Wedding bells

Nicki Minaj reveals when she's getting married

After weeks of speculation about her marital status, rapper Nicki Minaj has revealed that she is indeed planning to wed boyfriend Kenneth "Zoo" Petty — and she'll be a "Mrs." before Thanksgiving.

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During the Aug. 12 episode of her "Queen Radio" show, Nicki explained that in recent months, she and Kenneth have applied for a marriage license two times — after their first one expired, they got a new one last month.

"We filed for the marriage license and we still had to pick it up and I was traveling, by the time I came back, we had to renew it again," she explained on her Beats 1 show, as reported by People magazine and Us Weekly. "From that time, you have 90 days to get married. That was about a week ago, so now I have about 80 days."

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Nicki explained that they plan to make things legal first with a small ceremony but will wait to have a big blow-out wedding until she finishes some work commitments.

"I have to work on my album and I have a lot to focus on that I don't want to do the big wedding now. We'll do the big wedding later," she said, adding, "I'll be married before my album comes out but will have my wedding after the album comes out. Before the 90 days is over, yes, I will be married.

"I'm very happy about that because my baby makes me so happy," she added, as reported by Us.

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Nicki confirmed she was dating Kenneth, who appears in her "Megatron" music video, in late 2018, though she's known him since she was a teen. Their romance has been controversial because he's a registered sex offender in New York and in 2006 pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter. He was released from prison in 2013.

She's defended him, writing on Instagram of his sexual assault conviction, "He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship."


MTV star's 8-month-old daughter has 'days' to live

Ashley Cain, a former soccer player who starred on "The Challenge," revealed that his baby daughter has just "days to live" amid her fight with leukemia.

The MTV alum posted a series of heartbreaking images and videos to his social media on April 9 that showed his daughter, Azaylia.

"Azaylia's last bath in hospital, before we take her home where she belongs," he captioned several Instagram photos of the little one hooked up to tubes. "9 days ago consultants told us my daughter had 1-2 days to live, but thought she may pass that evening. Even with a barbaric disease consuming her blood, tumors in her brain and organs and amounts of pain I cannot imagine… She is still battling through 9 days later, with parts of the day with nothing but smiles despite her discomfort."


Ashley, whom he shares with his partner, Safiyya Vorajee, marveled at the strength of the little girl. 

"Even through the hardest and saddest time of my life, she has found a way to make it better, he wrote. "She has shined light on the darkest of days and she has opened my heart to amounts of love I couldn't believe possible!"

Azaylia, he said, was his "hero." 

Last October, Azaylia was diagnosed with a "rare and aggressive" form of leukemia, Ashley said at the time. He's often given updates about her condition on Instagram since then. In a 10-minute video posted on April 8, the former United Kingdom soccer star said of his daughter, "She's one in a trillion, but unfortunately, so is her disease. We're going back home, and we're going to give, we're going to try and make our baby as comfortable as possible. And we're going to have as much fun as we can with her as possible."

Safiyya also posted several gut-wrenching messages and shared videos of the couple taking their daughter home in an ambulance on April 9.

"With a heavy painful heart i share the saddest news of my life," she wrote on Instagram this week. "After Azaylia's CT and ultrasound scan we have been informed by consultants that they have found tumours in Azaylia's brain, but also in her kidneys, liver, lungs and spleen. Consultants said there is no way to tackle the tumours on her brain because of the high pressure in her head. Her chemotherapy is also not reducing the disease in her blood anymore because it is that aggressive."

"Today we also found out that Singapore has not been able to create a CART treatment to cure Azaylia because of the rarity and aggressiveness of her leukemia. This was our last, our only and our final option to save Azaylia and her disease was even too complex for them. So we will be now returning home with our beautiful baby to give her the best possible time left that we can," she said. "I am so proud of my baby girl she has been fighting for so so long, and doesn't deserve this to happen to her! there isn't enough words out there to describe the heartache & pain I'm feeling but I'm incredibly honoured to have become a mummy to my precious girl."

A couple set up a GoFundMe page to help with their mounting medical bills.

Packing On The Pounds

Mark Wahlberg wants 'to eat everything in sight' as he packs on 30 pounds

After years of intense fitness training, super-clean eating and occasional fasting, Mark Wahlberg can't wait to dig into his next body goal — at Denny's.

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During an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last week, the actor, 49, revealed he needs to gain 30 pounds for his lead role in "Father Stu," a biopic about boxer-turned-priest Stuart Long.

"After we do the boxing scenes, I get to put on as much weight as possible over the course of the film, so I'm challenging myself to put on 30 pounds in the next six weeks," Mark explained.

"They want me to do it as healthy as possible," he added. "I'm like "Dude, I've been on such a regimen for so long, I just want to eat everything in sight," said the star, who often details his 4 a.m. workouts and bone broth fasts on social media.

"I want to go bakeries," he continued. "I want to go to Denny's. I want to get pancakes. I want to get everything I can possibly get my hands on!"

In "real life," the character's heavy years presumably came after the serious motorcycle accident that led him to have a spiritual, out-of-body experience in the hospital, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

From there, Stuart is said to have "rediscovered his faith" and studied to become a priest. But his once sculpted body would never quite recover, due to a rare, degenerative muscle disease.


Mark, on the other hand, will have to snap back to his usual, ripped form pretty quickly. The Daily Man reports his next project after "Father Stu" is the long-awaited "Six Billion Dollar Man," a reboot of the '70s series, "The Six Million Dollar Man," that features Mark as a bionic man with superhuman strength.

'Honored To Serve The People'

Dwayne Johnson fuels White House bid speculation with response to poll

Last week, a new poll showed nearly half of American voters would like to see Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson run for president. And while the "Fast and Furious" star knows he's not the most traditional candidate, he says he'd be honored "to serve the people."

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On April 9, The Rock tweeted out a link to Newsweek's coverage of the new poll, which found a whopping 46 percent of Americans over 18 would support the wrestler-turned actor if he made good on previous comments suggesting he'd like to run.

"Not sure our Founding Fathers ever envisioned a six-four, bald, tattooed, half-Black, half-Samoan, tequila drinking, pick up truck driving, fanny pack wearing guy joining their club," he joked in the caption, "but if it ever happens it'd be my honor to serve the people."

Dwayne's tweet comes after USA Today asked if he was still considering the White House bid he's flirted with in recent years.

"I would consider a presidential run in the future if that's what the people wanted," he told the outlet in February. "Truly, I mean that, and I'm not flippant in any way with my answer," he added. "That would be up to the people … So I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground."

Dwayne, 48, has speculated about running for president since at least 2016 — and the idea has generally been well received. An op-ed in a June 2016 edition of The Washington Post even argued the actor could be a viable candidate. Dwayne shared a link to the piece on Instagram at the time, saying he thinks, "the most important thing right now is strong honest leadership from our current and future leaders of this country."

Asked if he was still considering the presidency, Dwayne told GQ in 2017, "I think that it's a real possibility."

As GQ pointed out, Dwayne's classic American "rags-to-riches story" — born into an impoverished family, he's now the highest-paid actor in the world — could have major appeal to voters.

As for his political leanings, The Rock supported Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ahead of their 2020 win but declined to back either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the previous presidential race, telling GQ he was wary of how his comments might "sway an opinion," something he said he "didn't want to do."

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Later in the same interview, he shared some insight on what his own approach to running the country might be.

"Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important. Leadership would be important," he said in response to a question about Donald Trump. "Taking responsibility for everybody. [If I didn't agree with someone] on something, I wouldn't shut them out. I would actually include them. The first thing we'd do is we'd come and sit down and we'd talk about it … The responsibility as president — I [would] take responsibility for everyone. Especially when you disagree with me. If there's a large number of people disagreeing, there might be something I'm not seeing, so let me see it. Let me understand it."

Of course, running for any office eats up a lot of time. And with two new films due out this year and a slate of at least five more in the works, according to imdb, Dwayne's next race will likely involve the box office, not the presidency.

Inked tribute

Travis Barker gets Kourtney Kardashian's name tattooed on his chest

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker's relationship has permanent written all over it.

Although the couple has only been dating for three months, according to reports, the Blink-182 got her named tattooed on his chest. On April 9, the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star posted a close up of the new ink. Travis, meanwhile, commented on the post with a heart emoji and added the pic to his Instagram Story. 

After Kourtney's post, many of her famous friends commented. "Goals," Addison Rae said. Other friends posted various emojis. 

Just one day earlier, she posted a photo of her back and backside. "Watchin' movies, but we ain't seen a thing tonight," she captioned the image.

Fans speculated that Travis' recent tattoo of the words "You're so cool" from the film "True Romance" was also a tribute to his lady love.

Kourtney and Travis haven't been shy about their romance, as they've often posted images of each other to their social media. Plus, paparazzi have snapped photos of them together for months. 


The couple was friends for years before things turned romantic. Since then, they've vacationed together with their kids in Utah on a ski trip, hung out in Las Vegas at a UFC event, and he also joined her and her famous family for Easter last week.

Snake bite

January Jones' dog recovering after rattlesnake bite

January Jones is feeling rattled after her dog got bitten by a snake near her home in Los Angeles. 

On April 8, the actress posted a photo of the venomous reptile to her Instagram Story. 

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"This baby rattler bit my lil Vinny this morning," she wrote alongside the photo. "I caught and released it but praying for my pup who's in the hospital now ❤️."

She later shared a photo of the pup along with several heart emojis.

After leaving her 1.1 million Instagram followers hanging on the edge of their seats, January gave an update about her black Bernedoodle on April 9.  

"Vinny's back home," she wrote. "Tired out but doing well."

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It's actually not uncommon for dogs to have entanglements with snakes. TooFab, citing the Animal Medical Center of Southern California, said dogs are about "20 times more likely" to be bitten by a poisonous snake than people. They are also "25 times more likely" to die if they are bitten.

Posterior pic

Christopher Meloni jokes about viral pic of his derriere

Christopher Meloni was trending on social media recently, but it had nothing to do with his career. It was because of his, well, behind.

The "Law & Order: Organized Crime" star wasn't the butt of the jokes, but Twitter definitely had a heyday. Likewise, the actor played along.

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Christopher's derriere became a topic of online conversation after a photo of him rocking some very tight pants landed on Twitter.

"SVU is filming in park slope this week and someone in the neighborhood facebook group posted this photo of chris meloni," someone tweeted, later joking the show should be renamed "Special Thicctims Unit."

A fan later asked Chris directly if he wanted to "explain" why he had "so much cake," referring to his posterior.

"Sure – big birthday(60), big boy(200 lbs), big cake," he hilariously replied.

A fan later asked Chris why he was trending on Twitter. "The other Melonis are trending, not me," he joked back.

Still, fans continued to thirst over the photo.

"How does one man have at least six men worth of butt in his pants," one person said. Another added, "What in the melon section of the supermarket is happening here." A Vice reporter humorously tweeted, "Can someone give him my email address it's… for… work."

Funnily enough, this isn't the first time fans have been enthralled with Chris' backside. While chatting with Conan O'Brien in 2014, the Emmy winner joked that he has the "best [butt] in primetime."

Twitter is clearly trying to get to the bottom of this story.


'Pioneer Woman' star gives update on family after head-on crash

Food Network star Ree Drummond said her husband and nephew are "healing" after suffering injuries during a head-on accident last month on the family's ranch.

"Ladd and Caleb are healing up after their accident on the ranch," the "Pioneer Woman" host wrote on Instagram. "And the Drummond family is so grateful for all of your kind words!"

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In early March, Ree's husband, Ladd, and her nephew, Caleb, were injured while responding to a wildfire on the family's ranch in Osage County, Oklahoma. Due to poor road conditions and decreased visibility, the men's trucks collided. Ladd ended up breaking his neck in two places.

"Evidently one of the two fractures was very close to being catastrophic," she said in a March 15 blog post, adding that doctors used "some rods and other hardware" to stabilize him. Caleb, meanwhile, suffered a broken ribs and a severe concussion.

Last week, two of Ree's children, Alex and Todd, also gave an update on the status of their ailing family members.

"A lot of people are asking how our dad is. He's doing a lot better. He's recovering and he's even starting to get back into ranch work," Alex said.

Todd chimed in, "Caleb is doing good. He's pretty much all healed up and back to his normal life."

Neither of the men were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, police said.

"For both Caleb and Ladd to be okay—injured, yes, but fixable—after seeing the condition of their trucks makes me not want to spend one second complaining," Ree said in March. "I can't even be mad at Ladd for driving himself to the hospital with a broken neck. I'm just so glad I'm home with him."

Ring thing

Why Kevin Bacon returned Kyra Sedgwick's engagement ring

Not exactly a ringing endorsement!

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick have been married for 32 years, and they seem to be going as strong as ever. However, the actor reveals that Kyra was really irked by one thing after he popped the question in 1989… She hated the engagement ring he bought for her!


"About three months [after the proposal], we're lying in bed, and she wakes up, and she's crying, and she's crying, and she can't even say what's going on," he told Kelly Clarkson. "Finally, she goes, 'I don't like the ring!'"

Kyra, 55, "felt terrible" about the confession and was incredibly emotional, the "Footloose" star said. 

"I talked her off the ledge after that," he said and recalled telling her, "It's all right, it's all right, hun. We'll go back. I don't care. We'll take it back."

After returning the ring, Kyra got a ring more to her liking, one that included a large center stone surrounded by smaller diamonds.

"I have to tell you, I'm really not a jewelry guy," Kevin, 62, said. "Like, I just don't get it."

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The ring replacement notwithstanding, Kevin and Kyra have become one of the gold standards of Hollywood marriages. Still, he said there's "no secret" to their success.

"In fact, I've often had a couple of different one-liners for that answer, and then I decided that really the answer is I'm not going to answer it because the last thing I want to do is come up with some quote that is going to summarize a 30-year relationship you know?" he told Fox News in 2019. "It's disrespectful to the relationship. So I don't really know."

Housing change

Rosie O'Donnell's NJ property being turned into affordable housing

Rosie O'Donnell's recently-sold New Jersey mansion is being turned into a series of affordable housing units, a new report states. 


The New York Post said the comedian sold the home last month at a $1 million loss after it sat on the market for five years. As part of a landmark public court settlement with Fair Share Housing Center, the home will be bulldozed and the 5-acre property will be converted into 60 units — of which 20% will be used for affordable housing.

The ritzy community, which includes Ja Rule and Mary J. Blige, is said to be up in arms over the plans. 

"The developer plans to segregate the units, instead of integrating them with the high density multi-family housing," a source said, while adding that "only eight are set for low and moderate income and the developer will stick the eight units in the back corner of the property instead of integrating, so everyone will know these are the homes saved for the poor." 

The property is pending a purchase by the Bergen County Borough through Saddle River Investors.

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Court records obtained by the Post show that the plans for what would become of Rosie's former home was settled when Bergen County Borough agreed to include the actress's property and two other neighboring properties that span 10 acres.

"It makes no sense and it's creating a further divide between the wealthiest and the non [wealthiest]," an outraged resident said. "There is not even public transportation here!"

Rosie currently lives in an $8 million penthouse in New York City.

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A rep for the Fair Share Housing Center told The Post that local developers had an "obligation to zone." 

"It's one of the most exclusive towns in the country," the rep said. "Our role didn't have to do with the sale itself. We negotiated a housing agreement and the town allowed the redevelopment on O'Donnell's site. It is a prime piece of real-estate leverage for affordable housing."

New Jersey State Senator and former resident of Saddle River, Holly Schepisi, said the mansion-to-affordable housing plan doesn't make any sense. 

"The town itself is against [it] but they had no choice," she said. "Everything is out of pocket here. Pay out of pocket for sports, schools… how is somebody with very little income viable to live in this town?"

Rosie purchased the 9,173 square foot home in 2013 for $6.3 million. It has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a basketball court and an elevator. The property also has a full guesthouse.