Renowned Irish country singer Big Tom McBride has died at the age of 81, after a career spanning more than five decades.
But his impact stretched further afield than the Emerald Isle, bringing joy and comfort to those settling in the UK.
“When you hear Big Tom singing, for those three minutes of that song, you were back home again.”
This is how Tyrone man Aidan Quinn described the king of country Big Tom McBride, who he had known all of his life.
The son of the singer Philomena Begley – the queen of the scene – he recalled how Big Tom always had time for everyone.
“He always kept his footing,” said Mr Quinn. “Fame and fortune didn’t really mean anything to him.”
‘Happy at home’
It was back home in Ireland that Big Tom was at his happiest.
“He was happy out, happy in the local pub, happy at church of a Sunday morning, happy in his family life, happy at home,” said Mr Quinn.
It was, perhaps, that connection to home and the “story in every song” that proved irresistible to so many Irish in the 1960s and 1970s, when emigration played heavy on hearts and minds – romantic Ireland dead and gone.
The Irish in London married and settled in places like Kilburn and Cricklewood, and in cities such as Manchester and Birmingham.
And with Catholic Ireland left behind, clubs and dancehalls became new places to worship.
The Galtymore, the original Ballroom of Romance that opened its doors in Cricklewood in 1952, was alive – sizzling with hope and opportunity for what the future might hold.
Big Tom’s music became part of a show band soundtrack for that first generation, and the second that quickly followed.
Culture, it seemed, became a huge emotional support for the emigrants at a time when Ireland felt so far away.
“In the late 1960s, London was unimaginably further then than it would be for any Irish digital native of today,” said historian and author of The Men Who Built Britain, Ultan Cowley.
“Back then a call home could necessitate standing in a public telephone booth, with a stack of hard-earned silver at the ready, frantically feeding coins into the pay-per-minute call box.”
Almost a decade ago – on May 25, 2008 – Big Tom returned to The Galtymore to play a final waltz in front of a full house at the iconic north London venue.
“In the 1960s, many of us spent our time in poor accommodation in Cricklewood, Kilburn, Manchester or Liverpool,” says Dr Joe Kearney, co-author of From the Candy Store to the Galtymore.
“The Galtymore, The 32 Club, The Gresham and the Hibernian in London were Meccas for us. They were packed to the rafters every time the show bands came to town.”
And there will never be another Big Tom to bring that sense of home to the community.
“Everybody knows the name Big Tom McBride regardless of whether you were into country music or you weren’t,” said Mr Quinn.
“He was a very unique character, he was 100% one of a kind – a national treasure.”
Siobhan Breatnach is editor-in chief for the Irish Post, the biggest-selling newspaper for the Irish diaspora in Britain and globally.
A Fox News host is the mystery third client of US President Donald Trump’s lawyer, a court has heard.
A judge ruled that Michael Cohen, the president’s personal attorney, must reveal the link to Sean Hannity.
Monday’s hearing in New York City follows an FBI raid this month on the presidential lawyer’s home and office, which Mr Hannity has called an anti-Trump “witch hunt”.
A vocal Trump advocate, Mr Hannity denied he was a client of Mr Cohen.
The conservative host, who is known for passionately defending Mr Trump on his Fox News show against what he describes as biased attacks by the media, had never previously divulged any legal ties to the president’s attorney.
Fox News said in a statement: “While Fox News was unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support.”
What is the court case about?
FBI agents who raided Mr Cohen’s home and evidence were looking for evidence on various matters, including a $130,000 (£90,000) payment made to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Mr Trump and was paid “hush money”.
Monday saw the judge deny Mr Cohen’s attempts to prevent prosecutors from reviewing the materials seized in the FBI raids.
Mr Trump’s attorney says the computers, phones and documents should be protected under attorney-client privilege.
But Judge Kimba Wood ruled his application for a preliminary injunction was premature.
The judge allowed prosecutors to proceed with the cataloguing of evidence seized in the raids while a system is set up to ensure that records protected by attorney-client privilege are not disclosed to investigators.
But she will also consider appointing a “special master” to play a supervisory role in the process.
In response to some wild speculation, let me make clear that I did not ask Michael Cohen to bring this proceeding on my behalf, I have no personal interest in this proceeding, and, in fact, asked that my de minimis discussions with Michael Cohen,