Celebrities are doing self-isolation a little differently
Celebrities, they're just like us! Self-isolating in their cavernous houses, dancing up their marble stairs, pouring themselves a crystal tumbler of citrus-scented drink and sauntering into the home cinema to wait for this all to blow over.
With Covid-19 forcing swathes of Europe and America into self-isolation and social distancing, even the beautiful and famous are being forced to stay inside. While it might be hard to sympathise with someone 'stuck' inside a bedroom that looks like a suite at the Four Seasons, we should be grateful that people with a large audience are encouraging their followers to self-isolate and practise social distancing.
Taylor Swift has shared an image of her bug-eyed cat telling fans, 'For Meredith, self quarantining is a way of life. Be like Meredith.' Of course, Meredith probably hasn't spent the last two weeks digesting rolling news, but she's as good a mascot for these times as any.
If you've got kids on your hands and are running out of cookie recipes to distract them with, do as The Hills alumni Lauren Conrad did and encourage them to make a fort. Just don't be too disappointed if your end product looks more like a Fyre Festival tent than her Soho House creation. Disaster relief is more on-brand for right now anyway.
If you're looking for fresh air, Naomi Campbell is a fine example of making the most of a quiet moment of solitude while standing on a sunny pier in New York City and being grateful for a moment where she wasn't thinking about where she had to be next, even amongst all the chaos.
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Sunday Mood: Today I spent several hours with my god son, just walking on the pier. I can’t remember the last time I stood outside in New York City without thinking about where I needed to be in the next 30 minutes. But today was serene, and clear without a plane in the sky, you can breathe and feel the air difference. With challenges we are going through now it’s seems like Mother Nature is waking up in a positive way again, and today, we thought about nothing but the present on that pier. Last week when my mind first registered the fact that I would need to remain in one place, in one city, without movement, travel, stimulus or much human interaction, I cannot lie it made me nervous and anxious. I’m learning what it means to put my busy or complicated life on hold and just be still for a while, in one place, with hyper awareness of the people and spaces directly around me and the moment to moment actions I am making. As my heart remains with the lives around the globe that are severely affected right now, I am finding my own world somewhat unfamiliar. During the past few days I’ve spent much time at home isolated with loved ones. I’ve cooked, cleaned, caught up with people over the phone, grocery shopped, online read, slept, listened to music and walked to the piers for fresh air. And day by day I’m reminded of all these simple things, the simple pleasures in my life that make happiness. We must learn to educate our hearts and minds to create value in every moment. By no means am I thrilled about this scenario we’re all facing, but I am certain that moments like these can be incredibly introspective and reflective, they can help to ground us, and ultimately make us more full, compassionate and mindful people, creating unity to remind us we are all human. Hope you’re all staying strong, united and positive as much as you can out there. Hold on, we will get through this. With love, Naomi
Or stay in doors, á la Elizabeth Banks and Lady Gaga, and kick back with a Paloma cocktail at home. Just make sure your dogs get the best spot on the sofa – they are dealing with having to have you around all day, after all.
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So I talked to some doctors and scientists. It’s not the easiest for everyone right now but the kindest/healthiest thing we can do is self-quarantine and not hang out with people over 65 and in large groups. I wish I could see my parents and grandmas right now but it’s much safer to not so I don’t get them sick in case I have it. I’m hanging at home with my dogs. I love you world, we’ll all get through this. Trust me, I talked to God —she said we’re gonna be ok.
If Timothée Chalamet is staying inside, albeit while posting 'okay fine ' alongside the photo of him sat indoors, then we should all be inspired to do the same. Even if it is with the spirit of a moody teenager who has just been told they can't go to their friend's laser quest party.
One thing we must advise caution with is dancing on a marble staircase while wearing socks. A perilous activity for a normal man let alone ACL injury-prone Liverpool player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,
With the recent news the Met Gala has been cancelled due to the pandemic, perhaps organisers could move things online and have everyone share their homemade outfits from isolation. I'm sure Harry Styles could make something provocative and stylish out of some kitchen sponges.