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Friday, June 29, 2018

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Queen Elizabeth II Skips St. Paul's Service After Feeling "Under the Weather." Queen Elizabeth II canceled her visit to St. Paul's Cathedral on Thursday after feeling unwell. "The Queen is feeling under the weather today and has decided not to attend this morning's service at St. Paul's Cathedral marking the 200th anniversary of the Order of St. Michael and St. George," Buckingham Palace announced. "Her Majesty will be represented by The Duke of Kent as Grand Master of the Order." There appears to be no reason for alarm. According to The Telegraph, no doctor was called and Her Majesty was reportedly not taken to the hospital. While The Queen wasn't able to make an appearance, Angelina Jolie was one of many in attendance. The Queen has certainly had a packed schedule. Earlier this week, she hosted the Young Leaders Awards at Buckingham Palace, where she celebrated the successes of young change-makers along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. She also attended the Royal Ascot last week and traveled to Chesire, England, where the Duchess of Sussex enjoyed her first solo engagement with the 92-year-old monarch. It's no secret Her Majesty stays busy. According to a 2017 report by The Times, she attended 296 engagements last year -- surpassing Kate Middleton, Prince William and Harry. Feel better soon! (Eonline)

Just hours after the world learned of Joe Jackson's death from pancreatic cancer, his granddaughter reflected on the life of "one of the greatest patriarchs to ever live." Paris Jackson posted a loving tribute to Joe on Instagram Wednesday, revealing that in his final moments he was surrounded by family with Paris by his bedside sharing stories about his son, and her father, Michael Jackson. "Spending those last few moments with you were everything," Paris, 20, wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption. "Being able to tell you everything i needed to tell you before saying goodbye was such a blessing." "I will cherish every moment with you til the day i die, especially our last moments. being able to hold your hand, lay with you and cuddle you, give you kisses all over your cheeks and forehead, meant more to me than you'll ever know. quoting advice you gave me when i was a little kid and seeing your eyes light up, sharing stories my dad used to tell me about you, telling a joke and hearing you laugh for the last time.. my heart is full knowing we left each other in that way." While Joe was a controversial figure in his family, his granddaughter described him as "the first true jackson. the legend that started it all." "None of us would be anywhere near where we're at if it weren't for you. you are the strongest man i know. your life's work will go down in history, as will you, to be known as one of the greatest patriarchs to ever live," she added. Paris said farewell to the 89-year-old former music manager and father of 11 by sharing a poignant photograph of her holding his hand in his final moments of life. The model also shared some photographs of Joe from his younger years. Michael's daughter vowed to make sure that Joe is "never forgotten" and asked that he make good on his promise to her visiting her after his death. "My great grandchildren will know who joseph jackson is. i love you grandpa. so so so much that words can't describe. i have immense gratitude for you, and always will. we all feel that way. thank you for everything. truly. rest in peace and transition. i'll see you in my dreams very very soon." Joe died early Wednesday morning after battling terminal pancreatic cancer. Over the years, Jackson -- who was born on July 26, 1928, in Fountain Hill, Arkansas -- had a series of health problems. In November 2012, he recovered from a minor stroke at his Las Vegas home. Three years later, daughter Janet had to put rehearsals for her Unbreakable World Tour on hold when he suffered another stroke and heart arrhythmia in Brazil on his 87th birthday in July 2015. In May 2016, he was hospitalized due to a high fever and in June 2017, he was released from the hospital after a car accident in Las Vegas. (People)

It might be Khloe Kardashian's birthday, but it's Kim Kardashian West who's getting one major present. The KKW beauty mogul, 37, celebrated her sister's 34th birthday on Wednesday and documented all of it on her Instagram Story. Tristan Thompson, Khloe's boyfriend, was also present at the festivities so Kim took the opportunity to rebuild their relationship well, their social media relationship at least. "All right guys, what do you think? It's Khloe's birthday, should I ask this guy to unblock me?" she asked, revealing to all of her fans that Thompson, 27, had blocked the TV reality star on Instagram in the wake of his cheating scandal. Thompson, who was in the background with Khloe standing over his shoulder, began to laugh. "For Khloe's birthday it's only right," he said. "I got you." "Was that a yes?" Kim asked him, to which Thompson said, "Si." Kim celebrated but then decided to make Thompson unblock her then and there. Taking out his phone, Thompson pulled up Kim's profile on his Instagram feed which read "Blocked." "There's no going back now," he said, as he unblocked her. Kim wasn't the only one Thompson blocked. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star discovered that Khloe's longtime friends Malika and Khadijah Haqq had also been blocked on social media by the NBA star. "Wait, what was that? You unblocked Malika and Khadijah?" Kim asked him in disbelief. She quickly moved the camera to the twin sisters to tell them and capture their reactions of shock. As everyone from the Haqq twins to Khloe to Thompson began to speak at once to discuss what had occurred, Kim called everyone to order with a loud, "This is a birthday party!" Being a birthday there was, of course, lots of gifts with the mother of three and her daughter North giving Khloe a custom Balenciaga handbag with dollar bill prints on it. Khloe excitedly showed the bag to the 5-year-old girl, telling her, "Do you know what this stands for? Khlo-money!" The birthday girl cooked everyone a dinner of butter crust chicken with a table setting adorned with different colored plates. Earlier on Wednesday, Kim wished her little sister a happy birthday on Instagram with a photo of their two daughters Chicago and True -- 10 weeks and 5 months old, respectively. "Happy Birthday to one of my favorite souls on this planet!" Kim captioned the photo, with their daughters situated atop the latter's lap. "This year you have shown strength like none other. I admire you for always following your heart." She continued, "I love seeing you as a mom and can't wait for the years ahead. Let's celebrate you today! I love you to infinity!" While Thompson and the mother of one seem to be doing well despite a cheating scandal that occurred in April just days before Khloe was due to give birth, a source told PEOPLE that the reconciliation didn't go over well with the KarJenner clan. Despite that, the insider said the family "respect her decision." "Everyone knows Khloe plans on staying with Tristan, so things have been civil so far," the source said. "They still have opinions about Tristan's bad behavior, of course, but no one wants to upset Khloe." (People)

SoulCycle guru Stacey Griffith's relationship is on the rocks. The famed romance between SoulCycle spinning guru Stacey Griffith and photographer Debby Hymowitz has come to a stop, it seems. Fit sources exclusively tell us there's buzz that the beloved duo has broken up. Griffith -- whose A-list clients have included Madonna and Kelly Ripa -- and Hymowitz have been together for 13 years. The relationship is legendary in SoulCycle circles and beyond, since Hymowitz was an Upper East Side socialite who left her hedge fund husband for the instructor. Griffith said in an interview last year: "I've been with my partner for almost 12 years now, and the love that I had really turned me into a more amazing instructor, friend and person." But a friend of the pair tells us the split may not be permanent: "They may get back together," cautioned the pal. "They do this .?.?. They'll break up and get back together." We hear they even split last summer, twice. The couple lives together, and Hymowitz has three now-grown children, including social media star Lilli Hymowitz, who in 2015, at 16, was dubbed "The prom queen of Instagram" by New York magazine. Meanwhile, Griffith -- who has nearly 65,000 Instagram followers as a SoulCycle "founding senior master instructor" -- posted a Mother's Day message to Hymowitz, saying, "Today is the day to recognize all you do for your children .?.?. it has been a true lesson in life to watch you do what you do best, I hope you have the best day." On Valentine's Day, she posted a pic of the duo with the caption: "Comin for ya today supermom, lawyer, photographer, co pilot, wingman, lover of life !! I'm so lucky to call this lady my valentine." Last year, they collaborated on a piece for Departures about a family trip to France -- where Hymowitz's daughters were competing in an equestrian event -- and Griffith also released her book, "Two Turns From Zero." Hymowitz's photo exhibitions have included "Sexual Evolution," with subjects including Griffith. The couple did not comment. (PageSix)

Wendy Williams says her life "has completely changed" since her Graves' disease started "creeping back" last year. The talk show queen said in a video message at the Graves' Disease & Thyroid Foundation 2018 Patients and Family Conference that the disease -- which she had been controlling with medication -- returned because she was on the wrong dose. Williams said that she had been diagnosed with both Graves' and thyroid disease 19 years ago, "and everything was fine. I had the radioactive iodine [medication], taking my pill a day, minding my own business." But she said, "Then back in the fall or maybe around July of last year, I started feeling weird in the head but I'm thinking, 'OK, this is maybe a casualty of menopause or we were ramping up for season nine of the 'Wendy Show.' So, it wasn't until I passed out on my own show [in October] that ... Anyway, life has completely changed." Williams said the problem turned out to be that she had been on the wrong dose. Williams told the conference that her illness had even forced her to give up her stilettos. "The doctors tell me it's going to take at least six months -- maybe a year -- to level off my medication, which is why I always wear flats. I'm not wearing heels and falling and tripping," she said, adding that the illness sometimes makes her off balance. Williams terrified fans by collapsing on-camera during the taping of the Halloween edition of her beloved show while wearing a Statue of Liberty costume. In February, she announced that she was taking three weeks off on doctors' orders. Williams' show has been temporarily replaced by the World Cup but returns Monday. (Page Six)

Luann de Lesseps, who just took her hit cabaret show "#CountessAndFriends" on the road, had to cancel a performance at Feinstein's/54 Below on Wednesday, claiming she was sick. The ailment appears to have come on quickly -- on Tuesday, de Lesseps, who had been performing in San Francisco, tweeted, "Such a blast in SF, now getting ready for tonight's show back in NYC baby!!!" The venue confirmed to us that the show would not go on Wednesday night, and that ticket holders would get refunds. A rep for the "Real Housewives of New York City" star didn't get back to us. We previously reported that de Lesseps had been a "diva" at the San Francisco Pride parade by "micromanaging" the placement of a banner. (Page Six)

While LeBron James decides where he's playing next season, he's been balling out in his own private mansion in Anguilla ... at a place that runs $75 GRAND a week!! TMZ Sports has learned ... the Cavs superstar (for now, at least) is living it up at the Anguilla Beach House at Meads Bay ... which is essentially a villa on steroids. Not only is it a dope pad with 8 master bedrooms, it comes with a TON of bells and whistles ... like a full-time chef, butler, 44-ft infinity pool,home theater, a full food and beverage staff, and direct access to the beach. It seems like the perfect place for LBJ to get some R&R before the Decision 3.0 ... hell, he might say screw the NBA and just stay here for the rest of his life. By the way, he's not the first superstar to stay at the pad -- Justin Bieber stayed there a few years ago. (TMZ)

Sammy Sosa responded in a new interview to people who have criticized his noticeably lighter skin tone since his retirement from baseball in 2007. "Look at what I am today. This is my life, and I don't take garbage from nobody," the former MLB right fielder, 49, told Sports Illustrated in a profile published on Wednesday, June 27. "I do whatever I want." These days, Sosa lives in the United Arab Emirates with his wife, Sonia Rodrguez, and their six children. There, the former athlete ignores the things trolls say online about his appearance, according to his eldest son, Sammy Jr. "It doesn't affect him, but I'm sure he feels a certain way," the 21-year-old told the magazine. "Like, 'Man, I gave so many years and so much hard work for you guys, and now you want to undermine all that because of some decisions I'm making -- some personal decision that don't affect you at all?" Sammy Jr. added, "He's a really closed-off person, even with me. He doesn't mean to be. There are some things I don't know about my dad that I wonder about." The drastic change in Sosa's complexion first began making headlines when he attended the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas in November 2009. A week later, he appeared on Univision's Primer Impacto program to clarify that he did not have vitiligo, the skin condition that the late Michael Jackson said was the reason for his lighter skin. "It's a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some," the former Chicago Cubs slugger explained at the time. "It's a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some. I'm not a racist. I live my life happily. ... What happened was that I had been using the cream for a long time and that, combined with the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is. I don't think I look like Michael Jackson." (US Weekly)

What Tess Holiday said about being a body positivity role model will give you all the feels. Model and author, Tess Holliday, has dealt with online trolls and bullies commenting on her weight for as long as she can remember - but now she's hit back and recently become the first-ever digital cover star of Self magazine. However, having such vast publicity has encouraged Holliday opening up what it's been like dealing with constant attacks on her size. On Instagram, Holliday shared a photo of the magazine cover to her 1.6 million followers and wrote: "I'm over the moon to finally share - this is totally surreal to see a fat body on the cover of a health magazine." In an interview with Health magazine, she revealed how most online trolls are 'concerned' about her weight in relation to health, and she used to spend a lot of her time replying to comments telling people she was actually very healthy. Speaking about the 'concerned trolls' she said: "It frustrates me that so many people have bought into the idea of what we should look like instead of actually giving a crap about everyone around you. People should mind their own business." The 32-year old also mentioned that she struggled with her mental health, as well as postnatal depression after giving birth to her second son, and it was then that she released she didn't need to "prove that I'm healthy or not." "By telling people that you see a doctor, and telling people that you're healthy, it's perpetuating the abuse against bigger bodies and the mindset that we owe it to people to be healthy. The reality is I don't owe you sh*t and I don't have to prove that I'm healthy or not, because it is nobody's business," she said. The star is now taking medication for her post-natal depression and has begun eating differently to improve her mental health. But she's also revealed that doing so has left her feeling 'guilty' for losing weight. "There's a sense of betrayal that [people with] bigger bodies feel, and it's hard because you're in your head. I've [thought this about] many people where you're like 'is it their choice? Were they pressured [into losing weight]?" Despite this, she's said that she's not giving up fried chicken or Cheetos because "it's my body." We feel you, girl. (British Glamour)

Space Foundation fires back at Buzz Aldrin over lawsuit. The Buzz Aldrin Space Foundation -- which the famed astronaut is suing, alleging it is using his finances to fund "future educational endeavors" whereas his goal is to "fund current educational endeavors" -- is striking back. Foundation rep Brett Griffin tells Page Six, "We are disappointed and upset at the unsubstantiated and inaccurate claims made by those representing Col. Aldrin to the media." He continues in a statement, "We remain committed to doing what we can to protect the reputation and well-being of Col. Aldrin throughout this contentious and unfortunate situation. The Aldrin family and foundation continue to be very concerned for his vulnerability to manipulation by other parties seeking to gain access to, and control of, the foundation and his personal resources." Aldrin's lawyer told us previously when it comes to these claims, "Buzz Aldrin is in control of everything. No one is controlling Buzz." Aldrin's lawsuit is also against his children Andrew and Janice, former manager Christina Korp and the Florida Institute of Technology and includes allegations of elder exploitation, fraud and slander. (PageSix)

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