Cardi B uses a racial slur to describe her sister Hennessy Carolina’s eyes

Cardi B found herself in some hot water on Saturday, after fans called her out on Twitter for casually using a racial slur to describe her sister’s facial features.

The Bodak Yellow hitmaker, 27, had posted a composite photo of her and husband Offset’s faces to her Instagram earlier in the day, while she continued to mark their daughter Kulture’s second birthday.

But when a fan commented saying how similar the composite looked to Cardi‘s younger sister Hennessy, 24, Cardi replied, ‘I think cause Hennessy got ch*nky eyes like Offset and so KK. It’s the only think I could think off [sic].’

Oops: Cardi B found herself in some hot water on Saturday, after fans called her out on Twitter for casually using a racial slur to describe facial features in an Instagram comment

It was then that Cardi got called out on Twitter, when a user posted a screengrab of the Instagram comment with the simple caption, ‘I–… Cardi wtf’

The I Like It rapper then retweeted that tweet and included a comment of her own: ‘I didn’t know that ch*nky eyes was a slur like wtfff I DONT KNOW F**KIN EVERYTHING!! 

‘We don’t even use that as a insult and I didn’t use it as a insult,’ she continued. ‘Im sick of the internet.’ 

By way of apology, Cardi wrote: 'I didn’t know that ch*nky eyes was a slur like wtfff I DONT KNOW F**KIN EVERYTHING!! We don’t even use that as a insult and I didn’t use it as a insult. Im sick of the internet'

By way of apology, Cardi wrote: ‘I didn’t know that ch*nky eyes was a slur like wtfff I DONT KNOW F**KIN EVERYTHING!! We don’t even use that as a insult and I didn’t use it as a insult. Im sick of the internet’

It was the star’s way of doing some damage control after making the troublesome comment, in which she was trying to describe her sister’s features as well as that of her own daughter Kulture.

The comments, as well as the composite Instagram photo post itself, have since been deleted.

Cardi had captioned the composite, ‘Sooo this how KK finna look? I love it.’  

It was the star's way of doing some damage control after making the troublesome comment, in which she was trying to describe her sister's features as well as that of her daughter Kulture

It was the star’s way of doing some damage control after making the troublesome comment, in which she was trying to describe her sister’s features as well as that of her daughter Kulture

For the record: The comments, as well as the composite Instagram photo post itself, have since been deleted

For the record: The comments, as well as the composite Instagram photo post itself, have since been deleted

DailyMail.com has reached out to Cardi’s team for comment on the gaffe, and is waiting to hear back.

The post comes after Cardi and her husband Offset, 28, welcomed a multitude of friends to celebrated Kulture’s second birthday on Friday night, in an all-out bash that saw no expense spared. 

Just some of the extravagant shindig’s features included matching blue Chanel-inspired outfits for both mom and daughter, personalized face masks as well as a HUGE ball pit for Kulture and her friends to play in.  

Spitting image: Hennessy Carolina, Cardi's younger sister, seen this in February in New York City

Spitting image: Hennessy Carolina, Cardi’s younger sister, seen this in February in New York City

The post comes after: Cardi welcomed a multitude of friends to celebrated Kulture's second birthday on Friday night, with 'aunty' Hennessy Carolina bringing a lavish gift

The post comes after: Cardi welcomed a multitude of friends to celebrated Kulture’s second birthday on Friday night, with ‘aunty’ Hennessy Carolina bringing a lavish gift

Cardi documented her daughter’s birthday in a slew of Instagram posts on Friday, which remained in her Stories into Saturday afternoon.

The LOL Doll-themed celebration featured a huge balloon wall, copious amounts of catered food including lots of seafood, along with face masks and sanitizer to ensure the party adhered to COVID-19 guidelines. 

The celebration included synchronized choreography and lots of alcohol, and the cops even showed up later on seemingly due to a noise complaint, as seen on Cardi’s IG.

Before the party, Cardi admitted on Thursday she was an ’emotional mess’ about her daughter turning two.

Extra: Kulture's birthday party was an all-out bash that saw no expense spared, with features including matching blue Chanel-inspired outfits for both mom and daughter

Extra: Kulture’s birthday party was an all-out bash that saw no expense spared, with features including matching blue Chanel-inspired outfits for both mom and daughter

The best for Kulture: The LOL Doll-themed celebration featured a huge balloon wall, copious amounts of catered food and decorations

The best for Kulture: The LOL Doll-themed celebration featured a huge balloon wall, copious amounts of catered food and decorations

Birthday girl herself: There was also a HUGE ball pit for Kulture and her friends to play in

Birthday girl herself: There was also a HUGE ball pit for Kulture and her friends to play in

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  

 

  • Photographer – Louis Browne WMA Agency @Louis_browne
  • All clothes, shoes and jewellery by Gucci @gucci
  • Make Up – Lucy Wearing @lucylovebird
  • Hair – Anastasia Stylianou The Only.Agency @anastasiastylianou
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The house of fun | Daily Mail Online

From a living room trapeze to thinking pink (a lot), the home of interiors blogger Emily Murray is full of playful ideas to steal. Here’s how…

The Family

Emily is the author of interiors book Pink House Living and lives in Forest Hill, Southeast London, with her husband Euan and sons Oscar, ten, and Zac, seven. @pinkhouseliving

Keep it playful 

It’s not often you come across a house with a trapeze in the living room (more on that later) and a storage unit that doubles as a climbing frame in the hall. ‘Play is important to me,’ explains Emily, ‘and I wanted to incorporate it into the house design.’ The multilevel cushioned unit was designed by loudarchitects.com. ‘It gives me a feeling of pure, in-the-moment joy,’ she says

Small tweak… big wow 

‘One small change can transform a space,’ enthuses Emily. Take the kitchen cupboards. When she and Euan moved in, ‘they were painted in this glossy teal shade that I hated,’ she says. Her instant update? Gold pull handles from busterandpunch.co.uk. ‘They instantly felt more rock and roll. We then designed the rest of the kitchen around the cupboards and, after adding the uplifting green chevron tiles from bertandmay.com, the room suddenly looked modern’

‘One small change can transform a space,’ enthuses Emily. Take the kitchen cupboards. When she and Euan moved in, ‘they were painted in this glossy teal shade that I hated,’ she says. Her instant update? Gold pull handles from busterandpunch.co.uk. ‘They instantly felt more rock and roll. We then designed the rest of the kitchen around the cupboards and, after adding the uplifting green chevron tiles from bertandmay.com, the room suddenly looked modern’

Need inspo? check out your closet

When you can’t decide on a decorating scheme, ‘consider what’s in your wardrobe’, suggests Emily. ‘I wanted my home to feel like a sanctuary, so feeling comfortable was key. If you’re at ease wearing something, you’ll probably be comfortable living with it. I turned to my wardrobe for ideas and mirrored what I saw in my home style.’ Emily’s wardrobe boasts a plethora of pink, so naturally the hero shade in her home is Pink House Pink (mylands.com). Meanwhile, her hallway is awash with many of the gelato tones she likes to wear, and the maximalist floor tiles, much like her favoured print T-shirts, add wow. The encaustic floor tiles are from ottotiles.co.uk

When you can’t decide on a decorating scheme, ‘consider what’s in your wardrobe’, suggests Emily. ‘I wanted my home to feel like a sanctuary, so feeling comfortable was key. If you’re at ease wearing something, you’ll probably be comfortable living with it. I turned to my wardrobe for ideas and mirrored what I saw in my home style.’ Emily’s wardrobe boasts a plethora of pink, so naturally the hero shade in her home is Pink House Pink (mylands.com). Meanwhile, her hallway is awash with many of the gelato tones she likes to wear, and the maximalist floor tiles, much like her favoured print T-shirts, add wow. The encaustic floor tiles are from ottotiles.co.uk

Find the right balance

Emily’s kitchen mixes bold colour with pattern. ‘I dislike cooking so I didn’t want the room to look like a typical kitchen,’ she explains. This wallpaper in the dining area (Malin by sandbergwallpaper.com) makes a striking contrast to the chevron tiles by the kitchen units (see previous page). ‘I wanted to combine the energy of London with relaxing countryside colours,’ she says. Giving the ground floor more light was important too, so she and Euan removed some of the rooms to create a bigger hallway and added internal windows. Of course, no room in the house would be complete without some fun – for a similar hanging chair, try coxandcox.co.uk

Emily’s kitchen mixes bold colour with pattern. ‘I dislike cooking so I didn’t want the room to look like a typical kitchen,’ she explains. This wallpaper in the dining area (Malin by sandbergwallpaper.com) makes a striking contrast to the chevron tiles by the kitchen units (see previous page). ‘I wanted to combine the energy of London with relaxing countryside colours,’ she says. Giving the ground floor more light was important too, so she and Euan removed some of the rooms to create a bigger hallway and added internal windows. Of course, no room in the house would be complete without some fun – for a similar hanging chair, try coxandcox.co.uk

Don’t rush to renovate

Emily firmly believes that a room – once you have the walls and flooring decided – should evolve gradually. ‘You need to live in a space to understand how it works,’ she says. For example, lighting can change the look of an area throughout the day, so will play a vital role in choosing where to position the home office or the sofa. Another case in point is former gymnast Emily’s trapeze in the living room, from firetoys.co.uk. ‘We have been living here for three years and have only just decided to have it installed here. Now that the kids are older, this is where we spend the most time as a family, so it made sense. Have patience,’ she adds, ‘and those eureka moments will come to you’

Emily firmly believes that a room – once you have the walls and flooring decided – should evolve gradually. ‘You need to live in a space to understand how it works,’ she says. For example, lighting can change the look of an area throughout the day, so will play a vital role in choosing where to position the home office or the sofa. Another case in point is former gymnast Emily’s trapeze in the living room, from firetoys.co.uk. ‘We have been living here for three years and have only just decided to have it installed here. Now that the kids are older, this is where we spend the most time as a family, so it made sense. Have patience,’ she adds, ‘and those eureka moments will come to you’

Pump up the pink 

‘Pink isn’t just for girls,’ says Emily. The joyous shade filters through each space of her home, but none so much as the newly converted shower room. The real showstopper is the backdrop, covered in a waterproof plaster paint from chrysalissurface.co.uk, which bathes the room in a warm rosy glow. ‘It’s such a versatile colour,’ says Emily. ‘It goes with just about anything.’ The brass fittings are from perrinandrowe.co.uk

‘Pink isn’t just for girls,’ says Emily. The joyous shade filters through each space of her home, but none so much as the newly converted shower room. The real showstopper is the backdrop, covered in a waterproof plaster paint from chrysalissurface.co.uk, which bathes the room in a warm rosy glow. ‘It’s such a versatile colour,’ says Emily. ‘It goes with just about anything.’ The brass fittings are from perrinandrowe.co.uk

If in doubt, accessorise 

If you are limited by indecision – or renting – transform your space with accessories. ‘Statement soft furnishings or wall decorations are a great way of adding personality to a room,’ says Emily. In her bedroom an upholstered studded bed and lightning-bolt wall lights (from bagandbones.co.uk) create a focal point while decorative cushions add depth to the scheme. The bed is from hypnosbeds.com and upholstered in pink linen. For a similar fabric, try romo.com

If you are limited by indecision – or renting – transform your space with accessories. ‘Statement soft furnishings or wall decorations are a great way of adding personality to a room,’ says Emily. In her bedroom an upholstered studded bed and lightning-bolt wall lights (from bagandbones.co.uk) create a focal point while decorative cushions add depth to the scheme. The bed is from hypnosbeds.com and upholstered in pink linen. For a similar fabric, try romo.com

Floor lamp, £129, barkerandstonehouse.co.uk, Woven basket, £16, laredoute.co.uk, Rug (160cm x 230cm), £199, laredoute.co.uk, Tile, £4, bertandmay.com, Sofa, £1,949, swooneditions.com, Bar tool set, £25.99, wayfair.co.uk

Floor lamp, £129, barkerandstonehouse.co.uk, Woven basket, £16, laredoute.co.uk, Rug (160cm x 230cm), £199, laredoute.co.uk, Tile, £4, bertandmay.com, Sofa, £1,949, swooneditions.com, Bar tool set, £25.99, wayfair.co.uk

Print, £150, printclublondon.com, Cushion, £95, silkenfavours.com, Cushion, £109, amara.com, Brass stool, £195, iamfy.co, Lamp, £59, made.com, Champagne flutes, £45 for four, heals.com, Love seat, £625, oliverbonas.com, Side table set, £229, swooneditions.com

Print, £150, printclublondon.com, Cushion, £95, silkenfavours.com, Cushion, £109, amara.com, Brass stool, £195, iamfy.co, Lamp, £59, made.com, Champagne flutes, £45 for four, heals.com, Love seat, £625, oliverbonas.com, Side table set, £229, swooneditions.com

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.