The truth shall set you free…
Crystal Hefner went through hours of therapy and "deprogramming" to untangle her life as Hugh Hefner's wife. Crystal, who married the magazine founder at the age of 26, is set to release a memoir about the behind-the-scenes life inside the Playboy Mansion, which she describes as "toxic." "It's called 'Only Say Good Things' because I [had] a conversation with Hef and he let me know: 'Once I go, when I'm gone, please only say good things about me,'" she told the New York Post. "I kept that promise for the last five years. After going through a lot of therapy and healing, I realized that I needed to be honest about my time there. The book is about healing from a toxic environment." Crystal, who married Hef in 2012 and was by his side when he passed in 2017, often felt that she was in a coercive relationship in which the publishing giant was dependent on her. "Towards the end of his life, I felt like I couldn't leave him. I had to take care of him," Crystal said. "It was like, 'OK, he adores me and he needs me, and he leans on me for so many different reasons and I can't leave him.' So I was there till the very end." Years later, she looks at things differently. "I'm only now just kind of learning what it means to be in a healthy relationship." Crystal is still president of Hef's foundation. "It's still complicated for me," she said of her involvement. "Hef was a narcissist and a misogynist … he was a very complicated human. But he also did a lot of good. He helped a lot of people and helped stand up for things. At the same time, he also hurt people in ways that he didn't realize."
Text exchange published
Bebe Rexha appears to be outing her boyfriend as a fat shamer. On Sunday, July 16, the singer posted a screenshot of a text message she allegedly got from Keyan Safyari, who she's dated since 2020. In the message, he said he loved Bebe but wanted to be honest. Citing a conversation the two had, Keyan texted, "Would you rather I lied to you? You gained 35 pounds obviously you gained weight and your face changes? Should I just pretend it didn't happen and that it's ok? Come on I gain 3 pounds and you call me chubbs and fat. Doesn't mean you don't love me." Keyan then wondered if the Grammy-nominated singer was "finding reasons" to split up. "Don't use something like that to weaponize your anger or anxiety or any insecurity you may have," the text continued. "You know I have always found you to be beautiful and loved you no matter what."
Jason Aldean is back on the horse after a heat-related incident cut his concert short. The country superstar ran off the stage during a concert in Connecticut on Saturday, July 15. Video showed Jason clearly struggling with the conditions of the evening. A few hours later, he took to Instagram to give a health update. "It was hot out, I was playing golf all day yesterday, and then [I] got to the show and there was a combination of dehydration and just heat exhaustion," Jason said. "So, I hear a lot of stuff going around, heat stroke, all this stuff. I don't think it was quite that serious, but it was pretty intense last night at the show." The "When She Says Baby" singer knew something wasn't right but tried to power through the 22-song set list. He left the stage after 13 songs, Us Weekly said. "I knew it wasn't gonna happen and I was trying to just get off stage and figure out what was going on," he said. After leaving the stage, the singer got "a couple of IVs" and felt better. "I apologize for cutting the show short, but we'll come back and make it up to you and I'm feeling a lot, lot better so thank you guys for checking in and, I don't know, we'll see you tonight," he said.
Testifying on behalf of Kevin
The Rocketman to the rescue! Kevin Spacey got a helping hand from Elton John in the actor's sexual assault trial in London. Kevin is accused of groping a man while driving to Elton's annual White Tie and Tiara Ball. The accuser said the incident happened in either in 2004 or 2005. On Monday, July 17, Elton testified remotely that Kevin only attended the party once, which was in 2001, far earlier than the accuser claims. Elton's husband, David Furnish, also testified Kevin only attended the 2001 bash, noting he went through photographs of the events to confirm the lone year. In addition, Elton said the Oscar winner spent the night at his house after the party.
Miranda Lambert temporarily halted her Las Vegas residency show this weekend after a group of fans couldn't stop taking selfies. The country singer had just begun singing "Tin Man" but decided she'd seen enough of what was happening in the crowd. "I'm gonna stop for a minute," she said, according to a video making the social media rounds. "These girls are worried about a selfie and not listening to the song, and it's p—— me off a little bit. I don't like it." The vast majority of the crowd screamed in favor of Miranda and her stance. "We're hear to here to some country music tonight. I'm singing some country damn music," she said before motioning to the women to put their phones down. Evidently they did, and the show continued.
Reunited! Four years after a dramatic falling out, former BFFs Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods are together again. The two women were photographed heading to dinner in Los Angeles over the weekend, marking it the first time they've been together (at least in public) since their friendship fell apart amid a Tristan Thompson cheating scandal. The women were once inseparable but that all changed in 2019 after Jordyn was accused of hooking up with Tristan, who was dating Khloe Kardashian, Kylie's sister, at the time. Jordyn later admitted that the former NBA star kissed her on the lips at a party, but she said there was "no passion." Kylie cut Jordyn out of her life, and the Kardashian-Jenner family essentially blacklisted her. "Why are you lying @jordynwoods ??" Khloe tweeted after Jordyn recounted the smooch with "Red Table Talk." "If you're going to try and save yourself by going public, INSTEAD OF CALLING ME PRIVATELY TO APOLOGIZE FIRST, at least be HONEST about your story. BTW, You ARE the reason my family broke up!" Fans ripped Khloe, as she seemingly pinned all blame on Jordyn and none on Tristan. Amid fan backlash, Khloe softened but still defended Tristan, who has a shaky record of faithfulness. "Tristan is equally to blame but Tristan is the father of my child. Regardless of what he does to me I won't do that to my daughter," the reality star wrote on Twitter. "He has been addressing this situation PRIVATELY. If Tristan were to lie publicly about what conspired, then yes I would address him publicly as well." Khloe and Tristan went on to have another child together, and the reality TV star said she'd forgiven Jordyn.