Hayden Pannettiere calls giving up custody of her daughter 'the most heartbreaking' moment of her life
Hayden Pannettiere is opening up about the "heartbreaking" experience of signing over custody of her daughter to her ex when she was battling drug and alcohol addiction. In new clips from this week's "Red Table Talk," the "Nashville" alum is asked about the most "misunderstood thing" about her, according to ABC News. "The idea that I'm a person who would just easily throw out my child, you know, give away my child," she replies. "I mean it was the worst signing those papers and like the most heartbreaking thing I've ever, ever had to do in my life." Hayden revealed over the summer that she was sober after a long struggle with alcohol and depression. As she shared on "Good Morning America" in July, she gave up custody of her daughter, Kaya, 7, to her ex-partner, Wladimir Klitschko, around that time. Speaking to Jada Pinkett Smith and the other hosts of "Red Table Talk," Hayden explained: "The papers were to give him full custody and I was gonna go work on myself and I was gonna get better. And when I got better, then things could change and she could come to me and I could have my time with her. But that didn't happen," she continued. "If he had come to me and said, you know, 'I think because of where you're at right now and the struggles that you're having, it would be good for her to be over here with me for a while,' to which I probably — if I had enough of a conversation, would have said, 'OK that makes sense I get it, I'll come there, you know, to visit' and stuff like that," she added. "Because of the way it was done, is very upsetting." Hayden's "Red Table Talk" airs Wednesday on Facebook Watch.
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New book details Scientology's alleged interventions in Tom Cruise's first two marriages
A new book by Leah Remini's Scientology podcast co-host Mike Rinder alleges, among other things, that the church helped facilitate Tom's divorce from Mimi Rogers in 1990 so the actor could marry Nicole Kidman, which he did that same year. Titled "A Billion Years: My Escape From a Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientology," the book claims Scientology brass later worked to drive Nicole and Tom apart, employing techniques that allegedly included tapping Nicole's phone. According to excerpts published by Page Six on Tuesday (Sept. 27), the author — a former high-ranking church officer who left Scientology in 2007 — writes that church "lieutenant" Greg Wilhere was "assigned to get Mimi to agree to a divorce so Tom could marry Nicole." But by 1997, when Tom and Nicole were filming "Eyes Wide Shut" in London, Tom had stopped taking Scientology head David Miscavige's calls, Mike writes. That's allegedly when an auditor was sent to London to hang out with Tom and help make him "clear" on why he needed the church in his life. It worked, per the author, who writes that Tom's reinvigorated relationship with Scientology "created a distance" between the actor and Nicole. Meanwhile, the now "infamous P.I. Anthony Pellicano" was hired by church execs "to spy on Nicole and tap her phone," Mike writes. A spokesperson for the Church of Scientology has already denied the claims to Page Six. "Mike Rinder is an inveterate liar who seeks to profit from his dishonesty," the rep told the outlet. "He supports himself by orchestrating the harassment of his former Church and its leader through false police reports, incendiary propaganda and fraudulent media stories." "A Billion Years: My Escape From a Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientology" is out now.
Kim Kardashian's skintight fashion struggle is real in hilarious TikTok
If the silver, bust-to-toe corset dress Kim Kardashian wore to Dolce & Gabbana's party at Milan Fashion Week looked beyond skintight, that's because it was — not that Kim minded, apparently. On Monday (Sept. 26), the Hulu star shared a hilarious TikTok video of herself attempting to walk up stairs, twice, then get into an SUV in the Dolce & Gabbana dress, which was so tight down to the hem she could barely pull off even little shuffling steps on flat ground. When she gets to the first set of stairs in the video, she glances at the camera, half-smiles and grabs onto a railing then proceeds to hoist herself up each step with a little bunny hop — in sky-high silver stilettos, no less. At the second set of stairs, a hand appears behind Kim and helps hold up the back of the dress, at which point you see that in addition to the other fashion obstacles here, she was contending with the bottom of the corset's laces as they dangled dangerously around her heels. Finally, Kim makes it to her SUV, which she of course can't possibly climb into. One more good hop and some help from a person on her team, though, and she's finally inside, albeit lying backwards in her seat a bit, presumably because the dress won't allow her to sit normally. "Being iconic comes with pain," joked one person in the comments.
Kevin Hart says it's time to let Will Smith and Chris Rock 'recover' privately from Oscars slap: 'It's no longer the world's problem'
Comedian Kevin Hart wants the world to back off and let Will Smith and Chris Rock "recover" from the incident at the 2022 Oscars when Will slapped Chris onstage. During an appearance on the latest edition of Revolve's "Drink Champs" podcast, Kevin was playing "Quicktime or Slime," where guests must choose one celeb over another or take a drink. Though he was told choose between Will and Ice Cube, the conversation dovetailed to Will's infamous Oscars moment when one of the hosts cracked a joke about Will being a "gangster" because of it. After noting he refused to slam Will or Ice Cube, Kevin chose Will. "Will Smith is not only a legend, he's not only a GOAT …," Kevin began before he was cut off by NORE's "gangster" comment. "Those are your words, not mine," Kevin continued. "Will Smith is the reason why the idea of African Americans [are] attached to global IP is normal. Studios took the gamble on more leads of color because of the work that Will Smith, Denzel [Washington] were on in the beginning. You need the faces that are giving universal return. I'm not going to s*** on Will and act like he wasn't that guy." From there, the comic returned to the host's slap comments. "And people make mistakes, and from mistakes they should be allowed time to f****** recover," he said. "And that this is no longer the world's problem, it's Will and Chris' problem. Let them deal with that. The world should step out of it and let them recover."
Shakira to stand trial in tax fraud case, judge rules
Shakira's tax fraud battle will go to trial, a Spanish judge ruled on Tuesday (Sept. 27), according to the Associated Press. The singer has long maintained her innocence amid accusations she failed to pay $13.9 million in taxes on her income from 2012 to 2014. She now faces six counts of fraud and could be hit with up to eight years in prison and a large fine if she's convicted, the AP reports. Barcelona-based prosecutors say the Colombian star lived in Spain for more than half the time in question, despite listing her official residence in the Bahamas. In July, Shakira's rep told the rep People in a statement, "The Spanish Tax Office, which loses one out of every two lawsuits with its taxpayers, continues to violate her rights and pursue yet another baseless case, " adding, "Shakira is confident that her innocence will be proven by the end of the judicial process." The Grammy winner's ties to Barcelona date back to the beginning of her relationship with soccer star Gerard Pique. The two recently called it quits after 11 years together, amid cheating speculation aimed at Gerard. In a recent cover story for Harper's Bazaar, the singer said she was struggling to protect her children from chatter about her ex and gossip about her tax case. "And sometimes I just feel like this is all a bad dream and that I'm going to wake up at some point," she said. "But no, it's real."
John Travolta honors Olivia Newton-John on what would have been her 74th birthday
Olivia Newton-John is on her loved ones' minds this week, after what would have been her 74th birthday on Monday (Sept. 26). John Travolta paid tribute to his late "Grease" co-star on his Instagram Stories, sharing a still from the classic 1978 movie that showed the pair looking dreamily into one another's eyes. "Happy birthday my Olivia," he captioned the post. The actress and singer's husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe Lattanzi shared how they were paying tribute Olivia on Monday, too. A video on Chloe's Instagram showed snippets from a dinner she and John attended in the late star's honor alongside friends. "Happy birthday mama bear," Chloe wrote alongside another video of her mom feeding a tiger a bottle of milk. "This is who you are. A nature girl with the biggest heart. The most down to earth beautiful being I have ever known. I hold you in my heart forever." John Eastman, who married Olivia in 2008, shared memories from the first of Olivia's birthdays the couple spent together, during "a week-long adventure in the Out Islands of the Bahamas surrounded by beautiful, peaceful spectacular turquoise water," as he put it on Instagram. "It was private, it was wonderful, and we would take the boat to uninhabited islands and beach it and just explore – just the two of us," he wrote, in part. "Happy Birthday Honey – I Love You!" Olivia died in August after a long battle with cancer.
King Charles replaces Queen Elizabeth on Royal Family's social media pages as official mourning period ends
On Tuesday (Sept. 27), Buckingham Palace made a number of formal changes to usher in Britain's new era under King Charles III in the wake of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II's death on Sept. 8. "The period of Royal Mourning following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has now ended," the palace said in a statement on its social media platforms. "This account will continue to reflect the work of The King, The Queen Consort and other members of The Royal Family, as well as remembering the life and work of Queen Elizabeth." The palace also updated the Royal Family account's photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, swapping in an image of Charles and Camilla to reflect his ascension to the throne. According to People, it was Charles' "direct wish" that members of the royal family extend their mourning period for one week beyond that of the national mourning period. With the family's mourning period now over as well, flags reportedly returned to full mast above the royals' residences, People reported. The Instagram and Twitter accounts for the Prince and Princess of Wales — now Prince William and Kate Middleton — have also been updated to reflect the titles' change of hands.