After surprise wedding, Miranda Lambert jokes she'll never get time off again
As Miranda Lambert prepares to go back on the road with her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour, she's embracing everything about the final bits of downtime she has in what turned out to be a nearly year-long hiatus from music. "They're not going to let me have eight months off ever again because I get married and do weird s—," she quipped in an interview with Chicago radio station US99 over the weekend, according to People. She was referring to her surprise marriage to 28-year-old NYPD officer Brendan McLoughlin, who has an 8-month-old son from his previous relationship and was reportedly a fan of Miranda's music when they met in November. Calling her time off "the longest break I've ever had in 17 years," the singer went on to say she and Brandon now live in New York City and Nashville, where she has a farm. Speaking to "Extra" last month, she said the time split gives her and Brandon "the best of both worlds:" "We spend time in New York, we get to see our adorable nugget, then we get to come back to the farm and have the quiet life. I'm enjoying the balance," she mused. "I'm loving that whole phase, and I've raised a million dogs, so I feel like I've got that part of my womanly/motherly thing is full, so this is a whole new journey," she added in the Extra interview. "My stepson is amazing. … [Brendan's] a great guy and, bless his heart, he didn't have any dogs or any animals at all when he came into this relationship, so he inherited a whole barn full. I was like, 'Hey, I got the dogs, you got the kid, we can mix and mingle.'" Miranda took the stage for the first time in almost a year when she performed at the Country LakeShake festival on June 22 in Chicago.
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Khloe Kardashian says True takes more after her than Tristan Thompson
There's still some lingering confusion around Khloe Kardashian's relationship with Tristan Thompson since their split. One thing Khloe's crystal clear on, though, is that her 1-year-old takes after her in the personality department. "She dresses way better than I do and she looks just like her dad, but she acts I think just like me," Khloe recently told Us Weekly. "She's crazy, basically," she joked. "She's just silly and she's not shy. How I was as a kid is very much how True is." Khloe, who broke up with Tristan earlier this year after his alleged hookup with Kylie Jenner's former best friend, Jordyn Woods, has acknowledged Tristan's a "good dad" to True and that their commitment will always be about co-parenting. "My sweet and special baby True will NEVER be put in the middle of him and I," Khloe tweeted back in March. "I can promise that."
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Karlie Kloss says she left Victoria's Secret because of her feminist ideals
When Karlie Kloss said "goodbye" to her lucrative Victoria's Secret contract, the company said it was because she had too many other commitments to maintain. Turns out there was more to her decision. At the time, Karlie, now 26, was studying feminist theory at New York University's Gallatin School. And as she explains in the August issue of British Vogue, she was in a self-reflective point in her life at the time, having "decided to fully embrace Judaism" while dating her now-husband, Josh Kushner. "The reason I decided to stop working with Victoria's Secret was I didn't feel it was an image that was truly reflective of who I am and the kind of message I want to send to young women around the world about what it means to be beautiful," she said. "I think that was a pivotal moment in me stepping into my power as a feminist, being able to make my own choices and my own narrative, whether through the companies I choose to work with, or through the image I put out to the world." That image is currently colored in part by her marriage, which put Karlie, a self-professed "fervent Democrat," in the controversial position of counting Donald Trump as an in-law. "It's been hard," she says of her new, conservative family ties, "But I choose to focus on the values that I share with my husband, and those are the same liberal values that I was raised with and that have guided me throughout my life." Asked what lesson she'd like other women to take from her experience so far, Karlie points to the development of her ability to know what she wants, what she doesn't want, and how to speak up for those things. "Looking back at my late teens and early twenties, I think I was fearful that I would lose a job or lose my position if I said I didn't want to do something," she explains. "But I did not lose out on jobs. If anything, the more I exercised the power of my voice, the more I earned respect from my peers. And I earned more respect for myself. Only now do I have the confidence to stand tall – all 6ft 2in of me – and know the power of my voice."
Pop stars are speaking out for and against Taylor Swift amid Scooter Braun drama, but where's Ed Sheeran?
Part of the still unspooling drama between Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun since it was announced he bought her old music catalog has become who's speaking out on behalf of Taylor and, more tellingly, who's not. Taylor took issue with the sale in a long Tumblr post in which she pointed to the years of "bullying" she endured because of the manager, whose clients include Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. According to BuzzFeed, Scooter's team has told its clients to keep their lips zipped on the sale. Artists who have already come to Scooter's defense include Sia, who called him "a good, kind man" and encouraged him to "keep going" in spite of the backlash, as well as Demi Lovato. Halsey, meanwhile, was among those who have spoken out in defense of Taylor. Notably quiet is Ed Sheeran, Taylor's longtime close pal and a guy who, as fans have pointed out, has benefited tremendously from Taylor's efforts to promote his music and generally help out his career. "I've been speaking directly to her, like I always do," Ed replied to one Instagram user who slammed him for saying nothing on the matter. In her Tumblr post, Taylor her issue with the sale this way: "This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term 'loyalty' is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says 'Music has value', he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it." She continued: "When I left my masters in Scott's hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter. Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words 'Scooter Braun' escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn't want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever." She added, "Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create," then told young fans to remember, "you deserve to own the art you create."
Kylie Jenner reportedly refused to make eye contact or shake hands at Bazaar photo shoot
Is Kylie Jenner veering into diva territory? According to the Daily Mail, the Forbes-deemed "self-made billionaire" wasn't exactly the picture of warmth and courtesy when she showed up for to shoot the cover for the July issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia with her daughter, Stormi Webster, and mom, Kris Jenner. While Kris apparently arrived at the photo shoot on time then proceeded "to walk around the set, greeting everyone and introducing herself," Kylie reportedly showed up in her silver Lamborghini Urus an hour past the call time. Once on set, she went "straight to hair and makeup," dispensing with the polite hellos her mom had offered in favor of "no handshakes, no eye contact," according to the Mail, which cites what's presumably the print version of the cover feature. (The web version, by contrast, casts both Kylie and Kris is relatively glowing terms as it explores the mother-daughter team's relationship and how that's changed since Kylie, 21, became a mom herself.) The Mail reports Kylie did eventually appear interested in the shoot, but not before Kris found herself explaining Kylie's initial cold-shoulder attitude to the production staff by saying, "I've always just been here to be a support system and to be able to guide her along a path business-wise, but she is one million percent the creative." Later, Kylie reflected on her relationship with Kris, explaining how different her approach to the world became once she and Travis Scott welcomed their little girl. "When I became a mother, my perspective on life completely changed, and so did how I look at my own mom and appreciate all the things that she's done for me," Kylie said. "Now I can understand the way that she feels about me, the way that she loves me, and how strong her love is for all her kids, because of how obsessed I am with Stormi."
Why Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan won't hire a live-in staff
As parents to 1-year-old Archie, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan continue to challenge the expected norms of royal life. The latest unexpected tidbit comes courtesy of Us Weekly, which quotes a "royal insider" as saying the couple "made the decision to have no live-in staff at Frogmore Cottage," where they now live. The idea is reportedly to tone down the pomp and circumstance Archie will grow up around, giving him the chance to have some semblance of normalcy in his childhood. "So while they do have a housekeeper and nanny on weekdays," the source continues, "evenings and weekends are for themselves. It's all part of wanting the most normal family environment for Archie." That said, they do plan to bring a nanny when they visit Africa in October as part of their first official tour as a family of three.
Brody Jenner doesn't 'expect too much' of his relationship with Caitlyn Jenner
Brody Jenner, 35, was still a toddler when his father, then Bruce Jenner, split from his mom, Linda Thompson. Within a few years of their split, Brody's dad settled down with Kris Jenner and, as Brody recalled on the Monday, July 1, edition of "The Hills: New Beginnings," began to take a more peripheral role in Brody's life. "I didn't really grow up with my dad. When I was really little, we got to spend a little bit of time. But when he started the family with the Kardashian family and all that, I didn't really see much of him," Brody said on the show (via Page Six). They subsequently got closer, Brody continued, but Bruce's transition to Caitlyn complicated things. "I was just getting to know Bruce, and then Bruce became Caitlyn," Brody said. "Caitlyn is a totally different person than Bruce. It's her true self, but Bruce was always holding a lot back and being somebody totally different." Brody, who added that today he doesn't "expect too much from" Caitlyn, married Kaitlynn Carter last year. Caitlyn was not at the wedding. Last week, Brody was heavily criticized online for using the wrong pronoun in reference to Caitlyn.
Kevin Jonas shares a sweet anniversary message for Danielle Jonas
It's been a decade since a 21-year-old Kevin Jonas took the plunge and proposed to Danielle Jonas. Now, fresh off his trip to France to see his brother, Joe Jonas, say "I do" to Sophie Turner, Kevin's turning his attention to his own marriage. "10 years ago I asked @daniellejonas to spend the rest of life with me," Kevin posted on Instagram on Tuesday, July 2. "I am so lucky to have found my best friend early and to spend this life with you. I love you so much! Thank you for saying yes!" The accompanying photo, a blurry image seemingly taken from a security camera, showed what looks like Kevin on one knee before Danielle, which fans quickly went crazy for. "Aww, Congrats on 10 years! I still remember reading the news on your myspace page!" wrote one commenter (via Us Weekly). Another chimed in: "Oh my god. The hair. The blurry photo. The tux. It's all so perfect." Danielle's "yes" led to a December 2009 wedding at Long Island, New York's Oheka Castle. The happy couple went on to have two daughters, Alena, 5, and Valentina, 2.
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul tease 'Breaking Bad' fans with another movie tease
"Even sooner." That seems to be when "Breaking Bad" fans can get their feature film-length Walter White/Jesse Pinkman fix. On Tuesday, July 2, both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul shared photos of themselves, seemingly on the set of the forthcoming "Breaking Bad" movie, with those vague words as the caption. Little information about the film has been announced other than rumors Aaron would return to play Jesse. Bryan, on the other hand, has only said he'd love to take on Walter's character again. Last month, however, the pair both captioned a photo of two mules with the word, "soon." Fans have since taken that as confirmation both stars of the original show will appear in the film, according to JustJared.
Lady Gaga, Adele, more musicians invited to join the Motion Picture Academy
On the heels of her Best Original Song Oscar win for "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born," Lady Gaga has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Page Six reports the Mother Monster joins Adele, who won in the same category for "Skyfall," and Annie Lennox, who snagged Oscar gold for "Into the West" from "The Return of the King," the final "Lord of the Rings" movie. Gaga's "Shallow" co-writers Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt were also on the new list of Academy invitees.