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Rapper DaBaby issued an official apology for his homophobic Rolling Loud festival rant in Miami, Florida on July 23.

In his official apology, the rapper admitted his comments were "insensitive" and disrespectful to the LGBT+ community and HIV/AIDS survivors.

The rapper upset gay rights activists with his speech about HIV and AIDS sufferers during his set.

"If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light in the air," he said.

He added, "Fellas, if you ain't suck a n**ga's d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lights in the air. Keep it f**king real."

His comments sparked major backlash online and in his bank accounts. His critics included his "Levitating" collaborator Dua Lipa, who said she was "surprised" and "horrified" at his comments.

DaBaby tweeted on Tuesday:

"Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y'all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies But the LGBT community... I ain't trippin on y'all, do you. y'all business is y'all business [sic]."

 

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Rapper DaBaby's homophobic and anti-HIV speech at the Rolling Loud music festival sparked outrage on Twitter.

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The 29-year-old Capricorn uttered the comments during his live set at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, July 25.

"If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in 2, 3 weeks, then put your cellphone light up.

"Ladies, if your pu$$y smell like water, put a cellphone light them up. Fellas, if you ain't sucking d**k in the parking lot put your cellphone light up. Keep it real."

Ghey Twitter lit up as users expressed their outrage when the video went viral last night.

HIV advocacy groups slammed the rap star for "spreading misinformation about HIV."

"It's wrong for people living with HIV to be made to feel lesser or excluded because of their diagnosis – it should be unacceptable in the musical industry and in society at large," said Richard Angell, campaigns director at the Terrence Higgins Trust.

He added:

"Comments like DaBaby's perpetuate HIV-related stigma and discrimination, as well as spreading misinformation about HIV.

"You can now live a long, healthy life with HIV thanks to medical progress when you're diagnosed and accessing treatment.

"That's why it's important to challenge anything that deters people from testing and learning the facts about HIV."

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Paris Hilton shut down pregnancy rumors after waking up to 3,000 text messages congratulating her and fiancé Carter Reum.

On Tuesday, the socialite and reality TV star denied she was pregnant with her first child at age 40 in a new episode of her podcast, "This Is Paris."

"I woke up to about 3,000 texts. I heard from people I haven't heard from in years. Thank you everyone for all the messages. I am pregnant with triplets.

"Actually I'm just kidding. I'm not pregnant, not yet. I'm waiting until after the wedding."

But her denials failed to put a dent in the rumormongering. Paris and her vacant uterus were still making headlines Wednesday morning.

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Paris Hilton believes the rumor mill went into overdrive after she wore a push up bra at dinner with her fiancé, Carter Reum.

"I don't know how this rumor started, but I'm assuming it was the Paris Hilton push-up bra from my new lingerie line. It could look like those were because of a pregnancy, but nope. And my dress was very flowy. People just like to make up stories."

Meanwhile, the 40-year-old businesswoman and DJ is set to try her hand at the culinary arts in her upcoming six-episode Netflix TV series, "Cooking with Paris."

Paris' show will follow the star and her celebrity guests as they go "from the grocery store to the finished table spread" and create a delicious dinner.

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Celebrity guests include aspiring rapper Saweetie (pictured) and singer Demi Lovato, among others.

The Simple Life star is not a trained chef, but she knows her way around a microwave.

In a trailer released on Tuesday, the beauty can be seen struggling to grasp the concept of "tongs" and zesting lemons.

Check out the trailer below.
 

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Aspiring rapper Dess Dior has tested positive for COVID-19, just days after performing at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami, Florida on July 23.

The 22-year-old, real name Destiny Bailey, was among the hip-hop artists performing at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium as part of the three-day weekend.

The "Stop Playin'" rapper told her fans on Twitter on Sunday: "I'm sick af (as f--k) in soooooo much pain rn (right now)."

Dior, who had performed on Saturday, later added: "??I don't think I have Covid but ima get tested to be safe."

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On Monday, Dior returned to Twitter to update her fans and to urge boyfriend, rapper Future, and other friends to get tested.

"Update: I tested positive for Covid. Everybody who's been in contact with me should go get tested asap," she added.

It's unclear whether Dior received mRNA vaccinations ahead of her Rolling Loud performance, or if she had been required to take a Covid test before taking to the stage.

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Kelly Clarkson has been ordered to pay her ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock, $195,000 -per-month in spousal and child support.

The legal victory comes as People magazine reports that Brandon requested $436,000 a month in spousal support and child support from Kelly.

A Los Angeles County Court judge issued the order this week following a hearing on the former couple's property and child custody, according to documents obtained by The Blast.

Court docs lists the singer/TV personalty's monthly income at over $1.5 million.

The new payment plan is back dated to April 1, 2021.

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The documents also reveal Brandon has given up his career as a manager in the entertainment business and is becoming a "rancher full-time".

During the former couple's ongoing divorce, Kelly asked the court to allow her to sell their Montana ranch, but the judge denied the request and ordered Brandon to start covering the costs of the property.

According to the new order, Clarkson is also required to pay $1.25 million to cover Brandon's attorneys fees.

The singer filed for divorce in 2020, after seven years of marriage.

Kelly was previously granted primary physical custody over the couple's 2 minor children.
 

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Kelly, 38, filed for divorce from Blackstock in June after 7 years of marriage. They share daughter, River Rose, 6, and son, Remington Alexander, 4. Blackstock also has two children from a previous marriage: Seth, far left, and Savannah, 2nd from left.

A source tells People that Blackstock, 43, has been "unreasonable" in his requests for support and attorney's fees from the 2002 American Idol winner.

"Kelly's offered to pay for all the kids' expenses, but Brandon seems to think he is entitled to and needs $301,000 in spousal support and $135,000 in child support per month," said the source.

Blackstock claims he needs $5.2 million a year to continue living the life of luxury that he was accustomed to while married to Kelly.

The source said, "Additionally, he's already asked for $2 million for attorney fees when he's the one driving up the cost of the divorce with seven attorneys just representing him alone.

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Kanye West shared a photo of his windowless room at Atlanta's $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The 44-year-old rapper reportedly pays $1 million a day for his living quarters inside a locker room. The bare space features high-traffic carpeting and access to a toilet stall and shower next door.

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Kanye's new pad at the stadium is not much larger than a college dorm room or a jail cell at the nearby Fulton County lockup in downtown Atlanta.

The spartan living quarters includes a twin bed with a white comforter, a wall-mounted television, an open locker containing a few outfits, a suitcase, a small storage locker that doubles as a nightstand, and a digital clock on the cinder block wall.

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Stadium officials shared an Instagram photo of Kanye's Donda Studio at the stadium.

Kanye brought in a chef to provide nutritious meals for him and his small entourage while he puts the finishing touches on the Donda album, named for his late mother.

According to sources, Kanye never left the stadium after his sold out album listening party on July 22.

The album reviews were less than stellar and, ever the perfectionist, Kanye installed a studio at the stadium to finish the album.

He was so upset over the poor reviews, that he didn't change his clothes for three days.

Kanye hopes his meager accommodations at the stadium will inspire him to release a classic album like 2004's Grammy Award-winning College Dropout.

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Issa Rae wanted something timeless and classy to commemorate her wedding to longtime boyfriend Louis Diame.

Issa and Louis tied the knot at a private ceremony in the South of France over the weekend.

Some women only get married once, so Issa wanted custom diamond bridal jewelry that will always remind her of that special occasion.

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So she reached out to Scotty, of Grillz by Scotty aka We Trap Grills, in Decatur, Georgia, to custom order a custom diamond and gold grill for her wedding day.

Scotty called in to Majic 107.5's Ryan Cameron Uncensored radio show on Tuesday to explain Issa's custom order.

He said Issa walked into his West Coast location to order the timeless wedding jewelry.

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Issa wanted platinum fangs with inset diamonds -- and only the best quality diamonds would suffice. Scotty said he had no idea who she was until after she placed her order and left.

It isn't every day that a bride orders a custom bridal grill.

Scotty said he made a backup piece just in case something went wrong or the first one didn't fit.

If you live in Georgia, you can visit Scotty at his Decatur store at 1900 Candler Rd, Decatur, GA 30032.

Question: What do you think of Issa's custom bridal grill?

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Naomi Osaka, who is ranked No. 2 in the world, was upset by world No. 14 Marketa Vondrousova at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Tuesday.

Osaka was beaten in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 in her home nation of Japan. The Olympics was Osaka's first tournament since withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon earlier this year.

She was criticized for avoiding the news media over concerns for her own mental health.

Osaka, 23, made headlines when she declined to speak to the press at the French Open. She was fined $15,000 and pulled out of the French Open in June.

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Osaka ended her boycott by speaking to the media after she arrived at the Olympic Games. She also spoke to the media after her upset loss to Vondrousova.

"I feel like I should be used to (the pressure) by now. But at the same time, the scale of everything has been a bit hard because of the break that I took. I am glad I didn't lose in the first round at least."

When a Japanese journalist asked, "How do you feel?" Osaka fought back tears, then left Ariake Tennis Park, accompanied by her agent.

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Osaka is pictured at the 2021 ESPY Awards in NYC on July 10.

Osaka played down predictions that she would easily win her first Olympic gold medal.

"Well you know, definitely it would mean a lot for me to win gold here but I know it's a process," she said.

"You know, these are the best players in the world and I honestly haven't played in a while so I'm trying to keep it one match at a time. All in all, I'm just really happy to be here."

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Hotel heiress Paris Hilton is reportedly pregnant with her first child at age 40. The father is her current fiancé Carter Reum, according to multiple news reports.

In January, Paris announced she underwent expensive IVF treatments to become pregnant.

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"I'm really excited just to move on for the next step of my life and finally just have a real life, because I really do believe that having a family and having children is the meaning of life," she said at the time.

After watching her former friends start families of their own, Paris acknowledged her biological clock had run out of time. She decided to have a child to fulfill her life.

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"I haven't got to experience that yet, because I didn't feel like anybody deserved that love from me. And now I finally found the person who does," she said.

In February Paris got engaged to Reum, a 40-year-old author, entrepreneur, investor and co-founder of VEEV Spirits liquor.

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Like her former wardrobe stylist, Kim Kardashian, Paris skyrocketed to fame after her sex tape was released in 2003. Hilton is pictured in 2006 with her former stylist, Kim, when Paris was the bigger star.

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In 2003 Paris starred in The Simple Life with bestie Nicole Ritchie. The show was about two wealthy socialites slumming at low paying jobs for the first time in their lives. The show was canceled in 2005.

Paris signed with Donald Trump's modeling agency, T Management, at age 19.

She is the great-granddaughter of the late hotel baron, Conrad Hilton.

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Do you wish your skin glowed and glistened like socialite Lori Harvey's? You're in luck. Lori's new skincare line will be dropping soon.

"@sknbylh coming soon..." the 23-year-old captioned a photo of herself under an outdoor shower.

"Fresh Face Glow," she captioned another photo of herself wearing a powder blue pajama short set.

She shared that she used her boyfriend, actor Michael B. Jordan.

"I tested all my products first on myself, and then on my boyfriend. He has become my live test model. So now he is into his skincare routine as well."

Essence.com editors crowed about Lori's "beautiful, dewy, and flawless skin..."

"The skincare world is a great space for Harvey's business venture because she has beautiful, dewy, and flawless skin that she often displays on her social media.

There are not many details at this time but we do know from the video that a serum and eye cream will be added to the product line. We can predict that it will be head-to-toe products that will put our Selfcare Sundays on point."


 

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Rapper T.I. defended DaBaby's homophobic speech at the Rolling Out music festival in Miami, Florida on Sunday, July 25.

During his Sunday night set, DaBaby invited fans to put their "cellphone lighters up" if they don't have HIV or AIDS "or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, that'll make you die in two to three weeks".

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He also told males to hold their cellphones up if they didn't give fellatio to men in the parking lot.

Twitter users were quick to protest the rapper's comments, and LGBT+ advocacy groups called him out for stigmatizing people with HIV.

DaBaby attempted to apologize for his comments on Monday, but he failed miserably.

The rapper claimed his words weren't directed at his gay fans because they're not "nasty ghey n**gas" or "junkies" and they take care of themselves. He said his ghey fans don't have HIV or AIDS.
 

In an Instagram Live on Monday, T.I. insisted what DaBaby said was no more disturbing than videos by openly gay rapper Lil Nas X.

T.I. said he had "a lot of respect" for openly ghey artists, but he also felt Lil Nas X's new "Industry Baby" video went too far.

"That s**t ain't for me," he said. "I can't look at it."

"If you gonna have the Lil Nas X video and him living his truth, you gonna damn sure have people like DaBaby who gonna speak their truth."

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T.I., a father of seven, defended his pro-heterosexual stance.

"I respect gheys... If homosexuals have more rights than heterosexual people, just say that... Just let that be the law," he said.

He added he doesn't want his children watching Lil Nas X's video and he feels the same way about the raunchy "WAP" video by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion -- although he enjoyed watching the "WAP" video.

Meanwhile, the 40-year-old rapper and his wife, Tiny, 46, continue to deny allegations of sexual assault brought against them by multiple women, who have accused the couple of drugging and assaulting them.