Meghan Markle Was Scolded By Palace Aide Over Wearing Revealing Necklace, Book Says

Meghan Markle faced pushback from palace aides during her courtship with Prince Harry, royal insiders Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand revealed in excerpts from their new book, “Finding Freedom,” featured in People magazine.

The “Suits” actor received a call from Kensington Palace over a certain necklace that she wore in December 2016 that had little “M” and “H” initials. 

“She was advised that wearing such a necklace only served to encourage the photographers to keep pursuing such images — and new headlines,” Scobie and Durand said. 

The call with a senior aide left Meghan feeling “frustrated and emotional,” and she was so “distraught” that she phoned a friend. 

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Meghan Markle attends the U.K. team trials for the Invictus Games Sydney at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on April 6, 2018, in Bath, England.

“I can’t win. They make out like I’m to blame for these pictures, that it looks like I’m encouraging them, that me even acknowledging the cameras may not be sending the right message,” the now-Duchess of Sussex reportedly told the unnamed friend.

“I don’t know what to say. It was only yesterday that people online were saying I look miserable in pictures, because I was trying to just ignore the [photographer],” she added, according to the friend. 

The Sussexes have distanced themselves from the book, which is out Aug. 11, telling HuffPost in a statement last week that they “were not interviewed and did not contribute.”

“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting,” the book said.

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Harry and Meghan watch a performance by a Welsh choir in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle on Jan. 18, 2018, in Cardiff, Wales.

Excerpts of the book serialized last weekend in the U.K. Times revealed the tensions between Harry and his brother, Prince William, and delved deeper into Meghan’s relationship with her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton

“Finding Freedom” promised that it goes “beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan’s life together, dispelling the many rumors and misconceptions that plague the couple on both sides of the pond.” 

“The aim of this book is to portray the real Harry and Meghan, a couple who continue to inspire many around the world through their humanitarian and charitable work but are often inaccurately portrayed,” the authors said in a joint statement.

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Elton John Has ‘Most Magical Day’ As He Marks 30 Years Of Sobriety

Elton John celebrated a special milestone this week: 30 years of sobriety. 

The Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-winning singer-songwriter highlighted the occasion on his social media platforms Wednesday. In a series of photos, he shared the cards he received from loved ones, a festive cake and his 30-year sobriety chip. 

In a tweet accompanying the images, John noted that he’d just wrapped up a “most magical day” of celebration with his husband, David Furnish, and sons Elijah, 7, and Zachary, 9. 

“I’m truly a blessed man,” he wrote. “If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead.” 

In recent years, John has been candid about his early struggles with addiction. Both his 2019 memoir, “Me,” and the musical biopic “Rocketman” detailed drug and alcohol binges that would last for days. 

“The life I was leading, flying on the Starship [his private plane], living in beautiful houses, buying things left, right and center — it was not a normal life, not the sort of life I came from anyway,” he told Variety last year. “I lost complete touch with that. I vowed when I did change my life that that would never happen again.”

John famously credited his friendship with Ryan White, an Indiana boy who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1990 at age 18, for motivating him to get sober that same year. 

“After he died, I realized that I only had two choices,” John recalled for NPR in 2012. “I was either going to die or I was going to live, and which one did I want to do? And then I said those words, ‘I’ll get help,’ or ‘I need help. I’ll get help.’ And my life turned around.” 

These days, John is looking forward to getting back on stage. Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down performance venues around the world, he’d been in the midst of a multiyear Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, now slated to resume in 2021. 

He’s also written the music for a stage adaptation of “The Devil Wears Prada,” scheduled to open in Chicago next year before moving to Broadway. 

Ludacris Opens Up About Fatherhood And His New Platform For Kids

For Ludacris, there’s no more powerful tool than music. That’s why he’s trying to harness this power to educate kids and create a better future for all.

The rapper’s newest initiative, KidNation, aims to provide “a fun, safe, and educational media platform” for children. The project focuses on music videos with timely positive messages ― like “Get Along,” which is about acceptance and inclusivity, and “Stay Clean,” which reminds kids to wash their hands.

“It’s geared toward trying to enrich and empower the next generation, influenced by my own children and wanting them to live in a better world than we live in,” Ludacris told HuffPost. “I want to reinforce the positive morals and teachings as a parent, especially during a time where there’s more home-schooling going on. To condense it, I just want to help kids grow up to be better adults.”

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Ludacris has three daughters ― Karma, Cai and Cadence. He and his wife, Eudoxie Bridges, also care for her little sister, Christella, who’s around the same age as his oldest daughter.

With a full house of kids ages 5 to 18, the rapper joked that he’s lucky to live on a property with 22 acres of land so that he can “walk outside every 15 minutes in order to stay sane.”

On a more serious note, Ludacris emphasized that his daughters were “the springboard” for KidNation and his most important test group, reviewing every piece of content on the site and offering their feedback. He said he’s glad to see the songs having a positive impact on their development as well.

“We have a song about doing your chores and getting rewarded afterwards,” the dad explained. “My youngest daughter watched it one time and pulled a stool up to the sink and started washing the dishes. I asked, ‘What are you doing?’ And she said, ‘My birthday is coming up, and I want to be able to get a reward for doing my chores as well.’ That’s a perfect example of music and influence turning to action.”

Ludacris has three daughters, and he and wife Eudoxie Bridges also care for her little sister.

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Ludacris has three daughters, and he and wife Eudoxie Bridges also care for her little sister.

Ludacris has long been interested in child-friendly content (see his epic “Llama Llama Red Pajama” freestyle). He said he’s been working toward a project like KidNation for about 10 years and was glad to see it come together in collaboration with his business partner Sandy Lal.

“We’d been working on these songs for so long, and we realized it was necessary to release them now,” said the rapper. “Hygiene and getting along ― these are conversations we need to have with our children. And repetition through influential music is the perfect catalyst to get these ideas embedded in their consciousness and even subconsciousness because we know how influential music is for kids.”

Upcoming topics will include drinking more water, eating vegetables and working hard in school. In addition to offering original music videos, KidNation encourages children to make their own content and offers inspiration like lists of at-home activities.

Although the main goal of KidNation is to educate and enrich kids, Ludacris said he’s realized over the past few months of racial reckoning and pandemic lockdown that adults have a lot to learn from children.

“Kids can sometimes teach us more or reinforce more to us than we can to them,” he said. “They’re so innocent, and they lead with so much love.”

Acting Legend Olivia De Havilland Dies At 104

Olivia de Havilland, one of the last remaining stars of Hollywood’s golden age and the oldest living Academy Award winner, died on Sunday at her home in Paris. She was 104.

Her talent agent Jim Wilhem confirmed to HuffPost that de Havilland died peacefully from natural causes.

Gracing the silver screen in both big and small roles, in a career stretching over 50 years, de Havilland was perhaps best known for her performance as Melanie Hamilton in “Gone with the Wind,” and for making multiple films with Errol Flynn. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, for “To Each His Own” in 1946 and for “The Heiress” in 1949.

She is also forever enshrined in the history of workplace law, scoring a major legal victory over the Hollywood studio system in 1944 that became informally known as “the de Havilland law.” Her lawsuit against Warner Brothers resulted in California state regulations that limited the extent to which artists could be bound to contracts. It catalyzed the eventual end of the powerful studio system, which often constrained actors’ career opportunities.

Olivia de Havilland (center), with Hattie McDaniel and Vivien Leigh, in a scene from "Gone with the Wind."



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Olivia de Havilland (center), with Hattie McDaniel and Vivien Leigh, in a scene from “Gone with the Wind.”

De Havilland had a lifelong personal and professional rivalry with her younger sister, Joan Fontaine, which became a major part of her star persona and the stuff of Hollywood legend. The two actors ― the only pair of siblings to win Oscars in a lead acting category ― clashed over everything from their careers, to their romances, to their mother’s funeral. 

Fontaine, who died in 2013, said de Havilland resented sharing the spotlight and began antagonizing her younger sibling as soon as she was born.

“I remember not one act of kindness from Olivia all through my childhood,” Fontaine said in a 1978 interview with People magazine.

Both were nominated for the Best Actress Oscar in 1941 ― Fontaine for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion” and de Havilland for “Hold Back the Dawn.” They were sitting at the same table when Fontaine was announced the winner.

“I stared across the table, where Olivia was sitting directly opposite me. ‘Get up there, get up there,’ Olivia whispered commandingly. Now what had I done?” Fontaine later recalled in her memoir. “All the animus we’d felt toward each other as children, the hair-pullings, the savage wrestling watches, the time Olivia fractured my collarbone, all came rushing back in kaleidoscopic imagery. My paralysis was total.”

Unlike her sister, de Havilland rarely spoke about the feud. But in an interview with The Associated Press for her 100th birthday in 2016, she referred to Fontaine as “Dragon Lady” and described their relationship as “multi-faceted, varying from endearing to alienating.”

“On my part, it was always loving, but sometimes estranged and, in the later years, severed,” de Havilland said. “Dragon Lady, as I eventually decided to call her, was a brilliant, multi-talented person, but with an astigmatism in her perception of people and events which often caused her to react in an unfair and even injurious way.”

Olivia de Havilland (left) with Joan Fontaine, her sister, circa 1945.



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Olivia de Havilland (left) with Joan Fontaine, her sister, circa 1945.

De Havilland was born in Tokyo on July 1, 1916, to British parents. She grew up in California, where she and Fontaine, a year and a half younger, were raised primarily by her mother, a former theater actor.

As a teenager, she began performing in community theater productions and gave up a college scholarship when she landed a role in a production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Hollywood Bowl. She reprised the role in Warner Brothers’ movie adaptation in 1935, which launched her film career.

“It was an illustrious beginning,” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2015.

The studio paired her with Flynn, who ended up being her co-star in a total of eight feature films. Their onscreen chemistry spurred rumors of a real-life romance, but de Havilland repeatedly denied it. Later in life, she admitted to having feelings for Flynn, saying that their last film together felt like a “loss.”

“I experienced a sense of grief and loss, a terrible feeling, but couldn’t define it at the time. I had sort of a sense of that you may know a person one way but not others. Errol and I were not sharing experiences and life but instead sharing the lives of these characters we were playing,” she recalled in a 2006 interview. “But, oh, he did mean a great deal to me, but in that day, a woman did not declare her feelings for a man.” 

After the success of “Gone with the Wind,” de Havilland’s career continued to soar. In addition to winning two Oscars for Best Actress, she also received nominations for “Hold Back The Dawn” and “The Snake Pit.” In the latter film, released in 1948, de Havilland played a woman living in a psychiatric hospital after experiencing a mental breakdown. The movie’s realism inspired states to reform conditions in mental institutions.

De Havilland grew tired of the film industry and her celebrity by the 1950s. She moved to Paris, where she would remain for the rest of her life, taking fewer acting roles and preferring reality over the artifice of Hollywood.

“I loved being around real buildings, real castles, real churches — not ones made of canvas,” she told Vanity Fair in 2015. “There were real cobblestones. Somehow the cobblestones amazed me. When I would meet a prince or a duke, he was a real prince, a real duke.” 

Olivia de Havilland with Montgomery Clift in the 1949 film "The Heiress," for which she won her second Best Actress Oscar.



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Olivia de Havilland with Montgomery Clift in the 1949 film “The Heiress,” for which she won her second Best Actress Oscar.

Later films included “Light in the Piazza” (1962) and “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte” (1964), co-starring her friend Bette Davis. She also returned to theater and appeared on numerous TV shows, including the NBC miniseries “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna,” for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1987. 

As de Havilland got older, her deteriorating vision and hearing forced her to conduct interviews over email. Even in writing, though, she maintained her charm and wit and was candid about her career, including her experiences with sexism in Hollywood ― “a fact of life I simply had to accept,” she said in 2016.

“Men felt threatened and mistrustful of women who had good ideas, and one had to employ immense tact when dealing with directors and producers,” she said. 

Men felt threatened and mistrustful of women who had good ideas, and one had to employ immense tact when dealing with directors and producers.
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In 1965, she became the first woman to serve as president of the Cannes Film Festival’s jury. The French government appointed her a chevalier of its Legion of Honor in 2010.

U.S. President George W. Bush awarded her the National Medal of the Arts in 2008 “for her persuasive and compelling skill as an actor in roles from Shakespeare’s Hermia to Margaret Mitchell’s Melanie. Her independence, integrity, and grace won creative freedom for herself and her fellow film actors.”

Although de Havilland retired from acting in 1988, she still made occasional public appearances to commemorate her films and career. As one of the only surviving stars of “Gone with the Wind,” she often attended anniversary celebrations of the classic film.

She was met with a standing ovation when she introduced a presentation of previous Oscar winners at the 75th anniversary of the Academy Awards in 2003.

“There have also been tributes and similar occasions that have called me back to Hollywood,” she said in 2015. “I’ve returned so often, I almost feel that I’ve never left.”

Before she turned 100, she said that she hoped to live to 110. She remained in good health in her later years, regularly taking the stairs at her home in Paris and doing The New York Times crossword puzzle.

At the peak of her stardom, de Havilland had several famous Hollywood romances, including with business mogul Howard Hughes, actor Jimmy Stewart and director John Huston. She married and divorced twice, first to American screenwriter and novelist Marcus Aurelius Goodrich. Their son, Benjamin, died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1991.

She is survived by her daughter, Gisele, from her second marriage to French journalist Pierre Galante.

Megan Fox Says She And Machine Gun Kelly Are ‘Two Halves Of The Same Soul’

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly are in L-O-V-E and they want the world to know it. 

The two, who recently starred in the music video for MGK’s single “My Bloody Valentine,” were first linked in May amid reports that Fox was separating from her husband, Brian Austin Green. Green and Fox share three children and are in the process of divorcing. 

Fox and MGK ― whose real name is Colson Baker ― opened up about their budding romance Wednesday on the “Give Them Lala…with Randall” podcast with reality star Lala Kent and her fiancé, producer and director Randall Emmett.

Fox met MGK on the set of Emmett’s film, “Midnight in the Switchgrass” and knew something was going to happen before the two even interacted, she said. 

“I was like, ‘Who is going to play this role?’ And he [Emmett] was like, ‘Oh, we just got Machine Gun Kelly.’” 

Fox said with a laugh that her immediate reaction was just “Uh-oh.”



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“I could feel that some wild shit was going to happen to me from that meeting, but I wasn’t yet sure what,” Fox said, adding that she felt “deep in my soul that something was going to come from that.”

MGK revealed that he used to wait on set to catch a “glimpse of eye contact” from Fox every day. 

“She would have to get out of her car, and walk from her car to her trailer. There were, like, five steps between the car and the trailer. And I would just sit there and hope,” he said. 

Fox explained their instant chemistry through the philosophical concept of twin flames. 

“A twin flame is actually where a soul has ascended into a high enough level that it can be split into two different bodies at the same time,” she said. “So we’re actually two halves of the same soul, I think. And I said that to him almost immediately, because I felt it right away.” 

They two felt such a strong connection that Fox started looking at his astrological chart on the second day of filming. 

“I asked him to come into my trailer for lunch, and I put him through all of this astrology stuff,” Fox said. “I went deep right away. I knew before I even did his chart he has a Pisces moon ― I could tell by his energy.” 

While Fox and MGK have been spotted out and about, Green has been linked to media personality Courtney Stodden and influencer Tina Louise.

The “Beverly Hills, 90210” actor confirmed in May that he and Fox were splitting after nearly 10 years of marriage but said he “will always love her.” 

“Neither one of us did anything to each other. She’s always been honest with me. I’ve always been honest with her,” Green shared on an episode of his podcast in May.

“We’ve had an amazing relationship,” he said. “And I know she will always love me and I know as far as a family, what we have built is really cool and really special.” 

Amber Heard Accuses Johnny Depp Of Throwing Bottles At Her Like ‘Grenades’

LONDON (AP) — Amber Heard alleged in a British court on Wednesday that her ex-husband Johnny Depp threw “30 or so bottles” at her as if they were “grenades or bombs” while they were in Australia in March 2015 and that he accidentally severed part of his finger during the assault.

Taking to the witness box for a third day at the High Court in London during Depp’s libel case against a British tabloid, the actress refuted his allegation that it was she who lost her temper and that she had injured him.

Heard has described her stay in Australia with Depp as akin to a “three-day hostage situation,” during which Depp was “completely out of his mind and out of control.” She has said that she feared for her life while at the rented property on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The incident is central to The Sun’s labeling of Depp in an April 2018 article as a “wife beater.” The Sun’s defense relies on 14 allegations made by Heard of violence by Depp between 2013 and 2016, in settings including the rented house in Australia, his private island in the Bahamas, and a private jet.

He denies the charges and claims Heard was the aggressor during their relationship. He was present once again to hear Heard’s testimony. Depp, 57, is suing The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over the article.

Depp’s lawyer, Eleanor Laws, said Heard had worked herself “into a rage” during her stay in Australia, where Depp was filming the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Heard, 34, said she got “angry at times but not into a rage that would cause me to throw anything at him.”

She did concede that she did break one bottle in their second evening together in Australia as they argued about the scale of his drinking.

“I regret I did that,” said Heard, who also claimed that Depp would often credit her for saving him by trying to get him clean and sober.

After she smashed the bottle, Heard alleges that Depp, fueled by drink and drugs, started throwing bottles, full enough that they broke a window behind her.

“He threw all the bottles that were in reach, all except for one which was a celebratory magnum-sized bottle of wine,” she said.

Heard also denied severing the tip of Depp’s finger during the bottle-throwing frenzy and that she put out a cigarette on his cheek during the incident. She said it was something that Depp used to do to himself.

“Johnny did it right in front of me, he often did things like that,” she said.

In the first nine days of testimony at the High Court, judge Andrew Nicol heard from Depp and from several current or former employees who backed his version of events. In his testimony, Depp said he was the one being abused by Heard and that she had a history of being violent against him.

In written testimony released to the court, Heard said that at various times during their relationship she endured “punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking.” She said some incidents were “so severe” she was “afraid he was going to kill me, either intentionally or just by losing control and going too far.” She said he blamed his actions on “a self-created third party” that he referred to as “the monster.”

Depp and Heard met on the set of the comedy “The Rum Diary,” released in 2011. They married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the following year, and it was finalized in 2017.

Heard’s testimony is expected to last for four days, through Thursday.

Bill Nye Breaks Down The Science Behind Skin Color, Points Out ‘We’re All One Species’

In the span of one minute, Bill Nye the Science Guy explained the science behind pigmentation to his TikTok followers, stressing that despite different shades of skin, “We’re all one species.” 

“It turns out that everybody on Earth is descended from people that lived here in Africa,” Nye said in the TikTok clip, pointing to two maps highlighting the intensity of Earth’s ultraviolet rays as well as various skin shades around the globe.

“And then as groups of us moved around the world, the color of our skin had to change. And here’s why. Our skin is where we make vitamin D. If you don’t get enough ultraviolet, then you don’t get enough vitamin D. But if you get too much ultraviolet, then you break down your folates. You have to have it in perfect balance. And because the ultraviolet varies, the color of our skin varies. And that’s it, everybody. That’s why we have different colored skin.”

Nye went on to argue that humans were all the same species but weren’t “treating each other fairly.”

“Not everybody is getting an even shake,” he said, rattling a bottle of vitamin D. “So it’s time to change things.” 

At the beginning of the video, Nye was referring to the work of Nina Jablonski and George Chaplin, two Penn State University anthropologists. They carried out extensive research on the link between skin color and ultraviolet radiation as it relates to the production of vitamin D, which they called a “selective force in the evolution of pigmentation” in a scientific paper published in 2010.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s website on modern human diversity points out that because “strong sun exposure damages the body, the solution was to evolve skin that was permanently dark so as to protect against the sun’s more damaging rays.” 

Nye’s video went viral on Twitter shortly after it was posted, with multiple commentators praising his usage of TikTok to share scientific knowledge. Others said that his argument that humans are all the same species proved the folly of racism.

Racism is “the belief that another person is less than human … because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person,” according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Nye previously used TikTok to demonstrate the effectiveness of face masks against COVID-19, arguing that wearing a mask is “literally a matter of life and death.” 

Prince George Sports A Great Big Grin In Adorable New Birthday Pics

Prince George is seven! 

Kate Middleton and Prince William shared two new photos of their eldest son on Tuesday in celebration of his seventh birthday on Wednesday, July 22. The Duchess of Cambridge took the photos earlier this month, Kensington Palace said. 

George, who is third in line to the throne, was born at 4:24 p.m. on July 22, 2013, to great pomp and circumstance at St Mary’s Hospital in London. 



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The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate revealed this February on the “Happy Mum, Happy Baby” podcast that seeing scores of reporters and well-wishers outside the hospital after she gave birth to her first child was “slightly terrifying.” She and William even tried to prepare for the scariest part of the photocall: putting George in a car seat for the very first time. 

“We were like: ‘What do we do? He’s going to be in a swaddle. How is this even supposed to work?’” the duchess said with a laugh. 

“We’d even tried to practice with a little doll at home, but it just never works out the way you’ve planned it,” Kate said. “It was quite hard to do that, I think, on the world’s stage, but he did a very good job.” 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London with their newborn son.



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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London with their newborn son.

Though it’s unclear what George wanted for his birthday, his godmother, Julia Samuel, recently gave some insight into what she likes to get him.

Samuel said that she carries out a tradition that her late friend, Princess Diana, first started. 

“I do to George what [Diana] did to us, which is give impossible toys that are really noisy and take a lot of making,” she said on the “How To Fail With Elizabeth Day” podcast in early July. 

“I come in slightly tipped by the size of the present that William then has to spend days putting together. And then put all the machinery together, and it makes awful tooting noises and lights flashing and all of that.”

Samuel added that George is “funny and feisty and cheeky and God, [Diana] would have loved him so much.”  

The Cambridges must have a lot of noisy toys at this point, since they have celebrated a few royal birthdays during the quarantine.

The duchess, who is an avid amateur photographer, has taken photos of William, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis for their birthdays the past few months, as well as for Father’s Day. 

She took most of the photos at the family’s Anmer Hall estate, where the family has been self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic. As lockdown restrictions have begun to lift in the U.K., Kate and William have attended both solo and joint engagements.  

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Jada Pinkett Smith’s ‘Entanglement’ With August Alsina Just Got Even Messier

Jada Pinkett Smith’s “entanglement” with August Alsina sure is getting twisty. 

After the “Red Table Talk” host confirmed that she’d had a secret relationship with the R&B singer while she was still married to Will Smith, describing their connection as an “entanglement,” he’s now released a song referencing their romance. 

And guess what it’s called? Yep, “Entanglements.” Alsina dropped the new track featuring an assist from rapper Rick Ross on Saturday, and it’s a clear sendup of the drama with the Smith family. 

“The definition of entanglement/ It’s when you tangled in the sheets/ Girl I know that we don’t call it a relationship/ But you’re still fuckin’ with me,” he sings in the opening of the song. “Entanglements, is when you tangled in them sheets/ Entanglements, is when you’re tangled up with me/ Entanglements, is when you’re gettin’ in too deep/ Tangled up with me, tangled in them sheets.” 

August Alsina and Jada Pinkett Smith at the 2017 BET Awards.



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August Alsina and Jada Pinkett Smith at the 2017 BET Awards.

Elsewhere in the song, Alsina addresses a woman who “left your man to fuck with me, just to pay him back,” later singing, “That ain’t my girl, but I got the key to the crib and to your car (To the crib and to her heart).” 

Ross, meanwhile, takes the less subtle approach, dropping references to Pinkett Smith’s film “The Matrix: Reloaded” and her past relationship with Tupac Shakur. 

“Jaded by her beauty, but her reputation real solid,” he raps on the song. 

Pinkett Smith confirmed she pursued a relationship with Alsina while separated from her husband, explaining that they broke up within their marriage following a period of unhappiness. 

In their “Red Table Talk” sit down, the couple seemed to suggest that Will Smith also had his fair share of dalliances. 

“We were over,” Pinkett Smith said to Smith about what sparked their separation. 

He added, “I was done with your ass. … We decided we were going to separate for a period of time, and you go figure out how to make yourself happy, and I’ll figure out how to make myself happy.”

During the conversation, Pinkett Smith repeatedly used the word “entanglement” to describe her connection with Alsina, which has since spawned many a meme across social media. Smith, however, pushed her to acknowledge that it was a full-fledged relationship. 

But Alsina doesn’t seem to mind the categorization, telling Vulture in an interview published earlier this week that the word is actually well-suited to their situation. 

“If you look up the definition of ‘entanglement,’ it is a complex and difficult relationship. It was exactly that,” he told the outlet. “I think it’s just the language that probably stuck out to people. But I definitely have to agree with it being an entanglement. It definitely was something complicated, a complicated dynamic.”

 Listen to “Entanglements” below. 

Tucker Carlson Latest Fox News Host To Conveniently Take A Sudden Vacation

NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe the trout will be running this week for Fox NewsTucker Carlson.

Either way, the vacation he announced on Monday and says was planned in advance should be familiar to Fox viewers who are used to seeing its personalities go away to cool off when the heat is on. Before leaving, he spoke to his fans about his show’s former top writer, who resigned after CNN found he had written a series of racist and repugnant tweets under a pseudonym.

His fishing trip is at least the sixth example in a little more than three years of a Fox star’s vacation in close proximity to a controversy about their work.

In only one case — Bill O’Reilly’s trip to Europe following reports of sexual misconduct settlements with women — did the vacation become permanent.

Carlson said that the online comments by former writer Blake Neff were wrong, but had nothing to do with his show. He also criticized the “ghouls beating their chests in triumph at the destruction of a young man.”

Then he said he was going to spend the next four days trout fishing. Brian Kilmeade will fill in.

“Long planned, this is one of those years where if you don’t get it in now, you are probably not going to,” Carlson said.

A Fox representative confirmed the vacation was planned before the Neff story broke.

A devoted angler, Carlson last August said he was “headed to the wilderness” to fish with his son after addressing criticism of his comments that white supremacy was not a problem in the United States.

That vacation drew a ribbing from Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah.

“The timing seems suspicious, but who knows — maybe lots of people leave for fishing vacations on Wednesday night at 9 p.m.,” Noah said on “The Daily Show.”

Laura Ingraham left for what was described as “a pre-planned vacation with her kids” in 2018 during an advertiser backlash to her comments mocking a Parkland school shooting survivor.

Jesse Watters departed on a brief insta-vacation with his family in 2017 when he was criticized for comments about Ivanka Trump that some critics saw as lewd. Sean Hannity had a lengthy Memorial Day break in 2017 when facing some advertiser restiveness about his promotion of a discredited theory about the death of a Democratic party operative. He addressed suspicions about the timing by saying it was an annual break.

O’Reilly said he was looking forward to a breather around the time his name was in the headlines in the spring of 2017.

“I grab some vacation because it’s spring and it’s Easter time,” he said on the air. “Last fall I booked a trip that should be terrific.”

He promised to tell viewers all about it when he got back.

No such luck. He was fired the same day he was photographed in Rome shaking the hand of Pope Francis.

Associated Press researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this story.