3:00pm PDT, Jul 15, 2022
Armie Hammer’s believed to be leaning on a very famous friend after sex abuse scandals, rehab
As Armie Hammer works to get back on his feet after a scandal involving allegations of sexual and emotional abuse, he’s reportedly getting some help from a Hollywood peer. Citing “a source close to” Armie, Vanity Fair reported this week that Robert Downey Jr. paid for the actor’s nearly six-month stay at The Guest House, a rehab center in Florida. While reporting on the abuse Armie was accused of last year, “multiple people … alluded to unresolved trauma … as well as ongoing substance abuse” issues in the star’s life, the outlet noted. Robert, who is sober but struggled with addiction for years, has also reportedly been helping Armie’s ex, Elizabeth Chambers, and the former couple’s kids by letting them stay at his place in the wake of media buzz around a claim Armie’s working as a timeshare sales person in the Cayman Islands. The “Iron Man” star is also “providing financial assistance” to Armie until he’s in a better place to resume supporting himself, according to Vanity Fair’s source. “Everyone looks at Armie thinking that he’s had some sort of privileged life — and that must mean there were no problems in his youth and everything was peachy keen. But that’s not necessarily the way things go,” a friend of Armie’s told the outlet. “Just because you come from an upbringing where financial resources are plentiful doesn’t mean life isn’t without problems.” Reps for Armie and Robert had not commented on the report as of Friday, July 15.
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Lizzo talks new romance with Myke Wright and why she prefers nontraditional relationships
Now that Lizzo’s gone Instagram official with her boyfriend, Myke Wright, the singer’s starting to share more details about her relationship. In an appearance on the Friday, July 15 edition of “The Breakfast Club,” Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa, explained how she surrounds herself with folks who don’t seem to care about her celebrity status. “I have the most genuine people around me,” she explained. “They don’t give a s*** about ‘Lizzo’ with the chain on. They care about ‘Melissa,’ and everyone I’m close with has known me before all of this happened and I think that’s important. Even the man I’m with, he knew me before all of this too. We were friends,” she continued. “It hit different when they knew you before 2019.” Lizzo also explained why she previously said her new love had “saved” her life, telling the hosts the phrase doesn’t have to be literal. “Saving your life can also mean, your life was headed in one direction and now it’s going in this direction which is a much better healthier, safer, happier place because of love,” she said. “I think I was going towards a really lonely, anxious place in my life, especially after becoming a celebrity.” While she sounds serious about Myke, however, the singer also admitted she’s not into traditional relationships. “It’s like, monogamy, I think, to me, is a little claustrophobic. I think because there’s the rules,” she said. “I think a love relationship — that’s not monogamous has no rules,” she added.
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On Wednesday, July 13, Khloe Kardashian’s rep confirmed to People that she’s preparing to welcome her second child with Tristan Thompson via surrogate. But according to an E! News source, the Hulu star had hoped for a little more time before sharing the baby news. “Khloe kept the pregnancy a secret to protect surrogate privacy and safety and to protect her mental health from judgement from the public as a result of Tristan’s actions,” a source told the outlet in a report published Thursday. Those “actions” are presumably the affair that sparked a woman to file a paternity suit against the NBA player last year. The filing eventually alerted Khloe to the fact Tristan had cheated again, this time fathering a child with Maralee Nichols in March 2021. Though Khloe and Tristan had split by the time she found out about Maralee, they were very much together that March. Despite the drama, Khloe and Tristan continue to co-parent their daughter, True, and are expected to do the same when their second child arrives. (The baby was reportedly conceived in November of last year.) “Khloe is incredibly grateful to the extraordinary surrogate for such a beautiful blessing,” the star’s rep said in a statement confirming the baby news. “We’d like to ask for kindness and privacy so that Khloe can focus on her family.” According to E!’s source, Khloe and her rep put the statement out “even before she had the opportunity to personally tell her closest family and friends.” Khloe and Tristan are expecting a boy, Page Six reported on Thursday.
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Nick Cannon says it’s a ‘safe bet’ he’s expecting three more kids after baby No. 8
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Drake’s team shuts down arrest rumors amid ‘Free Drake’ Twitter trend
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Britney Spears’ dad must sit for deposition by mid-August, judge rules
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