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Meet Phil Elverum, Michelle Williams' new husband

Who is Phil Elverum? That seems to be the question on everyone's mind.

Indie music fans have probably known him for some time, but he's certainly a new name to the mainstream media, thanks to his very famous wife.

Michelle Williams surprised, well, everyone when she revealed to Vanity Fair that she secretly married the musician earlier this year. Fact is, nobody, it seems, even knew she was dating Phil.

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That leads us back to the original question: Who is Phil Elverum?

Phil, a singer-songwriter for Mount Eerie, met Michelle via mutual friends. It turns out, she and Phil have similar heartbreaking stories. Whereas Michelle lost the father of her child, Heath Ledger, to an overdose, Phil, too, lost someone close to him: his wife.

A widow, Phil's wife, illustrator and musician Geneviève Castrée, died from pancreatic cancer when their daughter, Agathe, was only 18 months old.

One month before her death, Phil and Geneviève announced her diagnosis on a GoFundMe page in June 2016. "She died at home with me and her parents holding her, hopefully having reached some last minute peace," he wrote on the crowdsourcing page. "It's all very sad and surreal. So much is left unfinished for her. She was a firehose of brilliant ideas that never turned off. We loved her and everything is weird now."

Like many musicians, Phil shared his heartbreak through his music, recording an album called "A Crow Looked at Me." The album, who got widespread critical acclaim, was mainly addressed to his late wife. The New York Times named it one of the best albums of 2017. Another album, titled "Now Only" was also dedicated to her memory.

Since then, he's found love again. According to Vanity Fair, Phil and Agathe, now 3, moved out of their home in Washington and drove across the country to live with Michelle and Matilda.

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The fact that he and Michelle were able to keep their romance under wraps is commendable. In fact, there appears to be only one clue that perhaps something was going on. On March 24, Michelle's best friend, Busy Philipps shared an image from the March For Our Lives event in Los Angeles. Michelle is not in the image, but Phil is, standing alongside Busy's husband, Marc Silverstein.

In Vanity Fair, Michelle called her relationship with Phil "very sacred and very special."

"I never gave up on love," she said, adding that she was also looking for the kind of "radical acceptance" she felt from her ex, Heath. "I always say to Matilda, 'Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes.' "

She added, "Obviously I've never once in my life talked about a relationship, but Phil isn't anyone else. And that's worth something. Ultimately the way he loves me is the way I want to live my life on the whole. I work to be free inside of the moment. I parent to let Matilda feel free to be herself, and I am finally loved by someone who makes me feel free."

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CBS star Gayle King weighs in on ABC's 'Good Morning America' affair scandal: 'It's messy'

Good morning messy! A week after the "Good Morning America" scandal became national news, fellow a.m. anchor Gayle King is giving her two cents. 

"I do look at the situation and I do say, 'It's very interesting what happening over there," she said on "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen."

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T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach, who host "GMA3," have reportedly maintained a secret relationship for months. Both are in the midst of separations with their spouses. Amy's divorce is nearly finalized, but there is speculation that the romance began when they were both married.

"It's gotten very messy and very sloppy, I do think that," Gayle, who anchors competing show "CBS Mornings," said. 

Gayle applauded "Good Morning America" for not taking taking the duo off the air initially, noting that they are "two consenting adults." However, T.J. and Amy were taken off the air on Dec. 5 due to their alleged affair.

"The more you read, it's just very messy," Gayle said. "To me it's just a sad situation because you've got kids involved, you've got families involved, and I keep thinking about that."

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Gayle's comments came after TMZ reported that ABC's human resources and legal departments are trying to determine if the couple pressured staffers to keep the romance hidden or used company resources to meet romantically, such as cars and drivers.

Just a few days earlier, ABC President Kim Godwin said the relationship was "not a violation of company policy."

"I really have taken the last few days to think about and work through what I think is best for the ABC News organization," Godwin explained on an editorial call, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. "These decisions are not easy, they are not knee jerk, but they are necessary for the brand and for our priority which, you guys know, are all of us — the people here at ABC."

T.J. and Amy are still a couple.

plastic surgery reveal

Cardi B reveals she had biopolymers removed from her behind in 'really crazy process'

Cardi B is coming clean… no ifs, ands or butts.

The rapper took to Instagram Live on Wednesday, Dec. 7, to update fans on her life. In doing so, she ended up revealing that she underwent a procedure in which her butt injections were removed. 

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"A lot of people thought as soon as I gave birth [to son Wave, 15 months] I got my body done," she said, according to People magazine. "In August I got surgery and I removed 95% of my biopolymers… if you don't know what it is, it's a** shots. It was a really crazy process."

The "Bodak Yellow" singer previously spoke about getting the shots illegally in a basement in 2014 for $800. Now, she's warning women against following in her footsteps. 

"All I'm going to say is that if you're young, if you're 19, 20, 21, and sometimes you're too skinny, and you be like 'OMG I don't have enough fat to put in my a**,' so you result to a** shots, DON'T!" she warned.

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Cardi then turned her attention to Brazilian butt lifts.

"When it comes to BBLs, if y'all want advice from me, before you get your BBL done you have to make sure your blood levels are all right," she added. "If a doctor says your blood levels are too low or you have diabetes or whatever, don't do it."

Cardi's body revelation comes just a week after she made headlines for her finances — she made $1 million dollars for a 35-minute performance during Miami's Art Basel.

Home problem

Jesse James trying to block pregnant wife from entering home after she re-files for divorce following affair claims

The headline-making split between Jesse James and his pregnant wife has taken another nasty turn.

On Friday, the West Coast Choppers founder filed court documents to try and block former adult film actress Bonnie Rotten (real name: Alaina Hicks) from entering their Austin, Texas, house while their divorce proceeds. According to TMZ, Jesse is asking to stay in the home, and he also wants exclusive use and possession of any cars and motor vehicles that he owns.


Jesse and Bonnie's romance hasn't been the hallmark of happiness of late.

On Nov. 30, Bonnie, Jesse's's fifth wife, announced her pregnancy while claiming the "Monster Garage" star was cheating on her. She soon filed for divorce. 

However, one day later, on Dec. 5, she announced that she was going back to Jesse. 

"I love Jesse so much and was very hurt by what I saw when I went through his phone," she wrote on Instagram, explaining that she was "working out the marriage that I believe in." 

Then, on Dec. 6, TMZ reported that Bonnie filed for divorce again

Jesse's last two marriages — to Sandra Bullock and to Hot Rod racer Alexis DeJoria — and his engagement to Kat Von D ended after he got caught cheating.

Pony prank

Johnny Knoxville sued over prank, man claims 'dead pony' left him in distress

Johnny Knoxille's high jinks might cost him. 

A man has filed a lawsuit against the prankster for allegedly causing him emotional distress for an at-home stunt that he feels went too far. 

According to TMZ, Khalil Khan claims he was hired by Johnny via the Internet to do some simple electrical work. The whole thing, though, was an elaborate prank, he said in court papers. 


Khalil, who was supposedly hired to fix a dimmer switch, said a lamp went out as he began working. Soon after, a young girl, who he says was an actress, became hysterical and told him he killed her pony who was on life support. In her mind, the horse died when the power went out during the repair.

The electrician says he was then led to a room and was shown what he believed to be a dead horse. Soon after, he said his car was towed and faux drugs were planted. One of the men who took the car — a man who was also in on the prank — told Khalil he'd be arrested for drug possession if he called the cops to report the towing.

Eventually, Johnny let Khalil in on the scam and offered the shaken electrician money for his troubles. Khalil, though, wasn't laughing. 

The whole incident, he said, has caused him "emotional distress, worry, anxiety, and possibly harm to his business reputation," TMZ said. 

No laughing matter

How Ricky Gervais feels after James Corden 'ripped off' his Netflix comedy special joke

James Corden reached out to Ricky Gervais to apologize after the late night host "ripped off" a joke that the standup comedian did years earlier in a Netflix special.

In late October, James told a joke on the "Late Late Show" about Twitter not exactly being a "town square" like Elon Musk claims it is. The bit, using guitar lessons as a punch line, sounded oddly familiar to many viewers, and that's because it was almost a carbon copy of the joke Ricky did in 2018's "Humanity," a hugely popular comedy special.

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Ricky and his fans immediately called out James for the theft. However, all seems to be forgiven, as Ricky said James reached out to him to apologize. 

"I said, 'Don't worry about it,'" Ricky told the "Headliners" podcast, believing that James' writers were actually at fault. "Whatever you think of James Corden there is no way he knowingly ripped off my joke and thought he'd get away with it."

The "After Life" star didn't seem as understanding two month ago, tweeting James' monologue and sarcastically noting the "guitar lessons" joke was "brilliant," knowing full well that he did it first. Even though it's water under the bridge now, Ricky doesn't regret calling out James, as others have done recently.

"No, because I'm allowed. I didn't how it had happened. And I thought it was funny. I thought it was absurd that it was such an obvious rip-off," he said. "But again I don't know how he got to it because the writer must have walked him through and said, 'Do this and do that.' Or he saw it five years ago and completely forgot about it and thought he'd made it up. That can happen as well."

"There are some plagiarists but a lot of it is genuinely accidental," Ricky continued. "So that is clearly my routine but I don't think he came up with it at all. I think a writer pitched that to him and didn't tell him it was mine, or the writer forgot. I don't know. I want to be fair."

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Obviously giving the embattled late night host the benefit of the doubt, Ricky said, "What I don't believe is James Corden watched that and thought, 'I can just rip that off'. There's just no way. There is no way James Corden watched that and thought, 'I can get away with this.' It was the biggest special of the year. There is no way he thought, 'I can rip him off'. He was horrified. No chance."

scary situation

Rod Stewart's 11-year-old son rushed to hospital in an ambulance after collapsing during soccer game

Rod Stewart's 11-year-old son, Aiden, was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance after collapsing during a soccer game. 

Things initially looked fairly grim and quite serious, but Rod eventually confirmed that Aiden suffered a panic attack. 

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"We thought my boy had a heart attack," he told FourFourTwo. "He was going blue and was unconscious until he calmed down. It was scary, but it turned out to be a panic attack."

"The lad wanted to do well, pulled on the Hoops in Scotland for his dad," Rod, 77, added. 

The "Forever Young" singer noted that another incident happened at his son's game as well. 

"Another boy fell backwards and banged his head — he's still not back," the Grammy winner said. "In all of my days watching football, that's the only time two ambulances had been called."

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It's not known when the incident happened, as Rod didn't disclose those details. 

Aiden is one of Rod's eight children; he shares the boy and brother Alastair, 17, with his current wife, Penny Lancaster-Stewart. Rod is also the father to daughter Sarah, 59, daughter Kimberly, 43, son Sean, 42, daughter Ruby, 35, daughter Renee, 30, and son Liam, 28.

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Kirk Cameron claims 'over 50' libraries have denied him story-hour slots to read his faith-based kids book

Kirk Cameron's new faith-based book, "As You Grow," is getting the stiff arm from a slew of public libraries, and his team says it's because they are pandering to the "woke left."  

The book's publisher, Brave Books, has put forth a plan to drum up publicity for the book by having the former "Growing Pains" star read the tale during "story-hour," but more than 50 libraries have either passed or ignored the proposal altogether, Fox News reported. More often than not, Kirk claims, libraries are telling him that the book's message doesn't align with their views. 

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The book, Kirk says, is "part of a whole universe of books, with a whole series of characters." He adds, "It teaches biblical wisdom and the value of producing the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control."

Brave Books insists that libraries are more interested in catering to the LGBTQ+ community than faith. 

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One Rhode Island library that was approached promotes an event called the "Queer Umbrella," which it describes as a "safe space where teens can learn, discuss, and connect over queer history, art, community resources…"

"No, we will pass on having you run a program in our space," a library worker allegedly told Brave Books when asked about story-hour. "We are a very queer-friendly library. Our messaging does not align."

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A San Diego library supposedly told the publisher that allowing the "Growing Pains" star to read his book during story-hour is not "something that we would do." 

That same library offers "LGBTQIA events," its website says. Another library near San Fransisco allegedly hosts an "Every Month Is Pride Month Series." A staffer there plainly told Kirk that the library wasn't interested in his book, Fox reported. 

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Other libraries in New York and Indiana also reportedly said no for a variety of reasons. 

"This is proof that more than ever, we are getting destroyed in the battle for the hearts and minds of our children," Kirk said. "Publicly funded libraries are green-lighting 'gender marker and name change clinics' while denying a story time that would involve the reading of a book that teaches biblical wisdom. How much more clear can it get? We have to start fighting back, or we will lose our kids and this country."

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Trent Talbot, founder and CEO of Texas-based Brave Books, said in a statement to Fox News Digital, "It is devastating to discover that many of our publicly funded libraries have now become indoctrination centers that refuse to allow biblical wisdom to be taught to our children."

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He added, "The woke left understands that morality is instilled by the age of 10, and they want their morality to win, not the morality that the Bible teaches."

News of the story-hour slight comes after Kirk's sister, Candace Cameron-Bure, made headlines with anti-LGBTQ comments.

Partner drama

'Selling Sunset' star claims awards show wouldn't let her bring LGBTQ partner

"Selling Sunset" star Chrishell Stause claims she wasn't allowed to bring her partner, G Flip, to the People's Choice Awards this week, but her co-stars were all permitted to bring their significant others. 

The reality TV star decided to publicly air our her grievances on Twitter on Wednesday, Dec. 7 after "one too many tequilas."

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"I am on the sauce a bit so I will prob regret this later. BUT people's choice didn't allow me to bring my partner to the awards. I could ONLY bring a plus 1 if it was a cast member," she wrote, acknowledging her diatribe might get her excluded from a future PCA nomination. "EVERY single cast member invited and some had plus ones. I was nominated for best realty star and yet they said NO."

Chrishell isn't wrong, as Jason Oppenheim brought girlfriend Marie-Lou Nurk to the show. Heather Rae El Moussa had husband Tarek El Moussa, known for "Flip or Flop," by her side, too. Chrishell has been dating non-binary Australian singer G-Flip, who goes by they/them pronouns, since May. 

Chrishell insists she didn't know others would be able to bring a guest until she arrived to the show. Ironically, G-Flip wasn't even in the country for the show, so they wouldn't have been able to attend anyway. Chrishell, though, says G Flip's trip wasn't known until recently.

"Up until a few days ago I was fighting to get them in and only to see everyone invited," Chrishell said. 


Still fired up, the Netflix star penned, "If you are going to invite the whole cast of #sellingsunset @peopleschoice awards then why did my plus one HAVE to be a cast member or other wise told I do not get a plus one..??If no other cast invited then that would make sense but…"

Chrishell is still at a loss for answers. "Clearly what I was told was not the reason [she couldn't bring a guest] and no one tried to clear it up," she said.

Touch up

Kathy Hilton dubbed 'rude' for lip gloss incident during Mariska Hargitay's PCAs speech

Kathy Hilton is getting the online lip service for her behavior during the People's Choice Awards.

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The "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star was on stage on Tuesday night to present Mariska Hargitay with the award for Best Drama TV Star. While Mariska should have been the woman of the moment, guests and TV viewers couldn't take their eyes off of Kathy, who stood behind the actress and started applying lip gloss. 

Viewers were astonished, particularly because Mariska was giving a stirring speech about unity and kindness.

"Could @KathyHilton be anymore rude??? Let's not put on lipstick and look so bored when someone is giving a speech," one person tweeted.  Another wondered, "Did @KathyHilton forget she was standing on stage on live tv.. her lipstick had to be touched up! How true entitlement ones act."

Some called Kathy "trashy," "disrespectful" and "classless." Others Bravo diehards laughed, calling it "iconic" or "classic Kathy."