It seems the Royal Highness herself aka Countess Luann de Lesseps is now offering unsolicited advice to soon to be royal Kate Middleton.
In a new interview with RadarOnline, Countess Lulu who was married to Count Alexandre de Lessep for 16 years and has reportedly rubbed elbows with the King of Greece, shares that Kate and Prince William’s engagement news is “almost as exciting as the day I got married!”
The Real Housewives of New York City star added, “I think it must be very exciting for her…I was the same age so I think she’s coming to the table a little more experienced. She’s not a wallflower, she has a great personality and she enjoys a good joke! And I think she’s somebody who’s comfortable with who she is.”
Luann then had the following advice for Kate. “I think she (Kate) should stay true to herself and be her own person and have good mentors. I’m sure the queen would be delighted to help her,” the Countess said with a laugh. “Charm is key and being warm and endearing is really looked upon as a very positive trait.”
We’ve have lost count of Kelly’s staged bikini paparazzi photo shoots but the latest one is below. The 42-year-old mother of two was photographed on a beach in Miami. She is reportedly there to promote her new jewelry line.
Bikini photos of Kelly below –
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON LUANN’S INTERVIEW AND KELLY’S BIKINI PHOTOS?
According to a new RadarOnline report, reality ice queen Kate Gosselin is feeling sad and lonely these days despite having a successful reality show and eight kids.
A source close to Kate, 35, tells RadarOnline that at the end of the day, Kate feels she has no one to confide in. “The truth is Kate is really sad and lonely with few true friends,” the insider said.
The source adds that Kate, who is usually photographed going to the nail spa, tanning salon or shopping alone, considers her bodyguard Steve Neild to be the closest person to her, though he is married with two kids.
“Steve lives in the basement of her home and he accompanies Kate everywhere, but they strongly deny that there is anything going on between them despite the fact that they have taken trips to Alaska and to Mexico together… Apart from Steve she does not have many true friends to confide in or just go out and have fun with while she does not have the best relationship with her family either.”
It seems Kate also has a hard time making friends with the locals in her home town due do her over domineering personality. “They don’t think greatly of her and she is not popular at the local stores, post office or car wash, because she cannot win people over and comes across as cold and aloof,” the acquaintance said.
“Kate’s life revolves around her kids and the reality show… when have you ever seen Kate photographed having fun on a girls’ night out?” adds the insider.
While Kate’s ex-husband Jon Gosselin has publicly dated numerous women since their divorce, Kate has yet to be romantically linked to anyone with the exception of the romance rumors involving her married bodyguard. The two were photographed on vacation in Mexico back in September, fueling the affair rumors even more.
TELL US – DO YOU BELIEVE KATE IS LONELY? DO YOU FEEL BAD FOR HER?
A few days ago, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and a slew of other celebrities announced they would be dying digitally starting Dec. 1 all in the name of charity.
To get things going for the stupid/narcissistic charity stunt, some of the celebs even decided to play dead by posing in a coffin. See above. The goal was the celebrities would stop tweeting and facebooking until $1,000,000 was raised in honor of World AIDS Day. The organizers promised “everyone will be back online and tweeting in no time” once they reached their $1 million goal.
Sounds like a great plan right? Because surely with stars like Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest and Lady Gaga, the $1 million would be raised within a day. Well, we thought wrong as the stunt seems to have backfired.
It is now 3 days into the charity event and as of Friday morning, the latest donation tally on the official buylife.org website shows that only $183,268 has been raised, meaning it might be a very long while before we see any new tweets from the likes of Kim K. The charity is still over $800,000 shy of their goal.
A new report by TheWrap tries to examine what went wrong with this charity stunt. A key factor might be the fact that the organizers put a $10 minimum on donations. The economy has yet to fully recover and most people might be more inclined to give with a lower minimum.
Another critical error is the fact that the digitally dead celebrities are not able to promote the cause for which they lay dead for, you know, because they are dead and cannot tweet. A look at Kim Kardashian’s twitter page shows her last tweet, to promote the charity event, was made two days ago.
The biggest shocker of it all is that this charity stunt is failing in spite of Kim K’s 5 million followers on twitter in addition to Lady Gaga’s 7 million followers. Guess these celebrities overestimated their clout. This latest stunt might end up costing Kim K financially as she gets paid to promote a number of products and events via tweeter, and most of her endorsement deals require her to tweet about the products.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS CHARITY FLOP? ARE YOU SURPRISED?
On the new episode titled ‘My Mansion Is Bigger Than Your Mansion,’ Kyle and Taylor have an intimate lunch as Taylor confides that her marriage isn’t as strong as she would like. In other relationship news, Lisa takes Kim’s request to heart and sets her up with one of her Beverly Hills friends. Will Kim’s strong personality mesh well with the new guy or will Lisa’s attempt at matchmaking blow up in her face? Find out tonight at 10/9c on Bravo.
In other BH news, Camille Grammer is now doing what every despised reality star does — crying foul over her portrayal on the show.
Camille voices her complaint to OK magazine. “I’m very disappointed in my character. They’ve turned me into a villain and I’m not like that. It’s not me. I can’t even watch myself. I don’t know why they [the producers] are doing that. I guess they needed that character,” she says.
Camille’s costar Lisa Vanderpump however has a different take on things as she feels what viewers are seeing is the real deal. “Personally, I feel that the show is very accurate. They shoot enough footage that they’re going to really portray you how you really are,” states Lisa.
When asked if she liked her portrayal on the show, Lisa answered, “Have I said things I regret? Sure. If a camera crew were following you for four months would you have moments? I’m sure you would have moments of regret.”
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CAMILLE’S COMMENTS & TONIGHT’S EPISODE?
On the episode which was filmed months ago, Nene was shown visiting a divorce attorney and threatening to file for divorce from her husband of 13 years, Gregg Leakes. However, as written in our recent recap, there have been zero reports of a divorce filing in the press. So did she really file? Is she still with Gregg? Well, Nene answers all those questions in an exclusive interview with Essence.com.
Excerpts are below -
ESSENCE.com: There’s been so much scrutiny on your marriage lately. What has that been like?
LEAKES: I was having a really rough time because I wanted to speak out on that and I wanted people to understand that Gregg didn’t take me out of a strip club, let’s be very clear about that. We got together when he didn’t have a thing so I don’t know who the heck these people are out here saying this stuff because when we got together I was the breadwinner. I started a business and I brought Gregg on board and we became a couple later. And when we were able to live a comfortable life, it wasn’t because of what Gregg had done, it was because of what we had done together.
ESSENCE.com: When did you see the divorce lawyer?
LEAKES: You guys saw me sitting in the parking lot outside the attorney’s office which Bravo played backwards. In real life it didn’t happen that way. I filed months ago, before that audio even came out. When the audio did come out it just reassured me that I was doing the right thing. It bothered me because I had filed, but I was trying to work it out and he and I had just come back from a trip we had taken. Like two days after we came back, the audio came out.
ESSENCE.com: Are you scared of being on your own?
LEAKES: I am scared, but I’m taking baby steps. I’ve been with Gregg since I was 28, and I’m now 42. I thought I was a woman when I got with him, but I’m really a grown woman now. I’ve been with him for some of the best years of my life so it is scary for me to be like, ‘I’m gonna be on my own.’
ESSENCE.com: So are you and Gregg still together?
LEAKES: We are still together. We are in the same house and we are still legally married. But that’s not to say we won’t be unmarried.
ESSENCE.com: How is your relationship? Are you cordial?
LEAKES: We are cordial, and it is very much of an up and down thing. One day is good, the next day is bad. That’s what I’m really tired of. And I’m very aware that the 40s for me, are the new 30s and that I need to be happy because life is very short.
ESSENCE.com: What do you think Gregg is going through right now?
LEAKES: He’s going through a lot because he doesn’t want a divorce. He says he’s very much in love and he wants to stay married.
Must say Nene’s interview doesn’t help quiet the rumors that she might have played up her marital problems at the request of Bravo. Though she does state that she filed for divorce in the interview, nothing about a filing has been reported in the press. Perhaps the press just missed the news. Lisa Wu Hartwell has also claimed that she quit the show because Bravo “basically wanted to script elements of [her] life and make her amp up the drama.”
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON NENE’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU THINK HER MARRIAGE WILL SURVIVE?
So what can we expect from season 2? Well, we get to see Brandy as the tackles her appearance on Dancing With The Stars and dating all while recording a new album. Ray J on the other hand will be tackling his career and relationship issues with his new girlfriend.
According to a VH1 press release, Brandy and Ray J “will face new challenges while expanding their entertainment empire and music careers. Without the constant guidance and assistance from Sonja, Brandy and Ray J will have to find a way to fill in her shoes and step outside the box to take their family business to a new level.
On top of having to manage their family business, both Brandy and Ray J juggle new albums. Do Brandy and Ray J have what it takes to stay fresh in the industry as they take on more responsibilities in both their personal lives and careers? Watch as the Norwoods step up as CEOs and reach new levels of success.”
The show premieres on VH1 Sunday, December, 5 at 11PM. The supertrailer is below -
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW? WILL YOU BE TUNING IN FOR SEASON 2?
Following her July release from jail after serving 30 days of a 180 day sentence for her role in the burglarizing Orlando Bloom‘s home, TMZ is now reporting that Alexis was arrested on Wednesday for possession of black tar heroin.
As for how the arrest came about, it all began when the 19-year-old missed a post-jail probation meeting in November, thus violating her probation, which led to cops paying her a visit at her L.A. home.
Upon arrival, the cops decided to search Alexis’s home and found black tar heroin. They immediately placed her under arrest.
It didn’t end with the heroin as cops also tell TMZ they found her with a fake Florida driver’s license. Alexis has been booked on two counts — possession of a controlled substance and perjury (for the fake ID).
She is facing some serious jail time since she is still on probation for her previous crime. Above is Alexis’s new mugshot as she is sporting a rather ironic shirt that says “FREE BIRD.”
Meanwhile, Alexis’s mom/costar/enabler Andrea Arlington seems to be in denial about her daughter’s arrest. “She was not arrested or being charged with possession as far as I know,” Andrea told E! News yesterday, insisting that Alexis was in trouble because she missed her probation meeting.
Peter, 50, opens up about his life and why he proposed to Cynthia, 43, despite her reservations about marriage. When it comes to Phaedra, Peter simply believes “she’s an idiot” when it comes to the comments she makes. Excerpts from Peter’s interview below -
ESSENCE.com: We don’t know that much about you. Do tell.
THOMAS: I’m Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-raised, lived in Miami, had seven or eight nightclubs in South Beach for the past 20 years. I’m a New York, Miami dude, and I lived in London for a while. I get around, and Atlanta’s new to me. My parents live here.
ESSENCE.com: Cynthia hasn’t been shy about her reservations towards marriage. What did you think of that?
THOMAS: I’ve heard about Cynthia Bailey for the last 21 years of my life. You know Russell Simmons proposed to her, she turned him down. Jayson Williams made a public half-time announcement on TV, she took the ring and gave it back. People that I know, even exes, talk so well about her. She’s an independent person and I love that about her. She likes to know that she has her own and I understand why because of her mom. I respect women who are like Cynthia because I’m not one of those guys who think men are superior to women. I used to date Nia Long and she was making like $800,000 a movie, and I was cool with it.
ESSENCE.com: What did you really think of Phaedra’s comments about wanting a “clean” man?
THOMAS: Phaedra is like 36, 37 years old and word around town is she’s dated a couple of rappers she represented, so when she says “clean” she probably means someone that doesn’t have baggage so she doesn’t have to deal with mothers from previous relationships. My point to her was I’m a grown man and I have five kids, and there’s really nothing wrong with it. I would understand if she was like 22 and getting married but as old as she is saying that… the only reason Apollo is “clean” is because he’s been incarcerated for the last six years. She’s an idiot. That’s how I really feel about the statements that come out of her mouth.
ESSENCE.com: How do you feel about the other castmates?
THOMAS: I don’t really know them enough. I’ve been around Sheree a few times and she’s always cordial. NeNe, she’s loud. I could be around NeNe, she could definitely be my homegirl. Kandi’s a really nice person, and Kim’s just crazy.
In other Atlanta news, Phaedra Parks gave a recent interview to a local GA news station – wjbf.com, during which she disucussed being a new mom and also touches on her portrayal on the Bravo hit show.
“Its very exciting, I don’t have anything to compare it to since it is my first child, but I adore my son. He’s wonderful, he’s really a sweet baby,” says Phaedra while also revealing that she had a high risk pregnancy and 3 days of labor.
When it comes to her “portrayal” on the show, Phaedra adds that “at the end of the day, it’s reality tv and so reality tv is about drama it’s about suspense.” Phaedra’s video interview is below -
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON PETER’S COMMENTS AND PHAEDRA’S INTERVIEW?