Police are pelted with rocks in second night of violent clashes in Belfast ahead of July 11 bonfires

Police are pelted with rocks in second night of violent clashes in Belfast ahead of July 11 bonfires which will be lit at midnight

  • Officers dressed in riot gear carried out a number of searches in the Belfast area
  • It’s the second consecutive day that police have come under attack by youths
  • It comes just hours before bonfires at lit as part of the annual July 12 celebrations

Police have come under attack by youths throwing bricks and bottles for the second consecutive day in Belfast ahead of the July 11 bonfires that will be lit at midnight.

A senior officer warned on Saturday that there would be consequences for those involved in the unrest on Friday which included petrol bombs being thrown.

However on Saturday afternoon, the PSNI came under attack again. Officers dressed in riot gear carried out a number of searches in the area. Assembled media were also pelted with bottles and eggs by rioters.

It comes just hours before bonfires are lit as part of the July 12 celebrations by unionist and loyalist communities in Northern Ireland to mark William III’s victory at the Battle of the Boyne. 

Earlier, Chief Inspector Peter Brannigan said evidence is being gathered on those who were involved in disorder in the North Queen Street and the New Lodge Road on Friday.

For the second consecutive day police were attacked. Here youths can be seen hitting a police vehicle with a metal pipe in the North Queen Street area of the New Lodge in Belfast

Police Service of Northern Ireland officers in riot gear carry out searches in the New Lodge area of Belfast,

Police Service of Northern Ireland officers in riot gear carry out searches in the New Lodge area of Belfast,

A youth covering his face and holding a metal pipe during unrest in Belfast today

A youth covering his face and holding a metal pipe during unrest in Belfast today

‘At around 4.10pm yesterday, police came under attack by youths who threw a number of petrol bombs across North Queen Street and on New Lodge Road,’ he said.

‘Throughout the course of the afternoon and into the early evening time a further number of petrol bombs were thrown.

‘A piece of furniture was set on fire on the middle of North Queen Street where a number of youths congregated.

‘It was also reported that youths in the vicinity of Duncairn Gardens were throwing stones at houses and at passing cars.’

Mr Brannigan said reports have been received of damage to two vehicles, one on York Street and the other on North Queen Street, ‘as a result of this senseless behaviour’.

A youth launches a plastic red cone at police on the second consecutive day of unrest in the area

A youth launches a plastic red cone at police on the second consecutive day of unrest in the area

Riot police patrolled the New Lodge area in Belfast this afternoon looking for people involved in the disorder

Riot police patrolled the New Lodge area in Belfast this afternoon looking for people involved in the disorder

‘Damage was also reported to have been caused to a property in Hallidays Road where a window was smashed,’ he said.

‘I want to make a direct appeal to the young people who were involved in this reckless activity, and to parents and guardians of young people, to please ensure you know where your young people are and what they are doing.

‘We will deploy the necessary resources to detect and deter those responsible in a proportionate manner, and we will seek to gather evidence to bring those responsible before the courts, whether through evidence-gathering or arrests at the time.

‘There will be consequences for those choosing to engage in this type of behaviour.’

Three youths cover their faces in Belfast this afternoon and carry what appear to be metal poles in the streets

Three youths cover their faces in Belfast this afternoon and carry what appear to be metal poles in the streets

He said anyone with information about what had happened should call police on 101, and quote reference number 1396 of 10/07/20.

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly has called for calm in the area, and blamed the disturbances on the erection of a Loyalist bonfire ‘near an interface’.

‘The erection of this bonfire – for the first time in eight years – is clearly an orchestrated attempt to intimidate residents and damage long-standing community relations,’ he said.

‘We have met with multiple statutory agencies and community leaders from all sides of the community to warn them of the potential for escalation and to attempt to defuse this situation.

‘The people of north Belfast do not want this type of activity on their streets.’ 

Ellie Goulding: ‘I knew we were going to get married. Weird feeling’

Undeniably glamorous 

Pop superstar Ellie Goulding speaks for the first time about the relationship that took her by surprise and why her husband is the one man she won’t write a song about   

Ellie Goulding is surrounded by boxes. A lot of them. She describes it as ‘a warehouse amount’ because her record company has just sent her ‘not joking – about 20,000’ bits of merchandise to sign to promote her new album.

The problem is, she’s currently spending lockdown in a cottage in Oxfordshire with cat Wallace and her husband Caspar Jopling, who was studying for his MBA at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School until the global pandemic ensured all the courses went online only. The cottage is too small to contain all the boxes, so Ellie is in the process of returning them to the record label, who will then send them back to her in more manageable batches.

‘I mean, I’m going to be getting, like, what’s it called?’

Repetitive strain injury?

‘Yeah!’

These are the occupational hazards of being a globally successful pop star in lockdown; the woman behind a dazzling array of hit songs including ‘Starry Eyed’, ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and a cover of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’, which she sang at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding reception.

Today, when we meet over Zoom, things are more low-key. Ellie, 33, is wearing an oversized hoodie, her hands wrapped around a giant mug of green tea. But like all the best off-duty stars, she is still undeniably glamorous with her long blonde hair, bee-stung lips and the cat-like brown eyes that make her look like a gorgeous female version of Elvis Presley.

Her keenly anticipated fourth album, Brightest Blue, is about to be released,

a month later than originally scheduled because of Covid-19. Releasing it in these conditions is ‘bittersweet’. On the one hand, she wants to be able to get out there and ‘show the world this album that I’m very proud of’. On the other, she acknowledges that ‘it’s not so bad being at home. Sitting having some tea. Chatting on Zoom.’

Clockwise from above left: Ellie and Jorja Smith at the Brit Awards in February; on stage last year in California; meeting the Queen at a reception for young people in the performing arts, 2011; a guest appearance on The Voice with Olly Murs; Ellie met her future husband at a party organised by their mutual friend Princess Eugenie; with ‘my lovely sister’ Jordan, and mum Tracey

Clockwise from above left: Ellie and Jorja Smith at the Brit Awards in February; on stage last year in California; meeting the Queen at a reception for young people in the performing arts, 2011; a guest appearance on The Voice with Olly Murs; Ellie met her future husband at a party organised by their mutual friend Princess Eugenie; with ‘my lovely sister’ Jordan, and mum Tracey

Brightest Blue is her first album after a five-year gap, during which she met her now husband, the Eton and Harvard-educated son of an aristocratic Yorkshire landowner and the nephew of art dealer Jay Jopling. The couple got married at a star-studded wedding at York Minster last August, attended by everyone from the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson to the actress Sienna Miller and singer Katy Perry.

There are no songs on the new album about Caspar, partly because, Ellie says, the first year of marriage has been ‘love hearts and butterflies and bliss… It just hasn’t struck me as something that I want to focus my writing on.’ And it is true that many of the tracks on Brightest Blue seem to have sprung from darker places of inspiration: ‘Power’ is about a woman disillusioned by the lies and embellishments of dating in an age of social media; ‘Hate Me’ delves into the angry desire to erase an ex from your life.

‘I may analyse [my marriage] at some point,’ she says. ‘But no, it was one of those things where it was a different level of sacredness. I write about [past] relationships – and still do – and it doesn’t bother Caspar whatsoever, but I explore these things because they’re valid, and they happened in my life and they’re things that made me who I am. So I think it would be wrong to get married and then think that you have to completely close your past away. He accepts that.’

The pair met in 2016 after they were seated next to each other at a dinner arranged by their mutual friend, Princess Eugenie. At the time, Ellie was determinedly single and enjoying her independence after years of what she describes as ‘serial monogamy’. She had taken a break from the relentless pace of the music industry and was stepping back from the pressures of fame and from the exhausting public act of Being Ellie Goulding. ‘I think a common misconception with me, and maybe with other performers, too, is that we’re confident and that we’re super “out there”,’ she says. ‘But it is terrifying for me to go into a group of people and I think that’s always been the case. When I look back at even being at school and college I am just a shy person. I don’t have a huge amount of confidence. 

‘It is funny seeing myself on stage – when I have to watch myself back – you know, how I sort of take on this confident role as a performer. But as soon as I’m off stage, that’s gone again. I didn’t attend a single afterparty on my tour. And they were every night. I didn’t go to a single one. Too shy.’

Despite this shyness, Ellie has had to become used to her every move being closely scrutinised. Ever since her debut album, Lights, reached number one in the UK album charts on its release in 2010, her personal life has been the subject of intense media fascination. Her exes include One Direction’s Niall Horan, the Radio 1 presenter Greg James, the record producer Skrillex and Dougie Poynter, the bassist from McFly (she did not, as is popularly claimed, date either Ed Sheeran or Prince Harry).

But, she points out, ‘me and my friends had really similar dating patterns, you know? It’s just that obviously mine were a bit more in the public eye. I was made to feel as if it was unusual to have relationships until you find the right one [but] it’s just part of being young and learning about yourself and evolving. Sometimes it requires other people to come into your life to make it so. But then when I met Caspar, I was just at this really independent phase of my life and I was like, “Goddammit!” because I was in such a strong place and then this guy comes along and I realised after about six months, “Ah, s**t – time to get married!” I knew we were going to get married. Weird feeling. Yeah.’

She is laughing as she says this, poking fun at her own reaction. Does she feel she was treated differently in the media from her male contemporaries? Her eyes light up.

‘Without a shadow of a doubt,’ she says with an alacrity that suggests she has been waiting for someone to ask her this very question. ‘Male musicians can get away with so much more than women… I felt like it was OK for a guy to go from relationship to relationship or from girl to girl without really being judged too much. With me, there were several articles that began, “So and so’s fling, Ellie Goulding.” I became the secondary thing, even though I was consistently a successful musician and I worked hard, I didn’t mess around. I didn’t make a career out of drama, out of publicity, out of hype, I just made it out of the music. I was killing it! I was touring and I was performing – every single night. I worked hard and that was my job, I saw it as my job, something that I was passionate about. But at the same time it still felt like relationships I was in seemed to take precedence over my success, over my talent. That was slightly confusing to me, and still is, really.’

I can see why. There is no doubting Ellie Goulding’s success. She has built up an estimated fortune of £20 million and has won so many awards that they warrant their own Wikipedia page. She is that rare thing: a commercially successful artist who also garners substantial critical acclaim. And she has done it all through sheer hard graft.

Her childhood could not have been more different from the exalted social circles she now finds herself mixing in. She was born Elena Goulding in Lyonshall, Herefordshire, the second eldest of four. Her mother Tracey was an art student who dropped out of college when she became pregnant with her eldest child. Her father Arthur was an undertaker and part-time musician who left when Ellie was five. Her mother later remarried and, for years, Ellie was estranged from her dad, although they reconciled before her wedding and he walked her down the aisle.

‘I did any waitress job I could find. I worked at an old people’s home. I had three jobs while in college’

‘I did any waitress job I could find. I worked at an old people’s home. I had three jobs while in college’

‘I suppose part of being in relationships consistently [in her 20s] was because I just always was like, “I need someone, I need someone!” And you feel as though you can’t exist without someone, which is just madness.

I put that down to my dad not necessarily being around, and needing that comfort,’ she says with brutal honesty.

Ellie’s formative years were spent not knowing when the electricity would cut out, taking caravan holidays in Tenby and attending the local state school. She was a straight-A student (her favourite authors are Sebastian Faulks and Haruki Murakami) but she never felt part of the ‘cool gang’ and was bullied. She failed her music A-level: ‘I didn’t show up [to the exam] because a girl was bullying me. It was not something that I could emotionally handle because I think the only way to deal with someone like that was to be even meaner than they were. And that was just not in my make-up. So instead I simply stopped going to college.’

She refers to her teenage years as ‘chaotic’. She shared a bedroom with her two sisters – ‘it was quite challenging’ – and then left home at 16 to move in with a boyfriend. ‘I was doing every waitress job I could find. Then I was working at an old people’s home. I had three jobs while in college.’ She also started writing songs and playing guitar and found that she was able ‘to write down my emotions. I was very angsty. People used to call me a goth because I dyed my hair black and I had my lip pierced. It was a teenage thing where you’re suddenly finding out about yourself.’

She changed the way she wrote – from left-handed to right-handed – and the way she spoke, dropping her natural Herefordshire accent in favour of the people she saw on TV. ‘I listened to newsreaders and period dramas and I was like, “Why don’t I talk like that?” But I must say I do regret that now. I don’t know why I did that.’

To me, it sounds like a young woman aspiring to better things, driven to reinvent herself without much guidance other than her own instincts, and it’s simultaneously impressive and rather heart-rending to think that, as an adolescent, she never felt good enough as herself. Later, she went to the University of Kent to study drama – the first in her family to go on to higher education. It was there that she was spotted performing by a music manager who signed her at the age of 19 and got her a record deal. After that, Elena became Ellie and a modern-day pop star was born.

Before meeting her, I hadn’t fully appreciated the rapidity of her ascent or the level of dedication and work it must have taken to get to where she is. She has spoken in the past about her struggles with anxiety and body image and the fact that she found solace in regular exercise and eating healthily. She runs, boxes and does yoga. In the past, she has been a vegan but these days she’s more interested in bio-hacking (the practice of using technology and diet to boost physical and cognitive performance) and has reintroduced some dairy. Caspar, by contrast, was raised in a farming family, and is an unapologetic meat-eater.

I wonder how much of Ellie’s exercise and dietary regime stems from a desire to impose some sort of order on her life. Having experienced the chaos of not being in control as a youngster, then pitched into a world of endless touring and performing at the behest of management teams, is it important to her to control what she can?

‘Yeah! My god! I mean, isn’t it for everyone?

I have to have such a huge amount of control in my normal life because my songwriting and my performing are so the opposite… When I’m in the studio I have to let myself go and completely lose control to get to a place where I can write honestly and truthfully and access something that I don’t when I’m just in the zone of training or… I don’t know, making some kind of mad smoothie or something.

Ellie and Caspar married at York Minster last August

Ellie and Caspar married at York Minster last August

‘I have to constantly go from “crazy person writing songs and performing on stage” to having to keep this control. I find training to be such a core, integral part of my life – keeping fit and healthy and strong, both mentally and physically.’

Exercise, for her, ‘is not just about being physically strong. I mean, it literally lifts your mood, you know? It releases endorphins. You never regret a workout.’

Love, in the end, was also beyond Ellie’s control. She never planned to meet Caspar but, when she did, ‘part of the urge I had that I was going to marry this person was because, for the first time ever, I felt like there was someone that was supporting my happiness rather than being my happiness.’

I’m intrigued to hear what future songs she will write from this place of contentment and stability. For now, there are 20,000 bits of merchandise to sign. Although she did once teach herself to write with her right hand as opposed to her left, ‘sadly, I can’t write with both at the same time otherwise I’d sign these a lot quicker, wouldn’t I?’

Give her a few years. I’m pretty sure that Ellie Goulding could achieve anything she sets her mind to.

Ellie Goulding’s new album Brightest Blue will be released on 17 July. For tickets to her UK tour in April and May 2021, visit livenation.co.uk  

 

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Family of Minnesota mom who gave birth while in hospital with COVID-19 fight for emergency treatment

The family of a Minnesota mom who gave birth while on a ventilator fighting coronavirus is pleading for a transfer to a hospital that could give her emergency live-saving treatment. 

Aurora Chacon Esparza, 35, started displaying coronavirus symptoms in early June and was taken to North Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn Center where she was placed on a ventilator. 

By June 23, doctors were concerned that her baby was not getting enough oxygen and said she needed an emergency C-section despite being only 30 weeks pregnant.  

They delivered a healthy baby girl named Andrea ten weeks prematurely yet Esparza remains on a ventilator 21 days after being admitted. 

Aurora Chacon Esparza, 35, has been on a ventilator fighting coronavirus in a Minnesota hospital for 21 days. While there she gave birth to a baby girl named Andrea (pictured)

Juan Duran (pictured above left with Esparza) said they believed her trip to the hospital would be short as the young mother was healthy when she first started showing symptoms

Juan Duran (pictured above left with Esparza) said they believed her trip to the hospital would be short as the young mother was healthy when she first started showing symptoms

The young mother’s condition is worsening and doctors have recommended that an Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine – that will carry out the function of the heart and lungs outside the body – is the only other option.  

North Memorial Hospital is not an ECMO center, however, and all requests to be transferred to another hospital for treatment have been denied. 

‘She’s one of the strongest persons I’ve ever known. That’s why I have faith she’s going to pull through this. She’s going to make it,’ her husband of seven years, Juan Duran, told Fox 9

Duran first believed his wife’s trip to the hospital would be brief as the young mother, who already had two children, was healthy when she started displaying coronavirus symptoms. 

She went to hospital when she began to cough non-stop and had trouble breathing and was placed on a ventilator on June 19.

‘She is a 35-year-old healthy woman with no pre-existing conditions,’ Duran said. ‘We never thought this could happen to our family.’ 

Four days later, doctors decided to carry out the C-section, concerned for both mother and baby.  

‘That’s when it hit me. I was thinking “okay she’s going to get through this, a few days at the hospital.” But when I received that phone call it just hit me,’ her husband added. 

Baby Andrea was born by emergency C-section 10 weeks prematurely but is healthy

Baby Andrea was born by emergency C-section 10 weeks prematurely but is healthy

Aurora Chacon Esparza, 35, (pictured left) is fighting for her life from coronavirus in a Minnesota hospital. Her family (husband Juan and oldest two children pictured) are pleading for a transfer to another hospital that can offer her potentially life-saving treatment

Aurora Chacon Esparza, 35, (pictured left) is fighting for her life from coronavirus in a Minnesota hospital. Her family (husband Juan and oldest two children pictured) are pleading for a transfer to another hospital that can offer her potentially life-saving treatment

Esparza, who already had a son, 1, and daughter, 7, was just 30 weeks pregnant

Esparza, who already had a son, 1, and daughter, 7, was just 30 weeks pregnant

Duran said that although on a ventilator, his wife can still see and hear and is somewhat alert. 

Baby Andrea is now in the NICU and continues to grow stronger but Esparza has never met her, according to KARE 11

‘She’s four pounds, two ounces now and her heart is doing great,’ Duran said. ‘She can breathe by herself. She eats, she smiles, she cries.’  

Concerns are growing for her mother, however, as the family begs for the treatment that could potentially get her healthy and home to her newborn, 1-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter. 

‘About three days ago, [Aurora] started getting worse and worse,’ Duran said. ‘The ventilator was at a 100 percent and the oxygen just keeps going down, down, down.’ 

North Memorial Hospital has said it is working with other hospitals to try and get Esparza transferred so she can receive the ECMO machine, a form of life support treatment. 

North Medical hospital has said it does not supply the treatment that could save Esparza

North Medical hospital has said it does not supply the treatment that could save Esparza

Her husband Juan Duran has said he will continue to fight for a transfer despite the risks

Her husband Juan Duran has said he will continue to fight for a transfer despite the risks

‘North Memorial Health partners with local and regional healthcare systems to care for patients who would benefit from ECMO, which is a highly specialized service that is typically only offered at ECMO Centers,’ they said in a statement to Fox. 

‘We do not offer ECMO as a long-term or ongoing treatment which would be required to treat COVID-19, but we do use it for short-term emergency care as part of our trauma and cardiovascular surgery programs, when needed. 

‘ECMO Centers have stringent criteria for accepting patient referrals and our medical teams work closely with these partners to ensure that our patients have access to the care they need.’

Yet doctors have warned the family that transfer requests are being denied because Esparza has been on a ventilator for too long. 

Aurora Chacon Esparza has been married to Juan Duran for seven years and they have three children together - newborn Andrea, a one-year-old son and a seven-year-old daughter

Aurora Chacon Esparza has been married to Juan Duran for seven years and they have three children together – newborn Andrea, a one-year-old son and a seven-year-old daughter

Esparza is pictured with her husband Juan

Esparza with her daughter

Esparza’s condition is worsening and doctors have said an ECMO machine – that will carry out the function of the heart and lungs outside the body – is the only other option available. Esparza is pictured with her husband Juan, above left, and daughter, above right

‘Aurora’s doctor told me it was because she’s been on the ventilator for too long,’ Duran said. 

‘I know it’s a small chance but we want to do everything possible. We want to have all of the resources available even if it’s a one percent chance.’ 

‘I know there’s big risks but at this point the ECMO machine is the best option to save her life. I was told she could have hemorrhage, lose a lot of blood because of the C-section.’

Despite those risks, Duran said he will keep pushing for her transfer.

‘She’s fighting and we want to give her every chance and every resource available for her to have a chance to survive and be with her kids,’ he said.

Duran added that he hopes others will realize the dangers of coronavirus once they hear his family’s story. 

‘Just be cautious because you could be healthy just like my wife and still end up in the ICU on the ventilator,’ he warned. 

Cate Blanchett’s production company Dirty Films scores a first-look TV deal with FX Networks

Cate Blanchett’s production company Dirty Films scores a first-look TV deal with FX Networks following the runaway success of her series Mrs. America

Cate Blanchett‘s production company Dirty Films has scored a first-look TV deal with FX Productions.

The exciting new deal is set to cover all scripted and unscripted programming for FX with further possibility to branch out to its umbrella company’s Walt Disney Television divisions.

The deal is a significant step for the Oscar-winner who founded the independent film and television company with Australian playwright Andrew Upton and American film producer, Coco Francini, earlier this year. 

Major news! Cate Blanchett’s production company Dirty Films has scored a first-look TV deal with FX Productions [The actress pictured at the Golden Globe Awards in January] 

Cate recently starred in, and executive produced the historical drama miniseries Mrs. America, which aired on FX networks.

The success of which had Gina Balian, the president of programming for FX Entertainment, singing the star’s praises.

‘Cate Blanchett is a legendary talent, and it was little surprise that her first role as an Executive Producer and star in an American television program – ‘Mrs. America’ – was such an overwhelming success,’ she gushed.

Speaking further about the exciting new deal, Gina said: ‘Cate, Andrew and Coco are equally talented at crafting and producing incredible stories, and we welcome this opportunity to support their future television projects under this overall agreement.’

Soon to come: The new deal will cover all scripted and unscripted programming for FX with further possibility to branch out to its umbrella company's Walt Disney Television divisions

Soon to come: The new deal will cover all scripted and unscripted programming for FX with further possibility to branch out to its umbrella company’s Walt Disney Television divisions

Talented: Cate recently starred in, and executive produced the historical drama miniseries Mrs. America, which aired on FX networks [Pictured on the show]

Talented: Cate recently starred in, and executive produced the historical drama miniseries Mrs. America, which aired on FX networks [Pictured on the show]

Dirty Film productions have also been home to a further slew of recent success stories such as the Australian miniseries Stateless, starring Jai Courtney and Yvonne Strahovski.

They also produced the horror flick, The Turning, starring Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, last year.

In a statement issued by the company, they detailed their pure delight in furthering their relationship with FX networks.

'She is a legendary talent': The success of which had Gina Balian, the president of programming for FX Entertainment, singing the star's praises

‘She is a legendary talent’: The success of which had Gina Balian, the president of programming for FX Entertainment, singing the star’s praises

‘We are excited to continue working with John (Landgraf), Eric (Schrier), Gina and the entire brilliant team at FX.

‘Through our collaboration on Mrs. America, we’ve experienced firsthand their enthusiasm for robust conversations, and their unwavering support for bold and ambitious entertainment.’

Hollywood megastar Cate has been the recipient of two Oscars – first for her role in 2004’s Blue Jasmine and then The Aviator in 2005.

No stopping her! The deal is a significant step for the Oscar-winner who founded the independent film and television company with Australian playwright Andrew Upton and American film producer, Coco Francini, earlier this year

No stopping her! The deal is a significant step for the Oscar-winner who founded the independent film and television company with Australian playwright Andrew Upton and American film producer, Coco Francini, earlier this year

Brooklyn Beckham, 21, and Nicola Peltz, 25, ‘plan to tie the knot with TWO weddings next year’

Brooklyn Beckham and his new fiancée Nicola Peltz are reportedly set to tie the knot in two separate weddings next year.

The photographer, 21, and actress, 25, announced that they were engaged on Saturday following reports he had popped the question.

And now alleged details have emerged of the couple’s upcoming nuptials, which are said to be costing £4 million.

Wedding bells! Brooklyn Beckham and his new fiancée Nicola Peltz are reportedly set to tie the knot in two separate weddings next year

Nicola’s billionaire father, Nelson Peltz, 78, is reportedly paying for the wedding with Brooklyn’s parents Victoria and David Beckham also wanting to ‘contribute’.

The nuptials are said to be taking place in both the UK and Florida with the couple allegedly expected to sign pre-nups at the behest of Nicola’s father, who is said to be worth £1.34 billion.

While Brooklyn’s little sister, Harper, nine, will reportedly be ‘chief bridesmaid’ and his brothers Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, acting as his ‘ushers’.   

A source told The Sun: ‘Everyone is delighted for them. Brooklyn has always looked up to his parents and grandparents, who have been married for a combined 70 years, and that’s what he wants.

Wow: The photographer, 21, and actress, 25, announced that they were engaged on Saturday following reports he had popped the question

Wow: The photographer, 21, and actress, 25, announced that they were engaged on Saturday following reports he had popped the question

Exciting: And now alleged details have emerged of the couple's upcoming nuptials, which are said to be costing £4 million

Exciting: And now alleged details have emerged of the couple’s upcoming nuptials, which are said to be costing £4 million 

‘David and Victoria are thrilled. They feel he has finally met a girl who is not after him for fame or money. In fact, her family wealth dwarfs the Beckhams.’ 

They added: ‘It’s too early to set a date, but they’re aiming for the end of next summer or early autumn.’  

MailOnline has contacted both Nicola and Brooklyn’s representatives.  

While Victoria, who has a net worth of £335 million alongside husband David, is said to be designing one of the wedding dresses that Nicola will wear at one of their wedding ceremonies.

The happy couple are also reportedly keen to move to the US permanently, and are said to be house-hunting in LA where Brooklyn has allegedly been offered a number of internships. 

Brooklyn took to Instagram on Saturday to announce he was engaged following reports he had popped the question to his ‘soulmate’ Nicola, 25. 

He is said to have proposed on the weekend of David and Victoria’s 21st wedding anniversary, and gave her a £250,000 ring he had designed. 

The son of David and Victoria Beckham vowed to be the best ‘husband and daddy’ as he shared the gushing tribute to his bride-to-be.

Helping: Nicola's billionaire father, Nelson Peltz, 78, is reportedly paying for the wedding with Brooklyn's parents Victoria and David Beckham also wanting to 'contribute'

Helping: Nicola’s billionaire father, Nelson Peltz, 78, is reportedly paying for the wedding with Brooklyn’s parents Victoria and David Beckham also wanting to ‘contribute’

Sharing a stunning snap of the couple, he wrote ‘Two weeks ago I asked my soulmate to marry me and she said yes xx I am the luckiest man in the world. I promise to be the best husband and the best daddy one day. I love you baby xx’ 

In the snap Brooklyn held his hand to the actress’ waist, while she held her ring-clad hand to his face in an intimate snap, taken by his little sister Harper, nine.

Nicola looked stunning in a flowing yellow dress with frill detailing, while Brooklyn looked handsome in a two-piece navy suit for the engagement snap.  

Brooklyn and Nicola shared identical images on their Instagram pages, as the Bates Motel star admitted she was feeling like the ‘luckiest girl in the world’.

Elated: Brooklyn and Nicola shared identical images on their Instagram pages, as the Bates Motel star admitted she was feeling like the 'luckiest girl in the world' to be engaged to him

Elated: Brooklyn and Nicola shared identical images on their Instagram pages, as the Bates Motel star admitted she was feeling like the ‘luckiest girl in the world’ to be engaged to him

She wrote: ‘You’ve made me the luckiest girl in the world. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life by your side. your love is the most precious gift. I love you so so much baby and thank you harper for this pic.’

Underneath her post, Brooklyn replied: ‘ My girl forever xxx I love you more than anything.’

It appears the image was taken recently following the couple’s return to the Cotswolds, after isolating together in New York.

Happy: Just moments after the online announcement, fashion mogul Victoria took to her own Instagram account to offer the couple her congratulations

Happy: Just moments after the online announcement, fashion mogul Victoria took to her own Instagram account to offer the couple her congratulations

Victoria wrote: 'The MOST exciting news!! We could not be happier that Brooklyn and Nicola are getting married! Wishing you so much love and a lifetime of happiness. We all love you both so much x'

Victoria wrote: ‘The MOST exciting news!! We could not be happier that Brooklyn and Nicola are getting married! Wishing you so much love and a lifetime of happiness. We all love you both so much x’

The news broke online on Friday evening that Brooklyn had asked Nicola to be his wife and he has confirmed the speculation just hours later.

Just moments after the online announcement, fashion mogul Victoria took to her own Instagram account to offer the couple her congratulations.

Dazzling! Nicola flashed a glimpse of her dazzling diamond ring in the photograph, which is said to have cost Brooklyn £250,000

Dazzling! Nicola flashed a glimpse of her dazzling diamond ring in the photograph, which is said to have cost Brooklyn £250,000

She wrote: ‘The MOST exciting news!! We could not be happier that Brooklyn and Nicola are getting married! Wishing you so much love and a lifetime of happiness. We all love you both so much x’

An insider told the Mirror on Friday that his parents David, 45, and Victoria, 46, have given their blessing for the marriage to take place.

A source told the publication: ‘Brooklyn has been telling his friends in LA that he and Nicola are engaged. It’s common knowledge among their group of friends. They are smitten.’ 

‘David and Victoria have very much given this relationship their blessing.

‘It’s a very exciting time for the whole family and after a few previous rocky relationships, they think Brooklyn has landed on his feet.’ 

Brooklyn’s brothers Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, also sweetly offered their well-wishes on social media as they reported their sibling’s original post on their Stories. 

Brotherly love! Brooklyn's brothers Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, also sweetly offered their well-wishes on social media as they reported their sibling's original post on their Stories

Brotherly love! Brooklyn's brothers Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, also sweetly offered their well-wishes on social media as they reported their sibling's original post on their Stories

Brotherly love! Brooklyn’s brothers Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, also sweetly offered their well-wishes on social media as they reported their sibling’s original post on their Stories

No problem! An insider told the Mirror that his parents David and Victoria have given their blessing for the marriage to take place

No problem! An insider told the Mirror that his parents David and Victoria have given their blessing for the marriage to take place

The pair have been dating for around nine months and Brooklyn has previously dated actress Chloe Grace Moretz and model Hana Cross, both aged 23. 

The couple often make proclamations of their love on social media and have shared several romantic snaps during their time in lockdown.

The pair have been isolating together in New York with actress Nicola having moved in with the celebrity offspring in March following just five months of dating.

Love: Brooklyn has apparently been telling his pals that he popped the question to his other half for a while

Love: Brooklyn has apparently been telling his pals that he popped the question to his other half for a while

Loved-up! The couple often make proclamations of their love on social media and have shared several romantic snaps during their time in lockdown

Loved-up! The couple often make proclamations of their love on social media and have shared several romantic snaps during their time in lockdown

The move also reportedly has the backing of Brooklyn’s famous parents David and Victoria, who seem to think they’re the perfect match.

The source said: ‘[Brooklyn] and Nicola are closer than ever and they are both excited to take their relationship to the next level by sharing the same home.’

‘Nicola has been a big hit with the entire Beckham family – both David and Victoria have made it clear to Brooklyn how much they like her. So they completely support him in this move – though they will miss him a lot.’  

Isolation buddies: The pair have been isolating together in New York with actress Nicola having moved in with the celebrity offspring in March following just five months of dating

Isolation buddies: The pair have been isolating together in New York with actress Nicola having moved in with the celebrity offspring in March following just five months of dating

Brooklyn set up home in the States after ending his internship with iconic photographer Rankin.

The couple have since jetted to the UK to spend time with Brooklyn’s family at their country pad in the Cotswolds and have shared snaps of their reunion. 

Brooklyn was linked to a string of women before meeting Nicola, following his split from model Hana, including Canadian actress Natalie Ganzhorn, 21, and brunette actress Phoebe Torrance, 25.

His high-profile ex-girlfriends include actress Chloe, 23, and French model-singer Sonia Ben Ammar, 21.

Nicola was previously dating the youngest of the Hadid siblings, model Anwar Hadid. It’s believed they dated for just over a year before they split up in May 2018. 

Together again! The couple have since jetted to the UK to spend time with Brooklyn's family at their country pad in the Cotswolds and have shared snaps of their reunion

Together again! The couple have since jetted to the UK to spend time with Brooklyn’s family at their country pad in the Cotswolds and have shared snaps of their reunion

A source told the publication: 'Brooklyn has been telling his friends in LA that he and Nicola are engaged. It's common knowledge among their group of friends. They are smitten'

A source told the publication: ‘Brooklyn has been telling his friends in LA that he and Nicola are engaged. It’s common knowledge among their group of friends. They are smitten’

However the model now appears to be completely loved-up with Nicola and last month the couple wore his mother Victoria’s charity T-shirt to mark Pride Month.

Twinning in their tops, the pair appeared besotted with each other as they enjoyed a smooch in a field.

Brooklyn’s mother, Spice Girl turned fashion designer Victoria, has written about how much much she is missing Brooklyn during lockdown in the UK.

Earlier this year, Nicola declared that she and Brooklyn will be together ‘forever’ as she stressed the strength of their relationship alongside a steamy photograph shared to Instagram. 

Pride! However the model now appears to be completely loved-up with Nicola and last month the couple wore his mother Victoria's charity T-shirt to mark Pride Month

Pride! However the model now appears to be completely loved-up with Nicola and last month the couple wore his mother Victoria’s charity T-shirt to mark Pride Month

Cosy: Nicola declared that she and Brooklyn will be together 'forever' as she stressed the strength of their relationship alongside a steamy photograph shared to Instagram

Cosy: Nicola declared that she and Brooklyn will be together ‘forever’ as she stressed the strength of their relationship alongside a steamy photograph shared to Instagram

Brooklyn Beckham’s failed romances

August 2014 – March 2018 (on and off) – Chloë Grace Moritz 

In August 2014, Brooklyn and actress Chloë Grace Moritz, 23, attended the Teen Choice Awards together and subsequently dated on and off for almost 4 years.

After enjoying a romantic summer together in May 2016 , then split in September 2016. Despite later rekindling their romance, they finally called it quits in March 2018.

During breaks in their relationship, Brooklyn was linked to a bevvy of other famous beauties.

Longterm ex: Brooklyn and actress Chloë Grace Moritz, 23, dated on and off for almost 4 years between August 2014 and March 2018 (Pictured November 2017)

Longterm ex: Brooklyn and actress Chloë Grace Moritz, 23, dated on and off for almost 4 years between August 2014 and March 2018 (Pictured November 2017)

September 2015 – Sonia Ben Ammar

After meeting French-Tunisian model and singer Sonia Ben Ammar, 21, over spring break in the Maldives in 2015, Brooklyn embarked on a relationship with her which lasted for a few months. They briefly re-sparked the romance in 2016 before it fizzled out for good.

Former flame: Brooklyn embarked on a short-lived relationship with French-Tunisian model and singer Sonia Ben Ammar, 21, in 2015 (Pictured March 2017)

Former flame: Brooklyn embarked on a short-lived relationship with French-Tunisian model and singer Sonia Ben Ammar, 21, in 2015 (Pictured March 2017)

October 2016 – Sofia Richie

Brooklyn’s relationship with model Sofia Richie, 21, (daughter of Lionel Richie and sister to actress Nicole Richie) was never officially confirmed, but the pair were frequently spotted together from late 2016 to early 2017.

Brooklyn's relationship with Sofia Richie, 21, was never officially confirmed, but they were spotted together from late 2016 to early 2017 (Pictured January 2017)

Brooklyn’s relationship with Sofia Richie, 21, was never officially confirmed, but they were spotted together from late 2016 to early 2017 (Pictured January 2017)

May 2017 – Rita Ora

It was reported that Brooklyn had a secret flirtation with pop star Rita Ora, 29, in 2017. The pair went for a dinner date and were later spotted holding hands at The Electric in West London. They are said to have shared some steamy smooches before Brooklyn’s parents banned him from seeing her again and sent him back to New York. 

Flirtation: It was reported that Brooklyn had a secret flirtation and some steamy smooches with pop star Rita Ora, 29, in 2017 (Picture from social media)

Flirtation: It was reported that Brooklyn had a secret flirtation and some steamy smooches with pop star Rita Ora, 29, in 2017 (Picture from social media)

July 2017 – Lottie Moss

It was claimed that Brooklyn and Lottie Moss, 22 – half-sister of supermodel Kate Moss – had a ‘secret fling’ before he started dating his now ex-girlfriend Hana Cross. 

Model mania: It was claimed that Brooklyn and Lottie Moss, 22, had a 'secret fling' in July 2017 (Picture from social media)

Model mania: It was claimed that Brooklyn and Lottie Moss, 22, had a ‘secret fling’ in July 2017 (Picture from social media)

April 2018 – Lexi Wood

Brooklyn was pictured kissing Canadian Vogue and Playboy model Lexi Wood, 22, as they sat in a West Hollywood tattoo parlour.

Stunner: In April 2018, Brooklyn was pictured kissing Canadian Playboy model Lexi Wood, 22, as they sat in a West Hollywood tattoo parlour (Picture August 2019)

Stunner: In April 2018, Brooklyn was pictured kissing Canadian Playboy model Lexi Wood, 22, as they sat in a West Hollywood tattoo parlour (Picture August 2019)

May 2018 – July 2018 – Lexy Panterra

Beckham was linked to Lexy Panterra, 29, during the summer of 2018 before he started dating Hana Cross.

The social media star grew to fame for her online LexTwerkOut twerking workout videos.

LexTwerkOut: Beckham was linked to Lexy Panterra, 29, during the summer of 2018 before he started dating Hana Cross (Pictured in April 2017)

LexTwerkOut: Beckham was linked to Lexy Panterra, 29, during the summer of 2018 before he started dating Hana Cross (Pictured in April 2017)

July 2018 – Abi Manzoni

Following his split from Lexy, Brooklyn was romantically linked to Abi Manzoni, a singer/model who runs a legally licensed cannabis company.

Linked: Following his split from Lexy, Brooklyn was romantically linked to Abi Manzoni, a singer/model who runs a legally licensed cannabis company (Pictured July 2018)

Linked: Following his split from Lexy, Brooklyn was romantically linked to Abi Manzoni, a singer/model who runs a legally licensed cannabis company (Pictured July 2018)

August 2018 – Alex Lee Aillon

Brooklyn was also reported to have enjoyed a brief romance with Alex Lee Aillon, 21 – a model represented by Milk and Select Model Management.

Alex Lee is now in a relationship with Hollywood actor Pierce Brosnan’s youngest son Paris, 19. 

Beauty: In August 2018 Brooklyn was also reported to have enjoyed a brief romance with model Alex Lee Aillon, 21 (Pictured September 2019)

Beauty: In August 2018 Brooklyn was also reported to have enjoyed a brief romance with model Alex Lee Aillon, 21 (Pictured September 2019)

December 2018 – July 2019 (on and off) – Hana Cross  

In December 2018 Brooklyn began dating Hana Cross, 23, a successful model signed by three different agencies; Select Model Management, The Lions and Premium Models.

Brooklyn and Hana were reportedly physically separated by security guards during a public row which took place at Hotel Martinez during the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019.

After splitting and reuniting numerous times during their tumultuous 7 months relationship, they finally parted ways for good in July 2019.

On and off: Brooklyn began dating Hana Cross, 23, in December 2018, but after a tumultuous 7 months, they parted ways for good in July 2019 (Pictured May 2019)

On and off: Brooklyn began dating Hana Cross, 23, in December 2018, but after a tumultuous 7 months, they parted ways for good in July 2019 (Pictured May 2019)

October 2019 – Phoebe Torrance & Natalie Ganzhorn

After splitting from Hana, and before beginning his relationship with Nicola Peltz, Brooklyn reportedly enjoyed dalliances with a couple of actresses.

He was pictured at London’s Wellington club with actress Phoebe Torrance, 25, who is the daughter of former professional golfer Sam Torrance. Phoebe has starred as Amber Ross in horror Mandy the Doll and in boxing drama Six Rounds. The starlet also featured in an episode of Friday Night Dinner as Mandy The Waitress.

Around the same time, Brooklyn was also linked to Canadian actress Natalie Ganzhorn, 21. The social media star and Toronto-born model who now lives in LA is best known for her part in popular Canadian musical comedy series Make It Pop, playing the role of Heather until the TV show ended in 2016.  

Dalliance: Phoebe was pictured at London's Wellington club with actress Phoebe Torrance, 25, daughter of professional golfer Sam Torrance (Picture from social media)

Dalliance: Phoebe was pictured at London’s Wellington club with actress Phoebe Torrance, 25, daughter of professional golfer Sam Torrance (Picture from social media)

Canadian cutie: In October 2019 Brooklyn was also linked to Canadian actress Natalie Ganzhorn, 21 (Pictured November 2019)

Canadian cutie: In October 2019 Brooklyn was also linked to Canadian actress Natalie Ganzhorn, 21 (Pictured November 2019)