Scarlett Johansson, Romain Dauriac custody battle heats up
What seemed like an amicable separation could turn into a thornier divorce for Scarlett Johansson and her husband of two years, Romain Dauriac. According to People, Scarlett's divorce filing on March 7 "shocked" Romain, as did her request for joint custody — with Scarlett getting residential custody — of their 3-year-old daughter, Rose. The pair had reportedly been working out an agreement in private prior to the filing. "It is indeed unfortunate, especially for our daughter, that Scarlett filed in Court and made our personal differences so public," Romain said in a statement. "I would implore her to withdraw her action promptly and go back, as uncomfortable as it might be, to the negotiating table. We are the parents of a lovely daughter whom we will continue to co-parent for many years and share her joys and sorrows as only a parent can." Romain's lawyer, Harold Mayerson, told the New York Post that the French journalist's desire to live in France and Scarlett's hectic work schedule are at the center of the disagreement. Initially, the duo shared custody of Rose, who spent every other week with a different parent. Eventually, Scarlett reportedly asked Romain to change the arrangement so that Rose would be with her for three days a week and with her father for two. Romain reportedly finds it unfair he and Rose are bound to Scarlett's unpredictable schedule. "The kid was bouncing back and forth. It can't work because [Scarlett] travels so much," said a Post source. While Romain's lawyer has told multiple outlets his client will fight Scarlett on the custody issue, the actress issued the following statement to People: "As a devoted mother and private person and with complete awareness that my daughter will one day be old enough to read the news about herself, I would only like to say that I will never, ever be commenting on the dissolution of my marriage."
Adele and more celebs speak out about International Women's Day
March 8 is International Women's Day and some of Hollywood's fiercest female celebs are sounding off about its meaning, as well as the impetus for women to strike in solidarity with the "Day Without a Woman" movement, on social media (via Elle). Sharing an image of a woman on a unicycle juggling a baby, a house, a briefcase, a bill and an alarm clock, Adele posted this snarky (but not untrue) sentiment: "Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult," with an "#internationalwomensday" hashtag. Emilia Clarke shared a link to her guest-edited Women's Day edition of the Huffington Post, while Kate Bosworth announced she was arriving in D.C. to speak at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, which she noted "was created to make space for women to be heard." Multiple celebs, including Rashida Jones, simply posted a red square on Instagram. "Today is International Women's Day. There is an initiative to wear red, not to spend money, not to go to work, to do what you can to remind the world how essential women are," Rashida wrote. "If you can't do any of these things, if your life prohibits you from doing so, don't. If you want to support the initiative in your own way, you can. If you don't care, then keep it moving. I'm done with overly simplistic comments from people who are looking to complain about celebrities and their privilege. I'm aware of my privilege and that doesn't make me care any less. Let's remember that a reality star born into wealth is now President. (Also, a man who bragged about sexually assaulting women) Some of you complaining voted for him. So there is a disconnect. In any event, women all over the world, including this country, are struggling for equality. I stand with them."
Lady Gaga shares a kiss with Christian Carino
Buzz about a possible romance between Lady Gaga and CAA agent Christian Carino have moved past the rumor stage, thanks to a kiss they shared on their way out of the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles over the weekend. According to E! News, the new couple emerged from the bar holding hand with Gaga clad in a white pantsuit with what looked like Christian's jacket protecting her shoulders from the chill of the evening air before Christian leaned down to give her a smooch. Lady G. and her new man have also been spotted at each other's side at the Super Bowl, at a Grammys afterparty and at a Kings of Leon concert in recent weeks.
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Emma Watson responds to Beyhive disses
Emma Watson would like the Beyhive to chill. Beyonce's fans slammed the actress for revealing parts of her breasts in a recent Vanity Fair shoot, pointing out that in 2014 she told Wonderland Magazine she had mixed feelings about Bey's 2014 visual album. "As I was watching [the videos] I felt very conflicted, I felt her message felt very conflicted in the sense that on the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her," Emma said at the time (via Us Weekly). This week, she caught wind of claims her comments — and her decision to go semi-topless — make her a hypocrite. She responded by posting the entire Wonderland interview. "This is the part of my 2014 interview with Tavi where we talked about Beyoncé. My words are in bold," she wrote. In addition to the quote above, the interview clearly shows Emma also said Beyonce was "making her sexuality empowering because it is her choice" and gave Bey props for "doing it for herself and the control that she has." Speaking to Reuters about the backlash, Emma explained her perspective in more depth. "Feminism is about giving women choice," she said. "Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It's about freedom, it's about liberation, it's about equality. I really don't know what my t— have to do with it."
Justin Bieber 'doesn't hold a candle' to Backstreet Boys, says Nick Carter
It was hard out there for the boy bands of yore. That's basically the message AJ McLean and Nick Carter gave Elle in a recent chat about their the Backstreet Boys' new residency in Las Vegas. "I'll tell you this. There is some s— that AJ and I both did that I'm really glad that social media wasn't around for. Because Justin Bieber couldn't hold a candle to what we did," said Nick. "We would have been like TMZ's saving grace, bro," AJ added. "Just anything from me being drunk or irate at a club. Or me walking naked down the hallway in a hotel for no apparent reason … Just random stuff that never really got out." (Um, you just got it out … bro.) AJ went on to say being a young male pop star today is easier than it was for the Backstreet Boys because of social media. "But the fame now — it's like night and day," he said. "The other side of that which was different for us: Without social media, without YouTube, without instant access, we had to do everything grassroots. We had to do every interview, every radio show, every outlet. We had to go to every country — that was the only way to do it. There was no Instagram, or posting things on YouTube to get a record deal." In other news, hey, you kids. Get off the Backstreet Boys' lawn.
Jessica Simpson puts her Daisy Dukes back on
Look who's back in her Daisy Dukes! At 36, Jessica Simpson is rocking short shorts once again, a pair reminiscent of the iconic ones she wore in the "Dukes of Hazzard" remake. For her Spring 2017 Jessica Simpson Collection campaign, the singer-turned-designer styled all of the looks with her mom, Tina Simpson, according to E! News, and can be seen here.
Will Louis Tomlinson head to court for alleged battery?
On Tuesday, March 7 — four days after Louis Tomlinson allegedly attacked a paparazzo at the airport in Los Angeles –police sent the singer's battery investigation to the Los Angeles City Attorney. TMZ reports the prosecutor there will decide whether to file up to two misdemeanor battery charges. Although each charge could garner a six month jail sentence, the website's sources say it's more likely Louis will be expected to attend a hearing where, if he promises not to behave in the same way again, he could get off with anger management classes or another form of wrist-slapping. The photographer, Karl Larsen, has previously admitted to Howard Stern that he once goaded Mel Gibson into freaking out on camera, a point that's likely to work against him if it's raised in court. Louis reportedly attacked Karl because he believed the photographer was harassing Louis' girlfriend.
Victoria Beckham reflects on her transformation from Spice Girl to designer
It's been nearly 10 years since Posh Spice began transforming herself into one of the fashion world's most respected designers and unveiled her first collection. Speaking to inStyle for the magazine's April cover story, Victoria Beckham says she's still grateful for the reception she got from both critics and Tom Ford in 2008. "I've got a pretty thick skin. It could have been worse. They could have said, 'We thought it was going to be rubbish, and it is.' Instead, they thought it was really good, and I look at that as a positive. I look at everything as a positive, to be honest with you," she says (via JustJared). "I'm really proud of what I achieved with the Spice Girls, but I'm also proud of everything I have done with my brand. So that meant a lot to me, you know? That's Tom Ford saying, 'We look at you as a credible designer,' which was very cool."
Kris Jenner hopes Kourtney Kardashian ends up with Scott Disick
Kris Jenner's momager rep came from her heavy involvement in her daughters' careers, both as reality stars and in their own ventures. When it comes to her single kids' relationships, though, she's not very hands-on. Kris was 22 when she got married and she got pregnant with her first daughter on her honeymoon with Robert Kardashian. "That was such a big dream of mine to have a big family. It's a different world these days. Believe me, my kids remind me of that every day. It's not for me to judge. I've raised them very well," she tells Us Weekly. Today, she says she supports her daughters' romantic choices and just wants to see them happy. "Tristan's great and they have a really great relationship," she says of Khloe Kardashian's new beau, Tristan Thompson. "They have a lot of fun together and they have a lot of things in common. She seems happier than I've seen her in years, so that's all that matters to me. When my kids are happy, I'm happy." As for Kylie, Kris points out she's still very young. "Kylie is 19. She's got an amazing career and she's working on her makeup line 24/7. Tyga's got his music and touring. When you're talking about people so young, it's hard to predict what's going to happen in the future. … Hopefully when the time comes, she'll make the right choice and be happy," she says. There's one romance in the family she does want to see work out, though. "I have always been a fan of Kourtney and Scott together, so that would be my first choice," she says. "I love Scott like he's one of my kids. We've been through thick and thin, and I hang in there with him."
Kristen Stewart is 'utterly proud' of the reactions to her out announcement
On "SNL" a few weeks ago, Kristen Stewart noted that being "like, so gay" probably meant Donald Trump wouldn't like her (in spite of his seeming obsession with her ex, Robert Pattinson). And while some took it as a major declaration about her sexuality, K. Stew wasn't thinking that seriously about it at the time. "Honestly, I think it was just funny," she told E! News. "Not to diminish the point because I think that saying things so bluntly is absolutely important, but at the same time, the only reason I haven't ever done that is because there is an ambiguity to that and I wanted things to be really real for me. But honestly, it just worked for the joke. It wasn't like, 'Let's do this thing that's going to be so important.' I just thought it was like a nice, light … and also yeah, I'm so utterly proud that I've had so many people be like, 'Thank you,' and I'm like, 'No, thank you.' It's kind of mutual, full circle."