Premature labor scare
"Grey's Anatomy" alum Sarah Drew recently opened up about how she accidentally inducing her own labor while shooting an intense birth scene as Dr. April Kepner during Season 11. "I was playing a story where I was pregnant and my child in utero had a fatal disease that was causing it pain," Sarah recalled on the May 17 edition of the "HypochondriActor" podcast. "I had to do an induction termination and hold the baby while it died in my arms — and I had to shoot the delivery and death scene like when I was eight months pregnant," she continued. Sarah, now 42, said viewers could "see the pain in my face" and while she managed to film without "coughing or pushing" she was "clenching" to create the appearance of a woman in labor and about to give birth. Just ten hours after shooting the scene, including the harrowing moment her character loses the baby, Sarah said, "I went into premature labor."
Today, her daughter, Hannah, is a healthy 8-year-old, but she initially spent 11 days in neonatal intensive care, suffering from respiratory issue. "It's all just like punching me in the face — like, every single piece of it because I had I thought I had a whole other month. And then there's guilt because I chose to play the storyline. So then I'm just like, 'Oh, I did this to my baby. I chose my career over the safety and well-being of my baby," the actress recalled. In the end, Sarah not only forgave herself, she came to see how filming that scene helped her get through her daughter's health scare. "Having just played something that was really emotionally intense revolving around a baby, in some ways, prepared me to weather those 11 days," she told People in 2020. "I was equipped to handle it, which is really crazy and weird. It was a wild life imitating art situation."
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In a new interview with Megyn Kelly, Roseanne Barr claims her longtime "Roseanne" co-star Sara Gilbert "stabbed [her] in the back" and "repeatedly twisted" the knife amid fallout from a racist tweet Roseanne posted in 2018. The tweet included offensive comments and racial stereotypes in reference to former President Barack Obama's adviser Valerie Jarrett. It sparked widespread condemnation; ABC fired Roseanne and canceled the "Roseanne" revival before launching the spin-off, "The Conners." But Roseanne zeroed in on Sara's response — a tweet branding Roseanne's comments "abhorrent" and asserting that they "do not reflect the beliefs of the cast and crew or anyone associated with our show."
Speaking to Megyn on her SiriusXM show, Roseanne said of Sara: "It was her tweet that canceled the show. And then she tweeted 'It's sad when one cast member,' something about racist, blah, blah. And I was floored. I was just floored. And you know, but she ends up owning my work and Tom Werner becomes her partner in owning my work." Sara was an executive producer on the reboot and according to Roseanne, Sara had "begged" her to "come back" for the revival, promising to "protect" Roseanne. "It wasn't enough that she stabbed me in the back … but then she would go on her talk show every day and talk about how shocked she was at my racism on top of it," Roseanne continued. Eventually, she said she "called [Sara] up and I said, just like this, 'You better shut your blankin' mouth about me. I'm telling you, you better shut your e***** mouth.' And she did." As for her character being killed off, Roseanne said she "thought they were sending a message over the airwaves because they knew I had mental health issues" and wanted her to do something drastic. Sara has not commented publicly on the interview as of Thursday, May 17.
The Baldwin clan gained a new family member this week. On Thursday, May 18, Ireland Baldwin shared a smiley selfie from her hospital bed, where she was holding her new baby daughter as her partner RAC sweetly leaned his cheek up against hers. "Holland," she captioned the post, which earned lots of love from fellow Baldwins including Ireland's dad, Alec Baldwin, who wrote, "Amazing." The new mama's step-mother, Hilaria Baldwin, and cousin, Hailey Bieber, also chimed in to congratulate the couple. "Cryin," Hailey wrote. Ireland announced she was pregnant in December 2022 and has spoken candidly about her surprise that pregnancy turned out to be so rough on her body. During a chat on "Girlboss radio in January, she hinted she was expecting a girl and revealed she and RAC had already picked out a name. "I'm Ireland, so [we chose] another country name because we wanted to keep that consistent," she said at the time. "I've always loved that name since I was young. I just thought that was such a classy, beautiful name."
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Jon Gosselin is gearing up to celebrate two of his kids' high school graduations. But he hasn't spoken to the twin daughters he shares with ex, Kate Gosselin, in nine years, and it's been four years since he's spoken with his other four children. "The last time I spoke to Mady and Cara was 2014," the former "Jon & Kate Plus 8" star told The Sun this week. Mady and Cara, 22, are the eldest of Jon and Kate's kids, and have been estranged from their dad in the wake of their parents' long and bitter custody battle. "I periodically text Mady and Cara to see if I get a response, and at this point, I've never heard from them," Jon said. He and Kate also share sextuplets; Hannah and Collin live with their dad, while Aaden, Joel, Alexis and Leah live with their mom and remain estranged from Jon.
"I am attending Hannah and Collin's graduation. We will have a graduation party for Hannah and Collin sometime in the near future after their actual graduation date. Sadly I won't be attending the other kids' high school graduation. The last time I spoke to [them] was in 2018," Jon said. "I will never give up trying to talk to my children. I'm hoping with social media that maybe they might reach out to me at some point, he added. "The door is always open to rekindle any kind of relationship. I've tried for years for any interaction with any of my other kids, but nothing yet."
True 'Flowers' inspiration revealed
Miley Cyrus is clarifying those theories about the relationship between her hit single "Flowers" and her ex, Liam Hemsworth. With lyrics like "I can love me better than you can" and references to moving on from what was once a good as "gold" romance until the couple watched their house "burn," the track immediately spawned fan assumptions that it was inspired by her 2020 divorce from Liam after 10 years together. Turns out, it's not quite that simple. "I never need to be a master at the craft of tricking an audience. It will set itself on fire all by itself," Miley says when asked about the connection in British Vogue's June 2023 cover story. "I wrote it in a really different way," she continues. "The chorus was originally: 'I can buy myself flowers, write my name in the sand, but I can't love me better than you can.' It used to be more, like, 1950s. The saddest song. Like: 'Sure, I can be my own lover, but you're so much better.'" She decided to give it an edit, though. "The song is a little fake it till you make it. Which I'm a big fan of," she says.
In the end, Vogue concludes the singer, now 30, "is allergic" to the notion of listeners attributing any of her latest music to one specific relationship, because that's not how her writing works. Looking back on the end of her relationship with Liam — whose name she never uses in the interview — Miley says, "I wouldn't erase my story or want it to be erased," then adds, "Having an interesting life makes for interesting storytelling."
Another legal victory
Ed Sheeran just won his second copyright lawsuit of the month. Both suits stem from allegations the singer lifted ideas from Marvin Gaye's 1973 classic, "Let's Get It On," and incorporated them into his hit, "Thinking out Loud." While the first suit was brought by the family of Marvin's co-writer Edward Townsend, the second was filed against Ed by Structured Asset Sales LLC, which owns one-third of the copyright to "Let's Get It On," according to CNN. After a trial jury in New York City found Ed wrote "Thinking Out Loud" "independently," a federal district judge tossed the second suit, the outlet reported Thursday, May 18, one day after Federal District Judge Lewis Stanton's ruling was handed down. The judge determined Ed's use of a similar chord progression and harmonic rhythm doesn't warrant copyright protection because, "The selection and arrangement of these two musical elements in 'Let's Get It On' is now commonplace and thus their combination is unprotectable."
Ed was previously sued for $20 million over claims he stole elements from a 2012 song called "Amazing" that was performed by "The X Factor" star Matt Cardle and used them in his 2015 track, "Photograph." Ed and the songwriters reached a settlement — and Matt publicly defended Ed, calling him "a genius."
Car chase response
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were reportedly still feeling "shaken" two days after they were involved in what their rep described as "a near catastrophic car chase at the hands of a ring of highly aggressive paparazzi" in New York City. That's according to a People source who told the outlet on Thursday, May 18, "It was a disturbing situation, and they were shaken but they are glad everyone's OK." While Buckingham Palace is not expected to address the incident — a spokesperson had no comment when contacted by People on Wednesday — an insider has since told Entertainment Tonight that Harry has also not heard from his family members personally since the chase made headlines.
Whoopi Goldberg, meanwhile, aired her opinion on the car chase narrative on "The View," throwing a good amount of shade at the description of events. "Their spokesperson called it a 'near-catastrophic car chase.' Others said it wasn't bad, but I think people in New York know if it was possible to have car chases in New York, we'd all make it to the theater on time," Whoopi speculated. "I think their spokesperson referenced something that you generally would reference in Los Angeles. That's where you have chases," she continued. While she allowed that they "were dealing with aggressive paparazzi," she said an actual chase "just doesn't work in New York."