Selena Gomez made her return to the red carpet on Thursday (25Apr19), after taking time out to focus on her mental health, as she attended the 2019 WE Day festivities in Los Angeles. The longtime WE Day supporter and former host looked happy and healthy as she arrived at the event, which saluted young community leaders and volunteers. Gomez joined Sarah Michelle Gellar, Naomi Campbell, Nina Dobrev, Chance The Rapper, Meghan Trainor, and Joe Jonas among the stars who spoke at the afternoon gig, which was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, while Trainor also performed at the packed Forum. Heading to the 2019 WE Day, Selena admitted the annual event, which encourages youngsters to give of their time and help others in need, never fails to leave her feeling "inspired and hopeful". "The youth have an incredible positive and passionate attitude for making real change in the world," she said in a statement. "I’m so proud to celebrate young people's year of social change and to remind them that together, we are an unstoppable movement dedicated to a brighter and better tomorrow." Natalie Portman also took to the stage and told the future leaders, "Tonight, we’re working together to make an impact, but what exactly does that mean? For me, it means finding the courage inside yourself, to call out injustice wherever you see it and practice empathy throughout your day, everyday. "I want to make an impact by helping empower women and girls. Yes many of you are doing the same. It’s why I travelled to Kenya to support girls’ education with WE and it’s why I advocate for women’s rights in the workplace with Time’s Up. Because when you invest in women and girls, it transforms communities." The 2019 WE Day was Gomez's first public event since she stepped back from the spotlight to seek out the help she needed to combat depression and anxiety last year.
Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she said she wants to show support for women's rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. "After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest," Minaj said in a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press. "While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression," she said. Minaj was originally scheduled to headline the concert on July 18. Saudi organizers said the Jeddah World Fest will be broadcast globally. The kingdom is also promising quick electronic visas for international visitors who want to attend.
Hailee Steinfeld couldn't stop fan-girling over Kelly Clarkson! She had the chance to work with the newest Voice coach as a guest mentor this season, a situation that younger Hailee would've never seen coming. “I was so excited when she invited me to advise her team, because what she didn’t know was that she was a huge influence on me when I was younger," Steinfeld told Billboard. "When Kelly was on American Idol my parents surprised me and my brother with tickets to the show. I just remember looking at my dad and having him tell me that one day I would be on that stage too. It was one of those moments that reinforced my dream of pursuing music.” Steinfeld's time with Clarkson wasn't just a dream come true, though. As the "Most Girls" singer continues to work on her debut album, the 21-year-old took a few pointers from the 35-year-old superstar too. “One of the main things I learned from Kelly is to determine when and where to add embellishments in a song," Steinfeld explained. "She knows how to choose the right moment to give you that extra wow factor without it feeling like too much. A lot of times singing is based on feelings, but you also need to be able to make smart choices and pick the moments of greatest impact. She’s someone I truly admire."
One couple with a $10 million wedding budget went all out for their lavish ceremony with a red carpet, a 10-tier cake, and a musical guest appearance by Lady Gaga. The nuptials of Lolita Osmanova and Gaspar Avdolyan, the Beverly-Hills based offspring of the two wealthiest men in Russia, were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles where the Academy Awards take place. The guests were treated to a performance by Lady Gaga, who was reportedly paid more than $2 million for the evening. Anyone looking to outdo the couple’s extravagant day will need to be resourceful. According to Russian newspapers, a more expensive wedding would have to be held in space.