Things We Saw Today: Spike Lee Calls Trump a “Motherf@#!er” For Not Speaking Out Against the KKK. He’s Not Wrong.

Spike Lee’s forthcoming joint, BlacKkKlansman, tells the true story of a black police officer in 1979 Colorado who infiltrated the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white colleague. The film just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and received a 10 minute standing ovation.

Part of what people responded to in the film was the way Lee connects late-1970s America with present-day America, and the racism that remains all-too-present in the very fiber of the country. He ends the film with with footage of Trump’s reaction to last year’s Charlottesville protests. You know, the whole “on both sides” thing. He also uses footage of the death (Lee calls it a “murder”) of activist Heather Heyer, who died at the hands of Nazis, with Heyer’s mother’s permission.

“We have a guy in the White House who had a chance to say we are about love and not about hate,” Lee said after the premiere of his film. “And that motherfucker did not denounce the Klan, the alt-right, and those Nazi motherfuckers.” No he did not.

So, we’re all voting against him in the next presidential election, right? Good. Glad we’re on the same page. (via Buzzfeed)

What have you seen out there today?

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Review: Solo Is a Return to the Simpler Joys of Star Wars

Han Solo and Chewbacca in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a caper of a movie—really, a series of capers—that takes you through a galaxy far, far away mostly unconcerned with intergalactic warfare, the balance of light and dark Force-sides, or anyone named Skywalker. Solo wants to have fun, and it succeeds.

I’ll admit that I was down on Solo in the run-up to the movie. The production seemed plagued with problems, notably the firing of original directors Phil Lord and Chirs Miller (who were replaced by Ron Howard), and I was underwhelmed by the promos. I went in not looking forward to much save Lando’s prodigious cape collection.

But I take a good portion of my naysaying back, and gladly: Solo was the first Star Wars movie in a long time that gave me anything like the light-hearted thrill I first felt seeing A New Hope as a kid. And Solo is finally a Star Wars movie you can take kids to that they’ll be able to enjoy without the mass genocide of star systems getting in the way.

Though The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi are well-crafted films laden with nostalgia and bursting with intricate plotlines, there is little happiness to be found in their journeys. Everyone seems lost, frantic, and sad; much of the same can be said for the standalone Rogue One, in which absolutely everybody dies terribly in the end.

While Solo deals with some weighty issues—in a surprising and often poignant fashion—the fate of the galaxy is not on Han’s shoulders, and as a result, he gets a lot more space to have a lot more fun. I didn’t realize how much we needed some breathing room until we got it.

Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo

Solo is an origin story, rather in the vein of a superhero movie like Captain America: The First Avenger (complete with speeding train action sequence), only with a fair bit of comedy and an excellent amount of Wookiees. This one is Solo: The Thief Awakens. On paper, it’s the story of how a wily young man struggling to stay alive on the mean streets of Corellia breaks free and becomes one of the galaxy’s more successful smugglers, collecting a colorful group of characters along the way.

But Han isn’t just in it for the thrill or the money; it turns out his motivation is rather sweet. He has the beginnings of the cocky swagger we expect, but he’s trying to earn enough credits to buy a ship of his own for reasons of affection instead of just enrichment. His dedication herein is endearing and follows him throughout. It’s hard to roll your eyes too much at him whenever he gets into inevitable trouble (which he does, frequently), when you remember why he’s doing it. That’s also when we remember why we love Han Solo in the first place: despite his own intentions to the contrary, his heart is good and in the right place.

As Han, Alden Ehrenreich isn’t Harrison Ford or doing a Harrison Ford impression, and once you get over this dissonance, you can begin to accept his Han into your heart. Ehrenreich won’t win an Oscar for the part, but he has a bright-eyed presence and enthusiasm that works well enough.

He doesn’t have Ford’s gruffness or world-weariness, and for good reason: This Han has seen a lot of bad things, but he still has, well, hope. The universe hasn’t ground him down into pure cynicism yet. He’s eagerly opportunistic, resolutely resourceful, and ready to be made use of. This is a Han who wants to prove himself, even as he openly brags that he’s the best pilot around to anyone who will listen. He’s desperate for someone to test him at it.

Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Since it’s not about the Force or the Empire or its detractors very much, Solo is ultimately a heist movie. It is, in fact, many, many head-scratchingly complicated heists, and herein is where the movie loses some steam and focus. There are only so many convoluted plans that we already know will go wrong in a hundred ways that one can take, and Solo has a lot of them. There are some action sequences that seemed to last so long that my hair and fingernails grew, and there’s an awful lot of drama and death and injury that come about for scores that don’t really seem worth it.

If you stick with the movie, however, the eventual payoff is satisfying and unexpected, yet still feels earned. It’s then that we figure out why all of this flying and running and blasting could prove to be important.

When I cite “the simpler joys” of Star Wars in my headline, I mean that there are many, many elements that we love most from the universe (and Star Wars‘ extended universe) that are done well here, often with a wink and tongue set firmly in cheek. Convincing creatures of all sorts, both wacky and dangerous. Evocative costuming and plenty of space jewelry (Carrie Fisher would be proud). Exotic parties with show-stopping alien musical acts. Crime syndicates run by awful gangsters and bold blaster battles and gambling pits of scum and villainy and Stormtroopers chasing our heroes on speeders. It’s all here, and no one wants to be a Jedi at all. It’s rather wonderful.

Chewie and Han Solo in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

We meet new friends that will become old ones, and they are lovingly wrought. When Chewbacca is first introduced onto the scene, it’s so cleverly pulled off that I’m still smiling about it. Chewie (played by Joonas Suotamo, who should get an Oscar for Best Wookiee) is the total MVP here, probably my favorite character in all of Solothough he never speaks a word that’s not in Wookiee

Donald Glover is as splendid as expected as the card-playing charmer Lando Calrissian, smooth as silk and twice as slippery, but allowed emotional depths and an emotionality we might not have thought to see. And yes, the capes and scarves are fabulous. In fact, the whole movie looks lush and slick, with the Millennium Falcon’s interiors as young as the other characters and brightly gleaming.

Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

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Lando’s right-hand droid, L3-37, voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is going to be a flashpoint of this movie. Brash, outspoken, and obsessed with droids’ rights, equality, and the liberation of her enslaved mechanized brethren, L3 gets some of the best lines in Solo, and she is going to infuriate a certain type of fan who will tweet-screech about “social justice” issues being injected into their Star Wars. But for me, L3 came out of left field and helped turn Solo into a movie deeper than its flashy surface, an element that Solo manages to bring back at its end with powerful effect.

L3-37 in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

The other main female presence in Solo doesn’t fare so well. Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke feels miscast as Q’ira, a woman from Han’s past who becomes vital and complicated in the present. Clarke and Ehrenreich have little chemistry, which makes their scenes fall flat and feel less weighty than they should—especially when Ehrenreich has more chemistry with everyone else around him. Q’ira’s space jewelry is on point, though.

Q'ira and Han Solo in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

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Q’ira is an interesting, yet ultimately thankless character to play, since we know that Han Solo is one day destined for Leia Organa— but it’s hard not to feel like a different actress could have made us care more about her decisions. At least Q’ira gets to go along on a good portion of the missions and contribute as much as the menfolk.

The rest of the cast picks up the slack left by the lackluster romantic gestures here. Woody Harrelson is compelling as Tobias Beckett, a sort of proto-Han who becomes Han’s mentor and develops a complex relationship with our hero. It rather makes you wonder what would have happened if Obi-Wan could’ve spent a lot more time training Luke. Or in this case, corrupting his worldview.

Thandie Newton as Val in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Thandie Newton, as Beckett’s compatriot Val, also does what she can with the material; it’s troubling that it’s taken until 2018 to have a black female character in Star Wars with a memorable speaking role, but if it had to take this long, at least we have an actor of Newton’s caliber embodying Val. Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau also has fun voicing another member of the gang, a chatty pilot named Rio.

As the crime lord Dryden Vos, Paul Bettany is glorious. Bettany doesn’t chew the scenery so much as tongue-kiss it, and he’s having so much fun purring menacingly about that you wish he was in every scene. I’ve never enjoyed a Star Wars villain more, period.

Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Solo is jam-packed with Easter eggs for the Star Wars faithful (hi there, Warwick Davis!), and the second half of the movie—especially the end—is well done and keeps you on your toes. Howard has to be given credit for pulling together a mostly-coherent story that looks great out of what could have become a total disaster. There’s more than enough room left in the conclusion for future Solo installments should the audience demand them, and I think Solo will do well on this front.

Unlike the new trilogy, the prequels, and Rogue OneSolo feels uncoupled from the complicated history of all of the movies that came before it. You might get an in-joke more because you’ve watched The Empire Strikes Back 500 times (and if you don’t feel anything when Han Solo first slides into the pilot’s seat of the Millennium Falcon, I’m sending for a medical droid), but encyclopedic Star Wars knowledge isn’t requisite.

There’s plenty of adventure to be discovered here for the uninitiated, and those of us in the loop can nod knowingly as the roguish winks come our way.

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The Honest Trailer for Black Panther Is Here, and Now I Have That Toto Song Stuck in My Head

We knew it was coming, and we’re so happy it did. Honest Trailers finally tackled one of our favorite movies of the year: Black Panther.

This is one of those movies that the folks at Honest Trailers seem to have had a hard time making fun of, because it was just a well-made, well-acted film. But, as they point out …” it’s a Marvel movie,” so there’s still plenty to poke fun at.

Like, for example, the fact that T’Challa/Black Panther is, like, the one hero in the MCU who refuses to crack wise. Like, there is zero banter. Even when everyone else is bantering around him:

Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa in Marvel's 'Black Panther'

If this were a DC movie, I’d be like “Why so serious?” But I guess they just let you do you in the MCU.

Then there’s the fact that Wakanda sat out dictators, world wars, and alien invasions only to finally join the world community … to get involved in Bay Area real estate:

Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa and Letitia Wright as Shuri in Marvel's 'Black Panther'

And then there’s having Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger being one of the best villains in the MCU in large part because he gets T’Challa to see that Wakanda cannot ignore the world around it. You know, the same point Nakia was making to him from the beginning of the movie without killing a bunch of people:

Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia in Marvel's 'Black Panther'

But sure, when a dude says it…

And as always, the video ends with the film’s fake cast, and I died laughing at this (you must be this talland this oldto get this joke):

Winston Duke as M'Baku in Marvel's 'Black Panther'

And then there’s this:

'Black Panther' Honest Trailers 1

And now I have that Toto song stuck in my head. Thanks, Honest Trailers. Thanks a lot.

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Willow Smith Reveals Self-Harm in Her Past to Her Mom and Grandmother on Red Table Talk

On a recent episode of their Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk, Willow Smith, her mother Jada Pinkett-Smith, and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, addressed the topic of loss, and the youngest at the table revealed something shocking to her mother and grandmother for the first time. [CW: discussion of self-harming behavior]

Willow Smith has been killing it lately with her music, and I love the relationship between her and her mother. Red Table Talk allows them, along with Banfield-Jones, to get into some pretty deep topics from a multi-generational perspective. When Pinkett-Smith asked Smith what her biggest loss has been, Smith thinks for a moment then answers, “my sanity,” with a bit of a chuckle.

She then proceeds to talk about how she felt at nine-going-on-ten years old after the success of her hit single, “Whip My Hair.” Smith explains:

“It was after that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing and I had just stopped doing singing lessons and I was kind of just in this gray area of, ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything I can do besides this?’

“After the tour and the promotion and all of that, they wanted me to finish my album. And I was like, ‘I’m not gonna do that.’ And after all of that kinda settled down and it was like a kind of lull, I was just listening to a lot of dark music. It was just so crazy and I was plunged into this black hole, and I was cutting myself.”

She says this as a matter-of-fact part of her past, but for Pinkett-Smith and Banfield-Jones, it was their first time hearing it. “What? When were you cutting yourself?” Pinkett-Smith asked. “I didn’t see that part. Cutting yourself where?”

Smith then talks about that part of her life in a little more detail:

“On my wrist. I mean, you can’t even see it but there’s still a little something there. But like, totally lost my sanity for a moment there. I never talk about it because it was such a short weird point in my life. But you have to pull yourself out of it. I honestly felt like I was experiencing so much emotional pain, but my physical circumstances weren’t reflecting that.”

While she never told her family what was going on, she says that she did confide in one friend, and that she stopped when she realized that her behavior was “actually psychotic.” After telling her story, a shocked Pinkett-Smith said, “That’s good to freaking know! Willow, I had no idea. I never saw any signs of that.”

The rest of this episode of Red Table Talk, embedded above, is definitely worth a watch. It’s a really great and well-produced show with a very unique perspective.

Willow Smith on 'Red Table Talk'

I think it’s so important (and brave) for Smith to be talking about this, even all these years later. As the older women at the table mention, “cutting” wasn’t something that was talked about when they were coming up. Even now, with all the awareness we have, there’s still a stigma around issues of mental health.

What stuck out to me in Smith’s story is that she says, “You have to pull yourself out of it.” While recognizing and dealing with one’s own mental health problems is absolutely a step that needs to be taken, I cannot stress enough that it doesn’t have to just be “yourself” pulling you out of it. Asking for help is absolutely okay. In fact, it’s crucial.

It’s good that Smith confided in a friend, and while I know nothing about her story other than what she’s shared, I’d venture to guess that telling her friend was a part of the lifeline that kept her connected to the world outside her own depression. It’s even better that she’s now able to share this with her family. She, nor anyone else needs to be completely alone when going through stuff like this.

If you’re hurting yourself, or otherwise experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide, you don’t have to be alone either:

  • If you’re a teenager going through some hard stuff and need someone to talk to, try TEEN LINE, where you can talk to trained peers about whatever’s going on with you. (800) TLC-TEEN (nationwide toll-free) from 6pm to 10pm PST.
  • Do better with texts? The Crisis Textline is here for you 24/7. It’s real, actual people on the other end, but via text if talking makes you uncomfortable. If you’re having a difficult moment and need to reach out to someone right away, text ‘CONNECT’ to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. and a live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and lets you know they’re are here to listen.
  • There’s also the National Suicide Prevention hotline, which is also available 24/7 and toll-free: 1-800-273-8255

We all deserve kindness from ourselves and each other. If you’re struggling to find that, please reach out for help, because we really want you around.

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On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Soulmates Are a Dangerous Proposition

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

This article originally appeared on A Love So True. It has been republished here with permission.

Extensive spoilers for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend follow. And also Friends, but that show ended over a decade ago!

The history of the romantic comedy is littered with couples who got together at the end for no compelling reason other than the demands of the genre. If the audience demands happy endings, then the TV and movie studios better deliver, right? We can give up on a lot of things, but once two characters lock eyes across a room, that’s it. It doesn’t matter what sort of horrible things Ross and Rachel did to each other over the course of Friends’ 10-year run. It can all be undone as long as Rachel gets off the plane and they manage to declare their undying love for each other before the final credits roll.

Enter Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. This critically-loved CW comedy is interested in the uglier side of the One True Pairing, or OTP. In the first episode, we meet Rebecca Bunch, who gives up a promotion at her high-powered New York law firm after a chance meeting with Josh Chan, a guy she dated briefly as a teenager. She’s utterly convinced that they’re soulmates, so much so that she moves across the country to his hometown of West Covina, California and inserts herself back into his life. Spoiler alert: She wins Josh back eventually, but she doesn’t keep him. He leaves her at the altar at the end of the second season, and in Season 3, she responds in a way that very nearly wrecks both of their lives.

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Among other things, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend explores what it means to be a ‘good person.’ Good people can do bad things, sure, but how many bad things are too many? In Season 1, Rebecca even sings a song called “I’m a Good Person.” The series also examines what love can and can’t do to “fix” you and make you into the person you’ve always wanted to be.

I have never moved across the country for a guy I liked but barely knew. Most people haven’t. Yet the genius of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend lies in how relatable Rebecca is even when she’s making wildly inappropriate and often destructive decisions. I have gone chasing after a guy because that guy felt like the only part of my life that interested me. I didn’t want to do anything to fix my actual circumstances; that seemed too hard. I just wanted a guy to distract me. I wanted a man to see things in me that I had trouble seeing in myself.

RELATED: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait—Or Do They? 

Since this is a musical comedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriendbrilliantly uses singing and dancing to both mock and deconstruct the harmful crap Rebecca (and to some extent, all of us) believe about love. One of my favorites is the Season 1 number “A Boy Band Made Up of Four Joshes,” which takes the subtext behind boy band songs and turns it into text that’s both hilarious and sad. “Hilarious and sad” is really CEG’s sweet spot, come to think of it.

As Rebecca, Rachel Bloom has a ton of great reactions in this number, but it really belongs to the four Joshes, all of whom are played flawlessly by Vincent Rodriguez III. They’re dressed up like Backstreet Boys gone to medical school, and they all sing and dance in perfect harmony, probably because Rodriguez is harmonizing with himself. The Joshes promise her “We’ll help you understand the reasons why your mom made you sad/ and why every man you date is just a stand-in for your dad.” There’s a lot to digest in this two-minute song.

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At the end, the Joshes reveal the best part: They’re also “a team of mental health professionals trained in cognitive behavioral therapy with specialties in personality and sleep disorders …. and love.”

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Unfortunately, this is only happening in Rebecca’s poor, deluded head. No one person can fulfill every single emotional need we ever have or ever will have, and other characters try to tell Rebecca this. Bartender Greg (played by Santino Fontana) asks her to ditch the idea of Josh and go out with him instead. Which would be an awkward ask even if Josh and Greg weren’t best friends. Rebecca’s head turns this speech into a Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire-style number called “Settle for Me.”

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If I had to name the precise moment when this show stole my heart forever, it would probably be when a tuxedo-clad Greg croons, “I have no problem being picked out from the bottom/If he’s your broken condom, I’m Plan B/So lower those expectations and settle for me.” What can I say? I love a good emergency contraception joke that also manages to break your heart. A lesser show would have Greg genuinely convinced he can make Rebecca forget Josh, but not this one. He knows he’s never going to be what she really wants, and he can almost, but not quite, convince himself that he’s OK with that.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Rebecca eventually gets together with Greg, who has his own issues. In the Season 1 finale, Josh and his longtime girlfriend break up, and Rebecca abandons Greg at a wedding to go make out with Josh. Early in Season 2, Greg leaves West Covina to attend business school in Atlanta. That seemingly clears the way for Rebecca and Josh to get their happily-ever-after. They even sing a song called “We’ll Never Have Problems Again.” (Best line: “They say obsession biologically lasts four years at most/But science doesn’t apply to us.”)

RELATED: 15 of the Best First Kiss Moments on TV 

But the show doesn’t end there. The whole Rebecca-Josh journey is a long and exhausting one, and by early Season 3, it’s clear that they are not the show’s end-game, and rightfully so. If your fiancé abandons you at the altar on your wedding day, there’s no coming back from that, especially if you respond to that abandonment by stalking him and his family members. Soulmates don’t do those kinds of things to each other. And any faint hope that Greg might return from Atlanta and save Rebecca were dashed when she slept with Greg’s dad.

The CW has given CEG a fourth and final season, and the show has a lot of work to do in the 13 episodes that remain, especially after a jarring Season 3 courtroom cliffhanger. If anyone is going to save Rebecca, it’s going to have to be Rebecca, who keeps sabotaging herself in part because she has trouble believing she’s worth saving.

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I don’t know if Rebecca will be single by the end of the show’s run, especially since Nathaniel, her current love interest, has his own set of delusions to work through. If she is paired up, I want it to be with someone who encourages her to be her best self, but without either of them believing that he’s her Knight in Shining Armor. If she’s single, that’s OK as well. What matters is that Rebecca finally believes what her therapist tells her: “You’re a loving person who deserves love.”

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Awesome-Looking Funko Pop Gargoyles Figures Had Better Include Demona and Elisa

Yesterday, Funko released their video preview of the upcoming Gargoyles pops, and I think I cried, screamed, and gasped all at the same time. The video shows one of the main characters, the old leader, Hudson, holding his signature dagger. The color work on the pop looks fantastic, with the attention to his mismatched eyes and scar. The wings also look really cool. In terms of character design, I can see why they would show Hudson first; he has the most detail on his face compared to the others.

Growing up, Gargoyles was one of those shows I just loved, even though I didn’t fully understand what made it so epic. Much like Batman: The Animated Series, it was a show that knew how to tackle adult issues, while making sure that children could watch it and see the typical story of good versus evil.

Funko has had some issues with issuing female Pops and non-white character Pops of major shows, so I’m hoping very hard that they will not just release figures of the male gargoyles and leave out Elisa and Demona.

Elisa, an awesome woman of color cop, who was Native American (Hopi) and black, throughout the series demonstrated bravery and humanity as a guiding light/source of inspiration for the Manhattan Clan, not to mention she was the original Shape of Water fan through her own cross-species relationship with the gargoyle Goliath.

Demona is up there with Glory (Buffy), Callisto (Xena), and Azula (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as one of most badass female villains. Not only is she ruthless in her hatred of humans, but the show does an excellent job at showing how she got that way, frem highlighting the fantastic racism her kind dealt with in the dark ages, to being betrayed by Macbeth (it’s a weird show) into the modern era. As a little black girl, a lot of her anger made sense to me, even if I didn’t have that kind of hate in me. It’s rare to see a female villain driven in that way and not just by pure world domination aspirations. Demona is a political warrior gone fanatic, and witnessing that as a pre-teen gave me a raised bar for female heroines ever since.

All this to say, that if Elisa and Demona are not in the original run of Pops, I will be most displeased.

What are your favorite ’90s shows that still need Funko Pop releases?

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Caroline Flack hints that she’s broody with adorable snap of toyboy fiancé Andrew Brady

Already?!

Just last month, she announced her engagement to former Celebrity Big Brother star Andrew Brady, after three months of dating, and it looks like Caroline Flack is already keen to take the next step in their relationship.

The Love Island host hinted that she’s broody for a baby as she shared an adorable photo of Andrew cuddling a newborn on Instagram.

The sweet pic, which the 38-year-old scribbled over with love-hearts,  showed Andrew, 27, smiling as he held a baby girl in his arms.

It comes after it was reported that Caroline was hoping to have babies with the reality TV star in the near future.

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‘Caroline has it in her head that Andrew is the one she wants to have a baby with,’ a source told Heat Magazine.

‘She has babies on the brain, plus Andrew is very attentive and loving, and she doesn’t care that her friends worry he might not be genuine.’

The insider added that Andrew’s strong bond with her nieces and nephews had also heightened Caroline’s broodiness.

‘Andrew wants to prove to her that she can trust him and he’s the one who she can finally settle down with,’ the source continued.

MORE: Caroline Flack reveals what her mum REALLY thinks of her romance with Andrew Brady

But while other sources close to the TV presenter have claimed it’s too soon for children, there’s no denying Caroline’s relationship with Andrew has moved pretty quickly.

Following Andrew’s stint on the Channel 5 show in February, the pair struck up a romance.

A month later, they had reportedly moved in together, as Andrew was spotted moving his belongings into her home.

The big step came after the couple were hit with cheating claims following a social media post from a woman claiming to have ‘been back’ to his house.

Nevertheless, they brushed off the rumours and Caroline even unveiled special inking on her hand of Andrew’s initials.

It looked like the couple were off again, as it emerged they’d ‘split’ last month.

But it was definitely on when Caz announced their engagement, sharing a loved up snap of the pair as she showed off her diamond dazzler.

And days later, they jetted off for a romantic break to Greece.

So at this rate, who knows what will happen next in their whirlwind romance?

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Chloe Sims opens up about new TOWIE boyfriend – and here’s how you might recognise him!

Chloe has spilled the beans on her latest beau

Chloe Sims filming TOWIE, The Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford-le-Hope 18 October 2017

TOWIE fave Chloe Sims hasn’t been the luckiest when it comes to finding love.

Chloe Sims

After a short fling with best mate Mario Falcone back in 2014, the blonde beauty then dated former co-star Elliott Wright for over a year – before that ended in tears. Eeek.

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Despite the Essex lady previously vowing she’s more than happy on her own, TOWIE fans got VERY excited over the weekend when Chloe enjoyed a date with Essex newbie and mega hunk, Dean Ralph. We’re not jealous, promise!

But although the pair were seen flirting up a storm during their fancy evening at The Shard (great choice, Dean!) it looks like it wasn’t to be as the 35-year-old has now revealed she’s dating someone else.

More: Awks! TOWIE’s Chloe Sims reveals she dated Amy Childs’ secret baby daddy

Yup, after being spotted snogging Yaz Oukhellou‘s brother Adam outside an event last week, Chloe has confirmed the Essex duo are totally a thing.

‘It’s only been a recent thing, a few weeks, so we’ll have to wait and see but I’m happy!’, she told The Metro.

‘I’ve known him for about a year so it’s not a new thing, but obviously he’s not been on Towie…’

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Adam made his ITVBe debut last week when he was seen giving Yaz and her boyfriend James Lock some relationship advice.

But despite being good pals with Yaz, it looks like mum-of-one Chloe was a little worried about telling her pal that she was seeing her brother, as she admitted: ‘I was nervous speaking to Yaz about it but she was surprisingly really calm and happy about it.

‘Obviously I’ve known her longer than I’ve known him but she was really sweet about the whole thing!’

Before adding: ‘I think it’s easier because he’s not come on the show with me, he was on it last week for Yaz. But this week’s episode you see us together.’ Exciting, or what?

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Although Adam has only appeared on TOWIE for a few minutes so far, this isn’t the first time he’s had a taste of reality TV as he actually appeared on Ex On Beach in 2017 after dating a former Essex star.

The 28-year-old enjoyed a romance with Nicole Bass who joined the show two years ago as Lewis Bloor‘s ex-girlfriend.

Remember her? But despite not managing to woo Nicole during his time on MTV’s EOTB, it looks like Adam is ready for love again.

Talking about Chloe, Adam reportedly told his pals: ‘I know she’s a queen. She didn’t approach me ‘cos thought she thought I was too young but we really get on. It’s early days but I’m up for a romance.’

Watch this space!

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TOWIE’s Danielle Armstrong shares heartbreaking tribute after best friend loses health battle

Sending our very best to Danielle Armstrong during this difficult time.

Former TOWIE star and all round lovely lady Danielle Armstrong has taken to social media to announce the incredibly heartbreaking news that her long term friend has passed away.

Taking to Instagram, Danni has shared a devastating tribute to her dear childhood friend of over 20 years Sam.

Posting a series of videos and snaps dedicated to their friendship, Danni shares that Sammy had passed away last night following a battle with a terminal illness.

Sharing a moving message with her 1.1million followers, Danielle writes: ‘Last night we lost a princess but heaven gained an angel’.

The Essex lady continues, ‘We have been friends for over 20 Years and I can’t even find the words to describe how I’m feeling apart from the fact I’m so blessed an honoured to call you my best friend’.

See:  ‘I’m heartbroken’: TOWIE’s Danielle Armstrong reveals her best friend is dying after being diagnosed with terminal illness

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Danni then writes that she has ‘taken comfort knowing you are no longer in pain but at peace’, before signing off the incredibly emotional message with a final tribute,  ‘Love you always Forever and you will always be in my heart my best friend my sister my sammy our princess’.

Danielle and the rest of her girls had recently undergone the needle in order to get a tattoo tribute for Sam.

Speaking on her Instagram story, Danielle told her followers how they’d made a massive weekend out of doing all the things Sam wanted to do with her girls.

Danni explained, ‘My friend Sam, who has been quite poorly, we decided we’re literally going to do everything she wants to do as a girl group.

See: WOW bikini pics! See TOWIE star Danielle Armstrong’s incredible body transformation…

She then added, ‘Today, we’re all getting a heart tattoo – though we’re debating, as Sam wants a certain heart! And then we’re going to have a sleepover at hers tonight’.

 

Danielle later debuted her new inking on her Instagram story, which she captioned ‘heart for our Sammy’.

Sending our very best wishes and kindest condolences to Danielle and her friends during this incredibly difficult time.

 

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Dec Donnelly has revealed some BIG news ahead of the arrival of his first baby

We can’t wait to meet baby Dec and Ali!

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Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall
British Academy Television Awards, Arrivals, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK – 13 May 2018

It’s fair to say that 2018 hasn’t been the easiest of rides for our favourite northern duo Ant and Dec. 

With Ant out of action for a little while, as he takes a break from the spotlight in order to recover from some of personal issues, Dec has had to take to the forefront of the duo for some of their recent gigs.

Because thats what true friendship is, folks. It ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.

However, it would appear that the rest of 2018 is going to be ending on a much better note for the duo – as Dec, real name Declan Donnelly, has revealed some more details about his upcoming fatherhood!

Dec and his wife Ali Astall, the who tied the knot back in 2015, revealed they were expecting a child for the first time earlier this year – much to the delight of Ant and Dec fans nationwide, as the news had broken during a difficult time for the much loved duo.

See: ‘Wonderful news!’ Fans rush to congratulate Declan Donnelly as it’s reported that he is expecting his first child with wife Ali Astall

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After revealing the news back in March, a source had shared with The Mirror: ‘They have both always wanted a family but worried that it might not happen for them’.

However, it would appear that 2018 was the lucky year for Dec and Ali, as the couple have now revealed their bundle of joy will be arriving in September of this year!

During his appearance at the BAFTA’s on Sunday night, in which the 42-year-old had accepted the award for Best Entertainment Programme for Britain’s Got Talent without Ant by his side, Dec shared that the couple are ‘very excited’.

See: Emotional Ant McPartlin fights back tears as he tells National Television Awards audience: ‘It’s been a tough 12 months’

Ali then shared, ‘‘I just wish it would come out now, that we could fast-forward to having the baby’ before adding, ‘We want to get on with it – we can’t wait’.

With just four months to go, it’s fair to say we’re buzzing!

The pair had made their official pregnancy announcement on Instagram, having shared a shot of the couple on their wedding day with the caption: ‘Just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely messages. The news has sneaked out a little earlier than we had hoped but Ali and I are delighted to be expecting our first child’.

 

As expected, fans were over the moon for the couple – with replies reading messages such as ‘Best news ever. Congratulations’ and ‘Congrats Dec and Ali I wish u the best of luck x’.

We don’t know about you, but we simply can’t *wait* to meet baby Dec!

 

 

 

 

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