Robin Roberts publicly acknowledged her girlfriend, Amber Laign, for the first time in a touching Dec. 29 Facebook post, and on Monday, , the “Good Morning America” co-anchor mentioned her longtime love for the first time on live TV, E! News reports. After traveling to Turks and Caicos and Ogunquit, Maine, over the holiday break, the women flew to Baton Rouge, La., for Roberts’ niece’s wedding.
She shared a picture from the ceremony and added, “Next to me is my girlfriend, Amber, and my sister-in-law, Cynthia, and my brother, Butch. And it was a glorious, glorious time that weekend.”
“You all look so happy there, co-anchor George Stephanopoulos noted. “And, Robin, it was no surprise to any of us, but in your end-of-year post, you did tell everyone about Amber and about your relationship. I hope that was a good experience for you.”
The 53-year-old journalist, who was treated for myelodysplastic syndrome in 2013, smiled and said, “I have never been happier and healthier than I am right now. And my year-end post was just full of gratitude and just telling everyone all that I’m grateful for, including my girlfriend Amber, who really loved me through a difficult year.” The breast cancer survivor added that she’s “very happy for the support” she has received.
Roberts and Laign, a licensed massage therapist, have been together for 10 years.
Ke$ha is in rehab for an eating disorder, the Los Angeles Times reports.
News that the “Die Young” pop singer, 26, was starting a 30-day stint in rehab broke on Friday, courtesy of TMZ, which said she had checked in early that morning at Timberline Knolls outside of Chicago.
That’s the same facility where Demi Lovato sought help in 2010.
“I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice,” Ke$ha said Saturday on Facebook. “I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder … to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am.”
By Monday the post had almost 48,000 “likes.”
Some sources are saying that pressure about her weight from her high-powered producer may have tipped the “Tik Tok” singer toward a disorder. She’s been showing off a noticeably slimmer figure in recent months, compared with her earlier looks.
Dr. Luke, the music producer who signed Ke$ha at age 18, reportedly slammed her appearance in a 2012 music video — comparing her to a refrigerator — and the pop singer took it to heart, according to TMZ. The comments had actually started when Ke$ha’s “Get Sleazy” tour ended in 2011, TMZ reported.
There has also been a fan petition to get the singer away from Dr. Luke, according to People, although reasons were related to the music she’s been putting out.
“I feel like my fans are really protective of me,” she told Rolling Stone in October before admitting she doesn’t really have creative control of her music. “They just want to see me grow as an artist, which I agree with. Hopefully in the future, I’ll be in a position where I can put out a ballad or a more vulnerable song.”
Live from New York, it’s Sasheer Zamata! That’s right, “Saturday Night Live” has a new cast member. E! News has confirmed Zamata will join the cast of NBC’s long-running “SNL” this month.
Look for Zamata to make her “SNL” debut on Jan. 18, the first live show of 2014. Drake will host and be the musical guest. Zamata is “Saturday Night Live’s” first female black cast member since Maya Rudolph left the show in 2007.
Deadline first reported Zamata’s casting.
The lack of diversity among the “SNL” cast made headlines after six new cast members — Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O’Brien, Noel Wells and Brooks Wheelan — all of them white, joined the show for season 39. The show poked fun at itself when “Scandal” star Kerry Washington hosted and played several black characters in the cold open sketch.
In December 2013, executive producer Lorne Michaels told The New York Times the show would be adding at least one new cast member in early 2014. He told The New York Times it was “100 percent good for the show to have an African-American woman” as part of the cast.
Zamata is a veteran of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in drama.
Emma Watson and Will Adamowicz have called it quits.
“Emma and Will separated last summer and are no longer in touch,” her rep tells People.
The pair met while studying at Oxford in 2011, and they were first photographed together at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2012, where they were caught smooching.
Watson, 23, hoped that the crowds at Coachella would shield her and Adamowicz from being photographed and admitted that the paparazzi can be a strain on her love life.
“My friend got me tickets [to Coachella] for my birthday, and what am I going to say? ‘No, I’m not going to go because I don’t want to be photographed?’ But it was a huge crowd, and I thought there was no way anyone could get pictures of me, but somehow they found me,” Watson told Glamour.
“It’s difficult on my dating life, because anyone I get photographed with is automatically my boyfriend. So it just makes it look as if I’ve had, like, 6,000 boyfriends!”
Watson and Adamowicz were again photographed together about 10 months later while strolling through New York City.
The actress was previously linked to her “Perks of Being a Wallflower” co-star Johnny Simmons.
If there’s one thing Madonna knows a thing or two about, it’s controversy.
The pop star, 55, posted a photo of her son Rocco, 13, and his seemingly underage friends posing with bottles of gin and vodka to her Instagram on Saturday, People reports.
“The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014,” she wrote.
Some fans, however, weren’t feeling the Material Girl’s idea of “bring it.”
“Having underage kids pose with booze is aweful [sic]. I’m a big fan too :( ” one reader wrote.
Madonna, who pops up in several of her son’s pictures on his Instagram account, was unfazed by the reactions. The singer’s message to her critics is to chill out.
“No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor! Don’t start the year off with judgment!” she wrote.
Scott Disick is mourning the loss of not one, but two parents.
Following his 63-year-old mom, Bonnie’s, passing in November, Scott’s dad, Jeffrey Disick, died Friday, E! News has confirmed.
Further details about Jeffrey’s death have not yet been revealed, but a source tells E! News the real estate developer was in Los Angeles at the time of his passing.
Bonnie and Jeffrey Disick appeared on a 2011 episode of “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” when Kourtney Kardashian took Mason to spend time with his grandparents in the Hamptons.
“The whole family is so devastated and Scott is beside himself,” a source told E! News. “Scott is an only child with no remaining family.”
Since his dad’s passing, Scott has not posted to his social media accounts, nor has he released a comment regarding his father’s passing.
Scott and Kourtney were last spotted together in Park City, Utah, with the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan on a family holiday vacation on New Year’s eve.
“Top Chef” is leaving New Orleans and going to … Hawaii!
Judges Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons are jetting to Maui with the final crop of contestants for a two-part “Top Chef New Orleans” finale, in which the chefs’ pantries arrive in a catamaran rowed by men in luau gear (and Lakshmi dons an ocean-blue jumpsuit only she could pull off), People reports.
At least one chef is pulling out some impressive talent in tropical paradise: “This is easily the best dish I’ve had all year,” Colicchio says at the judge’s table — but in the end, it’s still a heated race for the crown. “This is the closest finale I’ve ever experienced,” Lakshmi says.
Part one of the finale also reveals the winner of Last Chance Kitchen, an online-only competition where eliminated chefs battle for a chance to return to the “Top Chef” finale. Tune in Jan.29 at 10 p.m. and Feb.5 at 10 p.m. on Bravo to see it all.
Jim Norton will join James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the Broadway revival of “Of Mice and Men,” The Associated Press reports.
Producers said Monday that Norton, whose recent credits include “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and a Tony Award-winning turn in “The Seafarer,” will play aging ranch handyman Candy.
The story by John Steinbeck centers on big-dreaming George, played by Franco, and the mentally challenged Lennie, portrayed by O’Dowd. Former “Gossip Girl” star Leighton Meester will play a beautiful temptress.
The play, which starts performances March 19 at the Longacre Theatre, hasn’t been seen on Broadway in 40 years. Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro will direct.
Norton is currently performing in Conor McPherson’s “The Night Alive” at the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York.