France’s former first lady performs at Beiteddine Art Festival in Lebanon

France’s former first lady Carla Bruni performed during the Beiteddine Art Festival at the 200-year-old Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon’s Chouf Mountains.

Bruni, who is married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, was invited to perform during the event, which bills itself as “one of the leading festivals in the Middle East.” It was her first visit to Lebanon.

“Thank you beautiful Beirut for your warm welcome,” Bruni posted on Instagram.

The Italian-French singer-songwriter and supermodel is promoting her album “French Touch,” which was released in October 2017.

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy was also spotted supporting his wife on an Instagram photo posted by the Beiteddine Art Festival.

The Beiteddine Art Festival posted a photo on Instagram showing former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attending the concert in Lebanon. (Beiteddine Art Festival)
The Beiteddine Art Festival posted a photo on Instagram showing former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attending the concert in Lebanon. (Beiteddine Art Festival)

The festival was attended by several Lebanese officials, including former President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

According to its website, the art festival is held in July and August, and celebrates the music and cultural contributions of Lebanese artists and global stars.

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Born in Italy, Bruni is best known for her career as one of Europe’s top models. In the 1990s, the 50-year-old superstar delved into singing and songwriting.

Lebanese singer Elissa reveals battle with breast cancer in music video

Lebanese superstar Elissa revealed her battle with breast cancer in an emotional music video for her latest single, “Ila Kol Elli Bihebbouni,” or “For All Those Who Love Me.”

Elissa shared parts of her journey in the 7-minute video, published by Arab record label Rotana.

The video starts with a clip of Elissa undergoing an MRI scan in December 2017.

“You know that moment when you wonder, ‘Will I ever see the people I love again? Those who love me back?'” she said.

The chilling narration shows the incredible courage of the 46-year-old singer, who still hosted performances during her battle with breast cancer.

WATCH: Elissa reveals battle with breast cancer in emotional music video:

“I do my radiotherapy session, I got to the studio, I finish another session,” Elissa recalled. “I rest for two hours, and go to the studio again. Once a week, I was going live on TV.”

The music video is the first time Elissa revealed her battle with cancer to fans.

The music video begins with video of Elissa undergoing an MRI scan. (Rotana)
The music video begins with video of Elissa undergoing an MRI scan. (Rotana)

“I’ve recovered, I’ve beaten the illness and I won,” she said. “Early detection of breast cancer can save your life.”

RELATED: WATCH: Elissa music video hits 3 million views in first week

On Instagram, the superstar said she wanted the video to be an inspirational message that cancer can be fought.

“This music video shouldn’t make you cry. It’s a reason to smile, be happy, and grateful,” she said. “We can fight cancer if we know about it in early stages. I love you all.”

Elissa, whose real name is Elissar Zakaria Khoury, is a popular Lebanese recording artist, and the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist in 2006.

She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

VIDEO: Jimmy Kimmel’s hilarious exchange with a tourist from Beirut

A Lebanese tourist didn’t seem to recognize late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel when he walked up to her and introduced himself, the late-night star recalled during a recent monologue.

The tourist was taking a photo of Kimmel’s Hollywood star when the host decided to walk up to her and make her day. But it didn’t go as planned!

The fan was taking a picture of Jimmy Kimmel's Hollywood star when he approached her. (YouTube screen grab)
The fan was taking a picture of Jimmy Kimmel’s Hollywood star when he approached her. (YouTube screen grab)

He approached the woman and said, “Hi, I’m Jimmy Kimmel.”

The woman replied, “No you’re not!”

He asked where she is from, and she replied Beirut.

“You know, I am Jimmy Kimmel,” he said again.

“You wish you had his money,” she replied.

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Kimmel said he was heading to the movie theatre when he noticed the woman and her child taking a photo of his star. He thought it would be a fun surprise to come up to them.

“I think I might need to hire a publicist in Beirut,” Kimmel joked.

WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel says a Lebanese fan didn’t believe he was Jimmy Kimmel:

Mia Khalifa to undergo surgery after hockey puck smashes into breast

Former Lebanese adult film star Mia Khalifa will undergo surgery after a hockey puck smashed into her left breast and ruptured her implant, the New York Post reported.

Khalifa was watching the Washington Capitals during a playoff game when a hockey puck came flying over the glass and toward her chest.

“It caught me so off guard and I had no idea it was coming,” the former porn star told Daily Star Online. “I grabbed my chest and I didn’t want to let go, because I felt like if I did let go blood was going to be everywhere.”

Khalifa, 25, said she plans to undergo surgery and repair the “deflated” implant at the start of next year.

She posted a photo on Instagram and wrote, “The good news is, I got a game used puck from a Capitals Stanley cup playoff game. Worth it.”

A standard hockey puck weighs between 5.5 and 6 ounces.

“They’re really heavy, it’s pure rubber, they go at about 80 mph,” Khalifa added. “My left breast is slightly deflated now.”

Former Lebanese porn star Mia Khalifa is set to undergo surgery after a hockey puck smashed into her left breast and damaged an implant. (Instagram/Mia Khalifa)
Former Lebanese porn star Mia Khalifa is set to undergo surgery after a hockey puck smashed into her left breast and damaged an implant. (Instagram/Mia Khalifa)

Khalifa said she left the porn industry after receiving death threats from terror groups, and called her porn career a “huge mistake.” She now co-hosts the Sportsball podcast on RoosterTeeth.com.

RELATED: Lebanese porn star Mia Khalifa sparks controversy in Lebanon

Her short stint in porn caused a stir in Lebanon after her parents announced they would disassociate themselves from her.

“It all started to spiral out of control when the death threats from ISIS started coming in,” Mia told disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in an interview. “That’s when I stepped away.”

Buy tickets for The Chainsmokers show in Byblos before all seats are sold out

The music experience in Lebanon this summer is already one of the best years on record with performances from Shakira, Mike Massey and the world renowned electronic music festival Tomorrowland.

Now the Chainsmokers are making an appearance at the Byblos International Festival on August 1, and spots are filling up quickly!

All general admission and VIP standing tickets are already sold out. The only tickets available are seats located in zones C and D that overlook the venue.

RELATED: Highlights from Shakira’s performance in Lebanon

The remaining tickets range from about $110 to $115 per person.

The world’s most celebrated pop duo are coming to Byblos, Lebanon! (www.ticketingboxoffice.com)
The world’s most celebrated pop duo are coming to Byblos, Lebanon! (www.ticketingboxoffice.com)

This will be the first year the annual Byblos Festival will be an all-standing concert, according to the Facebook event page.

The event will take place at the Byblos Grand Stand in Jbeil Port, Lebanon and is expected to start at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased on the Ticketingboxoffice Apple and Android apps and on their website at this link.

Filipino actress Lotlot de Leon engaged to Lebanese businessman

Filipino actress Lotlot de Leon announced her engagement to Lebanese businessman Fady El Soury, reported Filipino celebrity news site PEP.ph.

The proposal was held Sunday at the Nature Wellness Village resort in Tagaytay City, a popular holiday town south of Manila.

The actress was surprised when the waiter served a dish with the words, “Marry Me!”

“I’ve been waiting for a while,” Lotlot said.

El Soury, who goes by the name Fred, is the founder of the Phillipines-based Fady Sports, which sells outdoor and sporting goods.

“I went down on one knee and I told her, ‘Do not cry,'” he told PEP.ph. “I was planning on it — it’s been actually more than a month.”

Filipino actress Lotlot de Leon announced her engagement to Lebanese businessman Fady El Soury. (Instagram/Lotlot de Leon)
Filipino actress Lotlot de Leon announced her engagement to Lebanese businessman Fady El Soury. (Instagram/Lotlot de Leon)

Lotlot de Leon is a well-known actress in the Phillipines, best known for her role in the variety show “That’s Entertainment,” broadcasted by the GMA Network in the late 1980’s.

Her most recent work includes drama, romantic series and action. She was previously married to former matinee idol Ramon Christopher Gutierre before their separation in 2010.

Lotlot and Fady have been together for six years. A beach wedding is planned for December, they said.

WATCH: Highlights from Shakira’s performance in Lebanon!

Shakira’s performance during the Cedars International Festival in Lebanon drew a crowd of over 14,000 people, organizers announced.

The Colombian-Lebanese superstar performed during the opening night of the festival as part of her “El Dorado World Tour.”

WATCH: Highlights from Shakira’s visit to Lebanon!

A swarm of fans and local media welcomed Shakira at the airport, where she was spotted with her two children Milan and Sasha.

“I am very happy to be here in Lebanon,” she said. “This is the land of my ancestors and I’m very proud of my heritage — my Lebanese heritage.”

She also visited her grandmother’s hometown of Tannourine, where officials inaugurated the ‘Shakira Square’ in her honor.

Shakira gets ready for her performance during the Cedars International Festival. (Facebook/Cedars International Festival)
Shakira gets ready for her performance during the Cedars International Festival. (Facebook/Cedars International Festival)

“I have always thought of my family like the cedars,” Shakira said. “These beautiful trees have been transplanted to Columbia to produce fruit — like the fruit of these Cedars.”

In a statement, festival organizers said they invited Shakira to “send a message of peace from the cedars and from Lebanon to the world.”

Shakira brings her children to Lebanon ahead of concert!

Shakira arrived at the Beirut International Airport Thursday with her two children ahead of her performance at the Cedars International Festival in the northern town of Bsharri.

The Colombian-Lebanese superstar is in Lebanon as part of her “El Dorado World Tour,” where she is set to perform before 14,000 people during the festival’s opening concert.

Shakira arrives at the Beirut International Festival. (Chamoun Daher/Cedars International Festival Facebook)
Shakira arrives at the Beirut International Festival. (Chamoun Daher/Cedars International Festival Facebook)

A swarm of fans and local media welcomed Shakira at the airport, where she was spotted with her two children Milan and Sasha.

“I am very happy to be here in Lebanon,” she said. “This is the land of my ancestors and I’m very proud of my heritage — my Lebanese heritage.”

A swarm of fans and local media greeted Shakira at the airport. (Chamoun Daher/Cedars International Festival Facebook)
A swarm of fans and local media greeted Shakira at the airport. (Chamoun Daher/Cedars International Festival Facebook)

Her son Milan echoed her sentiments.

“I am happy to be here in Lebanon,” Milan said.

WATCH: LBC-TV coverage of Shakira’s arrival to Beirut International Airport:

In a statement, festival organizers said they invited Shakira to “send a message of peace from the cedars and from Lebanon to the world.”

RELATED: Shakira to perform in Lebanon during Cedars International Festival

Music manager Wassim Slaiby, who directs the Anghami music distribution company, helped bring Shakira to Lebanon.

Shakira arrives with her two children Milan and Sasha. (Chamoun Daher/Cedars International Festival Facebook)
Shakira arrives with her two children Milan and Sasha. (Chamoun Daher/Cedars International Festival Facebook)

“We are confident that the concert will be exceptional,” Slaiby said. “We will continue to attract world stars through Anghami and allow them to enjoy Lebanon and the Middle East.”

The Cedars International Festival aims to honor Lebanon internationally through the beauty of the Lebanese cedars.

Soccer star Mohamed Salah vacations in Beirut as World Cup continues

Egyptian soccer player Mohamed Salah and his family arrived in Beirut late Friday for a vacation, reports said.

According to the daily newspaper Al Liwaa, Salah, his wife Maggie and their daughter Makkah will be in Lebanon for three days. They will also meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri during their trip.

Salah is staying at a hotel in downtown Beirut, but the exact location is not being released for security purposes, the newspaper added.

Salah was recently dumped out of the World Cup tournament in the group stages after his team lost all three of their matches and failed to receive any points to advance to the round of 16.

Mohamed Salah plays for the Egyptian National team (Express and star)
Mohamed Salah plays for the Egyptian National team. (File photo)

However, Salah led the national team to their first World Cup since 1990 and managed to score two goals himself during the tournament.

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Salah is expected to be at Liverpool FC training camp in three weeks.

The team will be at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 28 for their showdown with rival Manchester United.

Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie wears Elie Saab dress on wedding day

Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie wore a stunning dress by Lebanese designer Elie Saab for her wedding to English actor and producer Kit Harington.

Leslie, who plays Ygritte in the Game of Thrones series, wore a beautiful gown featuring lace sleeves, a tight waist and trailing veil. She also carried a white bouquet, and wore a white floral crown.

A wedding was held Saturday in Aberdeenshire, Scotland area. The wedding reception was held at Leslie’s family estate, Lickleyhead Castle, in the Aberdeenshire village of Auchleven.

Photo posted on Kit Harington's Instagram page reads, "Mr. and Mrs. Harington." (Instagram/Kit Harington)
Photo posted on Kit Harington’s Instagram page reads, “Mr. and Mrs. Harington.” (Instagram/Kit Harington)

Leslie and Harington met while on the set of the HBO show in 2012. Harington plays the role of Jon Snow, King of the North, in Game of Thrones.

Co-stars Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke were spotted at the wedding, among a list of other A-list celebrities.

😍❤️ . #roseleslie #kitharington #couple #wedding

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Lebanese designer Elie Saab has dressed major VIPs, including Queen Rania of Jordan, Angelina Jolie, Celine Dion and Taylor Swift.

Saab has a main workshop in Lebanon, with other locations in Milan and Paris. His couture collections are available in Paris, London and Beirut, with clothing sold in more than 160 global retailers.

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