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Pregnant Serena Williams has posed naked on the cover of August's Vanity Fair magazine.

The tennis star found out she was expecting her first child with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian just before the Australian Open in January.

She told the magazine that she hadn't suspected anything until she was sick at the side of the court while practising.

But her friend suspected she might be pregnant and suggested taking a test.

Serena ended up taking a test while doing a photo shoot for a lingerie company at an Australian hotel and said her "heart literally dropped" when she saw the result.

"Oh my God, this can't be - I've got to play a tournament," she said. "How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year."

Her friend Jessica was then sent back to the hotel chemist to buy five more test kits to convince Serena that she was pregnant. All of them were positive.

The article also reveals how Alexis and Serena started dating in 2015.

He proposed last December at the same table at the Cavalieri Hotel in Italy where they'd first talked to each other.

"I felt like a door had been opened to a person who made me want to be my best self," said Alexis.

"I find myself just wanting to be better by simply being around her because of the standard she holds."

The 35-year-old has been forced to defend herself this week after John McEnroe claimed she'd struggle if she played on the men's circuit.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion told NPR radio station in America: "If she played the men's circuit she'd be, like, 700 in the world.

"If she had to just play the men's circuit, it would be an entirely different story."

Serena Williams tweeted to ask John McEnroe to keep his thoughts to himself.

The man ranked 701 in the world - Dmitry Tursunov - also says he thinks he could beat Serena Williams.

50 Cent has a huge crush on Helen Mirren. The pair put affectionate display when they were photographed at 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival in Monaco on Tuesday, June 20. Sporting a cream gown with sheer overlay, the Oscar-winning actress looked in high spirits as she posed alongside the 41-year-old rapper for the camera. 

In some photos obtained by Daily Mail, the two seemed to enjoy each other's company. They even appeared to be flirting. 50 Cent later also posted on Instagram a photo of him and the British actress, referring to her as "the queen." He wrote in the caption, "Me and the queen. Taking over Monaco for tonight." 

Their photos went viral. After knowing that his photos with Helen became headlines, 50 Cent took to Instagram to reveal his crush on the 71-year-old actress, who is married to movie director Taylor Hackford. He shared a photo of one magazine article which found a picture of Helen gazing adoringly at him while hiding a part of her face behind a prop fan. 

The "Candy Shop" spitter admitted that he has the hots for the actress as he jokingly wrote alongside the picture, "Yeah I think I love her man, I'm trying not to stare at her. She know she turns me on. She just has that thing, you know I can't describe it. LOL." 

 

"American Idol" reboot is reportedly eyeing Lionel Richie as their second judge. Previously, Katy Perry was confirmed as the first judge as the singing competition was about to launch its 16th season on a new network. 

Production sources tell TMZ that producers think Lionel's legendary music career makes him a perfect pick. His credibility and outgoing personality also make him an obvious choice for the "American Idol" bosses. 

It's still unknown whether "American Idol" crew has formally reached out to Lionel. A representative for the "Hello" hitmaker hasn't responded to a request for comment. 

Fans are wondering how much can producers afford to pay Lionel as Katy is getting a staggering $25 million for her judging gig. Meanwhile, Randy Jackson recently revealed that "American Idol" producers wanted him to replace Ryan Seacrest as the show's host. 

 

Holy Bright Knight!

The late actor Adam West was honored by Los Angeles with a ceremonial lighting of the Bat-signal from City Hall.

West died Friday of leukemia. He was 88.

The actor played his premiere role as millionaire Bruce Wayne and superhero Batman in the 1960s television series.

The Bat-signal was used in the show when the fictitious Gotham City Police Department needed to summon the superhero.

According to an announcement from DC Comics, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck joined "Bat-guests" to light the Bat-signal in tribute to West's portrayal of the "Bright Knight" on Thursday night.

The West family encouraged fans who are unable to attend the ceremony to make a donation to either the Adam West Memorial Fund for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Camp Rainbow Gold.

 

A jury deliberating Bill Cosby's sex assault trial has told the judge they are deadlocked on day four of their deliberations.

But the judge has instructed the panel to return to continue trying to reach a verdict.

If the seven men and five women cannot reach a unanimous decision a mistrial will be declared.

Mr Cosby, 79, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.

Ms Constand and her mother were in court for the announcement from the jurors.

The BBC's Aleem Maqbool, in court, says the jurors informed the judge on Thursday morning they were unable to reach a consensus on any of the charges, each of which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

Judge Steven O'Neill read a standard statement asking them to try to agree on some or all of the counts.

He did not give a time limit for deliberations.

After the deadlock was announced, several other women who have accused Mr Cosby of assault left the courtroom in tears, according to court reporters.

Mr Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt told journalists on the courtroom steps in Norristown, Pennsylvania, that Mr Cosby was "innocent until proven guilty".

Mr Wyatt said: "He never got a fair trial. He never should have been here. That was unfair to have him here."

On Wednesday jurors asked to rehear Mr Cosby's testimony from the 2005 civil case brought forth by the same accuser.

Ms Constand, who was an administrator at Philadelphia's Temple University where Mr Cosby was on the board of trustees, says she was drugged and sexually assaulted during a 2004 visit to the comic's home to seek career advice.

Mr Cosby said in a 2005-06 civil deposition that he provided pills to help her relax, but said it was a cold medication.

He also has claimed that their physical contact was consensual.

The pioneering comedian was the first African-American to appear on primetime television in the US.

Mr Cosby has been accused by at least 50 women of drugging and sexually assaulting them over the course of his career.

However, due to statute of limitation rules, the charges brought forth by the district attorney in the Philadelphia suburb is the only trial he faces.

If a mistrial is declared, prosecutors must decide if there is enough evidence to seek a new trial or decide to drop the charges

 

Go ahead and toss your Oprah Winfrey for president bumper stickers.

Winfrey is unequivocally shutting down speculation that she might throw her hat into the political ring.

During a podcast with The Hollywood Reporter, the media mogul was asked about the possibility of challenging President Donald Trump in 2020.

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"I will never run for public office," Winfrey said.

In 2015, Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that Oprah would be his dream running mate.

"I think we'd win easily, actually," Trump said. "I like Oprah. I mean, is that supposed to be a bad thing? I don't think so."

Trump also teased a presidential run during an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1988.

Winfrey told THR she doesn't know if she'd win in a race against Trump, but that doesn't matter.

"I will never have to know the answer to that, because I will never run for public office," she said.

Winfrey also weighed in on the controversy surrounding talk show host Bill Maher using the "n-word" recently on his HBO show.

"The word should be eliminated from the lexicon" for everyone, Winfrey said.

"I have been on the record being anti the word period," she added. "Nobody should be allowed to say it."

 

Bette Midler has revealed she's lost an incredible 30lbs since she started performing in the lead role of Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. 

The veteran actress dropped that gem of information backstage after her emotional acceptance speech for her Tony Award for best actress in a musical on Sunday evening at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The actress flaunted her fabulous figure in a glittering, silver, form-fitting gown with a small train on the night, with her strawberry blonde hair cut into a full, pixie style for the gala. 

'It’s a very, very tough schedule and I’m a woman of a certain age,' she joked, according to The Daily News, adding that it was producer Scott Rudin who persuaded her to take on the iconic role as socialite-turned-matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi.

'I’m at death’s door so I wasn’t really keen to put these dancing shoes on again.

'But he made it sound as though I had missed something in life and I would be a changed person from this experience and indeed I have been.

'I lost 30 pounds, for starters,' Bette dished.

And it's little wonder.

Previews started March 15 and the musical opened April 20 at the Shubert Theatre, running eight performances a week.

Bette's stand in, Donna Murphy, plays Dolly on Tuesday evenings, but that's still a heck of a lot of hoofin' for the star.

The musical is due to run until January 14.

Based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, It was first staged as a musical in 1964 with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and story by Michael Stewart.

 

Even Batman had his secrets.

New details of the extravagant sex life of the late Hollywood legend Adam West, have been revealed.

The actor best known for his role as Batman - which he played between 1966 and 1968 -  reportedly led a wild life, which was filled with so much sex and booze he slept with up to eight women a night.

'It was the Swinging Sixties with free love and women threw themselves at us,' West said of the attention him and his co-stars would receive in an interview. 

The details emerged mere hours after the actor died, aged 88, after a short battle with leukemia. 

The actor became an icon when he played the role of his life as Batman. Dressed in a black and grey costume which he said drove the ladies 'crazy', he got a lot of female attention - and he made sure to make the most of it.

He and Burt Ward, his co-star who played Robin, would have 'quickies' with women in between scenes and while in costume. 

The actor said, years after the show: 'Because of the physical limitations of the costume, you gotta have quickies.'

Offset, his sex life appeared even wilder.

West reportedly became a regular at orgies. Once, he and his friend and co-star Frank Gorshin - who played the villain, The Riddler - were banned from an orgy because they were mimicking the characters they played on television.

West said: 'We walked in and it was an orgy. So I immediately went into the Batman character, and Frank went into the Riddler character, because we were getting the big giggles.

'It was so funny to us, what we walked into. And we were kicked out. We were expelled from the orgy.'

West - who was twice divorced by the time he took on the iconic role - dated actresses including sisters Natalie and Lana Wood - who was a former Bond girl. 

After the ABC show died out in 1968, West struggled with being typecast and had a hard time finding consistent work. 

His personal life became more tame and he married his third wife, Marcelle Tagand Lear, in 1970. The pair had four children together.

'Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero,' his family said in a statement, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

West was born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington. He was the second of two sons.

The star was married three times, and had six children. He had homes in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, but he and his wife, Marcelle, spent most of their time at their ranch near Sun Valley, Idaho. 

 

Spain's Rafael Nadal made history by winning a record 10th French Open title with victory over Stan Wawrinka in the Paris final.

 

Nadal, 31, came through 6-2 6-3 6-1 against the Swiss third seed to claim his 15th major title.

 

He becomes the first man or woman in the Open era to have won a Grand Slam tournament 10 times.

 

Wawrinka, 32, was beaten in a major final for the first time after winning his first three.

 

Nadal moves above Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners into second place behind Roger Federer, who beat the Spaniard to win his 18th at the Australian Open in January.

 

Only Australia's Margaret Court has more victories at a single Grand Slam tournament, with 11 Australian Open wins between 1960 and 1973.

 

The Open era, when the Grand Slam tournaments allowed professional players to compete with amateurs, began in 1968.

 

Securing a 10th title in Paris - La Decima - further entrenches Nadal's place as the greatest clay-courter in history.

 

The Spaniard won the title for the loss of just 35 games over the course of seven matches, second only to six-time champion Bjorn Borg's 32 at the 1978 French Open.

 

He extended his record at Roland Garros to 79 wins and two losses since his first victory in 2005, the only defeats coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2014.

 

Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon nine times, while Roger Federer and Pete Sampras are the only post-war players among a group of six men to have won a Grand Slam seven times.

Usain Bolt marked an emotional farewell at a sell-out stadium in Jamaica by winning his final 100m on home soil.

 

The 30-year-old will bring down the curtain on his illustrious career when he retires in August after the World Championships in London and began his goodbye in front of 30,000 adoring fans in Kingston.

 

An eight-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt easily won the 'Salute a Legend' race in his first 100m of 2017 but admitted to a rare attack of nerves.

 

"The run, it was just OK. I must say it was OK. I don't think I've ever been that nervous running a 100m," he said.

 

Bolt clocked 10.03 seconds to win before a lap of honour in front of a raucous crowd who danced, waved flags and blew their vuvuzela horns while fireworks lit the sky.

 

The 100m and 200m world record holder returned to kiss the finishing line before flashing his signature 'lightning bolt' pose.

 

Bolt may not have been too happy with "possibly one of my worst races" but was more concerned with staying injury free and putting "on a show for the crowd" to show them "I'm thankful for the support over the years".

 

He added: "Just the atmosphere and the people, the support they came out and gave me, it was really nerve-racking.

 

"I never expected this, I knew it was going to be big, the stadium was ram-packed so thank you guys for coming out and supporting me."

 

He added: "It's big to see everybody that turned out. It shows that what I've done for the sport is a big deal to them and they really appreciate it.

 

"So thank you and it was my honour to put the sport of track and field at the top and to continue to dominate.

 

"I'll try my best even when I've hung up my spikes, to really continue to push track and field in any way possible."

 

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and International Association of Athletics Federations president Sebastian Coe were also in attendance.

 

"When you're sitting in the pub and you're having the discussion: who is the greatest footballer? Nobody will agree on that," Coe said.

 

"If you have the same discussion around golf or tennis, everybody will have different views.

 

"It's a slam dunk. [Bolt] is the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen."

 

Bolt has won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold at past three Olympic Games - Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.

 

His unprecedented 'triple triple' of nine gold medals was downgraded to eight after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter, who was part of the quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing, tested positive for a banned substance. Carter has appealed against the decision.

 

Nevertheless, Bolt's exploits remain unprecedented and he also holds the world record in the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).

 

"I wish Usain Bolt could run for another 40 years. He is going to be missed," said fruit seller Carlos Morgan, who was at Bolt's last race in Jamaica and comes from the Trelawny region where Bolt grew up.

 

"I don't know what is going to happen to track and field when he retires.

 

"He is a blessing to not just Jamaica but track and field and the world."

 

 

 

 

 

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