The Dish For May 22nd

Meghan Markle To Visit Father in Mexico

Plans are underway for Meghan Markle to visit her father.

But first, Meghan and Harry have two important events: Their first official royal appearance today at Prince Charles’ 70th birthday party. Then the honeymoon and afterward a trip to see her dad.

Thomas Markle could not attend the Royal Wedding due to heart surgery. So the newly-titled Duke and Duchess of Sussex will jet to Mexico and share all the wedding photos with her dad.

Meghan texted him throughout the week and emailed several pictures from her big day. Thomas Markle expressed regret in not making the ceremony. He told TMZ (quote) “My baby girl is a duchess and I love her so much. My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy.” (The Sun UK)


Ryan Reynolds and Taylor Swift are close friends thru Blake Lively. Their daughter’s vocals appear at the beginning of “Gorgeous” and to repay the favor, he featured her cats in Deadpool 2. A photo of Olivia and Meredith are on a shirt worn by Deadpool. Yesterday, Taylor shared the news with her kitties on Instagram stories. They seemed far less excited about their big screen debut than Taylor. (Just Jared)

Paris Jackson responded to social media haters, who dragged her for failing to support Janet Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards. Other family members sat in the audience and were seen on TV during Janet’s Icon Award honors. Paris wrote on her Instagram stories (quote) “Please do not tell me/demands/try to control how I handle my relationship with the people in my life, specifically my family.” (New York Post)

The Pussycat Dolls filed a defamation lawsuit against the parent company of The Daily Mail. The tabloid published a story alleging the all-women’s group was basically a “prostitution ring” that “happened to sing & be famous.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

The Royal Wedding reception party included a bear pong table. Insiders say that Serena Williams commanded the game. There wasn’t another wedding guest who could compete with Serena at table tennis. The next morning, Serena was one of the few party-goers without a hangover and made it down from her hotel room to breakfast. (Daily Mail)

Selena Gomez Gives Up Booze

Selena Gomez has put down the bottle.

She hosted a dry birthday party for a friend. An attendee told the New York Post, (quote) “Alcohol was not at the party. Selena is really focusing on her health.”

Selena visited a rehab in February. The stated reason was depression and anxiety. Yet jumping on the sobriety wagon suggests that Selena addressed other issues.

Doctors likely urged her to cut back on alcohol, which can negatively interact with prescription medications to treat the symptoms of Lupus.

ARIANA GRANDE: "Very Casual" With Pete Davidson

The rumor is true: Ariana Grande has hooked up with Saturday Night Live comic Pete Davidson. A source told Peoplemagazine that “it’s very casual” because it “just started.”

They first met when she hosted Saturday Night Live two years ago, but the romance sparked only 10 days ago. They hung out together at the SNL after-party on the weekend that Amy Schumer hosted the show and Kacey Musgraves performed.

Ariana had traveled to New York City that week for the Met Gala. He must’ve stayed overnight with her, because last weekend, Pete wore some “No Tears Left to Cry” merchandise.


Now buzzing on Facebook and Twitter.

#AmericanIdol: Maddie Poppe won and we learned she's in a relationship with runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson.

#MissUSA: Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers took the crown.

Michelle and Barack Obama: The former first lady and president have signed a multi-year production deal with Netflix.

Jake Gyllenhaal: He's signed on to play the villain Mysterio in the next Spider-Man flick.

Kendrick Lamar: He shutdown a white fan who rapped the N-word on stage with him.

Deadpool 2: Fans are going off on Twitter over the death of a key character in the film.

Vegas Golden Knights: The NHL expansion team is going to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first season.

AVRIL LAVIGNE: Upgrades to Billionaire Boyfriend

Avril Lavigne has a new boyfriend and he’s a billionaire.

His name is Phillip Sarofim. His father is part owner of the Houston Texans NFL team. Dad is worth 2 billion dollars and ranks among the 1,000 wealthiest people on the planet.

In other words, Avril has seriously upgraded from her days with musicians Chad Kroeger of Nickleback and Deryck Whibley of Sum 41)

E! News reports that Avril Lavigne and Phillip Sarofim started "quietly dating" a few weeks after Valentine’s Day. It’s a long-distance relationship as they jet back-and-forth between Los Angeles and Houston.

One piece of odd trivia about Phillip and his father’s relationship. Dad married the mother of Phillip’s first wife. So Philip’s mother-in-law is also his step-mother meaning Phillip was married to his step-sister!

CAMILA CABELLO: Hospitalized Due to “Dehydration”

Tuesday night in Seattle, Camila Cabello will not open for Taylor Swift on the Reputation Stadium Tour.

Camila was admitted to the hospital due to dehydration. She tweeted to her 7 million followers, (quote) “After my performance at the Billboards Music Awards, I was feeling really sick and ended up in the hospital to get checked out. They ran a lot of tests and everything is fine, but the diagnosis was basically dehydration.”

There’s a rumor going around that Taylor disapproves of drugs on her tour and “both opening acts are not going to last if they continue to party like they have.” (Crazy Days and Nights)

Camila promised in her tweet to take better care of herself and resume touring with Taylor and the other opening act, Charli XCX. (Entertainment Tonight)

R. KELLY: Sexual Assault Lawsuit

R. Kelly is being sued for sexual assault after allegedly holding a woman against her will and abusing her. 

TMZ reports that Faith Rodgers filed suit in New York City. She alleges she met the singer in March of last year when she was just 19. They met after a performance in San Antonio and a couple months later, he flew her out to New York for another show. Afterwards, she claims he “bombarded” her hotel room and initiated “unwanted sexual contact,” including oral and vaginal intercourse. He reportedly had the nerve to call her out for being boring in bed during the encounter. 

She says she wound up dating him for nearly a year, during which she suffered mental, verbal and sexual abuse and contracted herpes. She also alleges that he would trap her in rooms, studios and vehicles if she didn’t satisfy him sexually. Rodgers says Kells had a female assistant who was in charge of making sure she didn’t run away. 

She is suing for sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose an STD. 

AMERICAN IDOL: Maddie Poppe Wins!   

Maddie Poppe, the 19-year-old from Iowa, won Season 16 of American Idol on Monday night.

Not only to Maddie win the title, she also got lucky in love. During the show, it was revealed that her new boyfriend is runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson.

Caleb revealed to host Ryan Seacrest, "Well Maddie is my pal and I've known her since the beginning of Hollywood week. And she actually happens to be my girlfriend." (People)

The big finale also featured performances by Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Nick Jonas, DJ Mustard, Yolanda Adams, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Clark, Jr., Darius Rucker, Bebe Rexha, Patti LaBelle, and Kermit the Frog, with a special appearance by Jimmy Kimmel.

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson Win   

The all-athletes edition of Dancing With the Stars wrapped up Monday night by crowning Adam Rippon and his partner Jenna Johnson the new winners of the Mirrorball Trophy.

Adam and Jenna beat out the other two top teams – Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber, and Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess.

This was the first win for 24-year-old Jenna, who has been on the show as a dance pro for two seasons now.

Before Adam launched into his freestyle dance he said, "The Mirrorball has now taken on a new meaning, someone like me is accepted and I feel loved." (People)

BARACK, MICHELLE OBAMA: Sign Production Deal With Netflix

Barack and Michelle Obama are going Hollywood.

The former president and first lady have signed a deal to produce movies and series for Netflix, according to Variety. The two will work on scripted and unscripted series as well as docu-series, documentary films and features.

Barack said, “One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience. That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

The former president was the first guest on David Letterman’s new Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

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