Meghan Markle, Duchess Kate Emojis due out in May
The onslaught of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding merch has officially begun. On the heels of news that a pale ale called Harry & Meghan's Windsor Knot is hitting the market March 28, TMZ has learned Meghan and her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Duchess Kate, are getting their own Emojis. The company DRKHORS has filed to trademark KateMojis and MeghanMojis and, according to Newsweek, has already started sharing previews of the animated images expected to be available in time for the royal wedding on May 19. While MeghanMojis, including one showing the actress in a denim shorts-suit, will concentrate on images related to Meghan and Harry's love story, KateMojis, including one showing her drinking a glass of red wine, are set to concentrate on the expectant duchess' life with her family. Some jokey phrases are included in the Emojis, as well, including "American princess," "cheeky bugger" and "does my bum look good in this?" (which makes us wonder if Pippa Middleton and her famously perfect posterior are slated for inclusion, as well). The apps will reportedly cost $1.99 each. That British and American hops-made official wedding beer, by the way, debuts March 28.
Beyonce gets emotional, thanks her mom while accepting humanitarian award
The multi-generational love in the Knowles-Carter family was front and center on Saturday, March 17, as Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter, JAY-Z, Jay's mom, Gloria Carter, Tina Knowles-Lawson and her husband, Richard Lawson, came together for Tina and Richard's second annual Wearable Art Gala. Created to "celebrate the impact of art through fashion and philanthropy," according to Essence, the gala honored Bey and Gloria for their charity work. "Thank you to the most incredible woman, my mother," a gold-clad Beyonce said while accepting the WACO Theater Center Humanitarian Award. "She taught me that there's something more valuable than any dollar amount, and that's time. Time to put someone else first. Time to change the trajectory of a child, of a village, of a community, and time to tell another person that you matter to me, you matter to the world and that your contributions are important." Visibly emotional, she continued: "I try to keep my charitable work quiet because I feel like these things should come from the goodness of your heart and nothing orchestrated as a campaign. And if I'm honored, I keep it quiet because I feel like I could be doing more." Beyonce's philanthropic efforts have ranged from a foundation to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, support for victims of Hurricane Havey in her hometown of Houston last year, a partnership with the Goodwill, the creation of a cosmetology school to teach job skills to recovering drug addicts and millions of dollars of donations to various causes, including the cost of bailing out protesters in Ferguson and Baltimore and other Black Lives Matter initiatives. Jay's mom, who co-founded The Shawn Carter Foundation, "to provide opportunities to individuals who face socio-economic hardships through higher education," according to Essence, received the WACO Theater Everyday People Award.
Chrissy Teigen's 40 pounds of baby weight is going to the wrong places
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are expecting their second baby to arrive in June — and thats probably not a minute too soon for Chrissy, who bemoaned her weight gain in the most Chrissy way possible this week on Twitter. "Up 40 pounds and not one ounce went to my butt," she posted on Monday, March 19, adding a hilarious plea for folks to "stop shaming the buttless, we are trying." When another user replied that the post made her "feel better about the 20 I've gained so far," given Chrissy's "perfect butt" situation, the S.I. model and cookbook author offered some advice. "Just a heads up that when a preggo says what they've gained, you can only share what you gained if it's more. Not less," she quipped. "THEMS THE RULES." Noted!
RELATED: Celebs expecting babies in 2018
'SATC' stars support Cynthia Nixon's gubernatorial campaign
As Cynthia Nixon preps her campaign for the New York Governor's seat, her "Sex and the City" co-stars are voicing their support for her political future. "I am so proud of @cynthiaNixon," Kristin Davis tweeted after Cynthia announced she was running on Monday, March 19 (via HuffPo). "… No one cares more than she does about EVERY person getting a fair change and a good education. I know she would be an excellent Governor !" she added. Although Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall had not yet addressed Cynthia's bid for governor publicly as of Tuesday, March 20, Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch on the hit show and in the movies that followed, echoed Kristin's sentiments on Twitter. "I cant think of anyone who's more prepared, more caring, more educated on the issues and more READY than @cynthiaenixon," he tweeted. "Please join her on this journey, together we can turn things around with candidates such as her." Since playing Miranda Hobbes on "SATC," Cynthia, a graduate of Barnard College, has been active in politics, advocating for public education funding and improvement, LGBT rights and marriage equality (her wife is New York activist Christine Marinoni) and women's health issues including breast cancer awareness and reproductive rights, according to Time. Publications including the New York Times have suggested she'll face an uphill battle against the massively well-funded campaign of incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is hoping to win a third term.
Lance Bass and MIchael Turchin want to start a family this year
Lance Bass and Michael Turchin have babies on the brain. Speaking to Us Weekly at the Family Equality Council's 2018 Los Angele Impact Awards over the weekend, Lance revealed he and his husband are making plans to welcome their first child. "We're starting our family this year too, so it's nice to know we have this much support," he said. "I don't think anyone is really prepared to have kids. I think you just have to go with the flow. … We have tons of friends who have gone through the process. We're interviewing everyone." The former N'Sync singer, who's reportedly working on a pilot for a talk show he hopes will be out this year, married Michael in December 2014.
Nick Gordon arrested again in Florida
Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend Nick Gordon was in police custody again this week after receiving a tip that he was spending the night with his on-off girlfriend, Laura Leal. According to TMZ, police arrested Nick for violating the no contact order that resulted from a physical altercation with Laura earlier this month. (TMZ reported at the time that Nick had punched her in the face and pulled her hair, although she did not press charges.) Nick reportedly told cops he was sleeping when Laura came into his house using a code for the door. Laura confirmed the details of the story and said she wasn't worried about her safety while "hanging out" with him. After a judge ruled Nick could not have contact with Laura, she tried to get the judge to drop it by taking the blame for the fight and saying her bipolar condition made her "out of control," according to TMZ. The judge issued the order anyway. The incident marked Nick's second domestic violence arrest in nine months. He has also been held legally responsible for Bobbi Kristina's death. Her father, Bobbi Brown, has long claimed Nick physically abused his daughter during the course of their relationship.
Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy, voids non-disclosure agreements
Five months after Harvey Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company he helmed amid a storm of accusations he sexually harassed, abused, assaulted and raped dozens of women, the Weinstein Company has filed for voluntary bankruptcy and lifted all non-disclosure agreements related to Weinstein's alleged misconduct. In announcing the bankruptcy filing on Monday, March 19, the company said in a statement that Weinstein's victims must be heard. "Today, the Company also takes an important step toward justice for any victims who have been silenced by Harvey Weinstein. Since October, it has been reported that Harvey Weinstein used non-disclosure agreements as a secret weapon to silence his accusers. Effective immediately, those 'agreements' end," said the statement, excerpted by Us Weekly. "The Company expressly releases any confidentiality provision to the extent it has prevented individuals who suffered or witnessed any form of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein from telling their stories. No one should be afraid to speak out or coerced to stay quiet," the statement continued. "The Company thanks thanks the courageous individuals who have already come forward. Your voices have inspired a moment for change across the country and around the world." The group reportedly agreed to sell its assets to an equity firm based in Dallas. More than 70 women have accused the former producer of some form of sexual misconduct. He has denied rape allegations and maintains all sexual contact he had with his accusers was consensual. The company made its announcement on Weinstein's 66th birthday, which Rose McGowan, who has accused him of rape, marked with a tweet in his direction. "I told you we'd be coming. I told you 20 years ago if I heard of you doing this to another girl or woman, we would come for you, I would come for you," she said in the post. "Happy f—— birthday. From all of us. We win."
Cheryl Burke shares moving post about her father's death
Last week, "Dancing With the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke announced she needed a break from social media as she was "dealing with some personal things," adding, "Thanks for understanding and remember to tell the people who are important to you just how much you love them each and every day." On Monday, March 19, she returned to social media to post a tribute to her father, who, it turns out, had passed away four days before she announced her social media break. "Dad, if I had one more chance to have you here with me today, I would do things differently," she captioned a photo from her childhood that showed her dad kissing her head. "Every day I would tell you how much I love you. I miss you so much already. Rest In Peace Stephen Louis Burke April 13, 1950 – March 9, 2018," she wrote. After her initial post, fans and celebs alike showed their concern in the comments.
Bella Hadid reveals her beauty insecurities
She eventually became one of the world's most in-demand models, but Bella Hadid wasn't always comfortable with her looks. "I think I had more beauty insecurities growing up than probably anybody," she told Cosmo at a recent event for Dior's new lip plumping product. "Growing up, I was always self-conscious about my brows but I never knew that you could do something about it. I've always had really thin brows, I got them from my dad," she said, adding that it's been a relief to learn how to "fake it til you make it" with pencil. "I was also kind of chubbier growing up until I was 15, so there were a lot of things I had to grow into — I definitely had to grow into my face a lot," she said. "I wasn't very secure with myself until recently."
Fetty Wap welcomes baby No. 7
Fetty Wap's a dad again! The 26-year-old rapper recently welcomed a baby boy with Lezhae Zeona, according to Us Weekly. The new addition is the second child for the pair, who also have a 2-year-old daughter, Zaviera Maxwell. He's the seventh child for Fetty, whose real name is Willie Maxwell II. The baby news comes just two months after the rapper and "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" star Alexis Skyy's daughter, Alaiya, was born weighing little more than one pound three months before her mom's due date.