UK socialite Annabelle Neilson has died aged 49

Socialite Annabelle Neilson has died aged 49, police have confirmed.

The socialite was best friends with Kate Moss and the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Police told that her death is not being treated as suspicious and that an ambulance was called to her home in Chelsea, West London, last Thursday.

Annabelle was left devastated when Alexander died, and claimed she regretted not accepting his marriage proposal.

Speaking about the designer, who she called Lee - his real first name - Annabelle said: "He was my brother, my boyfriend, my soulmate. Most of the time people called me Mrs McQueen.

"Quite often we were sharing a bed.

"The truth is I was happier with Lee than with anyone else.

"He asked me to marry him towards the end and I said no. I wish now that I had said yes."

Annabelle married millionaire banker Nat Rothschild after eloping to Las Vegas in 1994, but the pair went their separate ways in 1997.

Earlier in the decade, the 'Ladies of London' star met Kate while working for Alexander, and she later described the model as her "best mate".

She said: "Kate is my best mate and I love her like a sister. Yes, she's an icon but to me she's just Kate.

"We fight over stupid things, then we kiss and make up. We share clothes, we share everything and her fame has never been an issue.

"She always looks out for me and I look out for her. We've got each other's backs. I'm very proud of her and she's very proud of me."

Annabelle was a heroin addict aged 16 but managed to quit hard drugs, and late credited the Class A substance with saving her life.

She said: "In a way, heroin saved me because otherwise I would have killed myself."

The model - who appeared on US model reality series 'Ladies of London' from 2014 to 2015 - posted a picture of herself on Instagram sunbathing in Spain just last month.

She wrote in the caption: "In Spain catching some rays #sun (sic)"

Annabelle Neilson Source: Bang Showbiz


Network defends comedian Sacha Baron Cohen after allegations he duped guests by posing as disabled veteran

Showtime and Sacha Baron Cohen are pushing back against allegations the comedian duped guests on his new show by posing as a disabled veteran.

The network says in a statement today that Baron Cohen "did not present himself as a disabled veteran" or wear any military apparel when he met with Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Palin last week on Facebook complained that Baron Cohen "heavily disguised himself" as a disabled US veteran in a wheelchair when she was "duped" into an interview. She challenged

Baron Cohen and Showtime to donate proceeds from the show to a veterans' charity.

In the new show "Who Is America?," Baron Cohen dons various prosthetics and accents in an attempt to embarrass those on the right and left.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher Source: Bang Showbiz


Angelina Jolie in awe of Syrian refugee families living in Iraq – 'Home feels so warm and full of love'

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, returned to northern Iraq last month to meet with refugees who fled Syrian and are now living in Iraq.

She met with Ronia, a Kurdish widow whose children have special medical needs, and is among many mothers struggling to care for the families.

"If I were living with nothing, just eating bread and onions, but they were not sick, then I would be fine. But this illness has taken a huge toll on us," Ronia explained.

Ronia is raising five young girls all on her own. Two of her daughters have thalassaemia, a genetic blood disorder that stunts their growth and can be fatal.

"My husband suffered from thalassaemia… He died as there was no treatment here," Ronia said.

Ronia's family fled Syria nearly six years ago.

She takes her two daughters Roshda and Leila to hospital every other week for blood transfusions but says they can't get all of the medical treatment they need in Iraq.

"I am afraid I will lose them like I lost their dad," Ronia said.

Jolie gave the single mother credit.

"Somehow she's managed to have a home that feels so warm and full of love and her children smiling through all of this. It is such a credit to her," Jolie said.

The actress and director visited west Mosul less than one year after the city’s liberation from ISIS. Source: Associated Press

The visit marked Jolie's 61st mission - her fifth visit to Iraq - with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001.

Jolie travelled to a camp in Northern Iraq as part of her role with the UN. Source: Associated Press