Friday 10th September 2021
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Baerbock, baby luck and quick judgments
By Verena Maria Dittrich
Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock will soon be known in the USA, Leni Klum has trouble with Grandpa Günther and Jérôme Boateng has been sentenced to a million fine for willful assault. That was the week of celebrities.
The election campaign in Germany is entering the hot phase and meanwhile more and more politicians are achieving a certain celebrity status, similar to that of actors or singers. Sometimes you open the magazines and leaf through the home stories of ex-Chancellors who reveal very private information. Among other things, that they like to cook, which TV series they like or that, like Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet, they sometimes wear Peter Maffay’s leather jacket.
While the polls of the CDU are downright plummeting and Laschet – or so it seems at least – has firmly resolved to step into every faux pas that presents itself, this sounds like what the “New York Times” these days about Annalena Baerbock sounds like writes, quite sympathetic. The Green politician is still “relatively unknown and inexperienced”, but radiates “openness and youthful confidence” – and so welcome to our review of the week of celebrities.
Family fight in the Klum house
As far as Baerbock’s moderate popularity – at least in the USA – is concerned, an article in the “New York Times” is a great start to the fact that this may soon change. Thanks to model mom Heidi, Leni Klum also achieved a certain fame at a young age. But what always looks so glamorous on the outside is often hard work and discipline. Even when family and trench warfare is fought behind the scenes. Heidi’s father, Leni’s grandpa Günther Klum, had secured the rights to the name of his granddaughter and thus caused some trouble in the model household.
It wouldn’t be the first time a celebrity has had to ask other people’s permission to work under their own name, let alone sign contracts. One of the most famous examples is that of the almost forgotten cult designer Halston, who lost control of his own famous name when he entered into a partnership with a retail company in the early 1980s.
Boateng sentenced to a fine of millions
The trial of Jérôme Boateng caused a stir this week, who had to answer in court for dangerous bodily harm and insult. Now many professional footballers are usually very rich, influential people who, in turn, have a whole apparatus of lawyers behind them.
A deeper insight into this world was gained for the first time after the death of his ex-partner Kasia Lenhardt, who took her own life on the birthday of her little son after a public media hunt and cyberbullying attacks. There were also reports of alleged violence in the relationship.
Now the former national soccer player has been sentenced to a million fine for willful bodily harm that he is said to have inflicted on another former partner. The indictment read for the most part terrifying: Boateng is said to have hit his ex-girlfriend, punched and bitten her in the head. The verdict is not yet legally binding. He himself kept saying that she had fallen, that it was testimony against testimony. In fact, the court concluded that the relationship with Kasia Lenhardt was not the only toxic one.
Hollywood stars in baby happiness
Let’s dedicate ourselves to the good news: While Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and her husband, art dealer Cooke Maroney, are looking forward to their first child together, Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender are already indulging in baby happiness. The two actors almost succeeded in keeping the pregnancy a secret from the public. “I now have a completely new understanding of life in and of itself,” said the 32-year-old in one of her first interviews as a new mom.
Pregnancy rumors are also circulating about the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate has not been seen in public for several weeks and may be pregnant with Prince William’s fourth child.
Farewell to one of the greats
We have to say goodbye to one of the greats this week. Jean-Paul Belmondo died in Paris at the age of 88. “Dear Jean-Paul, to lose you means to lose part of our life,” said French President Macron in his funeral address in the main courtyard of the Paris Invalids.
“Most people are unhappy because they ask too much of happiness. Ambition is the greatest enemy of happiness because it is blind,” Belmondo once said. His grandson Victor, also an actor, said of his late grandfather: “He never stopped looking for happiness, but he gave it too.”
Another death report also cast a shadow over the past week of stars and starlets: the news of the sudden death of Michael K. Williams. The US actor, born in New York City in 1966, who achieved international fame as Omar Little in the legendary US police series “The Wire”, was found dead in his apartment. He was only 54 years old.