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iStock/portishead1Mic check, 1, 2. Did Adele and her rumored boyfriend break up too?

It's only three months into the new year and Hollywood relationships keep falling apart. While most splits are announced with a carefully worded press release of both parties wishing love and happiness for their former lover, others aren't as clear. 

Take Adele and her rumored partner Skepta. The two never officially debuted a relationship, but in fall 2019 it was reported that they were spending a lot of time together. However, a look at the lyrics from the British rapper's new song "Mic Check," suggests that he's on the market for a new lover.  

According to The Sun, at one point in Skepta's rap, "he warns a potential partner about the pitfalls of dating a celebrity – such as himself – after his own relationships with model Naomi Campbell and Adele became the focus of media interest."

"Can you handle the fame?" the lyrics read. "When you’re [messing] with me, they talk about you in the Press."

Right now, the rhymes are just speculation as to the status of the British musicians' relationship, but whether they broke up or not, Adele's new album -- which she teased would be released in September -- is bound to have a few hits inspired by it.

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Sarah McColganHailee Steinfeld can now add music video director to her many talents.

The singer makes her directorial debut with the video for her latest single, “I Love You’s," out today. She co-directed the black-and-white clip with Sarah McColgan.

The visual features Hailee confined in an empty room by herself as she playfully models various high-fashion outfits, including a poufy tulle skirt, a dress made of ruffles, and a zebra print bodysuit.

“I had gone through a break up and felt for the longest time that I was in this confined space,” Hailee, who previously dated Niall Horan, explains in a statement. “It took some time but I eventually realized that even in a confined space, you can find yourself, you can learn to love yourself again, and you can give yourself the opportunity to heal.”

“And that’s what this song and video mean to me,” she adds. “Eventually the walls can come down and everything will be ok.”

Hailee released the track, which samples Annie Lennox’s 1995 song “No More ‘I Love You’s,’” last week. It’s the first release off her forthcoming two-part project, the first part of which drops May 1.

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hélène marie pambrunHarry Styles may have had to postpone his upcoming U.K. and Europe tour dates, but he’s putting it all into perspective.

In phone interview with the U.K.’s Capital FM, Harry says while he’s bummed the tour couldn’t go on as planned, he has no doubt he made the right decision.

"I think, honestly, it's obviously disappointing, but it's not even close to being the most important thing right now," he says.

"I think everybody understands -- it's not like there's anything you can do about it,” he adds. “I think the most important thing right now is to keep everybody safe. I have to do that for all of our crew, as well as the fans coming to the shows. I don't want to go to a show right now, if this is the thing.”

The Love On Tour was originally supposed to kick off in the U.K. in April. The U.K. and Europe dates have now been rescheduled to begin February of next year.

So far Harry's North American dates are still scheduled to start June 26 in Philadelphia.

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ABCImage Group LAIt's no secret that Selena Gomez has had a number of health challenges over the past few years in connection with her lupus, including a kidney transplant. That's why she's now giving back to the place where she has often turned for help during those times: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.

On Twitter, Selena wrote, "So thankful for every single medical professional who is putting their health on the line to take care of others. I’m donating to @CedarsSinai as they are low on masks and ventilators. They’ve taken such good care of me so it’s my turn to show my gratitude."

Selena's kidney transplant took place at Cedars-Sinai in 2017, and in October of 2018, according to Billboard, the singer reportedly sought help at a mental health treatment center there after struggling with anxiety and depression.

So thankful for every single medical professional who is putting their health on the line to take care of others 🤍 I’m donating to @CedarsSinai as they are low on masks and ventilators. They’ve taken such good care of me so it’s my turn to show my gratitude.

— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) March 31, 2020

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Rachel Murray/Getty Images for FableticsDemi Lovato is launching her new collection with Fabletics this week -- with a charitable twist.

In a message posted to Instagram Tuesday, the singer revealed that after thinking hard about postponing the launch, she’s decided to move forward and use it to do some good.

“After sitting down to reflect for a few days, we realize there’s no better time to inspire others with my capsule, which has always been about channeling your inner strength,” she writes.

Demi continues, “I’m pleased to announced that $5 for every item sold will provide crucial gear to frontline workers -- pledging up to $125,000 now through June 30 to support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, powered by the United Nations Foundation.”

The active wear collection, which Demi says aims to make us “feel empowered, invincible, and strong from the inside out,” will be available April 2.

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Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox, Pharrell Williams and other stars will have to wait until next year to receive a major honor.

Those three artists, as well as rock legend Steve Miller and members of the Isley Brothers , were set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 11 in New York City.  The ceremony has now been postponed to June 10, 2021.

In a statement, Hall of Fame President & CEO Linda Moran said, "In facing the reality of the future being unknown and the extraordinary number of schedules which would have to be rearranged...it seemed to be more prudent and in the best interests and well-being of everyone...to move the 2020 class of inductees and honorees in its entirety to next year's gala when they can be truly celebrated."

Hall of Fame chairman Nile Rodgers of CHIC added, "The wonderful songs that members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame have created are currently bringing comfort to billions of people all over the world in their time of uncertainty and need and that is something I believe we can all find gratitude in."

It's not clear if there will be an additional class of 2021 inductees in addition to this year's group.  Others who were set to be inducted include Annie Lennox's Eurythmics partner Dave Stewart, Pharrell Williams' creative partner Chad Hugo, and behind-the-scenes songwriters Rick Nowels and Willams "Mickey" Stevenson

Nowels has co-written hits for Dido, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle, Santana, Fleetwood Mac and more.  Stevenson wrote or co-wrote Motown classics like "Dancing in the Streets," "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and It Takes Two."

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ABC/Image Group LAAs hospitals struggle to effectively treat the rising number of COVID-19 patients, Lizzo showed her appreciation to the tireless ER workers by making sure they had something to eat on Monday.

The "Truth Hurts" singer quietly donated lunches to several hospitals on Monday, including the University of Washington School of Medicine, who profusely thanked her thoughtfulness. 

"Thank you @Lizzo for sending lunches to the UW Medical Center - Montlake Emergency Department today!" the hospital tweeted alongside a series of photos of the grateful staff digging in. "Your support of our frontline healthcare workers means a lot."

ER staff at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit also enjoyed free lunch thanks to the 31-year-old, who even sent them a personal video to express her gratitude.  "I just wanted to say thank you so much for all that you're doing during this pandemic and it's definitely not easy and you guys are putting yourselves on the front lines," she praised.  "Because of that, I wanted to treat y'all to a meal."

Lizzo also sent lunch over to the staff at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center.  "That moment when you’re working the ER and @Lizzo surprises you by sending over some lunch!" the hospital gushed alongside a photo of its staff happily holding up their food.

The 2019 Time's Entertainer of the Year is already on planning on assisting even more ER workers, with her publicist promising to Seattle Times, "She sent several hospitals food that were hit really hard for staff working around the clock. She is planning to send food to more hospitals as well."

The singer is certainly taking what she said to Sir Elton John on Sunday during the iHeart Living Room Concert For America seriously, where she encouraged everyone to come together and spread love.

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Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and other major music stars gathered together for the Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Sunday, and raised nearly $8 million to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and salute the strength and resilience of the U.S. people during the health crisis.

Highlights included Demi Lovato performing her hit "Skyscaper"; Eilish and her brother Finneas teaming up for an acoustic rendition of "bad guy"; Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes joining forces for her song "My Oh My"; and Mariah belting out her hit, "Always Be My Baby.”

Elton, who hosted the event from his home, closed out the evening with a special performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."

Other performers included Backstreet Boys, Dave Grohl, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw.

The hour-long special drew more than 8.7 million viewers across multiple networks, who were encouraged to donate to two of the many charitable organizations that are helping COVID-19 victims and front line workers, such as health care professionals: Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.

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If you’re looking for ways to keep busy while practicing social distancing, Selena Gomez has some ideas.

Selena took to her Instagram Stories on Monday to share some of what she’s been "watching, listening to and reading" to help her remain "positive and pass the time."

As far as movies go, The Invisible ManJennifer’s BodyAmerican HustleUncut Gems; and Clueless are among her favorites.

TV-wise, the singer suggests Apple TV’s The Morning Show and The Servant; Netflix’s Good Girls and The Mind Explained; and Saturday Night Live reruns.

If you’d rather sit down with a good book, Selena recommends Michelle Obama’s Becoming, along with The Undocumented, Americans and Signs.

Her music picks include JP Saxe and Julia Michaels’ "If the World Was Ending"; "You Say," by Lauren Daigle; and, surprising fans, The Weeknd’s "Snowchild."  

Gomez and The Weeknd dated for about 10 months in 2017.

President Donald Trump is now recommending that all Americans practice social distancing until April 30.

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Brian Ach/Getty Images for Republic RecordsLiam Payne is doing his part to make sure one less person goes hungry. 

In an announcement on Monday, the former One Direction member paired up with the United Kingdom-based food bank support network to help provide assistance to those who need it amid the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. 

"No one should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from: not now, not ever. I am donating to @TrussellTrust and if you can help too then please do... Take care, stay at home and look after one another," Payne tweeted along with a flyer explaining more details.

"It’s not right that anyone in our country is unable to afford food," the flyer reads. "Food banks do incredible work to help the people most in need of support."

The 26-year-old pop star shared that by joining forces with The Trussel Trust, he will be able to support over 100 food banks in the UK which will provide "more than 360,000 meals over the next three months."

"I’m also donating because of The Trussell Trust's mission to work towards a future where no one needs a food bank," Payne continued. "Long term, I want to play my part in finding a solution to ensure people have enough money to buy their own food -- and end the need for food banks."

Payne joins a growing list of celebrities who have also donated to support their communities. 

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Steven KleinRihanna's fans have waited so long for a new album that it's become an online joke, but according to the woman herself, her music career is still a going concern -- even if she refuses to give the smallest detail about it.

As part of British Vogue's May cover story, Rihanna says she "can’t say when I’m going to drop” [my album], but adds, "I am very aggressively working on music."

Asked to describe the project, Rihanna says, "I don’t want my albums to feel like themes. There are no rules. There’s no format. There’s just good music, and if I feel it, I’m putting it out.”

Asked if that means the new album won't be, as reported, a reggae album, she laughs, "Oh no, that is happening."  However, she continues, "I feel like I have no boundaries. I’ve done everything – I’ve done all the hits, I’ve tried every genre – now I’m just, I’m wide open. I can make anything that I want.” 

The singer, who reportedly broke up with her long-term boyfriend Hassam Jameel, is also thinking about making babies.  Asked where she sees herself in 10 years -- she'll be 42 then -- she says, "I’ll have kids – three or four of ’em.”

She says she plans to have children even if she doesn't have a partner. "Hell, yeah. I feel like society makes me want to feel like, ‘Oh, you got it wrong…’ They diminish you as a mother if there’s not a dad in your kids’ lives," she says.

"But the only thing that matters is happiness," she adds. "That’s the only healthy relationship between a parent and a child. That’s the only thing that can raise a child truly, is love.”

Rihanna's issue of British Vogue is out April 3.

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Adam Christopher/NBCUniversalThe Kelly Clarkson Show is getting the at-home treatment.

According to Deadline, Kelly will now be filming new content from her Montana ranch, where she’s been in self-quarantine with her family.

The daily talk show has been airing original episodes that were filmed before the production shutdown due to COVID-19. But starting the week on April 6, Deadline reports, the show will air some original episodes along with the newly filmed content.

The new segments will be similar to what Kelly has been posting on her social media since production on the show shut down two weeks ago – everything from song covers in her bathroom to updates on the plumbing in her Montana cabin.

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Walt Disney Television/Robert MilazzoOver the weekend, billionaire media mogul David Geffen was roasted by the Internet for posting a photo of his multi-million dollar yacht, taken by a drone, and saying he was "isolating in the Grenadines, avoiding the virus."  Considering millions are out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Geffen's posting was perhaps a wee bit tone-deaf.  And that's where John Mayer comes in.

Mayer made fun of Geffen's post on his Instagram Live show Current Mood by dashing off a little ditty called "Drone Shot of My Yacht."

"The most offensive thing to me about this post is assuming that I know where the Grenadines are, and I don't know where the Grenadines are," said John, nothing that Geffen "took a lot of flak" for the post.

"I just had this song pop into my head," he adding, and then launched into the tune, which naturally has a yacht rock-70s pop feel.

"Drone shot of my yacht/it's all I got/I'm alone on the water," John sings. "Let me flex these specs/456 feet, six or seven decks/And I know y'all wanna stretch your necks to see what I got on it/But I don't even give a heck/'Cause I got drone shot of my yacht."

Geffen's yacht is actually 454 feet long.  He bought it from Oracle founder Larry Ellison in 2010 for $590 million.  It can accommodate 18 guests and a staff of 55, and it also has a pool and a basketball court.  Yeah, quarantining is rough, ain't it?


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ABC/Eric McCandlessIf you've ever wanted to choose Billie Eilish's hair color, now's your chance.

The "bad guy" singer has released a digital version of her own coloring book. It includes a variety of sketches of Billie, including the WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? album cover.

You can download the book for whatever price you want via Store.BillieEilish.com. All proceeds will be donated to UNICEF.

By the way, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, which spawned the singles "bad guy," "bury a friend" and "you should see me in a crown," celebrated its one-year anniversary over the weekend. Since then, Eilish has released the single "everything i wanted" and the James Bond theme song "No Time to Die."

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Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesWhile many people have taken to cutting their own hair while in quarantine, Ariana Grande is taking a break from her ponytail and letting her natural curls have their moment.

The singer posted a selfie on social media Monday sporting her rarely-seen dark, tousled curls. “get a load a dis,” she captioned it.

Her mom, Joan, was one of the first to respond, commenting, “Beyond stunning.” She then added, “your natural hair/curls is a world of its own... a magnificent beauty you are inside and out/ made up or natural ... I love you...”

Ari’s fans followed suit, telling the singer how much they love the natural look. Fellow artists including Lil Nas X, Jessie J and Katherine McPhee also chimed in to show their approval.

Ariana last showed off her curls in a November 2019 Instagram Stories clip, where she revealed her hair without extensions.

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get a load a dis pic.twitter.com/2SPx6f3fbA

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 30, 2020



©iHeartRadioIf you watched the Living Room Concert for America Sunday night on FOX, you may have been surprised at just how good the Backstreet Boys sounded, even though they all recorded their parts on their version of "I Want It That Way" separately.  But it turns out the first version of the performance sounded so good that the producers were afraid nobody would believe that they'd actually sung it in their homes.

The show's producer, Joel Gallen, was the one who edited the five parts into one song, but iHeart executive John Sykes tells Variety, "It was actually too good we heard the first tape. That’s how well they did it. So we actually had to bring up the voices in their rooms so people knew that they were really singing."

"This band is so good and so well rehearsed. Each artist shot their scene and it was synced up, and then the editor cut in their part of the song," he added.

Variety also reports that nearly all of the performances in the special -- filmed in places ranging from New York to Miami to Hawaii -- were shot with iPhones manned by each artist's friends and/or family members.

Sykes also revealed that during Mariah Carey's performance, recorded in her home studio, she kept the door of the studio open into her apartment, so she could keep an eye on her twins -- because the family is quarantined, she didn't have nanny to help her. 

Sykes also dished that because Mariah is Mariah, she made sure to have a little fan in front of her so her hair would blow dramatically.

Ratings for the fundraiser were strong. If you didn't see it, you can watch it on YouTube for the next three days.

 

Well done, Backstreet Boys. 👏👏♥️#iHeartConcertonFox pic.twitter.com/PDzKiFawXx

— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) March 30, 2020

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ABC/Craig SjodinListen to Your Heart, the latest spinoff of ABC's The Bachelor franchise debuts next month, and because it has a musical theme, many top musicians will also appear during the six-episode special event.

The show features 20 single musicians -- 12 men and eight women -- looking for love, and connecting through music, by performing individually and together.  Some of those performances will be judged by celebrities and musicians, including Jason Mraz, Andy Grammer, Toni Braxton, Train singer Pat Monahan, Kesha, Jewel, Tom Hanks' wife, singer/actress Rita Wilson, Ashlee Simpson-Ross and her husband Evan Ross, the son of Diana Ross.

In addition, during the April 13 premiere, one couple will enjoy a private concert by "Hey There Delilah" band Plain White T's.

The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart will be hosted by franchise host Chris Harrison, and fan favorites JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers, Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo, Arie and Lauren Luyendyk Jr., and Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick will also appear.

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L-R, "Tiger King" stars Doc Antle, Carole Baskin/Courtesy: NetflixHey, all you cool cats and kittens! Because it now appears that the entire planet is obsessed with the Netflix true crime documentary Tiger King, people are now spotting connections to the show in the most bizarre places -- like in throwback photos of Britney Spears, for example.

Remember when Britney Spears danced with a snake at the 2001 MTV VMAs?  Of course you do. But you may not remember that she also had a tiger onstage with her during the performance.  Well, in 2016, MTV reported that the handler of the tiger  -- a rare golden tabby -- informed them that the cat had since died.  And who was the handler?  None other than "Doc" Antle, one of the private zoo owners featured in Tiger King

Antle, who gives off serious "cult leader" vibes in the documentary, was the mentor of Joe Exotic, the titular Tiger King, who's now serving 22 years in prison for allegedly plotting to murder Carole Baskin, a rich Florida animal rescue activist who tried to get Joe Exotic's zoo shut down.

And that leads us to the second Britney connection:  Fans are convinced that a photo taken at the 2002 VMAs shows Britney sitting next to -- that's right -- Carole Baskin.

Not everyone is convinced that the woman in the shot, who's wearing animal print just like Baskin, is actually Baskin, but she looks similar enough that you can't help but wonder.

2002 was the year that Baskin had her multi-millionaire husband declared dead after he disappeared without a trace.  A big part of the documentary concerns the allegations that she killed him and fed him to the tigers at her animal sanctuary.

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ABC/Image Group LAHey, all you celebrities who are staging charity livestreams for COVID-19 relief: Hold Post Malone's beer.

TMZ reports that the "Circles" star is teaming with his friend, rapper MIKE, to stage a celebrity beer pong tournament on Instagram Live.  Dubbed the "Ballina Cup," the event will feature 16 teams, and all those participating will pony up cash to help those battling the coronavirus pandemic.

According TMZ, the tournament will take place starting this week and will last eight days, with two battles per night. Of course, each participant will compete from home, following social-distancing guidelines.  The winning team will get a trophy, championship belts and chains to mark their victory, says the website.

According to TMZ, among those participating will be former football stars Johnny Manziel and Rob Gronkowski, Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce, rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly, country star Kane Brown, and baseball stars Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger.

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ABC/Karen NealCelebrities -- they're just like us!  Meaning they also don't feel the need to do their hair and makeup while they're quarantining.

Katy Perry was her usual glamorous self during Sunday night's previously recorded episode of American Idol, but she contrasted that time with her current state with two pics on Instagram

The expectant mom posted a picture of herself taken earlier this year in Hawaii during American Idol's Top 40 round, as well as a picture of her present-day self in bed in a bathrobe, with no makeup and messy hair with dark roots.

"Pre-quarantine -->mid-quarantine," she captioned the photos.

When friends and fans chimed in to tell Katy how great her skin looks, even without makeup -- perhaps due to that pregnancy glow -- she wrote in the comments, "blackheads and all, baby."

Katy and her fiancé, Orlando Bloom, are expecting their first child sometime this summer.

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