Britney, Beyonce and all the celebs connected to 'Tiger King' stars

Long before the phenomenon that is the "Tiger King" appeared in living rooms across the country via Netflix, celebrities from all walks of life were hobnobbing with the show's stars and their furry friends in a multitude of ways.

Britney Spears, for example, has a surprising connection to Doc Antle, and it involves one of her most iconic moments ever. In 2001, the pop star memorably performed "I've a Slave 4 U" at the MTV Video Music Awards with a snake. A tiger also appeared on stage, as did Doc.

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"She had to climb into a cage and dance with a big adult tiger," Doc, who often appears in the docu-series, told Rolling Stone in 20015. "We're in there, spinning around, 10,00 people were screaming and dancing and the tiger's just Mr. Cool. We had a big snake come down and dance on her shoulders."

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Beyonce, has a connection to Doc, as well. In 2019, the Myrtle Beach Safari, Doc's zoo, posted a photo of Beyonce hanging out with a tiger and a chimp.

"Throwback to when @beyonce visited us! Feeding tiger cubs with the help of, @docantle & Vali the Chimp," the caption read.

YouTube superstar Logan Paul visited that same zoo earlier this year, as pictures show him hugging a tiger and hanging with several animals.

"Save the tiger," he captioned Instagram pictures from the day.

Rapper Da Brat posted several photos and videos from her visit to Doc's zoo in October 2019. Photos showed her hugging monkeys and elephants.

The visit, she said, left her "speechless." She added on Instagram that "ALL of the trainers were EXCELLENT!"

Some stars have caught flak for their connections. Shaquille O'Neal addressed his appearance in the documentary, claiming he is not friends with the show's main character, the flamboyant Joe Exotic, who was arrested and sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role a murder-for-hire plot against an animal rights activist.

"Listen, people are going to make their own opinions, but, again, I was just a visitor. I met this guy — not my friend. Don't know him," Shaq said this week on his podcast "The Big Podcast With Shaq." "Never had any business dealings with him, and I had no idea any of that stuff was going on."

Shaq actually spoke about his visit to Joe's zoo on TNT afterward, saying, "Shoutout to Joe Exotic." He also announced he "got two more tigers."

On March 31, Joe's former "husband" John Finlay revealed a very surprising detail about a 2015 arson fire that housed Joe's film studio. The studio was completely destroyed the studio, and it also killed seven alligators and one crocodile. Those animals previously belonged to Michael Jackson.

"One of the previous managers had gotten us Michael Jackson's alligators from Neverland Ranch," John said.

Like Shaq, multiple athletes have connections with the documentary, too. Former "Dancing With The Stars" alum Floyd Mayweather posted a photo with a cheetah at Doc's zoo in February 2019.

In January 2019, NFL stud Odell Beckham Jr. posted a video of him visiting the zoo and playing catch with a chimpanzee and petting a tiger. The video didn't sit well with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

"These sensitive and much-abused animals belong with their families in nature, not pimped out as props by shameless roadside zoos," the statement said at the time. "We're sure that Odell Beckham Jr. had no idea that the sleazy safari park where this young chimpanzee is kept has a lengthy record of violating federal law and uses great apes and big-cat cubs in cheap publicity stunts like this. These encounters are incredibly dangerous, and PETA urges everyone — including Beckham, who certainly doesn't want another injury — to steer clear of cruel facilities that exploit animals."

Fellow NFLer Ndamukong Suh hung out with Doc's tigers the summer of 2019.

"Today was DOPE!" he said on Instagram.

United States soccer stars and World Cup winners Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris visited the zoo in 2018.

WWE wrestlers The Undertaker and Jinder Mahal have connections, as well, and "iCarly" star Reed Alexander and celebrity chef Todd English have hung out at Doc's zoo in the past.

One of the more interesting connections comes from "Pawn Stars" notable Rick Harrison — who owns a plaza in Las Vegas. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jeff Lowe, a central figure in documentary, approached Rick about setting up a business called Tiger Encounter in "Pawn Plaza" that would include giving people the ability to have their pictures taken with exotic animals.

After one meeting, Rick said no.

ICE arrest

'90 Day Fiancé' star arrested by ICE

"90 Day Fiancé" star Larissa Lima was arrested by ICE on Saturday, but she has since been released from custody.

TMZ confirmed on Sept. 19 that the reality TV star was taken into custody in Las Vegas, but it's not exactly clear why she was hauled in. The arrest came moments before she and her boyfriend, Eric Nichols, were set to move to Colorado Springs, Colorado. 


"Larissa's legal team is working meticulously on her release and clearing up this misunderstanding," her rep told TMZ.

Carmen Nys, who also appears on the reality TV show, wrote about the arrest on her Instagram Story, saying she and Eric watched agents take Larissa away.

"[Larissa] just got arrested by ICE when she was about to leave their house and move to Colorado," Carmen wrote. "We have no clue why."

Carmen added, "I want to let her family, fans and friends to know that we are going there right now and as soon as I have more info I will keep you guys posted."

After several hours of detainment, Larissa was released. She quickly posted a video to Instagram stating that ICE agents were nice and she's "good to go."

One day before the arrest, Larissa posted a photo with Eric next to a moving truck, implying that their move to Colorado was imminent.

"Time to say goodbye Vegas," she wrote. 

Larissa, a native of Brazil, has a spotty past that reportedly includes multiple arrests. On "Happily Ever After," Larissa spoke of her fear of being deported. 

Gender reveal

Lala Kent and Randall Emmett use skydiver to reveal gender of child

It's a bird, it's a plane… it's a girl!

On Sept. 19, Lala Kent and Randall Emmett discovered that they are having a little princess at their gender reveal party, a reveal that came via the sky.

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"We are having a baby GIRL!" the "Vanderpump Rules" star captioned a video that shows friends and family watching as a skydiver floats down with a pink parachute and pink streamers.

She later wrote on her Instagram Story, "I'm in love with you already and I can't wait to be your mama."


Earlier in the week, Randall and Lala spoke about how excited they were to find out the gender.

"5 days and counting to our gender reveal," the film producer wrote on Instagram alongside a video of himself and Lala speaking about their baby.

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The little girl will be the first child for the couple. Lala and Randall, who delayed their wedding plans amid the pandemic, announced on their podcast earlier this month that they are expecting.

"Today is my 30th birthday and I can't think of any other way to celebrate than with you guys coming through your headphones and speakers," Lala said at the time. "And for my 30th birthday, I had the best gift given to me, my body also helped out too… I am pregnant."

Fashion forward

Christian Siriano dishes on Emmys fashion expectations

Famed fashion designer Christian Siriano believes celebrities will be more comfortable than ever at this year's Emmys.

While some celebrities say they plan to dress up for the virtual awards show, it's likely that many looks won't exactly be ready for the red carpet.

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"I think it's a mix of classy, fabulous pajamas, or elevated suits that are comfortable. Maybe a few slippers," Christian told E! News. "I think actors and actresses right now, they want to be themselves, and a little more who they are. I think that's really nice to see."

Over the years, Christian has dressed numerous stars for award shows. This year, he said, will be the "toughest" awards season in terms of fashion.

"It's the weirdest awards season ever in the history, but honestly 2020 bring it," he said. 

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The Emmys will indeed be vastly different this year. Although Jimmy Kimmel will host from the Staples Center, no audience will be attending due to the COVID-19 pandemic — nor will there be a red carpet. 

Producers will also send camera crews or camera equipment to all the nominees, meaning there will be about 140 live feeds coming in from around the world.

One of the show's executive producers, Ian Stewart, told Variety, "They might be at home, they might be in the garden, might be in a hotel, they might be standing on the side of the street. It doesn't really matter, wherever they feel comfortable. But we want to bring every nominee that we can logistically, live into the show." 

He added, "We're not trying to make the Zoomies, we're trying to make the Emmys."

Love lines

Dina Lohan pens love note to fiancé she's still never met

No doubt about it, Dina Lohan's heart has been taken.

This week, Lindsay Lohan's mother penned an emotional note to her fiancé and partner of six years, Jesse Nadler… a man she's still never met in person

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"My fiancé Jess Nadler is the sole catalyst for getting me in shape and healthy mind, body, and soul. My powerful love for him is nothing I have ever felt in my entire life," she wrote, according to The Blast. "No one has ever been such a powerful influence on me and I thank god for bringing me him."

In July, Dina spoke about getting in shape because she dreams of being cast on "Dancing With the Stars."


At the time, Jesse credited himself with Dina's new fitness motivation. 

"I have talked Dina into a strict health [regimen]," he told Page Six. "It was the only way I would give her a chance with me."

Dina noted, "I'm doing this whole mind, body and soul plan, and so is Jesse for himself to get in shape. At our age, it's very important to be in shape."

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Dina and Jesse's romance has been unconventional, to say the least. They've been off and on for more than half a decade, but their romance has been strictly online or over the telephone — they've never actually met face-to-face. In June 2020, they got engaged when he sent her a ring in the mail (he later claimed that he was "confused" when Dina said she was engaged, despite having sent the ring). Then in mid-July, they split up… only to get back together a few days later.

"She doesn't want me to go, but I need her to live a healthy life," Jesse told Page Six after the brief split. "It really comes down to that. I want a healthy, solid woman as a wife."

He even implied that he was getting ready for the single life.

"I'll set up 'my house' in Westhampton Beach. I wish I was setting up 'home' with Dina, but I don't think it's in the cards," he said, adding that Dina needed to make the next move. "The ball is in Dina's court. If she can get us down the court and slam dunk health and positivity, me and Dina can have a nice life together."

Weight goal

Holly Madison reaches goal weight four years after welcoming son

Holly Madison is back to her pre-baby weight. 

On Sept. 18, the reality TV star posted about her long journey to shedding pounds, indicating that she intentionally took her time.

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Yeah, I'm excited that I finally reached my goal weight but I also wanted to point out that it took me four years to get here. Losing weight just wasn't my first priority after having a baby, sorry 'bout it. I had an easy time losing the weight after my first pregnancy, but after the second one, the extra pounds were just hanging on. I was working on a novel and I was terrified that if I went on a diet I would be hungry, cranky, lightheaded and unable to concentrate. I tried to lose weight just by working out and moderately watching what I eat at first, but even though I was doing really challenging workouts almost every day, nothing was budging. It wasn't until I finally went to a nutritionist a year ago that I started making any progress. I had to know what foods worked with my metabolism before a diet became effective. Only recently was I able to incorporate both a diet and exercise into my day. For a while, it was a struggle because it seemed I only had time for one: workout OR make sure I had all the foods I need to stick to my diet. I just wanted to share that as kind of a disclaimer to this picture because I know there are so many moms out there who feel bad because the don't always lose the weight quickly. The same methods don't necessarily work for everyone. Just remember, if you haven't made it to your physical goal yet, it's because you're a boss with a million things going on and you are probably killing it more than you think you are. ❤️ *Swipe to see what I looked like right before I had Forest.

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"Yeah, I'm excited that I finally reached my goal weight but I also wanted to point out that it took me four years to get here. Losing weight just wasn't my first priority after having a baby, sorry 'bout it," she wrote on Instagram next to before and after photos. "I had an easy time losing the weight after my first pregnancy, but after the second one, the extra pounds were just hanging on."

Holly was afraid that a diet might change her mood or leave her unable to concentrate.

"I tried to lose weight just by working out and moderately watching what I eat at first, but even though I was doing really challenging workouts almost every day, nothing was budging," she said in her refreshingly honest post.


Finally, a year ago, Holly met with a nutritionist and started making progress.

"I had to know what foods worked with my metabolism before a diet became effective," she wrote. "Only recently was I able to incorporate both a diet and exercise into my day. For a while, it was a struggle because it seemed I only had time for one: workout OR make sure I had all the foods I need to stick to my diet."

She continued, "I just wanted to share that as kind of a disclaimer to this picture because I know there are so many moms out there who feel bad because the don't always lose the weight quickly. The same methods don't necessarily work for everyone. Just remember, if you haven't made it to your physical goal yet, it's because you're a boss with a million things going on and you are probably killing it more than you think you are."

Personal destruction

Dwayne Johnson rips security gate down after power outage

Dwayne Johnson just laid the smack down on… well, his front gate.


On Sept. 18, the actor revealed that he ripped a metal gate off its hinges with his bare hands after storms caused a power failure, preventing the gate from actually opening.

"Not my finest hour 🤦🏽‍♂️, but a man's gotta go to work," he captioned a photo that shows his iron gate on the ground and tossed to the side. "We experienced a power outage due to severe storms, causing my front gate not to open. I tried to override the hydraulic system to open the gates, which usually works when power goes out – but this time it wouldn't."

Amid all this, the "Jumanji" star called a repairman but was told it would take 45 minutes before someone could arrive.

"By this time, I know I have hundreds of production crew members waiting for me to come to work so we can start our day. So I did what I had to do," he said. "I pushed, pulled and ripped the gate completely off myself. Ripped it completely out of the brick wall, severed the steel hydraulics and threw it on the grass."

Needless to say, people were impressed by his strength… and maybe a little terrified.

"My security team was able to meet the gate technician and welders about an hour later — and they were apparently, 'in disbelief and equally scared' as to how I ripped it off," Dwayne said. 

He added that the destruction was "not my finest hour, but I had to go to work."

Referencing his upcoming superhero film, Dwayne added, "And I'm 💯 ready to be BLACK ADAM."

Nasty split

Dr. Dre's ex files lawsuit over his most valuable trademarks

Dr. Dre's estranged wife has filed a lawsuit against the hip hop legend claiming she co-owns the trademarks to some of his most valuable assets, including his stage name.

In the lawsuit obtained by Page Six, Nicole Young claims that not only does she co-own "Dr. Dre" and "The Chronic," the rapper's transformative album, but also that the hip hop mogul is hiding assets so that she can't get to them.


Nicole claims she "caught [Dre] secretly transferring valuable trademarks he owned with his wife … to a newly created asset holding company that he created and controlled after he expelled his wife from their home, and before he threatened to file divorce."

"Two days after the threat, Nicole had no choice and initiated divorce proceedings," she alleges. "Andre's transparent and reprehensible scheme to transfer these assets away, without Nicole's knowledge or consent, so he could retain more for himself in a divorce from his wife of 24 years, and the mother of his three children, is an epic failure and reveals the true nature of his character, or lack thereof."

In late June, Nicole filed for divorce from Dre, ending their 26-year relationship. The split has been contentious — she's claimed she was forced to sign a prenuptial agreement (she also claimed Dre ripped up the paperwork a few years later, which he's denied).


Nicole argues that because she was with Dre — real name Andre Young — as he gained fame and notoriety, their assets should be shared. 

"After Andre forced Nicole out of their family home on or about April 2, 2020, he quickly plotted to secretly transfer their assets, to deny Nicole her equal share," she claims in her new lawsuit. "These valuable Trademarks were filed during Andre's years married to Nicole, which coincided with Andre's years of rising success in the music industry. The Trademarks are presumed to be community property pursuant to California Family Code Section 760. Because they were married, Nicole and Andre owned the Trademarks jointly, from the date of their first filing in 1997, and through 2013, by virtue of being community property owners."

"Andre now purports to own the Trademarks in full," she adds.

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Sources close to Dre told TMZ that the lawsuit is "ridiculous" and that Nicole is simply trying to embarrass him.

"They were married in 1996. 'Chronic' came out in '92 and Dr. Dre used his name since the 80's, so it's all his and his alone," a source said. Another added, "It's the act of a desperate woman who finally realized that the iron-clad prenup she signed doesn't win her the lottery."

Nicole is asking to have the trademarks put in a trust, and she's also suing for damages and legal fees.

ageless wonder

Salma Hayek, 54, recreates bikini photo shoot from 1999

Salma Hayek has still got it, and she has the receipts to prove it!

On Sept. 17, the actress took to Instagram to post a photo from a 1999 ad campaign in which she rocked a brown bikini.

"This photo is from a European bathing suit campaign I did for H&M in 1999," she wrote alongside the series of snaps. 

After posting the images, Salma was flooded with compliments. One person even commented that she could pose for the same ad campaign today. Perhaps she took note of that statement, because she essentially recreated the photo shoot on Sept. 18.

"2020: More than 20 years after my last post," she wrote alongside two images that show her relaxing on a diving board in a brown one-piece swimsuit. "Ready for the weekend! Have a great #Friday!"

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The posts come a few weeks after Salma's 54th birthday celebration in Greece. Throughout the vacation, the "Frida" star shared several sun-soaked and enviable images. 

"I am very grateful and proud for every single one of my 54 years," she captioned a photo of herself wearing a summery yellow dress with side cutouts. 

On Aug. 31, she also took to Instagram to post images and videos from dinner – a dinner that got rowdy in the best way

The first image shows her sitting at the dinner table with an empty plate in front of her and a gold-plated olive branch pinned in her hair. A subsequent video, though, shows her slamming two plates onto the ground while others cheer — all of which was done in the name of Greek tradition.

"I started the night looking #fresh, patiently waiting for my dinner," she wrote in the caption. "Six hours later I was breaking plates like it's customary in #Greece."


Candace Cameron Bure discusses 'spicy' Instagram post

Candace Cameron Bure isn't about to apologize for posting an Instagram picture last week that some of her followers found controversial. In fact, she loves that the picture — which she dubbed "spicy" — stirred the pot.

On Sept. 11, the "Fuller House" star posted similar images with Valeri Bure, her husband of 24 years. One image showed Val sweetly kissing his wife as they stood on a bridge. In the second photo, taken on the same bridge, Val's hand cups one of Candace's breasts as she grins.

"Sweet and spicy," the actress captioned the dueling photos. "24 years and counting."

Some of Candace's fanbase, which she acknowledges is largely conservative, were critical of the image, dubbing it "inappropriate," among other things — one person even wrote that "the devil loves it."   


"I love the fact that so many people had an opinion on it. It made me laugh because I wasn't trying to make a statement," she told Fox News of the backlash. "This is just how my husband and I are. You know, we adore each other and we still have fun and we're spicy together."

She added, "We have a playful, loving marriage and I think that's why we're still married 24 years later. But I did respond because I always get bummed out when people have been married for so long and then I feel like the joke is always like, 'Oh, we're married – so that means we don't have sex anymore.' And it's kind of like that a lot. And so I thought it was just a cute, funny picture and it was playful and it's very much reflective of our personalities in real life."


Several of Candace's celebrity followers found humor in the social media photo.

"Love you guys and congrats on second base!!!" Candace's "Fuller House" co-star Bob Saget joked.

Holly Robinson Peete wrote,"Wait/—- people are actually offended?????"

Candace thinks the judgers might want to look inside their own house if they're actually offended.

"I'm like, hey, guys, if you're complaining about the picture, maybe you might hope that your marriage is actually a little spicier than it is," she said. "But this is part of our healthy marriage. And I just wanted to say it because I had no shame in posting that picture. You know, nothing was exposed, I didn't think it was immodest. It was just two people having fun and we've been married for 24 years, but together for 26 years. So I just am like, hey, the playfulness doesn't stop just because you're married."


In a separate interview with the Daily Mail, Candace had an even more direct message to those who think she and her husband are somehow immoral.

"For all of the Christians that are questioning my post with my husband's hand on my boob — my husband of 24 years — thinking it was inappropriate, it makes me laugh because it's my husband," she said. "He can touch me any time he wants, and I hope he does. This is what a healthy, good marriage and relationship is all about… I'm sorry if it offended you — I'm actually not sorry. I'm glad we have fun together after so many years. He can touch me all day long."