DJ Khaled's new startup to deliver chicken wings via Jet Ski
On Nov. 11, DJ Khaled launched a massive new, delivery-only food venture he says is "the first restaurant concept to launch on three continents at the same time," according to Hypebeast. It's called Another Wing and, as you might guess, the concept involves chicken wings. It also involves boat-side delivery via Jet Ski, at least for customers in Khaled's hometown of Miami. As for the three continents, the startup — a collaboration with Reef Technology Inc. – will launch in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, France and the United Arab Emirates, Bloomberg reported this week. The Jet Ski detail detail, by the way, isn't the only "Miami Vice"-ready characteristic of Khaled's new brand. The wings, which come in eight flavors and start at $6.95 for a six-piece order, plus sides like onion rings and jalapeno cheese fries, will be delivered in hot pink bags decorated with images of palm trees and Rolls-Royces. (Hopefully, they'll also be waterproof.)
Adele opens up about her album, post-divorce anxiety and 'incredible' new romance
With Adele's fourth studio album, "30," out Nov. 19, the singer sat down with Rolling Stone and shared more candid thoughts about how her divorce from Simon Konecki helped shape her new music, and how she dealt with the public nature of the split. "It made me really sad," she says in the magazine's December cover story. "Then having so many people that I don't know know that I didn't make that work … it f****** devastated me. I was embarrassed. No one made me feel embarrassed, but you feel like you didn't do a good job." The singer recalls being unable to leave her bed for weeks, overcome with anxiety, after the 2019 breakup, and says exercise was one of multiple coping skills she adopted to get through it. "If I can transform my strength and my body like this, surely I can do it to my emotions and to my brain and to my inner well-being," she remembers thinking once she got back to the gym. "That was what drove me." The experience taught her she was "stronger than she thought," she added. Finally, Adele touches on her romance with NBA agent Rich Paul, which the pair made Instagram official earlier this year after they were spotted courtside together multiple times. Asked about the relationship, she gushed that it's the most "incredible, openhearted and easiest" one she's had yet.
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Pink honors her late father on Veterans Day
Nov. 11, 2021 marked the first Veterans Day since Pink lost her father to prostate cancer in August. The singer, born Alecia Moore, honored her dad, Vietnam veteran Jim Moore, on Instagram, sharing an array of photos. The first was a black and white headshot of Jim in uniform from his days in the Air Force. Next, Pink shared a solemn image of her dad in a crowd with one arm around the singer as a little girl and the other looped around her brother, Jason. "#veteransday. Look at my handsome Papa," she wrote in the caption. "Thank you to all the women and men for your sacrifice and your service. The second picture is me and my Dad and brother marching in Washington. The third is his beautiful memorial box that holds his ashes." She added, "They used to call him twinkle toes for dancing when he was meant to be marching in line. Hug a veteran today. Consensually of course ❤️👍🏽✌🏽❤️🥰." Like his daughter Jim was a musician. Following his death over the summer Pink shared a memory from a 2006 performance when he joined her onstage to perform a song he wrote during his time in the Air Force.
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Carrie Underwood's CMA side-eye goes viral
The 2021 CMA Awards kicked off in Nashville on Nov. 10, the same way a lot of Twitter threads have this past week — with a vax-related dig at Green Bay Packers' star Aaron Rodgers. It wasn't long before the side-eye Carrie Underwood shot Luke in response to his joke went as viral as Aaron's initial, misleading claim he'd been "immunized" against COVID-19. "We're following all the health protocols to keep everyone safe," Luke said in his monologue(via Page Six), "and it's so great to be here with all my fellow artists, tested and together — Or immunized? Who is it?" he jokingly asked, adding, "Just playin'!" That's when the camera zoomed over to Carrie just as she was delivering an award-worthy dose of side-eye to the stage. Soon, Carrie's look was being memed across the Twitterverse, along with references to the fact that her husband, Mike Fisher, pledged his support to Aaron on social media, in spite of the quarterback's disproven immunization claims. "Great @carrieunderwood side eye," one viewer tweeted. "We're only ten minutes into the #CMAawards and my favourite part of the show will be Luke Bryan talking about being immunized and then panning to Carrie Underwood after Mike Fisher's vaccine comments this week," wrote another. The 2021 CMAs ultimately saw Chris Stapleton lead with six trophies, including song, album and male vocalist of the year. The entertainer of the year honor went to Luke Combs.
Brooke Shields refused painkillers after horrific accident
After a gym accident in late January left Brooke Shields with a broken femur, she ended up having multiple surgeries — during which doctors inserted metal rods into her leg and hips — and developing a staph infection. Despite all of that, the 55-year-old star tells People she declined to narcotic painkillers the whole time she was healing. "I didn't want to leave the hospital with no pain, get home, and think I was dying, because the pain was excruciating," she explains, adding that she wanted to avoid opioids so as not to "feel sort of like a victim" to the pain. She says she also believes the opioid epidemic developed in part because of our society's approach to always taking the potentially dangerous drugs. Instead, she says she stuck to over-the-counter medication, plus ice, physical therapy and stretching. "[This] is not about being a hero," she cautions. "I was unnerved by what could have happened."
Why Justin Bieber's sobriety journey has been so 'difficult' for Hailey
Hailey Bieber is sharing more about what it's been like for her as Justin Bieber's partner while he navigates his sobriety. In a new interview on the "Victoria's Secret Voices" podcast, Hailey, 24, explains that while her husband is good about keeping lines of communication open when it comes to his addiction, walking through some of those issues with him has been challenging because of Hailey's previous experiences with loved ones. "There's a lot of addiction that runs in my family, not even just my dad [Stephen Baldwin], but a lot of other people on that side of my family struggle with a lot of different things," Hailey said. "My dad was always really open about [it] and I always appreciated that," she continued, adding that Stephen would talk freely with the family about things like "why being sober was what worked for him and why we needed to be sober and what alcoholic behavior looks like." Fast forward to her relationship with Justin, and she often found herself in familiar territory, not all of it good. "Looking back on times of drug use and being in some dark spaces and having to kind of go back there was extremely difficult," she admitted. "Being like, 'Hey, where are you at with this?' I've had times where I would get nervous, [asking him], 'Are you OK to do this? Because you did have a time in your life where it was not OK for you and it was a dark time for you,'" she explained. "But he has very good self-awareness when it comes to that and is very open about it and that's all I can really ask for." Justin started talking about his substance abuse a few years ago, when he revealed he spiraled out of control in 2013 and 2014. In 2017, his manager, Scooter Braun, told WSJ Magazine, "It was worse than people realized."
Matthew McConaughey clarifies kids' vax mandate stance
Matthew McConaughey's comments about COVID-19 vaccination mandates for kids during the New York Times' DealBook Summit earlier this week sparked consternation from some, including the U.S. Surgeon General. But as the actor clarified in an Instagram Story post on Nov. 10, he does not oppose vaccinating children in general — he's just not ready to vote for requiring jabs for kids in the youngest eligible age range. In fact, he said the eldest of his three children, Levi, is fully vaccinated. "When asked my opinion on the subject of children and vaccination mandates I stated, 'I couldn't mandate it for kids just yet.' What was not clear is that I was referring specifically to the 5-11 year old mandate," said Matthew, 52, according to People. "What is NOT true, and insinuated with the clickbait headlines since, is that I am against vaccinating children at all. This is false. In fact, our eldest 13-year-old son Levi is fully vaccinated for COVID-19." Matthew also said at the summit that he and his wife, Camila Alves, are both fully vaxxed. "I appreciate the ear and clarity," he concluded on Instagram, adding, "just keep livin'."
Aaron Sorkin defends casting Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball
This week's release of the first full trailer for "Being the Ricardos," Aaron Sorkin's new look at the fraught personal lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, sparked a new wave of complaints about the casting. A good deal of that criticism has come from Debra Messing's fans, who've vocally opposed seeing Nicole Kidman as Lucy opposite Javier Bardem as Desi, calling out Debra's "uncanny resemblance [to Lucy] and comedic chops." But as writer/director Aaron told The Hollywood Reporter in a Q&A published Nov. 11, he wasn't looking for similar physical looks. "What I needed was someone who absolutely owns it … This isn't for beginners," he said, quoting Lucy. "We made this movie during COVID, and so in Zooming with Nicole and Javier and everyone else, I'd make it very clear to them that I am not looking for a physical or vocal impersonation of these people," he recalled. Aaron went on to compliment Nicole's "mimicking" of Lucy, but noted the film is about Lucy's personal life — and not the version onscreen in "I Love Lucy." He said he "was excited by the idea" that Lucy Ricardo was someone who "let her hair down," which meant, as he put it, "Let her be a woman. Let her be sexy. You weren't allowed to be sexy on TV." "Being the Ricardos" is in theaters Dec. 10.