wedding planning

Robert Irwin feels 'pressure' to walk his sister down the aisle

While Bindi Irwin is still a ways from getting married to longtime boyfriend Chandler Powell, it's her brother who is actually the one feeling the pressure.

Robert Irwin's role at the wedding next year: walking his sister down the aisle.

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While chatting with Access Hollywood, the 16-year-old said it "meant everything" when his sister tasked him with the role traditionally reserved for a father.

"It was just so sweet of you to think of me to do that," he told his sister in a joint interview. "I'm nervous, I'm not going to lie. There's a lot of pressure!"

He added, "But I love Bindi and Chandler so much and together I know they'll achieve so much."

Bindi and Robert's father, "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, died on Sept. 4, 2006, after being attacked by a stingray off the coast of Australia while filming the documentary series "Ocean's Deadliest." He was 44.

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It's wildly expected that Bindi, 21, will honor Steve in the wedding in some capacity, even joking that she might wear a khaki wedding dress. In all seriousness she said they will "probably stick to earth tones."

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bindi said she's even considering a televised wedding.

"That'll be pretty cool, wouldn't it? Should we do a wedding special?," she said. "I'm excited to include our engagement on Crikey! It's the Irwins."

Surgery possibility

Viral Olympian McKayla Maroney my need surgery for kidney stones

Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney is feeling better after her recent hospitalization for kidney stones, but she's not out of the woods yet. The 25-year-old still might need surgery. 


The viral star updated her health condition on one of her two Instagram pages, saying the medical episode was a "wildcard" she didn't foresee.

"February ended with quite a bang for me! I was rushed to the ER in excruciating pain, and there I found out I have a few large kidney stones!! Yikes," she said on social media alongside a video of a tranquil waterfall. "I'm still waiting to meet with a specialist, because I might need some surgery — I'm not sure yet!"

She continued, "Thankfully I have stopped throwing up, and I'm experiencing no pain today! Just drinking tons of water!"

In the early morning hours of Feb. 25, the infamous athlete posted a photo of the Benjamin & Carmela Du Emergency Pavilion in Orange County, California. She later posted images from a hospital bed on her Instagram Story and spoke about the pain she was experiencing in her back and stomach.

In her new post, McKayla said life was moving quickly before the kidney stones, but she's now happy with a slower pace.

"I love when life pulls a wild card, and I'm forced to adjust. It puts all the little stresses I previously had into perspective," she penned. "My goal this month is to go with flow. I'm excited to try out a new more relaxed mindset!"

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McKayla was a member of the 2012 gold medal-winning United States Olympics team that was dubbed the "Fierce Five." She also won an individual silver medal on the vault. At the ceremony during which she received her silver medal, McKayla seemed less than thrilled with the results — she memorably appeared unimpressed while pictured on the podium, creating one of the most viral moments of the year. She later recreated her "not impressed" look with then-President Barack Obama during a visit to the White House.


Since retiring from competitive gymnastics, McKayla has acted on several TV shows, including "Hart of Dixie" and "Bones." She's also played herself on several other programs.

hair care

The one thing Ashley Judd wants after 'harrowing' rainforest incident

Following her traumatic experience in the Congo rainforest, Ashley Judd has just one simple request: she wants to wash her hair. 

Nearly three weeks ago, the actress revealed that she shattered her leg and nearly lost it after she tripped over a fallen tree while in the Congo, where she was tracking bonobos, an endangered species of great apes. On Feb. 16, she posted several photos of herself being carried out of the jungle via a hammock and driven out on a scooter. It took more than two days for her to receive professional medical help.

She has since undergone an eight-hour surgery to repair nerve damage in her leg, which was broken in four places.

As she heals, Ashley's famous sister said the "Double Jeopardy" actress just wants a rinse.

"I was looking up how to wash hair for someone who's lying down in bed because she texted me, 'Can you wash my hair?" Wynonna Judd told Page Six. "Therein lies the job of a big sister right there. She said, 'I have a request. Can you wash my hair?' I said, 'sure,' so I'm looking up ways to wash someone's hair lying down."

The famous country singer said Ashley is "still processing" the accident. 

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Last week, Ashley posted a video of herself walking again with the assistance of a walker. She also profusely thanked the medical teams who helped her.

"Let us always remember those without insurance," she wrote on Instagram. "Let us remember those who do not have choices. Let us remember those who are lonely and afraid."

Medical emergency

Dr. Oz reportedly saves man's life at airport using CPR, defibrillator

Dr. Mehmet Oz is being hailed as a hero after saving a man's life at a New Jersey airport.

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TMZ reports that a man collapsed face down at baggage claim in the Newark Airport on March 1. Dr. Oz just happened to be in the baggage claim area and sprung into action. 

Oz, the report says, rolled the man, cleared his airway and began giving CPR. He eventually started using a defibrillator. TMZ said the man "flatlined," but Oz shocked him back to life using the defibrillator. A Port Authority police officer helped Oz during the rescue.

A photo from the emergency shows a crowd looking on after medical personnel arrived.

It's believed that the man suffered a heart attack and is recovering in a New Jersey hospital. He is reportedly doing "okay" and Oz has been in touch with the man's wife, who was traveling with him.

Oz has not publicly commented on the incident.

Australian annoyance

Rose Byrne will 'snap' if she gets asked this question again…

Rose Byrne has been asked a lot of things by reporters and fans over the years, but one question continues to come up — usually from fans — and it drives her crazy. 


While on the "Ladies First" podcast, the "Neighbors" actress said she's sick of being asked about the Australian outback and its animals. 

"People are just fascinated with the Australian outback and the wildlife and the dangerous animals and so on and so forth," she said, adding that she doesn't know much about the country's famous wildness because she's a "city girl."

"It's as foreign to me as it is to them, because I grew up in the city," an animated Rose said. "I'm a city mouse. I love living in cities."

"I'm going to snap," she joked. "If you ask me about a kangaroo…"

Although the Emmy-nominated actress was born in Sydney, she's spent the better part of two decades in New York City. She and her husband of nine years, Bobby Cannavale, recently traveled back to her native country while he filmed his Hulu limited series "Nine Perfect Strangers," which is is produced by Nicole Kidman. 

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The couple has since returned to the United States. Last month, Rose was seen filming her Apple TV+ dramedy "Physical" in Los Angeles.

Divorce filing

'Fantastic Four' actor files for divorce after decision to 'leave' family

"Fantastic Four" actor Ioan Gruffudd has filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years, "The Mentalist" star Alice Evans.

The filing was merely a formality at this point, as the actor had already made the decision to "leave" his family earlier this year.

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The Blast reported on March 2 that Ioan filed the docs in Los Angeles, but it's unclear if Alice is asking for child support or spousal support or whether the estranged couple had a prenuptial agreement.

On Jan. 25, Alice announced the split on Twitter in fairly dramatic fashion. "Sad news. My believed husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week," the actress wrote, according to screen grabs published by Page Six. "Me and our young daughters girls are very confused and sad. We haven't been given a reason except that he 'no longer loves me.'"

The tweet was quickly deleted. However, Alice claimed afterward that she didn't take down the tweet and alleged that Ioan, who many know from his bit role in "Titanic," deleted it. 

"I didn't delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account," she said on Jan. 26. "And hell yes when I am being gaslit and mentally tortured then hell yes I will wash my linen in public."

Ioan and Alice, who met on the set of "102 Dalmatians" in 2000, share daughters Ella and Elsie 7.

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In her tweets, Alice implied that she was blindsided by Ioan's decision in late January. Friends and family, though, didn't seem shocked

Ioan's father, Peter Griffiths, told the Daily Mail he was "aware" of issues between the former long-term couple, so the split wasn't a "complete surprise."

"I have spoken to Ioan and we are of course incredibly sad but I do not want to go into too much detail," he said. "We are very sad, particularly for our two granddaughters. It is just very sad, but these things do happen and marriages do end."

Additionally, a source close to Alice noted that tension had been building. 

"Obviously there is a lot of trouble there and obviously he's keeping a lid on it. She's probably very upset to go so far publicly with it. There is a feeling that there's probably another person involved," the friend said. "Alice is quite a smart cookie, so her going public might be her way of trying to smoke somebody out, if you get my drift, and create a bit of scandal to expose any infidelity."

Another friend was "not at all surprised" by the marriage is imploding, the Mail said.

love lines

MLB star addresses romance with Vanessa Hudgens: 'I love her'

Cole Tucker continues to gush over his No. 1 fan: girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens.

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The actress and the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder have been linked since November 2020, and they went Instagram official on Valentine's Day. During a spring training media session, Cole was asked about his burgeoning romance. 

"I got a girlfriend and she's cool," he said. "She's awesome — I love her."

Still, Cole didn't want his love life to overshadow what he does on the baseball field. 

"I don't want it to be, 'Oh, Cole's dating Vanessa…,' I don't want it to be treated any differently than Mitch [Keller] having his wife down or Ke'Bryan [Hayes] having his girlfriend come down. She's great," he said. "She'll be around. You will see her but you saw the headline, it is what it is."

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Vanessa was first seen cuddling with the baseball stud during a date in Los Angeles. Paparazzi photos showed Vanessa, 32, and Cole, 24, holding hands and embracing following a romantic dinner. Soon, they were consistently commenting on each other's social media and "liking" each other's pictures.

On Feb. 14, the "High School Musical" actress confirmed the relationship, sharing an Instagram photo of the duo kissing. 

"It's you, it's me, it's us," she captioned the image. 

Cole posted a different image with Vanessa that same day. 

Vanessa replied, "Melted."

say what?

Amelia Gray Hamlin's views on older men resurface amid Disick romance

Just after Amelia Gray Hamlin referred to Scott Disick as her "dream man" on Instagram, her comments from four years ago about dating older men resurfaced. Let's just say she's had a change of heart. 

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In a 2016 clip from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin's older daughter, Delilah Belle Hamlin, who was 18 at the time, bemoaned that her parents don't understand technology or apps.

Said Amelia, "Or maybe it's because you're 18 talking about getting 35-year-old men. … It's just a thought."

Delilah denies trying to date a 35-year-old man, claiming that's "way too old."

The comments would have easily gone unnoticed had it not been for Amelia's romance with 37-year-old Scott Disick. Amelia, for the record, is 19 years old — meaning there's an 18-year age gap between her and Scott.

Amelia has been rather defensive of her relationship ever since rumors of the romance began in October 2020. A few months later, she clapped back at "extra weird and judgmental people."

"People can embrace themselves however they feel fit for them at that moment in time," she wrote on her Instagram Story. "People grow. People learn to love themselves more and more."


The couple went "Instagram official" on Valentine's Day, and Amelia recently spent time with Scott's three children during a vacation in Miami. On Feb. 28, she posted a photo with Scott and called him, "My Dream Man."

Making moves

Jason Kennedy, longtime fan favorite at E!, out after 16 years

Jason Kennedy's days at E! are over. 

The television personality announced that he has parted ways with the network — where he's worked for nearly 16 years.

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On March 1, Jason posted a collage of images from his time at E! to Instagram. 

"I don't think it's possible to sum up 16 amazing years. I've had the time of my life at E!. Most recently, I loved being the host of 'In the Room,' but COVID restrictions made it impossible to capture interviews with celebrities in a more personal setting, so I've decided to explore new opportunities," he captioned the post. "I'm leaving with a grateful and full heart thinking about my experience, and the lifelong friendships I've made along the way. I have a slate of exciting projects that I've been working really hard on and I can't wait to share more with you soon. Thank you for all your support over the years, love you guys!"

Jason and E! launched "In The Room" last summer to tremendous fanfare, but ratings somewhat lagged and the entire staff of the show was let go. During his time at E!, Jason was a weekend anchor and a reporter. He then worked alongside Giuliana Rancic as the co-host of E! News, the flagship show that was canceled over the summer. He also often worked alongside Giuliana at several award shows. 

Following his social media announcement, several of Jason's E! co-workers showered him with support in the comments section.

Record setter

Amid n-word scandal, Morgan Wallen matches record set by Drake

Last month, Morgan Wallen was feeling like he was at the bottom, and now he's here.

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On Feb. 2, the country singer was caught on camera using the N-word in a leaked video. The fallout from his words was swift: Big Loud Records suspended him "indefinitely," his agency dropped him, the Academy of Country Music said he isn't eligible for awards this year, and perhaps worst of all, nearly every radio station in the country took him out of rotation

Somehow, one month later, none of that seemed to matter.

For the seventh consecutive week, Morgan's "Dangerous: The Double Album" sits atop the Billboard charts. The only other country album to stay at the top spot for six weeks was Garth Brooks' "The Chase" in 1992. The only other music artist regardless of genre to own the No. 1 spot for seven weeks was Drake in 2016 with "Views." Morgan can beat Drake's record next week, something that seemed inconceivable one month ago.

What makes the feat all the more incredible is that Morgan has had virtually no backing of radio, which is a huge driver for country artists. 

A week after the video was leaked, Morgan issued a lengthy apology on social media, indicating he was "long overdue to make a statement" and "wanted to collect my thoughts, seek some real guidance," and come before fans "with a complete thought" before doing so. 

The chart-topping singer said that at the time of the video, he was "on hour 72 of 72 of a bender, and that's not something I'm proud of either." He added, "I let so many people down." 

Since then, Morgan has met with Black organizations to discuss his words. "I'll admit to y'all I was pretty nervous to accept those invitations from the very people I hurt, and they had every right to step on my neck while I was down, to not show me any grace, but they did the exact opposite," he said. "They offered me grace and they also paired that with an offer to learn and to grow. And I'll be honest, that kindness really inspired me to dig deeper. … This week, I heard first-hand some personal stories from Black people that honestly shook me." 

At the end of his video, Morgan asked his fans not to defend him for his actions. 

"I was wrong. It's on me to take ownership for this and I fully accept any penalties I'm facing," he said. "The time of my return is solely upon me and the work I put in."