Christina El Moussa’s pissed her good looks are being used to hawk an anti-aging product — she’s only 33, but she says the real issue is she never endorsed it … so now she’s threatening to sue. Christina’s name popped up in an online campaign…
Luann (de Lesseps) D’Agostino‘s relationship with now-husband Tom D’Agostino, Jr. was a controversial pairing that fueled much of the fighting during last season of The Real Housewives of New York City — his Regency Hotel makeout with another woman days after proposing to Luann causing an all-out war during the show’s final episodes.
But according to the 51-year-old former Countess, that’s all in the past.
On Wednesday’s all-new episode of the hit Bravo franchise, Luann made it loud and clear that Tom wouldn’t be straying again — and that if he doesn’t fly straight, “he’s going to get his wings clipped.”
The revelation happened as Luann once again found herself defending her relationship from negativity and gossip — this time coming from longtime friend Sonja Morgan.
As she had done with Ramona Singer during the season 9 premiere, Luann met with Morgan on Wednesday to confront her over things the luxury lifestyle brand operator had been saying in the press. “Sonja’s been saying crazy, crazy Sonja stuff,” Luann explained. “She’s been talking out both sides of her mouth.”
As fans remember, it was alleged during season 8 that Tom had previously had a friends-with-benefits relationship with Morgan — claims he all-but denied throughout the season. Luann confirmed their romantic past on Wednesday though, suggesting that Morgan’s jealousy of their upcoming marriage was driving her mean-spirited rumors.
“Once again, Sonja’s stuck in the past,” Luann said. “She would have liked to be with Tom and that didn’t happen. There was no love story — it was a tryst. And if there was a love story, he’d be with Sonja and not me.”
“I think Sonja would like to be with Tom and that didn’t happen,” she continued. “Maybe Sonja thinks she missed the yacht.”
What exactly had Morgan been saying that had Luann all riled up?
Well for one, Morgan said that if Luann’s marriage fell apart, she’d be there for Luann. “If you don’t make it down the aisle, I’ll here for you,” Morgan reiterated to Luann when confronted about it. “I’ll always be there for you. I’ll be there for you if you’re with Tom or not.”
While Morgan’s words sounded positive, Luann felt they were anything but. “Sonja, it’s hurtful,” she said. “It’s negative. You’re not behaving like somebody who is supportive of what is happening in my life.”
“So that was a fluke moment at the Regency Hotel — making out with some old flame?” Morgan asked, adding that she still didn’t trust Tom and was frustrated that Dorinda Medley had set Luann up with him.
“What kind of friend introduces you to a player like that? She knew what he does. He goes out with very young tall girls or he goes out with washed up Playboy bunnies. She knows that — and then she introduces you to him? What kind of friend does that?”
RELATED VIDEO: RHONY Dorinda Medley on the Other Housewives Causing Drama With Luann and Tom: ‘Women Need to Support Other Women’
Still, the future Mrs. D’Agostino remained firm. “That’s is the past — you’re living in the past. It happened a year ago,” Luann said. “Now I’m getting angry … that’s negative. If you’re my friend you need to be supportive of my decision to marry Tom. … I’m certain about it. When you know, you know. 100 percent.”
The two ended their conversation — though Morgan didn’t appear to have an intention of being honest about her feelings to Luann in the past. “Luann is stubborn and she only wants to hear what she wants to hear,” Morgan confessed. “I’m worried about her, so I only want to tell her what I really think. And that’s one of the reasons I’m not in the wedding party, I’m sure.”
Morgan has bigger fish to fry, though, with Medley, who famously didn’t invite her to the Berkshires last season, because she was worried (among other things) that Morgan’s drinking would be too much.
“I’m still really hurt that Dorinda didn’t have me to the Berkshires this past year,” Morgan said. “There were all these flimsy excuses, like my drinking. I don’t think she needs to worry about my drinking — she should worry about her drinking.”
FROM COINAGE: Side Hustles of the Real Housewives of Atlanta
Medley was not too happy with Morgan either — and didn’t appear ready to, as she would say, “make it nice.”
“She’s been spreading horrific lies that have been hurtful and disparaging to me,” Medley said. “I have to nip it in the bud because it’s not nice.”
“It amazes me that Sonja can go on about other people’s lifestyles when, A, she doesn’t know anything about them and when she has one of the most colorful lifestyles out there,” she said. “Now I’ve had it — and now I have to figure out how I’m going to handle it. And I am going to handle it.”
Judging from the previews for next week, Medley’s rage is only going to grow from here on out. Buckle up.
The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.
Jeff Varner says he sincerely regrets outing Zeke Smith as a transgender man on Survivor.
Varner, 50, tweeted an apology to Smith, 29, following news that Varner had outed Smith as transgender before Smith had the opportunity to reveal the news himself, if he had chosen to do so.
“Yep. I did that. And I offer my deepest, most heart-felt apologies to Zeke Smith, his friends and life allies, his family and to all those who my mistake hurt and offended,” Varner began.
He continued: “I recklessly revealed something I mistakenly believed everyone already knew. I was wrong and make no excuses for it. I own responsibility in what is the worst decision of my life.”
“Let me be clear, outing someone is assault,” he added. “It robs a strong, courageous person of their power and protection and opens them up to discrimination and danger. It can leave scars that haunt for a lifetime. I am profoundly sorry. Zeke is a wonderful man and I will forever be amazed and inspired by his forgiveness and compassion. I thank God for that and the gift of being an example as to why you should never do what I did.”
Smith tells PEOPLE he did not want to be the “first transgender Survivor contestant,” in the current issue of the magazine.
“I’m not ashamed of being trans, but I didn’t want that to be my story,” he says. “I just wanted to go out on an adventure and play a great game. I just wanted to be known for my game.”
The Brooklyn-based asset manager debuted on season 33 of the CBS show last fall and returned for the all-star season 34 in March.
Smith said he was “shell-shocked” when his competitor Varner outed him in an attempt to paint him as “deceitful” in the episode airing Wednesday night.
“I think he hoped others would believe that trans people are dangerous and fraudulent. That reasoning is infinitely worse than him outing me because it’s the same one used to discriminate against, attack and murder trans people,” Smith says. “What’s great is that nobody bought it.”
Survivor airs Wednesdays (8 p.m. ET) on CBS.
When reality worlds unite!
Along with her husband, Ben, two sons — Spurgeon Elliot and Henry Wilberforce — sisters Jana Duggar and Jinger Duggar, and three others, the TLC star visited the HGTV personalities’ Magnolia Market and Gardens: an old rustic abandoned property with two silos on it that was transformed into a fresh and cheerful place that is frequently buzzing with visitors.
“Oh yes we did,” Jessa, 24, captioned a photo of herself holding Spurgeon, sister Jana holding Henry, and a third friend in front of a green Magnolia Market and Garden car.
“Best day ever,” Jessa, 24, she captioned a second photo of the group in front of the Silos Baking Co.
Utilizing Instagram’s carousel feature, Seewald also shared snaps of the group eating cupcakes; a photo of herself, Ben and Henry indoors in front of a display of flowers; and a group photo of the the ladies in front of the silos.
FROM COINAGE: 9 Healthy Kitchen Staples That Cost Less Than $1 Per Serving
After marrying Jeremy Vuolo last fall, Vuolo, 23, relocated from her home state of Arkansas to Laredo, Texas, where her husband works in ministry.
“We have just so perfectly adapted, it’s been incredible,” Vuolo told PEOPLE in February. “The biggest blessing.”
In a Counting On clip released Tuesday, the newlyweds shared details from their November wedding, including her bouquet and soccer-themed confetti.
As a nod to Jeremy’s past career as a pro soccer player, the couple’s wedding planner had the ring bearer dropped soccer-themed confetti down the aisle.
“I didn’t know that Michael would be throwing out the little soccer ball confetti,” Jeremy said in the video. “I thought that was a neat touch by Ms. Cindy that put that together as a reflection of my past and my years playing soccer.”
Tune-in to new episodes of Counting On which begin airing this summer on TLC.
On Wednesday’s episode, the two-time contestant was outed as being transgender by fellow tribe member Jeff Varner in front of the other contestants.
“I come from small town Wisconsin, and I just remember when that happened thinking, ‘I think overall, it’s going to be a good thing for Zeke,’” Boehlke said during the PEN Fan Forum: Survivor, which aired immediately following the show.
“Probably there’s a lot of people who are homophobic or transphobic, they’re just not exposed to it. Now, they’ve seen Zeke as Zeke on Survivor, and hopefully they don’t think anything differently of him because we didn’t. So I think that’s hopefully something that’ll be great that comes out of it.”
Smith, 29, debuted on season 33 of the CBS show last fall and returned for the all-star season 34 in March. When he was cast on the CBS reality show in 2016, the Brooklyn-based asset manager didn’t necessarily plan on sharing that he is transgender.
“I didn’t want to be the ‘first transgender Survivor contestant,’” Smith says in the current issue of PEOPLE. “I’m not ashamed of being trans, but I didn’t want that to be my story. I just wanted to go out on an adventure and play a great game. I just wanted to be known for my game.”
To see Smith in the pages of PEOPLE, pick up the latest issue of the magazine, on newsstands Friday
Smith, who was raised in Oklahoma and transitioned while studying religion at Harvard, was “shell-shocked” when Varner outed him and praises his cast mates for rebuking the fear tactic.
“It’s important people see he lost that fight. The message should be clear that hate will always lose,” he shares.
RELATED VIDEO: Outed as Transgender on Reality TV: Survivor’s Zeke Smith
And though Smith was open about who he was during his Survivor audition, he did not want to discuss it during filming.
“When you tell people you’re trans, you get two reactions: Either they look at you funny and pull back, or they go, ‘Aww, that must be so hard.’ I’m a goofy, fun-loving guy, so neither of those reactions work well for me,” he said.
Varner tweeted his apology to Smith and the viewers on Wednesday writing, “I recklessly revealed something I mistakenly believed everyone already knew.”
— Jeff Varner (@JEFFVARNER) April 13, 2017
Survivor airs Wednesdays (8 p.m. ET) on CBS.
Gigi Hadid‘s off-duty look costs more than most people’s rent.
The model, 21, was spotted arriving at her New York City apartment on Wednesday following a photo shoot and brought high-fashion to the casual streets when she wore an ab-baring cashmere sweatshirt combo.
Hadid opted for Sally LaPointe’s long-sleeved crop top and slit pants that were both impeccably embellished and made of grey cashmere wool.
FROM COINAGE: The Most Expensive Shoes You Can Buy Right Now
The cropped sweater features metal beads and plastic sequins at the neckline and an exposed back zipper while the coordinating pants feature a high-rise waist and embellished cuff. To further catch the eye, Hadid exposes her long legs through the side slit detailing of the comfy trousers.
And to top it all off, the Tommy X Gigi designer seamlessly completed her ensemble with metallic heels.
A top New York City judge was found dead in the Hudson River on Wednesday. She was 65.
Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s body was discovered just before 2 p.m. Wednesday along the river’s shore near Harlem, one day after being reported missing.
An appeals court judge, she was the first African-American woman appointed to New York’s highest court. Police say her body showed no obvious signs of trauma, according to TIME. Her exact cause of death is still being determined.
A law enforcement official told The New York Times investigators found no signs of criminality, and that her husband identified her body.
New York Governor Andrew said in a statement Wednesday that Abdus-Salaam was a pioneer with an “unshakable moral compass.”
Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist and a force for good.
On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies. https://t.co/hnic07Shp1
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 12, 2017
“Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all,” he added according to the Times.
Abdus-Salaam grew up in Washington, one of seven children and earned her law degree from Columbia University in 1977, the Times reported.
She became a public defender in Brooklyn, and represented people who could not afford lawyers, then served as an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State attorney general’s office.
When Alicia Keys isn’t busy flexing her many music muscles, the Grammy award-winning singer is off working to save the world.
The 36-year-old singer this week accepted Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2017, calling the honor “one of the most proud moments of my life.”
“Especially as an activist, as a woman, here in this world, who is driven to recognize the injustice in the world and recognize the unfairness, the inequality, the things that have to change, the ways that we, as everyday people, all of us, have a part to play in that,” The Voice coach said in a statement.
Keys has long championed the fight against AIDS/HIV in children across the globe through the organization she co-founded, Keep a Child Alive. And the singer has spoken out against gun violence, the refugee crisis and criminal justice reform among other social justice issues.
FROM COINAGE: Jay-Z & Beyonce: All the Ways J and Bey Get Paid
“It encourages me to continue to speak out against injustice and use my platform to draw attention to the issues that matter to me,” she said of the award.
The organization will officially present Keys with the award on Saturday, May 27 in Montreal, Canada, according to the statement.
Along with KCA, Keys launched the We Are Here Movement, encouraging young people to take action in criminal justice reform and the efforts to end gun violence.
She opened up about the fight against HIV/AIDs at the KCA’s annual Black Ball in October, telling PEOPLE that becoming a mother has made her efforts all the more meaningful.
“It’s always been way more impactful — even in part of my speech tonight, I talk about how the children who don’t receive access to the medicine that Keep a Child Alive provides oftentimes won’t reach 2 years old,” Keys said then.
“And my son is just about to be 2 years old. Whoa. Can you imagine? So, it gives me a reference point that’s way different than even before. It’s an even deeper understanding of why the fight against AIDS has to continue.”
Pink is never too tired to feed her little guy, even during a hike.
The pop star posted a selfie breastfeeding her 3-month-old son, Jameson Moon, while on a hike on Wednesday.
The “Just Give Me a Reason” singer smiled at the camera as she hashtagged #normalizebreastfeedingyo in the photo’s caption.
“Hiking makes us thirsty!” she captioned the photo. “#happybaby #hotpocket #normalizebreastfeedingyo #arewethereyet.”
This isn’t the first time the singer has posted a photo of herself breastfeeding her newborn son. In late February, Pink shared a snapshot of herself with her daughter, Willow Sage, 5, cuddling with her and her brother.
“‘I was dead-I came alive. I was tears-I became laughter,’” began the caption, taking from a poem by Rumi, whom Pink credits in the text. “‘Love’s wealth arrived, And I became Everlasting fortune.’”
Pink is no stranger to breastfeeding, having partaken in it with Willow when she was a baby. And though Jameson’s first teeth haven’t come in yet, hopefully for his mom’s sake, he takes after his big sister when they do.
“She’s got six teeth,” Pink said of Willow in 2012, “but she’s not a biter.”
Kelly Clarkson is celebrating her son’s first milestone!
The “Because of You” singer was overjoyed at her son Remington Alexander‘s first birthday party — which included a red rocking horse and yellow camping tent cake.
“Happy 1st Birthday to our sweet little boy!! #RemyB #BlackstockCampgrounds #ILoveHim,” Clarkson captioned the photo collage she posted on Instagram on Wednesday.
Clarkson, 34, and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, have two children together; 1-year-old Remington and daughter River Rose, 2. She is also stepmother to Blackstock’s oldest children: Seth, and Savannah.
FROM COINAGE: Top 5 Most Expensive Movie Collectibles
The singer has previously said that she tries to make time to go out with her husband, but that it’s tough when you have four kids in the house.
“We don’t generally do a lot, honestly, because we’re just so tired! He manages Blake Shelton, he also manages me, we have four kids, there’s a whole career!” said Clarkson, who stopped by the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show in December to promote her song “It’s Quiet Uptown” from The Hamilton Mixtape.
“I had kids older, so I had selfish times when I’d go out and have fun so I don’t feel like I’ve missed anything,” the American Idol alum added. “I feel like a lot of moms that started at like 21 having kids—no, no. I started at 30, so we’re good!”