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Michael Phelps Just Got Engaged to Former Miss California USA

Subway Press Conference With Pele And Michael Phelps
Rafael Neddermeyer—Getty Images Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps attends a Subway press conference to promote healthy living and lifestyle among childrenon December 04, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Olympic champion is taking the plunge

Olympic champion Michael Phelps is engaged to girlfriend Nicole Johnson, the swimmer announced on Instagram Sunday.

The 22-time Olympic medalist posted a photo of the couple lying in the snow with the caption, “She said yes.” Johnson posted a similar photo to her Instagram with with the caption “I’m gonna be a Mrs.”

The couple began dating in 2009 but broke up in 2012 before getting back together, according to Page Six. Johnson was Miss California USA 2010.

She said yes😁😁😁 @nicole.m.johnson. (Photo credit to @arschmitty )

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I'm gonna be a Mrs. 🙊🙈 @m_phelps00 💍❤️ 📷: @arschmitty

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Madonna’s Most Memorable Social Media Moments

Madonna arrives at the The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2015.
Steve Granitz—Getty Images Madonna arrives at the The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2015.

She's wasted no time making her mark

It’s only been two years since Madonna joined Instagram, but what a ride it’s been. Despite Madge’s late entry to the social media party, she’s wasted no time making her mark.

From her indelible Instagram debut to several controversies to her recent forays into apps like Snapchat and Grindr, here’s Madonna’s most memorable social media moments.

 

Welcome to Instagram

Peering over a dirty martini, Madonna announced her arrival on Instagram bluntly: “Cheers motherf—-ers! I’m on Instagram.”

Cheers motherfuckers! I'm on instagram

A photo posted by Madonna (@madonna) on

 

Son Scandal, Round 1

Early in 2014, Madonna posted a pic of her then-13-year-old son Rocco holding a bottle of booze with the caption, “The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014!” Plenty of haters (and some fans) took umbrage with a photo that implied underage drinking, to which she assured them, “No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor!”

Son Scandal, Round 2

Not long after that, Madonna posted a picture of Rocco boxing with the caption: “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #Disn–ga.” Obviously, people took umbrage with her using the n-word to describe someone, much less her white 13-year-old son. Madonna later deleted this one.

Visiting Malawi

Madonna posted photos and footage of a trip to Malawi, where she visited with some of the children who have benefitted from her Raising Malawi charity. Here’s Madge getting down with some kids to James Brown’s “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.”

Holding it down with Buck in Malawi! #superbad

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Locking Down the Leak

When numerous tracks from Madonna’s forthcoming album Rebel Heart leaked back in December, the pop queen vented her frustration on Instagram and thanked fans for “not listening” to the leaks. “They are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world,” she wrote.

 

MLK, Nelson Mandela Controversy

While public sympathy was on her side after the massive demo leak, some were outraged when Madonna incorporated doctored images of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela into her Rebel Heart promotional campaign. While Madonna clarified she hadn’t meant to compare herself to either activist and apologized, she nevertheless kept the images up.

This ❤️#rebelheart had a dream!

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Snapchat Music Video Premiere

Madonna’s “Living for Love” became the first-ever music video to premeire on Snapchat, an app primarily used by teens for sending provocative self-deleting pics to each other. If Snapchat has a future in music, Madonna was in on the ground floor.

Grindr

In a nod to new forms of social media and her extensive gay following, Madonna recently teamed with the gay dating app Grindr. Anyone who changes their profile pic to a recreation of her album cover (but starring yourself instead of Madonna) has the chance to be one of five fans who will get to chat with Madonna over Grindr on Valentine’s Day. Details here!

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Kanye West Says Beyoncé Is Inspired By Kim Kardashian

attends the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City.
Kevin Mazur—Getty Images Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and daughter North attend the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City.

Plus: The rapper says he'll surprise-release his next album, just like Bey

When Beyoncé is working on a new album, she keeps pictures of Kim Kardashian on the wall to inspire her — that’s according to Kardashian’s husband Kanye West.

In a characteristically candid interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, Kanye said that Beyoncé takes inspiration from images of his wife because “Kim represents powerful women.”

He added that the two women love and respect each other, and have a relationship with a “LeBron James-Kobe [Bryant] element to it.”

That wasn’t all he opened up about. On the subject of Kim’s notorious Paper magazine cover, Kanye said representation of her body type is an important precedent to set for younger generations: “My daughter has a chance of being shaped like my wife, so … between this age and the age when she’s like that, I’m gonna be fighting for that shape to be considered the highest of class … or at least equal to what someone looks at a skinny model for.”

Kanye said he was surprised to enjoy the Beck album, which he recently criticized when it beat out Beyoncé for Album of the Year at the Grammys; he heard it playing during his dinner with Taylor Swift, he said. Meanwhile, he mentioned that he’s been meaning to call Beck about the incident, but just keeps forgetting.

He also noted that his next album is “80% done” and will get a surprise release, adding that the music will address police brutality — a subject he says he’s avoided based on advice from his father.

[Power 105.1]

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Watch Kelly Ripa Describe How She Freaked Out Madonna at an Oscars Party

Madge wasn't happy after Kelly smelled her

Television host and Madonna super fan Kelly Ripa appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night and revealed how she once creeped out her idol.

Ripa said that she’d been invited to an Oscars party hosted by Madonna a few years ago and, upon meeting the legendary singer, hugged her and smelled her. According to Ripa, Madonna was not impressed with the “weirdo” behavior.

Despite the frosty reaction, Ripa still seems to think fondly of the encounter. Beaming, she excitedly told Kimmel, “She smells like gardenias!”

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Here’s What Jon Stewart Wants From the Next Host of The Daily Show

"Rosewater" New York Premiere
Desiree Navarro—WireImage/Getty Images Director/writer/producer Jon Stewart attends "Rosewater" New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 12, 2014 in New York City.

He still didn't say who he thinks that host should be, though

After hosting The Daily Show for a decade and a half until recently announcing that he will step down at the end of the current season, comedian Jon Stewart wants his successor — whoever that may be — to take the show’s concept to the next level.

Stewart, speaking at Catie Lazarus’s show “Employee of the Month” at a New York pub, wouldn’t name a desired successor but explained what he would like to see from the show after he leaves, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

“What I want to see there is the next iteration of this idea,” Stewart said, adding that he used every possible permutation of the show’s concept. “I feel like the tributaries of my brain combined with the rigidity of the format.”

He used The Daily Show alum and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver (who will definitely not be succeeding Stewart) as an example of the possibilities. “John Oliver was able to apply our process to a more considered thing, and it’s exciting to watch it evolve and see it mutate and change and fill different gaps and different ideas,” he said. “That’s the part that I’m looking forward to seeing.”

As for his own plans, Stewart reiterated that he has a lot of “ideas” of his own, and that spending more time with his family is a big part of his decision to step down.

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Bill Cosby: ‘I Applaud’ Eddie Murphy for Refusing to Play Me in ‘SNL40′ Sketch

Comedian Bill Cosby performs at The Temple Buell Theatre in Denver
Barry Gutierrez—Reuters Comedian Bill Cosby performs at The Temple Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado Jan. 17, 2015

Bill Cosby says he is grateful that Eddie Murphy rejected an offer to impersonate the embattled comedian during the 40th anniversary “Saturday Night Live” special. “I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions,” Cosby said through a spokesperson.

Murphy apparently turned down a suggestion that he do an impression of Cosby during a “Jeopardy!” parody in the first hour of the Sunday special, according to former “SNL” cast member Norm Macdonald. Cosby, who was ultimately impersonated by current “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson, has been accused of sexual assault by more than 20 women. Cosby has never been charged…

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Iggy Azalea Quits Twitter: ‘The Internet Is the Ugliest Reflection of Mankind There Is’

Iggy Azalea arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
Mario Anzuoni—Reuters Rapper Iggy Azalea arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California Feb. 8, 2015

In an effort to avoid online negativity, rapper Iggy Azalea has decided to quit Twitter.

She arrived at her decision following unflattering comments she received about paparazzi photos taken of her in a bikini while on vacation in Hawaii.

“Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it’s shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite,” she tweeted late on Wednesday. “I just want to have peace and relaxation time without a [perv] with a long-distance lens hiding out taking pictures,” she continued. “Everyone deserves peace.”

The “Fancy” rapper went on to say that the “hatred and pettiness” she has faced is making her an “angry person” in turn. “I cannot be that.”

Azalea, 24, is no stranger to Twitter beef; she has feuded with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Azealia Banks to fast food delivery chain Papa John’s.

The rapper felt it would be a “disservice” to her fans if she “[became] nasty because of the way I feel I am treated,” and so her management will continue to Tweet and run her accounts from now on “unless any message is signed -IA.”

“Love you all, peace out,” she wrote, before adding one last parting shot at her haters:

“The Internet is the ugliest reflection of [mankind] there is.”

This article originally appeared in People.com

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Mo’Nique: I Was ‘Blackballed’ After Oscar Win

Actress and comedian opens up about not receiving major roles recently

Mo’Nique hasn’t appeared in any major films since 2010, when she received an Academy Award for her role in Precious, and the actress now says she has an idea why.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mo’Nique recalls a conversation months ago with producer and director Lee Daniels. “And he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed,’” the comedian says. “And I said, ‘I’ve been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game.’”

Mo’Nique admits that offers for roles in many of Daniels’ productions, including the hit Fox show Empire, the film The Butler and an upcoming Richard Pryor biopic, didn’t come to fruition.

The actress didn’t go on the traditional media circuit ahead of her win, which she noted during her acceptance speech. In a statement to THR, Daniels said that although he considers Mo’Nique a friend, “her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community.”

The comedian had a response to those who claim she’s tough to work with, too: “Whoever those people are who say, ‘Mo’Nique is difficult,’ those people are either heartless, ruthless or treat people like they’re worthless. And that’s unacceptable.”

[THR]

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Jon Stewart Threatens WWE Star With ‘World of Hurt’

'Daily Show' star says he'll bring the pain to Seth Rollins

Wrestling star Seth Rollins messed with the wrong late night television host.

A little backstory: Earlier this week, Rollins boasted that he was the most talented man in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), or a future candidate for John Oliver’s “How is this still a thing” segment. The wrestling star, whose signature move is the “curb stomp,” said he was so good he could take his talents to the White House. Hell, he said he could even replace Jon Stewart when he departs the Daily Show.

His exact words: “I could take over as host of the Daily Show and make that thing actually watchable.” Burn.

Well, Stewart isn’t taking the threat lying down. In a video posted on Youtube, Stewart had this to say in response to Rollins: “Coming after the Daily Show, you just stepped in a world of hurt, my friend.”

“I’m coming for you Rollins. One hundred and sixty pounds of dynamite.”

Well, maybe not dynamite.

“My bone density isn’t what it used to be,” Stewart says. “160 pounds of wood…like a soft wood. Like a pine.”

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Famed Scientist Oliver Sacks Reveals He Has Terminal Cancer in Soulful Op-Ed

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Brad Barket—Getty Images Dr. Oliver Sacks speaks at the Music Has Power Awards Benefit in the Allen Room at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Nov. 6, 2006 in New York City.

The neurologist and author writes in the New York Times that he feels "intensely alive" in the face of death

Oliver Sacks, one of the leading public intellectuals of the last half-century, says terminal cancer of the liver has left him with only months to live.

Sacks, a neurologist and author of books like Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, revealed his condition in an article about facing death that was published in the New York Times on Thursday.

“It is up to me now to choose how to live out the months that remain to me,” Sacks, 81, writes in the Times. “I have to live in the richest, deepest, most productive way I can.”

He says he will shun politics and nightly news to focus instead on himself, his friends, and his work–an autobiography is set to come out in the spring, and he says he has “several” other books in the works. He writes:

This is not indifference but detachment — I still care deeply about the Middle East, about global warming, about growing inequality, but these are no longer my business; they belong to the future. I rejoice when I meet gifted young people — even the one who biopsied and diagnosed my metastases. I feel the future is in good hands.

I have been increasingly conscious, for the last 10 years or so, of deaths among my contemporaries. My generation is on the way out, and each death I have felt as an abruption, a tearing away of part of myself. There will be no one like us when we are gone, but then there is no one like anyone else, ever. When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.

Born in the U.K., Sacks has spent most of his career in the United States, where his prolific writing has blended science and literature to best-selling success. Outside of work, he’s been nearly as active. A one-time weightlifting champion with a stint riding with Hell’s Angel’s—according to a 1995 profile in TIME—he says he still swims a mile a day.

The removal of a tumor in his eye left him blind in one eye nine years ago and led to his 2010 book ‘The Mind’s Eye’ that deals in part with his experience with cancer and his inability to recognize faces. But the tumor metastasized, and the author now says the cancer’s spread cannot be stopped.

“I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight,” he writes.

Read Oliver Sacks’s story in the New York Times.

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