Maria Carey says she's only been with five people
Mariah Carey's long and successful tenure in the music industry has earned her plenty of awards and accolades. It's also put her personal life in the spotlight for pretty much her entire adulthood, from her marriage at a young age to Tommy Mattola, 20 years her senior, to her current relationship with former backup dancer Bryan Tanaka, 13 years her junior, to the multiple celebs she was involved with in the years in between. In Cosmopolitan's August cover story, Mimi dishes on both her career and her relationships, telling the reporter she was essentially "a child bride" when she married Tommy in the '90s, with "no freedom" as "a human being." These days, the public seems to assume she prefers younger men. But Mariah says that's off-base. "I haven't had that many, but there has been a variety pack," she says when asked about her alleged string of young lovers. "I've only been with five people in my life, so I'm kind of a prude, honestly, compared to most others in the field," she adds, without divulging any names. It's probably worth noting, of course, that Cosmo's writer points out Mariah is doling out gems like the one about her prude-ishness as a means of "making the story as post-able as possible," which … er … woops. Well done, Mimi, well done.
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Larsa Pippen claims Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson made people uncomfortable prior to their February tryst
When the Kardashian-Jenner family first heard chatter about Jordyn Woods' alleged hookup with Khloe Kardashian's then-boyfriend, Tristan Thompson in February, it seemed implausible that a trusted friend and associate would be the proverbial other woman in a situation like that. From Larsa Pippen's perspective, though, something may have already been happening between Tristan and Jordyn. On the latest edition of the "Hollywood Unlocked [Uncensored]" podcast (via Page Six), Larsa said she and Kourtney Kardashian were not surprised. "I called Kim. She didn't believe me — she was like, 'No way. There's no way.' Then we called Kourtney and Kourtney was like, 'Yeah, I believe it,'" Larsa recalled. "Because there were other situations where [Jordyn and Tristan] were in the same room together and it was like, a weird feeling — and Kourtney was in that room." The day after the house party where Tristan and Jordyn are said to have hooked up, Larsa called Kim Kardashian West and told her, "Tristan and Jordyn were all over each other last night." Jordyn later said she was "blackout drunk" and doesn't remember the hookup. She has not formally responded to Larsa's comments from the podcast, after it aired, she shared a photo of herself on Instagram with the caption, "heard it all before."
Angelina Jolie and her godmother, Jacqueline Bissett, step out in Paris in coordinated stripes
Angelina Jolie is reportedly enjoying a break from the set of her upcoming, female-driven thriller, "Those Who Wish Me Dead," to tend to her brand ambassador duties for Guerlain in Paris. While she's there, she's also been making time to catch up with her famous godmother, actress Jacqueline Bissett — and as W noted, the pair seem to be "twinning," fashion-wise. On Tuesday, July 9 — after stepping out together in coordinated earth tones — Angelina, 44, and Jacqueline, 74, were spotted in summer stripes, smiling as they made their way from Hotel de Crillon to the Guerlain boutique. Angelina's Guerlain relationship began in 2017 when she took over her role with the beauty company as a way of honoring her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who was also a fan of the legendary perfume, skincare and cosmetics house. Jacqueline said in 2015 on the TV program "Loose Women" that while she and Marcheline were close, she never really developed a relationship with Angelina and was "shy" about "pulling on her time" given the many demands on her schedule, from work projects to being a mother of 6.
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Duchess Meghan is reportedly in talks with Anna Wintour about contributing a regular column to Vogue
As British Vogue prepares to publish a piece about Duchess Meghan for its September edition, Anna Wintour is reportedly in talks with the newly minted royal about writing a regular column pegged to her charity work, which centers primarily around issues of gender equality and female empowerment. Citing "sources close to the talks," the Daily Mail reports the monthly feature would riff on topics similar to what's being planned for the upcoming September piece, which will include photos and will reportedly run in the U.S. version as well. This week, Meghan used some of her time free time to watch her close friend, Serena Williams, play at Wimbledon. The Mail also claims the duchess faced some blowback from fans after her security team told others at the tennis match not to take pictures of Meghan, as she was there "in a private capacity." Apparently, that phrase rubbed some the wrong way, given the public nature of the event. Kensington Palace declined to comment.
Judge in Kevin Spacey groping case implies case could be dismissed
Kevin Spacey's accuser in a Nantucket, Mass.-based indecent assault and battery case testified for the first time in court on Monday, July 8. His refusal to answer questions about what happened to certain text and Snapchat messages on an iPhone that is now M.I.A., however, could get the criminal case against the actor dropped altogether. Page Six reports defense lawyers argued "the case is completely compromised" and "should be dismissed" given "inconsistencies" in the messages he initially gave police. The accuser, an 18-year-old busboy at the Club Car at the time of the alleged 2016 assault in which he says Spacey gave him alcohol then groped him, recently dropped a civil case against Spacey. The accuser's parents also testified. By the end of the hearing, Judge Thomas Barrett sounded like he may have been leaning towards dismissing the case, too. "It may well be dismissed for the reasons given. But it's not gonna be today," he said. "We will see what happens." Another hearing was then set for July 31. The judge urged lawyers for the defense to file fresh motions. Spacey has denied the allegations.
Eva Longoria soaks up the sun and surf in Spain with her husband and their young son
Like Angelina Jolie and a slew of other celebrities, Eva Longoria is spending some time in Europe this summer. The 44-year-old mom has been sharing photos on Instagram from her trip to Marbella, Spain, where she's currently vacationing with her Mexico City-born husband, Jose Bastion and their 1-year-old son, Santiago, according to the Daily Mail. "#VacationMode," she captioned one pic that showed her in a white one-piece, lifting Santiago high in the air as he grinned. Eva, who was a co-founder of Time's Up and is a native of Texas, has been getting involved in issues around family separations at migrant detention centers in recent months. In March, she visited migrant shelters in Tijuana for a better understanding of what's been happening at the border. "In light of my son's birth, I wanted to bring focus on the families that have been separated at the border. Having my son next to me, I cannot imagine him being taken from my arms," she said at the time in a post on Instagram. "Families belong together, which is why we must do what we can to reunite them," she added. "I can't even fathom losing my child to the system and never seeing him again. I couldn't even write that post without crying."
Barbra Streisand flew her dogs to London for her show where they where they enjoyed backstage buggy rides
In today's "Stars Are Nothing Like Us" news … Barbra Streisand is apparently so obsessed with her three designer dogs that she flew them on a 10,000-mile roundtrip excursion to London for her concert there on Sunday, July 7. She also shared a video of herself with the Coton de Tuléar pups on Instagram, alerting fans she was "Bringing some visitors to the show," according to Page Six. Speaking to The Sun, a source said, "There was no expense spared for her three beloved pets in the backstage area," noting that the dogs — Miss Scarlet, Miss Violet and Fanny — "had free roam of her dressing room and a dedicated member of staff to push them in the buggy or walk them round at their free will." She reportedly brought them out onstage with her at one point, as well. "Barbra adores them all and would never travel without them. Fans were even queuing up for selfies with them," said the source. Fun fact: Miss Scarlet and Miss Violet are clones Barbra made from her late, 14-year-old dog, Samantha; Violet came from the same breeder. "I was so devastated by the loss of my dear Samantha, after 14 years together, that I just wanted to keep her with me in some way," she wrote in The New York Times in 2018. "It was easier to let Sammie go if I knew I could keep some part of her alive, something that came from her DNA."
Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich open up about their decision to consult a sex therapist
After four years of dating and two years of marriage, Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich are confident their use of an online sex therapist helped save their relationship. The couple recently opened up about the experience and how it improved their marriage on Brooks' "How Men Think podcast, according to the Daily Mail. "A lot of people don't know even what they want," Julianne explained on the show. "My curiosity has saved my life and honestly saved our relationship many times because we've been curious about like, 'Hey, something doesn't feel right. Instead of just accepting it for how it is, let's look into something.'" They decided to take compatibility tests with the online therapist, Julianne recalled. She said the test led them to see "that there were certain things that gave me connection and intimacy that were different than what gave Brooks connection and intimacy." She added: "By almost learning each other's language — sort of like, love languages — it was almost like a menu of how we could please each other sexually, but also intimately." Brooks previously told People the conversation shows the two at their "most open" when it comes to talking about private aspects of their relationship and that he hopes listeners will be able to use what they learned about each other to improve their own relationships.
Janelle Monae on coming out to her family and 'changing the narrative' to create a 'more inclusive' world
InStyle continues to celebrate its now regular "badass women" series with a focus on Janelle Monae, who's following up her album, "Dirty Computer" — and the coming out announcement that its music inspired — with roles in an upcoming biopic about Harriet Tubman and a film based on Gloria Steinem's autobiography. Like her musical choices, Janelle's film choices speak to a determination to tell stories about people we haven't traditionally heard from who have been key to bucking the system. Her decision to talk about being pansexual was part of that goal, too. "The majority of [my family] grew up Baptist, and the sermons would all be around how if you are a homosexual or if you're gay and you don't repent and live a hetero-normative life and get married, well … hell is your final destination," she explains. "I talked to my mom and dad first, and my mom, in particular, had a lot of questions. I said, 'Mama, the only way that I can create art is to truthfully tell my story. It has to come from an honest place, and this is who I honestly am. I don't know any other way. I have to talk about my sexuality. I have to talk about my blackness. I have to talk about my womanness. I have to talk about these things. This is who I am as a person.'" Though not every member of her large, extended family has supported her announcement about her sexuality, Janelle tells InStyle her mom has become "her staunchest defender." She also admits she doesn't "wake up feeling empowered," saying it's a "choice" she makes every day. Asked when she does "feel powerful," she acknowledges "power dynamics do exist," but today, she says, "I realize that I am an important piece of the puzzle. My ideas matter. What I have to create has the potential to shape the world, to change the narrative, to be more inclusive."
Lady Gaga is launching a beauty line
Lady Gaga is joining a growing list of pop stars who've expanded their empires from music to beauty. The singer announced on Tuesday, July 9, she's launching a new beauty line, Haus Labs, in September, in partnership with Amazon. The items in the line include six shades of products that can be used for cheeks, eyes and lips. "There are companies that see me, what I stand for and the way that I view the world, and if it's not perfectly in line with what they do and they're worried about alienating consumers … They'll be like, 'Can you just change half of the equation?' (which for me is the entire equation) so that we can 'do a deal,'" she told Business of Fashion (via Page Six). "[Amazon] was so wonderful because this was like, 'Let's make a deal, let's make a deal to change the world with their beauty.'" As for the inspiration behind the colors, Gaga says: "Color is completely transformative — it's powerful, it's beautiful, and it's how I found my voice with makeup," she said. "I discovered myself, but also other people discovered me, for me, through the way that I was expressing myself."