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1. “One of the most ruthless social climbers.” Someone let Piers Morgan go off on a tangent about Meghan Markle again.

British journalist Piers Morgan has once again taken the opportunity to rant about Meghan Markle, this time, calling her “one of the most ruthless social climbers” he’s ever met in his “entire life”.

Groan.

During Fox’s one-hour special Harry & Meghan: The Royals in Crisis, Morgan said, “The moment Meghan Markle no longer perceives you to be useful, it doesn’t matter how close a family member, or friend, you are, you get chopped.

“She’s done it to almost all her old friends. She’s now acquired new friends – Oprah, George Clooney, David Beckham, Elton John – and she’s done it to her ex-husband, she’s done it to most of her family, 99% of them,” he said.

And of course, he didn’t stop there.

Morgan went on to scrutinise Harry and Meghan’s decision to move to Canada which they announced earlier this month, before comparing the Duchess of Sussex to a mini Kim Kardashian.

Yes, really.

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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“They’ve gone off to be the big stars of the family, and it’s incredibly sad,” said Morgan. “I think it’s very damaging, I think it will end in tears, and I fear it will end in Harry’s tears.”

“If Meghan Markle thinks she’s gonna emerge from this as some kind of Princess Diana figure, she needs to think again. She’s going to end up like a mini royal Kim Kardashian, with all the ignominy that goes with that title.”

Listen to Mamamia’s daily entertainment podcast, The Spill, where hosts Laura Brodnik and Kee Reece chat about the internet frenzy after Brad Pitt wore a name tag at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon.  Post continues after podcast. 

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2. We hate to be the bearer of bad news but… Zac Efron is no longer single.

2006 was a weird time if you were an adolescent girl. It was the year High School Musical first came out and with it, we were introduced to Zac Efron.

Efron played Troy Bolton, the hair-swishing, ballad-singing, high school basketballer, and was blue-tacked onto many a teen bedroom.

Now 32 years old, we regret to inform you that Efron is reportedly dating his former co-star, Halston Sage.

And if you listen very quietly, you can hear the cries of 12-year-old girls, past, present and future.

 

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The Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile actor met the 26-year-old when he starred in the 2014 film, Bad Neighbours. Sage has since appeared in The Last Summer, Dark Phoenix, Magnum P.I., Paper Towns and Before I Fall.

While there were rumours that the pair were romantically involved with each other at the time, Efron was later linked with Michelle Rodriguez in July 2014.

However, despite their recent reunion, the couple are already pretty “serious,” reports a source from US Weekly.

“[They] are in a serious relationship and in love,” they said.

“They spent the holidays together, with part of that time in Santa Barbara.”

 

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Up until recently, Efron was dating Danish Olympian swimmer, Sarah Bro, who he began seeing in March 2019.

The couple seems to have ended on good terms with Bro still following him on Instagram.

3. Rihanna is apparently dating Kendall Jenner’s ex A$AP Rocky and just how small is the Hollywood dating pool?

After reportedly splitting with her billionaire boyfriend, Hassan Jameel, Rihanna has been spotted hanging out with 31-year-old rapper, A$AP Rocky, and fans are going wild.

A certain source has told The Sun that the pair “shared a hotel suite” on a recent trip to New York, “however, Rihanna is reluctant to put a label on it as it’s so soon after Hassan.

“It’s really casual between them and she’s not thinking about whether there’s a future with Rocky,” they said.

“She’s a newly single girl having fun.”

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Rihanna is known for keeping her relationships very low-key, so if this is anything like her previous ones, we won’t be expecting an official announcement anytime soon…

We are all here for RiRi living her best single life.

4. “Take care of each other.” After Kobe Bryant’s death, Jonah Hill has posted an important reminder.

36-year-old American actor, Jonah Hill has shared a heartfelt Instagram post honouring his brother and NBA Lakers star, Kobe Bryant, following the news of his passing earlier this week.

Hill, who is best known for his comedic roles in movies like Superbad and Knocked Up, shared an image of himself sitting courtside at a Lakers game next to Kobe Bryant, sharing his hesitation to post the photo that is “usually connected to humor.”

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This picture became a funny internet thing years back and it always made me laugh when I’d see memes of it . I used to love “on purpose, very awkward photos” whenever I was around someone I respected and this is about as comically awkward as it gets. Ah, your early 20s. It’s a dumb bit but I really liked it at the time. I hesitate to post this as it’s usually connected to humor. But for me this photo represents a LOT more. I’m sitting next to my brother and he’s taking this. It was the night we both met Kobe and he was so nice to us. So funny, so amazing and so kind (in the middle of a game!). My brother and I grew up worshiping the Lakers and because of my job we got to sit next to Kobe and the whole team! I have lived a privileged life. Truly. We were literally buzzing with excitement to meet our hero and it’s one of my favorite memories ever. It’s my favorite memory with my brother . I’m sitting between Kobe and my brother and now they’re both gone. I have been staring at this photo for days in disbelief and sadness and joy. It’s my favorite picture and I think it represents for me, all of the hard and amazing things in life and how fleeting they are. But their fleeting nature doesn’t make them any less beautiful. I’ve been thinking a lot about saying Rest In Peace and what that means. But I don’t think Kobe or my brother are resting. I think they’re hustling up there. Working hard and getting shit done. Cuz that’s what they do. All my love to the ones here left behind. Take care of each other and love each other . That’s the lesson I’ve learned . ❤️

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“I’m sitting next to my brother and he’s taking this. It was the night we both met Kobe and he was so nice to us. So funny, so amazing and so kind (in the middle of a game!)…

“I’m sitting between Kobe and my brother and now they’re both gone. I have been staring at this photo for days in disbelief and sadness and joy,” he wrote.

“It’s my favorite picture and I think it represents for me, all of the hard and amazing things in life and how fleeting they are. But their fleeting nature doesn’t make them any less beautiful.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about saying Rest In Peace and what that means. But I don’t think Kobe or my brother are resting. I think they’re hustling up there. Working hard and getting shit done. Cuz that’s what they do. All my love to the ones here left behind. Take care of each other and love each other. That’s the lesson I’ve learned .”

5. ‘I can’t watch it.’ The story behind Jessica Simpson’s incredibly awkward Ellen interview.

When Jessica Simpson was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2017, fans instantly speculated whether the singer was drunk.

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Appearing on the talk show to chat about her fashion line and her new music, Simpson’s conversation with Ellen DeGeneres soon veered off track.

Although the interview started with talk of pregnancy, as Simpson had previously appeared on the show while pregnant, the mother-of-three soon began talking about her daughter’s birthday party, which involved a number of children’s entertainers dressed as mermaids.

“Silicone tails,” she announced, randomly. “They had… manhandlers. It’s not called manhandlers. No… they had to be carried if they had to pee… cause they can’t pee on my children in the pool. They pick them up, and carry them… it’s a business.”

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Later on in the interview, Simpson appeared to have trouble remembering how long she had been married to her husband, Eric Johnson.

“Seven years now. Well, coming on seven years. Well actually seven,” she said.

“It’s a long time. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a seven-year relationship. Other than with a woman. Well, not that kind.”

After telling DeGeneres she’d been with her husband for seven years, Simpson went on to say that he was talented enough to massage her in his sleep.

“Even if he’s snoring, somehow he knows how to massage my back. It’s a very awesome talent,” she said.

“Maybe he’s not really sleeping, Jessica,” DeGeneres responded.

For more on Jessica Simpson's awkward Ellen interview, read our earlier article here. 

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