Cardi B fuels Nicki Minaj feud rumors with new lyrics at VMA afterparty
The MTV Video Music Awards kicked off a new round of speculation about Nicki Minaj and Cardi B's rumored feud, but Cardi's post-show performance may have featured the "Bodak Yellow" rapper's most explicit Nicki shade of the night. After opening the VMAs by announcing she's "the empress" of New York City — taken by many as a dig at Nicki's new album, "Queen" — Cardi and her husband, Offset headed to an afterparty at Tao, where Cardi hopped onstage to share some new rhymes. "I know how to do it / Get a bag, don't I / I know how to get a b—- mad," she boasts in a video clip published by TMZ, which claims Nicki is the "b" in question. "I'm the queen of talking s— / yeah I'm backing it up / yeah, back, back, backing it up," Cardi raps in another song, seemingly riffing on Nicki's album once more. In May, Cardi denied that a feud ever took place between her and Nicki, chalking up things between them to a "misunderstanding."
Kim Kardashian dines separately from North West at the same restaurant
So much for family mealtime. Over the weekend, a diner at the high-end Miami restaurant, Carpaccio, noticed something odd about the setup Kim Kardashian West had employed for lunch with her daughter, North West. It seems Kim dined solo while North and a nanny ate at a separate table. "#Sad," wrote the diner, whose remark was picked up by Page Six. The tab's sources, however, say a videographer was following Kim, who wanted to keep her 5-year-old out of the footage in case it should make its way to television. North does make regular appearances on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," but maybe Kim prefers to restrict her daughter's TV life to her own reality show.
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Why some think Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande already got hitched
Are these two lovebirds already married? That's what Page Six was asking after Pete Davidson showed off a blue beaded bracelet during his PDA-packed red carpet stroll with Ariana Grande at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday, Aug. 19. In addition to the blue beads, the bracelet features beads that read "AGD." Page Six points out the initials match those of the name Ariana recently said she plans to take after marrying her "SNL"-star fiance. It could also simply be a reminder of what's to come for the pair, who seem to be in the habit of showing one another their love with meaningful jewelry. Pete has already given Ariana a pendant bearing a small, New York Fire Department badge that belonged to Pete's late father, who was killed in the terror attacks in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, when Pete was just 7. "I gave it to her because she has my heart and that is the most precious thing I own," he explained on social media in July. "My dad would be so happy and love her so much." Ariana later got Pete's father's badge number tattooed on her foot.
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Chrissy Teigen spent Luna's first day of school projectile vomiting
If nothing else, at least Luna Stephens' first day of preschool was unforgettable. That's thanks to the 2-year-old's mom, Chrissy Teigen, who tweeted this admission on Monday, Aug. 20: "Hello everyone from Luna's school orientation today. im sorry I projectile puked caffeine upon arrival, couldn't open my eyes and had the noisiest newborn in the room. (not a joke, very sorry, see you tomorrow)." So was Chrissy taking on her daughter's potential nerves about starting school? Not quite. "Oh no," she added. "It was not first day of school jitters. It was last night's wine and Korean bbq and jet lag combo." Asked if she was "sure it wasn't baby #3" by a follower, Chrissy replied, "please lord no not right now lol." Chrissy and John Legend recently grew their adorable family by one when they welcomed their son, Miles, earlier this year.
Is a custody battle on the horizon for Billy Bush and Sydney Davis?
Nearly a year after they separated, Billy Bush and his estranged wife, Sydney Davis, could be gearing up for a custody battle over their teenaged daughters. TMZ reports new legal documents show the former "Today" star — who was fired after "Access Hollywood" audio tapes surfaced that pointed to Billy's complicity in a conversation where Donald Trump talked about grabbing women without their consent — is asking for joint physical and legal custody of the children. In documents she filed in July, Sydney had asked to end the marriage due to irreconcilable differences and requested spousal support as well as joint legal and primary physical custody of the kids. According to TMZ, Billy did not push back on the support, which seems reasonable given the multi-million dollar settlement he was rumored to have won after being fired two years ago.
Is Post Malone throwing Justin Bieber's bachelor party?
Sounds like Post Malone may be in charge of feting Justin Bieber before the singer and Hailey Baldwin say "I do." Fans, paparazzi and reporters caught up with Post in New York City before the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday, Aug. 20, and in a video clip posted by The Blast, Post seems to suggest he's organizing Justin's bachelor party. "He just asked me to do his …," Post begins before censoring himself from giving away too much information. "We're gonna have a nice little f—— party and it's gonna be a good time," he says in the clip. Asked directly if he's referring to Justin's bachelor party," Post offers, "We're gonna do some fishin' we're gonna do some hangin' out."
Lena Dunham says a sweet 'goodbye' to her pet Yorkie, Bowie
At the age of 91 — in dog years, anyway — Lena Dunham's Yorkie, Bowie, has passed away. The "Girls" creator announced the sad news on Instagram this week, along with a moving tribute to the "irascible" pup, whom she credited with making her "feel safe and strong in a sea of change" and reminding her "that joy needn't be diminished by a bunch o' imperfect body parts (she wielded her 3 teeth/3 working legs in style)." Lena explained that she'd taken on "a tentative guardianship" of Bowie that "became a full scale obsession," complete with shared brunches, therapy appointments, cross-country flights and walks up and down the river, after her sister, Bowie's original owner, had trouble managing Bowie, a poodle and a new new baby. "On August 13th this sweet baby old mama went to her final home," Lena wrote. "After a weekend of rapid decline, I knew it was time to let her go so Scotty and I (along with her super model baby Clementine and her wise, cozy husband @mf.goodtimes) came together to bid her farewell. It was peaceful and patient and loving. We laughed and cried like the family that Bowie has made us." She added: "Bowie left everyone who saw her, in the street or the airport or the Rite Aid, with a crazy smile. She kept me safe at night, even if it was just from the indistinct shadow of a tank top strewn over a lamp. She made Scotty and my friendship something eternal and deep and boundless. I am so lucky to have been her second mom." Before signing off, Lena promised to donate to See Spot Rescued in Bowie's name, "for dogs who don't have homes and dogs who need new ones." Rest in peace, Bowie.
Jon Stewart and his wife help rescue lost subway goats
A pair of goats that likely escaped from a slaughterhouse and definitely showed up grazing on the grass along a Brooklyn subway line are now in the able hands of an animal rescue sanctuary, thanks in no small part to former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey Stewart. It seems the goats, who were deemed "two very baaaaad boys" by the New York City Transit Authority's social media jokesters, were tranquilized before being removed from the dangerous subway tracks this week. Then, according to Pajiba, they were turned over to Animal Control. That's where Jon and Tracey came in. The two have long been involved with Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York and managed to secure them spots at the sanctuary. "There, they will receive medical examinations and the world-class, individualized care," said a rep for the shelter. According to local station NY1, Jon and his super cool wife saved a cow that had somehow made its way into the streets of Queens back in 2016.
John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, slated for parole board hearing
The man who killed John Lennon could be paroled this week. According to TMZ, Mark David Chapman is due to appear before a New York parole board to make the case for his freedom. Chapman shot the Beatles singer in front of the artist's apartment building in New York City in 1980 and is currently serving a 20 years-to-life prison sentence for a second degree murder charge to which he pled guilty. The website reports the 63-year-old shooter's hearing will be closed but the results will be made public within weeks of the board's decision. The hearing will be Chapman's tenth attempt to get parole since December 2000.
Kelly Marie Tran reveals she deleted her Instagram after racially offensive harassment
"It wasn't their words, it's that I started to believe them." That's how "Star Wars" actress Kelly Marie Tran began a recent New York Times op-ed in which she explained the backstory around her decision to delete her Instagram account in June because of online harassment. "Their words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color already taught me: that I belonged in margins and spaces, valid only as a minor character in their lives and stories," she continued (via JustJared). "And those words awakened something deep inside me — a feeling I thought I had grown out of. The same feeling I had when at 9, I stopped speaking Vietnamese altogether because I was tired of hearing other kids mock me. Or at 17, when at dinner with my white boyfriend and his family, I ordered a meal in perfect English, to the surprise of the waitress, who exclaimed, 'Wow, it's so cute that you have an exchange student!'" She went to recount "a narrative I had heard my whole life: that I was 'other,' that I didn't belong, that I wasn't good enough, simply because I wasn't like them," explaining how feelings of "shame for the things that made me different, a shame for the culture from which I came from" followed interactions like that. The worst part, she said, was just knowing such opinions exist out there. "I want to live in a world where children of color don't spend their entire adolescence wishing to be white," she wrote. "I want to live in a world where women are not subjected to scrutiny for their appearance, or their actions, or their general existence. I want to live in a world where people of all races, religions, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they have always been: human beings." In the end, she promised to "work toward" that world becoming a reality.