Selena Gomez Shared a Powerful and Personal Message for Graduates From Immigrant Families

Selena Gomez is the latest among many celebrities to take part in the virtual commencement ceremonies happening across the country, in lieu of traditional cap and gown professionals, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Shared on May 23, the singer was a surprise speaker during the #Immigrad 2020 Virtual Commencement for graduating high school and college students from immigrant families hosted by Define American, FWD.us, United We Dream, I Am An Immigrant, and Golden Door Scholars. Gomez shared her own family’s very personal immigration story with the 2020 graduating class while telling students how proud they should be of their accomplishments.

“Congratulations to all of the immigrants,” she began her commencement address. “I know that this is a virtual ceremony, but it’s very real, and it’s very real to all of the families and all of you and your communities. I want you guys to know that you matter and that your experiences are a huge part of the American story. When my family came here from Mexico, they set into motion my American story as well as theirs. I’m a proud, third-generation American-Mexican, and my family’s journeys and their sacrifice helped me get me to where I am today.”

“Mine is not a unique story,” Gomez continued. “Each and every one of you have a unique tale of becoming an American, so regardless of where your family is from, regardless of your immigration status, you have taken action to earn an education to make your families proud and to open up your worlds. So I’m sending all of my love to you guys today, and congratulations and I hope you guys are set off to be everything that you want to be.”

Watch her powerful message in full, below:

This certainly isn’t the first time Selena Gomez has spoken about her Mexican heritage publicly. She told Harpers Bazaar how important it is to her back in 2018. “I’ll never forget when I was doing my TV show [Wizards of Waverly Place]; I think I was 15 or 16,” she recalled. “We would do these live tapings every Friday, and one Friday there was this single mother with her four kids. She was Latin, and she came up to me after, crying. Her kids were so excited, but I noticed the mom, so I gave her a hug and asked, ‘Hey, are you okay?'”

“She was like, ‘It’s really incredible for my daughters to see that a Latina woman can be in this position and achieve her dreams, someone who isn’t the typical, you know, blonde with blue eyes.’ And I knew what she meant,” Gomez continued. “When I was younger my idol was Hilary Duff! I remember wanting blue eyes too. So I think I recognized then that it meant something to people. That it matters.”

Hailey Baldwin Opened Up About Reuniting with Justin Bieber After Being ‘Hurt Really Bad’

Hailey Baldwin Bieber and Justin Bieber have been letting the world in on their marriage like never before with their new Facebook Watch series, The Biebers on Watch. The pair is typically pretty private, but this 12-part show (filmed totally on Go-Pros) is an intimate look at their relationship, including the tough parts like their initial breakup.

In the most recent episode, the couple answered questions live from fans and Baldwin opened up about when they got back together after breaking up in 2016. The road to happily ever after definitely wasn’t an easy one. “It was weird because we had been apart for so long,” she said. “I was so cautious about the two of us because I think both of us had been hurt really bad by each other before.”

And the reconciliation didn’t happen instantly. “Instead of it being this big fireworks, sparks flying moment…I was super, super nervous and unsure,” she continued. “It took me time to not feel weird about it.”

Baldwin previously revealed on the show how much pain their breakup caused and what it was like for her while they were apart. “I didn’t search for somebody to take your place and take another relationship or fill a void in that way. I really let myself feel the emotions I was feeling. It feels like grieving, it is grieving actually,” she said earlier this month. “You feel like you lose someone you really, really love and care about. I just remember I cared about you so much that I was like, ‘It doesn’t even matter to me if he’s in my life, in like, a romantic way. I just care about him so much that I want us to be in each other’s lives and that be okay.’”

For his part, Bieber admitted that there’s still a lot he is working on in their marriage. “There’s a lot of things I need to work on. Forgiveness things, jealousy things, insecurities that I didn’t even realize I had until I chose to spend my life with you,” he said. “[I] realized there were blind spots in my life that I didn’t realize I had. That was really hard, to work through those things, but I think when you choose to work through those things, I feel like now that I’ve worked through that stuff, you and I are closer than ever.”

However, in the latest episode, Hailey Baldwin Bieber also shared some very happy memories, like what they did on their first date, years ago. “He asked me to go get sushi with him and I called my parents to ask them if I could go and they said no. They were like absolutely not, you’re not going to hang out with Justin by yourself, that’s not happening,” she said. “My older sister kind of covered for me and was like ‘Oh yeah, she’s gonna sleep over at my apartment and it’s all good’…she covered for me and we went to dinner and didn’t get caught.”

As for their first kiss, it actually sounds very relatable. “The first time we kissed, we were in New York and we had gone to dinner together,” she said. “We were just hanging and we went back to watch a movie and we kissed!”

New episodes of The Biebers on Watch are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 12pm ET, on Facebook Watch and Bieber’s own Facebook page.

Dakota Johnson Says Her Legendary Grandma, Tippi Hedren, Has ‘13 or 14’ Lions and Tigers

In case you didn’t know, Dakota Johnson comes from a long line of Hollywood royalty. Her famous parents are Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, but her grandmother Tippi Hedren (Griffith’s mom) is also a silver screen icon known for Alfred Hitchcock movies like The Birds and Marnie.

What many may not realize is that Hedren has basically been living that Carole Baskin life by keeping lions and tigers on her California compound for years. During a recent interview on The Graham Norton Show, Johnson revealed that the 90-year-old still has a number of big cats. “She has 13 or 14,” Johnson said. “There used to be like 60 cats, and now there’s just a couple.”

Dakota Johnson herself hasn’t had as much hands-on contact with the cats as her grandmother and mother. “By the time I was born they were all in huge compounds and it was a lot safer,” she continued. “It wasn’t as totally psycho as it was when they first started.”

Norton showed some photos from a famous shoot back in the ’70s where the cats were roaming freely through Hedren’s house—and, guys, they are wild. People notes that Hedren has since said she regrets the shoot and that it was “stupid beyond belief” to let the animals out like that. “I’ve been an advocate of animals everywhere,” Hedren told Variety in 2016. “I made two films in Africa in the 1960s and early ’70s, and at the time environmentalists were telling us that if we didn’t do something right then to save the animals in the wild by the year 2000, they’d be gone.”

Here’s Hedren casually reading the newspaper…resting her head on a lion.

Tippi Hedren and her pet lion, Neil, at her home in Sherman Oaks in 1971. Michael Rougier/Getty Images

Just grabbing something from the fridge, as one does.

Tippi Hedren and her pet lion, Neil, in 1971. Michael Rougier/Getty Images

Taking a dip.

Tippi Hedren and her pet lion, Neil, in 1971. Michael Rougier

And generally just living life.

Tippi Hedren with her animals on her San Fernando Valley compound in 1982. Mirrorpix/Getty Images
Tippi Hedren and Noel Marshall with their animals on their San Fernando Valley compound in 1982. Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Griffith has also shared photos of her mom and her big cats on Instagram in the past. “I grew up with lions. This was my best friend Neal. 2 Leo’s ❤️ circa 1973,” she wrote in one caption. “Note….We rescue wild cats at my Mom’s preserve. Do not go out and try to find a wild cat 🙏🏻 go to shambala.org.”

How this wasn’t part of the larger cultural conversation back when we were all obsessed with Tiger King is a total mystery—but Carole Baskin must be shaking. Or maybe she and Tippi are big cat BFFS—who knows?

10 Things Happening in Pop Culture the Week of May 24, 2020

So much is happening in pop culture this week to help stave off your boredom. From the launch of HBO Max (i.e.: you can stream Friends again!) to the release of Lady Gaga’s sixth album, Chromatica, you will be more than occupied—and, more than likely, dancing. Rain on me!

Below, all the pop culture things to look forward to this week:

Sunday, May 24

Kirby Jenner: A new reality TV show starring Kendall Jenner’s “secret twin brother.” But it’s not what you think. Watch a preview, below. Streaming on Quibi

Monday, May 25

I Was Lorena Bobbitt: Another dramatic adaptation of a real-life crime. Here’s the synopsis from Lifetime: “Lorena Bobbitt became a household name and made tabloid headlines when after years of abuse by her husband, she cut off his penis with a knife in 1993. Now nearly 30 years later, Lorena tells her story, and hers alone, for the first time with Lifetime. This film follows her journey from a wide-eyed, immigrant bride to a battered wife into an unlikely media sensation. I Was Lorena Bobbitt also documents her ultimately emerging as a strong, thoughtful woman who has devoted her life to advocating for other abused women.” 8 P.M. ET on Lifetime

Tuesday, May 26

World of Dance: A new season of the dance competition series, featuring judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough. 10 P.M. ET on NBC

The Paper Girl of Paris: The debut book from Jordyn Taylor, deputy editor at Men’s Health magazine. Here is a synopsis of the YA novel, per Taylor’s website: “My debut novel, The Paper Girl of Paris, is told in alternating perspectives between Alice, a girl in the present day who inherits a secret apartment in Paris that has been locked since the end of World War II, and Adalyn, a girl living in Nazi-occupied Paris who joins the French Resistance.” Buy on Amazon

Wednesday, May 27

Legendary: Celebrity judges Megan Thee Stallion, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado, and Law Roach watch as groups of voguing teams compete in several dancing showcases. The cast of dancers includes ballroom-culture icons like MC Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ, so expect nothing but excellence. Streaming on HBO Max

Weekly Horoscope for the Week of May 25, 2020

Sagittarius | Sagittarius rising

While intimate conversations are the antithesis of your preferred style—preaching and teaching—the next few of months are about private, personal connections. You’ll be extra sensitive and pick up on the unsaid, underlying energy of events so don’t take everything at face value right now. Combining your knowledge with that of others could make for a meeting of the minds that may prove profitable if you get the balance right, so choose wisely and discerningly.

Capricorn | Capricorn rising

Your partnership zone is ripe for discussions from the heart. There’s a lot to be said, so allow your words to convey your true feelings, let that special someone know how much you care. Opening up and letting your guard down just a little to explore shared nostalgic experiences will prove successful toward the end of this week. Any last-minute ideas you have for work may translate to an excellent collaboration if you play your cards right—and choose the right colleague. It’s all about ideas, compassion, and empathy conveyed with feeling for you over the weekend and beyond. Utilize the adage, sharing is caring.

Aquarius | Aquarius rising

You’ve hit a wall in terms of your daily routine, so maybe it’s time to consider fostering a small creature or loading up on some greenery? The calming benefits of caring for something close to nature could do you good. If that’s not your thing, pay close attention to what your body is trying to tell you, and cultivate your habits accordingly. Really pay attention to how both sustenance and information you consume affects how you feel.

Pisces | Pisces rising

During the next few months, your sphere of fun and creativity is calling at you, and encouraging you to look to your inner child for inspiration. If you’re a parent, you can find it through your children, however, be sure not to live vicariously. Let them remind you of your original spark, and how you can nurture it. Kids or not, allow your imagination to lead this week, and follow it down the path of a new hobby, a new novel, or even a new recipe. If you have romance on the brain this week, schedule real-life candlelit scenarios if hunkering down with that special someone, or exchange flirty messages if that’s your option.

Vanessa Montgomery—aka Astro All-Starz—is a professional counseling astrologer and author of Star Power: A Simple Guide to Astrology for the Modern Mystic. Aimed at enlightenment and seeing past labels to the oneness that unites us all, Montgomery’s work also helps navigate the practical essentials with grounded cosmic intel. Her motto: Free your mind, own your power, create your world.

Meghan Markle Gave Prince Harry A Birthday Gift That Is Next-Level Romantic

Meghan Markle reportedly gave Prince Harry the most thoughtful and romantic gift for his 35th birthday back in September.

According to People magazine, the Duchess of Sussex recreated the place where the couple first fell in love by transforming their backyard into a camping site just like the one they visited just weeks after they first met in 2016.

“Last year, for Harry’s birthday, Meghan recreated their Botswana camping adventures in their backyard,” a source told the outlet. “It’s a place that means so much to them—and to Harry in particular—so Meghan wanted to bring that happy place to him on his day so she set up a tent, got sleeping bags, cooked dinner and recreated Botswana where they fell in love.”

During their first-ever joint interview in 2017, Harry told BBC that he and Meghan went to Africa together after just two dates in London. “I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana,” he said. “And we camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.”

A year later, Prince Harry took Markle back to Botswana to celebrate her 36th birthday, so the getaway definitely holds a special place in the couple’s hearts.

This week, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry—who recently moved to Los Angeles—celebrated their second wedding anniversary by reportedly drinking margaritas, eating Mexican food, and video-calling some of their closest friends to reminisce about “what a beautiful and magical day it was.”

A source told Harper’s Bazaar that the two “enjoyed a low-key anniversary celebration, spending part of the day looking back at their 2018 wedding with a number of people over video calls—including some of the vendors who helped bring their Windsor Castle ceremony and receptions to life.”

The insider also dished about what they gave each other for the relationship milestone, sharing that Markle got her husband a “beautiful, sentimental” card while he gave her a “huge, stunning” bouquet of roses and a ring.

The romance is clearly alive in well in this relationship. To many more fairytale gifts!

The Dalgona Martini is Your Favorite Whipped Coffee Drink With a Kick

The Dalgona Martini is the new craze sweeping the internet.

In the last few months, people in quarantine have been whipping together instant coffee and sugar to create the most Instagramable frothy beverages. That is when they’re not fashioning their pancakes into cereal or perfecting their banana bread recipe.

We’ve seen everything from whipped strawberry milk to whipped Nutella—and now, TikTok‘s favorite drink has been given a kick with this latest, alcoholic update.

The Dalgona Martini is very similar to the original concept, except it requires chilled coffee-flavored liqueur rather than milk. So, RumChata, Kahlúa, and Baileys Irish Cream lovers…this one’s for you. Bartender and cocktail enthusiast Lucy Morton, who described the drink as “somewhere between a milk punch and an espresso martini,” shared her recipe on Instagram last month. (For her concoction, she used Courvoisier VSOP.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee

  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons hot water

  • 50ml milk (you can also use oat, soy, and almond)

  • 50ml Courvoisier VSOP

  • 25ml vanilla/caramel/butterscotch syrup OR 12.5ml vanilla essence and 12.5ml sugar syrup

  • Ice

  • A whisk

  • Cocktail shaker

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the coffee, sugar and hot water until it turns a light brown color.

  2. In the cocktail shaker, add vanilla syrup or essence mix, milk, and Courvoisier VSOP.

  3. Shake well with ice before straining into a chilled martini glass.

  4. Dollop the frothed coffee on the drink and add coffee or cocoa powder.

There are tons of other versions of the Dalgona Martini floating around social media—and they all look truly delicious.

This Instagram user even added red velvet-flavored Bailey to make her drink pink.

It’s clear that the only thing better than whipped coffee is whipped coffee with alcohol in it. Plus, as we continue to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, it looks like people are finding different ways to take the edge off. To be honest, we can’t believe we haven’t been doing this the whole time.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Stars Ellen Pompeo and Kate Walsh Are Celebrating an Iconic Scene From Season One

Can you believe it’s been 15 years since Grey’s Anatomy introduced Addison Montgomery to throw a wrench into the romance between Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd?!

Former Grey’s costars Ellen Pompeo and Kate Walsh reunited on social media to pay tribute to their characters on the anniversary of their iconic onscreen rivalry, which all began on the show’s season-one finale in 2005.

Though most fans can agree that there have been many defining moments over the course of the show’s 16-season run, none are as legendary as Walsh’s debut as Dr. Addison Montgomery.

On Friday, May 22, Walsh posted a video of her first scene on the medical drama, in which her character shows up to Seattle Grace Hospital to see her estranged husband, Dr. Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), talking to his new love interest, Meredith. Of course, that’s exactly the moment when Addison introduces herself to Meredith in the most iconic way possible: “Hi, I’m Addison Shepherd and you must be the woman who’s been screwing my husband.”

“Unreal that today marks 15 years to the day since this little lady walked on to your screen and checked ya for screwing her husband,” Walsh wrote on Twitter.

Pompeo quote-tweeted the post, adding: “Thank God I messed with your hubby!! It worked out for us both… that scene when your character showed up was such a defining moment for this show. From that point on we had them hooked!!!”

Over on Instagram, Walsh also joined in on the viral “My Plans vs. 2020” meme with perfect Grey’s Anatomy reference. The post even earned a response from Dempsey, who commented with hand-clapping emoji.

Walsh starred on Grey’s Anatomy from 2005 to 2007 before leaving the show in season three for the Addison-centric spin-off, Private Practice. The series ran for six seasons and concluded in January 2013.

Grey’s Anatomy Stars Ellen Pompeo and Kate Walsh Are Celebrating an Iconic Scene From Season 1

Can you believe it’s been 15 years since Grey’s Anatomy introduced Addison Montgomery to throw a wrench into the romance between Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd?!

Former Grey’s costars Ellen Pompeo and Kate Walsh reunited on social media to pay tribute to their characters on the anniversary of their iconic onscreen rivalry, which all began on the show’s season one finale in 2005.

Though most fans can agree that there have been many defining moments over the course of the Grey’s 16 season run, none are as legendary as Walsh’s debut as Dr. Addison Montgomery.

On Friday, May 22, Walsh posted a video of her first scene on the medical drama, in which her character shows up to Seattle Grace Hospital to see her estranged husband, Dr. Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), talking to his new love interest, Meredith. Of course, that’s exactly the moment when Addison introduces herself to Meredith in the most iconic way possible. “Hi. I’m Addison Shepherd and you must be the woman who’s been screwing my husband,” Addison said.

“Unreal that today marks 15 years to the day since this little lady walked on to your screen and checked ya for screwing her husband,” Walsh wrote on Twitter.

Pompeo quote-tweeted the post, adding: “Thank God I messed with your hubby!! It worked out for us both… that scene when your character showed up was such a defining moment for this show. From that point on we had them hooked!!!”

Over on Instagram, Walsh also joined in on the viral “My Plans vs 2020” meme with perfect Grey’s Anatomy reference. The post even earned a response from Dempsey, who commented with hand-clapping emojis.

Walsh starred on Grey’s Anatomy from 2005 to 2007 before leaving the show in season three for the Addison-centric spin-off, Private Practice. The series ran for six seasons and concluded in January 2013.

Lana Del Rey Implied That Ariana Grande Reached Out Over Her ‘Controversial’ Post

Lana Del Rey is tripling down on what she calls her “‘controversial post’ that’s not controversial at all.”

On May 21, the Norman Fucking Rockwell singer faced backlash over an Instagram post that predominantly singled out women of color in the music industry while defending herself against claims that her music is “glamorizing abuse” and promoting her next album.

“Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating, etc,” Del Rey began her original post. “Can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money—or whatever I want—without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse?”

People had a lot to say about her statement, causing Del Rey to initially fire back in the comments section. Now, in a brand new post written on the evening of May 22, Del Rey has spoken out once again.

“Despite the feedback I’ve heard from several people that I mentioned in a complimentary way—whether it be Ariana or Doja Cat,” Del Rey wrote. “I want to say that I remain firm in my clarity and stance in that what I was writing about was the importance of self-advocacy for more delicate and often dismissed, softer female personality, and that there does have to be room for that type in what will inevitably become a new wave/3rd wave of feminism that is rapidly approaching.” (Please note that the third wave of feminism began in the ’90s and there is already a fourth wave.)

Lana Del Rey insists her target was not women of color, but instead “female critics and female alternative artists who are dissociated from their own fragility and sexuality and berate more sexually liberated artists.” She then goes on to categorize those upset by her words are “super Trump/Pence supporters” or “hyper liberals” or flip-flopping headline-grabbing critics” who “can’t read and want to make it a race war.”

While she admits she perhaps could’ve given more “context” to her original post by revealing the title of her second book, Behind the Iron Gates—Insights from an Institution, this is definitely not an apology. “If the women I mention don’t wanna be associated with me that’s absolutely fine by me,” she concludes. You can read the entire thing, below.

Based on the post, it seems Ariana Grande may have reached out to Del Rey privately regarding her initial post, with fan accounts now reporting that Del Rey unfollowed the “Rain On Me” artist. The pair recently collaborated on “Don’t Call Me Angel” back in September, along with Miley Cyrus.

Grande has not made any official statement on the matter, but she did release an epic new music video for her latest hit with Lady Gaga.