Jake Owen is getting hitched!
The “Made for You” country crooner and his longtime girlfriend, Erica Hartlein, are officially engaged. Owen shared the happy news on his Instagram on Friday, posting photos of the sweet proposal which also included their 1-year-old daughter Paris.
“5 years ago we went and got our first Christmas Tree 🎄together….at this same spot..This year, I asked her if she’d like to get Christmas Trees 🎄 every year for the rest of our lives,” the singer wrote. “Our little Paris was there to witness the complete surprise.”
He added that his lady love was completely surprised and “didn’t have her nails done.”
“She said yes in the sprinkle of a Nashville snow, and we celebrated by going to her favorite restaurant,” he added. “She was successful not getting Polynesian Sauce on that bling 💍Life is good. I love you @ericahartlein.”
Owen and Hartlein welcomed their little girl in April 2019. The country star is also father to 8-year-old daughter Olive Pearl from his previous marriage to Lacey Buchanan.
ET spoke with Owen last year about his love story with his now-fiancé. The “Down to the Honkytonk” singer said that his grandparents’ story “set an amazing example of the importance of love and kindness on a day to day basis.”
“I was so glad we could tell this story of my grandparents not just for me, and my girls, but for others too,” the father of two shared. “A little more positivity in the world, even for those that didn’t have the easiest of circumstances, but made it work for love.”
For more on Owen, watch below.
Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright’s time on Vanderpump Rules is over.
On Friday, the couple revealed that they are leaving the Bravo reality show. Taylor has been part of the cast since 2013, while Cartwright joined during its fifth season. While Vanderpump‘s future is still up in the air amid the coronavirus pandemic, the pair — who are currently expecting their first child together — opened up about their bittersweet departure.
“The last 8 years on Vanderpump Rules have been some of the most challenging, rewarding and fulfilling years of my life,” Taylor wrote. “Although this is difficult to share, Brittany and I will not be returning for another season of Vanderpump Rules. We are excited to take this time to focus on our growing family and share with you our new endeavors.”
He added that they will remain close to their cast and crew and thanked their fans who “have shared our journey with us and supported us through everything. We love you. Stay tuned, We can’t wait for to share what we have planned. Have a great weekend. 💟”
Cartwright also wrote a similar statement about their departure on her Instagram.
The couple’s news comes almost six months after Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired from the Bravo reality series after past racist actions against Faith Stowers resurfaced. In a statement to ET at the time, Bravo and Evolution Media confirmed that Schroeder, Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni would not be returning to Vanderpump Rules.
While speaking with ET in June, Stowers also called for Taylor to be fired, saying he “probably had more terrible things to say than these two young ladies.”
“He’s said very, very mean things to new cast members. He did not receive me and Lala Kent very well when we first started,” Stowers claimed. “He said very mean things to us as well, later on apologizing. But it seems like he continues to get away with everything he does and I’m not sure why, especially at his age. It’s not like he’s doing this as a young adult, as a kid and just making these little mistakes young people sometimes do.” Taylor never responded to Stowers’ claims.
Meanwhile, Lala Kent, who is also pregnant with her first child, also admitted to ET in September that she’s unsure if she would return to the reality show after giving birth.
Kent said that she was waiting for an official “go” from production to make the decision whether to walk away or stay. The cast still has no idea when or if they’ll film again.
Could Matthew Perry be any more generous?!
The 51-year-old actor took to Instagram on Friday to announce that he is releasing a limited edition Friends-themed clothing line to benefit COVID-19 relief. Perry posted a photo of himself wearing a white shirt with a cartoon version of his character, Chandler Bing, dancing with the phrase, “Could this BE any more of a t-shirt.”
“What is this, a limited edition t-shirt for charity? For two weeks only, I’m releasing an apparel collection!” Perry wrote. “Proceeds will support the World Health Organization’s COVID 19 relief efforts. Link in bio. Banana not included.”
The news comes just weeks after the actor shared that the long-awaited, unscripted Friends reunion special has been scheduled for March 2021.
“Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March,” Perry wrote. “Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it!”
While plans for the reunion are still being finalized and could change, ET has learned that production is aiming to start at the beginning of 2021.
The special was initially slated to premiere with the launch of HBO Max on May 27, but had to be pushed back due to the coronavirus. In the wake of the reunion’s postponement, Marta Kauffman, the show’s co-creator, told ET that she wanted to wait to tape the special until a live studio audience could be part of the experience.
Watch the video below for more on Friends.
Matthew Morrison is remembering his late friend and fellow Glee co-star, Naya Rivera.
While speaking with ET via Zoom this week, the 42-year old actor opened up about how the cast plans to pay tribute to Rivera for the holidays, following her tragic death in July. She was 33.
“It was a really challenging year to lose yet another member of our cast, but we’ve just bonded together so much through this experience,” Morrison told ET’s Lauren Zima. “Naya used to do this thing called Snixxmas, because that was one of her little nicknames, Snixx. It’s something that the Glee cast — we’re talking about kind of like reviving it this year. Doing some kind of thing for charity, or something to kind of honor her.”
As of Friday, the Snixxmas charity drive launched by the cast of Glee has raised over $32,000.
“If you were lucky enough to know Naya, you know she threw some epic parties,” a message on the GoFundMe page reads. “The best of them all was her annual Christmas party, which she dubbed Snixxmas. Snixxmas was like Naya herself… sparkling, fabulous and one hell of a good time!”
“But it wasn’t only glitz, glamour and gay apparel,” the statement continues. “Every holiday season, Naya found ways to give back. Recently, Naya began working with a local non-profit in Los Angeles called Alexandria House. She not only raised and contributed funds for them, but also volunteered her time and effort to the organization.”
In addition to helping out with the Snixxmas charity drive, Morrison will also be spreading holiday cheer in Dr. Seuss’The Grinch Musical. The actor will take on the iconic role of the Grinch for the special, which was filmed on stage at the Troubadour Theatre in London.
“This is the first time we’re really seeing the Grinch in a musical, and I think it’s fun because one of the big reasons I wanted to do this project was to bring theater to people that have been deprived of it for nine months now,” Morrison said. “There’s such a huge theater community out there — and also the people that are on stage and not being able to do what they love to do — so I really wanted to bring that to people who are kind of just missing out on it this year.”
“But my Grinch is kind of unlike any other Grinch I’ve seen,” he added. “I think they’re all so different, which is beautiful, because this is one of those characters that I don’t know if I’ll get to play again. It’s kind of ‘anything goes,’ you know. It’s free to just be imaginative and to really just kind of let out your demons a little bit. I don’t really live in that space very often so it was kind of fun to go there.”
Morrison also opened up about how the Grinch’s story is sort of relevant to what we’re all going through right now, learning how to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s about someone who is in isolation and kind of just going through this experience of loneliness,” he explained. “I think so many people are going through that right now, so I feel like this story is going to be so relevant to so many people in this time.”
“But I think at the end of the day, spoiler alert, he finds love and community,” he continued. “I think we need community. I think once we’re out of the woods with all of this, I think, hopefully, people are gonna get out of their Ginchiness and their isolation and connect with people. Because that is what is so special about human beings … I think what makes us thrive is that connectivity.”
Dr. Seuss’The Grinch Musical airs Dec. 9 on NBC.
Ricardo Chavira took great pleasure in bringing the late Selena Quintanilla’s life story to the small screen.
The 49-year-old actor guest hosted Friday’s episode of Entertainment Tonight and chatted with Nischelle Turner about his role as Abraham Quintanilla on Selena: The Series and showing a new side of the singer’s father.
The Texas native grew up in San Antonio, Texas and was born the same year as Selena in 1971. While he enjoyed rock and metal back in his day, he remembers getting into his father’s truck and listening to Tejano music together.
“Invariably they’d always have a Selena song on, so I knew about [her] and then reading the paper I’d see where she was performing, and seeing the local telecast you see when she was winning awards,” he recalled. “So it was very much a part of the framework of my young adulthood. And then as I got older, I became nostalgic for those truck rides with my dad and I started listening to conjunto and Tejano music, which I still listen to a lot today. And her songs they resonated very well, even today.”
The role of Abraham especially resonated with Ricardo, who saw a lot of his father and uncles in the Quintanilla patriarch. As a father of two, it also made him reflect on his parenting style.
“I got a 17-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter and you definitely draw from that. A lot of people, I think, they see Abraham as being someone harsh, stern, and that’s very indicative of that generation of Mexican American men and that age group,” he explained. “That’s my father and that’s a lot of my tios, and those men raised me. So I have some of that. I feel like my parenting is a bit old school. But the thing is, at the foundation, if you have compassion and love, that’s what parenting is. Compassion, love, but a little hard sometimes.”
What Ricardo learned along the way was that Abraham didn’t just give tough love but also made huge personal sacrifices for his children; daughters Selena and Suzette and son A.B.
“What I think sometimes people miss about him is, it was his dream to be a musician and then he passed it to his children because he wasn’t accomplishing his dream for whatever reason,” Ricardo expressed. “He saw something in them. He drove the bus, he carried the bags, he was the roadie, he was managing money, managing schedules. That’s a complete act of selflessness to put his children in front of him. I’m sure there was selfishness to it too. But me looking at that as a parent, that’s the ultimate act of parenting, to be completely selfless and put your child before you.”
In preparing for the role, Ricardo admitted that he’s never seen the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez, explaining that the film came out a couple years after Selena’s tragic death and “it didn’t resonate” with him at the time.
“And I also thought I grew up around this story, or the story and I grew up together, so I don’t need to see the movie,” he added. “But I’ve seen clips of it over the years. And when I found out I was going to get this role… I made sure not to watch the movie because I didn’t want it to inform any of my decision making as an actor and how I was going to approach the role.”
“I mean Edward James Olmos, he’s amazing! He’s an amazing, authentic, talent that is also part of me, Mexican American,” he said of the 73-year-old actor who portrayed Selena’s father in the film. “He’s iconic…I never saw it, but now I’m kind of nervous to see it.”
However, the difference between his and Olmos’ portrayal of Abraham is that the series gives a “more intimate look” into how the Quintanilla family got into show biz.
“It’s storytelling from when she started at 9-10 years old through the high school years and then when they started having success,” he noted. “And that’s that first part of the series. What you do get that’s unlike the movie is you have a fully realized Quintanilla family. You have fully realized characters in Suzette played by Noemi Gonzalez and A.B. played by Gabriel Chavarria, Marcella played by the wonderful Seidy Lopez. I just absolutely loved working with her.”
For Ricardo, who’s been in the industry for over two decades, seeing a Mexican American story on the screen is so fulfilling.
“I’m Mexican American. This story is a story about a Mexican American family. One of the things my father always impressed upon me is, never forget where you came from, never forget your roots,” he expressed. “All of my family members before were migrant farm workers. So it resonates, the struggle, those hard times, those meager times for them. I read it in the script and it resonated with me. It’s like, is our story exactly the same? No, but are there similarities? Yeah, there’s a lot of similarities.”
“Representation matters,” he continued. “I realized that there were so many things that were similar to the man that I have in San Antonio that I call my father because he is of that same generation and a lot of my tios. And for me, this is a beautiful way to pay homage to this family that is specifically from south Texas and Mexican American, and their story and Selena’s legacy. It’s also a bit of an homage to my family and my roots.”
For more from the Selena: The Series cast, watch below. Part One in now streaming on Netflix.
Shakira is giving us Jane Fonda vibes in her latest music video.
The Colombian queen and Black Eyed Peas released the visual for their collaboration, “Girl Like Me,” on Friday. In the Latina-empowering track, Shakira shows off her killer workout and dance skills in a red top, black bikini bottoms with suspenders, leg warmers and white sneakers. She’s seen with two backup dancers busting out some great choreography.
“So they tell me that you lookin’ for a girl like me/So they tell me that you lookin’ for a girl like me,” Shakira kicks the song off. “Ah-ah-ah, you’re lookin’ for/A girl like me (la-la-latinas, eh).”
The Latin icon is also seen rocking a geometric gown, as well as a black-and-red ensemble while skateboarding.
“Girl Like Me” is featured on BEP’s album Translation, which was released earlier this year, and is the first time Shakira and the group work together. The LP also includes songs with Ozuna and J. Rey Soul, as well as J Balvin and Maluma.
ET spoke with Will.i.am, Apl.de.ap and Taboo earlier this year, where they spoke about working with Shakira.
“I thought I was a perfectionist … Shakira is on a totally different level!” Will.i.am said. “She comes with notes, and it’s awesome. But she does it in a very gentle, humble, sweet way, to where you just wanna please all of her concerns. And that takes a very skilled negotiator, a great collaborator. It was a joy to work with her.”
The trio also touched on their success in everything from electronic dance music to pop, and now Latin. “Like, Black Eyed Peas is a black group. You got two black guys and a Latin, and that is as urban as it gets,” Will.i.am noted. “We’re switching genres … aiming at different demographics, and succeeding in every way. So, it feels really good to have success and to collaborate with great artists like J Balvin, Maluma and Ozuna on this new Translation record.”
See more in the video below.
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Yolanda Hadid couldn’t be more enamored with her granddaughter!
Gigi Hadid’s mom was on babysitting duty while the model was away at work. In a sweet Instagram Story post on Friday, Yolanda shared a photo of herself cradling Gigi and Zayn Malik’s little one while enjoying some time in the sun.
“We spent the day while momma was away,” the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star wrote on the heartwarming snap. The pic does not show the baby girl, just the two from the back, all bundled up.
Gigi and Zayn welcomed their first child together in September. The two have yet to share her name and have only shown glimpses of their daughter.
Yolanda, however, did share an adorable photo of herself and Gigi as a baby on Wednesday. Dressed in their winter wonderland best, a stunning Yolanda is seen with a baby Gigi smiling wide.
Gigi has slowly been sharing more photos of her baby girl and her pregnancy journey. Earlier this week, the model posted throwback photos of herself with her baby bump and Zayn snuggling up against it.
“August, waiting for our girl 🥰🥰🥰😭,” she captioned the post.
In September, a source told ET that the new parents have “completely thrown themselves into being hands-on parents and just had their first date night. Luckily, the couple had grandma Yolanda around as she watched their daughter as the couple enjoyed some quality time together.”
For more on Gigi and Zayn’s baby girl, see below.
Porsha Williams on ‘RHOA’ Taking on Black Lives Matter and Everything to Come in Season 13 (Exclusive)
2020 is the year Porsha Williams came into her own as an activist. When the call for racial justice surged this spring after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of law enforcement, the granddaughter of civil rights icon Hosea Williams sprung into action. That journey is at the heart of The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s new season, which follows Porsha as she attends protests and demonstrations in honor of the Black lives taken too soon.
“No. 1, I’m holding the reason right here: my daughter Pilar,” Porsha tells ET’s Rachel Smith over video chat of why she felt compelled to act. Her 20-month-old daughter, who also goes by the nickname “PJ,” joined her mom for the chat.
“She’s a beautiful Black girl and, you know, I went down to Kentucky fighting for a beautiful Black woman who had lost her life,” she says, referencing Breonna, a 26-year-old EMT who was killed in her Louisville, Kentucky, home by Louisville Metro Police in March. She and her boyfriend were in their home when police made a late-night raid on the wrong address. Taylor was shot eight times. Though one officer was fired after Breonna’s death, none of the officers involved had been arrested or charged until September.
“What made matters worse is the fact that her family had not seen any justice and so I just felt like, if I were to just sit at home and act like it’s not happening, then it could happen over and over and over again and we could see plenty more Breonna Taylors,” Porsha remarks. “I took her story very personal, and I just could not — there was a burning in my bones. I just had to get up and be active. I had posted enough. I had emailed enough. I was one of the ones calling when the phone wouldn’t pick up anymore at their county’s office, and I felt helpless to a certain extent.”
No officers were charged in Breonna’s death, but one officer at the scene, Brett Hankison, was fired and charged with wanton endangerment for shooting at an apartment next door.
“It really hit home as a mother, that this young lady was raised by her mother to be an adult who was successful, looking forward to her future — she had a … boyfriend who was going to propose — she just had so much life to live, and for it to have been taken from her by the law, who is supposed to protect and serve, I just found that completely heartbreaking,” she says.
Porsha was arrested twice, at two different demonstrations held in Breonna’s memory, one outside of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s home.
“I don’t regret any of it,” she proclaims. “I don’t regret one hour in jail, because our whole thing was to make sure that Breonna Taylor’s name stayed in the forefront, and that people understood what was happening in Kentucky, and what their [Attorney General] wasn’t doing and how the system had failed her family.”
The Kentucky Attorney General came under fire for how he handled Breonna’s case, including allegations of falsely representing information to the grand jury tasked with deciding whether to indict the officers involved in Breonna’s death.
Porsha says she doesn’t know how she’ll feel watching back the still-fresh moments play out on RHOA, but she’s proud of the show and of its network, Bravo, for shining a light on the movement. Bravo has also aired a series of one-off specials focused on Black lives and race in the months since Breonna’s death.
“I feel like it really would’ve been an injustice not to show that part of my life,” Porsha says. “I feel like we’re always so open, and we show a lot of our other business. Well, they should show that as well.”
“It’s gonna be a very powerful piece of my story that I’m glad that they added in, because you need to see what we’re going through,” she adds. “I mean, we’re going through [the coronavirus] pandemic, but we’re also going through another pandemic where we’re being killed in the street. And that’s something that’s very real and it was very much the forefront, that was — and still is — the forefront of my life and what I’m focused on, and what I want to come to an end.”
Porsha name checks her RHOA co-stars, Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss and Marlo Hampton, as being incredible champions and allies in the fight. She also mentions PJ’s father, Dennis McKinley, who was by her side for many of the demonstrations and helped Porsha in donating to bail funds for protestors who were arrested in Atlanta. Dennis and Porsha’s current relationship status is somewhat unknown, at least publicly. It would appear they’re estranged, or at the very least called off their engagement, but fans will have to watch season 13 to get the answer.
“All of that is spelled out,” Porsha promises. The season will seemingly be full of revelations. In late September, murmurs hit “the blogs,” as Housewives say, that some freaky business went down between cast members (Porsha’s name was tossed around) and a stripper at Cynthia’s bachelorette party. When the RHOA trailer dropped in October, it was confirmed that something went down, though the details remain a mystery. “Stripper-gate” will be a major plot point this year.
“I have fun at the bachelorette party,” Porsha teases. “To me, it was a good time. It was what it was, I don’t really understand why it had to turn so negative. I wish it didn’t, because there was a lot of kiki moments about that night, and it is nothing funner than after the party to get with your girls and be like, ‘Do you remember when you did this? Do you remember when you did that?’ Like, we are missing that moment, because it has turned into something crazy. So, I don’t know. Hopefully we can — maybe we will kiki about it at the reunion, I am still ready to have fun.”
While fans will have to watch and see what unfolds, Porsha does offer this: “It’s a reality show and things can go up, they can go left, they can go right. You just gotta stand in your truth and deal with it, and if it’s not true, it’s not true.”
Porsha says RHOA might be the best-equipped cast to navigate on-camera scandals, because they’re all very comfortable with any and everyone being in their business.
“We’re fun, we’re fabulous. We go through ups, we go through downs, but we’re very loving, and warm — and we’re shady,” Porsha explains.
“Our show has a lot of vets, one new girl, but the rest of us? We’ve been doing this, we’re not new to this,” she then notes. “Like, me in particular, I’ve actually become family with the cameras. Like, they used to make me nervous, I used to say all kinds of crazy stuff, because the cameras were there. But now? I welcome it. It is what it is. That’s what I’m here for is to show you Porsha and let you be in my life, so it is what it is.”
That “new girl” Porsha references is actress Drew Sidora, season 13’s new peach holder.
“She is so fun, she is really fun,” Porsha says. “She is one of those people who I feel like has come on the show as her true self, and I really feel like I have gotten to know her — not someone who is doing anything for the cameras. I feel like she really, genuinely came to the show to get to know people in a real way and I like her.”
“She shakes it up and she asks a lot of questions,” she adds. “So, whatever she wants to know, honey, she will get to the bottom of it, OK?”
Porsha reveals she didn’t actually meet Drew until halfway through filming, as pandemic protocols called for the women to film much more on their own, or in small groups, rather than all together. Porsha says each cast member has her own “team,” dedicated producers, camera and audio people, in order to minimize COVID-19 exposure risk. The show did have a COVID scare in its last few days of filming, recently shutting down for two weeks out of an abundance of caution. Now, cameras are back up to capture what will be the season’s final few episodes.
“I’m glad the season is coming to an end because I hate to be cold and now we gotta sit outside in the cold, so it’s good that we’ll be wrapping up pretty soon which is a good thing,” Porsha jokes.
While she may not embrace the cold, Porsha is all in on Christmas, partnering with Balsam Hill to turn her Atlanta-area abode into a winter wonderland.
“I absolutely love Christmas, I am like the second Mariah Carey,” Porsha muses. “I am always in the mood to be ready for Christmas.”
This will be the first Christmas where Pilar (who Porsha says is her “mini-me”) fully understands what’s happening, and Porsha plans to make it a holiday to remember, with matching pajamas and some new family traditions. Because of the ongoing pandemic, Porsha won’t be throwing a big Christmas party — but if she were able to, there’d be one cast member left off the invite list.
“Kenya [Moore] would not get an invite to my holiday party,” she admits. “We just don’t have a relationship and I think that if you’re having a holiday party, it should be someone who has a warm heart and I don’t want any cold spirits around.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo, starting Dec. 6. Porsha also has a new podcast, Porsha 4 Real, available wherever you listen to podcasts, and co-hosts Bravo’s Chat Room, airing Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Is it Batman or Bateman? The new promo for this week’s Saturday Night Live episode was released on Thursday, with host Jason Bateman being mistaken for none other than the Caped Crusader.
As he’s introducing himself, cast member Heidi Gardner confuses the Ozark star for the Dark Knight.
“Wait, Batman? You’re Jason Batman?” she excitedly asks. “We did it! We booked Batman!”
“No no, you missed the ‘E,’ it’s Bate-man,” the actor says, as musical guest Morgan Wallen adds, “Go home, get outta here and save the city or something.”
Bateman finally gives in, quipping, “I’ll get the cape.”
The promo also includes Gardner asking this week’s guests what they want for Christmas, and not being satisfied with their answer. Watch the promo below:
This is Bateman’s second time hosting the show, while this is the country singer’s second chance at performing at Studio 8H.
Wallen was first scheduled to make his SNL debut on Oct. 10, but was replaced by Jack White after violating the show’s COVID-19 protocols. At the time, Wallen apologized and revealed that the show’s creator, Lorne Michaels, told him, “We’ll find another time to make this up.”
“I’m not positive for COVID, but my actions this past weekend were pretty short-sighted and they’ve obviously affected my long-term goal and my dreams,” Wallen said at the time. “I know that I put [the show] in jeopardy, and I take ownership of this.”
In an interview with ET, Wallen said he’s “just gotta be aware that most of my actions… will be brought to light.”
“I don’t think I really, truly understood the reach that I have,” he added to ET. “It’s all hit me over quarantine.”
SNL airs live, coast-to-coast, at 11:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC.