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Melissa Harris-Perry revealed she used surrogate to deliver her baby

MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry opened up on a blog post yesterday to share that she welcomed her new daughter via gestational pregnancy.
She and her husband James Perry used a gestational carrier to deliver a baby that is genetically theirs.
“The birth of every child is miraculous,” she wrote. “This little girl is no exception.”
The 40-year old host of a self-titled political talk show that uses the hashtag Nerdland  in social media for its program disclosed that at age 28, she had an uneventful pregnancy and delivered a daughter from a previous relationship. But then she developed fibroids and after years of battling them, eventually had to have a hysterectomy. 
“I spent years suffering from the agony of uterine fibroids,” Perry stated. “Finally, in 2008, after fighting back with an arsenal of homeopathic and medical weapons, I decided to have my uterus removed. I wept for the children I would never have and made peace with the idea that one is enough.”
That left her unable to conceive with the man she later married…until she learned of a friend conceiving through a gestational surrogate and got convinced to give it a try.
“I read everything I could find, consulted everyone I could, and prayed a lot. In 2012, James and I began our journey with enormous faith and more than a little trepidation,” she wrote while noting that  one of every 100 babies born in the United States was conceived via fertility assistance. “Because I had retained my ovaries, we were able to create our own biological embryos. In Vitro Fertilization was a physically taxing and emotionally brutal process. But for many people, it has changed their lives.”

Indeed Perry and her husband welcomed their daughter on Valentine’s day.

When life doesn’t go according to plan, you pluck a couple of lemons off of a tree and make a whisky sour! Boom!

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Another Celebrity Valentine’s Baby: MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry welcomes daughter

MSNBC TV host Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband James Perry welcomed their first child together, an adopted daughter, on Friday, Feb. 14, the couple announced via Twitter.

“Best Valentine Ever! [James] and I welcomed our daughter yesterday!” tweeted Harris-Perry host, who is also mom to 12-year-old daughter Parker,

Proud papa also posted a picture of the couple cradling their bundled baby.

“Here’s the wonderful Valentine’s day gift that [Melissa] and I received yesterday! A beautiful baby girl,” he Tweeted.

Harris-Perry will be on maternity leave from her show for a few weeks while fellow journalist Joy Reid fills in.

That makes three celebrity Valentine’s baby: Vanessa Simmons, Simon Cowell and now Harris-Perry’s!


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Heroin Chic Lives! Jaime King remembers Davide Sorrenti, heroin past, timely given Hoffman’s death (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Controversial heroin-glorifying photo featuring Jaime King among famous dead drug addicted Rock icons

This is fitting in light of the heroin overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman this weekend:

Yesterday, our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Jaime King shared an image on her Instagram page in tribute to the anniversary of the death of her ex-boyfriend, famed Italian fashion photographer Davide Sorrenti.

Davide Sorrenti and Jaime King  – source

“Because I could not stop for Death, he kindly stopped for me. In the Carriage held but just ourselves and Immortality.” –Emily Dickinson #DavideSorrenti #RestInPeace #SKE”  the actress and former model wrote in the revised caption.

In the original caption, however, the Hart of Dixie star used the hashtag #HeroinChic.

photo by Davide Sorrenti source

It is reference to a style of fashion photography and fashion industry styling that Sorrenti, who came from a family of talented photographers,  and a few other photographers of the late 1990s embraced and promoted as part of their stance of rejecting glossy & glamorous imagery promoted at the time. It was at the cusp of the grunge era.

Davide Sorrenti  source
They chose to instead to portray their reality and the darker elements of that world, which as we all know, often included drug abusing figures. One of Sorrenti’s most controversial photographs was of a strung out and super thin King, who had admitted to being a drug addict starting age 14. Around her in the photo for Hysteric Glamour were famous dead icons who were drug addicts: Kurt Cobain, Sid Vicious, and Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead (see top). 
The term “Heroin Chic” has outlived Sorrenti, who died at the tender age of just 20-years old. It is reference to a look during the 90s grunge era that the fashion industry adopted as a “trend.” It included dark penciled under eye, emaciated appearance, pale skin, all to resemble the appearance of a heroin addict. 
Of course, the industry’s capitalizing and marketing the androgynous look of drug addiction and making it fashionable and cool caught the ire and outrage of many, leading magazines to apologize and pull entire spreads.
In 1997, US President Bill Clinton spoke out against  “heroin chic” in light of Sorrenti’s death and the industry responded by shifting gears.
But if you click the hashtag in Instagram, as we did after noticing it mentioned on King’s Instagram account, you can see clearly that the look lives on today and is remembered. 
It is almost reminiscent of Thinspiration and ProAna websites and imagery that glorify anorexia, bulimia and rail thinness as a goal among young girls and women. 
Polite society can condemn it all and attempt to quell its prevalence in the mainstream but in the background and underground, it moves around, thrives, finds new homes and fans and essentially lives on…..

Clothing from the Heroin Kids film project’s website

Shirt from the Heroin Kids project website
The See Know Evil project is producing a film about Sorrenti. Here is a video featuring a never before seen interview with the late talent:

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Actress Teresa Palmer ice skates 9 months pregnant, 3 Extremely Pregnant Athletes (PHOTOS)

Look at this! 

Warm Bodies star Teresa Palmer posted a photo of herself on her Instagram account this past Saturday, January 5 showing off her ice skating moves….at 9 months pregnant! 
“Preggo-on-ice!! #Ninemonths @likemark,” Palmer wrote in the caption to the photo.
Wowza! Talk about putting your baby in danger.  At that far along, your center of gravity it off balance and you are less able to control your movement while walking, let along on ice skates.  Let’s not forget to mention the fact that another skater could bump into you while on the ice and cause you to fall ON her tummy and accidentally kill the baby.
Sheesh! I am going to assume she was not aware of the risk and she didn’t think that the list of things you shouldn’t be doing in your trimester included ice skating, but yeah.  This was an uncool move here, Ms. Palmer.
I suppose the Australian actress wanted to join the long line of women recently who caught a lot of attention for engaging in athletic activities at 9 months pregnant like:

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2019 Kids Choice Awards: Orange Carpet & Who Won

It was a fun time this weekend at the 2019 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 23rd.

We spotted several Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums walk the famous orange carpet before watching their fellow stars and TV, Movie and online personalities take home awards in fun categories like Favorite TV Drama, Favorite Funny TV Show, Favorite Movie,  Favorite Butt-Kicker, Favorite TV Judge and more.

Jennifer Hudson, Fuller House‘s Jodie Sweetin, Heidi Montag and Tia Mowry Hardrict showed up with son Cree Hardrict and each rocked the arrivals carpet in a colorful or eclectic outfit with flare.

Blog faves Mel B and Heidi Klum won along co-judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel for Favorite TV Judges for America’s Got Talent.

Jennifer Lopez for World of Dance and Kelly Clarkson for The Voice were nominated. Emily Blunt was nominated for Best Actress for Mary Poppins, Zoe Saldana and Scarlett Johansson for Best Actress for Avengers: Infinity Wars, and Johansson for fave Superhero, Black Widow. Beyonce and Cardi B were nominated for Favorite Female Artist and Cardi also for Fave Breakout Artist.

Fun Times!

Celeb Moms at 2018 Teen Choice Awards Red Carpet

Nickelodeon‘s Teen Choice Awards went this weekend at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. The event isn’t just for teens but some of the stars they admire including adults.

Our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums who are among our fave celeb moms  Kristen Bell, Heidi Klum and Tiffani Thiessen also walked the red carpet. Bell  and Klum presented awards, and Klum and our other alum Mel B, both America’s Got Talent judges,  got slimed.

Frequent feature Gal Gadot won for Choice Film Actress. 



Mel B posed on the carpet with her children, daughters 19-year old Pheonix Chi Gulzar,  10-year old Angel Iris Murphy Brown and 6-year old Madison Brown Belafonte, with ex-husband Stephen Belafonte‘s daughter Giselle. Melanie Brown wore a silver catsuit! Grrrrr!

Bell wore a top and skirt by Emilia WicksteadFaris earrings, and Jimmy Choo shoes while carrying a Meli Melo bag.  Klum wore a dress by Redemption, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry on the red carpet. While presenting, Heidi wore a Vatinika top, Rosacha pants, Giuseppe Zanotti heels, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Fun times!

Question of the Day: Would you Hire a hot nanny?

This week, one of our fave morning shows, “The Fam in the Morning” had a debate about whether one would hire an attractive babysitter, nanny or au pair. The female host, Danni Starr, said a pretty girl DM’d her in response to an Instagram post Starr shared asking for a nanny. Starr, whose ex-husband cheated on her with a stripper and had a baby with one of their sitters,  said she did not reply to the DM because she was not interested in exposing her new boyfriend to the attractive girl.  Things went left when the two male show hosts, DJ Quicksilva and DJ 5-9 invited the rejected DM girl on the show and the girl proceeded to call Starr insecure. The debate turned into an all out fight live on air and it ended with Starr storming out and later tweeting that she was looking for a new job.

It sadly happened today, on International Women’s Day. Anyway, the fight trended on Twitter in DC and eventually went international when several news outlets including the UK Daily Mail covered the ambush and subsequent spat and on air melee.

It reminded me of an article several years ago by now-defunct parenting blog Momlogic where they explored the idea of hiring a hot nanny and queried  women’s response to the suggestion.

Most recently, our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Mel B was embroiled in a battle with ex over an affair he had with their nanny.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ben Affleck, the late Robin Williams, Rob Lowe, Jude Law and other famous men have been caught having affairs with the nanny or babysitter. There are quite a few men who actually left their wives for the nanny. Certainly, there are examples among regular families too.

The site gathered responses from readers and below are the gems:

One of our Moms says her occasional sitter is gorgeous. “I’m less concerned about a sitter’s appearance than her personality. If I felt like she ‘connected’ with my husband in other ways—I’d have to let her go.”

Another Mom’s answer was short and sweet. “No.”She eventually added, “It’s like when you’re on a diet and you don’t want chocolate cake in the house. I trust my husband. But I really don’t want to expose him to temptation if I can help it!”

One Mom said “I don’t want some hot nanny in my house, picking up toys with her young, tight, little ass. Nope. I don’t want it.”

Another Mom said she’s always had nannies who looked like supermodels. “The funny thing is, my husband always hired them.” Okay. Hmmm.

Would you hire an attractive nanny, au pair or baby sitter? This mom and blogger did. Read about her experience and agony over the decision here!

8-Months Pregnant Reality TV Star and Singer KeKe Wyatt Husband Asks for Divorce

TV One‘s R&B Divas: Atlanta alum Keke Wyatt is 8 months pregnant and recently shared on Instagram that her husband of 7  years, Michael Ford, wants a divorce. The singer, who has a phenomenal voice (I heard her in person) revealed the news in a tearful video re-posted on gossip site, Shaderoom.

“You want to know something, America? When you 8 months pregnant and you got a child sick, in and out of the hospital, and your husband got the nerve to tell you that he wants a divorce,” she says in the video. “Because… he says that you’re an emotional wreck. He says that from the very beginning you never trusted me and all that kind of stuff. Telling other people, other women that we getting a divorce and if she calls…like, what?! I’m so done with Michael Jamar. Y’all can have him and roast his ass. I don’t care.”

#PressPlay: Praying for #KekeWyatt ??

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Afterwards, Twitter certainly roasted Michael Jamar (Ford), per a run down of the dragging by VH1.com. 

Recently, Wyatt revealed that one of her children is battling cancer and she shaved all of her hair off in support of that child, Essence reports.

The couple had also recently babymooned in Hawaii in advance of the arrival of their fourth child together. Wyatt has three children from a previous marriage to her ex husband and road manager, Rahmat Morton. Ford has a child from a previous relationship and Wyatt suffered a still born at the end of her marriage with Morton.

She is pregnant for the 8th time though (including her still born baby) but if you count her step child, she is mom 9 x over!

She joins a list of celebrity women who broke up with her partners before the baby was born. This list includes Heidi Klum, Christina Milian, Kelis, Alexis Knapp, Mel B and January Jones. 

photo: StarCast

The 2017 MTV VMA Red Carpet, Celeb Mama Edition

It has been a minute since I did a red carpet review! Thank goodness for tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) at The Forum in Inglewood, California for breaking the drought.

Eudoxie Agnan and hubby Ludacris (real name Chris Bridges) are crusing through their honeymoon stage of their marriage and she is looking hawt on his arms on red carpets always. I did notice that she always wears black and never deviates but each time, she wears dresses with nice cuts that hug her curvaceous figure. I love the simplicity of the t-neck on this dress.

Heidi Klum always dresses like a pageant queen to me and tonight, she looked went with one of those trending lace see through dresses with a peekaboo cleavage, also a hot trend. I don’t like the color of that dress on her as I feel it washes her out and is too neutral and I don’t think it flatters her shape.

I do love the dress, however. It is by Dundass. She accented it with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and some hot strappy  metallic gold colored Giuseppe Zanotti heels.

Pink (real name Alecia Beth Moore Hart) is being honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award tonight and to celebrate, she brought 3/4ths of her family along including husband, former motorcross professional Cary Hart and 5-year old daughter Willow. Eight month-old baby Jameson, her second child, is probably home with nana. They wore matching pen stripe man cut suits! Yup! Even little Willow! It was cute!

I’m not sure if Mel B was sending a message to her estranged soon-to-be ex husband with a colorful glittery pencil length dress that reads “You Will Never Own Me” or paying homage to Lesley Gore‘s 1967 song “You Don’t Own Me” or Grace’s hit cover, but it was eye catching and I loved it.

She wore her hair in a sandy brown blunt messy half bob and red pumps. She and Klum arrived at the show together, according to her Instagram feed. 

Amber Rose threw everyone for a loop by ditching her signature blonde buzz cut for wavy auburn brown side swept hair. She wore a figure hugging sheer see-through gown. I was not feeling the deep burgundy lip but if she was going for sexy goth then it works!


We Can’t Believe How Big These Kids of Celebs Have Gotten!

You know you’re getting older when you see some your kids’ friends on Facebook and social media celebrating a birthday and you think, “my where has the time gone?” or “boy have those kids gotten big!

I think the same can be said of a few of the celeb parents we’ve followed when they first had children compared to now.

There’s Chris Tucker and his son Destin is 19 and is a spitting image of his famous comedian dad.

Demi Moore and her three daughters are are now 23 (Tallulah), 25 (Scout) and 28 (Rumer)! wow!

Kobi Bryant’s daughters are 14 (Natalia), 11, (Gianna) and 8 months (baby Bianka), seen with mom Vanessa.

Madonna‘s son David is and daughter Mercy are both now 11-years old.

Mel B stepped out with her daughters 10-year old Angel and 5-year old Madison earlier in the Spring and I didn’t realize they had grown so much.

Russell Simmons‘ daughters, almost 15-year old Aoki and 17-year old Ming stepped out at a charity event looking so adult as they did with their mom and half brothers 8-year old Kenzo (with Djimon Honsou) and 2-year old Wolfe Lee (with hubby Tim Leissner)

Kelly Ripa has a 19-year old!! Her son Michaeal and also a 15-year-old daughter Lola, and 13-year-old son Joaquin with hubby Mark Consuelos.

Nia Long  took her 16-year old son  Massai Zhivago Dorsey II on a humanitarian trip to Africa. Look how much taller he is than she is!

Reese Witherspoon’s kids with Ryan Phillipe , Ava are 14 and 17 -year old, respectively.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s son Trey (with Will’s ex Sheree Zampani) is 24!

Down to the younger ones who have grown up is Tia Mowry whose son Cree is now 6.

Finally, Jennifer Hudson’s son David Otunga, Jr. is almost 8-years old. His birthday is today! Happy Birthday, David Jr!


Photos: Instagram, Getty