Nikki Bella believes John Cena wants kids but remains unsure if she'll take him back
Are John Cena's public declarations of love for Nikki Bella working as he tries to win her back? They seem to be helping, if nothing else. TMZ checked in with Nikki this week following John's revelation that he "would still love to marry" her and would gladly start a family with her. "I believe 100% he wants kids. It makes me want to run back and jump into his arms," Nikki said, seemingly in reference to the fact that they split over differing goals in the kids department. According to TMZ, however, the kids issue was simply a red flag that put other problems with their relationship in perspective for Nikki, who reportedly isn't prepared to follow through on her desire to take him back just yet. "I care about him and love him a lot," Nikki revealed. She added that she wants to know she's getting married for the right reasons if she and John get back together, telling TMZ: "A lot of people get married for publicity. I'm not like those reality show people. I don't want to be hesitant. I want to do what my heart says." Asked how she'd respond if John showed up in person and asked for her hand in marriage once more, she couldn't be sure of her answer. "I'm a girl who lives in the moment and I honestly don't know what I'd say," she admitted.
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Jenelle Evans, Farrah Abraham hit with backlash over weight loss lollipop ads
Kim Kardashian West got slammed this week for promoting an unhealthy message about women when she posted an Instagram ad for appetite suppressing lollipops. She quickly deleted the post, but it turns out Flat Tummy Co. had deals in the works with other reality stars who, as of Friday, May 18, seemed not to be bothered by the backlash. On Wednesday, May 16, Jenelle Evans shared an ad that showed her licking one of the pops. "#ad I've really been liking @flattummyco's new lollipops that just dropped this week. They're designed to suppress my appetite, and I find they're already started working," she wrote alongside the shot. "Over the past couple days whenever I felt like snacking, I've been reaching for these lollipops instead, andI find I'm not eating anything else between meals. You gotta get your own. #suckit #flattummypops." The same day, Farrah Abraham posted a similar photo and similar message. "This is disgusting," one user shot back at Farrah (via InTouch). "You have so many young women following you, that by you supporting these, you are feeding into the idea that starving yourself is fine." Another chimed in: "Please god tell me you don't let your daughter use these! Why advertise sweets/candy that promotes weight loss! Disgusting." Jenelle's comment section quickly filled up with similar remarks. Still, the next day, both "Teen Mom" stars shared a second ad — each of which featured major cleavage, unlike their first round of promotions.
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Instagram removes content from Hilary Duff's account after tirade against neighbor
Hilary Duff's war with her neighbor, whom she lambasted on Instagram for keeping her up at night with the clouds of marijuana and nicotine smoke his alleged late-night parties have been creating in their building, have already gotten her in trouble with the social media platform. The Blast reports IG has removed content from the "Younger" star's account because of her inclusion of the neighbor's personal information. Hilary reportedly violated Rule No. 6 of Instagram's Terms of Service, which reads: "You must not defame, stalk, bully, abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate people or entities and you must not post private or confidential information via the Service, including, without limitation, your or any other person's credit card information, social security or alternate national identity numbers, non-public phone numbers or non-public email addresses." She could also be facing legal action from the neighbor, who accused Hilary's boyfriend, Matt Korma, of trying to punch him. Matt has denied the allegation. In a statement through her rep, Hilary said she'd "reached a breaking point" with the neighbor after attempting to solve their issues "politely."
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Amy Schumer: The royal wedding will probably 'suck' for Meghan Markle
It may seem like the world's overwhelmed with excitement about the royal wedding, but some folks, including Amy Schumer and John Legend, are more overwhelmed with concern for the position Meghan Markle must be in ahead of her big day with Prince Harry. "This poor girl…This wedding everyone says 'it's your day'. It's your day. She's like, no it's not," Amy commiserated on Fitzy and Wippa's Australian morning radio show this week (via bazaar). "She has to meet all these foreign dignitaries she's never met before, there's so much pressure … Can you imagine having a worse wedding? That would suck." Amy, of course, tied the knot with Chris Fischer in a super low-key event that involved her besties. "Her girls from high school aren't going to be there," Amy explained. "All my friends were high and drunk at my wedding … Everyone is! It's like a parade, it's like Westminster Dog Show. It's all pomp …" Newly minted father-of-two John Legend weighed in on what Meghan must be going through, too, tweeting in reference to the actress' family shenanigans, which most recently included her dad bailing on the ceremony following heart surgery and some staged, paid paparazzi pics. When a user asked, "Be honest: if you were about to marry into royalty, would your family somehow manage to show their ass and embarrass you?" John knew his answer right away. "I had a cousin try to raffle off tickets to have 'Christmas Dinner with John Legend,'" he replied, "So, yes."
John Travolta and Kelly Preston celebrate the anniversary of 'Grease' with singing fans
After attending the Cannes Film Festival premiere of his new film, "Gotti," this week, John Travolta hit the beach with a slew of "Grease" fans to party like it was 1978. Yep, "Grease" turns 40 this year and Cannes hosted a special beach screening of the film. John, along with director Randal Kleiser, John's wife, Kelly Preston, and their son Benjamin, all grabbed beach chairs to relive the "Summer Lovin'" magic and according to Page Six, it was a huge hit with the fans who joined them. "There were 1,000 people singing every line with Travolta as they watched on the beach. It was like karaoke," said one screening guest. "People were wrapped in blankets. Travolta was having the best time." John and Kelly reportedly arrived in Cannes after a family vacation in Ireland.
Detroit is renaming a street after Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's storied relationship with Motown is set to be immortalized on June 15 when Detroit renames a downtown street after the late King of Pop. According to Page Six, a section of historic Randolph Street in the city's downtown section will be christened Michael Jackson Avenue at a ceremony next month. The renaming will coincide with Detroit Music Weekend, where Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson are slated to perform as part of a celebration of the Jackson 5's ties to the Motor City. The brothers will also be given a key to the city during the festivities. Their brother, Michael, died in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009.
Zooey Deschanel fights plastic pollution with National Geographic
National Geographic's new cover story, "Planet or Plastic?," focuses on the 11 billion pounds of plastic that end up in the oceans each year, killing marine life and causing irreparable damage to ecosystems around the world. Creating more awareness about the environmental dangers of plastic is a cause close to Zooey Deschanel's heart. That's why, on Thursday, May 17, the actress stepped in to guest curate Nat Geo's Instagram feed, sharing photos and words from marine photographers who've witnessed firsthand the havoc plastic's wreaking underwater. "Hey! I'm @zooeydeschanel and on behalf of @farmproject, I'll be guest curating the @natgeo Instagram feed throughout the day to help launch #PlanetorPlastic—National Geographic's multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste that gets into the world's oceans," Zooey wrote on IG, sharing a picture of the magazine's cover. "Learn what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics and take your pledge at natgeo.com/plasticpledge (link in bio)," she continued. "Doing so will not only benefit the thousands of marine animals that become entangled in or suffocated by plastics each year but will also contribute to the overall health of the planet's marine ecosystems and all who rely upon them." The guest curation was a collaboration between Nat Geo and The Farm Project, an organization Zooey and her husband, Jacob Pechenik, founded to educate people about how to "grow closer to [their] food" by understanding more about industrialized farming.
Meek Mill won't discuss prison reform at White House at urging from JAY-Z
In the course of Meek Mill's well-documented struggles with the criminal justice system, he was sentenced two to four years for a probation violation for which prosecutors were not seeking jail time, he was sent to solitary confinement not because of his behavior but to because of his celebrity status and the FBI investigated the judge whose bizarre handling his case involved demanding that he give her a shout-out on a recording. After musicians and social reform advocates spoke out on his behalf, Meek finally got out of prison this spring when the state Supreme Court ordered his release. On Friday, May 18, the Philadelphia-based rapper had hoped to discuss his experience with a flawed system at the White House's Prison Reform Summit. After a late-night call from JAY-Z, however, he decided against it. "I was originally scheduled to be part of a panel on Prison Reform at the White House to help shed light on the issues within the system. Unfortunately, the focus turned to the President and Myself which concerned me that it might take away from creating a positive result from today's discussions," he told TMZ. "As a result, I decided not to attend so that the focus would be solely on fixing our prison system. Most importantIy I remain fully committed to improving our criminal justice system."
Alyssa Milano gets candid about her struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety
"I have a secret, and I am not alone." That's how Alyssa Milano begins an essay for Time detailing her experience with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which she says "was most likely triggered by my postpartum depression" and was routinely dismissed by doctors and colleagues alike before she found real help. Having miscarried in 2011, Alyssa recalls how her "beautiful" pregnancy with Milo, her first of two children, came to a nerve-wracking halt. "Following this idyllic image of motherhood, I wrote a strict birth plan: no induction of labor, no pain medication and no C-sections. I equated a natural birth to my value as a woman and as a mother — and I was determined not to stray from that course," she writes. Instead, complications forced her to have a C-section, after which her body wasn't producing milk. "That first night, after we returned from the hospital, I suffered my first anxiety attack," she continues. "I felt like I had already disappointed my child. I felt like I failed as a mother, since I was not able to give birth vaginally or nourish him with the breast milk that had not come in yet. … My heart raced. My stomach seized up. I felt like I was dying." She had more anxiety attacks when she started work on a new show and had to leave Milo at home. "Like many working moms, I was overwhelmed by guilt for leaving my son during work hours, and like many others who suffer from anxiety, my pain was not taken seriously," she explains. After the anxiety attacks kept coming on the heels of 16-hour work days, she finally went to get help. "I felt as though I had no choice: I asked to be committed; I stayed in a public psychiatric ward for three days. At last, I began to feel as if my pain was recognized, but it wasn't easy. One of my doctors dismissed my symptoms, and many of my colleagues, even female colleagues, still had trouble understanding that I was hurting at all," she writes. "But throughout this process, I also found angels — including my psychiatrist and my therapist. They convinced me that I had the bravery to face my illness, the value to seek help and the strength to recover." Alyssa's essay comes in tandem with National Mental Health Awareness month. Sharing statistics about how few Americans are able to get help for mental health issues, she writes: "Let's demand that our lawmakers pass policies that open — not restrict — our access to mental health services. Let's remind each other that no one should have to face these challenges by themselves. And if you see me on the street, please come tell me that I am not alone."
Ariana Grande reflects on Manchester attack: 'You think you'll make peace with it'
Ariana Grande also appears in Time's mental health awareness issue, where she discusses about seeking therapy after the terror attack at her concert in Manchester last May. "I never opened up about it, because I thought that was how life was supposed to feel … ," she says (via Vulture). "There are so many people who have suffered such loss and pain. The processing part is going to take forever … Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world. I think that's why it's still so heavy on my heart every single day. I wish there was more that I could fix. You think with time it'll become easier to talk about. Or you'll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it's still very painful." She also explained that she tries not to give too much power to the attack itself. "It's the absolute worst of humanity," she says. "That's why I did my best to react the way I did. The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won."