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Britney Spears’ fiance sounds off on ‘Britney vs. Spears’ Netflix doc

As Netflix promotes its new documentary, “Britney vs. Spears,” this week, Britney’s fiance, Sam Asghari, wants to know who profits from films like this one, which was made without her participation. On Instagram on Sept. 22, the streamer shared a new trailer for the doc, which, per the Netflix blurb, “tells the explosive story of Britney’s life and her public and private search for freedom.” Sam promptly chimed in on the comments, writing, “I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting against injustice #freebritney.” He also responded with a “100” emoji” to a comment from Lady Gaga’s manager, Bobby Campbell, that asked, “How much money is being made by third parties from this documentary leveraging Britney’s personal story and its value in the media?” Bobby went on to assert, “There needs to be transparency about how whether the filmmakers are profiting from this doc, or if they are donating their fees to Britney’s legal defense, or to legal defense funds to aide those who do not have the financial resources to fight against undue conservatorships.” He added, “Even if it is in support of Freeing Britney, this appears that it could be exploitative.” After the release of the popular “Framing Britney Spears,” which told a similar story without Britney’s participation, the singer said on Instagram that she was “embarrassed by the light they put me in” and “cried for two weeks” after seeing some of the doc. Britney’s next conservatorship hearing is coming up on Sept. 29. In a court filing this week, Britney said she “fully consents” to ending the conservatorship. The documents also said the priority should be “ending the Kafkaesque nightmare imposed upon her by her father,” Jamie Spears, who’s said he would step down as her conservator but remains in the role as of this week.

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Billie Eilish says she lost 100,000 followers over new look

When Billie Eilish rose to fame in her early teens, the singer’s obsession with baggy, body obscuring clothes was as much a signature of her style as her green and black hair. She’s since gone platinum and started to embrace looks that show off her curves, but the changes aren’t sitting well with some fans of the 19-year-old Grammy winner. “People hold on to these memories and have an attachment. But it’s very dehumanizing. I lost 100,000 followers, just because of the boobs. People are scared of big boobs,” Billie tells Elle in the magazine’s October 2021 issue. “You’re not even supposed to really know who you are until you’re at least my age or older,” she adds. While some listeners may be scared, others have accused Billie in the comments on her Instagram of being “disingenuous” or having been “changed” by “the industry.” Asked about the recent change in Billie’s reception, Madonna, 63, pointed out, “… We still live in a very sexist world where women are put into categories. … Women should be able to portray themselves in any way they want. If Billie were a man, no one would be writing about this.” 

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Adele and Rich Paul go Instagram official as romance heats up

Adele’s romance with NBA agent Rich Paul has reportedly shifted from casual fun to true love. “Adele is very much in love with Rich and their relationship has become more serious in the last few months,” an Adele source tells E! News. “They have both met each other’s kids, but have been keeping it low-key around them,” the insider says of the singer, who shares an 8-year-old son with her ex-husband, and hoops exec, who’s a father of three. “They both stay at each other’s places in L.A., and are pretty much inseparable.” Over the weekend, Adele, 33, joined Rich, 39, at L.A. Lakers star Anthony Davis’ wedding, where the couple posed for photo booth pics that Adele later shared on her Instagram alongside a red heart emoji. “She feels really comfortable around him and is in a good headspace right now,” the insider adds, calling the couple “inseparable.” The singer is reportedly planning to release a new batch of music this winter, though no formal release date has been announced. She and Rich were first linked earlier this year.

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Angelina Jolie cleared to sell her stake in wine label she owns with ex, Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reportedly reached an agreement in one of multiple ongoing court disputes related to their divorce. The former couple had been arguing over Angelina’s desire to sell her shares in their co-owned winery and $164 million French estate, the home of their Chateau Miraval wine label. After Angelina filed for divorce from Brad back in 2016, a judge put a temporary restraining order on both parties’ interest in Quimicum, which People reports “owns and controls” Chateau Miraval. Angelina reportedly filed a request over the summer to have the order lifted so she could sell her shares to a third party. Brad, meanwhile filed suit against Angelina’s LLC, Nouvel, on behalf of his LLC, Mondo Bongo. It seems Brad wanted Mondo Bongo to hang onto the initial, 60-40 majority share it had of Quimicum until 2013. That was the year Mondo Bongo transferred shares to Nouvel at what Brad’s lawyers say was a lower-than-market cost to make Brad (via Mondo Bongo) and Angie (via Nouvel) equal-part owners of Quimicum. According to People, Brad and Angelina reached an agreement on the dispute, prompting a judge to sign off on lifting the order that prevented Angelina from selling. That said, a source close to the case tells TMZ “there are still legal proceedings involving Nouvel in Europe that would make it challenging” for Angelina to sell right now. Earlier this week, multiple outlets reported the pair have also finally reached an agreement on the custody of their five kids (their eldest is over 18).

Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan visit One World Trade, talk COVID-19 and more with U.N. ambassador in NYC

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan arrived in New York City on Sept. 22, kicking off their first major public appearance together since moving to the United States last year. According to Page Six, the couple checked into the Carlyle hotel, a favorite of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, and had dinner at the famous Upper East Side establishment’s Bemelmans Bar that evening. (They reportedly left their son, Archie, and daughter, Lilibet, at home in Montecito, Calif., for the work-focused trip.) The next day, the pair visited the rebuilt World Trade Center’s observatory tower, meeting with New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, and Gov. Kathy Hochul, and spending time at the 9/11 Memorial as their busy first day in the Big Apple began. Later on, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — who launched their own global nonprofit charitable organization and media company, Archewell, last year — sat down with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who later tweeted that they shared an “important discussion of COVID, racial justice, and raising mental health awareness.” The Sussexes are due to appear at this weekend’s Global Citizen Live broadcast event, where stars will call for improved worldwide access to the COVID-19 vaccines.

Is a dispute brewing between Lorde and Lana Del Rey?

When Lorde released “Solar Power,” fans of Lana Del Rey called out the New Zealand-based singer after noticing major similarities between Lorde’s song, “S—– at the Nail Salon” and a pair of songs by Lana, “Wild At Heart” and “Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have.” According to British tab The Sun, chatter about the similarities online have created a simmering dispute between the singers, as well as a stalemate on how to resolve it. A music industry insider told The Sun Lana’s team has agreed there were similarities between the songs and brought in an expert to look more closely at the music. “Lorde’s people came back and offered Lana a percentage of the publishing rights to the song,” the source claimed. The outlet claims Lana wasn’t interested in the offer though, and instead wants “a public acknowledgement from Lorde that the track was inspired by her.” The industry insider adds, “… The only last course of action would be to sue, but everyone is very keen to avoid that if at all possible and hopes there can be an amicable resolution instead. The forensic experts agree with the fans, so it seems to be quite a clear-cut case.” One key detail that makes the case even more “clear-cut, and might make a lawsuit kind of awkward? Jack Antonoff co-wrote all three of the songs in question. As of Sept. 23, neither singer had addressed the situation publicly, so we’re inclined to take it all with a pretty large grain of proverbial salt.

Hilarie Burton gets a tattoo in honor of late friend, Willie Garson

“Calm down.” Those words are now etched in ink on the arm of actress Hilarie Burton in honor of something her late friend, “Sex and the City” star Willie Garson, used to say. On Sept. 22, Hilarie joined a social media chorus of Willie’s friends and fans in sharing stories about the actor, who played Stanford Blatch on “SATC” and lost a private battle with cancer on Sept. 21. Hilarie also shared a photo of her new tattoo and explained the meaning behind it. “He would pay you the biggest compliment in the world. Tell you that you were the smartest or prettiest or most talented or that your book/show/recipe/charity, etc mattered and was valuable. And right as you’d blush, he’d temper it with ‘alright, calm down!’ And then laughter. He’d stop you before you could rebuff the compliment,” she wrote in the lengthy post. “Before I went to see him, I needed him to know how I felt. And @hudsonvalleytattooco was so kind and understanding and got me in the night before my flight,” she continued. “I wanted Willie to know that I was carrying that ‘calm down’ with me forever.” While many of Willie’s former costars have posted about him since his unexpected death at 57, Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Willie’s “SATC” character’s best friend and was extremely close with him in real-life, was still at a loss for words days after his death. As she explained in a comment on Chris Noth’s memorial post about Willie, “I’m not ready yet. Xxx.”

Linda Evangelista says CoolSculpting left her ‘permanently deformed’

Linda Evangelista announced this week that she’s suing the parent company of CoolSculpting after she was left “permanently deformed” by the fat-reduction procedure five years ago. “Today I took a big step towards righting a wrong that I have suffered and have kept to myself for over five years,” the supermodel wrote in a long Instagram post on Sept. 22. “To my followers who have wondered why I have not been working while my peers’ careers have been thriving, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure which did the opposite of what it promised.” She went on to allege the procedure “increased, not decreased my fat cells and left me permanently deformed even after two painful, unsuccessful, corrective surgeries.” Linda, 56, also said in the post that now has “Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia or PAH,” a possible side effect of CoolSculpting she says she was not made “aware” of ahead of the procedure. (According to People, PAH results in fat cells growing larger rather than smaller and is more common in men than women.) “PAH not only destroyed my livelihood, it has sent me into a cycle of deep depression, profound sadness, and the lowest depths of self-loathing,” Linda explained, adding that she’s “become a recluse” while enduring all of that. “With this lawsuit, I am moving forward to rid myself of my shame, and going public with my story,” she continued. “I am so tired of living this way. I would like to walk out my door with my head high, despite not looking like myself any longer.”

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