The daily gossip: Britney Spears' ex-husband tried to crash her wedding, Justin Bieber is suffering from facial paralysis, and more

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1. Britney Spears' ex-husband tried to crash her wedding

Britney Spears has officially tied the knot, but not before some shocking wedding drama. The pop star married Sam Asghari at her California home on Thursday, and guests included Selena Gomez, Drew Barrymore, and Madonna — and Spears and Madonna even recreated their infamous VMAs kiss. But there was also an uninvited guest: Spears' first husband, Jason Alexander, who went live on Instagram to broadcast himself showing up at her house. "Where's Britney at?" he said. "...I'm here to crash the wedding." Alexander, whom Spears was married to for a grand total of 55 hours back in 2004, was arrested and charged with trespassing, battery, and vandalism. Making things even scarier: the Ventura County Sheriff's Office says he has "continually trespassed" on Spears' property, and he showed up Thursday with a knife. To quote the other Jason Alexander … was that wrong? Should he not have done that?


2. Justin Bieber suffering from facial paralysis due to a virus

Justin Bieber is asking fans to keep him in their prayers after sharing some scary medical news. The "Sorry" singer revealed Friday he has to cancel his upcoming shows because half of his face is currently paralyzed. Bieber explained in an Instagram video he's suffering from Ramsay Hunt syndrome as a result of a virus attacking his facial nerves. In the video, he showed how he's now unable to smile on the right side of his face and also can't blink his right eye. "So there's full paralysis on this side of my face," he said, noting he's obviously unable to perform his shows for the time being. "This is pretty serious, as you can see," Bieber said, adding that he plans to rest but assuring fans, "It's going to be okay. I have hope."

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3. Halsey calls lawsuit from former nanny 'baseless'

Don't look now, but Halsey is in a feud with their former nanny. The "Without Me" singer is being sued by Ashley Funches, who alleges she was wrongfully fired as Halsey's nanny after asking for time off for a medical procedure. She's suing for disability discrimination and retaliation, and the lawsuit also claims she worked "around the clock on consecutive days" but wasn't properly compensated for the overtime. But Halsey is firing back, calling the lawsuit "baseless." The singer contends that Funches was actually fired due to "specific incidents" in which their infant was left "unsupervised in an unsafe location while under the nanny's care," also accusing Funches of being "intoxicated" while taking care of the child. Halsey's representatives added they're "saddened" as a "vocal advocate against ableism and for ethical working conditions." Funches' lawsuit, though, alleges her firing was "deliberate, cold, callous."

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4. Leah Remini gets Matthew Morrison’s old 'So You Think You Can Dance' gig

So you think you can replace Matthew Morrison that easily? Actually, yeah. Leah Remini will take over for Morrison as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance next week after the Glee star was fired for violating competition protocols. "I look forward to guiding these incredibly talented artists through this competition as a fan of the show and a great admirer of dancers," said Remini, who competed on the show herself in 2013. A report from People alleged Morrison was fired for sending "flirty" messages to a contestant, though he has denied this, claiming he only sent one innocuous message asking a dancer for her number so he could "talk you through some things." But Morrison already taped episodes before he was fired, leading him to appear on the show after the ouster — a phenomenon we like to refer to as Mike Richards syndrome.

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5. Machine Gun Kelly wears bloody syringe earring on red carpet

Someone took the concept of a "red carpet" a little too literally. Machine Gun Kelly wore what appeared to be a syringe filled with blood as an earring at the premiere of his new movie Taurus. Showing it off on Instagram, he wrote, "Devil's in the details." His fiancée, Megan Fox, joined him and wore a red dress, presumably to go along with the whole blood theme. Kelly didn't confirm whether the syringe contained Fox's blood — which would normally be a weird thing to assume, except he's worn jewelry filled with her blood before. Last year, the rapper revealed Fox gave him a drop of her blood for him to wear in a necklace, and Fox has said they drink one another's blood ... "for ritual purposes," of course. Note to the E! red carpet interviewers: be sure to ask Kelly next time, whose blood are you wearing?

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.