FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren Akins, welcomed their third child — a baby girl they’ve named Lennon Love Akins — on Feb. 10. Thomas posted the announcement and also included several sweet family pictures. Baby Lennon was born Monday morning at 8:30AM weighing 9 lbs., 2 oz., and photos indicate her big sisters are taking well to their new roles. Baby Lennon has a full head of dark hair and is a perfect mix of her dad and her mother. “My wife is just incredible and was a champion through the whole birth,” Rhett wrote. “The Lord is so good and I’m so grateful for my beautiful growing family.” Rhett’s also about to become a big brother again. His father, Rhett Akins, is expecting a son with his wife, Sonya, in March.

 

MACAULAY CULKIN did an interview with “Esquire” and the topic of MICHAEL JACKSON came up. Macaulay has always defended Michael. even though when they were hanging out back in the ’90s, Michael was in his 30s, and he was between nine and 14. But Macaulay said, “It’s the truth:  [Michael] never did anything to me.  I never saw him do anything.  And especially at this flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back. The guy has passed on – right now is a good time to speak up.  And if I had something to speak up about, I would totally do it.  But no, I never saw anything; he never did anything.” Macaulay is the godfather to Michael’s daughter Paris, who’s 21 now.  And he’s been sharing his behavior with her:  STEALING SPOONS. He said, “It’s a harmless thing.  It’s not like you’re ruining something, like stealing a chess piece, where the board would be incomplete.” He and Paris give each other spoons they’ve lifted from restaurants, cafés, and airplanes.  They have matching spoon tattoos on their inner forearms and it was part of his overall advice to her growing up: Which was, “Don’t forget to be silly, don’t forget to take something away from this whole experience, and don’t forget to stick something up your sleeve.” Elsewhere in the interview, Macaulay talked about how he’s cool NOT being a Hollywood actor these days, but he did admit to auditioning for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. It’s unclear what part it was for, but Macaulay said, “It was a disaster.  I wouldn’t have hired me.  I’m terrible at auditioning anyway, and this was my first audition in like eight years.” Macaulay admitted that he’s done his fair share of drugs in the past . . . but he doesn’t use drugs recreationally anymore.  His only vices are cigarettes and alcohol.  (And STEALING SPOONS apparently.)

 

KOBE BRYANT and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were laid to rest Friday. There was a private funeral held at the Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California. There will also be a public memorial service on Monday, February 24th at the Staples Center, where Kobe played with the Lakers. Kobe’s friends and family will be at that one, along with NBA officials and players, season ticket holders, and local politicians.  The remaining seats will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The capacity of Staples is around 20,000 people.

 

RUSSELL DICKERSON’s “Love You Like I Used To” was inspired by his wife, Kailey. They’ve been married over 6 years and he says the song is about how love grows and how you’ve got to work for it.  It’s like, ‘I don’t love you like I used to – I love you more.  I love you more with every single kiss.'” And if they do any of that kissing on Valentine’s Day, it’ll be in the comfort of their new house that they recently moved into.

There have been some crazy finishes in recent seasons of “The Bachelor”. This season might have a conclusion that tops them all.  There’s a rumor going around that “Bachelor” star Peter Weber doesn’t end up with ANY of the remaining women on the show.  Instead, he hooks up with a PRODUCER named is Julie. Somebody on Reddit noticed that Peter’s dad posted a picture of her out with the family on New Year’s Eve. Also, she’s been tagged in photos wearing Seattle Seahawks garb.  That’s Peter’s favorite football team. Someone at ABC was asked about it, and he said, “I hate to get in the way of a good rumor, so I’m not going to confirm or deny about whether he ends up with a producer.  I don’t know how we’d ever top that though!  But, it is crazy.”

 

I know this is a cliché, but RILEY GREEN is such a typical guy. Valentine’s Day, holidays . . . they all sneak up on him and then he has to scramble to make it right.  He says, “I’m definitely a procrastinator when it comes to any holidays.  A lot of my Christmas gifts get wrapped in newspaper. And I don’t know that I’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day with a girl, but I would imagine that if I did it would go a lot like that.  It would be a last-minute type of flower from the grocery store type situation.”

 

Keith Urban’s All for the Hall concert, benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, after a brief hiatus, has returned to Bridgestone Arena on Monday night with Urban as host and an A-list lineup: Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Morgan Wallen, and Blake Shelton shared the stage with Tanya Tucker, Carly Pearce, Ingrid Andress, Tenille Townes, and Lauren Daigle.

 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD went on a ski trip to Vail, Colorado and posted the proof on Instagram. There are group shots of her with friends, with her husband Mike Fisher and a cute pic of Mike and their son Isaiah, who’s almost five.

 

SHERYL CROW and NICKEL CREEK will headline this year’s Moon River Music Festival, which is going down September 12th and 13th in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

 

TIM MCGRAW has switched record labels. He left Sony Music Nashville and is now with the label branded Columbia Nashville/McGraw Music.  His wife Faith Hill is still with Sony.

 

With PEYTON and ELI MANNING retired, all eyes are on their nephew Arch. Unfortunately, he’s only 15.

 

“Jimmy Kimmel” – Luke Bryan

 

Robert Griffin III is 30.                                  Christina Ricci is 40.                                                Moe Bandy is 76

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