I admit it. I love bragging about Memphis. Over the weekend I ran into a couple that had just moved here from San Diego. I was gushing about all the new stuff that is going on in Memphis. Shelby Farms- Overton Square- Graceland- Bass pro shop-all the development on south main and on Front street-The new restaurants-The new Mayor-Sears crosstown- new police director coming-Saddle creek-Fed x- st.Jude and Lebonheur. The list is getting longer and longer. A better city is on the way.
Justin Bieber had a great weekend. That’s because it was his birthday and he decided to celebrate by throwing himself a massive 22nd birthday party! I guess you can do that when you have all the money in the world to spend! Justin Bieber filled a Bel Air mansion up over the weekend with his closest friends like Hailey Baldwin and P. Diddy, who gave him a Bad Boys letterman jacket. Happy birthday Justin Bieber!
Jennifer Garner is finally breaking her silence when it comes to her divorce from Ben Affleck. When it came to their marriage, she said, “I didn’t marry the big fat movie star; I married him. And I would go back and remake that decision… He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.” Ouch! As for the scandal involving Ben Affleck and their nanny, Jennifer Garner said, “We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes. It’s not great for your kids for [a nanny] to disappear from their lives… I have had to have conversations about the meaning of ‘scandal.’” So sad!
Congratulations to Mean Girls star Lacey Chabert! She announced that she’s pregnant for the first time with husband Dave Nehdar by posting an adorable picture of her tiny Chihuahua named Kitty on Twitter and writing, “Kitty doesn’t seem as excited about this as we are … I’m pregnant! My husband and I are thrilled & so thankful.” Kitty was wearing a shirt that said, “My mom is having a baby & all I get is this silly shirt!” Aw! Congratulations!
You can’t get what you want all the time, even if you’re a celebrity! Macklemore was asked if potential collaborators turned him down on his most recent album and he said yes, Adele! That’s right, Adele said no to Macklemore when it came to being on his song, “Growing Up.” Machlemore said that “she graciously passed. I’m sure that there were times that we never heard back from somebody’s manager or something like that, but for the most part, no.” BURN!
Even before the Oscars started last night, Adele mader her loyalties known. She wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to win Best Actor. Adele tweeted her excitement Sunday morning in a hilarious post, writing, "Good luck Leo! Everyone loves you because you're the best. Meet me at the clock anytime bruv X." Then she included a picture of herself superimposed in front of the movie's famous clock where he meets and takes Kate Winslet away to a “real party.” Who doesn’t love themselves some Leo?
Congratulations to Derek Hough! He’s headed to New York City and Broadway! Derek Hough is set to star in the upcoming Broadway production of Singin' In the Rain in the role made famous by Gene Kelly in the 1952 movie! The show will open in January. He’ll rock it!
Kanye West recently said that he’s 50% more influential than people like Pablo Picasso. Well turns out that isn’t true. Numbers don’t lie and the numbers are in. According to Nielsen Talent Analytics, only 24% of U.S. adults consider Kanye West to be influential. That’s in comparison to 55% of adults who find Taylor Swift to be influential. Ouch, that has to hurt. Kanye West did have a high number though. 56% of U.S. adults find Kanye West to be offensive, so he has that going for him.
Lavish parties are kind of a big thing for celebrities, but people tend to also forget about the perks they get at awards shows. Exhibit A: the party favors and or swag bags at this year’s Oscars. This assortment of goodies for 2016 is worth upwards of $232,000, which is a 40 percent increase from last year's $160,000 bag. Here’s some of the things that come in the bag. A 10-day VIP trip to Israel ($55,000), a 15-day private walking tour of Japan ($54,000), laser treatments at 740 Park MD ($5,530), a Haze vaporizer ($250), personalized M&Ms ($300), and a 3-night stay in Sorrento, Italy ($5,000). Oh and let’s not forget a $6 chapstick!
The show “Lip Sync Battle” on Spike TV has been doing amazing and getting great ratings. In fact it’s been doing so well that a kids-themed spin-off “Lip Sync Battle Jr.” is being developed at Spike and sister network station Nickelodeon! “Lip Sync Battle Jr.” is the first special edition project for “Lip Sync Battle” and it will celebrate kids’ love of music and comedy, featuring similar lip sync battles to the ones on the adult shows! How exciting!
Putting in the work pays off! Since teaming up with his girlfriend Blac Chyna, Robert Kardashian has been taking serious steps to loss weight after gaining 100 pounds and being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes! He has cut out fast food from his diet along with red meat and carbs. He even made a “no cheat day” vow and is putting in extra workout sessions in the gym. Those efforts have already helped him lose a whopping 40 pounds! Way to go! Keep it up!
Kaley Cuoco wants the rumors to be squashed, and she even predicted that it would happen. She and singer Sam Hunt were spotted heading out of nightclub in Hollywood after the 2016 Grammy Awards and as photographers surrounded them, Kaley Cuoco joked that it would be in the news the next day. She was right, and my sources are telling me that Kaley Cuoco and Sam Hunt aren’t dating. She’s just enjoying the single life!
Celine Dion is headed back to her stage in Vegas today for the first time since her husband passed away. The plan is to continue paying respect to him and Celine Dion is completely changing her show at Caesars Colosseum. Now the show will start with a 10 minute long tribute to her husband. So tonight’s opener should be a tearjerker. I don’t know how she’s doing it!
This girl’s mom called Drake on his cell phone! Talk about being green with envy! One lucky girl’s parents dished out the big bucks over the weekend to have Drake perform at her Bat Mitzvah in New York City! Drake performed his hits “Hotline Bling,” “My Way,” and “Summer Sixteen.” All of the teenagers freaked out and several of them posted videos of the performances. Drake's going rate for private parties is $300,00 - $600,000. No big deal! Mazel tov!
Emma Watson is empowering girls everywhere! She has decided to take the next year off from the big screen in order to focus on feminism. Emma Watson said, “I’m taking a year away from acting to focus on two things, really. My own personal development is one.” The other is that Emma Watson currently works with the United Nations’ HeForShe gender-equality project, and part of her hiatus will involve deep-diving into her role there. Very cool!
Ne-Yo is off the market! The singer married Crystal Renay, who is more than eight months pregnant with their first child together over the weekend at a venue near Los Angeles. Ne-Yo released a statement that said, "We can't wait to start our life together. We're looking forward to just being each others' best friend." Aww! Congratulations to the happy couple.
People are calling Rihanna a liar! That’s because she certainly seemed to bounce back in a big way from her bronchitis she had last weekend that stopped her from performing at the Grammys. Rihanna was spotted partying it up for her birthday and she posted a video of the celebration! It seems more and more likely that Rihanna bailed at the last minute on the Grammys since she just threw a fit during rehearsal because of a seating dispute, not because of bronchitis!
Hmm, wonder who the subject of this Instagram post is? Katy Perry shared a cryptic quote about friendship. The quote read, "'If one befriends another person but lacks the mercy to correct him, one is in fact his enemy.' The consequences of a grave offense are extremely difficult to erase. The most important thing is to continually strengthen our wish to benefit others.” Everyone is thinking that the quote is about Ryn Weaver, the singer who accused Katy Perry of bullying her at a Drake concert!
Congratulations to Paramore's Hayley Williams. She married New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert in Nashville over the weekend after nearly 8 years together and over a year of engagement! While the big day's guest-list hasn’t been revealed, one person that was definitely missing was her good friend Taylor Swift. That’s because she was busy…
Busy being a bridesmaid at another wedding in Pennsylvania! Taylor Swift served as maid of honor in her best friend Britany Maack’s wedding over the weekend, and she had a hilarious photo to show for it. Taylor Swift Instagrammed a picture of herself cheering with her arms up in the back of a giant crowd of the bride, the groom and all their friends and family and wrote, “I met her when I was 10 days old, and him in kindergarten. Now they’re married and I’m the happiest maid of honor ever. Congratulations @britmaack and Ben!” Aww!
Lady Gaga has a very unexpected beauty routine. It doesn’t involve facial masks or body lotion. Lady Gaga revealed that she bleaches her eyebrows every day! She said, “I bleach my eyebrows every day. I like to keep them light. They’re more versatile for a beauty look. You can draw [your eyebrows] any way you want when they’re bleached.” Eyebrow bleaching, it’s a routine thing!