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Yes, that actually happened on The Bachelor finale last night.
All The Bachelor spoilers you had read about, yet had difficulty believing, actually became a reality:
Arie Luyendyk Jr really did propose to Becca Kurfin in Peru, selecting her as the winner of his season and his heart…
… only to turn around a short while later and dump her for runner-up Lauren!
For real, people!
“Sometimes when I’m on these little getaways with Becca I think about, What would this be like with Lauren?” Arie told the camera during the third hour of this stunning finale, adding:
“It just kills me, because I have a great woman next to me. I go to bed and I think about Lauren. I wake up and I think about Lauren. And I know Becca sees when I struggle.
“She sees the fact that my mind is somewhere else. She knows that I think about Lauren.”
Explaining his “guilt” and how he made a big “mistake”to viewers, Arie later welcomed Becca to Los Angeles, sat her down on the couch – and dumped her!
“The reality of it is that being with you, although it’s been everything that I wanted, I still think about [Lauren],” Arie told Becca, earning points for honest… we guess.
“Are you f-cing kidding me?” Becca replies after Arie admits he wants to see if there’s a “possibility” for him and Lauren.
This scene, of course, was filmed several weeks ago.
How does Becca feel about the shocking and emotional development now?
“He’s a good person, I don’t think he’s a monster and purposely did this to hurt me and make me feel this way,” Kurfin tells People Magazine, expounding as follows:
“But it’s just the result of his actions.
“At the end of the day, I don’t think he thought through everything of how ending things with Lauren would be, how being engaged to me would be and what breaking up with me and going back to her would be.
“I don’t think he thought it through, but I don’t think he did it maliciously to break my heart.”
That’s a mature way to look at things. And likely an accurate one.
Arie is getting roasted over every Internet coal right now, but would it have been better if he denied his feelings for Lauren, stayed with Becca and broke up with her prior to the wedding anyway?
Only one of 22 Bachelors has ever actually married the woman he chose on the finale.
This type of matchmaking simply does not work and perhaps Arie should actually get some kudos for being honest with himself and realizing what he needed to do before it was too late.
Not that anyone can blame Kurfin for her bitter feelings.
“I never thought for a million years that once the going started to get tough that he would throw in the towel and jump ship and say, ‘Oh sorry, I changed my mind,'” she now says to People.
“I didn’t think we were at that point whatsoever.”
Becca also blames Arie for doing the heartbreaking deed in front of ABC cameras, which is a very good point.
She says getting dumped in this manner was “embarrassing” and adds:
“There was a better and more tactful way to do it.
“A breakup is hard enough, and to have it all filmed and have to re-watch it and know that people all across the country are watching you get your heart broken, it is embarrassing. It’s not fun.
“I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. It was like a slap in the face.”
The two-hour After the Rose special airs tonight on ABC.
We’ll discover the status of Arie and Lauren’s relationship during this unique episode of the show.
Becca is quick to say she doesn’t blame Lauren for her role in this debacle of a romance, just Arie for how he handled the whole thing.
But she’ll be just fine in the end.
“At the end of the day I wouldn’t’ change the experience because I met so many amazing people and I fell in love and I had this great experience and memories,” she concludes to People.
“I’m still going to feel a sense of compassion for him because I did love him but at this point, I want him to be happy, I want to be done and not have to worry about them anymore.
“They’re going to be together and do their thing. I wanted to move on and have my person that I can focus on and live my life with. At the end of the day, I do forgive him.”
And, hey, perhaps she’ll end up as The Bachelorette!
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A couple of weeks ago, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux confirmed their split. It’s over. But hey, they’re still friends.
Since their confirmation, they haven’t been very outspoken … but now, Justin Theroux is finally breaking his Instagram silence.
So what does he have to say?
Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston’s relationship did not last forever.
Though the couple only mentioned going their separate ways when they announced to the world that they were going to remain friends, it was clear to many that they’ve resolved to divorce.
The fact that they can go through a split so amicably is a sign that their bond is healthy and strong.
While fans wonder and tabloids speculate about what went wrong, the couple themselves don’t seem to feel especially driven to tell the world anything beyond that they’re breaking up and will remain friends.
But now, Justin Theroux has broken his silence on Instagram.
In the captions beside some adorable photos, Theroux wrote:
“Texas!!! [star emoji]”
A star emoji. Get it? Because Texas is the Lone Star State.
“Another very inspiring visit with the incredible people and pups @austinpetsalive.”
Not only is it wonderful that he lends his fame and platform to such a worthy cause — no-kill shelters and animal adoption — but he has to know that interest in his social media activity is at a high point.
His captions marvel at the work that the people at the shelter do.
“I cannot understand how they do what they do, day after day, so consistently and lovingly to save so many dogs and cats.”
And he endorses anyone and everyone going by to see the precious dogs.
“I HIGHLY recommend going in and getting your nose bit by a toothless baby pitbull.”
That is a very compelling sales pitch.
“These two aren’t yet ready to go, but when they are go get em…”
He gives some shout outs.
“Oh! And hey Houston! You have a Pets Alive no kill shelter there too! @houstonpetsalive Thank you APA!”
He then adds a series of tags.
“#pitbull #austin #texas #adoptdontshop #seniordogsrule …and #selenagomez”
That last one, while falling short of actually tagging Selena Gomez, is followed by a lengthy message that is perhaps the most absurd use of Instagram tagging that we’ve ever seen.
That reads: “Yeah, that’s right, Selena. I did it to you again. But if you saw these guys you’d do whatever you could, too. Also, I know you’re chill like that.”
Now, Selena Gomez and Jennifer Aniston are known to be friends, which is almost certainly how Justin Theroux and Selena know each other.
But it’s funny that he should mention her.
After all, Jennifer Aniston was spotted cozying up to The Weeknd at Ellen DeGeneres’ birthday party … in a photo snapped by Oprah herself.
The two of their exes were spotted side-by-side, and now he’s (almost) messaging Selena Gomez with animal adoption.
Some might wonder if he’s looking to get revenge.
Much more likely, however, Justin Theroux knows that Selena has a weakness for puppies (who doesn’t?) and also that her Instagram power is unmatched.
Who better to help get the word out than a fellow Texan?
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As the world learned this weekend, Kylie Jenner welcomed her baby girl into the world!
It’s wonderful news for her fans, because she finally broke the silence and confirmed what was going on — and shared a lot of secret video of her pregnancy journey.
It’s also great news for her family … right? Now that it’s out in the open, how is Caitlyn responding to her daughter getting pregnant as a teenager?
In an Instagram post, Caitlyn writes:
“My daughter just had a daughter.”
A statement that’s simple and true … but you can feel how profound of a statement that is to her.
“It’s amazing to be by your side through this journey.”
Remember, though Caitlyn totally wrote off the Kardashians, she’s still close with her biological daughters, Kendall and Kylie.
“She’s SO beautiful already. Can’t wait to watch her grow.”
And then Caitlyn includes a special treat.
“Throwback to my baby, as a baby.”
Yes! That is Kylie Jenner when she was just a wee baby and not yet a mother, or makeup mogul, or social media powerhouse.
Is it as exciting as a full photo of Kylie’s baby daughter’s face?
Well … probably not. No offense to Kylie.
(We’re sure that new mother Kylie would not be offended by the suggestion that people want to see her baby’s cute little face)
But it’s a precious throwback nonetheless, and it was very thoughtful and tasteful of Caitlyn to include it.
Kylie’s fans are beyond delighted that Kylie’s returned to the world of social media.
Most are relieved that she didn’t take a break from taking photos of herself, and was able to give her fans a tour — albeit a delayed one — of her pregnancy journey.
That means plenty of pregnancy photos for fans to rave over. It also meant the world’s first glimpse of Kim’s daughter, Chicago West.
Kylie’s daughter was born on February 1st, and weighted 8 pounds and 9 ounces.
It’s no surprise (or is it?) that Caitlyn is overjoyed at the birth of her healthy grandbaby.
It wasn’t always certain that Caitlyn was going to be thrilled at the idea of her daughter’s teen pregnancy.
Initially, reports claimed that Caitlyn felt that Kylie is too young to become a mother.
A lot of people felt that way, whether it was concerns over Kylie’s lack of maturity and experience (for one thing, Kylie’s the youngest sibling, so it’s not like she was a secondary caregiver growing up) or concerns that Kylie would be miserable.
However, then came news about a bit of a change of heart — that Caitlyn was going to support her daughter’s decision to become a mother nearly a year before she’s even old enough to drink.
Neither of those were, you know, official direct statements.
But considering the way that Caitlyn seemed to slam Kylie and Kendall in a recent interview, it wasn’t hard to believe that Cait found Kylie’s pregnancy a tough pill to swallow.
Caitlyn and Kylie have always been close. Kylie keeps in touch with Cait on Father’s Day — or, at least, she always has in the past.
(With Travis Scott as Kylie’s very own baby daddy, we wonder if he’ll start to take precedence)
The world doesn’t yet know the name of Kylie Jenner’s baby, but we can assume that Caitlyn does.
Let’s hope that it’s not as super weird as some fans suspect that it will be. Kylie’s kid deserves a chance at not being a laughing stock.
The Big O has finally answered The Big Question.
Following a Golden Globes acceptance speech (below) that earned her national attention and acclaim, Oprah Winfey has at least addressed the topic on everyone’s mind…
… is she running for President of the United States in 2020 or what?!?
Chatter over this possibility grew strong (like, REALLY strong) after Winfrey was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award back on January 7.
While accepting the honor, Oprah stood before thousands in attendance and millions watching at home and addressed topics such as race and sexism, saying at one point:
“I want all the girls watching to know a new day is on the horizon.
“And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they are the leaders to take us to the time where nobody has to say ‘me too’ again…
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men – but their time is up.”
It was truly stirring stuff, as you can see for yourself below:
In response to Oprah’s inspiration, the Internet blew up in the hours and days after this speech with talk that Winfrey ought to challenge Donald Trump in two years.
Trump himself even touched on the topic.
But is it actually a topic worthy of debate? Could it actually happen?
Tragically, it doesn’t sound likely.
“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not,” Winfrey tells InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown in a new interview, adding:
“And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”
This makes us sad.
Oprah did acknowledge that she’s aware of the buzz out there.
Well aware of it, in fact.
“Gayle [King] – who knows me as well as I know myself practically – has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, ‘When’s Oprah going to run?’” she continued in this interview.
“So Gayle sends me these things, and then she’ll go, ‘I know, I know, I know! It wouldn’t be good for you – it would be good for everyone else.’
“I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”
The idea of an Oprah for President campaign was further fueled by media inquiries of Hollywood talent over the past couple weeks.
Director Steven Spielberg, for example, has said he would “back her” if she declared herself to be a candidate.
Meryl Streep has said she’s ready to write a donation check.
Heck, so is The Hollywood Gossip! We’d toss a few bucks Oprah’s way.
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Ann Curry did her best to take the high road on Wednesday.
Sitting down with CBS This Morning to address a number of topics, Curry was asked early on about her former colleague, Matt Lauer.
Despite sharing a desk for many years, it was an open secret that Curry and Lauer never exactly got along well.
When Curry was fired five-plus years ago by NBC, most insiders believed it was Lauer who forced her out – and most viewers noted that she didn’t really acknowledge her co-anchor during her farewell address on air.
Fast forward to November of 2017… and Lauer getting fired under even more scandalous circumstances.
He’s been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct and even rape.
Some people remain shocked by these charges, truly taken aback that Lauer could even do such things.
But Curry is not one of these people.
“I can tell you that I am not surprised by the allegations,” the veteran journalist said flat-out this morning.
“Do you believe that Matt Lauer abused his power?” Norah O’Donnell asked.
Replied Curry, afraid of saying too much:
“Now I’m walking down that road and I’m trying not to hurt people. And I know what it’s like to be publicly humiliated.
“I never did anything wrong to be publicly humiliated and I don’t want to cause that kind of pain to somebody else.”
Fair enough, of course.
Like we said above, she really did try to take the high road.
“I can say that – because you are asking me a very direct question – I can say that I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed,” Curry continued.
“I would be surprised if someone said that they didn’t see that. So, it was verbal sexual harassment.”
Matt Lauer and Ann Curry dressed as Prince William and Kate Middleton for Halloween in 2011.
Lauer was let go bt NBC in late November after a colleague accused him of sexual misconduct in the workplace.
At the time, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack sent an email to employees just moments before Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb broke the news on the air.
(Kotb has since replaced Lauer as Guthrie’s permanent co-host.)
Since the initial accusation, multiple reports have been published that alleged Lauer sent underlings sex toys, asked them to perform sex acts and even forced himself on a woman in his office on at least one occasion.
A day after his ousting, Lauer issued the following apology:
There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry.
As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.
Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.
I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.
Lauer has said very little since then.
Sources say he’s just hanging out around his home in the Hamptons and spending time with his kids.
We can’t imagine he’s ever hired in the television industry again.
And if this is the case, we’d just like to say one thing:
Donald Trump has not had a good week. He hasn’t since 2016, honestly, but this week has been particularly bad.
After it came out that Trump called countries with non-white majorities “sh-tholes” and that he thought that diplomats should be given tasks according to their ethnicity, another bombshell dropped.
It is alleged that Trump paid a six-figure settlement to a porn star to buy her silence about a sexual encounter that took place after he married Melania.
On Friday, a damning report by the Wall Street Journal alleges that Donald Trump arranged for porn star Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, to receive $ 130,000 in hush money.
Oh, just one month before the 2016 election.
The two of them, per the report, had an alleged sexual encounter in 2006.
Clifford was 27 at the time of the consensual encounter at Lake Tahoe.
In case you need a refresher, Trump and Melania married in January of 2006. So this wouldn’t have just been a hook-up with an adult film star, but cheating on Melania shortly after they married.
Michael Cohen, who was an attorney for the Trump Organization at the time, is the one who made the alleged arrangements for a payment.
The $ 130,000 payment was apparently part of a non-disclosure agreement that the adult film star signed.
The White House declined to comment on the alleged six-figure payment, but called the report that Trump had bedded Clifford “old” and “recycled,” mentioning that the reports had been “strongly denied” even before the election.
(Which is interesting, because mentioning that something was publicly denied is not the same thing as denying it yourself)
Cohen, the attorney who is said to have set up the payment, said that Trump “once again vehemently denies” the story that he had any sort of sexual relationship with Stormy Daniels.
Interestingly, like the White House, Cohen also declined to comment on the $ 130,000 payment.
But that’s not to say that Cohen didn’t have anything to say to the Wall Street Journal:
“This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client.”
Is it really outlandish? Even if this isn’t true, it doesn’t sound outlandish in the slightest.
“You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011.”
He’s right about one thing:
Stephanie Clifford has denied it. She’s denied the sexual tryst and she’s denied the substantial sum of hush money.
Of course, her denial includes the claim that he was a “total gentleman” to her when they met, which just about defies belief.
Clifford does acknowledge that she made some professional appearances for the Trump brand.
For example, she attended the launch of Trump Vodka in 2007, the year after the alleged sexual encounter.
Trump Vodka has, of course, failed like so many of Trump’s business ventures. Production of that shut down in 2011.
But Stormy Daniels’ enduring links to Trump continue.
We’re generally leery of reports, especially when they seem to confirm everything that we suspect about a person we dislike.
But coming from a conservative outlet like the Wall Street Journal, whose sources for this apparently include multiple people in whom Stephanie Clifford confided the story that she publicly denies, it seems to hold water.
Of course, this is Trump. What would be a career-ending scandal for another politician seems to only inspire his most ardent defenders. Spite is making Trump-supporters twist themselves into knots to cover for him.
Maybe, one day, it will all be too much.