One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson (23) has found himself at a difficult crossroad in life. He is in that place where he’s learned he’s expecting his first child with his friend Briana Jungwirth. In his case, he decided to turn to mentor Simon Cowell (55) his mentor and boss, who himself has a one year-old son with girlfriend Lauren Silverman.
Cowell and Tomlinson have known each other since the young singer placed third on the UK’s X Factor with his One Direction bandmates, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horann, and Zayn Malik (who has since left the band).
That was 2010, and since then the band has gone on to churn out plenty of hits and enjoyed ongoing success, but not without drama.
In fact, the band is still reeling somewhat from Zayn Malik (22) leaving, and now Tomlinson drops the baby bombshell.
So what advice did Simon give regarding the baby? And what does all this mean for the future of the band?
According to the Toronto Sun, Cowell told the father-to-be, “You man up. You’re fortunate because you’re in a position to be able to look after the baby and not worry too much about that.”
He went on to tell Tomlinson that this wasn’t a bad thing and told him, “this is your business, but I’m here for you.”
Us Weekly has said Tomlinson started spending time with Jungwirth after breaking up from his longtime girlfriend Eleanor Calder back in March, however the two are not in a romantic relationship
According to another Us Weekly source, they plan to raise their child together. And while the baby is unexpected, Tomlinson admits he’s excited about it now.
He and Briana have become good friends, and he plans to be there for the baby.
For now, Cowell admits that the boy band might be ready to “take some time off.” I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this all plays out.
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Sad news from the country music world was announced this past weekend. Two country music favorites, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton have called it quits after four years of marriage.
As a fan of The Voice, where Shelton (39) serves as the most popular judge, I’ve watched him brag on his wife time and again. If you’ve ever seen the two of them sing together, you saw the connection, and to think that’s gone is a heartbreaker.
Just days before they announced the breakup, 31-year-old Miranda Lambert broke down a little while performing “The House That Built Me” at the Cheyenne Frontier Days concert in Wyoming.
At the time she said, “The last thing someone wants to do is cry in front of 19,000 people. Little did her fans understand her inner turmoil.
That song has a history for both Lambert and Shelton. He was originally going to record the song, but after Lambert heard it she wanted to record it. In 2011, Shelton told People, “I took one look at her and just said, ‘If you have this strong of a reaction to a song, you need to record it!'”
So what brought the Lambert-Shelton house down? Rumors say that Blake wanted a baby and Miranda did not. If that’s the case, then they’ve joined the ranks of other golden couples like Jennifer Anniston and Brad Pitt. Other rumors reported by TMZ suggest Miranda cheated on Blake and when he found out, that did it.
Divorce is not an easy for anyone, but for those living under public scrutiny it’s got to be especially difficult.
We don’t really know the why. For now, reps for the couple released a statement saying, “This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”
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Snow White actress, Ginnifer Goodwin, 37, showed up at Comic Con with a whole new look. Instead of her raven black hair, she rocked a new pale lavender look.
It’s not always easy for someone with black hair to pull off some lighter shade, but Goodwin, who is married to her Once Upon a Time Prince Charming, Josh Dallas, in real life made it look natural.
She complemented the look with hot pink eye shadow which, I think, gave her a great look for Comic Con. To complete her look, she wore a long-sleeved black dress and crisscrossed sandals.
The panel answered a whole host of questions, and a couple of things we learned is that Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter Emma Swan will go dark this coming season.
I won’t get into all of it here, but if you enjoy fantasy and fairy tales with a twist and haven’t watched this show it would be worth catching up on Netflix.
But regarding Goodwin’s new hair color she told Us Weekly in a roundtable event, that it won’t be showing up in the new season. She said, “No, [the color is just for me], in real life. Mary Margaret will still be brunette! I was copying my makeup artist. I was like, ‘It’s beautiful, I want that!’ I’ve always loved gray, but I guess the key is lilac.”
It really looked good on her, but stripping the dark brunette from her hair took eight hours of bleaching and gave her a headache. But in the end she said, “It was worth it.”
After it taking eight hours, I’m not sure we’ll be seeing a repeat of this Frozen-like do, but I’m glad that after all that time in the salon chair that she walked away with something she actually likes. As we all know, that’s not always the case.
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Singer Carrie Underwood (32) has certainly snapped back to her pre-baby svelte self, but not without work. While she was pregnant, she did her best to eat healthy most of the time and she stayed active.
Those are two things that are pretty much part of her life by conscious choice anyway, however, she didn’t fall prey to making an exception because she was pregnant like some of us who think “eating for two” gives us permission to eat more than we need or to eat a bunch of junk just because we have a craving.
“While I was pregnant I did everything I could to try and make smart choices. And if I couldn’t really like work out, work out, I’d go walk, and I just tried to stay active.” – Carrie Underwood
After the baby was born, she couldn’t work out for a little while because she delivered her son Isaiah via caesarean section. But she did do her best to make wise diet choices following his birth, and when she could get back to working out she learned to make it happen where and when she could.
However, she admits that the hardest part about motherhood is her schedule as she learns to incorporate little Isaiah and his needs into her busy life. As a breastfeeding mom, the one thing that’s certain in her schedule is that it’s time for him to eat every three hours.
One of the things I enjoy about Carrie Underwood is that she has kept it real even after becoming famous. She admits no one is perfect, and that we all have good days and bad days.
Every one can relate to that, but for new moms it’s good to be reminded that we all experience the good and the bad. None of us have it together all the time. No one has their makeup on and hair fixed all the time. And she’s willing to share things like this in pics, too.
Her most recent Instagram pic is a make-up-free shot of her exercising with her hubby Mike Fisher with the caption, “Working out is always better with a partner! #StayThePath”
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For Prince William and his wife Kate, Princess Charlotte’s christening was their first public outing with both children involved. So while christenings are often all about the baby, the infant princess had to share the limelight with her big brother Prince George as he took some of his first steps as a big brother in the public eye.
The Christening took place near their home in in Anmer Hall, a ten-bedroom country house on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
Once again, Prince William and Kate took a step away from tradition. Royal christenings of the past were grander events. Instead, they leaned toward a more intimate affair.
Along with a smaller private celebration, they also decided to choose godparents outside the royal family. William chose Laura Fellowes, a cousin from his late mother’s side of the family, and the other three were some of their oldest friends.
And while the celebration was less formal or traditional on some levels, they still held true to some key traditions.
For instance, Princess Charlotte was dressed in the royal christening robe (the same one Prince George wore in 2013). And the ceremony was overseen by The Church of England’s most senior bishop, the archbishop of Canterbury, Justine Welby.
They also chose to use the lily baptismal font which was originally commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1840 and used at the christening of Princess Victoria. This font is usually housed in the Tower of London with the crown jewels but was brought in for the new Princess’ day.
The duke and duchess had invited the public to the paddock outside the church to share the moment. When William, Kate, and family stepped from the church they were greeted with cheers from thousands who had gathered for the first public event for the new family of four.
Kate looked stunning, as usual, dressed in a smart white suit with a peplum jacket and knee-length fitted skirt. Prince William helped contain Prince George and carried him most of the way as they walked past the crowds while Kate pushed Charlotte in a baby carriage.
I really think they have found a nice balance between royal traditions, a desire for privacy, and interacting with the public.
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I’ve locked my keys in the car a time or two, but on Saturday, July 11, Carrie Underwood didn’t forget and lock the keys in her car. It was someone else. Her dogs.
The 32-year-old country star admitted on Twitter that she had no other option but to smash the glass when she realized her 4-month-old son, Isaiah was trapped inside the car with her dogs who accidentally locked the vehicle.
“When your dogs manage to lock themselves, all your stuff & the baby in the car & you have to break a window to get in.”– Carrie Underwood via Twitter hashtag “what are the chances.”
I can imagine the feeling of helplessness and fear when she first realized the situation, but as I read her story I also thought about how tough it can be to break a car window.
She didn’t say how she accomplished the feat, and I’m not sure I’d know how to do it safely. Wonder if she had to Google it.
I did, and while it is recommended to break the smallest window the furthest away from you child…one that gives you access to locks, I didn’t see any recommendation for the handiest way to actually break the window. I’d probably call 911.
The country star garnered tweets back from fans and fellow singers encouraging and supporting her after it happened, with others reminding her to never leave the keys in the car and jokes about whether she used a Louisville slugger. Lady Antebellum said, “Oh. My. Word. I know your heart stopped!! Glad all your babies are okay!!!”
Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher of Predator fame celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary the day before all this happened.
I can imagine it. “Happy anniversary honey, I had to break into the car today.”
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I know theme parks aren’t for everyone, but I confess I’m a theme park enthusiast. They offer a fun distraction from everyday life, but what one person considers fun another might not.
For instance, a friend of mine likes to go to theme parks for the shows, and while I enjoy a few shows, I’m more into attractions. But even these worlds of make-believe aren’t perfect with long lines and crowds and the results when the two meet.
With the recent ban on selfie sticks at Disney, the Orlando Sentinel asked followers on their Facebook page what else they’d like to see banned.
The answers ranged from funny to bizarre, but some of them touched on practical things like limiting picture taking to the use of phones and cameras and to ban bigger tablets that block the view of those behind.
Other posts talked about banning line cutting, but in my way of thinking that’s already supposed to be banned so what we really need to ban are the knuckleheads who think the rules don’t apply to them. Like if they are caught, they are kicked out of the park for the rest of the day.
I think a contributing factor in this case is that while theme parks cater to children, for young children it can turn into a very long day. It’s not uncommon to see frustrated, sweaty parents pushing fussy toddlers (and even kids who are a little older) through the crowds, and all I think is, “And they’re paying for this.”
While I can say I’d like to see fussy children banned, I know the parents wish their kids weren’t being fussy, too. I wonder if parents didn’t feel like they had to put in a full day in to get their money’s worth, if stroller etiquette would improve. Maybe what could help would be half-day tickets available for families with kids 5 and younger.
And speaking of etiquette, I’d love to see parents correct their children’s behavior when needed. The last time I was at Disney, I was in a 20 minute quick-pass line waiting to get on Soarin’ and for at least half that I was listening to about 12 kids singing “Let It Go” at the top of their lungs, sort of competing against each other, while swinging on the stanchions.
What would you like to see banned?
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So many times I find myself on a different page from the rest of movie goers. I actually enjoyed the 2011 Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. In fact, that’s how those two became a couple, and now they are a family with little daughter James.
However, while the movie did great things for their personal lives, the movie itself didn’t live up to Warner Bros. expectations. It failed to give the DC franchise the jump-start they were looking for on the big screen.
Now the studio has a challenge ahead in reintroducing the world of Green Lanterns which is an integral part of the Justice League comic book universe.
I can only imagine how they are feeling with Marvel’s multiple successes, from the Hulk, to Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man, not to mention spin offs like Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the success of The Avengers movies.
So Warner Bros. has announced a 2020 reboot, but with that announcement not many details.
I have read about the possibility of Chris Pine playing Hal Jordan. He did a great job of reinventing James Kirk in the reimagined Star Trek universe, so if he can do that, I’m sure he can tackle the role of Hal/Green Hornet. However, at this time that information is unconfirmed. There is also talk about bringing in John Stewart in on the project.
I like Sci-fi and Fantasy, and would love to see the Green Lantern franchise take off and with such success bring along a series of Green Lantern movies. And who knows, maybe we’d see the Justice League reunited on the big screen, too. There really are so many possibilities.
As they look for whoever it will be that takes on the role, I think it is a good idea that they are familiar with the Green Lantern…like actually have read the comics. That knowledge would be a great foundation to bring the character to life in a way fans will appreciate and still give the actor room to bring something of himself to the role.
What do you think? Any actor you’d like to see as Hall Jordan?
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Mariah Carey released her latest album “#1 To Infinity” in mid May. It’s a compilation of greatest hits that has all 18 of her number one hits including Vision of Love, Touch My Body, and more.
The five-time Grammy winner and diva, is also staring in Vegas at Caesars Palace in her own #1 to Infinity show. When US Weekly visited the star in Vegas she shared her over-the-top world with them in a way that has generated a list of 25 surprising facts about Carey that you might not know.
Here are just the top five:
Reading through the list I am surprised I have things in common with this diva extraordinaire. I detest cigarette smoke, have natural nails and I hate the overhead lighting in the fitting rooms! It’s enough to make me never want try and clothes, especially swimsuits. And yes, I’m a sloppy neat freak, which until now I’ve labeled an organized messie.
A few things that didn’t make the list, I guess because we may have already known about them, include things like the fact that her season on American Idol was one of the worst experiences of her life.
Or that there was an 11-year age difference between her and ex-hubby Nick Cannon. Maybe we wouldn’t know that because she doesn’t celebrate her birthday.
Lastly, along with gluten-free lasagna and pecan pie, she makes a dish called Frito Pie, and you can see exactly how she does it in the Funny or Die video “Cooking with Mariah Carey.” It is definitely worth the watch for Mimi fans.
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