Ivanka Trump is said to be "surprised and hurt" by Karlie Kloss' comments about Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, on social media this week. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, as "MAGA" rally attendees formed attacked and breached the U.S. Capitol building, Ivanka called them "American Patriots" on Twitter. She deleted the post, but a few hours later, Karlie, who's married to Jared's brother, Josh Kushner, tweeted: "Accepting the results of a legitimate democratic election is patriotic. Refusing to do so and inciting violence is anti-American." When someone wrote in the comments, "Tell your sister in law and brother law," Karlie replied, "I've tried." But according to a "friend of the family" (who painted Ivanka and Karlie's relationship in rather glowing terms), Karlie doesn't really discuss politics or other issues she's spoken out about publicly with the Trump family. "The tweet was brought to Ivanka's attention and she was mostly surprised because they're so close and talk on a regular basis, but never really about politics," the source told Page Six in a report published Friday. "Karlie likes to position herself publicly as an activist, yet she's never approached Ivanka on any of the issues [she's] championed like paid maternal leave, women in STEM and criminal justice reform. Karlie is public with her politics, but privately shies away from discussing them," the insider alleged. The source apparently also said Ivanka is "hurt" because she and Karlie are "close" and despite everything that was going on that day, "Ivanka would of course be open to hearing from Karlie about her views." After news of Ivanka's since deleted "patriots" tweet broke, White House correspondent Kate Bennett asked her if she really meant the violent mob was being "patriotic" in its actions. "No. Peaceful protest is patriotic," Ivanka replied. " Violence is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms."
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Sunny Hostin reveals COVID-19 killed both her husband's parents over the holidays
Sunny Hostin's husband, Manny, made an exception to his usual privacy rule this week so Sunny could use her platform on "The View" to address the losses their family recently suffered because of COVID-19. On the Friday, Jan. 8, edition of the show, Sunny, 52, said Manny's parents, Dr. Maria Jesus and Dr. A. Emmanuel, lost their battles with the disease just three days apart. Manny is a surgeon and both of his parents were physicians, she noted, and the group opted to skip getting together for Thanksgiving per CDC COVID-19 safety recommendations. "Although I've chosen a very public career, as most of you know, those of you that know my husband, Manny, know that he is intensely private," Sunny told viewers. "But after speaking with him, he felt that from a public health standpoint that it was very important for me to share that we are deeply saddened that Manny lost both of his parents over the holidays," she continued. "He lost his father on Dec. 28 and he lost his mother on New Year's Day, both to COVID." After adding that "after a lot of contact tracing, we still don't know how they contracted this virus and this disease," Sunny urged viewers to be vigilant about safety. "COVID is very, very serious. It is not a joke, it is not a hoax," she said. "We want everybody to know that you may think you're healthy and that you won't be impacted, but you could be an asymptomatic carrier, you could put someone you love at risk," Sunny continued. "So please, I beg of you, social distance, wear your mask, wash your hands. And if you get the opportunity to take this vaccine, take it."
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Katy Perry puts work on the backburner to focus on her new daughter
Before Katy Perry welcomed her first child with Orlando Bloom last year, she released a new album, "Smile." And less than two months after Daisy was born, Katy was back on the set of "American Idol." As the new year gets underway, though, the singer's pushed everything to the back burner so she can focus on being a mom. "Katy has put off some work commitments recently to fully immerse herself in motherhood," a source tells ET. "She is really happy and enjoying her time with Daisy." The singer's fiance, Orlando, is also in parent mode and like Katy, has been very "hands-on" since Daisy arrived, ET previously reported. "They're both focused on being a family and taking care of their daughter," the insider said.
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Beyonce's foundation begins application process for $5k housing assistance grants
Beyonce just kicked off the next phase of her foundation's COVID-19 relief efforts. On Thursday, Jan. 7, BeyGOOD, in partnership with the NAACP, opened the online application process for 100 housing assistance grants of up to $5000 each for those who have been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. When the foundation announced the grant program last month, the federal eviction moratorium was set to expire over the holidays. It's since been extended through Jan. 31, but groups in a number of states are pushing for additional or extended assistance, given the number of people facing eviction and mortgage foreclosure due to lost jobs or wages and illness or hospitalization. "When we were faced with the pandemic caused by COVID-19, we created a plan to make a difference," the foundation wrote in its December announcement. "We assisted organizations across the country that were providing people with basic needs like food, water, household supplies and COVID testing. We also provided mental health support. We then launched our BeyGOOD Small Business Impact fund and to date over 250 small businesses have received $10k grants." With Phase 2 of the plan, the foundation said, "Beyoncé is continuing her heart of support and helping where needed most." A second round of applications for housing assistance grants opens in February.
George Clooney: Riots put Trump family 'into the dustbin of history'
George Clooney is determined to find "something hopeful" in what he describes as the "disaster" that took place this week on Capitol Hill. Asked to comment on the riots that ensued after Donald Trump urged supporters at a rally there to "show strength" on Wednesday, Jan. 6, the Oscar winner said, "It's devastating to watch the people's house being desecrated in that way," in an appearance on KCRW's "The Business" podcast. "But it is also a tremendous overreach in a way," he continued. "Everybody kept waiting for, what's the one thing, the straw that breaks the camel's back and it just seemed like that line just kept getting moved and moved and moved and outrage didn't even matter anymore, even to the point of calling the Secretary of State in Georgia and pressuring him," the actor marveled, referencing the tape of the president asking Brad Raffensperger to "find" him "votes." "None of that seemed to matter. This mattered," George said. "This puts Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. Ivanka, all of them, into the dustbin of history. That name will now forever be associated with insurrection." As for calls to remove the president from office via the 25th Amendment, the actor and activist added: "If this is what it takes to set us on the right path, I think that — not that it's worth it, it's not worth it in any shape or form — but at least we should find something hopeful to come out of some of this disaster."
'Ellen' resumes in-studio production next week after COVID-19-related delays
Almost one month to the day after Ellen DeGeneres revealed she tested positive for COVID-19, her show is set to resume in-studio filming — with a virtual audience — on Monday, Jan. 11, People reported Friday. "For the safety of the staff and crew, the show will further reduce on-site personnel and maintain our industry-leading production protocols," a rep for the producers of the show told the outlet. The restart date for "Ellen" was actually delayed twice, according to the rap, once after the host contracted the virus and again when Los Angeles County saw a a huge rise in positive case numbers. In late December, both the office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health asked studios to "strongly consider pausing work for a few weeks during this catastrophic surge in COVID cases."
Kylie Jenner purges Instagram accounts she follows amid Kim Kardashian, Kanye West divorce talk
Kylie Jenner kicked off 2021 by unfollowing a slew of friends and associates on Instagram, leaving her following only 28 accounts. It's unclear whether the deep-clean was related to chatter about Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West's seemingly imminent split, but comments about the state of Kim's marriage certainly popped up in abundance on Kylie's newer posts. Fans first picked up on the purge, which removed pals including Sofia Richie, Fai Khadra, Rosalía and Harry Hudson, early in the week. For the most part, she's now just following relatives, along with extended family like her on-off boyfriend, Travis Scott, her sister Kourtney Kardashian's ex, Scott Disick, and her mom, Kris Jenner's boyfriend, Corey Gamble. A handful of fan accounts also survived the cuts, likely for business reasons.
Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan's post-royal exit arrangement is due to be reevaluated soon
Last March, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stunned the world — and the royal family — by announcing they were stepping down from their royal duties, the couple's new arrangement was expected to be reevaluated one year later. That marker is just around the corner, leading People to ask whether Harry and Meghan — who have introduced themselves using just their first names in recent public appearances including the podcast debut — will keep their HRH titles. The answer is a bit murky. Last spring, a rep for the Sussexes said the pair would, "remain members of the Royal Family and remain named and titled, as such," adding one caveat: "they will no longer actively use their 'HRH's." Whether that will change remains to be seen, as does the fate of Harry's military titles. A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, the former Army captain was recently denied when he asked to have poppies laid on his behalf at London's national memorial to fallen servicewomen and men. A source told People at the time that, "he was saddened and disappointed by the decision."
Taylor Swift addresses the meaning of 'It's Time To Go' after Karlie Kloss speculation
Following Taylor Swift's latest new music drop on Thursday, Jan. 7, her fans decided one of the new songs, "It's Time to Go," is about her seemingly defunct friendship with Karlie Kloss, with some added inspiration from Taylor's dealings with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta. On Friday, the singer waded into the conversation on Instagram — sort of. "The 'evermore' deluxe album with 2 bonus tracks 'right where you left me' and 'it's time to go' is now available!" Taylor posted. "The first is a song about a girl who stayed forever in the exact spot where her heart was broken, completely frozen in time," she continued. "'It's time to go' is about listening to your gut when it tells you to leave. How you always know before you know, you know? 🍂." Comments on the post, as with others on her page, were set to "limited."
Tessa Thompson calls NYE fender bender 'the loveliest accident I've had'
Tessa Thompson had a fitting end to the dumpster fire that was 2020. "I drove up a mountain to go to a cabin, and I thought, 'This will be totally safe from COVID-19 exposure because I won't see anybody,'" the "Westworld" star told Jimmy Kimmel of her New Year's Eve experience on Thursday, Jan. 7. "But I got into a car accident, so I did have a socially distanced interaction. I got hit by a big monster truck on the highway." Pressed on whether the truck was an actual monster truck, she assured Jimmy: "Let's put it this way. It is as 'monster' as a truck could be, driving with a regular commercial license." Still, the whole thing didn't end up being so bad. "I got hit, but I'm safe, obviously, and actually, the driver was very lovely in the end," Tessa explained. "After this year I think there's such gratitude at being alive," she added, "… that it was sort of the sweetest, loveliest accident of all the ones I've had."