Kate Beckinsale, 46, linked to 22-year-old musician Goody Grace
Looks like there's a new romance brewing in Kate Beckinsale's life … On Sunday, April 12, the actress was spotted enjoying a stroll with Canadian musician Goody Grace. The pair were clasping paws in photos published by TMZ, which show Kate, 46, and Goody, 22, intertwining their fingers as they walk around Brentwood, California. Kate and Goody were also spotted out and about together in January when they were photographed looking more than a little comfortable together as Kate leaned on the singer's arm. The actress has previously taken heat for dating much-younger guys, including Pete Davidson and comic Matt Rife, both of whom are also in their 20s. Not that she lets any raised eyebrows get to her too much (nor should she, given how common it is for Hollywood guys to date much younger women). When a bearded social media user said he was "fairly disappointed in [her] dating choices" a while back, for example, she clapped back, "Fairly let down by your wonky beard but thought possibly rude to say."
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Selena Gomez on why she's more candid in spite of all the media scrutiny
After spending many of her 27 years in the spotlight, Selena Gomez has found a balance when it comes to talking about her personal experiences — and worrying about the media scrutiny that sometimes follows her openness. In the new cover story for Interview, the singer explains to Amy Schumer that being the center of tabloid attention was never part of her plan. But when "it got out of control," with the press writing their version of what she was going through rather than hers, she found the best approach was to simply set the record straight, then try her hardest not to pore over her own coverage. "The way the media has …tried to explain things has made it sound really bad, when in reality there's nothing wrong with the fact that I needed to go away or that I fell in love," she said (via JustJared). "I had to start opening up because people were taking away my narrative and it was killing me." Asked what's kept her grounded during those times, she said she keeps in mind that "eventually it'll be someone else" in the spotlight, adding that she's also been pleased she can now discuss issues like getting help for depression and anxiety. "But other than that, what keeps me grounded is that I do my best to avoid it," she said.
Celebs react to Simone Biles' pants-removing viral handstand challenge
Surprise! Turns out Simone Biles' skills in the gravity-defying floor acrobatics department extend to the underappreciated art of removing one's pants while doing a handstand. The Olympic Gold Medalist proved her prowess on Saturday, April 11, when she posted her own riff on Tom Holland's handstand challenge, which dares participants to put a shirt while upside down on the ground. In Simone's version, she uses her toes to remove her sweatpants while handstand-ing, a feat Mashable notes is timely, given the increasing uselessness of pants during the current pandemic. She does it in less than one minute, too. A handful of the gynmast's famous pals weighed in on the post, including Chrissy Teigen, who joked, "Simone, I have to lay down and have someone else do it normally." Ryan Reynolds, who responded to a challenge invite from his former costar Jake Gyllenhaal with a simple, "No," also registered a response Simone's revised version of the move. So, should we keep an eye out for Ryan's handstand moves? As he put it: "No."
Hilary Duff shows off a new blue 'do
"Yea." So said a rather dismissive (and anime-esque) Hilary Duff on Instagram this past weekend alongside a selfie that showed off her brand new, dark turquoise 'do. The usually blonde star is just the latest of throngs of celebs who've been using their time in quarantine to experiment with new looks, from crazy hair colors to Kylie Jenner's recent embrace of a life sans extensions, wigs, fake nails and fake lashes.
Mariah Carey celebrates the 15th anniversary of 'The Emancipation of Mimi'
In Mariah Carey's world, Sunday, April 12 was an important day on the calendar — and not just because of the Easter holiday. As she reminded fans over the course of the week, Sunday marked 15 years since she released 2005's "The Emancipation of Mimi," which went on to earn 10 Grammy nominations and some serious Billboard chart domination for the song, "We Belong Together." "Happy anniversary The Emancipation of Mimi!!!" Mariah tweeted on Sunday. "I have a couple of fun surprises for you today 😘 but first, while I'm on Easter Bunny duty 🐰 … Let's settle this! What's your favorite Mimi single??" Not surprisingly, "We Belong Together" won by a landslide, but before the singer moved on from thinking about the album, she tweeted that the album's "… closing track, 'Fly Like a Bird', couldn't be more appropriate for this Easter Sunday," adding the lines, "Fly like a bird, take to the skyI need you now Lord, carry me high/ Don't let the world break me tonight,I need the strength of you by my side 🎶." Mariah also spent some time appearing on Pastor Joel Osteen's virtual special on Sunday, where she dedicated a performance of "Hero" to "the heroes who are making our daily lives possible," according to FOX News. "Let's continue to support them and each other," she told viewers.
Diddy responds to criticism over shutting down Lizzo's twerking
Lizzo fans who tuned in to Diddy's Easter Sunday Instagram Live dance-a-thon were not too happy with the Bad Boy Records exec as of Monday, April 13, when he found himself facing criticism over his disparate responses to Lizzo and Draya Michele's twerking moments during the broadcast. Lizzo tuned in to share a thank-you card for health care workers and to rock out a bit to Moneybagg Yo's "1 2 3." But almost as soon as she started twerking, Diddy, who was dancing onscreen with his sons, shut her down. "Whoa, whoa, whoa," he said, according to Glamour. "It's Easter Sunday…Let's play something a little bit family-friendly," to which Lizzo quickly apologized. Fans noticed that when Draya came on, however, her twerk-out to Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up," received nothing but love from Diddy, who told her, "Yo, Draya, we're proud of that. You killed that," despite the pair of "motherf—–" references in the clip she performed to. irate fans tweeted and posted on Instagram overnight, accusing Diddy of forcing Lizzo to quit twerking because of her size. Diddy eventually apologized, telling the "Truth Hurts" singer and her fans that he only stopped the music because it was so X-rated. "There's one thing I want to make clear. My queen, my sister, Lizzo. When I stopped the music, it was 'cause it had a lot of curses in there. Not 'cause she was twerking," he said on his Instagram Story. "She's one of the best twerkers in the world, okay? So, let's keep that clear. You are allowed to twerk on Easter. There was a lot of cursing in the record and I don't need child services knocking on my door right now. So, that's why I stopped the record. Lizzo we love you, and everybody stop looking for the negative! Look for the positive." The dance-a-thon served as a celeb-backed fundraiser for frontline workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, with users being directed to donate to TeamLove.com's Direct Relief efforts to support healthcare workers and medically underserved communities.
Ryan Reynolds trolls Hugh Jackman on his wedding anniversary
So much for that truce on the endless mutual trolling … Over the weekend, Hugh Jackman innocently attempted to honor his 24th wedding anniversary with Deborra-Lee Furness. Then Ryan Reynolds spotted his post. "These 24 years have been the best of my life!" Hugh wrote alongside a sweet photo of the couple on Instagram on Saturday, April 11. "And, as far as I can see, we keep getting better," he continued. "I love you Debs with every fiber of my soul. Happy anniversary." Enter Hugh's pal, Ryan, who helpfully chimed in by offering, "Hang in there, Deb." Fans, of course, loved the whole thing, with one responding, "Savage," while others admitted they couldn't stop cracking up over the exchange, according to Us Weekly. The actors, who are close friend IRL, have made their jokey feud something of Internet gold over the years. As Ryan once told Ellen DeGeneres, his banter with Hugh "isn't rivalry … it's war."
Tracy Morgan was reportedly involved in collision with a pedestrian
Tracy Morgan was reportedly involved in another car accident over the weekend, and this time he may have been in the driver's seat. TMZ published video of Tracy in what the outlet says was an argument with a pedestrian he either hit or nearly hit with his Lamborghini near Times Square in New York City. The two were reportedly yelling about who had the right of way; onlookers told TMZ Tracy had a green light and began making a right turn when he allegedly hit the guy. The website's sources say police simply told the men to "keep moving" and did not see the need to get involved.
John Oliver slams Amazon for employees in danger
With countless Americans relying on Amazon to deliver most household items they used to buy in brick and mortar stores, the massive company's warehouse staff have become important frontline workers in the pandemic. John Oliver came to their defense — and slammed their bosses — on the Sunday, April 12, edition of "Last Week Tonight," in a segment that called out Amazon for putting their workers and customers in jeopardy with reportedly unsafe practices when it comes to coronavirus risk. "If we are depending on those workers for our survival and to a certain extent, our comfort, we owe them a lot in return," Oliver said, according to THR. He also raised concerns about Amazon's "initial policy" — which offered employees two weeks off if they tested positive for COVID-19 or were quarantined despite a severe shortage of available tests — and pointed to a report about former Amazon employee Chris Smalls, who lost his job when he led a walk-out over safety concerns at one of the company's warehouses. The host noted that leaked correspondence from execs at Amazon later indicated they planned all along to "smear" Smalls' name. Asked about the claims this week, Amazon told THR: "We have implemented more than 150 significant process changes to support our teams including increasing rates of pay, adjusting time off and providing temperature checks, masks, gloves and other safety measures at our sites." But as Oliver told viewers: "Amazon will say they have now made their sick leave policy more lenient for their 'heroes,' which is true. What's also true is that only came after they got letters from 14 state attorneys general saying their initial policy was inadequate to protect the public health."
Rob Kardashian files new papers in suit claiming Blac Chyna assaulted him in 2016
Rob Kardashian claims Blac Chyna pointed a gun at him and threatened to kill him during an argument on Dec. 14, 2016. That's according to new court documents excepted by Page Six over the weekend. In the filing, Rob also alleges, "Chyna came up behind Rob, wrapped an iPhone charger tightly around his neck and started to strangle him using her full strength." When he locked himself in a bedroom to get away from her, the documents continue, she allegedly broke the door down then began hitting it "repeatedly" with "her fists and a metal rod." Chyna apparently remembers things differently. In a statement to Page Six, the former reality star's attorney dismissed the claims as "Rob's lies," saying the then-engaged couple was simply having a "raucous and flirty" celebration of the renewal of their show, "Rob & Chyna," when Chyna picked up his "unloaded gun." Citing a previous deposition, the lawyer adds: "Rob also admitted that he never feared for his life and actually thought it was 'funny,'" when she "teased him" with the gun." At this point, the two have been suing one another for a longer period of time than their romance lasted, so it's unclear in what context Rob said he thought the gun incident was "funny." His claims about whatever happened between them that day first came to light in January 2017.