Kelsea Ballerini Allegedly Cheated

Crisis team in place for Oscars… Movie news… Paris Hilton announced baby’s name… Khloe Kardashian lawsuit… and Kelsea Ballerini allegedly cheated

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences realizes they messed up last year with how they handled The Slap Felt ‘Round the World. The fact that Will Smith was allowed to remain in the audience to accept the Oscar for Best Actor in “King Richard” was shocking enough, but it took the Academy almost two weeks to decide they would ban Will from attending the Oscars or any other Academy event for 10 years. So this year, they’ve assembled a crisis team to handle anything that goes awry. One Academy executive said, “Because of last year, we’ve opened our minds to the many things that can happen at the Oscars. But these crisis plans…allow us to say, ‘This is the group that we have to gather very quickly.’ And depending on the specifics of the crisis we already have frameworks in place. Let’s hope something doesn’t happen and we never have to use them.”

Jon Bon Jovi’s son Jake Bongiovi has been cast in a movie called “Rockbottom.” It’s about an 80s hair band called CougarSnake that broke up right before making it big because of infighting. Fast forward to present day when a Gen-Z music star, whose absentee father introduced him to CougarSnake as a child, decides to find the band’s members and put them back together. Jake will play the band’s potential new lead singer who struggles with terrible stage fright. And in other casting news, a live action version of 2002’s “Lilo and Stitch” is in the works, and Disney has cast their first actor. Zach Galifianakis is set to star in the movie, but we don’t know what role he’s playing. They’re still searching for the perfect actress to play Lilo, but Stitch will be computer-generated. Look for it in theaters in May of next year.

Paris Hilton and her husband Carter Reum surprised the world — and apparently her parents — when they welcomed their baby boy into the world a month ago. On her “This Is Paris” podcast, she revealed her son’s name — Phoenix Barron Hilton Reum. Barron is in honor of her late grandfather, Barron Hilton. Paris’ younger brother was also named after him. Paris said her grandfather was her mentor and she misses him every day. Why the name Phoenix? Paris said she came up with the name years ago while looking at a map. She explained that a phoenix is “the bird that flames out and then rises from the ashes to fly again.” Paris said, “I want my son to grow up knowing that disaster and triumph go around and come around throughout our lives and that this should give us great hope for the future.” And since Paris and her son are both named after cities, she would like to name a future daughter London.

Khloé Kardashian’s former household assistant has filed a lawsuit against her, claiming she was a terrible boss who unfairly fired him. Matthew Manhard worked for Khloe from January 2019 through November 2022. Well, TECHNICALLY he worked for her through May 2022 because that’s when he had knee surgery and took six months leave of absence to recuperate. But when he finally showed back up in November, Matthew was told his services were no longer needed. So now, he’s suing. Matthew says while working for Khloe, she would keep him so busy, he couldn’t take his legally required breaks. And Khloe failed to pay him overtime even though he often worked 12-hour days. But Khloe’s rep said Matthew was on leave of absence for so long, “the role eventually needed to be replaced.” The rep also said, “We will not tolerate false accusations and will prove that this is a frivolous lawsuit.”

After 5 years of marriage, Kelsea Ballerini filed for divorce from Morgan Evans last August. The next month, Morgan released a single called “Over For You,” and he basically sings about being blindsided about the divorce. Then on Valentine’s Day, Kelsea released a 6-track breakup album where she’s basically questioning the narrative that Morgan was blindsided. In her song “Blindsided,” Kelsea sings, “And now you’re saying that you’re lost / And that’s lost on me / Years of sitting across from me in therapy / I know the truth is hard to hear, but it wasn’t hard to find / Baby, were you blindsided or were you just blind?” On Tuesday, Morgan posted on his Instagram, “It’s really sad for me to see this person, who I spent so much of my life with, and loved with all my heart, saying things that aren’t reality and that leave out what really happened. She knows I’m not the type of guy to speak on those things publicly. If this is what she needs to heal, I hope it helps. All I ask is that if you’re on my pages, please don’t be mean. Don’t be mean to Kelsea, don’t be mean to each other. Life’s too short.” Well! Page Six says they know why Kelsea and Morgan’s marriage fell apart. They have a source who claims Kelsea cheated on Morgan with Drew Taggart from The Chainsmokers at Lollapalooza in August 2019, and finally confessed to Morgan two years later. A source close to Drew told Page Six he was single when he hooked up with Kelsea, but she wasn’t even two years into her marriage!


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