6 Happy & Wholesome News Stories To Start Your Week Off Right

From surprise albums to more celebrity engagements, here’s your weekly hit of happiness.

Regent’s Park open-air theatre is back for Summer

The award-winning theatre located in London’s Regent’s Park is set to reopen this Summer with 70 live performances throughout August and September. It will be the first theatre to welcome back audiences in the capital following lockdown when it was forced to postpone the entire 2020 season due to the coronavirus outbreak. From Friday 14th August, a special concert staging of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar will play for 6 weeks, so snap up your tickets just in time for Summer in the city here.

Taylor Swift dropped a surprise album

Come through Tay Tay. She only went and dropped a new surprise album! Featuring collaborations with Bon Iver, The National’s Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff, Folklore is Swift’s eighth studio album. Taking to Instagram, the singer wrote: “Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore.

“I’ll be releasing my entire brand-new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into.” That’s right, Taylor Swift goes and writes and records a whole new album whilst in lockdown and we just about managed to organise a sock drawer. What. A. Queen.

Demi Lovato announces her engagement

Demi Lovato announced her whirlwind engagement to The Young and the Restless actor, Max Ehrich, and you’ll need your sunglasses if you’re going to look directly at the ring. It’s incredible.

In a post to her 88.5 million Instagram followers, the 27-year-old singer wrote: “When I was a little girl, my birth dad always called me his ‘little partner’ — something that might’ve sounded strange without his southern cowboy like accent. To me it made perfect sense. And today that word makes perfect sense again but today I’m officially going to be someone else’s partner.”

The bride-to-be continued: “I’m honoured to accept your hand in marriage. I love you more than a caption could express but I’m ecstatic to start a family and life with you. I love you forever my baby. My partner. Here’s to our future!!!!” Aw, we’re thrilled to bits for them.

Loads of people have quit smoking during the pandemic

More than 1 million smokers in the UK have packed in the habit since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, figures suggest. As many as 400,000 people aged 16-29 have kicked their habit and 240,000 aged over 50. According to analysis made by the charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and UCL, another 400,000 aged 30-49 have also stubbed out their last cigarette. The UK’s 7.4m smokers have been encouraged to ditch the cigs during the pandemic, as government advice says coronavirus symptoms may be more severe if you smoke.

May the best butt win

Museums around the world are battling it out over who has the #BestMuseumBum. The Yorkshire museum called upon fellow collections to share their best buttocks, kicking off the exhibit with this classy arse. Cracking work, guys.