Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck are 'making it work' while apart, more news

How Bennifer are finding time for each other despite hectic work schedules

After spending most of the spring and summer together, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez will be juggling a long-distance romance for the next few months while Ben films “Hypnotic” in Austin and Jen heads to Canada to start production on “Mother.” But a little time apart seems unlikely to harm their relationship, an insider tells People. “This is their life together now … They will see each other when they can,” explains a J.Lo source who hasn’t seen Jen this happy “in a long time.”Over the weekend, Ben found time to fly to New York City to watch his love perform in Central Park during Global Citizen Live. The next day, the two were photographed walking around the Big Apple, hand-in-hand, stopping at times to share a kiss. “Ben wanted to be by her side,” the source says. “They are always supportive of each other’s careers, and Jennifer was very excited to have Ben in New York City.” The stars are also “making it work” by keeping Los Angeles as a mutual home base, since Jen’s twins now attend school there just like the three children Ben shares with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner. Finally, it doesn’t hurt that “Jennifer is as protective of Ben as he is of her,” says the source. “She is the happiest that she has been in a long time.”

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Chrissy Teigen honors late son Jack on the anniversary of his death

Sept. 28, 2021 marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s son Jack, and Chrissy is still waiting for the grief to subside. The cookbook author marked the sad milestone on social media with a heart wrenching tribute to the baby, who died amid complications halfway through Chrissy’s pregnancy. She shared a photo from the aftermath of his death that showed her still in the hospital bed, still weeping, as John holds a hand to her leg at her bedside. “and to the son we almost had,” she captioned the raw image. “a year ago you gave me the greatest pain I could ever imagine to show me I could survive anything, even if I didn’t want to. i didn’t get to take care of you but you came and went to get me to love myself and take care of myself because our bodies are precious and life is a miracle,” she continued. “they told me it would get easier but yeah, that hasn’t started yet. mom and dad love you forever.” Thousands of empathetic and loving words flooded the comments section, many of them written by others who have experienced pregnancy loss. “Continue healing and love each day because each is an opportunity to be more grateful for the last,” urged one fan. “This photo has me in full tears,” wrote actress Bella Thorne. “I can’t imagine this pain. U guys are so strong.”

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Phoebe Bridgers sued for $3.8M in defamation suit over claims of abuse

Four-time Grammy nominee Phoebe Bridgers is being sued for defamation in a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by music producer and Sound Studio owner, Chris Nelson. According to People, Chris alleges in the suit, filed on Sept. 27 in Los Angeles, that Phoebe used her social media accounts to accuse him of “racially motivated hate crimes;” sexually motivated acts such as grooming; fraud and theft; and violence and abuse. The producer says that in 2018, he and the woman he was dating, Emily Bannon, “began having consensual sexual encounters” with Phoebe. He says he and Emily split in 2019, while Phoebe and Emily continued their relationship. Chris goes on to claim Phoebe then sent her 500,000 Instagram followers over to Emily’s page, where she’d shared more allegations about Chris, including, “racially motivated hate crimes” such as beating “a young Latinx man to death,” and hacking women’s email accounts,” and more. The filing asserts Phoebe “maliciously and intentionally posted the false and defamatory statements about [Chris] as part of a vendetta to destroy [his] reputation that was enflamed by” the “sexual relationship” between Phoebe and Emily. The producer reportedly wants $3.8 million in damages.

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Khloe Kardashian responds to rumor she was ‘banned’ from the Met Gala

On Sept. 28, a fan asked Khloe Kardashian on Twitter if “the met gala rumors are true.” Per E! News, the person was referring to gossip circulating on social media and in a handful of news outlets that suggested Khloe was not at the Met Gala this year because she’d been “banned.” “Khloe now that you are online please tell of the met gala rumors are true,” the fan wrote, threatening to “burn that dinosaurs bones.” Asked to “please clarify,” Khloe replied by writing, “Absolutely NOT True.” While the Good American jeans designer’s mom, Kris Jenner, and sisters, Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner, have often attended the famed Costume Institute’s annual fundraiser, neither Khloe nor her sister, Kourtney Kardashian, have ever gone. Mystery solved!

‘The Bachelor’ alum Jesse Palmer replaces former host Chris Harrison

“The Bachelor” is getting back on track following the controversial end to Chris Harrison’s long tenure as the show’s host. ABC announced this week that Chris will be replaced by former NFL quarterback, “Good Morning America” contributor and sports commentator Jesse Palmer, who starred on “The Bachelor” back in its fifth season in 2004. “For more than 20 years, ‘The Bachelor’ has brought the world dozens of unforgettable love stories, including at one time, my own,” Jesse said in a statement published by Variety. “I am humbled by the opportunity to return to the show as host this season to offer the newest Bachelor advice gained from firsthand experience and I am grateful to play a small part in his journey.” On Instagram, Jesse addressed Bachelor Nation in more casual terms, telling fans, “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be home with my @bachelorabc family! Word on the street is it’s pretty AMAZING around here! 🌹” How long the amazing vibes will last, however, remains to be seen. Per Variety, “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” were renewed only through their respective seasons, as of Sept. 29. Chris exited his post after being widely criticized for defending past racist behavior of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell during Matt James’ season.

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