Feelin’ the love. Maksim Chmerkovskiy shared a first photo of baby Shai Aleksander on Valentine’s Day in a sweet post to Instagram on Tuesday, February 14.
“Happy V-Day to my absolute number one ❤️,” the Dancing With the Stars pro, 37, captioned the image, a selfie of himself, wife Peta Murgatroyd and their newborn son. “Thank you, I love you and I'm in love with us … #Family #babyChmerkovskiy #HappyValentinesDay.”
The picture is the first time that the couple have shared a closer look at their little one since he was born on Wednesday, January 4. Murgatroyd, 30, also shared a touching image of the family of three on Tuesday, a touching picture taken shortly after Shai’s birth.
“To the loves of my life … my one and only Valentine, Papa @maksimc … I love you and our little Shai more than ever ❤,” she captioned the photo of Chmerkovskiy leaning over to give her a smooch while she cradles their bundle of joy in a hospital bed. “This is without a doubt the most special and significant Valentines Day for me #happymom #myeverythings XO.”
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The happy couple, who got engaged in December 2015, revealed their happy baby news last May, with Murgatroyd (also a DWTS pro) debuting her baby bump on Instagram a month later. “We couldn’t be happier,” she captioned a picture of Chmerkovskiy kissing her bare belly. “Baby Chmerkovskiy is coming.”
The DWTS hunk similarly expressed his excitement over the baby-to-be last September, telling Us at a DWTS event, “I’m ready! But I’ve been ready [to be a dad] since I was like 21. But now I know that I’m ready, I’m like, ‘Thank God it didn’t happen before.’”
Of his lady love, Chmerkovskiy only had the highest praise. “I think she’s going to be an amazing mom,” he told Us. “We’re going to look back on this process and say we had one of the easiest pregnancies.”
Love is in the air! Kate Hudson wasn’t shy about expressing her love this Valentine’s Day. The Fabletics designer took to Instagram on Tuesday, February 14, to post a video of herself singing Rihanna’s "Love on the Brain," while performing to an attentive audience of one.
Hudson, 37, showed off her killer vocals by belting the tune into an old-fashioned microphone, in what appeared to be her living room. She was all smiles throughout the video.
“We got love on the brain and sending you all (hearts)! Happy Valentine’s Day from our fam to yours,” she captioned the video.
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The mom of Ryder, 13, and Bingham, 5, is no stranger to the singing spotlight. She had a recurring role as Cassandra July on Fox's television musical series Glee for five episodes, during which she performed songs including "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" and "All That Jazz." She's also showed off her skills on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where she burst out into En Vogue's "Hold On," wowing both the audience and Fallon.
On Christmas, Hudson's Instagram followers found themselves being serenaded to her singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" beside her decked-out Christmas tree.
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Though her vocal talent is no secret, fans reciprocated the Deepwater Horizon actress’ love and gratitude in the comments section. “You are so talented!!!” one follower raved. Another chimed in: “You can sing too! I had no idea!”
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Kellyanne Conway has been banned from Morning Joe, cohost Mika Brzezinski announced on Wednesday, February 15, saying the counselor to President Donald Trump is "not credible anymore."
"At times in recent days, Kellyanne Conway has struggled to be on the same page, to say the least, as the rest of the staff in the White House," Brzezinski, 49, said on the MSNBC morning show, just one day after Conway, 50, made contradictory comments to Matt Lauer on the Today show about national security adviser Michael Flynn's resignation.
"We know for a fact that she tries to book herself on this show. I won't do it because I don't believe in fake news, or information that is not true," Brzezinski continued. "Every time I've ever seen her on television, something's askew, off or incorrect."
Morning Joe cohost Joe Scarborough added, "She's out of the loop. She's in none of the key meetings. … [It's] bad that a spokesperson in the White House actually goes out and makes things up."
Conway coined the now-infamous phrase "alternative facts" in January while defending White House press secretary Sean Spicer on NBC's Meet the Press. Last week, Conway was under fire for endorsing Ivanka Trump's products on Fox News after Nordstrom dropped first daughter's line. Days earlier, she cited the nonexistent "Bowling Green massacre" on MSNBC as justification for the president's controversial immigration ban.
"I don't even think she's saying something that she knows to be untrue," Scarborough, 53, continued on Wednesday. "She's just saying things just to get in front of the TV set and prove her relevance because, behind the scenes, she's not in these meetings."
Brzezinski concluded, "Kellyanne Conway does not need to text our show, at least not as long as I'm on it, because it's not happening here."
Regardless of what fashion’s top designers think will be all the rage come fall, they all agree on one thing: Political statements are this year’s top trend. Everyone from Prabal Gurung and Christian Siriano to front row attendees and models shared messages of inclusion and support on the runway at this year’s New York Fashion Week. Read on to find out how the fashion industry is fighting for a better future for all.
1. The CFDA Partners With Planned Parenthood
The organization launched its Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood campaign ahead of Fashion Week to raise awareness and support for the critical health care its centers provide to millions of Americans each year. Pink pins with the campaign’s name have been distributed to participating models, designers, agencies, fashion influencers and attendees, who have been wearing them proudly since NYFW kicked off February 9.
Along with the pins, designer Adam Lippes showed his support by posing with handmade signs reading “My Body My Choice,” Women’s Rights Are Human Rights” and “Girl Power.” Fellow designer Jonathan Simkhai put his money where his mouth was, donating $5 per seat at this February 11 show to Planned Parenthood. Front row guests also received “Feminist AF” T-shirts, available for $95, with all proceeds benefitting Planned Parenthood.
The Nepal-bred designer sent a diverse group of models, including Bella Hadid and Candice Huffine, down the runway of his February 12 show in black and white T-shirts with slogans like: “The Future Is Female,” “Stay Woke” and “Nevertheless She Persisted,” in response to Elizabeth Warren being banned from the Senate floor during Jeffrey Sessions' attorney general hearing.
"I wanted to capture what I felt there," Gurung, 37, told The Hollywood Reporter of being inspired by the January 21 Women’s March. "I read about what Gloria Steinem was doing in the '70s and the movement, but I never thought I’d live to see that kind of thing. But when I went there, and I saw all the women there, I thought, 'Oh my God.' They set an example for the rest of us that by peaceful resistance, we can make some changes. It took women to do that. So I wanted to capture that."
3. Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne Mock Donald Trump
The Public School Creative Directors showcased tops and hats with the phrases to “Make America New York” and “We Need Leaders” as models walked to “This Land Is Your Land.” The signature red caps also threw more style shade at POTUS with the number 44 1/2 stitched on the side.
4. The Women’s March on the Runway
Ahead of Mara Hoffman’s February 14 presentation, the demonstration’s co-chairs Bob Bland, Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour gave a reading celebrating diversity and encouraging attendees to fight for their rights. “We stand together, honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us,” said Bland. “We dedicate ourselves to all the women around us."
5. Tome Dedicates Their Collection to the Guerrilla Girls
Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin dedicated their latest collection to the anonymous female artist collective that has been fighting for women’s rights since the '80s. Their show notes even included the group’s 1988 publication, The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist, and the design duo took their final bow wearing Planned Parenthood T-shirts.
6. White Bandannas Tie the Fashion Industry Together
Tommy Hilfiger, who has said it “should be an honor” to dress first lady Melania Trump, sent all his models down the runway of his Tommy x Gigi show in white bandanas to show unity, equality and appreciation for all of humanity as part of Business of Fashion’s #tiedtogether hashtag.
Attendees of Calvin Klein’s February 10 show also received white bandannas with a note that read, “Unity, inclusion hope and acceptance. Join us at Calvin Klein wearing the white bandan[n]a #TiedTogether.” A model wrapped in an American flag concluded his presentation by walking down the runway to David Bowie’s “This is Not America.”
7. Christian Siriano Continues to Embrace Diversity
In a show that featured 10 plus-size models (and many of color), the Project Runway season 4 winner, 31, paired a silk skirt with a black T-shirt with “People Are People” printed on front in black letters.
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Changing it up! Though Kate Upton returned to the cover ofthe Sports IllustratedSwimsuit Issue for the third time, the model, 24, said she took a different approach with the 2017 edition.
“This year, I had a completely different mindset about my body and instead of always trying to fit in a certain sample size, I wanted to be strong and healthy,” Upton, engaged to Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander since May, toldSports Illustrated. “Changing my workout and focusing on weight training helped me do that. It helped me think about my body as a machine and less of something people can judge me on. People feel ashamed when they look bad one day, but it’s okay not to love yourself every second of every day. Appreciate what your body can do.”
Her trainer Ben Bruno, who also counts Chelsea Handler and Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Fialho as clients, offered some insight about Upton’s new workout routine when he congratulated her on Instagram. “She worked so hard and did it the smart and healthy way, both in the gym and with her diet,” he wrote Wednesday, February 15. “You might be surprised to know that she can push well over 500 pounds on the sled, deadlift close to 200 pounds, and hip thrust over 200 pounds. I'm very proud of her hard work and hope it can be inspiring to women who are hesitant to embrace strength training.”
While Upton hit the gym and watched her diet to achieve her model figure, this year’s Swimsuit Issuecelebrates women of all sizes at every age with its Swimsuits For All campaign. Fronted by plus-size model Ashley Graham, the photo spread features real women and models of all ages and body types in suits from the 29-year-old's size-inclusive swimwear line.
“Those are the campaigns I want to do and the career I want to have — to inspire women to love themselves,” Upton continued to Sports Illustrated. “That’s a balance of working hard and eating healthy but also enjoying life and having cheat days and for the emphasis not to be on the ideal perfect body. It makes me proud to be asked back."
Is anyone really surprised? Beyoncé's isolated vocals from her spectacular 2017 Grammy Awards performance on Sunday, February 12, have leaked online, and they're as flawless as you'd expect.
In a newly surfaced mic feed video, the 35-year-old pop superstar effortlessly sings "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles" from her visual album Lemonade with incredible precision. The vocals, which rival those on the record, are particularly incredible considering the fact that Beyoncé is pregnant with twins.
Even when Beyoncé performs an impressive leaning chair stunt, her breathtaking voice sounds as smooth as ever and doesn't break once, further proving that she's much more than a surprise album–releasing, Becky with the good hair-hating, lemonade-sipping queen.
Beyoncé's isolated vocals from her 2017 #GRAMMYs performance. 🎤 👑
Later on Sunday night, the "Formation" singer was presented with the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade. Clad in the same gold dress she wore for the performance, Beyoncé read her acknowledgements off a matching gold card, thanking her "wonderful husband," Jay Z, and their "beautiful daughter," Blue Ivy, 5.
"We all experience pain and loss and often we become inaudible," she said, in one of her most extensive comments to date on the acclaimed Lemonade project. "My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that will give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable. It's important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House, and the Grammys, and see themselves. And have no doubt that they're beautiful, intelligent and capable. This is something I want for every child of every race, and I feel it's vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes."
Beyoncé also took home the Grammy Award for Best Music Video for "Formation." Much to the Beyhive's dismay, she did not win Album of the Year, which the Recording Academy gave to Adele's 25. As the British singer, 28, accepted the top prize, she proclaimed her love for Queen Bey and argued that Lemonade should have won. She also broke the award in half, giving a portion to Beyoncé.
Former NHL player Mike Comrie is being investigated for alleged rape, TMZ reports. The Los Angeles Police Department tells Us Weekly that there is an investigation of alleged sexual battery, but could not provide additional details.
According to TMZ, a woman claims that Comrie sexually assaulted her at his West L.A. condo on Saturday, February 11. The unidentified woman reportedly told authorities that she met up with Comrie, 36, at a bar before he allegedly raped her multiple times at his residence. TMZ says she went to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center afterwards and a rape kit was administered.
According to TMZ, Comrie has known the woman for a long time and there was a second woman involved in the sexual encounter.Sources told TMZ that Comrie says it was consensual.
Comrie was previously married to Hilary Duff from August 2010 to February 2016. The pair announced their split in January 2014 and finalized their divorce two years later. They remain amicable and coparent their son, Luca, 4.
Metallica's high-energy performance with Lady Gaga at the 2017 Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 12, didn't go exactly as planned. The heavy metal band's lead singer, James Hetfield, was forced to power through issues with a faulty microphone from the moment the set kicked off — and he was not happy about it.
"I haven't seen him like that in 20 years," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said during an interview on The Late Late Show With James Corden Tuesday, February 14, as seen in the video above. "I mean, he was livid. I mean, he's aged really well and he's a pretty chill guy, but the first five or 10 minutes in that dressing room [were] not a lot of fun."
Despite the technical difficulties, the band and Gaga, 30, delivered an intense performance of "Moth Into Flame," the second single from Metallica's 2016 album, Hardwired … to Self-Destruct. "We fought through it and, you know, with the fire and Gaga in my lap for a minute at one point, it was just … keep going, keep going, keep going," Ulrich, 53, continued. "So we just fought through it, and a lot of people said it at least made for great television."
Ulrich also spoke about the performance with Rolling Stone, saying the American Horror Story actress was the "quintessential perfect fifth member of this band." (Kirk Hammett is the lead guitarist and Robert Trujillo is the bassist.)
"Her voice, her attitude, her outlook on everything is so awesome," the drummer said. "[The performance] was so effortless and organic and she just has the spirit of hard rock and metal flowing through her veins. It comes really easy for her. There's nothing contrived; she just has this super warm, easy energy."
Carlos Santana is sorry … sort of. The rocker, 69, took to Facebook Tuesday, February 14, to explain his earlier remarks that Beyoncé lost to Adele in several categories, including album of the year, at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards February 12 because she's "not a singer." His note, however, stopped short of an outright apology.
"I would like to clarify a comment that was reported when I was doing an interview for some upcoming shows in Australia & New Zealand," the 13-time Grammy winner wrote. "My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammys. My comment about Beyonce was regretfully taken out of context. I have the utmost respect for her as an artist and a person. She deserves all the accolades that come her way. I wish Beyonce and her family all the best."
In an interview with the Australian Associated Press following the biggest night in music, Santana weighed in on the 28-year-old Brit's shocking sweep over the "Formation" artist, 35. "I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing," he said. "With all respect to our sister Beyoncé, Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at and it's more like modeling kind of music — music to model a dress — she's not a singer, singer, with all respect to her."
Santana's comments drew sharp criticism on social media from members of the BeyHive. "Beyoncé out sang and outperformed Carlos Santana at the superbowl pregame years ago so he can keep his comments," wrote one irate fan.
Those genes! Christie Brinkley and her daughters, Alexa Ray Joel and Sailor Brinkley Cook, dished about their stunning Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue photo shoot during the Todayshow on Wednesday, February 15.
SI revealed a sneak peek of their beach spread last week. In one shot, the iconic supermodel, 63, wears a mesh one-piece in a tropical location while Joel, 31, and Cook, 18, coordinate in black bikinis.
"I kind of thought, 'I like the challenge.' And with these two gorgeous girls next to me, who is going to be looking at me anyway?" Brinkley told Matt Lauer of being approached for the photo shoot.
Joel chimed in: "Oh, please, mom. Everybody! Come on."
The trio are happy with the end result, but Joel, whose dad is singer Billy Joel, was a bit nervous at first. "I was completely freaked out as the non-model," she admitted.
"[I was] definitely more excited," Cook interjected. "I've wanted this my entire life."
The women came prepared for the shoot — thanks to Alexa. "Alexa is the boss. She takes over," Brinkley said.
"I'm a bit of a control freak," Alexa admitted. "I brought the extensions for everybody, I had the skincare masks. I had the bug spray, all organic."
The trio also spoke about body insecurities and being in the public eye from a very young age. "I think growing up just as a girl, just as any young girl, you deal with body-image issues and you deal with seeing people on billboards that have these tiny bodies and these perfect airbrushed figures," Cook said. "And you look at yourself growing up and you go through all these phases, awkward phases, and you don't feel good enough. I definitely didn't."
Growing up in a famous family was especially hard for Alexa. The musician said that critics used to make fun of her face.
"The one thing that's hard growing up in the public eye is when you happen to catch the criticism at about 9 years old for a girl. It's crucial," Brinkley said, tearing up. "That's the age where they are sort of separating from their parents and gaining their own identity and to suddenly see a newspaper that calls you a name — and Alexa had to deal with that … It was excruciating as a mom. I could cry now."