What went wrong

Nikki Bella details real reasons behind John Cena breakup

When wrestling stars Nikki Bella and John Cena split two years ago, there was a lot of speculation about what led to their devastating broken engagement and, later, their failed reconciliation. Some reports even claimed Nikki wa trying to score ratings for her reality show, "Total Bellas."

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Now she's is explaining the real reasons that led to their sad end. And, perhaps surprising to some, she's not blaming John.

In her new book, "Incomparable" — which she wrote with twin sister Brie Bella — Nikki explains that during her six-year romance with John, they "struggled to align" their goals for the relationship. However, she writes, as reported by DailyMail.com, "Rather than turn and face that, I pushed it under the carpet and figured I could pretend like it wasn't there. Because I was terrified of losing my love, I stuffed my desire for marriage and kids as deep as I could."

As Nikki has said before, John had initially made it clear that marriage and kids "weren't on the menu for him… that's tough, though," she writes in her memoir, "because if you're inclined that way, then the more you grow to love someone, the more you want it all. I stopped giving voice to those needs, though. I was worried my ex would call it off and let me go. And while I wanted those things very badly — I just wanted him more."

DailyMail.com reports that Nikki also recounts the time John refused to leave her side as she recovered from a 2016 surgery for a herniated disc in her neck, how "he wouldn't let anyone send him home" and even "helped me go to the bathroom, even though it made me want to die with embarrassment."

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Though grateful for his help, the former "Total Divas" star was also miserable. "I couldn't stand to feel so needy, even though it seemed to make him so happy to take care of me," she writes. "I wish I had seen that experience for what it was: an opportunity for me to identify, and then talk about, how undeserving and unworthy I felt, how terrified it made me feel to be dependent. How uncomfortable it makes me feel when I'm not working for affection but instead just basking in love."

Nikki also explains how she lost herself. She was so singularly focused on not losing John that it came at the expense of her own wants and needs. "By continually putting him first, and choking my own voice back, I didn't give him the respect of actually hearing about how I was doing," she explains in her book, as reported by Us Weekly. "I didn't give him, or our relationship, the benefit of the doubt that maybe it could handle more."

John, she writes, "had no idea I wasn't getting what I needed because I never said anything." She was convinced that she had to fit "into the contours of [John's] very busy and big life," she further explains. "That was paramount to me, pleasing and keeping him content, not voicing my own needs."

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Nikki made assumptions. "Because I assumed he wasn't willing to make sacrifices, I did not persistently ask. Because I was so fixated on what I believed he wanted, I made many decisions on his behalf, even though I was losing myself in the process," she writes.

She also admits she has "many regrets about that relationship." The main one? "I wish I'd known myself better before I got into it. I wish I'd understood how the patterns in my life, and my relationship with my own father, informed how I react to love, boundaries, and feelings of abandonment," she explains, as reported by DailyMail.com. "I think I could have averted some of what happened. Because my dad left when I was 15, I learned how to fill in the holes. I expect to be left behind and to find a way to not confront or acknowledge those feelings of loneliness and abandonment."

When she competed on season 25 of "Dancing With the Stars" in 2017, she "really woke up," she writes. She lived alone in an apartment that ABC provided for her. "I liked how it felt to be that independent girl. I had been sitting in a jail cell without realizing that the door wasn't locked and that I had built it myself," she explains, as reported by Us.

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"After 'Dancing with the Stars,' I felt like I'd found myself. I didn't want to lose her again. … 'Dancing with the Stars' also unlocked for me was the idea that I can stand on my own," Nikki adds in her book. "I think it's partly growing up as a twin, and then becoming a star based on that twindom, but being involved with a mega-star [like John] also undermined some of my faith in myself."

Coincidentally, Nikki is now engaged and expecting her first child with her "DWTS" pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev. The pair started dating many months after Nikki and John's split.

Concern

Maria Menounos sparks concern with worrisome tweets

Maria Menounos has worried her fans after two cryptic tweets calling for prayers for her family.

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The Emmy-winning journalist first tweeted on Nov. 25, "Need some prayers. Please send some prayers to my family."

Many of Maria's 653,000 Twitter followers asked her for more details, but the "Extra" host didn't respond.

After few hours after her initial tweet, Maria posted another message that referenced her plea.

"Thank you for the prayers. We really need them right now," she wrote just before midnight on Nov. 25. "I believe in the collective energy of good people wishing well or I wouldn't ask."

She continued, "Thank you & if you can keep them coming I would be forever grateful. Focusing on what I desire not the fear. Trying."

A few of Maria's fans suspected that her tweets had something to do with her mother, but she didn't confirm the speculation. Litsa, Maria's mom, was previously been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive malignant tumor. Back October 2019, Maria announced that her mother's brain cancer had reappeared.

Hospitalized

Larry King hospitalized with 'heart issues': Report

Larry King has been secretly hospitalized in Los Angeles for the past week, according to a report.

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A source told Page Six on Nov. 26, "Larry has been in the hospital with heart issues and other things."

The TV icon even spent his 87th birthday there. 

Larry's health has made headlines before. In 2017, he revealed that he had been secretly battling lung cancer. Last year, Larry was also hospitalized after experiencing chest pains. Some reports at the time suggested that he suffered a heart attack, but his rep denied the speculation, claiming, "His doctor successfully performed the angioplasty and inserted stents to reopen the previous bypass from 1987."

The former "Larry King Live" host has suffered two previous heart attacks.

Lawsuit

'Couples Retreat' star sues Universal, alleges racism over movie poster

A decade-old fight between comedian Faizon Love and Universal Studios over a promotional movie poster for "Couples Retreat" has culminated into a lawsuit. 

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Faizon, who was one of the main stars in the 2009 film, is accusing the studio of racial discrimination for scrubbing him from the overseas version of the film's poster while leaving his white costars in it. 

The actor, who is Black, states in the lawsuit that his image and his name were featured in the United States version of the promotional poster. However, neither his likeness nor his name were included in the international ad. Faizon's love interest in the film, Kali Hawk, was also included in the U.S. version, but not the overseas version. She, too, is Black.

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The controversy made headlines in 2009. At the time, a Universal spokesman said the poster was changed to "simplify" it internationally. 

Faizon is suing for violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Unfair Competition Law, as well as for breach of contract and fraud. He is also seeking unspecified damages.

"This act of racism deeply aggrieved Mr. Love. After decades spent honing his craft and compiling more than 50 acting credits, Mr. Love reasonably believed Couples Retreat was his opportunity to present to national and international audiences his talents as a prominent Black comedic actor," the lawsuit states, according to The Daily Mail. "Mr. Love and his Black costar, Kali Hawk, were expunged completely from the film's principal international advertisement, while the other 'couples' basked in the publicity and acclaim of an international box office hit."

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Faizon claims he brought the removal to the attention of Universal way back in 2009, as the film was on its way to raking in $171 million worldwide. The studio, Faizon claims, failed on its promise to take the overseas poster out of circulation. At the time, Faizon also said Universal promised him "lucrative, career-making film roles," but says those roles were never offered. 

Faizon, known most famously for his work in "Elf" opposite Will Ferrell, said he ultimately decided to file the lawsuit after realizing the "humiliating" and "racist" poster is still being used to promote the film 11 years later. 

Lyric police

Paul McCartney admits that he forgets Beatles song lyrics

Sir Paul McCartney admits that he sometimes needs a little "help" when it comes to remembering lyrics to some of his best-known songs.

It's not so much that he forgets, the music legend says, it's more that his mind wanders… even in front of an arena packed with fans.

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"I'll be doing a song, let's say 'Eleanor Rigby' or something, and I'm on autopilot," he said on the Smartless podcast. "I'm starting to think 'Oh, what am I going to have for dinner later? Maybe you won't have the soup but maybe you'll just go for the main course…' And I go 'STOP!' Because I'm singing 'Eleanor Rigby.'"

Because of this, Paul, 78, uses a teleprompter on stage so that he doesn't slip up.

He's also not exactly a historian of the Beatles.

"I'm the world's worst rememberer of Beatles' history," he said in a recent chat with Taylor Swift for Rolling Stone. "I just think, 'Well there's always going to be someone who knows. So, I'll just ask someone!'"

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That fact that he's "Paul McCartney" isn't lost on him either. While chatting with Taylor, he said he compartmentalizes the famous singer from Liverpool, England, from the man from Liverpool, England. 

"I know I'm very famous, but I don't want to walk around like I'm very famous. I like that bit that I had when I grew up of just going on a bus and just being, you know…" he said. "But I do separate 'him' from 'me.' So, me, I don't like to take pictures when people say, 'Can I have a picture?' because everyone has got a camera in the world. And so I say 'I'm sorry, I don't do pictures.'"

He continued, "I sometimes feel like I have to say, 'Look, I'm happy to talk to you. Sit down. We can talk.' Because I like that. Because I'm still me. The minute I put my arm around you, or you put your arm around me, I feel like the monkey in St. Tropez. 'Come and have your picture taken with the monkey.' I don't like that. It puts me off."

Gift guys

Kanye gifts Chris Brown $120k off-road vehicle to celebrate career

Kanye West got a jump on the gift giving season this year, and Chris Brown is an early recipient.

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On Nov. 24, Kanye decided to gift Chris with a $120,000 off-road truck — sometimes referred to as a Yeezy Truck — to commemorate his two-decade career. Kanye was not physically there at the surprise exchange.

According to TMZ, Kanye sent his manager to Chris' Los Angeles-area house. Along with the vehicle was a hand-written letter from Kanye. 

"Congratulations to Chris brown, 20 years in the game you have overcome many hurdles and obstacles, you deserve the recognition for all the hard work you have put in," the note read. 

The R&B singer posed on the vehicle for an Instagram picture. 

"THANK YOU KANYE," he captioned the photo from his driveway. 

The vehicle is actually not a truck, per se, but rather a Sherp ATV. Business Insider said Kanye has "a fleet" of them at his Wyoming ranch. The ATVs can maneuver all terrain, as they can climb over three-foot-tall obstacles, handle mountainous terrain, drive for 115 hours without refueling and even glide across open water.

Kanye was seen driving the vehicle earlier this year while handing out Yeezy sneakers in Chicago. 

According to the company's website, Sherps are built for "extreme operational conditions" and are used by geologists, oil workers, rescue personnel, and hunters… and now R&B stars.

Health concern

Neon Trees frontman, 36, recovering from stroke

Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn has revealed that he suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized in Utah.

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Tyler, 36, spoke of his health situation on social media. 

"Hey everyone, I have some freaky news. Last week, I suffered a Stroke that resulted in a retina occlusion in my right eye. I woke up Thursday foggy and not seeing clearly out of my right eye. Something resembling a Greyish cloud was obstructing my vision," he wrote on Instagram.

Rather than going to the doctor or hospital that day, Tyler waited to see if symptoms improved. They didn't. 

"The next morning, still having the vision problem, I went to see an ophthalmologist who alerted me to the retinal edema in the small artery of my eye. It wasn't just an eye floater like I'd presumed and hoped," Tyler wrote. "He informed me I had had a stroke, and that I should immediately go to the hospital. There I was admitted and began a series of tests, every cardiology and neurological test they could do, my last test being this morning. I'm quite freaked out being 36, ostensibly healthy and having this happen."

Alongside a series of images taken from the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Tyler wrote, "I'm still awaiting reasons why, although my labs and the results show a clean bill of health in my heart and blood. I still have the 'cloud' in my right eye, which I'm told could eventually dissipate, or my eyes could adapt."

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While he's recovering, the "Everybody Talks" singer said he's hoping to get an answer as to why this happened to him. 

"If you ever feel or experience something in your body that feels off, please don't wait to get it checked out," he said. "You always assume it can't happen to you, until it does."

Modern day throwback

Sadie Robertson recreates parents' 'timeless' pregnancy pic

As they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Last month, "Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson announced that she and her husband, Christian Huff, were expecting a baby girl in 2021. On Nov. 23, she paid homage to her famous parents, Korie and Willie Robertson, by recreating a picture they took on the beach when they were once expecting.

"mom and dad your pose was truly timeless," she captioned a top-and-bottom snap that shows her and Christian mimicking Korie and Willie.

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In the photo, Sadie wears a one-piece swimsuit similar to one Korie wore. Christian, meanwhile, lets his belly stick out of his opened Hawaiian shirt, just as Willie did decades ago. 

Korie loved the recreation, commenting, "THE BEST. This is my favorite tradition. YALL ARE ADORABLE!"

She also posted the image on her own Instagram, writing, "You nailed it."

Sadie's sister Rebecca Robertson added, "TIMELESS ICONS!"

The recreation of that specific photo is a Robertson family tradition, and it's been done by Rebecca and her husband John Reed Loflin, as well as John Luke and Mary Kate Robertson.

On Nov. 24, Sadie, 23, posted more images from the beach, but her caption was more focused on motherhood and her unborn child.

"17 weeks wow wow wow," she wrote. "It's just absolutely miraculous that my body is daily changing to grow this life inside of me. I can not miss the intentionally of a creator behind the scenes. I love thinking about her every single day… what she's going to be like, what's she going to look like, what will her favorite hobby going to be, but the greatest thing to think of is that before I will ever know these things God knows her. 

"He knows the hairs forming on her head, and he knows the heart she has that is beating so strongly. He is making her beautiful and wonderful and I can't wait to be captivated by the design," she continued. "I'm in awe and wonder." 

Prison meeting

Oklahoma AG calls out Kim Kardashian for meeting with death row inmate

The Oklahoma Attorney General is blasting Kim Kardashian West for meeting with death row inmate Julius Jones, claiming she hasn't done enough research on the case to advocate for a stay of his execution. 

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Julius' case was thrust into the national spotlight in 2018 following a Viola Davis-produced docuseries that cast doubt about his guilt. Julius was arrested in 1999 for the shooting death of a 45-year old man. He was convicted of first-degree murder in 2002 and sentenced to death.

Julius and his team have long maintained his innocence, and Kim is certainly listening. On Nov. 23, the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star met with Julius and his legal team and promised to do whatever she could to assist them, TMZ reported. Kim also met with his family.

Like many, Kim was first made aware of the case via the aforementioned ABC docuseries. 

Ever since Julius' arrest, many have said it was racially-motivated. Critics argue that little evidence actually ties him to the crime, and Julius' mother said he was home the evening that the murder occurred. Julius, who was 19 at the time, believes he doesn't even fit the description that the victim's sister gave authorities. His family also argues that he had a shoddy defense team during his trial.

Oklahoma's Attorney General, Mike Hunter, isn't buying it, telling TMZ, "every criticism surrounding his case has been disproven."

"Celebrity endorsements and biased documentaries cannot erase the facts of the case that overwhelmingly prove Julius Jones killed Paul Howell in cold blood," he continued. 

The AG adds the DNA on the murder weapon backs his arguement.

"Jones had his day in court and has exhausted his appeals at every level. He committed this horrific crime and now must serve the sentence a jury of his peers deemed appropriate," the AG said. "I encourage those advocating for Jones, including Mrs. Kardashian West, to research the case and read the summary of the transcript on our website."

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Over the years, Kim has become quite the advocate for prison reform. In 2018, she helped free Alice Johnson, a great-grandmother who was incarcerated in October 1996 for a first-time nonviolent drug offense. Since then, Kim has worked to free many other prisoners. Last year, TMZ said Kim is known among inmates as the "Princess of Prison Reform."

Long-distance love

What Tristan Thompson's new gig in Boston means for Khloe, True

Tristan Thompson's new contract with the Boston Celtics is meaningless to Khloe Kardashian … at least in terms of their living arrangement. 

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Over the weekend, Tristan agreed to a two-year, $19 million contract with the Celtics. While Khloe is certainly happy for her man, she has no plans to move across the country to the Northeast. 

Los Angeles will remain home for Khloe and True, 2, whom she shares with Tristan.

True, TMZ said, has a routine in L.A. and Khloe doesn't want to mess with it. Plus, her cousins are all in California. Tristan, the report states, is completely on board with the decision for Khloe and True to remain in the Golden State. 

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What does this all mean for Khloe and Tristan's relationship? It means they're going to try and make a long-distance relationship work. 

Khloe and Tristan have certainly been down this road before, as she often traveled to Cleveland when he was playing for the Cavaliers (True was actually born in Cleveland). The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star's back-and-forth between Los Angeles and Cleveland halted when Tristan was caught cheating on her. The two worked it out, but Tristan was again involved in another cheating scandal a few months later, this time with Jordyn Woods, who was Kylie Jenner's BFF at the time.

Khloe spoke openly about her heartbreak following the Jordyn incident, but said she wouldn't forbid Tristan from seeing their daughter. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Khloe and Tristan have reconciled.