Custody battle

Jesse Williams and his estranged wife battle for custody of two kids

Jesse Williams and his estranged wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, are in the midst of an increasingly contentious custody battle for their two children.

In April, it was reported that the duo had split after five years of marriage.

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E! News obtained court documents in which the "Grey's Anatomy" actor and his attorney claim that Aryn has refused his request for more time with the kids, Maceo and Sadie, and so he's asking for a "court order for a joint physical custody parenting plan."

"Aryn restricts my time with the children and decides when, and for how long I may have them. She has rejected, without any reason, each and every request I have made to have the children sleepover at my residence," the actor says. "On the few days that I have the children, Aryn has insisted that my time with the children be limited during the week to approximately two and half hours per day, despite my requests for more time, including overnights with the children."

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Jesse argues that he is an upstanding, hands-on father who has always been involved in the children's lives.

Aryn's lawyer told E! News, Protecting the privacy and well-being of their children is of paramount importance to Aryn Drake-Lee Williams. It is unfortunate that Mr. Williams has chosen to draw public attention to this difficult time and transition for their family.

"Aryn is solely interested in the best interests of their children, supporting a healthy relationship with both parents, and protecting the children's privacy. Therefore, she will not comment any further on Mr. Williams' unilateral and unfortunate public allegations."

On April 24, TheJasmineBRAND.com reported that Jesse and Aryn Drake-Lee had actually filed for divorce in March. They listed "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the divorce. TMZ reported that the split is amicable at the time.

A source told TheJasmineBRAND.com, "They're trying to keep their split top secret and away from the public. They've actually been separated for awhile now."

Court win

Sofia Vergara's 7-year battle over embryos is likely over

The nearly-seven year battle between Sofia Vergara and her ex over frozen embryos appears to be over.

A judge permanently blocked her ex, Nick Loeb, from using them with a surrogate without the "Modern Family" star's consent, which she doesn't ever plan on giving.

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The embryo battle has been going on ever since Sofia and Nick split in 2014. After that, Nick fought for years — in multiple states — to gain control of two frozen embryos from the duo's 2013 IVF treatments. He even set up a trust for them under Louisiana law, despite the fact that he has no ties to The Pelican State. He even gave them names in court papers, reports indicate.

Earlier this year, Nick lost an appeal in Louisiana over the embryos, as the court claimed it was blatantly obvious that he filed for custody there due to the favorable laws towards unborn children.

The new ruling, according to TMZ, said that a contract signed by both Sofia and Nick in 2013 remains valid, and in that paperwork, both parents have to agree to bring the embryos to term.

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Now that Nick has been shot down in both Louisiana and California, he's basically at the end of the line. 

Nick has a daughter with a girlfriend who lives in Europe, Page Six said. Sofia married Joe Manganiello in 2015. She has one adult child from a previous relationship.

Break-in attempt

Masked man attempts break-in at Sandra Lee's home

A masked man was caught on video trying to break into Sandra Lee's home twice last month, according to new reporting. 

People magazine said a doorbell camera shows a masked man attempting to get inside the Food Network star's front door twice within a 20-minute period early on Feb. 11. The attempted break-in came just days after Sandra revealed that she had a Bob Mackie coat that was once worn by Cher on the "Sonny and Cher Show."

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It doesn't appear that the would-be thief gained entry, and it didn't appear that anything was taken from the home.

Sandra, who wasn't home at the time, didn't recognize the man in the doorbell camera video. She has since increased security and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is said to be investigating the incident.

Last year, Sandra split with embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and moved out of the home they shared. On social media on December, she said she "decided to get back to me."

Sandra, who dated the governor for 14 years, has not commented publicly on the recent sexual harassment claims levied his way, nor has she spoken about the nursing home scandal in which he's accused of underreporting COVID-related deaths.

Surgery possibility

Viral Olympian McKayla Maroney my need surgery for kidney stones

Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney is feeling better after her recent hospitalization for kidney stones, but she's not out of the woods yet. The 25-year-old still might need surgery. 

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The viral star updated her health condition on one of her two Instagram pages, saying the medical episode was a "wildcard" she didn't foresee.

"February ended with quite a bang for me! I was rushed to the ER in excruciating pain, and there I found out I have a few large kidney stones!! Yikes," she said on social media alongside a video of a tranquil waterfall. "I'm still waiting to meet with a specialist, because I might need some surgery — I'm not sure yet!"

She continued, "Thankfully I have stopped throwing up, and I'm experiencing no pain today! Just drinking tons of water!"

In the early morning hours of Feb. 25, the infamous athlete posted a photo of the Benjamin & Carmela Du Emergency Pavilion in Orange County, California. She later posted images from a hospital bed on her Instagram Story and spoke about the pain she was experiencing in her back and stomach.

In her new post, McKayla said life was moving quickly before the kidney stones, but she's now happy with a slower pace.

"I love when life pulls a wild card, and I'm forced to adjust. It puts all the little stresses I previously had into perspective," she penned. "My goal this month is to go with flow. I'm excited to try out a new more relaxed mindset!"

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McKayla was a member of the 2012 gold medal-winning United States Olympics team that was dubbed the "Fierce Five." She also won an individual silver medal on the vault. At the ceremony during which she received her silver medal, McKayla seemed less than thrilled with the results — she memorably appeared unimpressed while pictured on the podium, creating one of the most viral moments of the year. She later recreated her "not impressed" look with then-President Barack Obama during a visit to the White House.

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Since retiring from competitive gymnastics, McKayla has acted on several TV shows, including "Hart of Dixie" and "Bones." She's also played herself on several other programs.

hair care

The one thing Ashley Judd wants after 'harrowing' rainforest incident

Following her traumatic experience in the Congo rainforest, Ashley Judd has just one simple request: she wants to wash her hair. 

Nearly three weeks ago, the actress revealed that she shattered her leg and nearly lost it after she tripped over a fallen tree while in the Congo, where she was tracking bonobos, an endangered species of great apes. On Feb. 16, she posted several photos of herself being carried out of the jungle via a hammock and driven out on a scooter. It took more than two days for her to receive professional medical help.

She has since undergone an eight-hour surgery to repair nerve damage in her leg, which was broken in four places.

As she heals, Ashley's famous sister said the "Double Jeopardy" actress just wants a rinse.

"I was looking up how to wash hair for someone who's lying down in bed because she texted me, 'Can you wash my hair?" Wynonna Judd told Page Six. "Therein lies the job of a big sister right there. She said, 'I have a request. Can you wash my hair?' I said, 'sure,' so I'm looking up ways to wash someone's hair lying down."

The famous country singer said Ashley is "still processing" the accident. 

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Last week, Ashley posted a video of herself walking again with the assistance of a walker. She also profusely thanked the medical teams who helped her.

"Let us always remember those without insurance," she wrote on Instagram. "Let us remember those who do not have choices. Let us remember those who are lonely and afraid."

Medical emergency

Dr. Oz reportedly saves man's life at airport using CPR, defibrillator

Dr. Mehmet Oz is being hailed as a hero after saving a man's life at a New Jersey airport.

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TMZ reports that a man collapsed face down at baggage claim in the Newark Airport on March 1. Dr. Oz just happened to be in the baggage claim area and sprung into action. 

Oz, the report says, rolled the man, cleared his airway and began giving CPR. He eventually started using a defibrillator. TMZ said the man "flatlined," but Oz shocked him back to life using the defibrillator. A Port Authority police officer helped Oz during the rescue.

A photo from the emergency shows a crowd looking on after medical personnel arrived.

It's believed that the man suffered a heart attack and is recovering in a New Jersey hospital. He is reportedly doing "okay" and Oz has been in touch with the man's wife, who was traveling with him.

Oz has not publicly commented on the incident.

Australian annoyance

Rose Byrne will 'snap' if she gets asked this question again…

Rose Byrne has been asked a lot of things by reporters and fans over the years, but one question continues to come up — usually from fans — and it drives her crazy. 

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While on the "Ladies First" podcast, the "Neighbors" actress said she's sick of being asked about the Australian outback and its animals. 

"People are just fascinated with the Australian outback and the wildlife and the dangerous animals and so on and so forth," she said, adding that she doesn't know much about the country's famous wildness because she's a "city girl."

"It's as foreign to me as it is to them, because I grew up in the city," an animated Rose said. "I'm a city mouse. I love living in cities."

"I'm going to snap," she joked. "If you ask me about a kangaroo…"

Although the Emmy-nominated actress was born in Sydney, she's spent the better part of two decades in New York City. She and her husband of nine years, Bobby Cannavale, recently traveled back to her native country while he filmed his Hulu limited series "Nine Perfect Strangers," which is is produced by Nicole Kidman. 

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The couple has since returned to the United States. Last month, Rose was seen filming her Apple TV+ dramedy "Physical" in Los Angeles.

Divorce filing

'Fantastic Four' actor files for divorce after decision to 'leave' family

"Fantastic Four" actor Ioan Gruffudd has filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years, "The Mentalist" star Alice Evans.

The filing was merely a formality at this point, as the actor had already made the decision to "leave" his family earlier this year.

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The Blast reported on March 2 that Ioan filed the docs in Los Angeles, but it's unclear if Alice is asking for child support or spousal support or whether the estranged couple had a prenuptial agreement.

On Jan. 25, Alice announced the split on Twitter in fairly dramatic fashion. "Sad news. My believed husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week," the actress wrote, according to screen grabs published by Page Six. "Me and our young daughters girls are very confused and sad. We haven't been given a reason except that he 'no longer loves me.'"

The tweet was quickly deleted. However, Alice claimed afterward that she didn't take down the tweet and alleged that Ioan, who many know from his bit role in "Titanic," deleted it. 

"I didn't delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account," she said on Jan. 26. "And hell yes when I am being gaslit and mentally tortured then hell yes I will wash my linen in public."

Ioan and Alice, who met on the set of "102 Dalmatians" in 2000, share daughters Ella and Elsie 7.

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In her tweets, Alice implied that she was blindsided by Ioan's decision in late January. Friends and family, though, didn't seem shocked

Ioan's father, Peter Griffiths, told the Daily Mail he was "aware" of issues between the former long-term couple, so the split wasn't a "complete surprise."

"I have spoken to Ioan and we are of course incredibly sad but I do not want to go into too much detail," he said. "We are very sad, particularly for our two granddaughters. It is just very sad, but these things do happen and marriages do end."

Additionally, a source close to Alice noted that tension had been building. 

"Obviously there is a lot of trouble there and obviously he's keeping a lid on it. She's probably very upset to go so far publicly with it. There is a feeling that there's probably another person involved," the friend said. "Alice is quite a smart cookie, so her going public might be her way of trying to smoke somebody out, if you get my drift, and create a bit of scandal to expose any infidelity."

Another friend was "not at all surprised" by the marriage is imploding, the Mail said.

love lines

MLB star addresses romance with Vanessa Hudgens: 'I love her'

Cole Tucker continues to gush over his No. 1 fan: girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens.

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The actress and the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder have been linked since November 2020, and they went Instagram official on Valentine's Day. During a spring training media session, Cole was asked about his burgeoning romance. 

"I got a girlfriend and she's cool," he said. "She's awesome — I love her."

Still, Cole didn't want his love life to overshadow what he does on the baseball field. 

"I don't want it to be, 'Oh, Cole's dating Vanessa…,' I don't want it to be treated any differently than Mitch [Keller] having his wife down or Ke'Bryan [Hayes] having his girlfriend come down. She's great," he said. "She'll be around. You will see her but you saw the headline, it is what it is."

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Vanessa was first seen cuddling with the baseball stud during a date in Los Angeles. Paparazzi photos showed Vanessa, 32, and Cole, 24, holding hands and embracing following a romantic dinner. Soon, they were consistently commenting on each other's social media and "liking" each other's pictures.

On Feb. 14, the "High School Musical" actress confirmed the relationship, sharing an Instagram photo of the duo kissing. 

"It's you, it's me, it's us," she captioned the image. 

Cole posted a different image with Vanessa that same day. 

Vanessa replied, "Melted."

say what?

Amelia Gray Hamlin's views on older men resurface amid Disick romance

Just after Amelia Gray Hamlin referred to Scott Disick as her "dream man" on Instagram, her comments from four years ago about dating older men resurfaced. Let's just say she's had a change of heart. 

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In a 2016 clip from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin's older daughter, Delilah Belle Hamlin, who was 18 at the time, bemoaned that her parents don't understand technology or apps.

Said Amelia, "Or maybe it's because you're 18 talking about getting 35-year-old men. … It's just a thought."

Delilah denies trying to date a 35-year-old man, claiming that's "way too old."

The comments would have easily gone unnoticed had it not been for Amelia's romance with 37-year-old Scott Disick. Amelia, for the record, is 19 years old — meaning there's an 18-year age gap between her and Scott.

Amelia has been rather defensive of her relationship ever since rumors of the romance began in October 2020. A few months later, she clapped back at "extra weird and judgmental people."

"People can embrace themselves however they feel fit for them at that moment in time," she wrote on her Instagram Story. "People grow. People learn to love themselves more and more."

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The couple went "Instagram official" on Valentine's Day, and Amelia recently spent time with Scott's three children during a vacation in Miami. On Feb. 28, she posted a photo with Scott and called him, "My Dream Man."