The daily gossip: Catherine Zeta-Jones flaunts her zucchinis, Madison LeCroy jokingly takes credit for Bennifer, and more

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1. Catherine Zeta-Jones flaunts her zucchinis

Anyone who's ever succeeded in not killing a plant will relate to Catherine Zeta-Jones' enthusiasm in her new hype video on Instagram about the size of her zucchinis. "Extremely large zucchinis," Zeta-Jones purrs in voice-over as she pans down the row of freshly-picked summer squash — "or in Britain as we call them, courgettes." But to-ma-to, to-mah-to — "they are stupendous," Zeta-Jones raved, before flipping the camera around for a quick (and fully clothed) gardening selfie. To be honest, her zucchinis really are stupendous: "Not gonna lie, I didn't expect them to be that large," one impressed Who? Weekly commenter wrote.

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2. Madison LeCroy jokingly takes credit for Bennifer

Southern Charm's Madison LeCroy has been nothing but civil throughout Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez's split, despite her rumored FaceTime hang-outs with A-Rod supposedly being part of "the reason they finally broke up." But in the aftermath, J.Lo has reunited with her ex-fiancé Ben Affleck to the delight of the entire celebrity gossipsphere. Asked about the Bennifer reunion, LeCroy had the perfect answer ready for Us Weekly: "I say you're welcome." LeCroy quickly clarified that she was joking — "I had nothing to do with why [Rodriguez and Lopez] split, and I think everybody knows that. And if you don't know that, then that's just ridiculous, like, let's be honest" — but she's also maaaaybe not wrong!

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3. What does 'wifey, I love you' mean, exactly?

One story that apparently never gets old is speculating about if Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are back together or not. Fans were so desperate for confirmation at one point last year that they even turned to Kylie's 10-year-old nephew for scraps of intel about her love life. Well, buckle up, because on Tuesday night, Jenner, Scott, and their daughter, Stormi, appeared together for a public event for the first time since the couple split in 2019. While accepting his award at the Parsons Benefit, Scott ended his speech by saying, "Stormi, I love you, and wifey, I love you." People who aren't together don't usually say things like "wifey, I love you" in acceptance speeches or post photos like this one, so, uh, what the heck is going on?

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4. Rick Ross finds peace mowing his lawn in a custom tractor

Evander Holyfield spent $1 million a year to cut the grass on his 200-plus acre property in Georgia. When rapper Rick Ross purchased that home, he decided he'd cut it himself. He went to John Deere and purchased the biggest, most efficient tractor, went home, filled it up with gas, and cut grass for "about five hours." The windows are tinted, and inside there's a radio and AC. "When I get in the tractor, it's a whole other level of peace, a whole other level of connecting with the estate and the animals and the birds and the wildlife," Ross said. "I sit there and have my cannabis rolled up, and, man, I look at the property and can appreciate my struggles and my triumphs." Ross recommends everyone cut their grass, for that "great and peaceful sensation."

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5. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is the No. 1 reason to love America

People Magazine, the definitive source on all things America, has declared that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is the No. 1 reason to love the country. The wrestler-turned-actor beat out COVID-19 vaccines for the honor, while Dolly Parton, "our ability to pivot," and the 4th of July rounded out the top five reasons. Unlike most people, Johnson said not even in his wildest dreams did he expect to be deemed the best thing about the United States. But he's staying humble: "I am in constant thank-you mode," he said. It's unclear if this is part of a bigger ploy to put Johnson in the White House, but it can't hurt.


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Jeva Lange

Jeva Lange was the executive editor at She formerly served as The Week's deputy editor and culture critic. She is also a contributor to Screen Slate, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Awl, Vice, and Gothamist, among other publications. Jeva lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.