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Adele buys THIRD mansion in Beverly Hills

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Adele is monopolising her Beverly Hills suburb, having just purchased a third home, next to the other two she owns, in a star-studded neighbourhood.  

New photos show the magnitude of her growing Beverly Hills property empire after purchasing her third home from Nicole Richie and her musician husband Joel Madden, with the house sitting next door to both her current home and the house she purchased from ex-husband Simon Konecki in 2019.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion, with pool and basketball court, was sold for $9,950,000 on May 26. Her trio of properties look to have potential to create a giant compound. 

Her neighbourhood domination is akin to Ed Sheeran’s epic property move, in which the singer splashed out some of his estimated £160million fortune to create his own extraordinary estate – dubbed ‘Sheeranville’ – including five properties bought for a total of £3.7 million.

Amazing! Adele is monopolising her Beverly Hills suburb, having just purchased a third home, next to the other two she owns, in a star-studded neighbourhood

Amazing! Adele is monopolising her Beverly Hills suburb, having just purchased a third home, next to the other two she owns, in a star-studded neighbourhood

Some of Adele’s closest Hollywood friends live nearby such as Jennifer Lawrence. In 2016, the singer purchased a four-bedroom, six-bathroom home for $9.5 million, complete with pool and summerhouse.

After splitting up from Simon in April 2019, Adele clearly didn’t want to break the family dynamic. The following month, she bought the six-bed property opposite for $10.65 million, so that her former spouse could still be close to their son Angelo, eight.

Adele’s latest purchase was originally bought by Richie and Madden in 2015 for $6.7 million, which is directly opposite her BFF Lawrence.

Her first two properties were purchased under the names The Gatefield Trust and Todd Gelfand, a partner at Adele’s business management company Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman. 

Impressive! She bought the new mega mansion from her friend Nicole Richie

Impressive! She bought the new mega mansion from her friend Nicole Richie

All the greats! A number of stars live in close proximity to the songstress

All the greats! A number of stars live in close proximity to the songstress

Happy days: In 2016, the 33-year-old purchased a four-bedroom, six-bathroom home for $9.5 million, complete with pool and summerhouse from Nicole (pictured together last year)

Happy days: In 2016, the 33-year-old purchased a four-bedroom, six-bathroom home for $9.5 million, complete with pool and summerhouse from Nicole (pictured together last year)

Adele’s Hidden Valley Trio 

HOUSE ONE: Adele’s current home

– Purchased for $8.4million in 2016 

– Four bedrooms, six bathrooms 

HOUSE TWO: Adele’s ex-husband Simon Konecki’s home

– Purchased for $10.65million in 2019

– Five-bedrooms, six-bathrooms, 6,045 square feet and sits on nearly an acre 

HOUSE THREE: Adele’s new purchase 

– Purchased for $10million in 2021

–  Four-bedroom, four-bathroom, with pool and basketball court

The most recent is under The Onwards Alba Trust and Michelle Morton, managing director and partner at Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman.

Actress Lawrence purchased her five-bed estate from Jessica Simpson for $8.2 million in October 2014, which was also owned by Ellen DeGenres and Australian actor Paul Hogan.

Out of 33 properties in Hidden Valley, 11 are owned by mega-stars, who all live within a stone’s throw from each other.

Richie’s sister-in-law Cameron Diaz and husband Benji Madden bought their sprawling English-style single-story residence in the same year for $9.3m, complete with six bedrooms, pool and tennis court.

Penelope Cruz and actor spouse Javier Bardem, who were one of the original residents, purchasing their modest four-bedder for $3.3 million in 2010.

Nicole Kidman, 52, and Keith Urban, 51, are just further up the road with a five bed mansion and a pool, snapped up for $4.7 million in December 2008.

Katy Perry shelled out $19 million on a six-bedroom property, which is tucked away in the most secluded area of the street, and recently sold another one for $7.5 million, which was dubbed a ‘guest house’ for friends and family.

Ashton Kutcher purchased a two-story European-style mansion for $10.2 million in May 2014 with wife Mila Kunis, 35.

Actress Zoe Saldana, 41, splashed out $8.7 million on a Colonial Revival–style six-bedroom home, once owned by model Kimora Lee Simmons.

In 2019, it was revealed that Adele and Simon had split after seven years as a couple and two years of marriage.

Epic! The neighbourhood is a who's who of Hollywood with Adele dominating the local property market

Epic! The neighbourhood is a who’s who of Hollywood with Adele dominating the local property market

Way back when: After splitting up from husband Simon Konecki in April 2019, Adele clearly didn’t want to break the family dynamic. The following month, she bought the six-bed property opposite for $10.65 million, so that her former spouse could still be close to their son Angelo, eight (Adele and Simon pictured in 2013)

Way back when: After splitting up from husband Simon Konecki in April 2019, Adele clearly didn’t want to break the family dynamic. The following month, she bought the six-bed property opposite for $10.65 million, so that her former spouse could still be close to their son Angelo, eight (Adele and Simon pictured in 2013)

Here come the girls: This is the singer's third purchase in the exclusive suburb of Hidden Valley, where some of her chummiest Hollywood friends live such as Jennifer Lawrence (pictured)

Sweet: Richie's sister-in-law Cameron Diaz and husband Benji Madden bought their sprawling English-style single-story residence in the same year for $9.3m, complete with six bedrooms, pool and tennis court (Cameron, Adele and Jennifer pictured)

Here come the girls: This is the singer’s third purchase in the exclusive suburb of Hidden Valley, where some of her chummiest Hollywood friends live such as Jennifer Lawrence

Adele’s representative said at the time: ‘Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.’

Adele and Simon initially began seeing one another in 2011, and welcomed Angelo the following year. 

She was born in Tottenham and brought up around the Brixton area, 

Her property ventures come worlds away from her humble beginnings when she was raised by her single mother Penny in a series of south London flats, including an abode above the This, That And The Other Discount Store in West Norwood.

Not too far to go... Back in 2019 it was revealed that Adele was living opposite her ex

Not too far to go… Back in 2019 it was revealed that Adele was living opposite her ex 

Where it all began: Her property ventures come worlds away from her humble beginnings when she was raised by her single mother Penny in a series of south London flats, including an abode above the This, That And The Other Discount Store in West Norwood (pictured)

Where it all began: Her property ventures come worlds away from her humble beginnings when she was raised by her single mother Penny in a series of south London flats, including an abode above the This, That And The Other Discount Store in West Norwood (pictured) 

Nice place to be: The home Adele bought for her ex Simon boasts lavish interiors and a superstar-worthy pool (pictured)

Nice place to be: The home Adele bought for her ex Simon boasts lavish interiors and a superstar-worthy pool (pictured) 

Stunning: Simon's five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in the neighbourhood was initially built in the early 60s and spans 6,045 square feet and sits on nearly an acre

Stunning: Simon’s five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in the neighbourhood was initially built in the early 60s and spans 6,045 square feet and sits on nearly an acre

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Some of the most petulant reaction to the latest protocol row has come from Fine Gael, which may explain unwise comments on direct rule and a Border poll from Leo Varadkar.

Speaking at a Co-operation North event in Dublin on Tuesday night, the Tánaiste said direct rule was not a viable long-term alternative to devolution. If Stormont is not restored quickly other options must be considered, with the best forum to do so being the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC) of the Belfast Agreement.

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Tiny one-room flat with BATH in the lounge and kitchen by the bed is up for rent at £1,000-a-month

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Tiny one-room flat with BATH in the lounge and kitchen just few feet away from the bed goes up for rent for £1,000-a-month in London

  • A cramped studio flat that is up for rent in south London is so small it has a bath located in the lounge
  • The property, that is in the ‘highly sought after’ Wimbledon area, has a bed only feet away from the kitchen
  • Renters will have to fork out over £1,000-a-month to live in the odd space, though bills are included

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A tiny studio flat has been mocked because it costs over £1,000-a-month to rent and the bath is located in the lounge.

While the bed is found only feet away from the kitchen area, with a giant telly on the wall.

The south London property is on the market to rent for an eye-watering amount considering its size.

The bath is right by the back door leading out to a small private area on a patio garden.

The listing states that it has been ‘designed to maximise the space available’ and adds that the bathroom has ‘been cleverly designed to be fully hidden from view’, but this appears just to be a shower curtain.

A compact studio flat in Wimbledon is charging more than £1,000 a month for the luxury of having a bath in the lounge (pictured)

A compact studio flat in Wimbledon is charging more than £1,000 a month for the luxury of having a bath in the lounge (pictured)

The property's bed is located just feet away from the 'Kitchenette area', which boasts a microwave and kettle

The property’s bed is located just feet away from the ‘Kitchenette area’, which boasts a microwave and kettle

The flat has a 'self contained pied-a-tierre' (pictured) with a small table and two chairs

The flat has a ‘self contained pied-a-tierre’ (pictured) with a small table and two chairs

The flat in upmarket Wimbledon Village will cost lodgers £1,150 per month – or £265 per week – to live in it.

Bills are included within the rental and there is a secure parking space available.

One home hunter fumed: ‘London cost of living is so disgusting that you pay £1,150 per month to rent a bath in a bed/kitchen as advertised on Rightmove today.

‘Living in a decent home is an essential and fundamental basic human right.

‘It shouldn’t be a privileged novelty.’

The letting agent said it would be ideal for someone to rent for the Wimbledon tennis tournament which starts next month.

The All England Tennis Club, where the grass championship is hosted, is just half a mile away.

A Twitter user bashed the listing, calling the price of the studio flat 'disgusting'

A Twitter user bashed the listing, calling the price of the studio flat ‘disgusting’

The listing says the flat is 'finished to an exceptional standard' and is available for short term rent

The listing says the flat is ‘finished to an exceptional standard’ and is available for short term rent

The toilet is found opposite to the bath and appears to have more than a curtain separating it from the lounge, unlike the bath

The toilet is found opposite to the bath and appears to have more than a curtain separating it from the lounge, unlike the bath

It is being let by CHK Mountford and advertised via Rightmove, the property listing reads: ‘Set on the ground floor of a wonderful detached private residence in the heart of Wimbledon Village is this self-contained pied a tierre.

‘The property has been immaculately refurbished to a very high standard and has been cleverly designed to maximise the space available.

‘To the front of the property is a small private patio.

‘The room is fully furnished and there is a small kitchenette area complete with sink, microwave and fridge.

‘There is a separate WC and a bath which has been cleverly designed to be fully hidden from view if required plus a generous storage cupboard/wardrobe.

‘One parking space is available and is set behind the properties private gates offering complete secure parking.

‘This property would be ideal for a working professional looking for a weekday base and who is looking for something which is centrally located and finished to a high standard.

‘All bills are included within the monthly rental.

‘Available on a short or long term basis, please note that for a short term rental the cost would be on a weekly basis.

‘And would be at a higher rental amount than for a long term tenancy – please contact the office directly for verification of the weekly rental.

‘The property is available for rental during Wimbledon Tennis event and is the perfect base for those wanting to be close to the site and have secure parking in addition.’

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Truss made ‘turnips in truck’ Brexit remark about Ireland, former diplomat says

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UK foreign secretary Liz Truss told a US audience three years ago that the impact of a no-deal Brexit on Ireland would only “affect a few farmers with turnips in the back of their trucks,” a former UK diplomat said.

Alexandra Hall Hall, a former Brexit counsellor at the UK embassy in the US, disclosed on Twitter on Tuesday night that Ms Truss made the remarks to a US audience three years ago.

The former career diplomat revealed in an article she wrote in a US academic journal last year that a UK government minister made the remarks but she did not identify the minister at the time.

Last night Ms Hall Hall retweeted a tweet by Ms Truss in which the foreign secretary said the UK government’s “first priority is to uphold the Belfast Agreement” – the 1998 deal that underpins the Northern Ireland peace process. Ms Truss shared a link to her House of Commons speech in which she set out plans to introduce legislation to override the Northern Ireland Brexit deal.

Retweeting the message, Ms Hall Hall said: “So pleased to see Liz Truss become a genuine expert on Irish matters. She was, after all, the minister who told a US audience three years ago that Brexit would not have any serious impact in Ireland . . . it would merely ‘affect a few farmers with turnips in the back of their trucks.’”

‘Under strain’

Ms Truss told the UK parliament that the protocol had put the Belfast Agreement “under strain” because of opposition by Unionist parties, citing this as a reason to plan to introduce new legislation in the coming weeks to scrap parts of the Northern Ireland Brexit deal.

Ms Hall Hall wrote in the Texas National Security Review journal last year that during her time as a diplomat in Washington, DC that Boris Johnson’s government damagingly played down the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland’s peace process in statements intended for US audiences.

She resigned from her job in late 2019 because she said she was unwilling to “peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust,” she said in her resignation letter.

In her article last autumn, she described the “turnip” remarks – without naming Ms Truss at the time – as a “low point” of her time in Washington when the UK minister “openly and offensively” in front of a US audience dismissed the impact of a no-deal Brexit on Irish businesses.

Ms Truss, then the UK secretary of state for international trade, was visiting Washington at the time to meet the then US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and the US trade representative Robert Lighthizer, both members of US president Donald Trump’s administration, and other politicians.

In the academic article, she said he had become “increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves.”

She took issue in the article – entitled: “Should I stay or should I go? The dilemma of a conflicted civil service – with the UK government’s “use of misleading or disingenuous arguments about the implications of the various options” with Brexit.

Ms Hall joined the UK foreign office in 1986 and served in various roles around the world, including in Bangkok, New Delhi and Bogota before serving as British ambassador in Georgia.

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