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The world rallied around Vanessa Bryant and her surviving children after NBA icon Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna died in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. in January.

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But a dark side of Vanessa is emerging months after the tragic accident.

Vanessa's mother, Sofia Laine was there for her daughter immediately after the tragedy, helping to care for Vanessa's minor children while Vanessa grieved.

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Sofia was also there in 2003 to help pick up the pieces when Vanessa fell apart emotionally after Kobe was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a resort employee in Colorado.

Sofia recently sat down for an in-depth interview on "El Gordo and La Flaca" to expose her daughter for who she really is.

In the interview, conducted entirely in Spanish, Sofia claims Vanessa kicked her out of the Bryant mansion and repossessed a car she had given her.

In a promo video posted on Instagram, Sofia is in tears as she explains that her daughter abandoned her and left her destitute.

The caption translated in English reads: "This Monday, @davevaladez speaks in #Exclusive with the mother of Vanessa Bryant who is in abandonment and sadness after the death of her son[-in-law]."

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Few on social media are shedding tears for Sofia, pictured far right with Kobe and Vanessa at the Staples Center with her grandchildren: Natalia (far left), Bianka (on Kobe's lap) and Gianna in 2017.

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Fans recall in the early days of Kobe and Vanessa's relationship when Kobe forsake his own parents to lavish gifts on Sofia - including a new home and cars.

The interview airs Monday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. on "El Gordo and la Flaca" on Univision.
 

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ripped down his front gate when a power outage rendered the metal gate inoperable.

Johnson shared an Instagram photo of the damaged gate of his $9.5 million Atlanta mansion after he tore the gate off its hinges following a power outage in the north Georgia area.

"Not my finest hour, but a man's gotta go to work," Johnson captioned the image. "We experienced a power outage due to severe storms, causing my front gate not to open. I tried to override the hydraulic system to open the gates, which usually works when power goes out — but this time it wouldn't."

Johnson continued: "Made some calls to see how fast I can get the gate tech on site, but I didn't have 45min to wait. By this time, I know I have hundreds of production crew members waiting for me to come to work so we can start our day."

Johnson said he did "what I had to do," to get to work so his production staff would get paid for a full day's work on the set of his superhero flick "Black Adam."

Johnson said he ripped the gate down with his bare hands.

"I pushed, pulled and ripped the gate completely off myself. Ripped it completely out of the brick wall, severed the steel hydraulics and threw it on the grass. My security team was able to meet the gate technician and welders about an hour later — and they were apparently, 'in disbelief and equally scared' as to how I ripped it off."

Don't try this at home guys!
 

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Not my finest hour ?????, but a man’s gotta go to work. We experienced a power outage due to severe storms, causing my front gate not to open. I tried to override the hydraulic system to open the gates, which usually works when power goes out - but this time it wouldn’t. Made some calls to see how fast I can get the gate tech on site, but I didn’t have 45min to wait. By this time, I know I have hundreds of production crew members waiting for me to come to work so we can start our day. So I did what I had to do. I pushed, pulled and ripped the gate completely off myself. Tore it out of the brick wall, severed the steel hydraulics and threw it on the grass. My security team was able to meet the gate technician and welders about an hour later — and they were apparently, “in disbelief and equally scared” ? Not my finest hour, but I had to go to work. And I think I’m ? ready to be #blackadam ??? #ripgates

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Robin Givens issued a cease & desist to keep her marital misdeeds out of the upcoming Mike Tyson biopic.

The 55-year-old actress married Tyson in 1988 when he was at the peak of his boxing career. But their relationship quickly went downhill, as Givens allegedly leaked negative stories about Tyson to the gossip tabloids.

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Givens was accused of being a gold digger and taking advantage of the punch drunk boxing champ.

In an infamous interview with Barbara Walters that aired on September 29, 1988, Givens shocked the nation by accusing Tyson of physically abusing her and being manic-depressive.

Tyson's fans accused Givens and her helicopter mom, Ruth Roper, of drugging Tyson before the Walters interview.

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Givens's mother, seen here helping her daughter drag Tyson in a photo shoot, was also accused of leaking dirt on Tyson.

It's understandable that Givens doesn't want any of her dirty laundry aired in the Tyson biopic. It's safe to say Givens was one of the most hated celebrities of the '80s.

A representative for Tyson clarified that Ms. Givens's misdeeds will not be a part of the biopic. But she issued the C&D anyhow.

"As of now, Mr. Tyson's attorneys have not received any cease and desist, but there isn't nor has there been any intention of including his relationship with her in his biopic. He wishes her well in all her endeavors," the rep said.

Watch the interview with Walters below.
 

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NeNe Leakes is in good spirits a day after confirming she is departing Real Housewives of Atlanta after 12 seasons.

NeNe posted a boudoir photo that showed her wearing a lacy negligee on Friday. The former stripper captioned the heavily Photoshopped photo, "Sometimes you have to hit the reset button."

NeNe's unmade bed was blurred out in the background of the photo.
 

NeNe confirmed her exit from RHOA in a video on her YouTube channel on Thursday. "I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation," she said.

NeNe tried to save face by claiming she made the decision to leave.

"There's been a lot of emotion flying from both sides. It has been hard, and I have made the very hard and very difficult decision to not be a part of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta,' Season 13. It wasn't an easy decision for me. It was hard."

Word has it that the producers thought NeNe, at age 52, wasn't connecting with Gen-Z. Her constant rants and jabs at everyone from her castmates to producers grew tiresome.

"I'm just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for black ensemble reality shows," she said.

She thanked Bravo's producers for "all the memories, the laughs, the tears."

Bravo isn't done cleaning house. Other aging cast members who will be phased out next year reportedly include Cynthia Bailey, 53, Kenya Moore, 49, and Kandi Burruss, 44.

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Kanye West defended rap mogul Jay Z upon his return to Twitter on Friday following a temporary ban for sharing a journalist's phone number on his timeline.

Kanye, 43, tweeted screenshots of messages by blogger Akademiks, featuring the headline, "Jay Z Allegedly Sold Kanye's Masters to Get Own Masters Back."

"Don't let the system pit us against each other," Kanye tweeted on Friday. "JAY IS MY BROTHER ... I have eternal love for all artist that have been through and are still trapped this crooked system. Jay still doesn't get his own masters back for ten years. I will see to it that we all get our masters."

He added: "we will change the paradigm."

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Kanye, who is battling Universal Music Group for ownership of his masters, posted his entire contract on Twitter earlier this week.

Several music industry execs who read through the contracts concluded that Jay Z sold Kanye's first six albums in order to get his own masters back.

@lavidaNOTA, a South African label owner, wrote:

"Kanye contracts SUMMARY: Apart from the inducement which Kanye had to sign to get his advances. This shows that Jay Z sold the masters to first 6 @kanyewest's albums just so he could get his own back. He did so knowing Def Jam won't sell them back to Kanye in future. That's BEEF!

"[Kanye] owns album[s] 7-10 but the most lucrative and most critically acclaimed albums are owned by Roc-A-Fella which is wholly owned by Def Jam... The majors will never sell you your masters because that's what gives them market share and drives profits and Jay Z knew that."

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Halle Berry has finally confirmed she is dating singer Van Hunt after posting a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt with the singer's logo on it on Instagram.

The 54-year-old Oscar winner has dropped hints about a new boyfriend for months, but she refused to name him - until now.

On Thursday she posted the photo and captioned it: "now ya know...", adding a black heart and brown foot emoji, seemingly referencing all the snaps she has shared of her and the mystery man's feet in bed.

Halle's new post comes two weeks after Van shared a selfie, in which the Monster's Ball star is kissing his cheek.

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"kisses land softly," the 50-year-old singer captioned the shot.

One of Berry's mystery feet photos was posted on Instagram in July along with a red heart emoji.

It came weeks after the actress shared why she has been single for so long since her divorce from French actor Olivier Martinez during an Instagram Live chat with pal Lena Waithe.

"I've learned a lot being with my children," Berry said. "They are the best company for me right now, and when I divorced Maceo's dad I've been pretty alone by myself going on three years now. Decidedly so, for sure.

"I have decided to take time. I'm very much a relationship-oriented person; I always want to be with someone. But I decided, 'No I'm going to slow my roll, I'm going to take a minute and I'm going to spend time with me'. And it's been so great that I think I might stay like this!"

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NeNe Leakes officially confirmed her departure from Real Housewives of Atlanta after denying the rumors for months.

The news that NeNe was let go from the reality TV franchise was first reported by blogger B. Scott in June.

The mom of two responded to allegations that she was not invited back to the show due to insubordination and being a b*tch to her castmates.

"I promise I'll be the first to tell you myself! Thanks you for the love," she tweeted in June.

NeNe's manager also shut down rumors that she was dismissed from the cast after repeated acts of insubordination on and off the set.

"It is absolutely not true that Nene has been fired from RHOA," Leakes' manager, Steven Grossman tells PEOPLE. "Furthermore, it was made abundantly clear prior that she will always be welcome on the series as long as she wants to be."

A confidential source told Sandrarose.com that NeNe was "hurt and depressed" after being dismissed from Bravo's longest-running 'Real Housewives' franchise.

"She thinks her friends have abandoned her and she can't trust anyone."

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Negotiations between NeNe, Bravo and her manager reportedly broke down after NeNe demanded more screen time in every episode, according to Tamara Tattlez, who added that NeNe was offered a 5% raise in her letter.

NeNe finally confirmed the inevitable in a video on her YouTube channel on Thursday. "I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation," she said.

NeNe tried to save face by claiming she made the decision to leave.

"There's been a lot of emotion flying from both sides. It has been hard, and I have made the very hard and very difficult decision to not be a part of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta,' Season 13. It wasn't an easy decision for me. It was hard."

Word has it that the producers thought NeNe, at age 52, wasn't connecting with Gen-Z. Her constant rants and jabs at everyone from her castmates to producers grew tiresome.

"I'm just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for black ensemble reality shows," she said.

She thanked Bravo's producers for "all the memories, the laughs, the tears."

Bravo isn't done cleaning house. Other aging cast members who will be phased out next year reportedly include Cynthia Bailey, 53, Kenya Moore, 49, and Kandi Burruss, 44.
 

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Now we know why Kanye West hates Jay Z with a passion. Kanye went on a Twitter rampage, posting his contracts and urinating on his Grammy Award.

@lavidaNOTA, who calls himself The Authority, is a South African record label owner who read over the contracts that Kanye posted on Twitter.com this week.

@lavidaNOTA writes, "I have 16-years experience in the music business... It took me all night to understand Kanye's contracts. Aspiring artists have no idea what they are getting themselves into. This is why it’s important to ask people who have been through it for advice!"

Apparently, Jay Z sold the masters to Kanye's first six albums just so he could get his own masters back.

"Kanye contracts SUMMARY: Apart from the inducement which Kanye had to sign to get his advances. This shows that Jay Z sold the masters to first 6 @kanyewest's albums just so he could get his own back. He did so knowing Def Jam won't sell them back to Kanye in future. That's BEEF!"

"[Kanye] owns album[s] 7-10 but the most lucrative and most critically acclaimed albums are owned by Roc-A-Fella which is wholly owned by Def Jam... The majors will never sell you your masters because that’s what gives them market share and drives profits and Jay Z knew that."

@lavidaNOTA says Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey banning Kanye from Twitter had nothing to do with him posting a Forbes editor's phone number.

"Jack Dorsey aka @jack was jogging with Jay Z just a few weeks ago. Now Kanye is banned from tweeting for 12-24 hours. Sounds about rights!"

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Alexis Skyy claims she suffered food poisoning after eating a Travis Scott burger from McDonald's.

Alexis said she threw up after eating one of the burgers offered as part of a limited time only specialty meal at McDonald's fast food restaurants.

The Love & Hip-Hop cast member posted a copy of her receipt to her Instagram Stories. She captioned the image: "I'm sorry but I have to throw up after eating that sh*t."

The marketing campaign has faced public criticism and negative feedback from franchise owners who didn't want the Travis Scott meal on their menus.

The meal includes a Quarter Pounder with cheese, fries, bacon with BBQ sauce and a Sprite beverage, which Scott claims is his favorite meal.

McDonald's is also battling the rumor that the Travis Scott meals include human body parts.

The 28-year-old mumble rapper was signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. music production house, Very G.O.O.D. Beats, and Epic Records in 2012. He shares a 3-year-old daughter, Stormi, with Kylie Jenner, 23.

Alexis, 26, is best known as rapper Fetty Wap's baby mama. The ex-couple share a daughter, Alaiya.

Alexis first appeared as a cast member on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood in 2017.

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Atlanta entrepreneurs Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker appear to have closed their new restaurant before it even opened.

A loyal reader emailed a photo that shows the RHOA cast members took down that gigantic "Blaze" sign over their shuttered steak & seafood restaurant in Southwest Atlanta.

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If you recall, Kandi and Todd announced the opening of their newest establishment in the Camp Creek Marketplace last month. They also placed a "NOW HIRING" sign in the window.

But, according to my spy, the big Blaze sign came down days ago and there is no indication that the restaurant will be opening its doors anytime soon.

The new restaurant was inspired by their infant daughter, Blaze Tucker, who was delivered via surrogate on Nov. 22, 2019.

The couple already own and operate three "Old Lady Gang" soul food restaurants around the metro Atlanta area.

My spy noted that Blaze steakhouse may have been in conflict with Blaze Pizzeria restaurant chain in Atlanta.

But a quick search of Atlanta businesses turns up other "Blaze" establishments, such as Blaze strip club, the Atlanta Blaze men's lacrosse team, Blaze radio, and Blaze Sports America, among others.

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Another explanation is that the funding for Kandi and Todd's new restaurant fell through. They managed to secure funding for Blaze restaurant through the government's PPP coronavirus stimulus relief package.

According to Screenrant.com, the couple received between $150,000 and $350,000 in PPP funds set aside for struggling small businesses amid the pandemic.

The loans were approved on April 29 and the funds were disbursed through TruFund Financial Services, despite the fact that Kandi allegedly has a net worth of around $30 million.

According to Screenrant.com, Kandi and Todd shouldn't have been entitled to the PPP loans in the first place since they pass themselves off as a wealthy couple.

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Kanye West was temporarily banned by Twitter after he shared a screenshot of a journalist's phone number.

The ban came after Kanye went on a tweeting rampage over the past few days that including a video of himself urinating on a Grammy Award and posting screenshots of his recording contract.

On Wednesday, Kanye shared a screenshot of a phone number belonging to Forbes magazine chief content officer Randall Lane. He wrote: "If any of my fans want to call a white supremacist... this is the editor of Forbes."

Kanye was temporarily banned from the social media platform until he logged in and deleted the tweet.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the offending tweet had not been deleted, but Twitter has hidden the tweet from public view.

Earlier in the day, the 43-year-old mega producer tweeted a video that showed him urinating on one of his 21 Grammy Awards submerged in a toilet bowl.

"Trust me... I WONT STOP," Kanye wrote alongside the video clip.

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The father of four also complained about his recording contract.

"90% of the record contracts on the planet are still on a royalty A standard record deal is a trap to NEVER have you recoup, and there’s all these hidden costs like the ‘distribution fees’ many labels put in their contracts to make even more money off our work without even trying."

According to Showbiz411, Kanye received a $12 million advance in 2012 for his 2013 album Yeezus - that went on to sell just 609,000 copies in 7 years.

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A stressful marriage can take a toll on a woman's health. Women who suspect their husbands may be cheating on them are especially vulnerable.

Kandi Burruss took to her Instagram Stories to confess that she gained 20 pounds since May. Ironically, that's around the time when rumors swirled about her husband, Todd Tucker, and a certain voluptuous real estate agent.

The 44-year-old mom of three said she was struggling to lose 10 pounds, leaving her with 30 pounds as her weight loss goal.

"Okay so today is Wednesday, I believe it's the, is it the 16th of September? This is the first day back to working out," Burruss said.

Kandi added: "I gained 20 pounds since May. Since you know... well not at the beginning of Covid."

Marital stress can cause symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, forgetfulness, insomnia and mood swings.

Women tend to pile on the pounds by eating greasy, fatty foods, rather than healthy foods from all 5 food groups (dairy, vegetables, fruit, grain and protein).

Kandi continued: "The beginning of Covid i was working out and i was in shape. And even then I wanted to lose 10 pounds but I ended up getting lax and comfortable and I ended up gaining 20."

"So that means I have have 30 pounds of which I would like to lose. I just want to better myself overall. I just want to get used to making working out a regular routine."

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In the video titled, "I need help! Thank God for family... I hope I can stick to this 7 am workout schedule," Kandi explained that her cousin Patrick has volunteered to work out with her.

"He's a trainer. He got up and came to my house at 7 to workout and that's going to be my regular time. I hope I can stick to this."

Kandi and Todd share two children. They also have grown daughters from previous relationships.

Here are some tips to handle stress in a marriage:

1. Seek Self-Awareness

Pick the most common stress response for you and your spouse. When you notice this behavior, acknowledge the presence of difficult emotions and discuss them.

2. Listen

Listen to your spouse. Sometimes thoughts and emotions are misinterpreted because you don't listen. If you're having a hard day, ask your husband to listen to you.

3. Explore

Encourage your spouse to explore his feelings and describe what's going on inside him. Try not to be judgmental or accusatory, but have empathy for what your spouse is feeling. Name and validate painful emotions. Offering comfort for past hurts can help reduce painful emotions.

4. Seek out stressors from your spouse's childhood

Seek out your husband's feelings. Ask him about his childhood. If he feels overwhelmed, anxious and burdened, ask him if he felt overwhelmed, anxious and burdened as a child. Ask him what happens when he feels this way.

5. Resolve stress

After listening, ask, "How can I help?" Perhaps he needs some time alone after an emotionally exhausting conversation. You don't have to anticipate what he needs, you just have to ask.
 

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Presidential hopeful Kanye West reportedly asked his staff to refrain from "fornicating" outside of marriage.

The unusual request is part of Kanye's morality clause to establish proper employee conduct on and off the job.

According to a former staffer, Kanye portrays himself as a godly man with high morals, and he expects no less from the people who work with him.

According to the NY Post, Kanye has made abortion a central focus of his campaign for president.

"You can't do that. I don't want to ban or stop or point fingers at anything," said the father of four, who pledged "stipends for families that need support, creating orphanages that are really high-level desirable for people to go to, and the redesign of communities and cities in general to be supporting of families."

The rapper is so committed to reducing abortion rates, that he asked his campaign staff to refrain from "fornicating" outside of marriage, a source told the NY Times.

Kanye's goals also include police reform, reducing household and student loan debt and bringing prayer back into schools.

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The future politician is pictured in 2003 with La La Anthony (left) and Motown exec Ethiopia Habtemariam at a surprise party for Jay Z in NYC.

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Cardi B is seeking primary custody of her 2-year-old daughter Kulture in her divorce from promiscuous rapper Offset.

The "WAP" rapper, real name Belcalis Almanzar, filed documents in a Fulton County, Georgia court on Tuesday to end her three-year marriage to the Migos star. A hearing is set for November 4.

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Further details from the legal papers reveal that Cardi is asking for legal and primary physical custody of Kulture, and wants Offset to pay child support.

But word is that Offset is broke due to child support payments for his 4 other children and the coronavirus lockdowns prohibiting nightclub gigs and national tours. The Migos rapper has very little income and a ton of bills.

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In the documents, Cardi states via her lawyer that the marriage is "irretrievably broken". Adding that the former couple are currently separated, the papers add that "there are no prospects for a reconciliation".

According to the paperwork, the divorce is "contested", with Cardi listed as the plaintiff and Offset the defendant. However, the "Bodak Yellow" star ultimately hopes it will be "settled by agreement of the parties".

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Following the filing of the papers, a source close to Cardi told TMZ.com that she had no idea that her lawyer was going to be state her case that way, and she actually wants the split to be as "amicable" as possible.

"She wants Offset to have joint custody of Kulture and is determined to have an amicable, co-parenting situation," the insider told the website. "Her divorce petition also says she wants child support. (But) she does not want any support from Offset ... in the financial department, she's the Bank of Cardi."

Rumor has it that Cardi knows she would be in for a fight if she sought sole custody of Kulture. Offset knows all of Cardi's secrets -- dirt she doesn't want exposed in court papers.

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Cardi B's ill-advised marriage to promiscuous rapper Offset appears to be over. The "Bodak Yellow" rapper filed divorce papers in a Fulton County, Georgia court on Tuesday, according to Page Six.

The couple wed almost three years ago to the day and shares a two-year-old daughter, Kulture. A hearing has been set for November 4.

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According to a confidential source who has vast knowledge of this matter: Covid-19 is the reason behind the divorce action.

The source said the couple realized they weren’t marriage material during the lockdown. They discovered they have totally different personalities. Also, the lockdown made it harder for Offset to communicate with his Atlanta side piece.

With no club dates and no tours, Cardi and Offset were faced with the difficult task of getting to know each other without distractions at home.

They quickly discovered their 22,000 sq. ft. leased Buckhead mansion was not big enough for the 2 of them.

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The source said Cardi was adamant that Offset take the passwords off his phones. "What are you hiding?!" was a familiar refrain in their home.

The couple's marriage hit a wall when Cardi accused the Migos star of cheating on her, but she decided to save their marriage, telling Vogue last year, "When me and my husband got into our issues - you know, he cheated and everything - and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me, but it's real-life s**t.

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"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."

The ex-couple do not have a prenup in place. Cardi may be forced to pay Offset spousal support.
 

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