Kanye West splits from model Vinetria as Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson go bi-coastal
As Kim Kardashian West's romance with Pete Davidson continues heating up, her ex, Kanye West, has reportedly called it quits with model Vinetria. According to Page Six, Ye, 44, had been "hooking up" with the 22-year-old beauty "for a few months" after previously dating model Irina Shayk following his split from Kim. It's unclear when the casual relationship began, but Vinetria was photographed at a basketball game at the rapper's new school, Donda Academy, as recently as last month. Since then, Ye's issued a number of public pleas for Kim to come back to him, both on social media and in concert. Kim, who shares four kids with the rapper-designer, recently asked a judge to declare her legally single after filing for divorce in February. In the meantime, she's been getting ever closer to Pete, joining the "Saturday Night Live" star on New York City's Staten Island over the weekend before TMZ spotted the two sharing breakfast in Los Angeles together on Dec. 21 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
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Harry Styles is 'getting to know' Olivia Wilde's kids ahead of 1-year anniversary
Nearly one year into their relationship, Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles are spending more time with one another's closest family members. "Harry is slowly getting to know her kids," an insider recently told People. "Olivia is also spending time with Harry's mom." Olivia shares 7-year-old son, Otis, and 5-year-old daughter Daisy with her ex, Jason Sudeikis. She also just wrapped shooting "Babylon," an upcoming period drama that also stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. Olivia and Harry try "to see each other as much as possible," People's insider continues. "Olivia has been flying nonstop between L.A., where her kids live, to join Harry on tour. She always seems focused on just making it all work. She is really Harry's biggest fan." Asked about the sometimes over-the-top public interest in her relationship with Harry, Olivia explained in Vogue's January 2022 cover story that while it's "tempting" to set the record straight, "… when you're really happy, it doesn't matter what strangers think about you. All that matters to you is what's real, and what you love, and who you love." The couple's romance reportedly blossomed after Olivia directed Harry in the upcoming film, "Don't Worry Darling," due out in September.
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Ben Affleck just praised George Clooney for the sweetest reason …
When Ben Affleck was juggling his film work on "The Tender Bar" with being a father of three, he had an assist from director George Clooney that helped him get it all done. Ben shares Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and Sam, 9, with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner. And although he and Jen remain friends, live near one another and share custody of the kids, Ben says making the moments he has with the kids count is harder when they only spend half the week with him. "My life has really changed a lot. Once I had kids, it became very obvious to me that the priority was time with them," Ben explains in the new issue of People. "George was spectacular in that way. He's a dad too and would let me out on the weekends or cut me early. He really understood and appreciated how important it was to me to see my kids," he continues. "When I got divorced and had half the time. … trying to fit a whole week of dad into three and a half days, [it's] hard and stressful." Now, he says he's found his "standards" for living are different than they once were. "I don't want to go travel and do something if it's not really rewarding and meaningful," he says.
'Sex and the City' cast responds to Chris Noth sexual assault allegations
Chris Noth's "Sex and the City" costars have weighed in on sexual assault allegations he now faces from three women. In a joint statement on social media late on Dec. 20, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis wrote in white text against a black background: "We are deeply saddened to hear the allegations against Chris Noth. We support the women who have come forward and shared their painful experiences. We know it must be a very difficult thing to do and we commend them for it." Chris, who played Mr. Big on both "Sex and the City" and the new HBO Max reboot, "And Just Like That …," was accused by two women who told The Hollywood Reporter that he sexually assaulted them in separate incidents in New York City and Los Angeles in 2004 and 2015. Chris denied the claims, calling them "categorically false." On Dec. 17, a third woman came forward and claimed Chris, 67, sexually assaulted her at a New York City club in 2010, when she was 18. His rep called the third claim "a complete fabrication" in a statement to People. Since the allegations surfaced, Chris has lost his agent and been dropped from his current show, "The Equalizer." His ad for Peloton has also been taken down amid the fallout. Since no police reports were filed on any of the alleged assaults, there is currently no investigation, according to multiple outlets. Chris has been married to Tara Wilson since 2012.
Beyonce, Blue Ivy and the twins record new song for Tina Knowles' show
On Dec. 21, Beyoncé's mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson announced she's launching her very first Facebook Watch show — complete with a theme song recorded by Queen Bey, with some help from her kids, twins Sir and Rumi Carter, 4, and Bey and Jay-Z's Grammy Award-winning eldest daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, 9. Dubbed "Talks With Mama Tina," the series features Tina chatting with stars including Zendaya, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Kelly Rowland, Ciara, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and more. "I loved filming this show and sitting down with so many amazing people because we got to have such honest heartfelt conversations and I got to make them my famous GUMBO!" Tina wrote on Instagram this week alongside a trailer for the new show. "Thank you to my baby @beyonce and my beautiful grand babies for making this special theme song for the show," she added, before noting that she also spoke with "some of the mothers" of her "talented" guests. "Talks With Mama Tina" streams on Facebook Watch beginning Dec. 23.
Nicole Kidman talks Lucille Ball and being a woman over 40 in Hollywood
In Amazon Prime's "Being the Ricardos," Nicole Kidman plays Lucille Ball after her studio has deemed too old for movies by age 39, and ends up starring in "I Love Lucy," which premiered in 1951 when Lucille was 40 in real life. While 2021 is hardly 1951 when it comes to older women in Hollywood, Nicole, 54, says there's still plenty of ageism at work in the industry. In a new interview with DuJour published Dec. 21, the Oscar winner recalls how she experienced severe anxiety about having taken on the role, opposite Javier Bardem's Desi Arnaz, when she learned of a wave of social media opposition to her casting. "I thought, 'Oh, my God, I'm not the right person. Maybe I didn't think this thing through.' And then it was too late to get out of it," she shares. Calling the fear "part of my trajectory" as an actress, Nicole says: "It's also part of getting older and just looking at life." She explains: "There's a consensus in the industry that as a female actor, at about 40, you're done. I never sat in a chair and heard someone say, 'You're past your due date,' but I've had times where you're turned down and the door is shut on you. It's definitely changing and moving, but that's what 'Being the Ricardos' is about."
Ellen Pompeo calls for more diverse voices behind the camera in TV
After 18 seasons of playing Dr. Meredith Grey, Ellen Pompeo is pleased "Grey's Anatomy" has become more diverse since it premiered in 2005. But as she recently told Insider, the TV world still needs to step up more. "I still find that a lot of white people still feel like they've checked a box and they're good," Ellen said when asked about showrunner Shonda Rhimes' recent remark that she's "embarrassed for television" due to its slow crawl towards representation. "It's not enough to just have a Black character on a show or an Asian character on a show or a nonbinary character on the show," Ellen continued. "You then have to back that up and have representation in the writers room to write for that character." The "Gray's" star and co-Executive Producer also reiterated comments she's made before about being ready to say goodbye to the long-running ABC series. "I've been trying to focus on convincing everybody that it should end," she told Insider over the weekend. "I feel like I'm the super naive one who keeps saying, 'But what's the story going to be, what story are we going to tell?' And everyone's like, 'Who cares, Ellen? It makes a gazillion dollars.'" Looking ahead, Ellen says she's focused on her new startup Betr Remedies, a healthy equity-focused prescription drug sales group that donates one life-saving medicine to someone in need for every medication they sell. Ellen also says her new podcast, "Tell Me With Ellen Pompeo," will continue to be a platform for marginalized voices, according to Insider.
Kelly Clarkson loses bid to evict ex from ranch: Report
Kelly Clarkson's ex, Brandon Blackstock, will reportedly be allowed to continue living in the expensive Montana ranch the singer was awarded earlier this year in their divorce proceedings. According to an Us Weekly source, Kelly hoped "to get Brandon evicted from the Montana property that the judge awarded solely to her," since he's "been living in it and said he doesn't have the financial means to afford to purchase a residence of his own at this time." But the judge overseeing their case reportedly ruled in Brandon's favor. Kelly was given the $10.4 million ranch in accordance with a prenup, Us reported this week. She had unsuccessfully requested to sell the property, telling the court it cost her about $81,000 a month just to keep it in order. Kelly, who was declared legally single in August, is said to be forking over $200,000 a month to Brandon in spousal and child support. In April, Brandon was reportedly ordered to cover ranch expenses, presumably as long as he continues to live there. Kelly and Brandon split in November 2020.