Simone Biles Says Representing Abuse Survivors Is Part of Why She’s Returning to the Olympics

Simone Biles won’t only be representing America at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. She’ll also be representing survivors of sexual abuse, especially the many victims of disgraced Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar—a group that includes Biles.

With 100 days to go before the 2021 games begin, Biles spoke to Hoda Kotb of Today about what her return to the Olympic stage means. “I knew I had more to give to the sport for myself and I felt like I had a purpose…God called me,” the history-making, four-time gold medalist revealed. “I just feel like [with] everything that happened, I just had to come back to the sport, to be a voice, to have change happen.”

Biles said representing the gymnasts of the Nassar period is one of the factors motivating her to continue. “I feel like, if there weren’t a remaining survivor in the sport, they would have just brushed it to the side. But since I’m still here and I have quite a social media presence and platform, they have to do something,” she said. “So I feel like coming back, gymnastics just wasn’t the only purpose I was supposed to do.”

Kotb later added Biles had mentioned she was concerned that with Nassar in jail, people could think the scandal is “over.” But Biles relayed to her that she feels there are still many changes needed to be made in the sport

As for the pressures of being the female gymnast to watch, Simone Biles says it’s “stressful” having no peers at her level because she’s always “trying to beat [herself].” When asked whether she was beatable by anyone other than herself, Biles only smiled and replied, “You just never know.”

The Tokyo Olympic games kick off Friday, July 23, 2021 and will run through August 8, 2021.

Katy Perry and Miranda Kerr Just Opened Up About Their ‘Modern Family’

Honestly, we need a reality show (or sitcom?) based on this family. Miranda Kerr and Katy Perry, the respective ex-wife and current fiancée of Orlando Bloom, hopped on Instagram Live together on Tuesday, April 12, to discuss Kerr’s skin care line and how they each approach motherhood. 

Kerr and Bloom share a son, Flynn, from their relationship, and the model is now married to Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, with whom she has two young children. Perry, meanwhile, just welcomed her and Bloom’s daughter, Daisy less than a year ago. And the best part of having this big, interconnected brood? The swag, obviously.

“One of the great things about being close to Miranda is I get to try out all her products, especially when her son comes home with them in his backpack,” shared Perry. She said of Kerr, “In our modern family, she’s probably the most health conscious of everyone” and claims the model got her into drinking celery juice and using more natural products, especially after the birth of Daisy.

“I went into a huge transformation after having Daisy,…I started looking at all my products, my shampoo, conditioner, I went through a huge cleanout,” the American Idol judge said.  

Perry and Kerr agreed that motherhood was a huge blessing in their lives. “The kids are my number one love. It’s just the best thing in the world, being a mom,” said Kerr, to which Perry added, “It’s the best job. It’s the most fulfilling…There was no feeling like the feeling when I had my daughter.”

This isn’t the first time Katy Perry and Miranda Kerr have bonded over motherhood or praised each other publicly. Last November, Kerr said that she “adored” Perry and was “so happy” for her and Bloom. Then in February of this year, Perry spoke out about how much it helps her to hear motherhood stories from Kerr. Sounds like these two moms have a great support system in each other!

14 Cute Hiking Boots Begging for a Summer Adventure

With warmer temps officially here, we’re prepping our wardrobes for a shot girl summer—and cute hiking boots are at the top of our list for nature-filled getaways. Comfort is key if you plan on spending most of your free time outdoors the next few months—and few shoes offer the durability and hours-long support quite like a sturdy boot.  

Hiking shoes and boots are built with function in mind, and the right pair needs to check off a lot of boxes. Some things to consider: Can it withstand all the elements (a.k.a the rain, snow, or mud) you may run into on a multi-day camping trip? Does it offer foot and ankle support on rocky terrain? How much grip does the tread actually offer? Answering all these questions will no doubt help you find the most appropriate pair for your next outdoorsy escapade, but don’t be fooled into thinking these babies just belong in the mountains. Celebs like Zoë Kravitz, Katie Holmes, and Emily Ratajkowski have all incorporated lug sole shoes into their everyday wardrobe, proving their stylish versatility on and off the trails.

Whether you’re hiking sections of the Pacific Crest Trail á la Wild or “trekking” across town on the weekend, we rounded up practical pairs actually worth your money. Shop 14 cute hiking boots, below. 

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Queen Elizabeth Returns to Work Following Prince Philip’s Death

Queen Elizabeth is easing her way back into royal duties following the passing of her husband, Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at the age of 99 on April 9, two months before his 100th birthday. The funeral will be held on April 17 at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and be televised in the United Kingdom.

On Tuesday, April 13, Queen Elizabeth hosted a retirement ceremony for Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel, who is the most senior officer in the royal household. She met with Earl Peel at Windsor Castle, according to the Court Circular.

“The Earl Peel had an audience of The Queen today, delivered up his Wand and Insignia of Office as Lord Chamberlain and the Badge of Chancellor of the Royal Victorian Order and took leave upon relinquishing his appointment as Lord Chamberlain, when Her Majesty invested him with the Royal Victorian Chain,” the Court Circular read. 

Earl Peel will still oversee the funeral of the late prince’s death, People reports. The news of his passing was announced via a statement from Buckingham Palace.

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“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” it read. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

It continued, “Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.” 

Both Prince William and Prince Harry released statements about their grandfather. “My grandfather was a man of service, honour, and great humour. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm—and also because you never knew what he might say next,” Prince Harry wrote. “He was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end.” 

Prince William’s statement read, “My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service—to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family. I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life—both through good times and the hardest days.” 

Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright Just Welcomed a Son Named Cruz Michael

So far, more than a few celebrities welcomed babies in 2021. We saw stars like Sasha Pieterse, Rupert Grint, Mindy Kaling, and Nicki Minaj expand their families last year. And the baby train keeps on trucking this year. 

Of course, having a child during a pandemic can be…interesting, to say the least. Carson Daly, who welcomed his fourth child with Siri Pinter Daly in 2020, opened up about the experience. “Thank you all so much for the overwhelming well wishes & prayers for the medical staff at hospitals everywhere & all those affected,” he wrote on Instagram. “We are with them & appreciate their tireless work during this crazy time.”

Below, all the celebrity babies we said hello to in 2021: 

This Eco-Friendly Body Wash Smells Straight Out of a Magical Forest

One silver lining of a year spent largely at home? More me time. The idea of skin care as self care has been top of mind for a while, but the pandemic triggered an urgent need to turn inward—and many of us headed straight to our bathrooms for therapy. 

Among the towering pile of skin care samples that crowded my Brooklyn apartment, Bathing Culture’s Mind and Body Wash immediately rose to the top. Of course, I’m not suggesting that slathering yourself in all-natural body wash is a substitute for talking to a mental health professional, but during a time when keeping up with the tumultuous news cycle felt like a full-time job, I found peace of mind through beauty rituals. Much like endless sub-par matches on Hinge, there are so many body washes to choose from, and it’s easy to consistently rotate formulas, never landing on the perfect lather, fragrance, or package design you’re willing to settle down with. But you know what they say: When you know, you know—and one sudsy shower proved Bathing Culture was a keeper in my book. 

When childhood friends and Bathing Culture co-founders Spencer Arnold and Tim Hollinger struggled to get clean after muddy adventures in the Northern California wilderness, the duo decided to concoct a soap blend that did the ritual of bathing justice. After testing thousands of batches, they finally arrived at the holy grail formula: a biodegradable mixture that deserves a permanent spot in your shower. Bathing Culture’s Mind and Body Wash is certified organic, made of skin superheroes like aloe, shea, and coconut oils—and thanks to a gorgeous woodsy scent inspired by the Redwood National Forest, it’s truly in a league of its own. 

Aside from the borderline-magical aromatic journey the soap takes you on, its velvety, hydrating feel sets the product apart from the rest. With just nine ingredients (all of which I’m able to pronounce), I don’t have to wonder what’s in my bottle. And you can’t ignore the packaging—the retro-minimalist branding is a huge selling point in itself. But if you needed another reason to give this product a try, Earth Month is prime time to rethink your beauty regimen’s environmental impact. For this Bathing Culture body wash review, I looked into the brand’s sustainability efforts, which will take you and your top shelf a step in the right direction. 

The company says it serves people and the planet first, putting its products’ impact on the earth and your skin at the top of the priority list. Bathing Culture uses plastic bottles made from 100% pre-existing recycled materials, but it also offers a glass option. (Which you may want to snag since you can order a jumbo refill container to cut down on re-ups, or visit one of their refill stations across the nation when you run out.) With every five gallons of soap made, the brand plants one native plant or tree, so the impact will go far beyond your bathtub. As for what’s in the bottle? The formulas are all-natural, made only from plants and minerals—without toxins, dyes, sulfates, parabens, or synthetic fragrances. 

If the promise of a truly green shower has you convinced, you may want to hit the checkout button sooner rather than later, because the Mind and Body Wash One Gallon Refill and the Mind and Body Wash Home Refill Kits are 20% off during Earth Month (in celebration of the brand’s 4th birthday). If you’re worried about having too much on your hands (though, once you try it out, I doubt that’ll be the case), you can use the soap as laundry detergent, a mild pesticide for houseplants, or even to wash your fruits and vegetables—yep, it’s that clean. In all, you’ll be simplifying your life while cutting down on clutter in your beauty arsenal. 

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Considering I feel like I’m nestled up in the mountains in a fragrant outdoor shower every time I use this soap, it’s no surprise they call it Mind and Body Wash. Aside from finding time for rejuvenating beauty rituals, investing in mindfully-made products helps me feel better about my consumption—all while smelling downright delectable in the process.

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This Is Us Tackles Important Conversation About Racism as Randall and Kevin Finally Reconnect

Randall and Kevin Pearson had a long-awaited conversation on the April 13 episode of This Is Us titled “Brotherly Love.” A huge storyline of the show’s fifth season is Randall recovering from the racial trauma he experienced as a result of being adopted by a white family. Growing up and not knowing his biological family left him constantly feeling like an outsider, and in the April 13 episode, he finally addressed his brother’s role in his complicated upbringing.

“I never wanted to be special, man. I just wanted to blend in like everybody else. But that was impossible in our family, because I always stood out,” Randall told Kevin in the episode. (The characters are played by actors Sterling K. Brown and Justin Hartley respectively.) 

Randall continued, “Everywhere we went. The store, the park, vacations. And the last thing I needed, man, the last thing, was for my brother to use my Blackness to other me also. You had racial blind spots, Kev. Deep ones that affected me.”

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Kevin and Randall had a huge falling out in season four due to their conflicting views on how to handle their mom Rebecca’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Writer Jon Dorsey explains to People why they chose not to have the brothers immediately reconnect.

“To me, it felt like we owed it, for sure, for Randall and Kevin to have the conversation and story-wise, it felt like, naturally this episode just led to an opportunity to do that. Randall needed to go on a journey before they had the conversation,” Dorsey says. “It couldn’t happen too fast.”

Creator Dan Fogelman tweeted, “So @KayOyegun and I talked about doing this episode as we shot our season premiere, what feels like a lifetime ago now. We decided that if we did it, we’d have to let characters be exposed, and honest, and real. I’m quite proud of it, and her, and the entire team.”

Director Kay Oyegun tweeted, “Loved directing tonight’s #ThisIsUs, written by the dopest #JonDorsey and edited by queen #ErinWyatt. That’s a first – Black writer, director, editor. Swoon. 2 Corinthians 6:1 6 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. It will never be in vain, lord.”

Viewers also took to Twitter to share their thoughts on how the important episode was handled. 

This Is Us returns May 11 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Bachelor Nation Showers Colton Underwood With Support After He Comes Out as Gay

Colton Underwood came out as gay Wednesday morning (April 14) during an interview on Good Morning America. “I’m gay, and I came to terms with that earlier this year, and I’ve been processing it,” he said. “The next step in all of this is letting people know. I’m still nervous, but it’s been a journey, for sure.”

“I’m emotional, but I’m emotional in such a good, happy, positive way,” Underwood said. “I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life, and that means the world to me.” 

It didn’t take long for messages of support to start pouring in on social media—particularly from LGBTQIA+ people who want Underwood to know they have his back. 

@colton I need you to know. I am proud of you! You are loved , and you will never be alone. It’s a process, but you’ve got the whole #LGBTQ behind you. We are here for you. We are your family now. Take a breath, it’s going to be fine,” one person tweeted. 

@colton So proud of you today. I know that self-hate is powerful, but the world reveals its beauty after you say the words out loud. Welcome to the family. I wish you all the best!!” tweeted another.

A third added, “@colton congratulations on joining the alphabet mafia! So elated to have you in the family, I know it’s been a rough journey for you but we’re here to welcome you with open arms!” 

Read some more messages of support, below. 

On his future, Colton Underwood said in his GMA interview, “I still have a lot to work through. I’ll just go on record saying I still haven’t had an emotional connection with a man. I’ve never allowed myself to…I want to, more than anything. I’m looking for someone who can push me and challenge me in all the great ways.”

Taylor Swift Fans Think She Teased the 1989 Album Rerelease and Are Freaking Out

Taylor Swift has mastered the art of the Easter egg. Swift appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to discuss the recent re-release of her 2008 Grammy-winning album, Fearless. They naturally chatted about her song, “Hey Stephen,” and Swift revealed it was dedicated to Stephen King (sorry, Colbert). But, fans are more focused on the theory that she teased the recording of her other Grammy-winning album, 1989.

Re-releasing 1989 right after Fearless would be huge. They’re both fan-favorite albums and they both won Album of the Year at the Grammys. During the interview, the “Love Story” singer referenced 1989 and its single, “Shake It Off.” She also discussed New York and we all know that “Welcome to New York” is the first song from the 2014 album. 

Fans are also trying to decode supposed messages about the numbers and dates mentioned in the virtual appearance. Here are some current theories floating around the internet.

One fan tweeted all the information mentioned: “specific things taylor said on stephen colbert: 2008, 18, 44 years 179 days, 513, 54, new york, new york, 1989, scoozi’s chicago, you need to calm down, stephen king, dark tower, the shining, the stand, 511, 33035, shake it off do what you will with this info. #TaylorSwift.”

Another added, “taylor swift knew what she was doing when she named dropped every 1989 reference possible.” 

So, if the theories are true then there’s only one question to ask: “When is the album re-release announcement happening?” One user tweeted, “just saw the interview, and im pretty sure all of it is easter eggs. it was so random of her to mention 1989 and shake it off otherwise. @taylorswift13 1989 RE-RECORDING ANNOUNCEMENT WHEN.

Other fans are expressing their excitement on Twitter (hint: they’re extremely hyped about the fact that 1989 will be re-released next). 

I mean, same.

Colton Underwood From The Bachelor Comes Out as Gay

The Bachelor‘s Colton Underwood has come out as a gay. 

The reality TV star shared his truth to Robin Roberts on Good Morning America TKTK. 

“This year has been a lot for a lot of people, and it’s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they’ve been running from or putting off in their lives,” he said. “And for me, I’ve ran from myself for a long time. I’ve hated myself for a long time. I’m gay, and I came to terms with that earlier this year and I’ve been processing it. The next time in all of this letting people know. I’m still nervous, but it’s been a journey for sure.”

He continued, “I’m emotional, but I’m emotional in such a good, happy, positive way. I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life, and that means the world to me.” 

Underwood the opened up about the moment that gave him the courage to speak his truth. “I got into a place for me in my personal life that was dark and bad,” he said. “I can list a bunch of different things, but they’d all be excuses. I think overall the reason why now is because I got to a place where I didn’t think I was ever going to share this. I would’ve rather died than say, ‘I’m gay.’  And I think that was sort of my wakeup call.” 

He says he’s thought about harming himself. “There was moment in L.A. when I woke up and I didn’t think I was gonna wake up,” he said. “I didn’t have the intentions of waking up, and I did . I think, for me, that was my wake-up call of like, ‘This is your life. Take back control.’ I think looking back even beyond that, even just suicidal thoughts, driving my car close to a cliff, like ‘If this goes off the cliff, it’s not that big of a deal.’ I don’t feel that anymore.” 

Colton Underwood led season 23 of The Bachelor, which aired in January 2019. To the people who may feel like he “misled ” them, as Roberts put it, Underwood said, “I would understand why they would think that way. I’ve thought a lot about this too. Do I regret being the Bachelor? Do I regret handling it the way I did? I do. I do think I could’ve handled it better, I’ll say that. I just wish I wouldn’t have dragged people into my own mess of figuring out who I was. I genuinely mean that. But at the same time, I can sit here and say I’m sorry to all those women. I can also say thank you, because without them and without the Bachelor franchise, I don’t know if this would’ve ever came out.”

And to Cassie Randolph, the woman he picked on the show who later filed (and dropped) a restraining order against him, Underwood says, “I’d like to say sorry for how things ended. I messed up. I made a lot of bad choices.” 

Underwood says he was “in love” with Randolph, which only made his sexuality “harder and more confusing” for him. “If I’m being very honest, I loved everything about her,” he said. “And it’s hard for me to articulate what exactly my emotions were…I, obviously, had an internal fight going on. I would just say that I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart…I wish that I would’ve been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else.”