starting over

Lauren Bushnell on her split from Ben Higgins: I'm starting a 'new chapter'

Last month, Lauren Bushnell split from Ben Higgins, but she's now "starting over" again.

The former "Bachelor" star recently moved back to the Los Angeles area from Denver to start a "new chapter," she told E! News.

"I just got an apartment in the Marina del Ray area, which is where I used to live before the show," she said. "It's nice to be back. It's still like starting over because I've been gone for two years but it's exciting. It's a new chapter."

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Still, despite the split she said she chats with her ex and wants nothing but good things for him.

"We touch base everyone once in a while. It's like, 'Hey you have some mail, can I ship it to you?' But we're really on good terms," Lauren said. "We check in with each other and say 'how are you doing?' but we try not to do it all the time because we want to give each other time to heal and give each other our space."

She added, "But we're on good terms and I genuinely wish the best for him and I think he wishes the best of me. It's good, there's no bad blood there at all. I'm really excited for him and what he has going on."

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With the split still somewhat fresh, Lauren's "new chapter" doesn't include a man just yet.

"I'm not looking, but if something happens, great," she said. "I'm trying not to force anything. I'm not looking for anything necessarily but maybe that's when something good happens. I don't really have any expectations.

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The next thing on her agenda, though, is returning her $100,000 engagement ring to ABC.

"I want to give it back, but I think [the producers] have had a lot of other stuff going on," she said referring to the "Bachelor in Paradise" scandal. "I will give it back."

Luxe loo

Kanye turns Kim's bathroom into 'enchanted forest' — Video

Talk about peeing in peace!

Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian West revealed that her husband, Kanye West, transformed their bathroom into an "enchanted forest."

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In a video posted to her Instagram Story, Kim showed the botanical-themed washroom compete with desert shrubs and purple, green and white plants.

"So I come home and my whole bathroom is decorated like an enchanted forest and it's so beautiful and so visually pretty," she said. Kanye, she added, also left her a "sweet note," though she didn't detail what that note entailed.

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The restroom fits the minimalist design of Kimye's home, which they bought in 2014, but didn't move into until 2017. 

"I didn't really know Kanye's style at that point, but I thought the house was perfection," she told Architectural Digest earlier this year. "Kanye was less enthusiastic. He said, 'It's workable.'" 

The couple reportedly made $20 million in renovations, and in 2018, the home — which was previously owned by Lisa Marie Presley — was valued at $60 million. 

In addition to the foliage-heavy bathroom, the home's features include a music lab, a large addition to the primary bedroom, a spa and, naturally, plenty of closet space.

Virus Spread

D.L. Hughley unknowing spread coronavirus to family, radio staff

Unbeknownst to him, D.L. Hughley became patient zero among his family and friends. 

On June 21, the actor-comedian announced on social media that he'd tested positive for the coronavirus after he was taken to a Nashville hospital following his collapse on stage during a show on June 19. 

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He now says he spread the virus to his son and nearly everyone at his radio show. 

"I'm a regular Typhoid Mary," he told TMZ, implying that everyone will be ok. 

D.L. believes he contracted the virus in Dallas, where he had been performing in the week leading up to his medical incident. In between his shows in Dallas and Nashville, he recorded his radio show in California.

"Everybody who I came in contact with… at the radio show tested positive," he said, noting there was one exception. "My daughter didn't get it because she had a mask on the whole time."

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D.L told TMZ that he was asymptomatic and unaware that he had the virus until he got tested following his onstage collapse.

"It did make me feel horrible that not knowing I potentially jeopardized so many people," he said. "We need to have a uniform approach to this thing, and I think that everybody needs to get tested and everybody needs to wear a mask, everybody does."

Following the incident in Nashville, D.L. put out a brief video to speak about his positive coronavirus test.

"I was what they call asymptomatic," he said on June 20. "I didn't have flu-like symptoms, I didn't have shortness of breath, I didn't have difficulty breathing, I didn't have a cough, I didn't have a low-grade fever. I still don't have a fever. I didn't have a loss of smell or taste, apparently I just lost consciousness." 

Cancelation rumors

'Ellen' producers deny show cancelation rumors

Producers of Ellen DeGeneres' eponymous talk show are hitting back at rumors that it's on the verge of getting the axe.

The Sun published a story on Wednesday claiming "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is facing possible cancelation due to lagging ratings and reports that the comedian is "rude" to her staff.

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Ellen's production company, however, emphatically told the New York Post, "Telepictures can confirm it's untrue."

The 62-year-old actress may seem like the image of happiness and positivity on her talk show. However, claims of unkind behavior went viral in March after comedian Kevin T. Porter asked fans to tell their most "insane" stories of "Ellen being mean" — a long-running rumor in Hollywood circles. Kevin called Ellen "notoriously one of the meanest people alive."

Many obliged Kevin and came forward with stories detailing Ellen's alleged diva-like behavior. In early May, a former bodyguard described the talk show host as "very cold" and said "the way that she treats people other than those who are in her circle" is "actually kind of demeaning."

TV writer Ben Simeon said, "A new staff member was told, 'Every day she picks someone different to really hate. It's not your fault, just suck it up for the day and she'll be mean to someone else the next day.' They didn't believe it, but it ended up being entirely true."

Us Weekly reported on May 13 that, according to a source, Ellen was "at the end of her rope" regarding the claims that her super-nice public persona is all a sham. 

"She thought this was all just sour grapes from a few haters. But it's not a passing thing — the hits just keep coming," said the source. 


In addition to the bad press, Ellen's ratings are said to be suffering while she, like many others, broadcasts from home amid the coronavirus pandemic

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" reportedly fell 14 percent to a new season 17 low rating of 1.2, according to TVNewsCheck.

Additionally, Ellen caught backlash for her since-deleted social media posts about the death of George Floyd. According to screengrabs, she referred to the Black community as "people of color."  

Ellen has since donated to the George Floyd Memorial Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Black Lives Matter and the ACLU.

Why he runs away

Katharine McPhee reveals frustrations with husband David Foster in new documentary

David Foster can be hard work. That's according to the musician, producer and composer's fifth wife, singer-actress Katharine McPhee.


In the new documentary "David Foster: Off the Record," Katharine, 36, explains how her husband of one year, 70, pushes back and doesn't want to deal with things emotionally, Page Six reports. "There have been moments where you feel like, 'God, does he have any empathy at all?'" the former "American Idol" runner-up and star of Broadway's "Waitress" says in the Netflix doc. "He's so good at disguising what he feels. He just wants everything to be ok at all times and if it's not, he's gone."

She's challenged him about it, she explains in the film: "I said to him, 'I need you to at least try to understand how I feel,' and he was like, 'Well, maybe you should just leave then,' and I was like, 'No, no, I know this is what you do so don't play that game with me.'"

David doesn't deny his faults, admitting he can be, Page Six reports, a "runner" in relationships. "Anyone that calls me an a–hole for the things I've done, I think they're probably right," he admits. "I think I have been an a–hole a lot. I'm not a cold-hearted mother—er either."

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In the documentary, which hits the streaming service on July 1, David also discusses fourth ex-wife Yolanda Hadid, from whom he split in 2015 while she was battling Lyme disease, though he says he'll never publicly reveal why he divorced her. "How can I leave a sick woman?" he says in the doc, according to Page Six. "The fact of the matter is that was not the reason I left. It was for a different reason which I will never disclose that had nothing to do with her being sick."

David made it clear he was no fan of Yolanda's gig on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." "My wife at the time wanted to do the show," he says in the doc. "I didn't want to be the guy to say no." When he gets recognized by fans of the Bravo show, he admits he finds himself wanting to say, "Hey, I've got 16 f—ing Grammys, half a billion records [sold]. F— that show!"

Affair approval?

Jada Pinkett Smith denies August Alsina's claim they had years-long relationship with Will Smith's blessing

Did they or didn't they?

According to singer August Alsina, he and married actress Jada Pinkett Smith had a relationship in recent years — with the blessing of her husband, Will Smith, 51. He made the claims in a wide-ranging interview with "The Breakfast Club" co-host Angela Yee that was posted on his YouTube channel on June 30.

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According to Jada, 48, however, the allegation is false. Jada's rep told Page Six the 27-year-old singer's claims are "absolutely not true."

As reported by Page Six, in the interview — which is for his new YouTube documentary, "StateofEMERGEncy: The Rise of August Alsina," to promote his new album, "The Product III:stateofEMERGEncy" — August was introduced to Jada by her son, Jaden Smith, in 2015. They grew close — he says he fell in love with her — and he vacationed with her family in Hawaii the following year and he and the actress attended the 2017 BET Awards together.

Speculation that something was going on between August and Jada flared up after he released a remix of Kehlani's track "Nunya" in 2019. As Page Six points out, lyrics include, "Why is you textin me / Asking who next to me / Why you care about who having sex with me / Now you all on my line, why you pressing me?" Referencing that track and the attention it got, Angela asked August, "What was the real situation with Jada Pinkett Smith?"

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His reply? "People can have whatever ideas that they like but what I'm not OK with is my character being in question. Certain things are questionable that I know is not me or that I know that I haven't done," he began. "Contrary to what some people may believe, I don't like drama — drama actually makes me nauseous. And I also don't think that it's ever important for people to know what I do, who I sleep with, who I date, but in this instance, it's very different because as I said, there's so many people that are side-eyeing me, looking at me questionable about it. I mean I've lost money, friendships, relationships behind it, and I think it's because people don't necessarily know the truth.

"But I've never done anything wrong," August insisted, adding of the Smith family, "I love those people, literally — they're like my family I don't have a bad thing to say about them. They're beautiful people."

However, he explained, "When something starts affecting my life and not only affecting my life but affecting my wellness and my well-being and also starts to block my heart, my heart space is blocked, I don't really have a choice but to express my truth."

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According to August, "I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership that they've spoken on several times… he gave me his blessing."

Concerning his relationship with Jada, "I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really deeply love and have a ton of love for her," he said. "I devoted myself to it, I gave my full self to it — so much so to the point that I can die right now and be OK with knowing that I truly gave myself to somebody."

Mob hit

Former 'Real Housewives' star's ex charged with hiring hitman to assault her new man

Tommy Manzo, the ex-husband of former "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Dina Manzo, was indicted on Tuesday for once hiring a Mafia member to assault her now-husband.

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In exchange for the assault, the Mafia man got a huge discount on his wedding reception, which took place at a New Jersey restaurant owned by Tommy.

A press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office District of New Jersey said Tommy hired John Perna, a "made man" in the Lucchese crime family, to assault David Cantin in July 2015. At the time, David was dating Dina. They've since married. 

"In exchange for committing the assault, Perna held a lavish wedding reception at Manzo's restaurant for a fraction of the price, which was paid by another Lucchese associate and close friend of Manzo's," the press release said, adding that multiple member of that Lucchese Crime Family attended the reception.

Both Tommy and John were charged with several crimes, including committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity and other fraud charges.


Dina, who was a regular on the first two seasons of "Housewives," and David have dealt with other violent incidents in their relationship. Back in May 2017, the couple were bound and beaten during a home invasion

Last year a man was arrested for the attack

food issues

Christina Milian's beignet food truck a pandemic casualty

Christina Milian's beignet food truck is no longer spinning its wheels… for now.


Last year, the singer, along with her partner, Elizabeth Morris, launched the Beignet Box to much fanfare. By all indications, the endeavor was, well, sweet. But then COVID-19 hit, forcing Christina to hit the brakes.

"There have been some regulations in places like Austin, Dallas as well as Houston, that have stopped us from serving altogether," Christina told Page Six

Still, the Grammy-nominated singer said she plans to get the food truck back on the road. She also wants to get to places she intended to go before the pandemic.


"[The pandemic] has limited a couple of different places," she said, "but we'll try to go back there probably when everything lets up, and hopefully it'll be by fall or something when we want to bring the second truck to Los Angeles."

Other places she plans to take the truck once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted include New York, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. She even plans to personally serve hungry guests, something she's done before.


"The places I went to was before the heightened restrictions that are happening right now, but everybody really has been minding each other's space," she said. "They wore their masks, and as long as everything is safe and it's OK, then I would be more than happy to [serve].

She continued. "I don't even think we'll even serve at the moment if it's not safe for anybody, and with a child at home and family … you have to care about everyone from top to bottom."

Inside North West's 7th birthday party in Wyoming: Photos

North West — Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West's eldest child — turned 7 on June 15. Now, two weeks later, Kim has shared a ton of photos showing fans how she and her family celebrated Northie's big day on their Wyoming ranch.


"North's 7th Birthday Wyoming Style 🤠," Kim captioned a June 29 Instagram slideshow of 10 photos showing scenes from her eldest child's big day. The pictures start with a snapshot of North touching her mom's hand as they both sit atop beautiful brown horses. More photos show North — who wore a lime green and black cowhide ensemble — playing with a teacup-sized dog sitting inside a cowboy boot and Kim and Kanye dressed in leather looks while holding their youngest child, 1-year-old son Psalm, next to some party décor including old-fashioned bank money bags emblazoned with a giant dollar sign.

North is also pictured walking down a dirt path with friends and visiting with one of her horses. Kim took to her Instagram Story to explain that the black beauty is "North's Freesian horse. We have 14 gorgeous black Freesians on the ranch."

Kim also shared photos of the family racing around the go-kart track Kanye built on their property. The reality TV star-turned-KKW Beauty brand mogul can also be seen holding her third child, 2-year-old daughter Chicago, inside a barn decorated with a "Happy Birthday" banner. Kim also shared a photo of North blowing out a silver "7" candle that sat atop her birthday cake, which was baked and decorated to look like a big metallic purple cowboy hat.

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North's Aunt Kourtney Kardashian responded to Kim's posts in the comments with a series of appropriate emojis, "🤠 🐄 🎇 🐑 🏎 🐎 🔥," and also took to her own Instagram page to share a pic of herself and Kim wearing glossy leather looks and boots while posing in front of stacks of hay bales. Kourtney also shared a slideshow of photos with more scenes from Wyoming with her kids, captioning it, "God's country."

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On North's actual birthday, Kim praised her, writing on Instagram, "Happy 7th Birthday to my first born baby North! I can't believe you are 7. Crazy how time has flown by so fast like this! You are everything and more than I ever dreamed of! The most stylist creative Gemini performer ever! I love you to your alien planet and back!"

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Kaitlynn Carter reflects on Miley Cyrus romance, breakup

Kaitlynn Carter is opening up about her brief, yet high-profile romance with Miley Cyrus.

The biggest lesson she learned? She never wants her private life to be up for public consumption again.


While chatting with Nick Viall on his "The Viall Files" podcast, the "Hills" star said she and Miley actually did try to keep their romance out of the public eye, but it was pretty much a lost cause.

"We actually did work pretty hard to keep it as private as we could, but it is what it is. It's so hard to go through a breakup in the public eye, too… It's so rough," she said. "But there's also a lot to be gained and learned from that."

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Kaitlynn's romance with Miley came after she split from Brody Jenner. Still, it was the roughly two-month romance with Miley that filled up gossip magazine pages.

"What I've really realized is now with dating, I'm super private about it," Kaitlynn said. "Since last fall, once that whole situation [with Miley] came to a wrap, I was like, 'That's the last time I'm doing a public thing.'"

The reality TV star said she's now dating someone else, but she kept the details of that relationship close to the vest.

"With the person that I've been seeing recently, I'm trying to take it really slow and make sure that everything is in place," she shared. "We're not boyfriend/girlfriend."

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Because she's dated both men and woman, Nick asked Kaitlynn if she feels the need to specify the gender of the person she's dating.

"I don't put that pressure on myself. Whoever I want to date is who I want to date," she said. "Honestly, it's been interesting to find who I am attracted to."

"I do feel there's this attitude when someone dates a woman one time that maybe it was just an experiment. People will put that on you. … I find that pretty frustrating," she said. "I don't think the labels are what matters."

Kaitlynn added, "A relationship with a woman is so different than a relationship with a man. It's a very different dynamic. But, at the same time, whoever I meet is whoever I meet."