Bestie Pride

Selena Gomez celebrates Taylor Swift's new version of 'Fearless': 'So proud of you'

As Taylor Swift's fans catapulted the hashtag #Taylor'sVersion to the No. 1 Twitter trends spot following the release of her new version of "Love Story" last week, her bestie, Selena Gomez, was among the Swifties cheering for the singer on Instagram.


Taylor announced on Thursday, Feb. 11, that a newly re-recorded version of "Love Story," from her 2008 album, "Fearless," was the first track being made available to fans ahead of April 9, when she's due to release, "Fearless: Taylor's Version," a 26-song take on the original. The release launches Taylor's campaign to re-record her first six albums after her nemesis, Scooter Braun, bought and later sold the rights to them via her old label, Big Machine Records.

"SO proud of you, as always Tay…," Selena shared on her Instagram Story, urging her followers to, "LISTEN to THIS album."

The new versions of Taylor music, for which she will own her own masters via Republic Records, will all come with a "Taylor's Version" subtitle, presumably to underscore the fact that she's reclaimed the music while helping fans differentiate between the two.

"Fearless" first came out around the time Taylor and Selena were becoming good friends in 2008, when they were both dating members of the Jonas Brothers, according to the Daily Mail.

"I always gravitated towards 'Fearless' because I think that, as an album, it was a real coming-of-age," Taylor recently told Republic Records / MCA Nashville. "And I look back on that album and it fills me with such pride, and it was an album about hope, and lessons learned, and the effervescence of teenage youth and all that."

Taylor previously said she fought for access to the masters for her work before Scooter swooped in and snapped them up in June 2019 when he acquired Big Machine Records, reportedly for $300 million. According to Variety, Taylor's six albums were worth $140 million at that time.

Calling Braun a "bully" and an example of "toxic white male privilege," Taylor said of the sale: "This just happened to me without my approval, consultation or consent. After I was denied the chance to purchase my music outright, my entire catalog was sold to Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings in a deal that I'm told was funded by the Soros family, 23 Capital and that Carlyle Group. Yet, to this day, none of these investors have bothered to contact me or my team directly — to perform their due diligence on their investment. On their investment in me. To ask how I might feel about the new owner of my art, the music I wrote, the videos I created, photos of me, my handwriting, my album designs.


"The fact is that private equity enabled this man to think, according to his own social media post, that he could 'buy me.' But I'm obviously not going willingly."

Her contract allowed her to re-record the music from the albums beginning last year, which she has set out to do.

Scooter sold the master rights to Taylor's first six albums last fall in a deal Variety reported at the time was "viewed as a big win for the pop manager," who "profited handsomely from his investment" in Taylor's work.

Medical issue

Ambulance called to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez wedding venue

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's upcoming weekend wedding ceremony at his Georgia home is off to a dramatic start.

According to MailOnline, Ben's mother, Chris Anne Boldt, suffered a leg injury at the wedding venue on Friday, Aug. 19, and medical attention was required. 

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A source told that Ben's mom fell off a dock and cut her leg. The "Argo" star reportedly found her and called an ambulance.

Pictures from the Georgia property showed an ambulance on property, and witnesses said medics stayed on property for about 20 minutes. 

Chris Anne received stitches, and the source said the incident is "not serious." Paparazzi images published by the Daily Mail show Chris Anne with a large bandage around her leg.

Initial reports said a "child" was injured, but those claims appear to be untrue.

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Ben and Jen are already married, having eloped in Las Vegas last month. However, Ben reportedly told pals afterward that he and his new wife would be having a bigger, more formal ceremony. Soon after, multiple media outlets confirmed that that ceremony would take place this weekend at his serene Riceboro, Georgia, mansion.

According to Page Six, a rehearsal dinner will take place on Friday night and the ceremony on Saturday. The weekend will conclude with a barbecue and picnic on Sunday.

Living in fear

Alec Baldwin feared Trump supporters would kill him after 'Rust' shooting

Alec Baldwin feared for his life last year after Donald Trump publicly suggested that the actor intentionally shot and killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of "Rust."

While rehearsing a scene for the now-shelved indie-western, Alec pointed a gun at Halyna. Unbeknownst to him, the gun was loaded when it discharged


Halyna's death has been ruled accidental. 

Shortly after the incident, Trump, who's no fan of Alec's, theorized on a podcast that the actor loaded the gun himself. "In my opinion, [Alec] had something to do with it," Trump said. 

Reflecting on that moment, Alec told CNN in a new interview, "That was the only time that I was worried about what was going to happen. Here was Trump, who instructed people to commit acts of violence, and he was pointing the finger at me saying I was responsible for the death."

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Speaking about the Capitol riot specifically, in which Trump supporters attempted to stop the certification of Joe Biden's Presidential victory, Alec referred to Brian Sicknick, the police officer who died as result of that insurrection.

"They killed someone," Alec said of the Jan. 6, 2021, mob. "You don't think that I think to myself: Are some of those people going to come and kill me?"

The stress from the fear has "taken years off my life," Alec said. "There is just this torrent of people attacking me who don't know the facts."

The "Boss Baby" star credited his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, for helping him during that time. 

"If I didn't have my wife, I don't know where I would be right now … If I didn't have her, I probably would have quit, retired, gone off, you know sold everything I owned, got a house in the middle of nowhere and just you know did find something else to do, sell real estate," he said.

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During the course of the interview, Alec maintained his innocence, saying Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the on-set armorer, and assistant director Dave Halls, who handed Alec the gun, are to blame for the accidental death.

"Someone put a live bullet in the gun who should have known better," Alec told CNN. "That was [Hannah's] job. Her job was to look at the ammunition and put in the dummy round or the blank round, and there wasn't supposed to be any live rounds on the set."

"There are two people who didn't do what they were supposed to do," he added. "I'm not sitting there saying I want them to, you know, go to prison, or I want their lives to be hell. I don't want that, but I want everybody to know that those are the two people that are responsible for what happened."

Bikini snap

Elizabeth Banks, 48, poses in bikini after vacation of 'cheese, wine and chocolate'

Elizabeth Banks isn't sorry for indulging. 

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The actress took to Instagram on Thursday, Aug. 18, to pose for a few bikini snaps during a Greek vacation. In doing so, she noted that her diet consisted of three food groups, none of which are on the food group pyramid. 

"I decoded cheese, wine, and chocolate were more important on this trip than a flat tummy," she captioned an image, which was posted to her Instagram Story. 

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In a scenic snap, the "Press Your Luck" host walked up a path near the Greek shore and showed off her bikini body in a little blue-and-white two-piece. Her caption notwithstanding, Elizabeth looked stunning and happy in the image. 

The vacation has been a family affair, as the actress has shared several images of her children from their European vacation, including a snap of the kids swimming in water caves and diving off rocks. 

A fun, edited video to begin the trip showed Elizabeth donning a denim jacket and straw hat before her flight. After walking through the airport door, she came out the other side in Greece donning a white bikini bearing cherries. 

Greece — and cheese, wine, and chocolate — looks good on Liz.

Buff dude

Twitter loses its mind over shirtless Andrew Garfield pic

Andrew Garfield became Twitter's man of the hour after a shitless picture went viral.

The "Spider Man actor caused social media to meltdown this week after he was photographed looking buff in Bali and wearing nothing more than a swimsuit. 

"I can say for sure that andrew garfield should be in the top 10 wonders of the world," one thirty social media user wrote alongside the image. Many fans said he was "supreme."

"I need to breathe," another person commented on the picture of Andrew looking ripped.

Another admirer said, "Andrew Garfield just got to bali and first thing he does is show off his abs. thank you very much sir."

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The fan crush has to be secretly gratifying, as the actor told Entertainment Tonight earlier this year that he was once told he wasn't "handsome enough" to be a leading man. 

"I remember I was so desperate. I auditioned for Prince Caspian in 'The Chronicles of Narnia' and I thought, 'This could be it, this could be it,'" he said. "And that handsome, brilliant actor Ben Barnes ended up getting the role. I think it was down to me and him, and I remember I was obsessed."

In speaking to his agent, Andrew found out why he was passed over. 

"She eventually just broke under my incessant nagging and she was, like, 'It's because they don't think you're handsome enough, Andrew,'" he said. "Ben Barnes is a very handsome, talented man, so in retrospect, I'm not unhappy with the decision and I think he did a beautiful job."

Money matters

Kate Gosselin explains why she 'borrowed' $100,000 from kids, ex accuses her of theft

Kate Gosselin has some explaining to do after her children's trust was depleted of $100,000.

Jon Gosselin, meanwhile, has accused Kate of blatant theft, telling The Sun his ex is living off their children's trust and dubbing her a "hypocrite." 


In newly-unveiled 2019 legal documents, the "Kate Plus 8" star admitted to twice withdrawing $50,000 from the kids trust, adding, "I will have to keep borrowing from it to survive." 

In fact, she claimed her eight children owe her money to make amends for her paying for their private school.

"So I mean I'm not looking to collect that but I borrowed $100,000 from the kids' trust," she claimed in the legal docs. "And it owes me $387,000 technically."

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In the court filing, Kate said that assets from Hannah's and Collin's accounts were being used to "meet her and the children's expenses." Interestingly enough, Kate ended up buying a $750,000 lakeside home in North Carolina that same year. Jon insisted that Kate has yet to reimburse the children's accounts and said her justification for dipping into the trust is "crazy."

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Hannah and Collin have been living with their dad since August 2021. Alexis, Aaden, Joel and Leah all live with Kate. The pair's older twins, Cara and Madelyn, are in college.

"It's disgusting and it's morally wrong," Jon told The Sun of the money matter. "Parents are not supposed to withdraw any money from these accounts without permission and without drawing up paperwork that they will pay it back — but she has produced no paperwork and no payments have been made. You can't just live off your kids' money."

"It makes me feel disgusted. She has been on TV telling the world she has saved her children's money when she's actually been stealing from them – she's a hypocrite," he continued. "There's been no remorse from her at all. Now they're 18 she thinks she can get away scott-free."


Jon said Colin and Hannah called their mother about the missing money recently.

"Hannah and Collin are really mad," he said. "Hannah called Kate the other day about it but Kate didn't seem to care. I don't know what the other children know about this money. I want them to know about this. Now Hannah and Collin are 18 – it's up to them to file a civil suit against her to get the money back. It's an obscene amount of money and it's their money."

Locked and loved

Instagram gushes of Eva Mendes' cell phone Gosling-inspired wallpaper

Ryan Gosling — or at least a digital version of him — is with Eva Mendes at all times. 

On Thursday, Aug. 18, the actress gave her fans a glimpse into her cleaning routine. In doing so, she wiped off her cell phone and revealed that her longtime partner's picture is on her wallpaper. 

In the image, Ryan looks dapper. 

After realizing she showed the world her screensaver, Eva laughs and gave her followers a better glimpse at her beau. 

"The lock screen," one person commented with several heart emojis. "God bless you and your family." Another said, "Love the phone background."

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Ryan and Eva, who met in 2011 while filming "The Place Beyond The Pines" together, are fiercely private and rarely give fans a peek into their personal lives. Although Eva has taken a break from acting, Ryan continues to take roles. In a chat with heat magazine, the "Barbie" actor said he thinks about he and Eva's two daughters — Esmeralda Amada Gosling, 7, and Amada Lee Gosling, 6 — when deciding on a project. 

"I'm like a dad first, and part of the reason for doing the film ['The Gray Man'] was this opportunity for us to go to these interesting places and be there with my kids," Ryan said.


Of course, everything didn't go exactly according to plan. While filming "The Gray Man" in France, he laughed about Eva calling him during a scene. 

"That whole scene hinges on me handcuffed to this bench and we're in Prague and there's lots of explosions going up, off, and I was there with Eva and the kids, and they were in a hotel nearby, and I got a call in the middle of one of the scenes," he told Good Morning America. "I kinda hid behind a bench and used my free hand, and it was Eva saying, 'How long are these explosions gonna go on because the girls have a piano Zoom class.'"

Still stunning

'Most Beautiful Girl in the World,' now 20, flaunts post-surgery bikini body

Still beautiful after all these years.

Back in 2007, Thylane Blondeau was dubbed the "World's Most Beautiful Girl" by a slew of media outlets after a picture went viral of the then-6-year-old.

Now 20, Thylane is every bit as stunning as expected. 

The French model recently put her fit physique on display in a blue bikini for a beach shoot with ETAM. It's one of Thylane first official modeling shoots since revealing in late 2021 that she had multiple surgeries for ovarian cysts. Prior to her first surgery, an ovarian cyst "exploded in [her] stomach," she said. 

"From this experience I've learned that when you're body hurts, don't let it slide and take care of it, you must see different doctors until some of them find the problem and heals it," she said in October 2021 on Instagram. "Any pain even the little ones can hide something way more important."

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Clearly, Thylane — the daughter of French soccer player Patrick Blondeau and actress and fashion designer Veronika Loubry — is feeling better, as evidenced by her stunning Instagram snaps. 

Thylane, who twice topped TC Candler's annual "100 Most Beautiful Faces of the Year" list — began modeling at the age of 4 when she walked the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier. At just 10 years old, she posed for Vogue Paris.

When Thylane took home TC Candler's award at a 17-year-old, she took to Instagram. 

"I just can't believe it myself," she told her 5.8 million followers. 

This beauty is aging beautifully.

Time flies

'Octomom' Nadya Suleman shares photo of her children on their first day of 8th grade

The eight are in 8th grade!

Nadya Suleman made international headlines back in 2009 when she welcomed octuplets. Those kids are now teenagers.

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, the proud mom shared a picture of the infamous children as the 13-year-olds headed off to school. 

"First day of 8th grade. Be proud of yourselves kids for being kind, respectful, and helpful to all your fellow peers, teachers and staff. You are exceptional role models to the 6th and 7th graders," she wrote alongside the image, adding, "I love you."

What's often forgotten is that Nadya was already the mother to six children when she welcomed the world's first-surviving octuplets. Nadya, 47, noted that the older siblings — several of whom are now legal adults — did not want their pictures shared.

"I respect their choice, so should you," she addressed her critics. 

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After the post, many of Nadya's followers applauded her for respecting her children's privacy and others commented on how beautiful her children are. The vast majority, though, couldn't believe the octo-kids are teenagers!

"They are all on their way to high school. Time is no joke," one person said. Another said, "Time is flying! Your [sic] a great mom Nadia!!! Your [sic] doing it!!!"

Last year, Nadya reflected on giving birth to the children, saying she never asked for the "Octomom" nickname.

"Octomom, conceived by the media, was birthed in the perfect storm: Between the Great Economic recession of 2007-2009, and the pinnacle of tabloid media sensationalism, I was the perfect prey; a convenient target, with a bullseye on my back, for people to blame their economic hardship on," she wrote on Instagram in August 2021. "Being unmarried and an unemployed graduate student at the time, the predatory media hijacked my life and identity by devising a very effective MARKETING STRATEGY: OCTOMOM."

"They then fueled the fire of fury, outrage, and mass hysteria by feeding the public lie after lie, to push their profit-fueled agenda. Profit over people is an unfortunate pattern perpetuated in this cruel world. Oblivious to this truth at the time, I got trapped in the middle of this evil storm," she continued. "Had I given birth to Octuplets at a more recent time in history, I would never have been the target of media humiliation, misrepresentation, becoming the poster person for 'mommy shaming.'"

Nadya says she was "both cyber and physically stoned" by society back in 2009, recalling rocks being thrown at her house and car. 

Alongside her post, Nadya shared an image of children holding up signs protesting her. 

"This persecution of a mother would be appalling and even protested against in 2021; though was accepted and encouraged in the toxic 2000's," she said. "Sadly, I a MOTHER, was personally protested against, by ignorant parents and their ignorant children; as ignorance breeds ignorance."

First time

'Girls Next Door' OG Bridget Marquardt recalls first intimate encounter with Hugh Hefner

Bridget Marquardt is detailing her strategy when it came to being intimate with Hugh Hefner.

While on Heather McDonald's Juicy Scoop podcast this week, the former "Girls Next Door" star spoke about attending parties at the famed Playboy Mansion before she caught Hef's wandering eye. Eventually, he asked her out, but Bridget turned him down. 

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"I was like, oh no, I've heard stories about what went on. I just really want to be a Playmate, that's why I'm here," she said. "He was very gracious and nice about it, everything was fine." 

In time, Bridget's career wasn't taking off, so she took the Playboy magnate up on his offer, thinking, "What do I have to lose?" Soon, she found herself following Hef into his bedroom with a swath of other women. 

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Bridget, who was one of the "Girls Next Door" with Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson, had a pretty good idea of what was expected.

"The first night I was like, 'I'm not ready yet, I'm not going to do anything I don't want to do,'" she said. "It's not like I never would have done that with him, but I wasn't ready in the moment."

However, other women pressured her to become sexual with Hef, claiming Bridget's Playboy days would essentially be over if she backed out. 

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"I was still just gonna watch and then [one of the women] was like, 'Aren't you gonna go?' It's like, 'You need to go.' And I was like, 'I would rather not.' And she's like, 'Well, then you probably won't be invited back,'" she recalled. "So then I was like, 'Okay.' And I'd seen what everybody else was doing, so I knew that this was like a 10 second thing. I mean, definitely no more than a minute."

After her first encounter with Hef, Bridget drew up a plan and made it a point to be the first woman the magazine titan slept with on a given evening. 

"There was no way I wanted going after other people," she said. "If there's new girls coming up, which there often were, like, I just wanted to be first and be done. And I felt like that was the cleanest way to be in and out of it."

Holly, who appeared on the podcast with Bridget, added, "I felt everybody was just trying to get it done as quickly as possible, the whole process."