Aaron Rodgers is 'really excited' to become a dad
In the wake of his engagement to Shailene Woodley, Aaron Rodgers is thinking about starting a family. The Green Bay Packers quarterback, 37, opened up about his desire to become a dad in an Instagram Live session with Zenith Watches CEO Julien Tornare on Thursday, March 4. "I'm recently engaged, so been enjoying that part of my life. Obviously, that's the best thing that's happened to me in the last year," said Aaron, per ET. From there, the conversation ranged from Aaron's football career to his dreams for the future. "[My] next great challenge will be being a father," he said, adding that he's, "in the age group where a lot of my close friends from high school and college are fathers now and have families of their own." He later clarified that fatherhood is "maybe not in the immediate future," then continued to gush about the idea of becoming a dad. "[It's] definitely something I look forward to. It's gonna be a really fun challenge," Aaron said. "I've done a pretty good job at taking care of myself for the last 37 years, and look forward to taking care of another life at some point. I think it's gonna be so fun. I've dreamt about what that would be like and I'm really excited about that chapter, whenever that comes." At 28, Shailene hasn't really spoken publicly about whether she wants to have kids, but she did tell the New York Times last spring that after spending "the last few years … focusing on mental health," she feels, "very grounded and rooted in who I am and very clear about everything in my life, whether it's my career or my relationships or my own internal worth." Aaron announced the couple's engagement during the NFL Honors last month. Shailene later confirmed the news on "The Tonight Show."
Lupita Nyong'o: 'Black Panther' sequel will carry on Chadwick Boseman's 'legacy'
A "Black Panther" sequel is in the works and while Marvel has already promised it will neither recast nor digitally include Chadwick Boseman, the late star's "legacy" will definitely shine through. That's according to Lupita Nyong'o, who shared an update on the film during her appearance on "Good Morning America" this week. "It's gonna be different, of course, without our King to go back into that world," she said, "but I know that all of us are dedicated to re-imagining or carrying on his legacy in this new 'Black Panther.'" Lupita added that director Ryan Coogler "has some really, really exciting ideas" that I look forward to bringing to life with the rest of the family." Chadwick, who died last year after a private with colon cancer, has already made history this awards season, via his four SAG Award nominations, the most for a single actor in any year. At this weekend's Critics Choice Awards, he's up for Best Actor for his turn in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Da 5 Bloods." Both films are also nominated for Best Picture and Best Acting Ensemble.
Janet Jackson to address Justin Timberlake Super Bowl fiasco in new, two-part documentary about her life
Other than a 2006 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Janet Jackson's largely avoided discussing the 2004 Super Bowl moment when Justin Timberlake tore off a piece of her costume, revealing one side of her chest. She also said nothing publicly after Justin finally apologized last month — 17 years after his action onstage left her not only exposed but blacklisted in the music industry, while Justin was barely, if ever, held accountable. Fans will hear Janet's side of the story, however, in an forthcoming, two-part documentary about the singer's life and career. A&E announced the four hour-long doc, set to air on Lifetime as well as A&E, this week. According to Yahoo, Janet's an executive producer on the special, which is currently titled "Janet" and was reportedly filmed around 2018, around the time Janet's father died as she began navigating life as a single mom in her early 50s. In addition to Janet's candid reflections on her life, career and famous family, "Janet" will reportedly feature never-before-seen footage and home videos. The doc isset to air in early 2022.
Michael Strahan calls Chris Harrison's apology a 'surface response' after 'Bachelor' host reveals plans to return to the franchise
Does Chris Harrison truly regret saying a "Bachelor" contestant deserves "grace" and "understanding" after resurfaced photos showed her attending a plantation-themed party and "liking" pics that featured the Confederate flag? Michael Strahan seems unconvinced. Chris, who recently "stepped aside" from his "Bachelor" host duties, spoke with the "Good Morning America" star on the Thursday, March 4, edition of the show. "His apology is his apology," Michael said after the interview (via Page Six), "but it felt like I got nothing more than a surface response on any of this." On "GMA," Chris acknowledged he "made a mistake" in defending Rachael Kirkconnell during an "Extra" chat with Rachel Lindsay, and said he was "committed" to the "serious work" of accepting full accountability for his role in the matter. "I am an imperfect man, I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn't reflect who I am or what I stand for," he said. Chris also said he aims to return to "The Bachelor," telling Michael, "This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done." Chris also said he's been working with a "race educator." Following the remote interview, Michael concluded, "Obviously he's a man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there's any meaning behind his words." Rachael Kirkconnell, who is still on the show, has also apologized.
Daisy Ridley dishes on her her now famous Ted Cruz clap back
The Force is with Daisy Ridley … especially when she's issuing great clap backs. The "Last Jedi" star virtually visited "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Wednesday, March 3, where she was asked about a recent comment she made in an interview about Ted Cruz. The remark came after the Republican U.S. Senator from Texas referred to her "Star Wars" sequel trilogy, Rey, as "some emotionally tortured Jedi" while defending Gina Carano, who was booted from "The Mandalorian" over insensitive social media posts. "What was weird was I had no idea and I was doing interviews and somebody goes, 'Oh, did you hear what Ted Cruz said?' I was like, 'Ted Cruz is talking about me? Like what?'" Daisy recalled on "Kimmel." "So they said it and I responded to it and I couldn't remember what I said, because you know you have that heart-pounding thing of like, 'Oh my god, why has he said something about me?' And then we entered the interview and I was like, 'I said something about American politics and people hate when actors talk about politics,'" Daisy continued. "I thought, 'Oh my God, what have I done?'" What she'd done, it turned out, was give the interviewer a perfect comeback to Ted's dismissive, vaguely sexist comment. "I am very happy to be an emotionally tortured Jedi who doesn't leave their state when it's having a terrible time," she told Yahoo in the interview. She was, of course, referring to the senator's much maligned decision to go to Cancun on vacation with his family as a historic deep freeze hit Texas, knocking out access to heat, power and clean water for days. As Daisy told Jimmy, though, her initial fears that she'd gone too far were quickly quelled by her extended "Star Wars" family. "Then I get a text from J.J. [Abrams], a text from Josh Gad and an email from Lynne [Hale], who is head of marketing at Lucasfilm," she recalled. "And they were like, 'Bada–. I was like, 'Yeah, OK, right.'"
Alec Baldwin explains why he deactivated his Twitter
Newly minted father of six Alec Baldwin deactivated his Twitter account again this week in response to backlash over a comment he made about Gillian Anderson's use of an American accent at the Golden Globe Awards. "Switching accents?" he asked, tweeting out a link to a CNN item that explained Gillian was born in Chicago yet raised largely in London. "That sounds…fascinating," he added, seemingly referencing controversy around his wife, Hilaria Baldwin's occasional segue into a Spanish accent, despite her New England upbringing. (She's explained that her family regularly spent time in Spain when she was growing up.) Explaining why he was leaving Twitter, Alec said in a video on Instagram on Wednesday, March 3, that his tweet was only meant to, "illustrate the point that I find, as I said, that the multicultural expressions of anyone ― whatever country, language, music, food, clothing, art, any of it, whatever of those expressions are important to you ― that's your business." At another point in the long clip, he noted, "Of course you can't do any irony on Twitter …," before using an unpublishable word or two to describe the caliber of folks one might find on the platform.
Katharine McPhee admits she was initially reluctant to date David Foster because of their huge age gap
At this point in their relationship, Katharine McPhee and David Foster seem pretty comfortable joking about their 35-year age gap. And Katharine, 36, has done her fair share of sarcastically telling off those who've suggested her 71-year-old husband could be too old for her. It's rare for the singer to address any age difference-related concerns she may have had going into the romance, though. She seemed to feel more comfortable opening up, however, during a recent appearance on "Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy Podcast," recorded shortly before she and David welcomed their first child together earlier this year. "For people who know who David Foster is, and they know me, I'm not trying to skirt around the obvious, we have a huge age difference," she said, according to Today.com. "I was very, very young. I just loved being in the studio with him, I loved getting to know him, I felt a huge honor to work with him as it was. … He had such a way in the studio with people." Recalling how the two were friends for many years after meeting on the set of "American Idol," Katharine admitted, "It was always just this professional relationship, but I think looking back, I know he was definitely enamored with me. Looking back, I was always taken with him." She continued: "It took me awhile to kind of come around to really want to have a real serious relationship because I was very concerned with what people would think, and also I just wasn't there yet either, too." The "Smash" star went on to share how she was still enjoying her newfound single "world" after splitting from her first husband when she realized she "knew he really liked me. It didn't help matters, she added, that the two were written about in the tabloids as if they were already dating when they were "just figuring things out." Looking back, though, she has no regrets. "There was never one day that I ever doubted my decision to be with him," Katharine said.
Romance rumors hit Mark Ronson and Meryl Streep's daughter, Grace Gummer
New couple alert? According to The Sun, sparks are flying between producer Mark Ronson and Meryl Streep's daughter, actress Grace Gummer. "He is definitely dating Grace," a source tells the British tab, adding that the pair's relationship has "become romantic." The insider goes on to claim that while "lockdown restrictions" have posed somewhat of a challenge, romance-wise, Mark and Grace "are seeing how it goes" for now. Mark's even met Meryl and her husband, Grace's dad, Don Gummer, the source alleges. Mark split from his wife, French actress Josephine de la Baume, back in 2017, while Grace and her husband, Tay Strathairn, called it quits in April 2020.
Why dating Kourtney Kardashian 'comes naturally' for Travis Barker
As a father himself, Travis Barker, 45, loves dating Kourtney Kardashian in part because she's a "great mom" to the three kids she shares with her ex, Scott Disick. "I would date girls that didn't have kids and I find it kind of hard because I think they would have trouble understanding …," the Blink-182 drummer told Drew Barrymore on her talk show this week (via Us Weekly). "Now, I'm spending time with a woman who's a great mom, who's a great friend and [I] don't have to worry about any of those. It just comes natural." Travis, who shares two teenagers with his ex, Shanna Moakler, added that there's "a maturity thing" involved in dating women who don't have children and wonder why he's not able to go out with them every night. "I also really like missing someone and cherishing the time that I spent with them instead of every day being with them — especially the beginning of the relationship," he said. "I think missing someone is so important." Travis and Kourtney were first linked in January.