Tarek El Moussa rings in his 38th b-day with Heather Rae Young
Happy birthday, Tarek El Moussa! The newly minted 38-year-old celebrated his Aug. 21 milestone this week on camera with his new girlfriend, Heather Rae Young, and the "Flip or Flop" crew, who presented Tarek with a cake. Sharing a video from the sweet moment on his Instagram after a romantic dinner with Heather at BOA Steakhouse in Los Angeles, Tarek gushed that it had been, "the happiest birthday I've had in many years," adding, "I'm so grateful for everything I have in my life! Thank you all🙏🙏🙏😊." Heather, who also hosts a reality show about real estate ("Selling Sunset"), posted about Tarek's big day as well, writing: "Happy happy happy birthday @therealtarekelmoussa. Since you came into my life I haven't stopped smiling. When I'm with you the world stops. So excited to share your special day with you." In the comments, Tarek replied that he's the "luckiest guy alive!" Tarek's ex, Christina Anstead, is feeling pretty lucky herself. She recently started maternity leave in anticipation of the birth of her first child with new husband Ant Anstead. She's called the pregnancy a "miracle," given her 2009 polycystic ovary diagnosis, a condition she was told would keep her from having more children.
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JWoww addresses divorce from Roger Mathews, explosive fight on camera
Last month, Jenni "JWoww" Farley and her ex, Roger Mathews, put their problems aside and came together to celebrate their daughter, Meilani's 5th birthday. Instagram posts from the party surprised some fans, given the explosive fight they'd had a few months prior. While Roger posted on Instagram about the argument and subsequent police involvement, Jenni said little to nothing in public on the matter. Now, she's opening up about what happened on this week's "Jersey Shore: Family Vacation." A preview clip for the Thursday, Aug. 22 episode shows JWoww discussing the situation with Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, telling her friend she "thought silence was for the greater good" and that she felt it was wrong of him to post about their fight on social media. "As bad as our relationship got, I stayed f—ing quiet, because that's what you're supposed to do. So to me, the ultimate betrayal is the fact that he went public," she says, according to Us Weekly. In the videos Roger posted, he claims JWoww began "hysterically shouting" at him and said she would call the cops on him during a fight about whether she could or should return to work. A few of the videos were shot in the back of a police car. At the time, Roger said police had removed him from his home in the middle of the night. He also alleged she'd told their two children "their dad is a piece of s— and she's sorry she ever had children with him," calling her "emotional and irrational." The videos surfaced three months after JWoww filed for divorce. "I didn't want to talk about it publicly, out of respect for my children," she tells the show's producers in the clip. "So when those videos came out, I feel like it was a really, really low blow by Roger." The clip also shows Snooki defending her friend as she had when the whole thing happened. "Everyone was attacking Jenni for keeping the kids away from Roger, when that's not even the truth," Snooki tells the cameras. "Little does anybody know, Jenni let Roger stay in the house after she filed for divorce so he could still be with the kids. But he would start fights in front of the children. So finally, enough is enough, she called the cops and said, 'You've got to get out.' But she never said Roger can't see his kids." When JWoww reappears on camera, she adds: "People think that I had him arrested — not even the case," before telling Snooki, "I just want this to calm down because I'm in the public eye, and I don't want this to get out of control. At the end of the day, he's still the father of my kids. Gotta keep it together."
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Beth and Dog Chapman's daughter, Bonnie, reflects on her father's great love for her late mom
Beth Chapman's family is still working through their feelings of loss two months after the reality star died of cancer at age 51. In a new interview with Survivor.Net, Beth and Duane "Dog" Chapman's 20-year-old daughter Bonnie Chapman opens up about some of the memories that keep returning as she and her dad, in particular, continue to grieve. "As larger than life as my mother was, she loved her moments of quiet. I just hope that she's getting that quiet right now," Bonnie says. She also admits her father can't stop thinking about her mom's last moments. "My mom was naked in the bathroom and told my dad to look at her. And he goes, 'I am looking at you.' And she goes, 'No, look at me.' And then she was standing there and she started gasping. And my sister came into the room, and they called 911 immediately. And that was the last moment that we really saw her completely conscious," she recalls. Bonnie was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017 and after treatment, went into remission. The cancer came back in 2018, though, spreading to her lungs. "My dad had a love for her that was constantly growing stronger and stronger," Bonnie says. "And it really showed her like, 'He is really here for me. He is going to take care of me until my very last days.' It was really nice to see her take comfort in that my dad was always gonna be there." Adding that Dog would "tell her that she looked like an Egyptian goddess" even as she grew sicker, Bonnie muses: "He just loved her so much, and I'm really proud of him for sticking with her until the very last moments. That's what she needed. She needed someone who loved her as much as my dad did. You know, I think that she truly feels that love now."
Chrissy Teigen slams troll for bra comment
Oh, silly Internets. Don't even bother taking on Chrissy Teigen in the wit department on social media. The swimsuit model's latest foray into Clapback Land came this week after she posted a photo of herself on Instagram that showed her wearing a revealing burgundy jumper, making a funny face in a toy store on Wednesday, Aug. 21. "What do you think I'm looking at?" she captioned the shot. "A bra, girl get you one!" replied a commenter. Chrissy's response? "Allow me to save you from my titties." Hundreds of others replied to that, many with laughter and support. But plenty of folks also kept the bra comments coming, to which Chrissy wrote simply, "LOL LOL LOL LOL OMG LOL LOL," as supporters rolled their collective eyes and asked questions like how it was that so many women were pointing out her lack of a bra. "… y'all are just jealous that you don't have the confidence to do it too because we all know bras are the worst thing in existence," wrote one user. "I saw this and thought 'thank you Chrissy for putting up a picture of you without a bra and a low v neck line to make us big boobed girls to feel SAFE to do the same thing' then saw comments of women telling her to put one on!!! What the actual F mannn, I think this is incredible," wrote another. Later, Chrissy seemed to get the last laugh as usual — by sharing a video of herself in the same outfit, riding a toy horse down a sliding board into a pile of plastic balls … as her boobs spill wayyyyy out of her jumper. "Whoopsie daisy," Chrissy wrote.
Kanye West's 2009 'Imma let you finish dis' left both Taylor Swift and Beyonce in tears
At the risk of celebrating bad behavior, Billboard has pointed out for you MTV Video Music Awards history buffs that it has now been a full decade since Kanye West infamously jumped onstage to ruin Taylor Swift's moment at the 2009 VMAs when she tried to accept the Moonman for the best female artist's video. 'Ye's "Imma let you finish but" dis, in which he stepped on Taylor's "You Belong With Me" win to announce that Bey's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" was "one of the best videos of all time," ate up the time Taylor would have used to complete her speech. We knew that when "Single Ladies" won the award for Video of the Year, making Kanye's interruption even more unnecessary, Bey invited Taylor onstage to finish her speech because you don't get to be the queen of everything without being a class act. What Billboard can now reveal, however, is that Kanye's gaffe left both Taylor and Beyonce in tears backstage. In a recent interview with the mag, Viacom president Van Toffler said he remembered the Kanye moment like this: "I walk behind the stage—and sure enough, there is Beyoncé and her dad, and she is crying. … [Beyonce] was like, 'I didn't know this was going to happen, I feel so bad for her,'" he continued. "And that's when it started to click in my head and maybe hers, about potentially having the whole arc play out in that one night. At some point, I let her know that she was probably going to be up on the podium at the end of the show for an award. And wouldn't it be nice to have Taylor come up and have her moment then?…I would normally not say anything, but I had two crying artists." While Mr. Music Suit may be giving himself undue credit for what was likely Beyonce's Southern-bred instinctual politeness here, it seems worth noting that 'Ye's move left both singers weepy and confused. The 2019 MTV VMAs air Monday, Aug. 26. Here's hoping it's a tear-free affair.
Duchess Meghan surprises capsule collection team at photo shoot for the new line
Duchess Meghan is giving fans a peek at the forthcoming workwear collection she's launching in collaboration with Smart Works. On Instagram this week, the charity-focused royal shared photos from a shoot she was working on in London on Aug. 21. Us Weekly reports the capsule collection will include black dresses and button-ups, among other pieces designed by the likes of Mark & Spencer, John Lewis, Jigsaw and Misha Nonoo for women just starting to enter the workforce. "Meghan surprised everyone at Smart Works when she showed up for the shoot," a source told BAZAAR.com. Speaking to British Vogue earlier this summer, royal expect Omid Scobie said the collection will "sell on a one-for-one basis," meaning that "for each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to charity."
Bethenny Frankel thanks fans for supporting her on 'RHONYC' as she says 'goodbye' to the show
Bethenny Frankel addressed news she's leaving "The Real Housewives of New York City" in a long Instagram post to fans on Wednesday, Aug. 21. "I am so grateful to you for sticking with me through everything. You started this journey with me in my tiny apartment in my late 30s, wondering what would happen to me. I was broke, single, had no family and no idea what the future held," she began, looking back on her years on the show, which began in 2008 — with a salary of just over $7000 for the whole season. "I had big dreams and I never stopped, but I honestly didn't know if I would ever get here. You helped me to get here," she continued, likely referencing her successful Skinnygirl empire and daughter, Bryn Hoppy. "I would read your letters and messages and grow from your struggles. You would give me your honest opinion about my products and projects and helpful advice about divorce, relationships, motherhood, miscarriages, health, and surviving the death of a loved one and almost my own. You have shared your ideas with me and I have been inspired by and learned from you," Bethenny wrote. "I am fortunate to have created a business and career that some people only dream of. I had a beautiful baby girl who is now 9 years old, and she has changed me as a human being. I was able to give back and help people all over the world who have been hit with the worst of unforeseen circumstances, which we will all continue together," she continued, before giving fans some advice: "GO for it. Whatever it is. Reach for your dreams in life and love and make the impossible happen, because it can happen and it WILL happen. Come from a place of yes and it's yours for the taking." Finally, she thanked users for their "love and support," assured fans they "haven't seen the last of" her and quipped, "PS: New York City is still my playground," using the tagline that appeared when she was first introduced.
Ramona Singer says she's 'disappointed' Bethenny Frankel didn't tell 'RHONYC' cast she was leaving
One person who seems to have less warm and fuzzy vibes about Bethenny Frankel's departure from "The Real Housewives of New York City" is Ramona Singer, who told People this week that while she "respects" Bethenny's choice to move on, she's uncomfortable about the fact Bethenny didn't tell the rest of the cast she was leaving. "Bethenny found love in her life, and it's so fantastic that she'll be taking the time to grow that relationship away from the cameras and to explore other business opportunities," Ramona said. "I'm only disappointed that Bethenny did not inform her costars that she's not coming back to the show. …When she left in season 4, we found out through the press she was doing her spinoff, Bethenny Getting Married. She was upset we never congratulated her, but we were upset she never told us! And that's how we feel now. There is a camaraderie among us as a cast. Love us, hate us, not like us — we are a team. To hear this from the press and not through her is upsetting," she explained. Though she said she wishes her "well," Ramona added, "The show's a machine and it will continue on. We're all just a cog in the wheel. No one is irreplaceable."
Cara Delevingne praises Taylor Swift for her decision to rerecord music sold to Scooter Braun
You can count Cara Delevingne among the celebs supporting Taylor Swift's decision to rerecord the early songs she wrote that Scooter Braun bought when he plunked down a reported $300 million for Big Machine Records. "She's one of those women who [is] just relentless, endless fire," Cara told ET this week. "[She's] not biting to draw blood, but biting when you need to bite. You need to stand up for yourself…. you're defending yourself and being who you are and that's what I love about her." She added: "That's what I'll always respect about her, that innate strength and wisdom. If you're an artist and you make things, it's yours at the end of the day, so own it." Taylor previously wrote an impassioned rant about the sale, saying Scooter had spent years bullying her.
Dave Chappelle to host free event in Dayton to help residents 'reclaim' community after shooting
As residents of Dayton, Ohio, continue dealing with the aftermath of the shooting that killed 9 and left 17 injured there on Aug. 4, Dave Chappelle is doing what he can to help make the community where the shooting took place feel like home again. Page Six reports the comic is hosting a free party on Saturday, Aug. 24, that will only be open to residents of the city. Dubbed "Gem City Shine," the gathering is intended to "honor the lives lost and to reclaim the community's favorite places to shop, dine and enjoy time with family and friends," according to a Facebook event page. Though there is technically no entry fee, there is a $20 minimum donation that's earmarked for the tragedy fund at the Dayton Foundation. Dave and his family reportedly live about 20 miles outside the city.