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RHONY Alum Alex McCord Shares Update on Life and Family as Husband Simon Van Kempen Gets Law Degree

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RHONY Alum Alex McCord Resurfaces in Australia Nursing Facility, Reveals She Teaches Laughter Yoga to Elderly Residents

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Alex McCord resurfaces to dish on her new career and explains why it’s so important to laugh.

Alex walked away from Real Housewives of New York City after season four and she’s seemingly kept her family away from the limelight ever since.

Since leaving the Real Housewives, Alex earned her masters in professional psychology from the University of New England while Simon Van Kempen graduated with a law degree just last year. The couple share two sons – Johan, 14 and Francois, 17.

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RHONY alums Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen pose with their sons Francois and Johan

And recently, the OG resurfaced when she joined a local Australian news program to promote her new career working with the elderly. Apparently, the corky mother-of-two implemented a “laughing yoga” program in an old folks’ facility and she appears to love her job.

“We hold laughter yoga classes weekly in the village and they’re focused on intentional laughter for laughter’s sake,” she told Studio 10 per the Daily Mail.

“We’re intentionally stimulating laughter combined with modified yoga poses and breath work,” she continued. “As a psychologist, I’m into the neuroscience behind it, and the act of laughter stimulates those positive neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin. And it helps you release happy hormones, like oxytocin and endorphins.”

There was absolutely no mention of her time on RHONY, but she did give the viewers a bit of a performance as she demonstrated a few poses she teaches in the laughing yoga program.

During her time on the show, Alex and her husband, Simon, always kept the women – and the fans – talking due to their eccentric lifestyle, which they made no apologies for. Though they initially attempted to climb the New York City social ladder – which they admitted at the time – they eventually chose to trade in their busy social lives for a quieter life in Australia after leaving the show.

Nevertheless, both Alex and Simon have stayed very busy with their careers, plus the pair also celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in 2020, which she shared with her Instagram followers at the time.

“Celebrating 20 and looking ahead to the next 30! Happy 20th anniversary to my best friend [Simon],” she captioned a series of sweet photos.

Alex hasn’t appeared on Bravo since 2017 when she made a trip to the clubhouse to film an episode of Watch What Happens Live. At the time, she revealed the one former co-star she stays in touch with.

“It’s Jill [Zarin] [who I speak with most]. She’s such a great pen pal,” she told host Andy Cohen on the 2017 episode.

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Zendaya & Tom Holland Can’t Keep Their Eyes Off Each Other At ‘Spider-Man’ Photocall

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Zendaya & Tom Holland Can’t Keep Their Eyes Off Each Other At ‘Spider-Man’ Photocall

While posing for photos together at a Dec. 5 photocall for ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ in London, Zendaya and Tom Holland looked very much in love.

Zendaya and Tom Holland couldn’t keep their eyes off each other at the Spider-Man: No Way Home photocall in London on Dec. 5. The co-stars and real-life couple took a number of photos together on the red carpet, and they looked completely smitten with one another. Zendaya looked stunning in a pair of dark grey pants with a light grey blazer, paired with her hair slicked back and dark eye makeup. Meanwhile, Tom was handsome as ever in his black pants and leather jacket.

Zendaya and Tom Holland at a ‘Spider-Man’ photocall. (Nils Jorgensen/Shutterstock)

These two have been making the rounds to do press for the upcoming Spider-Man movie, which premieres on Dec. 17. The press tour comes following months of buzz about the pair’s relationship status. After years of romance rumors, Tom and Zendaya seemingly confirmed their relationship when they were photographed kissing in July. Afterward, they continued to try and keep things low-key, but finally opened up about their love for each other for the first time during a Nov. 2021 interview with GQ magazine.

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Zendaya and Tom Holland at the ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ photocall in London. (Nils Jorgensen/Shutterstock)

In the interview, Tom said that he and Zendaya “love each other very much,” but maintained that they will continue to keep their romance as private as possible. “I’ve always been really adamant to keep my private life private because I share so much of my life with the world anyway,” he explained. “We sort of felt robbed of our privacy. I don’t think it’s about not being ready – it’s just that we didn’t want to [talk about it publicly].”

Tom confirmed that he and Zendaya will talk about their relationship together when they’re “ready to talk about it.” Of the July kissing photos, Zendaya added, “It was quite strange and weird and confusing and invasive. The equal sentiment is that when you really love and care about somebody, some moments or things, you wish were your own.”

Zendaya and Tom made their Spider-Man debuts as MJ and Peter Parker/Spider-Man, respectively, in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. They went on to star in Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019, followed by this latest installment in 2021.

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RHOSLC Recap: Heather & Mary Butt Heads, Mary Defends Church

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Herself Against Church Rumors, Plus Lisa Threatens Whitney and Heather Rekindles Relationship With Sister

The ladies are still in Vail on this episode of The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City and they are still trying to pry information out of Lisa, the professional pot stirrer.  As Heather puts it, “We are a group of women who have been completely traumatized” and they have every right to know what type of people they are surrounding themselves with in this group, especially if one of those people could potentially be a cult leader…

Lisa eventually comes all out with it.  She tells the ladies that her friend Cameron apparently mortgaged his house because Mary and her husband claimed that the church needed money. Lisa believes that Cameron felt “bamboozled” by Mary. Heather is curious why NOW Lisa is opening up and sharing this information about Mary. Heather wants to further know why Lisa would allow the whole group to be friends with Mary if she is as much of a monster as Cameron claims she is. Meredith demands facts and isn’t going to listen to rumors about Mary, but Lisa wonders if Meredith lives under a rock since these stories have been circulating for years.

Meredith states that she had a million facts about Jen, yet everyone continued to support Jen. Whereas, with this Mary situation, Meredith is claiming rumors are not facts enough to cut a friend out of her life.

Lisa, the snake, excuses herself and confronts Mary, who is alone in her room.  The ladies have no idea that this is occurring. Mary essentially threatens Lisa to choose who her loyalty lies with. Mary vehemently denies anything that Lisa has been hearing and states it shouldn’t bother her if she truly backs her.  Lisa wastes no time throwing Jen under the bus to Mary when she realizes Mary is getting bothered. Interesting considering LISA was the one who was just busy sharing dark, Cameron secrets with the group.  She tells Mary all the things Jen was yelling about Mary’s church and tries to deflect the best she can.

To that, Mary retorts, “That’s why Jen is where she is and that’s why I am sitting here today.” Mary reminds Lisa that Jen “lives a lie” and “messed with the wrong one” and further states that their two stories cannot and will not be compared.

The next morning, Mary comes knocking on Jennie’s door and brings her a gift, since Jennie apologized AND did her makeup the night before.  I bet if Jennie knew she was gonna get a pair of Louboutin boots just for being nice to Mary she would have said sorry a long time ago! Turns out that Mary had an ulterior motive and wasn’t simply showering Jennie with gifts for the above reasons: “When she did my makeup, I thought this would really lighten up my luggage, that’s why she got the shoes.” Ouch.

In the meantime, Whitney is p*ssed. Whitney heard Lisa, Heather, and Mary laughing in the room next door.  She can’t believe that after all the sh*t everyone was saying the night before, they are all buddy/buddy now. Heather claims that she was dead asleep when Lisa and Mary woke her up, and Mary was bearing a Louis Vuitton (aka Mary buying loyalty). Lisa was donning a “Cheshire cat smile,” which is curious considering the circumstances, and Mary left Heather’s room saying she was no longer going to be Whitney’s friend and has decided to be BFF with Lisa instead.

Whitney is beyond annoyed and is tired of blindly following Mary. Whitney begins questioning what kind of preacher Mary is if she is behaving this way towards Whitney. I think Whitney needs to bring up her issues with Lisa, not Mary, cuz at the end of the day the one with the dirtiest hands is Lisa.

Heather escapes from the Vail house for a little to have a visit with her sister, Nancy. Nancy broke away from the Mormon church about 30 years ago and since then, Heather has only spoken to her little sis only a few times.  Heather believes that now is the time to reconnect with Nancy and is desperately trying to form a relationship with her.  A lot of this rekindling has a lot to do with the fact that their father passed away. Nancy only realizes now that she always just wanted to be Heather, and in reality, Heather always just wanted to be Nancy, living life freely. Let this be the clean slate the sisters needed.

As the women pack up and prep to head out, Lisa tries to make nice with Meredith after the previous night’s antics.  Meredith admits that she should never have told Whitney about Cameron and she realizes that the only person who did not talk behind her back last year, was Mary, so she owes Mary an apology, too.

Meredith calls a family meeting and wants resolve within the group.  She doesn’t want people talking behind people’s back, yet Jennie points out that Meredith hired a private investigator to follow Jen. Touché.  Meredith begins her apology tour and starts with Whitney and ends with Mary.

Whitney lets Mary know that it seems as though Lisa set up the meeting between Cameron and Meredith.  It is clear that Lisa has “dug up information about Mary” and then spread it around.  Lisa is livid.  She wants the ladies to own their own business and stop trying to make her the bad guy.  Mary calls Whitney exhausting and tells her that she is “nobody.”  Heather steps up to remind Mary that Whitney has never done anything to deserve the way that Mary talks to her and interestingly enough, Mary claims that she cares about Whitney. HOW?

Lisa is furious that she keeps getting made into a mastermind. She threatens Whitney to “think the best of me, not the worst, or I’ll start thinking the worst of you and you won’t like it.” Whitney wants to know what made Lisa change her mind and befriend Mary, despite all the sh*t talking.

Heather points out that everyone but WHITNEY got a gift from Mary, but Whitney is more upset that she really thought she was friends with Mary, yet they are clearly not.  Mary is just insulted and on the defensive because everyone keeps comparing her church to Jen’s legal issues.

When Mary turns her rage on Heather, Heather is not having it. “I have overlooked the fact that you are married to your step-daddy,” yet Mary continues to push against Heather.  Heather calls all of the women crazy and she yells out that they are all afraid of Mary. Lisa tries to play damage control, but Heather won’t allow Lisa to slither in and play nice.  Heather yells that just last night Lisa was saying how her best friend sold his house cuz he was under Mary’s spell.

Seems like all the ladies are shook, TBH. Whitney runs after Heather while Lisa keeps repeating that she is not God telling everyone what to think.  Heather doesn’t want to fly home with the group and Whitney explains that she is in a “big mind f*ck and can’t get out of it” so she is going to take a separate plane ride home with Heather. Whitney tells Mary that everyone is being two-faced and to that, Meredith goes into full-on denial mode.

Jennie tells Mary that every one of the women were talking about her and her church the night before and Mary gets emotional stating, “I’ve never ripped anyone off. I was born in money.” She goes as far as calling Heather chubby during her meltdown (misdirected anger) and is angry that she is getting put into the same category as Jen.

Lisa claims to have empathy for Mary because she is getting attacked for things that are truly important to her. Mary mumbles something about Mexican thugs and says under her breath to Heather that she wants her purse back (ha!). When Heather tells Mary she is sorry she hurt her, Mary calls Heather a liar and weird.

After a whirlwind weekend, Heather and Whitney are stuck looking up Delta flights while the rest of the ladies board their private jet. Lisa thinks this is all ridiculous, which is easy for the pot stirrer to say. I mean, if Whitney and Heather just stayed quiet for a few more minutes, they would have been able to fly home with an alleged cult leader and a whole crew of ladies who are evidently “scared” or her.  Sounds like a good time!

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Did Tristan Thompson’s baby mama STEAL newborn photo?

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Internet sleuths claim Tristan Thompson‘s alleged 3rd baby mama, Maralee Nichols, stole her newborn baby photo from a well-known Los Angeles newborn photographer.

Nichols made headlines last week after the DailyMail.com reported she was pregnant with the NBA star’s 3rd child.

Nichols, a personal trainer, moved from Houston, Texas to Los Angeles and filed a paternity suit for child support before the child was even born.

The Mail dropped its exclusive report on the day Nichols allegedly delivered her son in a L.A. hospital on Friday, Dec. 3.

The very same day, Nichols shared a professional studio shot of a newborn baby she claimed was her son.

Nichols captioned the photo: “First came love, then came you Angelou Kash Thompson.”

Nichols turned off the comments under the post after Internet sleuths uncovered a very similar photo taken by Matt Cramer Photography in January 2020. The images are nearly identical.

New parents on Instagram say the Cramers are booked solid. So how did Nichols manage to snag an opening in their busy schedule on the same day she gave birth?

Now Tristan’s fans wonder if Nichols was really pregnant at all — or whether her pregnancy is an elaborate hoax to squeeze money out of a promiscuous athlete.

Was she wearing a prosthetic baby bump?

By the way, Tristan is demanding a paternity test and he asked a judge to move Nichols’ paternity suit from Los Angeles to Texas where the alleged child was conceived in a hotel room.

In text messages obtained by Page Six and Us Weekly, Tristan, who was dating his ex, Khloe Kardashian at the time, allegedly threatened to retire from the NBA next year and offered Nichols $75,000 to get an abortion.

He also allegedly told Nichols he wouldn’t be involved in the child’s life at all.

“You know how I feel. My feelings haven’t changed at all. [I] won’t be involved at all. Btw if you think having this baby is gonna make you some money. It’s completely wrong. You are aware that I’m retiring after this season. So in terms of support it will be whatever is required monthly for someone who’s unemployed.”

Tristan, 30, is already paying child support to ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig for son Prince, 4, and Khloe’s daughter True Thompson, 3.

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