Bindi Irwin and husband Chandler Powell welcome baby girl

Bindi Irwin has given birth to a baby girl, and revealed the special meaning behind her daughter’s name.

The 22-year-old and her husband Chandler Powell took to social media on Friday night to share the special news, revealing they had welcomed their new bundle of joy on March 25 – the same day as their first wedding anniversary.

“Celebrating the two loves of my life. Happy first wedding anniversary to my sweetheart husband and day of birth to our beautiful daughter,” Bindi wrote.

“Grace Warrior Irwin Powell. Our graceful warrior is the most beautiful light.”

Bindi revealed Grace is named after her great-grandmother, and relatives in Chandler’s family dating back to the 1700s.

“Her middle names, Warrior Irwin, are a tribute to my dad and his legacy as the most incredible Wildlife Warrior,” she said, paying tribute to her father Steve Irwin.

“Her last name is Powell and she already has such a kind soul just like her dad.

“There are no words to describe the infinite amount of love in our hearts for our sweet baby girl.

“She chose the perfect day to be born and we feel tremendously blessed.”

 

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The special words were accompanied by an adorable photo of the beaming new parents cradling their baby girl.

Bindi’s mother Terri Irwin also shared the exciting news on social media, explaining how Steve would be “beyond proud” of his daughter.

“Love is not a big enough word. My heart is so incredibly happy. And I know that Steve would be beyond proud,” Terri wrote.

“Grace is the next generation to continue his mission and message of conservation. She chose her parents wisely.

“Bindi and Chandler are already the best parents ever!”

Meet our Sophie! Madeline Grice wins leading role in MAMMA MIA!

Gold Coast, there’s a new dancing queen in town!

From hundreds of audition tapes and an intense musical boot camp, down to four fantastic finalists, one lucky performer has been crowned MAMMA MIA!’s leading lady, set to play Sophie Sheridan.

Madeline Grice, the 25-year-old local performer from Ashmore was today announced the winner of 1029 Hot Tomato and Matt Ward Entertainment’s MAMMA MIA! Star Search, officially landing the lead role in the smash-hit musical, on stage this June 19 to July 11 at The Star Gold Coast.

Matt Ward said he was certain the Gold Coast would unearth a new and emerging talent, ready to shine in his latest production.

“We knew we wouldn’t have to go far to find our Gold Coast ‘Sophie Sheridan’, and as expected, when the audition tapes rolled in, we were spoilt for choice,” he said.

Following the two-day boot camp with 16 performers, Matt and his creative team narrowed the finalists down to four, all of whom were oozing talent in their own unique ways.

“1029 Hot Tomato listeners were encouraged to vote, and we are thrilled that the Gold Coast went to such lengths to show their support, ultimately recognising Madeline, whose vitality and persona captures exactly who we pictured our Sophie to be.”

As the winner of Matt Ward Entertainment and 1029 Hot Tomato’s Star Search, Madeline will receive a 6-week paid cast contract for the 2021 Gold Coast production of MAMMA MIA! starring as Sophie Sheridan, as well as four months of intensive vocal training with Matt Ward Vocal Studios.

In what was certainly serendipity, Madeline grew up listening to ABBA with a mother who was a “complete fanatic” and pet pig called Fernando.

“I not only loved the music but also that the production features two strong leading ladies.”

“My dad passed away when I was younger, so to see a single mother, daughter relationship play out to the soundtrack of one of my favourite bands… I can understand why I was and still am so drawn and attached to the story. Not to mention, it’s also so fun, colourful and I love that people know the songs so they can sing along!” she said.

MAMMA MIA! tells the much-loved story of Sophie, a young bride-to-be whose quest to discover the identity of her father draws three men from her mother’s past back to a Greek Island on the eve of her wedding, set to the toe-tapping songs of ABBA.

And singing along to the classic ABBA hits is exactly what the Gold Coast is set to do, as MAMMA MIA! plays for a three-week season at The Star Gold Coast from June 19 to July 11.

Tickets are on sale now via thestargoldcoast.com.au. For more information on Matt Ward Entertainment or MAMMA MIA! the musical, head to the website: mammamiamusical.com.au

YES! We finally have a date for Younger’s seventh and final season

Does Liza end up with dreamboat Charles or hunky Josh? It’s the question we have all been waiting a long six years to find out.

But thankfully we won’t have to wait too much longer, with Stan confirming the seventh and final season of the hit series is set to air in Australia next month.

The streaming giant made the announcement on Thursday, revealing they’ll be dropping four episodes on Friday, April 16.

It’s welcome news for Younger fans across the country, who were left hanging when Season 6 ended with Charles proposing to Liza in the middle of Diana’s wedding.

The episode came to an end without showing Liza’s response, leaving viewers wondering if she said yes or no.

“Our fans have been so loyal and so passionate it’s really exciting to finally reveal what’s in store for these characters they’ve been rooting for all along,” Actress Sutton Foster, who plays Liza in the series, said.

“We’re bringing all the emotion, all the laughs and all the drama that define Younger and have made it the success that it is.”

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Former Noosa Councillor fined over controversial The Bachelorette appearance

Former Noosa Shire councillor Jess Glasgow has been fined following a formal investigation into his “disrespectful” and “offensive” behaviour on The Bachelorette reality TV show two years ago.

The Office of the Independent Assessor launched an investigation into Mr Glasgow for misconduct after receiving a number of complaints in regards to his controversial appearance on the show in 2019.

In a statement released on Thursday morning, the Councillor Conduct Tribunal said Mr Glasgow was found to have “recklessly engaged in misconduct” during the two episodes he appeared on, and in subsequent media interviews.

In the first episode, Mr Glasgow appeared in mock mayoral robes and identified himself as a Noosa politician, telling Bachelorette Angie Kent “I’m a local Councillor, so, the one below the Mayor”, despite not being the deputy mayor.

The following night he was seen dressed up as a horse’s rear-end at a photoshoot, and was filmed making lewd gestures, sexualised comments, and attempting to bite and lick Ms Kent.

He also indicated he would kiss Ms Kent and other women without their permission saying, “I would’ve just grabbed that sweetie and laid one on her”, and “I’ve kissed plenty of girls who’ve turned their heads before”.

The CCT described Mr Glasgows comments as “offensive”, his behaviour during the photoshoot as “disrespectful”, and said his “misleading statements” to the media about having the Mayor’s approval to be on the show reflected poorly on the office of councillor.

“Mr Glasgow failed to uphold the local government principle which required councillors to provide democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement when undertaking their responsibilities, including their responsibility to provide high quality leadership to the local government and the community,” the CCT said.

In handing down its decision, the Councillor Conduct Tribunal said Mr Glasgow’s behaviour was “so unacceptable” that it would have recommended his dismissal or suspension had he still been in office.

Instead, Mr Glasgow was fined just over $4000 and ordered to make a public admission of his misconduct.

He was also ordered to reimburse the Noosa Shire Council $1000 in costs arising from the matter.

IT’S OVER! Jennifer Lopez and Fiancé Alex Rodriguez split

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have reportedly called off their engagement.

According to multiple gossip sites in the US, the Hollywood couple have called it quits after just four years together.

It’s not known exactly what has caused the split, with the couple sharing Valentine’s Day posts to each other just last month.

However, the break-up does come just months after Rodriguez made headlines over an alleged affair with Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy.

The actress later squashed the rumours, admitting that the pair “had never met”.

Lopez, 51, and Rodriguez, 45, got engaged in March 2019 and were due to marry last year, but were forced to postpone their wedding date twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.