We live in a world of shocking celebrity revelations, many of which we hear about first through a tweet. Whether it’s a split or an affair, an arrest or a confession, it seems there’s always something to shock or sadden us.
So being a ‘glass half full’ sort of girl, I’m not going to tell you about any of those things – well not yet anyway! In keeping with today’s rare appearance of sun in Dublin, I’d like to talk about two of my favourite rays of sunshine on Twitter – TV presenters, the beautiful Angellica Bell (@angellicabell) and her equally gorgeous fiancé, Michael Underwood (@mikeyunderwood).
Photo by Ray Burmiston
In my opinion, Angellica and Michael epitomise all that’s good about celebrities on Twitter. Friends for eleven years, we finally saw them step out (do people still say that?) as a couple two and a half years ago. In fact only the other day, Angellica, who has more than 10,000 followers, delighted us with a tweet that said:
“Had a break from filming n @mikeyunderwood came up to northampton to see me! We have just ordered our wedding bands! *she gulps* #commitment”.
And almost immediately, fans were treated to Michael’s response to that which was:
“And it seems that diamonds really are a girl’s best friend!”
Another spate of tweets that endeared the couple to us happened on a recent Saturday morning. It seems their… em… sleep was disturbed by builders letting themselves in to the house. Angellica tweeted:
“Hw can builders let themselves in unannounced?! Thought they were burglars! Was polite bt firm – nt their fault. The boss will get it! Ha!”
And minutes later from Michael:
“I love @angellicabell! These builders are wishing they had taken the weekend off. You go girl.”
Okay, so the builders arriving is hardly ‘News at Ten’ stuff, but it’s that sort of banter that makes us smile and proves to us that even celebrities wash behind their ears.
I chatted to Angellica the other day and asked her what it is about Twitter that she loves. She said she was sceptical at first, unsure about how much of her personal life to reveal but soon learned that just being herself was the best way to go. She told me:
“Being on Twitter and having Michael on there is funny! I know what he’s up to and we’ve even had twitter bickering matches and our followers get involved too! At the end of the day I may work on television but I have a very normal life and do the same things as everyone. On twitter everyone is on the same level.”
Michael too was sceptical but soon came to realise how powerful and addictive Twitter can be. He told me:
“What I really like about it is that I can share those random thoughts or funny moments I have in everyday life; whether on a train or holidaying in Australia. It allows me to keep up with what industry friends and colleagues are doing. Angellica and I have a great time on it as well, although we occasionally end up winding each other up or bickering in front of thousands of our Twitter friends.”
Michael writes a movie blog and he says twitter is a great way to promote it. With over 18,000 followers, a single tweet from him about a new post and thousands flock to have a look.
Angellica and Michael haven’t set a date for their wedding yet but no doubt we’ll hear it on Twitter. I wonder will Angellica have a secret pocket made in her wedding dress for her blackberry so we can have live tweets. Let’s hope so!