Ryan Seacrest's mystery gal pal is 24-year-old model Larissa Schot
Last month, photos of Ryan Seacrest kissing a woman by the sea in France just a few months after he and Shayna Taylor called it quits sparked headlines asking who the "mystery" gal might have been. The Daily Mail apparently did some digging and deduced that the lips Ryan, 44, was smooching belong to 24-year-old model Larissa Schot. A Series 22 contestant on "America's Next Top Model," Larissa reportedly grew up in Texas and Singapore. Her resume includes work with Gucci, Smashbox, Urban Decay and Nylon. Ryan and his similarly age-mismatched ex, Shayna (also a model) reportedly split because after three years of on-off dating, the 27-year-old "wanted more out of the relationship" than Ryan was ready to give. Next top model, indeed …
Katharine McPhee tells the paparazzi to go bother Hollywood's other newlyweds, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner
Katharine McPhee has a message for the celeb-obsessed shutterbugs who haven't stopped tailing her in Europe since she married David Foster in London last week. "To the pack of paps stalking me while I'm in the middle of the ocean in Europe," she tweeted on Tuesday, July 2, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are just two yachts over. Please focus on what truly matters." The zinger was, of course, a jokey reference to Joe and Sophie's second wedding, which also took place in Europe over the weekend. Katharine and David are currently in Italy, where they got engaged, according to Page Six. As for Joe and Sophie, who wed in France, Katharine later clarified to another Twitter user that no, she was not outing their honeymoon spot. "It's a joke, Kim," she wrote. Her tone pretty much said it all, but just in case there was any confusion, Sophie jumped into the thread, joking, "Can't wait to travel to Cabo tomorrow together! See you at the airport. #tequila."
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Khloe Kardashian reveals she weighed more than 200 lbs. when True was born
When "Revenge Body" returns on Sunday, July 7, the series will kick off with its host, Khloe Kardashian, talking to Kris Jenner about her own physical transformation before and after she welcomed her daughter, True Thompson. "You spent so many years getting into the best shape of your life, and then you got pregnant," Kris says in a preview clip (via ET). "How did that feel?" Khloe replies by telling her mom how much more intense the weight gain situation was for her and noting that she put on 40 lbs. while she was pregnant. "I was 203 lbs. when I delivered, which blows my mind," she says. "You think you're going to have a baby and all of it's going to come out, and then you leave the hospital and you're like, 'What is going on? Why do I still have all of this weight?'" Today, she says her "focus is True and just really immersing myself in motherhood," but she admits she does understand the "the daunting thought of, 'Gosh, now I have to go work out and where do I start?'" Khloe recently told ET she's grateful to have another season's worth of candidates willing to let her guide them through physical and personal transformations. "I feel really honored that people are trusting me with this journey, 'cause I get what it's like to be on camera and to be working out and doing all of that on the camera, but I don't think the average person realized how vulnerable, and how kind of aggressive, we are in their faces [while] filming," she said. "And when you're on this journey… you have to be really vulnerable, and it's emotional and really, really hard."
Demi Lovato shuts down would-be body shamer on Instagram
Demi Lovato refuses to be triggered by body shamers. This week, an Instagram user (whose account has since been deleted) tagged a photo of the singer leaving the gym that the user had captioned, "hey demi dm me so we can discuss a diet plan for you." Demi, who's spoken openly about her struggles with eating disorders, self harm and substance abuse, replied with a polite (and possibly facetious) "thank you," as well as an explanation about why diets can be dangerous. "I actually am choosing not to diet and fall back into unhealthy behaviors at the risk of losing my sanity or mental health," she wrote (via Us Weekly), "but thank you for the offer! Super sweet." This month marks one year since the singer suffered a near fatal overdose. Since then, she's undergone extended treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and cautiously returned to social media. Back in March, she used that platform to speak out about how tabloid stories and other public comments about her size affect her. "I am more than my weight," she wrote on her Instagram Story at the time. "Unlike the past, I'm not triggered, I'm not upset that someone wrote a headline about my 'fuller figure.' I'm angry that people think it's OK to write headlines about people's body shapes."
Nicole Kidman hits Paris Fashion Week flanked by her husbands, Keith Urban and Alexander Skarsgard
Nicole Kidman was surrounded by husbands in Paris on Tuesday, July 2, as she watched Giorgio Armani Privé's Fall/Winter show during Paris Fashion Week. With her "Big Little Lies" onscreen husband, Alexander Skarsgard to her right and real-life beau Keith Urban to her left, the actress and producer was beaming in black and white — a nod to the main colors being shown in the new line. Other celebs in the front row included Zendaya, who sat beside Keith, as well as Tina Turner, Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Before the show began, Nicole and Keith gave off major PDA vibes for photographers. At one point during the show, People reports Nicole rested a gentle hand on her costar's knee, presumably giving some folks a little flashbacks to Alexander's 2017 Emmy win for "Big Little Lies," when Nicole planted a kiss on her faux hubby's lips before he went up to accept the award. "I also kissed my husband, too!" she told Graham Norton later that year when he teased her about the viral moment. "I did kiss [Alexander], but you gotta understand, I did everything with Alex. I've got an amazing, supportive husband who I love more than anything in the world, and I gave Alex a congratulatory kiss, and he's like a mannequin." She chuckled and corrected herself, saying, "I mean, not a mannequin," then gave up and laughed. "I'm done," she said.
Scooter Braun's financial backer in Taylor Swift catalog deal had ties to Bin Laden family
New details are continuing to surface in the drama around Scooter Braun's $300 million purchase of Taylor Swift's old music catalog, a move she condemned in a long Tumblr post over the weekend. For starters, it seems Scooter — who Taylor said manipulated and bullied her for years — used The Carlyle Group to finance the purchase. The Daily Mail reports the private investment group long maintained ties to Osama Bin Laden's family. Meanwhile, Taylor's lawyer, Donald Passman has confirmed to Us Weekly that Scott Borchetta (the founder of Taylor's old label, Big Machine Records who sold her catalog to Scooter) "never gave Taylor Swift an opportunity to purchase her masters, or the label, outright with a check in the way he is now apparently doing for others." In spite of all the publicity around Taylor's reaction to the sale, a source tells E! News the singer remains confident she did the right thing in speaking out. "No matter what Scooter or any of his people say, Taylor believes he did this to hurt her," said E!'s insider. "She wants the truth about him to come out."
Exit rumors hit 'View' co-host Meghan McCain
Is Meghan McCain on her way out at "The View?" That question is making major rounds on the web this week after a report from the Daily Beast quoted sources who claimed the 34-year-old conservative co-host has been "feeling like a caged animal" at the show and is "exhausted and defeated" from the two seasons during which she's appeared on it. Insiders also tell the outlet Meghan feels increasingly isolated because of the negative attention she's received since she started working at "The View." "It's getting to the point where it's not worth the emotional toll every week," one of Meghan's friends said, adding, "If she doesn't stay at The View, she will find other work." Hilary Estey McLoughlin, the senior executive producer for "The View," told The Daily Beast, "We don't want people to attack Meghan. We're happy to have Meghan there." She went on to say she believes Meghan, "wants to be on the show" and "realizes it's a very good platform for her and we love having her there." If Meghan is indeed feeling drained, Hilary added, she believes it's only "because she's so passionate about what she's talking about, and she feels very strongly that she's carrying this mantle for the conservative perspective, and what she wants to talk about is so important to her." ABC has said no one is expected to leave the show.
Priyanka Chopra: Meghan Markle has found her 'calling' as a royal
Was Meghan Markle destined to become a duchess? Her friend, Priyanka Chopra seems to think so. "Megs… she was always meant for big things," Priyanka says in Elle UK's latest cover story. "To be a change and be an important voice in doing that. It's amazing that she found that calling and has the platform to be able to do it." According to ET, Priyanka and Meghan met in 2016 — not long before Meghan met Prince Harry, whom she married last May. Almost exactly one year later, on May 6, they welcomed Archie Mountbatten Windsor, their first child together. "By the time this [story] comes out, she will have a baby — it's so amazing how lives change," Priyanka marvels in Elle. "I'm a big believer in taking charge of your life, but there's got to be something bigger that puts us into the circumstances that we are put in," the actress adds. "Destiny has a weird way of helping you to find your calling."
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are keeping Archie's godparents' names private
In other Royal Archie news, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry announced this week via Buckingham Palace that they won't share the names of their 2-month-old son's godparents. "Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday 6th July," the palace said in a statement, according to JustJared. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton. The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private." The move marks another departure from royal tradition for the couple, whose nieces and nephews, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, all had their godparents' names announced around the time of their christenings.
Patti LaBelle gets a street named in her honor in Philadelphia
From now on, Patti LaBelle will always be home, in a way. On Tuesday, July 2, the Philadelphia native was honored by having a stretch of Broad Street between Locust and Spruce Streets in Center City renamed "Patti LaBelle Way" as a tribute to the soul singer. Speaking to the crowd that gathered for the renaming ceremony, Patti said, "I was a shy little girl from West Philly. To go from shy Patti to Patti LaBelle Way is incredible," according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. After the audience cheered, she reportedly said she was a bit speechless before offering a glimpse at how she looks at the world. "My way of life is, lift people and not make them feel like a burden," she said. "I want to thank all the people that have begged for this street. If you woke up, never say you didn't do anything. Work that day, honey," she continued. Urged by the crowd to sing, she sang the chorus of 1983's "Love, Need and Want You," for and with the group of hundreds. "I'm so proud of Philadelphia," she said. "I'll sing for free for you any day."