The daily gossip: Jennifer Lopez gushes about Ben Affleck, Whoopi Goldberg allegedly in 'deep s--t' over Holocaust comments, and more

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1. Jennifer Lopez says her 'second chance' with Ben Affleck is a 'beautiful love story'

Jennifer Lopez chatted with People about the triumphant return of Bennifer. "I feel so lucky and happy and proud to be with him," Lopez said of Ben Affleck. "It's a beautiful love story that we got a second chance." Lopez and Affleck dated from 2002 through 2004, when they called off their engagement, but they got back together after Lopez's split from Alex Rodriguez. Lopez reflected that they "had a little bit of fear" after picking the romance back up considering last time, "we were naïve and it got a little trampled." She also told The New York Times they "learned our lesson the first time" and now plan on not being "so open." That interview, though, was interrupted by Affleck entering to pull Lopez into another room, and the Times wrote, "They returned 10 minutes later, only to embrace, kiss and whisper 'I love you' into each other's ears." You know, the kind of thing a super private celebrity couple does.

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2. Whoopi Goldberg reportedly in 'deep s--t' over Holocaust comments

Whoopi made a whoopsie. Whoopi Goldberg has apologized after sparking massive backlash for claiming on The View that the Holocaust wasn't "about race." After telling Stephen Colbert she's "very upset that people misunderstood what I was saying," Goldberg issued an apology Monday night that she reiterated Tuesday on The View. She said she now realizes the Holocaust "is indeed about race," and she brought the CEO of Anti-Defamation League on the show to explain how incredibly wrong she was. Even so, Page Six reported there's "growing fury inside ABC" over the comments and that certain insiders are demanding she be fired. "Whoopi is in 'deep s–t,'" an ABC insider told the outlet, also claiming her agents are "panicking." The source added, "Why does Whoopi seemingly get a pass when others don't? ... Many at the network — including her fellow hosts — believe Whoopi is too controversial now for the show." By any chance would any of these sources' names rhyme with Shmeghan Shmccain?

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3. Adele seems to address rumors about trouble in her relationship

Adele has confirmed her first live performance since postponing her Las Vegas residency is good to go, and she went ahead and knocked down speculation about her relationship while she was at it. The singer said Tuesday she's looking forward to performing at the BRIT Awards next week, ​​despite reports claiming she pulled out after announcing her Vegas residency was being postponed due to COVID-19 delays. Not only did Adele say she'll perform, she said she'll "be popping in" on The Graham Norton Show while she's in town. Adele also appeared to refute claims there's trouble in her relationship with Rich Paul, simply signing off her Instagram by writing, "Oh, and Rich sends his love." Meanwhile, the status of her Vegas residency is still unclear, with the dates not yet rescheduled and Page Six claiming it "may be a total goner."

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4. Hailey Bieber says 'the media has always been a disgusting thing'

Hailey Bieber informed her Wall Street Journal interviewer she didn't want to speak much about her personal life or her marriage to Justin Bieber, and she went off against the media in general. Though the conversation did feature the model discussing topics like whether she'll have kids (not "this year") and insisting she and her husband are simply "two really normal people," Bieber also said she plans to do zero interviews focused on her personal life in 2022. "It doesn't feel worth it to me anymore when I try to have an open conversation with someone like you and then it gets taken out of context," Bieber told the Journal reporter. "The media loves to take a tiny little blurb of something for clickbait. The media has always been a disgusting thing." More great material for America's favorite new game show: who said it, Hailey Bieber or Donald Trump?

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5. Rita Moreno told Jessica Chastain 'I love your breasts' when they met

You'd think meeting Rita Moreno and having her compliment your breasts five seconds later would be a fairly unforgettable experience, but apparently not for Jessica Chastain. Variety's Actors on Actors series continued Tuesday with Moreno chatting with Chastain, and the West Side Story star recalled how this wasn't their first encounter, as they once ran into each other at a restaurant. "As you were leaving," Moreno explained, "I said, 'I love your breasts!'" Chastain had no recollection of this at all, possibly because she didn't hear the comment. "I must have thought you said something else," she said. "I must have thought you said, like, 'I love your dress.'" Moreno, who was downright shocked Chastain could have forgotten their special moment, also recalled her friend telling her he "can't believe you said that," to which Moreno just shot back, "Why not?"

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