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Tyrese Gibson gives thanks as child abuse investigation is dropped

"Fast & Furious" star Tyrese Gibson is giving thanks to his wife Samantha Lee Gibson, for staying by his side amidst his egregious battle with ex-wife Norma Mitchell Gibson, over custody of their daughter Shayla, 10.

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On Saturday, Nov. 4, Gibson, 38, posted a thoughtful message on his Instagram, only days after the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services ended their investigation into Gibson's alleged beating of his child — there would be no criminal charges sought against the actor.

"When your 1st charge get dropped your wife's mind will finally REST!!!!!" Gibson wrote on his Instagram, alongside a photo of wife Samantha Lee sleeping. "Thank you Jesus for sending me a fierce and strong wife who is educated and resilient that was able to stand with me so far though this unexpected storm… We stress so that our wives and kids can rest."

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He added, "When you wake up, I'm sorry Baby. I'm so sorry for posting this."

CFS began their investigation into the alleged beating, when Norma (married to Gibson from 2007 to 2009), accused the actor of beating Shayla on August 19, presenting in court documents that Gibson "pushed our daughter to the ground, pinned her face down, put his knees on her back, grabbed her hands with one arm and beat her with the other."

Norma also claimed that Gibson hit the child "between 12 and 16 times," to the point where Shayla allegedly said to her mother that should could not sit down because of the pain suffered.

A rep for the actor confirmed to People that the investigation had been closed and they would not be filing any criminal charges. As for Norma's lawyer, she did not respond to People's request for comment.

Tyrese referred to the allegations against him as "hurtful lies," according to a statement given to People.

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People reported from documents that they obtained back in September, Norma was granted physical and legal custody of their daughter with Tyrese ordered to remain 100 yards distance from both, as well as to stay away from her home.

However, in October, a police report was filed by Norma because Tyrese paid a plane to fly a banner over his daughter's school that read: "No matter what, daddy loves you Shayla," and he later posted about it on Instagram, saying, "I wanted the banner to be longer but it was too expensive."

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Norma's attorney gave a statement to People and referred to this incident as "disturbing" and a "reflection of Mr. Gibson's erratic state of mind."

The Attorney added: "Simply put, he doesn't respect boundaries. If he did, this restraining order would not have been necessary. At the end of the day, we simply want him to get the help he needs so that he can become a stable, solid and secure presence in his daughter's life."

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Gibson has continued to use social media to post about this ongoing situation. Friday he put up a video montage that included fellow celebrities with their kids.

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And on Wednesday he put out an almost seven-minute long video where he tearfully begs Norma for reconciliation.

"Don't take my baby. This is all I got. Don't take my baby, okay?" he said in the Facebook live video as tears stream down his face. "I've been away from my baby for two months. I just want my baby and no one's listening cause no one's in the courtroom."

Also, according to People, Norma claimed in her September declaration, that Tyrese was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as manic behavior, although she says he has denied this. Also, there is concern about Gibson taking Shayla to Dubai, where he has allegedly threatened to travel before. She also added that he did not return the child's passport when asked.

Still Ailing

Hannah Brown is still nursing 'DWTS' injuries

Hannah Brown won "Dancing With The Stars" back in fall 2019, but more than a year later, she's still dealing with injuries sustained during her time on the show.

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"I think this political climate and with COVID has been hard for all of us and me too," she said on her Instagram Stories during a light walk. "Usually when I'm struggling, dealing with my mental health, I can go to working out. Well, for the past five months, maybe almost six, I haven't been able to work out like I used to."

The "Bachelorette" star did note that her physical and mental health are slowly getting better. 

"I am still going to the doctor and trying to figure it out but I think a lot of my body hurting comes from some issues that started on 'Dancing With the Stars' and I just kept going from zero to 100 — I'm either all or nothing — and pushed it too much to where I now have, like, some issues that I am having to deal with physical therapy," she said. "So I've been doing that mostly and then going on some walks and bike rides, but honestly, that's it."

Hannah quickly added, "To clarify, have always had issues and pains but I think 'DWTS' put additional stress on those prior injuries."

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In addition to her injuries, the reality TV star acknowledged that public criticism of her body hasn't been easy to hear or see.

"I'm starting to realize that more people can relate to this girl, the one who is struggling," she shared. "I'm just trying to be more honest about where I'm at. I know we all start in different places so some people stress me, they like to point out that I've gained weight, some people say I look great but I just want to feel good and I haven't felt good because I haven't been able to work out the way that I feel like my body needs."

She continued, "So instead of being zero or 100, I'm going to learn to show up where I can be right now, whether that's 50 percent, 60 percent, 35 percent my best; you've got to start somewhere."

Hannah, 26, also wrote, "My overall health is my #1 priority right now. So I'm going to continue to do all that I can right now — be more about trying new workout methods (I've always been a HIT workout, high cardio balls-to-the-wall athlete), learn to adjust and listen to my body, and continue to see medical advice to hopefully get some clarity soon!"

SB performance

Miley Cyrus to perform for healthcare workers at Super Bowl

Miley Cyrus is putting her game face on for the country's heroes.

The singer announced that she'll perform for 7,500 vaccinated health care workers during the Super Bowl LV pre-game show. It's being dubbed the first-ever TikTok Tailgate.

"SUPER BOWL LV!!! 💗 🏈 I'll be there for TIKTOK TAILGATE!!!" she tweeted. "I can't wait to put on a show for the NFL's honored guests before the game…. Health care workers from Tampa and around the country!"

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Super Bowl LV will take place in Tampa, Florida. Earlier this year, the NFL announced that it will allow 22,000 fans into the stadium, including 7,500 vaccinated health care workers, who will receive free admission.

"These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement earlier this year. "We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes. This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings."

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a handful of NFL teams allowed socially-distanced crowds to attend games during the season. Likewise, the Super Bowl this year is expected to lack the usual in-person fanfare that it usually has. Still, it's not lacking star power, as The Weeknd is set to perform during the Halftime Show, and Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." On the field, the Kanas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be led by two of biggest names in the NFL: Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady, respectively.

family dynamic

Kate Hudson dishes on raising three kids with three different fathers

Raising children is hard… Try raising three kids from three different fathers. Welcome to Kate Hudson's world.

"I've got multiple dads. I've got kids all over the place," she joked during an appearance on the "Today" show on Jan. 24. 

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Kate shares son Ryder, 17, with ex-husband Chris Robinson, son Bingham, 9, with ex-fiancé Matt Bellamy and daughter Rani Rose, 2, with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa.

"The only expectations I really have that are really high on my life is with my kids and with family stuff," she said. "Other than that, it's like, I just let it go, I do it, work my a— off, and then I walk away, and I hope for the best."

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Kate's family dynamic certainly seems to work for her. Growing up, that wasn't the case — she's famously estranged from her birth father, Bill Hudson, and several of her siblings. 

"I think that estrangement is unfortunately quite common," she said. "I think it's important for people to talk about that. Sometimes we need a little bit of talk and humor to move us into places where we can heal some of the wounds that have affected us from our families. If they can't reconnect or if it's too challenging, that it's okay, right?"

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The estrangement from her dad, she said, is a "41-year-old issue." The actress, who's 41, then praised the family she has now, including her mother, Goldie Hawn, and Goldie's longtime partner Kurt Russell.

"I have a beautiful mother. I have a stepfather who stepped in and played a huge, huge part in sharing what it is to have a dependable father figure in our life," she said. "But it doesn't take away from the fact that we didn't know our dad. People sometimes need to hear they're not alone in that."

Pardon change

Kodak Black seemingly reneges on $1M charity offer after pardon

While pleading for a Presidential pardon during Donald Trump's final months in the Oval Office, Kodak Black made a bit of a quid pro quo offer — the rapper promised to give $1 million to charity if he was pardoned.

"If The President Them Free Me, I'm Gonna Spend 1 million on Charity within The First Year I'm Out. That's on Everything," he tweeted on Nov. 27.

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On Trump's last day in office, that happened. Not long after, several bloggers noticed that Black's promisory tweet had suddenly disappeared.

Black had served nearly half of his 48-month prison sentence before the pardon. The rapper had pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge following an incident in May 2019. He also admitted to lying about his criminal history while acquiring firearms. 

Since the pardon, social media has been reminding Black of his promise. His attorney, though, tells TMZ that Black constantly donates to various charities and doesn't need to prove himself. He also questioned the charitableness of those questioning Black's intent.

"A statement promising something for something in exchange is not appropriate and although Kodak has always given to charity his whole career and will continue to do charity, not in exchange for anything. Some think this is a story. It isn't," his attorney said. "Instead of harping on a young black man and how much charity he does, why don't we take a look at the amount of charity the writers of these articles do? Last week, Kodak pledged $100k to setting up a scholarship fund in the name of Meadow Pollack. The week before he donated $50k to barstool fund to help small businesses. That's $150k and he's been out 5 days."

Animal issue

PETA upset with 'Tiger King' star following Larsa Pippen visit

"Tiger King" star Doc Antle has once again angered the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and this time it's linked to Larsa Pippen.

On Jan. 17, the socialite posted photos from Doc's zoo that shows her in the pool with several tigers. Other photos show her kids playing with the animals at the Myrtle Beach Safari, too.

PETA was not pleased, and has sent a 3-page letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting an investigation into the "Tiger King" star for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act, TMZ reported, while also publishing a copy of the complaint.

"PETA has repeatedly reported Antle's dangerous stunts to the USDA… And yet, the USDA has apparently refused to take any meaningful action to prevent Antle from allowing these types of dangerous, direct contact stunts," the letter says.

PETA's biggest complaint is that Larsa and her kids had direct contact with the animals. In the letter, PETA also says the close contact put the animals at risk for COVID-19.

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Doc told TMZ that Larsa took a tour of his property before shooting footage for a PSA on wild tiger conservation. Part of the tour included playing around with tiger cubs and primates. Doc added that he was compliant with USDA guidelines and recommendations.

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Although the flamboyant and now-imprisoned Joe Exotic got the bevy of attention on Netflix's "Tiger King," Doc was also heavily featured in the series. Over the years, he's had a bevy of celebrity connections and was even on stage with Britney Spears during her iconic 2001 MTV VMA performance of "I'm a Slave For You." 

'Jeopardy!' Backlash?

Why Katie Couric's Trump comments could affect her future on 'Jeopardy!'

Producers at "Jeopardy!" are reportedly worried Katie Couric's recent remarks about Donald Trump and his supporters will turn off the show's largely conservative audience.

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The former "Today" host — who's set to take over as a guest presenter on the trivia show in the wake of Alex Trebek's death — joined Bill Maher for a discussion about Donald Trump's legacy on the Jan. 15 edition of "Real Time."

During her appearance, Couric expressed frustration with congressional Republicans whom she said seem to be "believing the garbage that they are being fed 24/7 on the internet, by their constituents, and they bought into this big lie."

Couric added, "And the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

She also expressed support for the outgoing president's second impeachment as well as his ban from Twitter, both of which came as Trump's comments at a MAGA rally were tied to the violent insurrection his supporters staged at the U.S. Capitol.

Speaking to Page Six in a report published late on Friday, Jan. 22, a "TV insider" said the veteran journalist's comments "immediately worried" "Jeopardy!" producers.

That's apparently because the show's demographic is older — the median age of its viewers is 64.2 — and "very conservative," according to the source.

"And the show has always steered clear of politics," the insider continued, noting that producers are concerned about the timing of her comments, which could spark "a backlash against her" from its key viewers.

"'Jeopardy!' viewers are quite a traditional bunch, and there's fears she might be too polarizing after this," the source said. "At the very least, she already appears to have ruled herself out of becoming the permanent host of the show."

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Couric's comments have already come under fire from conservative pundits including Fox News contributor Joe Concha.

A second insider suggested similar concerns likely influenced the apology Ken Jennings gave in December for anti-Trump tweets he posted years earlier. That mea culpa came less than a month before he guest hosted the show.

"Katie will be under huge pressure to apologize also," the source predicted.

Alex Trebek, who died in November following a battle with pancreatic cancer, pre-taped a handful of "Jeopardy!" episodes shortly before his death. The final one aired on Jan. 8.

Couric will be the first woman to ever host the show. Actress Mayim Bialik and NFL star Aaron Rodgers are also on tap to serve as upcoming guest hosts.

Music and memories

Adele celebrates the 10-year anniversary of "21"

It's been 10 years since Adele dropped "21," and she's now reflecting back on the life-changing album. 

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"21" was released on Jan. 24, 2011, as a followup to her 2008 album "19." The album was a smash success, winning Adele Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, as well as Guinness World Records in 2012 for digital sales in the U.K. and US, as well as consecutive and cumulative weeks in the No. 1 spot on U.K. charts by a solo female artist. Among the timeless singles from the album, which went many, many times platinum, were "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone like You." 

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Adele shared a photo of the album cover on Instagram. "Well I never! Happy 10 years old friend! It's crazy how little I remember of what it was like and how I felt a decade ago," she wrote in the caption. "But Thank You from the bottom of my heart for letting us into your lives and letting me be a soundtrack to some of it x."

Adele, who hasn't dropped new music since 2015's "25" — the followup to "21" — has left fans clamoring for more. Rumors are flying she could release new music sooner rather than later — perhaps as soon as February.

The singer's pal Alan Carr spoke to Grazia earlier this month about her new music. "I've actually heard some tracks on it. Oh my God, it's amazing – so amazing," he gushed. "I said to her, I said that voice is like an old friend, because there are some people in the charts who sound a bit like Adele and then when you hear Adele's voice, you go, 'Oh no, there's only one.'"

Hot mama

Pregnant Emily Ratajkowski responds to lip injection rumors

Emily Ratajkowski is opening up about her pregnancy body — and slamming rumors about it. 

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The model, who is expecting her first child with husband Sebastian Bear-McClard, took to her Instagram Story on Friday, Jan. 22, to discuss her pregnancy. 

Emily started by responding to followers who have told her to stop getting lip injections. "I've never had lip injections (no judging folks who do—y'all look great!) but you can't even get injections when you're pregnant! A woman's blood volume increases 50% which is why ladies can get a little puffy in the face and lips during pregnancy."

The 29-year-old beauty, who is more than eight months along in her pregnancy, also engaged with commenters who feel that she has been pregnant "forever."

"LOL yes pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks which can definitely feel like a long time, but I announced halfway into my pregnancy and it's only been 3 months since then!" she wrote. She also disagreed with the perceived length of her pregnancy, noting it has gone by very quickly for her. 

Spending the tail end of her pregnancy on a palm-tree lined beach and even on a boat, Emily has had the opportunity to focus on how grateful she is for her changing body. 

"I've found I have a whole new appreciation for what my body can do and what is beautiful," she wrote. "I'm gonna celebrate it on here when I feel like it."

Since first announcing her pregnancy, the actress has been reflective of this season in her life. In an October 2020 essay for Vogue, she touched upon the loneliness of pregnancy. 

"Pregnancy is innately lonely; it's something a woman does by herself, inside her body, no matter what her circumstances may be. Despite having a loving partner and many female friends ready to share the gritty details of their pregnancies, I am ultimately alone with my body in this experience," she wrote. "There is no one to feel it with me—the sharp muscular aches in my lower abdomen that come out of nowhere while I'm watching a movie or the painful heaviness of my breasts that now greets me first thing every morning. My husband has no physical symptoms in 'our' pregnancy, another reminder of how different a woman and man's experience of life can be."

Parenting

Eva Mendes' daughter complains that she's on the phone too much

Eva Mendes doesn't have a problem with her daughter calling her out on her own bad behavior.

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On Jan. 23, the mother of two took to Instagram to share an image of a Tweet from LatinxParenting. 

"Let your kids call you out. It's not disrespect. It's healthy. Kids can be so fiercely aligned with their value that they will take nothing less than the respect they deserve. They will take no BS. Not even from you," the post read. "Congratulations, you are raising an empowered child."

Eva, who shares daughters Esmerelda, 6, and Amada, 4, with partner Ryan Gosling, thanked the parenting channel for the "important reminder."

The "Hitch" actress went on to explain why she has been absent from the social media platform for nearly a month.

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"I haven't posted lately because my little one told me I was on the phone too much. I could tell she was taking it personally. And she's a kid, of course she'd take it personally. They take things personally unless we go out of our way to make it clear to them it's not personal," she explained. "So we had good talk, I apologized and I promised her I'd be mindful. I realized that just because I'm always home with them doesn't mean I'm always present."

LatinxParenting called the share a "huge honor" and requested Eva get in touch in regards to a book they're working on about mothering. 

"[Eva] fueled a movement of Latinx parents rethinking the way we parent and [I just want her to know] how incredibly grateful I am for that. And that she contextualized it with her experience is so beautiful and insightful," the page's author wrote on Eva's post. "It's a big deal for so many reasons."