Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Left Their First Instagram Comment—and It’s a Cute One

Today, April 23, is Prince Louis of Cambridge’s first birthday. Among other celebrations, his parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William, marked the occasion by releasing three adorable new photos of the little nugget, all of which were taken by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.

The little prince also got a special birthday wish from his aunt and uncle—Meghan Markle and Prince Harry—via their first Instagram comment since launching their Sussex Royal account earlier this month. “Happy Birthday Louis! Sending lots of love from both of us 🎂🎈xo,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote to their youngest nephew.

Take a look for yourself:

That message sounds personal—as if the Sussexes composed it themselves, as opposed to staff—which will surely fuel the rumors that Markle is very hands-on with the new account. (I know I certainly appreciate the well-placed emojis from whoever is doing the posting.)

Hopefully, it will also quiet those who continue to speculate about some sort of massive feud between the two couples, which royal expert Katie Nicholl told Glamour is an exaggeration. “I do know that Meghan and Kate have come to an agreement to get along, to make an effort, to be amiable and warm toward each other in public,” she told us about the feud rumors. “They both realize it’s in neither of their interests to have these catfight headlines. It’s not what either of them want.”

But this is the royal family, which means every single move, gesture, and social media post is analyzed like the latest episode of Game of Thrones. For example, look at how many people thought the Cambridges had snubbed Markle by not including her in a recent birthday post to the queen—even though the Duchess of Sussex wasn’t around at the time the photo was taken and has her own Instagram account with Harry, where the royal couple posted their own birthday greetings to the monarch.

Either way, it’s a sweet message to send to Louis, who is hopefully having a great day with his family and eating a delicious cake at some point. Meanwhile, the rest of us will continue to wait with bated breath for the birth of his cousin, Baby Sussex, who’s due to arrive any day now.

Hailey Bieber Is Done With the Pressure of Having a ‘Perfect Lifestyle’

Hailey Bieber is no stranger to fame—it practically runs through her veins. (She is a Baldwin, after all.) But the last year especially has been a whirlwind for the 22-year-old model. She’s landed huge partnerships with Adidas and bareMinerals, a Vogue cover, and one of pop culture’s most notorious bachelors all before the time most of us finish college.

And it’s clear in the way she talks she doesn’t take her time in spotlight lightly. As a bareMinerals ambassador, she’s using her platform to preach the gospel of clean beauty. (Something we’re guessing is only just the beginning for her, given that she recently filed a trademark for “Bieber Beauty.”) But she also recognizes the role she plays in the 19.2 million people following her. “I just wish we all embraced the truth behind social media more,” she says.

It’s something she feels so strongly about, we end up going 10 minutes over our allotted interview time to discuss. “Wow, we took a bit of a deep emotional dive there, didn’t we?” she tells me as we wrap our conversation. But here, hear it in her own words.

What’s your number one foundation rule?

Less is more. But I don’t even have to consider that when I use the Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick because it’s so lightweight and easy to use. If you want to put more on you can, and it gives great coverage. I go between putting it on with my fingers when I need less and a brush when I need more.

What’s the best makeup tip you’ve ever gotten?

Learning exactly where to place highlighter—like the right spot on your nose, a little on your cupid’s bow, on your cheekbones but not too low. It’s all about watching how it hits the light. I’m a big highlighter fan. I also love tricks like using blush on your lips, lipstick on your cheeks, or lip gloss on your eyelids. It actually makes a big difference.

What’s one beauty rule that you think is bullshit?

Something that I know for a fact is bullshit is that using any makeup on your face is fine. Or that using anything you bought at the store is OK for your body or your skin. If it’s not a healthy product, it’s usually bad for you.

Fill in the blank. I love my skin when…

I love my skin when I’m tan, and when I’ve been in the sun. I just make sure I’m using sunscreen when I do.

You travel constantly. What city or country gives you the greatest beauty inspiration?

To be honest, there are a lot of different genres of that to me. Like when I’m shooting in Europe, or I’m on set in Paris, London, or Milan, or when I’m doing fashion shows, I get a lot of makeup inspiration that way. But with beauty in general, I feel the most inspired when I’m on a beach. I feel very beautiful in that environment.

You have 20 dollars and free roam of a drugstore. What do you buy?

Oh my gosh, I’m a nightmare in the drugstore. I’ll literally buy anything…tissues, Chapstick, Aquaphor. I love Aquaphor. It’s such a thing for me. And I’m always buying gum. I usually like Dentyne Ice. Oh, and scrunchies! I think that’s actually what keeps my hair healthier—using a scrunchie instead of an elastic because it doesn’t break your hair as much.

What’s your favorite way to take a moment for yourself?

I like to nap. Honestly, I understand little kids when I nap. I’m like, oh, I get it. This is really helpful and it feels good. I also like to take a moment and listen to some music and chill.

Pink Says She Stopped Posting Photos of Her Kids on Social Media Because of Mommy Shaming

Pink says she will no longer post photos of her two children, Willow and Jameson, on social media—and it’s all because of nasty mommy shaming.

The most recent round of comments stemmed from a picture the singer posted of her son with a bare bottom. Social media users were quick to weigh in, leading Pink to take down the original post and replace it with one where she called out the vitriol.

“There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? Are you for real?” she wrote in the caption. “As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper. I deleted it because you’re all fucking disgusting. And now I’m turning off my comments and shaking my head at the state of social media and keyboard warriors, And the negativity that you bring to other people’s lives. There is something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Smfh. Here’s a picture of the pelican we obviously caught and abused for hours before dangling baby penis in its face.”

On Monday, April 22, Pink talked to Ellen Degeneres about the incident and its aftermath. “I didn’t look at the picture that way. I looked at it from the side that there was a pelican, it flew into our room, it spent two hours with us which was incredible,” she said. “It was an incredible experience for my family. And I have a two-year-old. And two-year-olds don’t like to wear wet swim diapers and apparently, at some point, he took it off.”

“I don’t think like that. We live on a farm — kids are naked. I’m naked sometimes, and then people went as far as saying someone should call child services, and some of the nastiest things,” she continued.

She says the whole situation made her very emotional and led to her decision to no longer share this part of her life on social media. “I cried so hard after that because I like to share my family. It’s my proudest achievement in my whole life. I’m prouder of my kids than anything I’ve ever done. And I won’t share them anymore,” Pink explained.

“I’m not posting pictures of them anymore,” she continued. “And I understand people saying: ‘You should have been more careful because you’re in the public eye,’ and they’re right — but there’s a nice way to say that. There’s a kind way to be online. And I’m open to kindness.”

Watch the full interview, below:

Best Halter Tops to Wear for Spring and Summer 2019

You may not have owned a halter top since the mid-2000s, but as summer gets closer—and the trends for the season begin to reveal themselves—you’ll want to consider getting reacquainted with it.

Really, the halter top has been with us for decades. It was a staple of the second half of the 20th century, from Marilyn Monroe’s The Seven Year Itch dress to the slinky blouses and evening gowns of disco. By the ’90s and early 2000s, it had taken a much more casual turn, worn with low-rise bottoms by the likes of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Then, by the late aughts, it was pushed to the back of the closet, like most trends from that period (bike shorts, chunky sneakers, big logos). The halter top was for the most part forgotten—until a handful of buzzy designers began re-incorporating them into their collections starting a few seasons ago. Plus, Meghan Markle wore a halter on her wedding day—if that’s not an indication that it’s poised for a comeback, I don’t know what is.

Christian Dior, Jacquemus, Tibi, and other designers beloved by influencers have renewed interest in the halter top by putting it on the runway. Now, as shoppers prepare their wardrobes for summer, more brands have jumped on the open-back bandwagon. You can find sleek and sophisticated dresses and jumpsuits from Agua de Coco and alexanderwang.t; or, you can double down on the nostalgia with a cropped, shirred top from Topshop and AEO. There’s no wrong way to go about this throwback trend. (Though, adding a bucket hat would be a nice touch.)

Shop the best halter tops for spring and summer 2019, below.

Jemele Hill on Leaving ESPN and Launching Her New Podcast, ‘Jemele Hill Is Unbothered’

Then, right before we went started taping, I got a text from my future father-in-law. He’s at my house in Florida and texted to report that he found a mouses’ nest. He’s a contractor and a wonderful human, so he’d already put poison down, killed the mice, and gotten the carcasses out of the house. Thank god because if I had walked into my house and seen a mouses’ nest, I probably would’ve put it on the market the next day.

The Final Touches

On Sunday, I spent a a good bit of time watching the Masters. I texted the group chat that I thought we could have a really nuanced conversation about Tiger Woods’ win for the first episode. My exact text was, “Tiger Woods. It was very interesting to see a lot of people caping for this dude because he has been, at times, problematic. It gets into that whole thing about compartmentalizing your rage. Or even perhaps if you’re black, rooting for other black people who haven’t had our best interest, but are still happy to see them win.”

Before taping at 11:00 AM, the only thing I had written was my introduction. I never practice what I’m going to say, because then it won’t sound authentic. But I still had to prep. We set the agenda by 10:15 AM and then I read through some stuff on Tiger Woods and sent the audio to our producers that I wanted to use on the show. We also selected a sound bite we wanted to use from Nipsey Hussle’s funeral, when [his partner] Lauren London spoke about how she was grateful to have loved him. I also read the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, and recaps of Game of Thrones, which we also talked about on the show. Then I had oatmeal, bacon, and some green tea—my caffeine of choice for the morning. But I can also be a 5-Hour Energy hog, especially on the days when I work out.

The Calm Before the Storm

When we decided to launch the show on Monday, April 15, I neglected to think about one very important detail—that the Game of Thrones premiere was going to be the night before the premiere. I had a dilemma because my fiancé and I had planned to watch it together on the phone—we were in different cities—but his flight was delayed and he wouldn’t be able to watch until 11:00 PM. So I had a decision to make: Do I risk the relationship and watch it without him? Or do I wait for him like a good fiancé? Of course I watched it without him, which he wasn’t mad about. I waited up until he was done, and then we gave it a total autopsy, discussing every scene, getting our predictions out of the way, until 1:00 AM.

Now I’m the kind of person who has to fall asleep to the television. I try to find the most benign thing I don’t have to pay attention to, so usually it’s a movie I’ve seen 100 times. I also write to television; usually The Young and the Restless. I’ve watched it for 20 years. I DVR it every single day, and it’s my muse. I have it on in the background and I’ll just be writing something and then all of a sudden it’s like, “Sharon just had that baby?” But on this particular night I fell asleep around 2:00 AM to Bar Rescue, which is also one of my favorite shows.

Taylor Swift Wore $59 Urban Outfitters Shorts With $650 Gucci Sneakers

Any dedicated Taylor Swift follower knows that the singer has adopted a bright new look in recent weeks. Gone are the snakes and army greens of the Reputation era, replaced with baby pinks and powder blues ahead of some sort of reveal on Friday, April 26. This next chapter was first introduced on her Instagram page, but has since extended IRL into her wardrobe. And she’s adding to this color-coordinated streak with two back-to-back high/low outfits.

On Monday, Swift was seen in New York City wearing a yet another pink-on-pink spring outfit. (She wore a floral wrap dress in that hue from Tanya Taylor on Easter, too.) She was photographed sporting a cropped sweatshirt with a glitter flower motif, floral shorts, and pale pink sneakers.

Her top has fueled even more fan theories about her upcoming announcement. The right sleeve spells out “Taylor Swift” in white block letters—which sure does look like new merchandise. That, plus the floral motif in the front that matches her Instagram countdown, suggests that Swift already has a collection prepared for the TS7 era. It hasn’t been confirmed whether her top is official Taylor Swift merchandise, though.

The rest of her look, meanwhile, is totally shoppable.

Her floral shorts are from Urban Outfitters’ BDG collection, and retail for $59. Her sneakers, meanwhile, are Gucci’s JBG Retro sneakers, which cost $650.

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Swift’s commitment to this aesthetic—and to peppering affordable items into her outfits—continued all the way to Gigi Hadid’s 24th birthday party that evening. She showed up wearing an $850 Zimmermann dress with yet another floral motif.

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No one will know what her new era sounds like until Friday—if she’s even dropping music at all—but from what I’ve seen so far, I already know her latest era is dangerous for my bank account.

This Game of Thrones Theory Says Podrick’s Song Predicts Arya’s Death

This week’s episode of Game of Thrones had an ominous cloud hanging over it. (Warning: Spoilers for the episode ahead.) Both the viewers and the characters alike know that the Night King and the Army of the Dead are (probably) making their way to them, and the Battle of Winterfell is looming. Because of that, there were so many scenes that could be interpreted as goodbyes as characters gathered together on the eve of their toughest fight yet.

Oh, and then there was that morbid song, “Jenny of Oldstones,” that Podrick sang. It served as a real mood dampener, no?

Yahoo has laid out an interesting theory about what the song actually means for many of the characters, including fan favorite Arya Stark.

But first, let’s look at the lyrics:

High in the halls of the kings who are gone

Jenny would dance with her ghosts.

The ones she had lost and the ones she had found

And the ones who had loved her the most.

The ones who’d been gone for so very long

She couldn’t remember their names

They spun her around on the damp cold stone

Spun away all her sorrow and pain

And she never wanted to leave

Never wanted to leave.

The theory is not just about the lyrics, which seem to be about death, but the montage we saw as they were sung: It showed Gilly, Sam and Little Sam, Theon and Sansa, Gendry and Arya, Grey Worm and Missandei, and Jorah. At first glance, the groupings and shots seem to reveal a glimpse of characters preparing in different ways for battle.

But Yahoo posits that what we really saw was a number of characters at the end of their journeys. For example, Gilly figured out the final clue about Jon and now possesses that knowledge as well. Theon has found forgiveness. Grey Worm and Missandei are dreaming of seeing the beaches again in the future, which seems like a bad sign.

Then there’s Arya and Gendry. “Of the two of them, Arya’s closest to completing her journey. She seems to have killed everyone on her list she wants to kill (note that the list comes up in the episode, and it’s clear she’s not as focused on it as she once was),” Yahoo writes. “She’s been reunited with her family, she’s been forgiven by the Hound for leaving him for dead, she’s even found love in the arms of Gendry, completing that arc.”

But remember that shot of Arya running through the crypts in the trailer for episode three? That seems significant now, too. The characters all seem to think the crypts are safe—but if the Night King raises the dead of Winterfell, they’re going to be in big trouble and Arya could die there. The lyrics mention “names” and, of course, Arya keeps a famous list of names: her kill list. She’s also associated with dancing—she “water dances” when she fights, which could tie in with the lyric “dance with her ghosts.” Arya’s ancestors are buried in that crypt, so they could be “the ones who loved her most” in the song.

What if, somehow, her mother, Catelyn Stark—as Lady Stoneheart—is the one who kills her? Gah!

Needless to say, now we’re really nervous. Is it Sunday yet?

I Lost My Fertility at 26 After Donating My Eggs

Endometriosis is a hormone driven condition. I saw five different doctors after my diagnosis who had access to my records from before and after donating; all agreed I likely had an underlying case of endometriosis all along, a mild and undetected form of the disease that had probably been kept in check by the birth control I’d been on since my teens. But donating my eggs—pumping my body full of the hormones needed to retrieve them—had likely caused the condition to spread out of control.

My fertility was no longer perfect. If I wanted to have kids someday—which I still very much did—I needed to make some decisions right away.

I had two choices: freeze my eggs or go through a complete IVF cycle with donor sperm to try for a baby immediately. Even though I was single, I decided to do IVF. Everything in my life suddenly felt uncertain but the one thing I knew for sure was that I would rather be a single mom, than never be a mom at all.

Despite the extent of disease progression, I had age on my side. I was young, my eggs hopefully still shining with the bloom of youth inside my mangled ovaries. The odds were good, doctors told me, as I signed away tens of thousands of dollars for the procedure. They seemed so confident I couldn’t help but embrace their positivity myself. I believed I would get pregnant. So much so, that I began telling strangers I was pregnant during the two-week wait of my first cycle. “Sorry, I just need water,” I’d whisper to the waitress at the restaurant I was dining at, “I’m pregnant,” I’d say with glee, fully believing the words to be true.

When I found I wasn’t, the devastation was overwhelming.

I went into my second round of IVF far less hopeful, but I still had two frozen embryos—I felt like I had to try. It also failed. My eggs had gone from being rated “excellent quality” when I donated them to other families, to “poor quality” just two years later when I wanted them for myself. My eggs, it turned out, weren’t as youthful as doctors hoped; after my two failed IVF cycles, I was told I had the eggs of a woman 10 to 15 years older. I had spent $30,000 on fertility treatments, and I still wasn’t pregnant. I likely never would be.

I was 27 years old. Broke. Heartbroken. And physically beaten down.

While undergoing IVF, the hormones I was injecting into my body seemed to be making my endometriosis worse—my OB-GYN said she’d never seen a case progress as fast as mine. I was incredibly sick, in so much pain I could hardly get out of bed at the end of my second cycle. At one point, I even considered filing for disability since making it to work often felt impossible.

Eventually, I found an endometriosis expert who helped me get the endometriosis under control. Five abdominal surgeries later, plus countless drugs and attempts at treatment, I was finally healthy. But it cost me—I racked up another $40,000 in medical debt. I was now officially drowning in debt ($70,000 in out of pocket expenses for fertility treatments and endometriosis procedures), and I couldn’t dig myself out. So, I joined the more than 500,000 Americans who file for bankruptcy every single year because of medical debt. It was humiliating, one more devastation on top of a pile of setbacks that had buried me over the preceding years. But it was also the only way I could possibly see to move forward.

Today, I am Mom to a beautiful little girl through adoption. The way we found each other—just a few years after my last surgery—made me believe this is exactly how my life was meant to turn out. I can’t imagine not being her mom, and I know now that I would go through it all again a thousand times over if it meant finding my way to her.

Not OK: Someone Threw a Lemon at Ariana Grande During Her Coachella Set Last Night

Something unexpected—and unacceptable—happened during Ariana Grande‘s Coachella set Sunday night (April 21). For whatever reason, a person in the crowd decided to throw a full lemon at her as she walked across the stage.

Fans in the audience captured this moment on camera, and they were, of course, outraged. “What immature swine threw a fucking whole-ass lemon at Ariana? What were they trying to achieve?” one person tweeted. “If you throw a lemon at Ariana Grande, you’re a piece of shit,” wrote another.

Grande kept the show going—this was her second weekend at Coachella—but did comment on the incident. “What the fuck? That’s ’cause one of y’all threw a lemon at me. Shit,” she said.

To be clear, throwing something at any performer on stage is straight-up disrespectful and indefensible—no matter what the intention. There’s speculation a Beyoncé fan threw the fruit due to reports Grande was allegedly paid more for performing at Coachella than she was last year. That rumor hasn’t been confirmed, but regardless it’s still no excuse to resort to physical heckling.

Watch the moment and Grande’s reaction for yourself, below:

Reactions on Twitter are running the gamut. There are several memes circulating about the incident, which is no surprise:

But it should go without saying that no amount of joking on the Internet makes what happened to Ariana Grande OK. Even one of the people who turned this moment into a meme clarified this:

“I just wanna clear it up that I think that the lemon shouldn’t have been thrown at Ariana and this joke was meant to say that even the lemon thought it was unacceptable,” they wrote. “Sorry if y’all were perceiving it a different way. I didn’t mean any harm.”

Grande took a break from her Sweetener World Tour to perform at Coachella but is slated to resume it on April 25 with a stop in Edmonton, Canada.

Sophie Turner’s Wine-Fueled Instagram Story About Arya’s *Game of Thrones* Sex Scene Is Perfect

One of the biggest talking points from Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode was Arya (Maisie Williams) and Gendry’s (Jon Dempsie) sex scene. Some people were all for it, while others had mixed opinions. Regardless of your stance, though, I think all fans can appreciate Sophie Turner‘s commentary on the scene, which she delivered on Instagram Stories.

Turner, a.k.a Sansa Stark, was essentially all of us last night: drinking a glass of wine and freaking out over what was happening between Arya and Gendry. The only difference is she’s Williams’ IRL best friend—and the comment she made Arya’s big moment is, well, exactly what you would expect from a best friend. Fair warning: It’s slightly NSFW, but nonetheless hilarious.

“In honor of Easter, I guess Game of Thrones wanted the storyline to have a little Easter bunny hop, hop, hoppin’ into the pussay,” she said, tagging Williams in the post and then taking a sip of her red wine. Check out the LOL-worthy moment for yourself, below:

Twitter, naturally, can’t get enough of Sophie Turner‘s shenanigans. Here are just a few reactions:

Williams opened up about Arya’s sex scene with Gendry in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. “At first, I thought it was a prank,” she said. “I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’ And [the showrunners were] like, ‘No, we haven’t done that this year.’ Oh f–k!”

Interestingly, it was Turner who flagged the scene to Williams first. “Sophie said, ‘Whatever you do, you have to skip to this episode, this scene first.’ So I just read that and it was practically all I knew about the entire season,” Williams recalled to EW. “I got to the read-through and I’m reading the scene and thought, Oh, we’re actually going to do this. When do I shoot this? I need to go to the gym. A whole list of things.”

Turner confirmed this sequence of events to EW. “I called Maisie and was like: ‘Have you read it yet?’” she said. “And she’s like, ‘I’m midway through episode one.’ And I’m like: This scene, this page, read it! This is awesome!”

Game of Thrones premieres Sunday nights at 9 P.M. ET on HBO.