Was Kim Kardashian connected to Kanye West's meeting with Jared Kushner?
As Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West work on their marriage, Kanye may have flown to Telluride, Colorado, to meet with Jared Kushner over the weekend without Kim's knowledge. According to TMZ, "family sources" say Kim wasn't aware of Kanye's meeting, which came either right after or during the couple's family vacation. Kanye has since told the New York Times he met with the president's son-in-law and cabinet member to discuss Black empowerment, seemingly implying they did not discuss the upcoming election. But the meeting is just the latest of multiple reports that seem to suggest Kanye's third-party White House bid could be tied to Trump's re-election campaign. So far, Kanye has been coy when asked if he's actively trying to draw votes away from presumptive Democratic nominee by running on his so-called "Birthday Party" ticket. TMZ also claims the president's daughter and adviser, Jared's wife, Ivanka Trump, was "traveling with" her husband in Colorado at the time of his meeting with Kanye. It's unclear if Kim, who does not generally support Trump's policies and has indicated grave concern for her husband's current mental health, was in Colorado or back home in Los Angeles by that point.
Orlando Bloom can't wait to have 'a daddy's little girl'
Katy Perry's not the only one who's extra excited that she and Orlando Bloom are having a girl. During a chat with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday, Orlando gushed that both he and Flynn, the son he shares with his ex, Miranda Kerr, are looking forward to the experience of welcoming a little girl into the family. "I've been feeling very grateful, obviously, I have a little baby girl on the way," the beaming "Pirates of the Caribbean" star said, (via People)."I'm so excited to have a little daddy's girl. I hope she's going to love me as much as I love her. That daddy girl thing and that love of your life feeling is right around there." Jimmy, who has some experience in the daughters department thanks to his own little girls, Winnie, 7, and Franny, 5, assured Orlando that being a girl dad is the "best thing in the world," just like, "everyone tells you" before it happens. "It really is love at first sight and it just doesn't end," Jimmy said. "To just watch them grow up and just every little thing it's just like, it's so cute." Orlando added that his son Flynn has "a couple of other brothers, but this is his first sister so he's excited, too." Miranda shares sons Hart, 2, and Myles, 10 months, with Evan Spiegel.
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Why Bryan Cranston didn't initially announce he had COVID-19
When Bryan Cranston and his wife, Taylor Dearden, were diagnosed with COVID-19, Bryan decided to keep the information to himself. He explained why to Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on "Live!" on Tuesday. "When my wife and I had it very early on — the very first week that everything had shut down — I didn't think that the world needed another celebrity saying, 'Hey, I had it!' so I just didn't say anything and went about my way," he said, according to the Daily Mail. Both he and his wife's symptoms were "mild," he added, and mostly involved "a couple of days" of aches and pains, and a "week of severe lethargy." He is still feeling some of the illness' strange effects, though. "And then I lost my taste and sense of smell for a couple months, and that has since come back to about 75 percent," Bryan said. "I count my blessings that that was the extent of my sacrifice," Cranston said. The actor ultimately went public with his experience when he learned he had the antibodies to fight the coronavirus and could donate plasma. By sharing a post about the plasma donation, he hoped to inspire more people who've recovered to do the same.
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Jon Bon Jovi details how COVID-19 affected his son, bandmates
COVID-19 has affected multiple members of Jon Bon Jovi's inner circle — and he's urging fans to take the virus seriously and follow safety precautions like wearing a mask. He's also staging a livestreamed concert on Friday to raise money for the World Central Kitchen, which has been distributing fresh meals to families and seniors while providing jobs and food for struggling restaurant staffs across the county. Speaking to "Extra" this week, the rocker detailed how the coronavirus affected his 18-year-old son, Jacob, and multiple members of his band earlier this year. "[Jacob's] was really mild; it was really early on. It was an intestinal version of it," Jon recalled, adding that Jacob "fully recovered and quickly." His older bandmates weren't as lucky. Keyboardist David Bryan, 58, and percussionist Everett Bradley, 57, both contracted COVID-19 and became extremely sick, Jon said. "We've seen a lot of people that we know, lives have been lost … This is nothing to mess around with," said Jon. "Wear your mask. Do the right thing, 'cause it's real." Bon Jovi's summer tour plans were canceled due to the pandemic and the band's new album, initially set for a spring release, is now expected to be out this fall. Earlier this year, Jon told Zane Lowe the group decided not to reschedule the tour because they didn't want fans to spend money that might otherwise, "help with rent or groceries and credit card bills in this time of uncertainty." A portion of proceeds from sales of Jon and his son, Jesse Bongiovi's Hampton Water wine brand are also going to coronavirus relief efforts.
Jodie Turner-Smith reflects on her 'journey to motherhood' in Vogue
From her four days-long labor process to her decision to give birth at home to her husband, Joshua Jackson's unending support, Jodie Turner-Smith gets deeply candid about her pregnancy experience in a moving new essay for British Vogue. "Nobody really teaches you about what your body goes through to bring a child into the world until you're actually doing it," writes the 33-year-old star, who welcomed her first child with Joshua earlier this year. Revealing she suffered almost constant nausea and fatigue, as well as subchorionic bleeding, during her first trimester, she says she moved on to shooting an action film ("Without Remorse") and flying around the world to promote "Queen & Slim." Complicating matters even more, the coronavirus pandemic and a national reckoning on race were in full swing by the time she went into labor. "We had already decided on a home birth, because of concerns about negative birth outcomes for Black women in America," she writes, adding, "… according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of pregnancy-related deaths is more than three times greater for Black women than for white women, pointing, it seems to me, to systemic racism." Hospital restrictions related to COVID-19 added to the couple's concern about welcoming their daughter in one. "We never imagined that in the coming weeks, hospitals around the country would begin restricting who could be present in the birthing rooms, forcing mothers to deliver without the support person or people of their choice," she continues. "Delivering at home ensured that I had what every single woman deserves to have: full agency in determining my birth support." Jodie also shares a touching story about how Joshua cared for her both in her pregnancy, which he vowed not to miss a moment of ("and he didn't," she notes) and in labor, when at one point she says he ran a bath for her when she was "fatigued and beginning to lose my resolve." She says the "quiet moment of family togetherness" represented for her "the sacred process of creating a family." It also made her appreciate, as she puts it, "how lucky and privileged I am to have a partner willing to follow me around the world, supporting me while I did my job."
Duchess Meghan on why she'll vote in the 2020 election
Now that she's back in the U.S., California native Duchess Meghan has every intention of voting this fall. The former "Suits" star recently joined 100 influential women in sharing why voting is so important with Marie Claire. "I know what it's like to have a voice, and also what it's like to feel voiceless," she explained. "I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard. And that opportunity, that fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all of our voices heard." The Duchess of Sussex went on to share a favorite quote from New Zealand suffragist Kate Sheppard: "Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops." Added the former royal: "That is why I vote." After spending the past few months in Los Angeles, Meghan and Harry recently bought their first home and are now living in Santa Barbara, their rep confirmed this week.
Bill Cosby's lawyers file an appeal asking for a new sexual assault trial
Bill Cosby is asking for a new trial, citing the "unfair" use of a deposition from a civil lawsuit in the 2018 sexual assault trial that resulted in the three to 10-year sentence he's currently serving in a Pennsylvania prison. NBC reports the comic's lawyers filed an appeal for the new trial on Tuesday, claiming their client believed he had immunity when he gave the civil suit deposition. Cosby's legal team also claimed the jury in 2018 was biased by testimony from five sexual assault accusers whose interactions with the comedian took place many years before 2004, when he's accused of having drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand. According to the Associated Press, the district attorney's office in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, said via a spokesperson that it would file a response to the appeal within the next month. Cosby, 83, went to prison nearly two years ago after being found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in a 2018 trial. If his lawyers succeed with their appeal for a new trial, it would be the third for the same charges. The original trial ended with a deadlocked jury in 2017
Luke Bryan weighs in on Lady A's name change controversy
Back in 2012, country star Luke Bryan opened for the band that was then Lady Antebellum — and is now Lady A — on tour. Asked about the controversy around their recent name change, Luke told Andy Cohen the musicians probably didn't expect it to be such a "mess." And it is messy, for sure. This summer, Lady Antebellum announced they were scrapping the Civil War reference in their moniker amid nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism in America. They said they were going with Lady A because it's the nickname fans had been using for them for years. That's when they heard from the other Lady A — Anita White, a Black blues singer based in Seattle who's been performing as Lady A since the '80s. White reportedly asked the band for $5 million as compensation for giving up the professional name she's used for decades and to cover the cost of rebranding. Rather than pay her, Lady A the band filed a lawsuit in federal court asking for a ruling that their 2010 trademark of Lady A remains valid and that their name doesn't infringe on the use of Lady A by the singer, who has said in interviews she's been professionally "erased" by the country stars. "I don't think they were anticipating the aftermath of being called Lady A," Luke said on this week's "WWHL" (via Billboard). "I can say that for years, everyone in the community, in the country music community, has really referred to them as Lady A." He added: "I think it was a great option for them to choose, it just…now it's tricky. But like I said, who knows what they'll have to figure out. But god, what a mess. What a mess in the aftermath of removing 'Antebellum.'" Though Luke didn't spell out the uncomfortable nature of the name change controversy, Lady A the singer did just that in an interview with Rolling Stone in June. "This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I've used it for over 20 years, and I'm proud of what I've done," she said, "They're using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time. If it mattered, it would have mattered to them before. It shouldn't have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it."
Jane Lynch remembers Naya Rivera as 'a force of nature'
Like most of the former "Glee" cast, Jane Lynch is still struggling with Naya Rivera's death, which she called "gut-wrenching" and "heart-breaking" on the Wednesday edition of "Today." Naya, 33, died in July during a boating trip with her young son on Lake Piru in southern California. "She was a force of nature," Jane said on "Today" (via ET). "With Naya, you felt like somebody had your back." Jane was as impressed with Naya's skill on set as she was with her devotion off set, too. "I think that one of the things that kind of got lost when we were doing the show is what a force she was because there were so many talented people," Jane added. "She blew everybody away." Naya was presumed to have drowned after her body was found on July 8, following a long search by authorities.
David Arquette opens up about the wrestling experience that changed his life
Last year, Patricia Arquette admitted on "Ellen" that she couldn't watch her brother, David Arquette, as he tried to revive his wrestling career, saying he'd already had a heart attack and seeing him in the ring would just "terrify" her. Now, it sounds like David's come to see his wrestling days in a similar light. The actor, 48, was stabbed in the neck with a light bulb during a "death match" two years ago. Though he could have died, he started looking at his life differently, instead. "I thought I was dying," he recently recalled to People of the incident, which he explores in the new documentary, "You Cannot Kill David Arquette." "I got out of the ring and I was totally lost. I couldn't see and I couldn't hear." He ended up needing stitches and surgery, and realized he also "needed to be kind" to himself going forward. "There was a certain carefree, daredevil aspect about the way I lived life previously," he said. "But I didn't want to die. With the death match, I was doing it on purpose. I was feeling pain to numb pain." David was dealing with issues from his difficult childhood — he and his famous sisters have said their parents were violent and their father drank heavily before they reformed themselves — as well as the death of his sibling, Alexis Arquette. He also felt rejected by the Hollywood system that embraced his sisters. But thanks to therapy and a strong marriage, he said, "I learned to love myself." Looking back, David explained, "I had to stop being self-destructive and making choices that were throwing bombs … I'm not invincible and there have been times in my life where I didn't want to go on. But I'm proud of my kids, I'm proud of my wife, and I'm proud of my family. And when you start to like yourself, it's easier to feel at peace." "You Cannot Kill David Arquette" premieres online and On Demand Aug. 28.