‘Cruel Summer’s Allius Barnes Reveals Vince Will Always Be Team Jeanette: He’ll ‘Stick By Her Side’

‘Cruel Summer’s Allius Barnes Reveals Vince Will Always Be Team Jeanette: He’ll ‘Stick By Her Side’

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Jeanette will always have Vince in her corner. ‘Cruel Summer’ star Allius Barnes spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about Vince’s loyalty to Jeanette, the ‘fallout’ between Vince and Ben, and more.

Tuesdays are now officially Cruel Summer days. Freeform’s newest hit is back with a new episode on May 4. HollywoodLife got EXCLUSIVE scoop from Allius Barnes about what’s next after that jaw-dropping final scene between Vince and Jeanette in episode 3.

The episode gave a glimpse into Vince and Ben’s secret relationship and how it falls apart in just one year. Allius also explained why Vince is firmly on Team Jeanette and why he’ll always “stick by her side.” Read our full Q&A below:

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In the past episode, we learned a lot about Vince. Specifically, that Vince and Ben were once together in the year 1994. Without giving too much away, will we see more of that specific relationship? 
Allius Barnes: Yes, you will. So like you said, we got to see them together, and I guess you’re sort of wondering how they got there. As things start to unfold throughout the series and new things pop up, you’ll see how we basically got there and what led them to even be in that position to be that comfortable with each other. There are some beautiful moments. You’ll see how they connect just on a deeper level. They have a lot more in common than they think they do.

In the year 1995, they’re no longer together. Since we’ll see the beginnings of the relationship, will we see the fallout? 
Allius Barnes: Yes, you will definitely see the fallout. I will say this, to be a gay, Black teenage boy in Texas in the ’90s is definitely a huge deal. Black or white, to be a gay boy in Texas in the 90s… I’m sure it was a big deal, period. I think that has a lot to do with just the fears of what if people knew about this. There are things that happen that sort of push them away from each other.

Vince went out of his way to protect Jeanette in 1995. Why do you think he did that despite their falling out? 
Allius Barnes: It’s all he knows how to do is to be loyal. It’s in his DNA. I just think it’s how he was raised. He’s being raised by his grandparents. He has a lot of wisdom. He’s such an old soul. I think sticking by his friend’s side, I think he has a deeper understanding of what’s going on. I don’t think he really holds judgment. Honestly, I don’t think Vince holds judgment on either of the two girls. I think he just wants it all to be over with. But more importantly, when it comes to defending his friend, I think it’s no question. Whether or not she got herself in that situation, I think he just understands that people make certain decisions, and we don’t always know where those choices are going to lead us to. She’s like his sister. Without question, he’s going to defend her whether you think she’s lying or not.

Is there any doubt in Vince’s mind that Jeanette is innocent?
Allius Barnes: I really can’t say because I feel like later in the season, there are things that are said or moments that happen where you kind of get glimpses of whether Vince thinks she’s lying or not and kind of see it written on his face. I think I’ll say that for people to watch later in the season, but you just never know. I think whether he thinks she’s lying or not, again, you know, he’s going to stick by her side. You know, he would make a really great lawyer.

At the end of last week’s episode, there’s that moment when Vince and Jeanette are both in Martin Harris’s house. What do you think he’s thinking in that moment when he confronts Janette, who has once again found her way into that house?
Allius Barnes: I think he’s just concerned for her mental health. Jeanette has just sort of shut herself out from everyone, including Vince. Although he’s very persistent and trying to check up on her and make sure she’s not destroying herself. He’s calling her and trying to make her aware that Jamie’s outside of her house. He’s calling to say happy birthday, although she’s sort of pushing him away. When he follows her into that basement, I think it’s more of an internal wake-up call. She might be a little bit crazy. But more than anything, I just think he wants to understand her more than he wants to form some sort of opinion around why she’s there. I think he just wants to understand what she’s doing and find ways that he can help. How do you help a friend without feeling like you’re attacking or judging or trying to control them with someone like Jeanette? She’s the last person you want to feel like you’re telling them what to do or trying to invade their privacy and stuff. I think he’s walking on eggshells when he sees her down there because he’s freaking out. I think he just wants to reassure her that he just wants to know what’s going on and he’s got her back.

Vince, Mallory, and Jeanette in 1994. (Freeform)

Jamie punched Jeanette in the face after Kate was rescued. What do you think Vince thinks of Jamie? 
Allius Barnes: I think he definitely hates Jamie, which is interesting because they have their moment later on in the season where he sort of confronts Jamie. It’s such a great moment. I’m looking forward to the audience seeing it because it’s a moment I feel like Jamie recognizes what he’s doing. As much as Jamie wants forgiveness, I think Vince gives him the message like, ‘Dude, you’re being creepy. You need to allow people to process things and have their space as much as you want to right you’re wrong.’ There’s a beautiful moment like that later in the season. But as far as now, Vince thinks that Jamie is up to no good. He doesn’t have a clue what he’s thinking. I think that scares him even more. I’d like to think that before Vince even discovered things about himself, it’s the childhood best friend. Maybe in some world, he was probably in love with Jeanette in some sort of way, but that love grew into just the most diehard friendship he had. In my mind, I feel like with Jeanette and Vince, if they never found someone to properly love them in a relationship, they’ll probably just marry each other as like best friends, honestly.

We see that Mallory ends up becoming friends with Kate. Do you think that the trio of Jeanette, Mallory, and Vince, could ever get back to what they were? 
Allius Barnes: With a show like this, everything is up in the air. Things are changing all the time. Friend groups and dynamics and stuff like that are shifting constantly. So I think it’s a possibility. Whether or not you see it now or later or whatever it may be, I do think that you will have those moments where they’re all together again in some way, shape, or form. But fingers crossed. I hope so. They’re really great friends, honestly. Every time I see them on screen together, you know that’s a good friend group right there.

We haven’t seen Vince and Mallory that much in 1995. Do you think Vince is totally Team Jeanette? If he had to choose between one of them, do you think he would choose Jeanette? 
Allius Barnes: I would think he would choose Jeanette at this point. No matter how much Jeanette’s going through, they still have their moments where they connect. He’d choose Jeanette because no one really knows this thing about Vince, but I think at some point with Vince protecting Jeanette, you might see Jeanette protect Vince. You never know. But I think with that being said, all friend groups have favorites within each other, and they’re definitely the two who have known each other longer. There’s always like that middle person, and I think that Jeanette is definitely the bridge between Mallory and Vince. Mallory could have just hated Jeanette, and then also hated Kate, but she chose to take the side of the girl who wants to destroy Jeanette’s life. That’s the worst thing you can do. If you can walk away from a friend, don’t walk away and then go and join forces with the opposite team. Be neutral, man.

Jinger Duggar Recalls ‘Raw & Painful’ Aftermath Of Brother Josh’s Abuse Scandal Going Public In 2015

Jinger Duggar Recalls ‘Raw & Painful’ Aftermath Of Brother Josh’s Abuse Scandal Going Public In 2015

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When brother Josh Duggar was publicly accused of molesting sisters Jill and Jessa in 2015, Jinger Duggar was ‘shell-shocked’ by his ‘sinful choices,’ she writes in her new book.

Days after brother Josh Duggar was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, Jinger Duggar is opening up about the impact that his 2015 molestation scandal had on their family. Jinger, now 27, writes in her new book, The Hope We Hold, that she felt like hiding when the news broke. Josh had been accused of molesting five girls when he was a teenager, including their sisters Jill and Jessa.

But the family already knew about this, years earlier, and kept the scandal private. “My brain hadn’t quite caught up to the reality of what had happened in a few short hours,” Jinger writes in the book that she co-wrote with husband Jeremy Vuolo. “Earlier that day, Dad had gathered my siblings and me to tell us that the worst trial in our family history, a trial we had long since dealt with and made our peace with, was now public knowledge.”

Jinger Duggar’s new book The Hope We Hold is out now (MEGA)

Though the Duggar kids had been reality stars since the premiere of 19 Kids and Counting in 2008, they experienced a new level of scrutiny amid Josh’s scandal. Jinger didn’t know how to handle seeing her family in the tabloids. “I felt shell-shocked, as if a bomb had exploded. I moved in a daze, living in a nightmare that I wished with all my heart wasn’t real,” she recalled. “One of my siblings had made some sinful choices, but it had all been years ago.

“It had been awful, but we had dealt with it as a family,” Jinger explained. “We’d sought the Lord, took the necessary steps to move toward healing, and offered up our forgiveness. Now that it was out in public, the old wound was open again, raw, painful.” Josh admitted to the abuse in a 2015 statement, but by then the statute of limitations had run out. TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting.

Five days before Jessa’s book was published, the Duggar family was thrown into turmoil yet again. Josh was arrested in Arkansas and charged with receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material on April 29. He’s accused of allegedly downloading child pornography that depicts the sexual abuse of children under the ages of 12, in May of 2019, according to the indictment obtained by HollywoodLife.

Josh Duggar was arrested and charged with possession of child porn on April 29 (Shutterstock)

Jinger responded to the allegations in a statement posted to Instagram: “While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support the authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice.”

The Hope We Hold is available now.

‘RHOP’: Karen Huger’s Vow Renewal Being Filmed For Season 6 & Macy Gray’s Performing

‘RHOP’: Karen Huger’s Vow Renewal Being Filmed For Season 6 & Macy Gray’s Performing

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‘RHOP’ doesn’t yet have a return date, but Karen Huger’s friend Macy Gray just spilled some major tea about Season 6!

Karen Huger‘s husband, Ray, surprised her with a semi-proposal at the Season 5 reunion of The Real Housewives of Potomac, and HollywoodLife can now EXCLUSIVELY reveal that Bravo will be filming the couple’s official vow renewal ceremony for Season 6 this Saturday, May 8. In fact, Karen’s friend, Grammy Award-winning singer Macy Gray, told us she’ll be performing at the big bash, which will also honor their 25th anniversary.

“I’m [filming for the show] again,” Macy told us while promoting her new single and upcoming album, The Reset. When the topic of her Season 4 guest appearance on RHOP came up, she dropped the news about Karen’s upcoming ceremony. “She’s renewing her vows, so I’m singing at the wedding. I think her wedding is May 8,” Macy revealed.

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Macy went on to say that she thinks Karen is “cool” and loves their friendship. “She comes to my shows. She’s just a real lady and we have great conversations and she’s been through a lot and she put it all together and I admire that. And she has this husband and they’re so in love — they’re getting married again.”

She continued, “I don’t understand that. I’ve been married twice and I don’t even know if I’m going to get married again, but to be married and to get married again, that’s real. So I’m going to celebrate that with her in D.C. So that’s going to be fun, but I think they’re going to put it on the show.”

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As for how their friendship blossomed, Macy told us, “We have a mutual friend called Matt Byers and he put us in touch. I was in D.C. and he said Karen wants to meet you and we had lunch together and we’ve been hanging out ever since.”

So there you have it — the cast will be filming Karen and Ray’s vow renewal ceremony this Saturday — something Karen actually teased herself during a recent appearance on WWHL (video above) — and Macy Gray will be performing! We can’t wait to find out what other surprised they have in store for their big day.

Want more? The Real Housewives of Potomac is scheduled to return to Bravo sometime this summer.

Will Smith Vows To Get In The ‘Best Shape’ Of His Life & Posts New Shirtless Photo After Weight Gain

Will Smith Vows To Get In The ‘Best Shape’ Of His Life & Posts New Shirtless Photo After Weight Gain

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Will Smith took to Instagram on May 4 and was adamant that he would get his ‘health and wellness back on track,’ after sharing a shirtless photo of himself in the ‘worst shape’ of his life.

Will Smith is ready to get back in the gym and cut those ‘midnight muffins’ out of his diet! The beloved actor, 52, took to Instagram on May 4, one day after confessing that he was in the “worst shape” of his life, and showed off another shirtless photo of himself posing for the camera in short shorts. The boomerang video, captured by Aidan Tanner & Westbrook Media, featured the song “Don’t Cha” by The Pussycat Dolls playing as the audio. Will looked quite confident in his tiny shorts, but told his fans that he was ready for a change in the caption to the clip.

 

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“This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days grazing thru the pantry. I love this body, but I wanna FEEL better,” he confessed to his nearly 53 million Instagram followers. “No more midnight muffins…this is it! Imma get in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!!!!!” Will went on to explain that he’ll be partnering with YouTube “to get my health & wellness back on track. Hope it works!”

 

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Will’s resolute Instagram post comes just one day after he shared the above photo, featuring the Oscar nominated actor in little shorts, a windbreaker, and totally shirtless. “I’m gonna be real wit yall – I’m in the worst shape of my life,” Will told his fans and followers. Although Will got a lot of love from famous friends and fans alike with his May 3 post, his recent message definitely let everyone know that he is ready for a change.

Will Smith on holiday in Formentera, Spain, on July 11, 2014 [Shutterstock].With such an successful, decades-long career, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum is no stranger to enduring major body transformations for roles and more. He’s transformed into real life people and action stars alike throughout his career. In recent years, the actor has continued to push the envelope with physical roles in action-packed movies like Bad Boys for Life, Gemini Man, Suicide Squad and more.

Up next, however, fans will see him become Richard Williams, the father of tennis living legends Venus and Serena Williams, in the forthcoming movie King Richard. We have no doubt that Will is more than ready to get back in the gym, and we cannot wait to see his healthy journey unfold on YouTube!

Caitlyn Jenner Shows Huge Closet & Calls Herself A ‘Compassionate Disrupter’ In Campaign Ad

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Caitlyn Jenner showed off her first campaign ad in her run to take over California Governor Gavin Newsom’s spot and revealed she wants to ‘save’ the state.

Caitlyn Jenner, 71, is letting people know “California is worth fighting for” in her very first political campaign ad. The former Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete is running to be the state’s next governor in a potential recall election against Governor Gavin Newsom this year and revealed her reasons for entering the race as well as her plans to make a difference in the new video, which she debuted on Good Morning America on May 4.

WATCH: I came here with a dream 48 years ago to be the greatest athlete in the world. Now I enter a different kind of race, arguably my most important one yet, because California is worth fighting for! pic.twitter.com/BHglwn5ZSE

— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) May 4, 2021

“WATCH: I came here with a dream 48 years ago to be the greatest athlete in the world. Now I enter a different kind of race, arguably my most important one yet, because California is worth fighting for!” she wrote in the caption for the tweet that shared the ad.

The video, which can be seen above, starts off showing Caitlyn walking through what appears to be her house before turning to go into her massive closet. A voice from what sounds like a newscast is announcing her plans to run for California governor in the background as she takes out a box of her Olympic medal from a safe and looks at it. Clips of moments in California are then shown as she talks over them and calls herself a “compassionate disrupter” fighting against the “elitist” politicians.

Caitlyn Jenner is running for Governor of California. (Shutterstock)

“The American Dream grew up here, yet career politicians and their policies have destroyed that dream,” she says in the three-minute ad. “I came here with a dream 48 years ago, to be the greatest athlete in the world,” she says over clips of her as athlete in the 1970s interspliced with present-day footage. “Now I enter a different kind of race, arguably my most important one yet: to save California.”

Caitlyn’s ad comes after news of her run for governor first made headlines on Apr. 23. She is known for being a devoted Republican, and identifies as “economically conservative, socially progressive.” After initially supporting former Republican President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, she revoked the support in 2018 due to his administration’s attacks on the transgender community.

Caitlyn, who came out publicly as a transgender woman in 2015, is running against Governor Newsom at a time he’s recently come under fire for his conflicting regulations and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. In her ad, she also states that she wants “to carry the torch for the parents who had to balance work and their child’s education, for business owners who are forced to shut down, for pastors who are not able to be with their congregation, for the family who lost their home in a fire, for an entire generation of students who lost a year of education.”

Two days before her campaign ad debuted, Caitlyn made headlines for telling paparazzi that she “opposes” trans girls participating in female sports at schools because she feels it “isn’t fair” for “biological boys” to be going up against biological girls. “It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools,” she said.

Kim Kardashian Rocks Bikini Bottoms & Sexy Cropped Button Down In New Photos

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As if Kim Kardashian needs a reason to wear a bikini, the ‘KUWTK’ star decided not to let a good sunbeam go to waste. So, she threw on a barely-there swimsuit for some sizzling new snaps.

It’s a day ending in Y, so Kim Kardashian decided to post a photo of herself wearing a bikini. “Don’t trip,” Kim, 40, captioned the photos she uploaded to her Instagram account on Tuesday (May 4.) In the shots, the mother of four flaunted her figure in a bikini that left little to the imagination. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star paired her swimsuit with a cropped button-down shirt, one that she left unbuttoned enough to show off plenty. Kim completed her look with a pair of sunglasses, and her followers went absolutely gaga over this look in the comments.

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LaLa Anthony left a string of “Hearts for eyes” emojis. Justin LaBoy, a man who knows a thing or two about thirst traps, gave Kim a trophy emoji. “You win. #Respectfully.” Nicole Williams English replied it was “too late” and that she’d already tripped and fallen for Kim. The rest of the comments were mainly fire or Heart-eyes emojis, with the occasional funny remark (“waist as nonexistent as my love life,” said @christarber.)

Kim and LaLa recently teamed up for a picture that would be Webster’s definition of “thirst trap” if such a phrase was in the dictionary. LaLa, 38, joined Kim on Apr. 28 for a poolside photoshoot at Kris Jenner’s Palm Springs home. “Extended Holiday,” wrote Kim, evidentially experiencing a minimalist period when it comes to her Instagram captions. Thankfully, a picture’s worth a thousand words, and this snap said a lot. Both Kim and LaLa wore identical tie-dye bikinis by Ooh the Label. “We needed this,” LaLa wrote when she shared the photos to her own social media account.

Kim Kardashian is seen leaving Jon & Vinny’s restaurant after having dinner with Scooter Braun and his wife in Brentwood in April 2021 (MEGA)

A few days after the poolside “holiday” with LaLa, Kim invited her followers into her closet. She posed in a textured, asymmetrical knitwear dress that had a series of cutouts on the sides. The dress was designed by Namita Khade, a student at the Central Saint Martins art college in London, who has become one of Kim’s favorite designers. “I was saving this dress for vacay,” wrote Kim on Apr. 28, right before her Palm Springs adventure, “but whatevs. I guess it’s for the gram.” If there’s anyone who embodies the concept of “doing it for the gram,” it definitely would be Kim Kardashian — and it especially would be Kim in a bikini.

Drake’s Son Adonis, 3, Shows Off His Basketball Skills Like LeBron James In Cute Video

Drake’s Son Adonis, 3, Shows Off His Basketball Skills Like LeBron James In Cute Video

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Drake’s son Adonis proved that his talent for basketball is growing each day in a new video he posted to his Instagram Story. See the clip and more from the rapper!

Drake spent an amazing day bonding with his adorable three-year-old son, Adonis, on May 3. The father-son duo spent some quality time together connecting over one of their favorite sports: basketball! In one video, posted to the Instagram Story of the “God’s Plan” rapper, 34, Adonis could be seen dribbling a little basketball on the court. It looked like Adonis’ skills had really grown!

 

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At one point, Adonis even dribbled the ball and turned as it was in the air. The sweet little boy then took the blue basketball and with a “swoosh” got it through the hoop with no problem! Those around the three-year-old, including his dad, were so impressed, and fans could hear a few people even cheering for the youngster in the background.

But that wasn’t the only adorable post of Adonis that fans got the chance to see. Drake took to his Instagram account the same day and shared the absolute cutest video of his son, whom he shares with Sophie Brussaux, 31. In the video, Drake recorded his son watching a compilation of LeBron James‘ “Top 35 Plays.”

 

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As you can see in the clip above, Adonis was absolutely mesmerized by what he was watching. The youngster hardly blinked at all, and at one point, he couldn’t contain his astonishment at watching the GOAT go about his work on the court. “Oh my gosh,” Adonis let out, looking at his dad in amazement. Drake couldn’t help but giggle at his sons’ reaction, and made it the caption of his post: “OMG,” he wrote with a shocked emoji.

Even the basketball star, 36, couldn’t get enough of the video, and took to the comment section of Drake’s post. “Nephew [locked] the hell in!! Yessir!!” LeBron wrote as his comment. It’s so clear that Adonis and Drake share a deep bond over this sport, and Adonis definitely looks up to LeBron. Who knows, maybe the youngster could get a lesson or two from the king sometime!

Witney Carson Reveals The ‘Bachelor’ Star She’d Love To Be Paired With On ‘DWTS’: ‘It Could Happen’

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With ‘DWTS’s milestone 30th season coming up, pro dancer Witney Carson says which ‘Bachelor’ star she’d love to be partnered with.

After taking a break from Dancing With the Stars in season 29 because of her pregnancy with beautiful baby boy Leo, pro-parter Witney Carson would love to return to the ballroom in 2021. Since producers nearly always cast a member of the other ABC Monday night hits The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, the 27-year-old knows who she would love to be paired with for season 30 of the show. In an EXCLUSIVE interview, Witney tells HollywoodLife.com that she would love to cha cha cha with either most recent Bachelor Matt James, 29, or Bachelor season 23 star Colton Underwood, 29, who just came out as gay.

“I feel like Colton Underwood would be really fun. He just came out and I think it’s a good chance for him to figure himself out. I haven’t seen him dance so I have no idea, but, he seems really sweet and I think he’d be really fun to dance with,” Witney tells us during our May 3 episode of TVTalk on Instagram Live.  She adds that “Matt James would be really fun and I was a big fan of The Bachelor so I’m here for it.”

‘DWTS’ pro Witney Carson would love to get paired with either ‘Bachelor’ star Colton Underwood or Matt James should they come on the ABC dance competition. Photo credit: Shutterstock/ABC.

Witney explains that Colton and Matt coming on the show are “realistic” possibilities. Especially since two former Bachelorettes just won the Mirrorball trophy in back to back seasons. Season 13’s former beauty queen Bachelorette Hannah Brown won top honors in DWTS season 28 with pro-partner Alan Bersten. Bachelorette season 11’s Kaitlyn Bristowe became the reigning champ with pro Artem Chigvintsev in the most recent season 29 in 2020.

‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro-partner Witney Carson seen in a promotional photo for the show. Photo credit ABC/Craig Sjodin.

Witney tells us Matt and Colton would be practical choices for DWTS. “Yeah, it could happen. Those are realistic people, I feel like,” unlike her top two choices who are distinctly more A-list. “Obviously I would love Zac Efron or Channing Tatum, but those are not realistic,” she jokes.

The Utah born pro dancer is just happy about the thought of returning to the ballroom after taking a season off to start a family with husband Carson McAllister. But even though Witney is a previous Mirrorball champ — winning with former Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Alfonso Ribeiro in season 19 — nothing is ever guaranteed when it comes to the pro-partners returning. Witney tells us, “I would love to come back. I’ve been itching to dance. I miss it so much. I miss the show, I miss my friends. Everybody there, so I am just itching to come back. Hopefully they ask me back. We’ll see!”

Right now Witney is focused on motherhood, along with her The Witney Carson x JuJuBe collaboration of diaper bags. It features three different bag styles from JuJuBe’s Beyond Collection that are all in one of Witney’s favorite color, “Spice.” Consumers can purchase the collection now by visiting jujube.com and at specialty retailers nationwide.

Niecy Nash Reveals How Her Kids Feel About Wife Jessica Betts 1 Yr. After Tying The Knot

Niecy Nash Reveals How Her Kids Feel About Wife Jessica Betts 1 Yr. After Tying The Knot

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It’s been almost a year since Niecy Nash married Jessica Betts, and the comedian’s adult kids already ‘love’ their new step parent!

Niecy Nash “did not know” that wife Jessica Betts and her kids would get along as well as they have. And although it’s only been nine months since the Emmy Award-nominated star and the singer/songwriter tied the knot in a surprise wedding, Niecy’s three adult children —  Dominic, Donielle, and Dia — already “love” their new step parent.

“Yeah, I mean, I did not know it was going to go this well, but they really, really like her,” Niecy told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY about the relationship between her wife and kids. “We’ve all traveled on vacation together and they just think that she’s the coolest thing.”

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The Masked Singer host said her children get along with Jessica “amazing” and added, “Matter of fact, my youngest has a date to come over. They’re going to record music later today. She’s not coming to see me. They love her.”

The pair first connected in 2015 over social media and eventually met in person when Jessica guest starred as a wedding singer on the set of Niecy’s TNT series Claws. The comedian walked down the aisle with the Chicago native on Aug. 29, 2020 and nearly broke the internet with a bevy of stunning photos from their special day.

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When Niecy isn’t flooding social media with loving snapshots of her adoring spouse or working on her next project including her upcoming hosting gig on Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, the multi-talented star is promoting her latest venture. Charmin has partnered with Niecy to help launch BRB Bot, a digital AI-powered “doppelgänger” that swaps your live video feed via Zoom and other similar platforms, so you can go enjoy the go without anyone knowing you stepped away!

“You can step off and go to the bathroom and come back without missing a beat. You stay right in lockstep with your meetings,” Niecy said. She also explained why this technology — which is still in beta testing — is so useful given the world we’re living in today with more people working at home. “These Zoom calls and FaceTime meetings are our new normal right now. And depending on what you do for a living, you could be on the computer for hours without being able to take a real break. So I think it’s necessary.”

How Macy Gray Transformed The Pain Of 2020 Into A Beautiful Love Song: It Was ‘Such A Heavy Time’

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Marissa Charles
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The singer talks about the inspiration behind her new single, mental health, and helping families of victims of police shootings grieve.

Macy Gray is back with a new single and, while it wasn’t inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, “Thinking Of You” definitely references this new version of reality that we’re all living in. “That was such a heavy time,” the 53-year-old said about the pandemic that started last year and has spilled into 2021. “I think you’re going to get references in everybody’s music about that.

“[There are] lines in there that talk about…’So much to know, so much to care about.’ And that’s just from watching the news. You get overwhelmed by all the things you are supposed to be fighting for. Too much to fight for sometimes.”

Macy Gray wrote her new song, ‘Thinking Of You,’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Roberto Finizio/Shutterstock)

At its core, Macy tells HollywoodLife, the ballad – which has a slow groove and old school vibe – is a love song. Or, as she suggests, “Thinking Of You” makes you “want to have some sex, get some alcohol in your system.”

Like millions of people, the pandemic hit the pause button on Macy’s career. She spent that time of collective lockdown doing what many of her fans did – cooking, binge-watching TV, gaining weight and connecting with family.

“My mother was here. She got stuck here. She was visiting and she couldn’t go home. So I learned how to season chicken really well. That’s her expertise,” says Macy, who admits that she gained 30 pounds. “We all learned a lot. I mean it was different. Of course I hung out with my family a lot more but, I’ll be honest, mostly I watched a lot of movies and slept.”

Macy in a scene from the ‘Thinking Of You’ music video. (Guido Gallo Fabris)

Macy seems to be selling herself short because, in the midst of all that, she also found time for activism and philanthropy. While the world erupted into protests and riots following a string of police killings of unarmed African-Americans, the singer was working behind the scenes offering emotional and financial support to their families. Her vehicle was My Good, a non-profit that she started in 2018, but put into action last summer.

“We support families who lose loved ones due to police violence,” Macy says. “A lot of people don’t think about the aftermath. You get caught up in the politics and the marching and who’s wrong and who’s right. But behind the scenes, there’s a mom and a dad and sisters and brothers who have lost someone so suddenly and tragically and they’re suffering.

“You hear about all these big settlements but 99 percent of the families never get anything and, when they do, it takes years. In the meantime, you have funeral costs, you have legal fees. Mental health is…what we support the most. We literally pay for therapy and help people.”

The pain is real and you can hear it in Macy’s voice. Behind the names on the placards are families who, years later, are still reeling from their loss. “I remember talking to Sandra Bland’s sister. She couldn’t work anymore,” Macy says of the sibling of the African-American woman who died in a Texas jail in 2015 after being arrested for a minor traffic violation. “She laid in bed for two years because she felt guilty that she wasn’t there, because Sandra had asked her to come bail her out and she said she’d have the money by the end of the week and Sandra was…gone before she got there.”

Macy and her band, Milly Wes, Alex Kyhn and Tamir Barzilay. (Guido Gallo Fabris)

Macy rolling up her sleeves and trying to help a grieving relative navigate health insurance to connect with a therapist is indicative of a woman who believes that society needs to talk more openly about mental health. “You’re kind of socialized to hide it,” says the singer who has bipolar disorder. “And the thing is, it’s mental so nobody really sees it. So, they don’t know how to treat you or how to help you.

“If you break your leg, people help you walk. They will go get things for you because they know you have an issue, but when you have mental issues you can’t see them. So, unless you talk about them, then no one knows what to do.”

“It’s nothing to be ashamed of,” she adds. “It’s just a thing. Your brain isn’t working temporarily.” When it comes to treatment and self-care Macy admits that, while depression and mania are both “debilitating,” “therapy is crucial.” “Therapy is really important to try to sort yourself out,” she says. “At least you can understand what you’re going through because, if you understand it then maybe you can adjust and do better.”

For now, Macy is channeling her attention into getting back to work and promoting her upcoming album, The Reset. That includes exercising so that she can lose the pandemic pounds. “If I wasn’t on TV I’d be 300 pounds,” she jokes, “because I love eating. I wouldn’t even care. I’d be fat and happy.” “Thinking Of You” by Macy Gray and the California Jet Club is out now.

Bradley Cooper’s Daughter Lea, 4, Looks So Grown Up With Long Pigtails & Leopard Dress — Pics

Bradley Cooper’s Daughter Lea, 4, Looks So Grown Up With Long Pigtails & Leopard Dress — Pics

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Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk were spotted walking separately with their adorable daughter Lea as she trotted to and from school in New York City on May 3.

Bradley Cooper‘s daughter Lea Cooper, 4, stole the show on New York City sidewalks on May 1! The cute tot wore a pretty leopard print dress with black tights and long pigtails in her hair as she held her 46-year-old doting dad’s hand during a stroll. She also wore matching cat ears over her head, a pink face mask, and leopard print flat shoes.

Bradley Cooper walks with his daughter Lea in New York City. (SplashNews)

The actor also wore his own stylish outfit during the outing. It included a dark blue long-sleeved button-down top, matching pants, and gray sneakers. He topped it off with a black baseball cap, black face mask, and sunglasses.

Irina Shayk takes Lea Cooper to school on May 3. (SplashNews)

Before Bradley picked up little Lea, his ex and Lea’s mom, Irina Shayk, 35, was photographed bringing her to school in the area. She also held the little gal’s hand during the walk and showed off her own eye-catching outfit, which consisted of a blue blazer with pinstripes over a white button-down top and matching blue pinstripe pants. She added black boots and white socks to the look, giving off a casual yet professional vibe.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Lea out with her parents. Although the former lovebirds often spend time with her on solo outings, they’re still sometimes spotted together, like in Jan., when they took her to a toy store in the Big Apple. The mini me had a huge smile on her face as her mom and dad came out of the store with bags full of goodies and they all appeared relaxed and comfortable around each other.

Bradley and Irina ended their four year relationship in June 2019 and have been busy co-parenting ever since. A source previously told us that Bradley’s been loving his father-daughter times with Lea and puts her needs above all else. “[Brad’s] the best dad, he’s so bonded with Lea and shares all the duties equally with Irina,” a source close to the exes EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife in March of 2020. “There’s no ego involved, he puts his daughter’s needs first and fortunately Irina does the same, that’s why it works so well.”

Carmen Electra, 49, Channels Her Days On ‘Baywatch’ In Sexy New Swimsuit Pics

Carmen Electra, 49, Channels Her Days On ‘Baywatch’ In Sexy New Swimsuit Pics

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Carmen Electra looked ready to man a lifeguard tower in new swimsuit photos, which had major ‘Baywatch’ energy. Instead of a lifeguard post, though, she was staying in a ’60s/’70s-themed Palm Springs pad.

More than 20 years later, Carmen Electra still looks like she’s on lifeguard duty! The 49-year-old model and actress channeled her character on Baywatch, Lani McKenzie, in a one-piece swimsuit in two Instagram photos shared on May 2 and 3. Instead of the iconic red suit that Carmen donned as a fictional lifeguard on Baywatch, though, this swimsuit was covered in neon colors and leopard print (which we could still imagine beachgoers in the ’90s wearing).

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“If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere,” Carmen captioned her first swimsuit selfie, quoting a famous line from the late Marilyn Monroe. She borrowed another quote from the fellow famous blonde bombshell to caption her second beachwear photo: “Dogs never bite me just humans.” 

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Carmen wore her loud swimsuit with a pair of equally colorful, pink sunnies. While the Playboy cover star was dressed to run down a sandy beach shore just like she did on Baywatch in the late ’90s, she actually snapped the photos inside “Leisureland Palm Springs” — a ’60s/’70s-themed Airbnb rental that goes for $1,116 a night.

Carmen embarked on a full-on bikini shoot at “Leisureland,” where she had celebrated her 49th birthday with friends and family (her birthday fell on April 20). She also snapped photos in a “tangerine bikini” and a rainbow sherbet-colored holographic one-piece inside the Palm Springs pad.

Carmen Electra as her character, Lani McKenzie, on Baywatch. She starred on Season 8 of the television series, which aired between 1997-1998. [Fremantle Media/Shutterstock]When she’s not posting bikini content, Carmen’s also sharing throwbacks to her iconic acting roles — like Drew in the 2000 parody movie Scary Movie and Staci in the 2004 flick Starsky & Hutch. Of course, she also reminisces on her time with Baywatch. In addition to the regular TV show, Carmen also starred in the 2003 TV movie Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding, which she just paid tribute to on April 18.

Carmen shared a “recreation from the cast of #baywatch Hawaii movie” on the cover of For Him Magazine, and gushed that she “love[d]” it. Looking at that photo, you can especially see that Carmen hasn’t aged since her on-screen lifeguard days!

Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott Jet Out Of Miami After Celebrating His Birthday Together

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Kylie Jenner flew all the way to Miami to celebrate ex Travis Scott’s birthday. Now the pair has hopped aboard her private plane back to L.A. together, sparking reconciliation speculation.

Is this another sign that Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are rekindling their romance? The parents of three-year-old daughter Stormi Webster have been spending a lot of time together lately, and their latest plane ride has fans talking. The 23-year-old cosmetics mogul flew to Miami aboard her $72 million pink private plane, to take part in the “Sicko Mode” rapper’s blowout birthday bash. Travis then hitched a flight back to L.A. aboard Kylie Air with his former girlfriend on Monday, May 3, after flying into Miami from the Bahamas late last week on an even bigger private jet.

Kylie was photographed wearing a black sweatsuit with her hoodie pulled up and over her head to hide her face as she walked the steps to board her jet. Her long manicure could be seen as she held on to the guardrail, and Ky appeared to be carrying a dark tan leather Hermes Birkin bag from her amazing purse collection. She later showed in an Instagram story on the floor of her plane.

Kylie Jenner boards her private plane just ahead of ex Travis Scott as they two left Miami to fly back to Los Angeles on May 3, 2021. Photo credit: MEGA.
Travis Scott is seen boarding Kylie Jenner’s private pink plane just after the cosmetics mogul. The two flew back to L.A. together on May 3, 2021 following his weekend birthday celebrations in Miami. Photo credit: MEGA.

Travis followed closely behind, and he didn’t try to cover up and go incognito like Kylie. The birthday boy — who turned 29 on Apr. 30 — wore a black short-sleeved t-shirt and jeans, and donned bright white sneakers along with a black baseball cap. But it didn’t hide his signature thin braids, which could be seen easily seen.

Kylie and Travis were practically joined at the hip during his birthday weekend in Miami. The pair had dinner at a “bird’s nest” booth at Komodo restaurant on May 2. They also partied together at LIV nightclub, where Kylie shared an Instagram stories video of Travis dancing in front of her. She put her open-toe red heeled shoe up to his chest, where he gave her foot several playful slaps.

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Kylie and Travis were also caught on camera by partygoers by each other’s sides, leaning in close and smiling at each other during the party at LIV. The mother of one also shared a photo of one of her outfits to her IG stories, which she later posted to the ”gram proper. Travis left a fire emoji in the comments, and then called his birthday bash with Kylie the “Best Time Ever” in his IG stories.

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In other fan videos, Kylie was seen hugging Travis and the pair seemed very much like a couple again. The two split in early Oct. 2019 after over two years and a baby girl together. The breakup wasn’t a dramatic one though, and the pair has remained friends as well as loving co-parents to Stormi. Kylie even shared a birthday tribute to Travis on Apr. 30, posting never before seen photos of him, including one where he was seen in a pink ball pit holding on to Stormi.

It was followed by a snapshot of the daddy and daughter all dressed up, with precious Stormi giving her father a kiss on the cheek. Kylie also included a sweet picture from a trip to the zoo of Travis proudly holding his little girl in his arms. Kylie, Travis and Stormi make for such an adorable family, so it’s no wonder fans are hoping that the cosmetics queen and the rapper are on their way to reuniting for good.

Chrissy Teigen’s Daughter Luna, 5, Hilariously Hides Under Her Gown At VAX Live Concert — Pics

Chrissy Teigen’s Daughter Luna, 5, Hilariously Hides Under Her Gown At VAX Live Concert — Pics

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The train on Chrissy Teigen’s gorgeous orange gown was lifted up by her adorable daughter Luna as they posed for eye-catching photos at Global Citizen’s pro-vaccine event.

Chrissy Teigen‘s daughter Luna, 5, had a little fun with her mom’s dress at Global Citizen’s VAX Live concert on May 2! The adorable tot, who was wearing her own pastel-colored dress and white sandals, hid under the long train section of the pretty orange choice, which was also a mini dress, as she helped to lift it up while photographers took cute photos of the duo backstage. Chrissy, 35, couldn’t help but laugh during some moments when she spotted her mini me being cheeky.

Chrissy Teigen’s daughter Luna hides under the train of her gown at the VAX Live concert. (Shutterstock)

In addition to the funny antic backstage, Luna stole the show on the carpet of the event when she continued to lift up the train and hide under it while also running off and out of sight at one point in the middle of Chrissy’s entrance. It was definitely a highlight of the event, which was meant to celebrate the new COVID-19 vaccines with various celebs, including Prince Harry, Jennifer Lopez, and Ben Affleck.

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When people weren’t paying attention to Luna, Chrissy wowed in her dress, which she paired with tan strappy heels. She also had her long blondish locks down and parted in the middle and showed jewelry that included gold rings and dangling earrings. After participating in the upcoming streamed event, she took to Instagram to show off photos of her sitting and relaxing in her dress as well as a funny caption expressing gratitude for being a part of it.

“was truly an honor even to f*ck up my lines in front of 20,000 people. I missed that. I miss people so much,” she wrote. “I miss making people smile and laugh. My purpose. This week I learned the word “mudita” – sympathetic joy, joy from giving others joy. That is me. That is my joy! Thank you @glblctzn and @caseypattersontv for having me at #vaxlive!!”

Chrissy’s VAX Live appearance comes over a year since we last saw her at a red carpet event. The beauty went to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Feb. 2020 , her last event before the COVID-19 pandemic caused cancellations of all events around the world.

Chrissy and other stars can be seen at the VAX Live concert when it premieres on ABC, CBS and YouTube on May 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

LeAnn Rimes Stuns In Tiny Yellow Bikini While In Cabo With Husband Eddie Cibrian

LeAnn Rimes Stuns In Tiny Yellow Bikini While In Cabo With Husband Eddie Cibrian

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LeAnn Rimes took to social media to share eye-catching pics and video of her having the time of her life with husband Eddie Cibrian while looking incredible and running along the ocean in a bright bikini.

LeAnn Rimes, 38, proved she’s looking amazing and definitely ready for the summer weather when she showed off her figure in a yellow bikini during a romantic vacation with Eddie Cibrian, 47. The singer took to both Instagram and TikTok to share posts of her and her hubby’s fun time in Cabo, where they went to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. In one pic she was flashing a big smile to the camera while wearing the flattering bikini and leaning forward while standing in a pool.

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Another showed her and a shirtless Eddie posing together while standing on the sand of a beach and in front of the ocean. They were all smiles and Eddie wore sunglasses. There was also a pic of them all dressed up in white outfits and looking like they were ready for a date. “We 🥃 tequila’d! We 🌞 sunned! We Cabo’d! 🇲🇽,” LeAnn cheekily wrote in the caption. 

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LeAnn’s TikTok video first showed her jump roping while wearing a blue crop top and white workout shorts. “FIRST THIS…” she wrote over it before another video of her running along and away from the ocean in her yellow bikini played. “THEN THIS,” she captioned the second one along with a sun emoji. “Lifestyle” by Jason Derulo was playing throughout the post.

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Vacation mode ON 🏖 #vacationmode #lifestyle #beachvibes #happy

♬ Lifestyle (feat. Adam Levine) – Jason Derulo

Once LeAnn shared her various posts from glorious Mexico, it didn’t take long for fans to share sweet responses in the comments section. “So beautiful LeAnn!” one fan exclaimed while another called both her and Eddie “gorgeous.” A third wrote that she was “looking amazing” and a fourth simply but effectively said “Wow!”

LeAnn and Eddie’s getaway comes after they celebrated their 10-year anniversary on Apr. 22. The lovebirds started dating in 2010 when they were making the movie Northern Lights together. Although both were married – LeAnn to Dean Sheremet and Eddie to Brandi Glanville – at the time they started their romance, they quickly separated and eventually divorced their spouses and started a relationship with each other.

The couple got engaged in 2010 before marrying in 2011. They have no children together but Eddie shares two sons, Mason, 17, and Jake, 13, who LeAnn is stepmother to, with Brandi.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Officially Changes His Name Again: ‘Welcome To The Love Era’

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Officially Changes His Name Again: ‘Welcome To The Love Era’

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Sean John Combs is no more. Diddy has had his middle name legally changed to ‘Love,’ showing off his new driver’s license and welcoming fans to his ‘Love era.’

Sean John Combs has had many handles throughout his long career. First he was Puff Daddy in 1997. Then it was on to P. Diddy. Then back to Puffy before he settled on Diddy for good in 2005. While the mogul will still answer to that name, he’s ushering in a new “era” and has had his middle moniker legally changed to “Love.”

Diddy took to Instagram on Mon. May 3 to show off his fresh handle via his brand new state issued Florida driver’s license. Gone is his middle name of “John” and instead the word “Love” is there in it’s place. Underneath his photo, Diddy even wrote out his new full signature of “Sean Love Combs.” And he’s got to be happy that fans now know — thanks to the document — that Diddy is listed as a “safe driver” by the state of Florida. He’s also not afraid of fans seeing that he lives on Miami Beach’s exclusive Star Island, where he’s owned a waterfront mansion since 2003.

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Diddy proudly exclaimed in the caption, “Look what I just got in the mail today…IT’S OFFICIAL!!! WELCOME TO THE LOVE ERA.” The 51-year-old has been claiming since Nov. 2017 that he was ditching all of his previous monikers and wanted to only be known as “Brother Love,” and now the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles has helped grant his wish.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has changed his name again, legally removing his middle name of ‘John’ and replacing it with ‘Love.’ Photo credit: Shutterstock .

On his 48th birthday in 2017, Diddy made a 50 second Twitter video where he explained to fans, “I have some very serious serious news. I’ve been praying on this and I decided to…change my name again. The father of six revealed, “I’m just not who I am before. I’m something different. So my new name is love, a.k.a Brother Love.”

I decided to change my name again!

My new name is LOVE aka Brother Love. #TakeDat pic.twitter.com/gArAXusygG

— LOVE (@Diddy) November 4, 2017

He then wend on to add, “I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy or any of my other monikers but love or Brother Love. Okay? It’s my birthday, I feel good. God is the greatest, I give all the glory, and I thank my momma and daddy,” before blowing a kiss at the camera.” Diddy later admitted he was only kidding about not responding to other names, but he did get paperwork going by filing a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court for a name change in Oct. 2019.

But there will always be a place where Sean John remains, and that is with his longtime apparel and fragrance collection. He started initially with a sportswear label in 1999 and has since grown the business exponentially. He has offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Tokyo and sells everything from jeans and track suits, to clothing collaborations with modern artists. Diddy even has a “Fashiontainment” collection, which is a term Diddy coined to “describe the intersection of fashion and entertainment.”

Katie Holmes, 42, Rocks Gorgeous Dresses On The Set Of ‘Watergate Girl’ In NYC — See Pics

Katie Holmes, 42, Rocks Gorgeous Dresses On The Set Of ‘Watergate Girl’ In NYC — See Pics

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Katie Holmes had multiple outfit changes while filming her new movie, ‘Watergate Girl,’ in New York City on May 3. See the retro dresses!

Katie Holmes, 42, stunned in not one but two dresses while filming Watergate Girl in New York City on Monday, May 3. Katie is producing and starring in the movie based on the 2020 memoir The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President, which was written by lawyer Jill-Wine Banks, who served as a Watergate prosecutor in the early ’70s. To channel the style of the era, Katie began her work day in a retro outfit: a long dress with a Peter Pan collar covered in 70’s-esque mustard and black stripes. She completed the ensemble with bunched-up crew socks and loafers (well, Katie had on a plaid face mask on too, but we’re presuming that won’t be making it into the movie).

Katie Holmes transforms into a high-powered ’70s lawyer on the set of Watergate Girl on May 3, 2021. [SplashNews]Later that Monday, Katie swapped her striped dress for another throwback look: a long-sleeved dress featuring a pink floral pattern that flowed into a black skirt, which was cinched at the waist with a black belt adorned with gold medallions. It was a look we could imagine someone could wear to Woodstock, which happened just a few years before the Watergate scandal. The other details in Katie’s outfit, however, were a far cry from the groovy era of the infamous music festival: she also wore a paisley print face mask with Uggs.

Katie Holmes wears dress two of the day while filming in NYC on May 3, 2021. [SplashNews]Katie’s new movie isn’t simply about the Watergate scandal. The Dawson’s Creek star is telling the story of a woman who battled sexism in her career, being only 30 years old when she was the only woman serving on the legal team that prosecuted those involved in the political scandal. In fact, press at the time dubbed Jill-Wine the “mini-skirted lawyer,” just to give you an idea of what she was dealing with at the time.

Not photographed on the movie set that day was Katie’s boyfriend, restaurateur Emilio Vitolo Jr., 33, whom she has been dating since Sept. 2020. Things have “cooled down” between the couple who once loved to pack on the PDA all over NYC.

“Katie has a lot of big priorities in her life — she’s a single mom. Her daughter [Suri Cruise, 15] always comes first and things were moving very fast,” a source told Page Six. Clearly, Katie’s new priority is filming this movie!