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Miley Cyrus Performed Godmother Dolly Parton’s Song For Mother’s Day Tribute on SNL

By | May 9, 2021

The cast of Saturday Night Live kicked off their Mother’s Day episode with a super-sweet tribute to all the incredible mothers out there. During the May 8 episode, musical guest Miley Cyrus took the stage to perform a beautiful rendition of her godmother Dolly Parton‘s hit song “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.” In between crooning the emotional lyrics, we got glimpses of the cast with their moms. While Aidy Bryant’s mom adorably plugged her hit Hulu series, Shrill, Pete Davidson’s mom joked that she almost didn’t make it for the sketch because she was up late playing Madden with Timothée Chalamet. LOL! Of course, Cyrus was joined by her own mom, Tish, at the end of the number as the entire cast got together on stage. Watch the adorable opener above.

Ellie Goulding and Husband Caspar Jopling Welcome Their First Child Together

By | May 3, 2021

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Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling are parents! On May 2, Caspar announced, “mom and baby are both happy and healthy,” on Instagram after the couple welcomed their first child into the world. This exciting news comes just less than two months after Ellie revealed her pregnancy in February.

Ellie and Caspar married in September 2019. Around the same time they were celebrating their first anniversary, Ellie realized she was pregnant. “It was crazy because it was our one-year anniversary. That was not the plan. The thought of getting pregnant didn’t seem like it could be a reality. Becoming pregnant kind of made me feel human. I want a better word than womanly, [but] – I have curves I’ve never had before. I’m enjoying it. My husband’s enjoying it.” Ellie leaned on the support of her friends like Princess Eugenie and Katy Perry, who gave her “excellent advice” while she was expecting. We wish Caspar and Ellie all the best as they celebrate their new addition!

Princess Charlotte Is Turning 6! See Her Celebratory Royal Birthday Portrait

By | May 2, 2021

Princess Charlotte is growing up! On May 1, Kensington Palace released an adorable new photo of the royal in honor of her sixth birthday the following day. The sweet picture was taken by mom Kate Middleton over the weekend in Norfolk.

Charlotte’s birthday comes days after her parents, Prince William and Kate, celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary, and a little over two weeks after her great-grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor castle. Buckingham Palace also released never-before-seen photos of the royal great-grandchildren as part of a sentimental tribute, including a picture of Charlotte as a toddler.

Willow Smith on Polyamory and Creating a “Relationship Style That Works For You”

By | April 29, 2021

Is Polyamory For You

Gammy tries to understand Willow's decision to live a polyamorous lifestyle – seeking multiple intimate partners at the same time. In a lively generational debate on marriage and monogamy, Willow opens up about her decision to practice ethical non-monogamy. Poly Solo Gabrielle Smith and her married boyfriend Alex come to the Table to reveal how their multiple-partner approach to relationships works, especially with his wife.

Posted by Red Table Talk on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

On Wednesday’s episode of Red Table Talk, Willow Smith opened up to her mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris about being polyamorous, and explained why the lifestyle works for her. “With polyamory, I feel like the main foundation is the freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you and not just stepping into monogamy because that’s what everyone around you says is the right thing to do,” the singer said.

“The main foundation is the freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you.”

Willow further explained that she learned the main reason for breakups in monogamous relationships was infidelity, and she could only see herself getting married if there was a true purpose, like if she needed to combine finances with her partner. She added, “The history of marriage really irks me, just the history of marriage as a whole and what it has represented over the years for women in particular.” She also helped Adrienne, who initially had trouble understanding the desire to have more than one partner, grasp why polyamory might be a better choice for certain people.

While Gammy felt polyamory was “all just centered around sex,” Willow shared that she was actually interested in exploring polyamory because she was “introduced to it through kind of a nonsexual lens.” She said, “Let’s say you haven’t always been the kind of person that wanted to have sex all the time, but your partner is. Are you gonna be the person to say, you know, ‘Just because I don’t have these needs, you can’t have them either’?” In fact, Willow added that in her friend group, she was the only poly person, but had “the least sex out of all of [her] friends.”

Jada, on the other hand, said she “totally [got] it” when Willow told her she was polyamorous. “Wanting to set up your life in a way that you can have what it is that you want, I think anything goes as long as the intentions are clear, really more to yourself than anything. And I know that there’s a lot of beauty that sits outside of the conventional boxes.” Whether you live a monogamous or nonmonogamous lifestyle comes down to choice, the three discussed.

The family also welcomed Gabrielle Smith, who’s soley polyamorous, and her boyfriend, Alex, as well as “poly newbie” Gabrielle Alexa Noela; Effy Blue, a relationship coach specializing in nonmonogamy; and Michelle Hy, an advocate for normalizing nonmonogamy in the Asian-American community. Following the conversation, Gammy shared that when it comes to nonmonogamy, she realized she didn’t need to try to understand it, but rather just listen and allow people to “do their thing.” Watch the eye-opening discussion in full above.

Things Heard & Seen: Netflix’s Twisty New Thriller Is Based on a Book - Read the Spoilers

By | April 16, 2021

As a bookworm, I take pride in the fact that I can usually say “Eh, the book was better.” However, after viewing the trailer for Netflix’s upcoming thriller, I’m not so sure that will be the case with Things Heard & Seen. The movie already looks like it’ll be more fast-paced than the book it’s inspired by, All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage. While the trailer amps up the suspense and mystery right away, the book takes a more lackadaisical approach in weaving the eerie tale. If you’re curious about Things Heard & Seen, coming to Netflix on April 29, here’s what to know about the book version.

The Clare Family

All Things Cease to Appear centers around an old farmhouse in Upstate New York with a gruesome past. George Clare claims his wife has been murdered and that he needs someone to call for help. Catherine Clare is discovered with an axe in her head in her bedroom; she had been home alone with her 3-year-old daughter, Franny, all day. Who murdered Catherine? Well, the book won’t tell you because it frustratingly bounces between several timelines. George is questioned by the police, before skipping town with Franny the next morning.

The Hale Family

The book jumps to when Cal and Ella Hale are living on their old family dairy farm. They have three sons: Eddy, Wade, and Cole. Life isn’t great, but they’re making the best of it. Like other farms in the area, they’ve fallen upon hard times. Cal takes out his frustrations on his family and turns to drinking and abusive behavior to cope. Ella knows her husband isn’t faithful, and frankly, she doesn’t seem to care much. She knows she is a good mom, and that her sons will grow up to be good men.

When life becomes too much, Cal dies by suicide and kills his wife by leaking gas into their bedroom. When the bodies are discovered, the brothers are swept away to live with their uncle in the nearby town. The boys can’t seem to give up on the house they love. They come by the house and offer to do chores around the farm. Catherine (yes, the one who is later murdered) finds it incredibly helpful, and the boys find comfort being back on the family farm. Cole becomes their babysitter, entertaining Franny while the older two boys do the harder physical labor. They spend a lot of time with Catherine and they make her feel useful and wanted.

Getting to Know Catherine

The story jumps once again to Catherine’s perspective. As a city girl, she finds it incredibly hard to settle on the 200 acres of farmland they purchased. She feels uneasy in the house but can’t figure out why. Eerie instances abound; chills go down her spine when she walks through certain areas, she finds someone else’s (Ella Hale’s) rings near the sink while doing dishes, and she sees another woman’s reflection in the window. The reader learns that George knows of the house’s tragic past, but Catherine does not.

Getting to Know George

George appears to be a pitiful, helpless widow, but through a series of flashbacks, you discover that isn’t quite the case. He gaslights Catherine at every turn. In fact, George and Catherine had actually broken up when she found out she was pregnant but they get married to “do the right thing.” He forges a letter and his qualifications in order to get his job at the college. He becomes involved with Willis, a 19-year-old from California. He sexually and verbally abuses Willis, at one point cutting all of her hair off, just to establish control over her. He is and unfaithful, manipulative sociopath.

The Chilling Conclusion

It’s a snowy day when Catherine works up the courage to leave George. She packs some suitcases and Franny in the car, then is unable to pull out of the driveway. Catherine goes back inside dejected and quickly loses steam with her entire plan. She admits to George that she was planning on leaving when he questions her about the suitcases. From there, we’re led to assume that George murders Catherine, drugs Franny with sleeping medicine, and goes to work the next day.

The story concludes with an epilogue years in the future. Franny is in med school as a surgical apprentice, hating life. She is sleeping with a married man, renting a small, sterile apartment, and doesn’t have much zest for life. She receives a call that her father’s real estate agent has sold the old farmhouse and needs Franny to come clear out their personal belongings. George is an old man at this point, going blind from diabetes and unable to help at all. When Franny steps back in the house she feels a chill and a sense of calm all at once; she feels like she’s home. She makes her rounds around the town and the book awkwardly ends with Cole and Franny making out.

Overall All Things Cease to Appear is slow burn. It’s got some great bones, just as George says in the trailer for Things Heard & Seen, but the story might actually make for a better film.