MELISSA ETHERIDGE’S SON BECKETT DIES AT 21: Melissa Etheridge announced that her son Beckett Cypher died. He was 21. The cause of death was undisclosed. The singer canceled an online concert scheduled for Wednesday night. Etheridge had Beckett with her former partner Julia Cypher through artificial insemination. They also have a daughter, 23-year-old Bailey Jean. David Crosby was the sperm donor for both children. Etheridge and Julia Cypher shared custody of the children after their split in 2000. Etheridge later had twins Johnnie Rose and Miller Stephen with Tammy Lynn Michaels. She is now married to Linda Wallem.
CHANNING TATUM TESTED FOR COVID: Channing Tatum got tested for COVID-19 after his 40th birthday, TMZ reports, in a bid to assure ex-wife Jenna Dewan that he wasn’t exposed during a small party he had in late April. He and his best friends reportedly dirt biked at his ranch, and Dewan was concerned. The test reportedly came back clear and he was cleared to see their daughter Everly. (TMZ)
MATT DAMON REVEALS DAUGHTER HAD COVID: Matt Damon says that his 21-year-old daughter Alexia contracted COVID-19, but is now in recovery. “Our oldest daughter’s in college. Obviously, that’s been shut down. But she’s in New York City, and she had COVID really early on, along with her roommates, and got through it fine,” the Oscar winner, 49, told Dublin’s SPIN 1038 on Wednesday, May 13. Damon is in quarantine with his wife Luciana Barroso and their three children, Isabella, 13, Gia, 11, and Stella, 9. Alexia is Luciana’s daughter from her previous marriage to Arbello Barroso.
HACKERS GAIN ACCESS TO DRAKE, NICKI MINAJ & MORE’S PRIVATE INFO – (05/14/2020)
Hackers known as REvil or Sodinokibi have claimed that they’ve stolen private information from the Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks law firm, which represents artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Run-DMC, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and others.
According to Page Six, the hackers are demanding a $21 million ransom for the stolen info, which includes contracts, nondisclosure agreements and contact information.
The Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks firm confirmed the news in a statement and that they’ve hired “the world’s experts who specialize in this area, and we are working around the clock to address these matters.”
CAMILA CABELLO PLANNING ‘FUN LITTLE PROJECT’ FOR FANS – (05/14/2020)
Camila Cabello is teasing a “fun little project” for fans.
The singer posted a video on her Instagram Stories of herself posing with a microphone and some guitars, and captioned it, “I’m so excited to show u guys what I’ve been working on! Fun little project I’ve been doing, you guys will see in the next couple weeks!”
The teaser comes after Camila – who is dating Shawn Mendes – signed up for the All-In Challenge – where celebrities have been offering prizes or the opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in return for a charity donation – and one lucky supporter will get to spend the day working with her once social distancing measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic are lifted.
The winner will get a round-trip domestic flight to the shoot location, a one-night hotel stay, and the on-set experience. All the money raised from the All-In Challenge will go to those in need of food during the pandemic.
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OPRAH WINFREY RECALLS BEING SUBJECT OF TERRIBLE LIE – (05/14/2020)
Oprah Winfrey is used to false, even ugly rumors. But there was one in particular that has haunted her, she writes in O Magazine. In March, the 66-year-old learned that rumors were swirling that she was being arrested and her home was being raided on sex trafficking charges.
The media mogul explains: “Imagine sitting cozily in bed, propped up on your favorite pillows, 240 pages into a riveting family saga—when you get a phone call telling you you’re trending on Twitter. And you discover it’s a bogus and vile story that you were arrested and your home was raided for sex trafficking and child pornography. I can’t and don’t want to imagine an uglier accusation.”
She admits to being “confused.”
Winfrey says: “I’m in my bed in my PJs and socks, and somehow #OprahArrested is a thing. My worst fear realized. Being slandered, accused of a crime I didn’t commit.”
“My fear of being punished for something I didn’t do stems from growing up being whupped for minor infractions,” she writes. “Accidentally breaking a glass or a dish, getting my Sunday dress dirty, playing in a puddle with my shoes on. Just being a kid. I grew up trying to please everyone to avoid the whipping. It was hardwired in my head.”
She adds, “And yet when a false rumor — or a vile, disgusting attack — is contrived and amplified through social media, I’m still hit with the same anxiety I felt as a child prolonging the walk to find a switch for my grandmother to lash me with.”
Winfrey believes that she may have opened the door to speculation when she went on her talk show in 1988 carting 67 pounds of fat behind her, and opening up about her weight loss journey.
“From that day forward, I was exploited regularly with false, crude, inappropriate stories about me and food,” she says. “And then about me and Stedman [Graham]. And me and Gayle [King]. Anything and everything that could sell a tabloid. Every week, another lie to ignore or deny. I never got used to it.”
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ELLEN DEGENERES ‘AT THE END OF HER ROPE’ OVER RUMORS SHE’S MEAN – (05/14/2020)
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has been hit with a series of allegations claiming she is one person on her show, but the opposite—cold, distant, mean—IRL.
A source tells Us Weekly she’s done. “Ellen is at the end of her rope,” a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. “She thought this was all just sour grapes from a few haters. But it’s not a passing thing — the hits just keep coming.”
The attacks began in earnest last month when YouTuber Nikkie de Jager said the 62-year-old was “cold and distant” toward her when she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in January. Then, she was pilloried for moaning about being quarantined in her $27 million manse, likening the experience to “being in jail.”
Variety then hit with a report in which she left staffers on her show in the dark about their jobs and pay during the pandemic, with her former bodyguard publicly deriding her as “cold” and “dehumanizing.”
She is leaning on her wife, Portia de Rossi. “Ellen’s so grateful to have Portia in her life as a soulmate and a sounding board, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy,” a second source tells Us. “Their home life is strained right now. … Her real friends never ask her to be funny or tell jokes. They accept her as is.”
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