Priyanka Chopra talks Nick Jonas split rumors and whether kids are in their future, plus more news

Priyanka Chopra responds to speculation about her marriage to Nick

Priyanka Chopra Jonas won’t let public speculation about her private life — including her marriage to Nick Jonas — take up too much time or energy. That’s probably why she didn’t initially address rumors of marital trouble that surfaced in November after she dropped “Chopra Jonas” from her Instagram handle. The change ignited a rumor mill of questions about the state of her relationship on social media, as did the flirty comment she left on a video Nick shared less than a day later. Asked about the rumors and comments about her marriage, Priyanka, 39, recently explained to Vanity Fair while it makes her feel “vulnerable,” she doesn’t give it much weight. “It’s a very vulnerable feeling, actually, that if I post a picture, everything that’s behind me in that picture is going to be zoomed in on, and people are going to speculate,” Priyanka says in the magazine’s February 2022 cover story. “It’s just a professional hazard. … Because of the noise of social media, because of the prevalence that it has in our lives, I think it seems a lot larger than it is. I think that we give it a lot more credence in real life, and I don’t think it needs that.” Nick, 29, tells the outlet Priyanka handles “the pressures of fame” gracefully. “We both know that public life is something that comes with what we do,” he explains. “But we’ve set real boundaries around our personal lives, our privacy, and worked really hard to create that little safe haven for ourselves with our friends and family.” It sounds like that haven could grow a little larger at some point soon, too. Asked if she and Nick want kids, Priyanka says, “They’re a big part of our desire for the future. By God’s grace, when it happens, it happens.” In the meantime, she jokes, she and Nick aren’t “not too busy to practice” the art of conceiving a little one.

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Pete Davidson rumored to be a 2022 Oscars host contender

As the Oscars plans its return to a host-helmed ceremony for the first time since 2018, the event’s producers are interested in giving the show a makeover of sorts, according to Page Six. That “reset” could include Pete Davidson coming on board to host. “His people are talking to producers,” a source tells the tab. “He gets a demographic that is hard to get. He is in a good space, his career is doing well and he is on the rise,” the insider explains, adding that Pete’s also “a sex symbol” to “a certain generation.” While his demo has ratings to back it up — Pete and Miley Cyrus’ NBC New Year’s Eve special snagged 6.3 million viewers, according to the Post — his newfound “sex symbol” status has a, um, different set of numbers attached to it. When the 28-year-old’s photo-friendly romance with Kim Kardashian, 41, came to light last fall, interest in the unlikely couple sparked lots of curiosity, in part because it was hardly the “Saturday Night Live” star’s first out-of-the-blue, high-profile romance with a gorgeous celeb. (Pete’s recent exes include Kate Beckinsale, 48, Kaia Gerber, 20, Margaret Qualley, 27, and singer Ariana Grande, 28.) The 2022 Oscars host, meanwhile, seems to be very much up in the air as of Jan. 13. Tom Holland previously told The Hollywood Reporter he’d love to helm the awards show and THR confirmed the Academy had contacted the “Spider-Man” star about the idea. According to Deadline, there’s also been talk of booking more than host, and some insiders have expressed interest in Dwayne Johnson or Chris Rock. The Oscars air on ABC March 27. It’s harder to guess when and where Pete and Kim will surface next — their recent dates have reportedlyincluded a trip to a Los Angeles Rite Aid for ice cream and a daytime visit to an outlet mall for caramel apples, so maybe keep an eye on your local candy store. Or, ya know … the Oscars.

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Kanye West investigated for alleged battery

Kanye West is reportedly under investigation for suspected battery in Los Angeles for his alleged involvement in an altercation with a man who says the rapper punched him. According to Fox L.A., the alleged victim contacted the police around 3 a.m. on Jan. 13, claiming Ye punched the man hard enough to knock him on the ground after he asked for an autograph. The local news outlet reported the dustup happened outside a members-only club in the city’s downtown Arts District, and that Ye had was already gone when police arrived. (ET notes the intersection cited in the battery report is near Soho Warehouse.) Kanye and his rumored new love interest, “Uncut Gems” actress Julia Fox, had been out together earlier that night at Delilah’s with friends including Madonna and boxer Floyd Mayweather. TMZ has since published video it says shows the rapper yelling, “Did y’all say that or not? Did y’all say that or not? Cuz that’s what happened right f******now.” As of mid-afternoon Jan. 13, no arrests had been made, according to ET.

Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian react to Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s engagement

Machine Gun Kelly revealed he popped the question to Megan Fox on Jan. 11 and she said “yes” on Instagram on Jan. 12, and the engagement news earned major love from the couple’s famous pals. Kim Kardashian West, who’s dating MGK’s longtime bestie, Pete Davidson, chimed in to comment, “So happy for u guys!!!!,” adding a string of heart and wedding emojis. Kim’s sister, Kourtney Kardashian, who recently got engaged to another close pal of MGK’s, Travis Barker, posted heart emojis in the comments as well, while her fiance wrote, “F*** YESSSSS 🖤.” Avril Lavigne, Paris Hilton and actress Dove Cameron all sent their congrats, too, but comic Whitney Cummings arguably stole the comments show: “Cut to me and Pete D fighting in a cage over who officiates this wedding,” she cracked. Machine Gun, whose real name is Colson Baker, explained in his post that he designed Megan’s diamond and emerald ring specifically to represent their relationship. “‘Yes, in this life and every life’ beneath the same branches we fell in love under, i brought her back to ask her to marry me,” he wrote in the caption. “I know tradition is one ring, but i designed it with Stephen Webster to be two: the emerald (her birth stone) and the diamond (my birth stone) set on two magnetic bands of thorns that draw together as two halves of the same soul forming the obscure heart that is our love. 1-11-2022.”

Meghan McCain calls 2019 miscarriage one of her ‘darkest times’

When Meghan McCain announced she was leaving “The View” last year, she said having her first child had factored into her decision. But Meghan’s path to motherhood wasn’t easy, as she explained recently on People’s “Me Becoming Mom” podcast. She and her husband Ben Domenesch were expecting their first child in 2019 until Meghan suffered a miscarriage. It didn’t help that she was so much in the public eye at the time — nor did the tension between Meghan and her “View” co-hosts. “I had blood work done at my doctor. And I actually found out the day after,” Meghan recalled. “I had a disastrous appearance on Seth Meyers and I didn’t understand it. I didn’t even really understand what HCG levels are or were. And she told me that it should be doubling and it’s not and they aren’t as high as they need to be at this point in time and I just was so confused.” The “Bad republican” author, 37, admitted she thought a miscarriage involved “bleeding profusely in the middle of a room or something,” which is not what happened when she lost her baby. “And then having to go through a thing so publicly, there was a disaster in my career and then this disaster in my body,” she continued. “It was one of the darkest times in my life. It’s like every sense in my body was overwhelmed and then I was heartbroken.” She did, however, have a strong support system of friends who she said “hid” the baby-related books she had in her apartment while she was at the doctor so she wouldn’t have to face them when she returned. The story has a happy ending though. Meghan and Ben went on to welcome their daughter, Liberty, on Sept. 28, 2020. She’s since left “The View” and currently works as a columnist for the Daily Mail.

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