Gwen Stefani gushes about working with Blake Shelton again on 'The Voice'
As "The Voice" gets ready to welcome Gwen Stefani back to the show following Adam Levine's departure, Gwen is already buzzing with energy about the opportunity to work with her beau again. "I haven't talked about it yet because it was such a shock, and I wanted to come back so bad. I mean, the show is so fun," she said on "The Talk" this week (via Us Weekly). "And Adam's the first person [who reached out] to me when they were trying to pitch me the show, and he texted me out of nowhere, and I don't really know him. 'You got to do it.' It's a great show. It's so fun. To think that he's not going to be there, it's bittersweet, and being between him and Blake and the amount of laughter, I mean, I would have to stop and massage my face because it would hurt. … Blake's my best friend. So I get to hang out with him at work!" Gwen's not the only one who loves hanging out with Blake. Since the two started dating in 2015, the country singer's become "extremely close" with Gwen's sons, Kingston, 13, Zuma, 10, and Apollo, 5, who spend lots of time on Blake's ranch, a source tells Us. "Blake loves getting dirty with the boys. They're always playing basketball or running around. They love it there because it's just the five of them out on the land, hunting or hiking," a second insider says, adding that Blake loves the fact that Gwen "is a total homebody" who doesn't need "the Hollywood scene" to be a big part of her life. "Take away her celebrity status," the source says, "and she shares the same traditional Midwestern values as Blake."
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Zoe Kravitz met her fiance in a bar, got engaged while wearing sweats — and couldn't be happier
"Big Little Lies" star Zoe Kravitz "announced" her engagement to Karl Glusman with a nonchalant, "O yeah, I'm engaged," during an interview with Rolling Stone for the magazine's October 2018 cover story during which the reporter noticed Zoe's ring. It turns out the "Big Little Lies" star's initial encounter with her now fiance two years ago was similarly low-key. "I love that it wasn't on an app and that it wasn't on a movie set," Zoe tells British Vogue when asked how she met Karl. "My friend knew that I wanted to meet someone – not even to get serious, I think just to get laid, to be completely honest with you – and he brought Karl. I instantly felt something – then he turned around and started talking to the blonde girl next to him and I was like, 'Wait, what?' But he later told me that he was just nervous." For two people who fell in love after such a nonchalant meeting in a bar, it's kind of fitting that the moment they got engaged would also be relatively casual. Vogue explains that Karl had planned to propose in Paris. When work conflicts prevented that, he moved to Plan B. "I was in sweatpants," Zoe recalls. "I think I was a little drunk. I could feel his heart beating so fast — I was like, 'Baby, are you OK?' I was actually worried about him!" He was obviously OK — and she obviously said "yes." At the end of the day, says Zoe, "I love that it wasn't this elaborate plan in Paris. It was at home, in sweatpants."
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Paris Jackson claps back at troll over Twitter accusation
After years of being alternately trolled or praised by the social media masses, Paris Jackson's getting quite graceful in dealing with online negativity. She flexed that skill again this week when a Twitter user called her a "druggie." The interaction started after a fan tweeted to ask how the 21-year-old developed her patented, "spaghetti grilled cheese sandwiches with mozerella [sic]" recipe. "Marijuana," she joked in response. That's when the troll jumped in, tweeting a mean-spirited allegation about her drug use and a reference to her late father, Michael Jackson ."Druggie. I bet you do meth too. Your dad must be ashamed of you. Degenerate," the user wrote (via Page Six). Quoting the person's post, Paris added "… because an organic medicinal plant from mother earth with dozens of healing properties that is legal where i live and used to help suffering people around the world = meth. She added: "Instead of taking poisonous addictive pharmaceuticals, this incredible medicine from the earth has been prescribed to me to help with my depression, anxiety, ptsd, and insomnia. I don't do it as soon as i wake up unless it's a rare occasion. i don't do it when i work and i don't do it when i drive. It's medicine to me and not an every day thing." Rather than let the nasty comment quiet her down, she even suggested a fan who said they were also battling anxiety and depression, check out CBD like she has.
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Rihanna named the richest musician in the world
Forbes reports Rihanna is now the music world's wealthiest star, with an empire worth about $600 million. That's largely thanks to her Fenty lines, which include the newly launched LVMH collaboration, her Fenty Beauty brand and her Savage x Fenty lingerie line. RiRi owns about 15 percent of Fenty Beauty, which alone is worth more than $3 billion, the magazine reports. Since launching in 2017, Fenty Beauty has reportedly sold earned more than $570 million in sales. By contrast, Madonna's estimated to be worth about $570 million, Celine Dion's fortune is worth around $450 million and Beyonce is estimated to be worth about $400 million.
Who will Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan name as Archie's royal godparents?
If you thought the birth and name announcement of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor would mean the end of all those predictions (and bets) about the newest royal, think again. Next up on the guessing game agenda for royal watchers is predicting who will be named Archie's royal godparents. According to E! News, royal godparents are a bit different from regular godparents, primarily in that royal babies usually get six or seven godparents. Meghan and Harry, E! reports, are expected to choose Archie's godparents from a group that includes "friends, confidants, extended family members and even former aides." Among those E! sees a strong godparent candidates are Harry's best friend, Charlie van Straubenzee, whose family was also tight with Prince Diana; or one of Harry's other longtime friends, Nicholas van Cutsem (though he's already Prince Louis' goddaddy), Tom Inskip, Jake Warren and Arthur Landon. On the godfather side of things, the site also offers up Captain Mark Dyer, a "friend and confidante" who's been dubbed Harry's "surrogate father," and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, who co-founded Harry's HIV and AIDS program there, Sentebale. Godmothers-wise, E! continues, could include Julia Samuel, a former friend of Lady Di who founded Child Bereavement UK; Harry's cousin Zara Phillips; Duchess Kate, Princess Eugenie, Meghan's best pal Serena Williams; or an old friend of Meghan's like Lindsay Roth, Benita Litt, Abigail Spencer or Jessica Mulroney, among others. Finally, E! notes American celebs near and dear to Harry and Meghan could end up wearing godparent hats — among them, the Obamas, Oprah Winfrey and the Clooneys — as could one of Diana's three siblings.
Jennifer Lopez thanks designers who helped her embrace her curves at CFDA Awards
The Council of Fashion Designers of America bestowed their 2019 Fashion Icon Award on Jennifer Lopez on Monday, June 3, in New York City — and J.Lo used the moment to highlight the fact that her win indicated how much things have changed in fashion when it comes to women being encouraged to accept their bodies and embrace their curves. "I started making records in the '90s, in the era of the waif and the supermodel," Jennifer told the audience, according to the Daily Mail. She said it was important to her to wear clothing that complimented her figure, even if it wasn't super skinny, and went on to thank designers who encouraged her to do so. "Once I was introduced to those people, like in this room, my life changed," she explained. "Sitting in the design rooms of Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci and so many of you guys here tonight, people who designed and allowed me to get into their designs with curves like me. To say I was like a kid in a candy store was an understatement. And slowly, as curves began to be embraced, the girl who wanted to combine street style with couture began to blossom, and I'm grateful to all of you for that." After thanking her fiance, Alex Rodriguez, whom she said makes her
Will new Jussie Smollett docs derail his Hollywood comeback potential?
The release of new documents in Jussie Smollett's alleged homophobic attack case could be the nail in Jussie Smollett's career-coffin. As The Hollywood Reporter explains in a new post, thousands of pages of new info that show the "Empire" star talking about buying ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana from the men he said attacked him probably turned more Hollywood bigwigs (and others) against him, rather than exonerate him. Citing stats like the seven followers the @standfwithjussie petition to bring him back to the show has at this point, the writers' radio silence and the lawsuit Jussie faces against the Chicago police department, which is suing to for the cost of overtime their officers spent on investigating allegations around his claims, THR seems unconvinced Jussie has much of a future as an actor. His lawyer, who is being sued for defamation by the brothers said to have been involved in staging the attack, declined to comment. When the charges against Jussie were dropped, the Chicago police department continually reminded the public the state attorney's office's decision to drop the charges did not mean the star had been deemed innocent.
Aubrey Plaza reflects on life after 'Parks and Rec'
Around the time Aubrey Plaza made her hilarious debut as April on "Parks and Recreation" in 2009, she had just moved to Los Angeles and was living in a Days Inn on Hollywood Boulevard "with a bunch of Swedish tourists" and another comic. That's according to Aubrey's new cover profile in Cosmopolitan, which looks back at her growth in the past 10 years as well as where she's heading next. The immediate answer to that question is "Child's Play," a rebooted take on the '80s-era camp horror movie of the same name that's due out June 21. But as she tells Cosmo, she's also quite prepared to take control of her career and projects at this point. Admitting that she used to be "kind of the opposite" of her former "Parks and Rec" co-star and "clearly … very prepared" pro, Chris Pratt when it comes to preparation, Aubrey reflects on the surprising way the recent 10-year anniversary celebration of "Parks and Recreation" made her feel. "When we walked in, it was like we were rock stars or something. And it's just so funny when we were on the air, we were always being told that we were going to get cancelled. Our ratings weren't that good," she says. "It was kind of freaky. Like, it was really fun and we all love each other so much, but it's just that feeling that you can never re-create something that was so perfect. So it always feels like a little bit of a letdown or something. It was a very dreamlike experience. We were all kind of touching each other and looking at each other, but it was all so far gone from that thing." So where is she instead? "I'm entering a space right now where it's like I'm so used to relying on this patriarchal idea of waiting around for someone to say, 'You'—some brilliant man. I still have that voice inside my head that wants that," she says. "But it's like, I'm 34. I can do it myself. All the people who are my heroes created their own things. I'm ready to do that. I'm sick of doing other people's s—. I want to do my own s—."
Lil' Kim wants bankruptcy filing dismissed as she faces a new, $15k lawsuit
A year after Lil' Kim filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, she is asking that the case be dismissed. In the filing, Kim told the court her lawyer had assisted in securing a loan so she could modify the Alpine, New Jersey mansion that she'd been trying to save when she filed for Chapter 13, according to The Blast. A creditor involved in the bankruptcy apparently wanted to sieze the home and put it on the auction block to cover their part of her debt. Kim reportedly asked the judge to deny the motion, telling the court her finances are now in order and she no longer needs bankruptcy status to satisfy her creditors. Meanwhile, Bossip reports Kim was recently named a defendant in a $15,000 lawsuit filed by a urologist who claims the rapper never paid a $15,000 medical bill from the doctor's office. The urologist also reportedly believes Kim may have participated in some kind of insurance fraud in the process of dodging the bill.
Catt Sadler admits she was 'scared' to leave E! over pay dispute
On Thursday, June 6, Catt Sadler's set to debut her next big project — her podcast, "NAKED," which revolves around what she calls on her website "stories of heartbreak, or trauma, or adversity" that will make listeners feel like they're part of "a community." As she told Us Weekly recently, getting to this point was not easy. When she left her longtime post at E! News over a gender related pay dispute, she did not exactly walk out the door completely confident in her decision. "Of course I was scared. The unknown is scary. It requires a lot of courage and … it was all very much unknown," she explains. "There were no promises on how it would all shape out, but you have to bet on yourself, you have to invest in yourself, you have to believe in yourself, and then you have to be prepared to build." She's still in that building phase. "I've been working on this podcast for nine months," Catt said. "I've been launching a YouTube channel, I have a TV show being developed. It does take time, so there is a real patience required with all of that also. [I had] some concern over, of course, paying my bills and feeding my children. It's a lot of pressure that is on my shoulders, as I'm sure many women and moms can relate to, but you have to believe, and I've kept the faith, and it's all been going my way, so I'm very appreciative." Catt announced she was leaving E! in 2017 because she'd learned her co-host Jason Kennedy was being paid what she called "double" her salary for the same work. Soon, the support she got from other women, including lots of A-listers, made her feel she'd made the right move in leaving, she told Us. "I really didn't expect that, truthfully. So when I did, I felt so supported. I felt like, 'Oh, my gosh. Sisterhood really does exist.' Amy Schumer, I think, started the ball rolling by posting on her Instagram. You know, she was a fan. She watched E!, she knew who was doing what and it wasn't fair, so by then speaking up, it was helpful in supporting my position and my take on things, of course," Catt said. "It's not just my story, it's not just one woman's story, it's not a singular story," she added. "This is the story of so many women across all industries and all walks of life who are being underpaid, so the fact that I could be used as kind of a … symbol to keep the conversation going or even start a conversation — I feel incredibly humbled."