- 1. Aaron Rodgers apparently lied about being vaccinated and now he has COVID-19
- 2. Lady Gaga claims she had to dye her hair to be able to speak in an Italian accent
- 3. Kim Kardashian is still doing this Pete Davidson thing, apparently!
- 4. Hailey Baldwin recalls crying on the phone with her mom about Justin Bieber
- 5. Michelle Branch tells people offended by her pregnant Virgin Mary costume to 'chill out'
1. Aaron Rodgers apparently lied about being vaccinated and now he has COVID-19
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers apparently lied to the press about his vaccination status, NFL Network reported Wednesday. Speaking to the press back in August, Rodgers had said, "Yeah, I've been immunized. There's guys on the team that haven't been vaccinated. I think it's a personal decision, I'm not gonna judge those guys." But according to NFL Network reporters Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, Rodgers has specifically not gotten the COVID-19 vaccine. Though the NFL has not mandated COVID-19 vaccines, it does require unvaccinated players to follow rigorous protocols, including wearing masks on the sidelines during games — something Rodgers has been seen not doing. "What other protocols did he violate?" wonders Pro Football Talk. "Was he fined for it? How often was he fined? What other consequences were imposed or threatened?" Rogers tested positive for COVID-19 after Sunday's game at Kansas City, The New York Times reports.
2. Lady Gaga claims she had to dye her hair to be able to speak in an Italian accent
There is nothing more annoying than that friend who is always using a fake accent for "fun" — and it turns out Lady Gaga is that friend. Speaking to British Vogue, Gaga said that she spent nine whole months speaking like the Italian socialite Patrizia Gucci, whom she plays in the forthcoming film House of Gucci. Gaga kept up the accent even off-camera: "I never broke. I stayed with her," she said. Gaga explained that she landed on her accent (which Jezebel describes as "vaguely Russian") by starting with "a specific dialect from Vignola, then I started to work in the higher class way of speaking that would have been more appropriate in places like Milan and Florence. In the movie, you'll hear that my accent is a little different depending on who I'm speaking to." Lady Gaga additionally explained that it was "nearly impossible for me to speak in the accent as a blonde" and that she "instantly had to dye my hair" in order to properly nail the purr of "Gucci."
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3. Kim Kardashian is still doing this Pete Davidson thing, apparently!
Pete Davidson reportedly arranged to have a private rooftop dinner with Kim Kardashian on Staten Island on Tuesday night, further stoking skepticism that the two are really "just friends." A restaurant source at Campania, a coal-fired pizza chain, said the pair didn't have security with them and "they quietly were able to sneak in and out" for their meal. Earlier in the week, sources told Page Six that Kim, 41, is "intrigued" by the 27-year-old SNL star, who's previously been linked to Margaret Qualley, Kate Beckinsale, Ariana Grande, Larry David's daughter Cazzie David, and Cindy Crawford's daughter Kaia Gerber. And while to each their own, The Mirror might not have needed to quote an insider to point out that "the only time photographers care about Pete is when he is dating someone famous. With Kim, he has hit the jackpot."
4. Hailey Baldwin recalls crying on the phone with her mom about Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's relationship has always bordered on being vaguely concerning, something the couple did not entirely dissuade during a rare joint interview for the podcast "In Good Faith with Chelsea & Judah Smith." In particular, Baldwin, now 24, recalled turbulent times in the couple's marriage: "I remember I called [my mom] a few different times, one particular time [when] we were in Brooklyn, and I was calling her, crying, and I was like, 'I just can't do it. There's no way that I'm going to be able to do this if it's going to be like this forever,'" Baldwin said. "I just remember she was so calm on the phone, and she was like, 'It's going to pass, you're going to be fine, and he's going to be healthy, and we're here for you.'" But "if Hailey were my child … I would have told her to run," Gawker's Olivia Craighead writes. "Get outta there. One of the great lessons in life is that sometimes you just have to leave."
5. Michelle Branch tells people offended by her pregnant Virgin Mary costume to 'chill out'
It's November 3rd, which means it's about time for celebrities to start addressing their "disrespectful" Halloween costumes. This year it's singer Michelle Branch who is on the defensive after going as the Virgin Mary while visibly pregnant. "I swear I didn't sleep with anyone," she joked in the caption of the initial photo she posted to Instagram. By Wednesday, though, she had added an "update," telling "those of you [who are] offended" to "chill out." Branch further explained, "I was raised Catholic, I meant it as no disrespect. She's the patron saint of expectant mothers and safe childbirth and I thought it would be the perfect costume for pregnant me to waddle around in." And hey, at least Branch didn't pull a move like ex-Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal who "dressed as Alec Baldwin from the film Rust less than two weeks after the actor shot and killed a staffer on the set of his new film," the Daily Mail reports.
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