Jessica Simpson Reveals She Took Diet Pills for 20 Years After Being Told to Lose 15 Lbs. at Age 17

On her 17th birthday, Jessica Simpson flew to New York City to audition for Tommy Mottola at Columbia Records. She sang “Amazing Grace” and wowed him with her big voice. He offered her a record contract. And then, as she writes in her upcoming memoir, Open Book, excerpted in this week’s PEOPLE, he told her: “You gotta lose 15 pounds.” “That’s what it will take to be Jessica Simpson,” he said. The singer, who is 5’3″, weighed 118 lbs. at the time. “I immediately went on an extremely strict diet, and started taking diet pills, which I would do for the next 20 years,” she writes. RELATED: Jessica Simpson Reveals… Read More

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President Trump is Upset His Impeachment Defense Won’t Get Enough TV Time Over the Weekend

President Donald Trump isn’t happy with his defense team’s time-slot during his historic impeachment trial in the Senate. As the third presidential impeachment trial in American history got underway this week, Democrats used their three days of opening arguments to lay out why Trump should be removed from office for alleged abuse of power and obstruction in the Ukraine scandal. Trump’s defense team and the assembled Senators, including his Republican allies, are required by trial rules to stay silent during the other side’s arguments. Democrats will then have to do the same for Trump’s defense team. Each side was given 24 hours over three days for their arguments. While they… Read More

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Kumail Nanjiani Breaks His Diet for the First Time Since Getting Buff: ‘I’m Literally Gonna Cry’

Pizza, cupcakes and cheesecake, oh my! Kumail Nanjiani finally got the chance to eat some of his favorite unhealthy foods again, after following a strict diet and exercise regimen for over a year in order to get in fighting shape for his role in Marvel’s The Eternals. “I can see that you’re ripped now. The last time I saw you, you were not, and now you are,” host Jimmy Kimmel said to Nanjiani, 41, during Thursday’s episode of his late night talk show, later asking the actor if he’d gotten a chance to break his diet after returning from filming in the week. “I haven’t yet, but I will,” the… Read More

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Wife of American Killed Fighting Australian Fires Says He Was a ‘Great Man’ Dedicated to His Kids

The wife of one of the three Americans killed in a plane crash while fighting fires in Australia says her husband was a “great man” who loved nothing more than his children and flying planes. Rebekah DeMorgan’s husband Rick, 43, was a flight engineer on the Coulson Aviation C-130 aircraft that went down in Australia on Thursday, killing him and Captain Ian McBeth, 44, and First Officer Paul Hudson, 42. DeMorgan tells PEOPLE Rick had only started his job with Coulson in mid-January. He had been looking for a position that involved flying, his biggest passion, and was slated to retire from the Air Force in March after 24 years.… Read More

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Why Kate Middleton Has a New Dress Code to Consider for Her Upcoming BAFTAs Red Carpet Appearance

Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s upcoming date night at the BAFTAs comes with an unexpected fashion twist! The royal couple have confirmed that they will once again attend the glitzy event, but there’s a new dress code in place this year. Guests attending the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards — the British equivalent of the Oscars — on February 2 have been asked to “dress sustainably,” according to the London College of Fashion. “This awards season BAFTA are doing more than ever before to consider sustainability across its awards ceremonies, including inviting guests to ‘dress sustainably,’” the style guide reads. Guests are being encouraged to be a… Read More

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Triplet Minnies! Kim Kardashian Shares Photo of Chicago, Stormi and True in Matching Face Paint

Triple the sweetness! Three of the Kardashian-Jenner family‘s youngest members — True, Chicago and Stormi — posed together wearing matching Minnie Mouse face paint in an adorable photo shared by Chicago’s mom Kim Kardashian West on Friday. “ My baby Minnie Mouse ,” Kardashian West, 39, captioned the Instagram post, which also featured a solo picture of Chicago at her Minnie Mouse-themed second birthday party on Jan. 15. True (Khloé Kardashian‘s daughter), Chicago and Stormi (Kylie Jenner‘s daughter) look cute as can be in the face paint, which included Minnie Mouse ears and a pink bow on their foreheads, as well as a small black heart on their noses. The… Read More

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Iggy Pop Talks ‘Surprise’ Over Receiving a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

After all these years, Iggy Pop still has a lust for life. The Godfather of Punk and former Stooges frontman, 72, will cement his legend status on Sunday when he takes home a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd annual Grammys. While often cited as a major influence for everyone from the Sex Pistols to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pop had previously never received Grammy recognition over the course of his half-century career — which explains why the rocker says he was “really surprised” by the Recording Academy’s call. “I said, ‘I’m not talking to them!’ It’s been, what? 50 years? No Grammy!” the two-time nominee tells PEOPLE with… Read More

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A Walk to Remember Turns 18: Inside Mandy Moore and Shane West’s Sweet and Enduring Friendship

18 years after A Walk to Remember, Shane West and Mandy Moore are still the closest of friends. The actors formed an enduring bond on the set of the drama, which centers on the unlikely relationship that blossoms between Jamie Sullivan (Moore), the resident good girl and daughter of the town’s preacher, and Landon Carter (West), a wayward teen, when they are forced to star in their high school’s upcoming drama production. The tears really start flowing when Jamie shares her cancer diagnosis with Landon and he dedicates his time to fulfilling every item she has left on her bucket list with the time they have left. RELATED: Mandy Moore… Read More

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YouTuber Brittani Boren Leach Shares One of the ‘Last Photos’ of 3-Month-Old Son Crew

Brittani Boren Leach is taking the stages of grief following her son’s death one step at a time. Almost a month after the YouTube star revealed that her 3-month-old son Crew had died after being found unresponsive during a nap on Christmas Day, Leach shared a black-and-white photo of herself in her baby boy’s hospital bed, cradling the infant in one of his “last photos.” “I can usually keep my feelings at bay during the day because I can easily distract myself. But in the evenings they hit me the hardest,” Leach, 29, captioned the heartbreaking image on Thursday. “I’m really sick of being a part of this stupid ‘club’… Read More

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Slain Mom, Kids Were Found with Stab Wounds in Celebration Home, Dad Allegedly Attempted Suicide

When sheriff’s deputies in the storybook town of Celebration, Florida, showed up at Anthony Todt’s door with federal agents on Jan. 13, they had no idea that the bodies of the man’s wife, three children and the family dog lay decomposing inside. The 44-year-old physical therapist allegedly told deputies his wife, Megan Todt, 42, was in an upstairs bedroom sleeping, an arrest warrant affidavit shows, NBC Connecticut reports. Deputies called her name but no one answered, the affidavit says, local station WESH reports. Now, a preliminary autopsy report from the Florida office of the medical examiner reveals chilling details about what happened to the family who’d been reported missing on… Read More

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