Budding romance

Kanye West '100% romantically' involved with Irina Shayk: Report

Kanye West has moved on from Kim Kardashian with the subject of several of his songs: Irina Shayk.

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The rapper was spotted celebrating his 44th birthday with the Victoria's Secret model in the French region of Provence on June 8. The two were seen strolling around a luxury boutique hotel in area with some friends, but they also apparently found time for themselves. 

According to TMZ, they looked "very much like a couple" and are "100% romantically together," though it's unclear exactly how serious they are at this time.

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The French outing comes amid recent speculation linking Kanye and Irina. The two certainly know each other, as their paths have crossed numerous times over the past decade. In 2010, she even appeared in his music video for "Power." Irina, who shares a daughter with Bradley Cooper, has also modeled for Yeezy, and he's mentioned her name in several songs. 

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While Kanye's new apparent romance plays out in real time, his past romance with Kim is playing out on reality TV. Last week, fans of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" — which ends on June 10 — were given an inside look at Kim's split from Kanye. At one point, she broke down while lamenting the failure of her third marriage

"With the 'KUWTK' finale and dramatic episode airing, it's a lot for her to take in when she's reminded of it," a source told E! News this week. Kim, the source said, "gets upset" thinking about her divorce.

"She has her ups and downs, especially when she thinks back to happy times with Kanye," the source said. 

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Kim and Kanye rarely speak these days.

"It is sad for her at times to think about the kids having to deal with their parents being split," E!'s source said. "She tries to put everything behind her and is truly focused on herself, the kids and her future plans." 

Daddy's girl

Eminem's daughter proves she's one of his biggest fans

Hailie Jade Mathers is no fake fan. 

While sharing the results of her annual Spotify use, Eminem's daughter proved to the world that she's one of her father's biggest fans. 

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Toward the end of every calendar year, the audio streaming service sends it customers a snapshot of their usage and it highlights the artist that the user listened to most over the past year. On Dec. 1, the 25-year-old shared the results of her Spotify report, and her top artist was none other than her dad. 

In fact, Spotify said she's in the top 3 percent of Eminem's listeners overall, according to her TikTok post.

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Outside of his song lyrics, Eminem is relatively private when it comes to Hailie. In a March 2020 appearance on the Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson podcast, the rapper briefly spoke about his daughter, who he shares with ex-wife Kimberly Mathers.

"She's doing good," Em said of Hailie. "She's made me proud for sure."

Hailie rarely speaks about her dad in public, too, but she did mention him in a 2018 interview with Daily Mail.

"We are very close," she said. 

Dark time

Colton Underwood took 'medication daily' hoping to suppress homosexuality

Colton Underwood struggled so much with his sexuality that he started abusing medications.

In his new Netflix docuseries, "Coming Out Colton," the former "The Bachelor" star says, "I was suppressing my sexuality so hard that I was taking medication daily to deal with depression and anxiety, and that made me a paranoid freak."

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His struggle became bad enough that he contemplated suicide. 

During a chat with a longtime friend, Colton recalled hitting "rock bottom" one night when he "took a lot of Xanax" in hopes that he would not "wake up the next morning."

"I didn't trust a whole lot of people, and I was trying to do anything and everything I could to protect a secret," he says on the Netflix series, which premieres on Dec. 5.

Colton's attempted suicide came after his breakup with Cassie Randolph in May 2020. A few months after the split, Cassie got a restraining order against Colton, accusing him of stalking and harassment. She also alleged that Colton put a tracking device on her car. She eventually dropped the restraining order after she and Colton reached a "private agreement," he said.

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Cassie met Colton in late 2018 on season 23 of "The Bachelor." The pair didn't get engaged after he gave her the final rose on the ABC show, though they briefly lived together. She even cared for him while he recovered from COVID-19 early last year.

After their split, though, Colton "started to spiral," he confesses on his new show. "I lost my mind, and I did some things, I said some things that I'm not proud of."

For her part, Cassie continues to be frustrated with her ex's public life. 

"Cassie really just wants to move past any drama having to do with Colton. She's being roped back into all this Colton mess because of the Netflix show," a source told Page Six. "There are a lot of bad memories associated with the end of their relationship and she wishes there was a way to completely separate herself from his narrative." 

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Colton is now dating political strategist Jordan C. Brown. 

Health update

Wendy Williams claims 'lots more Wendy stuff' is coming as she leaves 'wellness center'

Wendy Williams claims she's "doing fabulous" amid reports that her eponymous talk show is on verge of being canceled. 

While being surrounded by friends and family, the TV host was spotted leaving a "wellness center" in Miami on Dec. 1. In video posted by The Shade Room, a photographer asked Wendy if she's "sad" about her show getting "canceled." Although the cancelation of "The Wendy Williams Show" is mere rumor at this time, the 57-year-old remained silent.

While wearing a red Versace robe and walking barefoot to an awaiting SUV, Wendy was also asked how she's doing. Replying in third person, she said, "Wendy is doing fabulous." She then promised "lots more Wendy stuff."

Wendy hasn't been on the air in months. According to reports, Wendy was voluntarily admitted to a New York City hospital on Sept. 14 for a psychiatric evaluation. Around the same time, her team announced that the premiere date for her 13th season would be pushed back two weeks. Since then, a platoon of guests hosts have taken the reigns of the show, including Bill Bellamy, Leah Remini, Michael Rappaport, Fat Joe and Michelle Visage. 

Wendy is reportedly dealing with "ongoing health issues" as her chair is filled. She has yet to return for her 13th season.

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Meanwhile, there is growing chatter that "The Wendy Williams Show" could be on the chopping block as she continues to be MIA. Interestingly enough, RadarOnline reports that ratings are actually up without her there. 

"No one expected ratings to go up 32% without Wendy. The fill-in hosts were just supposed to keep the show's lights on until Wendy was well enough to return," a source told the online outfit. "It was assumed that without Wendy, the audience would not watch, but the has not been the case."

If the show is axed, Sherri Shepherd is reportedly the frontrunner to take over the chair permanently. Incidentally, Sherri is currently set to fill in the final weeks of the show before the holiday break.

Daddy's girl

Harry Hamlin is 'glad' daughter is no longer dating Scott Disick

There had been murmurs throughout the course of Amelia Gray Hamlin and Scott Disick's year-long romance that her father, Harry Hamlin, wasn't exactly pleased with the relationship. He's now all but confirming the speculation. 

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"Look, Amelia's doing great. She's living in New York, and she's having the time of her life solo," Harry said on "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" on November 30. "I have no idea [about the breakup]. I didn't pull the curtain. I have no idea what exactly happened there. I'm just glad that she is solo. Put it that way."

Harry and his wife, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Rinna, always seemed to bristle when their youngest daughter's romance was brought up, especially given Scott's dating past and the fact that they began dating when he was 37 and she was 19 years old

In September, just a few weeks after Amelia and Scott called it quits, Lisa appeared on "Watch What Happens Live" and was asked to reveal the "worst thing" she said about the father-of-three "behind his back."

"You know, I've actually been quite nice about Scott Disick," she said after taking a pause to think about her answer. "And I would never say that out loud, anything. I might have thought things that weren't very good. Can I atone for my thoughts?"

She added, "I wasn't mean. Listen, I tried really hard. I was really patient, and I tried really hard. We'll leave it at that."

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On the Bravo reality TV show, Lisa seemed frustrated in her then-teenage daughter's choice in men. In an August 2021 episode she spoke of her husband's fondness for daughter Delilah Belle Hamlin's boyfriend, but then shaded Scott.  

"Harry made it quite clear that he would not object if Delilah and Eyal [Booker] got married, which is pretty shocking, but that says a lot," the former soap opera star said. "I can't say the same for Amelia at this point now."

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Amelia and Scott ultimately split in September after the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star's private message about ex Kourtney Kardashian was outed by another one of her exes, Younes Bendjima.

The drama over the message called his romance with Amelia, now 20, into question, as he seemed jealous over Kourtney's romance with now-fiance Travis Barker. Amid the fallout from the DM, many of Amelia's Instagram followers bombarded her social media and urged her to end things with Scott. She did.

"The breakup was coming, but the Younes DM was the final straw," a source told TMZ at the time. 

After the split, Lisa commented on an Instagram post about the breakup with a smiley face emoji.

Punishment coming?

Josh Duggar's cousin wants him to get 'ultimate sentence' in child porn trial

Josh Duggar's cousin Amy Duggar King is hoping a judge throws the book at him in his child pornography case.

"Today is a heavy day. This whole week will be. Next week will be too. Until justice is served," Amy wrote on her Instagram Story on Tuesday, as jury selection began in the "19 Kids and Counting" alum's trial in Arkansas. 

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In a separate post, Amy, who made sporadic cameos on the Duggar family's reality shows, wrote, "Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord, I will repay thee. Please pray for the victims and for the truth to be revealed. Pray that the judge will give the ultimate sentence."

Josh was arrested by federal agents on April 29 (just a few days after his wife announced her seventh pregnancy) for possession of child pornography. Court documents, which officially charged Josh with receiving and possessing child pornography, allege that he used the Internet to download material that showed child sexual abuse.

The disgraced reality TV star allegedly possessed material which depicted the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, KNWA reported. 

Josh has pleaded not guilty.

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In court testimony, a Homeland Security agent said the amount of child pornography allegedly recovered from Josh's property is "in the top five of the worst of the worst that I've ever had to examine." Authorities said Josh had more than 200 images of "child sexual abuse material."

Earlier this week, the court heard testimony as to previous molestation allegations levied at Josh — some of which he acknowledged —and a judge will determine if those should be admitted into the new trial.

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This is hardly the first time Josh has been in hot water, both legally and spiritually. Back in 2015, Josh, a devout Independent Baptist and the eldest member of the 20 Duggar children, admitted to cheating on his wife after a hack exposed that his credit card was linked to an account on Ashley Madison, which facilitated extra-marital affairs. He was later sued by a DJ for using that man's likeness on the websites he used during his cheating scandal. Before news of his infidelity broke, it was reported that Josh had molested five girls, including his sisters, when he was a teenager.

In a statement to People at the time, Josh said, "As a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends …. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life."

After the molestation and cheating scandals, Josh went to a faith-based treatment facility in Illinois for six months.

Needing some space

Michael Strahan 'might wear a diaper' while going to space

Michael Strahan might have a little extra cushion under his space suit during his trip to space on Dec. 9. 

The "Good Morning America" host spoke with Jimmy Fallon about his upcoming flight aboard Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket.

"I had to fly the other day, and I'm looking at the thing that tells you that you're 43,000 feet and I'm going, 'Man, this is way up here. Look at this!' And then I realize this is nothing," he said, joking, "So I might wear a diaper!"

At least we think he was joking!

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Michael, 50, recounted how his flight even came to be, telling Jimmy that he attended Blue Origin's initial launch. At the time, he didn't understand why anyone would want to go to space. 

"I went to the first launch and I watched Jeff and his brother Mark and the other crew members go up and I remember being there thinking, 'I'll never, no way I would ever do it,'" he said. "It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen outside of childbirth, and it made you emotional to see it." 

"It completely changed my mind about why, if I would do it, the reasoning behind it, why other people would want to do it," he said. "Then I, pretty much, a few months later or so, got a call saying, 'Do you want to go up?' And I had expressed to some people that, 'Hey, I would actually do that' after seeing it. And apparently, they heard it and they called me and I stuck my foot too deep in my mouth to pull it out."

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The NFL Hall of Famer hasn't spoken to William Shatner about the space adventure he had in October. 

Asked how he's preparing to fly to the great beyond, Michael said, "Well, physically you go there and you train. I think the toughest thing they say is really just trying to get yourself in and out of the seatbelt. So it's like a five-point harness … like a race car. I'm a car guy. So I have cars with that. So I'm kinda cool with that. I fit in the seat easily. I was worried about that, but I fit in the seat pretty easily. And just the way it's all engineered."

"When you talk to these astronauts, who've been a part of this program for so long, who've been astronauts for 30 plus years, who've been a part of Blue Origin for 10 plus, 20 years … smartest people in the world," he continued. "You feel so comfortable and I feel safer doing this I think than I do getting on a plane to fly to LA every weekend to do my Fox football show, because it's not some guy in aircraft control who's stressed out. These are like people who are focused directly on that and only that."

Covid gain

Jennifer Coolidge gained 30-40 pounds during COVID: 'I thought we were all going to die'

Jennifer Coolidge was so uncertain during COVID that she packed on 30 to 40 pounds pounds waiting for the world to end.

In fact, the actress said she was so self conscious about her weight gain that she almost didn't accept her role in "White Lotus."

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"I just didn't want to be on camera that fat because of my excessive eating during COVID," she told Page Six. "I thought we were all going to die, I really did, so I was just eating myself to death. Vegan pizzas, sometimes five or six in a day."

Jennifer, 60, was even concocting a story about why she couldn't star in "White Lotus," but a friend stepped in and convinced her to take the part. 

"Jennifer this is all you have! What the f***?," she recalled the unnamed pal saying. "She was like, 'These opportunities don't come around, you idiot!'"

"We all need these friends," the actress explained. "A lot of actors make huge mistakes, I don't know why, we want a great moment to happen but then when it comes along we somehow talk ourselves out of it, I think that's very typical of an actor, to screw it up for themselves but I had a great friend that stopped me from doing that."

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Jennifer even acknowledged that none of her costars even noticed her weight when she stepped on the set. 

"I was always kind of pudgy anyway so what's another 40 pounds," she said. "It's all in our head. I'm just glad I had a good friend who talked me off the ledge and didn't blow a really cool gig. If I had watched 'White Lotus' and realized I [could have done it] I would have jumped off a bridge."

Picture time

Salma Hayek promotes 'Gucci' film with thirsty, sultry snap

Guess who's thirsty!

On Nov. 29, Salma Hayek decided to use her assets to draw attention to her newest film, "House of Gucci."

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In her Instagram snap, the actress sipped a drink while wearing a one-piece swimsuit in the pool. Her swim wear said "Original Gucci."

"This is not my wardrobe for 'House of Gucci' but I highly recommend it anyway," she captioned that pool-drenched and cleavage-baring photo.  She repeated the same caption in Spanish. 

Naturally, fans were astounded by the image and Salma's confidence. 

"This will break the internet," one person said. Another said, "LORD HAVE MERCY." 

Other fans threw out words such as "sexy" or "gorgeous" or "queen."

In "House of Gucci," Salma plays Pina Auriemma, a tarot card reader who gives advice to Patrizia Reggiani, played by Lady Gaga.

The film is just the latest credit to Salma's name. Her impact on cinema has been so great over the decades that she was recently awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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While receiving the star, she spoke about immigrating from Mexico to the United States.

"If you ask yourself what gave me the courage to stay, I say it was you," she told fans during her speech, "because although they didn't know me, here in Hollywood, the studios, all the Latins that are in the United States knew who I was. They understood that I came here with dreams like they did."

High road

Tyler Cameron reacts to claims in Hannah Brown's new book

Tyler Cameron is finally responding to Hannah Brown's claims in regard to the end of their relationship. 

In Hannah's new book, "God Bless This Mess," the "Bachelorette" alum claimed that Tyler wronged her when he began dating Gigi Hadid, and she printed the last text message he sent her, which came off as coldhearted. 

"Well … if you rock with me, you rock with me. If you don't, you don't," he text her.

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The text message was brought up while Tyler appeared on "The Bellas Podcast" on Nov. 29. He responded, "I've got receipts, too."

While discussing the end of their relationship, the model said he was surprised she printed the message, especially since he didn't dish about her in his book. 

"You know that whole thing — first of all, you're going to see the level of respect we have for each other. The way I talked about her in my book showed nothing but love. We'll see how she talks about me in her book," he told Nikki and Brie Bella.

For Hannah, it seems that she doesn't see things the same way. In her book, she said Tyler made her feel like his "bench girl" and "backup player."

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Still, Tyler chose the high road when it came to his ex.

"I hope she's happy, I hope she's successful … she's got to sell books, she's got to make headlines. Sell them books!" he said.

Hannah and Tyler met on her season of "The Bachelorette," and he was her runner up. However, Hannah's romance with Jed Wyatt, who she chose on the season finale, didn't last long, and she and Tyler appeared to rekindle their relationship. The two even quarantined together in the early days of the pandemic. Hannah, though, has said nothing romantic came from that situation and noted that the two haven't spoke since lockdown ended.

The couple's relationship also took a turn when he began dating Gigi in August 2019. The two were photographed just a few days after Tyler was seen leaving Hannah's apartment. "Tyler met up with a supermodel after getting off the phone with me," Hannah wrote in her book, but admitted that Tyler apologized for how things happened.