Surprise! Bindi Irwin tied the knot with longtime beau Chandler Powell on March 25 at the Australia Zoo, the same place they got engaged last year. The guest list included… nobody. The couple had planned a larger wedding, but scrapped all that because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The only people on hand, other than the bride and groom, were a small group of family members. Her brother, Robert, walked her down the aisle. "We held a small ceremony and I married my best friend. There are no words to describe the amount of love and light in my heart right now. We've planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn't have guests at our wedding," she said on Instagram. "This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe. We wish all of our friends and family could have been there with us, however it's lovely that we will be able to share photos and videos. Right now we're encouraging the world to hold onto hope and love, which will carry us forward during this profound time in history." Bindi and Chandler lit a candle in honor of her late father, Steve Irwin.
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Meghan McCain and her husband Ben Domenech have a baby on the way. The co-host of "The View" made the announcement on March 22 on Instagram, noting that she would be making appearances by satellite for the time being. "Although this isn't how I expected to announce my pregnancy, both we and our families are excited to share the news with you all," she wrote. "I consulted with my doctors and they advised me that for the safety of our baby and myself, I should be extra vigilant about limiting the amount of people we come in contact with."
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The list of high-profile personalities contracting the coronavirus is getting larger, and it now includes the future King of England. On March 24, the royal family announced that Prince Charles has tested positive for Covid-19. The royal, 71, is now self-isolating in Scotland and a source said he has mild symptoms. The pandemic also recorded several deaths this week, including "Desperately Seeking Susan" actor Mark Blum, "Top Chef Masters" star Floyd Cardoz, legendary playwright Terrence McNally and jazz star Manu Dibango.
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Michelle Williams is a married woman. On March 23, Us Weekly reported that the Oscar-nominated actress secretly tied the knot with director Thomas Kail, whom she's expecting a baby with. The confirmation came a week after he was spotted wearing a gold wedding band on his ring finger in New York City. Michelle and Thomas confirmed in late December 2019 that they had gotten engaged after working together on "Fosse/Verdon."
If Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are your landlords, your April rent has been waived. The couple owns several residential buildings in Los Angeles, and in light of the coronavirus outbreak — and all the people unable to work — the couple is waiving rent for their tenants. Residents were alerted to the act of kindness by email. California is under a "stay at home" order to try and slow the spread of coronavirus.
Maren Morris is now a momma! The country superstar welcomed a son, Hayes Andrew Hurd, with her husband, Ryan Hurd. Maren called Hayes, born on March 23, the "love of our lives." Both Maren and Ryan posted images of their newborn to their Instagram pages. It's the first child for the country singers.
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Kevin Hart and his wife, Eniko, are expecting a second child together. On March 24, she posted a photo of her baby bump. "In the midst of all of this we're counting our blessings and couldn't be more grateful!" she wrote. "Soon to be a family of 6! #glowingandgrowing." The couple shares 2-year-old son, Kenzo, and Kevin also shares 15-year-old daughter Heaven and 12-year-old son Hendrix with his ex-wife.
Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande are stepping in for financially-strapped fans who are unable to pay bills because of the coronavirus pandemic. Taylor reported sent $3,000 to at least two out-of-work fans after hearing of their financial plight on Tumblr. Ariana, meanwhile, has been secretly sending money to many of her fans via mobile payment app Venmo. According to Page Six, Ariana has slyly sent $500-$1,000 to more than 20 fans who've lost wages because they're out of work. "She reached out and took care of my salary for the month," one fan said.
Say hello to the newest United States residents: Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan. According to reports, the couple has left Canada for good via private jet to set up a permanent home in Los Angeles. "The borders were closing and flights were stopping. They had to get out," a source told The Sun, referring to the United States and Canada borders closing to all nonessential travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. The couple, the report said, wants to be close to "their new team of Hollywood agents and PRs." Further, "Meghan has lots of friends there and, of course, her mum Doria." News of the United States move came the same day that Disney announced Meghan would be narrating a documentary on elephants.
Evangeline Lilly is doing an about face when it comes to social distancing. The "Lost" actress caused waves when she said on March 16 that she valued her "freedom" and didn't plan to self-isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic. After being scolded by fans and friends in Hollywood, she said she's changed her opinion and has been social distancing since March 18. "PLEASE KNOW I AM DOING MY PART TO FLATTEN THE CURVE, PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAYING HOME WITH MY FAMILY," she said on March 26. "I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19. Grandparents, parents, children, sisters and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message."