Kylie Jenner slams Forbes for 'inaccurate statements'

Furious Kylie Jenner insists she did NOT spin a ‘web of lies’ or forge tax documents after Forbes’ bombshell claims she faked her way to billionaire status

  • Kylie Jenner has reacted after Forbes published a report on Friday accusing the Jenners of a ‘web of lies’ surrounding her financials 
  • Public disclosures from Coty reveal Kylie Cosmetics’ true revenue and profits
  • Kylie sold 51 per cent of the company to Coty in a deal valued at $1.2 billion
  • Forbes now think that Kylie, even after pocketing an estimated $340 million after tax from the sale, has a personal fortune at just under $900 million
  • Magazine says Kylie Cosmetics’ financials had been vastly overstated 
  • Kanye West was unhappy when he appeared on the cover of Forbes in April as they claimed he is worth $1.26 billion, but he says the figure is $3.3billion

Kylie Jenner has slammed Forbes after it published a bombshell report on Friday accusing the Jenner family of inflating figures and ‘forging’ tax returns for the makeup mogul’s cosmetics company.

It appears the 22-year-old reality star was taken by surprise at the article, which claims Kylie Cosmetics is not doing as well as the Jenners want people to think – and that the Lip Kit creator is not actually a billionaire.

Forbes named Kylie the world’s youngest self-made billionaire in 2019 and again in 2020. 

‘what am i even waking up to. i thought this was a reputable site.. all i see are a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions lol. i’ve never asked for any title or tried to lie my way there EVER. period’ Kylie wrote in her first tweet.

Kylie Jenner has hit back at Forbes after it published a report on Friday claiming that the Jenners and their PR team inflated figures for Kylie Costmetics and created a ‘web of lies’ so she could be crowned the youngest billionaire

She followed up with a quote from the Forbes report that accused the Jenners and their accountant of producing false tax returns.

‘“even creating tax returns that were likely forged” that’s your proof? so you just THOUGHT they were forged? like actually what am i reading.’ Kylie tweeted incredulously. 

She followed up with another post focusing on the positive, ‘but okay i am blessed beyond my years, i have a beautiful daughter, and a successful business and i’m doing perfectly fine.’

In a detailed report based on public financial disclosures, Forbes on Friday accused the family of creating a ‘web of lies’ and says Kylie has inflated the size of her business and success.

‘Inaccurate statements’: On Friday morning Kylie appeared shocked to see the article published by Forbes 

Kylie is not a billionaire, Forbes claimed on Friday. They accused the ‘self-made’ makeup mogul, 22, of spinning ‘a web of lies’ about company figures and ‘forging tax returns’

The publication accuses her of ‘lying about company figures and forging tax returns’ to be dubbed a billionaire. 

Based on filings from beauty giant Coty, which acquired a 51 percent stake of Kylie’s makeup company in January at a valuation of $1.2 billion, Kylie Cosmetics generated revenues and profits that were far lower that the figures touted for years by the Jenner-Kardashian clan.

These shock claims come after Forbes put Kylie on the cover and hailed her the youngest self-made billionaire ever two years running. 

Forbes explained that it had been shown 2016 tax returns indicating revenue far higher than the numbers revealed by Coty’s filing, and that there were only two explanations: Kylie Cosmetics’ sales had utterly collapsed in the two years before the acquisition, or the tax returns were fabricated.  

Not worried: Kylie reacted to a tweet that questioned why she cared about it with so much going on in the news

Another fan asked her to use her platform to speak out about George Floyd, the man who was killed by a police officer in Minnesota this week

Forbes now think that Kylie, even after pocketing an estimated $340 million after tax from the sale, is not a billionaire. 

The magazine claims that filings released by publicly traded Coty over the past six months reveal Kylie’s business is significantly smaller than people have been led to believe. 

They write: ‘Revenues over a 12-month period preceding the deal: $177million according to the Coty presentation, far lower than the published estimates at the time. 

‘More problematic, Coty said that sales were up 40% from 2018, meaning the business only generated about $125 million that year, nowhere near the $360 million the Jenners had led Forbes to believe. 


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‘Kylie’s skincare line, which launched in May 2019, did $100 million in revenues in its first month and a half, Kylie’s reps told us. The filings show the line was actually “on track” to finish the year with just $25 million in sales.’

They add that there’s no way the numbers the Jenners were offering in earlier years could be true.

If Kylie Cosmetics did $125 million in sales in 2018, how could it have done $307 million in 2016 as their supposed tax returns state or $330 million in 2017?   

Forbes claim that their new calculations put Kylie’s personal fortune at just under $900million.

MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for Kylie Jenner for comment. 

Kylie’s lawyer Michael Kump told TMZ: ‘We have reviewed Forbes’ article accusing Kylie of engaging in deceit and a ‘web of lies’ to inflate her net worth. 

Impressive: In 2019, Kylie was hailed as the ‘youngest ‘self-made’ billionaire for the second year in a row (pictured on the 2018 cover)

‘I can’t believe it’: Kylie shared a picture of the cover and wrote this post back in 2018

‘The article is filled with outright lies. Forbes’ accusation that Kylie and her accountants ‘forged tax returns’ is unequivocally false and we are demanding that Forbes immediately and publicly retract that and other statements.’

He added, ‘It is sad that, of all things, Forbes has devoted 3 reporters to investigate the effect of the coronavirus crisis on Kylie’s net worth. We would not expect that from a supermarket tabloid, much less from Forbes.’

In 2019, the star unseated Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, then 35, as the youngest-ever self-made billionaire – he was 23 when he made his first billion 11 years ago in 2008.

Forbes has addressed the controversy that surrounds the title ‘self-made’ as last year, people were up in arms that Kylie came from an already privileged background.

They penned: ‘ Yes, self-made (despite a lot of help from her famous family, she didn’t inherit her business—she built it). And yes, billionaire (she’s worth $1 billion).’ 

The site also claimed that money from Kylie’s Coty sale meant she was one of just 2,095 people in the world with a a fortune of ten digits. 

Defense: At the time, Forbes addressed the controversy that surrounds the title ‘self-made’ as people were up in arms that Kylie came from an already privileged background (pictured in February) 

Kylie previously told Forbes: ‘I didn’t expect anything. I did not foresee the future. But [the recognition] feels really good. That’s a nice pat on the back.’

Jenner, who is the youngest and richest of the entire Kardashian-Jenner family, started her make up line in 2015 by selling $29 lipstick kits.

The kits sold out within minutes of launching – an early sign of the power of her now 270 million-plus social media following.

Jenner’s products were only sold online when it was first launched but in 2018, the brand struck a deal to sell its goods in 1,100 Ulta Beauty stores across the U.S.

She expanded her empire earlier this year with Kylie Skin – a line of moisturizers, under eye creams and facial scrubs.

Incredible: Jenner, the youngest sibling of the Kardashian family, started her make up line with lipstick kits in 2015. Kylie Cosmetics signed a deal with Ulta Beauty Inc to put her products in all of the retailer’s 1,163 U.S. stores (above)

Jenner brought in sales of an estimated $360 million in 2018. 

Forbes itself put Kylie on the cover in March 2019, hailing her as the youngest ever self-made billionaire.

The move appeared to anger her brother-in-law Kanye West, whom Forbes did not declare a billionaire until April of this year.

The magazine reported that West ‘reacted with hurt and venom’ after he was not included in its billionaires list earlier this year. 

‘You know what you’re doing,’ he texted a Forbes reporter. ‘You’re toying with me and I’m not finna lye [sic] down and take it anymore in Jesus name.’  

After he was finally added to the list, West disputed Forbes’ evaluation of his net worth at $1.26 billion.

All change: Coty, which has been struggling with falling sales, saw a share increase of 5 percent following the Jenner announcement last year 

Credit due: In April, the publication valued Kylie’s brother-in-law Kanye West’s assets at around $1.26 billion – the rapper had claimed that the figure was around $3 billion

‘It’s not a billion,’ West texted the magazine. ‘It’s $3.3 billion since no one at Forbes knows how to count.’ 

Forbes relies on a team of researchers as well as public and private financial documents to arrive at its estimates of net worth for the world’s richest people, rather than taking their claims at face value.

Per the report, West’s team provided statements that showed the rapper has $17 million in cash, $35 million in stocks, $81 million in ‘buildings and improvements’ and $21 million in land. 

Adidas Yeezy, the fashion collaboration between the rapper and the German sportswear brand, has a revenue worth of around $1.3 billion – making West around $140 million from sales just last year.   

Iconic: In 2016, Kim Kardashian appeared on the cover of Forbes and was listed at no. 42 on their ‘ 100 highest paid celebrities after netting $51 million the year before – she now has a net worth of $370million

The article suggests West has been eager to prove his financial status for some time, noting that he had previously claimed to be a billionaire during an appearance at the 2019 Fast Company Innovation Festival.

‘When I did Forbes, I showed them a $890 million receipt and they still didn’t say ‘billionaire,” dad-of-four Kanye told the audience.  

In 2016, Kim Kardashian (Kylie’s half-sister and Kanye’s wife) appeared on the cover of Forbes and was listed at no. 42 on their ‘ 100 highest paid celebrities after netting $51 million the year before. 

Kim couldn’t contain her excitement as she shared the Forbes image on Instagram on Monday and wrote: ‘Such a tremendous honor to be on the cover of @forbes! 

‘I never dreamed this would happen and know my Dad would be so proud. #NotBadForAGirlWithNoTalent’ 

Kim now has a net worth of $370million.

Kylie’s millions: How does $600m payday compare to the rest of the Kardashian family?

She’s just sold 51% of her make-up company, banking an incredible $600million.

So how does Kylie Jenner’s huge payday compare to the rest of the Kardashian family?

Kylie Jenner; Estimated net worth £900 million

Like all her sisters, Kylie, 22, makes money from the family reality show, modelling gigs, and endorsements. However this is dwarfed by her makeup company, which started out as a single batch of 15,000 $29 lip kits which she self-funded and sold online to her Instagram followers in 2015.

She has sold a controlling stake of her brand CoverGirl owner Coty for $600million, making her officially the richest Kardashian

Self made: Kylie Jenner, seen promoting Kylie Cosmetics, is now said to be worth $900m

Kim Kardashian; Estimated net worth – $370million  

The first member of the Kardashian family to find stardom was Kylie’s big sister Kim, 39. 

After a couple of years lurking on the sidelines of fame as Paris Hilton’s friend and sometime stylist, she was catapulted into the public eye when an intimate sex tape was leaked in 2007. While Kim was by her own account ‘devastated’, her mother Kris Jenner saw an opportunity and took over, guiding Kim to win a $5million payout via a lawsuit against the company, and signing up the newly notorious family for their own reality show.

This year Kim’s net worth is estimated at $370million by Forbes, which put her at number 26 on the magazine’s 2019 list of America’s Highest-Paid Celebrities. The mother-of-four’s money mostly comes from her share of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians show pay check and her KKW makeup line, which produced $100million in revenue just last year. She has also made millions from her computer game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.

She supplements this income with endorsements, recently confirming she gets offered up to $1million for a single sponsored Instagram post.

She said she turned down that particular offer because her husband Kanye West didn’t like the ‘fast fashion’ company because ‘they would knock off Yeezy all the time.’ 

Her rapper husband has called himself a billionaire, and according to Forbes Kanye earned $150million over the past year, putting him at number three on the magazine’s World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers 2019 list.

Sister act: Kylie’s big sister Kourtney, Kim and Khloe promite their KKW fragrance Diamonds together 

Kris Jenner; Estimated net worth – $90million 

When her daughter’s sex tape with ex Ray Jay hit the internet, Kris Jenner took control, negotiating so well that the reality star continues to make money from royalties today. 

Indeed it is all thanks to Kris that fleeting infamy became something more. Shortly after the sex tape leaked she signed up the entire family for their eponymous reality show, which premiered that same year. KUWTK is currently in its 17th season, and she remains the executive producer.

She also operates as the family momager – a nickname she likes so much she trademarked it – taking a percentage cut of her children’s earnings whenever she negotiates their deals. 

While at 30million her social media presence is a fraction of her daughters, Kris also occasionally scores endorsement deals of her own, including a Fendi campaign with Kim and her daughter, North West. 

According to the website CelebrityNetWorth she is worth around $90million, however if she negotiated Kylie’s Coty deal, it will mean a huge payday.

Khloe Kardashian; Estimated net worth $40million 

Along with the family reality show, and endorsement deals, Khloe has her own clothing line, Good America, which is sold in department stores and online.  

Kourtney Kardashian; Estimated net worth $35million

The bulk of Kourtney’s income comes from the family reality show, and endorsement deals. She is currently promoting her Diamond fragrance line with sisters Kim and Khloe. 

The mother-of-three’s net worth is estimated at  $35million, according to Money.

Caitlyn Jenner; Estimated net worth $100million

Famous first as an Olympian, Caitlyn for years received a pay check for appearing on KUWTK. 

Since divorcing Kris Jenner, she has left the money-spinning show, and come out as a trans woman. She paid her bills with her own spinoff chronicling her life as a trans woman, and released a tell-all autobiography.

She currently stars on the British reality show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here for which she is being paid $648,000, according to The Sun newspaper. 

Her net worth is estimated at $100million.

TV role: Caitlyn Jenner is currently appearing on British reality show  I’m A Celebrity

Kendall Jenner; Estimated net worth $30million 

Like her sisters Kendall cuts a paycheck from Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 

However she combines this role with life as a high fashion model.

Last year she was the world’s highest-paid model for the second year in a row, according to Forbes, making $22.5million in 2018 alone. Money estimates her worth at $30million.

High fashion: Kendall Jenner walks the runway in Rome last month

Rob Kardashian; Estimated net worth $10million

It will come as no surprise that Rob is the least wealthy of his siblings. Still, with an estimated net worth of $10million, the single dad is still a wealthy man.

Rob made his money by appearing on Keeping Up With The Kardashians and his short lived spinoff show. He stepped back from KUWTK last year, now making only occasional appearances for which he is thought to be paid $50,000 an episode. He also has a sock company, Arthur George.


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Brooks Laich: 5 Things To Know About Former NHL Star Separating From Wife Julianne Hough

After nearly three years of marriage, Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough have decided to go their separate ways. As the two begin to maneuver their split, here are five things you need to know about the former pro hockey player.

Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich have called it quits after weeks of speculation that the couple was heading for a split. The former Dancing With the Stars pro, 31, and former NHL star, 36, shared in a joint statement, “We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate. We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward.” Brooks and Julianne had been self-isolating apart for a number of weeks — Julianne has been in Los Angeles while Brooks has been in Idaho. Here are five things to know about Brooks Laich.

1) He and Julianne were together for over five years. Brooks and Julianne started dating in 2014. In August 2015, Brooks took to his Instagram account to announce that he and Julianne were engaged. The pair wed roughly two years later on July 8, 2017 and lived in Los Angeles. Prior to their separation. Brooks posted a slew of photos of himself with Julianne on adventures through nature, holidays spent poolside, and more. On the couple’s two-year wedding anniversary, Brooks shared the sweetest message to Julianne. “Words cannot express how grateful I am to have you in my life, and how happy you have made me. You have brought out the best in me, and helped me become the man I always hoped to be,” he captioned the post, featuring a photo of the two embracing on their wedding day.

Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich at the Industry Dance Awards & Cancer Benefit Show in Los Angeles on Aug. 14, 2019 [Shutterstock].

2) Brooks hosts a podcast. Brooks and singer Gavin DeGraw host the podcast How Men Think with Brooks Laich & Gavin DeGraw. The podcast started in June 2019 and feature episodes where the pair offer their commentary on decoding men. Julianne even appeared on one of the early episodes in July 2019, titled “Intimate Knowledge with Julianne Hough.”

3) Brooks is a former NHL player. Brooks played professional hockey from 2004-2018. During his career the native Canadian played for the Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Los Angeles Kings. During his time with the Washington Capitals, he even helped the team nearly clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup finals before losing to eventual winners: the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Brooks Laich playing for the Washington Capitals [Shutterstock].

4) He’s a passionate outdoorsman. All over Brooks’ social media are photos of the former athlete in the great out doors. Brooks loves hiking and has been spending quite a lot of time outside in the Idaho wilderness, walking the trails and even camping amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

5) Brooks has a Siberian Husky. Julianne and Brooks adopted their beautiful Siberian Husky, Koda, in 2018. Brooks posts a slew of images of the pretty pooch on his social media, often with the two either camping or out in nature! Koda has been with Brooks since he’s been isolating in Idaho.

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Gogglebox: Secret members of the Malone family revealed as they shy away from cameras

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Gogglebox viewers are familiar with the show’s regular family members consisting of; mum Julie, dad Tom Senior and their sons Tom Jr and Shaun. The quartet joined the fourth series of the show back in 2014.

It has now been revealed that Julie and Tom have two other children, who are not featured on the show.

The pair are Tom Jr and Shaun’s older brother and sister Lee and Vanessa.

Lee is a director at a recruitment company based in Stockport, Manchester.

He is also a bodybuilder and regularly takes part in competitions.

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Earlier this month, Lee revealed he and his fiancée Sarah had postponed their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He shared a snap of the duo celebrating what was meant to be their wedding day in a hot tub as they sipped on a beverage each.

On his profile, Lee also has a few pictures of himself alongside his famous family members.

His sister Vanessa is a trained NHS nurse and also a mum to two children.

Two weeks ago, she paid tribute to her fellow NHS staff workers to mark International Nurses Day.

As part of a lengthy statement, she wrote: “Nursing through this pandemic so far has been a challenge both physically and mentally but we can do this.”

As well as giving fans a glimpse into her working life, Vanessa also regularly shares pictures of her family life.

Earlier this month, she shared a video of her two children creating a Tik Tok video.

The nurse and her children live with the her parents and brothers Tom Jr and Shaun.

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Earlier this month, The Malones hit back at claims they were breaking social distancing rules on the show.

Hitting back, a tweet from their shared profile read: “Just going to put this out there so we are all up to date, I know the social distancing rules too.

“I love my Grandkids, I would never put them or anyone else’s health in danger.”

They added: “My daughter and her children live with us, so she can go to work as a nurse.”

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A spokesperson for the show previously told The Sun Online: “Most of the families live together but where they don’t, they are complying with PHE [Public Health England] social distancing guidelines.

“Gogglebox will only film with families where it’s safe to do so.

“The health and safety of our cast and crew is paramount.”

Gogglebox continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

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Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich Split After Nearly 3 Years of Marriage

It’s the end of the road for Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich. The couple called it quits after two years of marriage, the pair revealed to People on Friday, May 29.

“We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate,” they said in a joint statement. “We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward.”

The pair’s separation comes after Us exclusively reported on April 17 that Hough, 31, and Laich, were “not doing well.” The day before the relationship status update, the former America’s Got Talent judge went for a walk in Los Angeles with actor Ben Barnes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In January, Us broke the news that the couple “were having problems” in their marriage. However, things were “totally fine” between Hough and Laich by March, as an insider confirmed that they were “working through any issues they previously faced.”

Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough

Hough, 31, and Laich, 36, tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in July 2017 near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They exchanged their vows before nearly 200 guests, including Hough’s best friend Nina Dobrev, who was also one of the Dancing With the Stars alum’s bridesmaids.

At the start of 2020, Laich shared a cryptic post to Instagram about starting a “new stage” of his life in 2020. “I feel like a lot of my life has been ‘bound’ to certain identities that have come through the sport I spent my life playing. Canadian, male, hockey player, disciplined, competitive, etc…,” Laich, 36, wrote via Instagram on January 7. “And though I am all of those things, they do not define me, and I am not bound by them. In 2020 I look forward to releasing old identities, and stepping into a new chapter in my life.”

Meanwhile, Hough had been spotted without her wedding ring. Most recently, she appeared ringless in an Instagram video she reposted on January 4 of herself discussing her new fitness project, Kinrgy. Weeks before this, she shared a video of herself decorating a Christmas tree sans ring.

Months before, Laich spoke about being ready to become a father on his “How Men Think With Brooks Laich & Gavin DeGraw” podcast in October 2019. He shared that he “wanted to have enough space” in his life to devote the time needed into “being that type of father” he had always envisioned. (He had previously admitted to Us exclusively in June that they were using in vitro fertilization to help “increase” their odds at being able to have a kid on their own.)

“I’m now not an athlete, I’m not playing hockey. So what does life look like now? There’s still a figuring-out process of a new identity for myself,” he said at the time.”Also with my wife, our relationship — it’s a new identity for our relationship as well.”

Hough, for her part, revealed that she doesn’t identify as straight in her September 2019 cover story for Women’s Health. During the interview, she recalled the time she opened up to Laich about how she chose to be with him.

“I think there’s a safety with my husband now that I’m unpacking all of this,” she explained at the time. “There’s no fear of voicing things that I’ve been afraid to admit or that I’ve had shame or guilt about because of what I’ve been told or how I was raised.”

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Princess Beatrice Receives Heartfelt Tribute from Mom Sarah Ferguson on Her Would-Be Wedding Day






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Princess Beatrice and Edoardo, who are quarantining with the groom's mother during coronavirus, have not announced plans for a new wedding date date.

"There are no plans to switch venues or hold a bigger wedding. They aren't even thinking about their wedding at this time," a spokesperson for the couple told PEOPLE in mid-April. "There will come a time to rearrange, but that's not yet."

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Jeremy Clarkson’s daughter details ‘traumatising’ moment with The Grand Tour star

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The Grand Tour host Jeremy Clarkson’s daughter Emily Clarkson, 25, spoke candidly about her father in a recent clip from his YouTube channel FoodTribe. The former Top Gear presenter’s eldest daughter dished on the worst meal the car-enthusiast ever cooked, which she said left her “traumatised”.

Emily revealed Jeremy had returned from the Far East and considered himself a connoisseur of the traditional Vietnamese dish pho.

Speaking on FoodTribe, she explained: “When my dad came back from some time in the Far East, he kind of fancied himself as a bit of pho maker.

“And he made this pho soup for my brother and I, and it was honestly the most traumatising thing I’ve ever eaten.”

Pho is a Vietnamese soup that is normally made with a bone-beef broth, banh pho noodles and thinly sliced beef.

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Emily continued: “I’ve never quite wanted to die quite like I did after that first mouthful.

“I don’t know how someone could put so much chilli into something that was so clear.”

Jeremy often flies around the world for filming purposes for his car shows, including The Grand Tour.

The car-enthusiast revealed he has had his fair share of unusual delicacies, from tarantulas, to a sparrow, grasshoppers to a frog and even a kangaroo.

But Jeremy admitted the “worst moment” he experienced was eating a bat which he had in a curry.

Writing in his column for The Sun, Jeremy explained: “Over the years, I’ve eaten and drunk all sorts of things you won’t find on the menu in ­McDonalds.”

He continued: “The worst thing I ever ate, however, was a bat.

“They’d put it in quite a good curry, so the taste wasn’t so bad, but the bones?”

Jeremy described the dish as if he was “eating a cemetery” due to the number of bones inside of a bat.

Elsewhere, the former Top Gear presenter, who lives in a cottage with his girlfriend Lisa Hogan, admitted attempting to please her daughter cost him £4,000.

Writing in his column for The Times, Jeremy explained his girlfriend’s daughter wanted her friend to stay with them which prompted him to purchase a caravan.

Detailing his residence, he added: “The sitting room is nine feet by nine and the kitchen is eight by four.

“So when my girlfriend’s daughter announced she wanted a friend to stay, I had to point out that social distancing would be mathematically impossible.”

Jeremy said the “shade of green” caravan was “built in Grimsby in the 1990s, it’s a 35ft Cosalt Rimini”.

He added that it includes two bedrooms, a kitchen and a spacious living room.

Revealing the price it had cost him, he continued: “That means I was left with a four grand hole in my bank account and, for no good reason, a sick-green caravan in the yard. I was cross.”

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Rachel Riley: Countdown star left red-faced in major on-air blunder ‘Absolutely perished’

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Countdown star Rachel Riley, 34, is known for her maths skills on the popular daytime show. The Channel 4 star appeared to falter under pressure during a quiz on Capital FM Breakfast today.

The mum-of-one joined radio hosts Roman Kemp and Sian Welby for their morning show, where the mathematician was quizzed on what IQ stands for.

But Rachel struggled to answer the question and claimed it stood for “intelligence quid”.

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‘90s Heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas Nearly Played Jason Biggs’ Role in ‘American Pie’

Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jason Biggs both prompt that question of “Hey, whatever happened to those guys and what are they doing now?”

What they’re doing now is reflecting on their past, and in one case, marveling at how the other celebrity almost got their signature role.

As it turns out, Thomas had almost gotten Biggs’ part in American Pie. So yes, kids, young Simba from The Lion King almost risked a questionable image appearing in a film not safe for the young.

How did Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jason Biggs get famous?

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Thomas first gained fame on the sitcom Home Improvement, playing the middle kid of Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson, alongside Zachary Ty Bryan and Taran Noah Smith.

As the show moved along in the early to mid-1990s, Thomas became the breakout star among the kids, even becoming a heartthrob with the Teen Beat set dubbing him “JTT.”

He gained his biggest audience voicing young Simba in The Lion King in 1994.

However, Thomas never seemed entirely comfortable with his burgeoning fame. He left Home Improvement before the final season concluded, reportedly to focus on academics. He has acted sporadically in the 2000s, appearing on episodes of Veronica Mars and Tim Allen’s current show Last Man Standing.

By contrast, American Pie became Biggs’ calling card, and he went on to appear in the three theatrical sequels, but none of the myriad direct-to-video chapters. More recently he appeared in Orange is the New Black as Larry, the husband of the lead character Piper.

How did Jonathan Taylor Thomas almost get ‘American Pie?’

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Biggs recently appeared on an episode of Justin Long’s podcast, Life is Short, talking about how his great claim to fame was almost snatched away by Simba. 

“I read for casting … you know the feeling of crushing it, I crushed it … I got word that the directors loved me, and I was their first choice, (but) the studio was deciding did they want to go for a name? And the name I heard at the time was Jonathan Taylor Thomas,” Biggs said on the podcast. 

Like it or not, Thomas was a name at the time and Biggs was an unknown So for a little while there, it looked like American Pie might slip away from Biggs.

He said to Long, “I would have these conversations with my manager where he’d say, ‘Well, I’m getting word that Jonathan’s concerned because it doesn’t fall into his wholesome image.’ But then I’d hear a week later, ‘That’s why he likes it.’ And I was like, ‘Oh no. Stay wholesome!’”

The aftermath of the great ‘American Pie’ choice

Eventually, Thomas decided not to pursue American Pie, and the part was Biggs’. And that still wasn’t the end of the story. Then Biggs got a chance to be on none other than Home Improvement.

“So I filmed the movie (American Pie) in the summer of ’98. Then it was a year before the movie came out. In that year, I got offered an arc on Home Improvement. It was the final season. It was this big role for the final four episodes. I auditioned for it. I went in. I killed it. I was like this is gonna be fun. My dad loves this show. It’s gonna be dope.”

But then, as it usually does, fate had other ideas. Or at least Biggs’ manager did. 

“My manager made me pass. It was the first time, 15 years I’d been doing this, never would I have passed on something. It was such a crazy foreign idea to me. It was gonna be a big thing. But let’s wait for this other big thing because this is the ‘you’ we want to put forth,” Biggs recalled.  

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Bebe Rexha’s Parents Both Had Coronavirus, But Have Since Recovered

Bebe Rexha is opening up about how she’s been personally affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 30-year-old “Meant to Be” singer says that both of her parents were diagnosed with COVID-19, though they thankfully have recovered from the virus.

“They got sick with the coronavirus and were very ill for three weeks, and I got very nervous,” Bebe told Extra.

Bebe lives in Los Angeles and she was ready to get in a car and drive across the country to take care of them, but they said not to come.

“I was thinking of doing the whole drive… to take care of them… They were so adamant about not having my brother and I there, but finally they got better. Finally they can taste food again. I’m really grateful,” she said. “I am happy that New York is getting into a much better spot and the East Coast is starting to see the light.”

Right at the beginning of the quarantine period, Bebe opened up about how she knew someone that died from the virus at 45.

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Matty Healy Shuts Down Twitter Account Following Backlash Over George Floyd Post

The 1975 frontman has been accused by the social media users of using the Black Lives Matter anti-racism and justice movement to promote his band’s music.

AceShowbizThe 1975 frontman Matty Healy deactivated his Twitter account after criticism for putting a link to one of his band’s tracks in a tweet calling for justice for African-Americans.

The British rocker wrote, “If you truly believe ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ you need to stop facilitating the end of black ones,” in a tweet that contained a link to his band’s 2018 track “Love It If We Made It”, on Thursday, May 28.

Twitter users accused him of hijacking the current anger over the death of a black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in Minnesota, and the Black Lives Matter anti-racism and justice movement for profit.

He quickly deleted the post and apologized, later tweeting both the song and his comment independently, but then after the backlash continued he removed his account from the site.

Matty Healy reacted to George Floyd’s death with a controversial tweet

Among the angry messages aimed at the “Chocolate” hitmaker was one that reads, “matty healy has promoted his own work to profit off a movement about black people, it’s not defendable and if you are defending him you have no argument in the situation it’s really that simple.”

Another user adds, “matty healy constantly speaks up about how he struggles as a white man in the industry and how his band is at a disadvantage cause they aren’t the typical pop band but his response to a black man being murdered is a link to his song??? fvck (sic) him.”

Matty Healy criticized for promoting music when calling for justice

Bosses at his record label Dirty Hit seemed to acknowledge the controversy in their own tweet linking to a petition calling for justice for Floyd, praising the “open dialogue” from fans and explaining they have a “great platform” to promote things that “matter.”

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