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Pastor John Gray did not receive an "eviction notice" as was reported by multiple news outlets. Gray's publicist reached out to Sandrarose.com on Monday to deny reports that Gray's Relentless Church received an eviction notice from church landlords, Ron and Hope Carpenter.

According to Gray's publicist, the Carpenters sent Gray a notice terminating the oral lease for two properties occupied by the church in Greenville, SC.

In his response, Gray's attorneys noted that the leases are all paid up. The lawyers are in possession of a direct message that Hope Carpenter allegedly sent to someone on Facebook.com. The lawyers said the DM makes "very serious defamatory statements" about Gray.

Hope reportedly calls Pastor Gray "a shady man" and "dishonest". She allegedly said Pastor Gray and Relentless "are 3 to 4 months behind in all the bills" and "[w]e (Hope and Ron) will be taking our church back... We are very excited to have our campus back but we are very sad John Gray has not lived up to his end of the bargain."

Gray's attorneys dispute Carpenter's allegations, saying:

"The exact opposite is true. Pastor Gray and Relentless have gone above and beyond the original transfer terms to make this work. It is Ron Carpenter and Redemption Church who could no comply with the transfer agreement."

The law firm also said a church the size of Relentless can not possibly "move in 30 days, especially when the rent is current. Could it be the author threat of eviction on a 30-day notice is rally so the Carpenters can do exactly what Hope has outlined in her Facebook DM? I sincerely hope not."

Below is the letter from Gray's publicist.

Please note: Sandrarose.com is a gossip blog, not a news media outlet. We gossip here. Please do not hold the Sandrarose.com blog owner to the same standards as a professional who holds a journalism degree.

Hi Sandra,

I hope all is well. Reaching out regarding your headline "John Gray's Relentless Church Faces Eviction for Not Paying Rent" mentioning my client- along with the first sentence of your story. It's false.

There is absolutely no eviction notice. They have not been served with an eviction notice and they are current with every financial obligation as outlined by the leases they are under.

A termination letter referencing a verbal agreement was sent. The letter did not however reference the actual signed lease agreement in which Redemption/ Ron Carpenter are in violation of not honoring nor did it state the notice was concerning failure to pay. Again, Relentless is current with both of their leases.

Please see attached the termination letter and the legal response to the termination letter and please edit your headline and story to reflect the truth of the situation.

Thank you

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Chicago police found loaded weapons, ammunition and 70 pounds of drugs on a private jet after 21-year-old rapper Juice Wrld went into a cardiac arrest and died on Sunday.

The Chicago-born rapper reportedly popped several Percocet tablets after getting off the jet at Chicago's Midway Airport around 2 a.m. on Dec. 8.

A witness told TMZ the rapper, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, suffered a seizure and was bleeding from the mouth as cops searched the private jet.

The police were waiting for the rapper's jet to arrive after receiving a tip that the plane was loaded with drugs.

Police told The Chicago Tribune they believed the plane was carrying "weapons and narcotics."

Higgins was with 10 to 12 people including his entourage, jet crew and two armed security guards who were both arrested for carrying loaded weapons inside an airport.

As the cops were going through two carts of luggage, Higgins — "began convulsing (and) going into a seizure," sources tell The Tribune. An agent administered two doses of Narcan, an emergency treatment to reverse the effects of opioid overdose.

Higgins woke up but he was incoherent. Medics rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m., about an hour after he collapsed.

A search of the plane turned up 41 "vacuum-sealed" bags of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup with no labels, two 9 mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets, law enforcement sources told The Tribune.

No one on the jet claimed ownership of the drugs, therefore no charges were filed. Higgins was scheduled to play at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Higgins died before he could attend his 21st birthday party. On his track "Legends", he rapped that he would not live past age 21.

"They tell me I'ma be a legend, I don't want that title now because all the legends seem to die out. What the f*** is that about?"

An autopsy was performed on Monday, Dec. 9, by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama are catching heat on social media after they purchased a $12 million mansion in exclusive Martha's Vineyard.

The home is the latest multi-million dollar property in the Obamas' real estate portfolio. They also own mansions in Hawaii, California and Washington, D.C.

The opulent 6,892-square-foot home features seven bedrooms, eight-and-a-half bathrooms, a detached barn and a pool. The home faces the Edgartown Great Pond.

Some on Black Twitter are not comfortable with the Obamas' excessive displays of wealth.

One Twitter user wrote: "Obama sitting pretty in Marthas vineyard whilst Americans lost their homes due to his astounding incompetence. Bailed out wall street instead of the American people. d bag."

Another tweeted:

"Nothing sets a better example for the 'urgency' of 'climate change' than buying a $12,000,000 mansion on an island 'marthas vineyard' In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean all the while crying about the dangers of the rise of sea level. Obama did!"

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But others defended the former First Couple.

"The Obamas are among the most successful black people in recent history & fools are out there upset that they're living about as well as your average white Tech executive."

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Lizzo sparked a frenzy on social media when she twerked at courtside during Sunday's Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves game.

When the cheerleaders performed a dance routine to her hit song "Juice" during a timeout, the 31-year-old singer stood up, turned her back to the floor and twerked at Staples Center on Dec. 08 in Los Angeles.

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Lizzo wore a long black t-shirt dress with cut outs to expose her bare butt cheeks clad in a black string thong.

Social media users lost their minds as the video went viral online. But some criticized Lizzo for her sexually suggestive attire.

Ironically, Atlanta's Jezebel magazine was the staunchest critic, calling Lizzo's thong "gross" and "unhygienic."

This is the same Jezebel magazine that defended 12-year-old Zion Wade for wearing a crop top, leggings and acrylic nails.

Jezebel, a liberal magazine, writes:

"Here's the truth: the dress is a cool, good, fun look. She should be able to trot around with her butt out at a family-friendly event; Americans could stand to be less prudish. However, I cannot stop thinking about her exposed ass and... other sensitive areas... sitting on a stadium seat. That shit is so gross! Maybe she placed a jacket underneath her booty? I can only hope someone reminded her to protect her vagine?" [sic]

 

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Cardi B and Offset turned to the church to help save their failing marriage after she caught him cheating on her.

The hip-hop power couple tied the knot in September, 2017. They welcomed their first child, daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus in July, 2018. But by December 2018, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper announced she and Offset had parted ways.

Cardi B and Offset, both 27, reconciled months later, thanks to priests who made house calls.

In a cover story interview for the January 2020 issue of U.S. Vogue magazine, Cardi confessed she tuned to priests to help restore her faith in men.

"Everybody on social media acts like relationships is perfect," she said in her familiar broken English. "Everybody has issues. I believe in forgiveness. I prayed on it. Me and my husband, we prayed on it. We had priests come to us. And we just came to an understanding like, bro, it's really us against the world," she said.

On the cover, Cardi cradles her 16-month-old daughter in her lap. She wears a red polka dot dress. Her legs spread open seductively. She wears her black, straight hair slicked back. Her and Kulture's baby hairs are laid to perfection.

Defending her decision to stand by her husband, Cardi added, "people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me."

She addressed her female fans who may find themselves in a similar situation.

"If you love somebody and you stop being with them, and you're depressed and social media is telling you not to talk to that person because he cheated, you're not really happy on the inside until you have the conversation."

Despite new rumors that Offset cheated on her again, she added: "He has my back for everything, I have his back for everything."

Vogue cover credits: Michael Kors Collection dress. Cartier earring and rings. Tiffany &Co. bracelet. Jimmy Choo shoes. Hair, Tokyo Stylez; makeup, Hannah Murray. Fashion Editor: Tonne Goodman. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, January 2020

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Gabrielle Union shared a normal photo of her stepson Zion Wade, 12, on her social media account over the weekend.

Union, 47, posted a series of photos that show her, Zion, and her toddler daughter, Kaavia, posing next to a backyard tree decorated in Christmas lights. She captioned the images, "Family Time Is The Best Time."

In the Christmas photos, Zion appears to be a normal 12-year-old boy. The new images are in contrast to the provocative Thanksgiving photo she shared on Instagram.com that showed Zion wearing a crop top, leggings and acrylic nail tips.

His appearance, which was clearly inappropriate for a minor child, sparked a massive backlash against Union and her husband, retired NBA star Dwyane Wade, on social media.

Many called Wade an unfit father. Critics said the issue was not Zion's assumed sexual identity. They accused Wade and Union of exploiting an emotionally troubled child for their own selfish benefits.

The criticism must have struck a nerve with Wade because the 37-year-old sports analyst hit back, telling concerned social media users to kindly mind their own business.

Union posted the controversial photo after she was fired from NBC's America's Got Talent. She later accused the show's founder, Simon Cowell, of sexism, and she accused guest judge Jay Leno of racism.

After a 5-hour meeting with NBC and lawyers representing Cowell's Syco last week, Union deemed the meeting "productive".

She allegedly said Cowell's staff claimed her hair and clothes were "too black" for the show's audience.

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Earth, Wind & Fire became the first all-Black group or band to be inducted into the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Three original members of the group, (L-R) Verdine White, Ralph Johnson and Philip Bailey were on hand to accept the honor.

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White passed away in 2016 at age 74, but Johnson said White's spirit lives on in his music.

"You can't play any Earth Wind & Fire songs without Maurice's DNA being on it, so he's always here and we're always celebrating him and his vision," Johnson told Billboard pre-show. "People are still coming together and having fun."

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Earth, Wind and Fire will mark their 50th anniversary next summer. White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in Chicago. He hand picked the musicians for his R&B, Soul and Funk band, including his brothers Verdine and Fred White.

Verdine, 68, said the group had "a special chemistry from day one, because we were all hand-picked by Maurice. He had a vision and he knew what he wanted, so here we are."

Cynthia Erivo, John Legend, the Jonas Brothers and Ne-Yo performed a medley of EWF hits in an ensemble finale of "September."

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LL Cool J, who became the first rapper inducted into Kennedy Center Honors in 2017 and emceed this year's event, said "You know, we've come a long way, but it shows you how far we have to go when we're still talking about firsts."

As for his record-breaking first, the 51-year-old Capricorn said, "I'm just grateful it was me; that's a record that can't be broken. Impossible to break. That's dope."

The 42nd Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 8pm. Click here to see the full list of honorees.

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Two armed security guards who were with rapper Juice Wrld when he went into cardiac arrest and died early Sunday were arrested for carrying loaded weapons inside an airport.

The 21-year-old Chicago-born rapper suffered a medical emergency after arriving on a private jet at Chicago's Midway Airport just after 2 a.m.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The NY Post the rapper, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, was seen "basically convulsing" inside a private hangar away from the main terminal at the airport.

Other reports noted that Higgins was frothing at the mouth. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead around 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

An autopsy will be conducted on Monday by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Higgins was with a group of about 10 to 12 people - including his entourage of hangers ons, the airplane crew and two armed security guards who were relieved of their weapons by Chicago police.

According to Page Six, the guards had conceal and carry permits valid in the state of Illinois, but the permits didn't allow them to bring loaded weapons inside an airport.

The two men were arrested and charged with misdemeanor gun violations, said Guglielmi. He added that everyone cooperated with police including the two men who were detained.

Higgins shot to fame in 2018 with the release of his SoundCloud EP Goodbye & Good Riddance. The platinum EP featured hit singles "Lucid Dreams", "All Girls Are the Same", "Wasted" (ft. Lil Uzi Vert), "Lean Wit Me, "Armed & Dangerous", and more.

Higgins won the Top New Artist trophy at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in May.

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He rapped extensively about his dependency on opioid painkillers and prescription cough medicine containing codeine.

In interviews he talked about mental illness and how he believed mental illness was neglected in the Black community.

He also embraced being a role model to young people struggling with drug addiction. He told Vulture magazine that substance abusers need sympathy, not judgment.

"The way that you help somebody out, reach out to someone, offer them a helping hand, offer them a hug, whatever. The way that you do that is not, I repeat, not, by pointing the finger. Telling them that they're stupid, they're fucking up their life, whatever. Telling them they're a piece of shit for doing what they're doing. That is not the way at all. The way to lead people is to walk, not even in front of them — side [by] side, holding their hand emotionally through music or whatever you do."

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Rapper Juice WRLD is dead after suffering a heart attack at Chicago's Midway Airport on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said a 21-year-old male suffered a "medical emergency" after getting off a private jet at a hangar away from the main terminal at Midway Airport.

Langford said the male was in "cardiac arrest" before he was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Juice WRLD, born Jarad Higgins, made a name for himself in 2018 with the release of his SoundCloud EP, Goodbye & Good Riddance. The EP featured his surprise hit single "Lucid Dreams".

The moody single, told from the standpoint of a heartbroken lad whose girlfriend left him, prompted Interscope Records to offer the 20-year-old budding rap star a $3 million recording contract.

The music video for "Lucid Dreams" was dark and morbid.

    You left me falling and landing inside my grave
    I know that you want me dead
    I take prescriptions to make me feel A-OK
    I know it's all in my head

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With the popularity of his follow-up single "All Girls Are the Same,", Higgins left Chicago's Southside behind him and settled into a leased Beverly Hills mansion, complete with a recording studio and enough space for his newfound friends.

"I went from sitting on the couch in my mom's house watching TV to being in Los Angeles around all these big people, being able to record any time I want," he told Billboard magazine.

Higgins was raised by his single mother in Chicago. He described his absentee father as "in and out" of his life while growing up.

He frequently praised his single mother for influencing his musical taste and not letting him listen to rap. "[My mother] is a very religious person who loves gospel music," he explained in an interview with The Gulf Times. "She stopped me listening to rap. I'd hear some rap thanks to my cousins but not much. I was primarily into pop and rock which my mother considered as more acceptable."

Higgins's mixtape WRLD on Drugs, a collaborative effort with rapper Future, peaked at Number 2 on the album charts.

In most of his songs he rapped about his dependency on lean, aka purple drank and sizzurp. Lean is a concoction of codeine cough syrup and hard candy mixed in a soda beverage.

On his single "Candles," off his EP Goodbye & Good Riddance, Higgins rapped "Don't pray for me/ Just give me drugs."

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In an interview with Billboard magazine in March, Higgins, pictured left, suggested his struggles with drug addiction may be due to his absentee father, who passed away in June.

"I didn't have a man giving me no type of guidance. My father wasn't in my life like that," he said. "So listening to this grown-ass man rap about lean, I'm like, 'Well, that sounds really appealing.'"

Higgins embraced his status as a role model to his young fans:

"I look at it like this - you can't change a motherfucker's life by pointing and judging. It takes a motherfucker that has been through the same shit to say, 'I understand how it feels. We're going to get through this together.'"

 

 

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Ron and Hope Carpenter served Pastor John Gray and his Relentless Church with a 30-day notice to clear off their property.

The scandalous events surrounding the falling out between Ron and Hope Carpenter and Gray's Relentless Church in Greenville began with a partnership in 2017.

The Carpenters, who owned the Redemption Church and the land that it sits on, announced they were moving to California to take over another church. They handed over the keys to Gray, who served as associate pastor at Joel Osteen's Lakewood megachurch in Texas.

Gray renamed the church to Relentless. A parade of influential pastors, including Osteen, traveled to Greenville to formally install Gray as senior pastor, according to The Greenville News.

In late 2018 Gray begged his wife for forgiveness after confessing that he cheated on her.

In August 2018 Gray visited President Donald Trump at the White House to attend an "inner city pastors" meeting.

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Gray later said attending the meeting was mistake and he promised he would not meet with Trump again.

In November 2018 The Greenville News reported that Gray urged the needy to take from the church's collection plates. He also pledged support for Picken's County's first homeless shelter.

In December 2018 Gray presented his wife, Aventer Gray, with a brand new $200K Lamborghini SUV for their eighth wedding anniversary. The lavish gift sparked a public outcry.

In a post on social media, Gray acknowledged the public's outrage and assured his congregation that the money for the vehicle came from his non-church income.

In addition to being an author, Gray also has a reality TV show on Oprah's OWN Network.

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Aventer defended her husband in a social media post.

"I don't see anyone screaming about how basketball players drive what they do while you paying $$$ to see them play in arenas and on fields. We don't live for people! We live for God!"

In December 2018, The Greenville News reported the Grays lived in a $1.8 million mansion in Simpsonville that was purchased by the church.

Church leaders said the opulent mansion was necessary to lure a pastor of Gray's caliber to Greenville.

In March 2019, Gray told his congregation the Carpenters left the church "millions of dollars in debt." He said the church needed a new $250,000 roof and he asked 2,500 people to give $100 or more.

"(Ron Carpenter) handed us keys. The keys were not to a paid off building, the keys were to an opportunity, an opportunity to continue the work," Gray said. "Nothing you see is paid off. It wasn't paid off when we got here."

In April 2019, Hope Carpenter made a surprise visit to Relentless Church to address Gray's allegations. "I cut people" and "I got a knife right there in that pocketbook, so Greenville News, come on," she said.

Everything came to a head last month when the Carpenters sent Gray a 30-day notice ordering his congregation off their property. The letter gave Relentless Church 30 days to get out.

According to The Greenville News, Relentless Church responded with a legal letter outlining counterclaims and saying it had paid the church's lease in full.

The controversy blew up on social media, with Gray's supporters calling the Carpenters racists and opportunists.

"[I don't know] what John Gray did or did not do. But my problem is with the bigger issue of white preachers pastoring majority black congregations, who, when the money (back to them) ain’t right (allegedly), they want to come back and "rescue" the church from the inept black pastor," tweeted seminary student Kevin Vandiver.

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But Gray's critics sounded off as well.

One Twitter user wrote, "I guess they had to evict John gray & they blew through all the money. I feel like Ron trusted gray to be trustworthy".

Another user tweeted:

"John Gray and them getting evicted !?? You mean to tell me that lambo truck didn’t tip they asses off months ago!?!? .. and this man STILL has supporters + a wife!?? .. Chile."

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Award-winning comedians Keegan-Michael Key, left, and Jordan Peele, aka Key & Peele, tackle the controversy surrounding American directors casting Black British actors in American movie roles.

Ironically, director Jordan Peele cast a British actor, Daniel Kaluuya, in his critically acclaimed movie "Get Out".

Actor Samuel L. Jackson questioned why Peele cast Kaluuya in Get Out. Others point out that British actress Naomie Harris was nominated for an Oscar for Moonlight. And British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in 12 Years a Slave.

The film Queen & Slim, which opened in theaters on Thanksgiving Eve, featured British actors - Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith - in the lead roles.

In this video, Peele and his comedic partner Keegan-Michael Key explain why American directors choose British actors over Black American actors.
 


 

Dwyane Wade's eldest son, Zaire Wade defended his little brother Zion Wade after the effeminate boy was criticized for wearing fake nails in a Thanksgiving photo.

The controversy erupted on Thanksgiving Day when Wade's wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, posted a Thanksgiving family photo on Instagram.


 

In the photo, Zion, 12, dresses seductively in a crop top and leggings. He also wears sharp acrylic talons and lipstick.

Zion, then-11, came out during Miami's Pride parade in April. Union proudly rode on a float with him during the parade.

Wade, 37, responded to critics by telling them to kindly mind their own business and he will raise his son as he sees fit.

In defense of his brother, Zaire, 17, posted an Instagram photo that shows him sitting on a throne while his brother stands next to the chair.

The caption reads: "We didn't ask for y'all opinion."

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Wade and Union showed their support for Zaire's post in the comment section, with Union commenting "Facts."

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Wade is pictured at his retirement ceremony with his infant daughter Kaavia, 1, and sons Zion, center, Zaire, right, and Xavier, 6.

Zaire and Zion are Wade's sons by his first wife Siohvaughn Funches, a 38-year-old attorney and book author who resides in Atlanta.

Siohvaughn is pictured below with her sons and Zaire's girlfriend.
 

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Will Smith sympathizes with his Aladdin co-star who complained that he has been ignored by Hollywood since the movie surpassed $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

Mena Massoud, an Egyptian-born actor, starred alongside Smith, who received praise as the blue genie.

Massoud told the Daily Beast his career has tanked since the movie's release. He says he is not getting calls from movie studio's offering roles.

"I haven't had a single audition since Aladdin came out," he said. "The big truth is I haven't really seen a big anything from [the film].

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"It's like, I'm sitting here being like, okay, Aladdin just hit $1 billion — can I at least get an audition? Like I'm not expecting you to be like, 'Here’s Batman.' But can I just get in the room?... Can you just give me a chance?"

Massoud, who is 28, believes his age might be hurting his chances to land a movie role in Hollywood.

"I feel like I'm going to be overlooked and underestimated for a long time because I am a young actor," he said.

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Smith was asked to comment on his former co-star when he attended the Hollywood premiere of his new animated film Spies In Disguise on Wednesday.

Smith, 51, seemed surprised to learn that Massoud was an unemployed actor who is down on his luck.

"Uh I'm just hearing that right now so I haven't spoken to Mena," he told Variety.com.

"But he is a spectacular actor, and he has nothing to worry about," he added.

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Julianne Hough, right, is apparently avoiding former America's Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union after both women were let go from the show after hosting just one season.

According to Extra TV, Hough and her brother Derek were in NYC to attend the 87th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Wednesday night.

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Hough, who performed at the festivities, told "Extra" she and Union "have yet to speak" about the controversy surrounding Union's remarks.

Union reportedly met with NBC to hear her complaints on Wednesday, and she took to social media to say the 5-hour meeting was "productive".

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It was reported that Union's contract was not renewed after she complained about a "toxic culture" inside the NBC show. The network told "Extra" that the show "has a long history of inclusivity and diversity." They added, "NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously."

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A source told Variety.com that staffers with Simon Cowell's production company Syco pestered Union with notes about her ever-changing hair weave. The notes reportedly said her hair was "too black" for the show's audience.

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But Hough, 31, told Extra TV that she is too busy to deal with the AGT drama. "We have been busy here promoting this 'Holidays with the Houghs' special," she explained, adding: "We will connect, for sure."

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Hough, pictured here with season 14 guest judge Queen Latifah, previously said she was "grateful" for her opportunity to be a judge on the talent competition show. Hough has not spoken publicly about the drama behind-the-scenes since the story broke.

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Tiffany Haddish celebrated her 40th birthday on Tuesday, Dec. 3, by throwing herself a belated bat mitzvah. Her invited guests included rumored boyfriend, rapper Common. The Girls Trip actress and the popular rap star have been inseparable since Common, 47, dumped his political analyst girlfriend Angela Rye, 40, back in September.

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A bat mitzvah is Hebrew for "daughter of commandment," when 12-year-old Jewish girls mature to adulthood. Haddish was inspired by her father's background as an Eritrean Jew for the title of her new stand-up comedy show, Black Mitzvah, which debuted on Netflix. She decided to celebrate the launch of her new comedy show at the party - which also doubled as a traditional coming-of-age bash.

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A Rabbi presided over the bat mitzvah ceremony. When a Jewish girl turns 12, she assumes the rights and responsibilities of a Jewish adult. But Haddish discovered her religious heritage later in life, so she decided to make her 40th birthday a celebration to remember.

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Haddish even took part in a traditional Hora dance. She was raised into the air on a chair, and sang along to Israeli folk song, "Hava Nagila".

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Celebrity guests included (L-R) Niko Khalé, his baby mama Keyshia Cole; Jessica Gadsden and Charlamagne tha God. Ironically, the party took Haddish back to her entertainment roots as she used to work as an "energy producer" at bar and bat mitzvahs at the very start of her career.

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Haddish's good friend, comedian and cross-dresser Flame Monroe embraced Haddish at her Black Mitzvah celebration at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Monroe describes himself as both a drag queen and "comedian who happens to be transgender".

The father-of-two caused controversy when he appeared as a guest on NYC's Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club radio show and insisted "there ain't no women with penises." Click here to watch the interview.

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Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams misspoke when he claimed to be "gender fluid." The senior citizen has backtracked on his comments, insisting he didn't fully understand what being gender fluid meant.

In an interview with Esquire magazine, the 82-year-old AARP cardholder explained that he uses both male and female pronouns when referring to himself.

Williams said, "I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn't take himself or herself too seriously... And you see I say 'himself' and 'herself,' because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine."

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There were reports of Williams' elderly female fans falling out over the news that he might be a cross-dresser or go both ways.

The LGBT+ community was ecstatic and praised Williams for being his authentic self. He was portrayed as an "elder gay" speaking his truth. Filmmaker and friend J.J. Abrams congratulated Williams for his "openness".

But, in a later interview with The Undefeated, Williams clarified his comments, insisting he was simply talking about "men getting in touch with their softer side of themselves".

"I was talking about men getting in touch with the female side of themselves. I wasn't talking about sex, I wasn't talking about being gay or straight," he said.

Many social media users suspect Williams trolled his fans to promote his news film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, in which he reprises his role as Lando Calrissian.

The film opens in theaters in 2 weeks.

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Gabrielle Union and NBC bosses sat down for a "productive" five-hour meeting to discuss the actress' issues with Simon Cowell's America's Got Talent show.

Gabrielle, 47, was fired as a judge on the talent competition TV series last month, amid reports she complained to bosses about racism and sexism on the set.

NBC executives called the actress in for a meeting on Tuesday after fellow celebrities sided with the mother-of-one and called out Cowell on social media.

"The initial conversation was candid and productive," a network spokesman tells Deadline.com. "While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution."

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Gabrielle, who served one season as a judge on the show, took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm she was happy with the meeting too, writing:

"We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change."

Gabrielle and fellow judge Julianne Hough's terminations from the show are currently under investigation by bosses at the SAG-AFTRA acting union, according to WENN.com.

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The prosecutor’s office in NY has officially requested a significantly reduced prison sentence for incarcerated rapper Tekashi69, aka 6ix9ine.

According to TMZ, the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York has submitted a request for a lighter sentence after the last of Tekashi69's former gang associates was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week.

The feds are grateful for the rapper's assistance in locking up members of the notorious Nine Trey Bloods street gang. They say Tekashi's assistance was "incredibly significant and extremely useful" in prosecuting and convicting 2 members of the gang.

The feds acknowledge Tekashi's testimony in open court put a target on his back and endangered his family. In the docs, prosecutors say, "There's no question that the defendant's life will never be the same because of his cooperation in this case."

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They added 6ix9ine and his family will need 'round-the-clock protection at all times to avoid a retaliation attack from gang members. Tekashi's legal team says the rapper declined an offer to enter him into the government's witness protection program.

As part of his deal with the feds, Tekashi pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering, firearms offenses, conspiracy, narcotics trafficking and other crimes.

A judge will consider the prosecutor's request for significantly reduced prison time when Tekashi is sentenced in 2 weeks. He faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 47 years in prison if he didn't cooperate with the feds.

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Lizzo rocked the house in a white bodysuit and red Santa Claus-inspired robe during her performance at the KISS-FM Jingle Ball concert at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on Tuesday.

Lizzo opened her 25-minute set with her hits "Good As Hell" and "Water Me". She was one of six acts taking the stage at the annual Christmas music festival. Other performers on the bill included Sam Smith, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, Lauv, and the boy band Why Don't We.

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She finished the set by performing crowd favorites "Cuz I Love You", "Juice", and "Truth Hurts".

"There's a lot of love in the building tonight," she told the frenzied crowd.

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Lizzo surprised her fans over the weekend when she stripped naked for a photo shoot on Instagram as a body positive message to her haters.

In the images, Lizzo uses her long hair weave to preserve her modesty as she strikes a series of confident poses on a red sofa.

Lizzo, 31, is no stranger to going naked - she also posed in her birthday suit for the cover of her 2019 album Cuz I Love You.

And she recently curled up in a bathtub full of rainbow Skittles. She captioned the kinky shot:

"TASTE THE RAINBOW BITCH— if you ever wondered what my coochie taste like.... Puttin the Queen in Halloween".


 

 

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The Internet is convinced that emotionally unavailable rapper Common is dating comic actor Tiffany Haddish. They say Common kicked Angeles Rye to the curb after taking her back twice.

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The 47-year-old rapper/actor and then-39-year-old political analyst broke up in March of last year after a rocky relationship. They both released statements saying they remained friends.

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But they got back together in May only to part ways again before reuniting in August. Now it seems they are done for good. According to the gossipmongers on message board Lipstick Alley, he dumped Angela in September to pursue Tiffany, a divorcee with a well-documented history of emotional and mental problems.

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In between his multiple breakups with Angela, Common sought counseling from unlicensed therapist Michelle Obama.

He said she told him that his emotional issues stems from his ordeal as a child when he was molested by an uncle.

The abuse caused him to question his own sexuality which made it difficult for him to relate to women. Particularly so-called "strong, independent women" like Angela, who has personality issues of her own.

According to the sleuths on Lipstick Alley, Common skipped Angela's 40th birthday party in October. A few days later he was spotted taking Selfies with Tiffany backstage at the Blue Note Jazz Club. He recently flew to the West Coast to celebrate Tiffany's 40th birthday.

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Update: her good friend said that when common went on tour in sept he kinda got distant. stopped calling, etc. when he came back he just sat her down and told her that they just didn't have it. he wasn't feeling the chemistry needed to go forward. same friend said common was super nice and cool when he hung out with her, but that they didn't have any romantic chemistry. seemed more like a guy she was kicking it with and not a couple. i've heard a few people say that-- they never acted or seemed like a couple. just no spark between them, no affection, and apparently no love because he let her know he just wasn't in love with her like that.

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He missed Angela's 40th but flew to LA with Tiffany Haddish to celebrate hers. I'm surprised TMZ didn't catch them leaving NYC and arriving at LAX at the same time. They've been glued to the hip since he got back on tour. Weren't they rumored to be together after he and Angela broke up the first time?

UPDATE: one of tiffany's party guests-- a poster artists she hired for the part-- just replied on IG. confirmed she and common are def dating. said he was in LA on business as well as for her bday party.

 

Questions: 1. Considering their past histories of emotional unavailability, do you think Common and Tiffany make a good couple?

2. How long do you think they will last before he moves on to the next emotionally damaged Hollywood starlet?
 

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Rapper French Montana released another hospital photo to promote his upcoming album, Montana, set to drop on Dec. 6.

In the photo posted on Instagram.com Tuesday, Montana is seen doing pushups on the floor of a hospital room. A handicap toilet sits against a wall in the background. EKG leads are attached to his chest.

The caption reads:

"CANT KEEP ME DOWN !!
Been workin hard on my new album and I'm so proud to announce it's coming THIS FRIDAY !!! #MONTANA The music is keepin my spirit alive ???? THANK YOU to my fans, love y’all for ridin with me thru this journey".

This is the 2nd hospital photo the rapper has released in a week, prompting his followers to accuse him of using his hospital stay as a publicity stunt for his album.

The 35-year-old rapper was hospitalized on Nov. 21, after he collapsed at home and complained of abdominal/chest pain, nausea and shortness of breath. Medics who responded to his home reported he had an elevated heart rate (palpitations).

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Lee Daniels, left, came to the rescue of deadbeat dad Damon Dash, right, who owes $950,000 in back child support to his baby mamas Rachel Roy and Cindy Morales.

The money is part of a debt Daniels owes Dash to the tune of $1.7 million. Dame loaned Daniels the money to invest in a movie. But Daniels never paid the cash back, prompting Dash to take to social media to embarrass the father of two.

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Dame was arrested in New York City last month for failing to pay child support. Following his release from jail Dash claimed he turned himself in and paid off his large debt to his exes.

"I went to turn myself in with money! I already paid it! And I still walked in with cuffs," Dash said outside the courthouse. "No more warrants. Everything is clear."

But Daniels' offer to pay off the debt suggests Dash did not pay the money like he claimed.

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Dwyane Wade fired back at concerned Internet users who questioned his parenting skills when his wife, actress Gabrielle Union posted an Instagram photo of Wade's 12-year-old son, Zion Wade, wearing a crop top, leggings and sharp acrylic nail tips.

Mothers everywhere were shocked and saddened by the boy's sexually suggestive attire. They criticized Wade on social media. But the retired 37-year-old NBA player asked them to kindly mind their own business while he raised Zion as he saw fit.

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Gossipmongers wondered aloud if Wade's ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches - who was SO outspoken during their bitter divorce - had something to say about Wade and Union exploiting her son to advance their careers.

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Siohvaughn, a 38-year-old author who first dated Wade in high school, has not said a word publicly - probably because she's under a very restrictive non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

According to MTOnews.com, Siohvaughn is making some explosive allegations against the NBA baller.

In throwback videos, that were coincidentally re-uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 2nd, Siohvaughn claims that she suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of her ex-husband.

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"I saw him sell his soul. I saw him taking his character and exchanging it for yet another endorsement," she told Successful Ladies Live in a series of interviews.

She also said Wade beat her while she was pregnant with Zion. Siohvaughn, who said she was mentally abuse by Wade, may have transferred that negative energy to her unborn baby. The boy was born into a dysfunctional home filled with violence and hate.

Siohvaughn told Successful Ladies Live:

"I woke up in the middle of the night. I was sick - obviously because of the pregnancy. And I noticed that [Dwyane] wasn't in the house. And so I was calling him because it was like 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, and we went to bed together...

"He finally got back several hours later. I was very upset... [Dwyane] started cursing and calling me names. Telling me 'Shut the F up', 'Women talk too much' and 'You should know your place'.

"Then it turned to physical violence. He picked me up, and threw me down. He threw me down so hard, that when my back hit the ottoman it broke into pieces. And my head and back hit the marble floor.

"After that I immediately got up and went to the phone, and went to call the police. He snatched the phone out of my hand and slammed it into my body, so hard the phone broke into pieces."

She said she begged him not to enter the NBA draft because she knew the money and instant fame would break her family apart.

Siohvaughn also says Wade cheated on her constantly after he signed his NBA contract. She must have felt vindicated when Wade's 3rd son, Xavier, was born to a California woman six years ago - while he was dating Gabrielle Union, 47.

Watching Siohvaughn speak so openly about the abuse she allegedly endured - all while struggling to keep her family together in 2007 - will touch the hearts of women who can relate to Siohvaughn's emotional story.

Watch the interviews below.
 

 

 

 

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Simon Cowell's production company has brought in the lawyers to speak with Gabrielle Union about the alleged racism and sexism on the set of America's Got Talent.

As you know, Union was let go as a judge after hosting just one season of AGT for a reported $15 million salary. But the 47-year-old Scorpio refused to go quietly without hurling accusations of racism and sexism on the set.

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Among her complaints were a joke made by by Jay Leno and notes passed to her by staffers complaining about her ever-changing hairstyles.

A source told Variety.com that staffers complained Union's hairweave was "too black" for the audience.

Cowell's production company Syco brought in lawyers for a scheduled meeting between Union, Syco NBC and producers Freemantle.

Variety.com reports that NBC plans to speak with Union to ask her about her concerns regarding the environment on the set.

A source confirmed to Page Six: "The companies are retaining outside counsel to assist us in learning more about the facts in this matter, starting with hearing from Gabrielle, which we expect to happen this week."

A source told Deadline.com that Union was anxious to meet with NBC to discuss how she can help them to improve the "toxic environment" on the set.

"Gabrielle believes there is a toxicity that has become normalized at 'Talent,'" an insider told Deadline on Monday.

"She wants to help fix that, because she loved a lot of her time on the show last season, even with the issues with Simon and what have you. But she could never go back, even if they did a [180] and asked her to for another season — no."

But sources say the "toxic" environment on the set improved as soon as Union left. They say her constant complaints to the network bosses is the main reason why she got the boot.

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Cardi is beside herself after her rapper husband Offset's socials were apparently hacked early Tuesday. Someone close to the rapper sent out a series of tweets on his timeline that suggested he was batting for the other team.

The hacker then changed his password and locked him out of his accounts.

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The tweets were quickly deleted but not before Offset's followers took screenshots of the posts.

Cardi B addressed the tweets as soon as she woke up this morning. She assured her fans that her man's socials were hacked.

Her assistant was unable to get access to Offset's Instagram account. As Cardi spoke on camera, a nervous-looking Offset shadowed her every move.

The fact that both of his accounts were hacked at the same is very suspect. It can only mean one thing: that someone very very close to him knew his password (he probably uses the same password for all of his accounts) and hacked into his accounts.

It isn't hard to figure out who did it (no, it wasn't Cardi or her assistant). It was someone very close to him. Cardi knows who it is. That's why she keeps him so close.
 

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Filmmaker J.J. Abrams, left, praised geriatric actor Billy Dee Williams after the 82-year-old spoke openly about being gender fluid.

In an interview with Esquire magazine, Williams, who first appeared in the Star Wars franchise in 1980 movie The Empire Strikes Back, explained that he uses both male and female pronouns when referring to himself.

"I'm a very soft person. I'm not afraid to show that side of myself," Williams said. "I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn't take himself or herself too seriously."

"And you see I say 'himself' and 'herself,' because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine," he added.

Speaking with entertainment TV show Extra, Abrams, who directs the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, in which Williams reprises his role as Lando Calrissian, celebrated the actor as the "absolute greatest".

"I think, honestly, that comment and whatever he meant by it, it speaks to his openness," Abrams gushed. "He has such an amazing life experience and he is such a wonderful guy to talk to in-between takes because he will just start referencing relationships he's had with these legends in music and film and dance and theater."

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Abrams added: "No one has a smile like Billy Dee and to have him, to get to work with him at all, has been such a joy. He is just the sweetest."

But not everyone is happy about the actor's revelation. Many of his elderly female fans believe the actor is going senile. They wish he had taken his secret to the grave with him.

Younger Black women complain that Hollywood is turning eligible straight men against them by offering juicy movie roles and other perks to actors who come out as homosexual or trans.

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NeNe Leakes, right, was mistaken for drag queen Tiffany T. Fantasia, left, in South Beach, according to Page Six. The 51-year-old Real Housewives of Atlanta reality TV personality was mistaken for the popular drag performer when she stopped by drag hot spot the Palace.

A witness tells Page Six that after NeNe entered the club, "A group of tipsy boys shouted, 'You'd better work it, Tiffany T. Fantasia!' But it was NeNe."

The spy said NeNe laughed off the mistaken identity. "She entered and played it off like a true diva. She walked in with a fierce walk and winked at the table."

Once fans realized NeNe wasn’t the world famous drag performer, the reality star was swarmed with "selfie requests". Leakes has previously frequented the bar with Bravo TV personality Andy Cohen.
 

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Atlanta socialite Marjorie Harvey must be disappointed in her daughter, Lori Harvey, after the 22-year-old broke every rule she taught her about dating.

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Rapper Future Hendrix publicly claimed Lori in a series of social media posts over the holiday weekend. In one post he revealed they were on holiday together in Dubai.

Future, 36, has a reputation for wooing the ladies and impregnating at least seven of them.

Lori also has built a reputation for herself as a Hollywood "pass-around", aka a loose woman who dates only wealthy men with influence and power.

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In a throwback video from 2015 Marjorie gave her daughter valuable advice about respecting herself and saving her goodies for the right man.

"I know you just started dating this year," said Marjorie to then-18-year-old Lori. "No athletes, no rappers. We gonna come up with a list."

Marjorie told her daughter: "Don't ever try to fit in when God has clearly created you to stand out and always be a lady." She added: "And understand YOU are the prize. Don't give yourself to anybody that is not going to be your husband."

Unfortunately, Lori didn't listen.

Lori has dated music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, 50, after briefly shagging his son, trust fund kid Justin Combs, 25. She has also dated bisexual singer Trey Songs, 35, and she was briefly engaged to Dutch soccer star Memphis Depay, 25.

Watch Marjorie giving motherly advice to then-18-year-old Lori Harvey below.
 

Lizzo surprised her fans with a new set of nudies on social media. The stout singer/rapper stripped naked and showed off her bare butt on Instagram as a body positive message to her haters.

In the images, Lizzo uses her long hair weave to preserve her modesty as she strikes a series of confident poses on a red sectional sofa.

Paraphrasing a line from the movie Titanic, she wrote beside the shots, "Paint me like ya French b**ch".

She also posted a brief video clip of herself seductively crawling toward the camera, which she captioned, "Omw [on my way]...."

Lizzo, 31, is no stranger to going naked - she also posed in her birthday suit for the cover of her 2019 album Cuz I Love You.

And she recently curled up in a bathtub full of rainbow Skittles. She captioned the kinky shot:

"TASTE THE RAINBOW BITCH— if you ever wondered what my coochie taste like.... Puttin the Queen in Halloween".


 

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Khloe Kardashian was surprised to receive a diamond necklace and promise ring from ex-fiancé Tristan Thompson during Sunday's episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

The 35-year-old reality star ended her relationship with the Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan after discovering he'd cheated on her with former family friend Jordyn Woods.

But the pair have been working to keep their relationship on good terms for the sake of their daughter, 19-month-old True Thompson, who needs her father in her life full-time.

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Tristan seems confident of a reunion, and he recruited Khloe's Black friends Khadijah and Malika Haqq to help him deliver the diamond necklace and buy his way back into Khloe's heart.

"Tristan reached out to see if we would help him get Khloe this gift," the sisters explained in a confessional interview. "Of course we said yes!"

While Khloe clearly liked the gift, she was apparently uncomfortable with accepting the gifts and what that would mean for her and her daughter.

"I am conflicted as to if I should keep it or not, because I just want to make sure there's no expectations," she explained. "It's the sweetest kindest gesture, but that still doesn't mean, 'OK, a necklace is just gonna fix everything'."

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There have been other signs that Tristan is breaking down her resistance. The day before Khloe's 35th birthday he gave her a stunning pink diamond ring, and the star revealed to sister Kourtney's ex Scott Disick how Tristan presented it to her.

"He goes, 'This is a promise ring,' and I go, 'Promise to be nice to me as True's mom.' I was like, 'I really appreciate it. I don't think I can accept it.' He goes, 'Just think about it. It's yours.'"

"It looks fully like an engagement ring," Scott said, examining the jewelry, as Khloe explained he also gave her a hand-written card expressing his appreciation for her.

"It was the nicest, longest card and it was in his bad handwriting, which is what I wanted," Khloe explained. "Something tangible that I can keep."
 

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