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After becoming the subject of an online hate campaign, Gigi Hadid has defended her controversial impression of the future First Lady, Melania Trump.

Following her impersonation of Donald Trump’s wife at Sunday night’s American Music Awards ceremony in LA, the 21-year-old was branded “racist” by critics who denounced her adoption of an exaggerated European accent in a skit which referenced Michelle Obama’s “stolen” speech.

This morning, the Hilfiger model issued a statement on Twitter claiming her portrayal of Melania was conducted in “good humour and with no bad intent”.

 

TOMORROW! Jay and I host the @AMAs – 8/7c on @abcnetwork #AMAs

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In the handwritten note, Gigi explained how she “removed or changed anything in the script that [she] felt took the joke too far”, before stressing her belief that “Melania understands show business”.

“I too have been the centre of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at my actions,” she wrote.  “And [I] was able to find the humour in it.”

“I believe Melania understands show business and the way shows are written and run.”

In her closing statement, the young star apologised to those offended by the performance and insisted she has “only the best wishes for [her] country”.

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From Gigi’s impersonations to Selena’s heart-wrenching acceptance speech, last night’s American Music Awards ceremony was an emotional rollercoaster for all involved.

And it seems Zayn Malik did not escape the intense level of social media scrutiny allocated to the event as he has been criticised online for slagging One Direction during his acceptance speech.

Picking up the award for best ‘New Artist of the Year’, the 23-year-old popstar looked towards the crowd before excitedly saying: “This one just has my name on it, right?”

He then paused before thanking his family and fans for their support, but failed to mention his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid.

Having eagerly awaited Zayn’s run-in with former bandmate Niall Horan, One Direction’s followers were left disappointed as they witnessed the PILLOWTALK singer’s surprised reaction to the Mullingar man’s handshake.

“THE FACT THAT ZAYN WAS SHOCKED BECAUSE HE DIDN’T THINK NIALL WOULD WALK UP TO HIM,” tweeted one saddened fan alongside a tearful Kris Jenner meme.

“I’m positive Zayn would have never gone up to Niall…Niall’s a genuinely great guy and I’m sure he misses his friend,” wrote another.

The brief interaction has prompted the “ZiallOnAMAs” hashtag on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gigi Hadid found herself at the centre of a social media storm this morning when she was hit with a wave of abuse for her impression of Melania Trump.

While hosting the 44th American Music Awards ceremony in LA last night with impression expert Jay Pharoah, the 21-year-old model openly mocked the future First Lady by impersonating Melania’s “face”, adopting an exaggerated European accent and poking fun at the plagiarism accusations waged at Ms Trump after she appeared to borrow parts of a Michelle Obama speech in July.

“I gotta do the face right,” began Zayn Malik’s girlfriend.  “I love my husband, President Barack Obama and our children, Sasha and Malia.”

Members of Gigi’s star-studded audience laughed quietly at her joke, but those watching the event at home were less than amused.

Many took to Twitter to voice their grievances, with some going as far as to suggest that the impression was “racist”.

“Its racist when Trump says illegals should leave, but not when Gigi Hadid makes fun of Melania Trump’s European accent? #DOUBLESTANDARD (sic),” wrote one person.

“Idiot.  If someone did that to Moochelle they’d be called a racist.  Sorry you’re not as pretty as Melania, Gigi,” said another.

Others criticised the Californian for lacking class in choosing to portray Trump’s third wife.

“A model making fun of a model.  Not classy @GiGiHadid, not classy.  Just silly #AMAs #disappointed,” read one Tweet.

While another group focused on comparing Gigi with Melania through tweets like: “Dear @GiGiHadid, @MELANIATRUMP is 100 percent more beautiful and smart than you will ever be.  How dare you, boycott the #AMAs.”

 

Since the controversy surrounding Gigi's performance is still gaining pace, we think it'll be a while before this blows over.

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While much of the hype surrounding last night’s American Music Awards focused on celebrity outfit choices and Melania Trump impressions, Selena Gomez was responsible for injecting a much needed dose of authenticity into the event.

Having cancelled the remainder of her Revival World Tour in August to focus on her health, the Good For You singer gave an emotive speech while accepting the award for ‘Best Female Artist’.

“In 2014, this stage was actually the first time that I was authentically, 100 percent honest with all of you.  I think it’s safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life whether I liked it or not,” the 24-year-old began.

 

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“I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside,” she continued.  “I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down.”

“I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram.  I want to see what’s in here [points to chest].  I’m not trying to get validation nor do I need it anymore.”

“All I can say from the bottom of my heart is I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to be able to share what I love every single day with people that I love.”

 

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Finishing in the same determined manner with which she had begun, the former Disney star said: “I have to say thank you so much to my fans because you guys are so damn loyal and I don’t know what I did to deserve you.”

“If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.  If that’s anything whether you respect me or not that’s one thing you should know about me.  I care about people.  Thank you so much for this.  This is for you.”

Selena’s impassioned words clearly had a moving effect on her star-studded audience, with a camera pan showing Lady Gaga in an almost tearful state.

She has been widely praised online for her honesty.

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It might be 2015, but we were feeling a serious 90s vibe as we watched last night's American Music Awards.

From Kylie Jenner's leather n' chains cut-out dress to the very presence of J-Lo and P Diddy on the same stage, the awards show was completely jam-packed with nostalgia from our very favourite decade.

By the time Alanis Morisette stepped out to duet on You Oughta Know with Demi Lovato, we were about ready to root out our old Spice Girls posters and start blaring Jackie's Army in preparation for Italia 90.

If you were watching last night, you know doubt spotted some of these oh-so 90s elements:

1. Kylie Jenner's red carpet look 
She raided Christina Aguilera's 1999 wardrobe.

 

2. Gigi Hadid's all-white cut-out dress
The thigh slit, the halter neck, the criss-cross detailing – Ginger Spice eat your heart out.

 

3. J-Lo shaking her booty just as we remembered
Jennifer Lopez is more about singing and producing these days, but last night she (and her curves) took a trip down memory lane.

All hail Queen J-Lo.

BOW DOWN.

 

 

4. P-Diddy giving a shout-out to the woman herself, making us wish they were still together

All the feels. And look at them there, having fun like old times at the after-party:

 

5. Jenny McCarthy's thigh high platform boots

 

6. And, of course, Ariana Grande in that eternal 90s favourite, the white platform heel
Again, something we reckon Ginger Spice would have killed for.

 

7. US singer Z LaLa harking back to The Little Mermaid with her octopus costume

 

8. Alicia Silverstone and Jeremy Sisto reliving their Clueless days on stage

We prefer to think of them like this:

 

9. And finally, Alanis Morisette and Demi Lovato giving it socks to You Oughta Know
*shrieks*

 

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What is going on?

On-again, off-again (but we were almost certain definitely off-again) couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were spotted hanging out together in the bar of the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Friday. 

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A fan saw the pair and quickly posted two videos to Instagram showing Justin, 21, serenading Selena, 23, with the Temptations' classic, My Girl and his own single Sorry.  

"@JustinBieber singing my girl to @SelenaGomez….is this real? Pure magic," she captioned one video.

She then wrote, "When you're having a drink at an empty hotel bar and @JustinBieber appears out of nowhere and begins to sing on the piano #LOSINGMYS–––."  

The singer is seen holding a microphone as he stands up and starts singing with a piano playing in the background

The duo is supposed to perform this weekend at the American Music Awards. So perhaps they were rehearsing?

Fans have now gone into absolute meltdown at the thoughts of the two stars reuniting, at least on stage. One excited Bieber fan wrote:

“I thought I was excited for AMAs already BUT NOW I am expecting Justin and Selena on the damn carpet TOGETHER we NEED carpet jelena to rise.”  

This should be a very interesting weekend indeed. 

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One Directions have officially made it to where no band has ever gone before; they have made it to the library of emojis.

Yep, they 1D guys unveiled their new emoji this week, along with the announcement that they are going to be performing at the 2015 American Music Awards in November.

So, how can you get this fabulous emoji? Well, whenever you tweet, use the hashtag #AMAs1D and it'll pop up! (Good move AMAs, because that hashtag is going to be used A LOT of times).

Now, the emoji will likely be temporary, but we're crossing our fingers that the guys become a permanent feature in our library of tiny images. 

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So the American Music Awards took place last night and the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles was awash with all the latest chart toppers; Iggy, Taylor and the 1D boys to name but a few, so we can only imagine that Fergie, formerly of The Black Eyes Peas fame, was feeling the pressure.

Almost eight years after her last performance, the thirty-nine-year-old took to the stage to debut her latest single,' L.A Love.' The stunning mum-of-one was introduced by actor husband Josh Duhamel and with a slicked back pony tail and revealing leotard, everything appeared to be going A-OK, until Fergie suffered the one thing all female stars dread, The Wardrobe Malfunction.

Attempting to take off her jacket mid-performance, you can see Fergie go into panic mode as she realises that this jacket isn't going to come off without a fight. Not now, not tonight!

Wide-eyed, she continues to sing while frantically tugging at the garment which eventually falls aside and a relieved Fergie turns her back to the audience only to reveal the damn jacket was now hanging off her ASS. Why, Gawd, why?

Thankfully, it didn't stay there too long as the 'Big Girls Don't Cry' singer swiped at it and turned back to face the audience. jacket-free.

Let's face it, if she can pee herself on stage and get over it, a jacket hanging from her bum is easily handled.

She's still got it, ladies.

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