It's happening!

Taylor Swift confirms new music is coming, dishes on influences

Taylor Swift has finally confirmed that new music is coming!

The news came on Thursday afternoon after the pop star surprised fans when she turned up at a colorful mural of butterfly wings in Nashville painted by artist Kelsey Montague. There have been rumors for weeks that the project is related to Taylor.

However, in bigger news, Taylor finally confirmed on her Instagram Story that her much-hyped "4.26" announcement involves new music.

"Okay so we've commissioned this butterfly mural to be painted on a wall in Nashville and put clues about the song and the new music in the mural, so I'm gonna go show up," she said in an Instagram video before her surprise appearance in the city's Gulch area.

In a video of her interacting with her fans, the Grammy winner said, "You guys are amazing for figuring this out because no one knew we were coming. No one knew this was a part of the campaign and what we're doing, so you figured out the clue. You're the best. I love you so much."

The new music, of course, is sure to inspire her fans. But what and who inspires Taylor? Well, it's a combination of people, pets and platforms.

First off, she's obsessed with the social media platform Tumblr.

"I go on Tumblr and it's like a window into what my fans are going through," the singer said in a video for TIME. "They post about their lives. They post about what they're into. They post about what they think is cool, what they think is unjust or problematic and they basically are very, very expressive and it makes me feel like I can know them better. They're also posting like cool pictures that I like of just things completely unrelated to their lives or my music or anything. I definitely go dow the Tumblr rabbit hole a lot!"

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Like most songwriters, the pop star spoke glowingly about her love of Paul McCartney.

"He's created just unparalleled art and probably been faced with more pressure than most people. And he's always been known to be kind to people, respectful, and also really selfless as a performer," she said. "I really like it when you go and see a show and you want to see those songs that you loved, like, you want to hear all that old, iconic classic stuff, and I like it when a performer knows that and will give that to their fans."

Naturally, Taylor, 29, finds inspiration in her four-legged friends, Olivia and Meredith.

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"I'm obsessed with them," she says of her beloved cats. "They're just a real joy to live with."

She even credited the felines for basically encouraging her to star in the upcoming movie "Cats."

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"I just thought, I've got to do this," she said. "This is my calling in life to do this for the ladies. So I went to cat school, which they have on set readily available for us. Learned how to be as much like a cat as I possibly could."

Birth admission

Jill Duggar Dillard breaks from family again, confirms she uses birth control

Jill (Duggar) Dillard once again has an opposite belief from her extremely conservative parents.

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The 29-year-old, one of 19 Duggar children, revealed in a YouTube video on Sept. 30 that she currently uses birth control, something her parents have essentially dubbed a sin.

"Yes, we use birth control," she said during a Q&A, "but we prefer to use non-hormonal birth control methods."

Jill's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, swore off birth control after welcoming their first child, Josh, in 1988, and have famously said they want God to decide how many children they should have. They have passed their stringent beliefs onto their children. 

"There are probably uses for hormonal methods of birth control for, like, regulating things, and stuff like that. But for us, we just want to be careful about that, and we're just, like, more natural-minded," Jill said. "Eventually, we want to have more kids and stuff."

Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, share two children, Israel, 5, and Samuel, 3.

Considering Jill's family, her admission to using birth control can be viewed as a bombshell. However, Jill has broken from her family multiple times in recent weeks. 

Earlier this month, social media was dumbfounded when she acknowledged that she was drinking an alcoholic pina colada

Jim Bob and Michelle are devout independent Baptists who don't drink alcohol and have raised their kids not to either.

A few days after imbibing, the "Counting On" star admitted that she would consider a tattoo, which was also shocking to fans.

Fans were also recently baffled when Jill drank regular caffeinated coffee.

In Jill and Derick's last Q&A video, she admitted that her family is "not always" supportive of her decisions but refuses to be "led by fear" and "controlled by what somebody else is gonna think."

"Are they supportive? Not always," she said. "Everyone's gonna have their opinion about different things. Some of my siblings are probably more likely to have something to say about it than others. Some are more like, 'Hey, I'm happy for whatever y'all are deciding.' Not all of them are cool with it but some of them are more cool with it than others."

Taking no sides

Chris Harrison discusses Colton Underwood restraining order

Chris Harrison is opening up about the drama surrounding the breakup of "Bachelor" couple Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph.

"It's hard for me," the longtime "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" host told E! News. "These are people. These are real people. They are really going through something traumatic. It's surprising. It's upsetting. It's difficult to hear."

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On Sept. 14, a judge granted Cassie a temporary restraining order against Colton after she alleged that Colton, who headed season 23 of the "The Bachelor," was harassing her and her family and even covertly put a tracking device on her car. 

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In her complaint, Cassie attached several text messages from Colton which she claimed showed disturbing behavior. 

"Ms. Randolph's friend, Caelan, visited her at her apartment. Mr. Underwood somehow immediately knew, and obsessively called and sent text messages to Ms. Randolph about the visit. Ms. Randolph was startled that he knew who was coming in and out of her apartment, and felt like she was being watched," the court records stated.

The restraining order expires Oct. 6. 

"It's tough to read as a friend and a companion to both of these people and I know them both intimately," Chris said. "It was very difficult to hear and I feel terrible about it and I wish them both well."

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A week after the restraining order, Cassie returned to social media. Colton hasn't posted on Instagram since August.

"I think they've done a good job of taking it out of the press and dealing with this personally, which is the right thing to do," Chris said. "But I welcome them both back eventually when all this is all said and done. I wish them all the best."

Character flaw

Jason Alexander was punched, spit on after 'Pretty Woman' role

Jason Alexander played his villainous role on "Pretty Woman" so well that people initially had trouble separating the man from the character.

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While speaking to Robin Bronk on the "At Home with the Creative Coalition" podcast, Jason said playing attorney Philip Stuckey in the film certainly helped propel his career, but added, "It was an odd way to meet a national audience because I was known around the world as the a–hole that tried to rape Julia Roberts."

"Women hated me. I would walk down the street and women would say mean things to me," Jason said on podcast, according to Page Six. "I got punched many times, I got spit on by one woman. It was a rough year."

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There's no argument that Jason played the role perfectly. However, he was hardly a shoo-in to be cast in the film, which turned 30 this year. In fact, he recalled director Garry Marshall not wanting him for the part, believing he was "too young" and "too baby-faced." Jason claims to have only gotten the part because producers "couldn't make a deal with the actor they wanted and they were desperate. The movie already started shooting and they didn't have this character."

Jason, of course, would go on to be more known for his role as George Costanza on "Seinfeld." To this day, people have trouble separating Jason from that character, too. Sound familiar?

Song drop

Demi Lovato 'blindsided' own team after dropping breakup song: Report

Demi Lovato didn't consult her team when she suddenly dropped her new breakup song on Twitter, a new report states.

The abrupt release of "Still Have Me" sent her team into a frenzy.

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On Sept. 30, TMZ said "her team is scrambling to get the single on streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify so that fans can purchase it and streaming numbers can be collected."

"Music is always there for me…" Demi wrote alongside her Twitter post.

The new report states that Demi and several friends wrote the song a while ago. After her split from fiancé Max Ehrich, she changed some of the lyrics to reflect heartbreak. 

"I'm a mess and I'm still broken … I don't have much but at least I still have me … and that's all I need," the lyrics state in the song. She continues, "All the highs and now just lows. But it doesn't even matter, cause I'd rather be alone. All my life disappeared and I'm laying right here while the silence is piercing … and it hurts to breathe."

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The leak of the song comes a week after Demi and Max split and called off their engagement. However, things took a bizarre turn when Max claimed that he learned of the split via the media, something Demi's inner circle disputed. Then, Max claimed they hadn't "officially" broken up because they hadn't spoken to each other. Demi's team again claimed otherwise. He then pleaded for Demi to take him back. Somewhere in there Max also claimed Demi's manager, Scooter Braun, was trying to muzzle him.

TMZ adds that Demi didn't want to wait to release the song because she was so embarrassed and frustrated with the soap actor's antics.

Love lines

Darius Rucker linked to comedian after splitting with wife

A funny thing happened after Daris Rucker split from his wife of 20 years… he found love with a comedian.

According to Page Six, the Hootie & the Blowfish frontman has been quietly dating comedian Kate Quigley. 

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Darius, 54, announced on July 11 that he and Beth, his wife of two decades, had "consciously uncoupled." It's not known when he and Kate, 38, began dating, but she began writing messages about country music in early August. 

"Country music is starting to grow on me," she tweeted on Aug. 2. Darius has since appeared on her Instagram several times. On Sept. 25, she posted a photo of her sitting on the country singer's lap.

"Can't tell ya how much I love these two" she said of the image with Darius and fellow comedian Bronston Jones.

Continuing to drop relationship clues, Kate and Darius attended Dave Chappelle's birthday party over the summer.

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In addition, she's referenced her "boyfriend" on multiple occasions. 

"My boyfriend is a dolphins fan. Now I get why he likes me so much. He has a thing for lost causes," she tweeted on Sept. 28. Daris has been a longtime Dolphins fan, even singing "I'm such a baby 'cause the Dolphins make me cry" in the hit single "Only Wanna Be With You."

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Darius has been publicly mum about the relationship speculation. Kate, meanwhile, is wearing her heart on her head — of late, she's often worn a hat promoting Backstage Whiskey, a spirit Darius launched in 2017.

Troll job

Jake Gyllenhaal trolled by Taylor Swift fans for throwback pic

Jake Gyllenhaal might have just outed himself as a subject of a Taylor Swift song … at least that's what Swifties think.

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Jake and Taylor dated back in 2010, and many have speculated for years that her song "All Too Well" is about the "Nightcrawler" actor, although that's never been confirmed.

On Sept. 28, though, Jake posted a throwback photo in which he wears glasses. 

"I've worn my glasses ever since I parted my hair meticulously with gel (see above), which is why NEW EYES has always been near and dear to my heart," he captioned that photo, which was shared to promote New Eyes for the Needy, an organization that provides prescription eyewear to those in financial need.

The organization recently partnered with The Inspire Project, as well.

While the cause is certainly noble, the message may have gotten lost in comments section. Swifties pounced on Jake the moment the picture was posted, with a slew of them referring to line in "All Too Well" which says, "You used to be a little kid with glasses in a twin-sized bed."

One fan quickly replied, "Give taylor swift her scarf back." Another said, "u posted this pic and thought that the swifties would do nothing???? mistake."

A fan joked, "Reminds me of this song I know."

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Many fans began asking Jake other questions linked to the song. "Were you on a tee-ball team too?" one fan trolled. Another said Jake was "talking about his past thinking the future," another reference to the song.

Swifties never take a day off.

apology?

Fans calling for Kyle Richards to apologize to 'psychic' over ring fiasco

Kyle Richards is facing major backlash over the ever-evolving story of a ring that was stolen from her home.

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Last week, the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star claimed on "Secrets Revealed" that a ring taken from her home during a 2018 burglary was being worn by a long-nailed psychic in Santa Monica, Calif. Kyle made this statement after the alleged ring bizarrely turned up on Diane Keaton's Instagram.

A few days after the claim, a TikTok user indicated that woman in the Instagram picture was her grandmother. Further, the girl was adamant that her grandma had owned the bauble long before Kyle burglary. Then, on Sept. 28, the woman, Diana French, appeared on "Inside Edition" and demanded an apology from Kyle while insisting that she's owned the ring for decades. To back her claim, Diana — who says she's a retired pharmacist, not a fortune teller — produced old pictures that showed her with the gold ring and the original appraisal from 40 years ago.

Fans are now coming the woman's defense and slamming Kyle.

"Apologize to the pharmacist for falsely accusing her of stealing your ring!!!," one of Kyle's Instagram followers angrily said.

Another wrote, "It's the woman's ring, given to her by her father after her mother died. How shameful, she deserves a major apology."

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To be fair, Kyle never accused the woman of stealing the ring. She suspected that Diana innocently purchased the ring at a pawn shop after it was stolen, a claim that certainly appears to now be false. While Kyle didn't directly accuse Diana of heisting the ring, fans felt that, at the very least, she implied it. 

Others noted the ring wasn't custom made, so there were certainly more than one in the market.

"You gotta apologize to that lady u calmed stole 'your ring' when there are probably hundreds like it," one person said. 

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The ring fiasco also came amid rumors that Kyle and her husband, Mauricio Umansky, were splitting. TMZ, citing sources close to the family, reported on Sept. 29 that the couple is on very solid footing.  

The rumor appears to have started by a reality TV fan's single tweet. It would soon gain momentum. Still TMZ said Kyle and Mauricio are "not only doing well in their marriage — they feel closer than ever due to the pandemic."

Perhaps in response to the untrue rumors, Kyle posted a photo with her husband from a bike ride in Aspen, Colo. The photo angered some, as they harkened back to the ring story.

"You have time to be posting pictures so im pretty sure you also have time to APOLOGIZE to the poor lady who YOU ACCUSED of stealing "your ring"," one fan wrote. "Girl please you're not the only one with that same ring , OBVIOUSLY. It like saying hey thats my phone you stole it mine is gold too."

exit details

Inside Marie Osmond's forced departure from 'The Talk'

When Marie Osmond walked out the door at "The Talk" after just one year on the job, she didn't necessarily leave to "pursue other projects," as it was claimed. According to a new report, she was forced out by two of her fellow panelists.

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Page Six claimed that Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood threatened to quit unless Marie was let go. 

When the showbiz veteran announced on Instagram that she was leaving the show, she said she would be developing "several projects." Her exit message made it appear as though it was her choice to leave. That may not have been the case.

"Marie did not leave of her own accord, although she was encouraged to spin her departure that way," a CBS insider told Page Six. "Sharon and Sheryl threatened to quit unless Marie was canned. They pushed her to quit but when she didn't, they made an ultimatum to the network." 

Fellow panelist Carrie Ann Inaba "pleaded with execs for Marie to stay but she wasn't successful changing their minds," the source said. 

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Marie's departure didn't set well with many fans.

"Now the show is facing extreme backlash on social media," the source said. "There are thousands of negative comments flooding their accounts."

However, another insider claimed no ultimatum was issued. 

When asked about Marie's departure, Sharon recently told Entertainment Tonight, "We've had changes. People coming in and going. So we just go with the flow. I have to say that with four [hosts], we've got more time to talk."

Defending her decision

Nickayla Rivera defends moving in with late sister Naya's ex-husband

Naya Rivera's little sister isn't here for anyone's criticism or judgement.

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Hours after photos emerged showing the late "Glee" actress's ex-husband, actor Ryan Dorsey, moving in with her younger sister, Nickayla Rivera, the model and social media influencer took to Instagram to defend their decision.

"In the darkest time of my life, the only thing that is important is my friends & family," Nickayla, 25, wrote on her Instagram Story late on Sept. 28. "Showing up for my nephew even though I can't show up for myself."

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Nickayla made it clear she and Ryan are living together so that she can help raise Josey — Naya and Ryan's son who turned 5 on Sept. 17. Josey was the last person to see his mother alive. Sheriffs say his mother saved his life when she was able to get him back on their rented pontoon boat in her final moments before she tragically drowned in California's Lake Piru in July.

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"I'm not concerned with the way things look because no one can see each agonizing moment we all endure," Nickayla added. "What matters most I've learned, is to show compassion, not to judge others, & never take a moments of life for granted. I hope you all can do the same."

A report on DailyMail.com indicated that following Naya's death, Ryan had grown close with Nickayla. The U.K. tabloid reported that the former in-laws rented a modest three-bedroom home together in Southern California. On Sept. 6, the outlet reported, Nickayla was photographed helping Ryan start moving his things from his home in North Hills in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley to their $5,000-a-month rental.

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According to DailyMail.com, on Sept. 19, the pair "playfully held hands as they shopped in a local Target store." An eyewitness told the outlet, "They seem really comfortable together and are obviously helping each other through a very difficult period in both their lives. They were fooling around and chatting the whole time. They're obviously helping lift each other's spirits."