Kensington Palace released a statement following a report that Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, would not be attending her upcoming royal wedding on Monday. Markle and Prince Harry are due to wed at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel on Saturday, May 19. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” the Kensington Palace statement reads. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.” Markle’s father was expected to walk his daughter down the aisle during the Saturday ceremony. He is divorced from Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, who also is planning on traveling with her daughter to the wedding. Both of Markel’s parents were expected to meet the Queen and the rest of the royal family prior to their wedding day.
Editorial credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com
Margot Kidder, who found fame as Lois Lane in the 1978 film “Superman,” died Sunday at her home in Montana. She was 69 years old. According to her manager, the actress died peacefully in her sleep. Kidder starred opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman in the original film as well as the three sequels. Born in the Northwest Territories of Canada, she made her professional acting debut on the TV series “Wojeck” in 1969. After moving to Los Angeles she took roles on TV shows including “McQueen” and “Mod Squad.” Kidder also starred in “The Amityville Horror” in 1979 and worked steadily in television and on stage. Kidder was married three times, and after facing thousands of dollars in medical bills, she found herself homeless in 1996 as she struggled with bipolar disorder. Kidder eventually got back on her feet and went on to become a mental health advocate. No cause of death has been disclosed.
Editorial credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
Country superstar Maren Morris announced Monday she will be performing at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Morris will take the stage to perform “The Middle” with Zedd and Grey at the awards show. The show will air live on NBC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20. Zedd and Morris performed “The Middle” live for the first time earlier this year at an impromptu performance at OMNIA nightclub in Las Vegas. They debuted the song in an official music video at this year’s Grammys. The country music industry will also be well represented, as Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Kane Brown and Dustin Lynch are all nominated. Kelly Clarkson will serve as host.
Editorial credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com
Dierks Bentley is set to celebrate the release of his ninth studio album, “The Mountain,” with a late night album release show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The show will kick off Thursday, June 7th at 11pm leading in to the Friday, June 8th release date of “The Mountain.” Bentley will perform the new album in its entirety during the show. Also joining Bentley for the show will be Lanco, who are set to open the “2018 Mountain High Tour.” Tickets for the one-night-only event go on sale this Friday, May 18th, and all money raised from ticket sales will benefit the Opry Trust Fund.
Editorial credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com
Kevin Gates was released from prison back in January and since his release he’s appeared on a number of songs, most notably on Mistah F.A.B. and The Jacka’s “Ridah,” Now it looks like he’s finally gearing up to release some new music. On his Instagram, Gates teased not just one, but three previously unheard songs. He hasn’t given anything in the way of a release date just yet, but he did announce his first live shows not long after getting out of prison. Last year, Gates was given a 30-month sentence in an Illinois penitentiary after pleading guilty to a felony gun possession charge relating to an incident that took place in 2013. He’s currently under “mandatory supervision” and is forbidden from the possession of firearms.
Editorial credit: Sterling Munksgard / Shutterstock.com
Drake announced Monday morning on Twitter that he’ll be heading on tour with Migos for the “Aubrey & The Three Amigos” tour. The trek will take them across North America, from July-November. After back-to-back hits with “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What,” Drake holds the title of being at the #1 spot the longest on the Hot 100 Billboard charts this decade for a male. His upcoming album Scorpion is set to drop in June, right before his tour. Pre-sale tickets go on sale May 15 with general release available on May 18. Purchase tickets on Drake’s website.
Editorial credit: Twocoms / Shutterstock.com
The Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibits sports gambling Monday in a landmark decision that gives states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. The Supreme Court ruled in New Jersey, opening the doors for states to introduce legislation for legalized sports betting. The court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. The court ruled in favor of New Jersey and against the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, capping a nearly six-year legal battle and overturning a federal statute that the sports leagues had adamantly stood by for more than 20 years.
Veteran defensive back DeAngelo Hall is officially retiring from the NFL. The three-time pro bowler played 14 seasons in the NFL, 10 of those with the Washington Redskins, making him the longest-tenured player on the team. Hall, 34, was drafted by the Falcons in 2004 and then played for the Raiders before moving on to Washington, where he started in every game between 2010 and 2013. He recorded 43 interceptions during his career, including four in one game against the Bears in 2010.
Editorial credit: dean bertoncelj / Shutterstock.com
The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. The justices voted 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that forbade state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game. Many states hope their cut of legalized sports gambling could help solve budget problems, and stock prices for casino operators and equipment makers surged after the ruling was announced.
Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a move that has fueled Palestinian anger and drawn foreign criticism for undermining peace efforts. Palestinian Health Ministry officials said 52 protesters were killed and more than 2,200 injured either by live gunfire, tear gas or other means. The Israeli military said it was responding to violence from the protesters to defend Israel’s border.
Editorial credit: Val_Yankin / Shutterstock.com