The third and final Kardashian baby has finally arrived! Khloé Kardashian—reality star, denim designer and renowned sister expert—gave birth to a baby girl at 4:00am Thursday morning, TMZ is reporting. Kourtney, Kim, Kris and Khloé’s BFF Malika Haqq were by her side in the delivery room outside Cleveland, Ohio — as was the baby daddy, Tristan Thompson.
The celebratory news comes just two days after reports (and video footage) that Tristan, a 27-year-old Canadian pro-basketball player, has cheated on his mega famous girlfriend numerous times throughout her pregnancy. It’s been an emotional whirlwind of a week — and we’re just spectators. In an effort to digest the drama, let’s go back to the very beginning to unpack the timeline of this heated international scandal.
August 2016: Romance rumours
Khloé and Tristan’s relationship was first revealed to the public in Sept. 2016. At the time, the athlete was expecting his first child with Jordan Craig, who was still pregnant with the couple’s baby (born that December).
Tristan’s pregnant ex-girlfriend, Jordan Craig, gave birth to their son, Prince, right around the time Khloé made their relationship status public.
September 2017: Pregnancy rumours
After a year of blissful romance, rumours start circulating that—like her sisters Kylie and Kim—Khloé is expecting her first child. “Yes, Khloé and Tristan are expecting and they are absolutely thrilled,” a source told People. “This is something Khloé has wanted for years and years and yet it’s more than that: she didn’t want it unless she was in the right relationship for it.”
TMZ reports on Monday that Khloé *might* be in labour in a hospital outside of Cleveland: “We’ve been getting tips Monday morning that she’s in labor. That said, you can’t just rely on tips.”
April 10, 2018: The Daily Mail video
The Daily Mail shares a video of Tristan “up close and personal” in an NYC nightclub with a “sexy brunette,” who has since been identified as Instagram model Lani Blair. The video was captured this past weekend, when Tristan was in New York with Cleveland Cavaliers ahead of a game against the New York Knicks on Monday evening. The woman who filmed the clips said: “I was there and he was on the table right next to us with a group of friends and some girl who he was obviously making out with all night… They were holding each other and it was so obvious.”
April 10, 2018: TMZ shares more condemning cheating footage
This video was shot last October at a hookah lounge in Washington D.C. The “surveillance footage” shows Tristan sitting with a group of women, “2 of whom are fully engaged with Khloé’s baby daddy,” TMZ says. In the clip, Tristan is seen kissing one woman and half-heartedly motorboating another. And yes, there’s groin grabbing.
April 10, 2018: Khloé’s bestie, Khadijah Haqq, hits Tristan on Instagram — and Khloé likes it
April 10, 2018: Tristan’s ex, Jordan Craig, comments
The NBA star’s first baby mama, Jordan Craig, shared her thoughts in an Instagram story:“If you respect yourself and you respect others, you would never make light of the misfortune of anyone, nor would you feel indemnified when it comes at the expense of others,” the 26-year-old lifestyle blogger wrote. “Wishing peace for everyone.”
April 11, 2018: Khloé reportedly goes “absolutely ballistic”
Per Page Six, a source close to the Kardashian family said the very-pregnant Khloé “was devastated when she saw the pictures of Tristan with that girl, she went absolutely ballistic at him. She is not only hurt, she is humiliated and worried for their child. How could he do this, and so publicly, when their baby daughter could arrive within a week?”
April 11, 2018: Tristan is booed during basketball game
During the Cavelier’s hometown game Wednesday night, the NBA star was hit with plenty of boos from the audience. Tristan took the court during a timeout (meaning the PA announcer didn’t say his name), but sources via TMZ say the crowd booed whenever he was shown on screen.
April 11, 2018: Tristan will be allowed in the delivery room
Per TMZ: “Sources familiar with the situation tell us Khloé’s devastated by the recent revelations, but understands the importance of the birth in the lives of everyone involved.”
It’s very possible that the baby’s birth was the first time Khloé saw her BF post-scandal, as according to E!, “Khloé doesn’t want to speak with Tristan. And the family is keeping them apart until she goes into labor.”
April 11, 2018: Kris, Kim and Kourtney fly to Cleveland
“Kris is in Cleveland now giving Khloé as much support as possible and Kim is also heading there as well,” one insider told People. “They’re trying to keep her emotionally stable.” The whole Kardashian klan is reportedly (and understandably) furious at Tristan. The goal is now to get Khloé out of Cleavland and back to Calabasas as fast as possible, without jeopardizing the safety of the baby.
April 12, 2018: The baby is born
Congratulation baby mama, and cheers to the health and happiness of your new little girl.
It’s that time of year again! You may still be wearing your parka, but it’s never too early to start planning your summer music festival pilgrimages. We’ll keep this page updated with all the best lineups in North America, from Montreal to Napa Valley. Mark your calendars…
WHEN: April 13 – April 15 and April 20 – April 23, 2018
WHERE: Indio, CA
WHO: The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Eminem, SZA, HAIM, Kygo, Vince Staples, ODESZA, Migos, Cardi B, Miguel, Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis, Tyler, the Creator, Post Malone, Fleet Foxes, BØRNS, Jorja Smith, Alvvays, King Krule, French Montana and more.
WHO: Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Halsey, N.E.R.D, Khalid, Chvrches, The Gaslight Anthem, Post Malone, Diplo and Mark Ronson (AKA Silk City), Lil Uzi Vert, Maggie Rogers, Russ, 6lack, DRAM, 2 Chainz, Vic Mensa and more.
WHO: Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, James Blake, St. Vincent, Lykke Li, Travis Scott, Odesza, Rae Sremmurd, Post Malone, Khalid, Dua Lipa, A-Trak, BØRNS and more.
It’s forecasted that 800 million jobs could be lost to automation by 2030, but why?
Imagine this: You walk into your favourite store. A smiling sales associate greets you by name. In a panic, you rush over to ask for his help. You’re meeting a date in 20 minutes, and you need a new shirt. You describe what you’re looking for: something sexy yet sophisticated, edgy yet classic. It needs wow factor but in a carefree cool-girl kind of way—you know? His eyes light up. “I have just the thing,” he says. He quickly returns and presents his proposal: “This blouse is made with a delicate chiffon fabric that hangs beautifully. The wrap silhouette and adjustable tie at the waist will be flattering for your figure. It will pair well with the black wide-leg trousers you bought last week.” It’s perfect. You compliment his taste and thank him for his help: “Pepper, you always know exactly what I want.” He blushes—well, maybe not. Pepper is unlike any sales associate who has ever helped you before—and that’s because Pepper is a robot.
This isn’t what Pepper is now, but it’s what Pepper could be. Pepper is no C-3PO (yet), but he was designed to make his interactions with humans as natural and intuitive as possible. Pepper has been charming and engaging shoppers since 2014, when SoftBank introduced robots to Japanese retailers. By using a network of sensors and cameras to detect and interpret your reactions, Pepper’s “emotion engine” can sense changes in your attitude and adapt accordingly. So if you tilt your head or make a semantic shift, Pepper knows something’s up and provides recommendations based on your mood, gender, age and purchase history. And he tells jokes. (Ask Pepper to explain some of his functions and he’ll respond: “I don’t want to show off; this might take over 100 hours.”)
Robots like Pepper bring the machine learning of e-commerce to brick-and-mortar retail. We know that when we shop online, we’re being watched. Companies can tell where we’re looking, what we’re looking at and what we’re buying, and this information turns into the targeted ads that appear on our Facebook timelines and browser banners. The problem is, there are people who hate online shopping—people like me. Us “mall rats” appreciate the human connection of customer service, the feel of fabric and the glowing validation and product recommendations of a well-tuned sales associate.
But what if a computer could do just that? What if there was a robot that could look at me, look at my past purchases and identify which in-store items would best fit my body, my style and my needs? When SoftBank tested Pepper at b8ta, a trendy tech retailer in Palo Alto, Calif., he proved his worth: During the one-week trial, the store saw a 70 per cent increase in traffic. When Pepper partnered with two shopping centres in California, he delivered 95 per cent customer satisfaction. With numbers like these to back robot productivity, it’s no wonder we’re seeing more and more jobs replaced by automation. And this is just the beginning: It’s forecasted that 800 million jobs could be lost to automation by 2030. Surely an army of robot sales associates aren’t too far away—right?
It’s forecasted that 800 million jobs could be lost to automation by 2030. Surely an army of robot sales associates aren’t too far away—right?
According to experts, they’re not. A 2013 study from the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University claimed retail salespeople have a high chance of being replaced by automation in the near future. And—sorry, Homo sapiens—it’s not hard to see why. Robots never have hangovers, they don’t take coffee breaks and they probably aren’t going to cry on the sales floor when their co-worker steals a sale. They’ll say hello to every customer, and they’ll do it with a smile. And they’ll drive sales. Robots could also be the solution to the one thing people hate most about heading into a store: sales pressure. Consumers hate nagging sales associates, and the friendly, non-imposing face of a robot could put them at ease. (Because robots aren’t people, so we don’t need to worry about what they think when we tell them the T-shirt they suggested is absolutely hideous.)
We are less likely to lie to robots—and robots are, for now, less likely to lie to us. This is a perk of trading in flesh and blood for artificial intelligence, but it could also present a problem: How is Pepper supposed to convince someone they don’t look fat in a skirt if they can’t exaggerate the truth? Pepper doesn’t dress himself—he doesn’t even wear clothes. He might be able to read my emotions, but he’ll never know what it’s like to try on a dozen outfits each morning or squeeze into a pair of two-sizes-too-small skinny jeans.
The future of retail needs to merge physical and digital, yes, but does that really mean I will be expected to take fashion advice from a naked piece of metal that can’t clothe itself? I’m willing to let robots grab my sizes, point me toward the sale section and keep me up to speed with the trends of the season, but I’ll leave my styling advice to warm-bodied pros. But if (and when) Pepper starts pulling up his own pair of pants, I’ll reconsider.
Prince Harry has always been a royal renegade. When he was 17, the red-headed prince was taken to a rehab centre after he admitted he had smoked marijuana and illegally drank alcoholic beverages. When he was 27, TMZ released naked pictures of the royal, who was reportedly playing strip billiards in a Las Vegas hotel suite. For over two decades, Harry has been rewriting the royal rule book — and in the process, became known to the world as the fun and charming prince. (No offence, Will.)
And now, Harry has found the perfect partner-in-crime. With American-actress Meghan Markle on his arm, the British Monarchy is receiving the modern treatment it so desperately needs. From pantyhose to PDA, here are all the times that Prince Harry and the future Her Royal Highness Meghan Markle broke royal protocol:
They’re planning to have a lemon elderflower cake at their wedding
The reason why this is a big deal is because they’re forgoing the ‘traditional’ royal wedding cake in order to have this tart, buttercream-covered confection on their big day. What’s the customary royal cake, you ask? Alison McGill, editor in chief of Wedding Bells, tells us it’s apparently fruitcake.
“Queen Victoria and Prince Albert served the traditional British wedding cake, as have countless royals through the years including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton, whose elaborate eight-layer cake was filled with fruitcake!”
Fruitcake has been the cake of choice for upperclass and aristocratic British families for generations, Chris Dodd, pastry chef at London’s Dalloway Terrace, explained to Vogue.
“A fruitcake was originally a symbol of wealth and prosperity because of its precious ingredients such as dried fruits, alcohol, and spices. Furthermore, the cake, in a way, represented the vastness of the British empire, using ingredients from far-flung corners of the globe.”
It may be a royal tradition for various reasons, but if there’s one thing we know about the royal couple, it’s that they don’t shy away from unconventional choices. And who’s the person helping them flout tradition this time? It’s California-born, London-based pastry chef Claire Ptak, who owns a bakery in East London, and has been featured on Markle’s now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig. Ptak shared the news on her bakery’s Instagram page, adding that she and the couple “share so many of the same values regarding food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and of course, flavour!”
Kensington Palace gave us a few more details, stating on Instagram that “The couple have asked Claire to create a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.” We’ll take that over a fruitcake, any day of the week.
When Markle joined Prince William, Kate Middleton and her fiancé Prince Harry for the first-ever Royal Foundation Forum, she may have broken this protocol by sharing her opinions on the subject of female empowerment.
“I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s empowerment; you will hear people saying they are helping women find their voices. I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices, they need to be empowered to use it and people need to be urged to listen.” She specifically referenced the current #MeToo and Time’s Up movements as well: “Right now, with so many campaigns like #MeToo and Time’s Up, there’s no better time to continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people supporting them.”
Meghan wore a crossbody bag
The princess-to-be arrived at Edinburgh Castle wearing an appropriately chic and seemingly inoffensive outfit: Burberry coat, Veronica Beard pants, Birks rings and a Strathberry bag. But it’s not what Markle was wearing that broke protocol, per se, it was how she was wearing it.
GASP! A crossbody! What a shockingly common and un-royal — AKA comfortable and practical — way to carry one’s lipgloss and cellphone.
According to royal expert William Hanson, royals always carry a clutch as a means to avoid shaking hands. “It is protocol that you do not extend your hand to any member of the royal family (blood royal or those who have married into the family) unless their hand extends first,” Hanson told the Daily Mail. “The Duchess of Cambridge may well prefer not to shake hands with certain people—but there are other ways to achieve this, as used by the Queen and other members of the royal family, [rather] than opting for a clutch over a bag with a strap.”
Meghan will give her own wedding speech
In the distinguished realm of royal weddings, it’s relatively uncommon for the bride to deliver a speech. The honour of lifting a glass and sharing your thoughts has long been reserved for the groom, the father of the bride, and the best man (AKA, all of the important men in the room.)
But Meghan Markle has never been one to shy away from using her voice. According to The Sunday Times, Markle will be giving a toast at her wedding reception this May, with a source saying that Meghan will pay an “affectionate” tribute to new husband Prince Harry and say thank you to Queen Elizabeth, who is so graciously hosting the celebration at her castle. Harry, of course, gives his full support.
Christmas with the Queen
After weeks of rumours, Kensington Palace has officially confirmed what we all were wishing for: Meghan Markle will be spending Christmas with her prince. Markle’s invitation is, of course, a break from royal tradition, with Markle being not yet being married into the monarchy. But it seems with Prince Harry, rules don’t apply, because a palace spokesperson told AP that “you can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day.”
Here’s what’s expected to go down: Markle will attend church with the Windsor family Christmas morning, then she will join the royal’s holiday lunch and and will participate in the family-wide gift exchange. Does this mean Markle has to buy the Queen a present? Will she have to bring a pie for the holiday feast? We have so many questions… And on a side, but very important, note: this is the first time we can expect to see Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle together! (Cue the paparazzi pics.)
Meghan ignored the pantyhose policy
The royal family has an unspoken policy about wearing pantyhose in public. It’s not a style-code that’s set in stone, per say, but it’s a tradition that’s long been upheld by Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton and the ruling ladies that came before them.
Until now! When Meghan Markle stepped out with Prince Harry for their official engagement photocall, the world ogled every inch of the American actress’ outfit. The Internet went wild for Markle’s snow white overcoat by LINE the Label and her opal earrings from Birks, but royal watchers were quick to note the one thing she wasn’t wearing: pantyhose.
They’re tying the knot in May
There’s nothing better than a spring wedding, right? WRONG. It turns out, a marriage in May would not have been approved by the Prince’s great-great-great granny, Queen Victoria. The late, great monarch believed it was unlucky to marry in the fifth month of the calendar year, buying into the superstitious rhyme: “Marry in May, and rue the day.”
Meghan’s been married before
Before hooking up with Harry, Meghan was in a long-term relationship with producer Trevor Engelson. They Hollywood powercouple married in 2011, after seven years of dating, and divorced in August of 2013. Now, Engelson is making a show about a man who has to share custody of his child after his ex-wife marries into the British monarchy. According to Deadline, this is the plot: “Divorce is hard. Sharing custody is harder. Sharing custody with the British Royal family when your wife marries a prince, in the unforgiving spotlight of London’s tabloid media, is next level.” GROSS.
Previously, members of the Royal Family have not been allowed to marry divorcees. As you may recall — from history books, or from season one of The Crown — Princess Margaret had to break off her relationship with Peter Townsend because he was divorced, and Edward VIII abdicated from the throne in order to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson. But it’s not that big of a deal anymore: Prince Harry and Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, married fellow divorcee Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in a civil ceremony in 2005.
This means that Prince Harry will be the first royal family member to have a church wedding with a divorcee. In 2002, the Church of England agreed that divorced people could remarry in church — with the discretion of the priest, of course. After all, it’s only 2017.
Meghan isn’t Anglican
For centuries, it was forbidden for royals to marry a Roman Catholic. However in 2015, an amendment to the Act of Settlement of 1701 made that allowed British royals to have an interfaith marriage. Markle has never *actually* discussed her religious affiliations openly, though it has been widely reported that her father is Jewish and she attended an all-girls Catholic high school in Los Angeles.
Before her Windsor Castle wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan will be baptized and confirmed in the Church of England. By completing these religious sacraments, Markle honours Queen Elizabeth, who, as the sovereign, holds the title of “Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.”
They’re all about the PDA
Okay, so calling a hand-holding PDA is a little extreme. But hey, *technically* it is a public display of affection!
There are no specific anti-PDA rules, but public displays of affection have previously been avoided by the royal family at official events, due to their position as working representatives of the British monarchy. For example: Prince William and Kate Middleton have been photographed holding hands less than a dozen times in the past 10 years (!!!).
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have ignored this unspoken rule at pretty much every opportunity. When they made their first public appearance, the couple shared a smooch. During their joint appearance at Toronto’s Invictus Games, they were photographed holding hands. Even when they stepped out together as an engaged couple, Markle and Harry couldn’t keep their hands off of each other. Not that we’re complaining or anything…more PDA-filled moments please!
It’s not unprecedented for a royal to grace a magazine cover (after all, Kate Middleton was in British Vogue), but to open up about her private life with Harry pre-engagement was a big shock for royal watchers. Here’s the major takeaway: Prince Harry and Markle are madly in love and they’re not afraid to share it with the world.
“We’re two people who are really happy and in love,” she said. “We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”
It’s the weekend! And what better way to celebrate that with a round-up of this week’s buzziest controversies? From Netflix paycheques to Snapchat ads, here’s everything that’s shaking the web right now.
Snapchat ad asks users if they want to “slap Rihanna”
THE STORY: In an ad for a smartphone game promoted via Snapchat, users are asked if they would rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown. The “Would You Rather” question is perceived to be made in reference to the infamous 2009 domestic violence incident, in which Chris Brown choked, punched and threatened to kill his then-girlfriend.
Is it just me, or is this ad that popped up on my Snapchat extremely tone deaf? Like what were they thinking with this? pic.twitter.com/7kP9RHcgNG
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: I’m going to leave this one to Rihanna. “Now SNAPCHAT,” she posted in a message on her Instagram story, “I know you already know you ain’t my fav app out there! But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb! You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!!! This isn’t about my personal feelings, cause I don’t have much of them…but all the women, children, and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out yet….you let us down! Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away.”
HOW WE FEEL: Snapchat is officially 💀
Netflix’s The Crown paid Queen Elizabeth less than Prince Philip
THE STORY: A producer of Netflix’s hit royal drama The Crown said in a recent press panel that Claire Foy, the brilliant actress who played Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than her on-screen husband, played by Matt Smith.
PLEASE KINDLY STOP EXPLAINING TO ME WHY MATT SMITH WAS PAID MORE.
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Heading into season one, Matt Smith was the bigger star. He was Doctor Who! That role is pretty much the greatest distinction that British television has to offer its native actors. Claire Foy, on the other hand, was relatively unknown prior to The Crown. Equal pay for equal work rarely exists in any workplace: you’re going to make more money if you have more experience and a bigger name.
It does, however, only seem fair that for season two — you know, after Foy had won the Golden Globe for Best Actress and captivated the world — that she was paid top dollar. It’s her face on the posters, after all — and it’s her crown. The producers said the gap would be closed in the third season, saying “going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen.”
HOW WE FEEL: 👨💰 ⚖ 💰 👩
Kokito the French Bulldog dies on United Airline’s flight
THE STORY: Monday’s United Airlines Flight 1284 from Houston landed at LaGuardia Airport with a dead puppy onboard. A flight attendant had required the dog, a 10-month-old French bulldog named Kokito, to be placed into the overhead bin for the duration of the three hour flight — despite the family having followed all the rules about flying with a pet in an airliner’s cabin.
The employee of #UnitedAirlines who caused the death of a dog by insisting that it should be put in the overhead bin should be fired. Also a boycott of this airline would be my suggestion to be effective immediately
Pet carelessness not new for @united: Out of 24 animals that died in the care of an airline, 18 of them were United flights. Yesterday a puppy was killed by being forced into an overhead bin, today they lost a dog who was supposed to be on an hour flight-the dog is now in Japan.
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: United Airlines has had a pretty rough year. From dragging a paying customer out of an aircraft to banning young girls from wearing leggings, it’s shocking that the the company hasn’t flopped yet. Will a dead puppy be the tipping point? Will the loss of baby animal life provoke plane passengers to boycott the airline? We need to remember this tragic incident every time we’re booking plane tickets; we can’t make price-point driven purchases if they’re going to put our safety, and the safety of our furry family members, at risk.
HOW WE FEEL: 😰 😤 😢 😨 😭 😩
Gabrielle Union is referred to as “Dwayne Wade’s wife”
THE STORY: Gabrielle Union, an ultra-successful actress, author and advocate for survivors of sexual assault, made a sizeable donation to March For Our Lives with her husband, a basketball player. A local news station in Florida shared the news with the headline: “Dwyane Wade, wife donates $200,000 to student-ran gun control rally.”
Wife? You mean Gabrielle Union the famous actress who has been acting for 18 years, has millions of followers on social media and is starring in a thriller coming out in May which is being released by Universal Pictures? https://t.co/NzMXksJ2Qb
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Twitter gives its users 280 characters, and this is how they use them? It’s never fun to be referred to solely as “wife,” regardless of your individual starpower.
BUT, to be fair, this tweet came from the sports section of a Miami news source, and Dwayne Wade is the star player on the city’s NBA team, Miami Heat. They’re leading with the name that their readers are more likely to know (and care about), and we can’t really blame them for that.