Jessica Simpson shares new details about her divorce from Nick Lachey
In her new memoir, "Open Book," Jessica Simpson shies away from nothing, sharing candid and in many cases difficult memories about her past, from the revelation that she got sober in 2017 after a battle with alcohol and stimulants to the sexual abuse she endured as a little girl. The singer turned businesswoman also opens up about her most public romances, including her marriage to Nick Lachey, which made her a household name in the early 2000s when they appeared on the reality show, "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica." In her book, Jessica reveals she met the 98 Degrees singer at a Christmas party in 1998 and knew he was The One — or so she thought. '"Hi I'm Nick," he said. Hello, my life. I thought," she writes (via The Blast). Explaining the nature of their attraction, Jessica says, "Nick loved the fact that I was so strong in my faith and that I had this wide-eyed innocent approach to life." They got engaged in 2002 but as she tells her readers, they soon fell victim to career-related anxiety. "We had been together almost seven years when I told Nick, 'I think I want a divorce,'" she recalls. Referencing a quote from Nick she saw in the press at the time in which he said he was "blindsided" by the split, she said that seemed off to her. "At that point we were not even speaking to each other. Maybe he was just shocked that I stood up for myself. I don't think he ever thought I would take the leap," she muses. Jessica went on to marry Eric Johnson, with whom she's currently happy and raising three children. But as she explains in "Open Book," the divorce took a toll on multiple levels. Because they had no prenup, she says she was forced to fork over $12 million to Nick, who earned less while they were together. "Open Book" hits shelves Feb. 4.
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Juice WRLD's cause of death ruled 'an accident;' family announces public tribute, music release
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office announced this week that rapper Juice WRLD (Jarad Anthony Higgins) died of an accidental overdose of codeine and oxycodone, according to NPR. Following the announcement, both from the AP and the office's Twitter, Juice's family issued a statement via his social media. "From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank each and every one of you for your undivided adoration and love for Juice," the statement read. "You guys meant the entire world to Juice and by listening to his music, watching his videos and sharing your stories about him, you are keeping his memory alive forever. We plan to honor Juice's talents, his spirit, and the love he felt for his fans by sharing unreleased music and other projects that he was passionately in the process of developing. There will be a public tribute in Chicago, details will be shared soon." The promising young artist died last month shortly after his 21st birthday. He had flown into into his hometown of Chicago before reportedly suffering a seizure at Midway International Airport on Dec. 8. He was given Narcan and rushed to a hospital. In 2018, he discussed his struggle to stop using Xanax in an interview with the New York Times. "I smoke weed, and every now and then I slip up and do something that's poor judgment," he told the outlet at the time. "I have a lot going for me, I recognize it's a lot of big things, a lot of big looks. I want to be there, and you don't have to overdose to not be there."
Brad Pitt was 'blissfully naive' about reactions to his SAG reunion with ex, jennifer Aniston
As far as Brad Pitt's concerned, the Internet is welcomed to lose its collective mind over his SAG Awards reunion with his ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston. Speaking to ET this week, the star said he was unaware of the fireworks the two set off by congratulating one another on their wins — and that's just fine with him. "I don't know. I'm blissfully naïve and I'm gonna stay that way," he said of the reactions. According to a People source, the former couple's brief, if sweet interaction was the result of nothing more than two friends who are "happy for each other." Jen and Brad were married for five years. they divorced in 2005 and have stayed friends. Last February, when Jen celebrated her 50th with a party in Los Angeles, she invited Brad , who stopped by the event after sending his love with a gift.
SJP reveals who she thinks Carrie should have ended up with on 'Sex and the City'
Even Sarah Jessica Parker struggled with whether her "Sex and the City" character, Carrie Bradshaw, should end up with Big (Chris Noth) or Aidan (John Corbett) during the long run of the show. But as she said on the "Bradshaw Boys" podcast during a call-in appearance this week, she ultimately knew in her heart where Carrie should land. "As you can imagine, this puts me in a terrible position," she said when asked to choose (via ET). "There is a very quick and simple answer. You have to be Team Big or Team John (Big's real name). I guess, only because you can't tell a story that long and not in the most conventional way kind of root for that ending. And I love Chris Noth so much, and it felt wonderfully and skillfully written by Michael Patrick [King]." In perfect Carrie fashion, she then flip-flopped the other way: "But I love John Corbett so much and I loved Aidan. I loved his Aidan," she said. "The best of both worlds is in fact having your cake and eating it too. So I feel like I got both teams." So …? "Ultimately, Carrie should have ended up with Big," SJP said, "… but it was a delight to mess around before she arrived at that."
John Boyega shares footage of the emotional moment when he gave his parents a new house
Now that he's made it to the big leagues, John Boyega is relishing his success by sharing it with two A-listers who mean more than anyone to him — his parents. On Instagram this week, the "Star Wars" actor shared a video clip that showed his parents coming to what they thought was an interview about the son. "I just bought my mum and dad a house," he says in the clip (via E! News). "I've always wanted to do that." When his parents walk into the London home where they've been told the interview will be filmed, John announces: "I'm here to tell you, there's no interview. That was a lie. This is your new house. It belongs to you." He goes on to say he'd been working on the purcahse for months, then thanks them for supporting him his whole life. As he hugs his father, John's dad is visibly moved and wipes away his tears. "Moments like these make all the hard work worth it," John wrote alongside the clip. He told ET about the gift back in 2017 but this was the first time he showed footage of the emotional moment he gave it to his parents.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' son broke his nose while wrestling
"You win some, you lose some, and sometimes you get a tampon shoved up your nose." That's how proud wrestling parent Kelly Ripa captioned a photo of her 16-year-old son, Joaquin, on Instagram, after he competed in the Mayor's Cup tournament in New York City over the weekend. On the Wednesday, Jan. 23, edition of "Live with Kelly and Ryan," the co-host revealed that Joaquin broke his nose in the ring — and neither she nor her husband Mark Consuelos even knew it had happened at first. "He took a knee to the nose," she told Rynan (via People). Ultimately, she said "he was fine" — he'd been wrestling a close friend, apparently — but he did get hurt badly enough that a medic rushed out to check on him. "From our point of view, it looked like he got poked in the eye," she said. "I was like, 'I get it, that hurts, sometimes your eye won't open.' But we were like, 'OK, Joaquin, for heaven's sakes, pull yourself together.' And I was saying, 'See? He's an actor.' Because he was [covering his face]. It was very dramatic!" That's when she noticed the team helping him was "rubbing" something. "What we don't know that we can't see is that he's bleeding and they're wiping the blood off of him," she continued. In the end, though, Joaquin won the match. "Did you know that when you break your nose while you're wrestling, that they put tampons up there?" Kelly asked Ryan. "I guess the doctor looked at him and said, 'Put two tampons up there and call me in the morning.'" Nothing like having your mom discuss your tampon-nose on national TV while making corny jokes …
Justin Timberlake is reportedly 'trying … to prove himself' to Jessica Biel after costar incident
Justin Timberlake has some more work to do before his wife Jessica Biel will be ready to forgive him for getting too close for comfort with a costar in New Orleans last year. That's according to an Us Weekly source who tells the tab the stars are going to therapy to work on their marriage after the incident, in which Justin was photographed holding hands with his "Palmer" costar while the two were out one night in New Orleans, where they shot the film. "Sometimes they'll have a great day together, and other days they argue," says the Us insider. "Justin knows exactly what Jessica wants to hear to relieve any stress. They believe it's constructive for their relationship…he is trying his hardest to prove himself."
Harvey Weinstein's defense team questions Annabella Sciorra's decision to remain in her home after he allegedly barged in
Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault continued in New York City on Thursday, Jan. 23, with testimony from "Sopranos" alum Annabella Sciorra, who discussed what she recalled about allegedly being attacked by the former producer in her apartment more than 25 years ago. According to Page Six, defense lawyer Donna Rotunno demanded to know why the actress hadn't tried to "walk out" of her own apartment once Weinstein started unbuttoning his shirt after barging inside. "He is too big," she said of Weinstein, who stands at nearly 6 feet tall and weighs about 300 pounds. The defense then focused on Sciorra's acting career, implying that she invents stories for a living. The trial is expected to continue for the next few months.
Olivia Culpo sends a warning to Jesse Metcalfe after his split from Cara Santana: 'Don't cheat'
Olivia Culpo doesn't mess around when it comes to defending the women closest to her. She made that clear with a pair of memes she posted on her Instagram Story this week as her bestie, Cara Santana, recovered from seeing photos of her now former fiance Jesse Metcalfe wrapping his arms around one woman hours after holding hands with another. In one post (via the Daily Mail), Olivia shared a screenshot from "Hole Alone" that showed Macaulay Culkin holding a huge gun. "When someone upsets my best friend," she wrote, adding a Cara Santana tag. In a second post, Olivia shared an image of Regina George from "Mean Girls," captioned with a quote from the movie that read, "Don't cheat … nobody likes a cheater." Cara and Jesse reportedly ended their engagement after the photos appeared online. The couple had already been together for five years back in 2016 when they got engaged.