Ryan Seacrest and Shayna Taylor are still just friends, despite vacationing together
Ryan Seacrest and his ex, Shayna Taylor, aren't letting a defunct romance get in the way of their ability to enjoy one another's company — or the Amalfi Coast. The pair sparked reconciliation rumors after they were photographed together on a yacht in Positano, Italy, over the weekend — not far from where they vacationed together as a couple almost exactly one year ago. But a source tells People their shared European vacation doesn't mean the romance is back on. "They dated for a long time and still care immensely about each other as friends," says a source who knows the 44-year-old "Live With Kelly Ryan" host and 27-year-old food blogger. The two split in February after nearly three years of dating. Now, the source says, "they're friends." That was apparently the case even when their breakup was still relatively new. "It was an amicable split and they're still really close," an insider said at the time, adding that, "They still love and care about each other," the source added. Ryan and Shayna did rekindle their romance once before, after their brief split in 2014. When they ended things in February, a source close to Shayna said she "wanted more out of the relationship and "was ready to get married, but Ryan wasn't there yet."
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Taylor Swift is reportedly looking to buy a home she and Joe Alwyn can share in London
On the heels of the release of Taylor Swift's new song, "Lover," a seeming homage to her boyfriend Joe Alwyn, comes a report from Page Six that Taylor's shopping for a home the two can share in his native London. "Taylor is looking for a grand home in London with two kitchens, so she and Joe can live in privacy and entertain properly," a source close to the singer tells the tab, adding that they currently split their time between her place in Nashville and his home across the pond. Taylor's looking to spend as much as $30 million on the new digs, the source says, and has been regularly "sending her private jet" to pick up her man "so they can be together." Over the past year or so, the couple has also been spotted leaving Taylor's New York City abode, but according to Page Six, they're now "spending more time in England." The singer, who's been dating "The Favourite" star for three years, also owns properties in Rhode Island and Los Angeles. Taylor's rep did not respond to Page Six's request for comment.
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Kate Upton: Victoria's Secret runway show needed more body inclusivity
News that the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has been canceled for 2019 doesn't seem to bother former VS "angel" Kate Upton one bit. "You know what? We're sick of seeing the same body type," Kate told Andy Cohen on the Sunday, Aug. 18, edition of "Watch What Happens Live" (via E! News). "You have to be body inclusive now," she continued, implying that the lingerie company was not abiding by that rule. "Every woman needs to be represented otherwise it's a snoozefest," she added. Kate, who welcomed her first child nine months ago with her husband Justin Verlander, has been doing what she can to support more realistic beauty standards herself. She recently launched Strong For Me Fitness, a 12-week program designed to inspire self-confidence as well as physical health, and has been promoting the hashtag #ShareStrong as a forum for discussing personal strengths and struggles. The 30-year-old model also appears on the September issue of Health magazine sans retouching. Speaking to Andy about why she shot the cover that way, Kate said: "It was a really hard decision to make because it was months after I gave birth to my little baby girl. But I thought it was really important because we're surrounded by so much retouching and social media and filters and we've kind of lost touch with what's real and what's not real. For me," she added, "This was a big step to put out a good image of being real and real expectations of what it's like after birth."
Kanye West takes his Sunday Service to an actual place of worship
Kanye West's weekly, musical Sunday Service got the full-on church treatment this past weekend when the rapper brought his event to the California Worship Group's meeting place in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles. While previous services have been held near Kanye and Kim Kardashian West's home in Calabasas and closed to the public, the latest edition was as open as any other Sunday service hosted by the organization and their pastors. Video and photos posted on social media from the event (via the Daily Mail) show Kanye performing in the middle school auditorium where the parish traditionally meets. Not surprisingly, it sparked a full house of participants and attendees including celebrities like Gwen Stefani, Blac Chyna, Scooter Braun and "American Idol" alum Tori Kelly, whose vocals during the service got major props from Instagram commenters. According to the Mail, Kanye and his gospel group mixed a few secular musical moments into their set, performing Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" and JAY-Z's "Lift Off" in addition to the more spiritual repertoire. A marching band drumline was also featured and performed outside the building during the nearly three hour-long service.
Rami Malek shares a rare glimpse into his romance with Lucy Boynton
What we know of the "Bohemian Rhapsody"-born romance between the movie's stars, Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton, has largely been limited to the couple's 2019 awards season PDA and acceptance speeches. After Rami's SAG win, he thanked Lucy, addressing her as, "my ally, my confidante, my love." After his Oscar win, he acknowledged his costar was "the heart of" the Freddie Mercury biopic, then told her she'd "captured" his heart, as well. Now, we're getting another glimpse of the couple's offscreen relationship, courtesy of GQ, which features Rami on the cover of its September issue. At one point in the story, the interviewer accompanies the "Mr. Robot" star into a New York City Goop store, where he hoped to find a gift for Lucy, just because. After checking out some champagne coupes and a large container of bath salts containing "pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salts," he opts for a jasmine tea-scented deodorant, which he has the salesperson wrap "painstakingly in black cloth" and put in a jewelry box. He also picks up a delicate gold chain with a "lovely" crescent pendant — and has that packed up in a nonchalant shopping bag. "She'll be so 'chuffed,'" he says, using air quotes around one of the British terms he presumably picked up while preparing for his role as Queen's frontman. "Good. This will be funny. She'll think I'm being goofy," he says of the jokey way the gifts are wrapped. As the feature comes to a close, the writer quotes something Rami had said in reference to Hollywood that also seems to suit his approach to love: "If you can find any type of happiness in it, latch on."
Why Jada Pinkett Smith wanted to share the truths, good and bad, about her marriage
Jada Pinkett Smith has made both the ups and the downs of her marriage to Will Smith a central point of discussion on her popular Facebook Watch series, "Red Table Talk." In a new interview with the Guardian, she explains why she and Will wanted to make such personal details public. "I knew that I was not built for conventional marriage," she explains. "Even the word 'wife': it's a golden cage, swallow the key. Even before I was married, I was like, 'That'll kill me.' And it damn near did! So why wouldn't you share what you've been through, when you see that other people are out there, trying to figure this crap out?" she asked. "We decided to make it public because it's part of the healing. I feel like if we don't have real understanding about it, I don't know if interpersonal relationships are possible." Jada and Will started dating in 1995 and tied the knot two years later. Though they've faced challenges along the way, they've managed to stay together — and Jada doesn't see that changing. "Will is my life partner and I could not ask for a better one," she said. "I adore him, I never want people to think it was Will I didn't want to marry. But I can assure you that some of the most powerful women in the world feel caged and tied, because of the sacrifices they have to make to be in that position. So I wanted to talk about how we really feel about marriage."
Robin Williams' son Zak Williams says his father's death 'traumatized' him
Five years after Robin Williams took his own life, his son Zak Williams is working through his grief in part by helping others through PYM Health, the mental health support community he co-founded. The 36-year-old tech entrepreneur recently sat down for a Q&A with another online support community, 18percent, where he opened up about the trauma he experienced as a result of his father's suicide, how he's getting through it and why he now advocates for mental health awareness. "Well, I decided to become an advocate because I've struggled with anxiety and depression personally," he told one user. "Found myself self-medicating and generally unhappy so when it came to speaking about my and my family struggles personally it just sort of clicked. In terms of honoring him personally, I have an 11-week-old son so at this point it mainly involves being a present father." Asked about the "first steps" he took toward working in mental health advocacy, he explained, "Well, I was very traumatized after my dad's death and found that teaching financial literacy in prison helped me heal and cope with the trauma. Zak went on to say once he realized "being vulnerable and open about my struggles seemed to actually help others," he just kept going, which in turn he finds "healing, personally." Zak also touched on the importance of not self-medicating while dealing with loss, as it can worsen one's negative feelings. "What I neglected to do after my dad's passing was take care of myself," he said. "You can't be there for others if you are not paying attention to your needs and struggles. Take the time to do what you need to do to get through the day first. Then you'll have a fuller cup to be there for others. Also, support groups were really helpful for me." Asked to share some of the best life lessons he learned from his father's life as well as his death, Zak offered: "That being unconditionally loving and kind and considerate is one of the secrets to leaving a full life. That, and finding connection and common ground. Oh, also, finding gratitude in the day-to-day life is a simple, wonderful way to feel good." Robin Williams died on Aug. 11, 2014. He was 63.
'The Morning Show' trailer features multiple 'Office' Easter eggs
Is Apple's forthcoming series, "The Morning Show" going to be one long riff on "The Office"? Social media users started asking that question on Monday, Aug. 19, after seeing the newly released full trailer for the show, which stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. As EW reminds us, the fourth season of "The Office" ended with Steve's character, Michael Scott, singing a version of Supertramp's "Goodbye Stranger" as a bon voyage song to his nemesis, Toby Flenderson. Guess what tune the whole "Morning Show" trailer has playing the background? Yep, it's "Goodbye Stranger." That's not the only Easter egg viewers have found, either. There's also a moment in the beginning of the trailer where Jennifer's character announces her co-host won't be returning because of some vague allegations levied against him. This inspires Steve's character to smash his TV set — just as "The Office's" Jan once smashed Steve's character, Michael's TV in an episode called "The Dinner Party." Something tells us we're far from finished with the Dunder-Mifflin references here. "The Morning Show" is set to premiere on Apple later this year.
Is Tamron Hall already taking a dig at 'Today' in the trailer for her new show?
"The Morning Show" won't be the only newcomer making references to previous TV moments this fall. The first trailer for the "Tamron Hall" show aired on Monday, Aug. 19, and as Us Weekly points out, the footage seems to include a nod to Tamron's surprise exit from the "Today" show, rumored to have been a means for the network to make room for Megyn Kelly. The clip shows Tamron on the phone with her mom in the hallway of a studio as headlines can be heard announcing things about her and her life. Among them, are "Tamron Hall is from a little town in Texas," "she got married and had a baby at 48, "her grandfather was a sharecropper" — and "they took away her dream job." Tamron had been on "Today" for 10 years when she left abruptly in 2017. Her talk show premieres on ABC on Sept. 9.
Madonna's kids serenade her for her birthday
Happy birthday, Madame X! Madonna's family, friends and tour crew got together over the weekend to fete the singer for her 61st birthday, which she rang in with plenty of music and dancing, according to posts from the bash on her Instagram feed. Madge's kids appeared to be the life of the party. Estere, who's shown off her love of dance alongside her twin sister, Stelle, in previous posts by the girls' mom, strutted her stuff in an impromptu line dance in one clip, while another video showed Madge's 13-year-olds, David Banda and Mercy James serenading their mama with a guitar and vocal performance of Elton John's "Your Song," as the birthday girl sang along.