Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse working as a receptionist at King Edward VII Hospital, where a pregnant Kate Middleton was recovering from extreme morning sickness, was found dead this morning, and police suspect suicide, the Daily Mail reports. Saldanha was apparently the receptionist who fell for the prank call made earlier this week by Australian radio DJs, impersonating Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to get intel on the Duchess’ health.
“Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well respected and popular with all over her colleagues,” a statement from the hospital said of the mother of two, who was found unconscious at a residence near the hospital and could not be revived. “We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time.”
Well, trading barbs on Twitter and spilling stories about death threats and eating disorders to the tabs hasn’t been doing much to boost the reputations of either Brandi Glanville or LeAnn Rimes — not to mention the kind of lasting damage this is going to have on Glanville and Eddie Cibrian’s kids. So it’s about time LeAnn tried something completely different: Winning this war through kindness and compassion. Or something like that.
The country singer recently sat down with Giuliana Rancic for E! Special: LeAnn Rimes, which will air on Sunday, and spoke in a very different tone than her acerbic tweets have expressed. In an excerpt of the interview posted last night, Rimes talks about the aftermath of meeting and falling in love with Cibrian on the set of a movie in 2009, when both were married to other people.
“I wish I handled it differently because I wish I could have been better for me, for Brandi, for Dean [Sheremet, her ex-husband], for Eddie and for everyone else,” she says, as soothing spa-like music plays in the background. “I know, in this situation, it’s going to take some time. All I wish is that everyone that was hurt, that we hurt, that I hurt, can be happy.”
Congrats to Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady! The supermodel and QB took the non-tabloid, low-key approach to announcing the latest addition to their family, baby girl Vivian Lake, who was born on Wednesday.
“We feel so lucky to have been able to experience the miracle of birth once again and are forever grateful for the opportunity to be the parents of another little angel,” the couple announced on Gisele’s Facebook. “Vivian Lake was born at home on December 5. She is healthy and full of life. Thank you all for your support and well wishes. We wish you and your families many blessings.”
We are now immediately wondering whether little Vivian will grow up a tomboy — what with her football-player dad and two older brothers, 5-year-old Jack (Brady’s son with Bridget Moynahan) and Benjamin, who turns 3 on Saturday. Or will she follow mom’s footsteps onto the catwalk? No rush, little one! Enjoy the best of all worlds.
Contrary to the typical patterns of celebrity parents these days, who document their pregnancies with tabloid announcements and nonstop Twitpics and Instagrams, Bunchen and Brady never publicly acknowledged that they were expecting. Instead, the Brazilian beauty was content to be photographed with her ever-growing bump and a knowing smile. Kinda refreshing, no?
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So, for better or worse, this is happening. Taylor Swift and Harry Styles are an item and that keening sound you hear is poor Conor Kennedy wailing in a corner. Haylor’s latest bout of PDA — no, no kissing yet — was when they were photographed last night, holding hands while leaving the Crosby Hotel, as you can see above. This follows their Central Park Zoo date and their possible walk of shame, all of which went down just a couple of days ago. We have thoughts about this.
1. Harry’s pants are really, really tight.
2. Is it just us or are they color coordinating already?
3. Taylor Swift should officially be named as the latest “It Player” in town.
4. Are we allowed to call someone who is 22 a cougar? This is her second younger man successively.
5. Taylor’s probably already got break-up lyrics planned in time for them splitting up.
6. When did we turn so cynical about young love? But seriously … this.
7. *cough* publicity set-up *cough*
8. How does this woman always have the best shoes? Oh right, because she’s young, famous and rich.
9. Whose hair is shinier: his or hers?
10. Their publicists are probably cracking open a bottle of Pinot as we type, toasting, “Mission accomplished.”
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Is there a word for “slightly less horrified than we were before”? No, not “happy” or “pleased.” Something more neutral than that. Maybe “not currently throwing up”? We are currently not throwing up after TMZ reported that Modern Family’s Ariel Winter‘s mom Chrystal Workman has denied attempting to shop around nude photos of her eldest daughter Shanelle. “I have no naked photos of my daughter,” Workman told the site. Well, we guess that’s the best sentence involving the phrase “naked photos of my daughter” we can imagine someone saying. Thank goodness for small blessings!
Yesterday publicist Jonathan Hay came forward claiming the Workman had allegedly come to him hoping to release said naked photos to the media. We’re not exactly sure why anyone would ever do such a noxious thing, but we assume it would hypothetically have something to do with the fact Shanelle was awarded guardianship of Ariel. Also, maybe the devil would have something to do with it? Hay claims he refused Workman’s request. Best case scenario: Hay made all this up and Ariel and Shanelle only have worry about those…previous…abuse allegations. Worst case scenario: well, there’s a reason we have a legal system. And a gag reflex. And common human decency.
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If Eminem’s little girl starting a twitter feud with Taylor Swift isn’t weird enough for you, hold on because this story is about to get even stranger. It turns out that the twitter account purported to belong to Hailie Jade Mathers was actually an imposter. On Monday a person using the handle “@hailiejade_x” tweeted antagonistic messages at T-Swift after it was reported that the singer is dating British boybander Harry Styles of One Direction. “If @taylorswift13 is really dating the love of my life @harry_styles I will not be happy!” the tweets read. “Dear @taylorswift13, please stop whoring around with every guy you see. We all know you’re only doing it so you can make another album.”
The tweets made headlines around the world, and the beefer known as Hailie soon felt guilty and apologized for the outburst. End of story, right? Wrong. A rep for Eminem told E! News this morning that the rapper’s daughter was not behind the shenanigans, and the Taylor Swift hater’s account has since been deleted. Hailie Jade has been the subject of numerous twitter hoaxes over the years. This time we were SO SURE we’d found the right one. It looks just like him, right guys!? We guess we were wrong. Or we were right, and Eminem was so pissed at his daughter that he made her delete her twitter account as punishment. He seems like a strict dad.
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American Psycho author/ amateur d-bag Bret Easton Ellis cranked his douche ray up to 11 last night, putting Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow on blast for being a hot lady. Lord, why did you let us invent Twitter? “Kathryn Bigelow would be considered a mildly interesting filmmaker if she was a man but since she’s a very hot woman she’s really overrated,” Ellis tweeted. From there it was a breeze collecting the author’s douchiest tweets. (Well, douchiest in the past few months. There are too many to count!) Can we be honest though? As douchetacular as Bret Easton Ellis clearly, clearly is…a lot of his tweets are pretty funny. We know! We’re so weak! However, at the end of the day, isn’t it possible to think someone or something is a total douche but still enjoy them? We hope so! That’s the basis of our enjoying anything!
So, we still weren’t really sure whether to believe that Jessica Simpson is pregnant again, as was reported last week, but this latest story from Us Weekly has us thinking that the mag wouldn’t go out on a limb about TWO JSimps pregnancy stories if they weren’t really sure about them. After all, eventually we’ll find out the truth, one way or the other. This week’s news, from the print version out on Friday, is that the folks at Weight Watchers are “furious” with Jessica for getting pregnant so soon, when she’s still under contract with them (for a supposed $4 million) to lose her baby weight.
We’re not exactly sure when Jess went from a faded singer/actress we didn’t care much about to a star we kind of want to get up and fight for, but this story makes us mad all over again. If she IS in fact pregnant again, the very fact that her people aren’t confirming the news says that she probably didn’t plan this and is feeling rather bad about the whole thing. She’s worked really hard to shed those 70 pounds. Women sometimes get pregnant so soon because their cycles are out of whack, which is unfortunate — not because of multi-million-dollar endorsement deals, but because doctors recommend waiting a year between babies for optimal health of mother and child. And for a company that’s purportedly all about making women feel good about themselves to say (even behind closed doors) they’re angry at her for this would really suck.
The Us source does have one good point though: “No one wants to hear about a pregnant woman dieting.” Nope. More mac ‘n cheese for everyone, please!
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Rapper Eminem is known for having one of the sharpest tongues in the music biz, and it looks like his beloved daughter Hailie Jade Mathers definitely got that part of his genes. The subject of “Hailie’s Song” has started a Twitter feud with superstar serial dater Taylor Swift, and yes – it was about a guy.
It all began when reports circulated Monday that Taylor is hooking up with Harry Styles of One Direction. We gather that Hailie has somewhat of a crush on the British boybander, because she fired off a series of angry tweets at the “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” singer. “if @taylorswift13 is really dating the love of my life @Harry_Styles i will not be happy,” she started. Clearly she has her father’s temper! But there was more “Dear @taylorswift13, please stop whoring around with every guy you see. We all know you’re only doing it so you can make another album,” continued the 16 year old. Clearly she has her father’s vocabulary, too! “I, am never, ever, everrrrr, listening to your music againnnn
@taylorswift13. LIKE EVER.”
Can you even imagine what it’s like to be a nurse treating the expectant mother of the possible future King or Queen of England? It’s not like any hospital nurses have easy gigs as it is, what with the long hours and bodily fluids and being responsible for people’s health. Sure, the staff at King Edward VII’s hospital were probably initially excited that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, would be treated for her extreme morning sickness at their facility, but then the pressure was on to get her back in royal shape. Which is why we are not amused at all by the prank pulled by Australian 2Day FM radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian yesterday morning.
The DJs somehow acquired the phone number of Kate’s ward and called to see if, using terrible accents pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, they could get an update on her health. To their astonishment, they were put through to a nurse, who cheerfully responded to their questions about the duchess’ “tummy bug.” “She’s sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night,” the woman told Greig. “She’s been given some fluids, she’s stable at the moment.”
Today, the hospital released a statement acknowledging that they fell for the prank. “This call was transferred through to a ward and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff. King Edward VII’s Hospital deeply regrets this incident.”
Now, the poor nurse didn’t reveal much more info than you’d expect a publicist to release, but man, she must be dying of remorse right about now. But it’s not her fault! She’d been up all night taking care of an ailing pregnant woman and someone just handed her the phone. For their part the DJs feel bad that such a stir was caused too, since they clearly didn’t think things would go that far. “We were very surprised that our call was put through, we thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents. We’re very sorry if we’ve caused any issues and we’re glad to hear that Kate is doing well.”
So basically, we expect whoever answers the phones at King Edward VII is in deep …
William, the Duke of Cambridge, leaves the hospital after visiting his ailing pregnant wife
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