Fashion stylist Jessica Mulroney and Meghan Markle (Photo: Instagram)
Meghan Markle‘s best friend Jessica Mulroney came to her defense on Tuesday, calling out “racist bullies” who have been targeting the Duchess of Sussex with “years of undeserved hate.”
Mulroney, who has until now remained silent about her royal pal, broke her silence on Instagram after recent criticism over Markle and husband Prince Harry’s use of a private jet during a trip in Nice, France.
The fashion stylist began her rebuke by reposting a tweet from British actress Jameela Jamil, who accused English citizens and the press of targeting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex because of Markle’s race.
“Ugh. Dear England and English press, just say you hate her because she’s black, and him for marrying a black woman,” read Jamil’s tweet read in part. “Your bullying is so embarrassing and obvious. You’ve all lost your marbles. It’s 2019. Grow up.”
Jamil also defended the royal couple flying on a private jet, noting it’s necessary for their safety.
“They are prime targets for kidnap and sometimes assassination,” she argued. “It’s in the interest of us civilians to not be endangered by proximity to people in such powerful positions.”
It’s just about time for Tekashi 6ix9ine to pay the piper, testifying in open court against his alleged kidnappers … while knowing full well it could make his family members targets of gang retaliation.
The rapper — who’s currently incarcerated on federal racketeering charges — is expected to testify next month about the kidnapping and assault he claims he fell victim to in 2018. Cops arrested a suspect in the case, who pled not guilty, and also claims Tekashi made up the whole thing.
FYI, the guy calling BS — Anthony Ellison — was formerly part of Tekashi’s management team and cops believe he’s affiliated with the Nine Trey Bloods, the same gang Tekashi was with prior to his bust. Bottom line … they know each other well.
That’s what makes this situation messy for Tekashi — he’s currently preparing to point the finger at this guy, and the potential ramifications are very serious. Sources connected to the case tell TMZ, 6ix9ine’s crapping his pants over testifying — worried about how his mother and brother could be harmed, and also for his own safety behind bars. We’re told he knows this could make him a marked man for life.
We already know 6ix9ine has shelled out thousands for security to protect his mom, but even with that … we’re told he feels there’s nowhere for his loved ones to hide if the Nine Trey Bloods want to get even with him for snitching.
There’s really no way out of this jam for Tekashi … he’s required to cooperate with the feds, so if they want him to testify, he’s gotta sing. His last hope would be for Ellison and prosecutors to strike an 11th-hour deal.
Barring that … we’re told Tekashi will look kinda different on the stand — same face tats, but hardly any rainbow hair these days. Not a ton of salon time in prison …
We reached out to Tekashi’s lawyer, Dawn Florio, for comment … she had no comment.
Milano said she was using birth control both times she found out she was pregnant.
“It was not an easy choice,” continued Milano, who is a vocal pro-choice advocate. “It was not something I wanted, but it was something that I needed, like most health care is.”
“It was devastating,” she admitted. “I was raised Catholic and was suddenly put in conflict with my faith. A faith I was coming to realize empowered only men to make every single decision about what was allowed and what was not allowed.”
She said she found out she was pregnant for a second time just months after her first abortion.
“I had done what I knew to do to prevent pregnancy and was still pregnant, so once again I made the right decision to end that pregnancy,” she said.
Milano said she looks back on the decision without regret.
“I would not have my children [Elizabeth, 4, and son Milo, 7] — my beautiful, perfect, loving, kind and inquisitive children who have a mother who was so very, very ready for them,” she said. “I would not have my career. I would not have the ability or platform I use to fight against oppression with all my heart. I would never have met my amazing husband, David, whose steadfast and immeasurable love for me sustains me through these terrifying times,” according to People.
Demi Burnett’s girlfriend joinedBachelor in Paradise on Tuesday night’s episode, becoming one of only a handful of contestants to hit the beach without having appeared on The Bachelor or Bachelorette. (Remember when Ashley Iaconetti brought her sister?)
Her relationship with Demi had been known to fans since Paradise‘s season premiere, with Demi opening up about her sexuality, and mentioning her relationship with another woman. As she found out a few days into Paradise, her time with Derek Peth wasn’t what her heart desired, and Chris Harrison brought Kristian onto the show.
But who exactly is the newcomer, and how did she and Demi meet? Here’s what you need to know.
She’s Got a ‘Bachelor’ Connection
Kristian is actually longtime friends with another alum from Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, Catherine Agro — and went with her to Coachella in April.
She and Demi Didn’t Meet at Stagecoach
A fan tweeted at Demi on Tuesday night asking what we’re all thinking… did they meet at Stagecoach, like the rest of the Paradise cast? “Naw but Kristian and I both met Blake there 🤣🤣,” Demi replied. So, it seems they met the old fashioned way — through their mutual friend, Catherine.
She’s a College Grad
Kristian graduated from Stetson University in 2014, with a degree in Business Administration. Before college, she worked as a model and actress, but reportedly left her modeling career behind to pursue an education.
Demi might be one of the most entertaining people to ever grace the Bachelor Franchise, but Kristian can hang too. Kristian graduated from a program at SAK Comedy in Orlando in May 2017, before moving to Chicago, where she enrolled in an improv program at Second City.
She’s No Stranger to Star Power
According to her website, Kristian’s gotten production experience while working with several big stars, like Jennifer Lopez, Hailee Steinfeld and Calvin Harris.
We’ll learn more about Kristian when Bachelor in Paradise continues next week. The show airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Join ET’s Bachelor Nation Facebook group here.
Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have officially ended their uber-private six-year-long relationship. The former couple seemingly parted ways just weeks after appearing on their very first red-carpet event together, but word of the split just surfaced. Why did it take so long to get out? Probably because the former couple put serious work into keeping a super low profile. In fact, it has been hard to figure out if they are together or not for years.
Jamie Foxx and Katie
Holmes reside on different coasts
While Foxx and Holmes
clearly enjoyed each other’s company, they didn’t seem to be making any moves
to advance the relationship. The pair maintained separate residences on
separate coasts for most of their relationships.
Upon her divorce from Tom Cruise, Holmes left California and headed for New York City. She resided there until April 2019 when she purchased a luxurious west coast pad some 20-miles from her beau’s expansive house, according to the Daily Mail. Still, Holmes seemed to enjoy life back east, while Fox was happily hanging out in California.
Why did Katie Holmes
end her relationship with Jamie Foxx?
Holmes and Foxx began hooking up not long after her high-profile divorce. At the time, it seemed like a casual arrangement was working or Holmes. As the years carried on, it seems Holmes and Foxx found themselves on separate pages, according to Us Weekly.
Several media outlets have reported that the pair split because Foxx enjoyed partying and stepping out with other ladies. Holmes reportedly was the one that put an end to the relationship. While she may have ended the courtship, Foxx doesn’t seem all that broken up about it. He’s been spotted living it up.
In 2016 Radar
Online claimed to have spoken with an insider. According to the insider,
Cruise requested that Holmes not “embarrass” him following their divorce. The
clause was allegedly written into the divorce settlement. In short, Holmes was
prohibited from publicly dating for five years following the divorce. According
to the source, Holmes would lose any money she was awarded in the settlement if
she broke the rules.
Holmes has never commented on the rumor, but in 2017 she became a bit more willing to chat about her love life. Even then, though, the couple worked hard to keep things really quiet and were very rarely spotted out and about together. Different zip codes, different schedules, and a low-key lifestyle seemed to make things much more manageable.
Foxx, however, doesn’t
seem to be interested in hiding his love life anymore. He’s been spotted with
his new lady love in recent weeks, and he doesn’t seem to care who knows it.
Holmes, for her part, hasn’t been spotted with anyone new just yet, but the
world’s eyes are peeled.
– Two more stars have advanced to the quarterfinals of the King of the Ring tournament in Andrade and Elias. The two won their first-round matches on tonight’s Smackdown, as Andrade defeated Apollo Crews and Elias beat Kevin Owens with the help of Shane McMahon coming in to making a fast count after revealing a referee’s shirt.
The two join Samoa Joe and Cedric Alexander in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Andrade will face the winner of next week’s Chad Gable vs. Shelton Benjamin match, while Elias will take on the winner of Ali vs. Buddy Murphy.
Kodi Lee, a blind singer with autism, moved the judges to tears again on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” USA TODAY
Simon Cowell is not impressed.
The British judge lived up to his grouchy reputation during Tuesday’s episode of “America’s Got Talent,” which marked the second round of quarterfinals.
The competition is not getting any easier – only seven of the 12 acts will advance – and neither are the critiques from the judges, primarily Cowell, who slammed several acts for not upping the ante during the live shows.
Cowell gave Nick & Lindsay’s knife throwing/singing act a red X, saying, “In the history of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ that was the worst live performance I’ve ever seen.”
The harsh words didn’t stop there. Cowell said singer Charlotte Summers made a “terrible, terrible song choice,” prompting the 13-year-old to break out in tears.
Cowell called contortionist dancer Marina Mazepa “a bit boring,” adding he was “disappointed” and “hated the music as well.” The Sentimentalists also got the cold shoulder, with Cowell calling their lackluster mentalist act “a total mess.”
“People think its tough for the contestants up there,” Cowell said. “There have been times over the years were I’m thinking, ‘This is tough for us, because we have made some terrible decisions.’ Certainly tonight … as to who we selected.”
Cowell’s mean streak, however, was snapped by a couple of stellar performances.
Stand-up comedian Ryan Niemiller brought the funny during his act, where he joked about failed New Year’s resolutions, trailer parks and his disability. (He was born with a congenital birth defect in both arms.)
“You are born to do this,” Cowell said. “Everything worked. … It was just one of those great, great performance. I really believe you are going to be in the semifinals.”
Cowell even bowed down to golden buzzer-winning dance group V. Unbeatable following their sky-high performance, full of tricks, flips and fast-paced choreography.
“Every time we see you guys, you push the boundaries,” he said, while Howie Mandel added, “This is the best performance I have ever witnessed on this show.”
But, leave it to Cowell to make more contestants cry before the night was over. He told the golden buzzer-winning dance group Light Balance Kids that they “didn’t have a wow factor.” He added, “This isn’t going to make me very popular.”
Thankfully, the fate of the contestants is not in the judges’ hands. It’s up to viewers.
Fans can vote up to 10 times for each act on NBC.com/AGTvote or through the “America’s Got Talent” app.
Tuesday’s field also included two other golden buzzer winners – violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa and rapper Joseph Allen – along with Ndlovu Youth Choir and singers Chris Kläfford and Robert Finley.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday it will immediately open a “thorough and independent investigation” into allegations of sexual harassment against the opera star Placido Domingo, the company’s general director.
In a brief statement Tuesday, the opera company said it has hired Debra Wong Yang from the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to lead the investigation.
LA Opera did not respond to questions about how the investigation would be carried out and its expected duration.
Yang is a former U.S. attorney and Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who is chair of her firm’s Crisis Management Practice Group, according to the firm’s website. She has been involved in several high-profile cases and was hired by USC in 2017 to investigate the conduct of a former medical school dean.
Three of the nine women who accused the singer of harassment and abuse of power said the encounters took place while they worked with Domingo at the LA organization. The nine women and dozens of others interviewed said Domingo’s behavior was an open secret in the industry and that he pursued younger women with impunity.
Domingo did not respond to detailed questions from the AP about specific incidents, but issued a statement saying he believed all the encounters to be consensual and calling the allegations “deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.”
The singer is widely credited with raising the profile of LA Opera, where he served as an artistic consultant from 1984 to 2000, artistic director from 2000 to 2003 and, finally, general director from 2003 until now. His current contract runs through the 2021-22 season.
Yang is an experienced investigator who was hired by the University of Southern California two years ago to look into the conduct of the school’s former medical school dean, who admitted using methamphetamines, and the university’s response to his behavior. At the time, her independence was questioned because she has taught at the USC law school and defended the university in court.
Yang also was criticized after an internal investigation she participated in cleared former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the 2013 “Bridgegate” scandal, in which two of Christie’s former associates were convicted of orchestrating traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge, which connects New York City to New Jersey, allegedly to punish a mayor who wouldn’t endorse Christie. Christie, who is a personal friend of Yang’s, wasn’t charged.
Associated Press writer Brian Melley contributed to this story from Los Angeles.