April Fools’ Day is the one time celebs have to get revenge on the media. Over the last few years we’ve seen some great attempts to deceive us, and this 1 April was no different. Our fave prank this year was trickster Simon Cowell and fellow Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams’ picnic in a London park. They tried to trick paps with a fake bromance, cruising round the lake on a swan pedalo and playing with daffodils as they dined on bubbly and fruit from a luxury hamper.
We also loved the Jessica Simpson birth prank. Glamour.com ran with the headline “World Exclusive: Jessica Simpson Gives Birth To Octuplets!” claiming that she had given birth to eight baby girls in an LA hospital, even going so far as releasing a fake statement from the famous singer.
Jessica is due to give birth very soon and has spent a reported Dhs7.3 million on security, including hiring 30 security guards and renting out a hospital wing because she fears kidnapping. This isn’t the first time the singer has been involved in an April Fools’ Day prank – in 2009 she pretended to be a computer repair whiz and smashed systems for a hidden camera skit.
Other top pranks this year included Sir Richard Branson’s announcement of Virgin Volcanic, a high-powered drill which would enable him to travel to the centre of the Earth along with buddies Tom Hanks, Seth Green and “science enthusiast Will.i.am”.