'My perfect soulmate:' Jessica Simpson posts moving tribute to Eric Johnson on their anniversary
Jessica Simpson has a knack for writing seriously heartfelt posts in honor of Eric Johnson — and that's just how she marked the couple's sixth wedding anniversary on Instagram on Sunday night after he gave her a massive crystal butterfly as an anniversary gift. Sharing a photo of the two with the sparkly purple crystal creation, Simpson waxed poetic about her feelings for her partner of more than a decade, telling him: "Eric Johnson, my Husband, I love you. 6yrs ago today I married my perfect soulmate. Our unity was written in God's sky of colliding stars. Together we manifest dreams, nurture desire, and hold space. Destined, it always has been and always will be, forevermore." She added that, "anyone who knows me at all knows that this crystal butterfly is my dream gift 🦋," and closed by sharing a quote from "Wuthering Heights." "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same," the Emily Bronte passage read. Simpson and Johnson tied the knot in July 2014 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, after meeting in 2010 when the former NFL player came to a party at his future-wife's house with a mutual friend, according to People.
Meghan McCain calls Kanye West 'unhinged and erratic' after his presidential bid announcement
ICYMI, Kanye West was feeling so patriotic on the Fourth of July that he threatened once again to make a bid for the White House. "We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION," tweeted the rapper and designer, who told GQ this spring he planned to vote for Donald Trump … after previously boasting he's not registered to vote. While some fans responded with encouragement — "You have my full support," wrote Elon Musk — others, including Meghan McCain, responded with clear frustration. "There is no woman on planet earth, celebrity or private who could behave as unhinged and erratic as Kanye has the past few years & be taken seriously as a presidential candidate," tweeted the "View" co-host. "Women are punished for raising our voices on tv, let alone saying things like 'slavery was a choice.'" McCain, of course, was referring to comments 'Ye made during his controversial 2018 interview with TMZ Live. (He later said the comment was intended to mean Black people were "mentally imprisoned;" TMZ reported the rapper had gone off his psychiatric medication.) West previously said he was running for president at the 2015 MTV Music Video Awards. As of Monday, he had not registered his name with the FEC for the November election, according to multiple outlets.
Tom Cruise spotted practicing stunts for 'Mission: Impossible' 7 after news production will resume amid COVID-19
While most of Hollywood remains on lockdown as the pandemic continues to surge, Tom Cruise is back in action practicing stunts outside London. On Monday, the Daily Mail published clips of the actor, 58, racing a motocross bike around a dirt track custom built for Cruise in a rented field and flying a helicopter in Oxfordshire, England, as he preps for production to resume on "Mission Impossible" 7.0. Filming for the movie had only just begun in Italy in February when Europe began shuttering its economy in the interest of stopping the spread of the coronavirus. The cast an crew of "Mission: Impossible" are now expected to get back to work thanks to a green light from the British government, which is also allowing certain actors and crew members, including Cruise, to enter the U.K. without going into a two-week quarantine. The stipulation only grants such access for those working specifically on British film and TV projects. "We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again," said Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, according to the Mail. Those who qualify for the exemption will be required to live and work in what the Mail called "bubbled environments" during their stay. Cruise's latest installment of the Ethan Hunt franchise is slated for a November 2021 release.
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Lizzo claps back at vacation home owner she says kicked her out early, mocked her, threatened to call the police on her
Lizzo has some words — and moves — for the owner of a vacation rental she says forced her out of the space early after threatening to call the police on the singer and her friends, all of whom she says got tested for COVID-19 prior to their trip. On Sunday, the three-time Grammy winner followed up a handful of sun-filled Instagram posts that showed her lounging poolside with her pals with a close-up video of her twerking by another pool. "This is for the man that kicked me out of my 7-day rental 3 days early yesterday," Lizzo captioned the clip. "This is for mocking the way that I dance and for using Instagram footage of me and my 6 black homegirls to say that we could 'hurt him' and threaten to call the police. I know you're watching my page so I just want you to know you can't stop this black girls' shine. Thanks for kicking us out cus this house is better anyways. Xoxo." Though she didn't call out the rental owner by name, dozens of her fans have urged her to do so so they could avoid renting from him.
Zach Braff promises to look after best friend Nick Cordero's wife and son in the wake of his death
After struggling in the hospital for months, Tony-nominated actor Nick Cordero lost his battle with COVID-19 over the weekend. In the wake of his death, Cordero's best friend, Zach Braff, has made a vow to look after the late actor's wife, Amanda Kloots, and their young child. "Nick Cordero passed at 11:40am today with his wife and mother by his side. I have honestly never known a kinder person. But Covid doesn't care about the purity of your soul, or the goodness in your heart," Zach wrote on Instagram on Sunday. "The last thing he ever texted me was to look out for his wife and one year old son, Elvis, he continued. "I promise the world they will never want for anything. I feel so incredibly grateful I got to have Nick Cordero enter my life. Rest In Peace. Rest in Power." Kloots was the first to announce the news Sunday, sharing with fans that while her husband "gently left this earth" surrounded by his loved ones, she is "hurting everywhere" and "heartbroken."
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan talk to young commonwealth leaders about racism, bias and injustice
Last week, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan opened up a discussion about racism, equality and justice with young leaders from the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, a network that "champions, funds and connects young leaders who are working hard to change the world," according to its mission statement. Calling the time we live in a "moment of reckoning," Meghan, who serves as the group's vice president, opened by talking about the "self-reflection" so many are doing around the globe as a means of "acknowledging what mistakes we've all made," according to a YouTube video of the conversation (via USAToday). Harry, the QCT's president, added, "When it comes to institutional, systemic racism, it's there and it stays there because someone, somewhere is benefiting from it. We can't deny or ignore the fact that all of us have been brought up and educated to see the world differently, however, once you start to realize that there is that bias there, then you need to acknowledge it." Later, Meghan acknowledged that "racism and unconscious bias" surface "not just in the big moments" but in "quiet moments," too. "It makes it confusing for a lot of people to understand the role that they play in that, both passively and actively," she said After the group wrapped up its discussion, Harry encouraged the other members by reminding them how key they are as countries around the world grapple with difficult issues. "You are the next generation of leadership which this world so desperately needs as it goes through this healing process," he said. "There's nothing that's stopping you now," Meghan added, "knowing that you have the attention of the world."
Khloe Kardashian celebrates the Fourth of July with ex, Tristan Thompson
As romance rumors continue, Khloe Kardashian's still not giving up much in the way of details about where things stand between her and her ex, Tristan Thompson. But E! News reports the seemingly on-again twosome celebrated the Fourth of July together over the weekend at the NBA star's home in Los Angeles. Tristan, who's been quarantining with Khloe and their daughter True, even extended an invite to Khloe's sister, Kourtney Kardashian, their mom, Kris Jenner, and her boyfriend, Corey Gamble. Though Khloe's avoided being specific about her current relationship status, she has assured fans she and Tristan are not engaged, in spite of rumors to the contrary.
Director David Ayer responds to 'brownface' complaints about Shia LaBeouf in 'The Tax Collector'
Shia LaBeouf's new movie, "The Tax Collector," isn't due out until August, but armchair critics already have issues with the trailer. Over the weekend, some Twitter users slammed the star for playing a crime boss in the world of Hispanic Latin gangs in "brownface," while others complained that the role shouldn't have gone to a white actor. "It's so sad we don't have enough Chicano actors who were in the gang life for roles like this. Thank God for that little white boy stepping in and saving the day," wrote one sarcastic user (via Page Six). "Oh hey, another movie w/ Latinos and Blacks in glorified gang culture on steroids that reinforces stereotypes & fears for white folks & promotes the cop mentality that 'it's a battlefield out there,'" tweeted another. "Sigh…..Hollywood, come on. We don't need this right now." Responding to the criticism, director David Ayer spoke up to say LeBeouf is "playing a whiteboy who grew up in the hood" in his film. "This is a Jewish dude playing a white character. Also the only white dude in the movie," he posted. "The Tax Collector" hits select theaters and on-demand streaming services Aug. 7.
Kylie and Kendall Jenner deny allegations they never paid garment workers who made their Kendall + Kylie products
For weeks, Instagram accounts like @DietPrada have alleged Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner failed to pay garment workers making their Kendall + Kylie products at Global Brands Group (GBG) factories in Bangladesh early on in the pandemic. The accusations appear to have come from GBG's use of the Kendall + Kylie logo in the "brands" section of its website. According to a statement from Kendall and Kylie themselves, however, their eponymous brand is owned by Canada Inc., not GBG, and they don't even manufacture anything in Bangladesh. "We would like to address the unfortunate and incorrect rumor that Global Brands Group owns the Kendall + Kylie brand and that we have neglected to pay factory workers in Bangladesh as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic," the Jenners said in a statement posted to their feed (via Cosmopolitan). "This is untrue. The Kendall + Kylie brand is owned by 3072541 Canada Inc., not GBG. The brand has worked with CAA-GBG in the past in a sales and business development capacity only." The sisters added: "We know these are trying times for the fashion industry and garment workers as a whole, and we continue to support all of our partners working in factories who produce our products. We manufacture in countries all over the world and have not received any concerns from the factories who produce our goods."
Deacon Phillippe is releasing his first song
Could Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe's 16-year-old son, Deacon Phillippe, could be the music world's next pop star? According to JustJared, the teen announced on Instagram this week that he's planning to release his first song on Friday. Featuring singer/songwriter, Nina Nesbitt, the track is called "Long Run." No word yet on the genre or other musicians who may have been involved with the recording.