Sharon Stone's brother dies at 57 after the death of his 11-month-old son
Sharon Stone's brother, Patrick Stone, died suddenly at age 57 in Pennsylvania on Sunday (Feb. 13). According to TMZ, the coroner's office cited heart disease as the reason for his "sudden cardiac death" just a year and a half after the death of his 11-month-old son River, who's Sharon's godson. "My heart feels like it's been ripped out of my chest," Patrick's wife Tasha reportedly told friends in a message on Sunday. "Patrick went to be with our sweet River … I don't know what else to say, he was my world. I'm not sure what life is supposed to look like without my husband by my side and quite honestly I don't want to, but I will of course. I just hope that you always stay by my side watching over Hunter, Kaylee and I," Tasha continued. "Until we meet again I will forever hold you and our wonderful (and some not so wonderful but just as important) memories close to my heart and will visit those memories always. I love you honey babe. My wish through all of this is that now at least River has his daddy with him and I hope the two of you are having the best time." River was diagnosed with organ failure shortly before his death in August 2021.
MORE: Stars we've lost in 2023
Valerie Bertinelli recalls being 'mercilessly mocked' about her size
Valerie Bertinelli is embracing the freedom that comes with emotional healing. Over the weekend, the newly divorced "One Day at a Time" star shared a moment of excitement after she put on a pair of pants she'd stopped wearing because an ex "mocked" how she looked in them. "I'm giggling because I had a small hidden bruise that was activated today," she said in a video on Instagram on Sunday (Feb. 12). Explaining that the "particular sound" that's audible in the background of the clip is from her "pants rubbing together," she told the camera, "I stopped wearing them because I was … mercilessly mocked, you know, 'I'm too lazy to do anything about it. They wouldn't rub together if you …'" She went on to tell fans, "Hidden bruises are something that emotional, verbal, mental abuse do to you. People can't see [them] but we got to deal with [them] everyday when they're activated. I'm so grateful the work that I'm doing on healing, is working." While the negative reaction to her pants once made her put them "away forever," Valerie said, she now equates the friction with moving on and being herself. "Hear that sound? That's the sound of freedom to me," she said. "Now I hesitate to post this because so many [people will say], 'God, let go of it. Move on,'" she added. "This is called moving on. This is called healing. And to all of you that can identify with this and feel seen, welcome. I'm just another part of your tribe." She jokingly captioned the pants clip, "duck waddle activated." Valerie filed for divorce from her husband, Tom Vitale, in May 2022.
Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck in escrow on $34.5M dream home
After two years of house hunting, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are reportedly in escrow on a $34.5 million home in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles. The newly built "Hamptons-style traditional" mansion sits on a one-acre property and boasts seven bedrooms and 13 baths, plus a screening room, gym, pool and wine cellar, according to TMZ. The news comes as Ben — who sold his nearby bachelor pad in 2022 for $28.5 million — kicks off a new partnership with Dunkin' Donuts, appearing as a surprise, Dunkin' drive-through server in an ad that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday (Feb. 12) and included a cameo by Jen. Entertainment Tonight reports his deal with the brand is worth more than $10 million, more than enough for a little real estate indulgence, especially when combined with Jen's likely profit on the Bel Air pad she just listed for $42.5 million.
Rihanna's ex, Chris Brown, reacts to her Super Bowl performance, baby news
After Rihanna broke her years-long performing hiatus by headlining the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show — where she revealed she's expecting her second child — the singer's ex, Chris Brown, seemingly sent his love and support on his Instagram Stories. On Sunday (Feb. 12), the singer wrote simply, "Go Girl," alongside a praying hands emoji and a red hands emoji that appeared to be a nod to Rih's all-red stage look. The message was similar to the low-key "congratulations" he shared on his Stories after Rihanna and her partner A$AP Rocky announced they were expecting their first child last year.
Chris and Rihanna have reportedly stayed on good terms, despite the ugly way their relationship ended in 2009, when Chris violently assaulted the night before the Grammys. "We've been working on our friendship again," she told Oprah Winfrey in 2012. "Now we're very, very close friends. We've built up a trust again … We love each other and we probably always will. And that's not something we're ever going to change. That's not something you can shut off, if you've ever been in love."
Kate Hudson defends marrying Chris Robinson at 21
When Kate Hudson met Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson at age 20, it wasn't just love at first sight — it was love and marriage. Speaking to Sara and Erin Foster on a recent edition of their "World's First Podcast" series, Kate, who's now engaged to Sara and Erin's stepbrother Danny Fujikawa, opened up about her immediate, all-in feelings for her first husband. "I just, like, jump in the deep end of everything I do," Kate admitted."I went to New York and I met Chris, and I came home, I was like, 'Oh, I'm marrying this guy.' It wasn't even impulsive.' People thought it was impulsive, but it was more like I was just like, 'You know what? I'm just going to dive right into this. I'm not gonna second guess it. I'm in love with him. I'm not gonna pretend like, 'Oh, we should wait.' I'm madly in love and I want to marry him and so I just didn't think twice." Kate and Chris tied the knot in 2000 when she was 21. They welcomed their son, Ryder, now 19, four years later. Although they eventually called it quits, Kate said she's "still kind of like that" to day, albeit "with a little more wisdom under my belt." She also still values what she learned about love from her marriage to Chris. "He was also so important to teaching me what it felt like to be unconditionally loved," she said. "Chris, like, completely opened that floodgate for me, forever, no matter how complicated the relationship got at one point."
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler announce comedy tour
For the first time ever, longtime besties Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are teaming up for a comedy tour, the "Saturday Night Live" alums announced on Monday (Feb. 13). "If this tour goes right, we can finally end this friendship," the duo joked in a joint statement. The Tina Fey & Amy Poehler: Restless Leg Tour kicks off on April 28, 2023, in Washington, D.C., before heading to Chicago, Boston and Atlantic City, New Jersey. Though they've never toured together, the friends of 30 years have performed together outside of "SNL" multiple times, including four turns as the co-hosts of the Golden Globes. The pair met through the comedy improv scene in Chicago in the early '90s, according to Entertainment Weekly. They went on to become the first women to co-anchor "Weekend Update." The tour is set to celebrate their 30-year-long friendship.
'NYPD Blue' alum Austin Majors dies at 27
Former child star Austin Majors has died at age 27. TMZ reports Austin was staying at a facility for unhoused people in Los Angeles when he passed away on Saturday (Feb. 11). A source told the outlet the former "NYPD Blue" star may have ingested a fatal amount of fentanyl," though no cause of death has been confirmed. "[Austin] was a loving, artistic, brilliant, and kind human being," his family told TMZ in a statement. "Austin took great joy and pride in his acting career. He was an active Eagle Scout and graduated Salutatorian in High School. He went on to graduate from USC's School of Cinematic Arts with a passion of directing and music producing. Austin's younger sister, Kali, says her fondest memories with Austin were growing up on set with him, volunteering at events with 'Kids With a Cause,' and backpacking together," the statement continues. "Austin was the kind of son, brother, grandson, and nephew that made us proud and we will miss him deeply forever." Austin was best known for playing Detective Andy Sipowicz's son, Theo, for seven seasons on "NYPD Blue."