It would have been reasonable to predict that the pandemic might have dealt the final blow to the paparazzi.

Even before the coronavirus, the feeding frenzy surrounding that first shot of Diana’s body in the Parisian tunnel she crashed in, of Britney’s shaved head, or of Kristen Stewart cheating on Robert Pattinson with married director Rupert Sanders already felt like a remnant of the past. Stars had started communicating and confessing directly to their fans (with the version of the story they liked best) on social media.