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Bumble: Female-founded dating app tops $13bn in market debut

Bumble: Female-founded dating app tops $13bn in market debut

Business
No bumbling here: Dating app Bumble, which made its name by putting women in charge of making contact with potential mates, has soared to a market value of more than $ 13bn after listing shares.Its Wall Street success made 31-year-old boss Whitney Wolfe Herd a rare self-made female billionaire.Bumble, which also owns Badoo, is one of less than two dozen US firms to list publicly while led by a female founder.Shares in the firm debuted at $ 43 apiece, valuing it at over $ 8bn. But in opening trade on Thursday they shot up to more than $ 76 each, making the firm worth more than $ 13bn (£9.4bn).'Make the first move'Ms Wolfe Herd launched Bumble in Texas in 2014, with backing from Russian billionaire Andreey Andreev, the founder of European online dating site Badoo. She has said she was inspir...
FKA Twigs says she was ‘left with PTSD’ after dating Shia LaBeouf

FKA Twigs says she was ‘left with PTSD’ after dating Shia LaBeouf

Entertainment
Getty ImagesSinger FKA Twigs has said she was left with PTSD after splitting from actor Shia LaBeouf in 2019.The musician, real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett, is suing LaBeouf for physical, mental and emotional abuse.Barnett told Louis Theroux's podcast she felt "scared and intimidated and controlled" by LaBeouf, and she "wasn't allowed to look men in the eye".LaBeouf has previously said many allegations against him are untrue but apologised for the hurt he had caused.BBC News has asked his representatives if he has anything to add in light of his ex-girlfriend's latest comments.Barnett was speaking to Theroux on the latest episode of his BBC Radio 4 podcast Grounded.Barnett, 33, from Gloucestershire, has had two Brit Award nominations for best British female solo artist. LaBeouf, 34, is kn...
Lockdown loneliness leads to 600 reports of online dating fraud a month

Lockdown loneliness leads to 600 reports of online dating fraud a month

Technology
More than 600 reports of romance scams per month were made to Action Fraud during June, July and August, with criminals exploiting victims' desire for human contact during the lockdown.Police forces and other organisations are running a campaign throughout October to raise awareness of romance fraud, following a 26% increase in reports to Action Fraud in the past year. The average victim of romance fraud loses just over £10,000.Live coronavirus updates from UK and around the worldRomance fraud, or dating fraud, occurs when people think they have met the perfect partner online but their "date" is using a fake profile to form a relationship. ...
Facebook Dating launches in US – will privacy concerns put users off?

Facebook Dating launches in US – will privacy concerns put users off?

Technology
Facebook is trying to play cupid as it launches its dating feature for the first time in the US.It is already available in 19 other countries including Canada and Brazil, and is coming to Europe early next year. But with the privacy issues the world's biggest social network has suffered in recent years, will people trust it when it comes to their love life - and how does the app work?Those who use Facebook Dating will have to be over 18 and will have a profile separate from their main one. Image: The app allows people to send a "like" and a corresponding message to any profile they encounter on the service The service, which is free, will suggest possible romantic partners based on their preferences, interests and Facebook activity. ...
K-Pop idol Kang Daniel apologises to fans as it’s confirmed he’s dating TWICE’s Jihyo

K-Pop idol Kang Daniel apologises to fans as it’s confirmed he’s dating TWICE’s Jihyo

Entertainment
CONFIRMED: Kang Daniel is dating TWICE's Jihyo (Pic: Getty) Earlier this week, it was confirmed that former Wanna One star Kang Daniel and Jihyo of girl group TWICE are dating.Both of the K-Pop idols' agencies released statements confirming the news after rumours began.Now, Kang Daniel has written a letter to his fans apologising for the big news and the way it was revealed.He wrote: "First of all, I'm so sorry to all of you who might have been surprised by the sudden news this morning. Related Articles “I'm so sorry to all of you who might have been surprised by the sudden news”Kang Daniel"I guess I haven't been able to get hold of anything all day, but I'm afraid I'm coming too late."The 22-year-old went on to thank his devotees for fan events they threw for him in cafés and subway ...