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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Sizzle in GQ, Discuss "Kardashian Curse." It's Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott's world, and we're just living in it. GQ's August issue features the beauty mogul and the rapper on its cover, cementing their status as a power couple. It marks their first interview and photo shoot since they got together in the spring of 2017 -- and it makes Travis nervous. "He was whispering to me the whole time," Jenner says after the photo shoot with Paola Kudacki. "He just doesn't like taking the photos." Travis admits he's "impatient as a mother--ker" during photo shoots, although he prefers them to being photographed by the paparazzi. "I hate when people randomly take pictures of me," the "Watch" rapper says in the magazine. "I'd look crazy as f--k in them. No lineup, no nothing." Jenner and Scott met during Coachella -- neither remembers exactly where -- and hit it off immediately. He happened to be on tour, so she decided to join him. "I really jumped on the bus. And then we rode off into the sunset. I did the whole tour with him," she recalls. Even then, Jenner wasn't worried about what her family might think of the whirlwind romance. "My whole family knows that I do whatever I'm going to do. I've been that way my whole life. I don't really answer to anybody. I live on my own, and so I just rode off into the sunset. We had a lot of downtime. It was organic," she says. "And we would just go to these random cities. We got to not be who we really were. Like, if we were in L.A., I feel like it would've been way different. Everything happened for a reason. We weren't going out as 'Kylie and Trav.' We would just be in Cleveland, walking the street for hours. We would go on walks, and no one would bother us." Months into their relationship, Jenner discovered she was pregnant -- something she chose not to speak about publicly until her daughter, Stormi Webster, was born in early 2018. "It was crazy," Scott says of Webster's birth. "I was there through the hell, the epidural and s--t. Crazy." At one point, Mark Anthony Green asks Jenner and Scott about the "Kardashian Curse" -- i.e., "the belief that all the men who go through the Kardashian orbit end up flaming out." Scott isn't worried that he might end up gone -- like Scott Disick or Lamar Odom. "I don't even be looking at mother--kers. I don't be looking at s--t. Kylie actually likes me for me," he says, adding, "I'm on my own island. So hey, come over there to Astroworld. I'm not into all the other s--t. I don't get involved. I'm over here. Kylie is different." Green shares his theory about the "Kardashian Curse" with Jenner, saying, "Maybe it's just extremely difficult to fly this close to the sun. You were built for this level of celebrity -- Travis and the other men weren't." The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star agrees, insisting, "That's exactly what it is. They come and can't handle it." To keep Scott from spiraling, Jenner reminds him it's best to ignore tabloid articles. "Well, for all the news stories, it's how I get over them so fast. Trav, for example, he's like, 'Wait...but how do you just get over this?' He gets angrier about things," she says, noting that her BFF Jordyn Woods has also bene affected. "It's everyone around us that aren't used to it. And we're just like, 'Oh, that'll go away in a day.' I know these stories aren't going to matter, so don't even let them affect you, you know? I think you're correct. But it's not just men -- it's friends, it's people who come and just don't know how to handle it. It's the negative. There's a lot of people who love us, but there's also a huge handful of people who don't like us," she says. Regarding Scott, "I don't think he's really cool with it, but he deals with it, because we love each other, and we have a family. For sure, I know he doesn't like the attention. That's why we just go the extra mile to keep our relationship super private, or like, if he has events or something, I won't come. Because I want him to do his own thing. I want him to be him. I don't want it to be Kylie and Trav. If people don't ever see us together, that's okay with me, because we just do our thing." (Eonline)

Meghan Markle is still adjusting to life as a royal -- and all the rules that come with it. Over the weekend, the Duchess of Sussex made her first appearance at Wimbledon as a member of the royal family, wearing a blue-and-white striped button-down shirt and white silk pants, both by Ralph Lauren. The 36-year-old, however, almost committed a fashion faux pas when it came to her choice of headwear. Markle was seen carrying a wide-brimmed fedora -- the very same hat she wore to watch pal Serena Williams play in the same tournament in 2016 -- but not actually wearing it, due to royal protocol. According to The Sun, spectators in the royal box are asked to "dress smartly" and men are advised to wear a jacket and tie. All are reportedly banned from any type of headwear, as it might obstruct other guests' views, although hats are permitted in other parts of the stadium. Seated in the front row of the royal box next to Kate Middleton, Markle simply held her accessory in her lap while watching Williams face off against Angelique Kerber. Since marrying Prince Harry in May, Markle has ditched her California-cool style in favor of prim and proper looks fit for a royal. Still, the Duchess of Sussex has faced fashion criticism for certain looks, like the off-the-shoulder dress she wore to Queen Elizabeth's annual birthday parade last month. Now, it seems, Markle is taking extra precautions to avoid breaking royal fashion protocol. (Page Six)

Say so long to Au Fudge. The trendy eatery opened by actress Jessica Biel in 2016 that was created with moms and families in mind, abruptly closed its doors on Sunday, July 15. A source tells Us Weekly the West Hollywood restaurant, which was set up with areas where kids could do art projects and other activities while their parents ate, is "done." Per the source, the news was upsetting for those who worked there: "The staff found out a couple days ago and tearfully greeted guests on its last day." The restaurant's closing was confirmed by a pair of Instagram posts shared on July 14 and 15. The first post expressed gratitude to Au Fudge's loyal customers stating, "Thank you for so many years of support. Tomorrow is our last day open at the restaurant, but more things to come from Au Fudge. As of Monday, July 16, we will be open for private events." A follow-up post shared just hours later once again confirmed the establishment is shutting its doors. "Today is our last day of regular business hours at Au Fudge the restaurant. We are still available for private events and @aufudgecamp is only a few blocks away!" the post explained. "Thanks for all the support." Biel, who has a 3-year-old son, Silas, with husband Justin Timberlake, hinted that Au Fudge wasn't exactly thriving in a January 2017 interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "The restaurant business is way harder than being a producer," she told Kimmel at the time. "[We're] definitely not making money. Nobody's making money in the restaurant business, in my experience, at least not yet." While the restaurant is no more, Au Fudge CAMP (Center for Art Music and Play) will still offer weekly classes such as toddler dance and French music for children ages 4 months to 8 years. (US Weekly)

The next time you see an Armie Hammer look-alike on the subway, it might be the real deal. The "Call Me By Your Name" actor is making his Broadway debut in "Straight White Men," and on CBS's "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," the California native confesses he loves riding the subway. "I [used to not] like this place, it's too busy and hectic," he explains. "But now that I'm here for this [play] and I love it. I do ride the subway, I've got a metro card in my pocket." Also in his pocket? Peaches. The fruit plays a pivotal role in an erotic scene in "Call Me By Your Name," and Hammer says fans of the film (and book) are coming to his play in droves. "I get handed at least a peach or two at every stage door." During his New York soujourn, he says his "Call Me By Your Name" onscreen lover turned real life friend, Timothee Chalamet, has been giving him advice. Chalamet, a native New Yorker, is filming a movie in London now, but "I was in the middle of a street fair and we were face timing each other," he says. "Straight White Men" runs from July 31 through Sept. 9th. (Page Six)

Don't mess with Kim Kardashian West's siblings. The mother of three, 37, came to her little sister Kylie Jenner's defense after the latter came under fire for her Forbes cover in which she was called "the youngest-ever self-made billionaire" at 20-years-old. Kardashian West recently told Refinery29 she "really didn't get" the backlash "because she is 'self-made,' " explaining that she was proud of the creative way in which her sister took "an insecurity of her and [found] out how to make a really successful business off of it," referring to Jenner's lips. "We are all 'self-made,'" the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star said. "What, because we came from a family that has had success? To me, that doesn't really make sense... I know so many people like that [who] haven't turned out to be as successful as Kylie. If anything, I've seen the complete opposite." Kardashian West added, "Me, Kylie, not one [of the KarJenner siblings] has ever depended on our parents for anything besides advice." "That's how I lived my life with my dad [Robert Kardashian]. He never gave me anything. We might have the opportunity, but I've seen it go the complete opposite way," Kardashian West said. "Nobody works harder than my sisters and my mom." Jenner's company, Kylie Cosmetics, is estimated to be worth $900 million, according to Forbes. The number puts Jenner on track to being "the youngest self-made billionaire ever, male or female" -- surpassing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23. Several people on social media called out the publication for claiming the young TV reality star was "self-made." Among the detractors was Dictionary.com which shaded the young mom of one on Twitter. "Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided," Dictionary.com tweeted in response to the story, before shadily quipping: "Used in a sentence: Forbes says that Kylie Jenner is a self-made woman." Despite the criticism, Jenner's family quickly jumped to her defense on social media to praise their little "boss." "CONGRATS," Kardashian West tweeted. "Wait I'm posting this again just because!!!! BILLION DOLLAR BABY." And momager Kris Jenner, 62, was also quick to celebrate the cover. "My beauty on the cover of Forbes Magazine!!" she gushed on Instagram. "I am SO proud of you @kyliejenner and everything you have accomplished. You work so tirelessly on your business, and with so much passion and precision. As a mother, it brings me immense joy to watch you continue to make your @kyliecosmetics dreams a reality!!" After launching her namesake makeup company, Kylie Cosmetics, Jenner has used her loyal fanbase and powerful social media platform to catapult the brand into one of the fastest growing companies in the beauty business. Forbes reports that Kylie Cosmetics has sold more than $630 million worth of makeup since its initial launch, which includes an estimated $330 million in 2017 alone. Combining all of the mogul's profits, Forbes estimates the brand alone is worth nearly $800 million, which Jenner maintains sole ownership of. (And that's not even all of her earnings: She also rakes in product endorsements, cashes in her KUWTK paychecks, and boasts a Kendall + Kylie clothing line and Puma deal.) Jenner credits her more than 100 million social media followers as the key to her success. "Social media is an amazing platform," she told the magazine. "I have such easy access to my fans and my customers." (People)

The Jonas Brothers reunited this week with their ladies hanging off their arms -- well, everyone except Kevin ... the only one who's actually married. Nick and Joe Jonas were spotted hitting up the 34 Mayfair restaurant in London Monday, with Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner tagging along for the double date. Everyone was looking suave as hell, including their older Jonas broski, Kev, who ironically showed up solo as a fifth wheel. He's actually married -- has been since 2009 -- and already has a couple kids with his wife, Danielle. No sign of them here, though. Maybe Kevin just wanted to impart some long-term relationship wisdom on his little bros by himself ... or maybe he owes Danielle a huge favor for babysitting. (TMZ)

Kourtney Kardashian's boyfriend doesn't like her sexy social media. Kourtney Kardashian's titillating pictures on social media may be getting under Younes Bendjima's skin. On Monday, Kardashian, 39, posted a bikini snapshot that showed off her backside and floppy sun hat. "Don't be shady, be a lady," she captioned the photo that has racked up more than two million likes so far. But Bendjima, 25, didn't seem to enjoy the sexy shot. "[That's] what you need to show to get likes?" he commented then deleted, according to The Shade Room. Kardashian supporters weren't impressed with his actions and immediately ran to his own Instagram to make the same comments on his shirtless snaps which are in abundance. "That's too much skin! Stop being scandalous," barked one person. "Way too much skin shown. Do you have to show all that skin to get likes?" added another. Kardashian and Bendjima have been on vacation in Italy the last several weeks with her three children with ex-boyfriend Scott Disick. If anything, Bendjima should be well aware that Kardashian has never been camera shy. She often posts bikini snapshots and scantily clad bathroom selfies to Instagram. She also posed completely nude for her 39th birthday in April. (PageSix)

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have been engaged for a little over a week, but they're already like an old, retired married couple ... spending their free time golfing. Bieber played golf instructor at a Top Golf Sunday in Alpharetta, GA, teaching his future wife how to swing a club. Witnesses tell us he paid extra attention to Hailey and made sure she got the hang of the game. He's been an avid golfer for a while. Since rekindling things, the duo have been hard to keep track of ... they got engaged in the Bahamas, then returned to NYC, then spent this past weekend in Miami only to wind up in Atlanta. Love on the run ... it's working for them! (TMZ)

Restaurant patrons complain about Olivia Culpo's intense PDA. Olivia Culpo and her NFL star beau Danny Amendola were too hot for Newport, RI. A spy said the couple were at Scarpetta at Gurney's with pals but were busy "having a hot make-out session. It's what you would call, in high school, 'heavy petting,'" a spy said. We hear it was so intense, folks next to them complained to management. But, instead of confronting the hot duo, a manager bought them drinks so they'd come up for air. Amendola's rep commented: "This is not accurate." (PageSix)

Theresa Caputo's estranged husband, Larry Caputo, is getting cozy with a woman he, ironically, met through "Long Island Medium" ... and yet no one saw it coming. Sources close to the 'LIM' star tell TMZ Larry has been seeing 53-year-old Connie Stauddy of Decatur, Alabama. We're told they met online when Connie reached out to get a reading from Theresa. They stayed in touch and have been talking long distance for a few months now. We're told they're not quite an exclusive couple just yet ... the relationship is very new. We broke the story ... Larry was spotted out shopping with Connie in 'Bama this weekend, picking up some home essentials and perusing the furniture section. Interestingly enough ... sources say Connie is going through a divorce of her own, so she and Larry have a lot in common right now. here's not much else we know about Larry's new gal, other than she has a couple of cute grandkids she's really proud of. She's also pretty hot for a 53-year-old ... good pick, Lar. (TMZ)

Kelly Oxford is opening up about the possible reason she and ex-husband divorced. The New York Times bestselling author, 41, claimed her ex-husband James Oxford was allegedly abusive in a series of Instagram Story photos on Monday. The mother of three divorced from James in 2016 after 17 years of marriage. That same year, Oxford started the #notokay hashtag on Twitter after a 2005 video conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush emerged in which the now-president how he liked to grab women by their genitals. Women shared their stories of sexual abuse and sexual harassment on Twitter with #notokay. Now, Oxford is now explaining her own #notokay moment, beginning with what ended her marriage with a simple caption explaining that she was writing alone. "Some days I just put on a ton of makeup and write alone all day," she wrote. She continued, writing, "I've been threatened and scared to write about the marriage I was in, but I'm over it." "Abuse is hard to talk about. Especially when you're the only one who sees it. It feels like a ghost," Oxford explained. "Don't marry someone who throws a phone at your head, I did and I became a terrible person," she continued, before adding, "I'M BETTER NOW." James Oxford did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. The two married in 2007 and share three children together. The screenwriter of Sausage Party has been open about being divorced and raising three children as a single parent. In March, Oxford shared a selfie of herself on vacation while delving into her struggle with her ex-husband not being there. "Oh hey, it's me again. This is my first vacation with the kids and no dad and there have been waves of total depression and waves of total gratitude," she wrote in the caption. "Right now, I'm feeling shitty; I'm sharing because I know a lot of you are single parents and get it and don't want to feel alone either," Oxford continued. "Anyhow, I just woke up, came to the beach and had a coffee alone (alone, not so shockingly, is hard after having a partner for 17 years) and wanted a cigarette, after nearly 4 months of quitting, but didn't smoke," she added. (People)

Say what?! Kylie Jenner's fans are donating money to make her a billionaire. Ker-ching! Everybody knows and loves the Kardashian/Jenner clan, and aside from swatching new lipsticks on her Snapchat story daily, youngest sister, Kylie Jenner, has just made history. Like, actual history. The 20-year-old has just made Forbes' list of America's Richest Self-Made Women (coming in at number 27) thanks to her makeup brand, Kylie Cosmetics. Since she launched it just two years ago (can you believe it was that recent?), she has sold over $630million (475million) worth of cosmetics - that is A LOT of matte liquid lipsticks. That also means she is worth more than sister, Kim Kardashian, and even Beyonce who are valued at around $350million, which isn't too shabby either. According to Forbes, if Jenner carries on growing Kylie Cosmetics at the rate she has, she will become the youngest self-made billionaire in HISTORY, overtaking Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at 23. You go, girl. But Kylie still has a little way to go and needs to make a casual $100m before she beats the Facebook founder. And it seems her fans are so desperate to help their idol reach her goal that they've set up a GoFundMe page called 'Let's Get Kylie Jenner to a Billion.' The page reads: "Kylie Jenner was on the cover of Forbes Magazine today for having a net worth of 900 million dollars, which is heartbreaking. I don't want to live in a world where Kylie Jenner doesn't have a billion dollars. WE MUST RAISE 100 MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP HER GET TO A BILLION, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT." This is not a drill, people. So far, 131 people have donated to the cause and raised 1,853 towards Kylie's bank balance. Is this real life? Forbes defines a self-made woman as "anyone who didn't inherit any part of their money." And while technically this is true and Kylie has built a cosmetics empire alone, it definitely helped that she's spent her life in the limelight as part of one of the most well-known families in America. According to the profile, "Basically, all Jenner does to make all that money is leverage her social media following." The following being 110 million followers on Instagram alone, which, in part, will have been down to her family's status. Kylie has become Forbes' latest cover star and said in an Instagram post: "It's incredible to be recognized for something I'm so passionate about, and I'm really grateful for that. I've always loved makeup and worked really hard to bring the first lip kit to market." "Connecting with my fans and creating products that excited them has been an incredible process. I've learned so much along the way and I hope to inspire others to follow their dreams." Yaaas, girl power! (British Glamour)

LeSean McCoy's girlfriend wants no part of the NFL star's home anymore -- she's already moved out ... less than a week after she was pistol whipped in a violent robbery. TMZ Sports has obtained photos showing moving trucks in front of the home in Alpharetta, Georgia ... where Delicia Cordon says she was attacked by a masked man on July 10. Sources connected to Cordon tell us she's moved to a home she considers safer -- complete with private security. As we previously reported, Cordon has lawyered up and strongly insinuated McCoy sent the assailant to her home to recover jewelry the NFL star had previously gifted to her. For his part, McCoy has not been charged with a crime -- and has denied any involvement in the incident. He has also called the allegations against him "baseless and offensive." (TMZ)

Tyrese admits airing his dirty laundry with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was NOT cool ... straight-up calling it unprofessional. Tyrese took himself to task when he talked to Van Lathan on 'The Red Pill' podcast. You'll recall he accused his 'Fast & Furious' costar of being selfish when Johnson's 'F&F' spin-off movie shoot schedule pushed back the release date of 'Furious 9.' He copped to going about it all wrong but stopped shy of apologizing. In fact, Tyrese says he wasn't the only one pissed off at Dwayne. Still, he's laying the groundwork to squash the beef ... though, it hasn't happened yet. (TMZ)

Saudi Arabia Bans Many Video Games After Children's Deaths. The Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media said Monday it was banning 47 games, including 'Grand Theft Auto V,' 'Assassins Creed 2' and 'Witcher,' for unspecified violations of rules and regulations. Saudi Arabia says it's banning a long list of popular video games after allegations surfaced that two children killed themselves after being encouraged to do so in an online game. The Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media said Monday it was banning 47 games, including Grand Theft Auto V, Assassins Creed 2 and Witcher, for unspecified violations of rules and regulations. The ban was in response to the deaths of a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy who reportedly killed themselves after playing the so-called Blue Whale social media game, though the agency did not say what the connection was. Also known as the Blue Whale Challenge, participants are said to be given a series of tasks to complete, capped with killing themselves at the end. (Hollywood Reporter)

Meek Mill deserves a new trial, and Judge Genece Brinkley looks "f**king awful" digging her heels in over the case -- and those words came from her own attorney, Charles Peruto Jr. TMZ has obtained an audio clip of Peruto recorded in May ... as he's wrapping up an interview about Meek's case. He said, "That was hard to do, because defending this judge is now becoming (inaudible). Why doesn't she just grant this f**king thing?" Peruto also says if he were the judge on this case, he'd let it go because the prosecution AND the defense agree a new trial should be granted. He adds Meek's attorney, Brian McMonagle, has an easier job in this case because he's on the right side of the issue. Meek's attorney, Joe Tacopina, has been saying all along ... Judge Brinkley has an inexplicable grudge against Meek. Peruto tells TMZ he has issues with this audio, because it was recorded when the interview was over and when the camera was turned away, and he claims the interviewer promised it was off the record. Still, Peruto says he's told Brinkley all of this -- what HE would do in her shoes -- but he adds, "she follows the letter of the law and handled this case the way she's handled every case." The interview was for a Meek documentary, co-produced by Amazon and Roc Nation, which reps Meek. Peruto says he wasn't told Roc Nation was involved. During the clip, Peruto also discussed a bunch of personal lawsuits Brinkley has filed -- more than 20 of 'em. He tells us he also told the reporter those cases were "nonsense." (TMZ)

Supporters miffed Cuomo a no-show at Surf Lodge fundraiser. Politics and cocktails did not mix in the Hamptons over the weekend when Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign held a fund-raiser in Montauk. We hear that ticket holders to the bash at hip hotel Surf Lodge (which did not plan the event) were upset that Cuomo did not attend the shindig. Adding to the outrage, some party people at the hotel were miffed that the bar was closed for a private event. "At around 3:30 p.m., they stopped serving alcohol for his fund-raiser," said a source, who noted that a tipsy 20-something guest was so outraged he threatened to vote for another candidate. "He was like, 'This is bulls?-?-?t! I would've voted for him, but now I'm voting for Miranda,'" referring to Cuomo's opponent Cynthia Nixon by the name of her character on "Sex and the City." We're told Surf Lodge normally closes during the day anyway to clean and set up for bands. A Cuomo source noted, "It was a silly snafu, the governor was never intended to be there, he was hosting a soiree in East Hampton... over 200 twenty-somethings feted his re-election." Surf Lodge owner Jayma Cardoso told us, "The governor's daughters attended and spoke eloquently on his behalf, and the event was very successful." We hear that Cuomo's campaign is giving away tickets to a lucky donor for Billy Joel's 100th concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. (PageSix)

Beloved camel statue beheaded at Surf Lodge in the Hamptons. A life-size pink statue of a camel that's resided on the sand behind hip Hamptons spot Surf Lodge has been beheaded. The large one-humper, whose side still proclaims "Save Water, Drink Rose," was found mysteriously decapitated Sunday -- although we hear the head's been found and is safely with an employee. There is little information on the foul play, er, involuntary dromedary slaughter. The brightly colored creature's been a Montauk Instagram fave, with a source telling us: "People have been hanging from it and climbing it. It looks stronger than it is." We are told a search is on for the perpetrators and the artwork is being fixed. (PageSix)

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