Motherland: Fort Salem’ Boss Teases A ‘Perilous’ Season 2, A Scylla & Raelle Reunion & More

Motherland: Fort Salem’ Boss Teases A ‘Perilous’ Season 2, A Scylla & Raelle Reunion & More

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Worms, witchbombs, and VPs, oh my! HL got EXCLUSIVE scoop about the rest of ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ season 2 after that game-changing premiere.

Motherland: Fort Salem is back with an even more intense season 2. The second season premiered on June 22 and picked up in the aftermath of the jaw-dropping finale. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with creator Eliot Laurence about where things are headed post-premiere.

Eliot teased a “big reveal that will change that dynamic” as Raelle and Abigail investigate the witchbomb and revealed what Tally’s terrifying vision really means. He also confirmed that Raelle and Scylla will “come back together” at some point in the season. Plus, where does Raelle’s mom fit into all of this? Read our full Q&A below:

Raelle, Abigail, and Tally of ‘Motherland: Fort Salem.’ (Freeform)

About that ending… Tally has this vision and wakes up with markings on her. What can you say about what that means and where we’re going to go with that?
Eliot Laurence: It’s so exciting. I love that storyline so much. So at the end of last year, remember in 110, when Alder and Tally were in that cave having that really intense confrontation. Alder says to Tally, “I’m a general. I make these kinds of terrible decisions every day of my life, and I stand by every decision I ever made.” Season 2 in a big way is about questioning if that’s actually true, and if maybe there isn’t one that got away from Alder that she truly regrets and truly has PTSD about. Because of this connection with Tally through the biddy-ship, some of that PTSD along with the memories is going to go into Tally. It’s a season where it’s about the seeds of revolution, right? And that is one of the cracks in the institution that we’re going to explore this year and kind of blow everything up.

But those worms. I mean, I already have a thing about bugs and insects. Those things were huge.
Eliot Laurence: So basically what we’re seeing in that vision like I’m kind of intimating with the stuff about Alder, we’re seeing a battle that took place about 25 years previous to the time of this show. It’s a dirty colonial war, and we’re starting to get into military history and stuff like that. There’s a lot more to that. No more worms. I will say that.

The reveal that Raelle’s mom is alive was another big shocker last season. In this first episode of season 2, Scylla and Willa are working together in a big way, while Raelle has no idea this is even happening. How is that dynamic going to continue as the season moves forward? 
Eliot Laurence: They work pretty well together. I think, ultimately, more than their connection to the Spree, they’re united by the fact that they both absolutely love Raelle to the end of time. Through that relationship, we’re going to explore Willa’s regret and her sort of inability to figure out how to reach out to Raelle. And if she can and if she even should, does that put Raelle in danger? I think through Willa and Scylla both I think we’re seeing the face of a changing Spree. The Spree have this very important ideology. They want to end conscription because they believe a witch should be able to choose her own life and her daughter’s life and her daughter’s daughter’s life. They object to this idea that witches are conscripted and have gone to terrible means to make that ideology known. I think another big theme of the season is that we’ve been fighting the army, meanwhile, there’s the Camarilla people. The other fun thing about this year is we have a face on the Camarilla now this year. I can’t wait for you to meet him.

Scylla with Raelle’s mom. (Freeform)

Last season, it seemed like the Spree were the main villain. But now we see that the Camarilla are a force to be reckoned with? Will the Camarilla be the main enemy of season 2? 
Eliot Laurence: They’re kind of an undeniable one. They’re not just scary and bad and stuff. They want to end witches. They want to end witches if they’re Spree or military. It doesn’t matter to them. The thing that offends them is witch-hood itself, so it’s an opportunity for people that were formerly enemies to join forces against a much more pressing enemy.

It seems more dangerous than ever.
Eliot Laurence: It is. The network at the end of season 1 was like, “Thank you for this great season. How do you keep it going? How do you amp it up?” I think we actually did it. It’s a very, very perilous season. There’s a lot of danger. There’s a lot of new magic that’s super scary and fresh.

The episode begins with the reveal that the vice president’s daughter is a witch. The VP seems very hesitant about this world and putting his daughter in this position. What kind of friction will that cause, especially with him and Alder?
Eliot Laurence: On Silver for a second, he didn’t know that his late wife was a witch. He didn’t know that his daughter was a witch, so there’s just this adjustment period that happens. I think he does a pretty good job of it. But he does immediately see his daughter in a different light. That moment in the church it’s like, you’re not quite who you were. Growing up queer, I think a lot of us have that experience with our own parents, so I think it resonates in a cool way that way. Silver’s a very confident and very good-looking guy, so I think he’s used to making things go his way with his charm and that did not happen with Alder and Anacostia. They were not buying what he was selling at all. So that tension is real, and it’s palpable through this season. But mostly it’s just about a dad trying to get his head around that this is still my daughter. It’s a big deal for us.

While Scylla is off with Willa at the moment, she’s separated from Raelle in a big way. Will Raelle and Scylla end up coming back to each other at some point?
Eliot Laurence: I’m just going to say that they will because we love them, but as writers, it was hard to get them in the right orbit that they could come back. The end of the season last year put them at such opposite ends of the field, so it was about trying to figure out how we can bring them back together because their romance is just like the whole thing. I love them so much.

Abigail and Raelle have survived this witchbomb. What can you tease about how they’re going to be dealing with these new powers and investigating it moving forward? 
Eliot Laurence: As we get deeper and deeper into what the witchbomb is and what it did, there is going to be a big reveal that will change that dynamic. Without giving away too much, I’ll say that it just forces Abigail to start questioning what she is and what does it mean to be a Bellweather, and how can I do that in a completely new way that is satisfying to me?

‘RHOBH’ Star Erika Jayne Claps Back After She’s Trolled For Makeup-Free Look At Gas Station

‘RHOBH’ Star Erika Jayne Claps Back After She’s Trolled For Makeup-Free Look At Gas Station

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Erika Jayne just shut down ridicule about her appearance.

Erika Jayne will not be shamed for her appearance. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 49, shot back at internet critics who ridiculed her casual makeup-free look while at a gas station in Los Angeles over the weekend. After The Daily Mail published candid photos of Erika in a casual tee, black tights, sneakers, and oversized glasses and suggested that she no longer had a glam squad, the reality TV star shot back with a sarcastic response on Twitter.

Goodnight Twitter, please be in full glam when pumping gas.
Apparently it’s a big deal . 🙄

— Erika Jayne (@erikajayne) June 22, 2021

“Goodnight Twitter, please be in full glam when pumping gas. Apparently it’s a big deal,” she tweeted on June 21, adding an eye roll emoji. She followed up with another tweet of a gif of herself from a RHOBH episode that contained her own quote: “Go be offended at your own life.”

It has been a contentious year for Erika. After over 20 years of marriage, Erika filed for divorce from husband Tom Girardi in November 2020. The troubles do not end there. The following month, Erika and Tom were accused of embezzling funds meant for families of victims of a 2018 plane crash. A new Hulu documentary, The Housewife and the Hustler, chronicles Tom’s, 82, legal troubles. The two have also been accused of orchestrating a “sham” divorce to protect themselves against the lawsuit, per USA Today.

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— Erika Jayne (@erikajayne) June 22, 2021

Erika, for her part, has denied knowledge of Tom’s legal affairs in previous show clips. In the June 16 episode of RHOBH, Erika opened up about the “complicated” divorce. “There’s so many layers to this divorce. It’s so f*cking complicated. It’s very difficult to explain,” she said, later telling her co-stars, “I did not see it ending this way. I was going to hold that man’s hand until he died.”

Erika has remained mum on the legal issues following the debut of The Housewife and the Hustler, but her friend Kyle Richards gave Access Hollywood an update on June 16. “I mean, you know, obviously it’s a hard time,” Kyle said. “But she’s doing OK.”

Britney Spears’ Dad Jamie Is Living In An RV After Selling Family Home Amid Fight For Conservatorship

Britney Spears’ Dad Jamie Is Living In An RV After Selling Family Home Amid Fight For Conservatorship

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Jamie Spears has reportedly sold the Kentwood, Louisiana home Britney grew up in and relocated to a motor home in the outskirts of town, a new report claims.

Ahead of Britney Spears‘ June 23 court appearance, her father’s alleged state-of-affairs were revealed in a new report by The New York Times. Apparently, Jamie Spears, has been living in a motor home, parked in a storage facility lot in Kentwood, Louisiana.

While no official cause or explanation was given as to why Jamie is currently living in an RV, an unnamed source told the Times that he tends to keep to himself. “He has been staying down a winding country road on the outskirts of town, in an RV parked at a warehouse that has stored the boxed-up relics of his daughter’s megawatt career,” the insider said in the report published on June 22.

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The NY Times report also claims Jamie sold the Kentwood home that Britney grew up in — the house where photographer David LaChappelle also shot her famous 1999 Rolling Stone cover.

Jamie’s role as both her father and conservator came under scrutiny in February 2021 with the release of the documentary Framing Britney Spears, which took an in-depth look into her conservatorship and the role the media played in her struggles in the early years of her career. For Britney’s part, she’s okay with remaining under the conservatorship — she simply does not want her father to be part of it any longer. Instead, she wants Jodi Montgomery to be her permanent conservator.

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Mentioned in the report is a court investigator’s note from 2016 that stated Britney believed that the system was exercising “too much control.” It also said, “She articulated she feels the conservatorship has become an oppressive and controlling tool against her.”

Britney has been battling to remove her dad from control of her conservatorship for years, and she’ll address the court for the first time on June 23.

HollywoodLife reached out for comment to both Britney and Jamie’s reps on this new report.

Sharon Stone’s Strong Opinions About Meryl Streep’s Career Go Viral On Twitter

Sharon Stone’s Strong Opinions About Meryl Streep’s Career Go Viral On Twitter

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Sharon Stone revealed she thinks the Hollywood industry was set up so every other actress ‘should compete against’ Meryl Streep, in a new interview, and Twitter users had a lot to say about her words.

Sharon Stone, 63, is getting attention on Twitter after she discussed Meryl Streep‘s successful career in the entertainment industry in a new tell-all interview. The actress told Everything Zoomer that although she thinks 72-year-old Meryl “is an amazingly wonderful woman and actress”, she thinks there are other actresses “equally as talented” and they don’t get the same “iconic” status.

“The business was set up that we should all envy and admire Meryl because only Meryl got to be the good one,” she explained to the outlet. “And everyone should compete against Meryl. I think Meryl is an amazingly wonderful woman and actress. But in my opinion, quite frankly, there are other actresses equally as talented as Meryl Streep. The whole Meryl Streep iconography is part of what Hollywood does to women.”

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Viola Davis is every bit the actress Meryl Streep is. Emma ThompsonJudy DavisOlivia ColmanKate Winslet, for f***’s sake. But you say Meryl and everybody falls on the floor,” she continued. “I’m a much better villain than Meryl, and I’m sure she’d say so.”

“Meryl was not gonna be good in Basic Instinct or in Casino,” she added. “I would be better. And I know it. And she knows it. But we’re all set up to think that only Meryl is so amazing that when you say her name, it must have been amazing for me to work with her.”

Sharon Stone is getting attention for saying there are other actresses just as talented as Meryl Streep. (Shutterstock)

Sharon’s quotes from the interview were posted on Twitter shortly after they went public and it quickly went viral, causing many users to share their own opinions. “I remember the days when they used to disrespect Viola Davis by describing her as the ‘Black Meryl Streep.’ So, I say keep talking Sharon Stone,” one user wrote.

I like Sharon Stone, but she is not on Meryl Streep's level. Meryl and Viola? Same level. Meryl and Sharon? Nah. Viola Davis and Sharon Stone? Sharon's not even close. Kate Winslet and Sharon? Not even on Sharon's best day. https://t.co/IJIK0XEpoh

— FangirlingWhileBlack (@BlackFangirling) June 22, 2021

“Meryl Streep is a near-perfect actress. But the likes of Glenn Close, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Rooney Mara, Brie Larson, Emily Blunt, Viola Davis, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Kerry Washington and Regina King are just as great on their best day. Sharon Stone is 100% right,” another wrote. 

Just catching up in the Sharon Stone thing. Anyway, she's right. Meryl is fantastic, but Hollywood has often used "there's nobody like Meryl" as an excuse to deny equally talented actresses opportunities, especially as they age and/or if they aren't white.

— The Keeper of That Beat (Caleb) (@shipatadistance) June 22, 2021

Others disagreed with some of Sharon’s points. “I like Sharon Stone, but she is not on Meryl Streep’s level. Meryl and Viola? Same level. Meryl and Sharon? Nah. Viola Davis and Sharon Stone? Sharon’s not even close. Kate Winslet and Sharon? Not even on Sharon’s best day,” a third user shared.

“I love Sharon Stone & I love Meryl Streep. I think our attention should be on calling out studios, writers, & filmmakers who fail to create enough engaging, challenging, & complex roles for the abundance of iconic actors ‘over a certain age’ that exist,” a fourth user pointed out.

Meryl has yet to publicly respond to Sharon’s comments.

Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner Are Selling Their $16.75 Million LA Mansion: See Photos From Inside

Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner Are Selling Their $16.75 Million LA Mansion: See Photos From Inside

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Take a tour of Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s sprawling Encino mansion.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner have put their Los Angeles mansion on the market for a whopping $16.75 million. Located in the upscale neighborhood of Royal Oaks in Encino, the 15,000-square-foot home has nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a wine cellar, and other eclectic amenities, including an aquarium and hair salon. The musician, 31, and Game of Thrones actor, 25, purchased the sprawling estate back in 2019 for $14.1 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The kitchen in Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s Encino mansion, now on the market for $16.75 million. (BACKGRID)

The mansion has an open floor plan in the main living room and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to the outside. There’s also a massive open kitchen with a lot of countertop space. In the wood-paneled bar — a room that probably served as the ultimate retreat during pandemic times — there is a pool table that overlooks the backyard with a massive oak tree and a swimming pool.

Grandiose stone fireplaces are flanked throughout the mansion, including in the living area and a bedroom. See the images in full HERE. There is no telling where the family of three will set up roots next, but their next home will likely be just as extravagant.

The bar in Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s Encino mansion, now on the market for $16.75 million. (BACKGRID)

Joe and Sophie tied the knot in 2019 after three years together. The couple had two weddings that year: one in Las Vegas in May (Elvis Presley impersonator and all!) and a second one in France in June. Famous guests at the latter included Joe’s brothers and Jonas Brothers bandmates Nick and Kevin Jonas, of course, and Sophie’s GoT co-star (and maid of honor) Maisie Williams. The two welcomed their first child together, a baby girl named Willa, last July.

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The stars have made a conscious decision to not share photos of Willa since her birth. Last month, Sophie slammed the paparazzi for publishing photos of her daughter online. On Instagram Story, the English actor said she was “sickened” by “grown men” taking photos of Willa without permission. “I just want to say that the reason that I am not posting pictures of my daughter and making sure that we can avoid paparazzi at all costs is because I explicitly do not want those photos out there,” she said.

“She did not ask for this life, to be photographed,” Sophie continued. “It’s f*cking creepy that grown old men are taking pictures of a baby without their permission. I’m sickened, I’m disgusted, and I’m respectfully asking everyone to stop following us around and stop trying to take pictures of our daughter, and especially printing them.”

Vanessa Bryant Reaches Settlement With Helicopter Company After Kobe’s Fatal Crash

Vanessa Bryant Reaches Settlement With Helicopter Company After Kobe’s Fatal Crash

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Vanessa Bryant and other plaintiffs have reached a settlement with Island Express Helicopters after the fatal January 2020 crash.

Vanessa Bryant and other plaintiffs have reached a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company involved in the fatal crash that killed Kobe and Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. The basketball player, 41, and his daughter, 13, died in a helicopter crash last January — one that killed a total of nine people in Calabasas. According to NBC Los Angeles, Vanessa and co.’s terms of agreement with Island Express Helicopters have been kept confidential and still need to be finalized by the court.

Vanessa Bryant and other plaintiffs have reached a settlement with the helicopter involved in Kobe and Gigi’s death. (Shutterstock)

Vanessa, 39, filed the wrongful death suit at the Los Angeles Superior Court last February. The lawsuit alleged that Island Express Helicopters engaged in risky transportation and that pilot Ara George Zobayan, who also died on scene, “failed to properly monitor and assess the weather prior to takeoff,”  per People. The suit also sought damages for “pre-impact terror” and “loss of love,” among other damages. Vanessa and Kobe’s three other daughters, Natalia, 18, Bianka, 4, and Capri, 2, are also reportedly named as plaintiffs.

A few months after Vanessa filed the lawsuit, Berge Zobayan, the brother and representative of Ara George, responded to the suit and claimed that the passengers were at fault for the fatal crash. In the May 2020 court documents obtained by HollywoodLife, Berge conceded that the passengers knew the “risks involved.”

Vanessa Bryant and other plaintiffs have reached a settlement with the helicopter involved in Kobe and Gigi’s death. (Shutterstock)

The documents stated that “any injuries or damages to plaintiffs and/or their decedent were directly caused in full or in part by the negligence or fault of plaintiffs and/or their decedent, including their knowing and voluntary encounter with the risks involved, and that this negligence was a substantial factor in causing their purported damages, for which this answering defendant bears no responsibility.” The other passengers who died on scene include Alyssa Altobelli, 14, John Altobelli, 56, Keri Altobelli, 46, Payton Chester, 13, Sarah Chester, 45, and Christina Mauser, 38.

The settlement comes after Vanessa paid tribute to Kobe on the first Father’s Day without him on June 20, sharing a photo of her late husband with their daughters on Instagram. “Happy Father’s Day to the BEST DADDY in the world,” Vanessa wrote. “We miss you so much. We love you forever and always.”

Enjoy Your Favorite TV Shows & Movies Anywhere With This Top-Rated HD Tablet That’s 50% Off

Enjoy Your Favorite TV Shows & Movies Anywhere With This Top-Rated HD Tablet That’s 50% Off

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Minnie Driver, 51, Stuns In Black Swimsuit While Taking A Swim At The Beach

Minnie Driver, 51, Stuns In Black Swimsuit While Taking A Swim At The Beach

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Minnie Driver enjoyed some summer fun in the sun as seen in a new photo that captured the actress enjoying a swim in the ocean during a day at the beach! Check out the recent photos of the star!

It seems like all of our favorite celebs are hitting the beach this week, and we have another famous face to join that list! Minnie Driver was spending some time enjoying the surf and sand in Malibu with her 12-year-old son, Henry, on Monday, June 21, and looked as happy as ever. The Good Will Hunting Oscar nominee, 51, looked on as the waves came onto the sand, and she appeared to have taken a dip in the water herself!

Minnie Driver enjoyed some fun times with son Henry in Malibu on June 21, 2021 [BACKGRID].Minnie’s hair was practically drenched from the water, and was slicked back so that the star could have her wet ‘do out of her face. The actress looked fresh-faced and simply glowed in the sunlight. Minnie’s swimsuit looked great on the star. She fashioned a black swim shirt that appeared to have some sheer fabric featured on the sleeves, as well.

She wore a matching set of bottoms, too. Minnie looked great in her beach day apparel, and appeared to have such a great time relaxing and taking some time away from her busy schedule. Indeed, Minnie’s 2021 has been rather exciting! When it comes to work projects, she appeared in an episode of the Amazon series Modern Love and in an episode of the lauded HBO Max series Starstruck.

Minnie Driver at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles on February 9, 2020 [Matt Baron/Shutterstock].Of course, Minnie has another project on the horizon that fans simply cannot wait to see! Minnie will next appear in a new iteration of Cinderella. The actress will play Queen Beatrice, and she’s joined by a quite an ensemble cast. Along with Minnie, the film stars Camila Cabello in the titular role, Idina Menzel as the Stepmother, and Emmy-winner Billy Porter as the Fairy Godmother, per IMDb. Longtime fans of the actress simply cannot wait to see her in the film!

Lana Del Rey Celebrates 36th Birthday With Rare Bikini Selfie & Look-Alike Barbie Cake

Lana Del Rey Celebrates 36th Birthday With Rare Bikini Selfie & Look-Alike Barbie Cake

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Lana Del Rey kicked off her 36th birthday by posing with her cake on Instagram, while wearing a flowery bikini top.

Lana Del Rey celebrated turning 36 on Monday June 21, and it looked like she had a very well-deserved happy birthday. In an Instagram post marking the celebration, the Chemtrails Over the Country Club singer sported a floral bikini top that had blue daisy and sunflowers, as she posed with a Barbie cake, which looked like it was modeled after her!

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Besides the doll in the cake looking like it was chosen because it looks so similar to Lana, the cake also looks delicious, with the icing designed to resemble a frilly pink ballgown. The visor on the Barbie also looks like it matches the colors on Lana’s bikini top. The cake was incredibly well-coordinated to be a miniature model of the singer.

On her special day, Lana expressed thanks to her loved ones “for being the center and happiness of my life,” in the lengthy Instagram caption. “Every day I get on this beautiful earth is a good day. Thank you God for giving me another one,” she wrote.

Besides the selfie, Lana also included a shot of pink geraniums, explaining that the inclusion was more sentimental. The “Summertime Sadness” singer included a heartwarming message seemingly directed at her longtime photographer Caroline Grant, who is expecting a child. Lana mentioned that when she was born, her parents weren’t sure if her mother was expecting a boy or girl. After having Lana, her parents told her grandmother to “plant pink geraniums,” which is why she included the picture of the flowers! “Maybe we can plant a flower for this little one too. Whatever color you like,” she wrote, seemingly referencing her friend’s bundle of joy.

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Lana has had an incredibly busy and productive year since her last birthday, and it doesn’t seem like turning 36 will slow her down at all. In July 2020, she released her first collection of poetry Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass, which also had a spoken-word album that boasted musical accompaniment from Bleachers-frontman Jack AntonoffIn March 2021, she released her seventh album Chemtrails Over the Country Club. In case 35 didn’t keep her busy enough, Lana is expected to release her eighth album Blue Bannisters on July 4. There’s no slowing her down!

Carli Lloyd Is ‘In The Best Shape Of Her Life’ & ‘Reunited With Family’ After ‘Pause Of 2020’ Ahead of 2021 Olympics

Carli Lloyd Is ‘In The Best Shape Of Her Life’ & ‘Reunited With Family’ After ‘Pause Of 2020’ Ahead of 2021 Olympics

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Before the U.S. women’s national team Olympic roster is released, soccer star Carli Lloyd spoke to HL about how the last year allowed her to change ahead of the Games.

When the Olympics were postponed from Summer 2020 to Summer 2021, many athletes were required to re-evaluate their training and, for the older Olympians, decide if they could wait another year to compete. For three-time Olympian Carli Lloyd, the COVID-19 pandemic gave her a brief moment to breathe for one of the first times in her 17-year soccer career. In the last year, she went through some major life events, which, she said, better prepared her to compete in 2021. “I think 2020 gave me more opportunities. I had changes that happened in 2020,” Carli said on the HollywoodLife Podcast, while discussing her partnership with Secret Deodorant. “I cut ties with my longtime trainer of 17 years, which is a big deal. And that came after my knee surgery — my first ever surgery in my career. And then, I reunited with my family, which happened so quickly.”

Carli opened up about her estranged relationship from her family in her 2016 memoir, When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World, which she explained was due to their disapproval of her former trainer, James Galanis, among other things. “It’s been unbelievable, and I’m so happy that they can be part of this, because had the Olympics been in 2020 and I had been part of that roster, they most likely wouldn’t have been a part of it,” she admitted to HL. “We’re all looking forward, and we’re just so happy to be part of each other’s lives now. I think the pause of 2020 and taking a step back, and really having a lot of time to reflect made me start to think about things.”

United States forward Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her goal during an international soccer match between Jamaica and USA at BBVA Stadium in Houston, TX (Shutterstock)

As she rekindled her familial bonds and rehabbed her knee, Carli revealed she also began working with a strength trainer who has brought her soccer game to new heights. “I am in the best shape of my life,” the 38-year-old, two-time FIFA Player Of the Year said. “I’ve continuously leaned out the older I’ve gotten… I think that every year I’ve gotten older, I’ve been in better and better shape. I’ve just gone 17 years with just pushing on and adding another layer each and every year. And it’s allowed me to continue to play.”

Just last week, Carli became the oldest player to score for the USWNT, a moment which experts say cemented her position on the Olympic roster. Tomorrow on Good Morning America, head coach Vlatko Andonovski will name 18 players and the four alternates who will travel to Japan for the Summer Games. “I think we’re just all really looking forward to finally having the the roster announced and starting that process,” she admitted.

United States forward Carli Lloyd (10) during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Spain, in Harrison, N.J. (Shutterstock)

The soccer star spoke to HL as part of her longtime partnership with Secret Deodorant, which just released their latest clinical strength formula to help combat three types of sweat — stress, anxiety and heat. “They’ve been such a long standing supporter of women’s sports, and that’s a big reason why I partnered with them,” Carli explained. “On the field, obviously, I’m running around, sweating an incredibly ridiculous amount, plus stress — we sweat when we’re stressed, or at least I do. So, having this Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Deodorant has been absolutely key for me.”

Stay tuned for the full HollywoodLife Podcast interview with Carli Lloyd, coming out soon.

Jimmie Herrod: 5 Things To Know About The Talented Singer On ‘AGT’

Jimmie Herrod: 5 Things To Know About The Talented Singer On ‘AGT’

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Jimmie Herrod is a standout singer looking for his big break on ‘AGT.’ Here are 5 key things to know about this powerhouse performer.

America’s Got Talent season 16 has had a number of incredible singers audition for the show already, but don’t sleep on Jimmie Herrod. The singer will be auditioning during the June 22 episode. His talent is undeniable.

So, who is Jimmie Herrod? He active performer who has a long history with music. From his personal life to his band, here’s what you need to know about Jimmie as he makes his AGT season 16 debut.

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1. Jimmie is currently with the band Pink Martini.

Jimmie is currently a guest singer with Pink Martini. He’s toured with the band all over the world. He recorded his first single with Pink Martini — “Exodus” — in 2018. He’s also worked with ODESZA. Jimmie released his own album titled Falling In Love and Learning To Love Myself.

2. He has a degree in music.

Jimmie has a Bachelor of Music degree in music composition and performance from Cornish College of the Arts, according to his official bio. He also has a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from Portland State University. He currently is an adjunct professor of jazz voice.

3. Jimmie is openly gay.

Jimmie revealed in a January 2021 interview that times were tough for him growing up. “It wasn’t necessarily easy growing up and being who I am — a gay Black guy — in Tacoma,” he told The Olympian. “There were aspects of myself that I couldn’t share in that time and place, but I would put on my headphones and listen to albums and sing, practically shouting. It was a way to express things.”

Jimmie Herrod is from Tacoma, Washington. (NBC)
4. He was initially scared of performing in public.

Jimmie told The Olympian that he used to “hide” in a choir. His mother was the one who told him to make his music his job. “My mom was like, ‘You need to get a job,’”  he revealed. “She had this great idea that I could perform at physical rehabilitation centers and senior centers and ask them for a small fee. I had set up a network of six or seven different places where I’d perform each month. That was my job in high school.”

5. He’s known for his performance of ‘Tomorrow.’

He has performed the beloved Annie song a number of times. He sang “Tomorrow” at the SFJazz Center in 2019 with Pink Martini. He also featured the song on his EP Tomorrow.

Chris Brown Accused Of Hitting A Woman In The Head In Los Angeles

Chris Brown Accused Of Hitting A Woman In The Head In Los Angeles







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Chris Brown appears to be in legal trouble, again. The controversial singer has been accused of hitting a woman during an argument inside a San Fernando Valley home.

Chris Brown, the Grammy-winning musician who is becoming more known for his run-ins with the law than his music, was once again in the hot-seat on Tuesday. Chris, 32, was accused of hitting a woman during an argument on Friday (June 18), according to NBC News. “There was an incident on Friday, June 18th around 730 in the morning when LAPD officers responded to a radio call at a residence in the 19600 block of Citrus Ridge. There was a victim who stated she had been in an argument with the suspect and he slapped her,” a spokesperson for the LAPD told HollywoodLife. “The suspect was not at the location when police arrived. A report for battery was completed and will be submitted to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office for filing consideration.”

The spokesperson stated they could not “confirm Chris Brown is a suspect in any of our criminal investigations because we don’t confirm suspects unless they are booked.” Meaning, Chris has not been charged over this alleged incident. Details about what happened are currently few and far between, but TMZ claims its sources says that the Chris allegedly “slapped” the woman, and the alleged slap “made part of her weave come out.”

TMZ also reported that the alleged victim had no injuries and that no arrests were made at the time. HollywoodLife will continue to update this post with any additional information when made available.

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On early Tuesday morning, Chris posted on his Instagram Story, “Yall so dam [cap emoji],” followed by nine laughing emojis, per XXL. Cap is slang for lying. It’s unclear if Chris was responding to the reports of the alleged incident.

This alleged assault would be the latest in a very long line of legal troubles for Chris. He will forever be tied to February 8, 2009, the night when he physically assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Chris would plead guilty to felony assault and agree to community service and five years of probation. Chris was also arrested for felony assault in 2013, according to PEOPLE. He was also busted in 2016 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon (charges were never filed). In 2018, Chris was arrested on an outstanding assault warrant following a concert in Florida. Charges were eventually dropped.

Chris has had, up to this point, a relatively quiet 2021. In May, Breezy threw himself a massive 32 nd birthday party, and TMZ reported that “things got so out of hand cops stepped in and pulled the plug.” Supposedly, the authorities arrived at Chris’s home around 2 am to speak with the security about the loud music blasting from his home. The music was turned down, and guests started to leave – cops reportedly estimated there were between 400 and 500 guests in attendance – and a few parking tickets were issued to improperly parked cars.

This Samsung Galaxy Is Under $150 & It’s The Best Amazon Prime Day Tablet Deal Today

This Samsung Galaxy Is Under $150 & It’s The Best Amazon Prime Day Tablet Deal Today

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BSB & NSYNC’s AJ McLean, Lance Bass & Others Admit They’ve Talked About Joint Tour: ‘It Would Be Fun’

BSB & NSYNC’s AJ McLean, Lance Bass & Others Admit They’ve Talked About Joint Tour: ‘It Would Be Fun’







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AJ McLean, Lance Bass, and more talked about the excitement of reuniting for the Bingo Under the Stars at The Grove event on June 18 and shared their opinions about a potential ‘boys of summer’ tour together.

Could we be seeing the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC on stage together for a special tour in the near future? It turns out it’s very possible, according to some members of the highly successful music groups.  AJ McLeanBrian Littrell, and Nick Carter, of BSB, and Lance Bass, of NSYNC, all commented on their bond as musicians and friends, and opened up about the potential for a collaboration together, in recent EXCLUSIVE interviews with HollywoodLife.

After reuniting with Joey Fatone for hosting duties and a performance at the Bingo Under the Stars at The Grove event in Los Angeles, CA on June 18, AJ, Lance, and Nick, gushed over being a part of the special night, which was in support of Pride and the LGBTQIA+ community, and revealed their openness about coming together for their fans after there’s been so many false rumors about a “rivalry” between them over the years.

Nick Carter, Lance Bass, AJ McLean, and Joey Fatone on stage at the Bingo Under the Stars event. (BFA)

“Back in the day, before there was social media, obviously press and media pitted us against each other when there really was no rivalry at all,” AJ said about the comradery between Backstreet Boys and NSYNC at the event. “Joey and I used to hang out together. We lived right down the street from one another. We have game nights. We’ve been hanging out. I’ve been to his wedding. We’re family! There is no rivalry. And tonight is definitely squashing any rumors that have been.”

“We’re in such a divided world right now so it’s nice to see two very public ‘enemies’ come together and show the world that we can all get along,” Lance added.
“That’s kind of the whole idea,” Nick agreed. “If you guys were a fly on the wall to see what it’s like when we were at Lance’s house practicing and doing choreography. The chemistry is unlike anything else that you could ever explain. I’ve known Joey and all of these guys for a really long time and just singing.”

AJ McLean, Nick Carter, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass pose at the Bingo Under the Stars event on June 18. (Shutterstock)

“Even when I was talking to Lance, he really hasn’t performed or sang anything in a really long time and then we just started focusing on the harmonies of the two songs, the two biggest hits of ours and all of these things coming together,” he added about preparing for their performance that night. “It was so much fun. You could just really see the joy on our faces just to be entertaining again and just to be back.”
When asked about that possible collaboration, AJ teased he wouldn’t know what to call the group. “I’m not sure how well the name’s going to — We may need to work on the name a little bit. Syncstreet,” he said before Lance cheekily suggested, “NStreet.”

“I will say with the Backstreet Boys, we are working on some stuff this year, doing some music,” Nick said about current future music plans. “I haven’t been able to fully reveal it. You’ll hear about it in a big way very soon and then there’s going to be a very festive event that is attached later on in the year.”

In a separate interview on HollywoodLife’s TVTalk this week, Brian also commented on the potential for a Backstreet Boys and NSYNC tour and even threw out a name for it. “I don’t know. It’s a possibility,” he said during the video interview. “We’ve actually thrown around the idea. I think the fans, their fans are our fans, our fans are their fans. Some might be, some aren’t. It doesn’t matter. I think the music business is all coming together closer and closer and why not? We could call it the boys of summer tour and get out there and do some stadiums. I think it would be fun. Why not?”
Whether a tour or some kind of collab happens between two of the most beloved boy music groups out there or not, it’s clear to see that all the guys have an appreciation for each other and are grateful for their past and present, especially when they get to have a reunion on stage like they did on Friday.
“It was surreal,” Nick said about being back on stage with AJ, Lance, and Joey. “It’s like riding a bike, almost. I remember sitting there as we were singing one of the songs and I just had this smile on my face. It brought me back to the late 90s and reminded me of where we came from and I say these guys are the only people who kind of relate to a place in time and we share those same experiences together and so we have those conversations and we talk to each other and we all relate to one another.”
At the Bingo Under the Stars event at The Grove the hosts presented a gift of One Million Dollars in $TKINU Tokens to The Trevor Project on behalf of their involvement with Mission Tsuki.

David Harbour Reveals He Knows The ‘Endgame’ Of ‘Stranger Things’ … In Bed: Watch

David Harbour Reveals He Knows The ‘Endgame’ Of ‘Stranger Things’ … In Bed: Watch

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David Harbour revealed in an interview that he’s almost done filming the new season of ‘Stranger Things,’ and he knows exactly how this season will end.

Stranger Things star David Harbour revealed that he knows just how the sci-fi drama will end in a new interview clip, while lounging in a bathrobe on a bed. David’s beloved character police chief Jim Hopper sacrificed himself to close the Upside Down portal at the end of season three, leaving many people to wonder what happened to Hop. The actor mentioned that he knows “how [Stranger Things] actually turns out” in an episode of the web series Happy Sad Confused released on Tuesday June 22.

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At the end of Stranger Things 3, fans weren’t sure about Hopper’s fate, and the lead up to the series’ fourth season has still left fans hungry to know what happened to the Hawkins chief. During an October 2019 appearance Late Night with Seth Meyers, David FaceTimed series creators The Duffer Brothers (Ross and Matt) to ask whether he was dead. Ross told him that they were figuring it out. After an early trailer for season four showed Hopper at a Russian prison, fans were even more confused about what happened to David’s character.

When Happy Sad Confused host Josh Horowitz asked David if he knew what the series’ “endgame” was, David said he had a much better idea now than he did a year ago. “That was more revealed to me throughout this,” he said.

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Despite the laidback appearance of the interview (bathrobe and all), David said Netflix likes the cast to stay tight-lipped about the show. The actor said the company will email the cast to tell them to keep quiet as to whether or not the cast is even filming the series, which he thinks is a little much. “How secret can it possibly be?” he joked.

While David might be glad to know exactly what happens to Hopper, he did rub it in a little that fans are going to have to wait to find out just what their favorite police chief’s fate ultimately is. “It’s cool for me. It sucks for you,” he said, pointing directly at the camera.

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While the release date for Stranger Things 4 hasn’t been confirmed, David did say in a June 2 interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he planned to be done filming in August. The whole episode of Happy Sad Confused can be found on Patreon.

The cast has been filming the new season for a very long time, especially after being halted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cast started filming again in October 2020. As recently as June, Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer, and Sadie Sink were among cast members filming what appears to be a battle scene.

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro’s Ex Jen Harley Arrested For Alleged Assault With A Deadly Weapon: See Mug Shot

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro’s Ex Jen Harley Arrested For Alleged Assault With A Deadly Weapon: See Mug Shot

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Jen Harley was taken into police custody in Las Vegas over the weekend after an alleged fight with her ‘domestic partner’ Joseph Ambrosole.

Jen Harley, 32, was arrested and taken to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday after an alleged dispute with her boyfriend Joseph Ambrosole. The ex of Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, 35, was charged with domestic battery and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the police report, which was obtained by HollywoodLife. Her bond was set to $5,000 but she was released shortly after being held and is due in court on Aug. 19.

Jen Harley’s mugshot from her latest arrest.

The police report states that Joseph made a call to authorities after he and Jen allegedly got into a drunken argument after a night out at various places in Las Vegas. He claimed that after security asked them to leave one of the places, he was driving home and that’s when Jen “became combative and punched” him “in the back of the head approximately 10 times with her hand” before throwing his cellphone out the window. He then allegedly stopped his car and got out to try and locate his cellphone before she allegedly got into the driver’s seat of the car and drove away, leaving him behind on the freeway,

The report goes on to say that once Joseph allegedly found his phone and called an Uber to pick him up, he returned to the house they were staying at and another argument eventually ensued. Joseph went on to claim that Jen then took out a gun out while they were outside of the house and allegedly threatened to “shoot” him while pointing it to his face.

Jen Harley allegedly got into a dispute with her boyfriend Joseph Ambrosole before her June 19 arrest. (MEGA)

On the day of the alleged incident and arrest, Jen’s daughter Ariana Sky, 3, whom she shares with Ronnie, was with her dad as he celebrated getting engaged to his now-fiancee Saffire Matos.

Jen’s latest arrest comes after she’s made headlines for also being arrested in the past. In June 2018, she was arrested for allegedly dragging Ronnie with a car but the Clark County District Attorney never pressed charges due to “insufficient evidence.” She was then arrested in 2020 for domestic battery but the case was later dropped.

On the same day of Jen’s latest arrest, Joseph took to Instagram to share a cozy pic with Jen and wrote the caption, “Dinner Dinner 🥘 w/ my 🍯 #dontbelievethehype.”

‘The Little Mermaid’s Halle Bailey Rocks Burlap Dress To Film Famous Scene For Disney Reboot

‘The Little Mermaid’s Halle Bailey Rocks Burlap Dress To Film Famous Scene For Disney Reboot

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Halle Bailey was pictured on the set of Disney’s new live-action film ‘The Little Mermaid’ on June 20, wearing Ariel’s infamous burlap dress.

Sensational! Halle Bailey, 21, gave fans a first look at a famous scene from The Little Mermaid while filming the live-action reboot of the Disney movie in Sardinia on Sunday, June 20. The scene being filmed was the one in which Ariel puts on a makeshift dress made from scrap fabric after her wish for legs is granted — just before she meets Prince Eric.

While on set, Halle walking around set in a blue protective face mask and wearing a shoulder-baring burlap dress designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Collen Atwood. She was also pictured wearing a ginger-shaded, waist-length wig to better embody the 16-year-old mermaid.

Halle Bailey is seen wearing a burlap-type dress while filming the reboot of ‘The Little Mermaid’. (BACKGRID)
Ariel wearing a burlap dress in 1986’s ‘The Little Mermaid’. (Disney)

Bystanders were also able to notice a difference in scene portrayals between the original 1986 animated film and this new live-action version. As fans know, once Ariel is granted her legs — minus her voice — she meets Prince Eric on the beach and is then escorted back to his castle. However, it appears that Disney is going for a change of scenery in this new take, as Halle was seen getting a lift into town in the back of a wagon.

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Halle’s co-star Daveed Digs, 38, who will voice King Triton’s right-hand-crab Sebastian, told HollywoodLife exclusively that Halle was the right choice to play the titular role and that fans will understand why once they hear her sing. “I just think that Halle is just the perfect choice for Ariel…everyone is going to fall in love with her immediately,” raved the Tony-winner. “She is so, so good. Her voice is not of this world. The things she can do vocally is something — I have never heard anything like it.”

Filming of the movie was scheduled to begin in London in April 2020, but due to COVID-19, production was postponed. However, in November 2020, the Grammy winner confirmed to her Instagram followers that she would be returning to the set to continue filming very soon. When asked how different this film version would be from its 1989 animated predecessor, Daveed teased some details but refrained from giving too much away. “So, I think there are the new songs that are super fun,” the Hamilton star revealed.

Chrissy Teigen Praises Husband John Legend For Being Her ‘Everything’ Amid Cyberbullying Claims

Chrissy Teigen Praises Husband John Legend For Being Her ‘Everything’ Amid Cyberbullying Claims







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Erin Silvia
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Chrissy Teigen gushed over how John Legend has been helping her in the midst of the cyberbullying claims made against her by Michael Costello, Courtney Stodden, and more, as she arrived at her office.

Chrissy Teigen, 35, was spotted in one of her first public outings since making headlines for being accused of cyberbullying in some recent claims. The model, who’s married to John Legend, 42, was getting out of her car to go into her office on June 21 when she praised her husband for being supportive during the tough situation. “Oh my God, he’s been everything,” she said after being asked “how instrumental” he’s been during this time. Check out the video HERE!

Chrissy also called her hubby, who she’s been married to since 2013, “vital” before taking a plastic bin out of a car with a friend during the outing and smilingly said she’s been spending her time with “diamond paintings.” The beauty, who looked comfortable in a white sweater, denim shorts, and cowboy boots, also said she didn’t know if she’d be speaking to Oprah about the cyberbullying situation and laughed when asked if she’d speak to Courtney Stodden, who has claimed to be a victim of her bullying.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend at the Grammy Awards. (Shutterstock)

Chrissy’s latest outing comes after Courtney, fashion designer Michael Costello, and others have accused her of being a bully to them on social media in the past. She took a month long break online but returned on June 14 to apologize for her behavior. “I want you to know I’ve been sitting in a hole of deserved global punishment, the ultimate ‘sit here and think about what you’ve done,’” she wrote in her lengthy apology message. “Not a day, not a single moment has passed where I haven’t felt the crushing weight of regret for the things I’ve said in the past.”

“I’ve apologized publicly to one person,” she continued, referring to a May 12 apology she wrote to Courtney. “But there are others — and more than just a few — who I need to say I’m sorry to. I’m in the process of reaching out to the people I insulted. I understand that they may not want to speak to me. I don’t think I’d like to speak to me. But if they do, I am here and I will listen to what they have to say, while apologizing through sobs.”

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have been married since 2013. (Shutterstock)

Michael publicly accused Chrissy of cyberbullying online after she made her apology and shared alleged DMs from her. Chrissy responded with a message that said she had “no idea what the f*ck Michael Costello is doing,” and insisted the DMs were fake. Her team also released a statement denying she sent the DMs.

“Chrissy Teigen very clearly and contritely apologized for insensitive public tweets she made around a decade ago,” the statement read. “She did not acknowledge nor apologize for sending private messages directing or encouraging self harm. Chrissy is completely surprised and disappointed by Michael Costello‘s recent attack, which includes fictional screenshots from 2014 of supposed private messages that Chrissy did not send.”

Mossimo Giannulli Goes Shirtless In Swimsuit & Lori Loughlin Rocks Beach Coverup In Cabo

Mossimo Giannulli Goes Shirtless In Swimsuit & Lori Loughlin Rocks Beach Coverup In Cabo

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Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin are enjoying a Mexican vacation, following their respective jail sentences.

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are enjoying the prison to luxury resort pipeline. The Full House alum, 56, and her fashion designer husband, 58, were photographed soaking up the rays in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on June 21 several months after serving time for their role in the 2019 college admissions scandal. Lori rocked a loose white coverup and straw visor while Mossimo went topless. SEE THE PICS HERE!

Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin attend an event in February 2008. (Shutterstock)

The two reportedly sunbathed, chatted with their friends, and played some golf. Lori is also pictured looking through a set of binoculars, admiring the ocean views. The couple were recently granted permission to take a five-day trip after completing their prison sentences and paying their court-ordered fines. Lori and Mossimo, however, are still on a two-year probation.

Lori spent two months in a federal prison before being released in December 2020, while her husband spent five months behind bars before being released in April 2021. The couple both pleaded guilty in May 2020 for their role in the criminal conspiracy — one that involved bribery and fraud to get students into elite universities. Per court documents, Lori and Mossimo paid criminal mastermind Rick Singer $500,000 to guarantee their daughters Isabella Rose, 22, and Olivia Jade, 21, admission into the University of Southern California under the guise of row recruits.

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli leave a court house after facing charges for their role in the college admissions scandal in April 2019. (Shutterstock)

“I made an awful decision,” Lori said during her sentencing statement last August, per NBC News. “I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process, and in doing so, I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass.”

The trip comes after the couple took a mini vacation at a resort club in La Quinta, California in April after Mossimo was released from prison. According to People, the Cabo trip is an effort “to spend time with family.” A source told the publication on June 19 that Lori and Mossimo were “excited” to leave the country. “It’s their first trip in a long time,” the source told People. “They flew to Cabo with friends. They were excited about the trip.”

Ava Phillippe, 21, & Boyfriend ‘Totally’ Look Like Her Parents ‘Reese & Ryan’ In Cute New Selfie

Ava Phillippe, 21, & Boyfriend ‘Totally’ Look Like Her Parents ‘Reese & Ryan’ In Cute New Selfie

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Ava Phillippe and her hunky boyfriend are the spitting image of the beauty’s doppelgänger parents, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe in a new Instagram snap!

Reese Witherspoon‘s daughter, Ava Phillippe threw fans for a loop when she shared a jaw-dropping Instagram snapshot on June 21. The 21-year-old caused Instagram followers stop and take a double look after she posted a photo with boyfriend Owen Mahoney. Ava and Owen looked like the doppelgängers of the blonde beauty’s parents — Reese, 45, and Ryan Phillippe, 46.

Ava shared a selfie with her handsome beau as she leaned over and smiled wide for the photo. The couple looked happy as could be while sharing a pic from their adventure to Austin Bat Bridge, one of the bat-watching sites of Texas. The snapshot is causing fans to get some serious Cruel Intentions vibes, from when Reese and Ryan were almost newlyweds and madly in love while making the 1999 film when still in their early 20’s.

Reese Witherspoon’s doppelganger daughter, Ava Phillippe, shared a photo with her boyfriend on June 21. (Shutterstock)

The eldest child of the Oscar winning-actress wore a pretty red polka dot number with spaghetti straps. She wore her hair down in beachy waves and opted for natural makeup for the daytime outing. “These two,” the Walk the Line star responded in the comments section, which she accompanied with heart eyes emoji.

Fans flocked to the post to reply to the proud mom-of three. One follower responded, “@reesewitherspoon is that you and Ryan younger ;)) love your daughter she’s soooo looks like you ;)),” while somebody else commented, “I had to do a double take. I thought this was you and Ryan. She’s beautiful. Your twin.” Another added, “She looks just like you.”

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Ava and Owen were first spotted together on the beach two years ago in Los Angeles. Their outing came on the heels of the Rodarte model enjoying summer break after her first year in college in the summer of 2019 and so she took advantage of the free time with a cuddly date and lunch by the seashore with the handsome looker. Since then, the couple has taken their romance public and posted adorable snapshots together on social media.

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The Legally Blonde star also shares son Deacon, 17, with Ryan, who she tied the knot in 1999 until the couple divorced in 2007. In 2011, Reese married Jim Toth and together the couple welcomed their son, Tennessee, eight.

Billie Eilish Apologizes For Using Asian Slur In Resurfaced Video: ‘It Breaks My Heart’

Billie Eilish Apologizes For Using Asian Slur In Resurfaced Video: ‘It Breaks My Heart’

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Billie Eilish took to her Instagram story to address and clarify an old video that showed her using an Asian slur while singing along to a song and seemingly mocking Asian accents.

Billie Eilish, 19, is apologizing for an old video that recently resurfaced on TikTok and is explaining the back story behind it. The singer appears in the video, which features more than one clip, and mouths the Asian slur “c***k” while singing along to the 2011 song “Fish” by Tyler, the Creator. She also appears to be speaking gibberish, which many people believed to be her mocking an Asian accent, in another clip. The entire video can be seen below.

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After the controversial video started making the rounds, the “Ocean Eyes” crooner posted her apology and explanation to her Instagram story in the form of a lengthy message. She started out by saying she was “13 or 14” in the video and “mouthed a word from a song that at the time I didn’t know was a derogatory term used against members of the Asian community. I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word.”

She went on to say that she had never “ever heard” of the word before the song she was singing along to and never heard it used around her but “nothing excuses the fact” that “it is hurtful.” When addressing the second clip, she revealed that she was “in no way” mocking anyone or “any language, accent, or culture in the SLIGHTEST” and has always just made up “silly gibberish” voices that she’d use around “pets, friends, and family.”

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“Regardless of how it was interpreted, I did not mean for any of my actions to have caused hurt to others and it absolutely breaks my heart that it is being labeled now in a way that might cause pain to people hearing it.” she continued. She ended the message by adding that she has “always worked hard to use my platform to fight for inclusion, kindness, tolerance, equity, and equality” and said she thinks “we all need to continue having conversations, listening and learning.”

Billie’s apology comes just four days after her boyfriend Matthew Tyler Vorce, 29, made his own apology for making past “hurtful” and “offensive” remarks in resurfaced posts. The posts were posted to social media and included slurs towards Black people and the LGBT community.

“The language I used was hurtful and irresponsible and I understand how offensive those words are,” he wrote in a social media message on June 17. “Whether it was a lyric, a quote or just me being dumb, it does not matter. I am ashamed and deeply sorry that I used them in any context. It is not how I was raised and it is not what I stand for. I shouldn’t have used this language in the first place and I won’t use it again. I am so sorry for the hurt I have caused.”

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Yvonne Strahovski Debuts Short Cropped Hair Makeover: Before & After Pics

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Yvonne Strahovski Debuts Short Cropped Hair Makeover: Before & After Pics

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Yvonne Strahovski showed off a killer new haircut on Instagram, and the fans are loving it!

Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski, 38, is rocking a much shorter hairstyle these days and we love it. On June 21, Yvonne took a break from doing press interviews for her upcoming film The Tomorrow Wars, to snap a quick selfie that showed off her new bob hairstyle. Flaunting her edgy new look in the photo, Yvonne looked straight at the camera and captioned it, “Short hair don’t care,” along with with a peace sign.

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Yvonne is usually seen with her golden locks at shoulder length — as seen in the Instagram photo below — so this shorter haircut, which can be seen above, wasn’t too much of a surprise to her Instagram followers. But it’s still a beautiful makeover, and fans agreed.

Actor Zachary Levi commented, “Gurrrlll yesssssss!!!,” while a fan added, “You look stunning, as always”. Another commenter also wrote, “Oh my good god! Yes daddy!” Our sentiments exactly.

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Anyway, with Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale now complete (the season finale debuted on Hulu last week), the actress can focus on her upcoming film, The Tomorrow Wars. In this futuristic, sci-fi action film, available July 2nd on Amazon Prime, Yvonne plays genius scientist Vicki Winslow, who helps fight against an alien race set on destroying humanity. When speaking to People, her co-star Chris Pratt, 42, talked about Yvonne’s character and how finding the right actress for the role was crucial. “She’s the commander. And also there’s a great bit of tenderness and vulnerability there, which oftentimes is not written into those types of roles,” he said. “We needed the right actor to play that role, right actress, but everyone, she just killed it.”

Khloé Kardashian Responds To Shady Tweet About Tristan Thompson After Split

Khloé Kardashian Responds To Shady Tweet About Tristan Thompson After Split

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Khloé Kardashian isn’t here for shady tweets about Tristan Thompson, thank you very much.

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have reportedly, once again, called it quits. Just hours after Khloé, 36, confirmed she and the basketball player, 30, were back together on the Keeping Up With the Kardashians reunion, a source told Page Six that the couple, who share 3-year-old daughter True together, amicably split a few weeks ago.

That same report claims Tristan was seen entering a private room with three women at a party in Los Angeles last week. But if the source’s claim is correct, then Tristan’s partying came after his breakup with Khloe.

Khloé Kardashian liked a shady tweet about Tristan Thompson following reports of a split. (SplashNews)

Internet personality Tana Mongeau tweeted on June 20, “all i know to tweet about my birthday party last night is that tristan thompson was one of the first attendees.” She then referenced Tristan’s daughter and added, “like babe where’s true.” Tana’s tweet prompted a response from a fan who called on her to “shut the f*ck up.” The Twitter user wrote, “this screams attention-seeking at it’s finest bc you know damn well that man gon make headlines over anything pertaining to women. you’re a bird! don’t speak on True either.”

An eagle-eyed Twitter user then noticed that Khloé “liked” the tweet. So we can only assume Khloe wants everyone to mind their own business. And maybe their split wasn’t as dramatic as you might be thinking.

Khloe’s subtle reaction came after Page Six‘s source said the on-again, off-again couple split on relatively good terms. “They’re getting along. There is no drama,” the source told the outlet. “Everything is amicable and they are on the same page with co-parenting.”

The tweet that Khloé Kardashian liked following reports that she and Tristan Thompson split. (Twitter)

The couple have been linked since August 2016. Khloé and Tristan welcomed their daughter True two years later in April 2018. Their relationship has long been troubled, spurred by Tristan’s infidelities during Khloé’s pregnancy. The two split in February 2019 due to Tristan’s relations with Jordyn Woods, but eventually rekindled their romance last August. During the KUWTK reunion that aired on June 20, the Good American founder explained the decision.

“We just really became genuine, great friends with one another and great co-parents,” she said. “He’s a great dad. It was just this natural progression. I’m not saying it’s what I would encourage other people to do, it’s just what naturally happened for him and I.” During the reunion, Khloé also revealed that she has forgiven Jordyn and harbors no ill will towards her.

“I personally don’t talk to her, but I think she’s doing really well in her personal life,” she said, later adding, “I don’t have any grudge against Jordyn. I think people make mistakes, people live, and they learn and I forgive both parties. How could I forgive Tristan and not Jordyn? That sounds asinine in my opinion.”

Travis Scott’s ‘Utopia’: Everything We Know So Far About His Next Album

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After taking fans to ‘Astroworld’ with his last album, Travis Scott has his sights set on a new destination: Utopia. Here’s what we know about La Flame’s new album.

It’s been a while since the world was gifted a new Travis Scott album. Travis’s Astroworld, the project which cemented his place as one of his generation’s brightest stars, arrived in August 2018 — almost three years ago. While he has released new music since then (2019’s JackBoys, a collab album with rappers Sheck Wes, Don Toliver, Luxury Tax, and Chase B, and some random singles), fans are eagerly awaiting a new project from La Flame. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem like they will have to wait much longer.

“GOING TO COOK UP AND BUILD THESE WALLS FOR UTOPIA,” Travis tweeted in October 2020, after “Franchise,” his record with Young Thug and M.I.A., hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. “SEE YOU GUYS SOON.” The same day he tweeted that, Travis changed his Instagram bio from “Astroworld” to “Utopia,” hinting that 2021 will see the long-awaited follow-up.

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Astroworld — which followed 2016’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight and 2015’s Rodeo — arrived to critical acclaim and commercial success. As of the summer of 2021, Astroworld has been certified triple-platinum by the RIAA. It spawned a Hot 100 no. 1 in “Sicko Mode” and contains the singles “Stargazing,” “Butterfly effect,” “Yosemite,” and “Wake Up” (featuring The Weeknd.) Astroworld marked “the first time that his music has actually matched the aspirations of his art-crunk bluster, rock-star stage dives, and aisle-crossing fashions,” according to Rolling Stone’s review. Consequence praised the “immensely talented Houston native” for creating an album full of “infectious” flows, though it did ding it over how some lyrics bordered on rap clichés (“The music might take your breath away, if the worst of the lyrics don’t make you roll your eyes”). Despite these faults, man publications – Rolling Stone, Billboard, NME, Complex, The Guardian, etc. – put Astroworld on their lists of Best Albums of 2018.

So, what does Utopia have in store for us? Here’s what we know so far.

When Will Travis Scott’s New Album Be Released?
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As of June 2021, Travis Scott has yet to announce a release date for Utopia.

“It’s coming. Coming soon. You can bet that,” Travis said when talking with Robert Rodriguez for i-D magazine in February 2021. During the chat, Robert brought up the chances of Travis bringing back his Astroworld festival, now that concerts and live music events have resumed. “Hopefully, we can bring it back at the end of this year,” said Scott. “Around November.” Since that chat, Travis has announced that Astroworld will take place from Nov. 5-6 in Houston, Texas. One might presume that there was a time to debut new music, or perhaps drop a new album, that would be the time.

What Will Travis Scott’s New Album Be Called?

Right now, everyone is running with the idea that Travis’s next album is going to be called Utopia.

In August 2020, Travis tweeted an image of a hand-written note commemorating the two-year anniversary of Astroworld. “Happy Astroversary. A 2-year ride that’s still one of my favorites! Album means so much to me!! To everyone that bumps and rages to that soundtrack, I love you. Let’s keep the ride going. See you in Utopia.”

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— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) August 4, 2020

GOING TO GO COOK UP AND BUILD THESE WALLS FOR UTOPIA. SEE YOU GUYS SOON.

— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) October 5, 2020

When asked if that is the name of his next project, Chase B shot that down. “Oh nah, it’s not. I think that’s just him being Trav. Just feeling good, in the moment,” he said, per HotNewHipHop. However, a few months later, Travis tweeted that he would “build these walls” for Utopia. The IG bio change seemed to confirm the name of the new album.

What Is Travis Scott’s New Album Going To Sound Like?

What Is Travis Scott’s New Album Going To Sound Like?

When Utopia drops, expect more experimentation. Astroworld was noted for its use of psychedelic music, trap, and rock to create a vivid hip-hop experience. Instead of releasing Astroworld P.2, Travis will push his music forward into uncharted territory.

“I never tell people this, and I’m probably going to keep it a secret still, but I’m working with some new people, and I’m just trying to expand the sound,” Travis said in that i-D interview. “I’ve been making beats again, rapping on my own beats, just putting everything together and trying to grow it, really. That’s been one of the most fun things about working on this album. I’m evolving, collaborating with new people, delivering a whole new sound, a whole new range.”

“It’s never about repeating myself,” he said later in the interview. “I’m just trying to make the next saga… each album is like a saga.

Who Will Feature On Travis Scott’s New Album?
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Astroworld, like the famed theme park of Travis’ childhood, was full of guests who came to play. Frank Ocean (“Carousel”), Drake (“Sicko Mode”), Swae Lee (“Sicko Mode”/”R.I.P. Screw”), Juice Wrld (“No Bystanders”), Tame Impala (“Skeletons”), Pharrell (“Skeletons”), Gunna (“Yosemite”), Quavo and Takeoff (“Who? What!”) were just some of the stars featured on the album.

Since Astroworld, Travis has worked with a lot of people: SZA (“Power Is Power”), Ed Sheeran (“Antisocial”), Rosalía (“TKN”), Future (“First Off”), Schoolboy Q (“Chopstix”). He also debuted The Scotts, his project with Kid Cudi. Travis also lent his vocals to “Wash Us in The Blood,” a track from Kanye West’s (as of June 2021) still unreleased Donda album. There are chances that some of these voices might wind up on his new album. He might even decide to work with some of the new young stars of hip-hop – 42 Dugg, Morray, Ian Dior, or Polo G.

What Songs Are Going To Be On Travis Scott’s New Album?

Travis found his way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in October 2019 with “Highest in the Room,” his second US no. 1 single (after “Sicko Mode.”). It was his first solo single since Astroworld, and presumably, it will find its way onto Utopia. There is some expectation that “Franchise,” his chart-topping collab with Young Thug and M.I.A., will also be among the tracks collected on Utopia.

As of June 2021, Travis has yet to release tracklisting for his new project. “Hurry up with that new album! The world needs it,” said Rodriguez. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone to disagree.

Khloe Kardashian & Tristan Thompson Reportedly Split As He’s Pictured With Mystery Woman

Khloe Kardashian & Tristan Thompson Reportedly Split As He’s Pictured With Mystery Woman

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Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson reportedly called it quits again a ‘few weeks ago’ and he was apparently spotted spending time in ‘a party room’ with three women at a Bel Air birthday bash last week.

It looks like Khloe Kardashian, 36, and Tristan Thompson, 30, have broken up once again and the news comes just hours after Khloe revealed they were back together on the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reunion. The on and off lovebirds, who share three-year-old daughter True, decided to split a few weeks ago, according to Page Six, but things still seem to be all good between them. “They’re getting along. There is no drama,” a source told the outlet. “Everything is amicable and they are on the same page with co-parenting.”

The breakup news also went public hours after Tristan was reportedly spotted entering a room with three women while attending a birthday party in Bel Air, CA on June 18. He was apparently in the room for 30 minutes and when he exited, he looked “disheveled.”

Tristan Thompson was photographed leaving an L.A. party with a mystery woman on Father’s Day night. (BACKGRID)

“Tristan took off into one of the party rooms where everyone goes to hook up,” an insider told Daily Mail. “He was with three women and another guy. One of the girls he was with is a regular partier — she’s always out and about at parties.” The outing also reportedly took place just one day after he was last seen dining with Khloe and True.

“The other girls have just started going out with this group,” the insider continued. “He did this in front of about 30 people so you could hear people talking.”

Khloe Kardashian confirmed she and Tristan Thompson were back together during the ‘KUWTK’ reunion, which aired on June 20. (Shutterstock)

“When he arrived, his shirt looked all pressed and when he came out his shirt was a mess, he looked disheveled,” the insider added. “He continued to party for about another hour and then he left the party at about 4 a.m. with his entourage.”

The source also said that Tristan seemed to start having a great time immediately after he arrived at the star-studded bash, which was reportedly for Drake’s security guard and good pal Chubbs. The women he was reportedly in the room with allegedly included a singer from Florida, a California woman involved in the beauty industry, and a mystery woman who wore a pink dress.

In addition to the Friday night outing, Tristan was seen and photographed leaving a Los Angeles party with a mystery woman at around 2 a.m. on Father’s Day night.

Khloe and Tristan’s most recent split comes after the basketball player made headlines for being unfaithful in the past. In Apr., model Sydney Chase claimed Tristan had cheated on Khloe with her in Jan. but he denied the claims. The exes also broke up back in Feb. 2019 around the same time the Boston Celtics athlete kissed Jordyn Woods at a party.

HollywoodLife has reached out to reps for comment.

Khloe Kardashian & Tristan Thompson’s Relationship Timeline: From Baby True To Cheating Scandals & More

Khloe Kardashian & Tristan Thompson’s Relationship Timeline: From Baby True To Cheating Scandals & More

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Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s relationship has been through so much. We’re breaking down the former couple’s romance in photos and more!

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have overcome a lot to get their relationship back on good terms. The two have been co-parenting their sweet two-year-old daughter, True Thompson, and putting any differences aside to be there for her. As fans continue to wonder whether or not Khloe and Tristan have a future together as a couple, especially after their 2021 breakup, let’s look back at how their relationship started and the major moments that fans simply can’t forget!

Getting Together In 2016

Khloe Kardashian spotted out to lunch with Tristan Thompson in Miami on September 17, 2016 [MiamiPIXX / VEM / BACKGRID].Photos of Khloe and Tristan together were first published in August 2016, when the former couple was seen leaving Bootsy Bellows in Hollywood. It was later revealed during an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians that Khloe and Tristan actually met through a mutual friend! “Brandon Jennings, who’s a basketball player, he’s a friend of mine and Malika [Haqq]‘s, and he was like, ‘You’re such a good girl, I want to introduce you to someone,’” Khloe said. “I was at the Bel-Air hotel. [Tristan] came to the dinner because I didn’t want to go on a blind date, so Brandon kind of ambushed the blind date. So, I had a bunch of people, and he brought him, and we just connected.”

Spending The 2016 Holidays Together

Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian celebrate the 2016 holidays together [SplashNews.com].By the 2016 holidays, Khloe and Tristan were practically inseparable. The pair continued to gush about one another on social media as it appeared they were getting more and more serious. At this point, the two were even taking romantic getaways together, and Tristan was seemingly becoming a part of the Kardashian family fold! As 2017 rolled along, the couple kept up their social media love fest, and Khloe continued to support Tristan while he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Pretty soon, however, the duo would begin preparations for their family to grow!

Baby On The Way

News of Khloe’s pregnancy spread in fall 2017 [Bauergriffin.com/MEGA].By fall 2017, reports began to circulate that Khloe and Tristan were expecting their first child together. On December 20, 2017, Khloe and Tristan officially confirmed the news! “My greatest dream realized! We are having a baby,” Khloe captioned her Instagram post. Tristan seemed more in love with Khloe than ever before. “My love, thank you for [allowing] me to be a part of your journey in life and allowing me to share this moment with you. This is something [I’ll] always cherish,” he commented on Khloe’s announcement photo. “Girl, you look better now.”

Celebrating Tristan’s Birthday

Khloe has a huge birthday party for Tristan in March 2018 [AP].By March 2018, Tristan and Khloe seemed like they were the strongest they had ever been. The couple celebrated Tristan’s 27th birthday with a huge blowout bash, and Khloe gushed about her love on social media. “How special is this thing called life that we share together?! I am so blessed to be creating beautiful monumental memories with such a wonderful man! I hope this year brings you all that you dream of! You will forever be my always! I love you, baby,” Khloe wrote in her birthday tribute to Tristan. Of course, springtime was about to get even more exciting for the pair with the arrival of their baby girl!

True Thompson Is Born

 

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On April 12, Khloe officially welcomed her and Tristan’s baby into the world! True Thompson came at a difficult time in the couple’s relationship, however. In the days leading up to Khloe’s delivery, Tristan was accused of cheating on Khloe with multiple women. Even Khloe’s family got involved and were there to support Khloe through an incredibly difficult time.

“Kris, Kim and the rest of the Kardashian family were cold as ice toward Tristan during the tense birth of his daughter with Khloe,” a source shared EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife in April 2018. “Kim could not even look at the cheater after saying hello. Neither Kim nor Kourtney said much of anything to Tristan. The tension at the hospital and in the delivery room was high. It was not a comfortable place to be, especially when Tristan was present.”

Mother-Daughter Christmas

Khloe and True celebrated Christmas together before reuniting with Tristan for New Year’s Eve [Pikachu / MEGA].By the 2018 holidays, it seemed as though Khloe and Tristan’s relationship was on the rocks. Although the two were still seemingly together, Khloe commemorated True’s first holiday season with mother-daughter photos on Instagram. However, the couple did reunite and even shared a kiss on New Year’s Eve to ring in a new year and a fresh start.

The Cheating Scandal

Details of Tristan’s infidelity and cheating with Jordyn Woods surface [zz/GOTPAP/STAR MAX/IPx].In February 2019, the couple officially split after reports circulated that Tristan had cheated on Khloe with Kardashian family friend and Kylie Jenner‘s former BFF, Jordyn Woods. Jordyn was practically excommunicated from the Kardashian clan, and Khloe was left completely devastated. “[The PDA] happened, and Khloe is very hurt and disappointed by the situation. She’s been through enough with Tristan — even before the baby was born. Khloe is the one sister that will turn so many blind eyes in hopes it will all work out, but she’s so done after this,” a source EXCLUSIVELY told HL in February 2019.

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One of Tristan’s many flirty comments on Khloe’s Instagram.

After Khloe and Tristan broke up, the mother-of-one made baby True the center of her life. Khloe was absolutely devoted to her precious baby girl, and appeared to be living her best life as a successful single mom. But that didn’t stop Tristan from trying to get back into Khloe’s good graces. In fact, the basketball star took to Khloe’s Instagram page on multiple occasions to leave flirty comments on her posts.

In early October, Tristan commented on Khloe’s “fit” body and continued to leave compliments on her IG posts for the weeks that followed. He even once commented with two red heart emojis and a crown on one post that was published in November. “Tristan has no plans on quitting leaving flirty emojis anytime soon on her Instagram posts, and as long as he’s not blocked from Khloe’s social media, he’s going to keep on it,” a source EXCLUSIVELY told HL in early November 2019. “Tristan doesn’t mind that Khloe isn’t following him back. He knows he still has a lot of work to do before there would even be a chance of winning her back. But Tristan feels that she is worth every ounce of effort he’s putting in and isn’t one to back down from a challenge.”

Co-Parenting

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson seen out together [NEMO/ MSBH/ JORA / BACKGRID].As the Kardashian family celebrated the 2019 holidays, Tristan and Khloe reunited for Christmas and began actively co-parenting little True.  As the months went on, fans got to see even more of how much Tristan and Khloe’s relationship improved. Although there was little sign that the two were romantically involved, Tristan never hesitated to prove to Khloe how much she and True meant to him — even offering up his home to them.

Back On Good Terms

Khloe with True Thompson in Boston [Patriot Pics / BACKGRID].After months of working on their relationship, Khloe and Tristan appear to be on great terms. Over the recent Christmas holiday, Khloe and True spent time with Tristan in Boston. Khloe even sported a giant diamond ring, leading many of her fans to believe that she and Tristan might be engaged — though the rumors were completely unfounded. Khloe and True did spend New Year’s Eve together back in Los Angeles, but it’s clear that the parents have come a long way over the course of their time together. “She has no plans of leaving LA for Boston full-time,a source close to Khloe EXCLUSIVELY shared with HL, sharing some of Khloe’s future plans. “So they’ll continue to do the best they can.”

Failure To Launch A Second Time

For a brief moment in 2021, Khloe and Tristan were back together. And then, they weren’t. “We just really became genuine, great friends with one another and great co-parents,” Khloe explained during the Keeping Up With the Kardashians reunion. The special was filmed in April 2021, and KoKo explained that why she took him back. “He’s a great dad. It was just this natural progression. I’m not saying it’s what I would encourage other people to do. It’s just what naturally happened for him and I.”

Khloe – who said that she and Tristan weren’t together during season 20, filmed in the second half of 2020 – talked about trusting Tristan after his infidelity. “I know the growth and all the work that he’s done. I know the help he’s got and the constant efforts that he makes every single day and how hard he fought to get back with me,” she said.

The KUWTK reunion special aired on June 20. On June 21, Khloe and Tristan had broken up again, according to Page Six. The breakup came amid rumors that Tristan went into a room with three women at a Bel Air birthday party on June 18 and looked “disheveled” when he came out. Tristan responded to these allegations by tweeting six cap emojis. To “cap,” in modern slang, means to lie, and thus, Tristan called out these reports as being false.

Khloe and Tristan, according to Page Six, two broke up without any drama, the split was “amicable,” and they remain “on the same page with co-parenting.”

 

Kim Jackson: Georgia’s First LGBT State Senator Urges Other Women Like Her To Run For Office

Kim Jackson: Georgia’s First LGBT State Senator Urges Other Women Like Her To Run For Office

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‘This isn’t your grandmother’s Georgia anymore.’ These are the words of Kim Jackson, who believes that none of the state’s new voter suppression laws will stop other progressives from getting elected there.

When Kim Jackson was growing up in a “one-stoplight town”, she never imagined that one day she would become the first queer state Senator in Georgia. But after her surprise win in a fairly conservative Georgia district in the 2020 elections, the reaction of one young woman from her former high school encapsulated for her why it was so important that she had run for office and succeeded.

The young woman “direct messaged me after my election and she said, ‘You know, I go to the high school you graduated from and it’s really homophobic even now. But seeing you get elected let me know that maybe something good can come out of our town, cause you did!’”

“I will always hold that message close to my heart”, Jackson told HollywoodLife in an exclusive interview. “Because I do think it exemplifies what so many young folks who come from places like I come from needed to see… I’m very grateful to be a hope bearer in that way for so many people.”

Kim Jackson, the first LGBT woman to ever run for state Senate in Georgia, promises for fight for equal education for all , improved housing for the homeless and more in her campaign. Image Credit: Eley

Jackson, who is also Black, is a hope bearer, especially since she managed to get elected in a Georgia district that is deeply religiously diverse. She succeeded she explains, through a very hands-on campaign of meeting her voters at meet and greets in their homes two or three nights a week before the pandemic. Then in numerous zoom meetings.

Kim, who is also an ordained minister, loved meeting the people that she would represent and talking to them about the issues that were important to them.

“It’s my job to sit in person with people and ask questions. That’s what gives me energy”, she enthuses.

But she absolutely believes that her election as a Black queer woman – along with the election of two Democratic senators, Ralphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff – and with President Joe Biden winning the state, “symbolizes that Georgia is not your grandmother’s Georgia.”

“So many people just have kind of written off Georgia as this kind of country place where white straight men are going to be the people who get to run this country and run the state. My election proved otherwise,” she confidently asserts. “Georgia is very capable and willing to elect an out Black queer woman. And while I may be the first, I won’t be the last.”

Good to hear her prediction, especially after Georgia, became infamously the first state to pass sweeping voter suppression and potentially voter nullification laws after the state “turned blue” in the 2020 election. Clearly, the white Republican men who had traditionally run the state were terrified by the prospect of losing their grip on power at the highest levels of the state government and they were determined to prevent that from happening again. It didn’t help that former President Trump pleaded in a phone call with Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, to somehow “find” him over 11,000 votes (that didn’t exist) so he could take Georgia’s Electoral College votes away from Biden and have them awarded to himself.

When Jackson was elected she thought she would be focused on passing legislation to improve the lives of families and women, in her district and state. “It’s really similar to how I came to do ministry. I felt very much called to make people’s lives a little better,” she recounts. In fact, she decided to run for the Senate after working with a group of other women to get legislation passed to get a huge backlog of rape kits in Georgia tested as evidence in rape cases.

“Tears were streaming down my face,” she remembers. However, she never expected that once elected, she would be spending her first months in office fighting Georgia’s proposed new laws that would ensure that  Black, minority, disabled and young people would find it much harder to vote in the state.

 

 

 

The new laws make it harder to vote by mail, to absentee vote, to use drop boxes for ballots and could shorten voting hours, close polling stations, and consolidate voting districts. It makes it illegal to provide free water and food to people waiting in lines, often for hours, to vote. As well and even more egregious than this, they could even allow the Republicans to overturn the results of Georgia elections if they don’t like them.

Jackson found herself fighting tooth and nail along with her other fellow Democrats in the Republican-dominated Legislature to at least get rid of the worst of the worst of the new laws, like a ban on Sunday voting which took direct aim at Black voters who historically voted in groups after attending church. She takes comfort in the fact that the final bill wasn’t as bad as it was originally.

“As a Black American in the South, anytime people make it more difficult for us to vote, we cannot help but remember the people who come before us, who literally bled and died trying to get access to the ballot”, she asserts. “I feel like I am carrying on the work of our ancestors and I stand in that legacy of making sure that we secure access to the ballot for everyone. I receive energy and hope from that legacy.”

Jackson talks about the steep hurdles that Black Americans have had to overcome historically in Southern states in order to cast their ballots, and yet they did overcome them. “There was a time when we had to open up literacy schools to teach people how to read so they could be able to vote because that was the requirement… and to teach people about the Constitution so they could pass these poll tests,” she points out. “So if we have to go inside buildings to get to drop boxes, these are hurdles that we are primed to jump over. Because we’ve already done things that were much more difficult.”

If Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and his Republican lawmakers think that by changing voting rules and restricting access to the polls that they will be able to retain total control of Georgia’s government, then he is seriously wrong according to Jackson. “They changed the rules because we were winning and we will keep winning”, she insists. “Georgia is increasingly a blue state. We will register more and more people to vote and we will get these folks to the polls”, she insists. “We will focus on educating people on how they can still go vote and making sure they know exactly where to go.”

Jackson also is passionate about passing gun safety laws in Georgia, as well as expanding Medicaid and more – but those will be tough battles in Georgia. Image Credit: Allison Shirreffs

Jackson explains that yes she is working with Stacey Abrams organization, Fair Fight, which has been responsible along with other progressive activist groups for registering thousands of minority and young voters to vote in Georgia’s elections and to educate them about how to do it. They will push forward on this work despite Georgia’s new laws, which also elicited widespread criticism from Atlanta-based corporations like Coca-Cola and Delta.

She believes that Kemp and the state Republicans have actually hurt, not helped themselves. “I think the laws have energized people. You know, it’s like when somebody hurts you. It makes you mad and you get right back up and fight. People will be going back to the ballot box out of revenge.”

Because of this, this first-time lawmaker is optimistic that Democrats will win all the state-wide elections in 2022, including the Governorship. Will Stacey Abrams run for governor again after losing in a very tight race in 2018? “We all hope, pray and believe that Stacey will be running for governor”, she responds. And will she win? “Absolutely, absolutely,” insists Jackson.

She also predicts that Raphael Warnock will be re-elected to his Senate seat, despite all the opposition efforts. But in the meantime, a determined Jackson has been working hard and across the aisle, to make life better and safer for her constituents. She succeeded in driving a bill into law that allows women to get out of their leases if they are being stalked. “It was really important for me to accomplish this because it will save women’s lives… if we can get women to safety, if we can get women out of the place where their stalker knows they live and they can have a fresh start, then we can save their lives”, she tells Hollywoodlife.

Jackson’s next priority is to get a bill passed that enables people who are victims of sexual assault, to get a protective order. Currently, you can only get one in Georgia if you are a victim of domestic violence (in other words, your assaulter is your domestic partner ), or you can get one if you are being stalked. But, if the person who assaults you isn’t your domestic partner (they could be someone that you dated casually or just knew), then you can’t get a restraining order. You fall through the cracks. Jackson wants to stop that.

And yes, she worked with Republicans to get her law allowing the breaking of a lease passed, and now she is working with one who will co-sign her protective order bill. “You can’t pass a bill in Georgia without Republicans”, she says matter-of-factly. She has also worked with Republicans on a criminal justice reform bill. “We’re able to find places where Republicans and Democrats can come together on issues like women’s safety and adoptions which are originating in the foster care system.

Not surprisingly, Jackson is proud that despite her position as a Democrat – the minority party in the state’s Senate and House of Representatives – she has been able to make positive change. And she hasn’t encountered any hostility or pushback from her Republican colleagues about the fact that she is queer. “My colleagues will say to me, ‘oh I know, I found out that you’re gay’ and they whisper the word ‘gay’. And then they are very quick to say ‘I’m cool about it’”, she recounts. “And it is often an opening for legislators to say to me ‘oh, you know my daughter is like you.’”

She believes that it’s because there are Republican colleagues who do have sons and daughters “like her”, that some “pretty terrible bills” that would have prevented same-sex couples from adopting, as well as a bill banning trans kids from participating in sports, have all quietly died.

Jackson may be the first Black female LGBT state senator in Georgia, but there are four others across the country. And what her success tells her is that others like her and other young women, in general, can run and get elected into political offices, despite what they think are long odds.

“I’m living proof that you can do it”, she tells HollywoodLife. When she began to think about running for office, she initially thought that she should wait 20 years, until she was older, but her mom stepped in and told her “why do something when you’re old when you can do it when you’re young?” Her advice pushed her to take the step to do what she felt “called” to do.

Then she received encouragement and concrete help from a progressive organization called Run For Something that gives training to progressive candidates running for political office at the state and local levels. “They were the very first organization to endorse me – they were the first to believe in me – a young Black woman who had never run for office”, she enthuses. “They gave me training and an advisor to talk through strategy. They really helped me as a first-time candidate.” She encourages other young progressives who are considering running for office to contact Run For Something. Or, if you would like to donate to Run Gor Something, click here.

Her other advice to aspiring political candidates counsels Jackson, who has been married to her partner for 10 years, is to “surround yourself with people who believe in you and will remind you that you can do it, when you may not believe in yourself.”

Jackson definitely listened, and look where she is now.

John Travolta Smiles In Rare Selfie With Kids Ella & Benjamin On 1st Father’s Day Since Kelly Preston’s Death

John Travolta Smiles In Rare Selfie With Kids Ella & Benjamin On 1st Father’s Day Since Kelly Preston’s Death

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John Travolta posed for a sweet selfie with daughter Ella and son Benjamin on his first Father’s Day since his wife Kelly Preston died of breast cancer at age 57.

This Father’s Day was a bittersweet one for John Travolta, 67. On Sunday, June 20, the Grease actor shared a heartfelt selfie to Instagram with his children Ella, 21, and Benjamin, 10, on his first Father’s Day without wife Kelly Preston, who passed away in July 2020 at age 57. John captioned the photo, “Happy Father’s Day everyone! It is a privilege to be the father of these two beautiful children – thank you for the honor and my love and respect to all fathers.” Ella sent some love back to her dad on the post by commenting two heart emojis and a kissy-face emoji.

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Kelly tragically died on July 12 after a private two-year battle with breast cancer. Since her death, John has been open about his grief of losing his wife of 29 years. “I have learned that mourning someone, mourning, is personal,” he told Esquire Spain in April. “Mourning is individual and experiencing your own journey is what can lead to healing. The most important thing you can do to help another when they are in mourning is to allow them to live it and not complicate it with yours. That’s my experience.”

In that same interview, John said he was focused on bettering his kids’ lives in the wake of Kelly’s passing. “I will ensure the future of my children, help them with what they want to do with their lives,” he told the publication. “It is what I do with Ella now with her films and teaching her to work in the profession. Ben is barely ten years old. I want to help him evolve because he has his whole life ahead of him.”

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John, Ella and Ben were all together in December 2020 to mark the first Christmas after losing Kelly. “Say merry Christmas, Ella!” John said in an Instagram video as he filmed his only daughter, who waved for his followers in front of their lit-up Christmas tree. The actor kept filming as he reached Benjamin, who sat on a chair enjoying a sweet treat. “Say merry Christmas!” he prompted his son, who also greeted the camera. “Merry Christmas from the Travolta family!” John wrote alongside the short post.

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The Travolta family sadly experienced tragedy even before Kelly’s death. Eldest Travolta child Jett passed away at just 16 in 2009 after a seizure. In April 2020, three months before Kelly died, John and Kelly each honored Jett on what would have been his 28th birthday. John shared a black and white pic on Instagram that showed him and Jett looking at each other and smiling, while Kelly posted a snap of her posing while smiling and hugging her precious boy. “Happy Birthday Jetty! We love you! ❤️,” John captioned his post. Kelly wrote, “Happy Birthday to our sweetest Jetty, we love you!! 💖✨” on hers.

Tyler Cameron Reveals His Thoughts On Chris Harrison Departing ‘The Bachelor’ Franchise: ‘I Wish Him Well’

Tyler Cameron Reveals His Thoughts On Chris Harrison Departing ‘The Bachelor’ Franchise: ‘I Wish Him Well’

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‘The Bachelorette’ alum Tyler Cameron has opened up about reuniting with Matt James and Rachel Kirkconnell, and what fans can expect from his upcoming book.

Fan-favorite Bachelor Nation star Tyler Cameron has opened up about longtime host Chris Harrison departing The Bachelor franchise. As fans would recall, Chris exited the series after he defended Rachel Kirkconnell for attending an “Old South” antebellum-themed party in college. The Bachelorette alum, who appeared on Hannah Brown‘s season of the show, spoke to HollywoodLife exclusively about the former host’s departure, saying the franchise was going in the “right direction”. Tyler added, “I think both parties are happy and if everyone’s happy then that’s the best thing for everyone … I wish him the most success and wish him well on his next journey.”

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The Florida native, who is currently dating Camila Kendra, also opened up about reuniting with his BFF Matt James and season 25 winner Rachael Kirkconnell, who recently rekindled their romance. “It was good to see him,” Tyler told HL. “He’s been locked up with his girlfriend for a little bit [but] I’m excited for him, they seem very happy together.” Although Tyler didn’t find love when he appeared on the popular ABC dating series, he quickly became a fan-favorite, and was labelled a feminist icon after telling Hannah B he would “never pressure” her into anything she wasn’t comfortable with.

He revealed that feminism would be among the topics in his upcoming book, You Deserve Better: What Life Has Taught Me About Love, Relationships, and Becoming Your Best Self. “Surprisingly, I was praised as this feminist icon and all these things [but] I didn’t do anything special,” he explained. “We have a long ways to go … [the book] is about setting the standard higher and then being better.” Tyler also told HL that the memoir would touch on topics that might surprise fans.

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“I went through depression and I’ve battled some things myself,” he said. “But I’m very excited to share a lot about my life, my dating past, and the way I see things.” Tyler, who has teamed up with Smirnoff for their Red, White & Berry ‘Summer of 2,021 Dreams’ promotion, also revealed some of his upcoming summer plans. “I’m a Jupiter boy [so] getting on the water is one of my favorite things to do, and enjoying a few seltzers,” he said. “It’s time to make 2021 the best summer yet. We really want to give back to those who had a rough summer in 2020.” Enter online for your chance to win one of Smirnoff’s 2021 dreams.

Katy Perry Takes A Dip In A Purple One Piece With Baby Daisy & Shirtless Orlando In Greece

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Katy Perry has stepped out with her fiance Orlando Bloom and their adorable daughter Daisy Dove for a day at the beach in Greece.

Katy Perry, 36, has jetted off on a European vacation with her baby girl Daisy Dove and fiance Orlando Bloom, 44. The “Teenage Dream” hitmaker carried the 10 month old bub on her hip while visiting the Greek Peloponnese region, and was joined by the family’s adorable dog, Buddy — see all the sweet pics. Katy stunned in a purple one-piece swimsuit with thick straps, as she accessorized with a colorful puka shell necklace and matching drop earrings.

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The couple were also joined by Orlando’s son Flynn, 10, whom he shares with Miranda Kerr, 38. The foursome were all smiles as they splashes about in the water, before heading up to the showers to rinse off. Little Daisy rocked a baby pink top with bright pink shorts, while her mom swept her hair back and wore a straw hat for sun protection. Meanwhile, the father-of-two went showcased his muscular torso, wearing nothing but a pair of red swimming trunks.

The “Dark Horse” hitmaker recently opened up about her other half, and gushed about his parenting skills. “I was able to witness him and his fatherhood,” Katy told L’Officiel USA. “The way that he showed up for him and continues to show up for him, and the efforts that he makes and the distance he goes, I think that’s one of the reasons I made that conscious decision. I was like, ‘Here’s the father of my future children.’”

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She continued, “This is his first girl, so it’s a totally different feeling for him. I’m really, really grateful to have him. And he really shows up in a huge emotional way, which is unique for me.” The couple, who welcomed their daughter Daisy in August 2020, have been enjoying a summer getaway.  The happy family were spotted enjoying a gondola ride in Italy with their kids, taking in the scenery during the June 16 outing.