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George Clooney: 'What's the point of being a parent if you don't get your hands dirty?'

Over the course of his celebrated career, millions of eyeball have been on George Clooney. Some of his films have been huge successes, while others have flopped. But, in the eyes of a couple of infants, he's an Oscar-worthy performer every single day.

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The actor opened up about fatherhood to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It's really fun. They're 4½ months old, they laugh at goofy faces and fart sounds, they're the best audience I've ever had," he said of his twins. "Although now we've just started them on solids I think we're at the precipice."

He joked, "I don't think it's going to be as fun. And I'm only relatively good with the diaper changing, but this new transition, it's changing everything. For the worse. It's all downhill from here. It's a total train wreck. I'm not going to go into detail. And I used to say to my friends, 'What's the problem, this diaper thing is easy!' Yeah, now I know."

When it comes to raising the kids, George said it's all on him and his wife, Amal Clooney, with only minimal help from a nanny.

"What's the point of being a parent if you don't get your hands dirty? That's what it's all about," he said.

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George and Amal welcomed their twins Ella and Alexander on June 6. Like any doting dad, he marvels at his kids.

"I can't really understand just how fully formed they are as human beings. Five months ago, they weren't here. And now, they're both very different; he's this little thug, this out-there personality, and she's very sweet-natured and dainty," he said. "And this is who they are, this is who they're going to develop into and grow up to be, and we as parents just have to try our best not to mess them up [laughs]. I want them to be happy and healthy and safe and it's our job to safeguard that to the best of our ability. And after that, it's like rolling the dice."

Splitsville?

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson reportedly split again

Breakup rumors are again enveloping Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson.

On June 21, Page Six reported that the duo quietly split up "a few weeks ago." 

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"They're getting along. There is no drama," a source said, adding that "everything is amicable, and they are on the same page with co-parenting" their 3-year-old daughter True.

TMZ, meanwhile, said the duo broke up after cheating allegations arose last month when Instagram model Sydney Chase claimed that she and the NBA player hooked up this year while he was back in the throes of his romance with the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star. After Sydney's claims on the "No Jumper" podcast, Tristan threatened legal action, but he has not gone through with it. 

The split claims come amid speculation that Tristan is on the verge of being traded by the Boston Celtics and after the Daily Mail said he was spotted going to a party with three women, none of which were Khloe.

"Tristan took off into one of the party rooms where everyone goes to hook up," an insider told the Daily Mail. "He was with three women and another guy. One of the girls he was with is a regular partier — she's always out and about at parties. The other girls have just started going out with this group. He did this in front of about 30 people so you could hear people talking."

Tristan emerged 30 minutes later.

"When he arrived, his shirt looked all pressed and when he came out his shirt was a mess, he looked disheveled," the source said. "He continued to party for about another hour and then he left the party at about 4 a.m. with his entourage."

The source also claimed that Thompson was heavily flirting with one of the ladies there.

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In an odd coincidence, the split reports come just after the airing of the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" reunion in which Khloe said she wanted more kids with Tristan. The reunion was filmed over a month ago. At the time, she spoke of Tristan's "growth."

"I know the growth and all the work that he's done, I know all of the help that he's gotten and the constant efforts that he makes every single day and how hard he fought to get back with me currently," she explained. "I mean, you can ask everyone, it really wasn't an easy thing for him. I don't understand why someone would go through all that if they weren't serious."

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Khloe's relationship with Tristan has been a roller coaster. Back in 2018, just two days before Khloe gave birth to True, videos emerged of him cheating on the reality TV star with several women. In the following days, he was then linked to even more women. Khloe stayed with him through all the allegations and videos.

Then, in 2019, he was again accused of cheating on Khloe, this time with Kylie Jenner's now-former BFF Jordyn Woods. In the fallout, Khloe split with her beau but blamed Jordyn for the alleged hookup. She flat out said Jordyn — not Tristan — was the reason for the family fracture. Fans, though, turned on Khloe and ripped her for backing Tristan. Soon after, she changed her tune. 

Almost immediately, Tristan tried winning Khloe back and he often left flirty comments on her Instagram. As time went on, a reconciliation seemed imminent. In 2020, the duo officially reconciled and Khloe tweeted that the entire Jordyn-Tristan incident was "hearsay."

Medical issue

'Bachelor' alum opens up about mystery hospitalization

Carly Waddell is lifting the veil on her recent mystery hospitalization.

In an Instagram video, the "Bachelor in Paradise" alum said she was boarding a flight last week when she "started having really bad intestinal cramps." While on the plane, she said, "It kept hitting and kept hitting, and I couldn't breathe anymore. Then I got super, super hot and super, super nauseous, and I stopped being able to see, stopped being able to hear."

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After saying she needed to get off the plane, Carly passed out. Soon, medics transported her to the emergency room.

"I could not stop throwing up. I probably threw up 20 times," she said, while also adding that there was an issue with hospital workers getting her blood. "They stuck me, I don't know, 200 times, probably — at least 20. They couldn't get blood out for forever."

Eventually they discovered that her white blood cell count was high.

"They said it was probably a virus or bacteria that just got me and got me really good," she said.

Even though she's home, Carly still isn't back to normal — not even close.

"They didn't know what was going on, and I still haven't gone to the bathroom a week later," she said. "That's the update, that's what's going on, which, I don't know what's going on. Nobody actually knows."

Fans were first made aware of Carly's medical episode after her estranged husband posted a photo of her in the hospital.

Evan and Carly met on Season 3 of "Bachelor in Paradise" and got engaged afterward. They share two children, but he has three kids from a previous relationship. In December 2020, Evan and Carly announced their separation.

Engaged

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro confirms engagement on Instagram: See the post

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has found his happily-ever-after.

On June 21, the reality TV star confirmed on Instagram that he and girlfriend Saffire Matos are engaged. The "Jersey Shore" star posted a photo that showed his lady love's ring, which he presented to her during a beach engagement. The words "Marry me" also appeared in the sand next to a romantic champagne setup and private picnic.

"I love you," he captioned the image. "Thank you for sticking by my side through thick and thin! Til death do us part! #SheSaidYes."

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People magazine said Ronnie popped the question on June 19 in front of his 3-year-old daughter, Ariana, and his family. 

"Ronnie has been taken this time to work on himself and his daughter," a source told the mag. "For him, he felt like this is right time. They're both really happy for this next chapter. His health and happiness are what is most important."

He and Saffire have been dating since last fall, and they've clearly overcome a lot. In April, the reality TV star was arrested after he and Saffire got into an argument that allegedly turned physical. She would go on to downplay the issue.

The engagement comes just as Ronnie's ex Jenn Harley deals with her own legal issues. Over the weekend, Jenn, who shares Ariana with Ron, was arrested in Las Vegas following a domestic incident with her boyfriend, Joseph Ambrosole.

TMZ said the two got into an argument at a gentlemen's club and they were asked to leave. The fight allegedly continued during the car ride home and she reportedly threw his phone out the window. When he got out of the car to retrieve it, she took off and left him to fend for himself. Once he got to back to her home, Jenn allegedly pointed a gun at Joseph and threatened to kill him.

Jenn soon fled the scene, but cops eventually tracked her down and arrested her for domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon.

Awful accident

Russell Brand 'devastated' after dog mauls, kills wallaby

Russell Brand's German Shepherd reportedly mauled a wallaby to death this week, but the comic managed to save the marsupial's baby.

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A source told The Sun that the "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" star was walking his dog, Bear, near his home in England when they came across a female wallaby with a baby in its pouch. Bear made a beeline for the animal. Russell apparently got involved in the tussle and saved the baby. 

The actor is said to be mortified by the incident.

"Absolutely no one is ­blaming Russell or his dog — it's just a horrible accident," a source told the British publication. "In fact Russell was the hero because he managed to save the little joey and it could have been far worse if he hadn't stepped in so quickly."

Russell is a well known animal lover and often posts images of his pets on Instagram. In May he shared a video of Bear playing with his kittens.

"He is a very caring man with animals — he has plenty of pets and they're all his babies," the source said. "I understand he's devastated over what happened. It's really sad."

Estate issue

Family feud over DMX's estate begins

The family fight for DMX's estate has begun.

Page Six reported that Desiree Lindstrom, DMX's fiancee and mother to his 5-year-old son, recently asked the court to declare her his "common law wife," but a judge shot it down. If the move would have been approved, Desireee would have gained immediate seniority over his 14 children to potentially control his estate and all future earnings from his music.

Judge Helen Blackwood ruled that Desiree did "not have standing to file," as a common-law wife.

DMX left no will when he passed away in April from a drug overdose.

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As Desiree fights to control DMX's legacy and future earnings, his older children are doing the same. 

According to the June 19 report, an estate must be set up to manage future earnings from DMX'S music, and the first step is for a court to appoint administrators. Three of DMX's sons from his marriage to Tashera Simmons — Xavier, 28, Tacoma, 21, and Sean, 19 — are petitioning for be administrators. Further, two of his adult daughters from a different relationship are also fighting to be named administrators.

"There is no will from DMX and that's a big problem. This is a difficult situation because there are a number of people vying to be named administrators," a source said. "His fiancée Desiree tried to muscle in by asking the court to be named his common-law wife, which means she would have taken precedence over his children. But the court refused."

Trending name

Tristan Thompson's name trends, everyone thinks the same thing

On Friday, Tristan Thompson's name was trending on Twitter and pretty much everyone had the exact same thought.

"Me seeing Tristan Thompson trending thinking it has something to do with the Kardashians but then realizing it's about him and sports," one person said. 

Another added, "Anytime Tristan Thompson is trending, I always assume it's for something other than basketball lol."

When Tristan's name has trended in the past, it's sometimes had something to do with his relationship with Khloe Kardashian or his, shall we say, spotty track record of faithfulness to her

On June 18, though, his name actually trended through no fault of his own. This time it had to do with his job. Tristan's name was quickly linked to trade rumors after his team, the Boston Celtics, made a big change with its roster Friday morning. There is growing sentiment that Tristan's time in Beantown is likely to end.

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For pop culture fanatics, trade rumors involving Tristan and his career are a welcome reason to trend. Still, the jokes were pretty universal and similar.

"Tristan Thompson is trending because of basketball ……wtf going on in this world," one person said. 

Another added, "I forget tristan thompson actually plays basketball when i see him trending."

Clearly, the Internet is always willing to have a ball at Tristan's expense.

Internet claim

Hugh Grant rips Internet claim about foundation of his marriage

Hugh Grant is publicly balking at a claim on the Internet that plainly states he and his wife of three years married for "passport reasons."

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On June 17, the "Bridget Jones's Diary" actor posted a screenshot from a Google search and took issue with it. 

"No I didn't, @Internet. I married her because I love her," he wrote on social media.

It appears that Google's claim stems from a 2018 interview Hugh did with USA Today. In that chat, Hugh — once thought of as an eternal bachelor — was asked about marrying Swedish wife Anna Elisabet Eberstein.

"My wife agrees with me that marriage is a pretty preposterous social construct," he's quoted in USA Today. "But when you've got three children, it's a nice thing to do."

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Travel, he said, weighed into the til-death-do-us-part decision. 

"I didn't like going through immigration into countries where they'd say, 'Everyone with a Grant passport, over here, and all the others through there.' She went through with the nannies. That seemed all wrong," he said. 

At the time, the USA Today reporter told Hugh that Michael Phelps secretly married before his final Olympics to ease passport clearances.

"Did he? Well, we're very similar in many ways," Hugh said.

After Hugh's tweet on June 17, one follower wondered why the actor was Googling his wife's name. "Hugh Grant forget who his wife is and have to Google it?" the person asked. Hugh responded, "No. A friend sent it to me."

Game off

Cody Simpson's Olympic dream ends … this year

Cody Simpson's aspirations to compete in the Tokyo Olympics have come to an end.

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The Australian singer had been attempting to qualify for the postponed 2020 games in swimming. On June 17, his hopes came crashing down at the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials when he missed the mark by 1.14 seconds. 

After it was over, Cody reflected on his experience and vowed to try to swim for Australia at the 2024 Games in Paris.

"What an experience racing at my first Australian Olympic Trials," he wrote on Instagram. "To make a final was our goal this year and with less than a year of training we did just that. I've come so much further than I expected to this year and to be racing the best in the country already is a privilege."

He also thanked former Aussie Olympian Brett Hawke and his training partner for pushing him.

"I'm so psyched to get back to training," he said. "See you in 3 years.."

Throughout his training, Cody often documented his progress. 

"Just achieved my 2 goals for this year at once! An Olympic trials final and a 52. 100m fly swim," he wrote on Instagram on June 16.

His journey was also documented in the Amazon Prime. documentary "Head Above Water."

Housewives accusations

Kelly Dodd blames Braunwyn Windham-Burke for 'Housewives' axing

Kelly Dodd has found a scapegoat for her "The Real Housewives of Orange County" exit: Braunwyn Windham-Burke.

On June 17, just two days after the massive "Housewives" cast shakeup was announced, Kelly posted a text conversation she had with Braunwyn. In it, Kelly squarely says Braunwyn is the sole reason she's off the show.

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Braunwyn appears to have started the conversation, telling Kelly, "I hope you're okay, I know we've been through hell and back but I'm here."

Kelly, however, was less diplomatic.

"This was your fault. We'd still be on the show if you didn't make things so dark and ugly and brought all that political 'woke' BS,'" Kelly wrote. "Your lies about me, calling me a racist and a homophobe were horribly destructive and your phony storylines didn't help either."

Braunwyn, the first gay "Housewives" star, appeared to take the high road, reiterating that she's available to talk if Kelly ever wanted to reach out. Kelly, though, seems to want no part of an open dialogue.

"I can't believe this Braunwyn has the audacity to text me !!" Kelly wrote on Instagram alongside a slew of accusations. She also called her former "Housewives" costar a "nut job classic narcissist!"

For her part, Braunwyn confirmed to Page Six that the messages were authentic, but said they were also edited.

"Only Kelly Dodd would post screenshots of her own texts that make her look wildly immature," Braunwyn said. "I guess that's what being bitter is like, and I tried to empathize with her, as you can see. I'm a big believer in growing and changing, and second chances (or in this case 10th or 11th chance). At the end of the day, it's just a tv show and we are still neighbors."

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To be fair, Kelly's future on the show has long been in question. Last February reports said Kelly (and other cast mates) was set to be fired. Shortly before that, she also threatened to leave the show if Braunwyn were to return.

A source close to the "Housewives" told Page Six on Thursday that Kelly only needs to look in the mirror when figuring out where things went wrong.

"Kelly should take accountability for herself being fired instead of pointing fingers at everyone else," the insider claimed.