Anderson Cooper's mom offered to be his surrogate at 85
Anderson Cooper says his 85-year-old mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, offered to be his surrogate when he began planning to become a father. It wasn't just a passing thought, either — she even went to see a gynecologist to get confirmation she could carry a child in her 80s. "She says to me, 'Honey, I'm not talking about having a child of my own. I mean, that's crazy, I'm 85 …," Anderson recalled this week on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" (via ET). "'I was thinking, you get an egg and fertilize it with a sperm, and I'll carry your child,'" he continued, mimicking her voice. "I finally said to her, I was like, 'Mom, I love you, but even for you, that is just bats*** crazy. That is just nuts.' That is so weirdly oedipal on a whole new level." He added — perhaps correctly — "That kid would be on the cover of The New York Post for the rest of its life." She didn't stop there, though. Anderson went on to recall how two years after she first brought up the idea, he got something from his mom in the mail. "… It's a newspaper clipping," he explained, "and it's a photograph, the headline is, 'Grandmother Bears Child for Son,' and it's some woman, I think in Italy who was like 65 or something, or 70." He said it was about a woman who carried her gay son's child. "And it's a photo of her in the labor room in the stirrups," he continued. "She's in the delivery room with her legs in the thing, and her son and his husband are right there, ready to catch. And my mom has circled it, and written in a note, 'See!'" Alas, Gloria failed to convince her son that she should carry his first born. Anderson welcomed his son last year with the help of a surrogate who was not related to him (ahem). He's now raising Wyatt with his ex and close friend, Benjamin Maisani. Gloria passed away in 2019.
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'Excited' Kate Hudson dishes on her upcoming wedding to Danny Fujikawa
It's been less than two weeks since Kate Hudson and Danny Fujikawa announced their engagement, but the bride-to-be is already thinking about her guest list — and it's not likely to be a small one. During a chat with Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live" on Sept. 23, the bride-to-be shared some early details about what might be in store for the couple's ceremony. Asked why she decided to get engaged now, Kate clarified, "Well, I didn't decide, I was asked. And I decided to say yes." She giggled then said she's "really excited," though she hasn't "really wrapped my head around the planning process" just yet. "But I think I'm just gonna invite the people that I love the most and I have a feeling it might end up being kind of big," she added. The "Knives Out 2" star started dating Danny back in 2017; they share a daughter, Rani. Kate's also mom to two sons from previous relationships.
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Harry Styles has been off the market for months now, thanks to his romance with Olivia Wilde, but the 1D alum seems more than happy to share dating advice with his fans. In fact, that's just what the singer did in the middle of his concert in Detroit earlier this week. A video making the rounds on Twitter shows Harry stopping his entire show after he spots a fan holding up a huge sign in the crowd that reads, "should I text him?" Pointing at the fan, Harry says into the mic, "I have a question: Is he nice to you?" The sign holder's friend apparently says he is not nice to the fan in need of celebrity love advice, which sets Harry off on an adorable mini-monologue in which he acts out that internal, "should I or shouldn't I?" back-and-forth we all know too well. "In my opinion, if you should … this isn't even a question," Harry says, as the arena-sized crowd yells out in agreement. "If we're wondering if we're playing games …," he continues. "If you're wondering, 'Should I text him? Should I not text him? … I can't text him too soon' … Now we're thinking about double texting, and that's a whole different risky business … It's a whole thing," he concludes. Finally, Harry settles on the famous line from "The Notebook" that Allie's wealthy mother shrieks at her daughter when she's confronted about falling for a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. "My personal opinion is that if there's any sort of games," Harry says, "… Trash, trash, trash, not for you!"
Michael K. Williams' death ruled an accidental overdose by coroner
"The Wire" star Michael K. Williams, who died at age 54 on Sept. 6, was the victim of an accidental overdose of "fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine," People reported on Sept. 24, citing an announcement from the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The beloved and talented actor had battled substance abuse issues since he was a teenager, growing up in Brooklyn, New York. He often spoke to the press about having relapsed multiple times since he got sober. "Addiction doesn't go away," he told the New York Times in 2017. "It's an everyday struggle for me, but I'm fighting."
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Chris Martin reveals he's still struggling to process his evangelical Christian upbringing
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