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. 


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." 

'Solo Cackling'

Emma Stone practiced 'humiliating' 'Cruella' laugh in the shower

Even Oscar winners get self-conscious when it comes to perfecting their craft.

Just ask "Cruella" star Emma Stone, who needed solid solo time to develop the right evil laugh for her take on the iconic "101 Dalmations" villain, Cruella de Vil.

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"Practicing the laugh … I couldn't do that in front of anybody," the actress 32, recently said, according to The Mirror. "That was just humiliating to work on," she added.

Rather than suffer the embarrassment on-set or in public, Emma said she worked up to the laugh that ended up in the film by working on it when she was in the one place she knew nobody could hear her.

"I was in the shower trying to figure out how you perfect your own evil laugh. It has nothing to do with being an actor," she said, joking, "I did all of my cackling in the shower. I did my cackling alone."

Emma doesn't think anyone else in her position would have approached the task differently, either.

"That's like any person – go take a shower and try to do your version of a laugh and just see if you'd ever want to do that in front of a person. It's brutal," she said.

As it turns out, all that shower cackling was worth it. The Disney origin story — which sets Cruella's rise to evilness against the backdrop of London's 1970s-era punk scene, where the orphan Estella Miller nurtures her mean streak while working in a fashion house run by Emma Thompson's similarly evil Baroness — has already garnered strong reviews.

The role was also straight-up fun for Emma to play.

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"I loved the character of Cruella," Emma recently told The New York Times. "I don't mean I love the things that drove her, because she's obviously a very sick woman, but I found the character very interesting."

She went on to reveal that her Broadway experience in "Cabaret" served as a kind of stepping stone to "Cruella."

"I was in the middle of shooting 'La La Land' when I first heard of 'Cruella,'" recalled Emma, who won an Academy Award for the 2017 musical.

"And it was so exciting to think about playing a quote-unquote villain because before that, the only role where I felt I had been kind of bad was when I played Sally Bowles in 'Cabaret' [on Broadway], because she's a drug addict and she's making decisions that are kind of wild. She's not like anyone I had ever accessed before."

"Cruella" hit theaters and Disney+ on May 28.


Controversial post

Billie Eilish accused of 'queer baiting' with Instagram post

Fans have shredded Billie Eilish for her latest Instagram post, one in which she's accused of "queer baiting" for attention.

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On June 10, the "Bad Guy" singer took to Instagram to post a series of images that showed her with a group of women. Some of the images were fun, while others were borderline sensual. What got to her fans, though, wasn't so much the images, but rather the caption.

"i love girls," she simply wrote without context. 

Fans quickly wondered if Billie had come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, but recent images over the past few months have documented her cozying up with her boyfriend, actor Matthew Vorce. She even said in her documentary, "Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry," that she has a "secret boyfriend."

All of this prompted fans to rip Billie for the insinuation about her sexuality.

"You better not be queer baiting," one person said, noting the June is Pride Month. Another said, "Acting sexual with girls to draw in more audience is gross." A third said, "Bye I literally cannot. It's like if she's coming out good for her but if she claims to be straight after this, bestie it's queer baiting sorry…"

What is queer baiting? Urban Dictionary describes it as a "marketing technique used to attract queer viewers that involves creating romantic or sexual tension between two same-sex characters but never making it canon or evolving on it."

Back in 2019, Billie faced similar backlash over her song "Wish You Were Gay." At the time, she said the tune is "not supposed to be an insult."

Vacay picture

Kelly Dodd lashes out at fan who called her 'hammered'

Kelly Dodd is ripping a fan who she met on the beach in Turks and Caicos. 

The kerfuffle started after a woman saw the controversial "Real Housewives Of Orange County" star on the beach and asked for a picture, which Kelly granted. 


"I'm doing my Christian service…I'm in Turks and Caicos right no [sic] and I look and see Kelly Dodd laying out right next to me. She was actually super sweet and very hammered lol. My fiance took our pic and said 'we loved when you called that girl's husband a [expletive] dweeb and nerd,' the fan wrote about the encounter.

The woman claimed Kelly basked in the idea of being recognized.

"She also said she finds out next week if she gets a contract for the show," the woman claimed. "Side note, she was laying out watching housewives clips lol! We later saw her at the conch shack and she came up and started chit-chatting. I'm pretty sure she was loving being recognized."

Kelly, though, lashed out at the fan, hitting back at claims she was drunk or loving her celebrity status.

"Hey (the woman) you & your fiance and stepdaughter recognized me & asked for pictures. You were so excited & I was only nice & graciously posed for pics with you all," Kelly wrote in response. "You call yourself a Christian and then come after me on another page with lies & digs? I wasn't drunk & wasn't watching clips of myself. I was scrolling Instagram posts. No good deed goes unpunished."

Among the hashtags Kelly used to describe the situation was "two faced." She also insisted the woman was "rude" and a "liar."

As expected, Kelly's supporters came to her defense, maintaining the reality TV star was "nice enough" to give the fan some time. Others said it wasn't a crime to be "hammered" in Turks and Caicos, and others wondered what kind of "Christian service" was being done on the beach in Turks and Caicos.

Petition begins

Petition condemns James Corden's hugely popular 'racist' skit

James Corden is under pressure to put the kibosh on one of his most popular skits, one that has been dubbed "culturally insensitive" to Asians.

The segment in question is the "Spill Your Guts" segment of the "Late Late Show." In that skit, James and another celebrity force each other to eat "gross" food if they refuse to answer a certain question (usually it's a personal or financial question, all but encouraging the stars to eating the food).

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Thus far, over 15,000 people have signed a petition to end the segment.

The food, the petition claims, are almost always from Asian cultures.

"Many of the foods that he presents to his guests are actually from different Asian cultures," the petition on change.org says. "He's presented foods such as balut, century old eggs, and chicken feet, and which are often regularly eaten by Asian people."

"During these segments, [James] is openly called these foods 'really disgusting,' and 'horrific.' In the wake of the constant Asian hate crimes that have continuously been occurring, not only is this segment incredibly culturally offensive and insensitive, but it also encourages anti-Asian racism," the petition continues. "So many Asian Americans are consistently bullied and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it."

For at least five years, a slew of A-listers have participated in the "Spill Your Guts" segment, including Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Jimmy Kimmel, Kendall Jenner and Demi Moore.

The petition calls for James to change the foods, donate to local Asian American organizations and to formally apologize on air. 

"We are holding James Corden and 'The Late Late Show' accountable for their actions, and perpetual harm this segment causes to Asian American communities," the petition says.

Miami return

Larsa Pippen returning to rebooted 'Housewives' franchise

Larsa Pippen is headed back to South Beach. 

On June 11, the 46-year-old's rep confirmed that the former Kardashian BFF has been cast in the "Real Housewives of Miami" reboot.

Page Six reported that Larsa, who shares four children with estranged husband and NBA legend Scotty Pippen, has already started filming. 


Larsa was previously in the first incarceration of the reality TV show, having starred in it from 2011 to 2013. When NBC decided to bring the show back on its Peacock streaming service, Larsa was reportedly interested, as were other former "Real Housewives of Miami" alums. 

"I hear everyone and their mother is auditioning," an insider told Page Six.

Others rumored to be a part of the Miami cast include Alexia Echevarria, Phil Collins' ex Orianne Cevey and singer Paulina Rubio. 

Former "Miami" alum Lea Black recently spoke of reports that she turned down an offer to return.


"I haven't told anyone that I am interested or not interested. I haven't commented to anybody," she said during an appearance on SiriusXM's Jeff Lewis Live. "They are trying to get a cast together. I haven't said anything to anybody because it's not my place."

The show, which will count Andy Cohen as an executive producer, is set to being in February. 

Instagram moves

Why Kyle Richards doesn't follow Bethenny Frankel on Instagram

The once-solid connection between Kyle Richards and Bethenny Frankel has been lost… at least online.

While appearing on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," Kyle was asked why she no longer follows the former "The Real Housewives of New York City" star on Instagram. It turns out, Bethenny started the drama.

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"Oh, that's a good question," Kyle began. "She unfollowed me and I was like, 'Well, why do I want to follow someone who doesn't follow me?'"

The women, who were once fiercely close, were friends for three decades. TooFab.com points out that Bethenny often babysat Kyle's nieces Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton.

"We still talk and text and check in with each other, but she just unfollowed a lot of people, and I was like…," Kyle said, trailing off. 

Over the years, the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star has posted several images with Bethenny — and vice versa. 


In discussing the unfollowing, Andy explained why he doesn't follow the "Housewives" on Instagram. 

"By the way, I don't follow any of the Housewives on Instagram because if i did — it would be like 100 — it would be like 50 more people to follow cause you have to follow all of them," he said.

Kyle understood, saying, "You really only wanna follow some of us and not the others and that would get you in trouble."

On the Market

Judge grants Dr. Dre single status amid volatile divorce proceedings

Dr. Dre is officially back in the dating pool.

While he and his ex, Nicole Young, continue to battle over property and money, a judge has officially signed off on his divorce and granted the rapper single status, TMZ reported. The couple still has to battle over the validity of a prenuptial agreement they signed before marrying back in 1996.

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In late June 2020, Nicole filed divorce paperwork, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. In her divorce filing, Nicole, a lawyer, didn't mention that a prenuptial agreement existed. In Dre's new response to Nicole's divorce filing, he has agreed to pay his ex her requested spousal support but said their division of property should be governed by their prenup. 

The battle of the prenup — and Dre's estimated $800 million fortune — has been a major stumbling block, as she's claimed she "unwillingly" signed the documents amid pressure from the mogul and his team (she also claimed Dre ripped up the paperwork a few years later, which he's denied).

"I was extremely reluctant, resistant and afraid to sign the agreement and felt backed into a corner," she wrote in legal documents amid the couple's increasingly contentious divorce. "Given the extraordinary pressure and intimidation by Andre, I was left with no option but to hire a lawyer (of course, with the help of Andre's team of professionals) and unwillingly signed the agreement very shortly before our marriage."


Nicole claims that two years into the marriage, the rapper admitted he forced her to sign the prenup.

"Andre acknowledged to me that he felt ashamed he had pressured me into signing a premarital agreement and he tore up multiple copies of the agreement in front of me," she wrote. "Since the day he tore up the agreements, we both understood that there was no premarital agreement, and that it was null and void."

Since then, the two have tossed out diss tracks, abuse claims and allegations of affairs and secret love children.

Picture perfect

Helena Christensen recreates iconic 1990 swimsuit shoot

The times, they are a-changin'! 

On June 10, Helena Christensen recreated one of her iconic looks on Instagram, but she humorously pointed out one difference (okay, two differences) between then and now. 

The modern-day snap shows the 52-year-old model lifting herself out of a lake while donning a plunging black one-piece swimsuit and sunglasses, both presumably from the Staerk and Christensen line. In her Instagram post, Helena included an image from a 1990 Chanel modeling campaign in which she poses similarly.

In that image, Helena, then 22, donned a black one-piece swimsuit while also lifting herself out of a pool. She accessorized the outfit with a string of pearls around her neck and oversized white and turquoise earrings. 

"My boobs grew," Helena smartly captioned the new Instagram post, referencing the change that occurred over the course of three decades. 

Many of Helena's A-list friends commented with astonishment, including Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts and Lily Aldridge. 

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Helena's modeling days are far from over, as she often shares images to her social media from fashion shoots, many of which are for her Staerk and Christensen line. Most recently, she teased an upcoming project with lingerie brand Coco de Mer London.

Clearly, even 31 years later, Helena has still got it. 

Pricey b-day outfit

Emily Ratajkowski wears $3,200 bra to celebrate 30th birthday

Motherhood looks good on Emily Ratajkowski.

Over the past few days, the model has proudly flaunted her body on Instagram to celebrate her 30th birthday. 

On June 8, Emily donned a starfish-embellished midi dress from Versace's ocean-themed collection. "Very happy bday girl," she captioned the snap.

Emily also turned heads a day prior while modeling an orange skirt and tiny embellished bustier from Versace. The "mermaid bra," as it's been dubbed, retails for $3,195, Page Six points out, and it features two crystal-covered shells over the breasts. The bra portion of the item is attached to a blue-and-orange ruffle.

In her post, she simply captioned the images with a mermaid emoji.

Not lost on many of Emily's 27.6 million Instagram followers is the fact she welcomed a baby three months ago, yet she seems to have bounced back in a hurry.

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The scenic posts come just days after Emily was mom-shamed on Instagram for the way she was holding her baby, Sylvester. 

On June 6, Emily shared images that showed her and her little man in matching swimsuits. In one of the photos, Sylvester's head is tilted to the side. Almost instantaneously, the critical Instagram comments came rushing in. Eventually, she turned the comments off on the post, but that only made the mom-shamers comment on other Instagram photos, including the snap where she dons the "mermaid bra."