Hit by truck
Sean Stewart, the eldest son of music star Rod Stewart, is recovering following a car accident in which he was hit by a truck. Sean, 42, posted a photo to his Instagram Story on Oct. 24 that showed him in a neck brace, medical face mask and hospital gown. “I got hit by a truck at a red light,” he captioned the image. “Hard out here on these streets.” The following day, he said he was “still in a lot of pain.” Page Six reported Sean was “rushed to the hospital” after the accident.
Dame Judi Dench has lost her vision. The beloved actress told Louis Theroux for his Nov. 1 BBC2 show that she’s basically blind, as she can’t read, write or see. Still, the “James Bond” icon is adamant that retirement isn’t in her future. “I don’t want to retire. I’m not doing much at the moment because I can’t see. It’s bad. But I’ve got to teach myself a new way of learning,” she said. What Judi lacks in vision, she makes up for with memory. “I have a photographic memory so a person saying to me, ‘This is your line’ . . . I can do that. And I have many people who can help me,” she said. “I’ll teach myself a way, I know I will. So long as I don’t trip over doing it.
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Bad, bad, bad week
More than two weeks after Kanye West made antisemitic and knowingly racist remarks, his business world came crashing down. On Oct. 25, Adidas announced it was cutting ties with Ye because of his comments. The ending of the partnership will have huge financial ramifications for both parties: TMZ reported that the corporation is expecting to lose $246 million in net income this year by ending the Yeezy deal. Ye, Forbes added, has also lost his billionaire status. Several years ago, the rapper’s net worth was estimated at around $1.3 billion. With the Adidas deal going away, Forbes now believes Ye’s worth around $400 million. Aside from Adidas, TJX Companies — operators of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods — said it would no longer carry Ye’s products; Balenciaga cut ties with Kanye; Foot Locker is yanking the rapper’s products; agency CAA cut him from its talent roster; the two athletes signed to Ye’s Donda Sports agency terminated their agreements; a film studio shelved a Ye documentary; his Donda school closed then reopened; and Ye lost his lawyers. That. Is. A. Bad. Week.
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Beloved comedian and effortlessly entertaining actor Leslie Jordan tragically passed away on Oct. 24 after reportedly suffering a medical emergency while driving, crashing his car into a building in Los Angeles. Leslie was reportedly on his way to the set of “Call Me Kat” when the accident occurred. Little is known about the medical situation, but TMZ reported that the “Will & Grace” star had been complaining recently about shortness of breath. He was set to see a cardiologist next week. After his death, many in entertainment mourned on social media. Megan Mullally said, “Leslie was flawlessly funny, a virtuoso of comedy. his timing, his delivery, all apparently effortless. you can’t get any better than that.” Dolly Parton said she felt like she lost “a family member.” Leslie’s “Call Me Kat” costar Mayim Bialik said, “He was a dear mentor and a beloved friend.” The FOX series was put on pause as the cast and crew grieved.
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Tom Brady and Gisele Bunchden are officially getting divorced. Following months of speculation about the state of their marriage, the supermodel filed divorce documents in Florida on Oct. 27. The NFL quarterback is not contesting the filing, TMZ said, adding that the duo reached an agreement on property and child custody. Terms of agreement will remain confidential. Tom and Gisele were married 13 years and share two children (he also has a child with ex Bridget Moynahan.) The end of the marriage isn’t exactly a shock, as the two reportedly hired divorce lawyers in early October. Multiple reports said the former runway model had been upset with Tom’s decision to un-retire from football, and the duo has been living separately for months. The filing comes a day after Tom and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers team lost a Thursday Night Football game to the Baltimore Ravens. Tom confirmed the filing on Instagram. “In recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage. We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together. We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way. We will continue to work together as parents to always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve,” he wrote. “We arrived at this decision to end our marriage after much consideration. Doing so is, of course painful, and difficult, like it is for so many people who go through the same thing everyday around the world. However, we wish only the best for each other as we pursue whatever new chapters in our lives that are yet to be written.”
Taylor Swift is again setting records. The pop star released her “Midnights” album on Oct. 21, and within days, she’d smashed streaming and sales records. EW reported that within four days of the release, “Midnights” already had the largest overall week for any album, by equivalent album units, since Adele’s “25” notched 3.482 million in its first week of release in 2015. The new album is on pace to be her largest debut ever. Billboard reported that “Midnights” had the largest streaming week ever for an album by a female artist. Over on Spotify, Taylor broke the record for the most-streamed artist in a single day in Spotify history. She also set Apple Music and vinyl sales records.
In the D.A.’s hands
More than a year after the fatal shooting on the New Mexico set of “Rust,” the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office has finally turned over its investigative findings to the district attorney. Alec Baldwin could soon find out if he’s being criminally charged for accidentally shooting and killing Halyna Hutchins while rehearsing a scene. (He maintains that he never pulled the trigger, claiming the gun went off after he cocked the hammer.) The D.A., who received the cops’ findings on Oct. 27, will now begin a “thorough review” of the evidence, a spokesperson told TMZ. The website added that the D.A. recently asked New Mexico for help in financing several potential prosecutions and named Alec as a possible defendant. Since the Oct. 21, 2021, shooting, Alec has deflected blame in the incident. In addition to the actor, blame has been pinned on the on-set armorer and assistant director, the latter of whom admitted that he didn’t properly check the gun before handing it to Alec.