Fresh on the heels of her split from estranged husband Dalton Gomez, Ariana Grande has moved on… to a married man. According to reports, the "Thank U, Next" singer is dating her still-married "Wicked" co-star Ethan Slater. Page Six reports that Ethan is separated from his wife, singer Lilly Jay, but not divorced. The new couple supposedly met on the movie set and began dating several months ago as Ariana's marriage crumbled. Cast photos have shown the two sitting next to each other during that time, and has her arm around her in one snap. Ethan and Lilly married in 2018 and welcomed a son last year. TMZ said Ariana and Ethan got together after he already had separated. Ariana's ex, Dalton, has reportedly been dating over the past few months, as well.
After reports of Ariana and Ethan's romance came out, he made his social media accounts private.
During the dramatic late night search of a Las Vegas-area home allegedly connected to the murder of Tupac Shakur, authorities seized hard drives, photos of possible suspects in the slaying and magazine articles about that fateful 1996 evening. ABC News reported that search of the residence — which involved a SWAT team and police using bullhorns and lights — is being viewed as a success. There is doubt that any of seized items will present a direct link to the infamous drive-by shooting, which occurred one block east of the Las Vegas Strip. TMZ reported that the home is owned by Paula Clemons, who's married to a former gang member named Keefe D. Keefe D is the uncle of Orlando Anderson, who is widely believed to be the man who actually shot and killed the "Dear Mama" rapper. Authorities were reportedly in the home for over two hours. The evidence in the case is now being presented to a Las Vegas grand jury, ABC said, and it could take months for the grand jury to decide whether to indict anyone. An official said charging decisions are not imminent.
James Cameron claims the "weaponization of AI is the biggest danger" to society. In a chat with CTV News, the famed director dismissed the notion that artificial intelligence could write movie scripts. "I just don't personally believe that a disembodied mind that's just regurgitating what other embodied minds have said — about the life that they've had, about love, about lying, about fear, about mortality — and just put it all together into a word salad and then regurgitate it…[is] ever going to have something that's going to move an audience," he said. "You have to be human to write that. Let's wait 20 years, and if an AI wins an Oscar for best screenplay, I think we've got to take them seriously." That's not to say AI shouldn't be taken seriously in general, as James thinks it could have bigger, earth-altering ramifications. "I think the weaponization of AI is the biggest danger. I think that we will get into the equivalent of a nuclear arms race with AI, and if we don't build it, the other guys are for sure going to build it, and so then it'll escalate," he said. "You could imagine an AI in a combat theatre, the whole thing just being fought by the computers at a speed humans can no longer intercede, and you have no ability to deescalate."
Clarifying 'threatening' comments
Duane Chapman, otherwise known as Dog The Bounty Hunter, is walking back some of his earlier comments about trans activist Dylan Mulvaney. While speaking with Christian televangelist Sharell Barrera earlier this month, the "Dog's Most Wanted" star spoke in violent terms about Dylan. "Get that punk down. Rebuke Satan out of him and just give him a couple black eyes. That's exactly and I mean that. If I ever see him, I'm dropping him," Dog said. A week later, Dog is now singing a slightly different tune, claiming he's "never" beaten anyone up and conceded that "threatening" is part of his Dog character. "If Dylan Mulvaney was getting attacked by thugs, if she was getting beat up in street, absolutely I would jump in for Dylan," he told the "Two Guys From Hollywood" podcast. Dog later insisted he will happily refer to Dylan as a she, as the former WGN star sees some similarity in his own life. Dog articulated, "Dylan wants to be called a she where he's a he. I can understand that. I was reluctant to say she because he's a he and I thought, my real name is Duane but I'd rather be called Dog. If Dylan wants to be called she that's fine with he." He was quick to add, "I don't agree with her and her ways."
Former "Bachelorette" DeAnna Pappas went to a "trauma center" as her marriage to Stephen Stagliano was faltering. "I'm going through a divorce and going through that alone is very traumatic to take a relationship with someone that you loved so deeply and to literally break into two families, it's really awful," she said on Courtney Robertson's "After Reality" podcast. "Stephen is a wonderful dad [and] I'm trying really hard to be amicable, great coparents but even with that, that's still hard." She added: "Then you add the piece of dividing up your children when I've always had the luxury of being with my kids every single day and have a family of four. So, to split them up now and only have them part of the week and then they are with Stephen that's all really hard stuff, that's trauma. So I did a lot of therapy in the last couple of years, in particular trauma therapy." DeAnna and Stephen, who were married for 12 years and share two children, announced their divorce in January. "I went to a trauma center back in December and I went three days a week for three hours — intensive therapy," she said. "[It was] the best thing I could have done for myself. I found it astounding and life-changing. If I could have afforded to go for another month, I would have because I found it astounding and the things that I learned about myself and my marriage."
Tax problem: Part II
Shakira's tax woes might just be beginning. Less than a year after the "Hips Don't Lie" singer was ordered to stand trial in her $13.9 million tax evasion case in Spain, a second fraud case has been opened. Reuters reported on Thursday, July 20, that a Spanish court started a new investigation against the Colombian star linked to alleged fraud on personal income tax and wealth tax in 2018. El Periodico claimed prosecutors have filed a complaint for two alleged tax crimes. In her first case, the pop star was accused of not paying taxes from 2012 to 2014 in Spain. Shakira, though, insists that she spent most of her time in her primary residence in the Bahamas during the span. Spanish authorities are claiming otherwise. In the case, the pop star will stand trial in Spain the fall, and she faces up to eight years in jail if she's found guilty avoiding a tax bill. A rep for Shakira told People magazine that the singer "defends having always acted in accordance with the law and under the advice of the best tax experts. She is now focused on her life as an artist in Miami and is confident that there will be a favorable resolution of her tax issues." The Grammy winner has yet to be formally notified of the second probe. "The singer's legal team will not make any comments until the notification reaches them through the official and legally established channels," the statement continued. "As it is publicly known, and as the Spanish Treasury was officially notified, Shakira is now living in Miami, so she must be notified personally at her new address, in strict accordance with the provisions of the Law."
Kim Kardashian is thinking she rushed into her romance with Pete Davidson, and she regrets it. The reality TV star reflected on the nine-month relationship on "The Kardashians," saying "jumped into another relationship so fast." Kim's relationship with the "SNL" alum came on heels of her divorce from Kanye West, and also during Ye's mental breakdown. "It got my mind away from stuff and that's not a way to run from things," she acknowledged. "It's better to deal. Heal…Deal, heal and then feel." Despite Ye's antics and mean-spirited assertions (many of which were aimed squarely at Kim,) she refuses to look at her former marriage in a negative light. "I'm not going to take every experience and bad thing that happened to me and carry that into my life," she explained. "What am I supposed to be learning from this? How is this going to make me a better person?"