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Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 10:51 PM
— Ahead of the release of her upcoming book, “We’re Going to Need More Wine,” actress Gabrielle Union revealed she has struggled with infertility.
In an excerpt of the book shared with People magazine, the 44-year-old says she had more than a half-dozen miscarriages.
“I have had eight or nine miscarriages,” Union said in the book. “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — I’ve either been about to go into an IVF (in vitro fertilization) cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”
Initially, Union didn’t want children, but after raising kids with basketball player husband Dwyane Wade, she changed her mind.
Union helps parent Wade’s nephew Dahveon Morris, 16, whom he adopted, and Zaire, 15, and Zion, 10, sons from a previous marriage.
Wade is also father to a 3-year-old son, Xavier, who lives with his mother. Xavier was conceived when Union and Wade were broken up in 2013.
Now, she said she and Wade “remain bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we’ve both dreamed of.”
“I never wanted kids,” she said. “Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I’d rather be than with them.”
Union said her struggle made questions about when she and Wade would have children challenging.
“For so many women, and not just women in the spotlight, people feel very entitled to know, ‘Do you want kids?’” she said. “A lot of people, especially people that have fertility issues, just say ‘no’ because that’s a lot easier than being honest about whatever is actually going on. People mean so well, but they have no idea the harm or frustration it can cause.”
Wade responded to his wife’s public transparency on Twitter, saying, “My wife is one strong individual!!!”
My wife is one strong individual!!!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) October 5, 2017
Published: Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
— The stars of HGTV’s popular home improvement show “Fixer Upper,” Chip and Joanna Gaines, have settled with the Environmental Protection Agency over alleged violations of lead paint removal at more than 30 properties the couple worked on.
The Gaines and their remodeling company, Magnolia Homes, based in Waco, Texas, agreed to pay a $40,000 fine after EPA officials saw violations of the Renovation, Remodeling and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) on the show.
The RRP was enacted to insure homeowners and remodelers are not exposed to dangerous levels of lead from lead-based paint often used in homes built before 1978, when the paint was banned. The regulation requires contractors who are remodeling older houses to take precautions to reduce the risk of exposure.
“Video footage of Magnolia’s renovations of older homes appearing in several seasons of “Fixer Upper” reviewed by EPA did not depict the lead-safe work practices normally required by the RRP Rule,” the agency said in a statement on its website.
The Gaines took immediate action to comply with the RRP rule and agreed to pay a fine over the violations, EPA officials said. The couple also agreed to spend $160,000 to help remove lead from older homes with children in Waco neighborhoods.
Children younger than 6 are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely impact mental and physical development, and even cause death in the worst cases, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The most common sources of lead poisoning in children are lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings, but contaminated air, water and soil can also cause dangerous exposure.
For adults, the most common exposure occurs in those who work with batteries, auto repair workers and home renovators.
Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 8:52 PM
WACO, Texas — “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines finally know the sex of their unborn child.
Chip made the announcement in a video he shared on Twitter Wednesday.
“We’re just about to have another little baby, because Uncle Chip lost his mind,” Chip tells a youngster in the footage. “Now, listen to this. This is important: I can’t think of a ‘D’ name. So, can you help me think of a ‘D’ name?”
Chip then tells his young companion that Joanna is pregnant with a little boy.
“Is that a secret? I don’t know. That might not even be allowed on Twitter,” the HGTV star claimed. “You better keep that to yourself, dude. But listen to me: It’s a little boy, and I need a ‘D’ name. And so far, all I can come up with is Dragon. [Joanna was] like, ‘You are not calling that baby Dragon!’ Can you help me?”
Earlier this week, Joanna showed off her biggest baby bump to date in a few pics on Instagram alongside her husband and their pal Tim Tebow.
“What an amazing (sic) weekend with the @timtebowfoundation Thank you for giving hope and love to so many #ttfgolf2018,” Gaines wrote alongside the gallery of images from the weekend.
In January, the Gaineses surprised fans when they announced they were expecting baby number five with an adorable post to social media.
“Gaines party of 7.. (If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT) @joannagaines,” Chip Gaines wrote alongside the sweet photo of the couple in coordinating grey sweatshirts and matching bumps.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:22 PM
Nielsen, 54, announced her pregnancy last month with husband Mattia Dessi.
“We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives,” the couple told People. “It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love.”
People reported the couple named the new baby, who weighed in at 5 lbs. 9 oz., Frida.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
CAMDEN, N.J. — New Jersey is honoring native son and award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain with a “food trail” of his favorite New Jersey restaurants.
Although the popular writer, storyteller and host of CNN’s Emmy-winning “Parts Unknown” was born in New York, according to his biography, Bourdain grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, and spent his summers at the Jersey shore.
Bourdain, 61, was found dead almost two weeks ago in his luxury hotel room in Kaysersberg, France, while working on an episode of “Parts Unknown.” The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.
Fans around the world were grief-stricken with news of his death, including those in New Jersey.
Camden Assemblyman Paul Moriarty wanted to find a way to honor the renowned globetrotter and proposed an official Anthony Bourdain Food Trail that would include the 10 restaurants he visited during a 2015 episode of “Parts Unknown,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The proposed trail, which the state’s Division of Travel and Tourism would need to establish, would include “Kubel’s in Barnegat Light, Hiram’s Roadstand in Fort Lee, Knife & Fork, Dock’s Oyster House, Tony’s Baltimore Grill, and James’ Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City, Tony and Ruth Steaks and Donkey’s Place in Camden, Lucille’s Country Cooking in Barnegat, and Frank’s Deli in Asbury Park,” the Inquirer reported.
Moriarty called Bourdain a New Jersey food icon and said the state should create a food trail as a way to honor him.
“There’s no question that Anthony’s road to fame was not an easy one,” Moriarty said in a statement, according to the newspaper.
“Even after international fame, he never forgot his Jersey roots. Each episode, Bourdain brought his homegrown wit, charm, and sense of humanity to his viewers,” he said.