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Meghan Markle Addresses Facing Backlash as a New Mom in Rare Interview. Meghan Markle has addressed the elephant in the room. It's no secret the royal has been picked apart publicly since her romance with Prince Harry began more than two years ago. The former American actress has faced a seemingly ceaseless array of scrutiny from the press, so much so that earlier this month, the Duke of Sussex issued an impassioned statement on the situation in defense of his wife. "My wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son," the lengthy statement read in part. "There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face as so many of you can relate to I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been. Because in today's digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe. One day's coverage is no longer tomorrow's chip-paper. Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations-something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis." "For these select media this is a game, and one that we have been unwilling to play from the start," he continued, noting she has been vilified "almost daily for the past nine months." "I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in." While they both have since taken legal action against multiple British publications, the new royal mom has newly spoken about how she's been behind the scenes. In part of an interview for the upcoming documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, that aired on Good Morning America Friday, ITV News' Tom Bradby asked Markle how she's been doing during this time. "Look any woman, especially when they're pregnant, you're really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging and then when you have a newborn, you know... and especially as a woman, it's really, it's a lot, so you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed, it's, um," she said with a pause. "Yeah, well I guess... and also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I'm ok, but it's, uh, it's a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes." "And the answer is? Would it be fair to say, 'Not really ok,' as in it's really been a struggle?" Bradby tried to clarify. "Yes," Markle responded. The documentary airs on ABC on Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. ET. (Eonline)
Princess Beatrice and Fiance Attend Historic Royal Wedding in Paris. These two lovebirds may be in the midst of planning their own wedding but that doesn't stop them from taking a break to celebrate another historic royal wedding. Princess Beatrice of York and her fiance, British property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attended the wedding of French and Austrian royalty on Oct. 19. According to Daily Mail, Jean-Christophe Napolean Bonaparte (the great-great-great nephew of Napolean Bonaparte I) got married to Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg (the great-great-great niece of the French Emperor's wife) in Paris. The Princess of York wore a flawless powder-blue coat over a satin midi floral dress with a collared high neckline and ruffled hem, pulling it all together with black pointed-toe ankle strap heels and a pale-pink hat. Her husband-to-be also matched with her, wearing a powder-blue waistcoat. Can you say #couplegoals? Beatrice's look was by none other than one of her "go-to designers," The Vampire's Wife. According to Daily Mail, the royal wedding held "historic significance as the coupling is similar to Napoleon's marriage to Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria in 1810, which was designed to secure an ally in his war against Britain and Russia and bring conflict between the two countries to a halt." But the newly wedded couple has previously said that their wedding is nothing more but a perfect love match. On Sept. 26, the Buckingham Palace announced that Beatrice had become engaged to the property developer. While vacationing in Italy that same month, Edoardo proposed to Beatrice with a stunning Shaun Leane ring that he also helped design. The two are set to say "I do" next year. "We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement," the couple shared in a statement. "We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can't wait to be married. We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness." (Eonline)
Celebs descend on Rhode Island for Jennifer Lawrence, Cooke Maroney's rumored wedding. Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney's famous friends, including Kris Jenner and Adele, were spotted touching down in Newport, Rhode Island, Friday ahead of the couple's rumored wedding. The "Hello" singer boarded a boat in the Narragansett Bay Friday night alongside Cameron Diaz, Nicole Richie and hubby Joel Madden, according to photos obtained by TMZ. The group was dressed in casual wear for the pre-wedding clam bake on Rose Island. Adele wore sneakers, while Diaz sported a ponytail and Richie rocked a headband and patterned trench; Madden was clad in his signature black trucker-hat look. Kris Jenner was also photographed arriving in Newport shortly after Maroney and J.Law landed in the Ocean State after taking a quick flight from New York City. The couple, who got engaged in February and have been dating since June 2018, are expected to host a lavish party at the 19th Century Belcourt of Newport castle for about 150 guests, TMZ reported. Attendees will reportedly dine on smoked pork belly with pickled apple, salted cod beignet, sweet potato flat cakes and Brussels sprouts with cured egg yolk. And that's just the hors d'oeuvres. The main course includes a choice of roasted fish with herbs and lemon-butter or aged leg of beef. S'mores and bread pudding are among the dessert choices, and specialty cocktails include a gin/champagne concoction infused with lavender and cucumber, according to the gossip site. (PageSix)
Elin Nordegren Steps Out With Boyfriend Jordan Cameron After Giving Birth to Baby No. 3. Parenting double-duty! Elin Nordegren emerged for the first time since giving birth to her third child. The model, 39, and boyfriend Jordan Cameron cheered on her 10-year-old son, Charlie, at a soccer tournament in Florida on Friday, October 18. The couple brought along their newborn for the family outing. Nordegren glowed in a black, floral-print maxi dress and white sandals. She chatted with Cameron, 31, as he held their first child together. The proud mom took in the game from a chair on the sidelines. The Sweden native shares daughter Sam, 12, and son Charlie with ex-husband Tiger Woods. The pair split in 2010 following his highly publicized cheating scandal. Us Weekly reported in June that Nordegren was pregnant. She showed off her baby bump at Charlie's flag football game at the time. A source told Us in June that she and Cameron were "very happy about the pregnancy" and preferred to stay out of the spotlight. "Elin maintains a low profile and has a normal, boring life," the insider revealed. "Florida allows her to live that quiet life. I hear she's surprised that people care this much that she's pregnant." Woods, for his part, opened up about his coparenting relationship with Nordegren in October 2016. "She's been one of my best friends and I've talked to her about so many different things and she does the same thing with me back and forth," the golf player, 43, said during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. "We communicate so much better now, it's incredible. I wish we would have done that earlier on, but it's been incredible to have a best friend like that." The athlete elaborated on the amicable development. "It becomes two simple things, OK?" he explained. "We have Sam and we have Charlie. And we love them so much that we are going to [do] whatever it takes to make that work. That's how it happened." Woods admitted on Good Morning America in March 2017 that his kids "now dominate my life and I think that's a good thing." Scroll to see more photos of Nordegren's post-baby outing! (UsMagazine)
DaBaby is helping a homeless mother climb out of poverty after shouting out her hat business on social media ... because her products are now flying off the rack. Since DaBaby pimped Amanda Rose's beanie biz on Instagram, following a chance meeting at his pop-up shop in Atlanta, the 23-year-old mom tells us she's received over 4,000 orders for her handmade hats. DaBaby's clout is pretty enormous ... Amanda tells us before getting the rapper's endorsement, she was barely making ends meet with 3 to 4 orders per month. Amanda, who's been living out of a 1999 Nissan Maxima with her son Nick, waited outside DaBaby's pop up for 3 hours hoping to meet him and sell him a hat. When she finally got inside, DaBaby delivered way more than just a single order. It's pretty crazy ... DaBaby gave her $1,000 on the spot and filmed a quick hit for her hat biz, Lovely Stitching. With thousands of orders flowing in within a matter of hours, Amanda rushed to create a website, and she tells us she's saving up to rent an apartment. Gotta hand it to DaBaby ... a little bit of kindness can go a long way. (TMZ)
Teresa Giudice Debuts Sexy Game of Thrones-Inspired Costume Before Halloween. Well this is a Game of Thrones character we have never seen... Teresa Giudice posted on her Instagram page on Saturday a photo of herself dressed for an early Halloween party. She wore a sexy warrior queen-like costume that consisted of a plunging black leather dress and matching thigh-high boots, and fishnet stockings, a cane, a golden crown and a feathery black cape. "Game of Thrones [fire emoji] [skull emoji] [pumpkin emoji] [ghost emoji]," she wrote. "@bermanandbermanlaw #best buddy #halloweenparty #boca @luciacasazza hair & makeup." Is she a Dothraki? Targaryen? A Stark? A sexy hybrid of all three? Whatever. Bow down to Queen Teresa! The Real Housewives of New Jersey star recently celebrated Halloween early by taking her and husband Joe Giudice's daughters to a pumpkin patch and on a hayride in New Jersey. Teresa has been spending time in the Miami area in recent days as she and the four girls are currently preparing to visit Joe in Italy. He was recently permitted by a court to travel there to await the outcome of his deportation appeal, launched amid his release from prison in March. After serving his 3-year sentence for fraud, which began after Teresa completed her own 11-month sentence for the same crime, Joe was placed in an ICE detainment center. Joe, an Italian-born U.S. resident, has been in Italy for a week now and was happy to be able to FaceTime with his family and reunite with his brother. (Eonline)
Mike Posner's putting 6 months' worth of wear and tear on his feet behind him with a big dip in the Pacific, and ya can't say he didn't earn it ... after WALKING damn near 3,000 miles!!! The EDM star completed the trek -- from New Jersey to California -- in 6 months, and by his count, he covered 2,851 miles over that period. Mike celebrated when he reached the sand on Venice Beach by jumping in the ocean. Not only was it not easy ... it could've killed him. You'll recall ... Mike was bitten by a baby rattlesnake back in August as he made his way across Colorado. After a few days in a hospital, he got back on the horse ... or his feet, albeit with the help of a walker. Mike had been logging about 24 miles per day, but the snakebite slowed his pace for a while. Still, he trekked on to complete the journey. He told us way back in April when he started that the deaths of his father and Avicii inspired him to make the trip ... and he hoped to inspire others to achieve their goals. His personal goal was to reach Cali by October, so he nailed that. If anyone deserves a massage on the beach today ... it's you, Mike!!! Forrest Gump would be proud. (TMZ)
Cam Newton's days as an NFL superstar are NOT over ... so says his Panthers teammate, Greg Olsen, who tells TMZ Sports he's got all the confidence in the world Cam will be back. "Don't bet against Cam," Olsen says. Newton has had a rough last few seasons battling injuries and poor play ... and the Panthers have actually been BETTER without him this season, going 3-0 in the games that he's missed. So, when we saw Greg out in NYC last week ... we had to ask, is it over for the Carolina QB??? That's when Olsen told us no way, saying, "Don't bet against Cam. Once he gets himself right, he'll be ready to go." As for the foot injury that's sidelined Newton for the past month ... Olsen says from everything he's seen, Cam is progressing just fine. "I think he's feeling good," Olsen says. "I think he's feeling better." By the way, Olsen also heaped praise on his team's star RB, Christian McCaffrey, saying if there's any non-QB in the league that can win the NFL MVP award -- it's McCaffrey!!! (TMZ)
Jared Black, the guy who lost control of Kevin Hart's Plymouth Barracuda, is back behind the wheel and doesn't look the worse for wear. It's pretty remarkable because Jared was really messed up after the crash. He and Kevin suffered serious back injuries and law enforcement tells us Jared also suffered chest injuries when he slammed into the steering wheel. Jared was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The CHP issued its findings a few days back and concluded Jared was at fault because he was recklessly driving the vehicle. CHP investigators determined he gunned the 720 horsepower engine and lost control. But here's Jared, with his fiance Rebecca Broxterman, who was in the back seat of the '70 Cuda when it crashed into a fence and ended up in an embankment. Jared's the personal trainer of Kevin's wife, Eniko Parrish. As for Kevin, he continues to get intensive outpatient therapy but is making progress. He recently shot promos for "Jumanji." (TMZ)
The Hong Kong protests migrated to the U.S. Friday, where demonstrators tore into the NBA and LeBron James during the Raptors/Nets Game in Brooklyn. The demonstrators were holding signs that read, "Human Rights Matter! Here + There!" and "NBA Stand for Freedom" while wearing T-shirts that read "Free Tibet" and "Stand With Hong Kong." One sign read, "Tsai & LeBron: Morey was right - NBA: Stand for freedom" and "Don't let China buy our silence, people are dying to be free." Protesters continued chanting until they were escorted out of the arena by security. They vowed to continue appearing at NBA games. Tensions between the NBA, the Chinese government and pro-Hong Kong protesters intensified over the last week. It started when Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted in support of Hong Kong. Since then, NBA commission Adam Silver has attempted to repair relations with China and LeBron condemned Morey's actions which triggered a torrent of criticism against the NBA star. (TMZ)
Tom Brokaw accuser Linda Vester: NBC News knew Matt Lauer was 'dangerous'. A former NBC News anchor says colleagues knew one-time "Today" host Matt Lauer was "dangerous" and he was to be "avoided at all costs." Linda Vester -- who accused the network's Tom Brokaw of sexual harassment last year -- told Fox News on Wednesday that Lauer had a reputation for misconduct in the NBC office. "There's a problem with abuse of power at NBC News where people like Matt Lauer, people like Tom Brokaw, are enabled day after day by having so much power over women and the careers of women. It distorts them, frankly," Vester told Fox News. She called on NBC's parent company Comcast to conduct a "real investigation" in the wake of Ronan Farrow's explosive claims that the network was aware of Lauer's behavior. Farrow's new book reveals that Lauer anally raped colleague Brooke Nevils in a 2014 encounter that the ex-host insists was consensual. "Ronan is reporting, among other things, that NBC apparently did know that Matt was a problem," Vester said. "And let me tell you, from having worked at NBC News for nearly a decade, everybody knew." Though she didn't witness any misbehavior by Lauer, Vester said she's not buying that higher-ups weren't aware of his alleged transgressions. "We all knew Matt was dangerous. He had to be avoided at all costs," Vester said. "So, for NBC executives to say they didn't know -- I have a hard time with that." Lauer has slammed the allegations in Farrow's book as "dangerous and defamatory." The Peacock Network has stressed that it launched an internal probe into Lauer's conduct by its own lawyers that cleared execs of any wrongdoing. "It's really hard to get the truth out when the company itself is having an internal investigation instead of outside independent investigators really being able to get to the bottom of things," Vester said. Vester -- who retired from broadcasting in 2005 -- came forward last year claiming that former newsman Brokaw forcibly kissed her two times in the '90s. Brokaw has denied the allegations, saying he never made any "romantic overtures towards" the former anchor. (PageSix)
"Hollywood Ripper" Found Guilty of Murder After Ashton Kutcher Testimony. UPDATE: A jury has recommended that Michael Gargiulo be sentenced to death for murdering two women and attempting to murder another one, a decision that they came to in a mere seven hours. He will learn his fate at the sentencing on Feb. 28, 2020.