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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."

Robin Williams' daughter rips Eric Trump for posting old video of her dad

Robin Williams' daughter chided Eric Trump after he posted an old video of the late comedian joking about Joe Biden.

In the video, Robin calls the presumptive Democratic nominee "Rambling Joe Biden." Eric, Donald Trump's son, tweeted out the video along with a text overlay that said, "Robin Williams Just Savages Joe Biden."

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Soon, Zelda Williams entered the fray and ripped into Eric, reminding him that Robin didn't have kind things to say about his father.

"While we're 'reminiscing' (to further your political agenda), you should look up what he said about your Dad. I did," Zelda replied to Eric's post. "Promise you, it's much more 'savage.'"

She then added a coup de grace: "Gentle reminder that the dead can't vote, but the living can."

Zelda didn't post a video of her father criticizing Donald, nor did she reveal what comments she was referring to in her tweet. Fans, however, quickly started digging and found a 2012 clip in which Robin calls the pre-politics Trump a "scary man."

Robin, who died in 2014, recalled spending the previous Thanksgiving in Atlantic City where "Donald Trump is the Wizard of Oz."

"This is a scary man and he owns all of these beauty pageants… Isn't that like Michael Vick owning a series of pet stores?" Robin said, later adding, "This is a man who said, 'My daughter is hot.'"

Romance details

Orlando Bloom says Katy Perry romance has been a 'roller coaster'

Orlando Bloom's relationship with Katy Perry all started with a hamburger and couldn't exactly fill the pages of a romance novel, he says.

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On Saturday, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star spoke to News Corp Australia about his pregnant fiance, saying they met in 2016 at a Golden Globes afterparty. Orlando said he asked Katy for a hamburger, gave her a wink and that was it. That's not to say they haven't had beef with each other.

It's been a "roller coaster of ups and downs," he said.

The A-list couple began dating in early 2016 after that Globes party, but split a year later. They reconciled in April 2018, and he proposed the following year.

"I wish I could tell you that it was all joyful and happy," Orlando told the news outlet, via the Daily Mail. "But like anything in life that's real, it's taken its own course. It's gone on its own roller coaster of ups and downs."

It's "not by any means the kind of Hollywood love story you might want to hear about," he continued.

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Orlando and Katy have certainly worked through their issues and are now expecting their first child together. It's believed that Katy will give birth within just weeks.

On Friday, the pop star showed off her burgeoning baby bump while breaking out some of her best pregnancy dance moves in a hilarious video.

"Yo honey, what day is it," Orlando can be heard asking a relaxed Katy during the beginning of an Instagram video while they sit in a car. "It's Friday day."

As Orlando puts on "Push The Feeling On" by Nightcrawlers, his lady love immediately gets out of the car and begins dancing. 

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Ayyyy what day is it?

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The romance may have had some peaks and valleys, but these two expectant parents are certainly on a high right now. 

Weight loser

Kelly Osbourne shows off 85 pound weight loss

Kelly Osbourne is half the woman she used to be. 

The former "Fashion Police" panelist has been posting several photos to Instagram of late that show her significantly slimmed down. Some fans think she's unrecognizable.

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Earlier this week, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's daughter posted a selfie from the car to show off her Gucci outfit. Her weight loss, though, seemed to be what fans focused on instead.

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Today I'm feeling #Gucci 💜❤️

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"You look like a different person with your weight loss much more confident… beautiful!," one person said.

Another wrote, "Oh my gosh, you lost a lot of weight." Kelly replied, "That's right mamma Mai I lost 85lbs since I last saw you. Can you believe it? Kaakakaka."

On Friday, Kelly, 35, posted another image of her weight loss. "You look like an actual angel," Lucy Hale said, while Paris Hilton commented with a heart-eyes emoji.

Back in 2009, Kelly lost a lot of weight while appearing on "Dancing With the Stars." Soon, though, she put the pounds back on. Page Six said that Kelly changed her lifestyle in 2012, often hiking and adhering to a vegan diet. She soon began losing weight again.

picture time

Charlize Theron shares rare photo of two children

Charlize Theron celebrated her birthday on Friday with her two greatest gifts: her daughters. 

On Friday, the actress shared a rare photo of Jackson, 8, and August, 5, while taking part in an online birthday celebration.

"My first virtual birthday party…I think my mom fell asleep 5 min in," Charlize wrote on Instagram alongside a screen grab of the digital revelry. "Thank you to everyone for the bday wishes! 2020 has been a rough one but today was a bright spot for sure."

The actress, 45, is fiercely protective of her kids and rarely shares photos of them. 

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Last year, she spoke specifically about Jackson, her transgender daughter.

Jackson, Charlize told the Daily Mail, knew early on that she was different. "I am not a boy!," she told her mom at 3 years old. 

Charlize continued, "[My kids] were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide. My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be. And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that."

Dance break

Kanye West posts video from make-or-break family vacation

While he and Kim Kardashian West try to "save" their marriage, Kanye West still has time to bust a move. 

On Friday, the rapper posted a video that shows him riding a golf cart and then suddenly jumping out and dancing to Rebecca Black's "Friday." Kim can be heard laughing while filming her husband. The couple's eldest daughter, North, also got in on the action and danced with her dad. 

"IT'S FRI-YE-YE!!!" Kanye captioned the video.

Not all is reportedly on the up and up for Kimye. TMZ reported that the West family is on a vacation in the Caribbean in an effort to "save" their marriage. 

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Kim and Kanye's marriage has been under a microscope of late, particularly given his Twitter rants and the fact that they've reportedly spent very little time together over the past few months — she's been in Los Angeles with the kids, while he's been living at the family's $14 million ranch in Wyoming. Multiple reports said he was even ignoring Kim's calls for a few days. Kanye also tweeted last month that he's been eyeing a divorce, though he later deleted the headline-making tweet.

Kim later implied that her husband is in the midst of a bipolar episode

The new video was posted just after Kanye faced another blow to his already-floundering presidential campaign. On Friday, election officials in Illinois, his home state, said that more than half his submitted signatures are invalid, which means his name will not appear on the ballot. He recently dropped his efforts to get on the New Jersey ballot, as well. 

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Kanye's name will not appear on the ballot in enough states for him to win the electoral college.

Earlier in the week, reports said Republican operatives were helping Kanye get on the ballot in some states, hoping his presidential bid will siphon votes from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. When told by Forbes on Thursday that his bid looks like an effort to pull votes from Biden, Kanye said, "I'm not going to argue with you."

Regardless, he's accepting donations to help fund his campaign.

Flirty message

January Jones attempts to flirt on social media with NBA superstar

January Jones is hoping to score with one of the NBA's best players.

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On Thursday, the actress was crushing hard on Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard, and she used her social media to not-so-subtly flirt with him.

January posted two videos of the star player on her Instagram Story following the Clippers' win over the Dallas Mavericks. The first video showed a sweaty Kawhi speaking to a reporter about the win. January posted five heart-eye emojis over Kawhi, along with the caption, "future boyfriend ?? @LAClippers." 

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January then posted another video of the soft-spoken NBA champion. "(telephone emoji) me Kawhi," she wrote. 

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Unfortunately for January, the object of her affection is taken: He's been with girlfriend Kishele Shipley for years. There are even rumors that the two are married. Kawhi and Kishele reportedly share two children. 

Prison bound

'Mob Wives' star's husband sentenced to 5 years in prison

A judge has sentenced Lee D'Avanzo, the husband of "Mob Wives" star Drita D'Avanzo, to five years in prison, a harsher penalty than what prosecutors recommended.

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According to Page Six, federal Judge Rachel Kovner in New York cited Lee's lengthy criminal history and the seriousness of his crime while handing down the sentence on Aug. 7.

Lee, a twice-convicted bank burglar with six criminal convictions, was arrested in December 2019 following a raid at the home he and Drita share. He was eventually indicted for possession of firearms and marijuana by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. As part of a plea bargain, he pled guilty to federal gun possession charges in March.

Prosecutors had recommended Lee serve 37 to 46 months behind bars, but the judge settled on a 64-month sentence instead.

"The defendant had two guns in the house with his kids, and they were loaded with hollow-point ammunition," Judge Kovner said while Drita looked on. "At the time, there was other contraband in the house."

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Drita, who starred on VH1's "Mob Wives" from 2011 to 2016, was initially arrested along with her husband, but charges against her were eventually dropped

Last week, she wrote the judge a letter pleading for leniency, arguing that he's an incredible father and a "family man."

"If there is one thing no one can take away from Lee is what an amazing father he has been to our children. He never missed a soccer game and was very involved in our kids school work and any activities they were involved in. He is a family man and is missed!" the reality star wrote. "He has a family that is fully supporting him and hoping he comes home soon!"

Lee's legal troubles aren't over either — Page Six reports he still faces charges in Monmouth County Court in New Jersey for conspiracy to possess marijuana and possession of marijuana.

According to Drita's official "Mob Wives" bio, Lee is "the leader of a Bonanno and Colombo crime family farm team."

Friday's proceeding is believed to be the first in-person hearing in the downtown Brooklyn courthouse since it shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic in March.

bad ban

Jason Derulo dishes on Trump's plan to ban TikTok

Jason Derulo, who's known as the unofficial "King of TikTok," isn't too worried that President Trump will actually ban the popular video-sharing app. 

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On Thursday, Trump said he would start banning TikTok in 45 days if the social media company isn't acquired by a United States-based company. 

Jason is skeptical.

"I don't believe that will be the case, honestly, but that would be a sad day for a lot of people, including myself," he told Page Six. "I just have a lot of fun on the app, so it would be pretty sad, but I don't think it's going to happen."

Trump said TikTok, which is currently owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, is a threat to national security.

"I think a lot of people tap our phones, so you're damned if you do, you're damned if you don't," Jason said, noting that he suddenly sees ads for things he randomly talks about. "I'll say, 'Man, I should really shave,' and it'll be like, 'Here's our new shaver.'"

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Some believe that Trump's feelings about TikTok are more personal. An army of TikTok users claim to have sabotaged the President's Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally in June by getting free tickets and never using them, creating a sea of empty seats. An adjacent outdoor rally was also canceled. Additionally, Sarah Cooper, one of TikTok's top stars, often gets millions of views for her videos mocking Trump. Last week, Vogue ran a story with the headline "Is Sarah Cooper the Reason Donald Trump Wants to Ban TikTok?"

Jason's antics are far less political. Earlier this year, he went viral after purportedly chipping his tooth during a corncob drill challenge. Many wondered if he actually chipped his tooth, though.

He remains coy on the subject: "The world may never know," he said. "I got my smile, so I'm lit right now."

Warning

Ricky Gervais explains the problem with cancel culture

Ricky Gervais is sounding off about cancel culture, arguing that we're getting perilously close to losing our freedom of speech.

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"If it is choosing not to watch a comedian because you don't like them, that's everyone's right. But when people are trying to get someone fired because they don't like their opinion about something that's nothing to do with their job, that's what I call cancel culture and that's not cool," he told Metro in a new interview. "You turning off your own TV isn't censorship. You trying to get other people to turn off their TV, because you don't like something they're watching, that's different."

People should be allowed to say critical things without fear of financial retaliation, he said. 

"Everyone's allowed to stop watching your stuff, everyone's allowed to burn your DVDs, but you shouldn't have to go to court for saying a joke that someone didn't like. And that's what we get dangerously close to," he said. "If you don't agree to someone's right to say something you don't agree with, you don't agree with freedom of speech."

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The controversial comedian recalled someone voicing their displeasure with a statement he recently made on social media, which prompted Ricky to fire back with an unexpected analogy. 

"I did a tweet a month ago about freedom of speech, quoting Winston Churchill. Someone came back with, 'You know he was a white supremacist?' And I wrote back, 'Not in that tweet he isn't,'" Ricky said. "It's like if someone did something once that's wrong, everything they did was wrong. You are allowed to have things in common with bad people as long it's not the bad things."

He added, "I'm a vegetarian and I love dogs, like Hitler. But the only thing I have in common with Hitler are the good bits!"