Carrie Underwood's closet is a dream! In June, the country superstar took to Instagram to show off a new swimsuit from her CALIA by Carrie Underwood line, but fans noticed something else in the summer-ready selfie — her walk-in closet has its own washer and dryer! While the closet also features luxurious additions like backlit shelves for all her shoes, it was the large island with a built-in laundry center that really drummed up some comments. "You look amazing AND is that a washer/dryer in your closet? 🙌🏼🙌🏼⚡️," wrote one fan. "Closet goals," wrote another. Convenient and design genius? This is one closet we wish we had!
Who needs one fridge when you can have nine? Kim Kardashian West took to Instagram in January to show off all the appliances that keep her family's food and beverages cold at home. There's the full-sized fridge she has in her gym, which is exclusively stocked with water from brands like Voss and Flow. In one of her two (yes, two) kitchens, there's a clear-door fridge full of items her chef uses regularly as well as different types of milk (including cow, almond and oat). There are four under-counter drawer-style fridges packed with still more beverages including organic milk and juice boxes for her kids. "And guys, I have a walk-in refrigerator where we keep all our fresh, organic produce," Kim told fans as she stepped inside the huge restaurant-grade cold room. The reality star also revealed an additional two glass-door refrigerators filled with more beverages inside one of her two pantries — one of which also features a built-in frozen yogurt machine!
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Kane Brown's property is so big, he got lost on it… and had to call the police to save him. The singer took to Facebook on Aug. 6 to explain what happened: Two years ago — when he first bought his 30-acre property, which is surrounded by 3,000 acres of wilderness — he went out exploring with some friends. After a few hours, the sun set, it started raining and the temperature dropped to 40 degrees. Suddenly, they were lost. While they were able to use the GPS on the one working phone they had between them, the directions kept pointing them to "cliffs that you can't drive a four wheeler down." That's when the story turns from strange to scary: They managed to call some friends for help, but while the second group was driving around looking for them, "they start getting shot at" — purportedly by a privacy-loving neighbor. Wrote Kane, "My buddy's girl who has asthma started then freaking out. We HAD to get her out. So we call the cops." With the help of the authorities, everyone made it home safely. The chart-topper concluded by joking that he likes the version of the story where he got "lost in my backyard better."
Well, this is one way to ensure your safety at home. On a November episode of MTV's rebooted show "Cribs," "Selling Sunset" star Christine Quinn revealed that her Los Angeles home is protected by "armed guards" and "canine unit dogs" in addition to a tiger. "He's so friendly," Christine said of the big cat. "When we've had the tiger, he isn't even on a leash. I've been within a foot of him and I wasn't nervous at all." According to the luxury realtor, who works for The Oppenheim Group, feeling safe at home is of utmost importance. "We got it all because the house was featured on 'Selling Sunset.' My neighbors recognized it and called me up," she said, as reported by the Daily Star. "I realized it meant people knew where we live now. That was a little scary to me because we are here a lot. And now, when we are away, we take extra precautions." Since gaining infamy on "Selling Sunset," Christine has also been subject to death threats. "We were warned that a lot of weird things were happening in the area and I joked, 'If guns and dogs don't scare people, we need a tiger,'" she said. "Then I decided it would be really fun to do that. So we found this guy who trains tigers as pets and got one."
In July, multiple media outlets reported that a group of famous women are teaming up to bring a National Women's Soccer League team to Los Angeles. Investors in the new Angel City team include Natalie Portman, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Chastain, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Uzo Aduba, Lilly Singh, Serena Williams … and the tennis champ's 2-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. According to Yahoo! Sports, the tot is now the youngest owner in professional sports. Would you expect anything less from the offspring of one of the world's all-time greatest athletes?!
What's better than having a session with a personal trainer? Closing down an entire gym so you can work out in peace! In January, TMZ reported that Taylor Swift's security team asked that the Dogpound Gym in West Hollywood be cleared out so she could work out privately with a trainer. Among the people asked to vacate the premises? None other than Taylor nemesis Justin Bieber. TMZ reported that the "Yummy" singer refused to leave the gym until he was finished with his own workout, though he did clear out before Taylor arrived.
Celebrity's best friend? On Aug. 8, WSLS Channel 10 news in Lynchburg, Virginia, reported that a 6-year-old cat named Dennis Quaid was up for adoption at a local shelter after waiting for more than a year to find his "furever" home. Somehow, Emmy nominee Dennis Quaid caught wind of his namesake and stepped in to save the feline, helping him score a true Hollywood ending. After meeting on Zoom, the actor officially adopted the little black cat. He then sent his co-host from his "The Pet Show" podcast to Virginia to retrieve their new four-legged friend — who's now a "studio cat" living in the offices of his human's podcast production company in Los Angeles. On Aug. 17, the "Frequency" star took to Instagram to share a video of the kitty following his "epic cross country voyage" from Virginia to his new home in L.A.
On Aug. 14, TMZ reported that Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez dropped a whopping $40 million on a waterfront estate on Miami's Star Island. According to the webloid, the 40,000-square-foot property features 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a pool, an elevator, a wine room, a library and an industrial-style chef's kitchen. The power couple already owns another Miami home in a different neighborhood, but why settle for just one?!
Talk about an amazing friend! On May 7, TMZ reported that when they quarantined in Los Angeles in the spring, Prince Harry, wife Duchess Meghan and their son Archie stayed at entertainer extraordinaire Tyler Perry's $18 million mansion in the Hollywood Hills while they shopped for a home of their own (over the summer, they purchased their own mansion in Montecito, California). Tyler's Tuscan-style property, which is situated within the exclusive gated community of Beverly Ridge Estates, contains a whopping eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.
George Clooney finally publicly confirmed a story told by pal Rande Gerber a few years earlier about how the Oscar winner is so generous, he in 2013 gave 14 friends suitcases filled with $1 million — with the taxes already paid — to thank them for supporting him over the years. George shared the story — and details about the very cool way he employed subterfuge to get his hands on that much cash — in GQ's 2020 Men of the Year issue, which hit the internet on Nov. 17. "I just thought basically if I get hit by a bus, they're all in the will. So why the f*** am I waiting to get hit by a bus?" he explained of why he did it. At the time, George was a single man and getting older and didn't expect to start a family (he's now married with twins). "And I thought, what I do have are these guys who've all, over a period of 35 years, helped me in one way or another. I've slept on their couches when I was broke. They loaned me money when I was broke. They helped me when I needed help over the years. And I've helped them over the years. … And I thought, you know, without them I don't have any of this."
Ed Sheeran is reportedly building his own forest on his $4.7 million estate in Suffolk, England. "He's spent tens of thousands of pounds on the project — and [his wife] Cherry's involved too as she's into re-wilding and sustainability," a source told The Sun in October. "[He has] a huge field where his outdoor wildlife pond will become a dense wood in a few years and he's planted trees six deep around the perimeter to afford him privacy." The source added, "It'll help reduce the carbon footprint of him being a touring rock star too." The estate, which has become known as "Sheeranville," consists of five properties and includes a pub, a swimming pool and a spa, several greenhouses, an underground cinema, a recording studio, a gym, a wildlife pond and an area for livestock.
It's totally normal to spend $111,000 on a playhouse for your two children, right? MailOnline reported in April that George Clooney and lawyer wife Amal Clooney were building a two-story playhouse for their twins, Alexander and Ella, that replicates their main family home. The oasis features a functioning kitchen and bathroom with running water, a zip wire and a life-sized toy giraffe. To bring their mini-pad to fruition, the A-list couple enlisted playhouse specialist Barbara Butler to get the job done.
Only a star, and probably only Gwyneth Paltrow, could declare that a candle smells like her most intimate of body parts, actually name it after said body part and then sell it through her Goop website and watch it completely sell out. In January, news emerged that after Goop listed the provocatively named 10.5-ounce candle by artisanal fragrance brand Heretic — for $75 each, no less — the product with a "funny, gorgeous, sexy and beautifully unexpected scent" was snapped right up by curious Goop fans. So what does the candle really smell like? It's a combination of geranium, citrusy bergamot, cedar absolutes, Damask rose and ambrette seed.
Donnie Wahlberg isn't the only big tipper! Harry Styles left a $2,020 tip on a $472.50 bill while on vacation in Anguilla with A-list friends James Corden and Adele in January. Yahya, the server who received the tip, took to Twitter to post about the "Adore You" hitmaker's random act of kindness. "Big ups to @harrystyles for taking care of Mr Big Life!" he captioned the snapshot. "@donniewahlberg you got the second worldwide response from Harry Styles all the way from St Thomas Virgin Islands with @j_corden and @adele." Note to self — work at a restaurant that Harry or Donnie frequent!
On July 18, Gisele Bundchen posted an Instagram photo of herself along with husband Tom Brady and children Benjamin and Vivian planting trees. "As some of you know, my birthday is coming up on July 20th. And it's not just any birthday! I can't believe I am turning 40," she began. "I feel like a whole new chapter of my life is starting, and I wanted to celebrate it in a meaningful way, so I decided to plant 40,000 trees. I have been planting trees for different projects for years, as I feel that this is the best way I know to give back to Mother Earth." She convinced her friends and family to add trees to the Amazon rainforest instead of giving her presents and also encouraged fans to donate to Viva a Vida to help her hit her goal. Within days, the Brazilian beauty had received donations for more than 50,000 trees!
During an interview with Us Weekly that hit the Internet on Aug. 20, Larsa Pippen casually dropped an impressive detail about her privileged upbringing while promoting her eponymous jewelry line. "Ever since I was a little girl I would draw out all of my jewelry and my dad would have it made for me, so it's been one of my passions for as long as I can remember," she said. Oh, to be a little girl with parents who could afford custom bling!
On Nov. 10, TMZ reported that RuPaul is being transformed… into a Chia Pet! As to be expected, Chia Ru will begin bald but as time progresses, he'll eventually be rocking a full head of luscious green hair! The terracotta figurine and seeds will retail for $24.99 and be sold exclusively on Loot Crate. According to the famed drag queen — who turned 60 in November — this Chia Pet version of himself is "the perfect metaphor for life — to grow you must tend to your garden and love yourself." Previous celebrity Chia Pets include Barack Obama and Bob Ross.
Country music star Jason Aldean and wife Brittany moved into their custom-built home in Tennessee in June and soon after gave fans a glimpse into their stunning space. On July 12, Jason posted a photo of the front of their epic house, revealing that their lawn is finally starting to grow in. The following day, Brittany took to Instagram to post a pic of their dogs in the home's formal living room, which features statement chandeliers and towering windows. She also shared a snap of their bedroom complete with a gigantic quilted silver headboard with the caption, "☁️ It was all a dream☁️." Brittany has also posted pics of her spacious walk-in closet — it's two stories tall and has a spiral staircase — and the home's backyard that includes a tiki bar, a resort-style pool and a waterfall. While the family has a summer home located in Florida, their Tennessee mansion is "where we want to be from now on and kind of raise our kids," Jason told Taste of Country. "It's one of those things where I just said, 'I've worked hard over the years. If we're going to do this, let's build what we want, and not sit here in five years and go, 'Man, I wish he had done this or that.' We made sure we knew exactly what we wanted and when, and started building it."
On Sept. 8, 50 Cent and Instagram influencer Jay Mazini took to Instagram to share videos of themselves handing out more than $30K in cash to employees at a Burger King in New York City's Queens neighborhood to thank them for their hard work amid the coronavirus pandemic. A few days later, they pulled the exact same stunt at a different Burger King, passing stacks of cash to employees at the drive-thru window.
For most parents, dropping your kid off at college involves a lengthy road trip. For Harrison Ford, it involves a private plane. On Aug. 20, the Oscar nominee and his wife, Calista Flockhart, were snapped taking their son, Liam, to Massachusetts' Amherst College in a private plane that the aviation enthusiast likely piloted himself. (Fortunately, he wasn't forced to make an emergency landing this time.) Also on board? The family's three pampered pooches.
Less than two years after snapping up their first Beverly Hills mansion for $8.5 million, Justin Bieber and wife Hailey Bieber in August dropped an astonishing $25.8 million on a nearby property. According to Variety, the 2.5-acre estate — which is located in the celeb-infested Beverly Park gated community — includes an 11,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom mansion featuring a chef's kitchen, a library, a primary suite with a sitting room and a "spa-style bath … equipped with a chandelier that hangs over the soaking tub," a home gym, a soundproof movie theater, an infinity-edged swimming pool, a lawn the size of a soccer field and a full-size tennis court. Their new neighbors will include Sofia Vergara, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Murphy, Rod Stewart, Magic Johnson and several members of the Saudi royal family.
On Aug. 14, TMZ revealed the terms of Ewan McGregor's divorce settlement with his ex-wife, Eve Mavrakis. The biggest shocker? The actor is walking away from the marriage with an astonishing 30 vehicles — THIRTY! — while his former missus is holding onto five more vehicles. We just have one question: Does the "Star Wars" alum have a garage or a warehouse for all those rides?!
On Sept. 8, McDonald's launched "The Travis Scott" meal — a special $6 order that includes a Quarter Pounder burger with cheese, bacon and lettuce, plus fries with a barbeque dipping sauce and a Sprite. It's only the second time the fast-food chain has launched a celebrity-endorsed meal — the first was Michael Jordan's in 1992, the same year the "Sicko Mode" rapper was born. Impressive, right? But here's the real kicker: The Travis Scott meal was so popular that after just one week on the menu, it spurred a Quarter Pounder shortage. McDonald's quickly made moves to combat the situation: "We're working closely with our suppliers, distributors and franchisees to resupply impacted restaurants as quickly as possible," a representative told CNBC.
The Carters upgraded their Los Angeles backyard in January! According to British tabloid The Sun, the music power couple opted to demolish JAY-Z's cherished basketball court in favor of making the space more kid-friendly. Their solution? To create the ultimate playground for their three children: daughter Blue Ivy Carter and twins Rumi and Sir. The latest renovation to their $88 million Bel-Air mansion includes a trampoline, a climbing structure, slides and more. From the photos of this backyard, it looks like a kid's dream come true!
If only our significant others signed $64 million contract extensions! In April, model Olivia Culpo was recorded popping a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne in celebration of the lucrative deal her 23-year-old NFL player boyfriend, Christian McCaffrey, had inked with the Carolina Panthers. Olivia's sister Sophia recorded the clip, which she captioned, "We celebratin'." With the extension, Christian is earning an average annual salary of $16 million, making him the highest paid running back of all time. We can't even imagine!
While promoting his single "Cono," Jason Derulo addressed rumors that he makes $75,000 for his TikTok videos. "I feel like I thrive on TikTok because I can show me. TikTok is all about creation and I love building things from nothing," he told Complex in July. He went on to admit that he does in fact earn a hefty amount of money for the clips he shares on the app, though he remained mum on the exact amount. "I think it's tacky to say what I do make from them, but it's far more than that," he said. "But I'm not going to say what it is." Making upwards of $75,000 for creating short videos? Sign us up!
Why give a dozen roses when you can (romantically) vandalize a silo? For the second year in a row, "Fixer Upper" star Chip Gaines opted for the latter! On Valentine's Day, the Magnolia Network founder left yet another extravagant message for his wife, Joanna Gaines, on a silo in Waco, Texas. For this proclamation of love, Chip went for a big red heart with an arrow and their initials, C + J. Don't worry though — Chip used enormous adhesive stickers and not actual spray paint for the oversized love note! "Jo loves love notes! And I love @joannagaines," the construction wizard professed in an Instagram post. "So I went on a late night mission here at the silos in Waco to try and put out a beacon to her heart." Joanna posted a photo of the romantic gesture on Instagram too with the caption, "I love you too @chipgaines #happyvalentinesday." That's one larger-than-life way of showing your love!
Talk about an expensive hobby! On Oct. 28, TMZ reported that Rob Kardashian, who's an avid sports card collector, scored a rare football card. Rob purchased a case of 2020 Panini Mosaic Choice cards, which typically retail for a cool $10,000 (no big deal!). However, Rob didn't know that inside the pack was a rare, one-of-a-kind collector card of NFL quarterback Tom Brady. Upon closer inspection, the card was declared to be in mint condition and capable of selling for six figures! "People can argue all day long what the value is but we won't know unless Rob decides to sell it," said The Bullpen card shop owner Mitch Guttenberg. "Then we can end the speculation. The amount of attention Rob is bringing to the hobby is fantastic. He is a great dude and his collection just got a lot better."
According to a July 16 People magazine report, Tyler Perry purchased 1,000 gift cards for Kroger grocery stores then recruited police officers to go door to door to various neighborhoods to hand them out to residents. "This is about the community that I love, that I live in and work in," the "Madea" creator told People in a statement. "This is about good people who are in need of a hand up not a hand out. This is about the good police officers who do their job well every day some of which are my personal friends. This is about trying to bridge unity in a city that adopted me and held me up high enough to reach my own branch on the tree of success." He continued, "I love Atlanta and its people!" The commendable act of kindness came as Tyler's hometown was struggling with violence related to police brutality and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
It's official — Tom Cruise has been cleared to travel to space in 2021! According to TMZ, which cited the 2020-2023 ISS official manifest, Tom is scheduled to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and rocket in October 2021 so he can film a new project. While there aren't many details available regarding the movie yet, we know it will be the first to ever be filmed in space and that it's reportedly an action-adventure flick unrelated to the "Mission: Impossible" franchise. After news broke about Tom's expected launch date, retired astronauts gave their input on how Tom will fare in space. "The only thing on Earth that compares to space travel is going over Niagara Falls in a barrel while you're on fire," astronaut Scott Kelly told TMZ.
Only a star would be able to close down an entire street just to move in to their multimillion-dollar home! In 2018, Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso bought a 6,000-square-foot penthouse in The Standish, a Beaux Arts building in New York's Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, for $16.5 million. At the time, it was considered Brooklyn's most expensive apartment. On July 14, according to Page Six, Matt closed down the entire street so they could use a gigantic crane, which towered over 14 stories, to bring furniture and trees onto their home's terrace. As to be expected, the Oscar winner's neighbors weren't happy with the dramatic production. "He closed off the street all day and parked an enormous big red crane right in the middle of the street. There was no sign of Matt, but he had a huge team of contractors and there were shrubs, decking and huge crates filled with stuff going up in the air to the terrace. We were all waiting for the grand piano to be wheeled out," quipped one. According to another neighbor, Matt's apartment building has a nickname. "We call the building the Standoffish because it is a little bit of Hollywood dumped in the middle of the more low-key Brooklyn Heights," the local said. The local resident continued, "The lobby is all gold and marble, and the units have Austrian white oak flooring and Italian Carrara marble slab countertops. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt live there, and [Matt] has a triplex penthouse on the 11th and 12th floors and the roof. It is the highest building in the neighborhood, so it has unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor and the bridges." Talk about luxurious living!
Since being released from prison early due to personal health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has made the most of life beyond the bars. In April, the asthmatic music star began home confinement — and promptly started blowing cash: TMZ reported that he went on a luxury-item spending spree via phone. Tekashi (real name: Daniel Hernandez) purchased "a fleet of luxury vehicles that includes an Aventador, McLaren, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes Benz G-Wagon and a Range Rover!!!" TMZ wrote. Among his other expensive purchases? A $300,000 chain shaped like a shark and four timepieces including a Richard Mille watch.
On the Aug. 18 episode of "Late Night with Seth Meyers," Patton Oswalt revealed that his daughter, Alice, recently had her very first skateboard lesson with none other than Tony Hawk — skateboarding's biggest star. The two men, who follow each other on social media, connected when Tony reached out to tell Patton that he and his wife were fans of "I'll Be Gone In the Dark," the documentary about the actor's late wife, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara, and her investigation into the Golden State Killer. During their chat, Tony offered to send Alice "some skateboard equipment." Recalled the comedian, "I said, 'You know what? I'm gonna roll the dice on being a jerk,' and I said, 'Look, Tony, absolutely she would love it.' Cause she really does want to skateboard. She's wanting to skateboard. I'm like, 'But is there any way — and I will bring her to you — can she get a skateboarding lesson from you?' And he was like, 'Oh my God, that would be great!'" So Patton took Alice to Tony's warehouse in San Diego, where she got a private lesson from him and another skateboarding legend: Andy Macdonald. Only in Hollywood can you score a private lesson from one extreme sport's greatest athletes by connecting over DMs!
While it's certainly typical for celebrities to wear thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry during awards shows, Jennifer Lopez is one star who went over and above with her accessorizing. At the 2020 SAG Awards, the "Hustlers" actress-producer wore $9 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds (pictured here). J.Lo chose six opulent pieces that added up to 199.26 carats! From a cluster ring covered in diamonds to a cascading diamond necklace, J.Lo looked incredibly luxurious in a way that only a star could!
Imagine having a co-worker who not only flies to and from work, but also pays for you to take lessons so you can do the same! Actor Glen Powell — who will appear in the forthcoming sequel "Top Gun: Maverick" alongside veteran actor Tom Cruise — took to Instagram in March to share that he received his pilot license thanks to Tom. The "Set It Up" star also shared that Tom would often fly home at the end of shooting while Glen and other co-stars would get into a cast van. "Try not falling in love with aviation after living out every pilot's dream while shooting @topgunmovie," Glen wrote in March. "Especially when you see the way @tomcruise flexes it. After wrapping a shooting day, Tom would rocket off into the sunset in his P-51 while I would limply shuffle into the cast van. The wings were just so much cooler than the wheels…and for Christmas, Tom bought me an iPad with my flight school downloaded and prepaid. And yesterday, after months of flying, studying, and testing…I'm the real deal." He finished off his caption with a shout-out to his co-star: "…and thank you Tom for being my hype man every step of the way."
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" personality Teresa Giudice committed quite the act of kindness. In March, People reported that Teresa said she'd spent more than $1 million on estranged husband Joe Giudice's unpaid back taxes and legal fees. She was reportedly urged by her family and co-stars to quickly finalize their divorce before he could seek financial assistance. In December 2019, it was announced that Teresa and Joe had called it quits after 20 years of marriage.
Kelly Ripa definitely had the ultimate work-from-home set-up this year! According to a May report from Page Six, the "Live With Kelly and Ryan" host spent months quarantining in a tropical paradise — in the Caribbean, to be exact! She, husband Mark Consuelos and their three children had left their Manhattan home for an island getaway in the spring then decided to stay put when shelter-in-place orders were handed down in March amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mark and Kelly, who broadcast her daytime talk show from her temporary island home, appreciate how lucky they are and in March donated $1 million to fund coronavirus relief efforts, which they followed up with a $500K donation in May to help New York City's homeless families amid the global health crisis.
"Normal People" star Paul Mescal — whose character, Connell, endures a mental health crisis on the critically acclaimed 2020 show based on Sally Rooney's book of the same name — was shocked by how much money was raised when he did something off-screen to help support those in crisis. Pieta, a suicide and self-harm prevention charity in Ireland, was forced to postpone its Darkness into Light fundraising walk, which provides 80% of its income, due to the coronavirus pandemic. So Paul donated one of his personal silver chains — his character on the Hulu series is known for wearing them, and they've inspired fans to create social media pages dedicated to the jewelry — to Pieta to be raffled off in June. The initiative raised an astonishing $79,000!
Before drama engulfed their marriage in July, Kim Kardashian West was surprised with a gorgeous bathroom floral arrangement from husband Kanye West at their California compound. "So, I come home, and my whole bathroom is decorated like an enchanted forest. And it's so beautiful and so visually pretty, with a sweet note from my husband," Kim gushed via Instagram. The reality TV star showed off stunning pastel flowers around their cement bathtub, which was filled with trees. The extravagant gesture designed by celebrity-loved floral company Mark's Garden came after Kim sold a 20% stake in her KKW Beauty brand to Coty for $200 million. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star's luxurious living didn't stop there: While doing an at-home photoshoot for her Skims shapewear line, Kim gave fans a glimpse into the beverage refrigerator located inside her home's garage. Inside was everything from bottles of champagne to boxes of water.
According to a report from the The Wall Street Journal, famed James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan listed his 12,500-square-foot Malibu home for a cool $100 million in September, making it the eighth most expensive home on the market in Los Angeles County. Pierce reportedly gave his wife, journalist and filmmaker Keely Shaye Brosnan, free reign to create her fantasy space for them. "I said to Keely, 'Go build your dream house.' And she did," he told The Wall Street Journal. The result? A Thai-style house inspired by Pierce's 1997 film "Tomorrow Never Dies," which was shot in Thailand. While they raised their two sons at their Malibu pad, after 18 years, Pierce and Keely are ready to say goodbye to one beachfront view in exchange for another — they've since been spending more and more time at their property in Hawaii. For Pierce, "home is very much here in the islands," he explained.
Donnie Wahlberg has certainly set a new standard for tipping! In January, the singer-actor and wife Jenny McCarthy paid a visit to an IHOP in St. Charles, Illinois, where they racked up a $78.46 bill. While most people typically tack on a 15-20% gratuity, Donnie took things one step further and left a $2,020 tip! Jenny took to Twitter to praise her generous spouse. "@DonnieWahlberg starting 2020 off like the amazing man he is," she posted alongside a photo of the receipt. The kind gesture was reportedly in response to the "2020 Tip Challenge," which urged people to tip their servers generously. This isn't the first time Donnie has left a hefty tip though: In 2017, the New Kids on the Block singer left $2,000 at a Waffle House in Charlotte, North Carolina, and $1,000 at a Waffle House in Indianapolis. The "Blue Bloods" actor sure loves his breakfast food!
On Aug. 17, Bloomberg reported that Ryan Reynolds signed a jaw-dropping $610 million deal to sell his Aviation Gin brand to Diageo — the owner of Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker and Casamigos, among many other major booze labels. The actor will reportedly pocket $335 million now and as much as $275 million over the course of the next decade based on how well the popular gin continues to sell.
Well that's one way to break onto the scene! In March, then-6-year-old North West took the stage at dad Kanye West's Yeezy Season 8 runway presentation during Paris Fashion Week. There, she made her rap debut when she performed a cover of popular child musician and YouTuber Zaza's "What I Do?" and finished it off with a shout-out to cousin Penelope Disick. Kanye West stood by his little girl's side for the duration of her performance and looked like quite the proud father. Kim Kardashian West took to Twitter to also voice her pride. "I'm so proud of my Northie!!!!!! Her 1st performance had me in tears! She had an impromptu performance on stage at her dads Yeezy Season 8 fashion show! Shout out to Zaza!!!" Kim shared. We have a feeling we'll be seeing more from this mini fashionista and rapper in the making…
Imagine making money by not doing anything! That was Victoria Beckham's reality last year. According to a June report from The Sun, the former Posh Spice still made some serious bank — more than $1 million — from the Spice Girls 2019 reunion tour even though she didn't join her old bandmates on the road. According to the British tabloid, the fashion designer is still entitled to a fifth of earnings made from endorsements, merchandising and licensing deals. The real kicker, though? Victoria's tour payday was more than what she made from her own fashion label last year (The Sun reported that she paid herself about $863,000). "The irony of the payout is that Victoria has become distanced from the Spice Girls as she's tried to carve out a niche as a fashion designer," a source told The Sun. "But they have become a major source of her income once again as the clothes line falters. The other girls have handed a lot over." Victoria Beckham Limited has suffered major financial losses within the last four years, The Sun reported, noting that in 2019, the company lost about $15 million — the most since Posh created the brand.
In April, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander and model wife Kate Upton took to Instagram to share that they'd be donating the weekly paychecks he earned while the MLB season was shut down to various coronavirus relief effort organizations (Justin signed a two-year, $66 million contract extension with the Astros for the 2020 and 2021 seasons). "Recently the @mlb announced they will be continuing to send paychecks to players while the season is suspended. @kateupton and I have decided to donate those funds to a different organization each week so that we can support their efforts and highlight the great work they're doing during the COVID-19 crisis," Justin wrote. "Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies and support at home. As soon as the first paycheck is received we will be highlighting the first organization. We know everyone is impacted by this crisis, but for those who are able, we encourage you to stay home to help flatten the curve and look to those around you who need a helping hand."
If there's a silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic, it's that now more than ever, people are coming together to support their communities — celebrities included. In April, "Saturday Night Live" star Michael Che announced via Instagram that he would pay one month's rent for all 160 apartments in his late grandmother's housing project. "It's crazy to me that residents of public housing are still expected to pay their rent when so many new yorkers cant even work," he began. "I cant offer much help by myself. but in the spirit and memory of my late grandmother, im paying one months rent for all 160 apartments in the NYCHA building she lived in." While the Manhattan-born comic thinks what he did was "just a drop in the bucket," his donation made all the difference to the housing community.
Remember Pamela Anderson's iconic red one-piece swimsuit from her "Baywatch" days? Well, apparently the star still wears it around her home! During a May interview with Fox News, the actress-model admitted that she likes to put it on once in a while. "Oh, I have one right here in my top drawer! It still fits," she told the outlet. "I have worn it on occasion just to be funny with my friends." Pam went on to reveal that she typically wears it "just around the living room." Totally casual!
Queue "Single Ladies" by Beyonce! On May 21, Page Six reported that Mary-Kate Olsen rented a $325,000-a-month home in the Hamptons for the summer on the heels of her May divorce filing. The former "Full House" star split from her husband of four years, banker Olivier Sarkozy, in the spring. In divorce documents, she said she wanted access to their home in the Hamptons and two apartments in Manhattan. But in the meantime, she just rented another Hamptons home. Must be nice!
Jeff Bezos can now add "owner of the most expensive residential property in California" to his list of achievements! In February, news broke revealing that the Amazon founder and CEO shelled out $255 million for two lavish L.A. properties that he and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez will reportedly call home. The business and media mogul bought the nine-acre Warner estate in Beverly Hills from fellow mogul David Geffen for $165 million — a record-breaking deal for L.A. and the whole state. In addition to this mansion, Jeff also picked up the neighboring Enchanted Hill estate for $90 million. According to TMZ, Jeff didn't use a real estate agent for the Warner house. Shelling out $255 million on property? We can't even imagine!
Stars really have the ability to do just about anything for their significant other. "Flip or Flop" star Tarek El Moussa pulled out all the stops for his now-fiancée, "Selling Sunset" star Heather Rae Young, this year. In March, Tarek told Us Weekly about the most romantic gesture he's ever made. "I'd say the most romantic thing was over Valentine's Day, we shut down a park in Hawaii, actually where they filmed "Jurassic Park," and I rented a helicopter for the day to fly across the ocean and fly across the island," he told the outlet. They landed the helicopter in the middle of the park, which was closed off just for them — but that's not all he did. "I had a chef come out and cook us a chef meal in the middle of the park." Seriously, talk about a grand gesture!
Stars are nothing like us… because they get their vocal cords insured! In May, Hank Azaria — who's long voiced numerous characters on "The Simpsons" including Moe, the Comic Book Guy and police chief Wiggum (he announced in early 2020 that he'd no longer voice Apu because the character reinforces negative stereotypes) — revealed that he made the decision to insure his vocal cords after a scary incident. "My voice blows out rather easily, so I have to watch it," he told talk show host and former "The Simpsons" writer Conan O'Brien during the #ConanAtHome series. "I was having a rough time in my life, and I got into a screaming match. I totally blew out my voice, and it didn't come back for almost two weeks. I scared myself so bad that I actually got my vocal cords insured. Really." Hank also reflected on how grateful he is to work on the Matt Groening series. "When you think about the revenue I am lucky enough to bring in through 'The Simpsons'… That was a long time ago. A lot of money would have gone bye-bye if I couldn't make voices."
Gotta catch 'em all! On Oct. 10, TMZ reported that former rapper Logic dropped a cool $226,000 on a very rare Pokemon card: a first edition Charizard. According to Twitter account @Cardhops, the "Sucker for Pain" hitmaker set a new record with his purchase. "A PSA 10 Base Set 1st Edition Charizard just sold at auction with an ending bid of $183, 812.00 via @IconicAuctions. Including the 20% buyer's premium, the total transaction value exceeds $220k," read the tweet announcing the sale. "As of now, this is the highest known sale of the card."
Does Madison Beer win the award for best boss ever? For her personal assistant's 30th birthday, the singer-songwriter gave her employee quite the gift — a brand new Mercedes-Benz C300! According to TMZ, the birthday surprise happened in February after Madison and some friends went out to dinner to celebrate her assistant's big 3-0. Madison was seen pulling out the car key fob — and her assistant was beyond shocked! The singer is reportedly very close to her employee, who'd said that owning a white Mercedes-Benz was a dream of hers. The luxury vehicle is estimated to cost more than $50,000. We love Madison's generosity!
Only a celebrity would dispute their reported net worth with Forbes. In April, the magazine reported that Kanye West had officially become hip hop's second billionaire (after JAY-Z) thanks to an estimated net worth that had built up to $1.3 billion. However, Kanye quickly disputed that figure, insisting that it was less than his actual net worth of $3.3 billion. According to Forbes writer Zack O'Malley Greenburg, the "Jesus Is King" rapper texted him personally to accuse the business publication of "toying" with him. "It's $3.3 billion since no one at Forbes knows how to count," Kanye claimed. However, Zack pushed back on Kanye's assertion in another article and even likened him to President Donald Trump: "Welcome to the 10-digit club, Kanye. You may not like our number, but you've joined the highest company in that regard."
Imagine having a fortune this big! On May 13, MailOnline reported that singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the U.K.'s richest musician under 30. At the time, the 29-year-old had a net worth of £200 million (which is about $244 million), according to the Sunday Times Rich List. And he isn't the only familiar name who made the exclusive list — singer Harry Styles was in second place while fellow former One Direction members Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik took third through seventh places.
In April, Oprah Winfrey took to Instagram to announce that she'd be making a $10 million donation to contribute to coronavirus relief efforts. And, in partnership with Apple, $1 million of her donation would go to the Leonardo DiCaprio co-created America's Food Fund. "I was struck by the work these organizations are doing and while everyone's priority right now is to stay safer at home, I know there are many of us looking for ways to help," she began. "I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up."
In February, Nicolas Cage was spotted with new girlfriend Riko Shibata at New Orleans' oldest cemetery, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. The reason for the trip? The "Face Off" actor's nine-foot future tomb is there! The towering pyramid-shaped structure has the Latin words "omnia ab uno" inscribed on it, which in English translates to "Everything from One." Leave it to a big-time celebrity to plan ahead in one of the most extravagant (and peculiar) ways possible.
In April, Pink took to social media to reveal that she and 3-year-old son Jameson had tested positive for the coronavirus. They've since made a full recovery. The singer also shared that she would be donating $1 million to fund coronavirus relief efforts. "In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontlines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center," she wrote. "Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund." She ended her post by thanking healthcare professionals and "everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones."
As a means of raising money for Camp Rainbow Gold, an Idaho children's cancer charity, Keanu Reeves in June auctioned off a 15-minute virtual date with him to take place in July via the Zoom video conferencing app. The special one-on-one with the "John Wick" star was valued at $10,000 but that starting bid was quickly exceeded with an anonymous winning bid of a whopping $75,200!
Most people generally gift the women in their lives flowers and chocolates for Mother's Day, but not Julianne Hough: She gave mom Marriann a house! "This is yours, Mom," the actress-dancer said in a heartwarming May Instagram video showcasing the big surprise, which left her mom beyond elated (she even hugged the tree in the front yard!). "My mother has given given given….. it's now time for her to receive," Julianne captioned the slideshow of videos and a photo. "Happy Mother's Day Momma!" If only we too could give such extravagant gifts to the people we love!
Drake unveiled his 50,000-square-foot mansion, which he calls "The Embassy," in a springtime issue of Architectural Digest, which hit the internet in April. The multimillion-dollar "modern Art Deco" home — which includes a 4,000-pound black marble bathtub, an NBA regulation-sized basketball court and a 3,200-square-foot master suite — is in Toronto. "Because I was building it in my hometown, I wanted the structure to stand firm for 100 years. I wanted it to have a monumental scale and feel," the rapper said. "It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong." The "God's Plan" hitmaker teamed up with Canadian architectural and interior designer Ferris Rafauli to bring his vision to life. "In form, materials, and execution, the structure is a proper 19th-century limestone mansion. But the exterior profiles are more minimal and the lines are a bit cleaner," Ferris explained. "This isn't stucco, paint and fake gold. That's not what Drake wanted, and that's not what I do." From the Bösendorfer grand piano designed by Takashi Murakami (who famously created Kanye West's "Graduation" album art) to the replica of Lobmeyr's chandelier designed for the Metropolitan Opera in 1963 that contains more than 20,000 pieces of hand-cut Swarovski crystal, the Grammy-winning rapper described his manor as "overwhelming high luxury."
Priyanka Chopra is one celebrity who stepped up her quarantine looks. Though she wore comfy clothes around the house, she also walked around in Christian Louboutin heels! The actress told InStyle in May that she enjoyed wearing her luxurious heels with her casual ensembles. "They look good with sweatpants!" she shared of the nearly $700 patent-leather pumps with a trademark red sole that she owns in high, mid and low heels. "The first time I had ever worn Christian's shoes was for a shoot. I had just watched "Sex and the City" and I was like, 'These are SJP's!' I was really excited about it. If you want to feel a little bit more normal right now, you wear an amazing pair of Louboutins with your sweatshirt, put your hair down, add some red lipstick — and you're dressed up for dinner." Louboutins and a sweatsuit? Talk about a celeb-only fashion statement!
Stars are nothing like us… because their missing pets are found by famous lifestyle icons! In March, Justin Bieber took to Instagram to share that one of his two exotic house cats ran away and was nowhere to be found. However, a few weeks later, he was told that his feline named Sushi had been found. "Almost a month ago, my pal sushi decided to run away, after weeks passing by [my wife] Hailey and began to lose hope that our baby was gone :(," he wrote. "Yesterday we got a call that somebody found our baby.. it had made it Miles and miles away! He looks extremely skinny and has a very sad miow, he is home now safe and sound! Thank you god for protecting him!" Lifestyle guru Sandra Lee shared a heartfelt post of her own, which revealed that she was the person who found Sushi. "Guess what walked into my back yard last night? My best friend and I Had no idea what it was or who's it was," she wrote in a lengthy caption. "The cat almost darted away, then all of a sudden It was all over us, so very thin, very emaciated but so sweet. And it was so beautiful … I was thinking…..That is not an ordinary cat. THE CAT LOOKS LIKE A BABY LYNX!" She went on to explain that while she wished to adopt the cat for herself, she now considers herself an aunty to Sushi. "I am Aunt Sandy to Bieber Baby Lynx of a cat!" she excitedly wrote.
Can you imagine not doing your own house cleaning for decades?! In March, "The Real Housewives of New York City" star Ramona Singer took to Instagram to post a video of herself mopping the floor — the first time she'd done it in 45 years — while wearing a lacy nightgown. "Whelp what can I say… not taking any chances over here so had to do away with the housecleaning service," she wrote. When "RHONY" co-star Dorinda Medley commented on how she was "mopping the wrong way," the reality star replied, "Doing the best I can haven't mopped in 45 yrs… and they changed them… lol 😂." Really though, we can't relate!
If you don't use your celebrity status to snag free tickets to a Jonas Brothers concert, you're doing it wrong! In January, Aubrey Plaza visited "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" where she recounted how she slid into Joe Jonas's Instagram DMs to get tickets to the Las Vegas stop on his band's "Happiness Begins" tour. Aubrey's sister is a huge JoBros fan, "So I DMed him and was like, 'I know you don't know me, but I want to take my sister to your concert for her birthday and would you let us in? I don't know how this works," she shared. "So then he responded to me right away, very sweetly responded to me, and said, 'Absolutely, I got you, girl. I got you in!'" According to the "Parks and Recreation" actress, after the show, she and her sister ended up hanging out with Jonas Brothers all night!
Ryan Tedder — singer, songwriter, record producer and… real estate mogul? In January, it was reported that the OneRepublic vocalist was among the investors who spent $38 million to buy the famed Walgreens building that's right across the street from the Park MGM on the Las Vegas Strip. (Fellow investors in the deal include the Chainsmokers.) This isn't the first commercial purchase the music star has made, though — Ryan told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he has properties throughout the United States and that his investment group is "very methodical." He also shared how special this business venture is for him and how different it is from the music business. "With my real estate portfolio, nobody touches it," he shared. In Nevada alone, Ryan has purchased an office building near Vegas's McCarran International Airport for $30.75 million, another in the city's northwest valley for $9 million and a building in nearby Henderson, Nevada, for $19.45 million. Only a star could simultaneously have an award-winning music career and a wildly impressive real estate portfolio!
Reports revealed that Taylor Swift donated a whopping $1 million to help fund relief efforts after a tornado tore through Nashville in March. "Nashville is my home and the fact that so many people have lost their homes and so much more in Middle Tennessee is devastating to me," the "Lover" singer wrote in an Instagram Story. "I've made a donation to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund," she continued. According to CNN, a representative from the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, which assists with the rebuilding of communities in the affected areas, confirmed that Taylor had indeed donated a large amount to their organization.
We love an animal lover! According to a January report from DailyMail.com, Robert Downey Jr.'s love for creatures transcends his role in the 2020 film "Dolittle," as he's transformed his Malibu estate into a sanctuary for animals. The actor purchased the sprawling span of land in 2009 for $13.4 million and has since cultivated a wildlife refuge with specified areas to accommodate various types of animals including goats, alpacas, cows and chickens. The "Iron Man" star frequently takes to Instagram to post photos of his animals safely roaming and enjoying their new home.
Bachelor Nation star Amanda Stanton received backlash from fans after she drove to another state amidst the coronavirus pandemic to get her hair done. The reality TV star took to social media to share a series of Instagram Story posts documenting her journey from California to Arizona, where salons had reopened. In May, she defended her decision and assured fans she'd taken the necessary safety precautions. "I hadn't had my hair done since January and my hairstylist who I've been going to for years JUST opened her salon. I thought I'd rather when she JUST opened than later when more people had been there," Amanda said. "Some might think this is going to great lengths to get my hair done but honestly, I have nothing else to do and isolating for a couple of weeks when I get home was something I was willing to do. To each their own," she added. "I'm confident that I've been making responsible choices during this time and am proud of myself!"
When you're a high-profile celeb, safeguarding your personal belongings isn't a bad idea… but have you ever heard of a celebrity needing security to guard their underwear? Such was the case for '90s supermodel Claudia Schiffer at the height of her fame, which she recounted in ELLE UK in March. "It was insane… like being a rock star. You couldn't get to your car unless a path was carved for you. People would cut holes in the fashion tents and try to take pictures of us. We had security at every fashion show," she began. "When I was out on the runway I'd come back and constantly my underwear would be gone — my bra, my knickers… gone!" Yikes!