Music star feud

Azealia Banks beefs with Rihanna on Instagram amid epic immigration-ban rant

What's one music star to do when another starts a big ol' beef on Instagram?

Clap back, of course!

On Jan. 29, outspoken rapper Azealia Banks started sharing her thoughts on President Donald Trump's polarizing immigration ban that affects people from Muslim-majority countries, offering an expletive-filled and racially charged treatise revealing why she feels it's necessary (though she also says it's "terrible" and she doesn't agree with it) and calling it "a precautionary measure."

In a moment of irony, she also made it clear that she thinks people shouldn't listen to celebrities, "who are using their influence to stir the public." This is when she called out Rihanna, who one day earlier had tweeted her dismay over Trump's executive order.

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"Disgusted! The news is devastating! America is being ruined right before our eyes! What an immoral pig you have to be to implement such BS!!" Rihanna had tweeted on Jan. 28.

Azealia (who's from Harlem) called out RiRi (who's from Barbados) for not being a U.S. citizen and not having the ability to vote.

Azealia, 25, went on to describe the West vs. Middle East war as "an extension of the crusades" and said she "was in west Africa killing chickens and being primitive while y'all was over there arguing about who the savior is. Please miss me with all of this s—. Pass me a chicken and leave me the f— alone!"

Then Rihanna, 28, responded: "the face you make when you a immigrant 🇧🇧," she captioned a black-and-white photo of herself on Instagram, adding the hashtags #stayawayfromthechickens #iheartnuggets and #saveourhens."

Azealia kept going, accusing Rihanna — in far more colorful language than we're using here — of being a trashy, brainless drug abuser who trades sex for songwriting help.

Rihanna clapped back again, posting an Instagram photo of a man in a red T-shirt with a star-spangled hood over his head with the caption, "the face you make when you screaming in an empty room."

The rapper quickly hit back, reposting the image with the comment, "You're clearly listening and responding to each and every post. These pop stars love me."

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A few audio posts followed in which the rapper pointed out some inconsistencies in Rihanna's chicken logic and pleaded with her to read some books because she's "dumb."

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"212" rapper Azealia is famous for her relentless social media hits and epic celeb feuds with everyone from Russell Crowe and Sarah Palin to Zayn Malik, T.I., Kendrick Lamar, Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, ASAP Rocky and… many, many more.

Twitter Nix

Lea Michele deactivates her Twitter amid bullying over Naya Rivera, bad behavior allegations

On Sunday, July 12, multiple outlets noticed Lea Michele's Twitter account had been deleted, leaving only a note from Twitter on her @leamichele page that read, "This account does not exist."

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The change left fans debating why the former "Glee" star went offline — and there are a host of possible reasons, not least of which is the flood of bad on-set behavior accusations Lea faced on social media after she tweeted about George Floyd's death in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Lea has since apologized at length for her behavior, acknowledging in a statement on social media that she "hurt people" and suggesting that her "perceived" insensitivity could have been due to what she called "my privileged position and perspective" or "just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult."

It's also an emotional time for the cast of "Glee," who have been mourning the presumed death of their onetime colleague, Naya Rivera, following her disappearance on California's Lake Piru Wednesday.

According to Metro and JustJared, Lea was criticized over the past few days for not publicly addressing Naya's presumed death. A number of the criticisms apparently referenced what Naya once called her "difficult" working relationship with Lea.

"We are both strong willed and competitive – not just with each other but with everyone – and that's not a good mixture," Naya wrote in her book, "Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Ups."

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She explained that when her "Glee" character became more central to the plot of the show, she got the impression "Lea didn't like sharing the spotlight."

"If I'd complained about anyone or anything, she'd assumed I was bitching about her," Naya wrote. "Soon, she started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn't say a word to me for all of Season 6."

But as recently as May, the two seemed to be on better terms. Naya even congratulated Lea when she posted that she was expecting her first child.

Either way — but especially if Lea and Naya had agreed to make up and move forward — it would likely be painful for Lea to read trolls' takes on her relationship with Naya as authorities in Ventura County, California, continued to search for her.

Naya's disappearance comes at a particularly rough time of year for Lea, too.

Monday, July 13, marks the seventh anniversary of the death of Lea's then-boyfriend and "Glee" costar, Cory Monteith, who struggled with addiction issues for years before he died of an accidental drug and alcohol overdose.

For the past two years, Lea's used Twitter to memorialize her former love on the anniversary of his passing, writing in 2018, "There are some who bring a light so great to the world, that even after they have gone, the light remains."

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As of Sunday, the search for Naya was ongoing. Her 4-year-old son Josey, who was found alone on the pontoon boat he had gone out on with his mother, is reportedly "in good health" and with his father, Naya's ex, Ryan Dorsey.

Saying Goodbye

Amanda Kloots hosts memorial for Nick Cordero

One week after Broadway star Nick Cordero died of COVID-19-related complications, his wife Amanda Kloots, who documented her husband's long and harrowing battle with the disease on social media, shared highlights from the "small memorial" she held for Nick "with close family and friends" on Saturday, July 11, on Instagram.

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"I said, 'Nick would have wanted this to be a celebration,'" Amanda told followers, sharing a photo of herself smiling as Elvis, the 13-month-old son she shares with Nick, smiled while sitting on his mom's shoulders.

"Let's try to laugh, share great stories and sing for him and to his memory.' He would have loved it. It was beautiful and perfect. His spirit was definitely there."

Amanda, a fitness instructor, shared that those who gathered listened to "I'm Here," from "The Color Purple," which she recalled having seen with Nick. It made them both emotional, she said, which then made the reality of his passing really sink in.

"Nick and I saw this show on Broadway years ago and we left the theater in tears, speechless. As it was being played last night the lyrics in the second half of the song hit me hard," she wrote. "Truly, I am scared. Scared of my new normal, of the pain, the loss and being strong enough to get through it. But, I know Nick is up above routing for me, believing in me and hoping for me."

She went on to say she knows her late husband, "wants me to LIVE this new life and he wants me to be the best version of myself for our son I promised him in the hospital that I would try to do that," adding that that's why hearing the lyrics to "I'm Here" inspired her to always play the song going forward when she's "doubting if I can get through this."

Giving herself the space to make mistakes along the way, she continued: "This is a long journey ahead and a down road I never thought I'd be on. No one can tell me how to do it, I have to do it."

She then shared the lyrics of the song for anyone else out there who may also be "in need of a motto," as deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic top 137,000 in the U.S.

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We had a small memorial yesterday with close family and friends. I said, "Nick would have wanted this to be a celebration. Let's try to laugh, share great stories and sing for him and to his memory." He would have loved it. It was beautiful and perfect. His spirit was definitely there. We listened to the song, I'm Here, from The Color Purple. Nick and I saw this show on Broadway years ago and we left the theater in tears, speechless. As it was being played last night the lyrics in the second half of the song hit me hard. Truly, I am scared. Scared of my new normal, of the pain, the loss and being strong enough to get through it. But, I know Nick is up above routing for me, believing in me and hoping for me. He wants me to LIVE this new life and he wants me to be the best version of myself for our son. I promised him in the hospital that I would try to do that. So, when I heard these lyrics yesterday I thought, "Ok. When I'm doubting if I can get through this, I'm playing this song. It will be my motto." This is a long journey ahead and a down road I never thought I'd be on. No one can tell me how to do it, I have to do it. I may do things right, I may do them wrong. There isn't a perfect way. One day, one step at a time. I have faith that God is leading the way and that Nick is our angel. In case you don't know this song and are also in need of a motto, here are the lyrics. Do yourself a favor by listening to @cynthiaerivo sing it. "I'm gonna take a deep breath. Gonna hold my head up. Gonna put my shoulders back, And look you straight in the eye. I'm gonna flirt with somebody When they walk by. I'm gonna sing out . . . Sing out. I believe I have inside of me Everything that I need to live a bountiful life. With all the love alive in me I'll stand as tall as the tallest tree. And i'm Thankful for everyday that i'm given, Both the easy and hard ones i'm livin'. But most of all I'm thankful for Loving who I really am. I'm beautiful. Yes, I'm beautiful, And I'm here."

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Amanda's memorial post comes just days after she shared a video on her Instagram Story where she tearfully wondered aloud how she should deal with the grief that's been consuming her.

"When you're grieving and you're going through something like this, and you go through your day, you feel almost sometimes like 'Am I allowing myself to grieve? Am I allowing myself to acknowledge what's happened and … what these last three months of my life has been?'" she asked, according to People. "I just start to question myself about everything that I'm experiencing right now."

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As Nick neared what would be the end of his life at age 41 on July 5, loved ones set up a GoFundMe to help Amanda and her young son with medical bills and more.

It has far surpassed its $480,000 goal. As of Sunday, the page had raised more than $1 million for the grieving family.

Police Visit

Cardi B films police checking in on her daughter's 2nd birthday party

From the LOL Doll cutouts adorning the slides above a ball pit to the birthday girl-themed safety face masks (and cocktails for grown-up guests), Cardi B and her husband Offset clearly went all out for their daughter, Kulture's 2nd birthday party at their home on Friday, July 10.

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Ok it's time to turn up 🎀

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And while Cardi's social media posts from the bash showed everyone in great spirits — and Cardi, Kulture and Offset dressed in matching blue plaid outfits a la the LOL Dolls– the party wasn't all smooth-sailing.

According to The Daily Mail, police officers stopped by the rappers' home at one point during the evening to investigate an alleged noise complaint.

Cardi filmed a large portion of their visit.

"We was too loud I guess," she wrote on a clip shared to her Instagram Story.

The video showed officers talking to a male guest who could be heard saying in a friendly voice, "How you doing sir?"

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Ultimately, no trouble seemed to come of the police visit, and Cardi soon resumed filming her little girl and her guests having fun, digging into the five-layer, LOL Dolls-themed cake and availing themselves of the hand sanitizer pumps, temperature checking station and bedazzled "Kulture" face masks that were offered at the entrance. Signs at the door and around the outdoor bash directed guests to use sanitizer and leave their masks on for the duration of the party.

Kulture's 1st birthday bash had a moment of minor rockiness, too, when a blackout hit half of New York City, nixing the lights and music for an hour or so.

Like the police visit that resulted in no further incident this year, Cardi told social media followers last year that they everything worked out in spite of the power issues, thanks to a generator they used to turn the lights and music back on.

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"WOW how a negative situation turn into a LITUATION !!!" Cardi wrote at the time. "Omg I had soooooo much f—– fun and my daughter as well."

Pregnancy Cracks

Katy Perry jokes about her own glam shot, says she's 'waddling' ahead of due date

With her due date just around the corner, Katy Perry's had no trouble poking fun at her own appearance this week.

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While promoting her new single, "Smile," from her forthcoming album of the same name on Friday, July 10, the nearly 9-months pregnant singer, who's expecting her first child with fiance Orlando Bloom, made multiple cracks about her looks.

On Twitter, she chimed in on a fan account that had shared a glam shot of her looking perfectly coiffed, with expertly applied makeup and hair accessories that matched her black and white ensemble.

"Look at Katy Perry!" the fan account gushed. Katy, however, was unimpressed with herslelf.

"I def don't wake up like this," she assured followers, retweeting the post.

By that point in the day, she'd had some practice in the self-deprecating department.

"I am waddling like a duck," she quipped Friday morning during an interview on "Hits Radio Breakfast" (via the Daily Mail).

"I'm breathing heavily, I'm a full-on mouth-breather. And, um yeah, it's loud and obnoxious. And — oh my God — I just eat so much flavored ice! It's like put all the ice in my mouth, right now!" she added.

Katy made another crack about her pregnant bod while chatting about her new album — and new addition — on Heart Radio.

Joking that what she most looks forward to about becoming a mom is "my belly button going back," she explained her focus on her belly button is "definitely one of those things when you're not pregnant that if you observe other pregnant women you're just like, I just hope my belly button stays where it's at and it doesn't pop, I really hope I don't look like that.'"

In the same vein, she told an interviewer in May that she was "turning into Shrek, size-wise," during L.A.'s lockdown while Orlando's "pro-style cycling" hobby had him "turning into The Hulk."

Not that fans are necessarily buying Katy's claims she looks anything less than gorgeous as the couple await their daughter's arrival.

Back in late March, Katy shared a glowing selfie she shot a few weeks after the coronavirus pandemic forced her into self-isolation.

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While friends and Instagram followers marveled at how amazing her skin looks — "OMG ARE YOU 35 OR 25," one user asked — Katy was humble, writing in the comments, "blackheads and all, baby."

The singer's album, "Smile," is due out Aug. 14.

Naya Rivera's relatives visit site of her disappearance

In the wake of "Glee" star Naya Rivera's disappearance, members of her family have kept vigil at Lake Piru, where she was last seen boating with her young son.

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The actress, 33, went missing on the California lake on Wednesday, July 8. Police told reporters her 4-year-old son Josey was found alone and sleeping on the pontoon boat he'd been in with his mom. Josey said they'd been in the water earlier that day but she had not managed to get back in the boat, according to reports.

On Saturday, a tweet from ABC producer Anastasia Williams indicated that Rivera's family was staying by the water as authorities, having presumed the star dead, searched for her remains.

"@VENTURASHERIFF told press that this man and woman are Naya's mother and brother," the tweet read. "Her mother is kneeling on the dock with her arms outstretched towards the water."

Speaking to People, a spokesperson for the Ventura County Sheriff's Office confirmed that relatives of the actress had been at the site of Rivera's disappearance.

"Naya's mother and brother have been at the lake every day since Naya disappeared," a source told the magazine. "They have been in constant contact with the Sheriff's Office and involved in the search. On Saturday morning, they joined the search on a sheriff's boat."

Authorities in Ventura County have been sharing updates on social media, including footage from their sonar search that shows how muddy and difficult to see it is at the bottom of the lake.

Rivera's son Josey, whom she shared with her ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, was reportedly "in good health" when he was found. He was later reunited with relatives including his dad.

Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Kevin Donoghue has said his team does not suspect foul play, nor do they believe Rivera committed suicide.

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ABC's Williams has also tweeted that the actress was not believed to have been in "a bad state of mind," and that she was "familiar" with the lake, which she'd been to before.

"I will say that we are hopeful to find her," Donoghue said. "We want to bring peace and closure to the Rivera family. This is a tragic event."

The lake is reportedly closed to the public.

Will & Jada Dig

Will Smith slams 50 Cent for Jada Pinkett Smith jab

As Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith's explosive "Red Table Talk" episode was breaking Facebook's 24-hour viewing record late on Friday, July 10, 50 Cent took advantage of the opportunity to mock Will.

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On the latest edition of Jada's Facebook watch show, she brought herself to the "red table" to address singer August Alsina's claims that she had an affair with him — and that he had Will's blessing to do so.

Despite Will and Jada's reps' initial denials of Jada's extra-marital romance, the couple explained that they'd come to a breaking point in their marriage and had quietly separated, though they did not plan to divorce.

During that time, Jada, 48, said, she "got into an entanglement" with the then-23-year-old musician. Will, 51, pushed her to clarify the terms of that "entanglement" and she acknowledged it had been "a relationship."

Cue 50 Cent, who chimed in on social media with what appeared to be a series of private Instagram messages, though given the joke-y posts he and others have shared about the matter since, they could have also been the work of some Photoshop magic.

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"Yo Will you alright over there?" the messages show 50 asking Will.

"Yes, I'm cool, I appreciate your concern my brother," Will responds.

"But why did she tell you that s— on a show for everyone to see?" 50 asked.

Will explained, "We broke up so she did her and I did me," and 50 promptly responded that Jada then "said only SHE can [give] permission for somebody" to have sex with her, using a vaguely X-rated term in reference to Jada's comment that Will never "gave permission" to August to be with his wife because only Jada can give permission for anything she's involved in.

.. To which the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" alum allegedly replied, "F— you 50."

"Wait, what I do?" 50 asked at the end of the exchange.

Within a day, the post had more than 580,000 likes, including one from rapper Nelly, who the Daily Mail noticed gave his approval by commenting that the (maybe-real) chat deserves the "BEST COVO [sic] OF 2020 AWARD!!!!"

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Jada and Will tied the knot in 1997. Since then, they've weathered numerous rounds of split rumors.

According to the couple's rehash of the events that preceded Jada's involvement with August, they were "done" and had decided to separate for a "period of time" when August, a friend of their son Jaden's, looked to Jada for help with "his mental state."

"The outpouring for him from our family was initially about his health. We found all those different resources to help pull him through and from there you and I were going through a very difficult time."

She said that "as time went on," her relationship with August became romantic.

"I was in a lot of pain, and I was very broken. In the process of that relationship I definitely realized that you can't find happiness outside yourself," she said.

"I just wanted to feel good, It had been so long since I felt good… and it was really a joy to just help heal somebody. … Through that particular journey, I learned so much about myself and was able to really confront a lot of emotional immaturity, emotional insecurity and I was really able to do some really deep healing."

She also dispelled any thoughts about whether August was a "home wrecker," saying he was not.

"Contrary to what people may believe, I am not a troublemaker. I don't like drama. Drama actually makes me nauseous," August said during his appearance on "The Breakfast Club," where he discussed his relationship with Jada, whom he said he still loves.

"I have lost money, friendships, relationships behind it and I think it is because people don't necessarily know the truth. But I have never done anything wrong," he noted.

On "Red Table Talk," both Will and Jada later agreed they'd long since moved past the place they had been when jada was seeing August.

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Said Jada: "We have really gotten to that new place of unconditional love."

The enormously popular episode garnered more than 50 million views in less than a day, surpassing the previous Facebook Watch show record, which was set with Jordyn Woods' appearance on "Red Table Talk" in 2019, when she addressed claims she'd hooked up with Tristan Thompson, the father of Khloe Kardashian's daughter.

Legal Fee Filing

Bill Cosby owes nearly $3M in legal fees

Nearly two years into his prison sentence, Bill Cosby is mired in legal bills.

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The comic, who's serving three to 10 years behind bars after being found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a Temple University employee in 2004, still owes Los Angeles law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan $2.75 million, plus interest , for its work on his first sexual assault trial in 2017, according to Page Six.

New legal documents reviewed by the outlet on Friday, July 10, show that after a judge rejected Cosby's request to reduce the "egregious" bill in September, he has still failed to pay it off, leaving his account $2.98 million in arrears including ten percent interest.

The filing comes after Cosby, who turns 83 on Sunday, was denied access to the early release or referral to home confinement that more than 1,000 inmates in Pennsylvania became eligible for in April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokeswoman Susan McNaughton told USA Today, "inmate Cosby is not eligible for a reprieve by the governor" because he's a sex offender, news Cosby's rep Andrew Wyatt called "shocking."

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"Mr. Cosby is 82 years old, and he's blind with underlying medical conditions," Andrew Wyatt said at the time, suggesting his client is especially at risk of contracting the often deadly virus that's been widespread in prisons for months.

He could still be released early, though.

Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced it would hear "part of" Cosby's appeal of the conviction, according to the New York Times.

Though the court rejected some of the issues Cosby's attorney brought to its attention, it said it would review a trial judge's decision to include testimony from other accusers, known as "prior bad act witnesses," who said they'd also been drugged and assaulted by the comic.

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Cosby's original sentence for the 2004 incident also included a $25,000 fine.

Concerned About Kanye

Kim Kardashian is privately 'concerned' about Kanye West despite supporting him publicly

When Kanye West tweeted over the Fourth of July that he's running for president, his wife Kim Kardashian West quietly supported him by retweeting his post and adding an American flag as her only comment.

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But a few days later, as news of Kanye's "rambling" Forbes interview took over the internet, fans began speculating about the rapper and Yeezy designer's mental health.

Now, multiple outlets are reporting Kim's concerned, too, given her husband's history of suffering from bipolar disorder.

"She understands that he goes through this from time to time. He's very passionate in everything he does, which Kim respects, but she doesn't always agree with his actions," a source tells E! News.

"She knows that Kanye is very serious about running for president and she publicly supports him," the source adds.

Privately, however, Kim's response to Kanye's White House bid and bizarre Forbes interview — in which he claimed, among other things, that Planned Parenthood is "the devil's work" and that if he can't run as a Republican because of Donald Trump's candidacy, he'll run as a member of the "Birthday" party "because when we win, it's everybody's birthday" — is reportedly less positive.

"Everyone in the family is concerned when he starts acting like this," says the E! source. "They want to help him in any way they can and sincerely care about his well-being."

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On Friday, another insider echoed those sentiments in an interview with People.

"Kanye has been doing well for a long time. In the past, he has suffered both manic and depressive episodes related to his bipolar disorder. Right now, he is struggling again," the source said, implying Kanye's in a manic phase.

According to People's source, Kim is in Los Angeles with the couple's four kids while Kanye remains on his ranch in Wyoming, where the couple and their four children spent part of the past few months.

"Kim is concerned, as well as her whole family," the source added. "It's super stressful for Kim, because Kanye's behavior is very unpredictable. She is worried. The episodes usually last for a few weeks and then things go back to normal. Kim hopes it will be the same this time."

Earlier in the week, TMZ cited Kardashian-Jenner family sources who said Kanye "suffers a serious bout with his bipolar disorder" about once a year and that his family and friends "are worried, but they believe things will stabilize as they have in the past."

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Kanye began speaking publicly about his mental health issues in 2018, when he told TMZ Live he was no longer taking medication to control his bipolar disorder because he believes it interfered with his creativity.

Kim has shared how Kanye's disorder affects her family, too, telling Vogue in 2019 that "it's an emotional process," but since she and the family can sense when his "episodes [are] coming," the "know how to handle them."

She added that "traveling a lot does set him off," which might explain why he hasn't rejoined Kim and their kids in Los Angeles.

As of Saturday, July 11, Kim, who has supported Planned Parenthood, vaccinations and other topics Kanye railed against while speaking to Forbes, had not posted further about her husband's political aims.

Twitter wins

The Internet has some thoughts about Jada Pinkett Smith's 'entanglement'

Open mouth, insert… Twitter.

On Friday, Jada Pinkett Smith confirmed that she had a relationship with 27-year-old singer August Alsina, this after she initially denied it via her reps. 

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While chatting with her husband Will Smith during her Red Table Talk series this week, Jada, 48, called the romance an "entanglement," before Will made her admit it was a "relationship." They both said the romance happened while she and Will were secretly separated.

Following the confirmation, Twitter lit up and was anything but tangled.

"thanks to jada if I ever get caught cheating I can call it an 'entanglement,'" one person tweeted.

"Jada said she and August had an entanglement, not a relationship. You can't dictionary your way out of this one sis," another person said.

Many users posted memes and videos about the used of the word "entanglement."

Another user posted shared a side-by-side of a loving couple and a pair of earbud headphones. "What August saw   Vs   What Jada saw," referring to August's insinuation that he was in love with Jada.

A large swath of Twitter users seemed to focus on Will's reaction to Jada's confirmation, noting that the celebrated actor didn't look completely comfortable. Some thought he was on the edge of tears, despite laughing about the situation.

"The laugher from Will while he spoke to Jada had fake written all over it. Man's hurting," one person claimed.

"Jada got Will looking like he back in The Pursuit of Happyness," one person said, posting a side-by-side of Will from the 2006 movie and one from Friday's Red Table Talk.

Another added, "I haven't seen will look this hurt since the pursuit of happiness."

For many, Will and Jada were one of the gold standards of Hollywood romances. After this, one Twitter user felt that would change, sharing a video of someone deleting things from three cell phones.

"Girls on twitter deleting their 'I want that jada & will love' tweets after seeing the red table talk episode," the caption read.