Danielle Staub gets engaged
Danielle Staub and Marty Caffrey are taking a trip down the aisle! It turns out the on-again "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star said "yes" to a proposal from her boyfriend of two years back in May, but waited to reveal the engagement until Bravo was able to show the whole thing on TV (shocker). In the "RHONJ" scene, excerpted by Celebitchy, Marty proposes by taking his lady and two friends on a mansion tour. A violin player appears and Marty produces a ring. "Baby, when I first met you, I was struck with how beautiful you are. As I got to know you, I fell in love with you. I'll do everything I can to love you, to protect you, and to keep you safe," he says. He asks her to marry him and Danielle wastes no time saying, "Absolutely. One hundred percent." A word of caution: According to Celebitchy, this is Danielle's 20th engagement. She's only been married twice, so … good luck, Marty.
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Jennifer Lopez on whether an engagement to Alex Rodriguez is in her future
These two seriously can't stop gushing about each other. But does that mean an engagement is imminent? In a new interview with E! News, Jennifer Lopez played it coy when asked directly about the possibility of wedding bells — as her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez stood at her side, listening and smiling. Asked what makes A-Rod "her rock," J.Lo shared an anecdote to show how much energy he devotes to their relationship. "He's so supportive. I mean, he was at rehearsal with me last night till 1 a.m. and after he had worked his whole day, I work my whole day, then we go to rehearsal and he's like, 'What time will you be done?' I said, 'I don't know.' He goes, 'Alright, I'll just come over there and I'll do some work and we'll go home together,'" she revealed. "That's the kind of support, like in this business, it's just a different kind of business, you know, and so, to have someone who understands it and wants to be there and you want to be there for them, it's a very special thing." When the E! reporter asked if there is "going to be an actual rock," wondering, "should we apply some pressure right now?" Jennifer demurred. "No," she said. "I don't like to pressure anybody for anything," Alex, meanwhile, simply grinned.
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Rihanna heads to Senegal to raise money for global education campaign
After spending a few days plugging the latest products from her Fenty Beauty line, Rihanna began tweeting at world leaders, urging them to pledge financial support to the Global Partnership for Education, which holds its conference this week in Senegal. In addition to tweeting directly to folks like French President Emmanuel Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, RiRi headed to Africa herself for the conference, arriving in Senegal on Thursday, Feb. 1, according to the New York Post. Rihanna's goal is to raise $3.1 billion for the GPE, which describes itself as "the only multilateral partnership and fund dedicated exclusively to education in the world's poorest countries." The organization puts special emphasis on helping girls get access to education. Rihanna, who was named Harvard's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year, has been working with the GPE through her Clara Lionel Foundation since September 2016.
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Andy Cohen asks Chrissy Teigen about Kylie Jenner's baby bump
Even Andy Cohen couldn't get a confirmation about Kylie Jenner's rumored pregnancy out of Chrissy Teigen. Chrissy, who's expecting her second child with John Legend, stopped by "Watch What Happens Live" this week to talk about her "Real Housewives" fandom. Given her friendship with the Kardashians and Jenners, however, Andy went straight for the gossip. While neither Kylie nor Travis Scott, the rumored father of her baby-to-be, has discussed the pregnancy in public, the assumption at this point is that the 20-year-old star is having a baby, just like her sister, Khloe Kardashian, who waited until December to confirm her pregnancy. Andy apparently decided to run with that assumption and asked Chrissy point-blank how long she's known Khloe was pregnant and whether she'd seen Kylie's baby bump. Chrissy replied carefully. "Ummm," she began, looking nervous. "Khloe a while. I saw her at Kim's baby shower," she said (via the Daily Mail). Andy tried again, saying Kylie's pregnancy was "so obvious" that it seemed "odd" to keep it a secret. Chrissy simply shrugged and said, "I know." Almost a confirmation — but not quite!
Solange Knowles, Kanye West sued for allegedly sampling same song without permission
Solange Knowles and Kanye West could be in hot water if they're found guilty of stealing samples from a 1970 song for some of their new music. TMZ reports Leroy Mitchell, aka Prince Phillip Mitchell, is suing both artists for punitive damages for allegedly using "extensive" pieces of his decades-old song "If We Can't Be Lovers" in Solange's "F*** the Industry" and Kanye's "Everything I Am." In addition to the damages, Leroy reportedly wants Kanye and Solange to stop performing the tracks and to get them off the radio. TMZ notes Solange's song was originally slated to appear on a mixtape called "I Can't Get Clearance." Woops.
How Kim Kardashian keeps her new mansion clean with three small kids at home
Kim Kardashian West recently opened up to Architectural Digest about what it's like to have three young children in a mansion valued at $60 million. Not surprisingly, it's a challenge. Kim and her husband, Kanye West, welcomed their third child, Chicago, on Jan. 15, and as she told AD, she's happily recycling the furniture from previous nurseries for North West and Saint West when it comes to Chicago's room. "I'm pretty much using the same crib and everything that I had for our other kids. We have a Vetro Lucite crib and we have a Royère bed in there and a really fluffy cream rug," she said in the feature — a promo for her new home decor shopping app (screenshot an image of something you like and the app generates a "shoppable catalogue of similar products," according to AD). "Everything in the house is light colors and woods and soft and natural colors," she added, admitting that light colors plus three kids under the age of 5 equals trouble. "Oh, my God. I run around the house with towels. You do have to just take a deep breath and say, 'OK, it's going to happen. We decided to have lighter colors,'" she said. "Our last house that we just moved out of was all grays, which was a good test, because we knew we were going to move into a lighter house. We have a great playroom, and that's where all the markers and the paints and the colors are, and I really overdo it in the playroom so that by the time they're done there, they have no desire to take a pen on a nice piece of furniture." Not that the occasional accident doesn't happen. "One time I walked in and my daughter had purple nail polish all over her little kid's vanity, all over her toys, and all over the walls, and I had just left the room for not even five minutes," she continued. "It was at our last house, so I might flip out now because [designer] Axel [Vervoordt] made our walls with this material that's like, not a Venetian plaster but some kind of plaster from Belgium. At the end of the day, you just have to take a deep breath and figure it out." The struggle is real.
Rose McGowan gets into 'shouting match' with trans woman
Is Rose McGowan taking her anger out on the wrong people? At a reading and book signing in New York City this week, the actress, who's made speaking out about rape culture almost a full-time job, got into what Variety called a "schouting match" with a trans woman who suggested Rose should revisit comments she made last year on RuPaul's "What's the Tee" podcast. On the show, trans women don't understand female experience like other women do. "That's not growing as a woman, that's not living in this world as a woman and a lot of the stuff I hear trans [women] complaining about, yeah, welcome to the world," she said at the time.At the reading, the audience member challenged Rose to "talk about what you said on RuPaul," then pointed out: "Trans women are dying and you said that we, as trans women, are not like regular women. We get raped more often. We go through domestic violence more often. There was a trans woman killed here a few blocks [away]. I have been followed home …" That's when Rose interrupted her. "Hold on. So am I. We are the same. My point was, we are the same. There's an entire show called ID channel, a network, dedicated to women getting abused, murdered, sexualized, violated, and you're a part of that, too, sister. It's the same," Rose said. When the woman rebutted asking what Rose has done to support trans women, Rose shot back, "What have you done for women?" The exchange became increasingly fiery and as the audience member was taken away by security while chanting "white cis feminism," Rose yelled at her, according to Variety. "Don't label me, sister," she said. "Don't put your labels on me. … I don't come from your planet. Leave me alone. I do not subscribe to your rules. I do not subscribe to your language. You will not put labels on me or anybody. Step the f— back. What I do for the f—ing world and you should be f—ing grateful. Shut the f— up. Get off my back. What have you done? I know what I've done …" The crowd reportedly responded by offering their love and sympathy but Rose continued with the profanity-laced tirade. "I didn't agree to your cis f—ing world. Ok?" she hollered. "Trans women are women and what I've been trying to say is that it's the same. The stats are not that dissimilar. When you break it down, it is a much smaller population …" After talking about "a network devoted to [women's] death," she referenced the title of her book, "Brave:" "My name is Rose McGowan and I am obviously f—ing brave."
Caitlyn Jenner named Beauty Icon at Xpose Benefit Awards
Congratulations are in order for Caitlyn Jenner, who was honored with the Beauty Icon Award at the first-ever Xpose Benefit Awards in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday, Feb. 1. Created to honor Irish achievement in fashion and entertainment, the awards recipients are chosen via public vote, according to the event's website. The Daily Mail reports that when Caitlyn, 68, left for the event the day before, she had 21-year-old Sophia Hutchins by her side at the airport. Sophia and Caitlyn have been spending more and more time together in recent months leading some to suggest they may be dating. Caitlyn's rep has denied the romance rumors, saying the two are just friends.
Will Smith writes a love poem to the Eagles ahead of the Super Bowl
Who are celebs rooting for this weekend when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots at the Super Bowl? It's an easy guess when it comes to Philly native, Will Smith, who introduced Alicia Keys before she performed at the 2005 Super Bowl, when the Eagles last faced off against the Patriots in the big game. Will shared his pro-Birds hopes in a Facebook post after his team advanced to the Super Bowl. "Dear Philadelphia Eagles," he wrote. "Roses are red, violets are blue, I think it's time for a Super Bowl title, What about you?" Other stars who'd love to see the Eagles win their first championship since 1960 include "Rocky" star Sylvester Stallone as well as Philly area natives Bradley Cooper and Tina Fey. A-listers cheering for the Patriots, meanwhile, include Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen (duh), and Boston boy Mark Wahlberg — although Marky Mark has said he wouldn't mind seeing an Eagles victory. "If the Eagles win, I am telling you, I would be fine, If it was anybody else, I would be devastated, he recently said on the "Not Just Sports with Suzy Shuster and Rich Eisen" podcast (via Metro). "Honestly, I don't think the game is going to be that close. I think we kind of finally have the first easy victory, win by a couple touchdowns." As for the undecided? "Look, my team didn't do so well this year. In case you're wondering, it's the Chicago Bears," Mila Kunis recently said. "Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback, right? So, congratulations," she added. "One of my best friends is from Philadelphia, so I'm not going to pick a team," she added. "But, it'd be nice to see the Eagles go all the way." The
James Franco's mural taken down from high school amid sexual misconduct allegations
Artwork connected with James Franco is being removed from his former high school amid five allegations of sexual misconduct and exploitation. This week, a mural James Franco painted was taken down at Palo Alto High School in a move the superintendent said was "in the best interests of our students in light of our educational mission," according to the New York Post. The superintendent confirmed the mural had been taken down but also pointed out that the art was not intended to stay at the school permanently, pointing to another mural from James that was taken down in 2016. The school newspaper, The Paly Voice, recently spoke to the school's principal Kim Diorio about the art and other contributions James has made to the school since he graduated in 1996. She admitted it was a difficult situation. "These are still allegations. He's denied those allegations and hasn't been charged with a crime," she said. "I made the decision we'll take down the mural." In addition to donating the murals, James has reportedly been an active contributor to art programs on campus. He's also granted interviews to school publications, taught a workshop and lent paintings to the school, according to the Post.