Horse racing’s Triple Crown came to an end on June 8 as Palace Malice took home the title after a thrilling one and a half mile race at the Belmont Stakes.
Though there wouldn’t be a Triple Crown winner in 2013, the 145th annual running of the Belmont Stakes still ended up being an exciting race. Palace Malice triumphantly crossed the finish line first — no one saw that coming!
Palace Malice Wins The 2013 Belmont Stakes
After rain mucked up both the tracks at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes this year, Belmont, New York saw a dry day for the race, which meant we got to see the horses run even faster.
The Belmont is also the longest race of the Triple Crown. Its one and a half mile track is half a mile longer than the Kentucky Derby and about a quarter mile longer than the Preakness.
The drier, longer track apparently benefitted Palace Malice and jockey Mike Smith the most, as they kept a speedy but tempered pace throughout and eventually pulled away from the pack.
Orb & Oxbow: What Happened To The Favorites?
Everyone tuning in to the Belmont Stakes on June 8 was definitely interested to see if Orb or Oxbow could repeat their successes from the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, respectively.
Orb, though he disappointed heavily at the Preakness, still came into the race as the odds-on favorite. Everyone in the racing world seemed to agree that Orb was the most powerful and talented horse in this race, but that’s why we actually run the races — you never know what’s going to happen!
Oxbow, who won the Preakness Stakes after an inspiring run by 50-year-old jockey Gary Stevens, was looking to steal the thunder at Belmont, and finish off horse racing’s Triple Crown by taking two of three races. And though Oxbow held the lead for a good portion of the race, Palace Malice was just too much to handle.
From the opening gates of the Kentucky Derby to Palace Malice crossing the finish line at the Belmont Stakes, 2013 has definitely been a memorable year for horse racing. We’re definitely sad to see it end.
So HollywoodLifers, did you bet on the right horse? Let us know!
The Justin Biebers of the world better watch out — Austin Mahone is officially in the house. A preview of his new video for ‘What About Love’ has hit the internet and you can watch it below!
We’ve been on Austin Mahonefor some time now, and it finally feels like he’s about to break out. Judging by the sneak preview of his music video for “What About Love,” Austin is done being just a YouTube sensation — he’s ready to be an international superstar.
Austin Mahone’s Slick Moves In ‘What About Love’
The video looks like it’ll showcase two things — Austin’s dance moves and Austin’s biceps!
The 17-year-old singer is decked out in tank tops of various colors in the video as he breaks out some awesome choreography and shows that he might be more like Chris Brownthan Justin Bieber!
We already knew that the song was a catchy banger, now it looks like things are only getting better for “What About Love” with the music video, which premieres in its entirety on June 10.
Austin Mahone Hangs Out With Taylor Swift & Selena Gomez
Austin is definitely on the upswing. Know how we can tell? Well, not only has he opened for Taylor Swifton her “Red” tour, but the superstar Selena Gomezinvited him to dinner after the Billboard Music Awards on May 19.
At Selena’s invitation, Austin joined her, Taylor, Ed Sheeran, and more musicians at Nobu in Las Vegas after awards ceremony. If that’s not a sure sign that he’s destined for great things, we don’t know what is!
Watch the preview of “What About Love” below and tell us what you think, HollywoodLifers!
The celebrity world was stunned to learn that the 36-year-old stylist had passed away unexpectedly in New York City on June 7. She dressed so many stars and made so many women feel confident and empowered. Celebs like Scarlett and figures from the fashion world took to Twitter to mourn Annabel’s sudden death.
The fashion industry lost one of its brightest stars on June 7 when Annabel Tollman, 36, died suddenly in New York City. She passed away in her West Village home from a blood clot, according to The Cut. As a celebrity stylist, Annabel took great pride in making stars look as beautiful as possible, and giving them the confidence they might lack. Her effect on the celebrity and fashion worlds has been obvious since her death, as stars and designers grieved over their fallen friend.
Scarlett Johansson & More React To Annabel Tollman’s Death
One of Annbel’s most prominent clients was Scarlett Johansson, and the actress paid tribute to her in a beautiful statement to E!:
Annabel was the epitome of class and elegance, the English Rose personified. She celebrated the female figure and taught me how to dress the part of an independent, self-possessed and confident young lady, as she represented all of those qualities. I will miss her friendship deeply; she touched all of those that knew her with a warmth, intelligence, thoughtfulness, beauty and grace.
Members of the fashion industry also wrote touching messages about Annabel via Twitter. Model Hilary Rhoda tweeted, “So sad to hear about Annabel Tollman. Such a beautiful, witty, soul with that wonderful infectious personality.”
And designer L’Wren Scott sent out the message, “Sad news to hear the glamourous @AnnabelTollman RIP my beauty and glamour gal the ever chic and stylish always smiling and happy so special.”
Annabel clearly touched so many with her wonderful personality and her unparalleled fashion sense. It truly is a tragedy that she was taken from us at such a young age. Our thoughts are with Annabel’s family and friends in this difficult time.
“Kristen isn’t mad at her,” a source close to the 23-year-old actress tells HollywoodLife.comexclusively. The source explains that Kristen isn’t letting post-breakup emotions get to her — she knows that Rob and Katy were close long before the breakup.
“Rob and Katy have always been better friends and she doesn’t think there is any type of romance going on between them,” the source says.
Though Kristen might still be hurting from her split with Rob, it’s good to see her remain levelheaded and not fall into the role of the jealous ex-girlfriend.
Katy Perry & Robert Pattinson: The Truth Behind Their Relationship
It is true that Katy and Rob have been spending time together recently though. On May 25 the two stars attended a wedding rehearsal together in Santa Barbara, Calif. While it sounds like a romantic getaway, an eyewitness at the rehearsal stated that “there was no PDA and no body language that showed they were dating,” according to People.
Additionally, a source close to Rob told HollywoodLife.com exclusively that Rob and Katy “are not a couple. They are friends and it’s only that!”
So Kristen seemingly doesn’t actually have anything to worry about.
But most times during a breakup, thinking reasonably isn’t all that easy. Thankfully, Kristen seems in control and ready to focus on something other than her love life. “She’s just eager to start working and get busy again,” the source says.
How cute! On her baby-daddy-to-be’s 36th birthday, Kim took to Twitter to wish him a happy birthday with some romantic words and an amazing photo collage.
Kim Kardashianis pulling out all the stops for her boyfriend Kanye West’sbirthday. Yeezy turned 36 on June 8, and to kick off the celebrations Kim K used Twitter to express her love and gratitude.
Kim Kardashian: ‘Happy Birthday To My Best Friend’
“Happy Birthday to my best friend,” Kim tweeted out, “the love of my life, my soul!!!! I love you beyond words!”
If you thought that was sweet, Kim K also attached a photo collage that will just melt your heart. The collage shows some of Kim and Kanye’s best moments as a couple. They’re joking over a romantic dinner, posing sexily in all white, cuddling, and gazing into each other’s eyes, deep in love.
It’s an adorable combination of pictures that makes you realize that amidst all of Kim’s baby drama, there is a deep, loving relationship. And that’s what really matters!
Kanye West Doesn’t Want Material Gifts For His Birthday
Though we’re sure Kim has more planned for Yeezy, this sweet tweet is probably all Kanye needed. A source close to the rapper told HollywoodLife.comexclusively that Kanye didn’t want his very pregnant girlfriend worrying herself about giving him material things: “He doesn’t want Kim to think about trying to do something big for him on his birthday when she’s pregnant.”
“All he really wants for his birthday is peace of mind for him and Kim,” the source said.
Kimye won’t be able to be together for the big day, as Kanye is scheduled to headline Governor’s Ball in New York City on June 9, but Kim’s loving message surely makes up for that. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
Kristen might be down over splitting from Robert Pattinson, but she’s lucky to have such great friends! The ‘Twilight’ star was out again on June 7 getting her mind off of things with the help of a BFF.
K-Stew was at it again in Los Feliz, Calif. on June 7. She and a blonde friend stepped out to take in a sunny California day and grab some coffee from a local joint.
Kristen looked great as always in her standard jeans-t-shirt-hoodie-sneakers ensemble and her LA hipsterdom was rivaled only by her friend’s laid back look.
The Twilight actress looked engaged and happy to be out with a good friend. They looked to be laughing and really enjoying their day together, and at least for a few moments, it seems that R-Patz was far from K-Stew’s mind.
Kristen Stewart Leans On ‘Her Closest Friends’
It has been a definite struggle for Kristen, as she has taken the breakup harder than Rob. A source close to the 23-year-old actress told HollywoodLife.comexclusively that Kristen “misses her best friend. It's like a part of her has died and she is still going through the grieving process.”
But the source also says that as K-Stew works to move on from Rob, her friends have been there every step of the way. “Kristen has been just laying low, hanging out with her closest friends and trying to stay out of the spotlight as much as possible,” says the source.
It’s probably easy for Kristen to begin feeling lonely these days, so she’s truly lucky to have friends that she can fall back on, who can lift up her spirits and make her remember that she’s loved.
That seems to be what was going on on June 7. Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
Has Selena found a rebound? She seemed pretty interested in the boy band member on Friday, June 7, when she playfully told George to give her a call. Look out, Justin Bieber!
George Shelley, of the British (not-One Direction) boy band Union J, has been very vocal about his crush on Selena Gomez. Now it looks like the feelings might be mutual!
Selena Gomez To George Shelley: ‘Give Me A Call’
When the boys of Union J made an appearance on CBBC’s Friday Download on June 7, there was a special surprise in store for George. The show’s producers played a video of Selena that was personally addressed to the 19-year-old singer: “I was in London for a bit and I’m actually really bummed I missed you,” Selena said flirtatiously. “So next time, maybe give me a call?”
George reacted to the video message with giddy excitement, adorably in awe of Selena’s beauty. “I’ve got an undying crush on her,” George has previously told Sugar Scape. “It’s the whole Disney thing I love her.”
Well now’s your chance, George! Selena seems like she’s a little interested!
Selena Gomez: Single Justin Bieber
You can tell that Selena knows how sexy and desirable she is in the video message, and she’s got every reason to be at full confidence. She’s reportedly denounced Justin Bieber for good, and is happy to be able to be drama-free and able to focus on her music career.
And hey, if she’s now got a little free time to flirt with cute boy band singers, then why not? After all, HollywoodLife.comreported exclusively that Justin was “doing his thing” and seeing other girls since he and Selena split — we think it’s time she got some action too.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Would Selena and George make a cute couple? Let us know!
WATCH: Selena Gomez’s Video Message To George Shelley
Well this is an incredible development. Less than a week after Charice bravely came out as gay, her mother revealed that she used to be a lesbian as well during a press conference in the Philippines.
Apparently Charice’smother was compelled by her daughter’s courageous decision to come out last week on June 2, because during a press conference on June 7, she admitted that she is a former lesbian.
Racquel Pempengco: Charice’s Mother Reveals She Was A Lesbian
“I used to be a lesbian,” an emotional Racquel Pempengco said according to the Manila Bulletin. The Glee star’s mother went on to explain that she turned her back on homosexuality after her mother, Tess Relucio, convinced her to build her own family.
Racquel eventually married her husband Rick Pempengco and the couple had two children together — Charice and Charice’s brother, Carl.
Charice’s Family Concerned About Her Lifestyle
Though you’d think Racquel would be able to relate to what her daughter is going through, she also revealed in the press conference that a rift has developed between Charice and her family. She stated that she didn’t approve of the people Charice hangs out with, and that she feels as if Charice has turned her back on her family.
Tess, Racquel’s mother and Charice’s grandmother, echoed those feelings. In an interview in the Philippines, Tess stated that she believes Charice needs the same sort of convincing Racquel had when she was younger.
In their statements, both Racquel and Tess were pining for Charice to come back and live with the family again, seemingly suggesting that she abandon her lifestyle. “Have some sympathy for your mom,” Tess said in her native Filipino language.
Charice, when alerted to the statements made by her grandmother, responded with a few stark words: “My lola knows how much I love her, and how much I love my family.”
We’re still so proud of Charice. Clearly she has these family issues to combat along with the things that came along with revealing her sexuality, but she is handling everything with bravery and grace.
Racquel, Tess, and Charice must be able to find some middle ground, and we really hope they do. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
A Williams sister is on top of the tennis world yet again! In a hard-fought match, Serena overpowered Maria Sharapova to win the major championship in France.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova faced off on June 8 in a star-studded final match of the 2013 French Open. Serena came in as the top-ranked female player in tennis; Maria was just behind her at number two. But Serena, 31, proved why she’s number one, defeating Maria in straight sets.
Serena Williams Wins The 2013 French Open
Though Maria, 26, couldn’t take a set, the match was actually close and well-fought. But Serena was just a little bit better, winning 6-4 in both sets.
Maria gave it her all, but she could not handle Serena’s overpowering serve and was never able to overtake the iconic tennis player.
For Serena, the win was her second French Open title — she won her first way back in 2002. Overall, she now has 16 major championships.
The June 8 match was probably like a bad case of deja vu for Maria, who has now lost 13 straight matches to Serena.
After winning her semifinal match on June 6, Maria told reporters, “I'd be lying if it doesn't bother me, obviously. I don't think that it would be a pretty competitive statement if I said I didn't. I would love to change that around."
Unfortunately for her, she could not buck the trend. Though she did play well at Roland Garros on June 8, Serena is basically her kryptonite — just too strong for her.
Congratulations, Serena! We love watching you make history!
Did you ever expect this to happen to a ‘Vampire Diaries’ actress? On June 7, Shannon was arrested for sending letters containing poison to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama. Talk about a twist-ending!
When Shannon Richardson was charged and arrested on June 7 as the person who sent ricin-laced letters to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Obama, we said to ourselves, “Boy, she looks familiar.” Turns we had seen her before — on some of our favorite TV shows!
Shannon Richardson’s Acting Resume
Before becoming the person who tried to poison political leaders, Shannon, 35, had small parts on several prominent television shows. She even appeared alongside Nina Dobrev and company as a student in The Vampire Diaries!
Shannon’s IMDB page also credits her with a part as one of the zombies in The Walking Dead, a lawyer in Franklin & Bash, and again as a student in Sandra Bullock’s The Blind Side.
Judging by her roles, or rather the size of them, it’s safe to say Shannon was a struggling actress, unable to break out.
Shannon Richardson: From Actress To Ricin Letter Suspect
So apparently she went down a different road to get into the spotlight. Shannon first came to the attention of investigators when she called them reporting that she believed her husband had sent the May 20 ricin letters to Michael and Barack, and one other to the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, according to Newsday.
Through rounds of questioning and analysis investigators determined that Shannon, who is a pregnant mother of five, actually mailed the letters herself.
She was arrested in Mount Pleasant, Tex. on June 7 and could face up to 10 years in prison if she’s convicted. Investigators believe marital strife led her to mail the letters in an attempt to frame her husband.
What an unbelievable story. Thankfully, none of Shannon’s targets were harmed by her letters.
So the next time you’re watching reruns of The Walking Dead or The Vampire Diaries keep an eye out — you might see an alleged criminal in the background.
K-Stew’s breakup with Robert Pattinson really blindsided her. And while she’s spending time out of the spotlight trying to move on, a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that she is still in love with her ex, and that dating other people is still totally out of the question.
Kristen Stewartmay be trying to get over her breakup with Robert Pattinson, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t still have feelings for him. Don’t tell her that there are other fish in the sea, a source tells HollywoodLife.comexclusively, because there is only one fish she truly loves.
Kristen Stewart Doesn’t Want To Date Other Guys
“She is still in love with Rob,” the insider close to Kristen says. ”As far as her wanting to date anyone else, the answer is 100 percent absolutely not.”
Kristen has no desire to play the field right now — her heart is still wrapped up with Rob. The breakup has obviously hit her hard, and she is not ready to close the book on the relationship just yet. If she were to go out with other guys right now, it’d likely only remind her how much she misses Rob and further inhibit her from moving on.
Kristen Stewart Feels ‘Like A Part Of Her Died’ After Robert Pattinson Split
The Twilight actress seems to be taking the split harder than Rob. As the source explained to us, Kristen “misses her best friend. It’s like a part of her has died and she is still going through the grieving process.”
That process for Kristen so far has been to lay low out of the public eye and just spend quality time with her closest friends. We’re sure that eventually, it will include trying to see other people. But for now, Kristen’s heart is still too devoted to Rob.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should Kristen try to date other guys? Let us know!
Some of the stars of ‘Teen Mom’ not only got pregnant young — they also tied the knot in their late teens and early 20s! Take a look at our gallery of Teen Mom marriages, and tell us who YOU think will live happily ever after.
First comes love, then comes baby, THEN comes the wedding? For many of the stars of Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, their plans at happily-ever-after weren’t exactly conventional, but they managed to find love despite all the hardships!
Kailyn Lowell Marries Javi Marroquin In Courthouse Ceremony
Even though Kailyn Lowell welcomed her first child in high school, son Isaac Rivera, with her boyfriend Jo Rivera, the couple only lasted through their baby’s first months of life. After about a couple years of on-and-off dating, the two finally called it quits when Jo started seeing a girl named Vee Torress — and Kailyn met an aborable Air Force man named Javi Marroquin.
After less than a year of dating, Javi and Kailyn tied the knot in a small courthouse ceremony in September 2012, and are planning a bigger wedding later this year! Javi seems like a perfect stepdad to Isaac and loves him like his own son — and the Teen Mom 2 star and her Air Force beau are expecting a baby of their own this fall! How amazing!
Leah Messer Marries Corey Simms & Jeremy Calvert
While Kailyn didn’t get married to her baby daddy, Leah Messer tried to make things work with the father of her twin daughters, Corey Simms. The two wed in March 2011, with 1-year-old twins Ali and Aleeah serving as adorable flower girls! However, relationship problems — including Corey wanting to buy a new truck instead of a house and Leah hooking up with her ex-boyfriend — led the two to call it quits about a year later.
It didn’t take long for Leah to move on. Just a few months after her divorce, Leah met Jeremy Calvert — and the two got married in April 2012! Now, the couple has been married for more than a year, and even welcomed their own daughter together Adalynn on Feb. 4!
Although some of the Teen Mom stars managed to find what looks to be their happily ever afters — Corey Simms married Miranda Patterson on June 7 — some are still hung up in bad marriages. Jenelle Evans is still legally married to Courtland Rogers, and won’t be allowed to divorce until a year afte their separation.
Take a look through our gallery of Teen Mom marriages, and let us know — who do YOU think will have the best marriage? Which wedding were you most shocked by? Let us know!