Father issues

Britney Spears wants conservatorship case open to public

Britney Spears is officially siding with the growing #FreeBritney movement and asking that her conservatorship case be opened to the public.

On Sept. 3, Britney's lawyers formally filed documents that oppose her father's wishes to seal part of the ongoing — and increasingly hostile —case. 

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The conservatorship, which her dad Jamie Spears has run since 2008, has been a source of contention for years, especially among Britney's fans — some of whom believe she's being held against her will and even using Instagram to covertly send signals.

In the new documents obtained by TMZ, Britney implies that she doesn't trust her father. Jamie recently asked that he be allowed to appoint a co-conservator to help handle his daughter's business affairs. Britney, though, has asked for an independent party to take the reins, not the lawyer her father has in mind.

Further, Britney's team says there's no reason to keep the case private because no sensitive issues regarding her minor children will be disclosed.

"Britney herself is vehemently opposed to this effort by her father to keep her legal struggle hidden away in the closet as a family secret," the new documents claim. "Far from being a conspiracy theory or a 'joke' as James [Jamie] reportedly told the media, in large part this scrutiny is a reasonable and even predictable result of James' aggressive use of the sealing procedure over the years to minimize the amount of meaningful information made available to the public."

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The legal action is sure to rile up the #FreeBritney troupe, who recently protested against the conservatorship outside a Los Angeles courthouse.

Recently, Jamie publicly addressed the #FreeBritney movement for the first time, calling it "a joke."

"All these conspiracy theorists don't know anything. The world don't have a clue," Jamie told the New York Post's Page Six. "It's up to the court of California to decide what's best for my daughter. It's no one else's business."

Britney, however, thinks the movement is incredibly valid, and her lawyers even attached a news article about #FreeBritney in the argument, TMZ said.

Britney "welcomes and appreciates the informed support of her many fans," court documents said.

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Last year, the "Toxic" singer fanned the #FreeBritney flames when she told a judge that Jamie committed her to a mental health facility against her will and also forced her to take drugs. 

Recently, Britney's brother, Bryan Spears, spoke about the conservatorship on the "As NOT Seen on TV" podcast, saying it's "been a great thing for our family, to this point."

"She's always wanted to get out of it. It's very frustrating to have," he said. "Whether someone's coming in peace to help or coming in with an attitude, having someone constantly tell you to do something has got to be frustrating. She's wanted to get out of it for quite some time."

Although Britney and her father used to be very close, their relationship has frayed over the years. According to reports, they've had virtually no contact since he was accused of putting his hands on her teenage son Sean in August 2019. Jamie was later cleared of child abuse charges.

Vocal rest

Adele is making 'quite a sacrifice' for Vegas show (but it's not what you think)

There are behind-the-scenes whispers at Adele's Las Vegas show.

After the residency show's false start earlier this year, Weekends With Adele finally kicked off last month, and it's been a rousing success by all accounts. Adele is even taking some fairly drastic personal measures to make sure her voice is strong, as she's forcing herself to refrain from screaming during World Cup matches, a new report states. 

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A source told U.K.-based The Sun that Adele is literally "whispering" when she's not on stage, which is difficult for her, as she's a rabid fan of England's soccer team.

"Usually she'd be screaming and shouting in support of the boys, but she is holding it in for the sake of her cords," the source said. "It's quite a sacrifice."

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During a recent "Weekends With Adele" show she even asked her largely-American audience if they were watching the World Cup. The Brit was pleased when the majority of the crowd applauded in the affirmative. 

"Adele has been keen to avoid excessive stress on her vocal cords," the source said. "One of the key features has been protecting her voice in between the Friday and Saturday nights. She wants it in top shape for each show and is going to extreme lengths."

The source added, "So before shows she rarely speaks to anyone, and if she does, then it's a whisper. People know she is not being rude, but looking after herself. It is about staying healthy and strong."

Custody fight

Mother of Todd Chrisley's granddaughter wants custody back amid prison sentence

The mother of Todd and Julie Chrisley's granddaughter, Chloe, is making moves to regain custody of the child now that the reality TV couple is prison bound

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Angela Johnson, the mother of the 10-year-old, to TMZ she's in the process of meeting with lawyers and filing paperwork get legal custody of the girl. 

Angela and Todd's son Kyle welcomed Chloe in 2012. Four years later, Kyle lost custody of Chloe because of his addiction issues, which meant Todd shared custody of Chloe with Angela. However, Angela was arrested later that year, which led to the "Chrisley Knows Best" star getting full custody. For the past six years, Todd and Julie have essentially raised Chloe as their own. 

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In her brief chat with TMZ, Angela insisted she's always wanted Chloe back but claims the process has been bogged down because of the Chrisleys' move from Atlanta to Nashville.  

"We were at a standstill because we were trying to figure out where we would actually end up in court," she said of the jurisdictional predicament. 

Chloe's custody situation could get messy, as Todd and Julie are set to begin a combined 19-year prison sentence for bank fraud and tax evasion. Savannah Chrisley, 25, has claimed she's getting custody of Chloe, but it certainly looks like Angela is preparing to challenge that. 

Money matters

Cardi B just made $1M for 35 minutes of work

Cardi B just made a million dollars in a matter of minutes. 

Over the weekend of Dec. 2, a Twitter troll tried to take down the Grammy winner while accusing her of "performing in someone's backyard" during Miami Art Basel. It turns out that "backyard" was actually the SLS South Beach property in Miami Beach, one of ritzier hotels in South Florida. Cardi also shut down the Twitter user in revealing her paycheck from that evening. 

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"I got [paid] 1 million dollars to perform at this elite bankers event private event for 400 people and only for 35 minutes," she wrote in a since-deleted tweet. "Think about that when you type about this Grammy winner."

According to reports, the gig was for Chase Sapphire Reserve credit cardmembers. 

Dressed in a very risqué catsuit designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, Cardi surprised the Chase Sapphire Lounge audience by bringing Grammy nominee GloRilla onstage to perform their new song, "Tomorrow 2," DailyMail.com reported. 

"Last night performing for the best bank in America! Performing is my passion… #lovewhatyoudo," she tweeted on Saturday, Dec. 3. 

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Cardi has bragged about her wealth before, as she once claimed she made $1 million per concert during her 2019 tour, which consisted of just seven shows. Further, in 2019, she had a brief residency deal at a since-shuttered Las Vegas nightclub. She was paid $300,000 for a 15-minute performance there. Other one-off gigs, particularly those in Europe, paid her even more.  

More accusations

Mel B says divisive late-night host is the worst celeb she's ever met

Mel B is the latest person to come down hard on James Corden, whom she dubbed the "biggest d*** head" in Hollywood.

The Spice Girl appeared on Britain's "The Big Narstie Show" on Friday, Dec. 2, and was asked to name the worst celebrities she's ever met. 

"So, there's a few. James Corden, Geri Halliwell, Jessie J and me," she said without hesitation.

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In detailing her answers, Mel said Geri, her former band mate, can be "really f****** annoying." She didn't describe her experience with Jessie J.

However, when it came to James, Mel didn't hold back, essentially alleging that he feels people are beneath him. 

"I think you always have to be nice to the people that you work with — whether it be production, camera guys, sound, lighting," she said. "We all work for the same thing, so you should always be nice, and he hasn't been very nice."

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Mel's disdain for James comes after a New York City restauranteur called the "Late Late Show" host the "most abusive customer" he's ever had. 

Balthazar owner Keith McNally took to Instagram on Oct. 17 to publicly ban James from the restaurant, calling him "a tiny Cretin of a man." He then went on to detail multiple incidents in which James was rude or dismissive to the restaurant's staff.

The banning didn't last long, though, as James supposedly apologized "profusely" to Keith. But James soon told The New York Times he hadn't "done anything wrong, on any level."

"I just think it's beneath all of us [to discuss this topic]. It's beneath you. It's certainly beneath your publication," he said. 

A few days later, James admitted he was wrong on his show, claiming he was "ungracious" to a server.

"Because I didn't shout or scream — like I didn't get up out of my seat, I didn't call anyone names or use derogatory language — I have been walking around thinking that I hadn't done anything wrong, right?" he said. "But the truth is I have. I made a rude comment, and it was wrong. It was an unnecessary comment. It was ungracious to the server."

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For years, there have been whispers online regarding James's allegedly rude behavior: He complained about his "Gavin & Stacey" show not getting a BAFTA Award nomination in 2008; In 2020, comedian Eric Andre said James was often rude; He was once accused of insulting Met Gala workers, though the rumor was never confirmed.

An awkward exchange with Sir Patrick Stewart from 2010 hasn't helped his reputation either. 

At the time, James was hosting the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards, and Patrick didn't feel he was doing the show justice. 

"When the presenters are up here and when the recipients are receiving their rewards," Patrick  said, "don't stand at the back of the stage with your hands in your pockets looking around as though you wished you were anywhere but here."

James, taken aback, said he was happy to be there and told Patrick to "just f****** get on with it" in presenting the award. 

The "Star Trek" actor then said, "From where I was sitting, I can see your belly, and that was there over at the back of the room." James retorted, "You can see my belly, and we can all see you dying [on stage] right now. Let's go for it."

Corpse ID'D

'Green Book' actor found dead, body dumped from car owned by brother

"Green Book" actor Frank Vallelonga Jr. was found dead on a New York City street, and it turns out his body was dumped there in a car owned by his brother. 

Police, however, are quick to point out that Frank's brother, Nick Vallelonga, is not suspected of any wrongdoing, as his car was being driven by someone without permission. 

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TMZ said police in the Bronx received a call about an unconscious body in the street on Monday, Nov. 28. They quickly determined the body was dumped there, and a suspect was found afterward. The suspect told police that Frank overdosed. 

How the suspect had access to Nick's car isn't known. 

Whereas Frank stared in the Oscar-winning "Green Book," Nick was the co-writer and producer of the film. The "Green Book" was actually about Frank's father, "Sopranos" star Tony Lip.

Mistakes made

Andy Cohen calls this the 'biggest blunder' in 'Watch What Happens Live' history

During the 13-year span of "Watch What Happens Live," the show has welcomed an untold number of guests, but there's one person that never sat down in "The Clubhouse": Meghan Markle.

The fact that the Duchess never got an invite to the show is "the biggest blunder" in the history of "WWHL," Andy Cohen admitted on his SiriusXM show "Andy Cohen Live." These days the Bravo scion would be "begging" her to make an appearance.

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Andy reflected on Meghan's absent-invite after appearing on her "Archetypes" podcast on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The episode began somewhat awkwardly after Andy told Prince Harry's wife that it nice to "meet" you. Meghan quickly told Andy that they've actually met several times before. 

"It's good to see you. I've met you before, [but] you'll never remember it," she told him.

Meghan and Andy first met at a joint USA-Bravo event when she was acting on "Suits." Their second meeting came in 2015 when she joined co-star Gabriel Macht on "WWHL," as he was a guest on the show, not her.

"I was so eager to be on your show, because I was such a 'Housewives' fan at the time, and I just couldn't get booked Andy!" she said told the Bravo host.

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Reflecting on the podcast conversation, the "Housewives" producer said Meghan was "gleeful" in reminding him they've met.

"I understand why she would want to throw that in my face, basically," he said. "I understand, you know, you never forget how you were treated. You're still the same person – she's still Meghan Markle."

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Andy went on to tell his listeners he didn't realize that Meghan would leave the uncomfortable exchange in the podcast, but he's glad she did "because it's compelling and awkward."

"I just have to say, I get why she left that in. I thought that was so interesting," he said on Wednesday, Nov. 30. "First of all, you never know who you meet in a day, but listen, I didn't become a duchess obviously, but I became an old queen talk show host."

He continued, "And when I was a young queen I remember meeting people who were whatever, so I just think it's interesting. It's really interesting."

Father-son dynamic

Brendan Fraser dishes on his 'happy' autistic son: 'He doesn't know what cynicism is'

Brendan Fraser is opening up about his 20-year-old autistic son, claiming he "understands" what it's like to live with someone obese.

"I have three kids of my own, my oldest son Griffin has special needs – he's autistic," the actor told Interview Magazine. "He just turned 20, he's a big kid, he's six foot five, he's got big hands and feet, a big body. I understand intimately what it is to be close to a person who lives with obesity."

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In his newest film, "The Whale," Brendan plays an overweight father. In his real life, Brendan shares three children with his ex-wife, Afton Smith, who he divorced in 2007.

Griffin, he said, is the "happiest person."

"And because of the beauty of his spectrum – call it a disorder if you will, I disagree with you – he knows nothing of irony," "The Mummy" star said. "He doesn't know what cynicism is. You can't insult him. He can't insult you. He's the happiest person and is, in my life and many others', also the manifestation of love."

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Brendan was able to tap into Charlie, his character in "The Whale," by looking at his own family. 

"Being with my kids and their mom and our family has given me such love that if ever I needed to hold something of value up to try and translate that to what was important to Charlie, I didn't have to look far," he said. 

As Charlie, Brendan donned prosthetics and 300-pound suit. The "Encino Man" star said it's the "hardest" role he's ever had. 

Sad news

Rising country singer dies just hours after marrying wife

Jake Flint, an up-and-coming country singer, died mere hours after marrying his wife, Brenda, in Oklahoma.

The cause of death isn't known, but Jake's publicist, Clif Doyal, said the singer-songwriter passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours following his wedding night. 

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Brenda, an unexpected widow, mourned the death of her husband on Facebook, writing, "We should be going through wedding photos but instead I have to pick out clothes to bury my husband in."

She added, "People aren't meant to feel this much pain. My heart is gone and I just really need him to come back. I can't take much more. I need him here."

Jake and Brenda exchanged vows on Saturday, Nov. 26, at a remote homestead between Claremore and Owasso in The Sooner State, The Oklahoman reported. 

"It was rainy, but he'd rented a 40-by-60 circus tent. … They put up a bunch of carpets over the mud and then got two pieces of three-and-a-quarter-inch plywood and set it on the ground — and that was my stage," said Mike Hosty, a one-man band who performed at the nuptials. "Jake goes, 'Is that gonna be all right for you?' And I go, 'Jake, that's perfect.' A piece of plywood or a flatbed trailer is where I shine."

The following morning, Mike woke up to the news of Jake's death.

"I really just like remembering that happy moment of seeing them being married … but I really feel for Brenda," he said. 

Jake, 37, began playing guitar as a kid and went on to release four albums in six years.  He charted three singles on the Texas Regional Radio Report with 2017's "Cowtown," 2018's "Long Road Back Home" and 2020's "What's Your Name" and was named Breakout Artist of the Year at the We Are Tulsa Music Awards in 2019, The Oklahoman said.

He was a staple in the country music scene in Oklahoma, Texas and the surrounding states. 

 "Jake Flint was an Ambassador of the Oklahoma Red Dirt music scene. He was a prolific songwriter, recording artist, and in-demand live performer throughout the Midwest and Southwestern U.S. As a testament to his kindness and humanity, he was also a tireless supporter of his fellow artists, always willing to lend a hand to help anyone who needed it," his publicist said in a statement. "With his infectious smile and disarming sense of humor, he was loved by many, and I believe that, along with his music, will be his lasting legacy."

Officially done

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West finally settle divorce: All the details on custody, child support, property splits and more

Nearly two years after Kim Kardashian pulled the plug on her seven-year marriage to Kanye West, she and the rapper have finally settled their divorce. 

The settlement comes just weeks before the case was set to go to trial, and there was some doubt as to whether Ye would even participate in the legal process. 

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According to TMZ, Kim and Kanye will get joint custody with "equal access" to their four children, but the Skims founder will still have the kids the majority of the time, as she does now. Further, Kanye's share of monthly child support was set at $200,000, which he will have to wire to Kim.

Both parents waived spousal support and their division of assets is being guided by their prenup.

Continuing with the 50/50 theme of the settlement, Ye will be responsible for half of their kids' security expenses and half of their educational expenses.

In the event that the parents have a disagreement pertaining to a child, the settlement states that Kim and Kanye will participate in mediation. If one of them fails to participate, the other gets to make the decision in a dispute by default, TMZ reported. 

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In a bit of a twist, Kanye is giving Kim the home he owns that borders her current residence in Los Angeles County's Hidden Hills enclave. Kanye bought the home in December 2021 for $4.5 million to be near the kids. As the five-bedroom property reportedly needs a lot of work done, Kim will likely level it and add acreage to her current estate. Ye never lived in the home.

In regard to real estate, Kim will keep the $60 million estate where she and the kids live, and she'll retain property she owns in Idaho. Kanye, TMZ reported, will keep his $60 million home on the beach in Malibu, two ranches in Wyoming, 300 acres in Calabasas, California, a home in Belgium and his childhood home in Chicago, which he bought.

Getting to this point has been far from easy, particularly because Ye often refused to participate.  

"Kim's patience was tested, but she handled things calmly and ultimately Kanye came around," a source said.