Fighting for love

Jay-Z explains why he fought for marriage to Beyoncé in a new interview

In a new interview with Van Jones that aired on Saturday Jan. 27, Jay-Z candidly discussed his marriage to Beyoncé and how they fought for their relationship.

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Jones, who had Jay-Z on for the premiere episode of his CNN show, "Van Jones Show," pointedly asked the rapper why he and his wife stayed together, particularly after infidelity, which Bey touched upon in her album "Lemonade" and Jay later confessed to in his album "4:44" which is nominated for a Grammy.

Among the lyrics that hinted at his discretions were, "And if my children knew, I don't even know what I would do / If they ain't look at me the same / I would prolly die with all the shame," from the title track.

"What is it about this marriage that's so special that you would fight this hard to save it?" Jones asked the mogul.

"That's my soul mate. It's the person I love," the 48-year-old confessed. "If you haven't experienced love or don't understand it or you don't have the tools to move forward then you are going to have complications. Period."

The couple, who married in 2008, also strove to not be another divorce statistic, according to Jay-Z.

"We chose to fight for our love, for our family to give our kids a different outcome—to break that cycle for black men and women," he explained

And addressing Jones' remark that it's become cliché for celebrity couples to get together, break up and then for the public to wonder who they'll be with next, Jay replied, "We were never a celebrity couple. We were a couple who just happened to be celebrities. Real people."

Jones also asked the 21-time Grammy award winner to share advice for men who have caused pain in their marriages, to which Jay-Z explained was "changed behavior."

"You have to acknowledge the pain and you have to let that person have their say," the father of three explained. "You have to get on the floor, get on the mattress and you have to really work through it. And really be honest. It takes a while. It's hard. It's difficult to hear, difficult to stay, it's difficult to listen to that sort of pain—but you have to be strong enough to go through that."

The work was worth it for Jay, who described where they are now as "beautiful."

This is not the first time he has addressed their relationship. In a New York Times article published in November, the TIDAL owner said, "You know, most people walk away, and like divorce rate is like 50 percent or something 'cause most people can't see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone's face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself."

Message sent?

Katie Thurston posts about 'gaslighting' after 'Bachelorette' breakup

"The Bachelorette" star Katie Thurston might be trying to tell us something about her emotional on-camera split with Greg Grippo.

Following the Aug. 2 episode of the ABC show, Katie, 30, took to her Instagram Story to share a post about gaslighting, which is described as "a form of emotional abuse or psychological manipulation involving distorting the truth in order to confuse or instill doubt in another person to the point they question their own sanity or reality."

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Katie did not mention Greg or tag him in the post, but the timing of the message was curious. In addition to the definition, the Instagram post describes how to recognize if you're being a victim of gaslighting, and how to protect yourself from it.

Just prior to the post, Greg, who Katie admitted was her frontrunner, abruptly quit the show after saying he was in love with her. Katie did not return the sentiment because she said she wanted to save those words for last remaining man, which very well may have been Greg. 

Greg, 28, was visibly displeased with Katie's reaction to his love confession. "I just love looking at you," she told him. 

The following day, Greg showed up at Katie's hotel room and asked for answers but was not happy with what he was hearing from "The Bachelorette" star. Katie wondered aloud if he was even willing to listen to anything she had to say. In the end, Greg decided to walk away from the show and Katie.

Previews for next week's finale seem to show Greg's decision hanging over the show and affecting Katie is a deep way. Whether Katie chooses one of the remaining two men — Blake Moynes or Justin Glaze — isn't known, particularly given how Monday's episode ended, with Katie crying on the bathroom floor and asking producers to buy her a flight back home. 

Clearly Katie was in a different mindset at the time of the breakup than she was last week.

Court matter

'Dog the Bounty Hunter' being hunted over $1 million court judgment

Dog the Bounty Hunter has been ducking a $1 million judgment against him for eight years, and it's time for him to pay up, according to newly filed court paperwork.


Back in 2003, Duane Chapman was arrested and jailed in Mexico. After hiring a lawyer, Duane was released. However, Duane and the lawyer disagree over payment, and the reality TV star ended up suing. The lawyer sued back and won. In 2013, Duane was hit with a judgment of about $880,000 in California over the matter.

TMZ reports that the lawyer has yet to receive anything, and has now filed paperwork in Hawaii, where Duane has a home. The documents claims Dog now owes $880,916 plus interest.

Those doggone court judgments never seem to go away. 

Legal issues seem to be the furthest thing from Dog's mind, as he's hinting that a marriage is in the future. In May 2020, the "Dog's Most Wanted" star got engaged to girlfriend Francie Frane, an engagement that came 10 months after his wife, Beth Chapman, passed following a battle with lung cancer. 

"My Francie Francie I Love You !!!!," he captioned a photo of Francie on Aug. 1. "And soon be proving that beyond a Shadow of a doubt!!!"

No love lost

Meghan McCain rips Kathy Griffin after cancer diagnosis

While prayers and support poured in for Kathy Griffin after her cancer diagnosis, Meghan McCain took a different route.

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While on "The View," the daughter of John McCain, who famously fought brain cancer before passing in 2018, tore into the comedian for unkind jokes she made two decades ago about singer Clay Aiken.

"My issue with Kathy Griffin is — I'm gonna name drop — Clay Aiken is one of my closest friends in the entire world. He's ostensibly my brother. She made very, very, very cruel and homophobic jokes about him before he was out of the closet," she said. "We have to go back to like 2002, 2003, when that was still acceptable. He is a very strong person, and has a very strong constitution, and he has said himself that he is one of the last people you can make homophobic jokes about and it's still socially acceptable."


Clay came out as gay in September 2008. Before he came out, Kathy often referred to him as "Gayken." 

"I think he's lucky he didn't end up becoming an opioid addict, given the degree of bullying that happened to him when he was still struggling to come out of the closet," Meghan said. "You can just go on YouTube and see a lot of the jokes that she made about him — and other comedians, but she really led it — so I would love to hear an apology, if she's doing this kind of soul searching, for what could've happened with my good friend. So I don't like her, I'm never gonna like her for all the jokes she made about Clay."

Prior to her fiery comments, Meghan did show a bit of compassion for Kathy's fight, but not necessarily for Kathy, who announced on Aug. 2 that she has lung cancer. In an interview with ABC, she also spoke of a secret opioid addiction and of contemplating suicide last year.

For those battles, Meghan seemed to be a little more sympathetic.

"It's terrible and very scary to be diagnosed with cancer, and it's very tragic to hear of her having an opioid addiction," McCain said. "Both things have hit my family very hard, and it's just horrific to go through as someone who's a bystander, let alone actually going through it yourself. So, you know, my heart goes out to her in that way, and I hope for a very speedy recovery."

Unsurprisingly, fans took to Twitter after Megan's comments to rip her and demand an apology. She's has not given one, nor does it appear that one is coming. 

breastfeed debate

Ice-T's wife catches heat for continuing to breastfeed 5-year-old daughter

Ice-T's wife is defending herself after being criticized for continuing to breastfeed their daughter, Chanel, who is now 5 years old.


Interestingly, Coco Austin dealt with similar flak last year for the same exact reason. 

"Chanel still likes my boob. She's 5 years old," Coco told Us Weekly on Aug. 2. "A lot of people are like, 'Oh, you're not getting the nutrition after 2 years old. Why do it?' And I'm like, My child's eating steak and hamburgers. She just likes a little snack every now and then and more of the bonding between the mother. Why take that away from her?"

The rapper-actor's wife insisted that she's not making her daughter breastfeed, and she'll stop when Chanel's wants to stop. For Chanel, it's all about comfort.

"She loves on it and it's not like she's getting milk from it," Coco said, "but she's getting her little snack and it's kind of soothing her to sleep."

Despite the judgement, Coco, 42, makes if clear that she's unfazed.

"I don't want to deprive her of something she wants," she said, "just because society says you need to stop after 2."

The criticism is nothing new for Coco. In March 2020, she faced pushback from many on social media after sharing a snap of Chanel breastfeeding. At the time, she was 4 years old.

"I've been getting a lot of props in the breastfeeding community and get tons of emails from woman/moms appreciating me bringing light to the subject," she wrote on Instagram last year. 

Many fans, however, weren't cosigning her message, saying that it was "not normal" for Ice-T's lookalike daughter to still be breastfeeding at her age. One year later, those people still feel the same way.

Sober city

Chrissy Teigen dishes on 'first sober Italian getaway' after quitting drinking

Chrissy Teigen is loving her liquor-less life.

Late last year, the Sports Illustrated model announced that she decided to quit drinking after her 35th birthday. She has continued to follow through on that pledge, and recently refrained from imbibing while in Italy (something she admits that was a new experience for her).

Over the weekend, Chrissy headed overseas to attend UNICEF's summer gala in Capri, Italy, with her husband, John Legend. On Instagram, she detailed the couple's intense path to Capri, noting all the airplane, car and boat rides they took.

"We haven't done something like this for soooo long, it made us feel young again!," she joked. 

After, Chrissy thanked the clothing designers who helped dress her for "making feel so pretty and helping me along in my quest to have my first sober Italian getaway."

"I hate the word sober by the way, it's so rehab/medical," she continued. "Anyhow honestly it was so so trippy being sober at something you typically would have been wasted at. That paired with all the crazy hot young models and club dudes and seeing your young self over and over, oh man it was crazy."

She added, "We had so much fun. I didn't do anything I'd regret and I'm glad I'll get to remember it all!!"

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Chrissy's Instagram post comes as she slowly tries to return to normalcy following her cyberbullying scandal. In May, there were endless calls for Chrissy to be "canceled" after disturbing 10-year-old tweets resurfaced in which she cyberbullied reality TV star Courtney Stodden. Chrissy apologized, but her words mainly fell on deaf ears and some brands ended sponsorships with her.

In the immediate aftermath, Chrissy said she was in "a hole of deserved global punishment."

"I'm truly ashamed of [the tweets]. As I look at them and understand the hurt they caused, I have to stop and wonder: How could I have done that?," she wrote on Medium.

On July 14, she spoke of being a part of the "cancel club."

"Cancel club is a fascinating thing and I have learned a whollllle lot," she wrote on Instagram. "Only a few understand it and it's impossible to know til you're in it. And it's hard to talk about it in that sense because obviously you sound whiney when you've clearly done something wrong. It just sucks. There is no winning. But there never is here anyhow."

Looking for love

Rebel Wilson is 'on the hunt' for love

Rebel Wilson is ready to find her person… and chances are, her yet-to-be-determined boyfriend is English.

The actress spoke to The Sun recently about her love life and the London home she recently purchased.


"I love England. I've bought a place in London so I'm sure I'll be spending a lot more time there in future," she said. "I am someone who is established in my career so is definitely on the hunt for love – but it has to be the right person."

Rebel, 41, dated Jacob Busch for about a year, but the duo split in February.  

"I give it a go, I put myself out there. I've definitely been trying to open my heart and find someone amazing," she said. "I've definitely found some amazing people, it just hasn't been totally right. I'm still on the hunt."

The "Pitch Perfect" star said she prefers to meet someone organically, not digitally.

"Don't ever DM me, guys, if you're not someone I follow, because I won't read it," she said. "It's just like opening a gate to things that you don't know… There could be anything in those DMs."

The "Pitch Perfect" star said she's gotten everything from mean-spirited messages to pornographic material sent to her. That played into her decision to stop looking at messages.

"I tend to just not look at it because as a human being you get a bit sad if someone writes something mean about you," she said. "Randoms on the internet don't really know you so you shouldn't get offended about what they might say."

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It should be noted that any future mate of Rebel's should probably be open to children. In a recent Instagram Live video, Rebel, who has shed 65 pounds this year, said she decided to get healthier in hopes of starting a family.

"It first started when I was looking into fertility stuff and the doctor was like, 'Well, you'd have a much better chance if you were healthier,'" she said, noting that she was offended at the initial comment. "I thought I was pretty healthy. That's, kind of, what started it, if I lost some excess weight, it would give me a better chance for freezing eggs and have the eggs be a better quality. At first, it wasn't even really [about] myself, it was more thinking of the future mini-me really."

Gifting guy

Ben Affleck gave Jennifer Lopez $45,000 birthday gift

Money can't buy love, but it can help impress.

Ben Affleck opened up his wallet in a big way last week for Jennifer Lopez's birthday. According to new report, the Oscar winner partnered with two luxury jewelry designers to make a custom piece for Jen that was both thoughtful and pricey. The cost? Just under $45,000.

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Beth Bugdaycay, who helped design the piece with Murat Bugdaycay and Ben, told The Adventurine, "Ben wanted to get something really special for her birthday. He wanted to put together a meaningful story. He didn't just get her the biggest diamond he could find, he wanted to say something about their relationship."

Eventually, Ben decided on a hodgepodge of jewelry, that included chains, charms, pendants and a key.

J. Lo wore the birthday gift in a series of Instagram photos on her 52nd birthday. The last picture of the slideshow shows her kissing Ben, which is the first time either of them have shared an intimate photo from the rekindled romance.

"The way Ben put the necklace together is really meaningful," Beth said. 

Ben and Jen haven't exactly been shy about their relationship, as they've been seen kissing and globetrotting. The pair was most recently photographed in the Mediterranean.

The couple famously dated in the early aughts and got engaged in 2002. They later split in 2004 and called off their engagement. In April 2021, after Jen and Alex Rodriguez broke up, Jennifer and Ben rekindled their romance and even vacationed together in Montana, where he owns a home. The reconciliation reportedly occurred after Ben began writing love letters to Jen.

In early July, Jen indirectly addressed the relationship, telling Apple Music's Zane Lowe, "I'm super happy. I know people are always wondering, 'How are you? What's going on? Are you okay?' This is it. I've never been better." A few weeks later, she ducked a question about Ben when she was on "Today."

Picture perfect?

Britney Spears posts fourth topless picture in a week on Instagram

Britney Spears is again baring it all, but fans are beginning to wonder if something more sinister is at play. 

On July 23, the pop star shocked her 32.7 million Instagram followers when she posted a topless image with only her hands covering her breasts. Four days later, she posted a similar image. On July 29, a third topless image was shared. A similar photo also went up on Friday night, July 30. Britney captioned all the snapshots only with emojis.

While fans initially praised Britney for her daring posts, many have changed their tune and now fear that the snaps could haunt her concerning her conservatorship case

"Sooooo, no one thinks her account is getting trolled by someone else to manipulate her case…," one fan commented.

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A slew of others mentioned being "concerned" about the posts and the singer. Others said this fourth post seemed "suspicious."

"I feel these are private and being posted without her consent," another person said after the July 30 image was shared. 

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Britney has been very active on Instagram this week. Just before her newest topless post, she posted a meme that appears to be a direct shot at those involved in her conservatorship case. 

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"If standing up for yourself burns a bridge, I have matches. We ride at dawn," the message said. 

The wording appears to refer to everyone involved in her case, but mainly her father and her family, of whom she's not minced words of late.

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Around the same time all these posts went up, Britney had a little fun, sharing fan art of herself and Cher eating ice cream in St-Tropez in France, a reference to an exchange the women had on social media last week

"Maybe I'll just be nice and plant here and keep my dreams alive by thinking about visiting St. Tropez with @cher and eating ice cream… She was one of my favorite singers as a kid and I loved to dress up as her," Britney wrote on Instagram. The following day, the "Believe" icon saw the message and responded. "When #FreeBritney is FINALLY FREE, I'm Taking her to San Tropez & We'll Eat Ice Cream To Her Hearts Content."

Day one

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively celebrate 10th anniversary of first date

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are going back to the beginning. 

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On Saturday night, the couple had dinner at their favorite restaurant, O Ya in Boston, which was the site of their very first date. The couple shared several images on their Instagram Stories to document the occasion.

"If it weren't for this place, we wouldn't be together. No joke," Blake sincerely wrote. "No restaurant means more to us."

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She also posted another smiling image with her husband, writing, "10 years later. We still go out on our 'first date.' But in much more comfortable shoes."

Ryan, to no surprise, took a little more humorous route, initially sharing a selfie with Blake, saying they were at their "favorite restaurant" with his wife's "4th favorite person." Two hours later, he posted a similar image, but this one less cropped.

"Posting this again because I cut out my wife's cute earrings. She trained me better than this," he hilariously wrote. "Sorry if I let anyone down."

Blake reposted the uncropped image after reposting the faux apology, commenting, "That's better."

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Ryan and Blake met while filming 2011's "Green Lantern," which was a box office flop. Warner Bros. had initially planned to make "Green Lantern" a franchise, but plans were scrapped due to the negative reviews and the film's severe underperformance.