Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Choose Oprah Winfrey For Tell-All Interview

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ready to talk about their “future hopes and dreams.”

CBS announced Monday that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for a 90-minute primetime special called “Oprah with Meghan and Harry.” The news was first reported by the British television channel ITV.

“Winfrey will speak with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, in a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from stepping into life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure,” CBS said in a statement shared with HuffPost.

“Later, the two are joined by Prince Harry as they speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family,” the statement continued.

The rare interview ― produced by Oprah’s Harpo Productions and decidedly not with a British media outlet ― is set to air at 8 p.m. ET on March 7.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in London on Jan. 7.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in London on Jan. 7.

A representative for the Sussexes had no further comment at this time.

This will be the first interview for Harry and Meghan since they announced their intention to step back as working members of the royal family in January 2020.

The couple has only done two sit-down interviews together to date, both with British outlets: the first with BBC’s Mishal Husain after they announced their engagement in November 2017; the second with Tom Bradby in October 2019 for their emotional ITV documentary, “Harry and Meghan: An African Journey.” (Not counting interviews used in the documentary itself.)

The primetime news announcement comes just one day after Meghan and Harry announced that they are expecting their second child. The couple are already parents to son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who is nearly 2.

“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child,” a spokesperson for the couple told HuffPost in a statement on Sunday.

Oprah and the royals are good friends and are now neighbors in the couple’s new home of Montecito, California.

The media mogul was also a surprise guest at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding on May 19, 2018.

Winfrey arrives for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor,

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Winfrey arrives for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

Winfrey later defended the couple from rumors after they announced their intention to step back, saying that the rest of the royal family did know about their announcement and that Harry “did what he needed to do for his family.”

“I don’t think anybody else has any right to say anything,” the talk show host told TMZ at the time. “When a person has sat and thought about what is the best decision I’m gonna make for my family ― and then he makes that decision ― none of us have any right to say anything about that.”

Winfrey, who is also working on a mental health TV series for Apple TV+ with the Duke of Sussex, recently shared a product that she got from Meghan back in December 2020.

The former “Suits” actor publicly invested in Clevr Blends, an instant oat milk latte company co-founded by CEO Hannah Mendoza, and shared the delicious treat with Oprah, who later endorsed the products on her Instagram account.

“On the first day of Christmas my neighbor ‘M’ sent to me…a basket of deliciousness! (Yes that M👑),” Oprah wrote on Instagram, before whipping up “her new drink of choice for the morning and night” for her followers.

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Ricky Martin Partners With Foundation To Honor 49 Victims Of Pulse Nightclub Massacre

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Singer Ricky Martin will be a spokesman for a foundation that is building a memorial and museum to honor the 49 victims who died during a massacre at a gay Florida nightclub nearly five years ago, foundation officials said Thursday.

In the unpaid position, Martin will make public service announcements promoting tolerance and also support the foundation by making social media posts, taping video messages and possibly narrating some exhibitions, foundation officials said.

“His global platform allows us to share our mission with even more audiences, ensuring Pulse’s legacy of love lives on forever,” said Earl Crittenden, chair of the onePulse Foundation board, in a statement.

Starting on Valentine’s Day, the foundation is launching a fundraising campaign with a goal of getting 1 million people to donate $49. The goal of the outlovehate.com campaign is to raise $49 million, with proceeds going toward building a permanent National Pulse Memorial & Museum, foundation officials said.

The Pulse nightclub near downtown Orlando was attacked by gunman Omar Mateen in June 2016. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during a three-hour standoff at the nightclub before he was killed in a shootout with police.

Britney Spears’ Dad Must Share Power Over Her Conservatorship, Judge Reaffirms

Britney Spears’ father remains a co-conservator over her estate, but a judge denied his objections on Thursday as to how the joint conservatorship will be delegated — a ruling celebrated by supporters of the #FreeBritney movement.

The 39-year-old singer filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court last August to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as her conservator. The elder Spears has fulfilled the role since 2008 when the court-sanctioned conservatorship was implemented. The conservatorship gives him control over his daughter’s financial and personal decisions.

The judge in the case, Brenda Penny, denied the singer’s petition to immediately remove her father from the conservatorship, but, in November, agreed to add the financial company Bessemer Trust as co-conservator.

On Thursday, Penny heard more arguments in the ongoing case. The New York Times noted the judge “did not order any substantial changes to the conservatorship,” but did deny some objections put forth by Jamie Spears as to how his daughter’s conservatorship will be delegated.

The objections included claims that the order establishing the joint conservatorship with Bessemer Trust had wrongly reduced his powers over his daughter’s estate, Variety reported.

According to NBC News, Jamie Spears’ attorney also asked that his client retain the power to delegate his daughter’s investments.

Penny rejected these objections and reaffirmed her earlier position that both Jamie Spears and Bessemer Trust would have power over the singer’s estate.

Singer Britney Spears on April 12, 2018, at the GLAAD Awards. 

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Singer Britney Spears on April 12, 2018, at the GLAAD Awards.

The issue of the singer’s conservatorship has come under renewed scrutiny and interest in recent weeks following the release of “Framing Britney Spears,” a documentary by The New York Times examining the legal arrangement.

Some fans believe the singer has been manipulated and controlled by her father and have sought to #FreeBritney.

For the moment, Jamie Spears, along with Bessemer Trust, controls the singer’s finances. Jodi Montgomery, a licensed conservator, replaced Jamie Spears as the singer’s personal conservator in 2019 after he stepped down from the role due to health issues. Montgomery will remain in that role until September.

As TMZ noted, several people with #FreeBritney signs gathered outside the courthouse in Los Angeles on Thursday to express their support for the singer. #FreeBritney Zoom rallies were also held ahead of the hearing.

Britney Spears’ attorney, Samuel Ingham, said in court that the purpose of the co-conservatorship order was to give both Jamie Spears and Bessemer Trust “an equal division of responsibility, in the hopes that they would sit down and figure out together the best way to handle this complex estate for the benefit of my client.”

He added that while it’s “no secret that my client does not want her father as co-conservator,” he recognized that Jamie Spears’ removal from the role “is a separate issue” for another day.

Bruce Springsteen Arrested In November For DWI, Reckless Driving

HIGHLANDS, N.J. (AP) — Bruce Springsteen is facing a drunken driving charge in New Jersey.

Springsteen was arrested Nov. 14 in a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area on the New Jersey coast, a spokesperson for the National Park Service confirmed Wednesday.

The park is on a narrow, beach-ringed peninsula, with views across a bay to New York City. It is about 15 miles north of Asbury Park, where Springsteen got his start as a musician and bandleader and which was later made famous with his debut album, “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”

Springsteen received citations for driving while under the influence, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area. The spokesperson said Springsteen was cooperative.

A message was left seeking comment Springsteen’s publicist.

The arrest was first reported by TMZ.com.

Britney Spears Fans Slam Diane Sawyer For Sexist Remarks In Resurfaced Interview

Unearthed footage used in a new Britney Spears documentary is making fans cringe.

The New York Times’ recent documentary “Framing Britney Spears” features part of a 2003 “Primetime” interview that Diane Sawyer conducted with Spears that many believe is laden with misogyny.

Spears — who did not participate in the documentary — has not commented on the film’s release, multiple outlets report.

Sawyer’s interview with the then-21-year-old pop star, which you can watch in full below, included multiple pearl-clutching remarks regarding Spears’ sexual image and music.

The Times’ unauthorized doc highlights Sawyer’s questions about Spears’ very public 2002 breakup with fellow pop star Justin Timberlake.

“He has gone on television and pretty much said you broke his heart. You did something that caused him so much pain, so much suffering. What did you do?” Sawyer asked a seemingly exasperated Spears, who had asked for a break earlier in the interview when the subject of Timberlake came up. 

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake arrive at the 28th Annual American Music Awards in 2001.



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Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake arrive at the 28th Annual American Music Awards in 2001.

“I was upset for a while,” Spears responded. “I think we were both really young and it was kind of meant to happen, and I will always love him. He will always have a special place in my heart.”

In 2002, Timberlake dropped his first solo album, “Justified.” The album included the song “Cry Me a River,” which had lyrics about infidelity, and the accompanying video included a Spears-lookalike.

To help promote his album, Timberlake perpetuated the idea that Spears was the reason the two broke up. He also poked fun at her 2002 movie “Crossroads” and made coy suggestions that the two had had a sexual relationship — despite Spears’ saying earlier in her career that she wanted to remain a virgin until marriage.

Also featured in the “Framing Britney Spears” documentary is Sawyer pressing Spears about a comment by Kendel Ehrlich, who was Maryland’s first lady in 2003. In a speech at an anti-violence rally that year, Ehrlich called Spears a bad influence, saying: “Really, if I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would.”

Former Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich’s quote as it was shown during Diane Sawyer’s interview with Britney Sp



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Former Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich’s quote as it was shown during Diane Sawyer’s interview with Britney Spears in 2003.

Spears looked shocked in response to those comments, but Sawyer seemed to sympathize with Ehrlich, telling Spears:

“It’s because of the example for kids and how hard it is to be a parent.”

“I’m not here to, you know, babysit her kids,” Spears responded.

Following the film’s release, Spears’ fans expressed outrage over the interview, calling it “painful.”

Meanwhile, Timberlake’s Instagram posts are flooded with comments from fans demanding that he apologize to Spears.

ABC, Sawyer and Spears did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Morgan Wallen’s Album Sales Surge After Racist Comment

NASHVILLLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fans of Morgan Wallen are buying up the country star’s latest album after a video showed him shouting a racial slur last week.

Wallen’s sophomore record, “Dangerous: The Double Album” retains its top spot for a fourth week on Billboard’s all-genre albums chart, less than a week after Wallen apologized for using racist language.

The country music industry acted swiftly to publicly rebuke him and radio stations and streaming services removed his songs from their playlists. But fans responded by playing him even more.

Billboard reports that his latest album sold 25,000 copies during the week ending Feb. 4, an increase of 102%, according to MRC Data. Billboard reported that that the album’s streaming numbers slightly increased by 3%, representing roughly 160 million on-demand streams. Song downloads from the album also went up by 67%.

Wallen’s popularity had skyrocketed in the last year and songs like “Seven Summers” and “Wasted on You” earned him crossover success on pop radio. His album was already setting streaming records and is the first country album to spend four weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart since 2003, when Shania Twain’s album “Up!” spent five weeks at the top.

Hannah Karp, Billboard’s editorial director, said that some uptick in interest in his music is coming from people who are curious about Wallen in the wake of the scandal and media attention. But she said that also shows how his fans are responding to decisions to remove him from the radio as well.

“His fans are likely streaming him more because they can’t hear him on the radio anymore,” said Karp. “Some fans may be streaming him more in addition to show their support for him, which is something that super fans and fan armies often do.”

Karp noted that in general album sales and downloads are much smaller than streaming numbers for all artists, so it doesn’t take much to cause large percentage jumps in sales.

Karp said that it may be too early to predict the long-term consequences for Wallen.

“We haven’t seen the full effect of radio dropping his music from playlists. Radio is a really powerful driver of consumption, so it’s possible that will end up in decreasing streaming and sales eventually,” she said.

Serena Williams’ Flo-Jo-Inspired Outfit At Australian Open Is Fierce As Hell

Serena Williams made fast work of her Australian Open opponent Monday in an outfit honoring the fastest woman of all time.

The late Olympic sprint legend Florence Griffith Joyner still holds world records in the 100 meters and 200 meters that she set in 1988 ― and a place in the heart of Williams, seeking her 24th Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne.

Flo-Jo, as she was known, had a penchant for making fashion statements on the track, including outfits that left one leg exposed and the other sheathed in clinging material.

Williams went there in her 56-minute 6-1, 6-1 victory over Laura Siegemund.



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Afterward, Williams said she was “inspired by Flo-Jo, who was a wonderful track athlete.”

Florence Griffith Joyner running in one of her bold one-legged uniforms at the 1988 U.S. Olympic track and field trials.



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Florence Griffith Joyner running in one of her bold one-legged uniforms at the 1988 U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

“Her outfits were always amazing,” Williams added.

Serena Williams had one leg up on Laura Siegemund in their first-round match on Monday.



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Serena Williams had one leg up on Laura Siegemund in their first-round match on Monday.

“We thought, ‘What can we do to keep elevating the Serena Williams on the court,’” she said, crediting her fashion team with the initial idea.



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Flo-Jo, who died from an epileptic seizure in 1998, probably would have appreciated the tribute.

Williams, of course, caused quite a stir with her “Black Panther”-inspired catsuit at the 2018 French Open. She wore a lavender tutu at the U.S. Open that same year.

Stay tuned for her next sartorial serve.

T.J. Osborne Feels ‘So Incredibly Loved’ After Coming Out As Gay

One day after opening up about his authentic self for the first time, T.J. Osborne is still feeling the love.

The country singer-songwriter, who is half of the Brothers Osborne, came out as gay in a wide-ranging interview with Time magazine published Wednesday. His words drew instant praise from fans, fellow performers and a host of LGBTQ advocacy groups.

Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Thursday, Osborne recalled feeling apprehensive prior to the publication of the interview, but now said he wishes he had begun living his truth sooner.

“The perfect time is always now,” the 36-year-old said. “I instantaneously felt like I wish I had done this a long time ago. … I expected a wave of love from family and friends [but] I did not expect it to feel the way it felt. I think it’s one thing when you just know and assume people love you, and it’s different when you hear it, and when you hear it with sincerity. Right now I feel so incredibly loved.”

Catch T.J. Obsorne’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show” appearance below.

LGBTQ performers, of course, have made incredible strides in the music industry in recent years, with stars like Sam Smith, Lil Nas X and Kim Petras scoring massive hits.

Compared to pop and rock, however, country remains widely seen as a conservative genre ― a point that Osborne acknowledged Thursday.

“I’m curious to see how it all plays out with us going into rural America,” he said, noting that some of his fans were devout Christians or otherwise adhered to an “old school way” of thinking. “[But] to have people that I never even expected to say anything reaching out to me ― people that I feel like personify masculinity and straight culture to the nth degree, who are coming out with a lot of pride for me ― that was really the moment to me that made me feel like, ‘Wow, that was there the whole time.’”

“Maybe through my insecurities, I built it up to maybe be a bigger hurdle than it really was,” he added.

As the Brothers Osborne, he and his real-life brother, John, have received four CMA awards and seven Grammy nominations. The duo’s third album, “Skeletons,” debuted to rave reviews last October.

Stephen Colbert Gives Lindsey Graham A Lesson In Who The Bad Guys Are

“The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert called out Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for making an unusual threat earlier this week.

Speaking on Fox News, Graham urged Democrats not to call witnesses during the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

“You open up Pandora’s box if you call one witness,” Graham said, warning that additional witnesses would then be called and more information would be revealed about the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters attempting to block the certification of the election results. 

Colbert mocked Graham for fearing the “slippery slope to information.” 

“You could always tell who the good guys are. They’re the ones saying, ‘Make sure there are no witnesses,’” Colbert said, rubbing his hands together and speaking like a classic villain. 

Check out his full monologue below:

Country’s T.J. Osborne Comes Out As Gay: ‘It Is A Big Part Of Who I Am’

Country singer-songwriter T.J. Osborne opened up about his sexuality for the first time this week, revealing publicly that he is gay. 

The 36-year-old, who is half of the Brothers Osborne, told Time magazine in an interview published Wednesday that he’s been out to friends and family for years. After spending most of 2020 in isolation, however, he felt that he owed it to his fans to live openly as his authentic self. 

“I’m very comfortable being gay,” Osborne said. “I want to get to the height of my career being completely who I am. I mean, I am who I am, but I’ve kept a part of me muted, and it’s been stifling.”

“At this point, my happiness is more valuable than anything else I’d ever be able to achieve,” singer T.J.



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“At this point, my happiness is more valuable than anything else I’d ever be able to achieve,” singer T.J. Osborne said. 

Osborne’s announcement drew a chorus of praise from fellow artists Kacey Musgraves and Jason Isbell, as well as LGBTQ advocacy groups like GLAAD. After the interview went live, he posted a short video on Instagram thanking fans for the support he’d already received. 

“The person you know is me,” he said. “And now you just know more about me. I think that’s so important in so many ways. I know it’s going to help my relationship with my fans, with my family and, honestly, [with] myself.”

The Maryland native joins a growing subset of artists and personalities in country and folk music who identify as LGBTQ. Masked singer-songwriter Orville Peck, who last summer duetted with Shania Twain, is gay, while five-time Grammy winner Brandi Carlile has described herself as a “small-town lesbian folk singer.” Three years ago, singer Brandon Stansell set a precedent when the music video for his song “Hometown” became the first queer-inclusive clip to receive airplay on the country music network CMT.  

Osborne, however, is reportedly the first openly gay artist to be signed to a major country label, EMI Records Nashville. 

John and T.J. Osborne of the Brothers Osborne released their most recent album, "Skeletons," in October 2020. 



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John and T.J. Osborne of the Brothers Osborne released their most recent album, “Skeletons,” in October 2020. 

As the Brothers Osborne, he and his real-life brother, John, released their debut album, “Pawn Shop,” in 2016. The duo’s most recent release was “Skeletons,” unveiled last October. 

As to what impact his sexuality may have on his future in country ― still widely viewed as a conservative genre ― Osborne said he wasn’t concerned. 

“There are times when I think I’ve marginalized this part of me so that I feel better about it,” he told Time. “And I realize that it is a big part of who I am: The way I think, the way I act, the way I perform. God, think of all the times that we talk about love, and write about love. It’s the biggest thing we ever get to feel. And I’ve kept the veil on.” 

“I’ve done more than I ever thought I would,” he continued. “At this point, my happiness is more valuable than anything else I’d ever be able to achieve.”