The daily gossip: Ariana Grande and others reportedly part ways with manager Scooter Braun, Rihanna secretly welcomed her second child, and more

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Grande is one of multiple stars said to have split from the controversial manager
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1. Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Idina Menzel reportedly part ways with manager Scooter Braun

Swifties stay winning. Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato have both parted ways with manager Scooter Braun, according to Billboard. Grande had been with Braun since 2013, while Lovato worked with him since 2019, and news of both splits came within hours of each other. It also arrived after Puck recently reported that Justin Bieber will be splitting from Braun, as well, although other sources denied that. Braun is the manager Taylor Swift has feuded with over control of her masters, a brawl that spawned her "Taylor's Version" re-recordings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Idina Menzel is also no longer being managed by Braun, so for reasons that are still unclear, it seems like everyone in Hollywood got the memo to let him go.

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2. Rihanna has reportedly welcomed her second child

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky didn't exactly bring us their latest baby news ASAP. The "Umbrella" singer secretly welcomed another child, a boy, with A$AP Rocky earlier this month, TMZ reported, with People confirming the news. This is the couple's second child together. Rihanna had her first baby, another boy, with A$AP Rocky in May 2022, and they named him RZA Athelston Mayers. Although their new son's name hasn't been revealed, TMZ claimed it also starts with an R. Rihanna confirmed she was pregnant again during her performance at this year's Super Bowl Halftime Show — and if TMZ is correct that her second child was born on Aug. 3, he shares a birthday with Tom Brady. The boy's destined to be ready for some football.

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3. Serena Williams had her second child, as well

Serena Williams may have retired from tennis, but she's still got plenty of "love" in her life. The tennis legend has welcomed her second child with husband Alexis Ohanian. She revealed the news in a cute TikTok, which starts off with Williams sitting down next to her husband before their daughter Olympia joins them. Williams then gets up and comes back with their newborn baby. "Welcome my beautiful angel," Williams wrote. Ohanian shared more information on Instagram, confirming the couple had welcomed a girl named Adira River Ohanian. "@serenawilliams you've now given me another incomparable gift — you're the GMOAT," he said. Upon stepping away from tennis last year, Williams noted she wanted to have another child but "definitely" didn't "want to be pregnant again as an athlete."


4. Jennifer Aniston thinks she 'probably just got canceled' for her thoughts on 'cancel culture'

Don't look now, but Jennifer Aniston has weighed in on cancel culture again. "I'm so over cancel culture," the "Friends" star declared in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "I probably just got canceled by saying that." Aniston previously made headlines for opining that there's a "whole generation of people" who are offended by "Friends." She now tells the Journal she doesn't "understand what" cancel culture even "means," adding, "Is there no redemption? I don't know. I don't put everybody in the Harvey Weinstein basket." Speaking of which, Aniston revealed that although she has no stories of being sexually harassed by the disgraced producer, Weinstein did visit her on a movie once, and she remembers "consciously having a person stay in my trailer."

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5. Drew Barrymore escorted off stage after man rushes toward her

Drew Barrymore just experienced an unsettling encounter with a fan live on stage. A viral video showed the talk show host speaking with singer Reneé Rapp at an event in New York when the pair was interrupted by a man rushing toward the stage; he could be heard saying, "Drew Barrymore! I'm Chad Michael Busto. You know who I am. I need to see you at some point while I'm here in New York." It wasn't clear who this person was, but multiple outlets described him as an alleged stalker. Security quickly entered, and Barrymore was escorted off stage. Upon returning, she praised Rapp, who had walked between her and the man as they exited together. "I have a new definition of your sexiness," Barrymore told Rapp. "It's that level of protectiveness. That went full 'Bodyguard'! You are my Kevin Costner!"


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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.