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Kate Middleton Is a True Troop Leader During Scouts Outing. Kate Middleton is trying out a new title. The royal mother of three headed into the woods for her latest public engagement on Wednesday -- a visit to the Scouts headquarters at Gilwell Park in Epping, England. Dressed comfortably for the outdoor event in a J. Crew sweater layered under a Barbour jacket with dark pants and See by Chloe boots, the duchess was ready to join the Scouts. The kids are currently taking part in the organization's pilot program, which is exploring adding 4 and 5-year-old children to help them with communication, leadership, teamwork and other life skills. Judging by photos from their activities, Middleton was rarely without a smile or a laugh amongst the youngsters. At one point during the engagement, she joined in den building outside and enthusiastically huddled inside a handmade den as some of the kids tested how waterproof the structure was. It's not surprising considering Middleton has previously expressed a love of the outdoors. The royal was also spotted with green paint on her hands as well as observing some balloon rocket testing. It seems Middleton, who was reportedly in her school's Brownie troop as a kid, was right at home during the event -- and the Scouts were just as happy to have her. As the organization tweeted, "From all of us at the Scouts, thank you so much to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge for visiting Gilwell Park today to learn more about our early years pilots and how Scouts helps young people develop #SkillsForLife." (Eonline)

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler celebrated his 71st birthday with actress daughter Liv and his entire band at Catch Las Vegas at the Aria Tuesday. We're told the legendary frontman headed to the bash straight from rehearsals for the group's "Deuces Are Wild" residency. Spies say the group sang "Happy Birthday" and Tyler blew out the candles on one of the restaurant's layered Hit Me Cakes, which he smashed with a spoon, per tradition. (Page Six)

Lori Loughlin's Daughter Olivia Jade Is 'Not Talking to' Her Parents Amid College Scam, Feels Like She's 'the Victim." On the outs. Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli's daughter Olivia Jade is "not talking to her parents right now" following their alleged involvement in the nationwide college admissions scandal, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. "She is still very upset at her parents," the insider adds of the 19-year-old YouTube star. Despite the fact that "a lot of Olivia's friends" are telling her "not to be mad at her parents since they were just trying to do the best they could for her," the source notes that she "doesn't listen" and "feels she is the victim." Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, were named and charged on March 12 for allegedly paying $500,000 in bribes "in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team -- despite the fact that they did not participate in crew -- thereby facilitating their admission to USC." The Fuller House star and the fashion designer were both arrested, with each of them released on a $1 million bond. After news broke of the scam, Olivia -- who is an influencer with around 2 million YouTube subscribers -- lost brand deals with TRESemme and Sephora. Her clothing line with online boutique Princess Polly has also since been taken down. "Olivia blames her mom and dad for this scandal and for the downfall of her career," a source previously told Us, adding that the teenager "was initially trying to shrug off the scandal as something that would pass after a week and she could go back to her life." The insider added: "Now that her endorsement deals have fallen through, she is very upset with her parents. Olivia didn't even show interest in going to college, she wanted to take time and work on her beauty career, but her parents were the ones who wanted her to get an education." Loughlin and Giannulli are also parents of 20-year-old daughter Bella, who attends USC with Olivia. Though it's been reported that the sisters won't return to the university amid bullying from fellow students, both girls are still technically enrolled at the school. Dozens of other parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, were also outed for their alleged participation in the scam earlier this month. Loughlin and Giannulli, as well as the Desperate Housewives alum, 56, are set to appear in court on Wednesday, April 3. (UsMagazine)

Johnny Manziel says his split with his wife, Bre Tiesi, is "very sad" -- but he's trying his best to stay focused on his football career. As we previously reported, Bre wiped Manziel from her social media pages and has publicly accused him of breaking their wedding vows ... a year after they were married. Now, Manziel is breaking his silence on the split ... without getting into the gory details. "This is all very, very personal and very sad," Manziel tells TMZ Sports ... "I appreciate everyone who has been so supportive of both of us and I would just ask that everyone respect our privacy at this difficult time." "My hope is to put my head down and be allowed to focus on work and what is required of me on the football field." Manziel is referring to his new job in the AAF ... where he's already created a few highlights as the quarterback of the Memphis Express. Johnny is still focused on playing ball and getting back to the NFL ... and feels he's on the road to achieving that goal. (TMZ)

Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw is going to bat for Ben Roethlisberger ... telling TMZ Sports the QB is a "great leader" and the criticism of him from former teammates is incomprehensible. "I don't understand it," Bradshaw says ... "He's a great leader. He is. He's solid." Of course, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell REALLY disagree ... they've taken turns this offseason pummeling the QB for the way he's commanded the team as the face of the franchise. In fact, AB wrote on Twitter just a couple weeks ago, "He has an owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches." Le'Veon added in an interview with Sports Illustrated, "Ben wants to win his way, and that's tough to play with." But Bradshaw thinks the criticism is unfounded ... telling us, "I find him to be fine." Terry's biggest problem with the whole drama now??? He says it's cost the Steelers a TON of firepower ... and he's concerned the team might miss the playoffs for the second straight year. "I'm worried about our team." As for Ben ... Bradshaw's got no worries that he might leave, telling us Ben will get a new, big contract from the team sooner rather than later. "He deserves it." (TMZ)

Journalist Dee Barnes hoping to use GoFundMe money to 'regain stability.' Legendary hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes has turned to the internet for help during her time of need. The former "Pump It Up!" launched a GoFundMe campaign last month to help raise money for an eviction battle. And, as of Wednesday, she has raised over $22,000. Despite having now raised more than four times her initial target, the Los Angeles-based journalist told HipHopDX the help came too late and that she's now homeless. But she plans to use the funds to help her regain her footing. "I had never asked for public help before, but I then remembered a long time ago while I was going through the assault trial in 1991 people were sending me checks for my legal fees," she told the website, referring to when she sued Dr. Dre for attacking her. She continued, "I never cashed any of them -- not one -- but knowing I had that support kept me strong enough to continue to face each court date. Right now, I am officially homeless. My goal with the campaign is to regain stability, which is imperative for survivors of any trauma." In 1991, Barnes was attacked by Dr. Dre months after she interviewed former N.W.A. member Ice Cube. During the interview, Cube criticized the producer and the rest of the group. Dre apologized for the incident in 2015, after there was furor that it and other allegations of the producer being abusive were omitted from N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton." But Barnes wasn't having it, saying at the time, "Who cares why he apologized? The point is that he did." (PageSix)

TGI Fridays is shady as hell for selling fake-ass potato skins chips -- at least according to one pissed off customer who's now officially seeking ... snack justice. The chip lover in question, Solange Troncoso ... is suing Fridays, claiming the potato skins chips it hawks at grocery stores are deceptive because they don't actually have any potato skins. In docs obtained by TMZ, she says potatoes are peeled and turned into something called "potato flakes," but the skins are never put back into the final product. Troncoso -- who is hoping to recruit more plaintiffs through a class action lawsuit -- says the labeling deceives consumers into thinking they're getting a healthy snack. It's interesting ... Troncoso calls out 3 flavors -- cheddar and bacon, bacon ranch and sour cream and onion -- and says she was deceived into buying bags of the sour cream and onion back in June. She's suing for a whopping $5 MILLION. We've reached out to TGI Friday's ... so far no word back. (TMZ)

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