Still mourning

Celine Dion shares heartbreaking details about husband Rene Angelil's death in new interview

It's been two years since Celine Dion's manager husband, Rene Angelil, died following a lengthy cancer battle. But the pain of his passing will never leave her.

The French-Canadian singer, 49, opened up about the love of her life to Australia's "The Project" in a new interview that aired on Feb. 18, and her memories are heartbreaking.

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"For three years, my husband did not have a sip of water or food. He was eating through a tube," Celine told "The Project" journalist Lisa Wilkinson of Rene (via Daily Mail Australia), who died of throat and head cancer at age 73 in January 2016.

"The only thing I hoped while he was in three years of agony — I wanted him to live in peace. I wanted him to feel so light and no worries. He had a little heart attack, it's so quick, he didn't even feel anything. I thought that he was like liberated from his pain," the native French speaker added.

Celine also opened up about how Rene, to whom she was married for 21 happy years, was her world in so many ways.

"He taught me everything. He's the only man I've seen. He's the only man I've loved. I've never kissed another man in my life," she admitted.

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She also explained how her mother didn't support her romance with Rene, who'd been her manager since she was a child — at least at first, considering he was 26 years Celine's senior.

"Because it was not the person that she wanted for me… And I don't blame her… I said, 'Mum, I really love him. It hurts inside,'" Celine explained on "The Project."

She admitted she'd been smitten with Rene for a long time. "I fell in love with him immediately," she said. "Not in the romance way, I was 12 years old. I was in love with the way he treated everyone around me, including my whole family and myself."

Celine previously told "Access Hollywood" the same thing. "It was very difficult for [my mother]," she said in a 2013 interview. "When I told her I had some really strong feelings for Rene, she tried everything to kill him and make me snap out of it. I was very frustrated and mad at first but she tried to make me understand that this man tried marriage twice before, he has three children, he's not responsible."

"She said, 'You're my daughter, you're my baby and I want the perfect Prince Charming for you.' And then it was so strong that my whole family was in love with him and she had no choice," Celine added.

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Earlier in February, Celine made another confession about Rene: She grasps a bronze replica of her late husband's hand before every performance.

"I shake my husband's hand and knock on wood with him every night before every show," she told the Daily Telegraph's Stellar magazine (via People.com). "Even after he's gone, I still talk to him."

People magazine also reported that the Grammy winner keeps the seat behind the sound mixing desk at the Colosseum, her Las Vegas Caesars Palace residency theater, empty in his honor.

Fan behavior

Justin Bieber chides fans for screaming during moment of silence for Buffalo victims

Justin Bieber lambasted several of his fans for screaming during an in-concert moment of silence dedicated to the victims of the weekend's horrific mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. 

The concert was also in Buffalo.

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Shortly after taking the stage on May 14, the "Sorry" singer addressed the crowd.

"As we know, there's been tragedy in the city, but what we're going to do tonight is we're going to honor those people," he said before encouraging the sold out arena to observe a moment of silence.

While the vast majority of fans went mum, several people screamed and hollered. Afterward, Justin posted the video and questioned the fans.

"To the people who couldn't stay silent to honor the lives that were so tragically lost, I urge you to ask yourself why," he captioned the video.

Just hours before the concert, an 18-year-old man opened fire at a Buffalo grocery store located in a predominantly Black neighborhood. Ten people were killed and more were injured.

Clearly affected by the racially-motivated murders, Justin posted that he was "praying for Buffalo" and included the city in a pre-show prayer, saying he wanted to "bring joy" to the city for a few hours. 

In an all capitalized message, he also wrote, "RACISM WILL NOT PREVAIL GOD DOES. WE STAND WITH YOU BUFFALO AND STAND AGAINST THIS RACIST ACT OF TERROR."

On the DL

Kylie Jenner's super glam driver's license picture has social media buzzing

The "V" in DMV stands for "va-va-voom!"

Kylie Jenner sent social media into a frenzy over the weekend after posting a new driver's license photo, which shows her looking incredibly glamorous, especially by DMV standards. 

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In the image, the reality TV star looks fully ready — her hair is perfectly styled, her makeup is on point and the lips fully plumped. This is a far cry from your typical driver's license photo. 

Even Kylie's signature looks flawless. 

After sharing the snap, pal Anastasia Karanikolaou called it "hot." Kardashian-family superfan Johnny Cyrus wrote, "I wish my ID was this perfect."

Other fans used a host of words for the DL picture, including "iconic," "glam" and "stunning."

"Why can't all my id photos look like this," one verified follower commented. Another follower joked, "If only my driver's license looking this good… I'd be offering to show it wherever I go."

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Just hours after posting the image, Kylie, 24, and daughter Stormi headed to Las Vegas to support Travis Scott at the Billboard Music Awards. It was Travis's first televised performance since the Astroworld tragedy last November.

Kylie, by the way, flew private to Las Vegas for the evening, so the glammed up ID wasn't needed. 

grad gift

Miranda Kerr, husband pay off student debt for entire graduating class at arts school

Miranda Kerr and her billionaire husband, Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel, paid off the entire student debt for recent graduates at an art school in Los Angeles, reports indicate.

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The Los Angeles Times reported that Charles Hirschhorn, the president of the Otis College of Art and Design, announced the news at the Class of 2022's graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 15. Evan, who once took summer classes at the college, and his model wife were on hand when graduates learned the superstar couple were taking care of the tab.

"We have one more gift for the class of 2022. We know that for most of you, and your families, the shared burden of student debt is a heavy price that you paid for an exceptional Otis college education," President Hirschhorn said. "We understand that this debt can compromise your future and limit your creative ambitions. We do not want to see this happen. We want to empower your imagination, your creativity, and innovation. As Evan mentioned in his remarks, you have the support of the entire Otis community – as well as Miranda and Evan."

He continued, "So we are pleased to announce today, that Evan and Miranda, through their Spiegel family fund, have made the largest single gift in the history of Otis college. Their gift will enable you to repay your student loans."

The donation — which is worth about $10 million — is reportedly the largest in the college's history.

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As expected, students erupted in cheers upon hearing the news, and many of them cried. 

Evan is reportedly worth $13.8 billion, and Miranda's net worth is estimated to be about $60 million.

After students learned the news, the Hollywood couple praised Otis in a statement, calling it "an extraordinary institution that encourages young creatives to find their artistic voices and thrive in a variety of industries and careers."

"It is a privilege for our family to give back and support the Class of 2022, and we hope this gift will empower graduates to pursue their passions, contribute to the world, and inspire humanity for years to come," the statement said.

Tearful Goodbye

Inside Ellen DeGeneres' emotional TV farewell

The final episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airs on NBC on May 26, capping off a 19-year run on daytime television for the host, now 64. And as TV insiders recently told Page Six, it's been an "emotional" time for Ellen, who filmed the last installment late last month.

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"Ellen's been crying a lot," a source told the outlet in a report published May 14. "The whole few weeks leading up to the finale were very emotional."

Ellen reportedly skipped the fanfare of a red carpet or a celeb-stuffed audience for the episode, which features Jennifer Aniston and Pink — guests who also appeared on the show's premiere back in 2003.

"She wanted to go out quietly. It was friends and family of the cast and crew in the audience," said another TV insider.

Both Ellen's wife, Portia de Rossi, and her brother, Vance DeGeneres, made a point of supporting the star on-set as she filmed the final shows.

"Ellen, 100 percent, did it on her own terms," a third insider told Page Six. "She went out the way she wanted to. There wasn't a dry eye in the house on the last day."

Ellen announced her departure plans 10 months after she and a number of top producers on the show were hit with wide-ranging allegations they'd fostered a toxic workplace. After Buzzfeed News published claims of routine intimidation from higher-ups, sexual harassment, racism and more negativity happening behind the scenes in 2020, Warner Bros. launched an internal investigation and found enough evidence to fire producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman.

When Ellen returned to kick off Season 18, she addressed the scandal in the first episode, telling viewers: "I learned that things happen here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously. And I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected."

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Ratings dropped during substantially during that 2020-2021 season, according to the New York Post, and Ellen would later admit to Savannah Guthrie on "Today" that she considered ending the show immediately because the allegations were "devastating."

Instead, she soldiered on.

"When Ellen started the show, she was told by the studio 'you can't say 'we' when you talk about your girlfriend,' that's what she was dealing with at the beginning," another source said, referring to Ellen's controversial decision to come out as gay.

"No one ever thought that the show would be aired, even to sell it in the beginning was so difficult," the person continued. "She always wanted to go to 19 seasons, she had people who relied on her for their livelihoods."

Over her nearly two decades on the air, Ellen donated "almost half a billion dollars to viewers and people in need," the Post noted.

After shooting the final episode, Ellen reportedly celebrated the milestone at a party in Hollywood with the crew and friends.

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"When you look back at all the things she's done for people over the 19 years, it's powerful," one insider added. "The most important thing for Ellen during the final few weeks and for everyone on the team was to show the family that that show is — and so the emotion came from the feeling of togetherness they had."

In addition to Jen Aniston and Pink, the final episode of "Ellen" features Justin Timberlake, Diddy, Kerry Washington, Billie Eilish and more.

In a post about the finale on Instagram last week, Ellen shared her gratitude with fans, writing, "Thank you to everyone who is celebrating my final season with me. ❤️."

Awful upbringing

'Friends' and 'Seinfeld' actress reveals she was trafficked as a teen

Angela Featherstone — who had memorable roles on "Friends" and "Seinfeld" — is opening up about her painful upbringing, during which she was "trafficked" and "raped all the time."

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In a chat with Yahoo Life, the actress — who played Chloe, the "hot girl from the Xerox place" on "Friends" — said, "I would characterize the first 16 years of my life to be abusive physically, emotionally, psychologically and, in the end, sexually abusive. At the very least, there was criminal neglect on a consistent basis, and lots of abandonment."

Angela recalled being put into the foster care system in Canada when she was 16 years old. She ran away several times because she didn't feel safe, she said. Sadly, things only got wore when she started living on the streets.

"I was being trafficked, I was just being raped all the time. I wasn't getting any money and I wasn't standing on any street corner. It was different than what I had imagined in my head of what it was," she said. "I had not sensed that it could be so subtle, as it could happen to you and you don't even realize it's happening to you."

She was even arrested for prostitution when she was 17. 

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After a judge emancipated her, Angela borrowed some money and left Nova Scotia for Toronto, where she became an in-demand model. Eventually, she moved to New York City to pursue her modeling career.

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Still — despite booking roles in films like "Con Air" and "The Wedding Singer" — Angela struggled and ended up back on the streets.

"I was at the peak of my career as an actress, and a couple of really difficult instances happened at work, and I did not have the infrastructure to handle them. When they happened, I just collapsed and sought the comfort in homelessness," she said. "I became homeless. I literally threw all my money away on anybody who would take it. I just wanted to start from ground zero again."

Angela, who played Jerry's love interest and maid on "Seinfeld," now focuses mostly on her Fostering Care nonprofit, which helps older children who are aging out of foster care.

"I just see this image of foster care being like those holding pens for the cattle before they get slaughtered: The slaughtering is basically turning 18 in the state of California," she said. "The foster-care-to-pedophile pipeline is alive and well."

Formula debate

Bette Midler ripped after 'nasty' take on baby formula shortage

Bette Midler set off a firestorm on Twitter after offering a "very bad take" on America's baby formula shortage.

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Bette's backlash began on Thursday, May 12, after NBC reporter Stephanie Ruhle posted a message about the ongoing formula problem. 

"The baby formula shortage reveals an amazing secret oligopoly: – 3 American companies control over 90% of the mkt – hugely restrictive regulations (thanks to big $ lobbying) prohibit foreign formulas."

She added, "Name another industry/sector/product like this."

The "From A Distance" singer saw the message and figured she'd chime in with her two cents. 

"TRY BREASTFEEEDING!  It's free and available on demand," Bette replied. 

The tweet, which trended on Friday, was criticized almost immediately, as many women said they tried breastfeeding but were unable for a multitude of legitimate reasons. 

"Bette, respectfully, this is a very bad take. I had twins. I didn't produce enough milk for both. Without formula, I would have had to have chosen which one got to eat. To say nothing of kids that get separated from the birth mothers very young," one woman replied. 

"I love you Bette, but this is not okay," another said. "I fought to breastfeed my son, he kept losing weight, despite my best efforts, including lactation experts.  It was emotional and  I felt like a failure and at 3 months switched to formula, because of the stress it put on me and my son."

Twitter users called Bette's comments "nasty," "stupid" and "uninformed." A few people even wondered if Bette's account had been hacked.

In the wake of the backlash, which came from all sides, the singer attempted to somewhat clarify her comments. 

"People are piling on because of former tweet.  No shame if you can't breastfeed, but if you can & are somehow convinced that your own milk isn't as good as a 'scientifically researched product,' that's something else again," Bette tweeted. "The monopoly news is news to me, tho, no lie." She added the hashtag "wet nurses."

Love long gone

Minnie Driver reflects on 'tabloid-y,' 'weird' split from Matt Damon

Back in the late '90s, Minnie Driver and Matt Damon were the "it" couple, but the romance eventually faded. Now, the actress is reflecting on the "tabloid-y" relationship with her "Good Will Hunting" co-star.

"I wouldn't change any of it," she told ITV's "This Morning." "It's magic."

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Minnie remembers that time in 1997 and 1998 "so fondly," despite their split was "so dramatically reported on."

The Oscar-nominated star has been opening up about the life while promoting her new book, "Managing Expectations: A Memoir in Essays." Of course, her two-year relationship with Matt is discussed in the pages.

"Matt Damon was just this lovely, talented, great person who was also very young and got famous very fast," she said on "The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky." "And people don't always behave well in situations when you're under pressure."

"It was a very sweet romance that we had," she continued. "And I really do look back on it with such fondness no matter how it ended up. It was just sort of dramatic and tabloid-y and was really unbelievable."

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In other interviews, Minnie recalled how "weird" it was seeing their split on magazine covers. It was equally weird seeing Matt and a new love interest on those same covers. 

"At the time, it was weird, walking down the aisle in the supermarket with magazine covers in stereo of him making out with his new girlfriend after we'd broken up," she said. "We really did fancy each other, we really were good friends at that point."

airborne

Ludacris just bought himself a next level college graduation gift

Ludacris is flying high after getting a college degree.

The "Fast and Furious" actor revealed that he bought himself a private jet to celebrate his scholastic accomplishment.

"Bought Myself A Little Graduation Gift," he captioned a video of the plane, adding the hashtags "family upgrade" and "motivation." 

While wearing a Georgia State University shirt, Luda also gave his Instagram followers a peek into the jet's cabin. He then proceeded to sing the theme song from "The Jeffersons," which says, "We're movin' on up… to a deluxe apartment in the sky."

In subsequent posts, the rapper posted more images of the jet, but he included his car — a modest Acura sedan — in the snaps. 

"The Secret To Flying High, Is To Always Stay Grounded," he wrote alongside the photo. 

Luda, who was given an honorary bachelor's degree in Music Management, noted that "dreams" can become "reality."

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The "Act a Fool" rapper attended Georgia State in the '90s before signing a record deal, Variety said. 

"My time on campus sharpened my skills," he reportedly told more than 800 master's degree recipients. "It gave me confidence that my path was preordained. That I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing."

"Though I left school I was never gone because this institution had become a part of me," he continued. "It was a part of my fabric and DNA. My heart never strayed far from its steps and my commitment to someday return, and finish, was ever-present."

Knife strife

Kendall Jenner reacts to online ridicule over her lack of kitchen skills

Kendall Jenner just isn't cut out for cooking. 

The model became the butt of the joke on Twitter after a scene from the newest episode of "The Kardashians" showed her cutting a cucumber in a very bizarre (and borderline unsafe!) way… almost as if she had never done it before. 

The crime-against-veggie began after Kendall decided she wanted to snack on a few cucumber slices. "I'm just gonna chop up some cucumber. It's pretty easy," Kendall told her mom, who warned the 26-year-old beauty against cutting herself. 

Just prior to showing off her slicing skills, Kendall admitted to being a novice — which she would soon perfectly prove. 

"I'm kinda scared. … I definitely am not a good cutter, don't zoom in on me," she said. "I'm not professional whatsoever." 

Kendall then proceeded to almost crisscross her arms while cutting. It didn't take long for Kris to worry, as she called in a chef to finish the job safely. 

Fans were baffled at Kendall's lack of simple cutlery skills and took to social media to cut down the reality star.

"Kendall Jenner trying to cut a f****** cucumber is the most tragic thing I've ever witnessed," one person said. Kendall saw the message on Thursday and responded, "Tragic!"

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Other viewers had similar takes. 

"Obsessed with Kendall Jenner trying to prove she's not an out of touch spoiled rich girl by insisting on making her own snack and almost dislocating her shoulder trying to slice a cucumber," one person tweeted. Another said it was "painful" watching the knife strife.

"If this is real, I'm concerned," added another.

Thankfully, much like a cucumber, Kendall has thick skin.