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Ulster and Ireland rugby star Jacob Stockdale is named 2018 BBC Sport Northern Ireland Personality of Year.
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The English Premier League named Animal Planet global president Susanna Dinnage as its new chief executive on Tuesday.

In June, the league’s executive chairman Richard Scudamore announced he was stepping down after leading English soccer’s top tier for more than 20 years. Scudamore will leave at the end of the year. While Dinnage takes over as chief executive, the EPL will search for a non-executive chair, effectively sharing the duties that Scudamore held by himself.

“We are very pleased to appoint such a capable leader to this important role,” said Bruce Buck, Chairman of Chelsea and the Premier League’s Nominations Committee. “We had a very strong field, but Susanna was the outstanding choice given her track record in managing complex businesses through transformation and digital disruption.”

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Dinnage was named global president of Animal Planet last year, after serving as president of Discovery UK. .and Ireland, as well as chief content officer for Discovery Networks International. In that role, Dinnage managed Discovery’s portfolio of U.K. channels, including Discovery Channel, TLC, Quest, Quest Red and the sports network Eurosport.

“Susanna has been a terrific leader for Discovery over the last 10 years,” said JB Perrette, president and CEO, Discovery Networks International. “She has a strong understanding of brands and running diverse media businesses both in the UK and more recently with Animal Planet globally.”

Dinnage will begin in early 2019, a date to be agreed with her current employer, Discovery Inc.

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“I am excited at the prospect of taking on this fantastic role,” said Dinnage. “The Premier League means so much to so many people. It represents the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organization is a great privilege. With the support of clubs and the team, I look forward to extending the success of the League for many years to come.”

With clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, the English Premier League is the world’s most popular soccer league. NBC Sports has made the league is major part of its sports programming, having aired it since 2013. After first signing a three-year, $250 million deal, NBC doubled down on the EPL with a six-year, $1 billion deal in 2015 that runs through at 2022.

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Snap Inc. has launched its Snapchat Discover Section in Ireland, continuing the international expansion of its video hub.

The company has partnered with Irish Independent, Joe.ie, Off The Ball, Foil Arms & Hog, MetDaan, and eir sport, who will produce vertical content for the video hub, which has seen time spent on the platform triple since the beginning of the year.

The new partners will launch a mix of Publisher Stories, which are magazine-like content created by an in-house editorial team, and Shows, which are 5-7 minute stories filmed or edited into a vertical format that can be found on a dedicated profile page where users can access all available episodes and seasons.

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“More than 2 in 5 smartphone users in Ireland use Snapchat on a monthly basis, so we are thrilled to bring a more personalized content experience to them,” said Rami Saad, head of international content partnerships at Snap. “Our partners are a diverse mix of credible, local voices and make a brilliant addition to the platform. We are also excited to help our partners build their brand with this unique, engaged audience.”

The five new shows on its platform include “Argue Me” (Joe.ie), “The Crappy Quiz” (Off The Ball), “Foil Arms & Hog Show,” “MetDaan” (title TBC) and “eir sport.”

The expansion of Snapchat Discover and the launch of local Irish content comes just a day after the social media company announced 17 new partnerships and the launch of 25 new shows from the U.K. The news follows Snap’s Q3 earnings results earlier in the week, which saw the company lose 2 million daily active users despite posting its best sales quarter to date. It was the second straight quarter of declining daily user growth for the company, which attracts 186 million daily users across the globe.

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The tug-o’-war between 21st Century Fox and Comcast for British pay-TV company Sky PLC is finally over, with Comcast submitting a winning bid of roughly $39 billion in an auction on Saturday.

The fate of Sky was decided during a three-round auction held by the U.K. Takeover Panel, a rarely-used tactic in handling mergers and acquisitions in the U.K. Comcast’s triumph came after the company offered  £17.28 (roughly $22.59) per share for the company in the final round, handily outbidding Fox’s offer of  £15.67 (roughly $20.49).

Also Read: Why Do Comcast and Fox Want to Buy Sky So Much?

“We note the increased cash offer for the fully diluted share capital of Sky by Comcast, and that it has been recommended by the Independent Committee of Sky,” Fox said in a statement. “21CF is considering its options regarding its own 39 percent shareholding in Sky and will make a further announcement in due course. Sky is a remarkable story and we are proud to have played such a significant role in building the incredible value reflected today in Comcast’s offer.”

U.S. companies have been looking more frequently internationally for a way to further build scale to compete against the rising tide of deep-pocketed tech companies — like Amazon and Netflix — invading their turf. This made Sky an attractive asset.

Sky’s businesses could grow Comcast’s international revenue from 9 percent of its overall revenue to 25 percent. Sky counts nearly 23 million customers in key parts of Europe, including Germany, Italy and Austria, along with the U.K. and Ireland.

Sky should fit in nicely with Comcast’s other assets, namely NBCUniversal, with its mix of entertainment, sports and news content. In February, Sky extended its rights deal with the English Premier League through 2022, among the world’s most popular (and thus, valuable) sports leagues. That would work well with Comcast, which holds the U.S. TV rights for the British soccer league via NBCUniversal, also through 2022.

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Winning Sky serves as a pretty nice consolation prize for Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, who had attempted to outflank Disney in its pursuit of Fox, before eventually bowing out to focus on acquiring the British pay-TV company.

The U.K. Takeover Panel, which oversees all mergers and acquisitions, sets a deadline that, if there are still multiple suitors for a company, will trigger an auction to determine the winning bidder.

The Takeover Panel set the auction deadline to ensure that the company being acquired wasn’t “under siege” for too long, while giving the shareholders for the potential buyers enough time to review all relevant materials from the proposal. Per the U.K.’s Takeover Code, that deadline was 46 days after the most recent offer was formally published with the U.K. Stock Exchange.

The Takeover panel will publish details of each side’s offer after the auction no later than Sept. 24.

Reps for Comcast did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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The battle between 21st Century Fox and Comcast for British pay-TV company Sky PLC appears headed for a little-used aspect of how mergers and acquisitions are handled in the U.K.: An auction.

In the event that 21st Century Fox and Comcast find themselves at auction for Sky, here’s how the process plays out.

The U.K. Takeover Panel, which oversees all mergers and acquisitions, sets a deadline that, if there are still multiple suitors for a company, will trigger an auction to determine the winning bidder. The Takeover Panel does this to ensure that the company being acquired isn’t “under siege” for too long, while giving the shareholders for the potential buyers enough time to review all relevant materials from the proposal. Per the U.K.’s Takeover Code, that deadline is 46 days after the most recent offer is formally published with the U.K. Stock Exchange.

In this case, Fox and Comcast have until Saturday, 5 p.m. local time to either bow out or make their “best and final offer” for Sky. In the meantime, the three companies will negotiate the rules of the auction, which the Takeover Panel will formally announce on Friday.

Also Read: Comcast Drops Bid for Fox Assets to Focus on Sky Instead

Typically, the auction would last for five consecutive days, but the Panel allows for the parties to figure out the process themselves, as long as it doesn’t skirt any official rules. There have only been three British takeover situations since 2007 that have involved auctions handled by the regulator, per an analysis by Reuters.

The reason for Sky to take this to the auction stage would be to maximize the value for its shareholders, hoping the auction-style setting will force Comcast and Fox to keep one-upping each other.

Currently, Comcast holds the superior bid at $34 billion (£25.9 billion), roughly $2 billion higher than Fox’s offer of $32.5 billion (£24.5 billion). Comcast’s all-cash offer translates to £14.75 a share, which is roughly five percent higher than Fox’s £14 a share bid. Comcast’s offer has been recommended by the Sky Independent Committee of Directors.

Also Read: Comcast Increases Bid for Sky to $34 Billion

However, since Fox already owns 39 percent of the company, it needs only to convince another 12 percent to vote in its favor, whereas Comcast has to convince 51 percent of the board to vote in its favor.

With this headed towards an auction, it begs the question: Why does everyone want Sky so much?

More and more, U.S. companies have been looking internationally for a way to further build scale to compete against the rising tide of deep-pocketed tech companies — like Amazon and Netflix — invading their turf.

Sky’s businesses would grow Comcast’s international revenue from 9 percent of its overall revenue to 25 percent. Sky counts nearly 23 million customers in key parts of Europe, including Germany, Italy and Austria, along with the U.K. and Ireland.

Also Read: Fox and Disney Shareholders Vote to Approve $71.3 Billion Merger

Sky would fit in nicely with Comcast’s other assets, namely NBCUniversal, with its mix of entertainment, sports and news content. In February, Sky extended its rights deal with the English Premier League through 2022, among the world’s most popular (and thus, valuable) sports leagues. That would work well with Comcast, which holds the U.S. TV rights for the British soccer league via NBCUniversal, also through 2022.

Fox’s stake in Sky is part of its $71.3 billion sale of film and TV assets to Disney. CEO Bob Iger has previously referred to Sky as the “crown jewel” of Fox assets. Disney could use Sky’s broadband services to launch its upcoming service, which will debut at the end of 2019, in Europe.

Also, there’s a bit of corporate gamesmanship involved. Comcast made its own bid to buy the Fox assets instead of Disney, which forced Disney to increase its offer from its initial $52.4 billion that Fox accepted last year.

You can imagine that Iger would love to return the favor.

21st Century Fox declined to comment for this story, while representatives for Comcast and Sky did not return TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Comcast has increased its offer for British pay-TV company Sky PLC to $34 billion (£25.9 billion), roughly $2 billion higher than Fox’s most recent offer.

Earlier on Wednesday, Fox raised its own offer for the media giant to $32.5 billion (£24.5 billion). Comcast said that its increased offer has been recommended by the Sky Independent Committee of Directors.

Comcast’s new all-cash offer translates to £14.75 a share, which is roughly five percent higher than Fox’s £14 a share bid.

Also Read: Fox Raises Sky Bid to $32 Billion, Besting Comcast Offer for British Media Giant

“Comcast has long admired Sky and believes it is an outstanding company and a great fit with Comcast,” the company said in its release about the new offer. “Today’s announcement further underscores Comcast’s belief and its commitment to owning Sky.”

The move by Comcast is the latest volley between CEO Brian Roberts and Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch over who gets the keys to Sky, which counts nearly 23 million customers in key parts of Europe, including Germany, Italy and Austria, along with the U.K. and Ireland.

In the U.S., Comcast is still battling with Disney to buy the film and TV assets from Fox. Fox’s stake in Sky is part of its proposed merger with Disney, though the deal was not contingent on that. Fox has set a July 27 shareholder meeting to formally vote on the Disney sale, which has already received approval from the Department of Justice.

Also Read: If Comcast Loses Fox to Disney, CEO Brian Roberts Still Has Options

Sky’s businesses would grow Comcast’s international revenue from 9 percent of its overall revenue to 25 percent. For Fox, Sky is a bit of a passion project for Rupert Murdoch, who founded the satellite broadcaster in 1990, and already owns 39 percent of the company and has had his eye on gaining full control for years.

The UK government had already approved Comcast earlier offer in June, with Matt Hancock, then-secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, who said at the time that “the proposed merger does not raise public interest concerns.”

However, Fox was given the go-ahead to continue efforts to purchase Sky as well, on the condition that Fox sells off Sky’s 24-hour news channel to Disney in the planned sale of certain Fox film and television assets to the Mouse House. Disney has pledged a 15-year, $2 billion commitment to fund Sky News if it acquires the channel in the Fox deal.

Also Read: Why Do Comcast and Fox Want to Buy Sky So Much?

Hancock, meanwhile, resigned amid a British cabinet shakeup this week and has been replaced in his role by Jeremy Wright.

According to Bloomberg, the British government has already signaled willingness to approve Fox’s offer, with its final decision due Thursday.

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It’s another day on the Emerald Isle for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!

The newlyweds kicked off their second day in Ireland with diplomacy, sports and a dive into the rich heritage of Dublin.

After meeting President Michael Higgins at his residence Áras an Uachtaráin, the Harry and Meghan, who wore a taupe green dress (with another boatneck!) by Roland Mouret, headed to the city’s famous Croke Park to see some of the traditional sports of the country.

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The pair observed Gaelic games including hurling (an Irish field sport with ancient origins), camogie (a bat-and-ball game played by women that resembles hurling) and (also a bat-and-ball game).

Harry, 33, has put the benefits of sports at the heart of his public work. When he and Meghan, 36, toured the U.K. in the run-up to their May 19 wedding, they featured youth sports on their stop in Wales.

Meghan changed into a sleek pair of black pants paired with a black blazer and fitted white shirt for their next excursion. She also let down her hair into loose waves.

Later on Wednesday, there will be a chance for the couple to immerse themselves in some of the history of Ireland — with a view of the Book of Kells, a 9th-century illustrated depiction of the Bible’s four Gospels and one of the world’s most famous manuscripts.

They were then set to meet locals and students during a walkabout at the city’s famous Trinity College.

The royal visit to Dublin is scheduled to end after the couple meets female tech entrepreneurs and joins in the birthday celebrations of a global network of free computer programming clubs that started in the Irish city of Cork seven years ago.

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Victoria Beckham celebrated her marriage to David Beckham in the wake of reports that the couple was on the road to separation.

The fashion designer, 44, who shares four children with the soccer star, 43, spoke openly about how she balanced her personal and professional life.

“I try really, really hard. I try hardest to be the best mother,” Victoria said at the Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City on Tuesday, according to Hello!.

“I am trying to be the best wife and the best professional. When I get home I try to put the phone down and spend time with the children and spend time with David,” she continued.

She praised her husband of almost 19 years (their anniversary is on July 4th) for supporting her career.

“I have the support of an incredible husband. We really are equal with everything we do at home with the children,” Victoria said. “When I’m away he’s the one doing the school run and doing the cooking.”

The power couple share children Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 13 and daughter Harper, 6.

Of her daughter, the former Spice Girl expressed her hope that she was empowering the little girl, adding, “When I take Harper to school I tell her, ‘Harper you’re a girl and you can do anything.’ She’s a strong woman. She wants to be an inventor. She’s a strong smart woman. A little woman.”

A rep for the couple told PEOPLE earlier this month that the two were not heading for divorce.

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“What nonsense. Journalist Chinese whispers and fake news fueled by social media,” the rep said. “There is no impending statement, no divorce!”

As rumors circulated, Victoria sent her “love” to David earlier this month on Instagram with a photo of Harper.

“Morning cuddles x So much love We love and miss u @davidbeckham ,” she wrote in the caption.

The two have been together since 1997 and married in July 1999 at a castle in Ireland. They most recently stepped out together at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding in late May, after first attending Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011.

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Now that Comcast has formally thrown its hat into the ring to acquire Sky PLC, the U.K. broadcaster could find itself in the middle of a bidding war between Comcast and 21st Century Fox.

Which begs the question: Why does everyone want Sky so much?

More and more, U.S. companies have been looking internationally as a way to further build scale to compete against the rising tide of deep-pocketed tech companies — like Amazon and Netflix — invading their turf.

Also Read: Comcast Makes Formal $31 Billion Cash Offer for Sky, UK Company Scraps Fox Deal

Sky’s businesses would grow Comcast’s international revenue from 9 percent of its overall revenue to 25 percent. Sky counts nearly 23 million customers in key parts of Europe, including Germany, Italy and Austria, along with the U.K. and Ireland.

Sky has “a tremendous distribution network around Europe,” Eric Schiffer, CEO of The Patriarch Organization and chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, told TheWrap. “These large companies [like Fox and Comcast] have to do more with distribution in the battle against streaming giants like Netflix, and now Amazon, and there are not many things that you can acquire today to give you that power and ability.”

In discussing the proposal on its first-quarter earnings call Wednesday morning, Comcast chairman and CEO, Brian L. Roberts attempted to beat back any assertions that Comcast needed to buy Sky. “I don’t think we have to do this,” he said, but added that it makes sense with such similarities between the two companies.

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“I think it is a unique asset in Sky’s case that fits well within the mix of businesses that we’ve already got,” Roberts continued. “A benefit is that you would get new geographies and additional scale, which gives you optionality for future things to consider.”

Sky would fit in nicely with Comcast’s other assets, namely NBCUniversal, with its mix of entertainment, sports and news content. In February, Sky extended its rights deal with the English Premier League through 2022, among the world’s most popular (and thus, valuable) sports leagues. That would work well with Comcast, which holds the U.S. TV rights for the British soccer league via NBCUniversal, also through 2022.

There’s also a bit of corporate gamesmanship going on.

Also Read: Comcast Tops Q1 Earnings Estimates Thanks to Winter Olympics and Super Bowl

Comcast’s proposal, which caused Sky’s independent directors to withdraw their recommendation that shareholders accept the Fox offer, would also complicate Disney’s impending purchase of Fox assets, of which Sky was supposed to be a major part. If Fox doesn’t get Sky, Disney would be on the hook to make an offer itself for all of Sky.

“The Machiavellian view is that Comcast is doing this to try to blow up Disney’s deal,” Schiffer added. “It’s jamming a competitor.” However, a Fox insider told TheWrap the deal with Disney is not contingent on what happens with Sky.

For Fox, Sky is a bit of a passion project for Rupert Murdoch, who founded the satellite broadcaster in 1990, and already owns 39 percent of the company and has had his eye on gaining full control for years.

At least investors remain bullish that Fox will not give up its pursuit of Sky despite Comcast’s best efforts.

Disney, Comcast and Sky did not immediately reply to our request for comment.

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It’s been a difficult few months for die-hard shippers of celebrity couples. Since the start of 2018, fan-favorite pairings like Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan to Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have gone their separate ways, breaking the world’s collective heart and making many question whether love truly exists.

Have no fear, however. We’re here to make the mourning process so much easier with this robust list of feel-good photos/stories/videos that might just have you believing in love all over again.

Are you willing to risk your poker face for a chance at falling in love? Yes? Keep reading.

Presenting … Joe Manganiello ‘coming to grips’ with the fact he married his celebrity crush, Sofia Vergara:

“The biggest adjustment in marriage? Coming to grips with the idea that someone who is not related to you could possibly love you that much. She was it for me,” Manganiello, who wed Vergara two years ago, revealed to Cigar Aficionado magazine. “People say things like, ‘Marriage and relationships are work.’ But it’s not. Life is hard. Having somebody to help you deal with it is the greatest thing that ever happened.”

Throwback to that time you happy-cried when watching Queer Eye ‘hero’ Tom and ex-wife Abbey reconnect:

Tom and Abbey forever!

Can you handle David & Victoria Beckham revealing that they fell in love at first sight?

The soccer star knew Victoria was the one before even meeting her in person. While watching a Spice Girls music video on TV, Beckham proclaimed to a pal: “See the girl in the dark short dress? I’m going to marry her.” The designer echoed her hubby’s statement: “Completely love at first sight. He told me he went home and wrote my number on so many other things in case he lost it.”

What about these real couples sharing their ‘How We Met’ stories in When Harry Met Sally?

“At that moment I knew. I knew the way you know about a good melon.”

Just try to maintain your chill hearing Jane the Virgin‘s Justin Baldoni gushing about his wife …

“This picture perfectly represents what this incredible woman is in my life,” he wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of himself with wife Emily. “My light. I love you so much sweetheart, you light up my world. This isn’t a Valentine’s post … It’s an every day I’m grateful for the woman you are post. I don’t need a holiday to tell you how much I love and adore you.”

When you realize Ansel Elgort has “been obsessed with Violetta since high school.”

Creepy or cute? You decide.

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Friday Night Lights fans will totally understand this sweet moment.

Test yourself and see if you can look at this shirtless photo of Michael B. Jordan without falling in love …

Can’t. Stop. Staring.

And how do you feel about this groom revealing what he was thinking as his bride walked down the aisle?
“It’s been 30 years for me, and I can still see her standing there. It’s absolutely burned in my brain, along with the birth of our children. She was (and is) so beautiful. I felt (and feel) so lucky. It was like the whole world was gray, and as she walked toward me, the world became color in her path. I can’t even imagine the kind of man I would be without her,” he wrote on Reddit.

Prepare yourself for Barack Obama’s heartfelt video for wife Michelle on their 25th anniversary:

“The idea that you would put up with me for a quarter of a century is a remarkable testament to what a saintly, wonderful, patient person you are,” the former president said in the sweet video message, surprising the former first lady during a talk at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia in 2017.

“It was a lot easier for me to do it,” he added with a smile, “because the fact of the matter is that not only have you been an extraordinary partner, not only have you been a great friend, somebody who could always make me laugh, somebody who would always make sure that I was following what I thought was right, but you have also been an example to our daughters and to the entire country.”

Are you sure you can watch these adorable wedding ‘First Looks’ and feel absolutely nothing?

Have you seen a more adorable group of brides and grooms?

And what does your heart do when you watch this video of a guy proposing to his childhood sweetheart?

A proposal video for the ages! Sam has been in love with Jess since they were 10 years old. Here is how he popped the question.

Still not in love? Fine, here’s an 80-year-old couple who finished their last marathon together hand-in-hand:

In 1986, Kay and Joe O’Regan crossed the finish line of the London Marathon, their first one together, hand in hand. Thirty years later on June 6, 2016 – at 80 years old – they did it again for the last half-mile of the Cork City Marathon, which they planned to be their final one together.

“Running is part of our lives,” Kay said. “And it hopefully will be for a few more years. In Ireland there is a saying: Those who pray together, stay together. Well we say, those who run together, stay together.”

Okay, we’re getting really serious now: John Legend dancing with wife Chrissy Teigen …

TFW when you get to slow dance with your love… @chrissyteigen @johnlegend pic.twitter.com/oNg73EDPfe

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“After 11 years, Chrissy finally came on stage and slow danced with me!” Legend tweeted after his wife joined him on stage, which happened because the audience wasn’t already crying enough (we assume). 

Feeling a little vulnerable? Great, now read this Pablo Neruda sonnet:
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way than this: where I does not exist, nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.”

We’re not done yet: Here, Olympians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir make us swoon uncontrollably:

Okay, so they’re not a real-life romantic couple, but their chemistry says otherwise.

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Don McLean appears to have a new woman in his life.

The 72-year-old “American Pie” singer was seen out and about in England with Paris Dylan, a 24-year-old Catfish alum, model and social media star. McLean is currently abroad to promote his upcoming spring tour of the U.K. and Ireland, and his new lady friend is making the press rounds with him. Dylan shared several photos from television and radio studios in Manchester to her Instagram this week.

“Don was on BBC Breakfast today and the whole entire production crew had to run out after to get photos with him,” she captioned image posted on Thursday. “Such a nice time in Manchester!”

A rep for McLean did not return PEOPLE’s request for comment on his relationship with Dylan.

Don McLean and Paris Dylan at a radio interview in London.Paris Dylan/Instagram

In addition to being featured on websites for Playboy and MAXIM, Dylan made a high-profile appearance on an episode of the MTV reality show Catfish in 2017.

The episode centered around a complex incident that occurred in 2011, when Dylan (then known as Paris Roxanne, and also Paris Dunn) was 17. At that time she began an online relationship with 33-year-old NBA player Chris “Birdman” Andersen, exchanging frequent messages and even nude photos. Ultimately they both discovered that neither were speaking to one another, but to a Canadian woman Shelly Chartier, who orchestrated the scheme in an effort to extort money from the basketball star.

Chartier was arrested and charged with seven counts of fraud in 2015, resulting in an 18-month prison sentence, reports The Blast.

Dylan, according to her website, “is really into ’60s and ’70s music” and often poses backstage and at fan conventions with icons of the era. This would likely explain how she first came to cross paths with McLean. While it’s uncertain when (or even if) the relationship got romantic, the pair first appeared together on Dylan’s Instagram in November 2016.

Dylan is the first woman McLean has been linked to since his split from Patrisha Shnier, his wife of 29 years, in 2016. In January of that year he was arrested at his home in Maine for domestic violence against Shnier. In a statement soon after the incident, Shnier claimed that the singer “terrorized” her for hours the night of his arrest. The statement added, “For the first 10 years or so, his rage was unfathomably deep and very scary.”

That June McLean pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal mischief, and criminal restraint as part of a “deferred disposition” — meaning the charges would be dismissed if he complied with the court’s orders over the next year.

“Don has been adamant since day one that he did not do what his now ex-wife said he did,” McLean’s lawyer said in a statement to PEOPLE. “But in the end, he decided it was better to just resolve the case now and be done with it by entering pleas with zero jail, zero probation, and only fines.”

The charges were dismissed in July 2017.

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Olivia Culpo is officially a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model! The 25-year-old influencer, model and TV personality will star alongside Hunter McGrady and Ebonee Davis in the 2018 SI Swim issue, and it was definitely a pinch-me moment for the star.

“I’m so thrilled that this is happening. I’ve had my eye on Sports Illustrated for my entire career, and it’s always been a dream of mine so to see anything you dream about and kind of visualize and have it come into reality is always awesome,” she told PEOPLE of the honor.

Culpo added that she’s really proud to be part of a brand that champions an empowering message of body inclusivity and diversity.

“I think everyday we’re learning more and more about redefining the meaning of beauty and so many different shapes and sizes and backgrounds are featured in the issue,” she shared.  “There is no one definition of beauty. And I think if there is one brand that does a great job of spreading that message it’s Sport Illustrated. They’re just inspiring and empowering so many different women and a whole community of girls.”

While her New England Patriot boyfriend Danny Amendola (who is a Ford model and also might be heading to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row) is no stranger to the pages of Sports Illustrated, Culpo called her mom first the minute she learned she would be in this year’s issue.

“She was so excited,” Culpo said. “I think more than anything she was happy to see that I set out for something and I had a goal that she knew was important to me and that I was able to achieve it; I think she was proud of that.”

While Culpo can’t tell us too much about the shoot just yet, she did say it was a very empowering experience.

“I had a female photographer and female crew,” she revealed. “Sailor Brinkley Cook was filming a behind-the-scenes photo at the same time. We had so much fun and this is a very special type of shoot that they haven’t done before.”

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To make sure she was prepared for her debut, Culpo enlisted the help of SI Swim vet Hannah Ferguson, and held her own impromptu shoot.

“I asked Hannah what I should do. She said, ‘practice in the mirror, practice all of your poses, have 10 poses ready, know your angles,’ and I did exactly that and it helped. I actually did a test shoot on my iPhone with someone that I work with. We looked insane. We were on the beach with the iPhone doing a test shoot. People were just staring at us.”

In the end, it’s an honor for Culpo to now be a part of the pantheon of famous SI Swim faces.

“So many women that I’m inspired by started their careers or had Sports Illustrated in the careers as a major milestone,” she shared.” Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Chrissy Teigen, Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley — so many women that are so much more than just a beautiful face. They represent what it means to be so well rounded so that’s really what drew me to the magazine since I was a little girl.”

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