Baby on the way
Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West's surrogate is three months pregnant, according to a new report. On July 26, Us Weekly reported that the woman — a San Diego mom in her late 20s — will give birth to the power couple's child in January 2018. The surrogate will reportedly pocket $45,000 to carry a child to term. If there are multiples, the surrogate gets $5,000 for each additional kid. There are also strict instructions in place for the surrogate regarding her diet, hair and sex life.
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On July 24, Justin Bieber pulled the plug on the last 14 shows of his Purpose World Tour, angering many fans and members of his crew. He gave little reason for the sudden cancellation, which he chalked up to "unforeseen circumstances," but many attributed it to simple exhaustion. However, on July 25, TMZ reported that Justin canceled the tour because of "religious enlightenment," claiming he's "rededicated his life to Christ." A few hours after he made the cancellation official, a camera crew asked the Biebs if he had a message for his fans. Justin replied, "I love you guys. I think you guys are awesome. Sorry to anyone who feels disappointed or betrayed. That's not my heart or anything, and have a blessed day." The troubled pop star has been spending more and more time with Hillsong megachurch pastor Carl Lentz, who's like a second father to him.
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Speaking out about her split
More than 10 months after she filed to divorce Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie finally spoke out about it. "Things got bad," she told Vanity Fair, in a story released on July 26, of what led up to the high-profile split. "I didn't want to use that word… Things became 'difficult.'" The marriage, she said, began to crumble in the summer of 2016, but insisted the family's globe-trotting lifestyle was not a factor. "[Our lifestyle] was not in any way a negative," she said. "That was not the problem. That is and will remain one of the wonderful opportunities we are able to give our children… They're six very strong-minded, thoughtful, worldly individuals. I'm very proud of them." Due to the divorce, she said it's been the "hardest time." As for how she and the kids are doing, she added, "We're all just healing from the events that led to the filing… They're not healing from divorce. They're healing from some… from life, from things in life."
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I just can't quit you! Three years after splitting, Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp are back together! A source told the New York Post on July 26 that the duo has been back on for "a few months." Interestingly, in an interview earlier this year, John told Howard Stern that Meg "hates" him. "I loved Meg Ryan," he said. "She hates me to death. I think it's because I'm a child." You know what they say — there's a thin line between love and hate.
Trans ban fallout
Hollywood was up in arms this week after President Donald Trump announced on July 26 that he plans to ban transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. military. Seth Rogan tweeted that the administration and the Trump family in general don't know what LGBTQ stands for. George Takei tweeted, "Trump is banning all transgenders from the military. To those who believed Trump would be a friend to LGBTs, time to admit you were conned." Laverne Cox tweeted, "To all the trans folks currently serving in the military thank you for your service. I am sorry your 'commander in chief' doesn't value it." Perhaps the most scathing takedown was from lifelong Republican Caitlyn Jenner, who has supported the president through much of his campaign and presidency. She penned a letter that said she's breaking up with Trump. "America's 15,000 trans service members and 134,000 veterans are much braver than you, Mr. Trump; my allegiance is with them and our country, not you," she said.
The royals are hiring
Wanna be royal-adjacent? Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry are hiring! The royals took to LinkedIn this week to search for a senior communications officer to support their work, specifically with their Royal Foundation. "The successful candidate will play a key role in the development and implementation of the communications strategy for The Royal Foundation and producing and delivering creative communications campaigns," the employment post said. "The Senior Communications Officer will also be required to conduct research for special projects and contribute to strategic discussions and will provide support to the overall Household communications team." Think you've got what it takes?
Elizabeth Hurley has a new musical man in her life and he knows a thing or two about stardom. The actress has been linked to David Foster. The two photographed together on an Italian vacation in late July. "Liz and David have been good friends for years and things recently turned romantic," a source told "ET." "Liz has been close to David and his daughters and knows the family well." Liz has already met all of David's close friends too, the source said. "They are having fun and things are still very early."
"The Mindy Project" star Ike Barinholtz broke his neck in a terrifying accident while shooting a fall stunt on an upcoming film. He suffered two fractured cervical vertebrae in his neck, People magazine reported. The fall occurred in June but was only made public on July 26. "We knew something was wrong right away," the actor told the mag. "It was scary and was touch-and-go for a while."
President Donald Trump has often been a punching bag for Chrissy Teigen on Twitter, but he had enough of her this week. On July 25, Chrissy announced on Twitter that the commander in chief had blocked her. "After 9 years of hating Donald J Trump, telling him 'lol no one likes you' was the straw," she tweeted alongside a pic of the Twitter message, "@realDonaldTrump blocked you." "I've actually been a big Donald Trump hater [for a long time]," Chrissy admitted to USA Today earlier this year. "I've been trolling him for about five to seven years now. I've been doing this forever, and I take pride in that." And you thought the prez's biggest opponents were Democratic congressmen!
Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio and Aubrey O'Day's on-and-off relationship is firmly off. The couple of 18 months has split, it was revealed on July 25, though that's nothing new (see here and here). "They're definitely broken up," a source told People magazine. "It was a long time coming — they were always on-and-off. But it seems like it's done for good now." The couple met in early 2016 while filming "Famously Single." Last year, it was reported that Pauly briefly dumped Aubrey while she was filming "Celebrity Big Brother."