Lana Del Rey has finally explained those viral photos that showed her working at a Waffle House in Florence, Alabama, in July. At the time, news outlets and fans speculated she may have been shooting a music video at the breakfast joint. Nope. Turns out the singer has “family ties” to the small Southern town, sherecently told The Hollywood Reporter. During a visit to Florence over the summer, she and her brother and sister spent multiple long and chat-filled mornings in a booth at the local Waffle House.
“We were on our third hour, and the servers asked, ‘Do you guys want shirts?'” she told THR. “Hell yeah! We were thrilled.” It wasn’t long before the employees suggested Lana take a stab at serving customers clad in her new Waffle House uniform shirt, complete with a “Lana” name tag. “This guy, a regular, comes in every day and orders two things, so they were like, ‘Just go get it for him!’ I brought him a Coke. No ice. And an empty cup. For dip,” she said. The store’s manager reportedly shot a quick video and popped it on Facebook. A few fans also posted selfies with the star and voila: Lana’s viral Waffle House moment was born.
“I wish my album had gone as viral,” she joked, referencing 2023’s “”Did You Know There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd?” “I woke up to, like, 10,000 texts the next morning — some from folks I had not heard from for 10 years. Saw your picture at the Waffle House!’ I was like, ‘Did you hear the new album?'”
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Graceland ownership at risk
After the tumultuous resolution of Lisa Marie Presley’s estate, a creditor has filed suit over a $3.8 million loan the late star allegedly failed to pay repay before she died in January 2023. Entertainment Tonight reports Naussany Investments & Private Lending, LLC is suing Lisa Marie’s estate over the loan she reportedly took out in 2018, using “her ownership stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises and Graceland” as collateral. Lisa Marie, the only child of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley, allegedly agreed to pay back the $3.8 million loan by May 16, 2022. The lending company claims she failed to do so, telling the court its attempts to recover the payment went nowhere. According to the lender, the group had no contact with Lisa Marie after March 23, 2022.
It remains unclear what the lawsuit means for Lisa Marie’s daughters, Riley Keough and twins Harper and Finley Lockwood, who inherited their grandfather’s famous Graceland home after a legal dispute with their grandmother, Priscilla. Lisa Marie died of a bowel obstruction, a result of prior weight-loss surgery, according to the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office. She was 54.
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Eating disordered past
Kerry Washington is opening up about a dark time in her life when she struggled with an eating disorder she describes as “a toxic cycle of self-abuse” in her new memoir, “Thicker Than Water.” Speaking to Robin Roberts for aSept. 24 “20/20” segment, the “Scandal” star detailed her past use of “starvation, binge eating, body obsession and compulsive exercise,” admitting that she ultimately wanted to end it all, according to People. “I could feel how the abuse was a way to really hurt myself, as if I didn’t want to be here,” she said in a preview clip that aired on “Good Morning America” on Sept. 21. “It scared me that I could not want to be here because I was in so much pain.” Asked if she was suicidal at that time, Kerry said, “Yeah … The behavior was tiny little acts of trying to destroy myself.”
Kerry was in college at the height of her eating disorder and has since developed a healthier relationship with food and her body, thanks to therapy — and her eventual realization that she needed help, she said.
Elsewhere in the interview, Kerry recalled how her personality allowed the disorder to thrive. “I was good at performing ‘perfect.’ I was good at control,” she said, adding that she could “party all night” and “still show up and have good grades.” What she couldn’t handle was her relationship with food, and her “body-hatred,” which she said felt “beyond my control” until she got help.
Today, the actress said she’s learned “to check myself” with food-related behavior, thoughts and feelings. Though she notes there’s still “discomfort” sometimes, “It’s a lot easier. It’s a lot saner than it used to be.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please visit NationalEatingDisorders.org for information on how to get help, or text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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‘Idiot Sandwich’ heads to TV
It’s been nearly a decade since “Kitchen Nightmares” star Gordon Ramsay spawned his now-classic “idiot sandwich” meme with a clip that saw him holding pieces of bread on either side of Julie Chen Moonves’ face while screaming, “What are you?!” Now, Julie’s reply — “an idiot sandwich” — is slated to be the name of Gordon’s next reality show, set to shoot in Las Vegas and air on Fox.
“Wherever I go, there’s some young kid somewhere that wants to be called an ‘idiot sandwich,'” the celebrity chef tells People of the meme, which he notes has “gone ballistic” since it first aired. (It was originally a parody skit on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” in 2015.)
In a recent post about the new show on Gordon’s Instagram Stories, he shared a peek at an application form for potential “Idiot Sandwich” contestants. “Are you an Idiot Sandwich? If so, can you prove it to me live?” Gordon asked in the post, noting that “you don’t need to be a chef to apply.” The form also featured a description of the show’s premise: “The person whose sandwich impresses Chef Ramsay the most, will walk away with a cash prize and the ultimate title, being crowned Gordon Ramsay’s Idiot Sandwich!” An honor, indeed.
Life after Trump
When Alyssa Farah Griffin left her post in the Donald Trump administration, she says she went through such a “hard time” that even her husband could not pull her out. “The View” host recently shared new details about the fallout from her decision to quit working as White House Communications Director in December 2020 in an appearance on Brian Teta’s “The View: Behind the Table” podcast. “I lost a lot of friends, was getting a lot of criticism in the media and really was thinking my career as I knew it was over and in some ways it was,” she said, per the Daily Mail. Alyssa eventually bounced back, a shift she credits to her best female friend, Alex. “It the closing of a certain door and then became opening of others,” she recalled. “But I was in a really just down place and my husband tried for weeks to cheer me up, and he eventually reached out to Alex and he was like, ‘this is an Alex conversation.'” Alyssa added: “I think no person can bear everything for you and like it does kind of take a village.’
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