The daily gossip: Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has arrived, Simone Biles confirmed to be the GOAT, and more
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has arrived, Simone Biles confirmed to be the GOAT, and more
Why some critics are taking issue with the name of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's daughter
She's heeeere! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Sunday the birth of their second child, Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, saying their daughter is "more than we could have ever imagined." The baby's first name — which pays tribute to Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet — was described as an "olive branch" by Camilla Tominey, a journalist for The Telegraph. "It seems to be Harry and Meghan's way of communicating they do still want to keep their royal ties," she explained. Tominey acknowledged, though, that there has been criticism of the name too, "which is such an intimate reference to the Queen when many see [Harry and Meghan] in recent weeks and months sort of trashing the institution that she represents."
Simone Biles confirms she's the GOAT (as if there was any question)
Simone Biles won her seventh all-around U.S. Gymnastics Championships title in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, setting yet another record in her gymnastics career. Biles took the highest score in three of the four events — vault, balance beam, and floor exercise — and came in third in the uneven bars. Biles, 24, won five medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and she could become the first woman in more than 50 years to win back-to-back all-around gold medals in Tokyo, where she's considered to be a shoo-in. "It's easy to get complacent about Biles' greatness," Nancy Armour writes at USA Today. "Imagine if, at the height of their careers, Tiger Woods or Serena Williams won every major. Not one or two. Every one. Continuously, for many years."
Colin Farrell ran a marathon
Colin Farrell finished the Brisbane Marathon on Sunday to applause after being announced by Australian running coach Pat Carroll. "'Pat just letting you know Colin Farrell is running and doesn't want any Fan Fair when he is finishing,'" Carroll captioned the Instagram video of Farrell's strong finish, sheepishly adding: "No worries I said." Farrell came in 222nd place, with an impressive sub-four-hour finishing time. The race was reportedly the 45-year-old actor's first marathon, which he got interested in while working on an upcoming part playing John Volanthen, one of the elite rescuers who helped save the Thai children trapped in a cave in 2018. "He's even taken up running because he sees that's something I do a lot of," Volanthen recently told Ireland's Sunday World — although "taken up" might officially be an understatement.
Joe Jonas says he would re-record the Jonas Brothers' first album à la Taylor Swift
Joe Jonas, a.k.a. "Mr. Perfectly Fine," finally addressed Taylor Swift's re-recording of Fearless, an album that was influenced by the pair's 2008 break up. Two months after his wife Sophie Turner gave Swift's re-record the stamp of approval, Jonas did the same in an interview with BuzzFeed, calling Swift's move "really clever." While he didn't explicitly say the Jonas Brothers are getting into the re-record game, he said if they did, they'd start with their very first album, It's About Time (released in 2006, featuring the iconic "Year 3000") and do so in the same manner as Swift. Seems like everything between the two pop stars really is perfectly fine these days.
In Logan Paul, Floyd Mayweather fight, the audience loses
After an intimate staring contest, YouTuber Logan Paul and champion boxer Floyd Mayweather took their weird chemistry into the ring Sunday night for an unsanctioned exhibition match in Miami. Mayweather, 44, said his goal was to entertain, and Paul, 26 and 6 inches taller, wanted to "survive." After eight three-minute rounds, there were no knockouts, no drama, and no winner was declared. Mayweather admitted he'd underestimated Paul: "I was surprised by him tonight," he said before calling him a "good little guy." Both fighters likely made millions of dollars in the "legalized robbery," rendering the audience the true loser, for having paid attention to the Paul brothers once again.