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All About Bindi Irwin’s Custom Sunflower Lace Wedding Gown: 'I Wanted It to Mimic My Mum’s Dress'

Bindi Irwin’s intimate wedding ceremony was all about family — even down to the dress!

The Animal Planet star, 21, wed longtime boyfriend Chandler Powell on March 25 in a long-sleeve gown, inspired by the one her mom Terri wore to marry Bindi’s late father, Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, in 1992.

“I wanted something very similar because I’ve admired [my mom’s] dress since I was tiny,” Bindi tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday. “When I was about 12 years old, I put on mum’s wedding dress and it was a really, really special… it’s over 50 years old because it’s been in the family for that long.”

While she couldn’t wear the exact dress — it didn’t quite fit her and was too old to be tailored — Bindi was able to find a Paddington Weddings design that “mimicked” the family heirloom. What’s more, the sunflower lace sleeves on the dress, “reminded me of my family and my dad,” the Crikey! It’s the Irwins star says.




“We thought about postponing, because you want to share this day with everyone, but when it boiled down to it, we both just said, ‘Look, we desperately want to get married, and no matter what the future holds, at least we’ll be husband and wife. We can take on the world together,’” Bindi shares.

So on March 25, she and Powell — who first met in 2013, when the Florida native and former professional wakeboarder traveled to Australia for a competition — exchanged “I dos” in a ceremony attended by “lots of animals” and just three guests: Terri, Bindi’s younger brother, Robert; and Steve’s best friend, Wes Mannion.

“Even if it wasn’t by-the-book perfect, it was our perfect,” Bindi says.

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Sophie Turner's Latest Outfit Is a Peak Zoom Meeting Look

If you're weeks into self-isolation at this point, you'll likely agree with Sophie Turner's assertion that anyone doing so and still wearing jeans is a "psychopath."

The Game of Thrones actress joined Conan O'Brien for a remote video interview, and discussed how her time social distancing is going. She also showed off the grey sweatpants she wore with her green sweater, giving us a peak work-from-home-but-still-have-Zoom-meetings look. 

"I'm business on the top, party on the bottom," she said while showing off her sweats.

Aren't we all?

Sweats aside, though, Turner said she's thriving in isolation as an introvert: "I'm kind of loving it. I'm an introvert, I'm a homebody. If I could stay at home all day I would, so this is great for me. I only leave the house once a day to walk my dogs and that's it."

Turner has been social distancing with husband Joe Jonas, who she said isn't having quite as easy a time adjusting. 

"I hear divorce rates are up, but for Joe and I everything seems to be working out in my favor here," she said. "Because Joe's a real social butterfly, so I struggle to lock him down and have him spend time with me. It's prison for him but it's great for me."

If, like Joe, you're having a hard time self-isolating, might we interest you in some social distancing activities?

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Ind. Grandma Allegedly Drowned Boy, 4, Telling Cops He’d Be ‘Better Off in Heaven’


A 56-year-old Indiana woman has been arrested and charged in connection with the drowning death of her 4-year-old grandson, allegedly saying he’d be “better off in heaven,” say authorities.

On Saturday, Helen Martin of Kokomo was arrested and charged with murder and neglect of a dependent resulting in death, local station WTHR reports.

Officers were called to Martin’s home where the child was unresponsive and unconscious, local station Fox 59 reports.

Her husband, Brian Martin, allegedly told officers that his wife had drowned the child while he was out running errands, according to court documents obtained by Fox 59.

He said she climbed into the tub while the child was taking a bath and held his head underwater, a probable cause affidavit states, the Kokomo Tribune reports.

When Brian returned home, he pulled the child out of the tub.

The boy was rushed to a local hospital where he later died.

Martin told investigators that she suffers from depression and sometimes has lapses of memory caused by PTSD from a “past abusive marriage, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder,” the documents state.

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Martin allegedly went on to tell police that she had been “so depressed recently” that she thought her grandson would “be better off in heaven than to be with her,” court documents said.

Martin is being held without bond, according to the Howard County Prosecutor’s Office. Her initial hearing is scheduled for April 2.

It is unclear whether she has retained an attorney who can speak on her behalf.

The district attorney’s office and police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

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John Stamos Is Using the 'Iconic' Full House Couch as a 'Baby Safety Gate'


John Stamos has found one unique way to keep his toddler from accessing unsafe areas of the house.

On Tuesday night, the 56-year-old actor shared a hilarious photo of his son William “Billy” Christopher attempting to reach a stairway blocked with a very familiar piece of a furniture: the blue and yellow couch from Full House, the beloved sitcom that helped make Stamos a household name.

The loveseat was the center of the fictional Tanner household throughout Full House‘s eight seasons, and was brought back to life for Fuller House — Netflix’s sequel series that premiered back in 2016.

“Baby safety gate or one of the most iconic couches in pop TV history?” Stamos captioned the photo, which showed the couch in all its glory, with Billy beside it. “You, make the call.”

Fans were quick to react in the comments. “Wow! You have it?! That’s so awesome 😍,” one wrote. “Iconic for sure 🙌.”

“Thanks for making this weird, emotional, scary time a little less stressful,” said another.

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Stamos and his wife Caitlin McHugh Stamos have been finding ways to keep Billy entertained as they all stay home amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

In an adorable video shared to Stamos’ Instagram earlier this month, the Disney-loving couple brought the magic of Disneyland to their only child, staging an “It’s a Small World” family sing-along.

Billy, who turns 2 this month, didn’t appear to be interested — interrupting his mom as she strummed on a ukulele before later breaking into tears.

“‘It’s a Small World’ family Sing-A-Long turned into a ‘Small Disaster!’ ” Stamos joked in the clip’s caption.

The star seemed to have more luck with reading bedtime stories, guiding fans through A Kiss Goodnight by Floyd Norman and Richard Sherman in a video shared on Disney’s social media account.

The story tells the tale of how Walt Disney was inspired by the beauty of fireworks, leading him to create a special nighttime display as a “kiss goodnight” to his theme park guests.

“I know this is a very difficult time for everyone — plus we can’t go to Disneyland or Disney World — but we have our family, we have our friends and we have Disney. So let’s do what he would do and find magic in each and every day,” Stamos said in the video while sitting in a Dumbo cart from the iconic ride.

Stamos and McHugh Stamos recently celebrated their second anniversary.

Meanwhile, Fuller House wrapped filming of its fifth and final season back in November. The final episodes are scheduled to air later this year.

Working on the show for decades has bonded its cast, especially Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier.

Saget, 63, previously told PEOPLE that after playing an on-screen family for so many years, he considers them family in their real lives, too.

“We had heavy life experiences — all of us, John, Dave and myself — had a lot of family stuff,” Saget said. “A lot of good things, a lot of difficult things and they’ve also grown through life.”

“As you get older, you go through stuff,” he continued. “And they’ve realized who they are, and they’ve realized how to get through life and they put out a lot of love and that’s why I think the show is what it is.”

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Colton Underwood on Sexuality, Virginity and Quitting 'The Bachelor'

Bachelor Nation went through a lot with Colton Underwood over the three seasons he spent with the franchise last year — but the former football player has even more to share. 

The 28-year-old’s virginity propelled him to fame on Becca Kufrin’s 2018 season of The Bachelorette. His past with Tia Booth landed him a spot on that summer’s Bachelor in Paradise, and we strategized his way into nabbing the coveted spot as Bachelor. 

It was on The Bachelor that he found what he was looking for out of the franchise — love — but not without drama. In his new book, The First Time: Finding Myself and Looking for Love on Reality TV, Underwood opens up about finding his happy ending with Cassie Randolph and the many famous relationships that got him there. 

From his sexuality, virginity and quitting The Bachelor, here are the biggest revelations from Underwood’s memoir. 

He Turned to Google to Help With His Sexuality Questions

Underwood had his first kiss as a high school freshman, but didn’t feel the desire to go to the next level in any of his relationships. After suddenly dumping a girlfriend who wanted to go further than he was willing, rumors circulated that Underwood was gay. Those rumors reached his mother, who assured him they’d still love him if he was gay. His father, meanwhile, discovered Underwood was questioning his sexuality through his search history. 

“He’d called up the history of recent Google searches, which included gay porn sites and a variety of questions: Am I gay? How do you know if you’re gay? Why don’t I like having sex with my girlfriend?” Underwood recalled. 

He kept his sexuality mostly to himself, until he reached the NFL and was questioned about his “number” by fellow players. It was there that he finally revealed it was “zero” — to some supportive comments, and others, like, “Underwood, man, I know someone who can help fix that.” 

Aly Raisman Was His First Love, But Ended Things Suddenly

Underwood was set up with Raisman by football friend Andrew East. The pair just clicked, and after their third date together, during which they spent the night together, she asked him if he was a virgin. He told her the truth — he was.  

“I do believe it relieved her in some way of concerns she might have had about my expectations. The slow lane was fine with both of us. We could take our time without any kind of pressure, certainly not from me,” he wrote. 

Underwood fell hard and fast, telling Raisman he loved her just months after they started dating. It was an accident, after he thought he heard the gymnast drop the L-bomb. She had actually said, “I love Ne-Yo.” 

While Underwood was honest with Raisman about his virginity and his feelings toward her, he kept other secrets — like the fact he was broke. The shoulder injury that ended his NFL career also left him broke. “My shoulder surgery, at a cost of $40,000 to me, took most of my savings. The rest went for plane tickets and hotels to see Aly. I even sold my car,” he explained. “I loved her. I could tell her anything and everything — except that I had no money.”

Later, it became clear that Raisman was also keeping things to herself, but for a different reason. The Olympian was going through her own healing after the abuse she endured from disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Underwood didn’t know all the details of what Raisman had been through, but he had strong feelings about what had happened to her. “I wanted to find Nassar and rip his head off,” he said. 

Underwood had told Raisman he loved her months before she reciprocated those feelings, but just two weeks after she told him she felt the same way, she FaceTimed him and ended their relationship. 

“I pulled over to the side of the road, stunned and unable to comprehend this was happening. Aly said she felt overwhelmed, confused, and in need of a break. Afterward, I sat in my car and cried,” he wrote, recalling feeling “numb for days.” 

Underwood tried to get clarity from Raisman, but she didn’t respond to his calls and texts. So, finally he reached out to her best friend, Simone Biles. “She was also surprised. Left without any answers or information, I didn’t know what to do or where to turn. I went for long runs and replayed conversations in my head, wondering if I’d said or done anything wrong,” he remembered. 

He Became “Obsessed” With Getting on The Bachelorette 

Underwood was cast on The Bachelorette after walking by a casting call for Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of The Bachelor. As casting process continued, Underwood became “officially obsessed with getting on The Bachelorette.” “I was thinking about it nonstop, like I had OCD. I wasn’t like that a few days earlier; my attitude was more let me see what’s up. After going to their office and talking to all those people, though, I emerged a convert. And hopefully a contender. I wanted them to pick me. Memories of my football career. I wanted to make the team. But my reasons were in line with the show’s purpose: I wanted to fall in love and get engaged,” he said. 

Underwood was held onto the hope he got from a few of the franchise’s successful couples, like Trista and Ryan Sutter and JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers. He then emerged himself in everything Bachelor Nation. He watched past seasons and read recaps, dived into comments and familiarized himself with the fanbase. 

“I found the same level of fanaticism, insider’s knowledge, and passion as the NFL. Like football fans, those in Bachelor Nation were deeply involved in and opinionated about everything that happened on- and off-screen,” he said. “They were already posting thoughts about the newly posted roster of girls participating on the new season of The Bachelor.

He Wanted a “Head Start” With Booth 

After discovering Luynedyk’s list of contestants and who fans thought might make it far, Underwood decided to follow Kufrin, Lauren Burnham and Booth on Instagram. “If Tia was going to be the Bachelorette, I wanted a head start on all the other guys,” he said. 

Neither Burnham nor Kufrin responded to him on Instagram — but Booth did, and they started talking. 

“I think Tia had similar thoughts. Both of us were playing a game, trying to gure out our next moves and have some fun in the process. What was the harm in that?” he asked. 

After a settlement from his lawsuit against the Raiders, Underwood met with casting directors again in Los Angeles, and decided to make a weekend out of it — inviting Booth to join him on a romantic weekend. They enjoyed their time together, and he told her about his virginity. Underwood remembered Booth encouraging him to still go on The Bachelorette, which was looking at that point to be Becca Kufrin. Booth allegedly told him, if things don’t work out, maybe “I’ll see your a** in Paradise.” 

He Initially Didn’t Tell The Bachelorette About His Virginity

Underwood’s virginity got him cast as the Bachelor, but it wasn’t the reason he was cast on The Bachelorette. During a meeting with production before the show, Underwood was asked what his “number” was — but he played coy, replying that he could count it on one hand. 

He didn’t reveal he was a virgin until after Kufrin’s season had begun. He had confided in his producer about his other secret — knowing Booth — but didn’t didn’t discuss his virginity until week five, before his one-on-one date with Kufrin.

 

He Knew Kufrin Wouldn’t Give Him Her Final Rose

Underwood and Kufrin connected as her season continued, but he knew they weren’t meant to be together. 

“I knew Becca wasn’t going to pick me in the end, so I was able to say goodbye to everyone in Nassau and mean it when I said, ‘Good luck,'” Underwood said. 

The former football player did, however, think he was a “shoo-in” for fantasy suites, given his big virginity reveal. He had himself pegged to make Kufrin’s top three. “Who could possibly be more awkward, nervous, and funny in that situation than me?” he said, explaining that he knew he was making for good TV when he approached Chris Harrison with fantasy suite questions ahead of the rose ceremony. 

“But soon it was painfully apparent that Becca’s thoughts differed from mine. I didn’t get a rose,” he revealed. “I was surprised and hurt.” 

He Went on Bachelor in Paradise Hoping to Be The Bachelor 

Fans will remember how Kufrin sent Underwood home after Booth had come forward, telling her she still had feelings for him. And that made for a great story, if Booth and Underwood both went to Paradise. 

Underwood was propositioned to join the spinoff after returning home from filming The Bachelorette, and was unsure. “I wanted to be the Bachelor,” he remembered. 

“From the first time I heard the idea mentioned, I thought about myself in that role. I didn’t know how much I wanted it, though, until I faced the possibility of not being the Bachelor,” he wrote. “I wasn’t done with the excitement or the people involved in creating it. I also wasn’t done with the experience itself. I had this sixth sense–like feeling that it was going to work for me. If I was the Bachelor, it would be me and thirty beautiful, bright women eager to win my affection. I liked those odds.”

Underwood knew Paradise upped his chances of making an impact and getting the fanbase needed to secure the gig. “I called the producers. I was in,” he said.

His Tell All Performance Was Part of His Bachelor Audition 

Things didn’t work out for Underwood in Paradise, and while he went in trying to make enough of an impact to become Bachelor, he really did try to give things another shot with Booth. When it didn’t work out, he was back on his Bachelor mission. “By midsummer, my communication with the show about The Bachelor grew more frequent and detailed. I learned it was between me, Jason [Tartick], and Blake [Horstmann]. Producers were monitoring our popularity as the season progressed,” he said. 

Shooting the Men Tell All was just another part of his way to audition for the gig. “I didn’t know what formula producers measured popularity by, but I wanted to use the platform to grow mine. I had to find a way within the hour-long show to create some positive buzz,” he shared. 

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He Requested an On-Site Therapist for The Bachelor 

Underwood eventually got the gig, and part of his list of requirements was that a therapist was on-site during production. 

“I’d started seeing a therapist when I played for the Oakland Raiders, and I was still an advocate of paying attention to mental health issues, including my own,” he explained. “I wasn’t 100 percent every day. Who is?”

Randolph Had Turned Down The Bachelor Twice 

As Underwood revealed, Randolph had met with casting directors years before she appeared on The Bachelor. 

“Twice they invited her on the show, but Cass turned them down both times — the season with Nick Viall didn’t work with her schedule, and she thought the next Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk, was a little too old for her. But the third time was the charm,” he said. 

The Hannah Brown and Caelynn Miller-Keyes Drama Wasn’t What It Seemed

Onscreen, Brown and Miller-Keyes’ feud appeared to be a result of beauty queen drama gone wrong. Offscreen, they explained to Underwood there was a different motivation for their beef.

“From what they told me off camera, their problem had to do with a tasteless joke about a serious matter related to one of their family members,” Underwood said. “I won’t say anything more. The tension of being on the show together opened this old wound and cast a dark cloud over the entire week.”

He Wanted to Quit the Show Before Fantasy Suites 

Underwood had been falling for Randolph for weeks, and after a rough hometown date with her family in Huntington Beach, California, he couldn’t stop thinking about her. 

Once he got to Portugal, Underwood sat down with producers, letting them know Randolph was the only woman he was thinking about. “I don’t want to do this anymore,” he told them. “I can’t fake it.” 

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He Really Planned to Leave the Show After Hopping the Fence 

After storming off from his breakup with Randolph, Underwood knew his way out was “up and over” that fence. “I never considered the height of the gate or whether I could pull myself up and hurdle to the other side. I just did it,” he said. “I expected to get caught the moment my feet touched the ground on the other side. When that didn’t happen, my adrenaline kicked in and I started to run through the Portugal wilderness.”

Underwood didn’t know where he was or where he was going to go. He just took off, running for what seemed like two miles. He planned to go to the US embassy, use the documents in his wallet to get a temporary passport, and fly home. “I’d pay for it myself. I never considered there might not be a US embassy in the small town where I was headed (there wasn’t). Or a bank. Or a taxi. Or anything else that might get me from Portugal to Denver before the show’s producers caught me,” he wrote. “I just wanted to go home and be done with The Bachelor.

The former football pro did his best to avoid the producers trying to track him down. He darted into the woods when he saw cars driving by and hid in people’s backyards. Then, Harrison finally caught up with him.

“Y’all can call Jason or Blake and film a new season,” he barked out. 

He and Randolph Broke Up After the Show — But Got Back Together 

With no pressure of an engagement in the finale, things worked out for Underwood and Randolph — until it didn’t. “In August, Cass and I broke up,” he wrote. “Nothing big happened between us as much as little things built up until they became big. It boiled down to me wanting to get engaged, wanting to set a timeline, and simply putting too much pressure on her when, in reality, none was needed. I wanted more. She wanted me to relax and smell the roses. In other words, don’t push. Don’t pressure. I interpreted that to mean she didn’t care about our relationship.” 

The pair got into an emotional argument, with Randolph leaving Underwood’s house in tears. “Fourteen hours later, she knocked on my door and we talked the rest of the day and into the night. In the process, other issues came out. She pledged to help me have a better relationship with her family, and I promised to chill. It was one of those things that new couples have to go through to discover and develop the resiliency needed in relationships.”

Underwood and Randolph worked through their issues, and continue to fight for their relationship today. “We were continuing to learn communication, understanding, compromise, and a willingness to forgive. Also just how much we really, truly wanted to be together,” he said. 

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Alex Morgan Says She's 'Scared' of Delivering Daughter Without Husband amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Alex Morgan is just weeks away from welcoming her baby girl.

However, the soccer star’s due date comes amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, posing some unprecedented situations for hospitals and expecting mothers.

In a new tell-all interview with Glamour magazine, Morgan opened up about her pregnancy and the possibility of having to deliver her first child without her husband, Servando Carrasco, by her side.

“That definitely scared me,” the 30-year-old says of hearing that some hospitals are barring pregnant women from having partners in the delivery room as a way to combat the spread of the virus.

She adds, “I wouldn’t feel comfortable delivering without my husband or my doula, but especially my husband.”

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Her original plan was to have a natural birth, explaining to the outlet that she’s “gone through a lot of major sports injuries and endured a lot of pain,” believing that she “should be able to give birth without numbing my body.”

“But nothing is going to be like childbirth,” the U.S. women’s national soccer team forward admits. “I feel like if I don’t experience that, then I’ll never really know what I can do, what I’m capable of.”

Yet, now the mom-to-be is being forced to reconsider her birth plans due to the pandemic, saying that delivering in a hospital would come down to whether or not Carrasco could be in the room.

“That has been a big discussion with my husband, with my mom, with my team of care — What do I do?” she says, adding, “I would love to give birth at home and have such an intense but beautiful moment of life there.”

Alex Morgan Hopes to ‘Get Back on the Field’ for 2020 Olympics Just Months After Giving Birth

Despite the uncertainty, Morgan is excited to meet her baby girl, and is happy to have more time with her now that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been pushed back to 2021.

“There are a hundred things that have been going through my mind,” she tells Glamour. “Now I have more time to deal, and I’ll have more time with my daughter without the endless questions.”

She continues, “I can figure it out with a little more calm and a little more clarity. I have to look to the positives.”

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“Casual fans of the game were just like, ‘Why would she do something like that during the peak of her career?’ ” she recalls of the reactions people had when finding out she got pregnant right before the Olympics.

“It’s not like women can’t do both — our bodies are incredible — it’s the fact that this world isn’t really set up for women to thrive,” Morgan adds. “That was one thing where I was like, ‘Do I want to be public with this?’ This is my body, my family, my life.”

Morgan hopes that her experience as a female athlete and mother inspires women, and shows them that they are capable of having a family and ambition.

“I want to be open about my journey because I want women to feel like they don’t have to choose one or the other,” she says. “The more female athletes that are moms in their career, the bette — from Allyson Felix to Serena Williams to my teammate Sydney Leroux. The more challenged the system, the more it will change.”

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Michelle Money Says Daughter's Brain Surgery 'Went Great'

Michelle Money’s daughter just underwent surgery. The same day that the former Bachelor contestant revealed that her 15-year-old daughter Brielle was in the ICU following a “terrible skateboarding accident,” she provided two updates on social media.

First, Michelle shared a video of herself crying while providing an update on Brielle.

“She is in surgery right now… They’re basically trying to remove fluid from her brain because her brain just has so much swelling and they need to get the pressure down,” she explained, before calling the experience her “worst nightmare.”

“It’s just heart-wrenching,” she said. “I’m still just praying for her to pull through this to get the swelling down, so that we can then go and see what kind of damage has really been done and what we need to do. But she is fighting.”

In the caption for the video, Michelle revealed that only one person is allowed in Brielle’s hospital room at a time due to coronavirus restrictions.

“Broken hearted that Brielles dad cannot be in here with me. He has been sitting in his car in the parking lot not knowing what else to do,” she wrote. “Only one parent at a time per 24 hour period due to the virus. I do not think I am capable of leaving her but her dad needs time too.”

“I’m a mess. She is doing well. Stable and pushing. This surgery will be very helpful,” Michelle continued. “Thank you for the prayers. We feel them. We see them working. Thank you for the messages. All of them. I see them all.”

Michelle went on to share a second post, revealing that the “surgery went great” and that Brielle’s “numbers are in a really good place.” She added that Brielle will remain in a medically induced coma for two days to help heal her brain.

Alongside the second update, Michelle posted two videos of herself and Brielle in a car, which was taken two hours before the teen’s accident.

“We decided to put makeup on and go to the gas station and grab a drink. I told her I would let her drive my car in the parking lot as she is working on driving soon,” Michelle captioned the videos. “She told me she was awesome at parking! Lol! (She lied)”

“We have so much fun together!” she added. “She is my favorite human! I can’t wait to hear her laugh again!” 

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Children's Author Tomie dePaola, Known for Strega Nona Series, Dies at 85

Tomie dePaola, a beloved children’s book author and illustrator, has died. He was 85.

DePaola passed away after suffering complications from surgery after falling in his home in New Hampshire last week, his literary agent Doug Whiteman said, according to CNN.

Whiteman told the outlet that dePaola passed away at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and was sadly alone because of visitor restrictions put in place due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Due to the coronavirus and a quarantine at the hospital where he was being treated, Mr. dePaola was in isolation when he died,” said Whiteman, according to the outlet.

The author and illustrator is perhaps best known for the Strega Nona series, which follows an Italian witch who lives in Calabria, Italy, where his grandparents were from, TIME reported in its obituary of dePaola.

“I think it’s because she’s like everybody’s grandmother,” he told the Associated Press in 2013 of the friendly witch’s popularity. “She’s cute, she’s not pretty, she’s kind of funny-looking, but she’s sweet, she’s understanding. And she’s a little saucy, she gets a little irritated every once in a while.”

“As a grownup, I want to give children the credit for everything I can: their courage, their humor, their love, their creative abilities, their abilities to be fair, their abilities to be unfair,” he told NPR’s All Things Considered in 1998. “But I do wish that we grownups would give children lots of credit for these ephemeral kind of qualities that they have.”

DePaola earned many accolades throughout his career, including the Children’s Literature Legacy Award in 2011 and, according to his agent, “was one of only a handful of children’s book creators to have received honors from both the Caldecott and Newbery Award committees of the American Library Association.”

He is survived by two sisters and several nieces and nephews, Whiteman told CNN.


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Everything to Know About Joe Exotic's Country Music Career — Including Who Was Really Singing

Netflix’s new docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness takes viewers through the unbelievable history of Joe Exotic and the many other figureheads of America’s big cat community.

While the series is filled with perplexing details (like Joe’s current 22-year sentence for a murder for hire plot )and unsolved mysteries (cue Carole Baskin’s ex-husband), fans also couldn’t help but question Joe’s proclaimed country music career — just one of his many endeavors.

The show highlights some of his songs and the rather bizarre, accompanying music videos he would film for them. However, according to a Vanity Fair report, the imprisoned zookeeper is not the real artist — or voice — behind his music.

According to Joe’s former producer Rick Kirkham, Joe can’t sing 

Kirkham, who was hired by Joe to produce his prospective reality series Joe Exotic, Tiger King, recently told Vanity Fair that Joe can’t “even hold a tune.”

“It was absolutely ridiculous,” the journalist told Vanity Fair of the Tiger King’s music ruse.

“One time, Joe got a little bit drunk and high, and we actually coaxed him into singing part of one of the songs,” Kirkham recalled. “He couldn’t even hold a tune. It was just so ludicrous. It was a big joke within the crew and staff that it wasn’t him [singing in the videos] — but he was damned insistent to anyone and everyone, including us and my studio crew, that that was him.”

The real musicians behind Joe’s music

Musicians Vince Johnson and Danny Clinton — who are both listed in the credits of the series — are actually responsible for some of Joe’s country music songs, including “I Saw a Tiger” and “Here Kitty Kitty.”

In an email to Vanity Fair, Johnson explained that Joe and contacted the artists and convinced them to produce the cat-themed songs for free, on the premise that the songs would be featured on a reality show that would air on either Animal Planet, Discovery and National Geographic.

“I had no idea he was going to Milli Vanilli the songs,” Johnson wrote to the outlet. “It was a couple of months and two or three songs [into the collaboration] when I was on YouTube one night and just happened to look up Joe Exotic. And there he was, lip-syncing and acting like the ghost of Elvis [in these music videos]. I called him up, I was hot… And he bamboozled me about his reality show — that it was coming soon and he would make everything right as rain. I just wanted the proper credit.”

Clinton’s son, Preston Clint, who currently resides in Brush Prairie, Washington, also came forward to claim that his father was really behind the vocals in the songs.

“Every time Dad’s voice would come on it was pretty mind-boggling,” he told KATU News of his experience watching the show.

His father had died this past October before the series was released.

“He would have been blown away. This is everything he worked for,” Preston added. “This would have seen a big deal for him. We want to speak out for dad and say he wasn’t just a puppet, he wasn’t just singing songs for whoever told him to, he was writing as well.”

Joe’s music video producers say he “couldn’t even play the guitar”

“I’m a musician myself, and I was just flabbergasted by the sheer fakeness of his presentation,” Romeo Dupuy, a producer who moved to Oklahoma to work with Joe after he saw a Craigslist ad told Vanity Fair. “He couldn’t even play the guitar. So we would pose him. When we shot him playing these songs, he would be behind grass to cover up his hands. Then he’d lip-sync.”

Another producer, Mateusz Gugałka, told the outlet they had to shoot several takes of Joe in order to find clips they could use for the videos.

“Sometimes I had two cameras pointed at him — we’d just record two different angles maybe 50 different times, then pick the take where his mouth lined up with the music actually,” Gugałka said.

Tiger King creators Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin say Joe believed he could be a musician without really singing

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin revealed that they “struggled” to find out the truth about Joe and his music, but ultimately came to the conclusion that he did sing on some of the tracks.

“We were really struggling with what the truth of it was. We went back and forth on it,” Chaiklin said. “With certain songs, it became super confusing. And then our fact-checker told us we were wrong — he was actually singing on certain songs. It was tricky to determine which he was on.”

Robert Moor, creator of the Joe Exotic: Tiger King podcast, said on Twitter that Joe contributed to his music to the extent of singing “softly over the top of the vocal track.”

According to Goode, they even got Joe on camera admitting that he believed not every musician actually sang their own songs.

“We cut a really good scene about that. Joe even said, ‘Of course not every singer sings all his songs, that’s just how it’s done,'” Goode told the Times. “His take on it was funny — that you could be a musician and a singer and not sing.”

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is available for streaming on Netflix.


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Man Said Missing Girlfriend Was Quarantined with Coronavirus — But Family Suspects Murder

A North Carolina man grandmother was found dead in her home after her boyfriend allegedly told her family she was sick with Coronavirus and quarantined.

Toni Handy, 46, was reported missing by her family on March 23. The following evening she was found dead inside her Winston-Salem home.

Handy’s family became worried for her safety when they hadn’t heard from her since March 21. She had last spoken to her daughter, Gidget Dunlap, and told her she was on the way to work and that she loved her, according to a GoFundMe page started by Dunlap to help pay for funeral expenses.

But when Handy never called her back and was unreachable, Dunlap reached out to her boyfriend, Christopher Mock.

Mock allegedly told Dunlap her mother wasn’t missing, saying she was just quarantined after contracting Coronavirus. Right away, Hardy’s family knew something was wrong, the Winston-Salem Journal and WXII report.

On Tuesday afternoon, Forsyth County deputies saw Mock, then a person of interest in Hardy’s disappearance, driving his girlfriend’s truck. When deputies attempted to stop him, Mock refused to pull over the vehicle and a pursuit ensued, WFMY reports, citing Winston-Salem police.

During the pursuit, four civilian cars were damaged, injuring one driver, and Mock was fatally shot by deputies, police said.

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Hours later, shortly before 6 p.m., deputies found Handy’s body inside her home as they executed a search warrant. She had been fatally shot, Dunlap writes on the GoFundMe page.

“She left behind four children and seven grandchildren,” Dunlap writes. “She thought the world of her grandchildren and her children. She would help anybody that she could with anything they needed. She would give you the shirt off of her back.”

Handy and Mock had an off-again-on-again relationship for two years, Winston-Salem police Lt. Gregory Dorn told the Journal. 

A cause of death has not been released as of Monday.

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