Kim Kardashian defuses her fans' feud with Jeffree Star
We could probably all use a little optimistic news this week, so here's evidence that even high-profile feuds can have happy endings. Kim Kardashian West recently attempted to show off her new powder contour kits by "swatching," or applying swipes of the powder from her fingers onto her wrist on Snapchat. It did the KKW Beauty product a disservice — and lots of her followers noticed, including makeup artist Jeffree Star. "Umm… Kim what is going on with those new swatches?? 🍵 Looks like chalk 😒," he tweeted (via TeenVogue). Soon, legions of Kim K.'s fans attacked Jeffree for his negativity. In some cases, they also rehashed racist comments Jeffree made more than a decade ago in spite of his recent public apology for what he acknowledged were "disgusting, vile, nasty and embarrassing" things to have said. Rather than hide behind her fans, Kim surprisingly admonished them. "I see that my fans are totally hating on someone like Jeffree Star for being honest about my struggle swatches. But because of his remarks I'm learning," she announced. "I get that it's a serious deal if you say racial things but I do believe in people changing. And people that apologize, I will give them the benefit of the doubt. I know better than anyone that I hate when people bring up my past or mistakes that I've made in the past, so let him live. … I welcome honest comments about my products and because of it, I'm swatching better now." Jeffree couldn't have been more impressed. "The fact that someone like @KimKardashian can understand and take real feedback is what a REAL boss b—- does," he replied. "Love you." But as the backlash continued, Kim decided to offer a mea culpa. "So I really wanted to apologize to you guys and my fans for defending a situation yesterday that I really didn't know enough about," she said on Snapchat (via People). "I just feel a bit naïve, and I do want to really apologize for me feeling like I had the right to say 'get over it' in a situation that involves racism." She added, "I just don't really feel like I have the right to speak on that, and I really, really, really am sorry. From the bottom of my heart, I've always been about positivity and I've never been a negative person, so my whole thing was: 'Hey guys, I don't want to see negativity in my timeline or my mentions, let's just move forward — let's be positive and move past this.'"
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Is Leonardo DiCaprio dating Lorena Rae?
Leonardo DiCaprio split from model Nina Agdal in mid-May. By late May, a new lovely young model, Lorena Rae, was spotted hanging out with the 42-year-old actor and his friends in Monaco. According to the New York Post's timeline, Lorena, 23, was also photographed with Leo and his buddies in St. Tropez in July. This week, Leo and Lorena moved their hangs to the Big Apple, taking a trip to Queens, where they were spotted together at MoMa PS1 on Monday, Aug. 14. A spy tells the tab the pair also enjoyed lunch together on Park Avenue with another friend. "They seem like an item," said the source, adding that the two left the restaurant together as Leo "pulled down his hat over his eyes." A rep has already thrown cold water on any potential romance rumors, telling the Post "they're not dating." The Post, meanwhile, notes Leo's previous model-girlfriends were all initially labeled as pals by his reps as well.
Angelina Jolie steps out with her dad Jon Voight and daughter Vivienne
The mending in Angelina Jolie's family isn't only happening between the actress and her ex, Brad Pitt. On Saturday, Aug. 11, she and her once estranged father Jon Voight took Angie's 9-year-old daughter Vivienne to a Color Me Mine class. Angie and Jon reconciled in 2009 after a long period during which the actress refused to speak to her father due to comments he made in the press about her mental stability. According to the Daily Mail, Brad was involved in getting Jon back into Angelina's life. Today, she told Vanity Fair recently, he's in touch with Angelina and the six kids she shares with Brad. "He's been very good at understanding they needed their grandfather at this time," she said in the magazine's July issue. "I had to do a therapy meeting last night and he was just around. He knows kind of the rule — don't make them play with you. Just be a cool grandpa who's creative, and hang out and tell stories and read a book in the library."
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Taylor Swift's post-it-note supporters encourage her to 'begin again' after sexual assault trial
"We are just a group of creative women supporting another creative woman." That's how the women working at Craftsy, located across the street from the courthouse where Taylor Swift faced off against David Mueller in her sexual assault case, explained the series of post-it-note messages they've been writing on their window all week. The first one, "Free Tay," went viral and was followed by "fearless" and a slew of relevant lyrics from Taylor's songs. "Haterz gonna hate," for example, "I knew you were trouble," and "People throw rocks at things that shine." Finally, a judge threw out DJ David Mueller's case against Taylor, her mom and her bodyguard and the jury found in favor of Taylor in her countersuit, which alleged the DJ had groped her during a 2013 meet and greet. E! News reports the Craftsy gals' final post-it-note response was "Begin again." In a statement following the verdict this week, Taylor again explained why she stood up to the DJ (she sued him for just $1) and pledged money to support groups that help other victims of sexual assault who don't have the financial wherewithal to deal with the cost of a lawsuit. Taylor thanked the judge, jury and her lawyers "for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process," in the statement. "I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this," she added. "My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."
Josh Hartnett and Tamsin Egerton welcome their second child
Josh Hartnett and Tamsin Egerton's family just grew by one. Although the couple had not yet made an announcement as of Tuesday, Aug. 15, the Daily Mail reports they went shopping in London this week with a double stroller, with one seat for their nearly 2-year-old daughter — and one carriage for baby No. 2. Tamsin confirmed her pregnancy on social media shortly after the Oscars. Congrats!
Kylie Jenner is sick of seeing other people's opinions about her love life online
Kylie Jenner is far from shy when it comes to promoting herself and her products online, but that doesn't mean it's easy to watch her love life being dissected online. In a sneak peek from the next episode of "Life of Kylie" on E!, the 20-year-old lies in bed and admits to Caitlyn Jenner that she feels "horrible." "What's going on? Do you have any life left in you? We gotta do something, you can't sit around here and mope," Caitlyn says. "The hardest part about having a relationship for me is just that it's blasted all over the Internet," Kylie explains. "You have to hear about other people's opinions on who you're with. It's a lot. Most of the time it's just not true. Like you have no idea what I'm like in a relationship, what kind of bond I have with somebody else." Kylie, who was first spotted with her current boyfriend Travis Scott in April, adds, "You cannot win with the Internet. There's no winning. It's just unnecessary negativity. I feel like I'm in a relationship with the world sometimes."
Jennifer Lawrence wants you to come drink wine with her
Jennifer Lawrence once said her signature scent "is probably red wine" since it always seems to be "seeping out of my pores." Well, she's found a way to translate her wine habit into something that could potentially help narrow the political divide in the United States, courtesy of Omaze. In a PSA posted by E! News, Jen invites fans to enter to win a trip to wine country in California, where the winners will join the actress at a four-star hotel for a picnic and some wine tasting. The whole thing will raise money for Represent.Us, which Jen describes as "a grassroots campaign that brings together people form across the political spectrum to pass anticorruption laws and fix our broken elections." In the hilarious video, she asks, "You want to help stop political corruption in America and drink a ton of wine? Well, you've come to the right video. I'm here to give you and a friend a chance to come wine tasting with me in California to benefit Represent.Us. It'll be great. We'll hang out, drink some wine, talk politics, drink wine, maybe we'll call your ex, maybe we'll call my ex — who knows?" We're in.
Aaron Carter's ex denies they split because he came out as bisexual
Why did Aaron Carter and Madison Parker really break up? In a radio interview last week, Aaron blamed the split on his decision to come out as bisexual, saying "I had discussed it with my ex-girlfriend, and she didn't really understand it. She didn't want [to]. And that was it. So we left it mutual and parted ways." Madison doesn't see it the same way. She released a statement to E! News this week assuring the website the former couple's issues were unrelated to Aaron's sexuality. "My split with Aaron has nothing to do with him being bisexual. Our parting of ways is something that has been coming for some time and it's the best thing for us both," she said. "Some of my closest friends and loved ones are of the LGBTQ community, people I love and support wholeheartedly, so for Out.com or anyone to label me 'homophobic' is appalling and hurtful and couldn't be more off character." She continued: "I've been nothing but supportive of Aaron and his career and I'm happy for him that he's having the courage to live his truth. Breaking up is never easy for anyone, but it is my hope that we can move on from this point as peacefully and respectfully as possible. I wish him all the best."
Oprah Winfrey opens up about her first bout with depression and food issues
Let's say you're an actress Let's say you turn in one of the most memorable performances of your career — one that deals with slavery and race in America in a film based on a book by the acclaimed writer Toni Morrison. Now, let's say "Bride of Chucky" comes out at the same time as your movie and the sequel horror flick (to what was a hilariously bad horror flick to begin with) comes out the gate making more money at the box office than your film. hat's exactly what happened to Oprah Winfrey with "Beloved." And as she recently told Vogue, it drove her to some serious food issues. "I shall never forget Saturday morning, October 17," she says in the magazine's September issue. "I got a call from someone at the studio, and they said, 'It's over. You got beat by Chucky.' And I said, 'Who's Chucky? What do you mean it's over? It's just Saturday morning!' I knew nothing about box-office projections or weekend openings. It was ten o'clock in the morning, and I said to Art, 'I would like macaroni and cheese for breakfast.' And soooo began my long plunge into food and depression and suppressing all my feelings …" Soon, she says, she realized the depression was "more than 'I feel bad about this.'" "I felt like I was behind a veil," she explains. "I felt like what many people had described over the years on my show, and I could never imagine it. What's depression? Why don't you just pick yourself up? … That's when the gratitude practice became really strong for me, because it's hard to remain sad if you're focused on what you have instead of what you don't have …" Oprah did come out of the experience having learned an important lesson, though. "It taught me to never again — never again, ever — put all of your hopes, expectations, eggs in the basket of box office," she cautions. "Do the work as an offering, and then whatever happens, happens."
Helen Mirren: Melania Trump could take Donald Trump down
Helen Mirren's never been one to hold back an opinion, so when Allure checked in with her about the current state of affairs in the White House, she had some thoughts to share. Among them? Ivanka Trump won't wrestle power away from her dad Donald Trump. Melania Trump, however, is a different story in Helen's eyes. "[Ivanka] talks a good game, but there's no substance. Her book [Women Who Work] is so ignorant about how the majority of women live, talking about 'Make time for yourself to have a massage.' Puh-lease," Helen balked (via People). "[Donald] just said and did what ever it took to get what he desired. That is quite terrifying, because it means there's a lack of morality there and a lack of conscientiousness," she continued. The silver screen icon went on to suggest folks may be underestimating the First Lady. "You look at old Mel there, and she is one of the most powerful women in the world because she could take him down. She almost did that with the hand [swat in Isreal]," Helen said. "I'm Eastern European, you know; [we've] got these dark souls. That dark Slovenian soul is about to come out."