Pete Davidson is reportedly 'in trauma therapy' because of Kanye West's social media bullying
Kanye West's antagonistic and often threatening social media posts about Pete Davidson reportedly forced the comic to seek professional help during his relationship with Kanye's ex, Kim Kardashian. A source close to the "Saturday Night Live" alum tells People Pete "has been in trauma therapy" since April, "in large part" because of Kanye's ongoing harassment. "The attention and negativity coming from Kanye and his antics is a trigger for [Pete], and he's had to seek out help," the source explains. The rapper did take brief break from bullying Pete until Monday, Aug. 8, when news of Kim and Pete's recent split apparently inspired Kanye to share a fake New York Times headline reading, "Skete Davidson Dead at 28." The post had been taken down before the end of the day, but not before fans chastised Kanye for going too far, according to screenshots of the Instagram post and its comments that surfaced on social media. Despite the messy Kanye interactions, Pete "has no regrets for dating Kim and wants it to be made very clear that she's been nothing but supportive of him throughout their relationship," according to People's source, who added, "Moving forward he just wants to focus on his career." Kim, 41, and Pete, 28, reportedly ended their romance last week after about nine months of dating.
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Mindy Kaling addresses speculation BJ Novak fathered her kids
Ever since Mindy Kaling became a mom — her daughter Katherine is now 4, and son Spencer is 1 — the rumor mill has buzzed with speculation that Mindy's ex, BJ Novak, is the kids' dad. "It doesn't bother me," Mindy recently told Marie Claire in an interview published Tuesday, Aug. 9. "He's the godparent to both my kids — and they have such a great relationship — and so far [it hasn't] affected my happiness at all, it hasn't affected my kids or BJ." She added: "If that's what is going to be titillating to people, I'll take it." Mindy and BJ, both 43, remain super close friends in the wake of their on-off romance from 2004 until 2007. ("He is not my boyfriend, but he is not my best friend," she told InStyle in 2015, joking that their relationship could be described "as a 'romantically charged camaraderie with loud arguments.'") As for going public with the identity of her kids' father, the "Never Have I Ever" creator notes that should be up to them, not her. "I want them to be old enough to talk to me about it and [tell me] how they want me to talk about it," she explained. "I'm the only parent my kids have. I think I err on the side of super cautious so that there [are] less things that they can potentially be mad at me about down the line."
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Stars react to Serena Williams' retirement plans
On Tuesday, Aug. 9, Serena Williams began a farewell-to-tennis journey in the pages of Vogue, announcing in a moving, personal piece for Vogue that she's ready to start "evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to" her. The 41-year-old tennis great — an Olympic gold medalist and 23-time Grand Slam singles winner and who's spent much of her professional career ranked at No. 1 in the sport — also reveals in the cover feature that she wants to focus on expanding her family with husband Alexis Ohanian. "It's the hardest thing that I could ever imagine," she tells Vogue. "I don't want it to be over, but at the same time I'm ready for what's next." Serena shared the news and Vogue cover essay on Instagram on Tuesday in a post that garnered thousands of supportive comments from fans, famous friends and colleagues including Gabrielle Union, who praised the tennis champ as the "G.O.A.T." "Greatest of all time!!!! So proud of ma lady!!! Cheers to the next ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️," the actress cheered. Kim Kardashian shared Serena's post with her own social media followers, along with flowers and a "G.O.A.T." emoji, while Ciara gave a nod to Serena's strength as a mother, especially given her incredible tennis record. "So proud of you Rena! You've inspired us all on your great journey through tennis and being a mom! We're all so proud of you! ❤️," Ciara commented. Other celebs who sent love Serena's way on the 'Gram included Michael B. Jordan, who left a string of fire emojis in the comments on another Vogue story post, and Brooklyn Beckham's new wife, Nicola Peltz Beckham, who gushed: "THE MOST STUNNING COVER I HAVE EVER SEEN!! I love you so much!! You're so beautiful!!!" Over on Twitter, the official Wimbledon account shared a photo of Serena and the reminder that, "Some play the game. Others change it."
Ashton Kutcher shares health update after revealing scary bout of vasculitis
Ashton Kutcher assured the Twitterverse he's doing just fine on Monday, Aug. 8, amid concern over news he recently battled a form of rare vasculitis caused by an autoimmune issue. "Before there are a bunch of rumors/ chatter/ whatever out there, Yes, I had a rare vasculitis episode 3yrs ago. (Autoimmune flair up)," the star tweeted. "I had some impairments hear, vision, balance issues right after. I fully recovered. All good. Moving on. See you at the 2022 NY Marathon w/Thorn," he added. Ashton opened up about his vasculitis — a group of disorders involving inflammation of the blood vessels — during his appearance on Monday's "Running Wild with Bear Grylls." In a teaser clip that first aired on "Access Hollywood," Ashton told Bear the condition "knocked out" his vision, hearing and equilibrium, recalling that it took him about one year for everything to return to normal and admitting he feels "lucky to be alive." On Monday evening, the actor attended a charity event at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles with his wife and former "That '70s Show" costar Mila Kunis, where he looked happy and healthy, according to People and other outlets.
Lady Gaga defends abortion rights, same-sex marriage in U.S. tour kick-off
After two years of pandemic-related delays, Lady Gaga kicked off her U.S. Chromatica Ball tour in Washington, D.C., this week with a performance that mixed music with fiery defenses of reproductive freedom, same-sex marriage and more. In what USA Today described as the singer's "strongest commentary" of the evening, Gaga dedicated "The Edge of Glory" to "every woman in America who now has to worry about her body if she gets pregnant" in the wake of the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade. "I pray that this country will speak up … that we will stick together and not stop until it's right," Gaga said before launching into the ballad. Earlier in the show, Gaga prefaced her performance of "Born This Way with an acknowledgement of "people in this audience who know exactly who you are," before warning, "They better not mess with gay marriage in this country!" Gaga's Chromatica Ball tour continues with dates across the country though Sept. 17.
Madonna shares sweet thank-you note from Beyonce for 'Break My Soul' remix collaboration
Beyonce and Madonna celebrated one another's musical reigns this week after Bey released her new collaboration with the elder pop star, "Break My Soul (The Queens Remix)." In a series of Instagram Stories posts, Madonna showed off the gorgeous — and massive — bouquet of white flowers she received from the singer, along with the sweet thank-you note Bey sent. "Thank You, Queen. I'm So Grateful For You," the letter began (via the Daily Mail). "You Have Opened Up So Many Doors For So Many Woman. You Are Masterpiece Genius. Thank You For Allowing Me To Sing In Your Song And Thank You For Naming The Remix!!!! Love Always And Forever, B." In her caption, Madonna sent her own batch of gratitude to Beyonce, using crown emojis as stand-ins for the stars' shared musical royalty. "Thank you !! from one [queen] to another [queen]," Madonna write. "I love the Re-Mix!" The new remix dropped last week.
Johnny Depp reportedly signs 'multi-year,' '7-figure' deal with Dior
In what appears to be another financial victory for Johnny Depp, the star has reportedly re-signed with Dior to resume his post as the face of the brand's men's cologne Sauvage. Citing "sources directly connected to the deal," TMZ reported on Tuesday, Aug. 9, that the "Pirates of the Caribbean" alum will be raking in seven figures for his involvement with the campaigns over a period of years. Execs from Dior, along with photographer Greg Williams, are believed to have attended one of Johnny's concerts with Jeff Beck in France over the summer, after which the negotiations were reportedly finalized. Johnny first signed with Dior in 2015; the fashion house stopped running his Sauvage ad after the actor's now-ex-wife, Amber Heard, accused him of domestic abuse.