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Kourtney Kardashian, 38, and Younes Bendjima, 24, have 'no pressure' relationship

Younes Bendjima is now dating one of the most eligible women on the planet, Kourtney Kardashian, but by his own admission, he's "still the same" person he was before being thrust into the spotlight.

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The New York Post's Page Six conducted an email interview with the 24-year-old model who has been seen kissing and cozying up to Kourtney, 38, all over the Cannes Film Festival.

"There's no pressure at all," he told Page Six about his sudden rise fame, thanks to his new romance. "I'm still the same. I don't forget where I'm from. I care about the fam and still hang out with my home boys … I'm still doing my thing."

In the interview, Younes refused to confirm the romance, but it seems to be firing on all cylinders based on countless images of the new couple, who were first linked in December 2016.

"My favorite things to do are spend quality time with people I love, take care of my family, work out every day and always think of how can I be a better than I am already," he said.

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Since being discovered on the streets of New York City at age 17, Younes' face has been in dozens of magazines and he's walked runways in multiple fashion shows. Still, he said he considers modeling "mostly a hobby," and really wants to own restaurants with his father in Algeria and France.

He'd also like to develop a fragrance.

Right now, though, he's doing exactly what he loves to do with the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star in France.

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"I love traveling. I grew up in a very simple and modest family and didn't get to explore the world … I left my comfort zone at the really young age of 17," he said.

Now, he spends most of his time in Paris and New York (and if things keep going well with Kourtney, you can probably add Los Angeles to that mix, since that's where she lives).

"I have so much love for New York," he said, "this city helped me so much and made me so much more mature."

Breast pic ever

Chrissy Teigen replies after noticing her pic on Fox News host's phone

Are Chrissy Teigen and Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro entrenched in a boob feud?

On July 5, the "Justice With Judge Jeanine" posted a photo to Twitter that showed her at an outdoor restaurant wearing a mask. The photo seemed innocuous enough.

However, Chrissy couldn't help but notice the small photo on (presumably) Jeanine's phone that sat directly in front of her on the table: it was a topless photo of Chrissy with a massive sunburn, a snap the "Lip Sync Battle" star posted over the holiday weekend

"Jeanine why are my boobs up on your phone," Chrissy commented on the snap.

Jeanine has not responded.

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On Instagram on Monday, the Sports Illustrated model, still laughing about the situation, posted a close up Jeanine's phone, as well as the sun-kissed picture that she had initially posted to her Instagram Story on July 2.

"I can't stop laughing. Best day ever," Chrissy said.

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Andy Cohen commented, "This is next level."

Chrissy's breasts have been a topic of discussion of late, particularly after she got her implants taken out last month. 

"They've been great to me for many years but I'm just over it," she told her Twitter followers before the procedure. "I'd like to be able to zip a dress in my size, lay on my belly with pure comfort!"

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"Don't worry about me," she continued. "All good. I'll still have boobs, they'll just be pure fat. Which is all a t-t is in the first place. A dumb, miraculous bag of fat."

On July 4, she shared an image of her in a bikini, the first time she's done that since removing her implants. 

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"First two piece in a long, long time," she said.

Mom fury

Beyonce's mom defends singer against critics

The Beyhive's No. 1 fan has some stinging responses to fans criticizing Beyonce.

The singer's mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson, came out firing after several people on social media criticized Beyonce for her upcoming visual album "Black is King" album, claiming she's trying to capitalize on African culture.

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In a post, Tina noted that several of Beyonce's collaborators are from Africa.

"There's way, way more involved in the making of Black Is King but my point in posting this is simply that those who are criticizing the film (before they even see it) saying it's unauthentic, upset that B doesn't actually go to Africa or say that Bey is simply using African cultures for gain are wrong because 1. She makes less with her Afrocentric content. 2. She's actually taken the time studied African costumes and such and didn't just throw this together," Tina wrote in a lengthy post. "She's worked with actual African dancers, film makers, directors etc on this project so for some African Americans and Africans to say it's a facade is truly discrediting the work of their own people."

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#Repost @hova_bey.carter with @get_repost ・・・ Joshua and Blitz are Ghanaian, KC is Nigerian, Hannah worked on Lemonade with B, Trevor is South African…There's way, way more involved in the making of Black Is King but my point in posting this is simply that those who are criticizing the film (before they even see it) saying it's unauthentic, upset that B doesn't actually go to Africa or say that Bey is simply using African cultures for gain are wrong because 1. She makes less with her Afrocentric content. 2. She's actually taken the time studied African costumes and such and didn't just throw this together. She's worked with actual African dancers, film makers, directors etc on this project so for some African Americans and Africans to say it's a facade is truly discrediting the work of their own people. 3. While people whine about her not touring in Africa yet beg for more African representation in entertainment but are mad that they're getting it from one the world's greatest stars is strange to me. They'd rather have B come and they spend their money for a show once or twice every few years rather than have someone of African descent work with African creatives to create art that celebrates them that will last forever and it be done at no cost to them.) #Beyonce #Beyoncé #BeyonceKnowles #BeyonceKnowlesCarter #QueenB #MrsCarter #Jayz #jigga #jiggaman #Hov #Hova #KingHova #ShawnCarter #TheCarters #beyonceandjayz #Jayonce #MrCarter #JayZandBeyonce #beyhive🐝 #hovandb #JayandB #african #nigeria #blackexcellence #heritage #ghana #africa #director #

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Tina added, "While people whine about her not touring in Africa yet beg for more African representation in entertainment but are mad that they're getting it from one the world's greatest stars is strange to me. They'd rather have B come and they spend their money for a show once or twice every few years rather than have someone of African descent work with African creatives to create art that celebrates them that will last forever and it be done at no cost to them.)"

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In another post, Tina blasted critics who have essentially been telling Beyonce how to film the movie, calling on them to "stop being a social media terrorist to the wrong people."

"It is funny because it is so easy to criticize someone when they are doing something . You can always tell them how they could do it better especially if you're not paying for it," Tina said. "Some of you criticize under the thinly veiled guise of educating her. But you haven't seen anything but a 3 minute trailer and you judge so quickly. You can 't tell her what to do in her movie! There is a storyline How do you know east or west works in this movie? She is working hard on getting it shown in Africa. But you really should not waste your time seeing it. You should be busy making your own."

"Black is King" premiere July 31 on Disney+.

Filming schedule

'Big Brother' prepares to film new season amid pandemic

A global pandemic isn't stopping "Big Brother" from coming back.

TMZ reported that the hugely popular reality show's 22nd season will feature an all-star cast, a change made because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"Big Brother" was reportedly in the middle of casting for its next season when the outbreak hit. The casting process was quickly shut down and executives opted to go with an "all star" format since the participants have already been vetted and were familiar with how the show worked.

While the show is still happening, it has been delayed. TMZ notes that participants were initially scheduled to go to Los Angeles at the beginning of July but that has been pushed back about a month. 

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Similar to that of professional sports organizations, producers will create a "bubble" type of environment as to keep the everyone as safe as possible from exposure to the coronavirus. 

The cast, particularly those flying to L.A., "will be tested for the virus and then quarantined for two weeks before being cleared to enter the 'Big Brother' house," TMZ said. 

Beefing up

Chris Hemsworth on beefing up to play Hulk Hogan in biopic

Pro wrestling is fake? Don't tell that to Chris Hemsworth

Chris, 36, has played a superhero for the past decade, but he's about to transform his body to play Hulk Hogan in an upcoming biopic. For Chris, this means getting in better shape than ever. 

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"As you can imagine, the preparation for the role will be insanely physical. I will have to put on more size than I ever have before, even more than I put on for Thor," he told Total Film, via TMZ.

There are also a few other things that Chris will have to master to play the wrestling icon. 

"There is the accent as well as the physicality and the attitude," Chris said.

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In addition to his body transformation, Chris will also grow the Hulkster's trademark mustache. Hulk, who's real name is Terry Bollea, is often credited with making professional wrestling mainstream.

That fact that Chris believes this role will challenge him physically is surprising considering he's had numerous physical roles over the course of his career, having played Thor, of course, but also an Army hero in "12 Strong" and the titular huntsman, Eric, in "Snow White and the Huntsman." Plus, Chris's Instagram feed often shows him working out or participating in various physical activities.

Back in 2017, Chris opened up to W Magazine about the process of prepping to play Thor: "It's just a lot of heavy weightlifting, you know, isolated muscle groupings. I think how it's changed over the years. The first time I did it I would just do weightlifting. I didn't work in as much sort of cardio or functional flexibility, sort of movement training which I do now. It's much better," he said. "I was, I think, probably a little bigger the first time around, but I felt very stiff and sort of uncomfortable. Now, I feel much more, like it's useful kind of muscle, functional kind of movement and training."

Chris also did a lot of Pilates.

"You can have a completely cosmetic muscle, or just complete sort of cosmetic bodybuilding stuff which is fine on screen, but I think a lot of times it's about next level is when you can tell its function when people move differently, and it suits out lifestyle better," he said. "I feel with all the sort of back problems and knee problems and whatever, the more I kind of moved and had a larger range of motion, a lot of those issues with kneeling, certain joint pains were tended to dissipate the more I kind of… larger, more versatile sort of training."

Too little, too late?

Mandy Moore reacts to ex-husband Ryan Adams' new apology following abuse, sexual misconduct claims

On July 3 – more than a year after The New York Times released a detailed and upsetting #MeToo era exposé accusing rocker Ryan Adams of psychologically abusing or sexually harassing at least seven women in his life, including his ex-wife — DailyMail.com published a lengthy apology written by the rocker.

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Though Ryan also apologized back in 2019 — while criticizing the accuracy of the Times' reporting and denying any wrongdoing — he's since explained that he's now sober and wanted to say it again, this time after confronting his behavior. "All I can say is that I'm sorry. It's that simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realize that I needed to make significant changes in my life," Ryan began his new mea culpa.

A few days later on July 6, ex-wife Mandy Moore — who's previously accused him of being controlling and psychologically abusive during their relationship (their divorce was finalized in 2016) — was asked by Hoda Kotb during an unrelated interview on the "Today" show, where she was promoting her hit NBC show "This Is Us," what she thought about her ex-husband's apology and if she believes he's changed.

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"You know, it's challenging because I feel like in many ways, I've said all I want to say about him and that situation," Mandy said, "but I find it curious that someone would make a public apology but not do it privately.

"I am speaking for myself," she added, "but I have not heard from him and I'm not looking for an apology necessarily, but I do find it curious that someone would sort of do an interview about it without actually making amends privately."

According to Ryan, he wanted to issue a more heartfelt public apology because he's "gotten past the point where I would be apologizing just for the sake of being let off the hook." He also said he knows "full well that any apology from me probably won't be accepted by those I've hurt. I get that and I also understand that there's no going back."

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He continued, "To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bulls— apology that I've always used when I was called out, and all I can say is, this time it is different. Having truly realized the harm that I've caused, it wrecked me, and I'm still reeling from the ripples of devastating effects that my actions triggered."

He said he's been working on himself but acknowledged that "no amount of growth will ever take away the suffering I had caused. I will never be off the hook and I am fully accountable for my harmful behavior, and will be for my actions moving forward." He insisted that "I'm really trying" and expressed his hope "that the people I've hurt will heal. And I hope that they will find a way to forgive me."

Gavin reflects

Gavin Rossdale talks sex, lies and failed marriage to Gwen Stefani

In a new, wide-ranging quick-hit interview with The Guardian to promote his band Bush's new album, "The Kingdom," which comes out on July 17, Gavin Rossdale has reflected on life, love, his children, his body, the actor who should play him in a movie and his most embarrassing moment — which focuses on his headline-making split from Gwen Stefani in the wake of a nanny cheating scandal.

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According to Gavin, his most embarrassing moment was "the gross and lopsided spectre of the crumbling of my marriage." It's been nearly four years since he and Gwen announced their shocking split after nearly 13 years of marriage and 20 years as a couple. The British rocker also said he was happiest "last year, when I had all four kids — Daisy, Kingston, Zuma and Apollo — staying with me on my birthday. It was magical." He's dad to Daisy Lowe, 31, a model, with old friend Pearl Lowe, and has sons Kingston, 14, Zuma, 11, and Apollo, 6, with Gwen, 50.

Gavin said he deplores "judgement" in others, and as for himself, he hates "my ability to switch off and tune someone out without realizing it, almost as a defense mechanism." Physically speaking, the avid tennis player most dislikes that "I've got soccer player legs."

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The quick-hit interview also touched on Gavin's biggest disappointment: His band was so much bigger in America and other countries than in his native Britain. Bush never quite blew up there the way they did in the States, where they became one of the biggest selling rock bands of the 1990s — Bush sold more than 10 million albums in the U.S. alone — and were all over the Billboard charts, won American Music and MTV Video Music Awards and even scored a Grammy nod. "Sometimes it was disappointing not to have the fan base at home in the UK that we had elsewhere," Gavin told The Guardian.

He said that "being misunderstood" makes him unhappy, and that the worst thing anyone's ever said to him was "'You lied to me,' when I did." What keeps him awake at night? "If I am still in the argument I've had in the day," he replied.

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Gavin, who appears to be single at the moment, said he has sex "as often as I can" and that if he had to pick someone to play him in a film about his life, "an egotistical answer would be Timothee Chalamet."

He also weighed in on his most treasured possession and its link to The Eagles, his greatest achievement and the song he'd like played at his funeral. The most important lesson life has taught him? "That life is just a series of chapters, and it's essential to try not to bring older chapters into new chapters," explained Gavin, who said he wishes he was in Australia right now, where he was meant to be on tour before the coronavirus pandemic changed the live music industry, "instead of stuck in my kitchen in L.A."

Anniversary Love

David and Victoria Beckham celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary

With much of the world on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, David Beckham and Victoria Beckham couldn't go quite as all-out for their anniversary on Saturday, July 4, as they did last year, when they jetted off to Paris for a private, champagne-filled tour of Versailles and a decadent dinner at Guy Savoy.

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But the power couple more than made up for it with the gushing words of love — and great throwback pics — they each shared on Instagram to mark the occasion.

"Well about 23 years ago I was sat in a room with Gary Neville and the spice girls were on the TV and I turned around to him and said 'ohhhh I like that one in the little black catsuit' 😄," David, 45, captioned his photo and video montage of memories from the pair's two-plus decades together.

"Who would have thought that all these years later we are celebrating 21 years of marriage and have 4 of the most beautiful and perfect kids.. Thank you & Happy Anniversary I Love You ♥️," he added alongside the post, which featured pics of him and his wife through the years, with a few Posh Spice performance moments tossed in for good measure.

Victoria, 46, shared a similar — if less Spice Girls-centric — montage the same day. In addition to shouting out their kids — Brooklyn, 21, Romeo, 17, Cruz, 15, and Harper, 8 — she made a point of looking to the future in her caption, which read, "Happy Anniversary @davidbeckham ❤️❤️❤️. Can't believe it has been 21 years since we said 'I do'. Four children, four dogs, so much laughter and I love you more each day. xxxxxx."

Victoria and David were together for a year and a half before he popped the question, according to People.

Victoria, of course, said "yes," and the two married in the summer of 1999 at Ireland's Luttrellstown Castle. Their then-4-month-old son Brooklyn was their ring bearer, the outlet notes.

All three boys weighed in on social media in honor of their parents' milestone over the weekend, with Brooklyn and Cruz both sharing '90s-era photos of their mom and dad.

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"Happy anniversary mum and dad ❤️ I love you soooo much ❤️❤️," wrote Brooklyn, who's moved on from his ring bearer duties to become a model and photographer.

Though their actual anniversary was on Saturday, David and Victoria got a jump on their celebration earlier in the week.

"It's me and @davidbeckham's 21st wedding anniversary this weekend so I'm getting ready for date night!" Victoria shared with her followers on Thursday. "What do you think I should wear? x vb."

The designer didn't reveal whether she went with her followers' fashion recommendations or the gorgeous white suit she wore in the photo accompanying her question.

But what fun is romance without a little mystery?

Privacy Break?

Lin-Manuel Miranda returns to Twitter after briefly setting account to private

In late December, Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted that his New Year's resolution for 2020 was to, "Tweet Less, Create More," telling fans he was "taking several steps back" to put that energy towards his work.

That may have been easier said than done. When the movie version of Miranda's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "Hamilton" premiered on Disney+ on Friday, July 3, Miranda celebrated-slash-promoted the 2016-shot film by live tweeting the whole thing with fans and castmates.

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Finally, after the nearly three-hour show came to a close, Miranda wrapped up his Twitter threads, thanked his followers and praised his onstage and behind-the-scenes colleagues. Then he signed off — and, according to DailyMail.com and other outlets, set his Twitter account to private. His departure didn't go over so well, which might explain why it was so short-lived.

While most of the responses to Miranda's "goodnight" tweet were positive, with fans thanking him for what one user said was something "we needed … as a country, as a people," other Twitter users griped that Miranda was "hiding" from discussions about certain controversial elements of the story.

Tweets recapped by the Mail and Just Jared showed some fans questioning the appearance of the "N"-word in the audiobook. Others reportedly argued that the largely hip-hop and R&B-inspired retelling of Alexander Hamilton's rise as one of the country's Founding Fathers "romanticized slave owners."

"Lin-Manuel Miranda's twitter going private the first day Hamilton is streaming is exactly what this country doesn't need," tweeted one user.

Another branded the star "childish" for setting his Twitter to private when he was being "called out" for his treatment of men who owned enslaved people.

Meanwhile, stars including Ava DuVernay and Trisha Yearwood applauded Miranda for his work — and fans like user Ozzie Mejia pointed out that Miranda closing off his Twitter to most followers "on what should have been his finest hour is your daily reminder that Twitter is poison and the world would ultimately be better off without it."

Miranda, however, doesn't seem sold on a Twitter-free existence just yet. By Saturday morning, he was back at the tweet-grind, responding to a fan, retweeting a recap of the movie and plugging a post by the "Hamilton" production stage manager. His Twitter was also public again, though he didn't explain the private-setting stint.

It's worth noting Miranda addressed the slavery issue in his text during an interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air" earlier in the week.

"[Slavery] is in the third line of our show. It's a system in which every character in our show is complicit in some way or another," he told Gross, addressing the new poignancy of "Hamilton" amid this year's intense national reckoning with regard to systemic racism.

"Hamilton — although he voiced anti-slavery beliefs — remained complicit in the system," Miranda continued.

"And other than calling out Jefferson on his hypocrisy with regards to slavery in Act 2, doesn't really say much else over the course of Act 2. And I think that's actually pretty honest. … He didn't really do much about it after that. None of them did. None of them did enough. And we say that, too, in the final moments of the song. So that hits differently now because we're having a conversation, we're having a real reckoning of how do you uproot an original sin?"

As for Miranda's mini Twitter hiatus, something else he said on "Fresh Air" suggests he may have simply needed a break, something he seems not to have given himself during the movie's filming.

Speaking to Gross, Miranda said "Hamilton" was shot in 2016 on the cast's days off and during downtime while they were still performing the show seven or eight times a week on Broadway, plus "Ham4Ham" mini-shows outside the theater. He was also writing music for "Moana" at the time, he said — and he and his wife, Vanessa Nadal, had just welcomed a new baby.

"When it comes to looking at myself, I see me at maybe my most tired I've ever been," he admitted.

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"I think I look more rested now on the other side of 40 than I did in 2016," Miranda mused, adding that the only reason he "came out on the other side of that year intact" was that his "incredible wife" was "holding down the fort."

Which by the way is just what she did on Friday. After pitching in on Miranda's live-tweet bonanza with her own, often hilarious posts, Nadal eventually put the couple's two kids to bed so Miranda could finish the movie with his fans and (maybe) get some rest.

Sharing her "good night" post, Miranda tweeted of Nadal, "best of wives best of women." He then returned to his role as host of the hours-long watch party.

Socially free

RuPaul scrubs social media pages

RuPaul is not feeling very social these days. 

On Thursday, the legendary drag queen's Instagram account was wiped clean, confusing followers. Around the same time, the "RuPaul's Drag Race" host deleted his Twitter account.

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No explanation was given for the purge.

Fans began noticing the social media change earlier in the week when some of RuPaul's Instagram images started mysteriously disappearing. Initially, fans thought the account had been hacked, and several alerted RuPaul to the confusing activity.

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Page Six reported several other fans noticed that season 10 "Drag Race" alum Kameron Michaels had also wiped his Instagram account. Even more fans wondered if the timing had something to do with the debut of "Canada's Drag Race," which premiered on July 2.

Mama Ru has given no explanation for the scrub.