Alex Rodriguez got Jennifer Lopez's autograph in 2001 — and kept it for 17 years
A-Rod, for the Throwback Thursday win! After dating Jennifer Lopez for a year and a half, Alex Rodriguez let us in on a little secret this week — he's been a J.Lo fan for ages, a fact he proved with an Instagram post this week. Sharing an autographed promotional shot of his girlfriend circa 2001, he wrote, "#TBT to almost 20 years ago when a big-time global pop superstar signed a pic for a young ball player. #lifecanbefunnysometimes #keepsake." According to the Daily Mail and a similar post from Jennifer, he found the memento — the same image of the singer that appeared on her second album for Epic — while cleaning out his storage. In a recent chat with ET, Jenifer gushed how much it means to her to have Alex at so many of her performances. "To have a partner that's that supportive, who comes to that many shows, it means a lot to me," she said. "Being in show business is a grind, it's being away a lot. He really makes an effort to be there."
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Kanye West gave an unplanned 'keynote' from a table top at a random Apple store
Seems Kanye West wasn't done soapboxing when his meeting with Donald Trump came to an end on Thursday, Oct. 11. After leaving his hug-filled hang with the president, 'Ye headed to an Apple store in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., where he jumped up on a table to deliver what Page Six says he called a "keynote" speech. It did not appear to have been planned with anyone at the store, although the rapper did inexplicably tell Trump in their meeting that he thinks Apple should be manufacturing airplanes. Anyway, Page Six gathered some tidbits about the appearance from various news outlets and basically, Kanye continued ranting, Kanye-style from his table pulpit. He'd reportedly ditched his MAGA cap by then, but he did share a photo of his own redesigned red cap — on the president's head. This one, he explained, says only, "Make America Great." "It hurts us as people, specifically black people, the idea, because we say, was America ever great for us? So we made an updated hat that said 'Make America Great,' and Trump wore the hat so he is open to adjusting and listening," Kanye said in a video tweeted out by a reporter from CNN. He then reportedly told the audience he was off to Africa and left. Earlier this month, he told TMZ he was going to record his next album, "Yandhi" somewhere in Africa.
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Britney Spears' 1st grade autograph expected to fetch $10k on auction site
Speaking of throwback autographs … Britney Spears' earliest known signature appears in her 1989 yearbook from 1st grade — and it's heading to the auction block on Oct. 18, according to TMZ. Brit's name is signed in block letters, since she would have been about 7 when she wrote it, while one of the book's two photos of the singer show her with dark, super-tight curls worn in a side bun and bangs that appear to either be teased or permed. Ah, the late '80s … The yearbook comes courtesy of Parklane Academy in McComb, Mississippi, where Britney was born. (Her family later moved about 25 miles south to Kentwood, Louisiana, where she spent most of her childhood.) TMZ reports the yearbook is expected to fetch at least $10,000 on Heritage Auctions' website.
Lady Gaga's friend says she was told she wasn't pretty enough to be a pop star
A few years back, Brendan Jay Sullivan, the DJ Lady Gaga worked with when she was dancing and performing on New York City's Lower East Side and looking for her big break, wrote a book about the year and a half they spent as close friends and collaborators. As someone who's thought long and hard about how the star that is Lady G was born, he recently weighed in on Gaga's "A Star is Born" performance in a conversation with People. Brendan Jay Allen. "She was struggling a lot back then like [her character] Ally was in the movie," he observed. "They'd say, 'Oh, you're just downtown cool but I can't sell you to mainstream America.' We heard people say, 'You're not pretty enough for a pop star.' And not behind her back, either — to her face, which is crazy because she's the most glamorous person there is." Gaga, for the record, told Elle she identified more with Bradley Cooper's aging, boozy rocker character, Jackson Maine, than with her own.
From Leonardo DiCaprio's $150K octopus to Nic Cage's six-figure skull: What causes celebs to overpsend?
We hear the stories all the time — Nicolas Cage outbids Leonardo DiCaprio for T-rex skull for the low, low price of $276,000, after which Leo picked up a pet octopus for $150,000 … Johnny Depp spent millions (and millions and millions) on extravagant wine while his finances were in shambles … Mariah Carey spent whatever its costs to install 20 humidifiers around her bed. But what fuels that kind of overspending (besides Mimi's need for perfectly dewey skin come wakeup time)?THR recently checked in with a number of Los Angeles psychiatrists and other experts with experience in celebs' financial challenges and basically deduced that a number of factors contributing to such behavior. "Eight of 10 times, Hollywood hasn't done this to people. Parents have," the site reports multiple docs said. THR also reports many of these huge bills are likely "motivated by wanting love" and attention. According to one shrink, Mari Murao, who specializes in crazy celeb spending, said, "it's a known fact that people in this industry usually stay the emotional age they were when they became famous." Sidenote: That's often cited as a contributing issue to substance abuse and addiction problems. Financial mismanagement often makes matters worse once the star hires a pro to help them, the doctors add. Finally, USC Chairman Jerry Jellison points out that "overspending can reflect the fantasy of a better life — and actors are comfortable with fantasy," thanks to their jobs.
Kaia Gerber, 17, debuts what's likely her first tattoo
Just a few months after Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber's son, Presley, got a tattoo of little sister, Kaia Gerber's name, Kaia hit up her big brother's tattoo artist for what's reportedly the first ink of her own. In a low-key selfie posted on Instagram this week, the 17-year-old model flashes a peace sign, revealing the "Jordan" written in cursive on the underside of her arm. The Daily Mail notes that Jordan is Kaia's middle name; the tab also points out that the legal age for getting inked in California is 18 without a legal guardian's accompaniment, which might explain why pics in artist Rafael Valdez's Instagram feed show both Kaia, 17, and her 19-year-old brother in his chair. Kaia captioned her somber looking peace sign snap — posted shortly before Hurricane Michael laid waste to much of the Florida Panhandle, "just coming on here because I don't think enough people talk about the weather these days." The cap felt like either a sympathetic or head-in-the-sand reference, given this week's storm. As they had with Harvey and the other storms that ravaged large parts of the U.S. in 2017, oceanographers and meteorologists have attributed Michael's unexpected, so-called "rapid intensification," to water warming conditions and atmosphere abnormalities caused by climate change.
Katy Perry and Jessica Simpson have a bonding moment years after respective John Mayer breakups
"With one of my faves." That's how a very pregnant Jessica Simpson captioned a shot of herself with Katy Perry at the 25th Annual Fashion Footwear Association of New York event in the Big Apple on Thursday. Though both singers are now in serious relationships — Jessica is expecting her third child with husband Eric Johnson while Katy is very much "on again" with onetime ex, Orlando Bloom — they share a common boyfriend background when it comes to another musician who made headlines for his romances with both women. Katy dated John Mayer from 2012 until 2014; Jess, meanwhile, was involved with John from 2006 through 2007.
Claire Foy reveals she suffered 'a breakdown' when she was 23
With Selena Gomez back in treatment for Lupus-fueled mental health issues and Demi Moore still in recovery from the addiction that nearly killed her this summer, it seems like young Hollywood's collective mental health is on shaky ground. More likely, however, is that stars are becoming more comfortable talking about their struggles with anxiety, depression and other diseases. "First Man" star Claire Foy is a case in point. In The Edit's latest cover story, the actress admits she's changed her perspective on mental health and general happiness. "A long time ago, I gave up on the idea of happiness. I think you can be incredibly, deliriously happy one minute, and be miserable the next. […] I've realized that my life is quite dramatic, and that's OK. I'm really happy, but … I'm not sorted, at all. I don't expect any moment to last," she says. Claire has had some time to get to that point, though. "When I was 23, I had a breakdown. I didn't sleep or eat for a month," she reveals. "It was awful. My life had changed. I felt overwhelmed. I was on stage at the time and working, and I'd just got a really big job [the lead in the BBC's' Little Dorrit']. I just couldn't cope." One thing that helped, she added, was welcoming her daughter, Ivy Rose, three years ago. "Having her made me think, 'You need to sort your life out.' I just didn't have to live like that," she says. "It was unbearable. I was sick of myself."
Kris Jenner wants to start a fashion line 'in the near future'
"Menopause is a bitch. Let me start with that." So said a quip-ready Kris Jenner at the Vogue Forces of Fashion event in New York City this week. Page Six reports that during a Q&A with the magazine's creative director, Kris was asked if she might consider launching her own fashion or beauty line someday, as her children have done in the past. "I would love to do something in the near future," she said. "I really am thinking about it." Inspired by her 84-year-old mom who "will never walk out of the house not done from head to toe," Kris continued: "She taught me to put your best foot forward, always look your best. I just want to pass that down to women everywhere and remind everybody that we're here because fashion is exciting and it's fresh and fun. … I have a better day if I feel like I'm looking my best and trying to feel my best from the inside out." In the meantime, her momager gig keeps her busy enough. "I'm a fireman," she said. "All I do all day long is put out fires. For real. It's wild."
Amal Clooney skips Princess Eugenie's wedding to speak at PA Conference for Women
Neither Amal Clooney nor George Clooney were anywhere to be seen when Princess Eugenie walked down the aisle on Friday, Oct. 12 — although George's Casamigos tequila was reportedly on hand at the reception. Amal, however, had bigger fish to fry. Instead of attending another royal wedding, the human rights attorney delivered the keynote address at the 2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women held at Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday in Philadelphia. Vanity Fair reports her agenda included the #MeToo movement, the importance of believing women and her work in the human rights field. Unlike Kanye, we're guessing she did not do so from atop a table …