Update

Wife says Nick Cordero's 'mental status is looking good'

Nick Cordero's wife is sharing good news about her husband's condition.

"His mental status is looking good," Amanda Kloots said on her Instagram Story on Thursday. "He's getting better and better everyday, a little bit stronger everyday, so things are looking really good on that front."

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The Broadway star isn't totally out of the woods yet, but things are certainly looking up.

"We are still having a little bit of an issue with infection in his lungs," Amanda said, noting she would get an update on that soon. "But mental status, we are on good, good progress. So, yay!"

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Amanda and Nick, who share an infant son, have every reason to celebrate the small steps. After being unconscious for about six weeks due to Covid-19 complications, Nick woke up.

"He is awake," Amanda said on May 12. "It's just that Nick is so weak right now that even opening his eyes, closing his eyes, takes out, like, all of his energy." 

The Tony-nominated actor has struggled with multiple issues since entering the emergency room on March 30. In a lengthy Instagram post, Amanda said her husband was intubated on a ventilator on April 1. Just over three weeks later, he had his right leg amputated after dealing with blood clots.

While unconscious, he's also suffered two mini strokes, septic shock, fungus in his lungs, and he needed a temporary pacemaker to assist his heart.

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Our last family photo before Nick got sick. What this man has gone through! Nick is 41 years old. He had no pre-existing health conditions. We do not know how he got COVID-19 but he did. He went to the ER on March 30th and intubated on a ventilator on April 1. Since then has he has suffered an infection that caused his heart to stop, he needed resuscitation, he had two mini strokes, went on ECMO, went on dialysis, needed surgery to removal an ECMO cannula that was restricting blood flow to his leg, a faciatomy to relieve pressure on the leg, an amputation of his right leg, an MRI to further investigate brain damage, several bronchial sweeps to clear out his lungs, a septis infection causing septic shock, a fungus in his lungs, holes in his lungs, a tracheostomy, blood clots, low blood count and platelet levels, and a temporary pacemaker to assist his heart. He has spent 38 days now in the ICU. This disease does not only effect old people. This is real. A perfectly healthy 41 year old man! Bring awareness to his story. STAY HOME! FOLLOW GUIDELINES! This journey with Nick has been the hardest thing we've ever had to go through. I ask God for a miracle and my Dad reminded me that God is answering my prayer everyday because he is still with us! Nick is a fighter and has not given up. His doctors and nurses have been truly incredible. Thank you @cedarssinai ❤️ We will get our CODE ROCKY! #wakeupnick

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"This disease does not only effect old people," Amanda said on May 8. "This is real. A perfectly healthy 41-year-old man!"

Throughout Nick's hospital stay, Amanda has updated fans of her husband condition — for better and for worse — via Instagram. Since he woke up, she's shared many, many videos of fans celebrating that Nick is "Code Rocky," a term used to indicate when coronavirus patients are on their way to a full recovery.

On Wednesday, she even posted a video of Sylvester Stallone sending Nick a supportive message.

"You have an incredibly loving wife and beautiful child and I know to have gotten as far as you have gotten — you got what it takes, you have that eye of the tiger, you have that talent, you have that will," Sly said, adding that's heard Nick is a "born star."

"You have been dealt a horrible hand, tough one, and it takes a strong strong man and a strong family to override that situation," he continued. "To take it and throw it back into life's face and say guess what? 'It's going to take more than that. I'm the man.' You are the man and you're a role model for other people that have to overcome incredible odds. All I can say is keep punching, you're the man."

Honoring Helen

Damian Lewis writes moving tribute to 'brilliant' late wife

Damian Lewis is remembering his late wife, Helen McCrory, in a heartfelt tribute, and he's marveling at how she "spread happiness" even in her final days. 

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"Many people have spoken about her career and many more will, so that's where I'll leave it, because it strikes me that two things are happening this weekend: an outpouring of grief and shock, and a celebration of Helen McCrory the actress from fans everywhere, and of Helen the person," Damian wrote in an essay for The Sunday Times. "And that's who I want to talk about."

"Helen was an even more brilliant person than she was an actress," the "Billions" star continued. "She was a people person, sure. 'I'm much more interested in who I'm with than where I am,' she would say, and innately wanted to share. But she also lived by the principle of kindness and generosity. That you put these things out into the world to make it better, to make people feel better."

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On April 16, Damian announced that Helen had passed away at the age of 52 after a battle with cancer. Still, the "Harry Potter" star managed to "spread happiness" as her time was coming to an end. 

"Even when dying in her last few days, when talking to our wonderful carers, she repeatedly said, 'thank you so much' in her half delirious state," Damian said. "I've never known anyone able to enjoy life as much. Her ability to be in the present and enjoy the moment was inspirational. Nor was she interested in navel-gazing. No real interest in self- reflection; she believed in looking out, not in. Which is why she was able to turn her light so brightly on others."

In addition to Damian, Helen leaves behind two teenage children.

"They have in them the fearlessness, wit, curiosity, talent and beauty of their mother. She has exhorted us to be courageous and not afraid," Damian said of daughter Manon, 14, and son Gulliver, 13.

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The actor gave fans an insight into the waning hours of the beloved "Peaky Blinders" star's life.

"She has been utterly heroic in her illness. Funny, of course — generous, brave, uncomplaining, constantly reminding us all of how lucky we've been, how blessed we are. Her generosity has extended to encouraging us three to live. Live fully, take opportunities, have adventures," he said. "Already I miss her. She has shone more brightly in the last months than you would imagine even the brightest star could shine. In life, too, we had to rise to meet her. But her greatest and most exquisite act of bravery and generosity has been to 'normalise' her death. She's shown no fear, no bitterness, no self-pity, only armed us with the courage to go on and insisted that no one be sad, because she is happy."

"I'm staggered by her," he said of his late wife. "She's been a meteor in our life."

Housewives rumors

Jana Kramer addresses 'Housewives' rumors

Jana Kramer is getting real about those "Housewives" rumors. 

On an upcoming podcast, she claims that producers courted her three times to be on "The Real Housewives of Nashville."

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"When they were trying to cast 'The Real Housewives of Nashville' and they were interested in me as one of the characters I was just like 'No.' I don't like girl drama, I don't want to be a part of it, I don't want to feed into it. It's not me, I don't like it," she said, according to People magazine. 

Bravo, by the way, has never confirmed a Nashville-based show is happening.

Last week, Jana and several wives of country music stars were rumored to be filming content for a "Housewives"-esque show. Jana and Kasi Wicks, the wife of Chuck Wicks and sister of Jason Aldean, both teased filming projects on Instagram, but didn't specify what the project was for.

On the podcast, Jana confirmed that she and her husband, Mike Caussin, filmed something recently.

"So we did film something and, you know, it's just a presentation I don't know if it will ever get picked up, and again I don't even know if it's something that at the end of the day if we will really do, because I know we share so much on the podcast and so much here but sometimes it's the kiss of death," she said. "So that's something that we have to also think about and be careful of because it's scary."

Jana's thoughts on the "Housewives" franchise seems to have changed of late. Last year, she acknowledged that she auditioned for "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

"The only reason I entertained the one with Teddi [Mellencamp Arroyave] was because it could be fun to be someone's sidekick, fun buddy that just kind of comes in," she said on the podcast.

Sad day

Wahlberg matriarch passes at 78

Alma Wahlberg, the mother of Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and seven other children, has passed away at the age of 78, the family announced. 

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Mark announced the news on Twitter in April 18, posting a photo of his mom alongside the caption, "My angel. Rest in peace."

Around the same time, Donnie posted a video tribute to his mom, who was often featured in the A&E series "Wahlburgers," which ran for ten seasons. 

"I'm so blessed to have been brought into this world by, raised by, taught by and set on my life's path by, such an amazing woman," he said in a lengthy Instagram caption. "My mom Alma's joy for life, love and people — combined with a pride in her humble beginnings and refusal to forget where she came from — undoubtedly shaped me into the man that I am. I've often said, if you like anything about me, I got it from Alma. I say that, because it's true."

"She was, without a doubt, the most loving human being I've ever known," he wrote. "I never heard her say, or do, anything disrespectful to anyone. She was, as anybody who ever came across her knows, true blue."

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Last year, Donnie has hinted that his mother was struggling with her memory. 

"Like so many moms who struggled, overcame odds, made something from nothing and pulled off the impossible for their children, she never complained. She did what needed to be done, most often, with a smile. She made the best of times in the worst of times," he said on Sunday. "That was Alma — mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, friend, ally, warrior, angel. She made no apologies for who she was, but never put herself above anyone else. She kicked our butts if we messed up, kicked anyone else's butts if they messed with us. Taught us right, made us pay the price when we were wrong. She was the epitome of the word grace."

Donnie went on to share several anecdotes about growing up in Massachusetts under his mom's roof. 

"It's time to rest peacefully, mom," he wrote. "I love you, miss you, thank you and will celebrate you, today and always."

Court matter

Robert De Niro 'forced' to work to fund ex's 'thirst for Stella McCartney'

Robert De Niro is struggling financially due to his ex's extravagant lifestyle, according to his lawyer. 

The "Meet The Parents" star is currently going through a vitriolic divorce with his ex, Grace Hightower. In a court hearing on April 16, Robert's lawyer condemned Grace's "thirst for Stella McCartney" and penchant for buying expensive jewelry, Page Six reported. 

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The former couple signed a prenuptial agreement, but the terms haven't kicked in yet. Until then, De Niro has been funding his estranged wife, but her lawyer claimed the on-screen legend has continued to cut the amount of money he gives her. The lawyer said De Niro, who filed for divorce in 2018, previously paid $375,000 a month in Grace's credit card expenses, but he has since cut it down to $100,000. 

"Mr. De Niro is 77 years old, and while he loves his craft, he should not be forced to work at this prodigious pace because he has to," De Niro's lawyer told the court. "When does that stop? When does he get the opportunity to not take every project that comes along and not work six-day weeks, 12-hour days so he can keep pace with Ms. Hightower's thirst for Stella McCartney?"

The lawyer, who admonished Grace for allegedly spending over $1 million on jewelry in 2019, added, "[De Niro] could get sick tomorrow, and the party's over."

De Niro's lawyer contended that the two-time Oscar winner is millions behind on his taxes and noted that the money he makes from his next two films needs to go toward that. But, Grace's lawyer said De Niro is supposed to pay her so she can "maintain the status quo" lifestyle she has become accustomed to.

"If he wants to direct or compel his family to leave their longtime home while he's spending millions and millions and millions on himself, on his own homes, on renovating what his lawyers tongue-and-cheek call his cottage in Montauk, which he has poured millions and millions into over the past couple of years, he can take that position," her lawyer said. "There have been no cutbacks and no slowdowns in Mr. De Niro's lifestyle whatsoever. When Mr. De Niro goes to brunch Sunday in Connecticut, he charters a helicopter up there. When he flies down to see his friends in Florida or wherever else, it's a private jet."

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The amount of money being fought over was not lost on the judge in the case. 

"I want to get these parties divorced," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper said. "I want to get Ms. Hightower and Mr. De Niro to go their separate ways. They will still come out of this richer than almost any human being who walks this Earth."

Earlier in the hearing, Page Six said the judge reminded both sides, "There is nothing ordinary about these expenses. For 99.9999 percent of the world, these are extraordinary to an almost unimaginable degree."

Weight watcher

Sherri Shepherd shows off 20 pound weight loss

Sherri Shepherd is a loser.. a weight loser!

The former "The View" co-host showed off her 20 pound weight loss by strutting around her backyard listening to Bruno Mars. Just a few days prior, she stunned in a form-fitting black dress. 

"I lost 20lbs!!!!" she wrote on Instagram, while also indicate she partnered with Wellness Website Healthy Wage. "My goal was 15lbs but I just hit 20lbs!"

"It's been a journal of mental self talk… believing in my worth… knowing my son Jeffrey needs his Momma healthy & whole and wanting to live a life filled w joy," she wrote on social media. "I've shed tears because I relied on sugar & carbs (the bad ones), cookies & candy to get me through but In changing my lifestyle and my relationship to food, I love the way I feel."

Sherri said she's "clear headed… more clarity, focused & walking in my purpose!"

At her heaviest, Sherri weighed nearly 200 pounds.

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The "Call Your Mother" star told an Instagram follower that she has eliminated sugar, dairy, beef, pork, alcohol and soft drinks from her diet. She also doesn't eat after 7 pf 8 p.m. As for fitness, the "Dish Nation" host said she's still does Zumba, but she's also incorporated roller-skating and pole dancing into her routine. 

"Life is too short to sit still! I decided to take pole fitness classes," she wrote on Instagram earlier in the week. "My stomach & thighs were burning when I was done. But those body rolls almost took me out. Take a risk and try something that scares you… and see the blessings that follow!"

Ring thing

Bella Thorne buys engagement ring for fiancé

Bella Thorne plays by her own rules. 

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Back in March, the actress' beau, Ben Mascolo, popped the question with a huge diamond ring. On April 16, Bella answered in kind.

"She got me an engagement ring," he captioned a series of images that show him donning a gold band. One image actually shows Bella on one knee after putting the ring on his finger. 

Fans loved the images of Bella gifting Ben with a ring, with many saying it was "perfect." While Ben's ring is pretty, it doesn't compare to the bauble he presented to Bella, which experts say is upwards for 4 carats. Depending on the clarity of the stones in the ring, it's valued at about $100,000 or more. 

Ben announced the engagement on Instagram on March 20 with several images. Two days later, Bella posted several snaps from that magical evening.

"You would have said yes too," she wrote alongside the pictures. Ben commented, "That's the luckiest man on the planet right there."

Cat scratch fever

Taylor Swift addresses mystery of her reclusive cat

Taylor Swift is celebrating the massive success of her re-recorded album Fearless by "addressing a very pressing issue."

The "issue" was about her beloved cat Meredith. 

"WELL WELL WELL you all really went out and left my greatest expectations in shambles this week," she captioned the video on April 16. "Word on the street is you made Fearless (my version) the biggest country album first week of the last 6 years and the top release of 2021 so far. Honestly??? How?? Did I get this lucky???? I wanted to say thank you to you so today I will be addressing a very pressing issue."

In the video, Taylor held her cat Benjamin Button to answer the growing concern among her fans that Meredith was missing. 

"We've been hearing some rumors on the internet recently … I mean they're not about you Benj," she said, "but, they're about your sister."

The video quickly cut to screen grabs of comments worrying about Meredith, including one that indicated Meredith hadn't been physically seen for a year. The screen then read: "The truth is, Meredith just HATES having her picture taken."

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Taylor then posted a hilarious series of images of Meredith looking uncomfortable in front of the camera.

"So, yeah, there it is. There you have it. That's the explanation. She's just a really private little cat," Taylor said. "She likes her business kept to herself. She doesn't like a camera shoved in her face. And who can blame her?"

To end the video, Taylor attempted to interview Meredith about being a recluse. 

"So do you have any comment on the recent allegations that you're a missing cat?" Taylor said. Surprising no one, the cat scurried away.  

Back on

Dale Moss dishes on cheating rumors, reconciling with Clare Crawley

Dale Moss is remaining coy about whether he and "Bachelorette" star Clare Crawley are engaged again, now that they've officially reconciled. 

"I'll say this, Clare and I are in a good place," he said in a new interview, "focused on one another and leave it at that."

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In January, Dale announced on Instagram that he and Clare had split up. At the time of the breakup, rumors claimed that he had been unfaithful. It seems, however, that Claire never believed them. 

"That was never a conversation, even when we went through our split," he told the Hollywood Raw podcast of the cheating speculation. "It wasn't even a thing. It was never even a topic of conversation."

Still, the cheating rumors "sucked," he said. "When things are going at your character, and something you're completely against, those are the hardest things to handle," Dale said.

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It's highly likely that the couple remained in touch after their breakup, as they were spotted together in Florida hand-in-hand one month later

"We've never hid throughout this entire time we've been around each other," Dale insisted. "We are definitely taking time, and spending time together. Clare and I, we're in a good place."

The former football player-turned-model said he wasn't putting a label on their relationship for now, at least not publicly.  

"When the time is right we will definitely talk about all those things," he said. "For right now, we're just focused on one another. We're keeping things private and that's working for us, in time we'll speak about that together."

We'll call this After After The Final Rose.

Gun control advocate

Madonna blasts Instagram user critical of her gun control post

Madonna shot back at an Instagram user critical of a recent post calling for gun control.

This week, Madge posted a video of Daunte Wright's shooting death at the hands of police.

"This is so infuriating and unacceptable. God Bless Daunte and his family," she said, adding a hashtag advocating for gun control.

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After posting this, one of the singer's 15.8 million Instagram followers felt that Madonna was living a double standard. 

"I would bet you have people with guns to protect you and your family. But the little people can be left unarmed," the person, named Karen, wrote. "If you take the guns away criminals will ALWAYS find weapons. The rest of us innocent people will be victims. You live behind walls with protection. You do not live in the real world."

Madonna, who clearly reads the comments people leave on her social media, wasn't about to let this person have the last word.

"I don't have any security or armed guards around me. Come see me and tell me to my face how not real world is. I dare you," Madonna responded, according to The Blast. "You know nothing about me or my life. The only criminals I see right now are the police who are paid to protect the people. But police are protected by judges and the criminal justice system which is a joke because there is no justice if you are a person of color."

Madonna added, "Of course, your name is Karen."