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October 04, 2017
Zendaya
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Zendaya has only realised the "power" of her own voice over the last 12 months.

The 21-year-old actress who has emerged as one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood following her starring role in Spider-Man: Homecoming claims to have recognised her own influence as her social media following has grown.

The outspoken star who has 10 million followers on Twitter explained: "I can genuinely say that I'm not the same person I was a year ago. As my social platforms grew, I realised that my voice was so much more important than I had originally thought.

"I think if every young person understood the power of their voice, things would be a lot different. And it's becoming more popular to be outspoken."

She also claimed to have benefited from being a lighter-skinned actress in Hollywood.

Speaking to Glamour magazine, Zendaya reflected: "Can I honestly say I would be in the position I'm in if I weren't a lighter-skinned black woman? No."

Zendaya said, too, that there's still a lot of work that needs to be done to encourage more minorities to enter the entertainment industry.

She said: "A lot of people who aren't people of colour can't quite understand what it's like to grow up and not see yourself in mainstream media. And you know, there is so much work left to be done."

Simon Cowell has been giving relationship advice to his three-year-old son, Eric.

The music mogul, who has Eric with his long-term partner Lauren Silverman, has revealed he's been advising his son about non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), which are contracts that prohibit ex-partners from sharing secrets about their time with celebrities.

Simon shared: "I sat Eric down and said: 'I'm going to teach you three very, very important letters for when you get your first girlfriend', and I said: 'it's NDA'.

"So Lauren comes in and I said: 'Eric, what's the first thing you're gonna do when you get a girlfriend?', and he goes: 'Daddy says I have to get a NDA', and she goes: 'You taught him that?' and I said: 'Well, that's good advice.' "

Simon, 57, has also backed Eric to follow him into the entertainment world, rather than pursuing "academics".

And Simon said that even though his son is yet to attend school, he's already been shown how to one day assume control of his business empire.

The outspoken TV star told Fox News: "He has to take over for me. I've put him in training. He's down at the shows, he has the earplugs in. I would absolutely love it if he could do what I do.

"If he gravitates towards academics, then fine I would encourage him, but I have a feeling he's gonna be more like me. I'm not gonna lie, I'd love him to one day say, 'Can I work for you and learn how to do it.'

"That would make me feel incredible and then you have a legacy."

Kate Winslet was never attracted to Leonardo DiCaprio when the pair filmed Titanic together.

The pair played doomed lovers Rose Dewitt Bukater and Jack Dawson in James Cameron's 1997 disaster epic, but although their alter egos were struck by Cupid, Winslet didn't develop a little crush on DiCaprio who is still one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors.

But Kate insists the lack of a romantic spark between them was a good thing because it has allowed them to maintain a friendship which has lasted 20 years.

In an interview on UK TV show Lorraine, she revealed: "It was seven months of very intense work. We were both really very young. And luckily, and this was the fortunate thing, we never fancied each other! I know that's really annoying to hear, sorry. We really never did. So it did mean that we were able to have this ... be able to tease each other, which we still do, which is really amazing."

Two decades on, Titanic which won 11 Academy Awards, including the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director for Cameron is gaining a new audience of fans, including Kate's own children and their friends who can quote the film's famous lines.