Chip and Joanna Gaines pay off ‘Fixer Upper’ family mortgage

Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 10:46 PM

Real estate pros Chip Gaines (R) and Joanna Gaines attend AOL Build Presents:
Real estate pros Chip Gaines (R) and Joanna Gaines attend AOL Build Presents: "Fixer Upper" at AOL Studios In New York on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Fixer Upper” fans have a special place in Chip and Joanna Gaines’ hearts and the Copp family’s story really touched the couple.

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This week, fans of the hit HGTV series watched the home renovating duo team up with former football player Tim Tebow to give a dream home to a family in need. Melissa and Jody Copp have two sons, Calan, 9, and Lawson, 5, who are both in wheelchairs, so the family needed a ADA-approved home. The Make-a-Wish foundation and Tebow’s own foundation teamed up to put the family in contact with the Gaineses, who delivered one heck of a dream home.

Chip Gaines took to Instagram on Tuesday and revealed that he and Joanne decided to take things a step further by offering to help pay off the family’s mortgage.

“To me, this picture is worth a thousand words—a thousand encouragements—a thousand happy moments. BUT, there’s more work to do. Let’s rally together to pay off the Copp family’s mortgage—Text Magnolia to 51555 to donate or click the link in our profile for more information. | photo courtesy of @hgtv,” he wrote to fans on Jan. 30.

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Just days later on Feb. 1, Gaines revealed that they had met their goal and the family didn’t have to worry about their mortgage payment. Sharing a photo of the parents with their two children cheering in front of their home, Gaines wrote, “Y’all.. we did it! The Copp family’s mortgage has been paid in full. Thanks for teaming up with us to get this thing finished! Their lives are forever changed because of your generosity.”

In September, the couple announced that they will be ending “Fixer Upper” for good in a post on their official blog.

“It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last,” they wrote at the time. “While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with. Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen. How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place.”

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In following months, the couple denied security issues and pregnancy rumors as the reason for the end of the series but in January, Chip Gaines announced his wife is expecting the couple’s fifth child.

“Gaines party of 7.. (If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT) @joannagaines,” he wrote on Jan. 2, alongside the sweet photo of the couple in coordinating grey sweatshirts and matching bumps.

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Morgan Freeman friend defends actor after misconduct allegations, speaks out against accusers

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 7:06 PM

Morgan Freeman: What You Need to Know

At least eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, according to a report from CNN. The women said the behavior happened on and off movie sets.

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Freeman is an Academy Award-winning actor, but he's also a business owner in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Two blocks around the corner from Ground Zero, the blues club Morgan Freeman owns, WHBQ-TV met with Celia Bobo. Bobo and  Morgan Freeman have been friends for two decades, and she said she does not believe the accusations.

"I find it hard to believe. I mean, I have known Morgan for many years," Bobo said. "Morgan has been nothing but a southern gentleman in my presence and the presence of my three daughters," she said

A number of Freeman's accusers said he "repeatedly (behaved) in ways that made women feel uncomfortable at work. Two even said they were subjected to unwanted touching, according to the CNN report.

Bobo told WHBQ she believes Morgan Freeman might actually be the victim in this case.

"With the current situation of the sexual harassment, I think it has become easier for a lot of people to say they have been sexually abused or harassed," Bobo said.

She said she believes the women who are accusing Morgan Freeman of misconduct are doing it to “show out.”

"He is a great guy, and I have been around him in many different circumstances."

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In a statement released Thursday, Morgan Freeman apologized.

"Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would willingly offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy," Freeman said in the statement. "I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected -- that was never my intent."

Actor Morgan Freeman attends the premiere of Focus Features' 'London Has Fallen' at Arc Light Cinemas Cinerama Dome on March 1, 2016 in Hollywood, California.(Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

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Stormy Daniels Day: West Hollywood honors adult film star with key to city

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:10 PM

Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, who uses the stage name Stormy Daniels, arrives for a performance at the Solid Gold Fort Lauderdale strip club on March 9, 2018 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Stephanie Clifford who claims to have had an affair with President Trump has filed a suit against him in an attempt to nullify a nondisclosure deal with Trump attorney Michael Cohen days before Trump's 2016 presidential victory.  
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Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, who uses the stage name Stormy Daniels, arrives for a performance at the Solid Gold Fort Lauderdale strip club on March 9, 2018 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Stephanie Clifford who claims to have had an affair with President Trump has filed a suit against him in an attempt to nullify a nondisclosure deal with Trump attorney Michael Cohen days before Trump's 2016 presidential victory.  (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The city of West Hollywood, California, proclaimed May 23 Stormy Daniels Day and honored the adult film star with a key to the city.

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The city said in a Twitter announcement that it’s honoring Daniels for her leadership in the #Resist movement.

“In these politically tumultuous times, Daniels has proven herself to be a profile in courage by speaking truth to power, even under threats to her safety and extreme intimidation,” the statement said.

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Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has been embroiled in a lawsuit she filed against President Donald Trump last year in California state court, claiming a “hush agreement” she signed over their alleged affair a decade ago is null and void.

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She was paid $130,000 by Trump attorney Michael Cohen shortly before the 2016 presidential election in exchange for keeping silent about the alleged affair with Trump. But Daniels’ attorney argued the agreement was no good because Trump never signed it.

Cohen has admitted using his own money to pay off Daniels and, while records have revealed Trump made payments to Cohen, the president has denied any involvement with the porn star.

Daniels has said she wants to tell her story, like other women who have had alleged encounters with the president, but the hush agreement prevents her from legally doing that.

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Ariana Grande talks split from Mac Miller, calls relationship ‘toxic’

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

What You Need To Know: Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande got candid about the end of her relationship with rapper Mac Miller in the form of a lengthy reply to a Twitter user. The singer, 24, split from Miller, 26, in April after two years together.

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Although initial reports -- and an Instagram story from Grande -- indicated an amicable, mutual split, Grande said the relationship was a toxic one.

ET reported that Grande’s reveal about her relationship came from reply to a fan on Twitter criticizing Grande. The tweet also referenced Miller’s May 17 DUI arrest and his struggle with sobriety.

“Mac Miller totalling his G wagon and getting a DUI after Ariana Grande dumped him for another dude after he poured his heart out on a ten song album to her called the divine feminine is just the most heartbreaking thing happening in Hollywood,” the fan wrote.

“How absurd you minimize female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship because he wrote an album about them, which btw isn't the case (just Cinderealla is ab me),” Grande tweeted in a reply. “I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man's inability to keep his (expletive) together is a very major problem.”

Miller has not publicly commented on his arrest, but according to officials with the Los Angeles Police Department, he was arrested at his home when officers tracked his license plate to his house. He reportedly left the scene of the crash with two passengers.

“Let’s please stop doing that," she continued. "Of course I didn't share how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was. I will continue to pray from the bottom of my heart that he figures it all out and that any other woman in this position does as well.”

People reported that the fan replied with an apology, saying, “I’m really sorry this is something you took he time to read and that upset you enough to make such a thoughtful reply. ... I in no way think that you are the cause of Mac’s short comings we all have our demons.”

“Thank you for hearing me,” Grande replied. “I appreciate your response v much. sending u love.”

Grande may have already moved on from Miller. She is reportedly “casually dating” “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson.

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Rapper Mac Miller arrested on charges related to DUI crash, reports say

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 5:07 PM

Rapper Mac Miller Arrested On Charges Related To Alleged DUI Crash

Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department said rapper Mac Miller was  arrested on DUI charges Thursday morning.

Us Weekly reported that, according to Los Angeles Police Department officer Rosario Herrera, the 26-year-old rapper allegedly drove his 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon over a curb, hitting a pole, around 1 a.m. He and two passengers reportedly got out the car and left on foot.

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A Los Angeles Police Department public information officer told People that Miller, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, was tracked to his home when officers matched the vehicle’s license plates to Miller’s address.

Miller was arrested at home, where officers said he confessed to drunk driving and fleeing the scene, according to Us Weekly. KCBS reported Miller was booked in jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. His bail was set at $15,000. He was released around 9:25 a.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. People reported Miller is due in court June 7.

A representative for Miller has not commented on the incident.

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