4:40pm PDT, Aug 12, 2021
Blake Lively promotes Ryan Reynolds’ new movie with a cheeky bikini pic
The things we do (and show) for the ones we love … Turns out Blake Lively is actually capable of flirting with her husband, Ryan Reynolds, on social media without trolling, teasing or poking fun at him. On Aug. 12, one day before Ryan’s new film, “Free Guy” hits theaters, Blake hopped on her Instagram Story with a selfie taken from the … uh … rear. The pic (via InStyle) shows Blake in a bikini with a super high-cut back side that leaves little to the imagination, booty wise, as she stands on her tippy toes by the edge of a pool — as Ryan — clearly edited into the shot — stares at his lady, all googly-eyed. “Go see @freeguymovie this weekend or you’ll be bummed,” she quipped in the caption.
Read on for the latest on Britney Spears’ conservatorship case, Sean Penn’s vaccine stance and more …
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Sean Penn says COVID-19 vaccination should be mandatory for Americans
At the U.S. premiere of “Flag Day,” which Sean Penn directed and stars in alongside his daughter, Dylan Penn, he made a point of thanking the audience at the Directors Guild of America theater “for being part of the solution with everybody here vaccinated.” With the new delta variant of the coronavirus causing surges across the country, the premiere’s audience, media and security were all masked and required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, according to THR. Sean, whose CORE nonprofit has been active in providing free community testing and vaccinations throughout the pandemic, also discussed vaccine mandates in an interview with Yahoo this week. “I do think that vaccines should be mandatory,” he said, adding that he’d support exemptions for those with serious health conditions. Sean admitted that he’s “frustrated” by people who cite “vaccine hesitancy” at a time of such crisis when hospitals are running out of beds and more children are in the ICU. “There’s different kinds of hesitancies, and so I don’t think that there’s much excuse to not know the informational available anymore,” he said. “That’s part of why I think it should be mandatory. A resistance that’s just based on a certain kind of … lack of imagination and understanding of anything that’s helpful to the human race …” Sean later said he believes “the movie business … and all [businesses] should take the lead in making vaccines mandatory. His comments come amid reports he’s refused to return to the set of his upcoming series, “Gaslit,” until all cast and crew are vaccinated. He offered to have his nonprofit cover the vaccinations.
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Kim Kardashian ruthless body-shaming during first pregnancy: ‘It killed my self-esteem’
Kim Kardashian West says she felt “brutalized” by the press and had her self-esteem destroyed by the public body-shaming she experienced during her first pregnancy. Speaking with Kristen Bell and Monica Padman on their “We Are Supported By” podcast, Kim recalled: “I was not a good pregnant person. I was not a cute pregnant person. I did not like it. I hated it. I hated how I felt. I hate how I looked,” according to People. She also admitted she compared her experience to the pregnancies of her mom and older sister, both of whom she said “snapped right back” after “easy deliveries.” Said Kim: “That wasn’t me.” Instead, Kim, who later learned she was suffering from a dangerous inflammatory condition, felt attacked — and she was. “It was really, really crazy. I don’t think it would really fly today, but it killed my self-esteem,” she recalled. “I would sit at home and cry all the time … I had this condition called preeclampsia and I didn’t know that I had it. It’s over-swelling in your feet and face. I had to deliver six weeks early with an emergency delivery and then I had another condition called Placenta accreta with both of my babies. It was insane.” Kim, who shares North, Chicago, Saint and Psalm with ex, Kanye West, also revealed how she struggled alone with the body-shaming when it continued after she gave borth to North. “We didn’t have a gym or anything and I was too embarrassed to go to a gym because I didn’t want people to look at me trying to lose weight,” she said. “I gained 70 pounds. I would sit in my mom’s garage and it was literally probably 115 degrees in Calabasas in the summertime. I’d have my daughter in a stroller and I’d sit her in there and I would just workout in the garage and try to do anything I could until I did it.” Ultimately Kim said the experience changed her “as a person,” making her become more private because the shaming “felt so bad.”
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Britney Spears’ father agrees to step down from conservatorship as police ‘monitor’ potential threats on social media
Britney Spears’ father has agreed to step down as her conservator after 13 years — and within hours of the news Jamie would be stepping down, the phrase, “SHE’S FREE” was trending on Twitter. Amid ongoing pressure from the #FreeBritney Movement, the ACLU and others, Jamie Spears filed documents in court on Aug. 12 in which his lawyer says that while there are “no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate,” he will “… work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator,” according to CNN. In between those statements, Jamie’s lawyer said the singer’s father has been subjected to “unjustified attacks” and made it clear he contests the “unjustified Petition for his removal” filed by his daughter’s lawyer. He’s referring to a petition in which Britney’s attorney references the star’s allegations her father essentially abused her over the years through the conservatorship. In his newer role as estate conservator, her lawyer said he’s misspent her estate money, tried to prevent her from taking a short vacation and more. Jamie’s not the only one who’s experienced blow back related to the conservatorship case in recent weeks. ET reports the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau continues “to monitor the social media chatter” around the case, particularly with regard to criticism of Judge Brenda Penny. “Although some of the language on social media is concerning, at this time, it has not risen to the level of a creditable criminal threat,” the bureau noted.
Robin Williams’ children share touching messages on the anniversary of his death
On Aug. 11, Robin Williams’ son, Zak Williams, shared a moving tribute to his late father, honoring the anniversary of the comic’s death — and vowing to celebrate his memory. “Dad, seven years ago today you passed on,” Zak, 38, shared on Twitter. “The joy and inspiration you brought to the world carries on in your legacy and in your family, friends, and fans you so loved. You lived to bring laughter and to help others. I will be celebrating your memory today. Love you forever.” It was only after Robin’s death that he was diagnosed with diffuse Lewy body dementia, a neurodegenerative disorder in which proteins build up in the brain and eventually interfere with a person’s “memory, movement, thinking skills, mood and behavior,” according to WebMD. Since his death, both Zak and Robin’s daughter, Zelda, have been active in mental health advocacy. Zelda, 32, posted on the anniversary of Robin’s death as well. “Sending love out there today to all the folks navigating loss,” she wrote on Twitter. “New, old, the connective tissue of that deeply human pain can be hard to bear, but I find it easier sometimes knowing how many others have felt the same sting. We’re not alone.”
Jay Cutler opposes masks in schools, mulls Tennessee school board bid
Kristin Cavallari’s ex, former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, has become a vocal opponent of mask mandates in schools — and he says he’s running for his local school board in Franklin, Tennessee’s Williamson County. After re-joining Twitter earlier this week with a bio that reads, “I will tweet from time to time. Future School board member,” on Aug. 9, Jay began tweeting in opposition to a reinstated mask mandate for elementary school students in his region, where the delta variant of the coronavirus has been spiking, particularly among children under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccines. The CDC now recommends all students, K-12, wear masks indoors whether they have been vaccinated or not, given that the delta variant appears to be about three times more contagious than the original virus. As his tweets progressed, he said he was doing research on the school board and would make a bid in 2024. Asked what his platform is, he told one user, “common sense.” Jay and Kristin have both said they oppose vaccinating their children in general, according to TooFab. Jay said he planned to start getting signatures to support his August 2024 school board run this week.
Lisa Rinna says daughter Amelia, 20, is ‘very happy’ with Scott Disick, 38
Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin’s 20-year-old daughter, Amelia Hamlin, is still dating Scott Disick, 38. And Lisa refused to take Andy Cohen’s bait on the matter when she stopped by “Watch What Happens Live” on Aug. 11. That bait initially came in the form of a large cardboard cutout of Scott, which Andy gleefully used to tease the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star. “What is your latest processing of your daughter dating Scott Disick?,” he eventually asked, according to E! News. “What do you think?” Lisa retorted, laughing. “Listen, I will say this,” she continued. “Amelia’s very happy right now. And you really want your kids to be happy. So Harry and I are very thrilled that she is happy.” After a moment, she looked at Andy. “OK?” she asked. The Bravo exec seemed satisfied. “There you go,” he said. “All right.” Amelia and Scott were first linked in November 2020. Earlier this year, a source told ET the father of three was Amelia’s “first serious boyfriend.”
Jessie J shares health update as unknown condition affects her voice
Jessie J is struggling as she continues undergoing medical tests to find the source of pain in her neck and throat. “Yesterday I tried to sing a song I can usually sing with with ease, and I couldn’t,” she shared on Instagram this week. The singer went on to admit she found herself sobbing “for hours” after it happened. “6 months in and I still cannot get through a full day without pain in my mid neck / throat,” she explained. “Some days are so much better than others. Worst part is that it’s not my vocal chords. They are healthy and in there with their hands up like. Not us J, we got you. It’s something around them. Spine, thyroid, allergy. Who knows. The tests continue.” The singer, 33, went on to speak candidly about feeling hopeless about the situation sometimes. “I feel so lost and so alone in what’s going on,” she shared, adding that she wanted to talk about her experience because she’s frequently asked how she stays “so positive” when “the truth is” that’s not how she feels. “… I definitely don’t unpack and live in how I felt yesterday. But I don’t take pride in always pretending I’m ok. It’s not healthy,” she told her followers. “That old line ‘it’s ok not to be ok,’ I wrote it because it’s true and I still believe this platform is to inspire through truth. To anyone else going through a testing time. I feel you. I see you. We will get through this. Love you all 🤍.”