Earlier this week, we reported on the rumor that Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson are miserable in their marriage.
For reasons that aren't entirely clear, fans have become convinced that Josiah was forced by his father to marry Lauren and has been deeply unhappy ever since.
The theory has its roots in Josiah's unsuccessful courtship with Marjorie Jackson.
Some feel that Jim Bob forced Josiah to marry quickly, so as to distract from the cause of that unprecedented situation.
(Breakups are not common occurrences in the Duggars' world. In fact, Josiah is the only one of Jim Bob and Michelle's kids whose first courtship did not result in marriage.)
Recent conjecture about Josiah's split from Marjorie and his alleged unhappiness in his marriage to Lauren have led to a renewed interest in a rumor that the Duggars likely hoped they'd seen the last of.
Before we proceed, it's important for us to clarify a few important points:
Speculating about someone's sexuality is never a good look.
And when said speculation is fueled by a desire to shame or forcibly out that person, it's absolutely as deplorable as any other form of homophobia.
So our coverage of this story will be focused less on the baseless rumors that Josiah is gay or bisexual, and more on Jim Bob's bigotry, as well as his continued belief in the deeply damaging practice of conversion therapy.
For those who are unaware, the term conversion therapy refers to the practice of attempting to brainwash or intimidate members of the LGBTQ community into adopting a heteronormative lifestyle.
Fans point out that unlike most of his brothers, Josiah was sent to attend the International ALERT Academy as a young man.
The academy is a sort of Christian military school, whose stated goal is to "teach you to be ready to serve with a Christlike attitude, and train you with skills you can use wherever God’s calling takes you."
Not surprisingly, ALERT is a highly secretive organization, and cadets are forbidden to speak of their experiences after they're released.
Josiah's brother Jeremiah also attended, and while he spoke highly of the academy, he offered no details with regard to what sort of activities take place behind its walls.
But when it comes to the topic of ALERT, Jeremiah is still less reserved than Josiah, who has never spoken about his experiences at the academy.
Obviously, this does not necessarily mean that Josiah was sent to some sort of conversion therapy camp against his will.
But his brief disappearance, his unwillingness to talk about the time he spent away, and the abnormalities (by Duggar standards) in Josiah's love life have led to the persistent belief among fans that Josiah was forced to "pray the gay away" in his youth.
And sadly, due to to his father's rampant homophobia, this explanation is not implausible.
In conclusion, we have no way of knowing if Josiah is in the closet, and by all outward appearances, he appears to be at least relatively happy in his marriage to Lauren.
But the fact remains that his father clings to some truly monstrous beliefs, which means that no form of abuse can be conclusively ruled out.
Colton Underwood has a unique perspective on Tayshia Adams suddenly being cast as The Bachelorette.
Because the former ABC star nearly married her!
Adams, of course, has been selected to take over for Clare Crawley on the upcoming season of The Bachelorette after Crawley refused to continue to filming.
According to various reports, Crawley fell in love with suitor Dale Moss after just 12 days on set in California -- and the two may already be engaged.
In the wake of this shocker, producers have responded by picking Adams to jump in and finish Crawley's season, with insiders saying she's already on location and ready to go.
Adams rose to reality television fame as a contestant on Underwood's season of The Bachelor, advancing all the way to the finals.
On Bachelor in Paradise last September, meanwhile, Underwood's kissing technique came under fire by three women who had all swapped spit with him a few months prior.
"Yeah, not gonna lie," Adams said on this spinoff, agreeing with Caitlin Clemmens and Sydney Lotuaco, who also criticized Underwood's lip-locking abilities.
"But he got better by the end of the season... I think I'm a good teacher," Adams added.
Fast forward to this week and Colton reacting to The Bachelorette spoilers that confirmed Adams would soon be on the lookout for a husband.
"Congrats @TayshiaAdams — good luck and I hope you find yourself a better kisser," he Tweeted, throwing some funny shade at himself.
Adams advanced made it to the final three on Colton's season ... before he ended things with her and Hannah Godwin to fight for Cassie Randolph after she departed.
Underwood and Randolph were then together for about two years before they recently split.
Now, Adams will be the one in charge of her own romantic future.
And Bachelor Nation remains blown away by the unprecedented switcheroo.
"When I stepped in as Bachelorette, I wanted to pave a way for more diversity, for more people who look like me and who didn’t look like the typical lead,” Rachel Lindsay, who was the first Black Bachelorette, told Entertainment Tonight.
“So to see another Bachelorette of color, I’m thrilled.
"I have been fighting for inclusion, and I’ve said before that Tayshia would be an excellent Bachelorette, so I am more than happy to pass the torch.
"I am so excited to see what she’s going to do, how she will represent herself and her journey to find love.
"Now she’s in the driver’s seat, and I’m excited to see her get this opportunity.”
Added Tayshia's ex, John Paul James:
“I’m really happy and excited for her on this new journey. I hope she finds the love and happiness that she deserves.”
Kaitlyn Bristowe is also really psyched.
“Holy freaking plot twist of Tayshia becoming the new Bachelorette and Clare apparently found love. I cannot confirm or deny, but I have thoughts,” the Season 11 Bachelorette said on her Instagram Stories.
“I love both of these women. I was really excited to watch Clare's journey. …
Now, enter Tayshia.
"Great, I wanted her to be the Bachelorette a while ago. I’m super pumped on this.”
Did you know stand-up comics have groupies? Seems weird, doesn’t it? Some teenage girl throwing her panties up on stage while Louis Anderson is performing. Apparently it’s a thing and one of these comedy groupies, Jessica Radtke, says she was only 15 when she had a sexual relationship with Jeff Ross, currently most famous as the host of all those Friar’s Club celebrity roasts.
Ross, for his part, denies that he had an inappropriate relationship with anyone underage, which would mean under 17 since he lives in New York.
— Jeff Ross (@realjeffreyross) June 23, 2020
Vulture looked into the allegations and found a lot of information, some of it convincing, some not very convincing.
To me, the most convincing thing is her father says he knew about their relationship at the time and approved of it.
Radtke’s father confirmed he was aware that Ross and his daughter had a sexual relationship. “At that point, she was basically living the life of an adult,” he says. “I didn’t really monitor what she was doing because she was savvy enough to take the subway and go around, and she was hanging out with adults,” he recalls. “I trusted her judgment.” When asked whether he ever expressed concern about the age difference between Jessica and Ross, he indicated that he approved of her dating an older man. “If you go out with a 17-year-old guy, he may want to drive fast and impress you and you get killed, you know?” he says. “I really didn’t think much of it.”
There was some evidence to support this, like he knew where Ross’s apartment when he was dating her was.
Radtke’s father confirmed the location of Ross’s apartment, saying he’d been there “once or twice” while his daughter was there and noted that she was away from home a lot.
Less convincing to me is that other comics said he dated young girls who weren’t underage, like Nikki Glaser’s joke at last year’s roast of Alec Baldwin.
Amy Schumer also chimed in.
“Jeff is someone I consider a good friend, and I love him, but to be honest, he always has alarmingly young-looking girlfriends,” stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer told Vulture when asked about the allegations. “Never one I have known to be underage, but alarmingly young-looking just the same.” Another comedian, who asked to remain anonymous, echoed Schumer’s observation. “Jeff Ross was always with a young girl — that was his girlfriend ‘type,’” the comedian said. “Were his girlfriends 18 and over that I saw him with? Probably. But he was still considerably older. He has that reputation.”
That, to me, is meaningless. He dated younger women who were of legal age? So does Leonardo DiCaprio. This might be hard to hear but as long as the person you’re dating is over the age of consent, there’s nothing wrong with it.
So here’s where things get weird: Radtke implies she broke up with Ross because she found child pornography in his apartment, but then continued to see him on and off for three more years.
He was in the process of moving out of his Mercer Street rental into a new place he had bought. “I was packing his books, and I pull out a book. Polaroids fall out. I go, ‘Oh, these are my Polaroids,’” Radtke recalls thinking. But she says when she turned the photos over, they weren’t photos of her. “They were not women. They didn’t have any pubic hair,” Radtke says.
I mean, my girlfriend doesn’t have any pubic hair and she’s 30. I don’t know what to think of this allegation, it seems like the sort of thing they could derail a civil case like the one Radtke is pursuing against Ross.
In February, Radtke posted an update to the “iwas15hewas33” Facebook page asking for a lawyer to represent her. (She found one: Alex Little, who represented Kesha in her dispute with Dr. Luke.)
She might want to rethink this, because Kesha’s lawsuit against Dr. Luke did not go well, and Ross is pursuing a lawsuit of his own claiming Radtke’s accusations and Facebook blog are defamatory.
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West haven’t thrown in the towel on their marriage just yet.
TMZ reports that the couple and their kids are finally all together in one place after being apart for months, but there’s a catch: they’ve flown to a private island to avoid the paparazzi.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, the fam is staying in what is described as a “fortress” … an estate that is so remote it’s virtually impossible for trespassers to get close.
I’m picturing this thing being inside a volcano-shaped like a skull, making this the final step in Kanye’s transformation for ordinary narcissist to Dr. Doom. He already refers to himself in the third person a lot, and I can see him hiring Elon Musk to make Kanyebots to handle mental tasks and fool that accursed Richards, although Musk’s robots would probably fall apart if they get wet.
I hope these two crazy kids work things out, because what am I going to write about if they separate and there’s no more drama? I can’t count on Ellen DeGeneres to maul a poor person every day. I mean, I guess I could, no one would be surprised if she did at this point.
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One of the more difficult aspects of talking about race is that it’s generally most effective if you can do so in a way that doesn’t alienate people who would otherwise be on your side. Like, for example, it’s not particularly smart to just start with “all white people are racist.” You put people on their heels and make them defensive and less likely to listen to you.
Having a billionaire lecture poor people about their privilege is another really bad way to approach this, as Oprah Winfrey is finding out.
You see, Oprah tried to discuss this topic on The Oprah Conversation on Apple+ with her guest Emmanuel Acho. Here’s what she said, via The New York Post.
There are white people who are not as powerful as the system of white people — the caste system that’s been put in place. But they still, no matter where they are on the rung or ladder of success, they still have their whiteness.
You know what pretty much trumps whiteness in the caste system? A billion dollars. And while we all have Oprah being a billionaire in mind, what advantage do you think that a billionaire, even a black billionaire, gets from stirring up racial division among the working class?
She went on to say this:
You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term ‘white privilege’ is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter.
Now, she’s not wrong, for various socioeconomic and historical reasons if you look at the average white person and the average black person, it was probably a little easier for the white person. You know who has it a lot easier than both of them? Any rich person. And that rich person is doing more to hold both the white and black worker down than either of them is doing to the other.
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Jake Paul had his home raided earlier today by the FBI. Overhead helicopter video showed multiple, what appears to have been, semi-automatic guns and rifles removed from his property.
Jake Paul’s home loaded with weapons, according to video from ABC7. Several firearms were seized during the FBI raid on Jake’s mansion this morning. A small militia was at Jake’s home, according to TMZ. What are your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/cDhBdcTocW
— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) August 5, 2020
Nah g, Jake Paul got assault rifles next to the tub like Tony Montana pic.twitter.com/6ZwNjTovQ3
— Ahmed/Justice for Breonna & Elijah (@big_business_) August 5, 2020
The FBI have not given any reason for their search warrant, though TMZ reports it may be related to his arrest in Scottsdale during the George Floyd protests.
The FBI has just played its hand — partially — and revealed the raid is somehow in connection with Jake getting arrested in Scottsdale during a George Floyd protest. The FBI tells TMZ, “The FBI is investigating allegations of criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May, 2020.
Jake was in the mall and arrested for trespass and was charged with a criminal misdemeanor, but the City Attorney has dropped the case — it appears at the behest of the FBI — and the more serious investigation has taken precedence.
Are we surprised by his gun stash when he’s posted something like this back in 2015?
This is officially my senior picture lol pic.twitter.com/Sy6b95xc6h
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) July 30, 2015
If the FBI is involved, it’s not good. Good luck, Jake.
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In a recent interview, Farrah Abraham vowed to postpone all of her scheduled cosmetic procedures until after the coronavirus pandemic had subsided.
And now, we don't know what's harder to believe -- that anyone is still interested in interviewing Farrah Abraham, or that the fired Teen Mom star was unable to go even a few weeks without paying someone to stick a needle in her face.
Or maybe those aren't even the most shocking things about this story:
After all, it's pretty freakin' alarming that Farrah is apparently in the habit of bringing her daughter along on her botox appointments.
But none of these matters have earned as much attention online as this simple but important question:
Why the hell can't Farrah afford to have better work done?
The above photo shows the end result of Farrah's latest appointment, and ... yeah, she looks more like someone who went 12 rounds with Floyd Mayweather than someone who paid to have that done to her.
Granted, the situation probably improved after the swelling went down, but that leaves us wondering why Farrah would share this "after" selfie with the world instead of just waiting a few hours.
We know she loves attention, but she had to know her followers would relentlessly roast her for that pic.
And of course, that's exactly what happened.
In a Reddit forum devoted to discussion of all things Farrah, the pic blew up almost immediately ... but probably not in the way that Farrah would have hoped.
"She looks truly unrecognizable… if y’all didn’t post this on THIS particular forum, I wouldn’t know who the hell this is!" one person wrote.
"She looks so much older than she should. Plastic surgery should turn back the clock a bit, not fast forward it!" a second remarked.
"WHO IS THAT?...oh wait, it's Farrah," a third, incredulous commenter chimed in.
Like we said, not exactly rave reviews.
Obviously, Farrah and plastic surgery have a long, long history together, and she's never been shy about flaunting her results.
In fact, the Botox doc she went to this week is the same miracle worker that performed Farrah's vaginal rejuvenation.
But this time is different for a few reasons:
For one, Farrah tried to BS her followers and claim that she was having work done because of headaches and lockjaw.
"Skin Decision fixing headaches & lock jaw! I can’t wait any longer!" she wrote on Instagram.
Needless to say, no one believed her.
On top of that, Farrah decided to bring her 11-year-old daughter Sophia with her.
Farrah has made a whole lot of questionable parenting decisions over the years, and bringing her child to witness a cosmetic procedure that's also being broadcast on Instagram Live doesn't even crack the top 1,000 in terms of awfulness.
But it's still pretty bad.
And the third reason these pics are getting so much attention is that some fans are now convinced that Farrah has been undergoing cut-rate cosmetic work from the very beginning.
Does this mean that the rumors about Farrah being broke are true?
Maybe ... but as long as she's able to grab some quick attention with a stunt like this, she'll probably be able to pay the bills.
Is Jake Paul going to high security prison? And you thought 2020 was all bad.
Paul’s home in Calabasas was raided today by a small army of federal agents, executing a search warrant. If you go by the amount of armored vehicles that showed up, you’d think Paul was some high level crime boss, not the lesser known brother of a YouTuber.
The video’s at TMZ‘s site. It shows multiple armored vehicles, each with 10+ camouflaged agents hanging off the side, as they roll up the street. You’d think this was Portland, not the suburbs of Calabasas.
No details about why they showed up, but this definitely isn’t one of Paul’s pranks. The FBI, in a statement to ABC7, said:
“The affidavit in support of the search warrant is sealed and we are, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation.”
ABC7 also says:
The search comes about two weeks after Paul hosted a raucous party at the Calabasas mansion, sparking backlash due to the lack of masks and social distancing among the dozens of guests.
No, the FBI aren’t coming after him for no masks.
One tweet I read guessed that maybe the search warrant is related to one of Paul’s guests. That’s possible.
If that’s true, that means Paul may show up somewhere as a witness. Will he snitch? We shall see.
Natalie Alyn Lind is that actress that confuses me with all her names, and her sisters all have a bunch of names that are basically the same. But I’m starting to recognize her now! Natalie is apparently in Vancouver Canada now, filming a new project of some sort. It looks like she’s filming something called The Big Sky with Ryan Phillippe, which is about a private detective teaming up with an ex-cop to solve a kidnapping case in Montana, I’m going to assume Natalie plays the kidnapped but we’ll have to wait and see!
Before she hopped borders she spent time camping at the Sequoia National Park in California where she cooked up some eggs on the campfire and looks like just the cutest little camper ever!
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Sydney Sweeney has been holding a virtual book club on Instagram live for the past few months and now that things are starting to open up again she made her way to an actual physical bookstore to pick up another copy of They Wish They Were Us, the book she’s currently reading.
The book was written by a girl named Jessica Goodman and is a story about power, privilege and the complexities of female friendships. I haven’t read the book but I listen to Sydney talk about it on her Lives all the time!
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Dakota Fanning was playing around with some Instagram filters yesterday, the new popular one being a “what dance are you” filter where it matches you with trendy dances and puts your face on the original creator. Dakota was matched with Justin Bieber and the results are pretty funny!
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News to me, but Cameron Diaz has started her own wine company with her friend Katherine Power called Avaline. I had no idea she did this but it’s a good move on her part considering we’re all stuck at home with nothing to do but drink! The wine is apparently “clean” and free from unnecessary additives and junk and a bottle goes for $24. As part of the launch, Cameron has started this challenge, which we saw the Fanning sisters do yesterday – here are some of the best ones!
Cameron & Katherine:
Elle & Dakota
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Few artists elicit such feelings of personal connection and mutual understanding as Adele.
In other words, when Adele hurts, her fans hurt.
This bond comes in handy when she's belting out a breakup ballad with lyrics that seem like they were torn from the listeners' diary.
But at other times, it can lead to unwelcome intrusions into the singer's personal life.
When Adele got divorced from Simon Konecki, for example, her fans hurled insults and abuse at him thinking they were protecting their queen.
But she didn't seem to harbor any antipathy toward her ex, and she probably wasn't thrilled to see such vitriol directed at the father of her child.
The other big non-music-related Adele story of the past year involved the 32-year-old's physique.
As you've likely heard, Adele lost some weight recently.
In fact, a recent photo of the hitmaker (above) had some fans declaring her unrecognizable.
Reactions to the image were mixed, with some fans praising Adele for reaching her fitness goals, and others bemoaning a society that pressures women to conform to an arbitrary beauty standard.
Even the reactions to the reaction were complicated, as people who applauded Adele for slimming down were accused of fat-shaming people who still resemble her former self.
So get ready for another round of heated discourse, as Adele has shared another photo of her slender new figure, and some fans believe she's lost even more weight.
In the pic, Adele is seen enjoying Beyonce's new visual album Black Is King.
Clearly a fan of the new work -- and Beyonce in general -- Adele enhanced her viewing experience by donning a matching outfit.
"Thank you Queen for always making us all feel so loved through your art," she captioned the photo.
The important thing is, regardless of her weight, everything about Adele seems to radiate health and happiness these days.
But don't tell that to the concern trolls who fear that she's losing too much weight too quickly.
UK tabloid the Mirror claims that the mother of one is down "14 stone" (that's about 98 pounds) from her heaviest point.
That's a lot of weight, obviously, but if she lost it gradually over the course of several years -- which appears to be the case -- then there's probably no cause for concern.
Of great interest to fans, of course, is the method Adele used for shedding all those pounds.
The Mirror claims to have the answer here, as well.
According to an unidentified insider, Adele has benefited greatly from something called the Sirtfood diet.
The plan encourages dieters to focus on foods known as sirtuin activators, which purportedly change the way the body processes fat and sugar and help to regulate appetite.
We don't claim to understand the science behind it, but you certainly can't argue with the results!
As for the concerns for Adele's emotional well-being ... well, as much as her music might make us feel otherwise, we can't claim to know exactly what she's feeling.
But something tells us she's doing just fine.
When we first met Alexis Ren back when she was the IG girlfriend to Jay Alvarrez, before the boob job and all the fame, she was blonde. While she was gorgeous back then she wasn’t really seen as the stunner she is today and maybe that has to do with her having darkened her hair to her natural brunette color, but she’s had enough of that now!
Alexis has been quarantining in Hawaii and has just landed back in LA after months of island living, I guess being back in LA inspired her to get out the bleach and go blonde again! Here are the results.
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Bella Thorne started a weed brand called Forbidden Flowers (RIP ForBiddeN Myspace) and to launch the release of her new bud called Orange Creamsicle she took a bunch of selfies smoking joints of it in her pool, with her classic orange hair wearing an orange bikini, Bella really is a Creamsicle! Smoke it like you grew it, right!?
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