Modern Family’s Ariel Winter and her older sister, Shanelle Gray
We’re still shuddering over the news from yesterday that 14-year-old Modern Family cutie Ariel Winter was removed from her mother’s home and placed under her older sister’s guardianship. Court papers revealed allegations that Chris (a.k.a. Crystal) Workman subjected Winter to “ongoing physical abuse (slapping, hitting, pushing) and emotional abuse (vile name-calling, personal insults about minor and minor’s weight, attempts to ‘sexualize’ minor, deprivation of food, etc.) for an extended period of time.”
Last night, Workman came forward to deny the allegations. “It’s all untrue, it’s all untrue,” she told People. “I have my doctor’s letter that my daughter’s never been abused. … I have stylists’ letters that she’s never been abused.” OK, those are kind of weird sources, but we guess a stylist would see the actress up close on a regular basis?
Not helping Workman’s case is the fact that Ariel’s sister, actress Shanelle Gray, was also removed from her mother’s home after similar allegations came to light 20 years ago. But the girls’ brother says the claims were false on both occasions. “The allegations made 20 years ago are not true and the ones today are not true,” Jimmy Workman told Us Weekly. “This is a mother who does everything for her kids. Chris misses Ariel and wants her to come home.”
We hope this all gets settled soon, because this sweet kid seems like she’s got a good head on her shoulders, despite all the turmoil her home life appears to be. And look how adorbs she and her sister are together in the photo above!
Aaaaand now we’re crying. If you’re like us and love the Modern Family cast like they were your own absurd, amazing in-laws, you’ll be even more horrified than most to learn that Ariel Winter, a.k.a. sardonic middle child Alex Dunphy, has allegedly been removed from her home due to allegations of parental abuse. TMZ reports that Winters, currently 14, was removed by a judge after a guardianship hearing in October revealed allegations of physical and emotional abuse on the part of Ariel’s mother Crystal Workman. Actually, even if you haven’t seen Modern Family, we’re betting everyone will be equally saddened by this story. Everyone in the world.
As if that wasn’t bad enough (and it definitely was), Ariel’s older sister Shanelle Gray was removed from her mother’s house two years ago after similar allegations of abuse were reported to the Department of Children and Family Services. Crystal Workman was allegedly ordered to stay 100 yards from Ariel, who is currently living with sister Shanelle. A hearing has been set up for November 20, after which Ariel will hopefully be able to settle in to a home life that’s more like her sitcom, and less like the emotional version of American Horror Story.
We don’t know about you, but we were fully focused on last night’s election tallies. As was, we noted, most of America. Our Twitter feed scrolled faster than ever before, as the country collectively chattered about the impending results. Meanwhile, smack in the middle of all the politics, comes a tweet from The Hollywood Reporter: “@KirstieAlley Fell in Love With Patrick Swayze, John Travolta While Married to Parker Stevenson.” WHAAAAAAT?! Hold the polls, America, Kirstie Alley is (in her very own special way) is deciding that now is the time to share with the world that John Travolta is not gay. Mind you, this is the same night that Americans voted for legalizing gay marriage in Maine:
“I know John. With all my heart and soul, he’s not gay,” says Alley, who is a devoted Scientologist, along with Travolta. “I think it’s some weird way, in Hollywood, if someone gets big enough and famous enough, and they’re not out doing drugs and they’re not womanizing, what do you say about them?”
True, Travolta has not been womanizing. But he has allegedly been doing the opposite of womanizing (manizing?), per reports that he grabbed the junk of a masseuse back in May. Well, it’s up to you decide if you believe this and if you’re going to buy Kirstie’s new book, The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente), but just imagine if these two had actually shacked up in real life! It’s a dream lost, along with the dream that we’d give birth to a child with the voice of Bruce Willis.
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We’re getting the impression that bad things come in twos for the Brown family. First Bobby Brown got his second DUI of 2012 a few weeks back, and now his daughter Bobbi Kristina is involved in her second car accident in the space of a few months! The only child of the late Whitney Houston bumped her brand new Camaro into her boyfriend-adoptive brother Nick Gordon’s matching brand new Camaro on Monday, smashing up the front bumper pretty badly in the process. Luckily no one was hurt in the incident, which happened in the garage of the couple’s apartment building in Georgia.
Apparently Bobbi Kristina was trying to pull into a spot besides Nick’s car and just…really messed it up big time. She must have given it a pretty good whack, because reports say that even the air bags deployed! According to TMZ alcohol did not play a part in the fender bender; the more innocent explanation is that these two are just really bad at driving. “Some great days can turn sour quick,” she posted to her twitter soon after. “Take advantage of your happiness. (: Xxxo.” Hang in there, Bobbi Kristina, and keep both hands on the wheel!
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It makes perfect sense. How could you not think you’ve met the love of your life when you’re wearing matching mermaid and captain costumes out in public? If your man is willing to be the stormtrooper to your Princess Leia (what?) then you know you’ve got some serious commitment right there. This is the essence of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. They’re perfectly matched in bling, during dress-up and in monochrome and there’s not a sex tape in the world that could come between them. Of course Kim would be thinking about them spending the rest of their (television) days together. There’s only one problem: Kim’s still “married, technically” to Kris Humphries as she revealed to Us Weekly. Fail. But a girl can dream, right? That’s exactly what she’s doing, continuing with, “I feel more confident and more wise after this year. It’s like you get to a place and you just know what you want.” That thing she wants would be Kanye, who a source says is “actually being very patient.” Kim, according to the report, is already on the road to weddingville, something she sees happening in the future, as the “close confidant” adds, “Kim thinks they’ll get engaged and try for a baby once the divorce is final.” But, because of the hoopla surrounding her previous marriages and shenanigans in general, she’s taking the cautious route. “After the backlash from ending her 72-day marriage with Kris, Kim would never get engaged until everything was properly handled. There are no wedding plans, period. She and Kanye are taking their time. That’s the truth,” says the source. We give them a year, tops, before they head down the aisle. It’s most likely Kim’s already got a wedding gown on hold … just in case.
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We all knew Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson would be bombarded with questions about cheating and/or their relationship during the lead-up to next week’s Breaking Dawn Part 2. We just didn’t figure Taylor Lautner would have to field queries about them, too. (He’s the third member of their love triangle in the movies, not real life, people!) Obviously Taylor’s publicist anticipated he’d be grilled about “The Rupert Sanders Incident,” because this kid is ducking and weaving like a pro. “To be honest, I’ve never been involved in any of those situations, so I don’t know,” Taylor told Cosmo when asked about cheating. “It would be just a guess and a shot in the dark, and I don’t want to give that if I haven’t even been there myself.” Can anyone even summarize what he meant by that sentence? No? Haha, well done Taylor!
Is this a case like when Miley Cyrus was swimming with a dude — who turned out to be her assistant Cheyne Thomas — and the internet concluded she was cheating? Everyone’s cheating as far as the webz is concerned! That applies to her fiance, Liam Hemsworth, as well now, who RadarOnline seems to think is cheating on Miley. In a rumor that upsets us, sources told the site that Mr. H’worth was spotted canoodling, or getting “very cozy”, as they put it, with a mystery blond at a Samsung Galaxy Note II party in Beverly Hills late last month. Because a hot phone makes you want to get down? Seriously? One source said, “Liam was in the corner of the back tent with a blond and they were getting very cozy. It definitely looked like they were behaving in a way that was more than just friendly. His friend/handler was trying to keep people away and allow Liam and his ‘friend’ some privacy but Liam didn’t seem to be that worried about it.” We’re calling BS on this one. People can stay faithful, y’know. And mystery blond doesn’t automatically translate into mystery date so the interwebz can chill.
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Breaking news! There’s been a huge development! What? No, not about the election. There’s an election today? Who has time to worry about the course of American history when Soulja Boy is out there, posting extremely NSFW naked photos to his Tumblr? Perez Hilton snagged the graphic pic this morning before the rapper deleted it and honestly…you do not see a nude pic from that angle every day. That’s all we’ll say about it. We’re not sure exactly how the “Crank That” singer blogged the photo without realizing where he was sending it, but we guess that’s the danger of keeping nude pics on your phone. Click the wrong photo and your dad is getting a lot more than a snapshot of your new gas grill in his Inbox. Just in time to make Thanksgiving super awkward for everyone, Soulja Boy!
That being said, Soulja Boy is a famous person under the age of 40. This was bound to happen at some point. Just like fellow accidental flasher actress Alison Pill, Soulja Boy quickly apologized for putting his wiener in your face, tumbling “I apologize to ever seen that, accident.” Because what else can you really say at that point? Besides “You’re welcome, everyone”? Now get back to the election! It should be 98% politics, 2% celebrities’ penis pics today!
Sometimes, celebrities, you should really rethink your gut reactions to sticky situations; for some reason, they often turn out to be wrong. Say, for instance, when you’re involved in a fender bender and think that the best way to avoid trouble is to pretend it was your assistant who was driving the car, even though PEOPLE SAW YOU DRIVING. Even though you are unmistakably Lindsay Lohan and your male assistant Gavin does NOT LOOK LIKE YOU. According to TMZ, the Santa Monica City Attorney is expected to file misdemeanor charges against Lindsay Lohan this week for lying to police about who was driving when her Porsche rammed into a truck in June.
And though it’s just a misdemeanor, the real trouble for LiLo is that she’s still on probation for that whole jewelry theft deal, and this charge could count as a probation violation. Which, yeah, would mean back to jail for the Liz & Dick star. Bad judgment + worse luck = SMH.
Err, at least that pesky hit-and-run charge was dropped last month!
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Hmmm. Ehhhh. Errrr. Something in the milk ain’t clean with this casting rumor. Variety reports that Kristen Stewart is allegedly in talks to co-star with Ben Affleck in Focus, a new romantic comedy from Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, and it’s making one of our eyebrows slowly raise with derision. Originally starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, Focus follows the story of “a veteran grifter who partners with a girl who’s new to the life.” Much like when you find a bug under a rock or see a clown standing outside your window in the middle of the night and also you live on the third floor, this casting news is just not sitting well with us. Why? Well, let’s see: