XXXTentacion‘s legion of fans might be shocked by the baby news his mom dropped, but it wouldn’t have been a surprise to him — he knew weeks ago.
Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ … X’s girlfriend — whom he’d been dating for months — is the mystery baby mama. We’re told the ultrasound photo shared by X’s mother, Cleopatra Bernard, is definitely the girlfriend’s.
As we reported … Cleopatra posted the sonogram with the caption, “He left us a final gift.”
Based on the womb snapshot, taken April 23, X’s gf was just over 8 weeks along back then — so, she’s about 4 months pregnant now. That also means the due date is somewhere around mid-November.
We’re told the gf is definitely not his ex, Geneva — and the only reason X hadn’t revealed the news is because he wanted her to have a stress-free pregnancy.
Tekashi69 believes UK customs agents refused him entry into the country because of his recent rap beefs … and concocted lies about his criminal past just to keep him out.
6ix9ine was set to play 2 sold-out shows this week — one in London, and another in Manchester. We’re told the rapper was held at immigration Thursday for 12 hours after arriving from Belgium.
Sources close to 6ix9ine tell us customs agents repeatedly told the rapper they flagged him because he spent more than 12 months behind bars … a buzz kill for foreigners who want to enter the country. Our sources say, not only has Tekashi never spent anywhere near 12 months behind bars, his team worked months in advance to insure he had all the proper paperwork and sponsors for entry.
Not only were the UK shows sold out, we’re told they were also big time business opportunities for Tekashi as he planned on livestreaming them for fans on Xstreampass.
Our sources say Tekashi and crew feel the real reason they were refused entry is because of Tekashi’s recent antics, including his feud with Chief Keef, and they’ve made stuff up to illegally bar him.
Freshly sworn-in U.S. Citizen French Montana is getting rid of his New Jersey home, and it’s proof that you can get a lot more house in the suburbs of New York than in Los Angeles.
The crib in Pequannock Township, about 25 miles outside NYC, is on the market for $1.4 million. The place is huge … 6,134 square feet with 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. There’s also a recording studio adjacent to a theater and bar on the third floor. The estate has a manicured yard with a pool and half-basketball court.
As you may recall, French bought Selena Gomez‘s house in Calabasas in 2016, so it’s possible he’s putting down roots on the west coast for good. That home only has 5 bedrooms and cost French $3.3 mil.
PARIS — Kering’s revelation that it is in talks with Christopher Kane to sell the brand back to the British designer indicates that its house-cleaning spree isn’t over.
The French company, which is positioning itself as a pure luxury player, has engaged in a flurry of high-profile moves since the beginning of the year, notably spinning out of the group its stake in Puma, and selling its holding in Stella McCartney back to her.
“Kering is announcing that discussions are under way with Mr. Christopher Kane about the conditions in which the British designer could take back full control of the eponymous brand. Christopher Kane and Kering wish to continue to collaborate with the aim of achieving a gradual and harmonious transition,” the company said in a brief statement.
Kering intends to list the stake under “non-current assets held for sale and discontinued operations” in its half-yearly accounts to June 30, to be published July 26.
Kane was unavailable for comment on Thursday.
Kering purchased a 51 percent stake in Kane’s business in January 2013 as part of an aggressive acquisitions strategy that also saw the company buy brands such as Pomellato and Brioni. The acquisitions came as growth at Gucci was slowing and Kering
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. broadcast network ABC said on Thursday it has ordered a 10-episode spinoff of comedy “Roseanne” that will air without any involvement of its creator Roseanne Barr, who sparked widespread outrage by tweeting a racial slur.
FILE PHOTO: Actress Roseanne Barr waves on her arrival to the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
Other original cast members including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert will appear in the show, which has a working title of “The Conners,” ABC said in a statement.
ABC, owned by Walt Disney Co (DIS.N), canceled “Roseanne” in May after Barr sparked widespread anger with a tweet comparing black former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape. Barr wrote in a now-deleted message that if the Islamist political movement “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj.” Barr later apologized for making a bad joke.
ABC said Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the spinoff.
The new series will air this autumn, ABC said, and will feature characters Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J.
The network did not explain what will happen to Barr’s character.
“After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before,” the ABC statement said, referring to the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois.
The family will grapple with “parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America,” the statement added.
In a separate statement, Barr said she agreed to be removed from the show to save 200 cast and crew jobs.
“I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne,” Barr said. “I wish the best for everyone involved.”
The original “Roseanne” ran from 1988 to 1997, featuring a blue-collar family with overweight parents struggling to get by. It was praised for its realistic portrayal of working-class life.
The revival was ABC’s biggest hit of the 2017-2018 season, drawing more than 18 million viewers on average, according to Nielsen.
President Donald Trump had cited its huge viewership as evidence his supporters, who include Barr, want shows that speak to their concerns. He also suggested media bias played a role in the show’s cancellation.
In a joint statement on Thursday, the returning cast members said: “We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience.”
Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Leslie Adler and Lisa Shumaker
San Francisco-based robotics firm Bossa Nova said Thursday that it has raised $29 million in its latest funding round, adding another mile marker for the advent of robo retail.
“The global retail industry is at a critical inflection point,” said Bruce McWilliams, Bossa Nova’s president and chief executive officer. “Today’s retail powerhouses require accurate, real-time product information to create a seamless omnichannel shopping experience expected by all customers. Bossa Nova’s technology gives retailers a data-rich and dynamic foundation to transform their store operations.”
The round, led by Cota Capital, brings the company’s total amount raised to $70 million and puts new investors on deck, including China Walden Ventures and LG Electronics, the South Korean technology giant.
The investor line-up is not entirely surprising. And tech-forward Asian markets have already embraced the notion of retail robots, and not just for logistics or warehouse applications.
JD.com chief executive Richard Liu told retail executives at the annual World Retail Congress in Madrid this spring that he expects robots will eventually replace human retail workers: “Sooner or later, our entire industry will be operated by AI [artificial intelligence] and robots, not humans.” JD.com, China’s second-largest e-commerce operation, deeply invests in new-era technologies like robotics, automation and drones.
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Michael Nesmith, guitarist for The Monkees, fell ill while preparing to hit the stage for a concert in Pennsylvania … TMZ has learned.
We’re told 75-year-old Nesmith collapsed to the ground during the band’s soundcheck Thursday afternoon at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA. Michael was not unconscious, but he was rushed to a hospital.
His rep says Michael’s already been discharged, but it’s unclear what the medical emergency was that prompted his hospitalization.
The Monkees — famous for their hits, “Daydream Believer,” “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville” — were in the middle of a national tour, and we’re set to perform at 8 PM ET. The venue has announced the show’s been postponed “due to illness.”
However, reps for the band tell us the rest of the tour — 3 more dates in NY and NJ — has been canceled.
XXXTentacion may have had a child on the way at the time of his murder … at least that’s what his mom is hinting.
X’s mother, Cleopatra Bernard, just posted a photo of an ultrasound with the caption, “He left us a final gift.” While it’s hard to imagine the photo would mean anything other than the rapper had a child on the way, Cleo doesn’t provide any further detail.
It’s also unclear who the child’s mother is … many are speculating it’s his ex-girlfriend, Geneva, but sources close to the rapper tell us it’s not her.
TMZ broke the story, X was murdered in South Florida Monday after two armed men approached his car, shooting him in broad daylight.
Cops arrested one man in connection to the killing Wednesday night, and we’ve learned as many as 2 more suspects could still be arrested.
FAR AND WIDE: The fourth edition of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s Les Journées Particulières promises to be bigger and better than ever, with 23 new houses taking part in the biennial event, which for the first time will stretch over four continents.
The “open days” event is spreading to the U.S., Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, with a total of 13 participating countries this year, versus six in 2016.
Among the 39 sites that will open to the public for the first time between Oct. 12 and 14 are a Louis Vuitton prototype workshop in Paris; the restored Château de la Colle Noire, formerly owned by Christian Dior; the Caffè Cova pastry shop in Milan, and Newton Vineyard in Napa Valley, Calif.
The conglomerate headed by luxury titan Bernard Arnault launched the initiative in 2011 to counter a perception that it was only interested in squeezing its houses for profit, his son Antoine Arnault told a news conference on Thursday at La Grande Epicerie de Paris Rive Droite food market, opened last year.
“I think it’s important to balance this image of the group, centered on profit and performance, with the reality,” he said. “We don’t design our collections or make decisions in terms of profit or performance targets, but rather in terms of creativity and desirability for our customers.”
Some 3,000 employees from a total of 56 houses, including Givenchy, Sephora and Dom Pérignon, will take part in this year’s edition of the free event, which is expected to draw a total of more than 150,000 visitors. Arnault said the tickets for Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior visits usually get snapped up online in less than one minute.
This year, the group is allowing applicants to create their online profile from Sept. 13 and pre-register between Sept. 24 and 30, giving them a chance to receive a priority pass for themselves and up to three guests.
LVMH will launch an international advertising campaign across digital, print and display media to promote the event. Digital content will include podcasts featuring some of the group’s employees talking about their jobs.