Roma Downey on Touched by an Angel Co-Star Della Reese: ”I Miss Her Everyday”

When Irish eyes are smiling…

A few days after St. Patrick’s Day, Roma Downey caught up with E! News’ Jason Kennedy at Rock & Reilly’s Irish pub to discuss her new book, Box of Butterflies, and her profound relationship with her late Touched by an Angel co-star Della Reese, who passed away on Nov. 19, 2017 at the age of 86.

When Kennedy asked the actress who she was holding up after the lost of her friend, Roma said, “I miss her everyday. She was such a blessing in my life but not just my life but the lives of everyone she met.”

Roma, who lost her own mother at the age of 10, went on to say, “She was such an influence on my life. She was my mother. I was a girl without a mother and for certain God brought her into my life. She was one of the lasting gifts of Touched by an Angel.

The two co-starred on the heavenly series from 1994 to 2003, but continued their close relationship long after the series ended. Della was even godmother to the actress’ daughter Reilly Marie.

During the chat, Roma heaped praise on the legendary singer and actress’ loving nature, noting that she was an “equal-opportunity hugger” and explaining that the actress would have to get to set 20 minutes early just to hug everyone before her call time.

Of the first time they embraced, Roma said, “She took me into her arms and she just took me into her heart. There was so safer place in the world than in the arms of Della Reese.”

Roma, who is married to super producer Mark Burnett, also discussed the book tour of her recently released book, Box of Butterflies: Discovering the Unexpected Blessings All Around Us, and says that the experience of being on tour has been “great fun.”

The actress and writer said that many of the people who have come to see her on her book tour were fans of her uplifting show.

“Ever since she was a little girl, Roma has seen butterflies as a reminder of God’s presence. They have appeared to her in moments when she needed encouragement and reminded her she is not alone,” a press release states. “In this deeply personal book, Roma shares stories from her life, alongside quotes, poems, scripture, and artwork that she prays will uplift you as they have her. Each grace-filled chapter of this beautiful full-color book covers topics such as courage, strength, gratitude, love, and kindness.”

Roma, just like her “beloved icon” Dela, is spreading the love wherever she goes…

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Queen Latifah Announces Her Mom’s Death With Emotional Tribute

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Queen Latifah is mourning the loss of her mom. 

The actress shared news of Rita Owen‘s death in a statement to E! News on Wednesday, saying, “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today. Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth.”

“She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldy but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life,” Latifah continued. “She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over. I am heart broken but know she is at peace. Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time.”

Owens last joined her famous daughter on the red carpet in 2016. 

According to People, Owens was diagnosed with heart failure in 2004. She was able to manage the condition for so long thanks to proper medication, a chest defibrillator and healthy diet low on salt and fats. 

Latifah discussed her mom’s health battle as recently as last September, telling the magazine, “I’ve just learned how much you can love a person and just how strong my mother is. I’ve come to respect her in ways you can’t even imagine.”

“As a caregiver,” the Girls Trip star reflected, “it’s just like being a parent, like some things really don’t matter. All the kind of frivolous things sort of fall to the side because there’s something way more important than all that. And when we go through these things together as a family, I realize, these are the important things, these are the important moments.”

Our thoughts go out to Queen Latifah and her family during this difficult time. 

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Sarah Hyland Says Doctors Are Not Listening to Her Ongoing Health Struggles

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Sarah Hyland wants her voice heard.

For the past several years, the Modern Family star has opened up to fans about her health struggles. Wednesday afternoon was no different as the actress took to Twitter and expressed a few frustrations many can empathize with.

“For those who are chronically ill and in chronic pain: Have you had the experience of doctors not listening to you?” she asked her 1.6 million followers. “If so, how do you not tear their heads off with your bare hands? :)”

One follower said she uses her education and stubbornness to her advantage. “You don’t want to meet a pissed off version of me that’s also in pain—not a girl to be messed with,” the fan shared.

Sarah simply responded, “Preachin to the choir sister.”

Back in 2012, Sarah revealed in Seventeen magazine that she had a lifelong battle with kidney dysplasia. As a result, she underwent a kidney transplant that same year.

While she has tried not to share too much information about her health struggles, fans grew concerned when she missed the 2017 SAG Awards for some “health reasons.”

A few months later and Sarah went on Twitter to provide fans with some additional information on her circumstances.

“I haven’t had the greatest year. Maybe one day I’ll talk about it but for now, I’d like my privacy. I will say this year has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes,” she wrote on Twitter. “No one’s head should be bigger than their body but considering I’ve basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass. My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like.”

“There’s no need to worry,” Sarah added. “I’ve been down before and I’ll probably be down again in my lifetime but I’m steadfast and solid and will conquer my obstacles.”

Best wishes, Sarah. 

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Kevin Smith Says He Lost 17 Lbs. in 9 Days With Post-Heart Attack Diet of Just Potatoes

You say potato; I say diet food?

It’s been less than a month since Kevin Smith‘s massive “widow-maker” heart attack laid out the comedy king and almost took his life.

Now, just weeks later, the director, who was told by doctors he had to lose 50 lbs, is making serious changes, namely that he’s gone on a very strict diet, currently consisting of only potatoes.

In his podcast Hollywood Babble-On, the first since his heart attack, the 47-year-old explained that he’s following the diet from illusionist Penn Jillette’s book, Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear, which details eating just potatoes for two weeks before incorporating salads and vegetables, but not fruits or nuts, for the next three months.

In the podcast, Smith admitted that the extreme diet appealed to him because “it dials in to certain personality traits.”

“It’s a pretty intense program, but it’s been interesting,” said the funnyman, who appears to be taking his life-threatening situation seriously. “And of course necessary for my health and stuff. But once I get to a decent place, then I can think about eating again.”

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The New Jersey kid also said that he can’t go back and eat the way he did when he was younger.

“I’ll never eat the way I used to. The way I used to eat wasn’t f–king horrible. It was in my childhood that’s what my doctor said,” said the star.

The father of one, also said eating “animal-related products” is now out and said that his daughter Harley Quinn, who is a vegan, was all about the diet change.

“My kid is thrilled because she’s a vegan, ‘She’s like, ‘Welcome home brother,;” said the Comic Book Men producer.

“This doesn’t come from a personal philosophy, this comes from an ‘I have to.’ I don’t know if I call myself a vegan, maybe a non-animal eater. The program is so far manageable,” said the star, who tweeted about his “massive heart attack” from the hospital.

On Wednesday, the social media superstar posted an Instagram photo of himself, wearing a jersey that had been gifted to him by the writing staff of Super Girl to commemorate surviving the heart attack. The image also showed his drastic and quick weight loss. 

“My new jersey commemorating my life & death battle with arch nemesis, The Widow-Maker! This open-heart crest, drawn by @supergirlcw storyboard artist @jeremysimser, was a gift from sweet storyteller @etcarrasco and the @supergirlwriters in the show’s writing room,” wrote Smith.”

Glad to see Smith is on the mend! 

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Megan Fox Gets an Emotional Message About Picking Up the Pieces of Her Love Life on Hollywood Medium

It’s never too late to start again. 

Tyler Henry is using his gift on this week’s episode of Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry to help these celebs reconnect with loved ones, restore their love lives and find peace after the death of a sibling. This episode had it all! 

In his reading with Transformers star Megan Fox, Tyler was having a bit of a fan moment. “It’s Megan Fox! Can you believe it? I’m trying to contain myself,” Tyler joked before regaining his normal composure. Once the nerves subsided, he was able to really hone in and give her some advice about her love life.

“I’m seeing green, green, green. Does that mean anything to you at all?” Tyler asked her. “That’s my husband’s last name,” Megan confirmed. 

“For some reason they’re having me talk about you. They’re having me talk about the past two years,” he shared with the married mom of three. “There is almost a recovery kind of feeling behind this. Recovering and picking up the pieces.”

Megan was well aware of this need to focus on healing in her life. With Tyler’s info, she’s ready to begin the journey to recovery. “What I took away from that was this is a time for me to really focus on healing myself emotionally and not unlike my mom, connecting to myself,” she shared. “Prioritizing my kids and making sure they’re okay, and at some point in the future, love will be revealed.”

Disjointed actress Nicole Sullivan was up next, and she was able to get closure after years of stressing about offending a family member. “She’s laughing. Like laughing, laughing, laughing. She’s bringing me to her mouth. I don’t know why,” Tyler told her after connecting to her late grandmother. 

“That was exactly what it was! She had what we thought was Bell’s Palsy, so part of her mouth was drooped,” Nicole shared with him. “I did a character on a television show where I talked out of the side of my mouth and it had nothing to do with her her Bell’s Palsy.”

Although Nicole was worried that it was too late for her to find forgiveness, Tyler had some reassuring information for her. “I’m hearing laughter in my head but it’s like female laughter. It’s her way of saying she understands and clearly she finds it funny,” he told her.

The episode ended with a sweet sibling reunion. Tyler made a brother-sister visit with David Arquette and Rosanna Arquette and they were visited by their beloved late sister Alexis Arquette.

“There’s a feeling of like, ‘I wish I could stick around longer, because now this is when I would start having opportunities,'” Tyler revealed to the siblings. “I’m seeing fashion shows. It references to having my picture taken, and photography and all this stuff. Where does that apply for you guys?”

The pair new exactly what he was talking about. “We had a sibling that passed away,” Rosanna shared with Tyler. “Alexis came out 20 years ago and was the famous person who was a boy who wanted to be a girl.”

“Alexis didn’t have the opportunities to go as far as I wished she could have or they wished they could have. So are they at peace with that?” David wanted to know. 

“The beautiful thing is that when we transition, we really lose our ego. Despite the fact that maybe in life a person isn’t able to achieve everything they wanted to achieve or everything we would have wanted them to achieve,” Tyler explained. “They see the impact that their lives had on everyone around them and that other people are able to accomplish things in their life as a result of the impact they made.”   

Watch the video above for this week’s full recap! 

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The X-Files Finale: Chris Carter on Mulder and Scully’s Happy (?) Ending, Skinner and What’s Next

This is the end of Mulder and Scully as fans know it. Whether The X-Files returns for another chapter of episodes or in another form remains to be seen, but the season 11 finale, the second event series, ended with “My Struggle IV,” and changed the dynamic duo…forever? Warning, spoilers ahead!

In “My Struggle IV,” written and directed by series creator Chris Carter, Mulder (David Duchovny) went on the hunt for his son, William (Miles Robbins), at the urging of Scully (Gillian Anderson). Only William isn’t his son. As revealed in the season premiere, “My Struggle III,” William—also known as Jackson on the show—was a creation of the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis), implanted in Scully. Mulder’s hunt for William had him encounter shady figures (A.C. Peterson and Barbara Hershey) from earlier in the season and everything culminated in an abandoned factory where…

– Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) shot and killed Reyes (Annabeth Gish), but he couldn’t stop CSM from coming at him full speed in an SUV. Skinner dove under a car, but was it enough? Viewers saw his legs, seemingly lifeless pinned between two cars.

– Scully had her encounter with William in the guise of Mulder.

– CSM shot “Mulder” in the head, but it wasn’t Mulder, it was William. The real Mulder shot CSM many, many times and threw his body into the water where William’s also landed.

– Scully revealed the truth about William’s parentage. A distraught Mulder was then presented this news: He would be a father after all, Scully was pregnant with his baby.

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 “For so long, I believed,” Mulder said. “What am I now if I’m not a father?” “You are a father,” Scully told him, placing his hand on her stomach. “That’s impossible,” he said. “I know. I know. It’s more than impossible,” Scully said.

And then William emerged from the water, a bullet whole in his forehead, but very much alive.

The end of The X-Files? Not if Carter has his way.

“I don’t see it as an ending, I see it as a new beginning. So it’s not a conclusion for me, it is a cliffhanger,” Carter told E! News in a phone interview. Carter said Anderson’s desire to end her time as Scully did not influence the ending he crafted for the characters.

Read on for more!

Skinner’s fate: When I talked to Mitch on set he said he wanted Skinner to go out in a blaze of glory, but obviously we’re not sure if that is what happened. Do you want to clear anything up?
[Laughs.] The truth is out there. Certainly we saw him pinned under the car. But that action sequence that led up to it really leaves a lot to the imagination. Did he dive? Was he run over? Even though we saw him motionless, there’s a lot that could be construed.

The Cigarette Smoking Man has beaten death before. Why did Mulder push him over the edge after shooting him? Didn’t he want the body as proof? Here he is, he’s dead.
[Laughs.] He was so angry at that moment. He had really shot Mulder and Mulder had witnessed the end of that. If this man could kill his own son, I think Mulder was overcome with his own emotions.

You said this isn’t the end of Mulder and Scully, but it is kind of a happy ending for them. It seems tidy. Like if this were the end, would you be satisfied?
You know, I’m never satisfied, so I’ll leave you with that. I’m standing with them at the end of the pier, that’s where I leave this season. I’m in shock like they are, my mind is reeling and thoughts of the future are rushing through my head. I’m as off balance as they are.

Scully says her pregnancy is impossible because we learned in the original series she’s infertile, is that what she’s talking about?
Yeah, her first pregnancy was miraculous and certainly her second pregnancy is miraculous and even more so given the fact that she plays 53 years old on the show. That’s not unheard of. Women have given birth at the age of 70. As she said to Mulder at the end of episode three, she was at the end of that journey.

You said there are so many uncertainties with Gillian wanting to leave and [Disney buying Fox assets], but would you consider another movie? An animated series? Or would it be more live-action episodes.
Animated series is interesting. I’m open to really everything right now. I’m just pleased with this season, as I said to you. I’m happy to be finished and take a little break. I live in an area that has been beset by fires and floods, so I’m still digging out from that situation.

Do you have a message for fans after they’ve watched the finale?
I think fans have come to understand for over 25 years, that when this first series ended, there was another movie. When the second movie finished, there was another series. I think The X-Files still has a lot of life in it, not matter what that life might be.

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Chrissy Metz Is Opening Up About Her Abusive Past and How She Overcame It All

Chrissy Metz is letting people into her world. 

The actress’ new book This Is Me shares stories of her life and journey to stardom, and doesn’t hold anything back. According to an excerpt of her new book published in People magazine, the This Is Us actress is opening up about some disturbing claims of childhood abuse. 

“I don’t remember why Trigger hit me the first time…When I was 14 Trigger began weighing me…I began to hide my eating,” Chrissy writes in her book. Her step-father has strongly denied those claims, but Chrissy also wrote in the book he had shown remorse for his past actions. What else did Chrissy open up about? 

Get the full story in the clip above! 

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Kendall Jenner Proves You Can Wear Sheer Socks Everywhere

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Socks and sandals on a red carpet? It can be done. 

The sheer sock trend was all the rage last year, as street-style stars re-imagined the feet-warmers from the runway into everyday #OOTD looks. It girls like Hailey Baldwin, Gigi and Bella Hadid were spotted in every iteration of the look, wearing them with sandals, sneakers and boots. But it wasn’t until the Cannes Film Festival, when Kendall Jenner wore a nude, shin-high version with metallic stilettos with mini-albeit-glamorous dress, that we understood how versatile the sheer sock can be. 

Now that the weather is getting warmer, see-through legwear is re-emerging along with your spring dresses, crop tops and cutoffs. This season, the trend is getting an update with new design features, like crystals, floral embroidery and fun mesh patterns. 

Think this look is too trendy for you? Wear the sheer sock to the office like Demi Moore or out to a concert like Joan Smalls, as seen below. Keep scrolling to see must-have options right now!

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The Ghost actress paired delicate, burgundy, sheer socks with pointy-toe heels. A colored sock adds a special pop in a very subtle way. 

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To dress up sneakers, the supermodel wore mesh socks to edge up her outfit. To take things up a notch, try embellishments like crystals or lace. 

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Margot Lace Crew Sock, $16

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Gigi Hadid Is Wearing These 5 Denim Trends Right Now—Shop her Style!

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If Gigi Hadid started an Instagram account of her denim looks, we’d be her most engaged follower.

It seems like the supermodel dons a new denim trend every day, so you can imagine scrolling through all of the new ways to wear the versatile clothing we love: jeans. It would be epic.

Another reason why we love the model’s denim flare: Her love for denim is an endearing reminder that she’s just like us. Even with access to the most luxurious wears, she continues to demonstrate the appeal of denim.

And, since she has access to be best stylists and brands, she’s the go-to person for figuring out which style from spring’s best trends you should add to your wardrobe and how to wear it.

Which of Gigi’s favorite denim trends fits your style and budget? Shop her looks below!  

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Gigi even wear denim to her most-fashionable events. Case in point: her near-black cropped jeans at Paris Fashion Week. If you’ll notice, this style is slightly lighter in hue than a traditional pair of black jeans, yet holds the same versatility. 

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According to Gigi, mid to high waist denim with attention-grabbing zippers are a safe bet. The star pairs her Sandro denim with a PLNY LALA sweatshirt, a red skinny waist belt and mules in the same hue. Casual, standout, flattering—this is a look you can easily copy.

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Designers have combined two much-loved trends, track pants and straight-leg jeans, to create this new denim iteration. The side stripe jeans are perfect for the cool, calm and collected as a casual trend with major payoffs. The model’s airport look is a prime example.

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If you haven’t received the memo, white denim has become an all-season look. Pairing with a graphic cropped T-shirt, black hoodie, Burberry trench and black ankle boots, Gigi demonstrates the appeal of slouchy white denim.

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The star opts for patchwork denim, which makes creating the Canadian tuxedo a lot easier. To recreate her style, throw on a baseball cap, hooded sweatshirt and sneakers, then you’re good to go!

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Inside Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s Post-Divorce Lives

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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are adjusting to their new normal. 

One month after the A-list couple went public with their separation, E! News has exclusive details about their day-to-day lives and why they’ve had “minimal contact” recently. A source explains to E! News, “They have completely moved on and are not looking back. They are working out their financial affairs privately and hope to come to a resolution relatively quickly.”

The insider adds, “Jen and Justin are both moving on full speed ahead.” 

As for how exactly Aniston and Theroux are moving forward, we’re told the exes have continued their usual routines on opposite coasts. 

“Justin is in New York doing the same things he’s been doing for the last few months,” the source shares. “He gets coffee with friends, works out at his boxing gym and walks his dog. He rides his bike around town and really enjoys his simple way of life in the city. He recently traveled to Paris and London for fashion week but is now back in New York.”

Likewise, our insider says the Friends alum is “maintaining her same lifestyle” and is mostly spending time at her home in L.A. 

The source elaborates, “She does private yoga sessions at her house and has most people come to her. She has been busy socially, going out to dinner with friends and celebrating birthdays. She gets her weekly facials and loves having dinner at Sunset Tower.”

Aniston also enjoys “Sunday night dinners” with Courteney Cox and their gal pals “whenever possible,” the source continues. “She is doing just fine and will be ok. She has a lot of great people in her life who are very supportive and who she considers family,” the source also tells E! News.

Onward and upward, as they say! 

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