Scott Disick taking time, space to 'process' Kourtney Kardashian's engagement
If Scott Disick failed to help his ex, Kourtney Kardashian, celebrate her recent engagement to Travis Barker, it's because he needs a little time and space. That's according to a People source, who says Scott didn't expect the relationship to go to the next level. Now that it's clear Travis will be in the picture for the foreseeable future, Scott is reportedly putting "distance" between himself and Kourtney's family so he can "process" what's happening. "Scott hasn't really wanted to deal with Travis and Kourtney because he didn't feel like he'd have to," the insider explains. "At first, it seemed like it was just a casual relationship to him, nothing serious. So he pretty much put that on mute … thinking that eventually, they'd break up." The source claims Scott is "being forced to deal" with the reality that Kourtney wants a future with the drummer, "which is uncomfortable" for Scott. "… If he's going to co-parent with Kourtney, which he has been, he has to process this and make his peace with it," the source adds, saying Scott's "distancing himself from the family" while taking "time to process this and deal with it on his own, without them." The insider predicts he'll "come around soon," though. Kourtney, meanwhile, still seems to be basking in the glow of her weekend engagement surprise. She shared new photos from Travis' beach proposal on Oct. 20. "I woke up all night thinking it was a dream," she captioned the shots. "Forever with you is a dream come true," Travis replied. Kourtney and Scott, who share three children, broke up in 2015 after 10 years of dating on and off.
Paris Hilton details her own harrowing abuse as she advocates for change
Paris Hilton was back on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., this week, urging legislators to back new legislation aimed at preventing the kind of abuse she says she experienced as a teen in reform school facilities. Now a staunch advocate for change in what she's called "the troubled teen industry," Paris rehashed her own traumatic experiences at Utah's Provo Canyon School at a press conference announcing the new Accountability for Congregate Care Act on Oct. 20. "For 20 years I couldn't sleep at night as memories of physical violence, the feeling of loneliness, the loss of peers rushed through my mind when I shut my eyes. This was not just insomnia. This was trauma," said Paris, 40. Citing "a system-wide lack of transparency and accountability" in such institutions, Paris said the new bill "provides rights that I was never afforded." She also rehashed what she endured as a teen. "I was strangled, slapped across the face and watched in the shower by male staff, called vulgar names, forced to take medication without a diagnosis, thrown into solitary confinement in a room where the walls were covered in scratch marks and smeared in blood," she said, in part, echoing allegations she first made in her 2020 "This Is Paris" doc. She was joined by other survivors of similar abuse as well as the Congressional representatives co-sponsoring the legislation. According to NBC News, legislators intend to "work with" Paris on what the new regulations would entail, including things like allowing kids to call their parents and have clean drinking water. "Congress needs to act because children are dying in the name of treatment," Paris asserted. "This is a human rights issue. People should be outraged with what's happening."
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Halle Berry talks finding love with Van Hunt: 'It's my time'
When it comes to love, Halle Berry seems to believe timing matters — but that's only part of the equation. The "Bruised" star and director hit the ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration in Los Angeles on Oct. 19 with her boyfriend, musician Van Hunt, at her side. And if their purple-meets-purple matching style didn't clue you in, the two appear to be as much in love as they are in sync, fashion-wise. Asked on the red carpet if she and Van are "madly in love," Halle confirmed to "Extra," "we are," adding, "sometimes you have to wait for things in life. I waited patiently — well, maybe not patiently, but I waited." Speaking to People at the same event, Halle gushed about her Grammy-winning beau,"I've never had a man that has lifted me up and let me be all that I am." Finally, when ET asked the actress about falling for Van, the Oscar winner mused: "It was finally my time and the right one finally showed up." Halle, 55, and Van, 51, went public with their romance in September 2020. "The inspiration for our relationship goes across everything, even in my parenting," Van told ET back in March. "I'm a completely different person, I can say it like that, and I think that it's improved every aspect of my life." Um … yeah. "The right one," indeed.
Debra Messing changes her tune on Kim Kardashian's 'SNL' skills
Debra Messing says she was wrong about Kim Kardashian West's "Saturday Night Live" hosting abilities, after all. Last month, the "Will and Grace" alum questioned the show's choice of Kim as host, asking, "Why Kim Kardashian?" Debra said at the time that while Kim "… is a cultural icon, 'SNL' has hosts, generally, who are performers who are there to promote a film, TV show, or album launch." Her tweet inspired a mix of responses, with some pro-Kim voices pointing out she'd just wrapped the wildly successful reality TV staple, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," and was preparing to launch a Hulu show. Turns out, Debra watched Kim's comedy hosting debut and had a change of heart. Appearing on the Oct. 20 edition of "Tamron Hall," Debra explained that she "was not intending to troll her," adding, "and you know if anybody took it that way, I apologize, that was never my intention," per the New York Post. She went on to clarify that she thinks Kim "is this phenomenon," but Debra felt "SNL" had changed its "formula" over the years. As for the fact that Kim does, actually, have a new show on the horizon, Debra said she's "been so focused on activism" that she's out of the loop on pop culture. "I watched her and I thought she was amazing, and I was rooting for her," the actress concluded. "If you know me, and you follow me, then you know that I consistently lift up women. I support women. So you know, I hope that people understand that was never my intention."
Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, more 'Eternals' stars may have been exposed to COVID-19
Some of the biggest names in the celeb-stuffed "Eternals" cast were forced to skip Elle's Women in Hollywood Celebration on Oct. 19 — one night after the "Eternals" premiere — because they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan and Lauren Ridloff and director Chloé Zhao were all absent from the Elle event, where all but Chloe were set to be honored. "Earlier today we were made aware of a possible exposure to COVID-19," a Disney rep told Variety, "and while all of our talent have tested negative, out of an abundance of caution, we are pivoting to virtual appearances rather than in-person events." Although Disney has yet to confirm the exposure took place at the Los Angeles "Eternals" premiere, the stars and director all attended in-person on Oct. 18. At the Elle event, Demi Moore both presented Angelina's award and shared a speech from Angelina on her behalf. "I am thinking tonight of all of the women who are bringing us through the pandemic," Angelina The scientists, the doctors and nurses, so many others who are showing us what strength and sacrifice are and whose contribution transcends borders," Jolie wrote in her acceptance speech. "One of the best things about being part of 'Eternals' was working with with such a global cast. Women who were born in countries where the struggle for equality and rights is even more challenging than it is here. Women who know that what makes them different is what makes them beautiful, and gives them even more to contribute."
Jason Momoa jokes about 'Aquaman 2' injuries: 'I'm an aging superhero'
The "Eternals" stars aren't Hollywood's only suffering superheroes. In an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' show this week, Jason Momoa admitted he's injured himself multiple times since he started filming "Aquaman 2." He also said he knows exactly why he keeps getting hurt. "I'm getting old is what's happening," said the star, 42, per ET. While 42 is hardly "old" in human terms, Jason does seem to be racking up a good list of ouches as Aquaman: "I messed up my eyes. I just got something in it that kinda cut it up, and then I've gotta get surgery," he told Ellen. "I have a hernia. I've got ribs out. I'm just getting beat up … but it's gonna be a great movie, you're gonna love it." When the host noted Jason has actually sustained injuries on the sets of other movies, too, he couldn't argue. "I love my job and I get a little too excited, then the age thing, you know …," he said. "I'm an aging superhero right now."
Jack Nicholson spotted courtside at Lakers season opener in rare public appearance
Surely, this is a good omen … Lakers superfan Jack Nicholson sat courtside at his hometown team's season opener in Los Angeles on Oct. 19, marking the first time he's been photographed in public in almost two years, according to E! News. The 84-year-old screen legend watched the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors with his son, Ray, just a few seats from Lil Wayne and Weezy's son, Kameron. "Jack seemed so happy to be back!" a source told the outlet. "He's such a fixture courtside for the Lakers! He looked great and was so into the game and intensely watched each play!" Unfortunately, the star's support wasn't quite enough to boost his team over the Warriors, who won 121 – 114 in the end.
Alyssa Milano arrested at protest outside White House
On Oct. 19, Alyssa Milano said she'd been arrested at a protest outside the White House where she was urging the Biden administration and Senate to protect voting rights. Alyssa, who serves on the board of People for the American Way, was shown in a video on Twitter speaking at the event before she was reportedly arrested, citing stats about the recent wave of measures to limit access to voting in states, nationwide. "I'm going to risk arrest today because in the last year, there have been 425 bills that have been introduced to restrict voting rights," she said in the clip. "So, I'm going to demand that our president do everything in his power to pass the Freedom to Vote Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, and the DC Statehood Act." Within two hours, she'd posted that she and other protesters were, in fact, detained by police. (Deadline reports police warned protesters they could be arrested for obstructing sidewalks.) "I was just arrested for demanding the Biden Administration and the Senate to use their mandate to protect voting rights. Stand with me and @peoplefor and tell the Senate and White House that voting rights shouldn't depend on where you live. #DontMuteOurVote," Alyssa tweeted. According to People, Alyssa was one of about 25 protesters arrested during the event, which was scheduled ahead of an expected Senate vote on the Freedom to Vote Act, designed to "make voter registration easier, require states to enforce a 15-day minimum early voting window, and make Election Day a federal holiday," per People.