Kelly Clarkson reveals she spent the summer with her ex, Brandon Blackstock, and their kids
Kelly Clarkson seems to be in a better place with her ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock, after their difficult divorce. The singer and talk show host appeared on the "Today" show on Tuesday, Aug. 23, where she revealed she took the summer off and headed to Montana with Brandon and their kids, River, 8, and Remi, 6. "It's obviously been a rough couple years so it was really important to me to, like, shut down for a minute," said Kelly, who filed for divorce from Brandon in 2020. "I literally four-wheeled in the mountains, and I have a lot of water on my property so my sister, my nephew and I, and a couple friends just spent the whole summer in the mountains, just hanging out in nature," she continued. "The kids were with me and with their dad. It was nice because they usually have to travel a lot because of our separation so we were both in Montana so it was the first time I think my kids felt more centered as well." Kelly, 40, currently has primary custody of the children, but shares joint physical custody of River and Remi with Brandon, 45, according to ET.
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Britney Spears says 'there's no way to fix' her emotions in candid new post
Despite her new marriage and the upcoming release of her "Hold Me Closer," her first collaboration with Elton John, Britney Spears says she "will forever be traumatized" by what she endured under her 13-year long conservatorship. "Everybody's life seems so perfect and when I post things I think most of the time I've been utterly and completely embarrassed of my past … and who can forget those documentaries???" Britney wrote on Instagram on Monday, Aug. 22. "So yes, I do try and post me looking my best or what it may seem to be the good life," she continued, sharing a photo of a pink rose with her thoughts. "Well the truth is, my spirits are better but I will forever be traumatized by my past experience for life," the singer wrote. "There is no way to fix me, my emotions and my sensitivity … therapy, all of it !!! I think I will need some sort of miracle for my emotions." The 40-year-old went on to say that her "life is by no means picture perfect," that she cries herself to sleep more often than not and suffers from severe insecurity. But after more than a decade of her conservators — primarily, her father Jamie Spears — dictating the terms of her life, Britney said she's enjoying a new feeling of having it be OK to "want more," even if it's just "seconds" at the dinner table. "Hold Me Closer," the singer's updated take on Elton John's 1972 hit "Tiny Dancer," recorded with Elton, drops Friday.
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Kanye West off the hook in battery investigation stemming from January street altercation
Kanye West won't face charges for allegedly punching a stranger during a heated interaction in January, TMZ reported on Tuesday, Aug. 23. "Regarding the incident involving Kanye West that took place Jan. 13, 2022, after a thorough and careful review of all the evidence, our office is declining to file based on no reasonable likelihood of conviction," a rep for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office confirmed to People in a statement on Tuesday. An LAPD source previously told People Kanye was being "approached for an autograph" when the rapper allegedly exited his vehicle and punched the man, who fell to the ground. Recounting the exchange in an interview on "Hollywood Unlocked," Kanye confirmed it happened at " 3 a.m. in front of the Warehouse" as he was "coming from the studio." He said he believed the person was trying to get his autograph so he could sell it for profit. "This is the same as the paparazzi, this is not a fan," he said. "This is someone who is using your image, who probably never listened to your songs." He also said in the interview that a woman who appears in a video of the incident posted on TMZ was Kanye's cousin, who'd pulled up nearby and wanted to discuss parenting matters related to his split from Kim Kardashian.
Kathy Griffin crowdsources medical advice after surgeon 'ghosted' her
After allegedly being "ghosted" by her doctor, Kathy Griffin turned to Instagram this week for some help reading her latest batch of cancer scans. "OK, I know this is crazy but I cannot get an oncologist on the phone and the surgeon who did my half of lung removal has ghosted me," the comic wrote alongside photos of her medical reports on Monday, Aug. 22. "This is what it's come to people! I'm putting my scan results on Instagram in hopes that somebody will put it under an oncologist's nose and send me some sort of interpretation in English of what's going on with my post operation situation!" In closing, she joked that "social media can be used for good," after all. Her results appeared to contain good news, too. "I'm a cancer survivor (YEAH!) and in my experience reading hundreds of scan results, etc., it appears there is no evidence of disease at this time," one user wrote in the comments. Another person who said they were an "old nurse," suggested the star "focus on 'without recurrence or metastasis,'" from the scans. Wrote a third: "That's a pretty good looking report Kathy (as someone who worked in imaging). Sorry you're going through this and sending you love, one Chicago girl to another." Kathy, 61, revealed last summer that she'd been diagnosed with stage one lung cancer. She had a large portion of her left lung removed in August 2021 and later shared that doctors were "optimistic" about her recovery, since the cancer was limited to the one lung.
'American Idol' alum comes out as bisexual, slams Simon Cowell
Sanjaya Malakar — whose Season 6 run on "American Idol" earned memorably harsh criticism from Simon Cowell –has come out as bisexual after feeling pressured to hide his sexuality in order to capitalize on his "Idol" success. "I identify as bisexual," Sanjaya, 32, tells podcaster Adam Sank on this week's edition of "The Adam Sank Show," as reported by Entertainment Weekly. "At the time, I did not know, which is why it was so weird to me," he said of the pressure to choose a sexual identity and stick with it from age 7 on. "At the time of 'American Idol,' I had a serious, long-term girlfriend. I was exploring my life as a child," recalled Sanjaya, who was 17 when he placed seventh on the show. "'American Idol' happens and it's like, 'Oh, he's gay,' and now I have to say no, because they're forcing me to make a decision and define myself." At the time, he said, his team urged him not to disclose anything about his sexuality. But he was conflicted about "manipulating" his image that way when he was "still trying to figure out" his identity himself. Sanjaya also addressed Simon's criticism of his performances on "Idol," and said the star came up to him at an afterparty once and praised him for his handling of the harsh commentary. "For me it was like, it's really sad that this is what you have to do to be somebody," Sanjaya said of Simon's negative treatment of contestants. "But you've chosen this path in your life, so that's fine, f*** you, I have plenty that I could say to you, but in this moment my job is to stand here and listen and be the sweet little boy." Sanjaya is currently working as a pastry chef in Montana, having moved on from the music biz.
Anne Heche's final resting place revealed
Anne Heche will join Judy Garland, Cecil B. DeMille, Mickey Rooney and more stars at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles following her death on Aug. 14, according to the actress' death certificate. Anne's final resting place was revealed this week by outlets including Entertainment Tonight, which noted details about a memorial service have not been made public. Anne, 53, was taken off life support one week after a car crash — reportedly, her third that day — in Los Angeles left her badly burned and in a coma. She never regained consciousness. In a statement from her family, Anne was remembered as "a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend," who now "lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy."
Meghan Markle and Serena Williams talk career, motherhood and more on Meghan's Spotify podcast debut
Duchess Meghan unveiled the first edition of her new Spotify podcast "Archetypes," on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The premiere show featured Meghan in conversation with her longtime friend, tennis star Serena Williams, as the pair discussed how women are impacted by double standards when it comes to their work, where the idea of ambition is often used in negative terms when applied to women, but not to men. "I don't ever remember personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word ambitious, until I started dating my now-husband," Meghan shared (via The New York Times), referencing Prince Harry. "And apparently ambition is a terrible, terrible thing — for a woman, that is, according to some." They also reflected on how their experience as mothers affected their work and vice versa. Meghan recalled a scary experience where she was due at an official appearance in Africa when I fire broke out in the room where her then 4-month-old son Archie should have been sleeping (he'd luckily been taken downstairs by the nanny instead), which led Serena to open up about her recent decision to "evolve away" from tennis so she can expand her family. "I've been putting it off for so long, and as a woman, there's only so, so long you can put that off," she said. "I've been fortunate enough to play tennis really well, but I think my best is being a mom." According to Meghan, the 12-episode "Archetypes" series will explore the labels and "boxes women have been placed into for generations."