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For one seemed like the billionth time, 90 Day Fiance star Aleksandra responded to cheating accusations.
No one likes being accused of being unfaithful, but it’s worse when these trolls claim that Aleksandra and Josh’s daughter, Kaya, must not be Josh’s at all.
And on top of that, these racially charged accusations have singled out Aleksandra’s best friend from back in Prague.
Aleksandra Iarovikova was a Russian party girl.
She liked clubs and dancing, and was around all sorts of things that are now big no-nos to her new faith and lifestyle.
You know, like, alcohol and stuff.
Josh Strobel was a Mormon doing missionary work.
They came from different continents and different worlds, but they fell in love.
Josh couldn’t actually date her — even in a super chaste sense — while acting as a missionary for the LDS, so he had to come back a year later to actually ask her out.
But he did, and eventually dating turned into an engagement — with a K-1 visa and the 90 day limit.
Not all viewers of 90 Day Fiance were convinced that the party girl and go-go dancer was willing to be tamed
90 Day Fiance: What Now? caught up with Aleksandra and Josh now that they’re married and have a baby.
Aleksandra is struggling with their middle-of-nowhere residence, but she loves Josh and she loves their daughter, Kaya, and that’s what matters.
She knows that it’s only a matter of time before they move to another city where she might be able to make friends.
Josh, in the mean time, is applying to medical schools and is already on some wait lists.
Once he gets in, they’ll know where they’re moving. As soon as their lives are no longer in hiatus, their problems will be more or less solved, right?
Except that people are terrible.
So, Aleksandra stopped posting to Instagram over the summer, and both she and Josh have stopped sharing images of their daughter, Kaya.
Because the first time that they did, Instagram trolls flooded Aleksandra’s comments with accusations that she cheated on Josh.
Part of it’s probably because they don’t want to believe that someone can change their life.
But part of it’s because Kaya’s skin is darker than that of either of her parents. And her hair is dark and curly.
So these accusers think that Kaya is biracial and definitely not Josh’s.
Aleksandra already explained — even though she totally didn’t have to — that her own biological father is Cuban.
(As most people are aware from their own families, it’s not uncommon for children to inherit traits from their grandparents that are not exhibited by their own parents. I think that it has something to do with RNA but don’t quote me on that.)
Well, trolls have set their sights on a number of potential baby daddies.
Including the black man with whom Aleksandra spent time in Prague.
(Again, these accusations have a strong racial element which should make everyone involved uncomfortable)
Because that man is “just like a brother” to Aleksandra, she’s not only offended but repulsed.
“That’s even disgusting to think about possible feelings between us. He promised him to protect me in Prague while Josh is far away.”
So these accusers are impugning this man’s honor as much as they are Aleksandra.
Other “theories” are that it wasn’t cheating, that maybe Josh is impotent or sterile or gay or whatever.
But honestly — bullying like this always has the same motive. These people want to feel powerful by dragging down a “celebrity.”
You might suggest that Aleksandra and Josh get a paternity test on camera (maybe 90 Day Fiance could foot the bill) and settle the matter that way.
You know what? They don’t owe their haters anything.
They have every right to just keep living their lives.
Paul Walker would have turned 44 years old on Tuesday.
Tragically, of course, the beloved actor was killed in a car crash back in November of 2013.
Never far from the minds of his fans, especially when a new Fast and Furious movie comes out, Walker lost his life in a single-car accident outside of Los Angeles after he lost control of his Porsche and slammed into a tree.
The vehicle exploded and Walker died at the scene.
Meadow Walker was only 15 years old at the time, instantly getting thrust into the spotlight for the most horrific of reasons.
In the time since, Meadow has picked her spots carefully when it comes to speaking out and paying tribute to her dad, such as the instance when she referenced him with a throwback photo and message on Father’s Day.
And now the teenager has done so again.
“In honor of my dad’s birthday today, we’re challenging you to DO GOOD!” Meadow wrote as a caption to the image below, adding:
“Share a video or photo of your random act of kindness and nominate 4 people to join the challenge!
“Be sure to tag the foundation as well as hashtag #PWFdogoodchallenge, so we can check out all of your posts!”
Walked tagged out the late actor’s close friend and Fast and Furious co-star, Vin Diesel, to do the challenge… Diesel responded by sharing his own touching tribute in honor of Walker’s birthday on Tuesday.
Posting a cute flashback photo of Paul holding his daughter Hania on Instagram, Diesel made a point to say she was very “proud” of Meadow.
“Happy birthday Pablo… You have and are still changing the world,” Diesel wrote.
“Your love lives through all whom have had the great fortune to know you. Meadow graduated this summer… made us all so proud. She is even building a foundation in your name to help the world.
“Would you believe Cody [Paul’s brother] is in Houston continuing the work you were so passionate about… Remember when we were in Haiti and you asked me what the name should be… and now @reachoutww is realizing the dream.
“All the angels miss you… I miss you.”
It brings a tear to our eye every time Diesel or another former co-star brings up Walker.
The affection they had for him is so clear. There’s nothing fake or forced about these tributes.
Paul Walker really did leave a lasting impression on everyone with whom he came into contact.
May he rest in peace.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we need to take Meadow’s advice and go do some good in the world.
Leah Messer has suffered more than her share of hardships during her time on Teen Mom 2.
Of course, all of her struggles took place under the glaring spotlight of reality television, which means that her biggest failures were likely compounded by intense feelings of embarrassment.
Leah seems to have felt that humiliation most acutely in the days when she was struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers.
At what may have been her low point, Messer nodded off while holding a small child.
Leah has consistently refused to publicly acknowledge that she struggled with addiction, and the reason for that is likely the stigma that continues to surround substance dependency in America.
Sadly, Leah is far from alone in what is no doubt an ongoing struggle, and for a reminder of just how pervasive an issue addiction truly is, she doesn’t need to look beyond her own family.
As she’s stated in the past, Leah’s father is an addict, and she’s been open about her decision to cut ties with him as a result of his issues.
She’s reportedly gone years without any communication with her father, but he still reaches out to her from time to time.
His most recent attempt at a reconciliation apparently came yesterday.
Leah tweeted about the ordeal to her 1.4 million followers, revealing that she couldn’t bring herself to answer her father’s phone call.
“When your dad calls and you haven’t heard from him in quite some time,” she tweeted.
“Do you answer or let your voicemail do the talking?”
By way of explaining her refusal to pick up the phone, Leah continued:
“It’s the same thing every call. Maybe this time he really is going to choose life over death. All I can do is [pray].”
So we assume that the elder Messer only calls his daughter when he’s looking to borrow money.
If that’s the case, then Leah’s situation is even sadder than we thought, and her decision to cut ties with her fsther is imminently understandable.
But if his situation provided her with the inspiration to sober up for her kids, then at least there’s a silver lining to this incredibly dark cloud.
Watch Teen Mom 2 online for more of Leah’s many ups and downs.
Good Morning America featured a very special performance on Friday.
About three months after Chris Cornell killed himself, the late singer's 12-year old daughter appeared on the ABC program and teamed with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder for a moving rendition of the classic ballad "Hallelujah."
The track was also performed as a tribute to Chester Bennington, a good friend of Cornell's who tragically also killed himself via hanging out this summer.
Linkin Park was scheduled to perform on the show, but OneRepublic filled in after the band canceled their tour and concert dates in the wake its frontman's death.
"This is just an honor to be here," Tedder told GMA's Lara Spencer, noting how he had met Bennington a few times and was good friends with Cornell.
"I was lucky enough to write and produce with [Cornell], and get to know him and his family over the years. He was even in one of our videos."
Cornell's little girl also spoke ahead of her and OneRepublic's song dedication, telling GMA:
"It's an honor to perform this for my dad and for Chester and to sing for them."
"Hallelujah" was the single that Bennington performed at Cornell's funeral in May, just a few weeks before Bennington was found dead of his own suicide at the age of 41.
He committed the sad act on what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.
Members of the sizable GMA crowd started to shed tears this morning as Toni belted out the lyrics of this sad track in a somber tone, one very similar to her father’s.
A month after Cornell’s death, Toni and her 17-year sister, Lillian Jean, penned letters to the late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman in observance of Father’s Day.
“Let me start by saying how much I love you and how much you mean to me,” Toni wrote alongside a photo collage of herself with Cornell through the years, adding:
“You are my idol, someone I’ve always looked up to. You were always there for me. You pushed me forward every day, and you still do.”
Sad stuff all around.
Watch Toni's emotional performance below:
Kardashian family insiders believe Khloe may not be one of their own, at least biologically, an exclusive new tell-all book alleges.
As for the rumors that O.J. Simpson is Khloe’s father?
Well, despite that long-running rumor, which has regained traction lately, this new source says the Juice didn’t father Kardashian.
However, the insider is adamant that Kris Jenner conceived her with someone other than her then-husband, Robert Kardashian.
The 33-year-old Khloe has admitted that she questioned her paternity while she grew up on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Moreover, her mom Kris offered to conduct a DNA test before the release of her memoir (it’s unclear if a test was administered).
With O.J. Simpson getting paroled after nearly nine years in prison, rumors that he is her real father have once again resurfaced.
He’s almost certainly not. However …
Simpson’s connection to the famous family – he was best friends with, and represented by, Robert Kardashian – are impossible to deny.
So are the skeletons in Kris’ closet.
At the heart of this speculation, however, is the unquestioned, yet overly simple theory that Khloe looks totally different than her siblings.
Also, her parents were going through some really hard times back then, leading to myriad rumors of cheating and an eventual divorce.
Jerry Oppenheimer wrote in his book, The Kardashians: An American Drama, that this was not lost on the impressionable future celebrity:
“When Khloe got old enough, people in the Kardashians’ circle began to notice just how different she really did look and raised questions.”
Kris would explain away her daughter’s suspicions by saying that Khloe looked like her maternal great-grandmother, Lou Ethel Fairbanks.
Robert’s friend, Joni Migdal recalled how he would shrug off the same suspicions and claim that Khloe looked just like his mom, Helen.
Helen was Armenian but didn’t have Armenian features, which he felt made his explanation work, but the paternity questions lingered.
The elder Kardashian’s friend and minister Kenn Gulliksen added that he heard it from the man himself: “Kris and Robert had four children.”
“Well, three kids and somebody else’s kid. Bob never asked my counsel; I simply heard from him that Khloe wasn’t his biological daughter.”
So was the biological father then?!
Gulliksen isn’t sure, he says.
Robert may not have known, or at least wasn’t saying. “He gave me no names of who he thought [it] was. But I certainly know it wasn’t O.J.”
Kenn explained that, as far as he knows, Kris and Robert hadn’t slept together anywhere near the time frame in which Khloe was made.
The couple’s friend Joni added that Robert “didn’t want a DNA test done. He didn’t want to find out anything. He told [her], ‘I love Khloe.'”
“‘She’s wonderful. She’s mine, period.'”
Yet he supposedly knew it wasn’t so. Robert’s confirmation, Gulliksen says, was, “‘She’s mine and I don’t care who the father is.’”
However, Robert signed a sworn declaration that stated he had “four biological children” shortly before his death in September 2003.
Understandably, this has been hard on Khloe.
“The thing that most became overwhelming was when the stuff happened with one of my dad’s wives,” she said on Kocktails With Khloe.
Jan Ashley, who married Robert after he divorced Kris, also says Kardashian expressed the belief that Khloe was not truly his daughter.
“She wanted to come out 10 years after my dad passed away and say I’m not my dad’s daughter,” the reality star lamented.
“And he confided in her. I was like you can talk about me and my sisters all you f–king want. Do not talk about my dad.”
Sadly, we don’t imagine this will be the last time somebody does, especially with Simpson getting out of prison this fall.
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If you were anywhere near an Internet-enabled device yesterday, then you no doubt heard the news:
After nine years behind bars on armed robbery charges, O.J. Simpson has been paroled.
The the former NFL star and likely double-murderer might be a free man as early as October 1.
Simpson, of course, is one of the most notorious public figures in America, so it stands to reason that the question of what he’ll do after his release is looming large today.
Will he write another ill-advised memoir, or did he learn his lesson the first time?
Will he attempt to re-enter public life, or simply lay low?
And, of course, will the Juice make an appearance on Maury to settle the most famous paternity mystery since Jon Snow?
As you may have heard, a rumor that O.J. is Khloe Kardashian’s father has been circulating for several years.
Proponents cite several pieces of “evidence,” including the fact that Kris Jenner and Simpson ran in the same social circles and the physical dissimilarities between Khloe and her sisters.
At the time of his arrest for double murder, O.J. was so close with the Kardashians that the family is prominently featured in the FX miniseries about the Simpson trial.
So some considered it strange that Khloe didn’t comment on the news of Simpson’s impending release.
And the Internet being the Internet, a handful of folks flocked to Khloe’s Instagram page to try and coax a comment out of her.
Khloe posted the below pic to her Instagram page yesterday, and not suprisingly, many of the comments had little to do with the photo, and much to to do with the news of the day.
“Dad’s on his way home from that vacation your mom told you about when you were a kid,” joked one fan.
“The face you make when you find out Daddy’s home #oj,” commented another.
“Your dad is out of prison girl, u must be thrilled,” wrote a third.
Eventually, Khloe broke Internet Rule Number One and fed the trolls, but she did so without debasing herself by engaging in one-on-one arguments.
“People are a–oles but I don’t care lol. I focus on the good,” Khloe wrote.
“They are all f-cked lol such a–holes. Hehe oh well… I’m happy and they hatin’.”
Jokes are one thing, but mean-spirited comments made directly to Khloe without an iota of wit are uncalled for, and as many fans pointed out, in some cases, they’re disrespectful to the late Robert Kardashian Sr.
Fortunately, Khloe’s been in the spotlight long enough that she knows exactly how to handle this sort of thing.
They say that love is blind.
But many think Rasheeda Frost is living proof that it also can be pretty deaf, dumb and stupid.
On this past Monday’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta reunion special, viewers thought Kirk Frost would finally reveal whether he’s the father of Jasmine Washington’s young son, Kannon.
But he never did.
Despite an entire season that was built around Kirk’s affair with Washington and her claim that the pair’s unprotected sex led to the creation of her child, Frost remained silent.
“I damn sure wasn’t going to do it on national TV to give scammers the key…don’t try to set [me] up,” he rambled as an explanation during part one of the reunion special.
He then addressed his ex-mistress on air as follows:
“You’re using that baby as a pawn to carry three people forward. That’s f-cked up,” Kirk added.
It was also f-cked up for Kirk to sleep with Washington in the first place, but he admitted to his older children during the season that he did, indeed, cheat on their mother.
Kirk and Rasheeda been married for 17 years and have two kids together.
Throughout this ongoing paternity scandal, Rasheeda has stuck by her husband’s side.
Even when you’d think his refusal to confirm the results of a DNA test would be a pretty strong signal that he knocked Washington up last year.
“Rasheeda should be able to see through his excuses but with Kirk she never sees clearly,” an insider tells Hollywood Life, adding:
“At the end of the day, she wants so badly to believe him.
“She still can’t wrap her head around him having a baby behind her back, she just can’t accept that he would lie to her that way.”
Rasheeda said during a Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta episode that she’d willing to let Kannon get to know his half-brothers, Ky and Karter.
IF, that is, they really are his half-brothers.
“I think that would only be the right thing to do,” she admitted, prior to taking a swipe at Washington:
“That child, when he gets older and looks back and sees how dumb his mama is…Nothing the baby can do about it. I wouldn’t do that. That’s not the type of woman I am.”
To his (slight) credit, during the aforementioned reunion, Kirk appeared heartbroken over causing his wife so much stress as a result of his affair.
“I love Rasheeda to death,” he said. ‘That is my soulmate. When you get yourself in a situation, you just get there. I just pray that it gets better.”
Profound stuff right there, readers.