Josiah and Lauren Duggar announce their baby's gender
The ever-expanding Duggar family is getting ready to welcome not one but two more little girls to the mix! Us Weekly reports Josiah Duggar and his wife, Lauren Duggar, have revealed they are expecting a daughter. "We are so grateful that God has blessed us with a sweet baby girl!" the couple told the tab. "If she only knew how loved she is already and how many people are already praying for her! She truly is a gift… a miracle from God." According to Us, Lauren and Josiah had a small gender reveal party at which her sister, Lily, who had been given the blood work results by Lauren, surprised the family with the results via a pink confetti-filled balloon. And it turns out the "Counting On" couple's baby girl will have a pal about the same age once she arrives. Yep, Joe and Kendra Duggar also announced the gender of their second baby to Us this week. "Parenting has already proven to be more wonderful than we could have dreamed. Even though we come from large families, there is nothing like having your own children. We are so thrilled that a little girl will be joining our family!" they told the magazine, adding of their son, "Garrett is going to be such a great big brother." Earlier this month, Josh and Anna Duggar revealed they, too, are expecting a little girl.
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Nicole Kidman's onscreen sons have playdates with her real-life daughters
The stars who play the so-called "Monterey 5" aren't the only ones bonding on the set of "Big Little Lies." As HuffPo recently learned during a chat with Nicholas and Cameron Crovetti, who play Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard's sons, the boys are making new friends on the show, as well. One of their new pals is Meryl Streep, who plays Nicole's mother-in-law. "Right when we met her she walked in and we didn't even know who she was because she was wearing a wig and she had the fake teeth in, so we were like, 'Oh, who's that?' She sat down and introduced herself, and she brought us a Jenga set and we all played together and talked and we really bonded over that," Nicholas recalled. His onscreen mom made an effort to become pals with the boys, too. "For the first season, she invited us over to her house to get to know her before we started filming and we met her daughters [Faith Urban, who makes a few cameos in Season 2, and Sunday Urban ]," Cameron said. "We're still in touch with her. She invites us over to her house to play with her daughters. And when she went to the Emmys, she had an Emmy party and invited all of the kids from 'Big Little Lies,' and, yeah, she's amazing." Nicholas and Cameron also seem to have stayed on the guest list at Nicole, Keith Urban and their kids' home. "We're still in touch with them because we go over to their house all the time and have play dates," Nicholas said. "When Nicole has parties and stuff, she invites us over and we play games with Sunday and Faith."
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Bella Thorne gets weepy over ex's engagement
Bella Thorne's having a rough few weeks. On the heels of the public chastising Bella got from Whoopi Goldberg over the actress' hacked nude photos comes news Bella's ex, Tana Mongeau, is engaged to former Vine star and Disney personality Jake Paul. Bella and Tana dated for about a year prior to their split in February, according to TMZ. On Monday, June 24, the "Big Love" alum posted a birthday message for Tana — complete with a photo of the two embracing in bikinis — and the message, "Through thick and thin😭🤧 I love you tana happy bday you beautiful beautiful special girl." Tana replied, "i love u forever and ever. ❤️," indicating the two are on great terms, post-split. Four hours after Bella's post, however, she shared another message, this time on her pseudo fake Instagram account, which TMZ claims she's openly acknowledged she runs. The second post showed a weepy looking Bella selfie with the caption, "When ur ex gets engaged 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭." This time, Tana's reply was less lovey. She simply wrote, "omg." It may also be worth noting, for Bella's sake, that a slew of Jake's Twitter followers who saw one of the announcements about his bottle service/club proposal think the whole thing was a publicity stunt.
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Celebrity chefs honor Anthony Bourdain on what would have been his birthday
Anthony Bourdain would have turned 63 on Tuesday, June 25, had he not taken his own life in France last summer, and a slew of his famous friends spent the day honoring him, according to ET. After the late chef and writer's best friend, Eric Ripert, annointed June 25 "#BourdainDay" in a video on Instagram with Jose Andres, the foodie friends followed up on Tuesday morning, with Jose posting, "[Eric Ripert] and I celebrating #BourdainDay in Singapore at [Keng Eng Kee] chili crab paradise restaurant with beers, chili crab and friends!" while Eric wrote, "A true Legend… Anthony, my Dear friend… Happy Birthday! The world wishes you Peace & Love on your journey." Other celebs who honored Anthony included Rachael Ray, who shared, "I'm so grateful for a day in honor of a man I respected very deeply. He was cool and brilliant. Over the years we found common ground through humor, music and food. I miss his wit and presence. Singular man.#BOURDAINDAY 🙏🏻," and Padma Lakshmi, who wrote, "Some heroes don't wear capes… we miss your wit, my friend. #bourdainday."
Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry's Frogmore Cottage renovations cost taxpayers more than $3M
If Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan seem extra committed to giving back, it may be because of how much of the British taxpayers' money has gone towards their needs. A new report showing the royal family's accounting information (via Page Six) indicates taxpayers covered $3.06 million of the renovations that were recently made to Frogmore Cottage, Harry, Meghan and their son, Archie's new home near Windsor Castle. "The property had not been the subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation in line with our responsibility to maintain the condition of the occupied royal palaces estate," said Michael Stevens, who handles the monarchy's accounts as the keeper of the Privy Purse. "The building was returned to a single residence and outdated infrastructure was replaced to guarantee the long-term future of the property," he added. "Substantially all fixtures and fittings were paid for by Their Royal Highnesses." According to the report, the royal family leaned on 41 percent more money from taxpayers in 2018-2019, primarily because of what Page Six describes as "critical renovations to Buckingham Palace." According to Kensington Palace, the family held more than 3,000 royal engagements hosted some 160,000 guests overall during the 2018-2019 tax year.
Luann de Lesseps is writing a memoir
Between her 11-year run on "The Real Housewives of New York City" and her touring cabaret show filled with anecdotes based on her life, it's hard to believe there's much about Luann de Lesseps that hasn't already been made public. Apparently, that's not stopping her from writing a tell-all "based on the turbulent past few years of her life," according to Page Six. "I've been keeping a diary of everything that has happened to me," she tells the tab, presumably referencing her drunken arrest, rehab, divorce from French entrepreneur and aristocrat Count Alexandre de Lesseps and subsequent eight month-long marriage to Tom D'Agostino Jr., as well as the general, ongoing "RHONY" drama . "I've been sober for eight months, and the therapists urge you to be honest about yourself. But many of the things written about me have been false, so this book is my chance to lay myself bare and also set the record straight," she says. Luann has yet to secure a publisher.
Jameela Jamil slams Kim Kardashian West's new body makeup
In the past week, Kim Kardashian West's announced two new beauty ventures, her KKW body makeup, which she launched last week, and her new shapewear line, which she began promoting on Tuesday, June 25. Not surprisingly, Jameela Jamil is a a fan of neither. "Hard pass," she tweeted alongside a post about the shapewear line, Kimono. "God d— the work to take it all off before bed so it doesn't destroy your sheets… I'd rather just make peace with my million stretch marks and eczema," wrote the star, who has criticized members of the Kardashian-Jenner family multiple times in the past for encouraging unrealistic beauty standards.. "Taking off my mascara is enough of a pain in the a—. Save money and time and give yourself a d— break. ❤️," she added. On Instagram, after users engaged in a back-and-forth about her critique, she explained her issues with Kim's approach to beauty further, reposting about how her eczema and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome have affected what her skin looks like. "Seeing more and more companies sell *always marketing at women* make up that is for your body, to cover all your 'flaws.' This is a nightmare for your clothes, furniture, bedsheets, bank account, especially if you are tall or curvy, as you need so much extra," she wrote. "Yes I understand we should all be allowed to do whatever makes us feel good, but can we not also question why fully disguising our entire natural selves makes us feel better? Why do we feel bad about ourselves? Who did that? who profits off it? Isn't there something a BIT off about making people's happiness and confidence lie in doll-like perfection? I'm finding it all deeeeeply suspicious myself…" She later tweeted a "special shout-out" to Winnie Harlow for turning her skin condition into "her beautiful godd—– superpower."
Camila Mendes gets candid about her eating disorder battle
"Riverdale" actress Camila Mendes knew about her sister's bulimia long before she put a label on her own eating disorder. Speaking at the Popsugar Play/Ground festival for women over the weekend, the 24-year-old admitted that she finally came to see she, too, had a problem and needed help once she started acting professionally. Prior to that, she said that because her sister's situation was so severe, Camila thought her own struggles weren't dire enough to count. "I don't even think I knew I had an eating disorder until I was in the industry," she said during a panel discussion, according to Page Six. "I had this mentality … [my sister's] situation was a lot more serious than mine so I'd always find comparisons like, 'Oh, I'm not like that so I must not have an eating disorder like I just purge every once in a while, it's not a big deal, right?'" She started to see things differently once she began working with the nonprofit, Project Heal, which supports recovery for those struggling with eating disorders. "I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I've been in denial about my issues,'" she recalled. Then, when she started acting on "Riverdale," she realized she needed to talk to a professional about the situation. "I started to see a therapist and started getting serious about recovery when I couldn't get through a fitting," she said, explaining that the two-hour fittings every few episodes were "overwhelming," thanks to the revealing and tight pieces she had to try on. "It was like so the opposite of what I like to wear and it was really uncomfortable," she said. "It made me really insecure, so it got to a point where I couldn't get through a fitting. Thirty minutes in, I was crying … I was like, 'Why don't things fit me a certain way? That's when I made a change and I started seeing a therapist and I highly recommend it." If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, the National Association for Eating Disorders offers resources including a free hotline on its website.
Jordyn Woods launches new fashion as Tristan Thompson scandal airs on 'KUWTK'
As "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" fans watch the drama that followed Jordyn Woods' alleged hookup with Khloe Kardashian's then-beau, Tristan Thompson, unfold on the show, Jordyn is making the most of the extra attention coming her way. "Something exciting is coming … 👀 #boohooxjordynwoods@boohoo," she announced on social media this week, tagging fashion brand Boohoo.com. The company later picked up on the post, adding more explanation: "This summer, we welcome back the one and only @jordynwoods. 👀👄 Tag your favourite babe to let them know and shop the full collection from 26.06.2019. #BOOHOOxJORDYNWOODS." According to People, the new line will be Jordyn's second for Boohoo and is set to feature a wide array of sizes up to 26 and a pieces for $60 and under. "It wouldn't feel right for me if every body type wouldn't be able to wear something I designed. I've been in situations to where there has been cute clothes that I couldn't get in my size and I know how it feels," Jordyn told Refinery29. "With Instagram and everything else, it's easy to compare yourself to others but what I've learned is that the best part about you is that no one is you. That is powerful."
Michael Jackson's estate publishes a statement on the anniversary of his death
As Michael Jackson's estate continues to fight HBO for airing the controversial "Leaving Neverland" documentary, the group marked the tenth anniversary of the late King of Pop's death with a statement encouraging fans to continue to "make a difference in their community" in honor of the singer. "Ten years ago today, the world lost a gifted artist and extraordinary humanitarian. The entire global community joined in grieving during a powerful and emotional memorial service witnessed by more people than had ever viewed a live event before," the statement, published on Billboard, begins. It goes on to recount the events of the massive memorial held in MJ's honor. "United in grief, the world wept not only at the loss of an artistic genius but at the void left by the loss of a father, son and brother," the statement continues. "A decade later, Michael Jackson is still with us, his influence embedded in dance, fashion, art and music of the moment. He is more important than ever. But the true measure of Michael was his giving to others which came in many forms." After sharing some of the ways Michael exhibited his philanthropic spirit, the statement ends by asking readers to think of others as a tribute to him. "But we best remember Michael by paying tribute to his legacy of philanthropic work and ask music fans everywhere to make a difference in their community – whether it's planting a tree, volunteering at a shelter, cleaning up a public space or helping someone who is lost find their way," the statement reads. "'I believe each person can make a difference in the life of someone in need,' he said. This is how we honor Michael.