‘THE ELLEN SHOW’ TO END AFTER 19 SEASONS – (05/13/2021)

Ellen DeGeneres is walking away from her talk show at the end of the upcoming 19th season. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, she informed her staff on May 11th and will discuss the decision with Oprah Winfrey on the May 13th episode of The Ellen Show

The host told the outlet, “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”

The move comes after a season that was plagued with drama.  During the summer of 2020, the comedian faced allegations of bullying and creating a toxic workplace, which contrasted with DeGeneres’s friendly onscreen persona.  However, she claims that’s not why she’s leaving. 

The host said, “It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season.”

Sources tell Page Six that her time slot may be filled by Kelly Clarkson, whose talk show currently airs after The Ellen Show’s 3p.m. spot. 

SOPHIE TURNER LASHES OUT AT PAPARAZZI FOR PHOTOGRAPHING HER DAUGHTER – (05/13/2021)

Sophie Turner lashed out at paparazzi in her Instagram Story after they snapped photos of her 10-month-old daughter, Willa

According to E!, the Game of Thrones alum said in the now-deleted post that she thinks it is “creepy” that grown men would try to take photos of a baby without the parents’ permission.  

She added, “I’m sickened, I’m disgusted and I’m respectfully asking everyone to stop following us around and stop trying to take pictures of our daughter and especially printing them.”

Turner and her husband, Joe Jonas, welcomed baby Willa in July 2020 and have not publicly shared any photos of their firstborn.

COLTON UNDERWOOD CAME OUT BECAUSE HE WAS BLACKMAILED – (05/13/2021)

Colton Underwood revealed to Variety that he came out of the closet because he was blackmailed. 

The former Bachelor star told the outlet that after going to a gay spa in Los Angeles “just to look,” he received an anonymous email threatening to leak nude photos from the visit.  After that, he says he came out to his publicist and shared the email with him. 

Ultimately, the 29-year-old former NFL player came out publicly during a Good Morning America interview with Robin Roberts on April 14th. 

However, he told Variety that he’s known he was different since he was six-years-old and added, “I was ‘the Virgin Bachelor,’ but I did experiment with men prior to being on The Bachelorette.”

PAPARAZZI REPORT INTRUDER AT BEN AFFLECK’S HOUSE – (05/13/2021)

Paparazzi stationed outside of Ben Affleck’s Los Angeles home spotted an intruder climbing the gate surrounding the actor’s property on Tuesday (May 12th).  

The photographers contacted the police but, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, the suspect was gone by the time they arrived and no one was taken into custody

A spokesperson for the department said that the intruder was seen wearing a jacket that said “Security” in gold lettering. He was spotted leaving the LA mansion on a bicycle. 

KATY PERRY CONFIRMS NEW VEGAS RESIDENCY – (05/13/2021)

Though it’s been teased and rumored for a while, it’s now official, Katy Perry is set for a new residency in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale beginning May 24

Her new show, called Play, opens December 29 at Resort World Casino. The new venue touts having the largest and tallest performance stage in the city. Ticket pricing is not listed at this point.

DEMI LOVATO TO LAUNCH HER FIRST PODCAST NEXT WEEK – (05/13/2021)

Next week, Demi Lovato will launch her first ever podcast, calling it, 4D with Demi Lovato. Topics will include mental health, activism, LGBTQ rights, body positivity, art, and the environment. 

Jane Fonda and Jameela Jamil are set to be featured guests on the show, which begins May 19.

Earlier this week she announced another new show based on UFO encounters that will air on Peacock. She’s currently developing an array of projects for NBC Universal, including a comedy that she will star in.

TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS:

  • Stevie Wonder (R&B singer/songwriter) (71)
  • Harvey Keitel (actor, Taxi DriverReservoir DogsPulp Fiction) (82)
  • Robert Pattinson (actor, Twilight movies, Little Ashes, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) (35)
  • Dennis Rodman (former NBA player) (60)
  • Stephen Colbert (host, The Colbert Report) (57)
  • Darius Rucker (singer, Hootie & the Blowfish) (55)
  • Lena Dunham (actress/writer/director, Girls) (35)

DUA LIPA WINS BIG AT BRIT AWARDS & TAYLOR SWIFT MAKES HISTORY – (05/12/2021)

Dua Lipa won big at the Brit Awards Tuesday night, taking home the prize for both Female Solo Artist and Album of the Year for Future Nostalgia. 

Winners for the international categories included Billie Eilish for Female Solo Artist, The Weeknd for Male Solo artist and Haim for Group. 

In addition, Taylor Swift made history by becoming the first female and the first non-British star to accept the Global Icon Award. 

The “Cardigan” singer said in her acceptance speech, “I want to thank my friends and family who know exactly who they are. Whose opinion of me never changed whether my stock was up or down. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that you have to look around every day and take note of the people who have always believed in you and never stop appreciating them for it.”

Jack Whitehall hosted the Brit Awards for the fourth straight year. The full list of winners included:

Female Solo Artist: Dua Lipa
Male Solo Artist: J Hus
Group: Little Mix
Breakthrough Act: Arlo Parks
Single of the Year: Harry Styles – “Watermelon Sugar”
Album of the Year: Dua LipaFuture Nostalgia
International Female Solo Artist: Billie Eilish
International Male Solo Artist: The Weeknd
International Group: Haim
Rising Star: Griff

BTS TO PERFORM ‘BUTTER’ AT THE 2021 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – (05/12/2021)

BTS will perform their new single, “Butter” at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. 

The K-Pop supergroup will give the debut television performance of their second English-Language single remotely from Korea. 

The septet is also nominated for top duo-group, top song sales artist, top social artist and top selling song for “Dynamite.” 

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles May 23 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC, with Nick Jonas as the host.

BILLIE EILISH REVEALS WHY SHE WENT BLONDE – (05/12/2021)

Billie Eilish revealed the inspiration for her platinum blonde hair during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (May 11th). 

The “Bad Guy” singer said she was inspired after seeing herself as a blonde in a fan edit video. 

She didn’t think her hair was healthy enough to survive the transformation from black and green to platinum, saying, “So, I kinda thought of it as a dream. I didn’t think it was gonna happen because my hair went through so much. I thought I would burn it all off, but I did it.”

The trick, it turns out, was to take things slow.  The 19-year-old superstar explained, “It took about six weeks. It was a lot because we started in January, and then it was two weeks of nothing, of healing and letting my hair take it in and digest and recover. And then again, and then two more weeks…it took a long time.”

She finally made the big reveal in March when she broke an Instagram record by getting more than a million likes in six minutes. 

DEMI LOVATO’S NEW SHOW IS A UFO DOCUSERIES – (05/12/2021)

Demi Lovato is getting a four-part docuseries about UFOs on Peacock. 

The singer tweeted Tuesday (May 11th), “SURPRISEEEEE!!! I’m hitting the road for an out-of-this-world adventure for my new show Unidentified & I’m taking you guys along for the ride.”

Page Six reports that the show will feature Lovato, her friend Matthew and her sister Dallas, visiting UFO hot spots, investigating eyewitness encounters and uncovering secret government reports.

Lovato is also set to executive produce and star in Hungry, an NBC sitcom about friends who belong to a food issues group.

TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS:

  • Tony Hawk (professional skateboarder) (52)
  • Jason Biggs (actor, American Pie movies, Jersey Girl, My Best Friend’s Girl) (43)
  • Stephen Baldwin (actor, BioDomeThe Usual Suspects) (55)
  • Emilio Estevez (actor, The Breakfast ClubMen At WorkYoung Guns) (59)
  • Ving Rhames (actor, Pulp Fiction, Mission: Impossible movies, Striptease, Con Air) (62)
  • Malin Akerman (actress, The Heartbreak Kid, 27 Dresses, The Bang Bang Club, Couples Retreat, The Proposal, Watchmen) (43)

HALSEY NAMED SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AT BMI POP AWARDS – (05/11/2021)

Halsey was named songwriter of the year at the 2021 BMI Pop Awards. The artist wrote four of the year’s most performed songs: “Nightmare,” “Graveyard,” “Be Kind” and “You Should Be Sad.” 

In an acceptance speech, they said, “It is a very very very strange time in this world and music is more important than ever. I am so grateful for the way that Manic was received worldwide.”

The pregnant singer clutched their belly as they continued, “I’m super looking forward to where my musical journey takes me and the songs that I have yet to write and all the new things happening in life that I’ll get to write about.”

NICKI MINAJ RETURNS TO SOCIAL MEDIA – (05/11/2021)

After months of silence, Nicki Minaj returned to social media yesterday (May 10th). The rapper shared two photos of herself sitting on a desk, wearing pink crocs and covering herself with heart shaped pillows. She captioned the photos, “F R I D A Y,” which has fans thinking she may be dropping new music this week.

Nicki has been absent from social media since January and she hasn’t released a solo track since “Yikes” in February 2020. Last year, she dropped collaborations with Davido, NBA YoungBoy, Sada Baby, and Ty Dolla $ign.

OLIVIA RODRIGO WILL DROP ‘GOOD 4 YOU’ FRIDAY – (05/11/2021)

Olivia Rodrigo’s next single “good 4 you” will drop Friday (May 14th). 

The “Driver’s License” singer wore a cheerleader outfit and long, black latex gloves while posing next to a trophy in the cover image shared to Instagram Monday (May 10th).

Rodrigo also announced that se will perform the new track when she makes her debut on Saturday Night Live this weekend (May 15th). 

KATY PERRY SHARES COVER ART FOR POKEMON SINGLE – (05/11/2021)

Katy Perry dropped the cover art for her collaboration with Pokemon on Monday (May 10th). 

The American Idol judge wrote on Instagram, “I know y’all have been waiting for this one and it’s almost here!”

The new single, “Electric,” released in honor of Pokemon’s 25th anniversary is currently available for presave.

J LO AND BEN AFFLECK SPENT DAYS AT MONTANA GETAWAY – (05/11/2021)

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck may have busted out of the friend zone, TMZ reports. The pair were spotted at the Big Sky Resort in Montana, which is right near Yellowstone National Park

They were spotted in the same car, with Affleck driving and J. Lo riding shotgun. An insider who saw them out told TMZ that they were acting like a couple. They also flew out of Montana back to L.A. together, and drove back to her home in Bel-Air. 

“[Jennifer] spent several days with Ben out of town. They have a strong connection. It’s all been quick and intense, but Jennifer is happy,” a source told People

The former couple were also spotted hanging in L.A. recently, igniting rumors that they’re back on. 

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KYLIE JENNER AND TRAVIS SCOTT ON TRIPLE DATE? – (05/11/2021)

Are Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott back on? The pair have been spotted multiple times out and about together. Their last spotting was Sunday night at Catch LA in West Hollywood, on an apparent triple date with Justin and Hailey Bieber and Kylie’s sister Kendall and her NBA star boyfriend Devin Booker

Their romance rumors ignited full-force last weekend when she flew to Miami earlier this month to celebrate Travis’ birthday with him, posting flirty videos of them dancing together on IG Stories. 

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‘GREY’S ANATOMY’ RENEWED WITH ELLEN POMPEO INKING MEGA-DEAL – (05/11/2021)

ABC has renewed its flagship drama Grey’s Anatomy for a record 18th season, after star and executive producer Ellen Pompeo managed to ink a rich new deal. Financial terms were not disclosed, but insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter that she managed another salary bump. Pompeo remains the highest-paid actress in a primetime drama show on broadcast TV. (In 2017, she signed a deal giving her $20 million a year). 

O.G. cast stars Chandra Wilson (Bailey) and James Pickens Jr. (Richard) have also closed new deals to return for season 18, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Grey’s spinoff, Station 19, is also set to return for season 5. No word yet on Grey’s future post-season 18. Deliberations between ABC’s parent Disney and Pompeo were underway for months. 

The series is still doing very well; it’s No. 1 in the 18-49 demo, averaging north of 15 million total viewers and 6.18 in the demo, up 4 percent vs. season 16. 

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TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS:

  • Martha Quinn (original MTV VJ) (62)
  • Jeffrey Donovan (actor, Burn NoticeChangeling) (53)
  • Jonathan Jackson (actor, Nashville, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Tuck Everlasting, Camp Nowhere) (39)

TAYLOR SWIFT TO RECEIVE GLOBAL ICON AWARD – (05/10/2021)

Taylor Swift will receive the Global Icon award at the 2021 Brit Awards on Tuesday, May 11th.

The “Cardigan” singer will be the first female and the first non-English artist to be presented with the BRIT’s “highest accolade” in recognition of her immense impact on music across the world. 

Elton John, Robbie Williams and David Bowie are the previous winners. 

BEBE REXHA SLAMS UK TABLOID – (05/10/2021)

Bebe Rexha is speaking out against The Sun for making it look like she confirmed a feud between Dua Lipa and Rita Ora.

In an exclusive interview with the outlet, published on May 7th, Rexha is quoted saying about the pair, “I have really tried. I don’t know what’s really going on there or what the drama is. I’ve tried to always be the peace-keeper and bring the girls together.”

Rexa tweeted Friday, “A UK tabloid is making up an awful story about my friends and women I admire.  It’s absolute bull***t to pit women against each other, especially those who I know are GOOD PEOPLE !!! This toxic gossip is malicious and NOT F***ING TRUE!”

ELON MUSK REVEALS HE HAS ASPERGER’S: Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live Saturday, and delivered a classic opening monologue, with a surprise twist at the end. Musk said that he’s the first SNL host with Asperger’s syndrome, “or at least the first to admit it,” a reference to Dan Akroyd, who was a member of the cast and hosted in 2003 after leaving. Akroyd also has Asperger’s, which is considered to be a mild form of Autism. 

MADAME TUSSAUDS GETS NEW ARIANA GRANDE FIGURE – (05/10/2021)

Madame Tussauds finally has a wax figure of Ariana Grande that resembles the singer. 

The museum posted an image of the new display on Instagram Thursday (May 6th) with the caption, “You want it? We got it. Ariana Grande has arrived at Madame Tussauds Hollywood.”

One commenter wrote, “finally a great one!!! I thought that it was really her.” 

The original figure, which debuted in 2019, had the singer’s signature ponytail, but otherwise barely resembled her. 

NINE INCH NAILS ANNOUNCES TWO SEPTEMBER HEADLINE SHOWS – (05/10/2021)

Nine Inch Nails has announced two September headline shows. According to NME.com, the two concerts will take place at Jacobs Pavillion at Nautica in Cleveland, Ohio on September 21st and 23rd.  Pixies will be the opening act.

The band announced on Twitter, “NIN return to Cleveland for the first time since the band’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Visit the R+RHOF museum display & see the only NIN headline shows of 2021.”

Tickets go on sale on Friday (May 14th).

BTS RELEASES TEASER PHOTO FOR ‘BUTTER’ – (05/10/2021)

BTS just revealed their first teaser photo for “Butter”. The image, which shows each member of the septet in a different suit, follows a series of promotional videos for the track. The band will release the new English-language single at midnight (EDT) on May 21.

CINEMARK REACHES NEW DEAL ON THEATRICAL WINDOW: Cinemark has reached new agreements with give studios that will formalize a shorter theatrical window, Variety reports. Cinemark said it now has agreements with Warner Bros. Picture Group, The Walt Disney Company, Paramount Pictures, Universal and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Cinemark is thrilled to have reached new agreements with our major studio partners, and we are eager to continue providing movie fans an immersive, larger-than-life cinematic environment to see major upcoming films, ranging from the biggest blockbusters to specialty fare to family-friendly content,” said Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi. “In our ongoing efforts to maximize attendance and box office during the pandemic and beyond, our goal is to provide the widest range of content with terms that are in the best long-term interests of Cinemark, our studio partners and moviegoers. We are pleased with these recent developments and are confident we are taking positive steps toward reigniting theatrical exhibition and evolving the industry for a post-pandemic landscape.”

TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS:

  • Bono (singer of the band U2 and activist) (61)
  • Keenan Thompson (actor, Saturday Night Live, Fat Albert, All That, Good Burger) (43)

JUSTIN BIEBER ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED WORLD TOUR DATES – (05/07/2021)

Justin Bieber has announce his rescheduled world tour dates. Originally set to start this summer, it will now begin next year.

Bieber stated in a press release: “We’re working hard to make this tour the best one yet. I’m excited to get out there and engage with my fans again.”

The tour kicks off February 18, in San Diego and will wrap June 24, 2022 in Milwaukee.

Tickets for new shows go on sale later this month. Specifics will be announced through his website.

MADAME TUSSAUDS CREATES ARIANA GRANDE WAX FIGURE THAT CAN BE BOOKED FOR PARTIES – (05/07/2021)

An Ariana Grande wax figure is now on display in Hollywood. It’s currently at The Roosevelt Hotel and is presented by Madam Tussauds.

Fans can actually book the Ariana Grande wax figure for display at parties at the hotel.

The setting around her is a pyramid of champagne glasses. The wax is dressed in a bedazzled black lace two-piece set with a white jacket, covered with feathers and draped over her shoulders and wearing glittery, platform pumps.

JUST LIKE THE SERIES, BEYONCE REALLY DID MEET SELENA AT A MALL – (05/07/2021)

A scene in the new series about the life of Selena shows a young, starstruck, Beyoncé meeting super star, Selena at a mall. According to Beyonce, it actually happened.

They met briefly and she said hello to Selena but kept moving. She commented on the influence that Selena had on her and said: “I think listening to her album, even though I didn’t know exactly what she was singing, it helped me in the studio with my pronunciation… I think she is a legend and I admire her. And she was so talented.”

Selena: The Series is available on Netflix and is in its second season.

JESSE WILLIAMS TO EXIT GREY’S ANATOMY: Jesse Williams is set to exit Grey’s Anatomy after 12 seasons. The actor, who first appeared as Dr. Jackson Avery in season six will appear in his final episode, titled “Tradition,” on May 20th.  He said in a statement obtained by People, “I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda (Rhimes), the network, studio, fellow cast mates, our incredible crew, Krista (Vernoff), Ellen (Pompeo) and Debbie (Allen).”

THE WEEKND HINTS AT NEW MUSIC – (05/07/2021)

Even though it’s been less than a year since he released After Hours, The Weeknd has already started teasing about his next project. In comparing the two, he told Variety, “If the last record is the afterhours of the night, then the dawn is coming.”

Fans will recall that while promoting the current album, he has been wearing a bloody bandage over his nose, a signature red suit, and oversized glasses, with fake, face-altering, plastic surgery.

His next big appearance is set for May 11. He’ll perform remotely on the Brit Awards.

ELLEN EXPLAINS WHY SHE’S LIVING AT COURTNEY COX’S HOUSE – (05/07/2021)

Ellen DeGeneres is living at Courtney Cox’s house, but not for the reason that fans think. 

The talk show host said on Thursday’s (May 6th) episode of Ellen that she’s staying with the Friends alum because she recently sold her Beverly Hills home and not because she is having marital troubles with wife, Portia de Rossi.  

Cox appeared on the show to discuss the living situation.  She said that she hasn’t been in the house in a year so she had the place cleaned and had an assistant move all her things aside so that DeGeneres could have room to make herself at home. 

The Scream star joked, “And all of the sudden it was like, ‘Wait a minute. Ellen’s toothbrush is on my side!’ I had her open the drawer and I was like, ‘Well, where’s my makeup? So essentially you’re a terrible roommate. You took over my side and your side.”

DeGeneres claims it wasn’t her fault, saying, “That was Portia who took over your side.  I only have one side.  She happened to be there one night.”

KIM KARDASHIAN DENIES BUYING ANCIENT ROMAN ARTIFACT – (05/07/2021)

Kim Kardashian denies buying an ancient Roman artifact that the U.S. government is attempting to return to Italy. 

According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, a statue dating back to first or second century Rome was shipped to the U.S. in 2016.  The paperwork listed “Kim Kardashian dba Noel Roberts Trust” as the importer of the artwork.  

A representative for the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star denies she made the deal and sources tell the outlet that he purchase was made by her estranged husband Kanye West as a part of a larger shipment of artwork. 

The federal government is working to retrieve the piece because Italian officials determined the statue is a cultural treasure that was essentially looted from an archaeological site.

TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS:

  • Amy Heckerling (filmmaker, CluelessFast Times at Ridgemont High) (67)

PINK REWROTE HER WILL DURING PERSONAL BATTLE WITH COVID-19 – (05/06/2021)

Pink says that her battle with Covid-19 pushed her to rewrite her will.  Last year, she and her son, Jameson, who was only 3 at the time, both tested positive.

In a recent radio interview she said, “At one point, I thought it was over for us.” She also talked of how she called her best friend during her sickness and told her to tell her daughter how much she loved her.

Now, over a year later, she and her son are both healthy again. Her husband and daughter, Willow, did not contract the virus.

Following her recovery, she went on to donate a million dollars to Covid relief.

ADELE SHARES PHOTOS TO CELEBRATE HER 33RD BIRTHDAY – (05/06/2021)

Adele celebrated her 33rd birthday on Wednesday (May 5) and shared a series of photos on Instagram to mark the occasion.

She simply captioned her post… “Thirty-Free.”

One photo was a black-and-white with Adele looking away from the camera, a second of her enjoying some time in the water, and a third showing her in mid-twirl in a gorgeous knee-length dress.

The post drew up plenty of buzz in the comments section, where one person wrote, “WE LOVE A SELF LOVING QUEEN.” Somebody else dubbed the gallery “iconic,” and others were asking about her next album.

It’s been more than six years since Adele released new music and she has confirmed that she’s working on a new album.

MEGHAN MARKLE ACCUSED OF PLAGIARISM – (05/06/2021)

People are accusing Meghan Markle of plagiarizing her children’s book The Bench

Several Twitter users claim it is a ripoff of The Boy On The Bench by Corinne Averiss. However, the author has come to the defense of The Duchess of Sussex.

Averiss tweeted on Wednesday (May 5th), “Reading the description and published excerpt of the Duchess’s new book, this is not the same story or the same theme as The Boy on the Bench. I don’t see any similarities.”

In other royal news, Prince William and Kate Middleton launched their own YouTube channel on Wednesday (May 5th). The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their debut in a 25-second video montage showing the couple at various philanthropic events.

’10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU’ DIRECTOR DISCUSSES ON SET ROMANCE – (05/06/2021)

In a recent interview, the director of 10 Things I Hate About You revealed that Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt had a secret romance during the filming of the 1999 film. 

While appearing on the YouTube series Mira a Quien Encontre, Gil Junger said that despite the rumors that Stiles and Heath Ledger were a real-life item, he was not the co-star that caught her eye. 
The filmmaker said, “She, for a minute or 10, went out with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  They were very, very attracted to each other, which was cool.”

When the interviewer pointed out that Stiles and Gordon-Levitt did not share many scenes together, he responded, “I know, right? Isn’t that funny? She’s, like, professing her love to Heath, and she’s in love with the guy who’s waiting in his trailer to shoot the next scene. Yeah, but watching them, it was beautiful how much they enjoyed each other.”

BTS’ J-HOPE MAKES HUGE DONATION TO AID CHILD VIOLENCE VICTIMS – (05/06/2021)

In observation of South Korea’s Children’s Day, J-Hope of BTS donated more than $90,000. The money went directly to ChildFund Korea and will support operations at the new One Stop Center in Tanzania, East Africa.

J-Hope released this statement, “Many people around the world are suffering from COVID-19. I came to support children overseas following the support of domestic children in hopes that the warmth of sharing could reach them in the nooks of the world.”

BTS is in the midst of promoting their upcoming second English-language single, “Butter.” The release date is May 21st.

DANIELLE FISHEL IS PREGNANT: Danielle Fishel shared some very special news on her 40th birthday.  The Boy Meets World alum announced Wednesday (May 5th) that she and her husband Jensen Karp are expecting their second child.  The actress wrote, “I couldn’t be more grateful to enter my 40’s with my amazing husband and son, excitedly expecting the arrival of baby boy #2.”

TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS:

  • Tony Blair (former British Prime Minister) (68)
  • George Clooney (Actor, The Perfect StormOcean’s Eleven, Michael Clayton, Good Night and Good Luck) (60)
  • Willie Mays (Hall Of Fame Major League Baseball player, the “Say Hey Kid”) (90)
  • Gabourey Sidibe (actress, Precious, The Big C, Tower Heist) (38)

PINK TO RECEIVE THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS ICON AWARD – (05/05/2021)

Pink will receive the Icon Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.

The three-time BBMA winner, who joins only nine other artists to ever receive the honor, will also perform at the event.

The Icon Award recognizes outstanding artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard Charts and have made an indelible mark on music itself. Pink joins previous honorees Garth Brooks, Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

Pink said in a statement, “As a little girl, I always dreamed about being a singer and sharing my love of music with the world. Years later, to receive the Billboard Music Awards Icon Award is hard to fathom! I feel so honored to join the ranks of music idols like Cher, Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder. It’s a true ‘pinch me’ moment and I feel humbled and blessed.”

Hosted by Nick Jonas, the BBMAs will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23rd at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.

BILLIE EILISH BREAKS INSTAGRAM RECORD WITH VOGUE COVER – (05/05/2021)

Billie Eilish has broken another Instagram record.

The singer’s British Vogue cover has reached 1 million likes faster than any other image on the platform. She achieved the milestone in under six minutes.

It’s not the first time the 19-year-old superstar has broken the record. She previously snagged the crown from Selena Gomez’s in March, when she shared a photo of her newly blonde hair.

MARK WAHLBERG REVEALS 20-POUND WEIGHT GAIN AS WILL SMITH CLINCHES SERIES – (05/05/2021)

Ripping a page out of Will Smith’s playbook, Mark Wahlberg has revealed a body transformation. In three weeks, he revealed he gained 20 pounds. But unlike Smith’s admitted COVID-bod, this gain was for a film role. 

He posted side-by-side shots of his ripped body, and three weeks later, a puffed-up pooch. “From left photo, three weeks ago to this, now. Thanks to @chef_lawrence_d cooking,” Wahlberg captioned the two shirtless pics. 

No word yet on the role, but he’ll be packing on another 20. 

His friends had his back. Mario Lopez wrote: “Yo. You wear mad chubby well homie!”

Smith, for one, is planning to get fit again, STAT. He announced a new six-part series from YouTube Originals, tentatively titled Best Shape of My Life, which will follow Smith’s efforts to get into, as the name suggests, the best shape he’s ever been in.

Smith said he spent the “entire pandemic and countless days grazing thru the pantry.” 

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DID TRISTAN THOMPSON SEND SYDNEY CHASE A CEASE AND DESIST? – (05/05/2021)

After news broke that Khloé Kardashian allegedly reached out to IG model Sydney Chase over her claims that Tristan Thompson cheated on her with Chase, Page Six reports that Thompson has taken legal action against the podcast on which she first broadcast her claims. 

Adam John Grandmaison, the host of the “No Jumper” podcast, told Page Six on Tuesday that he erased the initial video because of the cease and desist he received from Thompson’s attorney, Marty Singer

“Yeah, we got a cease and desist and deleted it,” Grandmaison shared. “Honestly, I wouldn’t have posted it in the first place if I knew it was going to mess up a relationship.”

Singer also sent a cease and desist to Chase, but she hasn’t responded.

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CAITLYN JENNER LAYS OUT PRIORITIES, MISSPELLS NAME IN CAMPAIGN BID – (05/05/2021)

The former Olympian and reality star Caitlyn Jenner is running on the Republican ticket for governor of California. In her campaign material released Tuesday, she attacks Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom for failures during the pandemic, but in the material touting her stance, her name is misspelled as “Cailyn.”

She says a “thoughtful disrupter” is needed to put California back on track. Jenner brands herself as a “dreamer.” Interestingly, she omitted her famous last name in much of the marketing material as well, a bid, some say, to distance herself from her famous Kardashian-Jenner family members, none of whom plan to stump for her.

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MEGHAN MARKLE PENS CHILDREN’S BOOK BASED ON HARRY & ARCHIE – (05/05/2021)

The pregnant Meghan Markle is honoring the connection Prince Harry shares with their son Archie, in a book called The Bench. This will be the 39-year-old’s first children’s book. Bestselling artist Christian Robinson illustrated the book, and Meghan will narrate the audio version.

The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born,” Meghan said in a statement. “That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens. My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”

The book documents the “special bond between father and son — as seen through a mother’s eyes.” The Bench will be published on June 8th by Penguin Random House. 

Archie turns 2 this week, and their second child, a girl, is expected this summer. 

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