Dwayne Johnson didn't just get a hotel room while shooting "Hobbs and Shaw" in London. He got a mansion — specifically the nine-bedroom Surrey compound that Brangelina and their offspring once called home. The estate reportedly features two pools (one indoor and one outdoor), a tennis court and a home gym, but that just wasn't enough for The Rock, who set up his own personal 40,000-pound tented "pop-up" gym on the grounds of the estate. The wrestler-actor's "Iron Paradise," which reportedly accompanies him to every film shoot and takes hundreds of workers to set up, also features a full kitchen so that the superstar can feast on the healthiest meals without taking a break from his grueling exercise regimen, which kicks off at 5 a.m. every day. And if that's not impressive enough, wait till you get a load of this: On Thanksgiving, Dwayne and his family hosted an extra special guest at their temporary U.K. digs: equine actor Rusty, who portrayed the trusty steed of Russell Crowe's titular heroes in both "Gladiator" and "Robin Hood." "Thankful to Rusty and his pal, Rosey, for coming to the crib today for some Thanksgiving ridin' w/ the ohana," The Rock captioned a photo of himself and Rusty. Only The Rock could get a house call from one of Hollywood's most in-demand horses!
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Why take a private jet when you can take a private double-decker 747? That's what Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye West did following the Thanksgiving holiday. On Nov. 26, 2018, the reality star took to her Instagram Story to show off the privately hired plane, which includes multiple private bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a communal lounge and dining room. "No big deal, just taking a private 747," Kim joked in one video. "This is how he does it now — only 747s! Private! I've never even heard of this, but whatever." The power couple also brought along their trainer for the flight "since it's so long so we can work out here," as Kim said. The following month, she shed some light on the trip during an interview with "Extra," explaining that Kanye charted the plane because he's "really into architecture" and "wanted to see this museum" on an island off of Japan. "He wanted to take his whole design crew and stuff to have his whole team get inspiration," she said.
According to fashion search platform Lyst.com, Duchess Meghan's style is so influential, any brand she wears "will see a 200 percent increase in search demand over the following week." The website has dubbed this trend The Meghan Effect: "The Meghan Effect continues to grow worldwide," writes Lyst. "Her wedding day outfits caused huge spikes in search for both Givenchy and Stella McCartney, while her daytime looks have also inspired millions of shoppers to try a 'boat neck' or 'tuxedo dress.'"
On Oct. 31, 2018, TMZ reported that Katy Perry dropped $7.5 million on a guest home — a four-bedroom, five-bathroom, 4,400-square-foot property with a pool in Beverly Hills — near the five-bedroom house she bought in the same neighborhood for $19 million in 2017. Why? So that her friends and family have a place to stay when they're visiting from out of town. Must be nice!
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra reportedly spent more than $800K on a full week of wedding activities, E! News reported on Dec. 2, 2018. Among the biggest expenses was the venue — the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India — which costs an estimated $92K a night. (The bride and groom reportedly booked the entire hotel to host their friends and family from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3.) It's estimated they spent $120 per person on food for 200 guests ($24K total), $63K for three days of sound and lighting to ensure the venue was at its very best in photos and videos, $42K for three days of photography and videography, $282K on décor, $14K on the bride's traditional Hindu wedding sari and between $1,300 and $21K per person on plane tickets. It's no surprise considering the couple hosted the prime minister of India at one of their wedding receptions. Other over-the-top highlights include Priyanka's 75-foot tulle veil, which required the assistance of five attendants.
Diddy channeled Will Smith — who memorably celebrated turning 50 in September 2018 by bungee jumping out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon — by skydiving in celebration of his 49th birthday on Nov. 4. While plenty of thrill-seeking individuals celebrate their birthdays by jumping out of planes every day, how many get to land on the lawn of the Playboy Mansion? That's exactly what the music mogul did. (He lives two houses down from the iconic Los Angeles property.) After sticking the landing, Diddy took the party back to Ysabel restaurant and then to his own home for an epic afterparty. According to TMZ , he hosted 200 guests and had more than 50 cars parked outside — until cops shut it down after receiving multiple complaint calls around 2 a.m. on Nov. 5 (a Monday).
Multiple media outlets reported in late October 2018 that Madonna posted a job listing on the website Talent Private Staff seeking a private chef to cook kosher meals for herself and her brood at their homes in London, Lisbon and New York. The chef would reportedly bank somewhere between $108.3K and $140.1K a year. Yum.
In other pampered celebritot news: On Dec. 1, 2018, just a few days before they called it quits, Offset dished on Cardi B's hectic travel schedule — and her expensive habit of chartering private jets to be with their daughter, Kulture — while chatting with Us Weekly. "She's flying private jets for baby girl to be with her," said the Migos rapper. "She's paying a lot of money, but it's all love for Kulture. And that's who she do everything for first and I respect it." Continued Offset, "I'll fly to her or she'll fly to me. Because we need the time." Well, if there's a silver lining to the breakup, it's that Cardi's bank account will be a little less strained with Offset out of the picture…
In late 2017, Mel B removed a ribcage tattoo dedicated to her ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte. (The tat read, "Stephen, till death do us part you own my heart.") Instead of having the body art covered up or lasered away, the Spice Girl had the skin featuring his name surgically removed. She then placed the removed skin in a jar and stored it above her wardrobe, she revealed during a November 2018 appearance on the British talk show "Loose Women." Said the singer, "I've saved it in a jar, which sounds a bit strange, I know. … It's at the top of my wardrobe. Nobody can see it, but I know it's there and it's off my body." She went on to explain why she had the tattoo surgically removed: "I just thought, 'I can't go through the pain of getting it lasered,' so I convinced a doctor to cut it off my body," she said. "It sounds horrific, but what I went through was so horrific." Added Mel, "A lot of my surgery was to do with getting out of my abusive relationship. … It was almost like a cleanse. I just wanted to feel fresh and new again and untouched by that person. … I didn't want to have any remnants of him on me."
Just because she's now a mother doesn't mean you should expect to see Kylie Jenner behind the wheel of a minivan anytime soon. The 20 year old celebrated the birth of her first child, daughter Stormi, with a $1.4 million push present: a black Ferrari LaFerrari, which she showed off on her Instagram Story on Feb. 24. The reality TV star shared a short video of her super-expensive ride as its butterfly doors opened. "Push present," she could be heard saying in the clip. (It's unclear whether the car was a present from baby daddy Travis Scott or from herself.)
We were lucky if our mom let us pick out our own clothes when we were 6, but that alone would be too pedestrian for Blue Ivy Carter. The daughter of Beyonce and JAY-Z already has her own stylist and personal shopper! In 2018, Beyonce's rep confirmed that Manuel Mendez, who has also served as Beyonce's personal assistant, has been working as the tot's shopper and stylist — reportedly since she was 20 months old!
Meghan Markle made headlines after she broke royal protocol by hugging a charity worker while visiting a homeless center in Scotland on Feb. 13. Apparently, members of the royal family are not supposed to hug commoners in public. We'll add that to the very short list of cons that come with marrying Prince Harry.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have never texted, the Oscar winner told Parade as part of an interview that hit the Internet on June 25. "That is so not our relationship," she said, adding that she and her husband prefer "voice-to-voice or skin-to-skin" contact. Apparently, the duo "didn't know how to text" when they started dating back in 2005. Somehow, in all those years, they never picked up the mode of communication that the rest of us depend on every day. "We talk all the time, and we FaceTime, but we just don't text because I feel like texting can be misrepresentative at times," said Nicole. "And I've had the thing where I re-read texts and I'm like, 'What does that mean?' and then read it to somebody and go, 'Can you interpret that?' I don't want that between my lover and I."
Imagine flying 6,000 miles every weekend! That's exactly what John Krasinski did in order to be with his family while shooting his Netflix show "Jack Ryan." The actor made this majorly romantic gesture every single weekend, hopping on a plane from Montreal to head to London where wife Emily Blunt was filming "Mary Poppins."
The Mail on Sunday reported on June 30 that Victoria Beckham owns a whopping 14 engagement rings, including the emerald-cut yellow-diamond sparkler worth more than $157K that she debuted at the Dior Homme presentation during Paris Fashion Week on June 23. The former Spice Girl's collection is reportedly worth more than $11.6M. But not every piece has come directly from the designer's husband, David Beckham: "He doesn't buy Victoria a ring every few years, but he's treated her to some of them," a source told The Mail on Sunday. Posh reportedly bought the rest for herself. Niiice.
Very few people actually try to gain weight — but occasionally, actors have to pack on the pounds for a role. This was the case for Charlize Theron ahead of shooting her 2018 film "Tully," for which she gained 50 pounds to play a struggling mother. In order to maintain the weight gain, Charlize had to be very dedicated, which included setting alarms in the middle of the night to eat. The actress told "Entertainment Tonight," "I would literally wake up at 2 in the morning and I'd have a cup of cold macaroni and cheese just next to me. I would wake up and I would just eat it… I would just, like, shove it in my throat. It's hard to maintain that weight."
Paris Hilton reportedly hired 24-hour security to protect the $2M engagement ring with which Chris Zylka proposed in late 2017. TMZ reported on Jan. 2 that the security detail was never far from the bling, though they wore street clothes to avoid being detected by potential thieves. Back in 2013, The Hollywood Reporter explained that a bodyguard can cost between $500 and $1,000 a day, so if Paris hired only one security officer to watch over the ring, she's looking at a minimum of $182.5K a year. Yikes. No word on whether or not Chris will use the same security measures when Paris returns the ring now that they've called it quits…
DailyMail.com reported in early October that in her new book, "Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life," Gisele Bundchen details her insanely rigid diet, which she unironically describes as "not too strict," explaining that the majority of her meals consist of "raw or lightly steamed vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains, with the occasional small piece of meat or seafood added into the mix." (She eats meat twice a month and fish once a week, she says.) For dessert, the supermodel has "a blend of avocado and coconut" with honey and dates to sweeten things… If that doesn't sound as appealing to you as a big hunk of chocolate cake, it's probably because you don't have Susan, Gisele's personal chef, who comes to the model's home five days a week to cook for her and her family. Of all the revelations regarding what she eats (or doesn't) — aside from the fact that her goal is "to turn every meal into a form of meditation" — perhaps the most shocking is this: The supermodel doesn't consume liquids while she's eating because her mother taught her that "it's too hard on the digestive system." In fact, Gisele doesn't drink anything for at least half an hour after she's done eating. Geeze.
Eager to do a great job playing the late Princess Margaret on Season 3 of Netflix's "The Crown," Helena Bonham Carter hired a psychic to contact the late royal to help her nail her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II's sister (the monarch is being played by Olivia Colman on Season 3), the Sun reported in September 2018. "[Helena] always likes to research her roles with as much depth as possible and is always prepared to go that extra mile," a TV insider told the newspaper. "So if that means using someone with supernatural powers to speak to a character who is now on the other side, then Helena has no problems with doing that. She is naturally spiritual and open-minded and is delighted she's had such positive feedback from the late royal." That's right: According to the Sun, Margaret has let Helena know that she's "doing a great job."
Costume designer Mary Vogt borrowed couture from some of the biggest names in fashion for "Crazy Rich Asians." But it was no small task: The designer gowns on loan had to be insured, while some of the jewelry had to be guarded. "Luckily, a couple of the jewelers, like Bulgari and Chopard, supplied their own security teams," she told Page Six as part of an interview that hit the Internet on Aug. 6. Surprisingly, one of the most iconic pieces of jewelry featured in the film — Eleanor Young's emerald engagement ring — wasn't on loan from a jeweler but rather from the actress who brought Eleanor to life, Michelle Yeoh. "Michelle wears a lot of her own jewelry in the movie — she has a pretty extensive collection! In fact, that emerald engagement ring was actually Michelle's. She brought that in and was like, 'Will this work?'" said Mary.
Kim Zolciak-Biermann's diamond earrings are just too heavy for her ears, so she did what any other rich and famous reality star would do — put filler in them! Yep, that's right, the former "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star's daughter Brielle shared one of Kim's beauty secrets on Twitter, opening up about the fact that Kim gets injections in her ears. This procedure plumps up the ear and fixes the problem of saggy, stretched-out ear lobes. You learn something new every day!
After Kit Harington and Rose Leslie tied the knot on June 23, they hosted a reception at Wardhill Castle, a 12th century estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, that's been in the bride's family for 900 years. Yep, she owned a castle BEFORE she became a famous actress.
It pays to be pals with Oprah Winfrey! The media mogul gave Mindy Kaling a pretty epic present when she welcomed her first child, daughter Katherine, in late 2017. "Oprah's present to me was a hand-carved bookcase packed with 100 of the essential children's books of all literature, and each book was inscribed with a little sticker that said 'Katherine's Book Club' — like 'Oprah's Book Club.' The bookcase was carved in the shape of an old-timey castle," Mindy told Stephen Colbert during a March appearance on his late-night show.
On Aug. 16, Jennifer Lopez donned an ensemble that cost more than most Americans make in an entire year — a whopping $68,440 — during an outing with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez in New York City. According to Page Six, the superstar's pink Valentino frock — hardly one of her cutest getups — set her back $7,300. Her Gucci sandals rang in at $1,250 while her Fendi handbag, which wasn't available for sale to the public until November, will set back copycats $3,890. Finally, her Yeprem diamond hoop earrings are worth $56,000.
Only a celebrity could potentially inspire someone to run for president (and win!). According to filmmaker Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 11/9," Donald Trump was inspired to enter the race for the presidency because he was upset when he heard Gwen Stefani was making more money on NBC's "The Voice" than he was making for the network's "The Celebrity Apprentice." His presidential run was initially a negotiating tactic to make more money. There's no confirmation of this, but Michael points out that the two are both repped by legendary Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel.
Dublin's Delahunt restaurant closed to the public to accommodate Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan for lunch on July 11. According to Vanity Fair, the couple made arrangements in advance to visit the venue and even pre-ordered their meals. The British ambassador to Ireland and a team of palace aides reportedly joined the duo for lunch, but the pair ate alone in the restaurant's "snug," an area "tucked away at the back of the restaurant close to the kitchen" to avoid prying eyes.
Did you get your hair done before your high school reunion? Your makeup? Well, before the stars of "Jersey Shore" started taping their 2018 reunion series, "Jersey Shore Family Vacation," they opted for more intense touch-ups — the type that require needles! Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino both went in for Botox before filming began, their doctor told Page Six.
Who knew red carpet couture was so expensive to mail? Christian Siriano opened up about just how much it cost to send his designs to Los Angeles during the month of the 2018 Academy Awards — and the price tag is astronomical! He shared that he spent about $50,000 to FedEx "about a hundred" pieces to clients since stylists "don't have a budget for shipping," which means designers have to foot the bill themselves. He dressed 17 stars for the show and parties including Kelly Ripa, Amy Adams, Laurie Metcalf, Janelle Monae, Lindsey Vonn and Whoopi Goldberg.
Kerry Washington gave a Tomorrow Sleep mattress to every member of the cast and crew of "Scandal," which aired its final episode in April. The mattresses (a queen size costs between $800 and $1,000) were the culmination of a week of gift giving by the Emmy nominee, who referred to the presents as the "Scandal Survival Kit" during an interview with "Entertainment Tonight" that hit the Internet on March 13. "It had work-out classes and sneakers and wine and food and books. … It's all the things you haven't had a chance to do while we've been working," she said. "But I wanted to end with a mattress. … We work 16-hour days and sometimes some departments have eight-hour turnarounds, which means they're sleeping five, six hours a night, and I just really feel like having a [good] mattress is something you're supposed to do for yourself but you don't do it enough." Added Kerry, "I wanted to give that to our 'Scandal' family. … I felt like I wanted us to feel the joy, the gratitude and joy of what we've been able to experience together." How thoughtful!
Adele hasn't released new music since 2015 and her "Live" tour ended in mid-2017, but she still raked in more than $30K a day last year. (Yes, we said "a day.") The Sun reported in early October that the singer took home $11.2 million in profits after taxes in 2017.
In late September, Sharon Osbourne revealed during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" that her husband, Ozzy Osbourne, had 3,000 pounds of ice delivered to their Los Angeles home in an effort to cool their swimming pool. "He ordered it and it came in a big truck and one of those big cranes brought it in," she said, describing the experience as "fabulous" — but ultimately unsuccessful. "Too hot, he couldn't get it cold enough," Sharon continued. "And then that melted in like two minutes, so now he's got a special machine put in the pool to make it ice cold."
Imagine wearing $6.5 million in jewelry over the course of your whole life. Now imagine doing that in the course of a week! That's what Blake Lively did. The actress donned jewels worth the exorbitant amount in August 2018 over a period of just a few days. Among the pricey items? Diamond rings weighing in at 28 and 15 carats, a custom strawberry-shaped brooch and ruby earrings.
On Oct. 5 — less than three months after she took to Instagram to show off the his-and-hers Lamborghinis that she and Offset bought themselves after welcoming their daughter, Kulture, in July — Cardi B returned to the photo-sharing platform to debut the brand new Lamborghini truck that the Migos rapper gifted her for her 26th birthday, the very first one of its kind in the United States, according to him (see it here). "Now I'm really gonna have to learn how to drive," Cardi said in a video about the truck. Yeah, no kidding.
On July 21, Us Weekly reported that MTV is paying Bristol Palin $250K to star on the new season of "Teen Mom OG." (She'll reportedly take home $300K if she appears on a second season and $350K if she returns for a third season.) "Bristol came in hoping for a very big payday and really thought she could and would get $500,000," a source told Us Weekly, adding that none of the other "Teen Mom" stars "made close to that when they first started or even now." If only it were so easy to pay the bills for every onetime teenage parent…
How far would you go for someone who publicly criticized your parenting skills? Far if you're Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines! Daryl Austin, a writer for USA Today, enraged "Fixer Upper" fans when he wrote in April that the couple "did not get where they are now by putting their family first." His article gained some traction, prompting a response from Chip on Twitter and a follow-up article from Daryl for Fox News. Ultimately, the writer reached out to the Gaineses to apologize to them directly. The HGTV stars then offered Daryl and his family a free stay in one of their two vacation rental houses in Waco, Texas. (According to People.com, when reservations for Magnolia House and Hillcrest Estate are released in six-month increments, they regularly get booked up within as little as five minutes.) "I turned it down," Daryl told People.com as part of an interview published on July 2. "I would not be comfortable with them paying for it, but I had told them that we would love to visit Waco someday and we still will, just not on their dime."
Winning money in a divorce settlement? Pretty common. Receiving seven figures in your divorce from a huge movie star and choosing to donate it all to charity? Well, that's really just not typical at all. Amber Heard donated a very large sum of money to Children's Hospital Los Angeles after finally getting her financial settlement following her May 2016 split from Johnny Depp. Though the exact number is unknown, it's reportedly between $1 million and $4,999,999.
Demi Moore and Soleil Moon Frye are close — real close. During an interview with Us Weekly that hit the Internet on Aug. 13, the "Punky Brewster" star revealed that the older actress helped deliver all four of her children. "She's been in all my birth rooms," said Soleil. "She's like a doctor. She's like, 'Alright. I'm here. Step back everybody.'" Demi was especially helpful back in 2016 when Soleil went into labor with her fourth child, son Story, before her obstetrician was available to assist: "Demi gets [on] the phone with the doctor, she's like, 'If you're not gonna do it, I'm gonna do it,'" Soleil recalled. "She was ready. But then [the doctor] walked in and within five minutes, the baby popped out. He literally, like, shot out." Hey, not everyone gets a helping hand from one of Hollywood's most iconic actresses while experiencing the miracle of birth!
How much was the outfit you wore on your last birthday? We bet it didn't even come close to Gigi Hadid's 23rd birthday wardrobe — which is estimated to have cost over $25,000! Yep, that's right, Gigi rocked a custom Atelier Versace minidress that is so pricey and hard to come by that its exact price tag is unknown, though it reportedly costs five figures. Gigi donned the golden frock with $995 Christian Louboutin pumps. Her second outfit of the night involved a Swarovski crystal-studded custom Juicy Couture tracksuit that reportedly cost $2,275, bringing the total to a number that's easily more than the price of the average person's car.
On July 30, a woman from the Atlanta area claimed on Facebook that Ludacris dropped $375 on her groceries at Whole Foods — even though they'd never met before. And it's not the first time the rapper has picked up the tab for a stranger at an Atlanta-area grocery store. Back in May, another woman claimed on Twitter that Luda bought her cousin groceries at Whole Foods. "Funny thing," the "Fast and Furious" franchise star's manager told The New York Times. "Luda does these things all the time. But he doesn't want to do interviews to highlight it. It's just his heart."
Do you love Disneyland? Many people have an affinity for all things Disney, and Neil Patrick Harris is among them. But due to his superstar status, when it came time to bid on an amazing piece of Disney memorabilia, Neil had the means to pay up — big-time! He shelled out $172,500 for an original picture from the Haunted Mansion. He bid on the artwork — one of the stretching portraits from the famous ride — at an auction called "Souvenirs of Disneyland."
During an interview with ELLE that hit the Internet on March 15, Kim Kardashian West confirmed the rumor that there's a clause in her will stipulating that her hair, makeup and nails will always be done — even when she's no longer able to take care of herself. "I made a section that if I am so out of it that I can't even communicate and I'm, like, s——- on myself, I definitely need my hair, my nails and my makeup done. I want to look as good as possible," she said. Vanity, thy name is Kim.
According to the New York Post, Brad Pitt was ready to drop $120K during a charity auction for the opportunity to watch an episode of "Game of Thrones" with Emilia Clarke. Bidding for the private viewing party with the blonde beauty, who stars as Daenerys Targaryen on the hit HBO series, started at $20K during the $15K-a-seat benefit gala for Sean Penn's Haiti disaster recovery charity in Los Angeles on Jan. 6. Brad initially offered $80K during the auction before upping his bid to $90K. Emilia's "GoT" co-star Kit Harington reportedly upped the bid again, prompting Brad to raise his bid to $120K. Ultimately, both stars lost to another attendee, who threw down $160K in the final bid. Moral of the story? You can Netflix and chill without breaking the bank, but if you wanna HBO Go and chill with a celebrity, it's gonna cost a pretty penny.
A lot of ladies hate wearing heels, but when you're a celebrity, sometimes they're part of the dress code. Kristen Stewart took issue with that rule during the Cannes Film Festival, opting to kick off her Christian Louboutins mid-red carpet and walk the rest of the way barefoot at the premiere of "BlacKkKlansman." Kristen reportedly opted to defy the rules due to the film festival's unfair and stringent rules, which require females to wear heels on the red carpet — which obviously doesn't jive with Kristen's history of sometimes wearing sneakers at formal events.
As part of an interview with E! News that hit the Internet on Feb. 27, the ladies of "A Wrinkle in Time" dished on the "normal people" things they do and don't do. Oprah Winfrey, for example, doesn't answer her own phone, buy her own groceries or pump her own gas. ("I wouldn't know what to do," she said.) She does, however, pay her own bills, make her own breakfast and walk her own dogs. Mindy Kaling also refuses to pump her own gas, while Reese Witherspoon admitted she only sometimes buys her own groceries and pumps her own gas. Sheesh.
Mark Wahlberg and a priest walk into a casino… No, it's not the setup of a joke, it's real life! The actor actually brought a priest in to bless his new gambling den, the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. So if you ever feel like gambling in a space blessed by the Catholic Church, head to Mark's place!
The August 2018 passing of Aretha Franklin reminded us that even in death, stars are nothing like the rest of us. To send the legendary diva out in style, her body was dressed in a different designer gown — red, blue then rose gold — during each day of her public viewing as she lie in a 24-karat gold casket at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Per her family's wishes, the Queen of Soul's body was also styled with elaborate accessories including five-inch patent leather Christian Louboutin heels and custom-designed earrings.
Bella Thorne told the Los Angeles Times as part of an Oct. 18 profile that she has 19 cats, all the offspring of her original cat, Lola, whom she refused to spay because she finds the practice "barbaric." According to the newspaper, the actress and her army of felines share her home with a 12-foot tall unicorn statue. But of course!
Jennifer Lopez reportedly dropped $13K on her twins' 10th birthday party at Sugar Factory in Las Vegas on Feb. 22. According to TMZ, the superstar hosted more than 30 people at the restaurant for about four hours. The party reportedly included a custom red velvet Mario Bros. cake for Max and a chocolate sloth cake for Emme. At the end of the night, J.Lo picked up the $7,500 tab… and added a more than 73 percent tip of $5,500.
While $100,000 is more than most people make in a year, when you're the rich and famous daughter of a celebrity who's dating another celebrity, you can make that by posting one single photo on Instagram! Take one of Sofia Richie's May posts, for example, where she's seen sitting on a staircase wearing a pair of slides alongside a dog. The innocuous photo, captioned "Happy Sunday! @ugg," netted her $100,000. Must be nice!
New York City's Equinox gym opens at 5:30 in the morning on weekdays — unless Mark Wahlberg wants to stop by for some extra-early exercise. The actor had the fitness club to himself when he and his posse worked out in the wee hours on Aug. 15. "They opened an hour early," a source told Page Six. "He arrived at 3:45 a.m. and was extremely gracious to the staff for coming in early. He was giving hugs and fist bumps all around." The gym was reportedly still empty when the Oscar nominee and his squad left around 5:15 a.m.
Why drive 70 miles when you can fly? According to TMZ, Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber took a private helicopter from New York City to the small town of New Windsor — where Hailey's parents, Stephen and Kennya Baldwin, live — on July 10. (If Google Maps is to be trusted, the drive would've taken just a little more than an hour and a half.)
Imagine having to apologize for looking like a normal person! Fortunately, when we step outside of our house, no one is holding us to a super-high standard, but that is not the case for some stars. In May, it happened to Jennifer Love Hewitt, who showed up on the red carpet at the FOX Upfront presentation sans a full-glam look. She took to Instagram to apologize to fans after she received backlash for not looking like a typical Hollywood star, saying, "I just have to apologize for how wrecked I look in all the pictures that have come out. I was literally melting. By the time I got to the red carpet, I was honestly melting. My hair was flat, my makeup was running off my face and I looked like I had completely forgotten I was an actress in this business who is supposed to look [perfect] when you step on the red carpet."
According to The Blast, Kanye West rented out the entire Chobe Safari Lodge, a five-star luxury resort in the middle of Uganda's Chobe National Park, for a full week in October so that he could record new music and hang out with his family in peace. Just imagine: 36 rooms, 21 luxury tents, four suites, a presidential cottage, a health club, a spa and a safari-themed restaurant all to yourself… not to mention the stunning Murchison Falls waterfall and all the animals that call the lodge home.
Who said money can't buy you love? Barbra Streisand loved her late Coton du Tulear pup Samantha so much, she had her cloned… twice! During an interview with Variety that hit the Internet in late February, the singer-actress revealed that two of her three dogs, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, were cloned from cells taken from Samantha's mouth and stomach. (After Samantha died at the age of 14 in 2017, Babs commemorated her with a gravesite complete with a custom headstone, which she showed off on Instagram on March 5.) As for Violet and Scarlett, "They have different personalities," Barbra told Variety. "I'm waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her brown eyes and her seriousness."
Taylor Swift isn't even 30 yet, but she's already racking up one hell of a real estate portfolio. The New York Post reported on Feb. 5 that the singer dropped $9.75 million on a 3,540-square-foot second-floor unit in an apartment complex on the same block in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood where she owns three other properties. In 2014, she reportedly dropped $19.95 million on two top-floor units in the same building as the new purchase, which she combined to make one giant 8,000-square-foot penthouse pad. The fourth property is in a building across the street: In late 2017, Taylor spent $18 million on a three-story townhouse with a private garage to ward off paparazzi.
Most of us own a jewelry box, but a custom home for a piece of jewelry? That's certainly an insane expense — unless you're Drake. The rapper's diamond owl chain, which features over a kilo of gold and more than 100 carats of Asscher-cut diamonds, measures nearly the size of a human hand. So it was only right that the massive piece of bling got its own home — fittingly crafted in the form of a birdcage.
During an interview with The New York Times Magazine that hit the Internet on July 25, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that she has a "house manager." But don't call him a butler. "No, he's a house manager," explained the actress. "He's the best. He's from Chicago. He's so incredible. He helps me with everything," she gushed. (Must be nice!) Also revealed in the lengthy article? Gwyneth might cook her own meals, but she has help when it comes to feeding her kids: According to the Times, "A woman who has worked for G.P. for a long time stood beside her, cooking an entirely separate dinner for G.P.'s children."
In late September, Duchess Meghan made headlines when she climbed out of a chauffeured car and shut the door behind herself — breaking royal protocol. "Door Gate" went down during the newlywed's first official solo engagement as a member of the royal family: the opening of an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Can you imagine causing a stir across the Internet just by closing your own door?!
Being robbed isn't only a problem for celebrities — regular folks can be victims too. But only a rap star would be robbed of a $150,000 chain! That's right, after wearing this elaborate piece of jewelry to the Met Gala on May 7, Migos member Offset was robbed of his chain, which was taken from his New York City hotel room. The diamond tennis necklace had been sitting on a coffee table before its disappearance. In June, he mysteriously got it back…
If celebrities have friends like these, we'd rather stick with regular folk! In 2017, Kevin Hart was the victim of an insane extortion plot in which someone demanded money in exchange for not releasing a video allegedly showing Kevin cheating on his wife. Fast-forward several months to when cops arrested the alleged culprit behind the master plan — one of Kevin's very close friends! Jonathan Todd Jackson, whom Kevin has known for 15 years (Kevin even reportedly got him roles in his flicks like "S.W.A.T." and "Think Like a Man Too"), allegedly attempted to extort the comedian for up to eight figures in exchange for not releasing the tape. Kevin's former friend is facing two felony counts — one for attempted extortion and one for extortion by threatening letter.
Some stars are so good at what they do, they beat their own records! Case in point: Taylor Swift — who previously held the record for the highest grossing U.S. tour by a woman thanks to the success of her 2015 "1989" world tour, which made $181.5 million domestically — just surpassed her own numbers with her 2018 "Reputation" stadium tour. Her first 27 U.S. dates grossed $191.1 million — and she still had a few months of concerts to go!
How much would you pay to add a celebrity's house to your property portfolio? Well, Leonardo DiCaprio really must have wanted Moby's old digs, because the star paid $500,000 above the asking price in order to secure the electronic music artist's Los Angeles home — snagging it for $4.91 million! So just what is Leo getting for his extra money? Well, the five-bedroom pad — which was built in 1929 and lovingly renovated by Moby — includes high ceilings, a secret speakeasy entrance and three fireplaces amidst a calm, pale color scheme, according to MailOnline. Must be something special!
On July 19, Cardi B took to her Instagram Story to reveal that restaurant chain Chipotle sent her a briefcase full of coupons for a lifetime supply of chips, guacamole and queso. The gift was a response to the rapper's verse on Jennifer Lopez's song "Dinero." On the track, Cardi raps that she just wants her "money, chips, guac and queso." (Why is it always the people who can pay who get the most free stuff?!)
Heading out for a day of shopping? Chances are you're not rocking a nearly $4,000 jacket like Jessica Simpson did in April! The star stepped out in New York City in a tiny slip dress underneath a Gucci jacket with a $3,980 price tag… which is pretty much chump change for the super-wealthy pop star-turned-fashion mogul.
On July 21, Alexis Ohanian took to Instagram to share two photos: a shot of himself smiling at wife Serena Williams as she drank from a glass of wine, and a photo of a gondola in the canals of Venice, Italy. "She wanted Italian for dinner, so…," he captioned the pics, implying that he and his missus traveled to Italy just to get an authentic meal. He later revealed they'd actually planned their Italian vacay, but still, it must be nice…
George Clooney sure knows how to repay a favor! His friend and former business partner, Rande Gerber, revealed on a late 2017 episode of MSNBC's "Headliners" that the A-list actor once gifted more than $1M to each of 14 friends. According to Cindy Crawford's husband, George invited his "boys" over for dinner in 2013 and gave each of them a suitcase filled with $1M in $20 bills as a thank you for helping him out back when times were tough: "George begins to say, 'Listen, I want you guys to know how much you've meant to me and how much you mean to me in my life. I came to L.A., I slept on your couch. I'm so fortunate in my life to have all of you and I couldn't be where I am today without all of you,'" recalled Rande. "Every one of us — 14 of us — got a million dollars. Every single one of us. We're in shock. Like, what is this? He goes, 'I know we've all been through some hard times, some of you are still going through it. You don't have to worry about your kids, you don't have to worry about, you know, school, you don't have to worry about paying your mortgage.'" George also paid everyone's taxes, said Rande, who ultimately donated his $1M to charity.
It's no big deal when you've got that "Harry Potter" cash! Several media outlets reported on Feb. 18 that Emma Watson donated a jaw-dropping £1 million (a little less than $1.4 million) to the new U.K. Justice and Equality Fund, which aims to support victims of sexual harassment and abuse as they seek justice. (It's basically the British version of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund.) That's way more money than the average person will see in a lifetime, so props to the actress for donating some serious dough to a cause that's close to her heart!
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner reportedly dropped $45K a night at the ultra-exclusive private island Coco Privé resort in the Maldives, where they celebrated the "Game of Thrones" star's 22nd birthday in February. According to Page Six, amenities at the property include a private chef and access to a luxury yacht.
It pays to be a fan of Ellen DeGeneres! As part of her 60th birthday celebration, the TV host awarded $1M to the members of her studio audience as part of Cheerios' One Million Acts of Good campaign. (Each member had contributed to the campaign in some way and walked away with an equal portion.) Ellen explained, "[This is] the biggest gift I've ever given anybody ever. I hope you continue to pay it forward and share all the good." Nice!
Jane Seymour might be nearing 70, but that didn't stop her from posing for Playboy for the third time in her career. The 67-year-old actress took to Instagram on Feb. 21 to share a snap from the photo shoot, which took place at her home. "I feel much sexier now than I ever did when I was younger," she told the magazine. "Then, I was like, 'Oh gosh, I'm supposed to be sexy. What is that?!' There's an enormous freedom in having lived as long as I have. Like my father used to say, I'm comfortable in my own skin." Jane also said she's never gone under the knife.
Have a big age gap in the family? Are there 30 years between your sons?! That's the case in legendary rocker Rod Stewart's fam, where as of April, his oldest son, Sean, was 37 and his youngest son, Aiden, was 7. He also has Alastair, 12, and Liam, 23. When it comes to daughters, there are plenty of years between them too: Rod is father to Renee, 25, Ruby, 30, Kimberly, 38, and Sarah, 55, who was given up for adoption when Rod was in his teens. That means that technically, there are 48 years between his oldest and youngest kids!
At what point does one become too old to rock a crop top? Never, if you're Angela Bassett, it seems. The Oscar nominee, who turned 60 in August, turned heads when she showed up at the Los Angeles premiere of "A Wrinkle in Time" on Feb. 26 wearing sparkly midriff-baring separates. In 2017, Angela's trainer told People.com that the "Black Panther" star works out for 45 minutes to an hour every day and only takes breaks if she's "about to puke, faint or die." In that case, flaunt it, girl!
Former reality TV villains Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt said they planned to broadcast their son's first words on their new podcast. (Would you expect anything less?) "This podcast is gonna be the greatest podcast," the new dad told Page Six as part of an interview that hit the Internet on Jan. 30. "It's just starting. When Gunner starts talking, it'll be on the podcast — wait for his first words!" Even after all these years, nothing is off limits as far as Speidi is concerned. (We're glad to see that some things never change!) "I will let him do any show," Spencer said of whether or not he'll allow his son to be on reality TV one day. "We're depending on his paycheck! At least a million per episode! Get those 'Big Bang Theory' checks," he added. "He better make millions if he's gonna do it. Otherwise, don't do it!" Later, Spencer said of his baby boy, "I just wanted him to get to preschool with a million followers!" Sigh.
During a cover story interview for the March issue of Glamour, which hit the Internet on Feb. 6, Katy Perry revealed that she spends nearly half of every day asleep. "Sleep is really important to me. I'm a big sleeper. I get eight to nine hours every night. Nine to 10 hours, actually," she said, adding that she also eats four and a half meals a day. "I'm constantly eating," she said. Ten hours of sleep a night and the ability to constantly eat all day? Can you even imagine?!
Why prank-call a neighbor or classmate when you can prank-call royalty? Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne did just that, the Oscar nominee told The Sun on Sunday as part of an interview that hit the Internet on March 3. "Cara knows [Prince] Harry and while we were filming 'Suicide Squad' she was like, 'Let's prank-call him.' I said, 'We can't prank-call royalty,' but anyway we did — and he was so cool with it," she said. Added the "I, Tonya" star, "Prince Harry is so nice. England literally has the coolest royalty in the world." We'll just have to take it from you, Margot!
Flowers and a card apparently weren't enough for Serena Williams! Her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, commissioned four billboards featuring pictures of the tennis champ and their baby girl, whom they call Olympia, along with the words "greatest momma of all time" in honor of Serena's return to tennis after becoming a mom. (She passed the billboards en route to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, in late February.) "These just went up on I-10 into Palm Springs. @olympiaohanian & I wanted to welcome her back to tennis. Designed them myself, with some help from Jr. #GMOAT," Alexis captioned a slideshow of four images showing off the billboards on Instagram on Feb. 27.
While promoting her new line of Goop Baths bath salts as part of an interview with People magazine that hit the Internet on Jan. 31, Gwyneth Paltrow bragged that she takes a bath "every single night." "I fell in love with the ritual of it — lighting a candle and having a cup of tea or a whiskey, depending on my day," she said, adding that she takes around an hour to "daydream and not be on [my phone]" regardless of what else is happening on any given day. "Its non-negotiable. It's just like, I do it every night," she said. "My kids are welcome to come in and chat with me if they need to — it's not like I'm in a meditation or something. But I just need that time and so I just take it. It's really the only time I take for myself every single day regardless of what is going on." Must be nice!
File this one under "things a non-celebrity would never have to deal with"! William Shatner once had a fan hold his underwear hostage! Yep, that's right, Captain Kirk's fan was so overzealous that she snuck into his hotel room, stole his underwear, then offered to give the unmentionables back in exchange for some signed memorabilia! So did he do it? He reluctantly agreed, but upon meeting up with the woman, Bill shared that she lifted her shirt for him to sign her body so he fled.
JAY-Z reportedly dropped more than $110K during a single night out on the town while celebrating the birthday of Roc Nation Sports president Juan "OG" Perez with a few friends in New York City on Feb. 18. According to the New York Post, the rap superstar picked up the tab for a $13K dinner at Zuma and dropped $9K on drinks at Made in Mexico. A group of six then headed to Playroom nightclub, where Jay racked up an impressive $80K tab after purchasing 40 bottles of Ace of Spades champagne, which he shared with other tables. He left an $11K tip for the stunned server, who posted a copy of the receipt on Snapchat.
When Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye West sold their home in Los Angeles' Bel Air neighborhood to Ukrainian entrepreneur and philanthropist Marina Acton for $17.8 million in 2017, the reality TV made a few special arrangements to sweeten the deal. The Blast reported on June 26 that in their contract, Kim agreed to promote Marina's budding singing career on social media. She also agreed to hang out with Marina in public and at industry events — like at the release party for Marina's single "Fantasize" in March (pictured). Sources told The Blast that it was "the first real estate deal in history that incorporated social media and music promotion as a caveat." Hey, if you can think of it, the Kardashians can find a way to profit off of it, right?
Drake handed out nearly $1 million to various Miami-based individuals, charities and causes in February and captured the whole experience on-camera for his "God's Plan" music video. (The clip, which hit the Internet on Feb. 16, starts with the text, "The budget for this video was $996,631.90 … We gave it all away … Don't tell the label …") On Feb. 6, the rapper asked employees at a Sabor Tropical Supermarket to shut the doors temporarily. He then picked up the tab for every person who was at the store (about 60 shoppers), including one individual whose purchases added up to more than $1K. He also donated $50K, as well as toys and $150 Target gift cards, to the Lotus House Women's Shelter, awarded one young woman a $50,000 scholarship to the University of Miami, made a $25K donation to an after-school program, donated $20K to the City of Miami Fire Department, handed over $10K to the University of Miami's Frost School of Music and gave away wads of cash, as well as cars, to a few lucky individuals. What a week!
Kylie Jenner flew from Los Angeles to Houston "for a few hours" to make up with boyfriend Travis Scott, the father of her daughter, after they "got in a little fight," the reality star told GQ as part of an interview that hit the Internet on July 17. "We were fighting, and I was like, I just need to go. I didn't tell anyone where or why," she said. "Just because we're a family now. When we fight, it's usually just because we've been away from each other for too long and we didn't see each other for like two weeks. And we have Stormi now, and I can't travel with her. She's too young. So it's harder to see each other, but I was like, I just need to go and fix this and go back." Why make a phone call when you can take a private jet halfway across the country?
Making money from a divorce? Typically only divorce lawyers are seeing dollar signs after a split, but not Russell Crowe! The actor, who broke up with his wife of nine years, Danielle Spencer, back in 2012, held an "Art of Divorce" auction in his native Australia in April and brought in some big bucks! The star's Sydney auction featured movie memorabilia from some of his biggest roles, including a breastplate from "Gladiator" that sold for $125,000. He also parted with jewelry, guitars and more. Overall, Russell took home $3.7 million after selling old items he realized he didn't need after the split.
It takes a special sort of person to sport a T-shirt with their own mug shot printed on the front. And that sort of person is NeNe Leakes, who didn't just wear a shirt featuring her booking photo — she's also peddling them to the masses. The star of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" took to Instagram on Jan. 16 to share several photos of herself rocking the look. "From MUGSHOTS to MILLIONS #growingpains #25yearsago #nowgetyolife #embraceyou #speakyourtruth #testimonytuesday #ownit #noshamezone," she captioned one shot of herself posing outside her Atlanta clothing store, Swagg Boutique, where the shirts were being sold. "Growing up without my mother or father i experienced many growing pains but without them, i could not be who i am or have accomplished the things that i have today," she wrote in the caption of another pic. "Your past does NOT determine your future. From Trial to Triumph🙌🏾 i hope that i can inspire anybody to embrace and not be ashamed of what your past has made you become today! Thank you all so much for the love i received❤️😘 #transparency #lifelessons #collegedays #youngandstupid @swaggboutiqueatl #onewomanshow #girlsniteoutforlaughs #RHOA." Well, that's one way to make lemonade!
Tom Cruise reportedly dropped $500K on a swimming pool with an infinity edge for his four-story penthouse apartment near Scientology headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, Radar Online reported on Jan. 17. The webloid caught up with a contractor responsible for the new addition to the A-list actor's Sunshine State digs — he revealed that the pool will feature four different systems to sanitize the water (only one system is employed by the average pool). Tom's super-expensive bachelor pad also features a private elevator from the ground floor of the complex up to his level, a $1M home movie theater and a state-of-the-art gym packed with $500K in equipment. (We're sure the gym alone is bigger than our entire home!)
Camila Cabello reportedly donned more than $175K in diamonds from Bulgari's Serpenti Collection during the 2018 Grammy Awards. According to Page Six, her bling included a $99K bracelet, a $14K ring, a $24K ring and a pair of earrings worth $37.5K. Can you imagine even leaving the house in something so expensive?!
Taryn Manning was not impressed when she found out that the gown she wore during the 2018 SAG Awards was an Adrianna Papell dress that retailed for $199 at Macy's. "It's whack that the stylist didn't tell me that," the "Orange Is the New Black" actress griped to a TMZ cameraman on Jan. 24. "I wanna be in, like, a superstar gown," she continued. "The designer got a lot of press. She should pay me a lot of money." Instead of paying her a lot of money (or a lot MORE money), someone should remind Taryn how much $199 means to the average person.
It pays to be Team Miley! Janice Freeman — who competed on Season 13 of "The Voice" in late 2017 as part of Miley Cyrus's team — revealed on Twitter on Jan. 1 that the superstar paid her family's rent for six months while the aspiring singer was struggling financially. "[Miley] found us placement until we found permanent housing, gave me the deposit, covered me for 6 months so I can get on my feet!" tweeted Janice. In October 2016, a source dished to Us Weekly about Miley's dedication to the singers she mentored on "The Voice." "She's the show's most devoted coach ever," said the insider. "She has a hand in choosing the hair, makeup and wardrobe for her team, and she goes to all the dress rehearsals when she's not even paid to be there. Nobody else does that!" Added the source, "She cries when she has to eliminate people … She's even close to the contestants' family members now." No kidding!
Want to go on a reality show? While it might seem like the people on our favorite guilty pleasure series like "The Bachelor" truly are just like us, it turns out there are some pretty crazy demands put upon them! Bekah Martinez, who competed on Season 22 of "The Bachelor," opened up about her experience as a contestant… and how it almost left her broke! Bekah and the other ladies were responsible for bringing their own wardrobes! Yep, those fancy formal dresses at rose ceremonies aren't on loan — the ladies have to schlep them from home! She says she ended up spending about $700 to $800 on her "Bachelor" wardrobe and when she eventually was sent packing, she made sure to return everything that still had tags on it! Now there's something we can relate to!
Allison Janney reportedly donned $4M in Forevermark diamonds to pick up her Oscar during the 2018 Academy Awards in Hollywood on March 4. Among her 128 carats of bling were diamond earrings, a diamond choker totaling more than 55 carats, a diamond bracelet and an 18-carat ring. That's way more carats than we can imagine being responsible for!