Zaya's big night

Dwyane Wade's transgender daughter Zaya hits first red carpet since coming out publicly

It was a big night for the Wade family. On March 7, retired NBA star Dwyane Wade, actress wife Gabrielle Union and his daughter Zaya, 12, attended the 2020 Truth Awards in Los Angeles. The event marked Zaya's first red carpet since she publicly came out as a transgender girl.

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The family posed for photos wearing coordinated custom black, white, green and hot pink looks by designer Rich Fresh and accessorized with jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz. Dwyane and Gabrielle both took to social media to share images from the evening as well as loving messages. "Everyone allow her to re-introduce herself her name is Zaya Wade! Last night was Zaya's first red carpet and we couldn't have been prouder of how she handled the questions that were asked of her. She has emerged as one of the young faces and voices for the LGBTQ+ community. #truthawards," Dwyane captioned a photo of Zaya, the second eldest of his four kids, on Instagram. (Zaya's mother is Dwyane's first wife, Siohvaughn Funches.)

Gabrielle posted several photo slideshows plus a fun video clip of the family walking next to a pool in slow motion. "We keep moving forward. We keep leading with love, light, and hope for a better more inclusive world. Stay put and stay mad if you want. We keep it pushing. Always. ❤❤❤," she captioned the video.

E! News reported that during the Better Brothers Los Angeles Truth Awards — which celebrate the accomplishments of the black LGBTQ+ community and its allies — the Wades took the stage to honor a friend and there, Dwyane spoke about his LGBTQ+ child who the world previously knew as Zion. "When our 8-year-old daughter, Zaya Wade, came home and said she had something to tell us, when she came out to us, as a family, we admitted that we weren't as educated about the LGBTQ+ plus community as we should have been," Dwyane said on stage.

The former basketball star went onto explain that he and Zaya's famous stepmom initially reached out to friends in the community, a male couple, for advice. "[They] helped us navigate the right language to use, the questions to ask and what to listen for," Dwyane said. "They also reminded us to make sure Zaya knew her community and felt the love and support inside and outside from home."

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Dwyane further shared that as a start, one thing he and Gabrielle did was work with Zaya to design her bedrooms in their homes "to make sure that her most authentic self was represented and that her bedroom felt like her sanctuary," he said. "Now, that may seem small, but taking the time to make sure Zaya felt seen and heard as she created her own space for us was key. It was key to Zaya's comfort and her confidence."

On Instagram, Dwyane captioned a photo of himself and Gabrielle flanking an excited-looking Zaya, "Zaya how does that custom @richfresh feel??? Last night was a dope experience for our family. Thank you to @betterbrothersla and the #truthawards for recognizing our good friends @jasonbolden @adair_curtis with the Business Leadership Award. The Truth Awards was created to recognize and highlight the accomplishments of the Black LGBTQ+ community and its allies. In doing so, they increase the awareness of their contributions to Society, Popular Culture and the Arts, and help refocus the lens through which they are seen. The Truth Awards also provides funding for scholarships that supports educational opportunities for youth in the LGBTQ+ community! ✊🏾🖤."

Gabrielle further posted on a slideshow, in part, "It was an EPIC night filled with so much love & a real sense of community. It was important for Zaya to be a part of such a beautiful night & reminding her of all the love & support she has. We were moved to tears so many times throughout the night. So much gratitude ❤💜🖤."

Many of the couple's well-known celebrity followers including Mark Wahlberg, Tracee Ellis Ross, Janet Mock, Chris Bosh, Holly Robinson Peete, Rowan Blanchard, Todrick Hall, EJ Johnson, Tank, Keith Powers and more took to the comments in the Wades' Instagram posts to share support.

Sexuality reveal

'Housewives' star Braunwyn Windham-Burke comes out as gay

"The Real Housewives of Orange County" star Braunwyn Windham-Burke has come out about her sexuality: She's gay.

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The reality TV star made the reveal during an interview with GLAAD on Dec. 2. 

"I'm finally comfortable enough to say I like women. I'm gay," she announced at the beginning of the on-camera interview. "I'm a member of the LGBTQ+ community. I'm a lesbian. It has taken me 42 years to say that but I am so proud of where I am right now. I'm so happy where I am. To be able to be comfortable in my own skin after so long is just so nice."

Braunwyn said she's left some proverbial breadcrumbs over the past year, including a much-discussed make-out scene with Tamra Judge. 

"When we were getting ready for the reunion I was talking to a producer that I trust a lot, his name was James, and he said, 'How do you feel about this? Was it a drunken mistake or is this a part of who you are?' And I said, 'This is who I am,'" she said. "When I went to the reunion last year I kind of started baby-stepping into, 'This is who I am. I like women.' I was testing the waters with my friends, my cast, my family."

Despite her sexuality and her reveal that she currently has a girlfriend, Braunwyn plans to stay married to Sean Burke, her husband of 20 years and father of their seven children. Braunwyn notes that she and Sean sleep in separate bedrooms, and he has met the "Housewives" star's new love interest.

"I love Sean. I love him dearly, he is my person, he is my family. But I'm not attracted to men and I never have been," she said. 

Her attraction to women, she said, "became something that I didn't want to hide anymore and I didn't want to keep secret anymore. I want to be able to go out to dinner with whoever I want without judgment."

Braunwyn further mentioned that her sobriety helped her become her authentic self.

"I know there's a correlation between the two," she said. "I know when you get sober and you start doing the work that goes into that, you start realizing a lot of the reasons you drank had to do with who you were on the inside."

Asked how she feels now that she's publicly come out, Braunwyn said, "I'm still getting used to it."

After her interview, the TV star took to Instagram to thank GLAAD for the support.

"It feels so good to finally be living my truth. I am a lesbian. At 43 years old, I've finally been able to accept this part of myself and I've realized there are no rules about when someone should come out," she wrote. "This is my time."

wild allegations

Firm calls Erika Jayne's divorce a 'sham' to steal from plane crash victims

A Chicago law firm is claiming that Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi's divorce is nothing more than "a sham" with the purpose of embezzling money from the families of victims of a deadly plane crash.

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In a class action lawsuit last year, Edelson PC represented the family's of the victims of Lion Air Flight 610, which crashed in 2018 during a flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, killing all 189 people aboard. Tom's law firm, Girardi Keese, was also involved in the lawsuit against Boeing, as the fateful plane was a Boeing 737 Max 8.

In early 2020, Boeing quietly reached individual settlements with the families of the crash victims. Now, Edelson claims that Tom has been embezzling money from the settlements to support his and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star's lifestyle.

The lawsuit, filed in court on Dec. 2 and obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, claims Tom and his law firm "are on the verge of financial collapse and locked in a downward spiral of mounting debts and dwindling funds."

The sudden divorce, the lawsuit alleges, was done so that Tom, 81, and Erika, 49, can "project a public image of obscene wealth at all times, and at whatever the cost."

"While Erika publicly filed for divorce this month, on information and belief, that 'divorce' is simply a sham attempt to fraudulently protect Tom's and Erika's money from those that seek to collect on debts owed by Tom and his law firm GK," the lawsuit continued.

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Erika filed for divorce from Tom on Nov. 3, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple had no prenuptial agreement, but she's asked for spousal support.

Edelson alleges that Tom and Erika "route the money to friends and family and satisfy other outstanding debts." The court filing also brings up Erika's comments in multiple interviews in which she acknowledges that she spends $40,000 a month for her look. It also brings up Tom's daily standing reservation at Morton's The Steakhouse in Los Angeles.

Edelson claims it became aware of potential issues after the firm contacted Tom to check on the status of the Boeing settlements being paid to the families. Tom, the firm says, was less than forthcoming.

"We're doing good on this thing, getting things squared away and sh—," Tom allegedly said in a voicemail attached to the court filing. "Don't be mean to me, be nice to me. I'm doing good. It was because of me that we got this by the way. … I'll be in touch, don't worry about everything, we're friends, things are going to work out good."

In another, Tom allegedly said, "We screwed up here a little bit. … We had three different air crashes and they got a little screwed up. I'll get everything worked out by Thursday. I'm so sorry, this never happened before, anyway, everything will be smoothed over on Thursday."

According to Page Six, the lawsuit asks a judge to create a trust to first benefit Lion Air clients before paying money owed to Edelson.

Health battle

Trista Sutter's husband addresses mystery illness

Ryan Sutter is opening up about his five-month health battle with a mystery illness that has left him "paralyzed" with fatigue.

The "Bachelorette" star's wife, Trista Sutter, first brought Ryan's internal war to light earlier in the week, indicating they know he's not battling cancer, but they don't know what he's actually suffering from.

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In a series of Instagram posts, Ryan detailed his private fight, explaining that he began working as a firefighter again earlier this year.

"I completed the academy and believed/hoped I would begin to recover and feel better.  It's been five months now and, if anything, I feel worse," he said. "Though I am functional and continue to work my regular fire schedule, I am experiencing a battery of symptoms which include:  fatigue – sometimes almost paralyzing, deep body and muscle aches, fevers, night sweats, full body itching with no rash, headaches, neck and throat swelling, congestion, light headedness, nausea, and just general all around not feeling good."

Ryan has tested negative for COVID-19 several times and he's tested negative for Lupus, so those illnesses have been essentially ruled out. He's also taken several blood tests, but nothing has been conclusive.

"I am not taking any medications, maintain a healthy diet and am doing my best to get rest.  Most days I feel about 70%.  Somedays I feel a bit better and somedays I can barely get out of bed," he said. "I don't believe I have anything contagious as no one else in my family has been sick nor has anyone I have worked with or associated with been sick."

Since coming forward with his unknown illness, Ryan has heard from many others with similar stories. 

"The struggle to find answers in the medical world and support through the insurance industry is frustrating and lacking.  One must truly and persistently advocate for himself/herself if they hope to find answers or, at the very least, rule out possibilities," he said. "I am concerned that we are bearing witness to the effects of our lifestyles and the relative lack of understanding as to how we live on a daily basis influences our health and well being and the health and well being of others?  In the pursuit of answers to my personal situation, I hope I might be of some help to all those suffering in similar ways as I am now acutely sympathetic."

Regardless of the unknown, Ryan is prepared to fight this battle.

"I have a strong support group and the best wife in the world.  Please don't worry about me.  I will be fine.  If you must worry, worry about each other.  Support each other.  Be there for each other," he said. "The outpouring of support I have received has been humbling and therapeutic.  I could not be more grateful.  I can not imagine the healing power that amount of love and caring would have on the world should we all choose to apply it?  Maybe let's find out…"

Job offer

Tara Reid offered Nicole Kidman a job over Instagram

Shoot your shot, Tara Reid.

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Over the weekend, the "American Pie" actress made a pitch to Nicole Kidman in hope of casting "The Undoing" star in an upcoming film. Normally this would't be noteworthy, but what made this particular pitch so unconventional is that it happened in the comments section of Nicole's Instagram.

The "Official Sean Penn Instagram" account (not the Sean Penn) captured a screen shot of Tara's grammatically incorrect comment, which came after Nicole posted a photo overlooking New York City. 

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"You are truly amazing in everything you do," Tara began. "I've b en [sic] a huge fan forever. Hopefully one day we can work together soon."

She added, "I'm producing a movie Masha's Mushroom it starring Vivica Fox, Billy Zane, Beverly Deangelo, myself Tara Reid, Sade and others it truly an amazing script."

"I would love for you to read it. Shoreline and Universal are doing it. It's a franchise of 5 films," she said. "If you can follow me so I can tell you more. Kindly, Tara."

It's unknown if Nicole responded or following Tara back. 

BTS Bill

South Korean government lets BTS delay mandatory military service

South Korean lawmakers are allowing BTS members to delay their required national military service due to the K-pop group's international popularity.

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As part of the Military Service Act, all able-bodied South Korean men must serve at least 20 months in the national military before they turn 28. On Dec. 1, legislators overwhelmingly passed a bill — unofficially dubbed the "BTS bill" — which allows top K-pop artists to defer military service for two years. This is especially meaningful to BTS member, Kim Seok-jin, who turns 28 this week.

The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Moon Jae-in.

Under the law, deferment waivers would be granted to pop musicians who have won awards and bring cultural and economic prosperity to the country. One lawmaker noted that the band's first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 brought an estimated $1.5 billion into South Korea's economy. With BTS' success only rising, the Asian nation doesn't want to mess with the group's mojo and the financial boon it brings to the country right now. 

There are exceptions to the mandatory military service rule. Professional athletes are except, as are award-winning musicians from non-pop genres.

Squashed

Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese finally squash their three-year feud

Things are less contentious between feuding "Fast & Furious" stars Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese Gibson.

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The two actors' public spat first went public in 2017 when Tyrese publicly criticized The Rock for signing on to do the "Hobbs & Shaw" movie — a spinoff of the "Fast & Furious" franchise. At the time, Tyrese called Dwayne "selfish" for agreeing to do the spinoff, while also accusing him of making decisions based on "his own self interests."

Around the same time, Tyrese also said The Rock wouldn't respond to his text messages despite the two being friends and having starred in four "Fast & Furious" films together.

The following year, Dwayne said the public disagreement was "pretty disappointing." 

"I always feel like a beef requires two people to actually jump in it, and it was really one-sided, and he had voiced his opinion a lot on social media," Dwayne said. "Apparently, he was going through some stuff too in his personal life. We haven't talked and I don't see where we would, and to me, there's no need to have a conversation."

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Last year, Tyrese slammed The Rock after the "Hobbs & Shaw" opening

Now, though, things have apparently simmered. 

"We talked," Tyrese told Comedy Central's Stir Crazy with Josh Horowitz this week. "We talked for at least four hours. It was great."

"What's interesting about 'The Fast and The Furious' is it's not about any of us individually," he continued, speaking specifically about the franchise's spinoffs. "We're like the UN at this point. Everyone gets to go to the theater and say, 'He and she looks like me.' If I did it with [Ludacris's Tej], then who are we going to play off of? I could not just make it about me. I just could not."

Splitsville

Meghan King and boyfriend split after six months

Meghan King and her boyfriend of six months, Christian Schauf, have gone their separate ways. 

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E! News broke the split news on Nov. 30, reporting that Christian, a Utah-based businessman, didn't like the publicity that came with the romance. However, he told Page Six that's not the case.

"I've never had any problem with any form of publicity," he said. "We lead very different lives and knew that when we met. Sometimes this happens. I wish nothing but the best for Meghan and the kids and we're on good terms."

Fans suspected a split occurred when the former "The Real Housewives of Orange County" star recently gave a tour of her home on Instagram Live. She made no mention of Christian but did give her three kids and dog a shoutout.

"No one is moving in this home except for me, Girly Girl, Aspen, Hart and Hayes," she said. "That's it. That is everyone who will be living in this house."

Meghan and Christian first met on a dating app earlier this year — several months after her contentious split from her ex-husband, former baseball player Jim Edmonds. The duo went "Instagram official" in May. At the beginning of their romance, some critics assumed Christian was only dating Meghan for notoriety.

"I found that pretty funny because if fame was what I was after, I've had dozens of opportunities in my life to do something for fame," he said. "I don't think moving from Los Angeles to Park City is something that somebody who's fame-hungry [would do]. I'm a dude that's been pretty career-focused, and has been trying to meet the right person."

In memory of...

Paul Walker's daughter honors him on anniversary of his death

It was seven years ago when Paul Walker died in a car crash, but his daughter is keeping his memory alive. 

On Nov. 30, Meadow Rain Walker, Paul's only child, posted a throwback photo with the "Fast and Furious" actor. In the sweet snap, a young Meadow sleeps on her dad.

"A silly day to remember in sadness," she captioned the snap. "Today's a celebration of the love and happiness you brought to the world. Here's a photo of my best bud & I napping."

Following the posting, several of the late actor's friends commented on the post.

"We miss him so much. Of all the things he gave to the world……. You are the most beautiful of them all!," actress Nathalie Emmanuel, who starred in "Furious 7" with Paul.

Tyrese, who starred in four movies with Paul. added, "We love you Meadow! We love you and miss your father everyday……. Prayers love and light to you angel….. I know none of this has been easy especially days like this."

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Since the beloved actor's sudden passing, Meadow, 22, has occasionally used social media to post tributes about him. She was 15 years old when her father passed on Nov. 30, 2013.

Still, she has overall kept a low profile since that fateful day. She didn't appear in 2018's "I Am Paul Walker" documentary, which featured much of his family.

"She's a reserved young lady. She's on the shyer, more reserved side," Paul Walker's brother, Caleb Walker, told E! News. "Maybe she needed a few more years, who knows. But we totally respect that. Obviously we would've loved to have her in it, but she wasn't ready."

Health concern

Original 'Bachelorette' reveals husband secretly battling mystery illness

The very first "Bachelorette," Trista Sutter, is looking for answers in regards to her husband's health.

The former reality TV star revealed on Instagram over the weekend that Ryan Sutter, whom she met on the show, is dealing with a mystery illness. The good news is that it's not cancer; the frustrating news is they don't know what it is.

While speaking about Thanksgiving, Trista said, "I know I should be thankful, but I don't want to be fake. And, I'm struggling. This guy…my rock, my best friend, my hero, my love…is struggling. Not everyday, and not to the point that he can't work or cook or exercise or be with family, but enough. We've been struggling for months. Struggling to get answers. And this week, we got an answer that would normally be the best answer of all good answers. We found out that Ryan doesn't have cancer."

The fact that he doesn't have cancer is a "HUGE relief," she said. 

"Part of us was wanting a diagnosis. Wanting to be able to fight for him to be cured instead of fighting for an answer. How messed up is that? Don't worry, I know. It's messed up," she said. "But, that's where we are. In a holding pattern of not knowing." 

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Trista and Ryan, who met and married in 2003, know things could be worse, particularly in a pandemic.

"I am thankful. Thankful to not have to be separated from a loved one who is dying due to COVID. Thankful to not have 2 children with a cancer diagnosis. Thankful to have each other and health insurance and jobs and a home and food on the table and healthy family members and all the things that make this life struggle-free," she wrote. "But if I'm not posting or answering emails or emotional or disconnected, please remember that everyone is struggling in some way, behind closed doors." 

"We are young-ish and blessed, but not immune. We lived a fairy tale on TV and have a great life for all intents and purposes, but answers would be nice," she continued. "So, I'm going to keep praying for answers and am hopeful that if you are the praying type, that you'll think of Ryan when the time comes to send up a message."