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Puzzles, dancing and donkeys: Celebs do social distancing

Femke Colborne

Agence France-Presse

Berlin  /  Thu, March 19, 2020  /  08:09 pm
Puzzles, dancing and donkeys: Celebs do social distancing

Ellen DeGeneres accepts the Carol Burnett TV Achievement Award at the 77th Golden Globe Awards in California, United States, on January 5, 2020. (NBC Universal/Handout via REUTERS/Paul Drinkwater)

They're used to full social calendars, the gaze of adoring fans and being surrounded by crowds -- but in these days of corona lockdown, celebrities are shut indoors just like the rest of us.

Here's a look at how the world's biggest stars are fighting the boredom.

Read also: Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande give thumbs up to social distancing to contain coronavirus

Boateng's toilet roll kicks 

Bundesliga footballer Jerome Boateng has started a trend by doing kick-ups with a toilet roll -- an item that has become a symbol of the coronavirus crisis in many countries thanks to shortages caused by stockpiling.

In a video on Instagram, the Bayern Munich defender manages an impressive 20 kicks before the makeshift football finally tumbles to the floor. 

Elsewhere, England footballer James Milner shared a tongue-in-cheek film of himself rationing tea bags, setting them out into neat piles on his kitchen table, and preparing to cut his lawn by measuring the grass with a ruler.

The Terminator feeds his mini pony 

Former California governor and "Terminator" actor Arnold Schwarzenegger set Twitter alight with a video urging people to stay home and listen to the experts, while casually feeding carrots to his mini poney Whiskey and donkey Lulu from his kitchen table.

Ellen Degeneres tries a puzzle 

US talk show host Ellen de Generes tried her hand at a 4,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, sharing her progress on Instagram before admitting it was too taxing. "So much for that plan," she wrote, before posting a picture of herself relaxing on the couch with her dogs.


They don’t call me Ellen “Not Stupid” DeGeneres for nothing.

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Robbie Williams: distant lover 

British singer Robbie Williams is keeping a safe distance from wife Ayda Field after returning from a trip to Australia. In a video called "A social distancing love story", Ayda re-enacts the world's most romantic balcony scene while Robbie looks on from below. "Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou?" she asks dramatically. 

"Down here, Juliet. I'm right here," he replies with a wave.

J.Lo's wardrobe change 

Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez joined Tik Tok's "flip the switch" clothes-swapping craze, snapping herself in a suit and shades while her fiance Alex Rodriguez strikes a pose in one of her legendary figure-hugging dresses.

Elsewhere on Tik Tok, former "Friends" star Courtney Cox shows off her dance moves under the hashtag "bored".

Pink and Serena: mums in action 

US singer Pink shared a handwritten schedule to keep her daughter Willow and son Jameson entertained during the day, including time alloted for yoga, walks and chores -- and a later bedtime if the kids "don't fight".


Part one!

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Also on Instagram, tennis star Serena Williams says she plans to spend "the next six weeks in solitude. Being a wife. Being a mom." She also plans to make time for face masks and make-up tutorials.

Lizzo meditates 

In one of the more unusual videos, US singer Lizzo posted a 30-minute meditation session on Instagram, complete with a floaty flute recital, healing crystals and an ocean sound machine. 

"We're going to take all of this fear and transmute it into love," she said.


A meditation and mantra to promote healing during this global crisis. Use at your own pace. Love you!

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