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50 Cent & Ja Rule Reignite Feud, Bring Fans Back to 2002

Grab your trucker hat and charge up your Motorola Razr because we’re headed back to the early 2000s!

It was a simpler time, when most of us still believed that George W. Bush was the height of political idiocy and Tom Brady was a human being who would eventually retire and not a robot from the future who’s been reprogrammed by Bill Belichick to forget about John Connor and focus on racking up rings.

It was also a time when 50 Cent and Ja Rule made headlines as hip-hop A-listers locked in a bitter feud.

50 Cent and Ja Rule

Yes, some of our younger readers may not believe it, but there was a time when 50 was famous for something other than picking fights with Wendy Williams, and Ja Rule didn’t spend all his time doing whatever it is Ja Rule does these days.

In the time when rappers needed more than a couple facial tattoos and some Xanax-glamorizing Instagram clips to become famous, 50 and Ja were two of the biggest names in hip hop.

And they were also two of 

Like, on the music industry rivalry scale, these two weren’t quite and Biggie and Tupac levels, but they went far beyond Katy Perry v. Taylor Swift levels of mutual loathing.

50 is currently promoting the movie Den of Thieves, in which he co-stars with O’Shea Jackson.

During a recent radio interview, Jackson joked that as a youth, he was a fan of Ja’s … but that changed abruptly when he heard 50’s debut album.

Apparently, Ja spends his days waiting for news alerts about himself, because he responded immediately:

“Fun hip hop FACT: @50cent is P–Y…” Ja tweeted, showcasing the razor-sharp wit that made one of his era’s most forgettable rappers.

Many fans were quick to point out that 50 still has a career, whereas Ja likely longs for the three square meals and free utilities he enjoyed during his extended stay at Riker’s Island.

“Lol you sure you want to do this ? You remember what happened last time???” tweeted one observer, prompting Ja to respond:

“Yeah I do @50cent got beat up, stabbed and shot what do you remember???”

50 loves beef, but amazingly he didn’t take the bait.

That turned out to be the right move, as Ja was left to twist in wind, simultaneously talking trash in a public forum and scolding fans for being too interested in public trash talk:

 “Some of you are waaay to invested in this corny 100-year-old beef lol… f-ckin weirdos!!! This shit is fun and games for me… IM RICH BITCH!!!” he tweeted, before confusingly adding:

“Oh and while I’m at it #denoftheives is TRASH… 34% rotten tomatoes save your money!!! Catch it on cable… lmao #Murderinctvseries”

Clearly, Ja is the pathetically petty one here, which is saying something because 50 feuds with just about everyone who crosses his paths.

Both of these walking throwbacks have chosen to continue engaging in battles, despite the fact that they no longer rap.

This is like the end of 8 Mile if instead of freestyling, a 40-something Eminem took the stage and began tweeting furiously.

Don’t get us wrong, it would still be amusing. 

But guys, with no new records to sell, this bit can’t be very lucrative, right?

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Matt Roloff & Amy Roloff: Celebrate Jacob’s Birthday Together Despite Feud Rumors!

Just a little over a week ago, fans unfairly slammed Amy Roloff after they assumed that Matt Roloff was banned from his son Jacob’s early birthday party

We talked about how undeserved the hate that Amy received was, and Matt Roloff himself decried the rumors when he saw them.

But if you still need proof that Amy and Matt Roloff aren’t at each other’s throats, look at how they came together for their son, Jacob.

Amy Roloff and Matt Roloff are divorced.

Even though they live so close to each other and star on Little People, Big World and will always be linked by their children (and grandchildren!), they don’t have to be joined at the hip.

Amy Roloff has her boyfriend, Chris Marek, and Matt Roloff has his girlfriend, Caryn Chandler. They’ve both moved on. That’s life.

But that hasn’t stopped some fans from reading too much into their separate lives and then assuming that the two can’t stand to be in the same room with each other.

Like they did just a little over a week ago, when Jacob Roloff celebrated his birthday with his mom.

Jacob Roloff is now 21 years old. Several days before his birthday, the son who was once the family “black sheep” spent quality time with his mom (and not just to sell bread).

Matt’s siblings and their spouses and even his little niece and nephew (his niblings!) gathered together for an early celebration at Amy’s place.

One of the results was a precious group photo — a rare sight, since the Roloff children are all adults now and not all of them even live in the same state.

Matt Roloff was conspicuously absent, which ruffled some feathers by fans who seem to resent that Amy Roloff has her own life.

A report claimed that Matt didn’t even receive an invitation … but he was elsewhere with his girlfriend, so it really shouldn’t have been controversial.

Some reality stars try to avoid reading gossip about themselves. That can’t be good for your stress levels, right?

Not so for the Little People, Big World patriarch. After seeing coverage that claimed an epic feud between the exes, Matt Roloff slammed the “fake news” about his family, writing:

“Fake news is alive and well.. how sad. The roloff family just keeps hanging closer and closer together despite these broken misleading headlines …”

Not to be nitpicky, fake news would be if some accused Audrey Roloff of selling human organs out of a nonexistant Burger King attic. Rumors would be people seeing separate exes and assuming that they’re feuding.

(Still, Matt Roloff’s version is still better than Trump’s, since the orange man uses the phrase to refer to news that he doesn’t personally like)

Matt’s post continues:

“Matt, amy, Jer , zach Audrey, Tori, molly, Joel, Jacob, Izzy, Chris and caryn. All working together to surprise you all at how an American family can function together despite a few minor differences.”

That’s sweet. And then he teases the new season of Little People, Big World:

“Wait for it…… a few short months.”

If you feel like you can’t wait “a few short months” and you also can’t take the Roloffs at their word (for whatever reason), would it help you to know that both Matt and Amy were at Jacob’s actual birthday party?

Unlike on Thanksgiving and Christmas and numerous other holidays, and perhaps for the first time (that we’ve seen) since Molly’s wedding, Matt and Amy were together at the same place, at the same time.

Because Jacob is their son, folks.

Among the videos from Jacob’s 21st birthday party shared briefly on social media via Instagram stories were shots of Amy and Matt with Jackson and Ember, respectively.

So, yes, they were at the same party. They can definitely stand to be in the same room together. Everybody needs to take a deep breath and stop making assumptions.

It may have not been the wildest 21st birthday party on record, but it was a wholesome family gathering.

Speaking of alleged Roloff feuds and that party in particular, Audrey and Jacob buried the hatchet — if there ever really was one.

(It’s long been believed that, perhaps over religious differences, the two don’t see eye-to-eye. Maybe they don’t, but it’s clearly not too big of a deal)

We think that what causes all of this unfounded fan speculation is that we’re all starved for more information about the Roloffs because Little People, Big World isn’t back yet.

But, as Matt Roloff says, we just need to wait a few months. Whatever real conflicts that family has will probably be shared with us.

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Mandy Teefey Speaks Out! Mother of Selena Gomez Wants to Quash Feud Rumors

Selena Gomez is back with Justin Bieber. Plenty of people aren’t thrilled with her choice, but her mom Mandy Teefey got so upset that she had a breakdown and was hospitalized over it.

Nobody worries like your mom worries, folks.

But now, Mandy Teefey is opening up and setting the record straight about some of the wild stories about her feud with Selena.

Selena Gomez has been through so, so much. She’s waging an uphill battle against Lupus that, at times, seems to rob her of her strength and her ability to live her life.

At present, her rumored feud with her mother doesn’t seem to be doing her any favors, either.

While no one questions that Mandy Teefey isn’t exactly over the moon about the revival of Jelena, some of the stories that have been floating around about their mother-daughter tensions have been … quite something.

Like rumors that Selena was living with her mother and that her mom had somehow imposed a curfew upon her 25-year-old millionaire celebrity daughter in order to interfere with her romance.

Or rumors that she’s “demanded” that Selena get a breathalyzer test while dating Bieber, which … doesn’t make any sense. (Selena’s no alcoholic)

Speaking to Gossip Cop, Mandy Teefey wants to clear things up. First, she talks about Selena’s battle with Lupus.

“When you are young, you feel invincible and she had to learn that she was not able to be your typical 20 year old.”

That is so sad. But, of course, Mandy is so glad that Selena received a life-saving kidney transplant.

“Beyond blessed that we had Francia in our life.”

Francia Raisa made a truly powerful, selfless choice. And a dangerous one. Having a kidney removed is no joke.

Mandy says that, during the surgery, she was a “wreck inside not only for my daughter, but for Francia and her family.”

Of course. That had to be a weird feeling. And, understandably, Mandy was very, very emotional throughout the ordeal.

“I am pretty sure I am banned from that hospital [now].”

That’s a lot of nice stuff about Francia, but … how does Mandy describe Selena?

“Brave and fearless.”

Absolutely. To share her struggle with Lupus with the world, to share the news of her kidney transplant surgery, is a big deal.

But living her life every day, to the fullest, the way that Selana does is truly an act of courage.

“I was so proud of her bravery.”

Remember, folks — that kidney transplant wasn’t a cure. Lupus has treatments, but no cure. And Selena’s case of Lupus seems to be especially severe.

So, now that she’s being directly interviewed, how does Mandy feel about Selena’s latest reunion with the Biebs?

“Not happy.”

That much, we knew, but it sure would have been interesting if Mandy were pretending that it’s totally fine.

“Selena can live her life however she wants as long as she is happy, safe, and healthy.”

Those are some very reasonable caveats.

But the relationship that she describes having with Selena isn’t exactly the feud that we’ve been hearing about.

“Every mother and daughter has disagreements.”

And Mandy denies that her relationship with her daughter began to crumble in 2014 when she stopped being Selena’s manager. We’d heard reports that Selena’s reunion with Bieber was just one source of conflict.

“We never expected to manage her her whole life. We lost family time because the only time we saw her, we talked business.”

We were going to say that sounds like no fun, but Mandy beat us to it.

“It was no longer fun for any of us, like it was when she was younger and we had to be with her because she was a minor.”

Mandy sounds determined to quash the feud rumors, saying of Selena:

“She is 25 years old and knows what is at stake with her health. I do not control her the way it has been portrayed.”

Well, surely no one really believed that Mandy was somehow giving her adult millionaire celebrity daughter a curfew.

“Selena is an adult and can make her own choices.”

That’s very true. We don’t have to agree with Selena’s choices in order to like her, folks.

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Selena Gomez: Has She Settled Her Feud with Mom over Justin Bieber?

Sometimes, relationships can leave a family divided. Though the fact that Selena Gomez’s mom was hospitalized over her seeing Bieber again makes this family squabble an extreme case.

For a while now, Selena’s feud with her mother over her rekindled romance with Justin Bieber has kept the two at odds.

But fans think that Selena’s new Instagram post means that the two have made nice. Have they? If so … where does that leave Bieber?

So, a quick refresher.

Remember how Selena Gomez wasted some of the best years of her life … sorry, remember how Selena dated Justin Bieber off and on for years despite his alleged substance abuse issues and reported emotional issues and well-documented bad behavior?

A few years ago, they finally broke it off “for good” … until a few months ago.

See, Justin had seen the story about Selena’s life-saving kidney transplant. Lupus has been taking a brutal toll on her body, folks.

And apparent, it took seeing how bad his ex’s condition really was for the Biebs to realize how much le really cared about Selena.

He called her mom to beg for her number, just to talk. Well, one thing led to another.

Since their reunion, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber have been in couples therapy. They have a lot of issues to work past if they’re going to stay a couple.

And it was that — learning that they’re in therapy together — that sent Selena’s mom, Mandy Teefey, over the edge. To the point where she was (voluntarily) hospitalized for a short time.

We don’t think that their reunion seemed real to her until she learned about the counseling. And then she had to have wondered if she’d doomed her own daughter to repeat past mistakes.

Selena and her mom have had other conflicts, including a pretty intense one several years ago, when Selena decided that she was an adult and didn’t need her mother to be her manager anymore.

But it looks like Bieber’s presence in Selena’s life has pushed her family to the breaking point. Until now. …

Selena posted this photo with the caption:

“The home I grew up in, from birth to 13…”

Apparently she doesn’t own the house, because she added:

“(no one was home when I knocked this time lol) I visit this place every chance I get.”

It says good things about your childhood when you go back, as a millionaire adult, to do anything other than purchase it and personally bulldoze it.

“In many ways it very well could have been better than my life today, but I’m grateful for a voice that can enable change today.”

Childhood, for those who enjoyed it, can be a simpler time with fewer stresses.

“Even when I don’t know how to do it well or actually want it. I love you Grand Prairie. Thank you.”

Technically, Selena doesn’t mention her mother in that.

But she’s still talking about her childhood home, while sitting on the little old porch.

She grew up with her mom, so what else could she be contemplating, one wonders, than the importance of her relationship with her mother?

Up until now, there have been indications that Selena Gomez wants to mend things with mom but not at the cost of Bieber.

Have her priorities changed?

Maybe … maybe not.

Just because two loving family members reconcile or are thinking about reconciling doesn’t mean that either of them have changed their minds.

It just means that they’ve decided — maybe — that their relationship and bond is more important than their topic of disagreement.

Really, if Mandy Teefey wants to see them break up, she should just wait for Justin to screw things up on his own.

Hopefully, if he does, and Selena sees that he’s not magically a different person just because he’s going to fancy celebrity church now, she’ll back out before she’s once again in too deep.

But Mandy Teefey must worry about the potential toll that dating Bieber could take on Selena’s mental and emotional well being. And her physical health, quite frankly. She still has Lupus, folks.

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Jim Bob Duggar vs. Ben Seewald Feud: Worse Than We Thought?!

For several months now, we’ve been hearing rumors about an ongoing feud Jim Bob Duggar and his son-in-law Ben Seewald.

The cause of the discord is said to be a number of differing views regarding religious doctrine that would no doubt seem minor to anyone not deeply involved with the particular sect of baptism that shapes every aspect of the Duggars’ worldview.

But for Jim Bob and Ben what’s at stake is no less than the immortal souls, as well as the fates of Ben and Jessa’s two children.

Some of the disagreements can be easily understood by outsiders:

Ben holds a number of “liberal” beliefs (meaning they fall to the left of Jim Bob’s far-right ethos), and the Duggar patriarch believes that by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and refusing to condemn all gays to hell, Seewald is defying not only the teachings of the Baptist church, but the very will of God.

But apparently, what concerns Jim Bob even more is some of Ben’s more arcane beliefs, which apparently fly in the face of the central tenets of Jim Bob’s beloved Quiverfull movement.

Insiders say the biggest point of contention is Seewald’s Calvinist beliefs.

One of the more controversial teachings of Southern Baptist Calvinism is that of predestination, or the belief that one’s salvation and path through life are pre-determined.

It’s a belief that’s shared by Jinger Duggar’s husband, Jeremy Vuolo, and apparently the doctrinal differences have created a deep rift within the Duggar clan.

“Every one of the guys have married into the family have their own way of thinking,” a source close to the family told Radar.

“Their beliefs aren’t always going to reflect every little ideal Jim Bob and Michelle embrace. There are a few differences in religious thought processes.”

The insider adds that Ben has been able to maintain close ties with most of his in-laws despite some major ideological differences–but it hasn’t always been easy.

“Overall he’s close to the family,” the insider continued.

“Most everyone tries to agree to overlook things that aren’t in alignment with their thinking. If there’s something that comes out they tend to work it out quickly.”

That said, Ben isn’t the only son-in-law with whom Jim Bob is currently locking horns.

It seems certain revelations about Joy-Anna Duggar’s husband, Austin Forsyth, recently came to light and Jim Bob is not pleased with what he’s learned:

“There has been a lot of talk about the character of her new husband Austin,” a source told Radar in September. “He was more of a rebel child.”

The situation has reportedly led to a generational feud that shows no signs of being resolved any time soon.

“There’s a lot of outrage between increasingly divided factions,” says one insider.

Thus far, Jim Bob has been able to maintain the outward appearance of civility.

But those familiar with the situation say it’s a veritable powder keg that’s liable erupt any day now.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Amy Roloff Tries to Squash Family Feud Rumors

Over the past two weeks, various members of the Little People, Big World family have been sharing various photos online.

They’ve all been very cute and awfully precious because they’ve featured relatives enjoying the holidays together.

But there’s been something missing.

Or, rather, there has been someone missing from any photo that featured Jeremy Roloff and any photo that featured Audrey Roloff.

It’s true. Have you not noticed it?

None of the images shared by members of the Roloffs has depicted both Audrey AND Jeremy in the same shot.

Take note of the snapshot posted above by Amy, for example.

And also the one below, posted by her ex-husband, Matt.

For this reason, and a few others, some fans of this TLC program have been wondering if there’s a rivalry between Jacob and Audrey.

They don’t follow each other on Instagram and they definitely have contrasting views on life.

Jacob is not religious. He travels around the country with his girlfriend and dogs and doesn’t seem too anxious to settle down in one place.

Audrey is VERY religious. She adores her life at home with husband Jeremy and new daughter, Ember.

Is it possible these two have been unable to find any common ground on which they can get along?

Certainly.

But Amy has responded to chatter over any sort of feud with a simple fact.

Why weren’t Audrey and Jacob together at any point over the holidays? Simple, she wrote to followers on social media:

“To clear it up: Jeremy and Audrey were out of town for New Years.”

Oh. Okay then.

The alleged hatred that may or may not exist between Audrey and Jeremy marks one of the few controversies to surround the Roloffs.

For the most part, these loved ones have appealed to viewers over the years because they get along so well with each other.

There’s rarely any drama.

Late last year, however, some insiders claimed there was tension between Amy and Matt (see below) due to the latter’s relationship with Caryn Chandler, who started dating the family patriarch despite also knowing Amy pretty well.

Audrey has also received some backlash for the sort of marriage advice she gives on a constant basis.

Will these reports and rumors have any impact in upcoming episodes?

Will the Roloffs get along differently when the new season premieres?

We’re anxious to find out.

(In other words: Hint, hint, TLC… bring the show back ASAP please!)

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Briana DeJesus’ Mom Opens Up on Javi Marroquin Feud

Last month, we learned that Javi Marroquin will soon be deployed for a second tour of duty with United States Air Force.

Or at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe.

There are some who doubt that Javi is really shipping out again, and frankly–they have every reason to be skeptical.

Marroquin served several months in Qatar, but since returning to the States, he’s falsely claimed that he’s being deployed again on at least two occasions.

Among the doubters is is the mother of Javi’s girlfriend, Briana DeJesus.

Javi and Briana have been dating for nearly four months, and Roxanne DeJesus has made no secret of the fact that she’s not a fan of her daughter’s controversial boyfriend.

She’s also been quite vocal about the fact that she believes Javi is lying about serving another tour of duty with the Air Force.

In a series of now-deleted tweets posted last week, Roxanne accused Javi of spreading fake deployment rumors both to gain sympathy, and to create a compelling storyline for the new seaon of Teen Mom 2.

“How many times can you say I’m being deployed and not get deployed,” she wrote on December 22.

“Stop using deployment as a tool for sympathy. But it’s a good storyline.”

She went on to blast Marroquin for claiming that he plays a significant role in the lives of Briana’s daughters, insisting that she does all the work while Javi and Bri are off having fun.

“Don’t you f–king dare act like you do much because I f–king do it ALL!!” Roxanne wrote.

“And don’t come playing the victim. You are no the victim!!! How many times do I have to give myself to f**king please you! Sit on that…” 

Needless to say, Roxanne isn’t exactly holding back, and her feelings on Javi are quite clear.

Or at least they were…

In a recent interview with Radar Online Roxanne claimed that she has nothing but affection for Javi in a statement that sounded as though it was personally approved by Briana.

“We are a family of love and compassion. The girls enjoyed their Christmas very much. We’re getting along just fine.”

Asked point-blank if Javi is being deployed, Roxanne declined to comment “out of respect for Bri.”

Sounds like a “no” to us.

Sure enough, a source close to Kailyn also spoke with the state and stated unequivocally, “He’s not getting deployed.”

Oh, Javi. Like when Jenelle lied about being pregnant, you won’t be able to keep this up for long.

Watch Teen Mom 2 online to relive Javi’s rocky romance with Ms. Lowry.

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Beyonce & Jay-Z’s “Family Feud” Video is Stunning in Every Way

We've marveled at Lemonade. We've widened our eyes in shock at the admissions on 4:44. Beyonce and Jay-Z have given the world a musical tour of their marriage at its worst.

Until now, however, we've only heard Beyonce and Jay-Z use their art to tell the story separately.

As you'll see in the video below, "Family Feud" may be the Beyonce/Jay-Z collaboration that we've all been waiting to see.

Beyonce in family feud

Whether you hold up Beyonce as a paragon of musical talent or consider her good but overrated (if you do, don't say so out loud, or you'll summon the wrath of the beyhive), you have to agree about this:

Beyonce may have reinvented the art of music video storytelling.

The production value. The concept. The costuming. The motifs. The way that color scheme and lighting match the narrative of the music.

All of those are ways in which top-quality music videos excel and captivate their audiences.

Beyonce took things a step further with Lemonade

Jay z family feud confessional

And now, she's bringing that storytelling excellence to bear with Jay-Z's "Family Feud."

Jay-Z was unfaithful to Beyonce.

His infidelity is no secret, and has not been since Beyonce took us all on a powerful artistic journey with Lemonade.

Only by working through that with her, by going to therapy, by analyzing his actions was Jay-Z able to begin repairing his relationship with Beyonce, which had been corrupted by lies.

In this video teaser, church is front and center — which is what you'd expect from a Christian couple talking about wrongdoing and marriage.

Beyonce family feud confessional

We have to talk about the rich symbolism and the wardrobes, folks. And there's more to it than "church clothes."

We see Beyonce clothed in black, at once like a pope, a judgmental nun figure, and also reminiscent of a Sith Lord.

Stationed above Jay-Z, she stands — and glowers, condemning him.

When he sits in the confessional, however, we see Beyonce in a more welcoming outfit, with the white cloth pauldrons and cape coming out of them better suggesting angel wings than a nun's habit.

Here, she appears ready to listen to what he has to say. Before? She seemed ready to strike him down with her fury and grief.

Jay z family feud church

At the same time, we've seen flashes of another couple during all of this.

It seems likely that the man, though definitely not played by Jay-Z, is meant to represent him.

In the video, this man and woman are making out, seemingly in the throws of passion … until the woman stabs him.

Yeah. It's intense.

Beyonce family feud wrath in black

As powerful as the narrative and visual metaphors are, we are most of all overwhelmed by Beyonce.

She has this mighty presence on screen that dominates your focus.

When she's dressed as a regal, powerful woman, that effect is magnified.

The video below is just the teaser. For the full thing, look on Tidal.

Beyonce and jay zs family feud video is stunning in every way
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Jenelle Evans-Kailyn Lowry Feud Heats Up on Twitter!

When Jenelle Evans sent cease and desist letters to her Teen Mom 2 cast mates last month, fans were understandably curious about all the secrecy surrounding Evans' personal life.

Jenelle gave the impression that she was simply tired of her co-stars spreading false rumors.

But as she proved this week, the newly-married mother of three certainly isn't above spreading fake news on her own social media accounts.

Kailyn Lowry recently decided to call Jenelle out on her hypocrisy, and predictably, things got ugly in a hurry… 

1. Happier Times

Jenelle and kailyn
Jenelle and Kailyn were never exactly BFFs, but there was a time when they were able to at least remain on civil terms with one another. Needless to say, those days are long gone.

2. Throwing Shade

Throwing shade
Jenelle posted an article questioning the paternity of Kailyn’s youngest son. As you can see, Kail was quick to call BS.

3. Jenelle Claps Back

Jenelle evans promoting lipstick
Never one to shy away from a conflict, Jenelle was quick to address Kailyn’s claims as only she can…

4. Screenshots

Screenshots
Jenelle accused Kailyn of playing dumb with regard to the factually inaccurate content whe allegedly shared with her followers. “I have sent you screenshots of the tweets you’ve posted over the years. They we’re included in your letter but you don’t care to mention that part,” Evans tweeted.

5. The Thirst

The thirst
“For you to get on here AGAIN to tweet about some drama goes to show how thirsty you are for attention constantly, you try way too hard. It’s funny,” Jenelle added.

6. STFU

Stfu
Just to drive her point home, Jenelle fired off this tweet without mentioning Kailyn by name. She clearly thought of this as her mic drop moment, but the beef was far from over…

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Meghan Markle & Kate Middleton: Lunching Together to Quash Feud Rumors?

Meghan Markle is a divorced American newcomer, poised to marry into the British Royal Family. Kate Middleton is pregnant with yet another hair to the crown.

As much as Kensington Palace tries to quash rumors of a feud between Kate and Meghan, people notice when one woman is stealing another’s spotlight.

And some wonder if Kate and Meghan’s “double date” with the Queen has less to do with family and is instead a calculated move to make the women seem like friends.

Kate Middleton is pregnant with her third child.

She’s due in April, and while a third royal baby isnt’t the same as the first, well, we’re still talking about a royal baby, folks. It’s big news.

You know what else is big news?

Kate Middleton’s brother-in-law is engaged. Harry and Meghan Markle have even set the wedding date for May 19th.

As excited as people are for the nuptials … that is the month after Kate gives birth.

They couldn’t have put it off?

People reports that Meghan Markle joined her fiance Prince Harry on Wednesday for a yearly royal tradition.

It was the annual pre-Christmas lunch. It took place with Harry’s grandmother, the Queen.

And they were not alone.

Joining them were Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Now, the Royal family has been moving its members around secretly when needed for literal centuries. For this, though, no one made any apparent moves to keep things covert, and the whole world knows that Kate and Meghan were eating side-by-side.

Maybe it’s just tradition … or maybe they’re hoping that news of this family lunch at Buckingham Palace smooths all of those stories of resentment.

Even before Meghan Markle was engaged to Prince Harry or set her wedding date so close to Kate’s due date, Meghan was nudging the already publicly pregnant Kate Middleton out of the spotlight.

Anyone else remember that ridiculous story about Meghan Markle “curing” Kate Middleton’s morning sickness with some sort of home remedy?

At the time, Meghan was just Harry’s girlfriend, but rumors were already attributing magical healing powers to her.

Now that the two are engaged, some people are basically forgetting that Kate’s even pregnant.

As the wedding date approaches, discussions of Meghan Markle are going to grow more frequent, not less.

(Honestly, I predict that plenty of stories about Kate giving birth are going to be framed in a way that mentions Meghan)

Stories of royal resentment, true or not, aren’t going away any time soon.

So what makes the royal family so happy to have Meghan Markle join them?

A couple of things.

One, Prince Harry isn’t a some sort of royal colleague — he’s the prince. He lost his mother at a young age, and his grandmother adores him.

(Who doesn’t?)

So of course they’re happy to clear away some of the hurdles that stand between him and happiness. Honestly, restrictions on royal marriages should have probably gone away a long time ago.

Two, the British government and Kensington Palace know how to do math, and they’ve crunched the numbers.

It’s projected that Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry could rake in some serious dough for the UK.

How much dough, you ask?

$ 670 million.

With the UK bracing itself for losses during their Brexit nightmare, a wedding that draws in 1,000 times its cost is a big win.

And Harry’s happiness? Also a win.

Whatever issues Meghan and Kate might have — honestly, rumor tends to suggest that it’s Kate with the alleged gripes — shouldn’t matter when it comes to each other’s happiness. They’re about to family.

What’s almost certain is that, if these two really are feuding, it’ll stay quiet — expressed only as rumor.

Because the Royal Family would love to avoid scandals.

It would be so nice to believe that the four of them just had a nice lunch with their grandmother who’s also the Queen and that everyone was happy for each other.

Sadly, the world doesn’t always work like that.

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