What does Kim Kardashian think of Kanye West's Forbes interview?
In what Forbes described as "four hours of rambling interviews" with the outlet this week, Kanye West sounded off on a variety of issues that will come into play if he follows through on his July 4 tweet saying he plans to run for president. Those topics included everything from his change of heart on Donald Trump, whom he long supported, to his anti-vaccination stance to his belief Planned Parenthood was put on Earth by "white supremacists to do the devil's work." He also cited his wife, Kim Kardashian West, as a key adviser. She's a strange choice, given her take on issues like vaccinations and Planned Parenthood — which may be why she had yet to speak out about her husband's interview as of the end of the day on Wednesday, July 8. The Daily Mail cites a number of instances when Kardashian has proven she sees things quite differently than her husband with regard to the matters he discussed with Forbes. There's a 2017 "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" episode in which Kardashian publicly advocates for Planned Parenthood, for example. And back in 2013, she had her entire family get vaccinated against whooping cough. Trump, meanwhile, weighed in on the rapper's presidential bid plans in an interview with "RealClearPolitics" on Tuesday (via ET). Though he called West's announcement "very interesting" and said he has a "real voice," Trump also suggested running this year might have to be a "trial run" for 2024 for West. "It'd have to be limited to certain states, because in some states the deadline has been missed," the president said. "If he did it, he would have to view this as a trial run for what's going to happen in four years."
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Bella Hadid slams Facebook for taking down a post about her Palestinian heritage
Facebook has apologized to Bella Hadid for removing a post she shared on her Instagram Story that referenced her father's "birthplace of Palestine." According to People, Bella told fans on Tuesday that Instagram's parent company flagged an image of Mohamed Hadid's passport on which she'd written, "My baba And his birthplace of Palestine." Though the passport number was grayed out, Bella said she received an alert from the platform saying the post was removed, "because it goes against our Community Guidelines on harassment or bullying." The alert then listed examples of the kinds of things that could result in a post being taken down: "graphic violence; hate speech, harassment and bullying; and nudity and sexual activity." Responding to the company about the alert, Bella asked, "@instagram exactly what part of me being proud of my fathers birth place of Palestine is 'bullying, harassment, graphic, or sexual nudity'?" sharing a screenshot. "Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying," she asserted. "You can't erase history by silencing people. It Doesn't work like that." The next day, a rep for Facebook told People that the Palestine reference was not related to the post's removal. "To protect the privacy of our community, we don't allow people to post personal information, such as passport numbers, on Instagram. In this case the passport number was blurred out, so this content shouldn't have been removed," the statement read. "We've restored the content and apologize to Bella for the mistake." Bella responded with another post on her Story. "I am proud to be Palestinian ❤️," she told followers. "Everyone should post where their mother and fathers were born today! Remind them how proud you are of where you come from !!!"
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Drew Barrymore talks staying positive in 2020, jokes about her weight struggles
Over the years, Drew Barrymore's made positivity and optimism a way of life — and as InStyle reports in its August cover story, she's set to share those good vibes in a new format starting this fall with "The Drew Barrymore Show" on CBS. "You can't be fueled by negativity," Drew says. "That's why, to me, what's happening now in the world does not feel negative; it feels overdue. People will have different opinions about how to proceed, and based on history, there is nothing everyone in the world will agree on. But it seems like there is a collective consciousness right now — an American and global awakening. And I am a student. I'll be learning until the end of time." Learning, of course, isn't always easy or comfortable. But for Drew, "humility and perspective are vital" in difficult times, as is comedy. Her casual mention of the clean eating and rigorous Pilates workouts she adheres to is a case in point: "I have to work so hard at not being the size of a bus," she jokes. "And it's OK. That is just my journey. That is my karma. I don't know, maybe I was thin and mean in a past life." As for her recent "learning," Drew, 45, was not initially so positive about being a "single mom," teaching her two daughters at home while running her six businesses. "I felt very overwhelmed at first — and I hate feeling overwhelmed," she admits. "It was weird to be a mom and a teacher and a provider and a friend. I felt sad for a while that I was all I could offer my children. Then I realized that I had to get out from under it. I have so much empathy and patience for everyone but myself, it's sick." She laughs, then admits how easy it is to "feel bad about yourself" given the strange new pressures everyone in the world seems to be facing. "I began to self-doubt and beat myself up," she says of the early days of the pandemic. "Then I was like, 'This is temporary.' I tell my kids that too. It's not normal; it's the new normal. It's a learning curve, and, hopefully, this is all happening for a reason. Timing is everything — and this is not a time to get lost; it is a time to be found."
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Billie Eilish's parents wanted to send her to therapy for her Justin Bieber addiction
You wouldn't know it from her uber-dark songs about depression and death, but Billie Eilish's early pop music taste was pretty much focused on Justin Bieber. And by "focused," we mean "obsessed." According to Billie's mom, Maggie, she and the singer's dad, Patrick, actually wanted their daughter to see a professional about her Bieber addiction at one point. Citing Justin's "As Long As You Love Me" on the show, Maggie recalled "driving to the dance studio with Billie, playing this song, sobbing, and then driving back and sobbing," according to JustJared. "It was either 'Marina and the Diamonds' or this, sobbing," she added. "Not just this, it was all of Justin Bieber… Any Justin Bieber song, but I just happen to remember this one really well, and the video, and Billie talking to me about it, and being excited that it was coming out and just crying and crying. Everyone knows the whole Billie-Justin Bieber thing, but this song was a big part of it." Billie didn't deny she had a problem, either. "I would watch the music video for this song and just sob," she admitted. "I just want to say," Maggie noted, "we did consider taking you to therapy because you were in so much pain over Justin Bieber."
Julianne Hough posts about overcoming depression, anxiety after Brooks Laich split
In the wake of her split from Brooks Laich, Julianne Hough has been posting messages about pulling through after difficult time. "When feeling stuck, depressed, anxious or hopeless, try taking your attention off of yourself and helping someone less fortunate than you," she wrote on Monday (via Page Six) in a quote on her Instagram Story. Other Stories the "Dancing WWith the Stars" judge shared included an image of a quote that read, "Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end," and "Take note of how you speak to yourself. There's a difference between taking responsibility for your life and perpetually punishing yourself." Ultimately, though, she seemed to be staying as upbeat as possible. Sharing a meme of Leslie Jordan looking goofy and happy while twirling around a pole, Hough wrote, "This! Yup." "Me after having an emotional breakdown," the meme read. "I'm backkkkk!!!" Hough and Laich announced in late May that they were calling time on their marriage of nearly three years. The confirmation came after months of rumors suggesting they were having trouble.
Thandie Newton reveals she dropped out of 'Charlie's Angels' after racist comments from Amy Pascal
Over the course of three decades, Emmy Award-winning actress Thandie Newton has witnessed firsthand the "sexist, casually racist" behavior of some of Hollywood's biggest power players. In a new interview with Vulture, the actress, 47, reveals details — including names — about a number of those incidents, many if not all of which continue to affect her today. From a "disgusting" casting couch assault to director John Duigan's grooming and sexual abuse on the set of "Flirting," when Newton was 16 and Duigan was 39, Newton has publicly discussed some of what she was subjected to in the past. Speaking to Vulture, however, she reveals even more. Newton opens up about the "re-abuse" she suffered as a teen when press framed her sexual relationship with Duigan as an "affair. "If you're a young Black girl and you get raped, in the film business, no one's going to f—— care. You can tell whoever the f— you want, and they'll call it an affair. Until people start taking this seriously, I can't fully heal," Newton says. She also recalls declining a role in 2000's "Charlie's Angels" after a director wanted to open the film by objectifying her body — and Amy Pascal, then the head of Sony Pictures, said she'd have to tweak the movie to make Newton "believable" as a woman who's been to college. "I'm like, 'I've been to university. I went to Cambridge,'" Newton recalls. "She went, 'Yeah, but you're different.' She's like, 'Maybe there could be a scene where you're in a bar and she gets up on a table and starts shaking her booty.' She's basically reeling off these stereotypes of how to be more convincing as a Black character. Everything she said, I was like, 'Nah, I wouldn't do that.' She's like, 'Yeah, but you're different. You're different.' That was Amy Pascal. That's not really a surprise, is it? Let's face it: I didn't do the movie as a result." Pascal was ultimately fired from Sony in 2015 after an email hack revealed she and Scott Rudin has exchanged racist messages about Barack Obama's film taste. In a statement to Vulture, Pascal said she was "horrified to hear" Newton's account but that she has "no recollection" of the conversation Newton described. "I've long considered Thandie a friend," she said. "I'm thankful that I've had the chance to make movies with her; and I hope to work with her again in the future."
Johnny Depp reveals his drug use began 'around age 11'
On the first day of testimony in Johnny Depp's libel suit against News Group Newspapers (NGN), the actor was asked to discuss his early use of drugs and alcohol, which he said began when he was a child. "[The drug use started] at a very young age, when it was not a particularly stable or secure or safe home life," Depp said during the cross-examination, according to People. "My mother used to ask me to go and get her 'nerve pills' and I think I was around the age of 11 that it dawned on me that 'nerve pills' were calming her nerves, so I brought her her nerve pills and I took one and that began [my drug use]." Using substances, he added, was "the only way that I found to numb the pain." The lawsuit revolves around a story published by British tab The Sun in which Depp was called a "wife-beater," in reference to his now defunct marriage to Amber Heard, who claims he was abusive. Depp has denied her allegations, saying that in fact, she was the one who was physically abusive. The line of questioning Tuesday was apparently tied to claims Depp made in court documents alleging Heard encouraged him to use substances in spite of the fact he was in recovery from drugs and alcohol during their marriage, according to People. "It has been well reported and I have been open about my challenges with alcoholism and addiction throughout my life," he said in a witness statement, filed in December and excerpted by People. "In fact, I started drinking and taking drugs when I was still a child. I am not in any way embarrassed to say this. However, the way in which the Defendants have sought to portray this problem is not a fair or accurate reflection of the reality of addiction." He also reportedly said neither drugs nor alcohol have ever made him "undertake violence against anyone." At the hearing, Depp was also asked about an incident in which he allegedly slapped Heard three times after she laughed at his "wino forever" tattoo at one point when he'd fallen "off the wagon." He denied having hit her, according to Deadline. In February, leaked audio appeared to feature Heard describing "hitting" Depp and saying, "I can't promise I won't get physical again." The pair's divorce was finalized in 2016.
Justin Timberlake calls for confederate monuments in the south to come down
For the past month or so, white celebs have been turning over their Instagram accounts to leaders from the Black Lives Matter movement in the interest of amplifying their message. Justin Timberlake, who's shared his platform with Stacey Abrams of Fair Fight and Color for Change president Rashad Robinson, among others, turned his attention this week to the ACLU and its support of the removal of confederate statues. "A lot of you know I'm from Tennessee . …a state that happens to be the home of many many confederate monuments," Justin posted on Tuesday. "When we protest racism in America, people think we are protesting America itself. Why is that the reaction?" he continued. "Because America was built by men who believed in and benefited from racism. Plain and simple. This is when you hear 'But that's all in the past'. So let's be clear… those men who proudly owned and abused Black people are STILL celebrated all over the country." Justin went on to note that more than half of the country's "roughly 1,848 confederate statues" are in the south, a fact he called unacceptable. "No one should be protecting the legacies of confederate leaders and slave owners," he wrote. "If we plan to move forward, these monuments must come down. But let's remember: Removing these statues does not erase our country's vile history of oppression — removing them is a symbol of respect for Black people in America and it's a step towards progress and actual equality for all." The post also included a video from the ACLU of a talk by ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffrey Robinson, who also leads the ACLU Center for Justice. "Please follow them," he added, "and learn more about the history of the monuments in your own states and counties." The post has already garnered more than 1 million views — as well as praise from Jamie Foxx, who wrote in the comments, "Means a lot to have u shine ur light bro!!!! 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾."
Duchess Meghan was 'actively prevented from responding' to 'untrue' tabloid coverage: Report
Last week, court documents in Duchess Meghan's lawsuit against Associated Newspapers and the Mail on Sunday revealed the former "Suits" star felt silenced by the royal family as British tabloids ran "untrue" stories about her relationship with her father. Now, a People source close to Meghan and Prince Harry is elaborating on Meghan's experience at the time and what she found so "frustrating" about the situation. "The go-to position [at the palace] was no comment or to ignore stories, and people actively prevented her from responding to stuff that we knew to be untrue," said the source. The source also notes that claims made in the documents are not "about individuals," presumably in the royal family, but rather "about the [institution] as a whole and its practices." Meanwhile, a source "with close knowledge" of how Kensington Palace operates under such media scrutiny, says "the palace teams" have found that "when things go wrong — particularly on private life matters — quite often any action taken with the media makes it worse."
Amanda Kloots reflects on what she'll miss most about Nick Cordero
As Amanda Kloots mourns the death of her husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, she's looking back at the many things that made him such a "special man" in her eyes. "He was everyone's friend," she shares with People of her late husband, who died at 41 Sunday from complications related to COVID-19. "We taught each other things, challenging each other to grow. We loved to sing and dance wherever we were. Just looking at him doing the simplest things would bring a smile to my face," she continued. "As a husband I don't think a day went by that he didn't say to me, 'I'm the luckiest,'" she added. "Words can't describe how much I will miss him, his presence, his voice. I'm heartbroken." Kloots, an actress and fitness expert, married Cordero in 2017. The couple welcomed their son Elvis in 2019, a moment Cordero marked on Instagram, telling friends and followers Elvis is "the light of our lives."