A Bride Got Dragged for Wanting to Replace Her Maid of Honor Because of Baby Weight

There have been plenty of stories about controlling brides this year—tales relayed back to forums by wedding party members and wedding guests who need a place to vent (and gather some support, or answers). Some highlights? The bride who kicked a guest of her wedding…for wearing a patterned dress she thought was too white. Or, there was the bride who fired her bridesmaid over email. Granted, weddings can be a super-stressful time, especially if the bride-to-be is carrying an outsized share of planning it, but civility is still alive in 2019! Still, we don’t usually hear from the brides themselves—that is, until one bride reportedly posted in a mom’s forum (the post is now deleted) and, according to Fox News, asked if she could fire her maid of honor because of her baby weight.

“So my friend who is my maid of honor in my wedding recently gave birth and she hasn’t lost the baby weight,” the anonymous bride started her post, according to Fox News. Apparently it had been three weeks since her friend had the baby, and “she still looks pregnant.”

It was another three weeks until the bride’s wedding, she reportedly wrote, but she wasn’t “confident” her maid of honor would lose the weight by then.

“She may not even fit her dress. I refuse to have it altered again,” she continued. “It was already altered multiple times for her and she said she’d fit into it.” The bride then asks forum users if it would be “wrong” to find another maid of honor, adding she had “someone in mind” already.

“She said she has a back up dress and I’m saying hell no to that,” the bride finished. “I’m not fat shaming but come on. My wedding is only one day and I’m not having it ruined by her or her baby weight.”

Naturally, people had a lot of thoughts about the bride’s ask.

“Does she not realize what the body goes through in order to hold another human? It takes much longer than 3 weeks…” one pointed out, according to Fox.

“This bride is an idiot. You don’t just drop postpartum weight within a few weeks of giving birth. Sometimes it takes months,” another reportedly wrote.

“What kind of shallow person is this? If your friend is a good enough friend to be your [maid of honor], then YOU ought to be a good enough friend to care more about them than how they look in a picture,” another commenter said, per Fox.

It does take months to lose the weight from pregnancy—extra pounds are part of what’s involved in creating and delivering a new life. Although it sometimes seems like celebrities are shedding points in a matter of weeks, everyone’s bodies are different, and the level of access they have to trainers, nutritionists, and doctors is quite a bit more than most of us mortals enjoy. In the meantime, a general reminder: Body-shaming new moms (or anyone else, for that matter) is never a good wedding-day look.

Taylor Swift Just Responded to Rumors She and Katy Perry Kiss in Her New Video

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have a long and complicated history, dating back publicly to 2009. It wasn’t all sunshine and roses: The friendly relationship between two of the world’s biggest pop stars allegedly soured in 2013—but now Swift and Perry are now back on good terms. We know about this thanks to an Instagram post on Perry’s feed this week featuring a plate of cookies that says, “Peace at last” with the caption, “feels good 🧡 @taylorswift.” Swift, for her part, responded with several beating-heart emoji.

Now that they’re pals again, rumors swirled that there might be a collaboration in the works. Some fan theories took things even further, reports People, by speculating about the music video for the just-released “You Need to Calm Down,” which many see as an anti-hate, pro-LGBTQ+ song—and one person had a question about it for Swift. As they wrote on Tumblr, “Hey uhhhh @taylorswift not to question you but you do know there’s a leaked concept that you and katy dress as fries and a burger and kiss. you do know that’s dumb, right? please tell me you know it’s dumb.”

With any Taylor Swift project, there are always a ton of theories floating around the internet—and she’s even admitted to hiding Easter eggs in videos and posts for her fans to analyze. But Swift is also known for dipping into her fans’ posts and commenting on the validity of such rumors—and she chose to do just that this time.

Her answer? It’s a hard no.

“GUYS. That is ABSOLUTELY false. To be an ally is to understand the difference between advocating and baiting. Anyone trying to twist this positivity into something it isn’t needs to calm down. It costs zero dollars to not step on our gowns. 💗✌️” (See how she worked in a few lyrics from her latest single, “You Need to Calm Down” in there?)

A fan account captured the entire exchange and posted it to Instagram, which you can see below.

Although it might be fun to see Perry bust out her Met Gala burger costume one more time, we have to agree with Swift’s thinking here. That said, these two collaborating on a track? That’s definitely on our wish list.

Bella Thorne Had a Powerful Response to a Hacker Who Threatened to Leak Her Nude Photos

Bella Thorne has never shied away from expressing herself and letting the world know exactly what she thinks—especially when it comes to clapping back at people who try to threaten her online. Now, she’s doing it again, and this time, it’s about a super-personal matter: After a hacker allegedly stole nude photos from Thorne, she took a stand and decided to release them herself.

The actress tweeted out the naked images early Saturday morning, along with a powerfully worded note. “Yesterday as you all know, my shit was hacked,” she wrote. “For the last 24 hours, I have been threatened with my own nudes. I feel gross, I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see.” She also says that the person has sent her compromising photos of other celebrities along with her own and that “he won’t stop with me or them, he will just keep going.” Instead, she took a proactive approach—or, in her words: “Here’s my boobies.”

“For too long I let a man take advantage of me over and over and I’m f*cking sick of it,” she continued in the note. “NOW U DON’T GET TO TAKE ANOTHER THING FROM ME. I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back. U can’t control my life, u never will.”

“I can sleep better tonight knowing I took my power back,” Thorne added. “U can’t control my life. U never will.” She also says the alleged hacker should be on the lookout for the FBI, but does not give any specifics on that front.

Thorne’s fans offered support in the replies. “Babe don’t let them control you. We are all here for you. We got you. Karma will find its way 🖤,” one wrote. Another said, “You took the power back from this piece of shit. That’s real strength. I love you.”

Thorne certainly isn’t the first celebrity to be faced with the exploitation of her personal and private images. Back in 2014, Jennifer Lawrence was the victim of an iCloud hack and had her nude photos published online. “I feel like I got gangbanged by the f-cking planet—like, there’s not one person in the world that is not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me,” she later said. “You can just be at a barbecue and somebody can just pull them up on their phone. That was a really impossible thing to process.”

Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin Have Reportedly Split After Nearly Two Years Together

After an eventful near two years that included an accidental gender reveal for a baby they weren’t going to have, a co-holiday with the ex, many dates, and parental approval, Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin’s relationship has reportedly come to an end.

“There was talk of engagement, but now he says they have gone their separate ways, which has come as a real surprise to everyone,” a source told the Sun in a report that came out Friday. “Chris and Dakota were very easygoing and always seemed really happy together.” The split apparently occurred without much fanfare last month; since then, Martin has been spotted partaking in such quintessential post-breakup activities as somber bike rides in his home of Malibu—“look[ing] downcast,” as the Daily Mail put it in a recent report. There’s nothing like some vigorous exercise to clear out the pores and the emotions.

Of course, this being an anonymously sourced post by The Sun, any reports should be taken with an appropriate measure of wariness. Still, Martin and Johnson haven’t been seen together publicly since the fall, and, in March, Martin took out a restraining order against a stalker who was convinced she was dating him (Johnson was also named in the restraining order, as were Apple and Moses, Martin’s kids with Gwyneth Paltrow, according to The Blast). Both Johnson and Martin’s reps hadn’t responded to requests for comment by the Daily Mail as of the time of publication, so there’s no confirmation directly from either of their camps yet.

So—if the reports are true—as Johnson and Martin’s relationship goes the way of that of Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk, Alex Greenwald and Brie Larson, and other such seemingly rock-solid, under-the-radar pairings that met their end in the year of our lord 2019, we wish them the best in their endeavors to consciously uncouple.

Taylor Swift Gave a Surprise Performance at the Stonewall Inn’s Pride Celebration

The summer of Taylor Swift continues. The singer dropped her anti-hate, pro-LGBTQ+ single, “You Need to Calm Down,” Friday at midnight—and then dropped in on a Pride celebration at New York City’s famed Stonewall Inn, where she surprised patrons with a live performance of “Shake It Off.” The Stonewall Inn, of course, was the site of a police raid and subsequent rioting in 1969 that marked a catalytic point in the modern gay rights movement.

Swift brought a special guest on stage for the performance—Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who was serving as the event’s host. “I heard that this is Jesse’s favorite song to do at karaoke,” Taylor said. “So if there’s anything you feel like you want to jump in on, if there’s like, your part that you’re really good at, then, just sing, dance, just be yourself. This is a really safe space.”

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Ferguson retweeted a video clip writing, “I’m so happy I don’t have to keep this secret any longer. Look who came to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall at the Stonewall Inn. @taylorswift13, you are a gem. Thank you for everything you do for the LGBTQ community. We ❤️ you! 🌈”

Swift has definitely been more vocal in recent months about her support of LGBTQ+ rights—to the point where even the iTunes album description for her upcoming Lover mentions it: “After years of keeping her political views private, Taylor Swift is standing up and speaking out,” it reads. She recently donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project, and earlier this month, she made public a letter she wrote to her senator, Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander, in support of the Equality Act. “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally,” she wrote, while also launching a petition that fans could sign to show their own support of the bill.

She also references the LGBTQ+ community in her just-released “You Need to Calm Down” with lyrics like, “Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?” and “Control your urges to scream about all the people you hate / ’Cause shade never made anybody less gay.” Swift’s aesthetic for Lover also features a lot of rainbows, the symbol of the LGBTQ+ community.

Brazilian Women Are Throwing Elaborate C-Section Watch Parties —and Everyone’s Invited

When you think of women giving birth via Caesarean section, a big old party might not be the first thing that comes to mind—it is major abdominal surgery, after all. But a new story from the Washington Post reports that the latest maternity-related trend in Brazil features wealthy women throwing elaborate (and expensive) celebrations for their elective C-sections and inviting friends and family to watch the entire thing.

Elective C-sections, where the procedure is scheduled ahead of time, have long been popular in Brazil. The Post reports that Caeasarean births make up 55.5 percent of all deliveries in Brazil (and 84 percent in private hospitals). By comparison, the paper states that in the US that number is just 32.9 percent. Now some women are turning these births into major events and hiring “maternity planners” to plan the parties—and hospitals are starting to cater to them.

For example, there is a private hospital in São Paulo where a woman can pay 2000 reais per day (or $500) to rent out a suite that has a balcony and a mini bar, plus a living room and bathroom for guests. In the works? A new maternity ward that will have a wine cellar and a ballroom. “It’s cultural,” Marcia da Costa, the hospital’s director, told the paper. “Brazilians want to plan for everything. They don’t want to hit traffic on the way to the hospital. They want to get their nails done, get a wax, to plan it like an event.”

Mariana Casmalla had a C-section party in full makeup, complete with crystal vases filled with roses and silver trays with chocolates and cakes for her guests. “It’s a special occasion,” she told the Post. “Don’t we get dressed up for parties and special dates? It’s the same thing.” One event planner says that her clients spend around $10,000 for services like flowers, guest books, monogrammed sheets, personalized water bottles, and favors for guests.

However, the Post reports that the World Health Organization has been working for years to reduce the number of elective C-sections because they are “nearly twice as deadly for mothers than natural births and require longer recovery times for mothers and babies.”

Obviously, however women and their families should decide how they want to welcome children into the world—including privately and with little fanfare—as long as the health of all involved is the top priority. For these Brazilian women, being surrounded by people they love makes the experience that much more special. “I love it,” Bruna Viera, who spent weeks planning her scheduled birth party, told the Post. “You feel the tenderness people have for you. Many moms suffer from postpartum depression and feel isolated. Your hormones are raging. But to be surrounded by the people you love, people who saw you grow up, is extraordinary.”

Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson Just Officially Confirmed They’re Dating

People have been semi-certain for a while that Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson are dating, but the two officially confirmed the rumors on Friday night (June 14) via—what else?—an Instagram. They reportedly met on the set of the film Her Smell, which was released in April, and have since been snapped kissing in London. Benson’s also been spotted wearing a necklace with “A” and “C” on it and spent Delevingne’s birthday with her. But despite a comment in September by Benson on a ‘gram of Delevingne’s, which seemed to confirm the two were dating (Benson later said she was hacked), there’s been no official word on their status until now.

The Instagram was posted to Delevingne’s account, and it’s basically them making out. Delevingne captioned the ‘gram: “#PRIDE 🌈❤️😍🌈❤️😍” and tagged Benson in it.

Benson left a comment of her own: three hearts, which makes it about as official as possible.

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The couple’s proud Instagram comes in the wake of a homophobic comment left on a ‘gram of Benson’s by a troll in late April. “Ashley I know you are here,” they wrote, according to BuzzFeed. “I’m serious, you need to stay away from that devil and never go back. I’m sure many strong, handsome, religious man [sic] would take you back in a heartbeat. You are not like this. You aren’t gay. You love men, and you need one.”

Benson and Delevingne promptly clapped back, of course: “You need to mind your own business,” Benson wrote, according to Buzzfeed. “Stop making things up.”

Alyssa Milano Interview Lifetime Tempting Fate Movie

As I sat and watched an early screener of Alyssa Milano‘s new Lifetime movie, Tempting Fate, I lost track of how many times I actually said out loud, “Oh shit.” In fact, there’s so many twists and turns I probably said worse than that. But when I meet up with Milano to talk about the movie and tell her this very story, she smiles in delight. “It’s really captivating, right?! This movie could have gone in a very exploitative, sensationalized direction, but there was a lot of depth and nuance. Plus, there’s the scandalous aspect of it.”

She’s not kidding. Tempting Fate is based on author Jane Green’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, and tells the story of what happens when wife and mom-of-two Gabby (Milano) is tempted by another man. It’s the kind of story that has been done a thousand times before, but under the direction of Kim Raver (Grey’s Anatomy) and Manu Boyer, it draws you in faster than one of Hannah Brown’s rose ceremonies on The Bachelorette.

Milano wanted to put her own spin on the character, and for that reason, didn’t read Green’s book ahead of filming. “I get really nervous reading books that people love and then going in and playing those characters,” she says. “I think I would obsessed over making sure I was giving the fans of the book what they felt they needed rather than giving the character what it needed to be a successful character.”

What the character is though is a flawed, multi-dimensional woman coming to terms with a not-so-honest husband, teenage daughters, and a life not quite as fulfilling as she’d like. “What struck me most is this is someone that was truly accountable for their actions,” she says. “Gabby’s like, ‘Yeah, I made a choice, my entire life blew up, and I gotta put the pieces back together even though I know it’s never going to be what it was.’ We don’t really see that so much in films.”

And you don’t see many actors like Milano, who are willing to pull back the curtain on the process, and what happens when life imitates art and vice-versa. Here, the impassioned activist opens up about all of that and more.

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Glamour: Why did the role of Gabby appeal to you?

HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ Is Unlike Any Teen Show You’ve Ever Seen

The trailer for HBO‘s new teen drama Euphoria is purposefully ambiguous. We’re introduced to several high school characters, including Rue (Zendaya), who are seemingly using drugs as a form of escapism. And because of that, what you watch plays out like a neon fever dream. You’re never really sure if what you’re watching is reality or some kind of synthetic high. The only thing you can be certain of is that these teens’ problems will come crashing down the second sobriety hits.

The word crash in that last sentence is important, because nothing about Euphoria is soft. It’s unlike any adolescent soap opera you’ve ever seen: raw, real, and, at times, very hard to watch. Think Gossip Girl with the volume turned way up. In the pilot episode we learn more specifics about the show’s keys players: There’s Rue, a 17-year-old addict returning from rehab with no intentions of staying sober; Jules (Hunter Schafer), the new girl who shakes things up at the year’s first big house party; Nate (Jacob Elordi), a chiseled jock with anger issues; McKay (Algee Smith), another jock who isn’t as misogynistic as his friends; and Cassie (Sydney Sweeney), whose nude selfies have become fodder for her gross male peers.

Each one of these characters is dealing with a major issue—be it anger, addiction, or sexuality—and they’re given the space to explore it. Fully. Nothing is diluted or sugar-coated, which is what drew several of Euphoria‘s actors to the project in the first place.

“I was blown away by how real it was, true it was, and how timely it was,” Smith tells Glamour. “My character goes on an emotional roller coaster. He’s trying to figure out himself and his masculinity, his vulnerability, how to be comfortable with that, and how to also deal with a lot of complexities going on in his life.”

Zendaya and Hunter Schafer in Euphoria

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Schafer says Euphoria‘s heavy true-to-life material made the cast get familiar with one another quickly. “I feel like you’re bonded in a way that a lot of other casts may not be right off the bat,” she says. “It kind of puts your friendships in hyper-speed working in an environment like this where you have to be real with each other and vulnerable on set together.”

The show’s intimate scenes were so vulnerable, in fact, that HBO hired a sex coordinator to make sure the actors felt secure every step of the way.

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