The Most Anticipated VMA Performances

Disney news… Robin Roberts’ wedding… Demi Lovato overcoming ‘daddy issues’… Kevin Federline trying to raise child support… and The most anticipated VMA performances…

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Disney has announced they’re increasing the prices of their ad-free tiers of Disney+ and Hulu. Starting Oct. 12, you’ll pay $13.99/month for Disney+, a $3 increase. The annual plan goes up $30 to $139.99. Hulu’s monthly rate also goes up $3 to $17.99/month. And for the ad-free bundle of both Disney+ and Hulu, it’ll cost you $19.99/month, which is a deal. Bundling saves you almost $12/month. But wait! There’s more! The price of Disney-owned ESPN+ will be go up a buck to $10.99/month. And Hulu with Live TV will go up $7 to $76.99/month. If you’re like me and you’re willing to pay for ads, nothing is changing, at least for now. Through Sept. 20, you can get 3 months of Disney+ WITH ads for $1.99, and that’s for new and existing customers. In more Disney news, to celebrate their 100th anniversary, Disney is releasing a Blu-ray box set of 100 of its best animated films for $1500.

All of the ABC morning personalities were at Robin Roberts’ wedding this past weekend….except Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. Even though it’s been 7 years since Michael Strahan blindsided her by leaving “Live with Kelly & Michael” for “Good Morning America,” sources told “The US Sun” that Kelly still refuses to be in the same room as him. If you remember Kelly was so mad, she boycotted the show for several days. Michael later told the “New York Times” about his experience on “Live,” saying, “I’ve had jobs where I got there and felt like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know I was supposed to be a sidekick.’ I thought I was coming here to be a partner.” Michael said he even tried to get through to Kelly by scheduling regular meetings, but after a while, she didn’t want to do that any more. In fact, in her memoir, Kelly didn’t even mention Michael! Anyway, when Robin Roberts announced she and her longtime girlfriend Amber Laign in Connecticut this past Saturday, Kelly made sure she was on the opposite side of the country, supporting her husband Mark who was the Grand Marshall for LA’s Mexican Independence Day Parade on Sunday.

Demi Lovato said she’s overcome her daddy issues and is now with a partner her own age. She says she now looks back on her past of dating older men and thinks, “That’s gross.” Well….yeah. Demi was 17 when she fell for Wilmer Valderama, who is 12 years older. They didn’t go public until she was 18 and legal. Wilmer and Demi broke up after six on-and-off years together, but she always spoke fondly of him in interviews. In 2015, she told “Cosmo,” “People told (Wilmer), ‘You should probably leave. She’s on a spiral, and you’re going to be sucked down with it.’ But he was like, ‘I’m not leaving. This is somebody I really care about.’” And that proved true 3 years later when Demi suffered a near-fatal overdose. Wilmer rushed to be by her side as she recovered. But now? At age 31, Demi thinks he’s gross. And she’s in love with the age-appropriate 32-year-old Jordan Lutes, a Canadian singer/songwriter who goes by Jutes.

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline’s oldest son Sean Preston turns 18 on Thursday. As of right now, Kevin gets $40K/month to raise Sean and his 16-year-old brother Jayden James full time. As of Thursday, that amount would be cut in half….unless Kevin goes to court to ask a judge for more money. That’s exactly what TMZ says Kevin is considering. Kevin moved the boys to Hawaii a couple months ago because his wife had a job opportunity at her alma mater, the University of Hawaii. But unlike California, Hawaii allows child support to continue through age 23, as long as a child is enrolled in college or vocational school.

The MVT VMAs are tonight, live from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, and hosted by Nicki Minaj. The final roster of presenters was announced this morning, including Halle and Chloe Bailey, Dove Cameron, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Sweetie, Billy Porter and Tiffany Haddish. Scheduled performers include Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion performing “Bongos,” Olivia Rodrigo, Demi Lovato, Anitta, Fall Out Boy, Doja Cat, Karol G, Kelsea Ballerini, and Shakira, who is also receiving the Video Vanguard Award. For the first time ever, only women are nominated for Artist of the Year. They are Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Beyoncé, Doja Cat, Karol G and Taylor Swift, who leads the night with 11 nominations. And the VMAs will also celebrate 50 years of hip hop with a grand finale performance by DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj.


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