Major split

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez deny split reports

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have split up after four years together, and they've called off their engagement… or have they?

On March 12, Page Six dropped a bombshell report claiming the couple's romance had been on the rocks due to Alex's alleged flirtation with a reality TV star.

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"He's now in Miami getting ready for baseball season, and she's filming her movie in the Dominican Republic," a source said. 

However, on March 13, the couple told TMZ they are still together. "All the reports are inaccurate. We are working through some things," they said, adding that no third party is involved.

Several other outlets also confirmed the split on March 12. A source told People magazine that the breakup was "a long time coming."

Recently, there had been reports that Alex had been FaceTiming with "Southern Charm" star Madison LeCroy. At the time, an A-Rod source told Page Six that he didn't know Madison. Madison, however, told Page Six that she and A-Rod had "spoken on the phone" but "never met up."

"That's the truth," she said, adding they've "never been physical" and "never had any kind of anything." She then called him "just an acquaintance."

After the split reports surfaced, though, a source told Page Six that Madison was the last straw. "The Madison LeCroy scandal was the reason they finally broke up," the source said. "There were already problems, but Jennifer was really embarrassed by it."

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Just last week, there had been reports that the couple's twice-postponed wedding was back on track. Last month, they were also photographed looking happy in the Dominican Republic.

The couple's romance was like a fairytale, as they fiercely backed each other's interests and careers. The baseball legend proposed in the Bahamas in early 2019 after two years of dating. J-Rod, as the tabloids called them, had planned on a 2020 wedding, but the coronavirus pandemic halted their plans twice. 

Earlier this week, Allure published a feature on JLo. In it, she said she and Alex attended couple's therapy during the pandemic. 

"I think it was really helpful for us in our relationship," she said.

Of her twice-postponed wedding, she said, "I think we just feel like, 'Let's just wait it out.' There's no rush, we're good, everything's cool and it'll happen when the time is right. I feel like it's not a huge priority to go and have a big wedding right now, that's not what life is about."

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Kirk Cameron claims 'over 50' libraries have denied him story-hour slots to read his faith-based kids book

Kirk Cameron's new faith-based book, "As You Grow," is getting the stiff arm from a slew of public libraries, and his team says it's because they are pandering to the "woke left."  

The book's publisher, Brave Books, has put forth a plan to drum up publicity for the book by having the former "Growing Pains" star read the tale during "story-hour," but more than 50 libraries have either passed or ignored the proposal altogether, Fox News reported. More often than not, Kirk claims, libraries are telling him that the book's message doesn't align with their views. 

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The book, Kirk says, is "part of a whole universe of books, with a whole series of characters." He adds, "It teaches biblical wisdom and the value of producing the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control."

Brave Books insists that libraries are more interested in catering to the LGBTQ+ community than faith. 

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One Rhode Island library that was approached promotes an event called the "Queer Umbrella," which it describes as a "safe space where teens can learn, discuss, and connect over queer history, art, community resources…"

"No, we will pass on having you run a program in our space," a library worker allegedly told Brave Books when asked about story-hour. "We are a very queer-friendly library. Our messaging does not align."

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A San Diego library supposedly told the publisher that allowing the "Growing Pains" star to read his book during story-hour is not "something that we would do." 

That same library offers "LGBTQIA events," its website says. Another library near San Fransisco allegedly hosts an "Every Month Is Pride Month Series." A staffer there plainly told Kirk that the library wasn't interested in his book, Fox reported. 

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Other libraries in New York and Indiana also reportedly said no for a variety of reasons. 

"This is proof that more than ever, we are getting destroyed in the battle for the hearts and minds of our children," Kirk said. "Publicly funded libraries are green-lighting 'gender marker and name change clinics' while denying a story time that would involve the reading of a book that teaches biblical wisdom. How much more clear can it get? We have to start fighting back, or we will lose our kids and this country."

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Trent Talbot, founder and CEO of Texas-based Brave Books, said in a statement to Fox News Digital, "It is devastating to discover that many of our publicly funded libraries have now become indoctrination centers that refuse to allow biblical wisdom to be taught to our children."

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He added, "The woke left understands that morality is instilled by the age of 10, and they want their morality to win, not the morality that the Bible teaches."

News of the story-hour slight comes after Kirk's sister, Candace Cameron-Bure, made headlines with anti-LGBTQ comments.

What's next?

Scientology says this is what's next for Kirstie Alley — who reached the highest level in the religion — following her death

Kirstie Alley's work is just beginning, according to the Church of Scientology, of which she was a devout member. 

According to DailyMail.com, the "Look Who's Talking" actress had reached "Thetan 8" status in Scientology, which is the highest honor in the faith. As Scientology believes that people have multiple lives, she will now be introduced to a "new life" where she will work through the challenges of the life she's left behind in her passing. 

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The actress died on Dec. 5 after a brief battle with colon cancer. Scientologists have a unique take on cancer. 

"Cancer is not caused — never has been and never will be. It is not a caused mechanism by the external environment or some physiological activity," the church's founder, Ron L. Hubbard, wrote in a journal in 1980. "It always requires a second-dynamic or sexual upset, such  as the loss of children or some other mechanism to bring about a condition known as cancer."

In fact, Scientologists who are at Thetan 8 level, also known as OT VIII, believe they have superhuman abilities and are impervious to disease.

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The Emmy-winning "Cheers" star achieved her top Scientology status in 2018 and spoke of her accomplishment with a church publication called Freewinds. (The church also operates a cruise ship with the same name, which is where Kirstie's status was cemented.)

"Now here I stand a new OT VIII shiny, fresh, and calm…I now fully have the confront that puts me right up that damn confront scale with other Scientology Freedom Fighters!" she said at the time.

To achieve her status, Kirstie was required to take advanced church courses, sit through interrogations and counseling sessions, and "go clear," among other things. All of those things cost money, and estimates claim she would have paid upwards of $1 million to get to "Thetan 8."

According to reports, Kirstie's funeral has not been scheduled, but a memorial service is expected to take place at Scientology's Clearwater, Florida, headquarters. 

GAF exit

Marvel actor leaves Great American Family after Candace Cameron Bure's anti-LGBTQ comments

Popular Christmas movie actor Neal Bledsoe is leaving the Great American Family network following Candace Cameron Bure's anti-LGBTQIA+ comments. 

"I hope GAF will change, but until everyone can be represented in their films with pride, my choice is clear. I look forward to working with creators who put no limits on the stories we tell and follow through on their message of values with open arms," he said in a statement given to Variety

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Last month, Candace made headlines after leaving the Hallmark Channel to become the chief creative officer for GAF. In speaking about the switch with the Wall Street Journal, the "Full House" actress said the network had no plans to feature same-sex couples. "I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core," Candace told WSJ. The team at GAF, Candace said, are "Christians that love the Lord and wanted to promote faith programming and good family entertainment." 

The comments drew ire from many in Hollywood. Neal, who starred in "Christmas at the Drive-In," "Must Love Christmas" and "The Winter Palace" for GAF, is among them. 

"From my mentors in college, to the myriad of agents and managers, writers and directors, teachers and colleagues, and, of course, my dear friends and family, who have all touched my life, I owe them a great debt," he said. "As someone who struggled as a young man with our society's extremely narrow definition of masculinity, it was their community that provided me with refuge and a guiding light when my life felt lost."

"And now, if I cannot stand up for that community in their time of need, my debt to them means nothing. So, I want to be very clear: my support for the LGBTQIA+ community is unconditional – nothing is worth my silence or their ability to live and love freely in a world that we are lucky enough to share with them," he said.

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The actor, who appeared in multiple episodes of Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," acknowledged that Candace and GAF are entitled to exclude LGBTQIA+ storylines or characters, but he thinks it's "wrong" and he wants no part of it. 

"Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, and these are mine: the recent comments made by leadership at Great American Family are hurtful, wrong, and reflect an ideology that prioritizes judgment over love," he says. "I was raised as a Christian, and believe in the essential message of love and forgiveness. That said, I could never forgive myself for continuing my relationship with a network that actively chooses to exclude the LGBTQIA+ community."

In closing his statement, Neal noted that he was donating to an LGBTQ organization. 

Custody fight

Mother of Todd Chrisley's granddaughter wants custody back in wake of his prison sentence

The mother of Todd and Julie Chrisley's granddaughter, Chloe, is making moves to regain custody of the child now that the reality TV couple is prison bound

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Angela Johnson, the mother of the 10-year-old, to TMZ she's in the process of meeting with lawyers and filing paperwork get legal custody of the girl. 

Angela and Todd's son Kyle welcomed Chloe in 2012. Four years later, Kyle lost custody of Chloe because of his addiction issues, which meant Todd shared custody of Chloe with Angela. However, Angela was arrested later that year, which led to the "Chrisley Knows Best" star getting full custody. For the past six years, Todd and Julie have essentially raised Chloe as their own. 

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In her brief chat with TMZ, Angela insisted she's always wanted Chloe back but claims the process has been bogged down because of the Chrisleys' move from Atlanta to Nashville.  

"We were at a standstill because we were trying to figure out where we would actually end up in court," she said of the jurisdictional predicament. 

Chloe's custody situation could get messy, as Todd and Julie are set to begin a combined 19-year prison sentence for bank fraud and tax evasion. Savannah Chrisley, 25, has claimed she's getting custody of Chloe, but it certainly looks like Angela is preparing to challenge that. 

Money matters

Cardi B just made $1M for 35 minutes of work

Cardi B just made a million dollars in a matter of minutes. 

Over the weekend of Dec. 2, a Twitter troll tried to take down the Grammy winner while accusing her of "performing in someone's backyard" during Miami Art Basel. It turns out that "backyard" was actually the SLS South Beach property in Miami Beach, one of ritzier hotels in South Florida. Cardi also shut down the Twitter user in revealing her paycheck from that evening. 

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"I got [paid] 1 million dollars to perform at this elite bankers event private event for 400 people and only for 35 minutes," she wrote in a since-deleted tweet. "Think about that when you type about this Grammy winner."

According to reports, the gig was for Chase Sapphire Reserve credit cardmembers. 

Dressed in a very risqué catsuit designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, Cardi surprised the Chase Sapphire Lounge audience by bringing Grammy nominee GloRilla onstage to perform their new song, "Tomorrow 2," DailyMail.com reported. 

"Last night performing for the best bank in America! Performing is my passion… #lovewhatyoudo," she tweeted on Saturday, Dec. 3. 

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Cardi has bragged about her wealth before, as she once claimed she made $1 million per concert during her 2019 tour, which consisted of just seven shows. Further, in 2019, she had a brief residency deal at a since-shuttered Las Vegas nightclub. She was paid $300,000 for a 15-minute performance there. Other one-off gigs, particularly those in Europe, paid her even more.  

Awful upbringing

Shania Twain reveals she would 'flatten' chest to avoid stepfather's abuse

Shania Twain went to deep lengths to conceal her body and avoid being a "girl" to escape her stepfather's abuse while growing up.

In a revealing chat with The Sunday Times, Shania detailed what it was like for her and her four siblings with Jerry Twain in their home.  

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"I hid myself and I would flatten my boobs," she said. "I would wear bras that were too small for me, and I'd wear two, play it down until there was nothing girl about me. Make it easier to go unnoticed. Because, oh my gosh, it was terrible — you didn't want to be a girl in my house… I was ashamed of being a girl."

One time, things got violent between the Grammy winner and Jerry, and she used a chair during a fight.

"I think a lot of that was anger, not courage. And it took a long time to manage that anger. You don't want to be somebody that attacks me on the street," she said, "because I will f****** rip your head off if I get the chance."

After Jerry died in a car accident when Shania was 22, she felt relief. Still, the scars from her childhood were there, as the "Up" singer's relationship with her body took years to improve.  

"I had to play the glamorous singer, had to wear my femininity more openly or more freely. And work out how I'm not gonna get groped, or raped by someone's eyes, you know, and feel so degraded," she explained.

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Eventually Shania was able to feel empowered, and she found her voice.

"By the time I had my record contracts I was the kind of woman that … when I walked in the room, it's like, don't even get any closer," she said. "It was clear in my body language. And I think maybe what young girls can learn too is to exude that confidence."

All these years later at the age of 57, Shania loves her body. 

"I am celebrating escaping this horrible state of not wanting to be who I am. And I'm so confident. Now that I discovered that it's OK to be a girl," she said. "The unapologetic woman is a very powerful person indeed."

Vocal rest

Adele is making 'quite a sacrifice' for Las Vegas show (but it's not what you think)

There are behind-the-scenes whispers at Adele's Las Vegas show.

After the residency show's false start earlier this year, Weekends With Adele finally kicked off last month, and it's been a rousing success by all accounts. Adele is even taking some fairly drastic personal measures to make sure her voice is strong, as she's forcing herself to refrain from screaming during World Cup matches, a new report states. 

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A source told U.K.-based The Sun that Adele is literally "whispering" when she's not on stage, which is difficult for her, as she's a rabid fan of England's soccer team.

"Usually she'd be screaming and shouting in support of the boys, but she is holding it in for the sake of her cords," the source said. "It's quite a sacrifice."

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During a recent "Weekends With Adele" show she even asked her largely-American audience if they were watching the World Cup. The Brit was pleased when the majority of the crowd applauded in the affirmative. 

"Adele has been keen to avoid excessive stress on her vocal cords," the source said. "One of the key features has been protecting her voice in between the Friday and Saturday nights. She wants it in top shape for each show and is going to extreme lengths."

The source added, "So before shows she rarely speaks to anyone, and if she does, then it's a whisper. People know she is not being rude, but looking after herself. It is about staying healthy and strong."

More accusations

Mel B says divisive late-night host is the worst celeb she's ever met

Mel B is the latest person to come down hard on James Corden, whom she dubbed the "biggest d*** head" in Hollywood.

The Spice Girl appeared on Britain's "The Big Narstie Show" on Friday, Dec. 2, and was asked to name the worst celebrities she's ever met. 

"So, there's a few. James Corden, Geri Halliwell, Jessie J and me," she said without hesitation.

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In detailing her answers, Mel said Geri, her former band mate, can be "really f****** annoying." She didn't describe her experience with Jessie J.

However, when it came to James, Mel didn't hold back, essentially alleging that he feels people are beneath him. 

"I think you always have to be nice to the people that you work with — whether it be production, camera guys, sound, lighting," she said. "We all work for the same thing, so you should always be nice, and he hasn't been very nice."

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Mel's disdain for James comes after a New York City restauranteur called the "Late Late Show" host the "most abusive customer" he's ever had. 

Balthazar owner Keith McNally took to Instagram on Oct. 17 to publicly ban James from the restaurant, calling him "a tiny Cretin of a man." He then went on to detail multiple incidents in which James was rude or dismissive to the restaurant's staff.

The banning didn't last long, though, as James supposedly apologized "profusely" to Keith. But James soon told The New York Times he hadn't "done anything wrong, on any level."

"I just think it's beneath all of us [to discuss this topic]. It's beneath you. It's certainly beneath your publication," he said. 

A few days later, James admitted he was wrong on his show, claiming he was "ungracious" to a server.

"Because I didn't shout or scream — like I didn't get up out of my seat, I didn't call anyone names or use derogatory language — I have been walking around thinking that I hadn't done anything wrong, right?" he said. "But the truth is I have. I made a rude comment, and it was wrong. It was an unnecessary comment. It was ungracious to the server."

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For years, there have been whispers online regarding James's allegedly rude behavior: He complained about his "Gavin & Stacey" show not getting a BAFTA Award nomination in 2008; In 2020, comedian Eric Andre said James was often rude; He was once accused of insulting Met Gala workers, though the rumor was never confirmed.

An awkward exchange with Sir Patrick Stewart from 2010 hasn't helped his reputation either. 

At the time, James was hosting the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards, and Patrick didn't feel he was doing the show justice. 

"When the presenters are up here and when the recipients are receiving their rewards," Patrick  said, "don't stand at the back of the stage with your hands in your pockets looking around as though you wished you were anywhere but here."

James, taken aback, said he was happy to be there and told Patrick to "just f****** get on with it" in presenting the award. 

The "Star Trek" actor then said, "From where I was sitting, I can see your belly, and that was there over at the back of the room." James retorted, "You can see my belly, and we can all see you dying [on stage] right now. Let's go for it."

Corpse ID'D

'Green Book' actor found dead, body dumped from car owned by brother

"Green Book" actor Frank Vallelonga Jr. was found dead on a New York City street, and it turns out his body was dumped there in a car owned by his brother. 

Police, however, are quick to point out that Frank's brother, Nick Vallelonga, is not suspected of any wrongdoing, as his car was being driven by someone without permission. 

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TMZ said police in the Bronx received a call about an unconscious body in the street on Monday, Nov. 28. They quickly determined the body was dumped there, and a suspect was found afterward. The suspect told police that Frank overdosed. 

How the suspect had access to Nick's car isn't known. 

Whereas Frank stared in the Oscar-winning "Green Book," Nick was the co-writer and producer of the film. The "Green Book" was actually about Frank's father, "Sopranos" star Tony Lip.