Madonna dismisses adoption rumors in Malawi
Is Madonna expanding her family? The Daily Mail reports she visited Malawi this week for a hearing about a 12-page application she submitted requesting to adopt 4-year-old twin girls from the Home of Hope orphanage, the same orphanage where her son, David, lived before she adopted him. Madonna has denied the claim but the Mail says it has photographic evidence of the star leaving High Court, where the tab says she argued her case to take over guardianship of the girls, Stella and Esther. The Mail also says a spokesperson from the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare confirmed that "all the necessary paperwork had been filled out and the application was being carefully considered." In a statement published by People, Madonna said, "The rumors of an adoption process are untrue. I am in Malawi to check on the children's hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home."
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Stars wish Ellen Degeneres a happy birthday
Happy birthday, Ellen DeGeneres! The daytime talk-land dancing queen turned 59 on Jan. 26 and Hollywood took the opportunity to express their love and gratitude for the giggles and various other goodies she's given them throughout the years. "Wishing all the best to this funny lady who brings so much joy to the world through laughter! #HBD, @TheEllenShow!!" Reese Witherspoon wrote on social media (via GossipCop). Mario Lopez posted, "Happy Birthday to my hall pass the sexy @TheEllenShow! #BesosForTheBirthdayGirl," while "Katie Couric chimed in,"Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear @TheEllenShow, happy birthday to you! (I'm singing this for u from NY)." Britney Spears sent her love as well, writing, "Happy birthday to the beautiful @TheEllenShow." Rob Lowe wished his "lovely, big hearted, hilarious pal" a "happy birthday," too. Finally, Kerry Washington tweeted, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY @TheEllenShow Of COURSE it's on a #Scandal Thursday! Of COURSE!!! Did Portia arrange that?! LOL. Hope you enjoy."
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Paris Jackson responds to Wendy Williams' criticism of Rolling Stone piece
Wendy Williams has some issues with the new Paris Jackson interview on the cover of Rolling Stone. "I get that she considers herself black and everything, but I'm just talking about the visual because you know … black is not what you call yourself, it's what the cops see you when they got steel to your neck on the turnpike. It's what they see," Wendy said on "The Wendy Williams Show" this week in reference to Paris' assertion that she sees herself as black (via E! News). Added Wendy: "But that's cute, and good for her." The talk show host also complained that being Michael Jackson's daughter shouldn't be enough to warrant a cover story in such an influential publication."She has not made her mark on her own," Wendy said. Paris later responded to the comments on Twitter, musing, "She seems to think about the family a lot considering she makes all these claims about us. Why are we on her mind so often?" In response to a headline that read, "Wendy does not want Paris to call herself black," Paris wrote, "Well she didn't birth me so."
Cuba Gooding Jr. spotted getting handsy with random women
Is this how you're celebrating your split, Cuba Gooding? The actor partied with friends at Catch in Los Angeles during Golden Globes weekend and according to a clubgoer, he spent a solid amount of time groping women. "It was a busy night and everyone was gearing up for the awards," a source told Radar. "He was at a table with three attractive women and kept grabbing their butts and getting really handsy with them." In 2007, a woman accused Cuba of putting his hands down her pants without her consent. "It was honestly so gross, so I just kept moving around trying to keep his hands off me," she said. Cuba and his wife of 20 years, Sara Kapfer, announced they were calling it quits earlier this month.
Gucci Mane kicks vet out of Falcons seats
Come on, dude. A 16-year military veteran was slated to be honored at the Atlanta Falcons game against the Green Bay Packers last weekend but his day was slightly marred thanks to Gucci Mane and his girlfriend's decision to kick the vet and his mother out of their seats. Charles Harris tells TMZ he and his mom were sitting in the seats they had tickets for prior to kickoff when Gucci and his fiancee, Keyshia Ka'oir, told them to get up because they were in their seats. Despite being in the correct seats based on their tickets, they initially left when what TMZ describes as Gucci's "special attendant from the stadium" came over to back the rapper. Charles and his mom later got help getting their seats back from a supervisor.
Michael Rappaport loses his mind over 'Mr. Politically Correct' Aziz Ansari
By many accounts, Aziz Ansari took no prisoners in his "Saturday Night Live" monologue last weekend, joking that people who voted for Donald Trump and overlooked some of the ethical and moral complaints about him are like people who say they're all about a certain music artist with an infamous domestic violence incident in his background. "I'm sure there's a lot of people voted for Trump the same way a lot of people listen to the music of Chris Brown, where it's like, 'Hey, man! I'm just here for the tunes. I'm just here for the tunes!'" Aziz said (via TheWrap). Michael Rappaport apparently thought the comedian was out of line. "Aziz Ansari, who the f— do you think you are? Why are you dragging him through the mud? Who are you to talk about him?'" griped the "Boston Public" alum this week on the "I am Rapaport Stereo Podcast." "Obviously, nobody supports beating women," Michael continued. "OK. This guy has obviously suffered, you see all the trouble he has and all the trouble that surrounds him. He's definitely dealing with some s–- and dealing with his own personal demons. But Aziz Ansari, you are one of these holier-than-thou political correct police." He then went into a full-tilt freakout, dropping "F" bombs and complaining that Aziz thinks he's "Mr racial, he's like Mr. provocative… he's like, 'Oh, the brown people this.'" After repeating that Aziz "tries to be racially provocative," he dissed "Masters of None." And then he brought up white girls. "Aziz Ansari, Mr. f—— racially provocative, Mr. f—— button pusher, politically correct judger, has never seen a white girl he hasn't liked. This guy, every single girl on his show that he's with, white girls." Finally, he asked, "You ain't never saw a white girl you didn't like, did you Mr. brown guy?" Somebody needs a serious time out …