David Schwimmer and wife Zoe Buckman are separating
David Schwimmer and Zoe Buckman are taking a time out from their marriage of nearly seven years. The couple shared a statement with Us Weekly on Wednesday, April 5, confirming their separation and plans to continue co-parenting their 5-year-old daughter, Cleo. "It is with great love, respect and friendship that we have decided to take some time apart while we determine the future of our relationship," the statement reads. "Our priority is, of course, our daughter's happiness and well being during this challenging time, and so we ask for your support and respect for our privacy as we continue to raise her together and navigate this new chapter for our family." David, 50, and Zoe, 31, began dating more than 10 years ago.
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Courteney Cox turned down Rachel because she 'identified' with Monica on 'Friends'
Try to imagine, if you will, a world in which you don't associate Courteney Cox with the uber-clean and perfectionistic Monica Geller. In a recent chat for the podcast "Off Camera With Sam Jones," Courteney admitted she read for — and turned down — the role of Rachel that eventually went to Jennifer Aniston on "Friends." "For some reason, I thought I related more to Monica, which, maybe, it's because I do," she said, according to Us Weekly. Looking back on the long-running series, the actress said the series "lightning in a bottle" from the beginning, "I know during the pilot I could tell it just worked," she said. "People responded to it. It felt right. I mean everybody was just, we got along, it just was a great group of people that were put together that were there for the right reason."
Kerry Washington on art, activism and why she's all about being 40
With a tiny new family member at home, a hit show that shows why black women's lives matter and a commitment to helping forge a more inclusive America, Kerry Washington is all about this point in her life, which she tells Glamour "is just getting better." "For me, 40 feels like a beginning. I'm in the middle of so much new—with this career, the kids, and I'm still sort of a newlywed. I'm excited to be at this stage in life," the "Scandal" star tells Glamour. Kerry's also excited about becoming a producer. "The charge of my production company, Simpson Street, is to tell stories that are about people, places, and situations that may not always be considered by the mainstream. Inclusivity is not about, you know, creating a world where straight white men have no voice; it's about creating a world where we all have a voice," she says. For Kerry, that applies to both Hollywood and America at large. "That idea of holding each other's hands at the Women's March—it feels like we are being invited to do that every day," she muses. "So many of us are feeling attacked, whether it's a woman's right to choose or headstones in a Jewish cemetery, immigrants being deported or banned. So many of us feel the need to protect and defend our democracy. And march toward the dream of being "We the people." So that's exciting, scary, and frustrating. We're awake. We are awake more than ever before, and we have to stay awake .… Can I say one more thing? For democracy to work, everybody has to have a voice. "
Chelsea Handler: Jennifer Aniston doesn't care about Brangelina split drama
The world's headline machines haven't stopped spitting out new information about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's split in months — but is Jennifer Aniston keeping up with the drama? Probably not, according to Jen's pal, Chelsea Handler. "I don't think Jen cares about what's going on and it's crazy that people think she does. As if she's sitting around caring about [Angelina]. I know I don't," Chelsea recently told You Magazine UK (via Celebitchy). Asked to explain her habit of saying unfriendly things about Angelina, Chelsea smiled and said, " just say what most people are thinking." Brad and Jen, who were married for five years before Brad got involved with Angelina, have reportedly been in touch about the split, sharing texts about Brad's situation.
Kelly Osbourne recounts battle with addiction, Lyme Disease, in new memoir
After eight years of sobriety and stem cell therapy that finally treated her debilitating Lyme Disease, Kelly Osbourne tells Us Weekly she wants to share her story to show others dealing with similar issues they're "not alone." Recounting the phone calls she would get advising her "to stop eating doughnuts because I was fat," as a kid, Kelly says, "I would cry my eyes out. I hated myself." She turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with the pain before realizing she was the only one who could "save" herself. Even after she quit taking pills because of her addiction, forced her to get back on painkillers to deal with the effects of her as-yet undiagnosed illness. "The doctors kept changing my prescription, trying to get the dosage right, and it turned me into a zombie," she writes in "There Is No F*cking Secret: Letters From a Badass Bitch." "My prescriptions kept piling up. I couldn't sleep, so they gave me Ambien. When Ambien made me nauseated, they switched me to Trazodone, but that gave me acid reflux, so then I had to take an antacid every day. I took cranberry extract and antibiotics because one medication made me prone to getting urinary tract infections. Painkillers — for an ex–painkiller addict — to help with the head and body aches. Not kidding — I had pills to deal with the anxiety that I was having from taking so many pills." She finally hit her "breaking point," she says in the book, and went to her mom to announce she was done being "a vegetable." Finally, alternative medicine expert Philip Battiade and told him she thought she had Lyme Disease. "For the first time, someone listened to me, and I got tested. The results were positive: I had stage III neurological Lyme disease. I was relieved to finally know what was going on, but I was also scared s—-less, she admits. Today, Kelly writes, "I've learned to advocate for myself when it comes to my health, and I trust my intuition." The memoir hits shelves April 25.
Selena Gomez named 2017 WE Day California host
Selena Gomez has been tasked with hosting 2017 WE Day California, an event focused on inspiring young people to advocate for social change, on April 27. "My first WE Day experience was three years ago and to say I was impressed is an understatement," Selena said in a statement. "The electricity of an arena full of thousands of young people who are making real change in the world is like nothing I've ever experienced. I am grateful to be a part of such a supportive community and hope I can inspire the kids at WE Day just as they continue to inspire me." Other celebs involved in this year's WE Day include Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys — and Miss Piggy. (Because diva-pigs care about education, the environment, hunger and homelessness, too!)
Drake endorses Chance the Rapper for mayor
If it were up to Chance the Rapper's Chicago fans, he'd be running the Windy City. A new petition surfaced this week at chanoformayor.com, begging Chance to take a more formal leadership role in the town where he's become a vocal advocate for issues like education. "Hey Chance, We think you'd be a great mayor. We love your music — we've been following your career from the first 10 days. We also love the work you've done to give back to the city that raised you," the petition reads. "You represent Chicago on the world stage and you do us proud… We think if you ran, you would win. And if you won, you would do a good ass job. … You'd send a message that Chicago is ready for a new generation of leadership." The campaign has at least one famous member who agrees with Chi-town's fans, too: When TMZ caught up with Drake this week, a reporter asked if Chance would make a good mayor. "Yeah," said Drake," I do."
Minka Kelly weighs in on Equal Pay Day with a 'FEMINI$T' top
Fun fact: Feminism is not anti-guy. It's about leveling the playing ground, a distinction Minka Kelly pointed out on Instagram this week while promoting her collaboration with the sustainable company, FashionAble. "Did you know that April 4th is #EqualPayDay?" Minka asked, sharing a picture of herself in a shirt from FashionAble. "The word FEMINIST can be divisive. It has emboldened some and made others feel uncomfortable. But in reality, a FEMINIST is a person who believes in equality," she continued. "At FASHIONABLE, we believe equality is something that we all – women and men – should be proud to support. At the core of our mission, we fight for equal opportunity for women, both in job possibilities and income. This makes us proud to be called FEMINISTS." Other celebs who spoke out about Equal Pay Day this week included Whoopi Goldberg, Emmy Rossum, Gina Rodriguez and HeForShe campaigner Emma Watson, who shared a statistic showing women are paid 20 percent less than men on average in America. The numbers for black and Hispanic women versus men are even more disproportionate, she added.
Kristen Dunst talks sex scene with Colin Farrell
"I am on the floor and my clothes are being ripped." That's how Kristen Dunst summarized her sex scene for "The Beguiled," which she stars in opposite Colin Farrell. "I don't like it, I don't like it. To be honest, I'm like, 'Let's get this over with as fast as possible," she tells E! News when asked how she normally reacts to love scenes. Adding that male directors tend to "to shoot [those scenes] from every angle," the actress conceded that it could have been worse this time. "At least [director] Sofia [Coppola}'s like, 'We're going to get this done quick, we're just gonna shoot it here, we'll do three takes, be done.'" Colin later acknowledged sex scenes are a different ball game for women than they are for men. "It's harder for women," he said. "And women have in the history of cinema … been more exploited of course, through the means of sexuality, by men than men have. So, it's situations like that, any love scenes that I've been a party to over the years, you just [do] whatever your female dance partner needs."