‘Benadryl challenge’ on TikTok… Johnny Depp files for delay… Niecy Nash comes out… Ariana Grande’s followers… and Ed Sheeran has announced the arrival of his baby

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Most TikTok challenges are fun, but some can be deadly. Remember the skull breaker challenge, where teenagers swept the legs out from under someone jumping up? Or the pass out challenge, which is self explanatory…Now Johnson & Johnson is begging parents to be aware of the TikTok Benadryl challenge, which calls on kids to take enough antihistamine to cause them to hallucinate and then post the videos. Back in May, three teenagers in Fort Worth were hospitalized after they overdosed on the Benadryl, but now we’re finding out that a 15-year-old girl actually died after trying this challenge. Large doses of Benadryl can cause seizures or cause the heart to beat out of rhythm, which could stop it from pumping blood. It’s not a joke. Johnson & Johnson is working with TikTok to have these videos removed.

Johnny Depp’s $50M lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard is set to go to trial in January. He’s suing her for calling him abusive in an op-ed she wrote for the “Washington Post.” However, Johnny’s got a lot of stuff going on. He was supposed to start filming “Fantastic Beasts 3” over the summer, wrapping in plenty of time to be ready for his January court date. But, coronavirus pushed filming to October through February, so Johnny is asking the judge to push the trial to March…maybe even June. He’s flexible. Let’s see how understanding the judge is about that. Meantime, sources say Johnny’s reached out to his buddy Robert Downey Jr. to help him land a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Johnny thinks he’d be perfect as the villain Bounty Hunter in the new reboot of “Ghost Rider.” Also, sources say Marvel has asked Keanu Reeves to be in nearly every single Marvel movie, including this one. And he just may be ready to say yes to being the Ghost Rider.

Niecy Nash had a surprise for everybody yesterday. She just got married to Jessica Betts, and it looks like she’s taking her wife’s name. She posted a gorgeous photo from their wedding, captioning it, “Ms. Carol Denise Betts” with the hashtag #LoveWins and a rainbow. Back in October, Niecy announced she was divorcing her husband Jay Walker after 8 years of marriage. At the time, they released a joint statement, saying, “We believe in the beauty of truth. Always have. Our truth is that in this season of our lives, we are better friends than partners in marriage. Our union was such a gorgeous ride. And as we go our separate ways now, we feel fortunate for the love we share – present tense….” Since then, we haven’t heard that Niecy was even dating anyone, and now we find out she’s married!

Over the weekend, Ariana Grande became the first woman to have over 200M followers on Instagram. She has a way to go before she’s number one overall. Instagram holds that title, with 361M followers. Cristiano Ronaldo is second with 238M. After Ariana with her 200M, the rest of the top 10 belongs to Dwayne Johnson (196M), Kylie Jenner (193M), Selena Gomez (190M), Kim Kardashian (186M), Lionel Messi (165M), Beyonce (153M) and Justin Bieber (145M).

A few weeks ago, gossip sites reported that Ed Sheeran and his wife, Cherry, were expecting their first child. They never commented on the story, and the pandemic certainly helped them keep their secret. But early this morning, Ed made his first Instagram post in 9 months — a picture of some navy and grey baby sock on a blanket in shades of tan, green and blue. But don’t let the photo fool you — it’s a girl! Ed captioned it, “Ello! A quick message from me as I have some personal news that I wanted to share with you… Last week, with the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter – Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran. We are completely in love with her. Both mum and baby are doing amazing and we are on cloud nine over here. We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time. Lots of love and I’ll see you when it’s time to come back, Ed x.” The name Lyra is pronounced “LIE-ra.” It’s Latin in origin and means “harp or lyre.” I have never heard this name before, but according to BabyNames.com, Lyra is #94 on the Baby Names popularity charts, and ranks #680 in US births. And according to Constellation-Guide.com, you can find the Lyra constellation in the northern sky. The stars in this constellation represent the musical instrument, which is associated with the Greek musician and poet, Orpheus. The Lyra constellation contains Vega, the fifth brightest star in the sky and the second brightest star in the northern hemisphere.

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