Dina's Dirt For July 7, 2020

Tuesday, July 7th

6:40

 

Lady Gaga tells “Apple Music” that Elton John has saved her life countless times."He's always challenged me to keep my head above water and he knows when I'm down. He knows because I hide, because I never want anyone to see me when I'm like that. Elton's always challenged me to take care of my artistry and to take care of myself, and I really honor that about him. He is so uniquely special."

 

It looks like Kim and Kanye West benefited from President Donald Trump’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. Kanye’s Yeezy line is among the listed companies receiving funds… getting somewhere between $2-million and $5-million.

The Treasury reports that the loan was filed through City National Bank and that 106 jobs were saved through the stimulus. Khloe Kardashian’s Good American denim brand also filed for a PPP loan, expected to get up to $2-million.

The stimulus was intended to help companies with less than 500 employees, sparking backlash over larger companies getting the loans. But, “People” says that some are upset because he’s worth $1 billion.

 

Tom Hanks tells “The Guardian” newspaper that he was calm after being diagnosed with the Coronavirus.  'When we were in the hospital, I said: "I'm 63, I have type 2 diabetes, I had a stent in my heart - am I a red flag case?'' 'But as long as our temperatures did not spike, and our lungs did not fill up with something that looked like pneumonia, they were not worried. I'm not one who wakes up in the morning wondering if I'm going to see the end of the day or not. I'm pretty calm about that. My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did. I just had crippling body aches, I was very fatigued all the time and I couldn't concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes. That last bit is kinda like my natural state anyway.'

 

An actor from "The Office" is asking for help to bring his character out of retirement. Leslie David Baker, who played Stanley Hudson, is asking for his followers to support his Kickstarter campaign to fund a new TV starring Uncle Stan. He says the show will follow the notoriously grumpy Stanley as he leaves Florida to head to Los Angeles to help his nephew run a motorcycle and flower shop. 

“People” reports that the Kickstarter has only raised 28-thousand of its 300-thousand dollar goal, but Baker still took to Instagram yesterday to thank the people who have donated so far. The Kickstarter has until August 1st to reach its funding goal.

 

7:40

Harry Styles wants to help you fall asleep. The singer has teamed up with the Calm app for what they are calling “Dream With Me,” with the hashtag, #DreamWithHarry.

“Capital FM” reports that starting tomorrow, Harry will offer up a soothing bedtime reading to help Calm users drift off. In a snippet of the reading, you can hear Harry say “Hello, I’m Harry Styles.”

Calm hasn’t revealed exactly what Harry will be reading, although some claim it will be “Louis the Fish” as part of their new celebrity ASMR sleep sessions. As you can imagine, fans are freaking out a bit. 

 

Soap star Kristian Alfonso is leaving "Days of Our Lives" after 37 years. In a statement posted on her Instagram yesterday, the actress revealed that she will be leaving the daytime soap opera. Alfonso shared that she has already filmed her final episodes and will not be returning when the show resumes production in September.

She expressed her gratitude for the show, crew and loyal fans who have been with her since the beginning of her journey. Alfonso added, "it's time for me to write my next chapter." The actress played the wildly popular Hope Williams Brady. 

 

Johnny Depp will be seeing a few of his exes in court for his ongoing libel case against “The Sun.” That includes Amber Heard, who the judge just ruled can indeed attend proceedings, even when she’s not there to present evidence.

In the United Kingdom, witnesses aren’t allowed in court while others testify in criminal cases – but they can be for civil cases. Depp had requested that Heard be blocked from the courtroom, saying her testimony would be influenced otherwise. But in a new court order, Justice Nicol rules it would be “unfair” for Heard not to be there.

On top of that, Depp may be reuniting with his exes Vanesa Paradis and Winona Ryder. We told you before that the actresses, along with Salma Hayek, defended Depp against the abuse allegations on the record, and they’re expected to testify on his behalf in court, too. You can find out more with “Cinemablend.”

 

Charlie Puth has called out the negative side of stan culture, after BTS fans accused him of trying to use the band’s popularity for his own gain. 

“I don’t usually pay any mind to things like this, but something has to be said. This dangerous, toxic, internet screaming match between ‘fandoms’ has to stop," Charlie, who previously collaborated with BTS’s Jungkook on a performance of his hit “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” tweeted. "I’m 28 years old, so it doesn’t really mean anything to me when some person I don’t know writes a nasty message to me saying things like 'I used BTS for clout.' I don’t know what that means- I love those guys and they are super talented.”

He added, "But what I do know is that 10 years ago, language like this directed towards me would’ve affected me deeply in a very negative way. And I’m thinking about all the other younger kids on twitter seeing stuff like this on a daily basis,"

He then urged artists’ fans to show a little kindness towards each other. "It may sound cliche, but please be nicer to each other here. No more screaming about made up nonsense. It does nobody any good," he wrote. "We all need to love each other MORE THAN EVER RIGHT NOW."

 

8:40

We previously reported that singer-songwriter Ryan Adams issued a public apology for the sexual misconduct and abusive behavior he was accused of a little over a year ago now. Among those who spoke out was his ex-wife Mandy Moore, who isn’t exactly buying his sudden apology.

Adams has been lying low since the allegations last year, breaking his silence with a statement shared via “Daily Mail” apologizing for his behavior and revealing he’s got professional help getting sober “in [an] effort to be a better man.” Appearing on NBC News’ “Today” show yesterday, Moore was asked by Hoda Kotb about her thoughts on her ex-husband’s statement… and if she believes “he’s changed.” 

Moore’s take is that it’s “curious” Adams didn’t make amends privately before putting out the public statement. “It’s challenging because I feel like in many ways I’ve said all I want to say about him and that situation,” she added. “I am speaking for myself, but I have not heard from him, and I’m not looking for an apology necessarily.”

 

YouTube’s newest star is a genuine superhero. “Captain Marvel,” aka Brie Larson, is now officially a YouTuber. The actress announced she’s starting her very own YouTube channel with her first video, "So, I made a decision…," and explained she decided to join the platform because it’s a “place to talk about things that are important and that matter.” Larson also promised “silly content” on top of the “deep conversations, anti-racist rhetoric, [and] inclusive content” and also some streaming vids of her playing Fortnite.

 

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik couldn’t be more excited to welcome their first child together. And according to “Us Weekly,” they couldn’t be happier together, either.

A source tells the magazine that Gigi and Zayn are “closer than ever” as they prepare for the bundle of joy. Gigi has been staying at her mom’s farm with Zayn since they dropped the pregnancy news a few months back, and that’s where she’s planning on staying until the baby is born.

“She came back to NYC recently but she plans to spend most of her pregnancy there at the farm,” the insider adds. “She’s always wanted to start a family with Zayn, [they’re] so in love.” 

 

Elton John has been honored with his very own commemorative coin.  “U Discover Music” reports that the coin was released yesterday by Britain’s Royal Mint and is part of its Music Legends series.

The coin, designed by artist Bradley Morgan Johnson, features a straw boater hat, bow tie and glasses in the shape of music notes, which is inspired by a classic Elton image. It also features a Union Jack flag in the background.

“It really is a fabulous honor to be recognized in this way,” Elton shares. “The last few years have contained some of the most memorable moments of my career, and this is another truly humbling milestone on my journey.”

The coins come in a variety of materials, including Gold proof, Silver proof and Brilliant Uncirculated, and range in price from $16 for the Brilliant Uncirculated, and over $80K for the Gold.
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