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More than just celebrity gossip

Beyoncé Will Partner with Topshop for Athletic Streetwear Brand

Queen Bey just won’t stop! It has been announced that Beyoncé has partnered with London-based Topshop to form a joint company, Parkwood Topshop Athletic LTD. With this new partnership, a new athletic streetwear brand will be created, and could be launced in stores and online by fall 2015!

“This [is] not a collaboration. This is about building a brand and building a business — a separate, proper business, with separate overhead and a separate office,” Topshop owner Sir Philip Green told WWD in an interview. “Basically, when she was in London in February we arranged to get together. We started talking generally, about doing something together. We’ve been looking at that [athletic] sector for a while. It’s something we need to be in. Based on what she does, how she works out, the conversation got into that category. We started getting into proper conversation in May or June, as to how it would work. It took six or eight weeks to put a deal together. On Friday, Beyoncé came to our office for the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle.”

The collection will have clothing, footwear and accessories for dance, fitness and sports. It will be distributed to all Topshop stores and Topshop.com, but also other retailers such as Nordstrom hopefully. Topshop currently has 330 stores in the UK, and almost 500 worldwide. The fashion brand will open a store in New York on Nov. 5, opposite Saks Fifth Avenue. With 40,000 square feet, and four levels, this will be Topshop’s largest US store, and second-largest store in the world!

This is a great look for Beyoncé! I can’t wait to see what she comes out with in this new venture!

TLC Cancels “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”

It was announced today that TLC has canceled popular show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after reports swirled of star “Mama June” Shannon dating a registered sex offender.

TMZ first reported that June was allegedly seeing Mark McDaniel, who was convicted in 2004 of aggravated child molestation of an 8 year old. Several members of Mama June’s family denied the claim, saying that the two had not dated in 10 years and June’s focus was the kids right now. However, the executives at TLC were clearly not having it, officially cancelling the show.

TLC released this statement to Entertainment Weekly: “TLC has canceled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority.TLC is faithfully committed to the children’s ongoing comfort and well-being.”

The show has been on for two years, and has averaged 1.5 million viewers, ranking No. 1 on Thursdays among women 18-34 watching basic cable.

I can’t say whether or not this rumor about Mama June is true, though I hope it’s not. However, the higher ups at TLC are honestly just looking out for the network. Being a part of this kind of controversy, especially when it involves kids and they are producing a show with kids, is not a good look. I’m not surprised by the outcome. It just sucks for the family because this was definitely their bread and butter, and they lost it on a rumor.

Image via Entertainment Weekly

Tyga Opens Up About Young Money and Kylie Jenner in VIBE

In an interview with VIBE, Tyga expressed his real feelings about Young Money, as well as ex Blac Chyna, and even opened up about rumors him dating Kylie Jenner!

Tyga has been having issues being able to release his upcoming album  The Gold Album: The 18th Dynasty. He went off last week on Twitter, threatening to leak the album if YMCMB didn’t give him a release date. When asked if Young Money was involved with the album, the rapper answered, “Nah. I tend to distance myself from them,” going in especially on fellow label-mate Drake.

Are you trying to break out on your own?
Yeah, I’m tryna’ go independent. I don’t really get along with Drake. I don’t really get along with Nicki.

I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me. I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people. We were forced together and it was kinda’ like we were forcing relationships together. It is what it is. But I been friends with Chris [Brown] for like six years. That’s my real genuine friend. We hang out all the time. He lives up the street from me, so we don’t just do music we hang. I think being signed to Young Money, everybody felt like they had to force a relationship ‘cause Wayne put us together. At the end of the day the reason why I signed to Young Money is because of Wayne. Not because of Drake, not because of Nicki. It was because of Wayne and my relationship with him. I try to be cool with everybody, but sometimes, everybody just has different personalities, motives, and different characters. When you realize that, you realize that’s not a place where you want to continue to grow.

Tyga also spoke on his split with Blac Chyna, admitting that he wanted her to be more focused on her business, rather than just staying at home while he was out working. 

“I read something that said I kicked my baby’s mother out the house. That’s not true. We had our differences, yes. But we decided to take a break and do what’s best for King at this moment.

We decided to take a break apart ‘cause you don’t wanna raise an emotionally unstable child, and that’s what it comes down to. It wasn’t my happiness, and it wasn’t her happiness. It was for the sake of King.”

You’re saying a break, so there’s a possibility that you haven’t closed that door?
“I mean, of course I love her. I had a kid with her for a reason. We were together for two years, but sometimes people need to see what life really is without the other person. [They need to experience life] without Prince Charming and really learn responsibility. You can’t change a person. A person is always gonna be who they came to the table [as]. You can improve a person’s potential, you can help guide that person but at the end of the day, they’re gonna make their own decisions.

I think [Black Chyna is] improving a lot. She’s becoming more focused on her business. Because it’s hard, when you’re sitting there…I’m on tour, you’re thinking about if I’m with girls or not when the main thing is like, “Yo, I’m on tour making money, while you’re living in this big ass house, taking care of our beautiful son.” That’s the goal. A lot of women don’t realize this. They watch like… [Love & Hip Hop.] I don’t even watch VH1, ‘cause it’s poison. A lot of women watch that stuff and it just takes them off the focus of what they think happiness is. As you get older the main goal is to have a family. That’s what it’s all about because you can be successful, have a lot of money, or whatever you do in life, but if you don’t have nobody to share it with, or family, it ain’t gonna matter.”

The rapper also shut down the rumors about him dating 17-year-old Kylie:

“See the thing about Kylie… I’ve known Kylie and the whole family for four years. I introduced Chyna to Kim about a year ago. So everybody’s been cool, but like it’s just so hard, their world is different. If somebody wanna hang out, cool, I’m not opposed to hanging out with somebody. I hang out with her [Kylie], her sister [Kendall], I hang out with Scott [Disick] sometimes, I hang out with Khloe sometimes. But people wanna take the situation [with Kylie] to the next level.”

Wow. I had no idea the dislike for Drake was that deep, Tyga! I do believe that Young Money were forced together, and, to be quite honest, Drake and Nicki are the only ones who get any attention. I don’t blame Tyga for wanting more for his career.

Image via VIBE

Bethenny Frankel Returning to Real Housewives of New York City

Confirmed: Bethenny Frankel is coming back to the Real Housewives of New York City for the show’s seventh season!

“I’m genuinely excited, with a side of slightly nervous, for my return to The Real Housewives of New York City,” Bethenny said in a statement to E! News. “Bravo has always been the place on television where I have the freedom to be unfiltered, honest and inappropriate, with an audience who has been with me from the beginning. I can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings for all of us. Watch what happens!”

Bravo’s own Andy Cohen expressed excitement for Bethenny’s return as well.  “Bethenny is one of the most popular Housewives in the history of the franchise, and I couldn’t be more excited she is coming home to Bravo,” he shared in a statement.

Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson,Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer have all signed on for another season as well.

I like Bethenny all right, but I think she’s just in need of something to do to make sure she stays relevant after the cancellation of her talk show. Here’s hoping that she’s able to fit back in with the group.

Image via Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Jimmy Fallon Announces New Picture Book for Kids

Jimmy Fallon is once again using his comedic skills to reach out to kids! The Tonight Show host has written a new picture book to be released next year!

Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, announced today that it will be releasing Jimmy’s new book, titled Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA.

The father of one-year-old Winnie Rose wrote a children’s book, Snowball Fight!back in 2005, but this is the first one he’s written since he became a dad. He uses his own parenting experience in the book. According to the official press release, the picture book is “a hilarious account of every father’s secret campaign to ensure that their babies’ first word is Dada -– not Mama!” Throughout the story, illustrated creatures — from cows, sheep, and horses to mice and frogs — try to get their babies to say “Dada,” first. Baby Winnie’s first word was “Mama,” so it’s clear that Jimmy had some feelings to get out with this book! All in good fun, of course!

“This is one of the few celebrity books that you can tell was actually written by the celebrity,” Jimmy said in the press release. “And my baby personally approved of the beautiful artwork by Miguel Ordóñez.” Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA will be released on June 9, 2015.

Image via Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Glee’s Matthew Morrison is Married

A gleeful weekend indeed! Glee’s own Matthew Morrison got married in Hawaii this weekend!

The actor shared on a pic on Twitter today of him and his new wife, Renee Puente, smiling right after saying “I do” in front of family and friends. Renee looked absolutely gorgeous in a Gustavo-designed ivory gown, complete with a floral headpiece in keeping with the island feel. Matthew wore a Brooks Brothers tuxedo with a green maile lei around his neck.

What’s crazy is that Hurricane Ana was swirling around Hawaii as well, but the weather managed to hold up. Matthew tweeted, “Conquered Hurricane Ana and got married! Most amazing week EVER. It’s my pleasure to introduce, my WIFE, Mrs. Renee Marie Morrison!!” A hurricane threat wasn’t going to stop this show!

According to E! News, the couple kept the nuptials intimate, exchanging vows in front of about 50 family members and friends. The wedding took place in Maui on a private estate. What’s even more special is that Renee did a special Hula performance for Matt, and he even joined her later for their own couple’s version! They also performed a duet of Laura Benanti’s “Starry Eyed/Video Games.”

Too cute! Congrats to the happy couple!

Image via Matthew Morrison/Twitter

‘August: Osage County’ Actress Misty Upham Death Confirmed

Sad news! A spokeswoman for the family of Misty Upham has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter the actress has, in fact passed away.

The actress was reported missing on October 6. A body was then found in a ravine in Seattle, WA on Thursday afternoon, and it was confirmed that it was Misty, sadly. According to filmmaker and Misty’s friend Tracy Rector, Misty’s uncle Robert Upham, found her body, and her father, Charles Upham, confirmed that it was her to the authorities.  “We waited at the site where the team found the body,” said Tracy, who had been a part of the search party. “It took about five-and-a-half hours to confirm. Then we gathered around her body to say prayers and now we’re all gathered at the church.” Though her father had previously said that Misty suffered from bipolar disorder, and was off her medication when she went missing, leading him to believe that she could be suicidal. However, after seeing the body, the family felt that she didn’t.

The family is, however, angry with the Auburn Police Department, saying that the police slacked in helping with the search. “First and foremost,” Tracy continued in her interview with THR, “the family wants everyone to know that the Auburn police did not help with this situation at all. They refused to help. When she disappeared on Oct. 5, the family knew something was seriously wrong — it was out of character for her to be gone so long without being in touch — and they repeatedly went to the police, who insisted there was no cause for concern.”

This is a sad situation all around. Misty was only 32, and her cause of death is still unclear. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends!

Image via The Hollywood Reporter



It’s terrible

Penelope Cruz is Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive”

Penelope Cruz is Esquire‘s Sexiest Woman Alive for 2014!

The actress had an interview with the magazine recently, in her hometown of Madrid, Spain. Though she didn’t talk about her personal life or her plans for a new movie with director Pedro Almodovar, she still impressed writer Chris Jones. “She is impossibly beautiful,” he wrote in the November issue. “When she walks into a room, men start walking into furniture.” He also added, “Over the course of a long lunch, Cruz looks like a thousand different women. She flips her hair, or she shifts in her hair, or she creases her forehead or widens her eyes, and these alone are enough to transform her. It feels like watching close-up magic, an actress playing every possible part and well enough to be confounding.”

In the article, Penelope talked about how she came to finally be herself in the Hollywood scene. “I’ve played a lot of tricks on myself. I’ve made it hard for me sometimes, especially in my teens and twenties,” the actress admitted. “I had an attraction to drama. Most of us have that, especially if you are an artist — you feel like you are tempted to explore the darkness. I could not be less interested now. For me, the most attractive, charming, cool, fun, interesting thing — how could I call it? A plan.”

Currently, her focus is her family: husband Javier Bardem and kids Leo, 3, and Luna, 14 months. She shut down any questions about them, which is understandable.

Past winners of one of the mag’s highest honors have included Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis, Halle Berry, and Scarlett Johansson, who topped the list twice, in 2006 and last year in 2013.

Penelope definitely stuns on this cover! She’s always been gorgeous, but WOW! Congrats to her for snagging the title!

Image via Esquire

Check Out the Nominees for the 2014 American Music Awards

It’s almost time for the 2014 American Music Awards, and the nominees have officially been announced. Leading the pack with six nominations is rapper Iggy Azalea, who has had a big year, especially with her single “Fancy!” Other nominees include Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Eminem.

See the full list of nominees below!

•    Iggy Azalea
•    Beyoncé
•    Luke Bryan
•    Eminem
•    Imagine Dragons
•    John Legend
•    Lorde
•    One Direction
•    Katy Perry
•    Pharrell Williams

•    5 Seconds of Summer
•    Iggy Azalea
•    Bastille
•    Sam Smith
•    Meghan Trainor

•    Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX “Fancy”
•    John Legend “All of Me”
•    MAGIC! “Rude”
•    Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J “Dark Horse”
•    Pharrell Williams “Happy”

•    John Legend
•    Sam Smith
•    Pharrell Williams

•    Iggy Azalea
•    Lorde
•    Katy Perry

•    Imagine Dragons
•    One Direction
•    OneRepublic

•    Lorde “Pure Heroine”
•    One Direction “Midnight Memories”
•    Katy Perry “Prism”

•    Jason Aldean
•    Luke Bryan
•    Blake Shelton

•    Miranda Lambert
•    Kacey Musgraves
•    Carrie Underwood

•    Eli Young Band
•    Florida Georgia Line
•    Lady Antebellum

•    Garth Brooks “Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences”
•    Eric Church “The Outsiders”
•    Brantley Gilbert “Just As I Am”

•    Iggy Azalea
•    Drake
•    Eminem

•    Iggy Azalea “The New Classic”
•    Drake “Nothing Was The Same”
•    Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”

•    Chris Brown
•    John Legend
•    Pharrell Williams

•    Jhene Aiko
•    Beyoncé
•    Mary J.  Blige

•    Beyoncé “Beyoncé”
•    John Legend “Love in the Future”
•    Pharrell Williams “G I R L”

•    Bastille
•    Imagine Dragons
•    Lorde

•    Sara Bareilles
•    OneRepublic
•    Katy Perry

•    Marc Anthony
•    Enrique Iglesias
•    Romeo Santos

•    Casting Crowns
•    Hillsong United
•    Newsboys

•    Avicii
•    Calvin Harris
•    Zedd

•    Frozen
•    The Fault In Our Stars
•    Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

The 2014 American Music Awards will broadcast live on  Sunday, Nov. 23 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on ABC. The AMAs are based solely on the votes of the fans, so get to voting for your faves!

Katy Perry Will Perform at the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show

Football season is just getting started, but we already have our set performer for Super Bowl 2015! The NFL has chosen Katy Perry to perform at the halftime show of the championship game!

According to Billboard, the singer was picked after being a potential frontrunner along with Coldplay and Rihanna (though Rihanna probably wasn’t going to do it anyway after CBS cut “Run This Town” from the Thursday Night Football opening).

However, a few months ago the NFL asked the candidates if they would be willing “to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig.” Katy herself said on ESPN’s College Game Day recently, “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl.” Guess she either changed her mind, or the NFL cut that idea!

I like Katy, and I think she is a great choice for a halftime performance. I use to think that artists with more longevity in the industry should only perform, but I think we’re running out of legendary folks who can put on good shows to draw in ratings. Katy definitely has brought the hits over her career so far, so I think she will be able to put on an amazing show. Congrats to her for this honor!

Image via Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Nicki Minaj Talks Career Goals and Family Plans in L’Uomo Vogue

Nicki Minaj recently covered the October issue of L’Uomo Vogue, discussing her career goals, what she wants in a man, and her plans for marriage and kids. See some of the highlights below!

On Her Career Goals:

 “I want to build my empire. In my field, I have always seen men do it – from Diddy to Dr. Dre to Jay-Z. Now it’s a woman’s turn”.

On Her Ideal Man:

“… an upright man, who will take care of me.

On Marriage & Family Plans:

“The time is not yet ripe, but when I decide to get married and become a mother. I would like to take a hiatus and dedicate myself completely to my child.

I gave myself a time limit to reach my professional goals. I don’t want to work my whole life without ever experiencing the joys of a family”.

You can read the whole article here!

Looks like Nicki has a plan for everything. Right now, she’s on the top of the world, but she’s definitely still wants a family one day. I hope she’s able to find balance in the future.

Image via L’Uomo Vogue

Raven-Symoné Talks Sexuality, Labels and Being a Child Star with Oprah

Raven-Symoné had an interesting chat with Oprah Winfrey in a episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now, talking about her sexuality, as well as her cultural identity, and how she hates being labeled as any one thing.

Confirming what many already knew, the actress confessed that she was indeed in a relationship with a woman. Back in August 2013, after the Supreme Court ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstituion, Raven tweeted cryptically, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you!” She stated in the interview, “That was my way of saying I’m proud of the country. But, I will say that I’m in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner. A woman.” The former child star also added, “People in my family, they’ve taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible. So, I try my best to hold the fence where I can,” Raven added. “But I am proud to be who I am and what I am.”

Raven admitted that she knew she was interested in women at around 12, but doesn’t want to be labeled as gay. “I want to be labeled ‘a human who loves humans,” she said. She went further to denounce being labeled as African American. “I’m an American. I’m not an African American; I’m an American,” she said. “I don’t know where my roots go to,” the actress went into more explanation. “I don’t know how far back they go…I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American. And that’s a colorless person.”  When Oprah warned her that she was “going to get a lot of flak for saying [she’s] not African American,” Raven waved it off saying, “I don’t label myself. I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with Black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture.”

Raven also revealed how she managed to stay out the tabloids, keeping her personal life personal, and not following down the path of other child stars that ended up in trouble. “My parents taught me to keep my private life private to the best of my ability,” she said. “They showed me out there all the role models that I could turn into and what I want from myself in the future and seeing all of the statistics [with] child stars going off the edge.”

I completely agree with her keeping her personal life quiet. Even as a part of the media myself, it stuns me sometimes just how far people will go to get the dirt on others. Kudos to her! I also agree with her not wanting one label to define her. At the end of the day, she’s Raven, not “gay” Raven, “child star” Raven, etc. There’s different facets to her person, as there are to every individual. I sort of disagree with her statement about her cultural label. In a way, I get what she means, but her statement comes like she’s denouncing her culture completely, which I’m sure will offend others. Yes, you can connect with other cultures, but you should be proud of and want to know more specifics about your own. Just my thoughts.

Check out a part of the interview below!

Image via Instagram


Blake Lively Is Pregnant!

Baby, baby, baby! Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are expecting their first child!

The actress announced  the news on her website, Preserve, in a pretty cute way. She launched a “Preserve Celebration of Family” on the site, celebrating “that special moment at the creation of family.” She then posted different pictures of pregnant women, congratulating them on their bundles of joy. Then, in a surprise move, she posted a picture of herself cradling a little bump of her own! The shot, taken by her brother Eric Lively, is stunning with Blake posing in shows Blake posing at sunset, wearing a printed top and skirt by Sam & Lavi as she held her belly. Truly gorgeous…but then, when is she not?!

Both Blake and Ryan have openly discussed their desire to be parents, and now it’s great to see that dream coming true for them! I’m sure that they will be great parents, and shower their child with lots of love. Congrats to them both!

Image via Eric Lively/Preserve

CELEB SPOTTING: Beyoncé and Jay-Z House Hunting in Paris

The Carters in Paris? Beyoncé and Jay Z were spotted along with daughter Blue Ivy, appearing to be house hunting near Elysee Palace in Paris.

After the end of their On The Run tour, the Carter family has been relaxing in Paris, with Bey posting pictures of them all having a good time in the city.

It’s possible that maybe this is a temporary move. Bey and Jay are rumored to be working on a joint album, and maybe, since Paris is such a special city to them, they want to record there and spend some time together as a family in the process! Paris is a beautiful city, so who could blame them?

Image via Vantagenews.co.uk

Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Joe and Teresa Giudice Sentenced to Jail for Fraud

It’s official…both Joe and Teresa Giudice are headed to prison. The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars have both been sentenced to jail for bankruptcy, bank, and mortgage fraud charges!

The couple did plead guilty to the charges, and were apologetic for their actions. However, Judge Esther Salas laid down the law, giving them both jail time. The U.S. District Court Judge ruled that Joe would serve 41 months (a little over three years) in prison, have two years of supervised probation, and have to pay $414,588 in restitution while Teresa was given 15 months behind bars. Because she has the lesser time, Teresa will serve her sentence first, and is required to surrender to authorities on January 5, 2015. That way, either Joe or Teresa will be around to take care of their four children. However, it is possible that Joe will be deported back to his home country Italy.

According to Deadline, Joe and Teresa will appear on a special Watch What Happens Live: One-on-One with Teresa and Joe with Andy Cohen on Bravo on October 6 at 9 PM to discuss their sentencing.

I can’t say I feel bad for them that much. You do the crime, you have to do the time. However, I feel bad for their kids having to see their parents go through all this, knowing that they will both be going to prison. Hopefully, Joe and Teresa have both learned from this, and will come out stronger and smarter people.

Image via Deadline