Eric Dane Is Battling Depression: Rep

Eric Dane is taking a break from his TNT series The Last Ship to deal with his depression, the actor’s rep tells PEOPLE.

“Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues,” Dane’s rep said in a statement. “He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request.”

The rep added, “He looks forward to returning.”

Production has been halted on the series while Dane – who plays Captain Tom Chandler – takes a break. The show’s fourth, 10-episode season is set to premiere this summer. According to Variety, The Last Ship has also already been renewed for a fifth season.

Dane, 44, has been public about his personal struggles before. The Grey’s Anatomy alum went to rehab in 2011 for an addiction to painkillers.

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The actor – who has been married to Rebecca Gayheart since 2004 – told PEOPLE in 2014 of his past problems, “We’ve all made mistakes.”

He added at the time, “I honestly think I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this moment in time. And I’m really happy.”

Kanye West Will Not Attend Met Gala 2017

Looks like there will be no Kimye at this year’s fashion prom.

A source tells PEOPLE that Kanye West won’t be attending the Met Gala in New York City on Monday — meaning that his wife Kim Kardashian will be going by herself (if you don’t include her family members that will be attending, of course.)

“Kanye West will not be attending the Met Ball tomorrow,” the source says. “Kim will be going solo. He’s still very much enjoying his time off from public events. He’s happy and productive, working away on fashion, music, etc.

“He’ll be staying back in L.A. with their kids,” the source added, referring to daughter North and son Saint. “Everything is great with him and Kim and he’s supportive of her going solo.”

The source also adds that Kardashian West will be wearing a design from Vivienne Westwood.

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This will be the first time that Kardashian West, 36, will be attending the Met Gala without West, 39. The pair made their Met Gala debut as a couple in 2013 when the reality star wore her meme-inspiring floral Givenchy gown. The couple has attended every Met Gala since then together, with the pair wearing a coordinated shiny look from Olivier Rousteing in 2016, keeping with the bash’s Manus x Machina theme.

West has been taking a break from major public appearances following his breakdown and hospitalization last November.

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While West won’t be at the party, Kardashian West won’t exactly be on her own — her sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner are expected to attend the event. On Sunday, Kylie even shared a throwback photo of herself, Kardashian West, West and Kris Jenner at the 2016 event, captioning it simply, “MET 2016.”

‘Hardly a success’: Top Dem Schumer rips Trump over first 100 days

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. slammed President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office Sunday, saying Trump had “broken promises to the working people of America.”

“I’d say the president’s first 100 days have hardly been a success,” Schumer told “Fox News Sunday,” adding that Trump had “campaigned as a populist against the Democratic and Republican establishments but he’s governing like someone from the hard-right, wealthy, special interests.”

Trump’s marked his 100th day in office Saturday without a major legislative accomplishment. An initial effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare collapsed in the House of Representatives last month. Last week, the administration backed off a demand to provide for a wall along the southern border in a planned $1 trillion-plus spending bill.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the Democrats were “without a leader” — an apparent shot at Schumer, the highest-ranking Democrat in Washington — and had become “the party of obstruction.”

The president also took aim at Schumer during a rally in Harrisburg, Pa. Saturday night, telling the raucous crowd that the New Yorker was “weak on crime and wants to raise your taxes through the roof.

“He is a poor leader — known him a long time — and he’s leading the Democrats to doom,” Trump added.

Schumer declined to directly answer Trump’s words except to say, “Name-calling doesn’t work. Let’s look at values. Let’s look at issues.” He also blamed Trump for refusing to work with congressional Democrats.

“On the issue so far — taxes and health care — he doesn’t consult us at all,” Schumer said. “He puts together a plan that is very hard-right, special interest [and] wealth-oriented and says the way to be bipartisan is to just support his plan. That’s not the way America works.”

The Senate Democratic leader also refused to countenance the idea of repealing ObamaCare, the signature domestic achievment of Trump’s predecessor. 

“[Republicans] ought to back off repealing Obamacare,” Schumer said. “We’ve said over and over again, if [Trump] backs off repeal, we’ll sit down and work with him to improve Obamacare.”

Kim Kardashian West Nails A Black Ensemble Pre-Met Gala

Kim Kardashian West was spotted in a head-to-toe black ensemble on Saturday in Beverly Hills, California, just two days ahead of her glamorous turn on the red carpet at the highly anticipated Met Gala.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star rocked shiny, straight hair, high-waisted pants and a slouchy cardigan while out and about ahead of Monday’s annual Met Gala held in New York City. Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams will co-host this year’s bash alongside Vogue’s Anna Wintour.

Kardashian West, 36, and husband Kanye West, 39, are a staple couple at fashion’s prom night, and the raven-haired beauty made her debut in 2013, then-pregnant and wearing a dress that launched 1000 memes, complete with attached, matching gloves.

At the most recent event in 2016, KimYe took a cue from the technological theme, Manus x Machina. Kardashian West described her custom Balmain look as “blingy, sexy, robot,” while Kanye wore ripped jeans (and colored contacts!).

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Meanwhile, half-sister Kendall Jenner was spotted shopping with Hailey Baldwin and rumored fling A$AP Rocky in N.Y.C. ahead of the the biggest couture party of the year.

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Jenner, 21, opted for high-waisted jeans, enormous hoop earrings and a white cropped knit for the Sunday shopping trip while Baldwin, 20, wore a black and yellow varsity jacket and skinny black pants.

 

 

Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin Spotted Pre-Met Gala

Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin were spotted shopping in casual clothes ahead of fashion prom: the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Met Gala, set for Monday in New York City.

Jenner, 21, opted for high waisted boyfriend jeans, enormous hoop earrings and a white cropped knit for the Sunday shopping trip while Baldwin, 20, wore a black and yellow varsity jacket and skinny black pants.

Rapper A$AP Rocky was also with Jenner inside a store. The pair’s rumored romance began last June, and they were most recently spotted at Coachella together, where they flirted during his set at Jeremy Scott’s party.

The young models have graced the event’s hot red carpet before, each rocking stunning looks at the 2016 Manus x Machina red carpet for the gala. Jenner framed her supermodel bod in an Atelier Versace gown, then kept the rest simple with white Versace heels, a sleek ponytail and Lorraine Schwartz diamonds. Baldwin picked a fully sequin black-and-silver long-sleeve Tommy Hilfger gown with vertical stripes, plus Boudani earrings, Noudar rings, strappy heels and a high pony.

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Jenner later met up with Hadid and her younger sister Kylie Jenner, who was back from a Saturday trip to Boston to visit new beau Travis Scott.

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Jenner’s debut at the black tie fête was back in 2014, and she went for a full-on princess moment in a custom blush mermaid-style Topshop gown and 82 carats of Chopard diamonds around her neck.

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Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams will co-host this year’s bash alongside Vogue’s Anna Wintour. The celebration will honor Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s work. The focus of the exhibition will examine the “Art of the In-Between” and show how her work challenged norms on beauty, taste and fashion.

Katy Perry Slammed for Barack Obama Joke

Katy Perry is catching fire from social media users for a joke in which she compares backlash to her shorter, blonde hairstyle to those who prefer former President Barack Obama over President Donald Trump.

“Aww, someone says, ‘I miss your old, black hair,’ ” the singer said during an Instagram Live session. “Oh, do you miss Barack Obama as well? Okay, times change. Bye.”

Perry, 32, giggled as she looked around to others in the car before announcing, “I should leave now,” before someone off-camera pal responds, “Okay, you’re cut off.”

Perry has been vocal about her support for Obama, even performing at a rally for the president during the 2012 campaign and at a White House reception for the Special Olympics in 2016. She has also been a vocal anti-Trump critic, supporting marches and fundraisers ever since his election in November. But her comment sparked negative feedback on Twitter from users who felt she was mocking people who did actually miss Obama.

“Wow Katy Perry,” one critic wrote. “The reference to former Pres. Obama was offensive & a poor, tasteless attempt at humor. Your privilege is showing.”

Another said, “What does black hair have to do with Barack Obama? You’re cancelled @katyperry.”

Perry faced similar backlash in 2013 after performing in a geisha-inspired outfit during the American Music Awards, where she was accused of cultural appropriation.

In the most recent election, Perry was an outspoken supporter of Hillary Clinton, even designing a pair of pumps in honor of the Democratic presidential nominee. The duo also appeared together at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball three weeks after falling short in the election.

“I’ve always had a voice – a singing voice – but I’ve never had a voice like I’ve had before,” Perry said at the event. “Hillary has lit that voice inside of me, and that light will never go out, it will continue to get brighter and brighter and brighter. Thank you, Hillary. You motivate me and so many millions of people.”

Lance Bass Is Ready To Celebrate NSYNC’s Favorite Holiday

Admit it: You’ve checked the calendar, realized that it’s April 30, and subsequently hit Twitter, Facebook, or your social media platform of choice to link to NSYNC’s 2000 hit, “It’s Gonna Be Me,” or send ’em a pal a photo of Justin Timberlake’s vintage peroxide curls instead.

Why? Timberlake doesn’t belt out “It’s gonna be me” as the title of the single implies, but “may,” hence the intense memeability of the phrase and its topical timing on the last day of this month. Thankfully, select members of NSYNC are in on the joke.

Ot at least Lance Bass is, anyway, and he’s not alone: Turns out “It’s Gonna Be Me” sees an absolutely bonkers spike in plays on this particular date, to the point where it’s played at least five times more on April 30 than it is on any other day of the year.

Here you go. We saved you a step. (And happy It’s Gonna Be May Day.)

Christie says ‘no big regrets’ as term comes to close

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, with nearly nine months left in his term and record-low approval ratings, on Sunday expressed no big regrets about his two terms in office.

“Every career will have some regrets. You don’t do everything 100-percent right, but you learn,” the Republican governor told Fox News’ “America’s News Headquarters.” “I have no big regrets about what’s happened in my career.”

In the latest Quinnipiac poll, Christie has a 76 percent disapproval rating. He is ineligible to run again because of state term limits, making New Jersey an open seat battleground for the governor’s race in November. The New Jersey governorship had traditionally been held by Democrats prior to Christie’s eight-year stint. However, his low approval ratings appear to have Democrats optimistic about snagging the seat. 

At least six Democratic candidates have already purportedly filed to run in contest.

Controversy has surrounded the governor since the 2013 when the Bridgegate scandal broke. Christie was never charged, but two of his former aides are in prison for the scheme in which they tried to punish a town mayor who refused to endorse Christie. 

This scandal appears to have irreversibly damaged Christie’s reputation. The backlash tainted his 2016 bid for presidency and many speculate a possible job in President Trump’s administration.

Christie has publically supported the president, endorsing him after withdrawing from the presidential race in 2016. The governor rallied support for Trump on the campaign trail, which led many to believe he wanted to be selected as the president’s running mate.  After falling short, the president gave him the advisory role of chairman of the Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission. Christie also led Trump’s transition team before Vice President Pence took charge.

Charts: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn.’ Takes Number One Again

Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. topped the Billboard 200 for the second consecutive week as the rapper added another 238,000 copies to its 2017 record-setting opening week sales.

Even though Damn.‘s sales total dipped 61 percent from its huge debut week, the 238,000 copies still mark the fourth-highest selling week of 2017, Billboard reports.

Lamar faced little competition in ruling the album charts as only two new releases debuted inside the Top 10: Incubus’ 8, the band’s first LP in six years, entered at Number Four and 52,000 total copies; by comparison, 2011’s If Not Now, When? opened at Number Two with 80,000 copies.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 debuted at Number 8 thanks to 34,000 mainly digital copies; that total should grow on next week’s chart as the physical version of the soundtrack arrived Friday; the sequel itself is out May 5th.

Drake’s More Life gained one spot to Number Two, adding 77,000 copies to its already hefty total. Ed Sheeran’s Divide followed at Number Three and 55,000 copies.

The remaining five spots on the Billboard 200 were occupied by Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic (Number Five), Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open (Six), the Moana soundtrack (Seven), Future’s self-titled (Nine) and the Weeknd’s Starboy (Number 10).

Despite high-profile new releases like Gorillaz’ Humanz and Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman, Damn. is expected to capture Number One for a third straight time next week.

Selena Gomez Had the Perfect Response to 13 Reasons Why Backlash

Based on a novel about the suicide of 17-year-old Hannah Baker, Netflix’s buzzy 13 Reasons Why has been heaped with praise for its compelling storytelling and the complex, taboo issues it tackles. However, concerns have mounted over the show’s depiction of Baker’s suicide, including arguments that the show romanticizes it and that the scene itself is far too graphic and even triggering for those who struggle with suicidal thoughts. Now, Selena Gomez, a co-executive producer on the show, has stepped forward to say her piece.

Her statements comes about a week and a half after 13 Reasons Why writer Nic Sheff took to Vanity Fair to defend the show, writing poignantly about how his own attempted suicide informed his work on the show. He also explained that the writers room hoped to show that “suicide isn’t a painless escape from problems, as so many people think, but an ‘excruciating, violent end to all hopes and dreams.”

In an interview with the Associated Press, Gomez spoke about the show, its success, and the controversy around it, acknowledging that, given the complex, nuanced subject manner, backlash was pretty much inevitable.

“We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, [the backlash is] gonna come no matter what,” she said. “It’s not an easy subject to talk about, but I’m very fortunate with how it’s doing.”

Before that, Gomez spoke with E! News advocating for the show’s messaging and noting how it’s broken down taboos to open a wider (and necessary) cultural conversation around an oft-stigmatized subject.

“I’m a little overwhelmed and very surprised,” she said, referring initially to the show’s success. “I mean, I believed in the project for so long, and I understood what the message was. I just wanted it to come across in a way that kids would be frightened, but confused—in a way that they would talk about it because it’s something that’s happening all the time…I’m overwhelmed that’s it’s doing as well as it’s doing.”

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