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Have we all seen THAT insane Harry Styles face tattoo? The one that made everyone gasp out loud and question her sanity and life choices?

Singer Kelsy Karter got the attention she was looking for, but not from Harry himself though. Twitter users were quick to point out that the ink actually resembled Frankie Cocozza far more, but still.

As many of us have guessed, it has now been revealed that the tattoo was all a hoax in order for Kelsy to promote her new single, Harry. Yes, she's that dedicated to promotion.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She's admitted the hoax was all for the sake of Harry Styles noticing her new song about him, and she has dropped a video explaining the whole fraud. 

She said she wanted to get the inking to ‘cut through the noise’ and get her music noticed by top music execs, and the general public. Oh, and it's dropped on Harry's 25th birthday. 

The New Zealand-born singer elaborated, saying she dedicated the song to the Kiwi artist after going through a rough patch last April;

"My dog Diva died. My relationship ended. And the last thing I wanted to do was write another sad song about it."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kelsy directed and produced the video for the One Direction hero for only $300, but didn't have the cash to promote the song;

"But how were we going to cut through the noise to get noticed? What would the rock legends that inspired me have done in 2019?" Celebrity tattooist Romeo Lacoste was enlisted for the sake of the tattoo, which was based on Harry's Rolling Stones cover.

The 25-year-old said Romeo traced the image and applied it to her face, and then used a special FX makeup artist.

She added; "‘BTW we know it looked ridiculous. That was the point.I had your attention." We were thinking that Romeo's talented skills needed to be brushed up…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Of course, the absurd inking went totally viral. Websites and news sites globally covered the tatt, and everyone was talking about it. TMZ wanted to chat to her, and she even considered reapplying the tattoo.

Because it's Harry's special birthday, Kelsy has made the choice to confess her fib.

"This has always been about rock ‘n’ roll. Harry is an anthem for the fans. The tattoo is gone. All that’s left is the music. Which is what my rockstar team and I had planned all along."

We have to respect her commitment, and the plan is pretty ingenious. The song is also a complete TUNE. We'd love to hear a comment from Harry on the matter though…

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Harry Styles has an abundant of fans all around the world, each more dedicated than the next. Some send him gifts, some throw their underwear in his face at concerts, and some…get him tattooed on their face?

We're pretty sure that this girl is officially 'Harry's #1 Fan' by default after pulling this stunt. Kelsy Karter has made no secret of her love for the 24-year-old former One Direction singer.

The lad has been blazing a trail since the release of his massively popular debut album, and now Kelsy has decided it's time to show her (permanent) appreciation for Harry. We can only hope this is a hoax.

Kelsy got inked by Los-Angeles based tattoo artist Romeo Lacoste, who's quite the big deal in the celebrity body art scene. She shared the bizarre result on her social media accounts, tweeting the caption;

"Mama, look what I made me do." My mother would excommunicate me from the family if I pulled anything like this, let alone called her out in the caption…

Needless to say, fans had some pretty dramatic reactions. Mainly because the tattoo literally looks NOTHING like Harry Styles, no offence Mr Lacoste, but this isn't your best work in terms of facial twinning.

Hilariously, Frankie Cocozza realised how like the inking his own face looked, as opposed to the solo singer. He tweeted a reply to Kelsy, writing: "I'd love to send you a signed photo thanking you for the support. Get in touch mate x" GAS.

Kelsy's face appears slightly swollen and red, with Romeo posting a photo of her on his Instagram story saying; "I can’t believe Kelsy Karter got Harry Styles tattooed on her face." We can't either.

She recently tweeted: "It’s 2019 and Harry Styles is still the best looking human." Safe to say she'd be over the moon if he noticed her stunt. but the frontman has yet to comment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Some fans are arguing that the tattoo is fake, but most of the comments are just the general public questioning her sanity. Which is semi-fair, to be honest. 

On 18 January she tweeted: "Finally know what I’m getting Harry for his birthday…" 

Well, this is one way to get his attention, we hope? Stay tuned to see if the singer ever comments on the matter, or if Kelsy reveals the inauthenticity of the inking. Pray it's fake, just pray.

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This week, a Whatsapp voice note detailing an alleged dinner date between at 28-year-old woman and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been forwarded around the messaging app. 

Passing from group chat to group chat, the messaged claimed that the Taoiseach had catfished a woman on Tinder by using photos of a different person and claiming to be 35 years of age. 

The narrator alleged that an agreement was made to meet up for a date in a Dublin restaurant, believed by the message recorder to be 'Chapter One or Pichet.'

The voice note said that following the arrangement, the Tinder match revealed that he was a well-known public figure and was not the person in the photos. The woman agreed to still meet with him, at which time the unidentified female discovered that her date was the former Taoiseach, claims the note. 

The voice note was passed off as a mere joke by many (after all, would a 67-year-old former leader of the country really be on Tinder posing as a 35-year-old) but has appeared on various social media platforms in the days following it's release. 

The former Taoiseach has been forced to deny the allegations.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A spokesperson for Mr Ahern told The Independent that the recording is 'complete rubbish' and '100pc untrue.'

'It is unfair that anyone would be subjected to this in any walk of life either political or otherwise.' 

'Something should be done to protect people from this sort of thing,'

The narrator of the note detailed that she had secretly hoped the secret match was Ryan Tubridy. 

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Scarlett Johansson has faced more than her fair share of sexist tirades against her as the highest paid woman in Hollywood.

The Avengers actress has previously experienced unsolicited nudes of her leaking online, and is now speaking out against the onslaught of deepfake pornography featuring her face generated onto the bodies of porn stars.

'Deepfake' (a 'deep learning' and 'fake' portmaneau) is a form of artificial intelligence human image synthesis technique. It can combine and superimpose images and videos to create fake footage of a person which never actually happened.

This means that deepfake has led to an onslaught of pornography featuring famous celebrity fames generated onto porn star's bodies, and it's essentially unregulated according to the Washington Post.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 A hacker was sent to prison for 12 years in 2012 following a leak of nude images of Johansson and other A-List celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence. 

When it comes to deepfakes, arrests can be irrepressibly difficult to make. AI-generated videos of the star's face on porn star's bodies have plagued the actress, and she has chosen to speak out;

"I think it’s a useless pursuit, legally, mostly because the internet is a vast wormhole of darkness that eats itself,” she tells the Washington Post.

She implies that the time has come for her to give up her relentless pursuit, due to the impossibility of the technology itself. Tracking down the culprits within and outside of the US is a tedious task.

“The internet is just another place where sex sells and vulnerable people are preyed upon,” she says, in a weary tone.

"Every country has their own legalese regarding the right to your own image, so while you may be able to take down sites in the U.S. that are using your face, the same rules might not apply in Germany," she comments, in exasperation.

"Even if you copyright pictures with your image that belong to you, the same copyright laws don’t apply overseas. I have sadly been down this road many, many times."

"The fact is that trying to protect yourself from the internet and its depravity is basically a lost cause, for the most part." Anyone is vulnerable to exploitative attacks such as these when it comes to the power of the web.

She suggests that the black hole of the internet is so depraved, "it's only a matter of time" before any individual will be targeted.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A number of internet giants have taken steps to police fake AI pornography, and porn in general on their sites, such as Reddit and Tumblr.

However, PornHub had claimed to have taken down and "banned" deepfakes ten months ago, yet there are still videos uploaded of Scarlett Johansson today.

Seems fruitless, and disturbing.

We certainly hope steps will be taken to regulate technology such as this in the future, the dangers of deepfakes are countless; between hoaxes, fake terrorism videos, false threats and identity theft/impersonation for pornography, its a dark, deep web out there.

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In case you missed this entire furore, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé hit the headlines over the last few days over their outfits while performing together in South Africa.

While Beyoncé was dressed like… a QUEEN… Ed Sheeran wore his usual t-shirt and jeans attire. 

Social media users have commented on the possible gender dynamic between the two, where the female singer is under pressure to look a certain way, while the men are allowed to dress in whatever manner they want;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Others online think the entire debacle is rather hilarious, and Ed Sheeran evidently is on this side of the sea.

The 27-year-old singer-songwriter is known for his down-to-earth style of things, and replied with predictable humour.

He posted a purchase link to the t-shirt which he was wearing in the performance on his Instagram story;

Instagram/@teddysphotos

He later added:

"Follow hoax1994 for more of my amazing fashion choices x. #dresstoimpress"

The clothing company Hoax are of the same mind as Sheeran, and posted to their own Instagram feed:

Well, you can't say he doesn't see the funny side of things.

He doesn't appear to be very concerned about the whole debate online, at least Hoax are getting some top quality promotion because of it all.

What are your thoughts, does Ed need the Queer Eye guys to give him a make-over?

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This week, Travis Scott was forced to take to social media to deny reports that he cheated on Kylie Jenner, after a photo of what appeared to be him kissing another woman went viral.

Last night, a YouTuber released a video claiming responsibility for the creation of the images.

The YouTuber, who goes by the name Christian Adam G, admitted to staging the photo, dressing and posing as the rapper and even cutting and styling his hair to mimic Scott's trademark blonde-tipped dread style. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The video was inspired by a recurring trend of Youtubers creating false images of celebrities doing weird things ( see: Justin Bieber eating a burrito sideways) in an attempt to have them picked up by traditional media. 

The Bahama-based YouTuber said that he is often mistaken for the rapper, and decided to see if he could go viral with the prank, in a video titled We Fooled the Internet w/ Fake Travis Scott Cheating Photo.

In the description of the video, he wrote: 'DISCLAIMER: this video was NOT made to intentionally hurt Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner or the entire Kardashian family in ANY way shape or form.'

However, Kylie's big sisters Kim and Khloe have taken to Twitter to express their disgust at the 'prank.' 

Kim accused Christian of intentionally trying to hurt the family, tweeting:

'I hate that I am bringing attention to this but this is absolutely disgusting that you would find this funny to mess with Travis & Kylie who just started a family together.'

'This is really damaging to relationships, families and is just so wrong.'

Khloe, who only this year went through the shock of a salacious cheating scandal with her former partner Tristan Thompson, tweeted:

'People are absolutely disgusting! The mind games this would do to somebody… That is so completely not OK!'

'This person should be so ashamed of themselves! What filth.'

 

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This week, social media has been up in arms after news circulated that Snapchat would be closing its virtual doors later this month. 

Snapchat fans mourned as speculation that the app was coming to an end on November 14 was rife. 

However, it turns out that the information, which spread like wildfire online, was completely fake. 

'CEO Evan Spiegel of the very popular app Snapchat has released that Snapchat will be removed from all app stores by November 14,2017,' read the false statement. 

'According to Fox News Media Evan has decided to make this decision due to copyright and legal issues with Facebook, Instagram, and Musical.ly.

'By the date November 14,2017 all Snapchat apps with be removed from all devices and all app stores.'

'DISCLAIMER all data and media associated with the app will also be deleted within the app.'

Thankfully for fans of the photo sharing app, it has been revealed that the 'article' in question was in fact a hoax. 

However, enough people shared and believed the story that it went completely viral. 

CEO Evan Spiegel himself responded to tweets from worries users, simply declaring the false information as 'fake news.' 

 

Feature image: AlesiaKan / Shutterstock.com

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There were widespread reports yesterday that the infamous alcoholic beverage Four Loko was coming to Ireland.

The news came from a seemingly legitimate Facebook page called @FourLokoEire, who claimed that the cans would be available in Ireland in 2017.

SHEmazing! reached out to Phusion Projects, the company behind the drink, who said that they will not be coming to Ireland any time soon.

 

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They also confirmed that the @FourLokoEire page was not affiliated with Four Loko in any way and was presumably a hoax.

"We currently have no definitive timetable as to when we may enter the market," said a Four Loko spokesperson.

Thanks for getting our hopes up lads.

The @FourLokoEire Facebook page was deleted after contacted by SHEmazing! regarding it's legitimacy. 

“WE'RE BRINGING FOUR LOKO TO IRELAND. It's the truth. Get excited,” the page previously claimed, in a post that had garnered thousands of likes.

 

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For those not in the know, Four Loko is a malt liquor drink that is extremely popular with those on a J1.

The fizzy drink comes in a 750ml can, and has a 12% alcohol content.

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Earlier this week a French tourist went viral after posting a video in her hunt for the Irish guy who got her pregnant… but it turns out it was all a very questionable marketing trick.

Natalie Amyot hit headlines around the world on Monday when she launched her hunt for the "really cute guy" she met in O'Malleys Bar in Mooloolaba in Australia six months ago.

"It was love at first sight… We had a beautiful night. The next morning I flew home to Paris and I lost my phone with his number on it," she said in a video posted to YouTube. "Six weeks later I find out I'm pregnant, so I've come back here to try and find him."

The video now has over 1.4m views online, while a Facebook page for "tips" has 5,000 likes. However the unrequited love story was yesterday revealed to be a hoax, thought up by tourism agency Holiday Mooloolaba.

"This has been a viral video for Holiday Mooloolaba," English digital marketer Andy Sellar says in the crinegy reveal video, after admitting that "Natalie" was in fact an actress.

"I run a company called Sunny Coast Social Media and we do viral videos for businesses… We just wanted to put Mooloolaba on the map, because it’s a wonderful place."

However the video hasn't had quite the desired effect on tourism, with many angry viewers saying they really didn't see the point of deceiving anyone:

Definitely a viral fail.

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He promoted himself as a 20-something millionaire who was happy to splash the cash on designer watches, expensive champagne and private jets.

Vladimir Wilson even appeared on MTV’s Judge Geordie, ITV’s Girlfriends, and had a slot on Channel 5’s Britain’s Flashiest Families lined up for later this year.

Yet today, he was exposed as an unemployed hoaxer who has racked up significant debts in his bid to be seen as a partying playboy.

The now 27-year-old had claimed he amassed €8m hitting the lotto jackpot aged just 19, and used his supposed winnings to gain access to exclusive A-lister clubs and bars in London. He even claimed he and singer Ariana Grande were friends.

The Sun, however, explains that the reality is rather different: Vladimir is, in fact, an out-of-work salesman who lives in a shared flat.

Appearing on Judge Geordie earlier this year, he showed off his designer clothes and luxury home to presenter Vicky Pattison, telling her: “I am the youngest lottery jackpot winner in the UK.”

He once regularly posted pictures to his Twitter and Instagram accounts to boast of his wealth – but today, both of these profile had been made private.

Some of Vladimir’s photographs included a snap of an Aston Martin, a row of eight expensive watches, a Bentley and a private jet.

He admitted to The Sun that he first made up the lie about winning the lottery when he appeared on ITV2 show Girlfriends three years ago.

He explained to the newspaper: “I wanted to get into Big Brother and reality-based shows.”

The young man has now been dumped from Britain's Flashiest Families and is reportedly facing debts of close-to €30,000. The Sun also reports that there are two active county court judgments against his name.

Those taking to social-media today were less than sympathetic to his plight, however.

Indeed, one said: “This punk has been caught out, now he has to work out how to repay all the money he owes and the wolves will chase hard.”

Mr Wilson told The Sun that until recently he had a well-paid job in Gibraltar selling tax avoidance schemes. Mr Wilson added that he is now looking for work and is not claiming the dole.

 

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