Kylie Jenner denies bullying claims
On May 27, Kylie Jenner denied allegations claiming she bullied an Instagram model on the set of her then-boyfriend Tyga's music video for "Ice Cream Man." According to TMZ, Victoria Vanna shared on her Instagram Story that she worked as a dancer on the shoot many years ago and that Kylie, along with her assistant and a friend, bullied her about her dancing skills. Victoria claims Kylie was seated "in a Rolls-Royce, eating McDonald's" at the time. Kylie chimed in on the discussion at the end of the week, posting simply, "This never happened."
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Kim Kardashian denies she and her kids contracted COVID-19 on infamous birthday trip
Kylie Jenner's not the only one in her family denying claims about herself this week. Kim Kardashian West took to social media to take on fresh backlash concerning an extravagant 40th birthday trip she took last October. And this time, it involved multiple COVID-19 diagnoses. Back in October, the reality star was widely criticized for traveling with her extended family during the coronavirus pandemic, for hosting multiple nights of birthday parties at the group's tropical getaway location and for posting about it on social media as unemployment and homelessness spiked across the country and around the world. The backlash eventually died down, but it returned this week after "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" aired footage showing Kim and two of her kids tested positive for COVID-19 last fall. BuzzFeed did some timeline crunching and quickly deduced that the positive COVID-19 tests came "roughly 10 days" after the family returned from the now infamous birthday bash. "Now, we don't know exactly where or from whom Kim contracted the virus (it's implied in the episode that she caught it from Saint)," BuzzFeed reported, "but we know for sure it came after she was blasted for taking a seemingly cavalier attitude to the pandemic with the big vacation." The outlet went on to suggest the Kardashian-Jenner krewe likely kept the test news private because they were already suffering from the "PR mess of that trip." Kim, however, disagreed with BuzzFeed's claims. "False. Nobody caught Covid from the trip," she tweeted on May 27, sharing a link to the BuzzFeed post. "Saint was the first to have it in our family and he caught it from school from another student who tested positive first. I then developed symptoms and got it a few days after he coughed on me while caring for him," she added.
Beyonce and JAY-Z may be behind the most expensive new car in history
Earlier this week, Rolls-Royce announced its bespoke coachbuilding division is back in action and ready to offer an "almost limitless" array of customizing options to its most upscale clients. The first of those clients optioned a custom, $28 million, slate blue Boat Tail convertible. Believed to be "one of the most, if not the most" expensive new cars ever sold, multiple outlets are reporting the buyers are Beyonce and JAY-Z, whose massive car collection is known to include at least one Rolls. The Boat Tail, however, is beyond being in a class of its own. Its amenities include a rear deck featuring a built-in picnic set, complete with cocktail tables, folding chairs, a parasol and a double refrigerator for high-end champagne chilling. (And as Page Six reminds us, Jay recently sold his 50 percent stake in Armand de Brignac.) "It's thought this fantastic car has been commissioned by Beyoncé and Jay-Z with all its detailing matching their favorite things," a car industry source tells The Telegraph. Page Six also points to the luxury car brand's boast that the Boat Tail's "double refrigerator houses the clients' favorite vintages of Armand de Brignac," and can "rapidly [cool]" the bottles "to precisely six degrees." Its blue exterior is thought to be another possible clue, referencing Jay and Bey's eldest daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, while its overall, yacht-inspired design could be a nod to the superyachts the couple's been known to rent, like the $2 million-a-week one they sailed around the Croatian coast on last year. The Boat Tail also comes with his and hers "timepieces" that can be worn as watches when not being used as clocks inside the car. As for that heart-stopping price tag? Jay's $1.4 billion net worth, combined with Beyonce's $500 million net worth would certainly leave room for a $28 million indulgence.
Harry Styles appears to be going into the fragrance and cosmetics biz
Over the past few years, Harry Styles' flair for outre ensembles with feminine touches have made him one of Hollywood's most beloved fashion plates. Now, Page Six has reason to believe the singer and actor could have his own fragrance and cosmetics lines in the works. On May 28, a fan account called @TheHarryNews noticed Harry's listed as the director of a new company called Pleased As Holdings Limited, which was registered as a business in the U.K. earlier this week, Page Six has confirmed. The filing shows the company plans to sell fragrances and cosmetics. It also lists Emma Spring as Harry's co-director. Emma is Harry's longtime assistant and friend (she recently named him her child's godfather). Page Six points out that Harry has some experience in the fragrance world, having released four perfumes with One Direction over the years.
Ariana Grande shows off new wedding ring at iHeartRadio Music Awards
Ariana Grande's brand new wedding ring made its public debut on the iHeartRadio Music Awards on May 27. The show marked the singer's first performance since she and Dalton Gomez said "I do" at her home in Montecito, Califrnia, earlier this month. And when she took the stage with The Weeknd to perform "Save Your Tears" from his "After Hours" album, Ari turned to face him, putting her left hand on display for the audience. E! News previously reported Dalton worked with Solow & Co jewelers to create a "platinum and diamond pavé band" that matches her pearl-centric engagement ring. A spokesperson for the jeweler said the pearl was especially meaningful for the singer, whose grandmother reportedly gave it to her after telling Ariana her grandfather said to her grandmother "in a dream" that the pearl would "protect" her, according to Page Six. It's also Ariana's birthstone. The Weeknd ultimately went home with some major wins, including Male Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Blinding Lights."
Jenna Fischer recalls 'sexist' fan backlash against her 'Office' character, Pam
Fans of "The Office" certainly loved Pam and Jim's love story, but did they give Pam a fair shake when it came to the rest of her life? Not so much, according to Jenna Fischer, who played Pam opposite John Krasinski's Jim for all those years. When Jenna checked in with Angela Kinsey on this week's "The Office Ladies" podcast, the show's alums took a closer look at fans' response to Pam's Season 5 decision to relocate to New York City to pursue her art school dream. "People were not happy with Pam when this episode aired, I remember," said Angela, who played Angela Martin on the long-running series (via People). "I just want to say that when Pam went to art school for only three months when she was not yet married and didn't have children, people came down real hard on her because of Jim's feelings," Jenna added. She said there was more questionable pushback a few seasons later. "Then, when Jim invested in a business without telling Pam, and left his family, and left Pam alone to care for their two children while he chased his dreams, people came down on Pam again for not being supportive enough of Jim," Jenna recalled. "So in both of these instances I just want to say I noticed a lot of hate for Pam. Do I want to call it sexist? I do." Angela agreed, telling her former co-star, "Pam faced a lot of scrutiny as a character I think because she was a woman, right? That river runs deep." Jenna concluded that the sexist response to TV storylines is likely far from over, telling Angela, "It runs deep and it's going to run long into some future seasons."
Billy Porter reflects on his HIV-positive reveal: 'I've never felt joy like this'
Free and joyful. That's how Billy Porter's been feeling ever since he revealed the health secret he's been hiding for the past 14 years. The "Pose" star, 51, recently told The Hollywood Reporter he was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 2007, explaining that he'd told almost no one, including his mother, because of a combination of shame, his religious background and a fear that his mother would suffer unnecessarily. "Having lived through the AIDS crisis, it was heavy for me," Billy told Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" on May 27. "I lived with the shame of it for a really long time. Last week I released that shame, I released that trauma, and I am a free man," he marveled. "I've never felt joy like this before," Billy added. "We talk about it in the Black church, [how] this joy that I have, the world didn't give it and the world can't take it away. I got it. I got some joy now. It really feels good. It really feels great." As the actor previously told THR, he has come clean with his mom, who was his main priority in keeping the diagnosis under wraps. When he finally told her, she was supportive and loving, if frustrated and concerned that he'd carried the burden alone for so long. Recalled Billy to THR: "She said, 'You've been carrying this around for 14 years? Don't ever do this again. I'm your mother, I love you no matter what. And I know I didn't understand how to do that early on, but it's been decades now.'"
Country crooner Jimmie Allen is a married man
ACM Award-winning country star Jimmie Allen finally got hitched to nurse Alexis Gale on May 27 after a long wedding postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic. People confirmed the singer, 34, and nurse, 25, said "I do" before loved ones and friends including Jimmie's country music peer, Darius Rucker, and others. The happy couple, who share a 14-month-old daughter and Jimmie's 7-year-old son from a previous relationship, got engaged back in 2019. Speaking to People around the beginning of their romance, Jimmie described how he and Alexis "had an immediate connection" as if they'd "always known each other," in part because they were both raised in the same Delaware town of Milton. "Her smile melts me," he gushed at the time. "Her pure heart challenges me to love better, the way she motivates and supports me is unlike anything I've ever seen, the way she loves me and my son is unlike anything I've ever experienced. It feels incredible to find the type of love I've been writing songs about all these years!"
Having transformed into Cruella de Vil for Disney's new live-action, London punk scene-set origin story about the infamous "One Hundred and One Dalmations" villain, Emma Stone's weighing in on which other classic villains she'd like to see return to the big screen for a backstory explanation. During a recent chat with Variety, Emma, 32, picked the evil Ursula, from "The Little Mermaid," which hit theaters the same year Emma was born. Her reasoning? "She's an octopus and the world you would get to live in, like Ursula's parents and what happened there," Emma explained. "You've never really seen a non-human Disney villain be explored in that way." In "Cruella," we learn Cruella de Vil only became, well, cruel and villainous, after experiencing more than her fair share of a trauma as a kid on the mean streets of London in the '70s. Emma's co-star, Emma Thompson, who plays Cruella's nemesis, the Baroness von Hellman in the film, suggested that an octopus could have more outlandish — or ridiculous –reasons for being mean. "The parents keep giving her a shirt that only has four arms," Thompson joked. "They really mess her up with that from a very early age, so she's constantly trying to fit two arms into each hole. That would really mess you up, wouldn't it?"