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COSMO Cover Girl Venus Williams Says She Isn't 'Desperate' For Marriage, Admires Naomi Osaka For Her Strength

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A ring is the last thing on Venus Williams' mind. The Cosmopolitan cover girl gets real about not being "desperate" to marry at the age of 41. She also shares her thoughts about fellow tennis player Naomi Osaka and what she's doing that's changing the tennis game inside...

We didn't get to see Venus Williams flex her skills at the 2021 U.S. Open due to an injury. However, she's Cosmopolitan magazine’s October cover girl and she looks AH-MAZING with her adorable dog, Harry:

 

Inside, the seven-time Grand Slam winner opened up about relationships and why her ultmate goal in life isn't trekking down the aisle to be married.

The 41-year-old athlete explained her love of freedom is one driving force why she isn't rushing to tie the knot, and why she doesn’t feel pressure to settle down with a romantic partner or start a family.

 

 

“I have a lot of friends who don’t believe me when I say that I like my life and I don’t want to change it for any reason. I’m not desperate and they don’t believe me,” she shared.

Sis is NOT worried meeting a deadline to get married and said she's happy with singledom (or just dating).

“They say things like, ‘You’re going to miss your window.’ I’m like, ‘Please, relax. You might feel this way, but I don’t. I promise you I don’t.’”

Oop.

“There’s this sort of quiet resistance that Venus always carries herself with,” says journalist and podcast host Jemele Hill. “She’s chosen to live her life so unapologetically and I think there’s a beauty in that. Especially when you think about these narratives about how Black women are desperate or lonely or how after a certain age, something is wrong with you if you aren’t getting married or having kids. The joy that she has both on the court and off it is kind of an indirect retaliation to that narrative. She just seems like somebody who’s just not pressed. I love that about her.”

And so do we. Even after her tennis superstar sister Serena Williams tied the knot To Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Venus is still rocking to the beat of her own singledom drum. And we love to see women living THEIR best life how THEY see fit.

Venus last played at the Chicago Women's Open last month before announcing she was pulling out of the 2021 U.S. Open, joining her sister Serena on the sidelines. She said she was having issues with her leg that caused her to drop out. It's the first time she hasn't played at the U.S. Open since 2006.

Folks have been keeping tabs on tennis, especially since Naomi Osaka has been vocal about her struggles in the sport. She withdrew from the French Open because she prioritized her mental health first and Venus is all for it.

“I admire everyone who stands up for what is right, which isn’t easy,” she says of Naomi and her peers. “It takes strength, courage, and vulnerability. I love to see this next generation of players be willing and open to do that regardless of the cost to them.”

And while she didn't HAVE to say it, Venus and Serena are the reason why they're so many different young women of color dominating the sport, so she (and Serena) know all to well about pressures of being a world-class athlete.

This fall...

Venus and Serena's childhood and rise to fame will be put on the big screen in November when King Richard, starring Will Smith& Aunjanue Ellis, premieres. In the cover story, she talks about what it was like handling different situations growing up in tennis and how she always stayed true to who she is.

“We’re like gladiators out there, literally,” Venus says in Cosmo. “You go out there with your lance and it’s just you. “As you grow up and mature, you realize you don’t have to be in any situation you find disrespectful,” she explains. “You can let people know what you find disrespectful.”

As we all know, society loves labeling a black woman "angry" or "difficult" when she sets boundaries for people.

“It doesn’t have to be yelling or screaming. I’m not a combative person. I’m never going to let any situation change that, because I want to look back and know that I stayed true to who I am. So come. Come for me if you want to, but you won’t come again.”

BLOOP!

You can read more from her cover story here.

King Richard hits theaters and will stream exclusively on HBO Max starting November 19th.

Photo: FRANCESCO PANUNZIO/Shutterstock


Nicki Minaj Pulls Out MTV VMAs Performance As Husband Kenneth Petty Pleads Guilty To Failure To Register As Sex Offender, Faces Years In Prison

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Nicki Minaj just announced she will no longer be performing at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. The announcement comes shortly after reports that her husband Kenneth "Zoo" Petty pleaded guilty for failing to register as a sex offender in California.

All the deets inside...

 

Sorry Barbz! Nicki Minaj is no longer set to perform at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, set to go down this Sunday.

A fan tweeted the QUEEN raprtress about performing at this year's show, which will be held inside Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and she announced she decided to pull out of performing. As for the reason? She said she'll explain another day. However, fans can expect her to hit the stage at the VMAs next year.

 

 

“I just pulled out. I’ll explain why another day. But I love those guys at MTV. thank you Bruce. I love you so much. Next year we there baby,” the "Seeing Green" raptress tweeted.

News of the 38-year-old Young Money emcee pulling out of the VMAs comes on the heels of reports about her husband Kenneth Petty's sex offender case. Just recently, the husband to the NYC raptress pleaded guilty during a virtual court hearing on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender in California.

You'll recall, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, 43, struck a plea deal with the feds last month. However, he could still end up behind bars.

Mr. Petty agreed to plead guilty to one count of failing to register as a sex offender in California. In return, the feds will reportedly seek a sentence towards the low end of the guidelines. The maximum sentence allowed for the crime is 10 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release.

His sentencing is scheduled for January 24, 2022, so he'll be home with Nicki and "Papa Bear" for the holidays.

In March 2020, Mr. Petty turned himself in to police after he was pulled over by police for a traffic stop in November 2019. Cops ran his name and realized he was a registered sex offender in New York, but failed to register in California after he moved there in 2019 with his wife.

Kenneth was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in 1995. According to reports, he served nearly 4 years in NY state prison and was required to register as a sex offender.

The rape victim has been vocal about allegedly being harassed and intimidated by Nicki and folks in her camp. She recently spoke out about an alleged recent threat on her life, claiming one of their associates threatened her with guns even after she filed a new lawsuit against them. You can get those deets HERE.

 

Photo: Nicki's IG

Model Jasmine Tookes Marries Snapchat Exec In JAW-DROPPING Fairytale Wedding, Then Hits The NYFW Runway

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Jasmine Tookes trekked it down the aisle to marry Snapchat exec Juan David Borrero in Ecuador. Then, she hopped on a flight to New York to strut her stuff at New York Fashion Week. See flicks from her fairytale wedding and her hot shots at NYFW inside...

Supermodel Jasmine Tookesis having the best two weeks of her life.

The 30-year-old Victoria's Secret Angel married Juan David Borrero, 31-year-old director of international markets at Snapchat, at The Church and Convent of St. Francis in Ecuador (his home country) on September 4th. Juan is also the son of Alfredo Borrero, the Vice President of Ecuador.

"Still can’t believe I’m living in a real life fairytale with you @juandavidborrero 9.4.21. I’m officially Mrs. Borrero," she captioned a carousel of gorgeous flicks from her fairytale wedding.

 

We lterally GASPED.  The supermodel wore a custom long-sleeve Zuhair Murad gown, inspired by Grace of Monaco, that featured a 15-foot-long train and a removable top skirt, which she paired with custom Perfect heels from Sarah Flint.

 

For her "something blue," Jasmine customized her white pumps with scalloped blue leather lining, plus an engraved plaque on each outsole monogrammed with her new initials and wedding date.

The groom wore a double-breasted Armani tuxedo for their speical day.

 

After dating for four years, Juan popped the question to Jasmine last September:

 

He pulled off an extravagent propoasal which included a helicopter ride to a romantic spot in Utah. Juan asked for her hand in marriage with a seven-carat diamond ring. Sheesh!

“Before going to the hotel, we landed in between rocks in the middle of nowhere and sat and had Champagne and a charcuterie board,” she told VOGUE. “A photographer hired to capture the moment disguised herself as a hotel staff member, and she told us to check out the lookout point after we were finished with our Champagne. Once we walked up there, I looked down on the ground, and [written there was], ‘Will you marry me?’ I was in complete shock. It was the sweetest, most thoughtful proposal that I could have ever imagined.”

Sweet. Congrats to the couple!

After the wedding....

It was back to work!

Jasmine Tookes ripped the runway for Laquan Smith and she also hit up the Revolve Gallery during New York Fashion Week.

 

 

Gorge!  Black supermodels are TOP TIER.  We love to see it.

Photo: Getty

VMAS RED CARPET: Lil Nas X, Chloe & Halle, Saweetie, Ciara, Ashanti, Doja Cat & More Have Everybody Talking

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Your faves were all the way back outside in New York for the 2021 VMAs. We've got all the fashion, the lewks, the could-have-kept-it looks and all the unexpected appearances inside.

The 2021 VMAs went down at Brooklyn Barclays Center in full force after a scaled down-mostly pre-recorded 2020 VMAS (thanks to Covid).  Host Doja Cat had plenty of jaw dropping looks in her bag for the night, but Lil Nas X may have won that battle with his long train'd red carpet look.

 

 

He also took home the top award - Video of the Year for "Call Me By My Name".

Chloe and Halle made their arrival side-by-side before Chloe made her solo debut with her performance. And they had two totally different vibes  with their looks:

 

Chloe - who was a performer for the night - popped out with an odd, futuristic foil look from Marni. Didn't love it.  And halle was giving us sultry in a sexy, white Monot dress.  

The locs and makeup on both ladies though were perfection.

Normani also gave us a sexy, killer white look - made of vegan leather - by Patrycja Pagas and white Louboutins for the carpet before she performed:

 

 

Hot!

Host Doja Cat started off her night with her first of MANy looks for the night:

 

She hosted and performed.

Saweetie gave grecian goddess vibes in this icy, vintage Hollywood glam look:

 

She's also the newest global ambassador for MAC Cosmetics, so her makeup was on point oo.  As always.

Ciara had a SUPER busy day, but wife and mom duties never end, even as a superstar. 

She and the kids jetted from NY - where she's been all week for Fashion Week - to Indianapolis earlier Sunday to watch Russell play his first game of the regular season with the Seahawks.  She wasn't missing the first game of his 10th year for nothing. 

Then, she headed back to NY later on just in time to slay the red carpet in Tom Ford:

 

Yes ma'am!

 

Rapper Flo Milli sparkled her way onto the carpet:

Love to see it.

The Deans hit the carpet with their coupledom before Alicia Keys took the stage to perform:

 

A little boring but...no surprise there.

 

Newly single Winnie Harlow closed out the Laquan Smith fashion show earlier in the week, so it was only right she wore the designer for the red carpet too:

The flirty short set was perfect for this show.

 

We didn't expect to see this pairing on the carpet.  Ashanti and repeat-baby-daddy Nick Cannon posed it up as Ashanti arrived in a sexy cut-out/banded dress before presenting alongside Ja Rule.  They were being saluted as Y2K icons, so it looks like Nick was just showing his love - on one knee:

 

Ashanti rocked Michael Costello and Jennifer Le shoes with GBGH Elevated Jewelry.

Be careful girl.  He can get you pregnant just from a look, apparently.

 

But this look though....

Busta Rhymes, in Fendi, Spliff Star and co. also hit the carpet.

 

Big Latto and her epic braid pulled up to the carpet with 24K vibes in House of JMC (Julian Mendez Couture) with Gucci shoes and Nancy Newberg jewelry:

 

Stunning model Adut Akechserved up sheer sex appeal:

Whew.

"Cinderella" star Billy Porter hit the carpet super glammed up, and styled by Beyonce's ex-stylist Ty Hunter:

 

Tinashe was definitely in the Y2K state of mind when she hit the carpet.  We don't know if it's year 2000 or 2021 ust by looking at her and these lace up leather pants:

Definitely a throw back Britney Spears/Chistina Aguilera vibe that we're SURE they rocked to the VMAs in the past.

 

And Simone Biles hit her first major red carpet since the Tokyo Olympics:

Pretty in pink!

Just call her Queen Kamie:

MTV's "Catfish" host and former Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford made her VMAs red carpet debut with a sparkly look.

And social media stars (L-R) Denzel Dion and Rickey Thompson also hit the carpet with a definite statement look:

 

Photos: Getty, Courtesy of MTV Networks

Normani Understood The MTV VMAs Performance Assignment & ATE, Channeled Janet Jackson With Surprise Teyana Taylor Cameo

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One thing about Normani, sis is going to serve up an epic performance. The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards tried to sleep on Normani, but she proved just why she should have been slated to perform from the very beginning.

Get into her Janet Jackson-inspired performance that featured a surprise cameo from Teyana Taylor inside...

 

The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards tried to play our good sis Normani. Let's not act like she didn't SLAY her solo performance at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

Weeks before the awards show, fans were rushing Normani with questions about whether or not she would be performing at this years MTV Video Music Awards. Not shying away from the drama, she revealed the awards show hadn't reached out to invite her to perform after the first round of performers were announced.

Normani's fans went hard in the paint for the former Fifth Harmony singer, creating online petitions and running up hashtags like #LetNormaniPerform to help knock some sense in the awards show producers. Well, they finally caught on and announced she would be performing days before the live show went down inside at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

And boy were we in for a treat!

The 25-year-old entertainer hit the stage for an epic performance of her chart topping hit, "Wild Side," featuring Cardi B. It was the first time she performed the song on television. Cardi B couldn't make it since she just gave birth to her second baby, a boy, whom she shares with Offset.

Towards the end of her performance, the "Motivation" singer surprised fans with an homage to Janet Jackson’s “Would You Mind” that featured a cameo from Teyana Taylor all tied up. Fans lost it as Normani straddled Teyana (both rocking London Couture) while twerking, bringing back memories of how Janet made that man's life years ago.

 

 

 

 

Watch Normani turn up her "Wild Side" with Teyana below:

For reference, peep Janet's performance below:

With the way rapper Lil Boosie always wants homophobic smoke with Lil Nas X, now TS Madison is wondering where is that same energy over girl-on-girl action being front and center during an awards show: 

 

 

 

Thoughts? 

Photos: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

#HAVEMERCY: Chlöe Serves Up Beyoncé 2.0 Vibes For Solo Debut At 2021 MTV VMAs

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Following the perfectly crafted blueprint of the one and only Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, Chlöe had tongues wagging and folks singing her praises for entertaining the masses with an incredible solo debut during this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

Peep her performance inside...

The singer Chloe Bailey is gone. Chlöe has entered the chat.

We grew to love her as 1/2 of Chloe x Halle, Beyonce's soulful singing sister proteges. Now, she's going by Chlöe and she's making sure you don't forget it.

We knew her solo debut at the MTV VMAs would be good, but we weren't expecting everything she delivered as she performed her new single "Have Mercy," which was released on September 10th. The music video features Chlöe a modern-day Medusa. For her VMAs performance, she gave that and more.

 

 

Chlöe's new track and MTV VMAs performance is her first track and performance as a solo artist after previously releasing music and performing with her sister, Halle Bailey.

Showing her sisterly love, Halle - who plays Ariel in Disney's upcoming live-action of "The Little Mermaid" - excitedly introduced her sister's solo performance.

Catch the Parkwood vibes below:

SLAYED!

 

Photos: Getty Images

Once Again, Lil Nas X Leaves Viewers In Shock Following 2021 MTV VMAs Performance

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By now, you know Lil Nas X is going to bring the shock value and his performance at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards was no different.

Go inside to see his performance - another viral moment to add to his collection - inside...

Lil Nas X brings the shock value ... again.

It's nothing for the "Old Town Road" artist to have folks jaws on the floor following a performance, so it didn't come as a surprise when he turned up at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.

Tight pink boxers. Pink ski masks. Half naked dancers. A twerk fest. Lil Nas X made sure to put on an entertaining show for his fans while he performed his single "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" and "Industry Baby." Y'all know rapper Booise is losing it. Surprised he hasn't hopped on IG Live to complain yet.

Peep Nas perform "Industry Baby" & "Montero" below: 

After hitting the stage...

Lil Nas X was awarded Video of the Year for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)." During his acceptance speech, he thanked the "gay agenda" before thanking his team who helped create the video.

“OK, first I want to say thank you to the gay agenda. Let’s go gay agenda!”

Check it below:

Photos: Getty Images

#METGALA Legends Serve Up Epic 'American' Inspired Fashion: IMAN, JLo, Ciara, Lupita, Tracee, Taraji, Serena, MJB & Gabrielle Union

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Several fashion vets made their way to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to flex their American fashions for this year's Met Gala theme.

Go inside to get the fashion deets on IMAN, Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Lupita Nyong'o, Tracee Ellis Ross, Taraji P. Henson, Serena Williams, Mary J. Blige and Gabrielle Union....

Fashion lovers rejoiced when the red carpet opened for the biggest night of fashion. Especially since the Met Gala got canceled last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This year, celebs had to prove proof of vaccination to attend this year's gala, hence why Nicki Minaj announced she wasn't attending (at least in part).

Since we're just getting back into the swing of things, the Met Gala dedicated this year's theme to the United States titled, "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion."

Let's just say supermodel IMAN 'OVERstood' the assignment. Because...like...UGH! Utter iconic perfection! The legendary supermodel showed all the newbies how its done.

As she made her grand entrance, IMAN glowed in gold Harris Reed that featured a tiered metallic overskirt and a custom headpiece to match.

THIS is how you do the Met Gala. And honestly, the carpet REALLY could have been closed after Iman arrived.  Because chick shut ish down.

Also...

Jennifer Lopez never disappoints at the Met Gala and this year wasn't any different.

She took a risk and it worked. We're feeling the Western chic flawlessness, a nod to America's hstory with the wild, wild west,  that only she can pull off.

And her boo Ben Affleck was right by her side:

EMMY nominated actress Tracee Ellis Ross always executes a fashion assignment in a perfect way.

She slipped into a royal blue Balenciaga couture number to pay homage to a few Black American icons. Watch her breakdown her 'fit with Keke Palmer below:

HA!

Ciara loves an edgy look for the Met Gala. And it doesn't get much edgier than rocking a football jersey dress to rep for her NFL husband Russell Wilson. Especially since there's no sport (other than baseball) more American than football.

The mom-of-three slipped into a bright green, Seahawks inspired, cut-out Peter Dundas gown that was obviously custom made just for her. The dress featured the number 3 on the front, which is the same number her husband wears. And the crystal covered football purse is super cute.

It's different. It fits the theme. And it works.

Red carpet slayer Mary J. Blige also wore Peter Dundas. She looked amazing, but safe.

A denim dress with a 2021 spin on it? Yep. You can't get anymore "American" than that.

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o looked amazing and her hair - inspired by the artworks of Lorna Simpson - pulled her look together:

Taraji P. Henson - who celebrated her birthday on Saturday - hit the Met Gala carpet in a Moschino jumpsuit that featured a little butt cleavage. On the carpet, she said she was going to turn up all month for her birthday!

One time for the birthday chick! She said her look was inspired by iconic singer Diana Ross:

OK!

Tennis superstar Serena Williams loves a feathered look, so she incorporated that in her superhero-inspired Gucci 'fit for the night. She kept her cape on while on the carpet, so we couldn't get a good look at her lace, star covered bodysuit underneath.

She brought her hubby, Alexis Ohanian, as her date.

"L.A.'s Finest" actress Gabreille Union is no stranger to posing it up at the Met Gala. She wore an intricate piece of art made by Iris Van Herpen. On the carpet, Gabby said they started working on the piece in April and 1,400 hours went into its creation. 

"This work of art changes with every step. It’s what this dress embodies. For me, what’s needed in fashion and in life is change and evolution," she captioned.

Designer Iris Van Herpen dished on the inspo behind the dress:

We created Gabrielle her custom look passionately for this year's Met Gala, thousands of spheres are cut and layerd in size gradients from a translucent white ‘liquid’ fabric and lasercut with a fine silver outline, to then be handstitched seamlessly in a multilevel optical illusion from which waves seem to float down weightlessly.

Grateful for our atelier & great talents that have created the hypnotic artistry meticulously.

Enlivening positive change ~ in November this custom creation will be auctioned with @Sothebys and the proceeds will fully be donated to the @AmazonConservation Association and the @RainforestTrust .

Her stylist for tonight broke down just what it took to make this piece of art as well:

Change. Instead of referencing what was, we wanted to create a dress that embodied what is needed: change, forward momentum, infinite progress. Comprised of over 10,000 circles, the innumerous spheres and final dress took 1,800 hours to construct. Gabrielle’s dress changes and moves as she wears it - even when standing still. As a champion for progress, change, and evolution, tonight Gabrielle Union-Wade is embodying what we need to see in American Fashion.

You feelin' it?

 

Photos: Getty/Met Museum


MET GALA 2021 Was Giving 70s Realness, Timeless Old Hollywood Glam & A Touch Of Extraness For Fashion's Biggest Night

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It's fashion's biggest night and the girls did not disappoint. Fashion heads were treated with American-inspired 'fits for this year's theme where celebs served up 70s realness, timeless Old Hollywood glam and a dash of EXTRA that we all love and appreciate in fashion.

 

Soak in looks from Yara Shahidi, Keke Palmer, Zoe Kravitz, Winnie Harlow and tons more inside...

The 2021 Met Gala was sprinkled with everything we didn't know we needed for its "comeback" ball after canceling last year's event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The gala was in celebration of Metropolitan Museum of Art's newest exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” which opens to the public in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18th. Before the official opening of the exhibit, celebs made their way to the carpet of the annual Met Gala to share their interpretation of the "American independence" theme.

"Grown-ish" starlet Yara Shahidi did NOT disappoint when she pulled up on the carpet. The 21-year-old actress executed her American theme interpretation with perfection as she paid homage to an iconic Black woman in America: American-born French icon Josephine Baker. How fitting.

The young activist floated up the stairs in a custom strapless Christian Dior gown that featured intricate beading. She topped her look off with a diamond headband placed delicately over cornrows that cascaded into brushed-out curls. The gloves and the train topped off her stunning look of the night.

Breathtaking.

Keke Palmer channels her inner Diana Ross to pay homage to the iconic singer for her first time attending (and hosting) the Met Gala. She rocked a sparkly floor-length Sergio Hudson gown. Her hair and makeup really pulled her look together to ooze 70s realness.

Not only did she slay the carpet, she also served as a co-host of VOGUE's red carpet livestream where she interviewed celebs as they made their way down up the stairs to the event.

Watch Keke chopping it up with famed sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson below:

 

 

Bomb.

Come through fashion! Supermodel Winnie Harlow twirled on the carpet in an edgy Iris Van Herpen jumpsuit.

Zoe Kravitz bared it all on the carpet in a sheer crystal Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello slip dress. She rocked a silver thong underneath, exposing some butt cleavage for the masses.

Her rumored boo Channing Tatum was also in the mix, although they didn't do the carpet together.

Actress Tessa Thompson served up Western vibes in Iris Van Herpen with the hat and boots to match. Love the dress. The hat & the boots...not so much.

Singer Erykah Badu went incognito in Thom Browne for an unforgettable look.

NBA baller and fashion lover Russell Westbrook dyed his hair with white Americana stars to top off his navy Ralph Lauren suit to attend his first Met Gala.

Hip Hop artist Kid Cudi brought street-style to the carpet in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton. He finished his look with a $1 million chain by KAWS x Ben Baller. Sheesh.

 

Oscar winning actress Regina King hit up the carpet alongside fashion designer Michael Kors, styling in shimmery navy and gold dress and matching coat.

Tony and Grammy-winner Cynthia Erivo sashayed down the carpet in a cream-colored Moschino gown and dripped in jewels by Roberto Coin.

Off-White & Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh rocked an interesting Louis Vuitton 'fit. Do we love it?

 

"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg wowed in purple Valentino.

Dutch model Imaan Hammam looked dreamy in a vintage Atelier Versace gown with stars.

Tennis superstar Venus Williams looked like a goddess in a crimson Prabal Gurung gown paired with Swarovski jewelry.

Simple, yet sexy. Model Joan Smalls kept it sleek in Ralph Lauren.

"POSE" star Indya Moore pulled up in Saint Laurent.

 

 

Singer Kehlani wore Aliette, styled by Law Roach.

 

Actress Laura Harrier STUNNED in a glamorous custom Altuzarra gold lame gown that featured Turkish knit embroidery. She walked the carpet with designer Joseph Altuzarra.

 

 

Broadway starlet Audra McDonald was a breath of fresh air in Sergio Hudson.

Actress Amandla Stenberg showed off her quirky style in Thom Browne.

Model Precious Lee, who was invited by Instagram who had a table full of celebs, posed it up in a glittery dress by Area. SLAYED.

Model Anok Yai served up Josephine Baker vibes.

DJ D-Nice shared his experience following his first Met Gala gig.

Beauty influencer Jackie Aina brought the Black Barbie fashions.

 

Singer-songwriter Leon Bridges served up Western vibes in Bode.

E! correspondent Nina Parker dazzled in Ugochi Iwuaba (a black designer) to pay homage to an American queen, Beyonce!

FAB times!

 

Photos: Getty

 

Rihanna Pregnancy Rumors Heat Up Once More With That Balenciaga Blanket Dress At Met Gala With Boyfriend A$AP Rocky

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Rihanna's appearance at the 2021 Met Gala with her rapper boyfriend A$AP Rocky has reignited pregnancy rumors. The Met Gala Queen's Balenciaga blanket dress has folks wondering if she's carrying a mini RiRi or Rocky.

More inside...

A little Rocky or RiRi on the way? Not so fast. It's all rumors. For now.

Over the last decade or so, it seems there's a "Rihanna is pregnant" rumor. Now, folks are speculating if the Bajan baddie is carrying her boyfriend A$AP Rocky's child after her appearance at the 2021 Met Gala in NYC.

Before she (literally) shut down the Met Gala carpet, she was spotted making her way inside of her hotel. Screaming fans stood outside of the hotel as the "Work" singer made her way into the establishment. Decked in all black, fans are now speculating if they see a baby bump. Check it:

Then, she made her way to the Met Gala with Rocky:

Serving up her interpretation of the "American pride" theme, the Grammy Award winning singer was the final celebrity to hit the Met Gala carpet, closing the night out in an oversized Balenciaga overcoat accessorized with a matching hat, custom designed Demna Gvasalia. Fans think she chose the "blanket dress" to hide her alleged baby bump.

 

 

Joining her on the carpet, Rocky turned heads in giant quilt from ERL's spring 2022 collection.

 

 

He eventually took the coat off and showed off his black tuxedo underneath:

 

After the Met Gala, Rih & Rocky made their way to the singer's private annual Met Gala afterparty

Rih stripped down into something more fitting (and sheer) to turn up in before greeting Migos rapper Quavo

 

 

Megan Thee Stallion switched out of her Coach dress for something more dance floor ready.

The gorgeous Mary J. Blige slipped out of her Peter Dundas gown and changed into this pink cut-out dress for the afterparty scene.

As you know, Rih is a huge "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" fan, so it was no surprise Kathy Hilton from RHOBH was in the afterparty mix.

 

Lil Nas X, SZA, Kehlani, Normani, Venus Williams, Lewis Hamilton were also seen making their way inside RiRi's bash: 

 

 

 

 

Fun times.

Photo: Getty/@metmuseum

Nicki Minaj Feuds With Joy-Ann Reid Over COVID Vaccine Amid Reports Kenneth Petty's Rape Victim Finally Serves Her With Lawsuit

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Nicki Minaj cooked up some drama online when she shared her thoughts about getting the COVID vaccine. MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid scolded Nicki for her postings on the vaccine, which eventually erupted in an online feud.

All of the social media drama comes on the heels of a report that her husband's rape victim was finally able to serve her and her husband Kenneth Petty with the intimidation & harassment lawsuit she filed.

Nicki Minaj ruffled some feathers after she shared her opinions about the COVID vaccine on social media. A conversation about the vaccine with her Barbz turned into an all-out feud with MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid with Nicki accusing the news anchor of being "thirsty to down another black woman."

After announcing she would be skipping out of performing at the MTV VMAs and attending the 2021 Met Gala, Nicki Minaj hopped on Twitter to chat with her fans about her hesitancy to get the COVID-19 shot. Proof of vaccination was required to attend the Met Gala.

"They want you to get vaccinated for the Met," she tweeted. "if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one"

The 38-year-old entertainer also revealed she caught COVID while prepping for the VMAs.

In a follow-up tweet, the QUEEN raptress shared a story about reactions her cousin supposedly had from getting the vaccine. She also said she'll likely get the vaccine so she can go on tour.

“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied.”

MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid aired out her frustrations with Nicki's tweets on her show, “The ReidOut," scolding her for not promoting the shot to her 22 million Twitter followers.

“For you to use your platform to encourage our community to not protect themselves and save their lives, my God, you could do better than that. It’s a blessing. It’s a blessing that you got that. That people listen to you and they listen to you more than they listen to me,” Joy-Ann said.

“For you to use your platform to put people in the position of dying from a disease they don’t have to die from, oh, my God! As a hip-hop fan, as somebody who is your fan, I’m so sad that you did that. So sad that you did that, sister. Oh, my God. Lord.”

Peep the clip below:

 

 

The Pinkprint rapper took offense to Joy-Ann's commentary and responded in several tweets, accusing the TV host of lying on her and trying to take "down a black woman."

“This is what happens when you’re so thirsty to down another black woman (by the request of the white man), that you didn’t bother to read all my tweets. ‘My God SISTER do better’ imagine getting ur dumb a– on tv a min after a tweet to spread a false narrative about a black woman,” Nicki tweeted..

“A lying homophobic c**n. I guess I can join in the reindeer games too right? Ppl can go on tv & lie on me, I can report on them, too right? Smiling face. Doesn’t have to be truths. It can be half truths. Uncle Tomiana asked who on earth would trust the US FDA guys…,” she tweeted..

When media outlets started picking up on the story, Nicki started calling them out online for publishing lies about her: 

Nicki also popped back at Meghan McCain and Piers Morgan's reations to her COVID commentary:

Hmph.

And there's more: 

 

 

Still, some people may only see the one or two posts where she did promote nonfactual distrust of the vaccine. And that is what people believed was irresponsible.

People - including doctors - quickly pointed out this alleged story about her cousin's friend in Trinidad is not a side effect of Covid but is definitely something that happens to people with untreated STI's.  Others claimed that story is nothing more than a fake anecdote floating around online circles similar to other "my aunt's friend's brother said the FBI xyz" because they were told the same thing and everyone doesn't have the same cousin.

While people have a right to "research" what actual scientific researchers have already researched for years, it appears that her sharing unconfirmed and likely false anecdotal stories to sow distrust is what JoyAnne and millions on social media took issue with.

Fans noticed Nicki's social media drama came on the heels of a NEW report about her husband Kenneth Petty's rape case. The woman who accused Petty of rape in the '90s filed a lawsuit accusing the couple of harassing and intimidating her. There were reports that her attorney was having a hard time serving Nicki & Kenneth, but that seemingly has changed.

Last month, Jennifer Hough filed a lawsuit against The Pettys, claiming the famous couple has harassed and intimidated her in an attempt to get her to recant rape allegations against Kenneth Petty. According to reports, Jennifer's legal team was having a problem serving The Pettys, but it seems they may have located the couple.

AllHipHop reports:

According to Hough, Nicki and Kenneth have bombarded her with phone calls, stalked her in numerous states, offered her cash, and even contacted her family with a $500,000 offer if she would just retract the allegations against Nicki’s husband.

Hough even claims associates of Kenneth sent her chilling messages flashing guns as recently as August, which made her fear for her life and moved to another state – again. Hough refuses to do so. She is adamant she was raped by the rapper’s husband.

After the lawsuit was filed, Hough’s attorney Tyrone Blackburn told the court he was having trouble tracking the couple down, because their lawyers were refusing to reply to emails and phone calls.

Last week, Hough attempted to serve Kenneth Petty (even though he appeared via Zoom) when he appeared at the Central District Of California Court in Los Angeles, where he formally pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender, on September 9.

It is unclear if that attempt was successful. However, Jennifer Hough and her attorney finally found Nicki’s address in Calabasas, California, where she was formally served with the complaint.

Nicki has 21 days to respond to the complaint, or a default judgment will be entered against the Petty’s.

You'll recall, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, 43, struck a plea deal with the feds last month. However, he could still end up behind bars.

Mr. Petty agreed to plead guilty to one count of failing to register as a sex offender in California. In return, the feds will reportedly seek a sentence towards the low end of the guidelines. The maximum sentence allowed for the crime is 10 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release.

His sentencing is scheduled for January 24, 2022, so he'll be home with Nicki and "Papa Bear" for the holidays.

 

 

In March 2020, Mr. Petty turned himself in to police after he was pulled over by police for a traffic stop in November 2019. Cops ran his name and realized he was a registered sex offender in New York, but failed to register in California after he moved there in 2019 with his wife.

Kenneth was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in 1995. According to reports, he served nearly 4 years in NY state prison and was required to register as a sex offender.

Photo: Nicki's IG

Fat Joe Apologizes To Lil Mo & Vita For Calling Them 'Dusty B*tches' During VERZUZ Battle With Ja Rule + Remy Ma Enters The Chat

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Fat Joe is apologizing for comments he made during his VERZUZ Battle against Ja Rule. While trying to pop back at Ja, he came for Lil Mo and Vita, dubbing them "dusty b*tches."

Mo posted he should issue an apology and then Remy Ma joined the chat. More inside...

 

Things got heated during Fat Joe's VERZUZ Battle with Ja Rule when he threw out that "dusty b*tches" comment aimed at singer Lil Mo and raptress Vita.

Last night, the two New York rappers pulled out all of their biggest hits. They even invited several of their biggest collaborators to join them for the battle, including Nelly, Ashanti, Remy Ma and more.

After Ja performed "Put It On Me" featuring Lil Mo and Vita, Fat Joe followed up with some disrespectful commentary aimed at the two ladies.

"Oh, them dusty b*tches," Joe said about Lil Mo and Vita. "You had to go to the crack house to find them b*tches."

Just...wow.

Later, Ja called Joe out for disrespecting the ladies. Check it below:

After Joe started to receive backlash online for his comments, he hopped on Twitter to apologize:

“Shout to the ladies very sorry if I disrespected,” he tweeted. “I love Vida and Lil Moe I’m super sorry love my sisters.”

That wasn't enough for Mo. She hopped on Instagram to clap back at Joe's comments.

"I need EVERYONE to tell @Fatjoe he owes A genuine Apology," she wrote. "I don’t Live in A #CrackHouse , I’m Not A #Bxtch nor am I Dusty!!! #StreetCODE Women & Children is off limits #Disappointed #Legend"

The "Lean Back" rapper hopped in her comments to apologize again: 

Remy Ma - who also performed during the VERZUZ - hopped in Mo's comments to defend her "brother" Fat Joe.

"@thelilmoshow Stop it Mo, you know damn well Joe ain’t on it like that. First of all …you, V, Shanti- or nobody had even come out yet- when him and Ja was going back & forth; we didn’t know who was in the back. Second… I was in the car when you walked thru the parking lot and he hugged you, & showed mad love as usual…no need for your followers to tell him anything, as someone that personally knows you I’m sorry you were offended - you can call my phone ; matter fact I’m gonna dm you my number in case you don’t have it anymore - but also as someone that personally knows Joe he was not intentionally trying to hurt anyone- it was a battle between friends that are like family, sidebar: #streetcode don’t do social media"

Sheesh.

Vita said she was wondering why Joe was issuing an apology to her because she was in the dressing room when he made those comments:

 

"@fatjoe Yooooo bro I was wondering why U was apologizing to me last night N @jarule Dressing Room Except his apology or Naw???," she wrote on IG. "What y’all think??? what you think Mo @thelilmoshow @fatjoe vs Rule or was it @fatjoe vs The Ladies #Grrrrrrrr #cartierShades4TheShady #BerMuda"

That wasn't all of the foolery that went down during the battle...

Newly single Nelly walked clean across the stage to get a hug from his ex-girlfriend Ashanti. Peep the clips above.

And here's a clip of Nelly debating if he should ask her for a hug: 

 

 

Chile...

Oh. Fat Joe gifted Remy & Ashanti Hermes handbags on stage:

Who did you pick as the winner of the VERZUZ Battle?

Photos: Fat Joe's IG/Ja Rule's IG

Is This Needed?! Hollywood Gears Up To Remake Whitney Houston's 'The Bodyguard'

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Hollywood's obsession with remakes is now moving to a 90s classic that featured late legendary singer Whitney Houston. Yep, a remake of "The Bodyguard" is in the works and all we keep thinking is...WHY IS THIS NEEDED?! More inside....

It's been a season of remakes and reboots! And if we're honest, we're just TIREDT. That doesn't matter though because Hollywood is going to keep on Hollywood'n and they're going to keep churning out these remakes until they can't anymore.

The iconic 1992 classic film, The Bodyguard, which starred the late Whitney Houston and Hollywood vet Kevin Costner, is getting the remake treatment, according to Variety. And we can't say we're excited about it. Some things should be left alone. This movie is one of them.

According to Varitey, Matthew López, the Tony-nominated playwright of “The Inheritance,” has been hired to write the new version of the film for Warner Bros.

Variety reports:

Lawrence Kasdan of Kasdan Pictures, and Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback are producing the new film. Rideback’s Nick Reynolds will executive produce. Kasdan was the writer-producer of the original. Lin has been attached to the property since 2011, which has seen delirious speculation over the potential lead cast for years. Combos from Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson to Channing Tatum and Cardi B have been floated. No cast has been set for López’s script at this stage.

In 2011, there were reports that Rihanna would be cast as the lead for Warner Bros. Bodyguard remake. No updates on if this is still true in 2021.

It seems Whitney Houston fans are NOT here a Bodyguard remake:

Yeah, a Bodyguard remake isn't needed. Let that classic just be a classic and enjoy it for it was. It was a huge hit when it debuted almost 30 years ago. And it still is. Hey Hollywood: LEAVE IT ALONE.

Photo: s_bukley/Shutterstock.com

Michael K. Williams' Son & Girlfriend Share Special Tributes Before He's Laid To Rest In Pennsylvania

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Before Michael K. Williams was laid to rest in Pennsylvania, his son and his girlfriend shared heartfelt tributes to the late actor.

Read their emotional goodbyes and get deets on his funeral inside...

 

Last week, the world was shocked when news hit that Hollywood actor/activist Michael K. Williams had died.

Michael K. Williams - who played rose to fame as Omar Little in hit HBO series "The Wire" - was reportedly found dead inside of his home in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, the police said. He was 54. It's reported he died of an apparent drug overdose and a criminal investigation has been launched.

Marianna Shafran - his longtime rep - confirmed his death in a statement, which said the family is grappling with "deep sorrow" at “this insurmountable loss.”

It's reported law enforcement sources said the Hollywood actor was discovered face-down and unresponsive in the dining room of his Williamsburg penthouse with what appeared to be drugs on the table on September 6th. Right now, investigators are working to identify the substance, believed to be heroin laced with fentanyl, and they have opened a criminal investigation to find out who sold him the drugs.

Michael's middle son - Karim Anderson - has been taking the news of his father's death understandably hard. He was already grieving the lost of his mother, who died just 35 weeks earlier.

 

"Started of the year bad.. ending off the year bad.. Unreal.. Momma Bear .. Papa Bear Gone… Same year .. These two right here together was a sight to see.. the laughs.. arguments.. cooking and the vibes," Karim captioned a photo of his mother and father.

 

 

"Bro we was supposed to get dinner and turn up.. We was suppose to tear up the red carpet.. together like we always do," Karim wrote on IG after learning his father had passed. "We just got finished crying over mom last week… You prayed for me right before I left for Trinidad.. You Stepped In and Stepped Up! Fathered 3 Kids and did the best to your ability and I am forever thank ful! I love you Mike…. And I wanted to tell you that last night.. but I guess our last conversation will have to suffice.."

Karim - a chef - shared a video of his dad about to sink his teeth into one of his dishes:

 

 

"This Man Loved His Belly.. His favorite dish for me to make him was my Raspberry salmon.. If you ate with him .. then you know he used these exact words if he really liked something.. “YO THIS SHIT IS FUCKING ROCKING BRUH” that’s when you know whatever you made for him or whatever he is eating is special lol .. Love you Pops! Truly are a Legend.. You Did Good! Join Momma! Cook! Laugh and continue to bless us!! Hey Heaven.. Omar Coming.."

As he mourned his father's death, he shared a video from an interview his father did about working through his own issues to be a better father:

 

 

 

 

The "Lovecraft Country" star's girlfriend - Goli Samii - also shared how much Michael K. Williams loved his son:

 

 

"@poeticchef1 ..your pops loved you so much," Goli wrote in a caption of Karim kissing his father."Proud papa . We were heading to Miami to see your new restaurant this weekend .. Rum n Raspberry .. you will keep making him proud kiddo . Warriors no matter what Keep that smile on his face from the land of angels."

Goli shared several tributes to her "warrior" on Instagam:

 

 

"My only love . You were my only one . Eternal. No words to say how. Much you meant to me . Just know . I’m never gonna forget how you completed me my warrior . It was you and me . I’m holding you . Like you held me. It’s me alone now . It was only you warrior . We know that 2.. i kiss you with all that’s left in me . Was only one more moment til we met again . Just one . That fast . You are my king photo credit @jordan.goldnadel"

 

 

"Only u my warrior .I’ll never be loved like you loved me," she wrote. "I will carry on with you inside me . I promise.. way too many hearts breaking for your departure my warrior . You were the truest kindest most humble warrior king of the broken hearted . You will always be the one and only warrior king . Nobody was as kind as you . Not one person you met you didn’t touch . You took more photos on the street with every one who said hello . With heart . You made others smile because your generosity of spirit was so rare . Humble and kind . Pure . Rest in paradise . Rest In Peace . Rest your tender heart. Til we meet again in the land of angels . Only love dearest warrior . You were the truest of them all."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael's "Lovecraft Country" co-star Jurnee Smollett wrote a beautiful tribute to her co-worker-turned friend:

 

 

She also shared a video of the "Lovecraft Country" cast wishing him a Happy Birthday:

 

 

Earlier this week, he was laid to rest at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where his mother has lived for over two decades.

 

 

The Patriot-News reports:

"He came to Harrisburg as often as he could," said Johnathan Branam, the funeral home manager for Hooper Memorial Home, which handled Williams' services, according to the outlet. "He loved his mama. Harrisburg embraced him as an adopted son."

About 150 family and friends, including two dozen actors and celebrities, were in attendance:

 

 

 

 

 

His homegoing service was livestreamed for fans, which you can watch below:

May he rest in Power!

Photo: Debby Wong/Shutterstock.com

Gabrielle Union Was 'Devastated' When She Learned D. Wade Had A Baby On Her While Experiencing Infertility Issues, Talks Forgiving Him & Bonding Struggles After Surrogacy

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For the first time, Gabrielle Union is opening up about how she felt when she learned Dwyane Wade got another woman pregnant and how it hit different since she, herself was trying to have his baby. She also talks about her struggles with surrogacy, even after welcoming her daughter Kaavia James. Everything inside...

 

Gabrielle Unionand Dwyane Wade shocked their fans when they revealed they were the parents of a new baby girl back in 2018. Fast forward to now and they've settled into life with a toddler and teenagers, including his children Zaire and Zaya, and nephew Dahveon Morris.

The former NBA player is the father of a fourth child named Xavier Wade, whom he had with a woman named Aja Metoyer. While D. Wade and Gabby were supposedly on a break, news of him having a baby crushed her world.

Gabby talks about the devastation and trauma she felt when she learned D. Wade was welcoming a new baby with another woman in her second memoir titled You Got Anything Stronger?, the follow up to We're Going to Need More Wine.

“In 2013, before we were married, Dwyane had a baby with another woman,” Gabrielle Union tells TIME magazine.“It should go without saying that we were not in a good place at the time that child was conceived,” she continues.

 

 

The former NBA player told the "Being Mary Jane" star he was expecting a child with another woman before it hit the media.

“We were doing much better when he finally told me about the pregnancy,” she shares.“To say I was devastated is to pick a word on a low shelf for convenience,” the 48-year-old actress admits.

“There are people—strangers I will never meet—who have been upset that I have not previously talked about that trauma,” the actress reveals.“I have not had words, and even after untold amounts of therapy, I am not sure I have them now.”

The news - especially when it became public - of him getting another woman pregnant hit harder since she was also in the midst of trying to get pregnant and have a baby of her own.

"The experience of Dwyane having a baby so easily—while I was unable to—left my soul not just broken into pieces, but shattered into fine dust scattering in the wind," she shares. "We gathered what we could to slowly remake me into something new. There was no way to disguise where I'd been glued back together."

Gabrielle wanted a baby badly, but she was experiencing infertility issues. She started to consider surrogacy after 9+ miscarriages.

"Each time this was presented, I felt the constant, public prodding to acknowledge my body’s failures," she writes in her book.

"'Just let some other, more capable, woman get the job done. Because you’re not capable.' It wasn’t my imagination. In life’s many comment sections, it was clear that I had wasted enough of everyone’s time. The messages were that I had prioritized my career, and now I was too old to have a kid. In fact, I owed that to Dwyane Wade. I had robbed him of this child because I was an older woman almost ten years older than D—and I had to have known my window was limited."

The "L.A.'s Finest" star shares what it was like when she first met her surrogate, a white woman named Natalie.

"I realized this was like the best and worst blind date ever," she jokes.

"The first thing I noticed was a nose ring. Oh, I thought, she's a cool-ass white girl. And then I noticed her notice me. Her eyebrows shot up," Gabrielle recalls. "There was an excitement to her voice and I smiled. 'This is such a trip. I have your book on hold at four different libraries.' And I knew (a) she was a reader and (b) she frequented libraries. I have never been done wrong by readers. I started laughing, and we hugged."

The Wades welcomed baby Kaavia James Union Wade in November 2018. A year before that, Gabby had been diagnosed with adenomyosis.

 

 

Baby Kaavia is about to turn three-years-old in a few months, yet, Gabby still questions if her daughter would love her more had she actually carried her in her body. The struggle to feel like she actually "earned" becoming a mother is definitely real to her.

So much time has passed. So many firsts. Yet the question lingers in my mind: I will always wonder if Kaav would love me more if I had carried her," she writes."Would our bond be even tighter? I will never know what it would have been like to carry this rockstar inside me. When they say having a child is like having your heart outside your body, that’s all I know. We met as strangers, the sound of my voice and my heartbeat foreign to her. It’s a pain that has dimmed but remains present in my fears that I was not, and never will be, enough.

"And Dwyane leaves me with another riddle that has no answer. I can never know if my failure to carry a child put a ceiling on the love my husband has for me. Yes, I am Baby Mama number three, a label that is supposed to be an insult. But is the injury not that label but instead the asterisk next to my name in the record? The asterisk denotes that the achievement is in question. 'She didn’t really earn the title.'

"If I am telling the fullness of our stories, of our three lives together, I must tell the truths I live with. And I have learned that you can be honest and loving at the same time."

Interesting. Thoughts?

Gabrielle's second memoir You Got Anything Stronger? is currently available for purchase in major stores and online platforms.

Photo: Gabby's IG






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