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Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent seemingly ‘shades’ Megan Fox for not attending premiere

Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent appears to have taken a jab at Megan Fox.

Kent, 30, attended the premiere of Midnight in the Switchgrass, which her fiancé Randall Emmett, 50, directed.

Fox stars in the film as undercover agent Rebecca Lombardi.

READ MORE: Megan Fox stars in trailer for Midnight in the Switchgrass with boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly

In a since-deleted post, Kent shared a photo of her standing in front of the movie poster, blocking the image of Fox. Some may have interpreted this as a statement.

“So excited for this!” she wrote over the poster where the actress’ name featured.

She also congratulated her partner Emmett, and the rest of the cast. She excluded Bruce Willis, Fox and Machine Gun Kelly who all didn’t attend.

READ MORE: Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s complete relationship timeline

Fox didn’t make the Los Angeles event due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

“Due to the recent California mask mandate and rise of COVID cases, Megan Fox will no longer be attending the premiere tonight,” a rep told Variety. “We appreciate your understanding.”

“Due to the recent California mask mandate and rise of COVID cases, Megan Fox will no longer be attending the premiere tonight.”

Midnight in the Switchgrass is based on the true story of Texas serial killer Robert Benjamin Rhoades. It also stars Bruce Willis, Emile Hirsch and Lukas Haas.

READ MORE: Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s director says he was ‘mesmerised’ by their connection: ‘Magic in that room’

Emmett recently told Yahoo! Entertainment that there was “magic in the room, 100 per cent” when he filmed Fox, 35, and Kelly, 31, in the 2020 flick.

“I sat there behind the monitor, and there were takes where I was so mesmerised by their performances that I would forget to say ‘Action!'” Emmett said.

“Megan sometimes had to be like, ‘Randall, are you going to call, “Action”‘? I was like, ‘Oh my God — my bad!'”

Fox and Kelly met on the film set in March last year. They have been in a relationship ever since often packing on the PDA for cameras.

Jonathan Coleman’s son Oscar Coleman honours his father as he’s laid to rest: ‘Remembering my dad’

Australian radio and TV presenter Jonathan Coleman was laid to rest today.

The beloved TV presenter died at 65 after a four-year battle with prostate cancer. His son Oscar Coleman honoured him with a heartfelt message.

“Remembering my Dad @jonocoleman today. Hopefully, we’ll be allowed a bigger celebration with more than 10 people in a month or two,” Oscar wrote alongside a pamphlet from the small ceremony on July 22.

“Celebrating the life of Jonathan Harry Coleman,” the leaflet read.

Current COVID-19 restrictions mean up to 10 people can attend an indoor or outdoor funeral or memorial service or gathering afterwards — but they must wear a mask indoors.

Jonathan was known for his early work on Simon Townsend’s Wonder World! in 1979. He went on to host radio shows on Triple J and Triple M, before heading to the UK.

He was most recently a presenter on Studio 10.

News of his death was confirmed on July 11 when his family issued a statement.

“Jono and I have been soulmates for close to 40 years. We have been fortunate to live a rich and wonderful life and I have been lucky enough to watch up-close someone with enormous talent and the special gift to make people laugh,” his wife Margot said.

“I will miss him beyond words and with the support of our gorgeous children, Oscar and Emily, and their partners, we will continue to live in the manner he wanted.

“When I asked Jono recently how he wanted to be remembered, he said, ‘For doing a good deed every day.’ Such was the generosity and caring nature of the love of my life.”

Jonathan is survived by his wife Margot, son Oscar and daughter Emily.

The Jonas Brothers hilariously challenge the Hemsworths to a UFC match

The Jonas Brothers have challenged the Hemsworth brothers to a UFC match, which may just go ahead — if the Hemsworths get back to them.

Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas playfully made the proposition while promoting their new special, Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers.

RELATED: Jonas Brothers announce reunion by hilariously recreating their viral video from 2008

Joe joked that the brothers had been inspired by the recent rise in YouTubers heading into the ring.

“We’re going to have a big UFC match,” he said. “It’s gonna be us versus the Hemsworth brothers. The Hemsworths haven’t e-mailed us back yet, but I think it’s gonna be big.”

The Brothers also teased their upcoming Olympic special, where the three of them trained with Olympic athletes for a week, before competing against each other.

But the boys aren’t so sure they’re Olympic-ready.

Ever the self-deprecating, Kevin commented: “We got the opportunity to pretend like we were Olympic athletes for a week or so…and then they filmed it for the audience at home to watch and laugh at us”.

RELATED: Nick Jonas has twitter tantrum over VMAs snub…as brother Joe celebrates getting nominated

The experience was definitely not smooth sailing, especially for Nick, who broke his rib during one Olympic challenge.

“They said to us, this is easy, you’re going to do the BMX track that 11-year-olds do,” said Nick.

“What they didn’t tell us, is that these 11-year-olds have been doing it [at Olympic level] since they were three or four years old”.

His brothers didn’t seem to have too much pity spared. While Nick was mid-explanation Fallon quipped, “Kevin’s laughing by the way”.

RELATED: What it’s like to be one half of an Ausse Olympic power couple

In the rare Zoom interview with the three brothers, they also reminisced about their last tour before the pandemic, and talked about how excited they were for their upcoming Remember This tour, which is expected to come to Australia in August.

New photo of Bert Newton in hospital released by Patti for TV legend’s 83rd birthday

Releasing new photos for birthdays is a common royal tradition, and it’s one that extends to Aussie TV royalty too.

Bert Newton will mark his 83rd birthday tomorrow and to celebrate the event after a rough year for the star, wife Patti released a fun family photo taken before Victoria’s extended lockdown.

The image shows the birthday boy and his wife surrounded by their grandkids — daughter Lauren’s children Lola, nine, Monty, five, Perla, two, and Alby, 10 months — as he recovers from surgery in a Melbourne hospital.

However, the TV legend will be celebrating his day without his family by his side as he remains in hospital amid the lockdown.

Bert has spent almost six months in treatment as a result of a serious toe infection he had been battling since Christmas. He then suffered complications following a life-saving leg amputation surgery on May 8.

RELATED: Bert Newton’s wife Patti shares first photo of TV legend following leg amputation

Patti shared an update with fans on social media recently, thanking everyone for their wishes.

“After a couple of complications, Bert is doing well with a little rehab and lots of laughs and love,” Patti wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Bert in hospital.

“Thanks to all the wonderful people looking after him.”

The seasoned television host was forced to make a “life or death” decision after his health deteriorated.

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford first broke the tragic news to 2GB radio host Ben Fordham on May 10, two days after the hospitalisation, revealing that Bert was told he only had months to live unless he amputated his affected leg below the knee.

While it’s been a long journey on the road to recovery, the Gold Logie winner has had his family rallying around him along the way.

Bert and Patti first met as child stars on radio before meeting again years later when working in TV, keeping in touch through their teens and 20s.

The couple got engaged in January 1974 and married in November the same year, sharing two children – Matthew, 44, and Lauren, 40 – as well as their six grandchildren.

Reality star Erika Jayne accused of ‘acting’ by estranged husband’s ex-employee

Erika Jayne has been accused of “acting” when she recently broke down on her reality TV show when discussing her divorce to lawyer Tom Girardi.

Kim Archie — who is a former legal consultant at Girardi’s firm — weighed in on that scene from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last week when Jayne basically cried off all her mascara during a heart-to-heart with castmate Kyle Richards.

“That whole scene — and I watched it — did she take acting classes?” Archie said in Heather McDonald’s ‘Juicy Scoop’ podcast this week. “I thought she went to, like, an art high school in Atlanta. She needs to get her money back from any classes because nobody was buying any of that. I mean, that was terrible acting. It was horrible.”

Archie said it’s “natural” for people to wipe away their tears in emotional situations, so she remains stumped as to why Jayne let hers fall so freely especially since she’s a super-private person.

“There’s been waterproof mascara since 1938 — before we were all born — so I’m sure she could get waterproof mascara,” Archie commented on the podcast. “She likes big sunglasses. There are scenes that somebody posted where she’s inside with sunglasses. So she’s sitting in bright sunlight with non-waterproof mascara, you know, just sobbing.”

See more of the interview in the video above.

In the scenes Archie was referring to, Jayne appeared inconsolable as she reflected on the aftermath of her divorce filing back in November after 21 years of marriage. 

“It’s lonely and it’s quiet, and you would be shocked how quickly people turn on you, how quickly people distance themselves from you,” Jayne told Richards. “Automatically they turn because they don’t want to be involved. But they were there when it was good, though.”

“Want to know who your friends are? Go broke,” Jayne said in a separate confessional. “Want to know who your friends are? Go to jail. Want to know who your friends are? Ask them to help you bury a body, I don’t know. You’ll find out who’s there for you.”

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Chuck E. Weiss, songwriter and fixture of LA music scene, dies at 76

Chuck E. Weiss, the musician who helped launch the Viper Room with Johnny Depp and was a fixture of Los Angeles’ music scene for decades, died on Tuesday. He was 76.

His bandmate Jimmy Wood confirmed his death, telling Variety, “Chuck E. Weiss left the room yesterday morning around 8:30. JJ Holiday was by his side. He was one of a kind and certainly made Los Angeles a better city!”

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Holiday posted on Facebook on the page for his band, the Imperial Crowns, writing, “All of us who remain must feel very lucky to have been invited to his one-of-a-kind party too. He means a lot and the very most to so many of us.”

Known for his friendship with Tom Waits and for being the subject of Rickie Lee Jones’ hit song ‘Chuck E.’s In Love,’ Weiss spent his career as a LA scene-maker, releasing uniquely rhythmic music himself that teetered between blues and rock.

Weiss got his start in music growing up in Denver, Colorado, where his parents owned a record store. Despite becoming known primarily as a songwriter and vocalist, Weiss began as a drummer, meeting blues singer Lightnin’ Hopkins and eventually going on tour with him, where he played alongside legends like Muddy Waters and Dr. John.

While still living in Denver, Weiss became acquainted with Waits, and the two struck up a friendship and writing partnership. Weiss co-wrote Waits’ song ‘Spare Parts I (A Nocturnal Emission),’ which appeared on his 1975 album Nighthawks at the Diner. Weiss and Waits eventually decided to move to LA, and the two lived in West Hollywood’s Tropicana Motel, a storied hangout for rockers like Joan Jett and the Ramones.

While there, Jones penned the song ‘Chuck E.’s In Love’ inspired by Weiss, while she was romantically involved with Waits. “He sure has acquired this kinda cool / And inspired sorta jazz when he walks / Where’s his jacket and his old blue jeans?/ Well this ain’t healthy, it is some kinda clean,” Jones croons on the track.

Weiss released his first album, The Other Side of Town, in 1981 via Select Records. The album contains the guitar-driven cut ‘Gina,’ among other demos. Weiss then formed his band, the G-d Damn Liars, and they began a weekly gig performing at the Sunset Strip club the Central. When the venue threatened to go under after 11 years, Weiss partnered with his friend and musical collaborator Depp to revamp it as the Viper Room, which became a famous L.A. venue, as well as notorious as the site of River Phoenix‘s death in 1993.

Weiss’ second project and first full-length album, Extremely Cool, was released in 1999. The record featured production from Waits and Tony Gilkyson, and Waits appeared on several tracks. Weiss followed it up with Extremely Cool, Old Souls and Wolf Tickets in 2001, which leaned heavier on the blues side of Weiss’ musical palette. Another album, 23rd & Stout, followed in 2007. Weiss’ latest release was 2013’s Red Beans & Weiss via Anti Records, which featured production from both Waits and Depp.

Weiss also made cameos in several television shows, playing a New York City record store owner in the Gilmore Girls episode ‘Lorelai’s Graduation Day,’ as well as appearing on Married… With Children, Brotherly Love and My Wife and Kids.

American Beauty star Mena Suvari reveals she was sexually abused as a child in new memoir: ‘Part of me died that day’

Mena Suvari has heartbreakingly revealed she was sexually abused as a young child.

The American Beauty actress opened up about the ordeal in her new memoir, The Great Peace, in which she relived the abuse she said began in the sixth grade shortly after her family moved to Charleston, South Carolina. 

“Between the ages of 12 and 20 I was the victim of repeated sexual abuse,” she wrote in her memoir, per an excerpt published in People magazine

The actress said she was raped at her alleged abuser’s family home just before she turned 13, despite telling him, “No, I don’t want to do that.”

“Part of me died that day. He used me, had fun with me, and then disposed of me,” 42-year-old Suvari writes. “He called me a w—e. I never got to have a healthy expression of [sex]. My choice was lost. And that, compiled with already not feeling seen and heard, established a concept that I would have of myself. That that was my value.”

Suvari, now 42, said she blamed herself because she “allowed it to happen” and this led her down a dark path, during which she frequented raves and nightclubs before using hard drugs to numb the pain. 

“I turned to any form of self-medicating I could find, just to get by,” she writes. “I was just trying to survive.” 

At age 17, Suvari then met a man who she said sexually abused her.

“I remember thinking maybe this is how relationships are: the screaming, the name-calling, the abuse. I felt like I had brought it all on in some way,” she writes.

It was acting that eventually saved her life, Suvari said. And with the added support of friends and therapy, she was able to go on to have healthy relationships.

After brief marriages to cinematographer Robert Brinkmann and record producer Simone Sestito, she married Michael Hope in 2018 two years after meeting on the set of the TV movie, I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

The couple welcomed their first baby together in April, a son named Christopher Alexander Hope.

“It was the first time I felt I wanted to have a family with someone. I found out I was pregnant when I finished writing the memoir,” she told People. 

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit their website. In an emergency, call 000.

Sylvester Stallone says he’s ‘very lucky’ to be the father of three daughters: ‘Stop growing’

Sylvester Stallone is very proud of his three daughters!

The Rambo actor shared a photo with his three children Sophia, 24, Sistine, 23, and Scarlet, 19, whom he shares with Jennifer Flavin.

“I am a very very lucky man to have such wonderful, loving children who brought me nothing but joy. Now I wish they would stop growing so tall! Lol,” the actor, 75, captioned the photo.

The photo was taken as his daughters headed to the Midnight in the Switchgrass premiere, which Sistine stars in alongside Megan Fox, Machine Gun Kelly and Bruce Willis, earlier this week. Watch the trailer above!

READ MORE: Sistine Stallone hits the red carpet for premiere of Midnight in the Switchgrass

Sistine also hosts a podcast with her sister Sophia titled Unwaxed, which they launched in 2020.

Midnight in the Switchglass isn’t her first foray into acting — she was previously cast in the film 47 Meters Down: Uncaged.

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Stallone has been married three times. His first wife was Sasha Czack, with whom he welcomed two sons, Sage Stallone and Seargeoh Stallone. Sage died in 2012 from heart disease. He was only 36.

The actor then married model Brigitte Nielson, but they didn’t have children.

Megan Fox says she stopped drinking alcohol after ‘belligerent’ moment at 2009 Golden Globes

Megan Fox no longer drinks alcohol after an embarrassing experience at an awards show many years ago.

During an interview with Who What Wear, the 35-year-old actress revealed she went through “multiple glasses” of Moët & Chandon at the 2009 Golden Globes, where she says she was seated with Blake Lively and all three Jonas Brothers.

“Now I don’t drink, and this is why: I was belligerent and said a bunch of s–t I shouldn’t have said on the red carpet after that,” the Midnight in the Switchgrass star recalled.

“I think I got in a lot of trouble for whatever I said on the red carpet at this event. I don’t remember why but I know that I did. You can look that up.”

On the red carpet that year, Fox spoke to former E! Live from the Red Carpet co-host Giuliana Rancic, but it’s unclear if those comments are the “belligerent” ones she was talking about.

“I’m pretty sure I’m a doppelgänger for Alan Alda,” she said before calling herself a transphobic slur.

Speaking of Salma Hayek in the same interview, Fox added, “I really want her boobs. Those are the most amazing boobs.”

The actress, who was 22 years old at the time, went on to say she was “horrified and embarrassed” to be attending the show and told Rancic her then-partner, Brian Austin Green, was not present because he didn’t want to be her date.

“He doesn’t want to be here. He doesn’t want to be my date. He’s a man. He has an ego.”

Channing Tatum shares rare photo of daughter Everly: ‘Missing this little light being’

Channing Tatum rarely shared images of his daughter, Everly, in the past. But in this last month alone he has shared two.

Weeks after posting a photo showing the eight-year-old’s full face on social media for the first time, the actor has once again uploaded a sweet pic of his only child.

“Missing this little light being…” the 41-year-old captioned the never-before-seen black-and-white snap.  

Tatum shares Everly with his ex-wife, actress Jenna Dewan. The former couple were married for nine years before separating in 2018 and they share 50/50 custody.

Recently, during Tatum’s time with Everly, the father and daughter went on a getaway to an undisclosed beachside location. It was here he shared the first-ever photo of Everly’s face. 

“You my littles are everything! You are my world and my heart,” he captioned a vacation photo of them. “You were looking at the full moon in this pic and telling me the prophecy of the full moon mermaid and then we ran into the water and looked for her and played with glow sticks in the night water calling out to the mermaids. you said you touched a bald headed mermaid and saw a tail. Haha one day you will read this and i hope laugh. We have fun 🤩 hehehe.” 

Everly has also featured heavily on her mum’s social media. Gone are the days where only Everly’s hand or profile were shared on Instagram. Like Tatum, Dewan has been sharing more full-faced shots of their daughter.

“Family summer weekend dump 📷” the Step Up actress captioned a recent slideshow of images. “I am loving being home with my love, my babes, this Cali sun, bday parties, best friends, swimming, laughs and grounding. More of this universe 🙏🏻❤️.”

Dewan, 40, is now engaged to Broadway star Steve Kazee, 45, and they share a child together, Callum, who turned one in March.

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Eric Clapton says he won’t play venues that require proof of vaccination

Eric Clapton will not perform at venues that require proof of vaccination.

“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021, I feel honour bound to make an announcement of my own: I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show,” Clapton said via a statement posted onto architect, film producer and anti-vaxxer Robin Monotti Graziadei’s Telegram account.

The news follows UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement Tuesday that as restrictions on social gatherings lift, nightclubs must require guests to show a COVID Pass from the UK’s National Health Service upon entry for everyone over the age of 18.

Clapton has been releasing anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown statements and songs for close to a year now. In December 2020, Clapton joined fellow classic rocker turned anti-vaxxer Van Morrison on his song, ‘Stand and Deliver.’

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The song features lyrics including, “Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?” and “Dick Turpin wore a mask too.” Variety critics ranked it as one of the worst songs of 2020.

In an earlier release, Clapton detailed a “disastrous” experience with the AstraZeneca vaccine for which he blamed “propaganda” for pushing on him. The musician continued on revealing that he suffers from “peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.”

A rep for Clapton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kanye West’s ex sister-in-law Khloe Kardashian supports new music release

There’s no bad blood between Kanye West and his former sister-in-law Khloe Kardashian!

The rapper, 44, who is bracing to drop his album DONDA on July 23, shared a teaser of the new music on Instagram.

Kim Kardashian’s sister noticeably liked the post, along with millions of the musician’s fans. Watch the clip above!

READ MORE: Kanye West confirms Donda drops Friday in new Beats by Dre ad starring Sha’Carri Richardson

Khloe was also spotted liking a photo West shared featuring some chunky gold necklaces bearing his four children’s names.

In early June, Khloe also showed her love for West with a birthday throwback photo.

“Brother for life,” she captioned the snap with West, her ex Tristan Thompson and Kim.

Kim has similarly spoken about remaining West’s “biggest fan”, despite their split.

“We have an amazing co-parenting relationship and I respect him so much… I will forever be Kanye’s biggest fan,” she said on the final reunion show for Keeping Up with the Kardashians. “He’s the father of my kids. Kanye will always be family.”

DONDA is West’s fifth studio album. The release comes fives months after Kim filed for divorce after seven years of marriage.

READ MORE: Kanye West reportedly slams Kim Kardashian in lyrics of new song, breaks down on stage at listening party

One of the tracks off the album ‘Welcome To My Life’ reportedly sheds light on their broken marriage. The Sun reported West got emotional when he performed the song at a listening party.

“It’s a very deep, sad song about Kanye, with him reflecting on his marriage with Kim,” a source told the outlet. “He talks about the kids and mentions her taking everything. After he played this song he paused for like, two minutes, and cried. It was really somber.”

What’s next in Britney Spears’ messy legal conservatorship battle?

After 13 years of being silenced, Britney Spears‘ voice has been heard around the world. Following scathing testimony in Los Angeles on June 23 when the Princess of Pop told the judge her conservatorship is “abusive,” Spears gave her second voluntary testimony this summer, speaking to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on July 14 and once again slamming her father, Jamie Spears, who has been her sole conservator since she was placed under the court-ordered arrangement in 2008.

“I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him for conservatorship abuse,” Spears told Judge Brenda Penny at her latest hearing.

READ MORE: What’s going on with Britney Spears?

While Spears’ heartfelt pleas have rallied global support for the #FreeBritney movement, terminating her conservatorship won’t be easy, despite a major legal victory this past week in which Spears was granted her own lawyer — power lawyer Mathew Rosengart, who has represented Steven Spielberg and Sean Penn.

“It’s certainly a strong step in the right direction towards termination of the conservatorship, or certainly modification,” says lawyer Scott Rahn, founder and managing partner at RMO LLP in Los Angeles, who specialises in estates and conservatorships. “But there’s a road ahead, and it could be a long, winding path or it could be a short one.”

There’s been more movement in Spears’ situation over the past month than there’s been in more than a decade: Spears’ manager of 25 years, Larry Rudolph, quit; her court-appointed lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, resigned; and wealth management firm Bessemer Trust pulled out as co-conservator. But all parties involved will have to consent to terminate the conservatorship; if they don’t, the case will likely end up in a complex trial that will bring depositions from dozens of caretakers and medical experts who have interacted with the singer over the course of 13 years.

“If somebody objects to termination, the reality is you’re looking at potentially a year before a trial,” Rahn says. “My sense is that this is just the beginning.”

During both of her explosive statements, Spears told the judge she refused to be evaluated again and demanded to be freed from her conservatorship. According to numerous legal experts, that scenario is highly unlikely.

“To start a conservatorship, you need a doctor or psychologist to say that the potential conservatee is suffering and cannot make decisions for him or herself. You need the same kind of expert testimony to get out,” says family law attorney and former clinical psychologist David Glass.

Sources close to the singer say the first step, before requesting to terminate, is working to remove Spears’ father — which her lawyer has pledged to do immediately.

“My firm and I are moving aggressively and expeditiously to file a petition to remove Jamie Spears unless he resigns first,” Rosengart told reporters outside Stanley Mosk Courthouse on July 19, after a hearing over a money dispute between Spears’ father, who controls her estate, and temporary conservator Jodi Montgomery, who manages her day-to-day well-being, as conservator of her person. As the conservators go head to head, this latest hiccup in Spears’ case does not directly impact the singer, but highlights the messiness of her conservatorship. (The next court date on the matter is set for July 26.)

READ MORE: Britney Spears’ lawyer Mathew Rosengart is ‘moving aggressively’ to remove her father as conservator

In spite of Spears’ claims of abuse, at this time, the court has not investigated whether her father has breached any of his fiduciary duties in his role as sole conservator. But experts say the court could temporarily suspend him, as an interim solution, just to get rid of the attention surrounding the highly publicised case. (Spears, who told a judge in June that she wants to sue her family and wants her conservators to be in jail, also seems to have had a falling out with her sister, former Nickelodeon actress Jamie Lynn Spears, who she mentioned in an Instagram post this past week weekend, with a photo that read: “My so-called support system hurt me deeply.”)

“Her wanting to have a voice has played an important part in what we’re seeing,” Rahn explains of the momentum in Spears’ conservatorship case. “The court always wants to hear from the conservatee because through this process, you’re essentially asking the court to put somebody else in charge of somebody else’s life and that’s not something they take lightly.”

Despite the heightened public interest and global outrage over the allegations in Spears’ blistering testimony, the probate court will handle the pop icon’s case, just as it would any other conservatorship — without special treatment. “The court can’t just take the client’s word,” says Glass.

But, Spears’ case is highly unusual with no direct point of comparison, given her international fame, her ability to work and make hundreds of millions of dollars while under conservatorship, and her age. (Most conserved individuals are elderly and die during the duration of their conservatorship, so there is rarely a need to terminate the conservatorship.)

“If there wasn’t sufficient evidence to demonstrate to the court why there was a need for a conservatorship originally, the court would have never instituted it,” says Rahn, who is completely unaffiliated with Spears and has never met the singer or worked on this particular case. “From Britney’s own words of not wanting to be poked-and-prodded any longer, from my understanding, there have been evaluations ordered, and the results of those evaluations seemed to have supported the ongoing needs and basis for conservatorship, opposed to terminating it or modifying it.”

The trusts and estates lawyer adds: “We hear a lot about this case, but we actually know very little because the file is sealed. We can’t speculate because we don’t know.”

Despite the potential legal obstacles ahead, that momentum is encouraging for #FreeBritney fans, who have been dedicated to Spears’ cause for years and have pushed through the noise of being called conspiracy theorists when they first said the star was being held against her will.

“Nothing is going to change about this corrupt conservatorship without public outrage,” says Kevin Wu, a #FreeBritney activist who held a rally at the courthouse at Spears’ first public hearing.

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Another fan, Dustin Strand, who was present at both of the recent Los Angeles hearings, spoke to Variety outside the courthouse last week. “We’ve been pushing for this for so long,” he said after Judge Penny granted the singer her own lawyer. “To hear that Mathew Rosengart is here to help Britney, makes me feel so much better — like a weight has been lifted off my chest.”

Following the July 14 hearing, Spears took to Instagram to thank her fans and say her case is “coming along,” gleefully noting that she has “real representation” now. That Instagram post marked the first time ever that the singer used the hashtag #FreeBritney.

“Now that she’s really lent her voice to the movement, she’s made all the big steps for us, and we’ve all been able to come so far in the past couple of months,” says her fan, Strand.

Rosengart thanked the fans in a brief impromptu press conference outside the courthouse on July 19.

“I, once again, want to thank Britney Spears for her courage and for her strength,” her new lawyer said. “I want to thank Judge Penny for her courtesy in welcoming my firm and I into this case. … And I also want to thank Britney Spears fans and supporters. The outreach and support for my firm, myself and most importantly, Britney, has truly been overwhelming from coast to coast, and literally throughout the world.”

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Though the global outpouring has kept Spears’ case in the headlines for the past month, constantly drumming up continuous support for the star, the role the media and the fans play in swaying a legal decision is “minimal at best,” according to Rahn. “Public opinion and news reports are simply not evidence,” the lawyer adds. “Courts don’t make decision on emotion. Courts make decisions by applying law to facts.”

Still, it’s impossible to deny the renewed interest in Spears’ case following the spotlight put on the conservatorship from the fans and journalists covering the case, including the New York Times-produced doc Framing Britney Spears, recently nominated for two Emmys.

“We felt it was in the public interest to expose as much as we can about what’s really been going on,” says the doc’s director, Samantha Stark. “But no one could ever tell us what has been happening to her for the past 13 years better than Britney Spears herself — and she certainly delivered.”

Stream Framing Britney Spears for free on 9Now.

Chrissy Teigen fears she could be cancelled ‘forever’ as cyberbullying fallout continues

Chrissy Teigen has vowed to mind her own business from now on.

Speaking to TMZ, the cookbook author said she learnt a valuable lesson after being accused of cyberbullying by model Courtney Stodden, and has therefore decided to stay in her lane. 

“I have decided I’m not getting involved in anyone’s s–t ever again,” she said when confronted by the outlet while out and about in LA. 

The 35-year-old also laughed when asked how long she would be part of the “cancel club”, saying: “I don’t know, it could be forever. I have no idea. I don’t know.”

“All I can do is live my life and take care of my kids and family,” she added. “Everyone else can make their choice.”

READ MORE: What happened between Chrissy Teigen and Courtney Stodden?

Teigen — who is married to singer John Legend — was at the top of her game just months ago. She was at the helm of a growing cooking empire, released numerous Cravings by Chrissy Teigen cookbooks, created a cookware collection that was stocked in leading department stores and had numerous endorsements.

But her world quickly unravelled in May when her past online behaviour was called out by 26-year-old Stodden.

According to Stodden — who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns — Teigen persistently bullied them via Twitter when they were just a teenager. 

“She wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself. Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die,'” Stodden told The Daily Beast at the time. 

Teigen apologised on Twitter for her actions, tweeting: “I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention seeking troll …  I’m so sorry, Courtney. I hope you can heal now knowing how deeply sorry I am.”

Following the scandal, Teigen has kept a low profile. Aside from a reflective post shared on online essay-sharing platform, Medium, the star has been uncharacteristically silent on social media. She did return to the platform last week, however, to say she was tired of being a member of “cancel club”.

READ MORE: Courtney Stodden responds to Chrissy Teigen’s apology: ‘She blocked me on Twitter’

“I don’t really know what to say here…just feels so weird to pretend nothing happened in this online world but feel like utter shit in real life,” she wrote on Instagram. “Going outside sucks and doesn’t feel right, being at home alone with my mind makes my depressed head race. But I do know that however I’m handling this now isn’t the right answer. I feel lost and need to find my place again, I need to snap out of this, I desperately wanna communicate with you guys instead of pretending everything is okay. I’m not used to any other way!! 

“Cancel club is a fascinating thing and I have learned a whollllle lot. Only a few understand it and it’s impossible to know til you’re in it. And it’s hard to talk about it in that sense because obviously you sound whiney when you’ve clearly done something wrong. It just sucks. There is no winning. But there never is here anyhow.”

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Robin Williams’ son Zak reveals new details about father’s depression on what would have been his 70th birthday

In August, it will have been seven years since the death of Robin Williams shocked the world.

The famed comedian and actor died by suicide in 2014 after battling Lewy Body Dementia. He would have turned 70 on Wednesday, July 21.

READ MORE: How Robin Williams’ behind-the-scenes slapstick shenanigans launched a child star’s career

Zak Williams, the eldest son of the Good Will Hunting star, spoke candidly about his father with The Genius Life podcast on Wednesday and detailed the comedian’s psychological struggles amid his diagnosis — and misdiagnosis.

“What I saw was frustration,” Zak said.

Doctors diagnosed Robin with Parkinson’s disease two years before his suicide. But an autopsy later revealed Robin and his medical team had treated the wrong illness.

“What he was going through didn’t match one to one [with what] many Parkinson’s patients’ experience,” his son added.

“It was a period for him of intense searching and frustration. It’s just devastating.”

Zak also opened up about his own mental health struggles following his father’s death, explaining how he battled PTSD, alcoholism and depression.

“I was self-medicating through the trauma using alcohol,” he revealed, adding that his declining health led him to seek professional help. “I was just sick and tired of trying to treat myself using harmful means.”

READ MORE: Mrs. Doubtfire star Lisa Jakub recalls Robin Williams’ heartwarming gesture on movie set

“What is it I need to not only take care of myself but to show up for others? I think many [men] feel isolated; many don’t have the outlets needed.”

Twitter remembered Robin Williams on his birthday with postings of photos of some of his roles, video clips and quotes attributed to the star.

“Happy birthday to Robin Williams, who always understood the role,” SiriusXM Host Eric Alper tweeted.

Fans recently buzzed after learning Disney+ will be streaming one of Williams’ most famous roles, Mrs. Doubtfire, beginning Wednesday.

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