Cara Delevingne’s dad organized a massive, four-generation Christmas gathering

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Judging from the social media photos and anecdotal reports, it sounds like too many people actually partied on New Year’s Eve, and spent time with their extended families over Christmas. I don’t get it. I haven’t gotten why this is so damn hard for people over the past year. Just… don’t party. Don’t go out unless you have to. Don’t throw big gatherings full of friends and loved ones. But here we are, with terrible coronavirus infection numbers across the US and Europe, and what will likely be an even bigger post-holiday spike in infection and hospitalization numbers in the coming days and weeks. Well, the rich and infamous are no exception to covidiocy. Apparently, Cara Delevingne’s family rented out a mansion, hired tons of servants and threw a massive Christmas gathering. From the DM’s gossip column, Eden Confidential:

While millions were forced to cancel long-planned celebrations with family elsewhere in the country, Cara Delevingne enjoyed a Christmas fit for an aristocrat. I hear the top model and actress’s father, Charles, hired a Palladian mansion in Oxfordshire for a lavish party for four generations of their family, complete with staff to deal with the more mundane tasks of seasonal cooking and cleaning.

‘Charles spent a fortune and went to some lengths to keep it all private,’ I’m told, ‘but the number of cars — plus the comings and goings of the staff — meant it was never likely to stay secret for long.’

The jamboree was held at Aynhoe Park, a 17th-century country pile where rocker Noel Gallagher threw a raucous 50th birthday party and Jade Jagger celebrated her wedding. The Grade I-listed property has 28 bedrooms and is packed with quirky treasures including giant glitterballs, a stuffed zebra rocking horse and a polar bear guarding ancient artefacts. Its gardens were designed by Capability Brown. The house, which was visited by Charles I and Sir Winston Churchill, is owned by Charles Delevingne’s fellow property developer James Perkins, who made his fortune from raves. Perkins is a close friend of Cara’s sister Chloe.

Boris Johnson effectively cancelled Christmas for much of the country when he announced a new ‘stay at home’ order on December 19 that covered London and much of the south and east of England.

Charles and his wife Pandora, who have homes in Tier 4 London and Sussex, hosted the party, which is understood to have been attended by Chloe, her sister Poppy and their families, as well as Los Angeles-based Cara and her grandmother, Jane Stevens. The Delevingne sisters are prolific on social media and usually share photographs of their partying with millions of followers. However, the only picture posted online by Cara was taken at Poppy’s West London home weeks before Christmas. Cara said she was celebrating ‘with the fam’.

When I ask Charles about his hiring of Aynhoe, he remarks, nonchalantly: ‘And your point is?’ He insists it’s ‘wrong’ to suggest they breached restrictions, but declines to give further details.

[From The Daily Mail]

Celebrities are really planning out their efforts to thwart public safety measures and host superspreader events, huh? That’s what really bothers me too – Cara probably didn’t speak up to her family and say “this is wrong, we can’t do this,” yet she’s “smart” enough to avoid posting about it on social media because she knows she would be criticized (and she would well deserve it). I just don’t understand why people feel like they *need* to party or throw these lavish, well-attended gatherings. I would feel horrible if I was in the position to shut down a superspreader event and didn’t do it. I would feel horrible if the superspreader event was for FOUR generations of my family! Jesus.

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  1. atorontogal says:

    It’s OK if you’re rich…rules and lockdowns do not apply if you can board a private jet. Just look at instagram for all the rich flouting the “poor people” rules.

  2. sara says:

    Stop acting like it’s just rich/famous people. One of my friends (who is black and obese and thus in a very high risk group) traveled to Cabo with her entire family for New Years.

    • Bernie says:

      I have to agree. It’s easy to get mad at celebrities about this because they are all over social media and people follow their every move. But the truth is that some normal non-celeb folks are doing the exact same thing — not social distancing, not taking even basic precautions, and potentially spreading the virus further.

      Don’t get me wrong… I am NOT making excuses for celebrities like Cara and family! I just don’t think that they are behaving much differently than others in our communities unfortunately. It’s depressing and infuriating.

      • AMA1977 says:

        This. I see so many people in my FB feed who are going here, there and everywhere, visiting family and traveling. So irresponsible, selfish, and short-sighted. It makes me so mad.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Someone I know was coming and going like covid wasn’t really a big deal or like it wouldn’t happen to her.

      She died two weeks before Christmas. Left behind two small children.

  3. Mindy_Dopple says:

    I have no words or emotions left for these people – my family also gathered – even though a sibling had just traveled out of state – on a plane with friends. Masks were worn for a very short time and then they were taken off. I don’t live in the state and expecting so I told them it would just be my husband and I for Christmas but my heart broke and now the anxiety begins. 2020 and this pandemic has left me spent and certainly looking at people in a different light.

    • Joan Rivers says:

      That’s like putting on a condom and then taking it off halfway through.

      What’s wrong with people?

  4. Ariel says:

    My mom died of covid in May, and on Saturday we are having a long delayed memorial- very small (10 people or less), graveside, masked. My cousin texted that he and his wife would “put food out” at their home in case anyone wanted to drop by.
    He is sweet, well mannered and welcoming, and has been very careful as his wife is immunocompromised. He meant well.
    I replied that i was not comfortable with a reception. And that i would feel just sick if anyone got covid attending the funeral of my mother who died of covid.
    He immediately said he would not hold a reception and apologized.

    I know his heart was in the right place. And i am glad i waited a day to respond so i wouldn’t sound like a jerk.
    But i am relieved that the few cousins and my mom’s sister and close friends (who are over 70) will not be attending an indoor, no masks (b/c food is served) event.

    It is weird, b/c part of mourning in my family, and many other families, is sitting around, eating, drinking and telling stories about the person you loved.
    I am sad that we will not be able to do that.
    But i could not live with myself if someone got covid attending my mom’s funeral.
    And that is just what it comes down to.

    • Pusspants says:

      @Ariel I’m so very sorry for your loss of your mother. It sounds like you handled the situation with your cousin well & he was understanding. I wish more families behaved this way and respected each others wishes.

    • JDinoak says:

      @Ariel, so sorry to hear of your mom. Unfortunately, I can relate as my mom also passed from Covid this summer. Not being able to hug relatives, gather, share stories and sorrows – well, it adds a whole other level of trauma to the already shitty one of losing a parent.

    • Bernie says:

      My father in law died in October. We did the memorial and reminiscing with friends and family over zoom. Totally not the same as in person of course, but it was still a nice event that meant a lot to the family. Plus over zoom it meant people from all over the world who knew him could participate. We had folks in Germany, Australia, Sri Lanka, Canada, UK telling stories. Also we taped it and have watched a couple bits back since. That part was really nice.

      Anyway, I’m very sorry for your loss. Hope the memorial goes well.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending love.

    • AA says:

      I am so sorry for your loss.

      Everytime someone asked me whether I want to meet even outdoors, or even a “small” gathering before christmas, or anything really I shut them down by telling them this – some people are going to be spending their first christmas after having lost a parent or a partner or a sibling who died of covid. It is simply OBSCENE to me to be out meeting and gathering with people just cause I can’t be effing patient for while longer.

    • Charfromdarock says:

      Ariel, Jdinoak, and Bernie, I am so sorry for your losses.

  5. SarahCS says:

    Yeah the guy who drunkenly managed to flip his car on our (extremely narrow residential) street at 5.30am on New Year’s Day had been at a party. We know because after he (amazingly) crawled out of his car he rang his (also drunk) friend and his phone was still connected to the car Bluetooth so everyone who was out there by then heard their conversation.

    But it probably shouldn’t surprise me that someone who would drink drive also thinks partying in a pandemic is fine.

    Someone recently shared the ‘corona has shown me that if we had a zombie virus outbreak we’d all be zombies in two weeks’ tweet with me and I’m inclined to agree!

  6. Mika says:

    “And your point is?”

    I love how British aristocrats are so disgustingly privileged, so spoiled, that even the idea of answering a question is beneath them. Say what you will about the American super-rich, but at least they would feel the need to lie or downplay their wrongs – create a false earnestness. But the British – they do it first, and they do it deadpan.

  7. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I would hate to have one or more deaths linked to my event. I wonder if any of these selfish gatherings across the globe include just one death worry? No. It could NEVER happen to anyone because awful, bad and tragic are simply abstract.

  8. Cate says:

    Yeah, my parents had two other couples over for Christmas and I don’t get it. They had been planning to do an outdoor dinner but the weather was crappy so they moved indoors and had it anyway. They live within walking distance of both other couples so there’s no reason they couldn’t have put it off until the weather was nicer (which would have been about 3 days). There were photos on FB with many defensive details about how their indoor gathering was still safe and I’m just like…the fact that you are trying to justify this tells me you know damn well you shouldn’t have done it, please shut up and admit that instead.

  9. OriginalLala says:

    I will remember the names of the celebrities, politicians and normal folks, who acted so recklesslesy and so selfishly and I’ll make sure not to suport them or their business endeveors in the future.

    • Monika says:

      BEST COMMENT OF THE DAY!!🌷 And I hope people will do the same as you!! Yeah, I wish that people, will STOP supporting this horrible jerks!!

  10. Tiffany says:

    They have the means and access to get top notch care if they do get sick.

    They don’t care because they can afford not to.

  11. lucy2 says:

    Shame on everyone involved in this.

  12. KHJ says:

    ‘ just don’t understand why people feel like they *need* to party or throw these lavish, well-attended gatherings. ‘

    They don’t need to, they just want to.

    The ppl that do this should be the ones dying. Yea, I said it. If karma was real, it would happen.

  13. MagpieSassyPants says:

    Interesting. The contents of the house go up for auction 1/21/2021, and they are selling the place. Looks like this is a sweet bit of publicity for a friend.

    • Sof says:

      The decoration of the house always made me feel weird, especially the animals. I’m browsing through the catalogue, they have a triceratops skull?

    • lucy2 says:

      Looks like living in a museum. Weird.
      I’d have no problem with them renting the place and giving the owner publicity, if they’d just kept it to their immediate family/bubble, but having a big gathering, no.

      A coworker of mine just told me they were possibly exposed again, because they keep getting together with extended family. So foolish.

  14. Midge says:

    eat the rich

  15. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Sayonara, granny & grandpop.

  16. bitchyarchitect says:

    I’m sorry- the property developer made his money from RAVES? Come on. Pretty sure none of the kids throwing raves that I attended in the 90’s ended up as “property developers”. Friends of Jefferey Epstein seems more likely.