Celebrities truly are a breed of their own! Wonderwall.com rounded up several recent examples of how stars are nothing like us, starting with Rihanna's beauty hack… During an interview with "Entertainment Tonight" that hit the Internet on Dec. 7, 2018, eyebrow artist Damone Roberts revealed that when RiRi wanted to lighten her brows for the 2018 Met Gala, she sent a lookalike for a test run before committing to the look. "So Rihanna's so fly that she has a lookalike model come by your space and you try out different looks on the eyebrows on the model and you send pictures to Rihanna and she decides whether she wants to do it or not," he said. "So literally a lookalike model we trialed and tried and everything else until we got them perfect and we sent Rihanna the pictures and we heard nothing and of course two days before the Met Gala she's like, 'I loved them! You gotta fly to New York and take care of me!' and do them and whatnot."
The voluminous hot-pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown that Jennifer Lopez donned during the New York City premiere of "Second Act" on Dec. 12, 2018, was so large, the singer-actress had to rent a special bus to transport her to the red carpet event. Speaking of "Second Act"…
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How's this for an A-list movie night? Jennifer Lopez joined Kim Kardashian West and her family — sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian, as well as mom Kris Jenner — at the reality star's home in Hidden Hills, California, for a special private screening of her rom-com "Second Act." Said Kim on her Instagram Story, "Alright guys, so I'm having movie night tonight at my house. And let me just say something. Never in my life would I have imagined that my idol would want to come over and have a movie night with me." Continued Kanye West's missus, "Like, if you would have said to me 10 years ago, 'Jennifer Lopez is coming over [to] your house to watch a movie and to have dinner,' … I never would have imagined this would've been my life. … Dreams do come true, guys." Kim also got a massage during the private at-home screening with her idol, whom she described as her "inspiration for everything." Because of course!
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According to a Jan. 3, 2019, press release from the Louvre, the French museum credits its record-breaking attendance in 2018 — which was up 25 percent from 2017 — in part to Beyonce and JAY-Z, who shot their "APES—" music video on the premises. "The recovery of tourism in France — specially in Paris — boosted visitor attendance in 2018, as did the flagship exhibition 'Delacroix (1798–1863).' Elsewhere in the world, interest in the Louvre was bolstered by the Louvre Abu Dhabi (which recently celebrated its first anniversary), and by Beyonce and JAY-Z's 'Apes—' video, with its tribute to some of the museum's greatest artworks," wrote the Louvre. Now that's power!
And here we have the perfect example of the type of mix-up that only happens in Hollywood! During a Dec. 13, 2018, appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," Natalie Portman revealed that for the past few years, she's been accidentally inviting Meryl Streep instead of her cousin Meryl to her family's holiday celebrations in Los Angeles. "We've been inviting [my cousin and her husband] to all our Jewish holidays and everything, and the last three holidays, she didn't reply, and I was like, 'Did I do something to offend her? Did I hurt her feelings? Is she holding a grudge?' I was like, 'She's totally not that type of person,'" said the Oscar winner. "So I looked when I went to text her, and I realized I had two Meryls in my phone book and I'd been texting Meryl Streep. I was like, 'Oh no!' So of course I called and explained."
Kylie Jenner took to her Instagram Story on Dec. 14, 2018, to show off the latest addition to her ridiculously impressive car collection: a custom ice-blue Rolls Royce Wraith worth more than $320K. "My babies," she wrote across an image showing her new whip beside her Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge and her black G-Wagen. "I've waited so long for you," she scrawled across another photo of the car. (So long? Kylie, by the way, is only 21.) She also has an orange Ferrari LaFerrari (worth $1.5 million), a Lamborghini Aventador (worth $400K), a white McLaren, a silver Ferrari, a blue Ferrari, a vintage Rolls Royce and a silver Range Rover.
Matt Damon is the proud new owner of the most expensive condo in Brooklyn. Curbed reported on Jan. 2, 2019, that the Oscar winner dropped $16.75 million on the six-bedroom penthouse apartment in the former Standish Arms Hotel. It reportedly features white oak flooring, a kitchen decked out with Italian Carrara marble slab countertops and mosaic-tiled master bathrooms.
In other celeb real estate news, Kanye West dropped $14 million on wife Kim Kardashian West's Christmas present: a Miami Beach condo with beachfront views. (The duo were photographed making out on the patio at their fancy new digs on Jan. 4, 2019.) According to Page Six, the rapper quietly checked out the four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom pad while he was in Miami for Art Basel in December. The unit is reportedly part of the Faena House tower. On-site amenities include a private gym, a pool and spa, concierge services and underground paparazzi-proof parking.
And finally, TMZ reported on Jan. 3, 2019, that Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo dropped $32 million on the 3.1-acre compound in Los Angeles's Pacific Palisades neighborhood — the spread that Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their brood once called home. The property includes 16,000 square feet of living space spread out over three buildings: an 8,800-square-foot, five-bedroom, eight-bathroom main house with a screening room and an art studio; a two-bedroom, three-bathroom guesthouse with its own screening room; and a third building of unknown size and purpose. The property also includes a pool, a basketball court and a gym.
The Irish webloid Goss.ie reported on Dec. 30, 2018, that Taylor Swift dropped nearly $65K to rent the entirety of the 18th century Glin Castle in West Limerick, Ireland, for six days to celebrate Christmas with her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, and his family.
After tweeting about struggling to get her daughter with John Legend, Luna, to eat anything other than "spaghetti and fish sticks," Chrissy Teigen revealed that she made a menu of meal options for the 2 year old — "a binder of laminated photos with TODDLER FOOD on Peppa Pig plates," the model and cookbook author explained on Twitter on Dec. 17, 2018. "I actually didn't realize how insane this was til I started typing it," she added. "I'm spending my days making a menu, cooking and plating every meal and taking pics so my DARLING ANGEL will eat something WHO HAVE I BECOME…I just love projects," she wrote in another tweet. The mother of two also shared a video showing off the fruits of her labor, which includes options like cereal with bananas, grilled cheese, cheese quesadilla, chicken tenders, chicken spaghetti, ham and cheese "Lunables" (a homemade spin on Lunchables) and, yes, crispy fish sticks. "Trying to get Luna to eat by being psychotic," she scrawled across the clip.
Offset dropped the big bucks on Cardi B's Christmas presents. On Dec. 26, 2018, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper took to her Instagram Story to show off some of the lavish gifts she received from her estranged hubby: several pieces of jewelry, seven pairs of shoes and six designer handbags, including two Chanel bags (one worth $6,950) and four Hermès Birkin bags (one worth $15,000).
Vanity Fair reported on Dec. 19, 2018, that when Meghan Markle's acting career first took off — years before she became Duchess Meghan — the "Suits" star "threw herself a party at her home unofficially billed as a 'Sayonara Zara' party and gave away the lower-priced clothes in her closet to her guests" so that she could make room for new designer duds. Must be nice!
Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber one-upped the typical Hollywood double date by heading out for dinner with a different kind of A-lister: a royal! The supermodel and her man dined with Princess Eugenie and her new husband, Jack Brooksbank, at the five-star Marylebone restaurant at London's Chiltern Firehouse back in December 2018. (Jack, by the way, is a brand ambassador for Casamigos, the tequila brand Rande shares with George Clooney.) But the couple's brush with royalty wasn't their only extraordinary moment of late 2018…
Page Six reported on Dec. 24, 2018, that Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber rang in the holidays by paying for every item on layaway at a Walmart in the Compton section of Los Angeles. "Hundreds of families will have very happy children this Christmas thanks to the Gerber family," said a source.
Sarah Paulson is "like the one person on planet Earth" who hasn't seen "Bird Box," she admitted on the Jan. 17, 2019, episode of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." What makes this especially odd is that the actress stars in the hit Netflix thriller as the sister of Sandra Bullock's character. "I don't watch anything I do ever," she explained. "Not since 'People v. O.J.'" You're missing out, girl!
How many women celebrate their 50th birthdays by posing in a tiny bikini and then sharing the photo with millions of people? That's exactly what bona fide freak of nature Kyle Richards did when she turned the big five-oh on Jan. 11, 2019. "I'm 50. There. I said it. Anyone who knows me knows that I always think I'm dying so the fact that I even made it to here is a miracle," the reality star captioned the stunning shot of herself, which you can see here. "I am so grateful for this beautiful gift called life," she continued. "I never imagined I would feel so good, healthy and at peace (most of the time) I love my children, my husband, my family, my friends, my dogs, my work… SO MUCH. What else could a woman ask for? Thank you all for your birthday wishes 🙏 My cup has runneth over."
We've already covered the full insanity of Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's $800K week-long wedding festivities, but that's not where the craziness ends. After the comely couple said "I do," they hosted not one … not two … but THREE different receptions. First, not long after their Hindu wedding ceremony in late 2018, they hosted dignitaries including Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi. Two weeks later — following a brief break from wedding events in New York City — the "Quantico" star's mother hosted a reception for her friends (and various media outlets!) in Mumbai. And finally, the third reception was for Bollywood industry insiders. We're exhausted even thinking about all that schmoozing!
Martha Stewart left the Internet shook when she revealed her hack for making scrambled eggs using a cappuccino maker in a video shared by the Food Network on Facebook in January 2019. "It steams the eggs into the softest, fluffiest scrambled eggs," she says while demonstrating how to prepare the breakfast staple using the cappuccino maker's steam wand. Yes, Martha, because we all have our own cappuccino maker at home…
When Sherri Shepherd suddenly found herself stranded without access to Lyft or Uber at a Southern California 7-Eleven sometime around Christmas in December 2018, she did what any celebrity in her situation might do: She posted a bunch of videos on Instagram asking her followers to tell her famous friends to call an Uber for her. (It's unclear how she was able to connect to Instagram but not to any ride-sharing apps.) Among the A-listers from whom the actress sought help were Niecy Nash, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Katt Williams, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock, Marlon Wayans and Gabriel Iglesias. Ultimately, Niecey called an Uber for her.
Neighbors arguing over construction projects is nothing new, but neighbors arguing over how construction of an underground pool and gym will affect the structure of an 1875 mansion? That's straight Hollywood. Vulture reported on Jan. 13, 2019, that Robbie Williams and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page have been fighting for five years over the "Rock DJ" singer's plans to expand his property, which were ultimately approved. Here's hoping Jimmy's historic manse won't get "Trampled Under Foot."
During an interview with Popsugar that hit the Internet on Jan. 15, 2019, "The Bachelor" makeup artist Gina Modica dished on Colton Underwood's seven-step skincare regimen, which you too can adopt for a whopping $575. The products the reality star uses to keep his moneymaker in tip-top shape include Glycelene's beauty serum ($125), rejuvenation crème ($95) and eye serum ($85), Dermalogica's solar defense booster ($55) and three more relatively affordable products.
Prince Philip isn't just married to the queen of England. He's also the first person to successfully harvest a sizable quantity of truffles from British soil. (How's that for an extraordinary life?) Britain's The Times reported on Dec. 31, 2018, that the Duke of Edinburgh successfully grew a crop of French Perigord noir truffles, or "black diamonds" — the most prized of the 70 known truffle species — at Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham estate, a project that kicked off in 2006 when he planted a grove of more than 300 oak saplings that had been infused with truffle spores. According to People magazine, black truffles run at somewhere between $175 and $225 per 3.5 ounces. As if Prince Philip needed the extra dough!
50 Cent took to Instagram on Dec. 27, 2018, to share a picture of himself writing a check for $3M to the G-Unity Foundation "to distribute to other non-profit organizations that focus on academic enrichment in low-income areas." Wrote the rapper of his charitable donation, "I feel good about it." Yeah, we bet!
No closing time for Ariana Grande! The singer-actress shut down New York City's exclusive Eleven Madison Park restaurant with some pals on Dec. 13, 2018. She took to her Instagram Story to share a video of herself and her party hanging out at the hotspot at 1:30 in the morning. Every other table in the joint was empty. We hope she left a hefty tip!
Papoose took to Instagram on Dec. 17, 2018, to show off the push present he got for wife Remy Ma after she gave birth to their daughter: a Cadillac Escalade Platinum with an add-on the new mom specifically requested — a cooler to store breast milk for their little one, whom they've nicknamed The Golden Child.
It's never too soon to introduce a Kardashian to the finer things in life! Kourtney Kardashian bought a mini yellow G-Wagen for niece Chicago West's first birthday so that the 1 year old could match mom Kim Kardashian West, who got the real deal last summer. Kanye West's missus took to her Instagram Story on Jan. 16, 2019, to show off the present, gushing in one video, "This is what Chi gets to match Mommy."
In other spoiled Kardashian baby news, Kim Kardashian West took to her Instagram Story on Jan. 8, 2019, to show off the Louis Vuitton handbags she bought "for all of the baby girls in the fam for Xmas" during a trip to Japan … cause every baby needs a designer handbag! Said baby girls, her nieces and daughters, range in age from 6 years old (Kourtney Kardashian's daughter Penelope Disick) to less than a year old (Khloe Kardashian's baby girl True Thompson).
And in still more spoiled Kardashian offspring news, Kourtney Kardashian took to her Instagram Story on Dec. 18, 2018, to show off the present her son, Mason Disick, received from grandma Kris Jenner on his 9th birthday: Versace's Baroque Print Padded Coat, which retails for more than $3K. "When @krisjenner takes him shopping," the mother of three captioned the shot. But Mason wasn't the only celebritot who recently rocked a ridiculously expensive jacket…
On Dec. 27, 2018, 12-year-old Suri Cruise was photographed wearing a $900 pink Burberry trench coat during an outing with friends in New York City. We hope Katie Holmes' little girl doesn't grow out of it before next winter…
Christmas 2018 was a good time to be the friend or family member of a famous rapper. Travis Scott bought his brother, Josh, a Cartier bracelet. He gave their parents a Porsche Coupe and a Range Rover SUV. Meanwhile, rapper Rich the Kid bought baby mama Tori Brixx a G-Wagen, and rapper YG gifted himself a custom Cadillac Escalade.
Les Moonves might be fighting CBS over his $120 million severance package, but clearly he's not hurting for cash — or moping around waiting for a potential payday after getting the boot for alleged sexual misconduct in the workplace. According to Page Six, the scandalized former network exec jetted off to St. Barts for the holidays. He reportedly rang in the New Year on David Geffen's $590 million yacht with wife Julie Chen and NBC exec Ron Meyer. "Les isn't hanging his head in shame; he's living it up on a yacht in St. Barts. It seems that the Hollywood moguls look out for each other, no matter what," said a source.