The daily gossip: A win for Prince Harry, a wedding at Oprah's house, and more
A win for Prince Harry, a wedding at Oprah's house, and more
Prince Harry wins 'significant' damages in libel case against British tabloid
If you come for the sixth-in-line-to-be-king, you best not miss. Prince Harry has won "significant" damages after taking legal action against a British tabloid for "false and defamatory" claims. The ex-royal settled his dispute with Associated Newspapers, publisher of The Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline, following the publication of a story titled "Top General accuses Harry of Turning his Back on the Marines." As MailOnline explained in a December apology, although the tabloid reported that Harry had been "accused by a top general of turning his back on the Royal Marines since withdrawing from his military roles in March," the Duke of Sussex had in fact "been in contact in a private capacity."
Gayle King's daughter got married at Oprah's house
Gayle King has friends in high places, and you know what? Good for her! King confirmed on CBS This Morning on Monday that she helped her daughter, 32-year-old Kirby Bumpus, secure Oprah Winfrey's house as her wedding venue to marry Virgil Miller last year. The $100 million, 23,00-square-foot mansion, which Winfrey calls the Promised Land, sits on 42 acres, so there was plenty of room for guests to social distance. King emphasized that Winfrey wasn't willing to break protocol for her friend, either: "[Bumpus' brother] Will and I were not allowed in the house, so I didn't get a chance to zip up her dress or help her in it, but I knew Oprah covered all that, so I knew she was in good hands," King said.
David Lynch's big 'announcement' was actually a big letdown
Director David Lynch ignited a flurry of rumors when he teased this weekend that he had "an announcement" to make on Monday. Theories ranged from the possibility of a fourth season of Twin Peaks, to details about Lynch's mysterious project code-named Wisteria, to the possibility of a new movie. No such luck. In his daily weather report video on Monday, Lynch said: "This is a day I was going to announce that I was going to take a break from doing the weather report and picking the number of the day. But then I read the comments yesterday — and it hit me once again what a great group you all are … So we're gonna continue on." In other words, Lynch's announcement was … that things will remain the same.
Lady Gaga has been quietly and fiercely protecting Tony Bennett for years
For years, Lady Gaga has helped keep the secret that her collaborator, legendary singer Tony Bennett, has been living with Alzheimer's disease. In a moving new piece for AARP the Magazine, Bennett's loved ones decided to go public about his diagnosis (Bennett himself couldn't give his input because he's "incapable of understanding," his caretaker explained). Bennett's family ran the decision by Gaga, who considers Bennett "an incredible mentor, and friend, and father figure," and worked with him on an album in 2014 and a new LP that will be out this spring. Danny, one of Bennett's sons, said he specifically wanted to check with Gaga first "because she watches his back all the time. She was like, 'Absolutely, it's just another gift that he can give to the world.'"
Miley Cyrus offers to be Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's wedding singer
Miley Cyrus is gunning to be the wedding singer at the impending nuptials of Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, but Shefani seemed a little less enthused. Everything started when Stefani complimented Cyrus on her performance for NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts series: "Talented geeezzzz," Stefani wrote. Cyrus replied by writing, "when my [heroes] tweet me, I get horny," followed by her offer to "be your wedding singer!" Cyrus added her promise "to be on my best behavior. Or worst. Whatever you want! It's your special day!" Stefani awkwardly wrote back a simple "thanks puppy," which is definitely a "no f'ing way."