Is Meghan Markle Going to be Gwyneth Paltrow's Biggest Competitor?

There was Pepper Potts in Iron Man. Next up was “conscious uncoupling.” Then, there was Goop. Actress and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow is well-known — though not exactly well-liked — for a multitude of controversial things. Goop, however, is her signature “thing.” The lifestyle brand has become iconic, and it looks as though she may soon be facing some royal competition.

Before Meghan, Duchess of Sussex became a member of the royal family, she was best-known as an actress and style icon who ran her own influential lifestyle site: The Tig. But when Meghan and Prince Harry publicly confirmed their relationship in 2017, the Suits actress shut down the site.

The couple officially stepped down from the royal family and moved to LA earlier this year, and rumors are swirling that The Tig is being resurrected. There is arguably no one better suited to be a lifestyle expert than a commoner-turned-princess, so it’s safe to assume the world would (re)welcome The Tig with open arms. The big question is, is there enough room for more than one famous influencer-backed lifestyle brand?

What is GOOP?

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In 2008, Paltrow started Goop as a weekly email newsletter to share recipes and style tips with friends. Its name, as it turns out, doesn’t actually mean anything.

In a 2009 USA Today interview, Paltrow explained: “It is a nickname, like my name is G.P. […] I wanted it to be a word that means nothing and could mean anything.” Branding expert Peter Arnell previously told Paltrow that “all successful internet companies have double o’s in their name,” and thus, Goop was created. Arnell wasn’t exactly right, but he wasn’t wrong, either: Just look at Google, Facebook, and Yahoo.

Goop has come a long, long way. Today, it’s worth over $250 million and there seems to be Goop-branded everything. There are Goop Lab stores, including a posh Manhattan boutique that carries luxury handbags and clothing with four-figure price tags.

You can buy Goop skincare, candles (including an extremely controversial scent), clothing, vitamins, and even sex toys. Netflix debuted The Goop Lab in early 2020, there’s a Goop magazine, and the first-ever “Goop at Sea” is scheduled to set sail in August 2020, in partnership with Celebrity Cruises.

In addition to everything Goop sells and pitches to consumers, the brand has gained notoriety for doling out controversial — and less-than-scientific — medical advice. 

Will Meghan relaunch The Tig?

Before Meghan shut down The Tig, it was a tremendous success. The site had an overall lifestyle focus, and Meghan’s writing had a highly approachable, girlfriend-next-door vibe.

She frequently posted candid selfies, dropped the f-bomb, and shared intimate details about growing up biracial. Perhaps most notably, while Meghan offered shopping advice and shared her personal wishlists, The Tig didn’t actually sell anything. 

Meghan’s business manager filed court paperwork in late 2019 to renew The Tig’s trademark through the end of 2021. A source who’s considered an expert on all things royal, Myka Meier, recently said on the Royally Obsessed podcast that she has some insider knowledge that Meghan is “already working on something” and she believes she’s working with “masterminds from all over the world.” 

A relaunch of The Tig makes perfect sense: When the prince and princess left the royal family, they forfeited public funding, which means they are essentially on their own in terms of finances. Affiliate partnerships and collaborations alone could potentially bring in millions of dollars in income. Meghan is also a bit of an unconventional royal, so using digital and social media to advance her causes is a natural fit. 

It may not be a competition

Reports and royal experts agree that Meghan’s blog will make a comeback. Meier said: “I think she’s going to do a Goop, like a new version of The Tig … I really think that’s coming.”

“I have a friend with a little bit of insider knowledge, and I think she’s already working on something,” Meier added. “I think we will be seeing something very interesting and creative with masterminds from all over the world coming together to bring something inspiring soon.”

The Tig’s trademark renewal and the Sussexes royal departure has fans wondering what Meghan’s impact could be for Goop. While there may be some similarities between the brands, the space is plenty big for (at least) one more celeb.

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen and Kourtney Kardashian’s Poosh are already part of the lifestyle site club, and everyone exists harmoniously. Plus, Paltrow and the Duchess of Sussex are about as different as they come, so they’ll likely have completely different follower demographics.

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Representation is going to the dogs

Mankind may be out of work — animalkind, not. Quarantine’s Internet dog, a talking schnauzer adored by humans such as Jennifer Aniston and Katherine Heigl, just got a rep. Gotham Group, who produced Disney’s “Stargirl,” signed Pluto. Deadline says a TV project will be the first bone thrown to her.

Lest you live in a doghouse, Pluto found fame with PSAs (Pluto Service Announcements). Pluto’s owner, Canada-based Nancie Wight, decided on a video featuring Pluto that could cheer people up during lockdown. Now social media scratches out millions of views. And hustle merch too. Pluto’s barked about the toilet-paper crisis. Working well for her were arfs about where to find snacks, growls concerning social distancing and selfish grrrs over sniffing crotches.

Wonderful. If only that hound could teach Jellybean, my 6-month-old Yorkie, to pee on a wee wee pad instead of my floor, I’d be insanely grateful.

Listen, here’s what I hear . . .

Geriatricians say Biden doesn’t need a VP, he needs a health aide. Some politicians say they want to buy de Blasio out of his contract. A few clinicians say, “Enough with Fauci.” He’s had more screentime than Brad Pitt.… Statisticians say Dr. Phil disagreeing about CV trajectories? Ding bats giving medical advice? Fashionistas say shove Dr. Birx’s daily scarves. Who believes somebody when something’s off about them? Get her a crappy necklace or a turtleneck.

Realtors say Macklowe and Brookfield interested in 55th Street’s Friars clubhouse, whose price just dropped. First they need air it out — not from the pastrami aroma, but from those who thought its payroll equalled their bankroll. Floridians say yes, you may go in the water and walk the beach, but, no, you can not bring a towel or blanket.

Producers say it’s not economical to take out every five theater seats so only 300 people can see a Broadway show.

…World news says Guyana had a presidential election in February but don’t know who won yet. They’re still counting the votes.

Twitter says President Trump has nearly 80 million followers. Nancy Pelousy always says something — but whothehell cares.

George Bush’s former Surgeon General and Pataki’s former health commissioner Dr. Antonia Coello Novello says: “I want to shut up anyone saying African-Americans are more at risk. We are all at risk. We cannot be hostage to that thought. They cannot divide us.”

RIP to a good egg

We just lost TV’s Phyllis George. Once Diane Sawyer’s morning news replacement, her contract required her own hairdresser, her own makeup guy, his own limo for their 4 a.m. call. She interviewed big-time. People like Billy Graham. Lived biggertime. Dinner with the Clintons. In ’84, my psychic predicted her then-husband Kentucky Gov. John Brown wanted to be president. Phyllis lived good. May she be taken care of this well forever.

Something fun to ‘Doo’

Due for theaters, animation’s heavily budgeted “Scoob!” — Amanda Seyfried, Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg, Simon Cowell and their kids — is now on home screens.

Simon: “I watched ‘Scooby-Doo’ as a kid. Now my Eric, age 6, loves it. But he’s a competitive nightmare. He knows he’s better [at playing games] than I am.” I start and end the column with dogs. So watch ““Scoob!”. Throw it a bone.

One consigner offered Real Real shoes. “No,” said RR. “Nobody’s walking around.” Another, designer luggage. “No. Nobody’s traveling. We need Chanel suits. Our clients want them for at-home Zoom interviews.”

Only in New York, kids, only in New York.

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Going to bed just one minute later than normal increase chance of heart disease, research finds – The Sun

GOING to bed just one minute later than normal can increase your risk of heart disease.

Experts found a disrupted routine of sleeping between one and 30 minutes later hiked resting heart rate (RHR).

That is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and heart health problems.

The later people went to bed, the higher the increase in RHR.

Heart rates remained raised throughout the night and into the next day.

Even going to bed more than 30 minutes earlier had a negative effect.

But RHR levelled out during sleep after earlier bedtimes.

US researchers used data from fitness trackers worn by 557 university students for four years.

Normal bedtimes were defined as the one-hour surrounding a person’s average sleep time.

Dr Nitesh Chawla, from Indiana’s University of Notre Dame, said: “If you’re not going to bed at the same time each night, your resting heart rate increases while you sleep, and into the next day.

“For shift workers and those who travel frequently, getting to bed at the same time each night is a challenge.

Establishing a healthy bedtime routine is obviously step number one.”

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White House ‘not going to forget’ China’s botched coronavirus response

President Donald Trump will not back off holding China’s feet to the fire for its mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic that has sickened more than 3.5 million people around the world, the White House said.

White House chief deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Trump sees the Chinese ruling Communist Party as “culpable” for not sharing information about the deadly outbreak with other nations so that they could prepare.

“The president knows what’s going on here. He wants to make sure the American people are safe. He wants to make sure we can still work with nations,” Gidley said Monday on “Breitbart News Daily.” “But the world knows now what we have been saying is fact, and China is culpable in this, and they weren’t giving us the good information … even other countries now are pointing to the fact that they weren’t being truthful with the world, and that’s a serious problem for them, and that’s something we’re not going to forget.”

Gidley, who declined to go into detail on how Trump plans to hold China accountable, said the Chinese Communist Party’s failure to share information put the world at risk.

“If there’s a country not sharing that information and that data with the world, it becomes much more difficult to get out ahead of this and to develop vaccines, to mitigate, to know how to contact trace where things have come from,” he said.

Gidley also disputed a Wall Street Journal report that said some Trump administration officials said the president would hold off on punishing China if it abides by the first phase of a trade deal signed in January.

He said he hadn’t seen the article but that it “sounds inaccurate.”

“You’ve heard what the president has been saying about China. We’ve been tougher on China with the tariffs he put in place, with the deals he’s made, he actually was eyes wide open on China from day one,” Gidley said.

The newspaper reported on public comments made Monday by Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger that the “US isn’t looking at punitive measures here.”

Pottinger went on to say that the president will be “watching very carefully to make sure China holds up its end of the bargain.”

The article also quoted Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who was one of the main negotiators of the agreement.

“I have every reason to expect that they honor this agreement.” Failing to honor the agreement would result in “very significant consequences in the relationship and in the global economy as to how people would do business with them,” the Wall Street Journal quoted Mnuchin telling Fox Business.

Trump, in an Oval Office interview with the New York Post on Monday, said Chinese authorities are responsible for the spread of the coronavirus.

“I think the worst part of it was they could have extinguished the fire,” he said. “And they could have stopped people from traveling and extinguished the fire. And they did stop people from traveling to China, but not to other parts of the world. So it’s a very sad event, I will tell you.”

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What’s going on behind the gates of shuttered Disney theme parks

The coronavirus has closed Disney theme park resorts worldwide, with analysts projecting that the beloved amusements may not reopen until 2021.

Even if the only rides to enjoy are virtual, there’s still plenty of action happening behind the gates.

Animals are still looked after, topiaries are pruned into the shapes of characters and the American flag is still ceremoniously hoisted daily, according to Reader’s Digest.

Even while Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., is shuttered, a care team attends to Animal Kingdom’s 2,000 animals across 300 species. Its purview now includes an adorable baby girl porcupine — also known as a porcupette — born on Feb. 25 at the Animal Kingdom park. The little ball of red fluff and quills is the daughter of prickly mom Peri, who’s even done stints on Good Morning America.

About a month later — on March 21, five days after all parks officially closed — another creature made her debut. Meet a Hartmann’s zebra foal, named Asha, who was standing within 30 minutes of birth. She was born as part of the Species Survival Plan program and after bonding with her mom Heidi they were both set free in the savanna of the Kilimanjaro Safaris area. Asha is the third zebra birth at Disney World this year.

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Even if visitors aren’t there to see them, Disney’s flora is still in tip-top condition. The president of Disney World, Josh D’Amaro, visited to Epcot this week and discovered that the topiaries — even one of Mickey Mouse in dressed as a sorcerer — and flower beds were perfectly maintained.

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“Like many of you, I spend most days at home, but every so often I come in to thank the small group of Cast maintaining the magic at WDW,” D’Amaro wrote on Instagram. “On a visit to #EPCOT this week, I was struck by the beauty and inspiration of our Flower & Garden Festival topiaries, which are still here. They are a testament to how amazing our horticulture team is.”

Another Disney ritual that remaining staffers continue to observe is a daily flag-raising. Every morning at the Magic Kingdom, security guards hoist the American flag up a pole on Main Street and salute it in a contemplative moment — even with no audience to bear witness.

After dark, even most of the essential workers have left, the parks don’t go completely dark. On April 7, Disney World’s Cinderella Castle was lit up in blue to honor emergency workers, with security guards holding up signs saying “Thank You.”

At Shanghai Disney Resort, messages of gratitude were projected in different languages and colors onto the Enchanted Storybook Castle. A floral arrangement spelling out “Merci” was displayed in front of the castle at Disneyland Paris, and, over in Southern California’s Disneyland, the custodial staff arranged spring blossoms to read “Thank You” and “Gracias.”

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Day or night, visitors or no visitors, there is one light in Disneyland that burns bright at all times. The lamp inside Walt Disney’s second-floor apartment glows over the park’s Town Square.

“Today, even in a world filled with so much uncertainty, that light still shines, bright as ever,” Disneyland Park President Rebecca Campbell wrote on Instagram. “I’m looking forward to the day when families can make memories once again.”

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For their part, employees — called cast members in Disney parlance — are staying performance-ready. A barbershop quartet, the Dapper Dans, is usually found on Main Street, tap-dancing and harmonizing while dressed in colorful pinstripe suits. They’ve take their vaudevillian vocals to the internet, belting out “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” via video conference.

Meanwhile, the JAMMitors, a janitor percussion group that roams around Epcot banging on makeshift instruments like buckets and trash bins, pieced together an impressive montage for Disney fans to enjoy. Instead of using items around the park to keep the beat, members seize upon items from their homes, like a gas canister, an old tire and regular kitchen garbage cans.

The parks are closed indefinitely, so these glimpses of the magic inside will have to suffice for now.

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What’s really going on with Julianne Hough and Ben Barnes?

Dancer-turned-actress Julianne Hough Hough got the rumor mill buzzing in mid-April 2020 when she was spotted taking a walk with Westworld actor Ben Barnes. People reported that the pair was seen taking a casual stroll in Los Angeles — a quick outing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Interestingly, as of this writing, Hough is self-isolating away from her husband, former professional hockey player Brooks Laich. A source told People, “They are still together, but just not quarantined in the same place. Their relationship has always been like this, though — they like to do their own thing,” the source said. Hough set up camp in Los Angeles, while Laich decided to self-quarantine in Idaho. The former hockey player is “living the simple life in nature, which makes him happy,” the source told People.

According to People, the former Dancing With the Stars dancer and Barnes have been friends for quite some time, even being photographed together in 2016 at HBO’s Emmys Party. The walk around L.A. seemed casual enough with both Hough and Barnes dressed down in sunglasses, sweats, and sneakers (though Hough carried hers and showed off dog-patterned socks, per Entertainment Tonight.) There’s no word on whether or not Laich knew about the walk — before seeing pictures splattered across the Internet, that is. 

Outside of taking walks with friends, Hough revealed her thoughts on isolation to Extra in March 2020. “In life, we are so constantly hustling and bustling,” she said. “This is a really beautiful time to go inward and connect with yourself and your body.”

Inside Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich's shaky marriage

Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich tied the knot in 2017 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony. That being said, according to People, the honeymoon phase has come to an end. In early 2020, several sources told the magazine the pair seemed to be in the midst of a rough patch. “They’ve been having problems for months,” one source told People. “She’s very independent and a free spirit, and that’s been tough for Brooks and their marriage.”

Hough made headlines in August 2019 when she admitted in a magazine interview with Women’s Health that she didn’t identify as straight. And in February 2020 on an episode of his iHeartRadio podcast, How Men Think, Laich opened up about his sexuality as well. “A big part of my journey in 2020 is exploring my sexuality,” he said. “And by that I don’t mean if I’m gay or straight. I mean, in my sexual relationship, what is my sexuality and what am I craving, and what are my desires and what are my wife’s?”

As recently as late March 2020, the couple appeared to be doing well, spending time together and posting Instagram photos of each other. A source told People, the couple was doing much better. “They are spending more time together and seem happy,” the source said. “They actually seem to have figured out how they can stay married. Both have had to make changes, Brooks especially so.”

All that to say, it seems like Hough’s outing with Barnes was just two friends enjoying each other’s company. 

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