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Movin’ on out

Simon Cowell is looking for new digs after he “no longer felt safe” in his $50 million London mansion. On Tuesday, July 25, workers were seen emptying out the home that the music mogul shares with partner Lauren Silverman and their 9-year-old son, Eric. The “America’s Got Talent” judge has lived in the home for 16 years but feels that now is the time to move after “enduring a string of alarming events, including home invasions by two intruders,” The Daily Mail reported. In addition, Simon was said to be “shocked and horrified” after a criminal gang reportedly sold the exact lock to his front door. Simon apparently spent over $500,000 in security measures before deciding to relocated to the countryside.

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Video edited

Jason Aldean’s controversial music video for “Try That in a Small Town” has a different look after a clip from a Black Lives Matter protest was removed. Instead of the six seconds of footage from a local Fox affiliate in Atlanta, the video now shows Jason singing in front of a Tennessee courthouse —the same place a Black teenager was lynched in 1927. TMZ reported that the bit wasn’t removed because of backlash, but rather because the production company in charge of the video didn’t get permission from Fox. The webloid said the production company reached out to Fox 5 Atlanta to use footage, but the news organization asked for information about the song’s lyrics. Jason’s team sent the lyrics in a link but didn’t write them out, which was required. Two months later, the unauthorized footage aired. Sources tell TMZ that FOX reached out to the music video’s production company and asked them to remove the video to avoid any legal action. After what was described as a “polite ultimatum,” the BLM clip was removed. The country singer has been adamant that the song isn’t racist or an attack on the BLM movement. During a concert last week the “When She Says Baby” singer said he’s a proud American and wants the country back to “what it once was before all this bull**** started happening to us.”

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Fire sale

Kim Zolciak is selling tens of thousands of dollars worth of her and her daughter’s luxury goods, and it’s believed that the money will help pay off her alleged gambling debts. On Tuesday, July 25, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum began selling designer handbags and shoes, telling her followers that she would accept money via Cash App or Zelle. While some of items belonged to Kim — including out-of-the-box Prada boots for $700 or a pink Louis Vuitton Keepall duffel bag going for $20,000 — several things belonged to her 26-year-old daughter, Brielle. “I’m cleaning out her closet, kinda, without her authorization a little bit too,” Kim said. The fire sale comes after Kim’s husband, Kroy Bieramman, claimed the reality TV mom lost $1.5 million gambling. In addition, the couple faces a slew of financial issues. Back in May, TMZ reported that the duo owed more than $1.1 million to the IRS. On top of that, they reportedly owe $15,000 for unpaid taxes to the state of Georgia. Earlier this year, their Georgia mansion was in foreclosure after the duo defaulted on a $1.65 million loan. Kim and Kroy, who recently reconciled after a divorce filing, worked out a deal to get the home back in their possession before it was auctioned off.

Gun allegation

Judge Greg Mathis, the star of the syndicated courtroom show “Judge Mathis,” is being accused of pulling a gun on some Los Angeles City utility workers, but he claims he did nothing of the sort, TMZ reports. An L.A. Department of Water and Power employee told police that his honor got upset after he was asked to move his car. Things escalated and the judge pointed a gun at city workers, the worker alleged. Greg, though, claimed the story is a fallacy. He told TMZ that city workers blocked his driveway, making it impossible to leave in his car. Greg contends that he stood in the road, which prompted a worker to threaten to run him over with a work truck. The judge felt his was a threat and claims he informed the workers that he had a gun. But, he says he never once flashed it or pointed it at anyone. Police are investigating.

Prison housing

Todd and Julie Chrisley’s prison conditions are “inhumane” and potentially deadly, their kids claim. Savannah and Chase Chrisley recently visited their incarcerated parents and came away disgusted. Chase argued that his dad’s prison in Florida is “a nightmare,” and Savannah said her mom’s prison in Kentucky is “insane.” While speaking on Savannah’s “Unlocked” podcast, Chase alleged the facilities have no air conditioning. “They’re both in states where it gets 100 plus degrees, and there’s no air conditioning,” he said. Savannah then made an outrageous claim about Julie’s housing, insisting that “rattlesnakes [are] just casually slithering on the floor in front of her” and “right there where her bed is.” Chase corrected his sister and said some kind of “poisonous snake” was roaming around, but not a rattlesnake. “I don’t care if you killed somebody – if you’re in a government facility, you should have air conditioning. That’s just, like, ridiculous,” he argued. The duo believes that things will eventually change for locked up inmates. “There are some things that are gonna come to light that are disgusting,” Savannah said. “It will leave people speechless about the things that go on in these facilities, and I’m ready for that day to come, but it’ll happen in its own timing. It’s just crazy to sit and watch mom and dad go through that, but luckily they have the fight in them.” The kids both described the prison conditions as “inhumane.”

Mental health update

Bowen Yang is back on the grind after his bout with “depersonalization.” Upon returning to his podcast, “Las Culturistas,” the “SNL” star addressed his hiatus. “First of all, I want to say thank you [to] everyone,” he said. “I mean, there was really such a perfect level of understanding. Not that I expected anything less, but everyone got it, you know? And that’s the kind of people that are, like, in this little world of ours and I’m really, really grateful.” In early July, Bowen took a break from his podcast to treat “bad bouts of depersonalization.” Depersonalization, often associated with people who’ve experienced trauma, is a psychological condition in which people have out-of-body experiences that cause them to believe that things around them aren’t real, according to the Mayo Clinic. Commenting on his current state of mind, the “Wicked” star said, “I feel really good. I’m getting better. I think there are specific things that I have to do … It literally was ‘Valley of the Dolls’ for a second.”

Kiss and tell

Having to kiss Scarlett Johansson doesn’t sound all that bad, but it was “hell” for Matt Damon. The story, however, deserves some context. While discussing proper on-screen kissing etiquette with Emily Blunt, the actor recalled his smooch with Scarlett in “We Bought A Zoo.” “It was hell!” he said while laughing. “What happened was, we did a shot before lunch, and it was this nice little two-shot that ended in the kiss. And it was really good. We went to lunch, and she and I both thought it was over, and she ate like an onion sandwich for lunch.” Upon returning to the set, the duo found out that they had to resume the kissing scene. “She came in, and [director] Cameron Crowe had set the camera up, and it was like a tight shot of the kiss,” Matt said in the LADBible video. “And she goes ‘Aw s—!  She goes, ‘I literally just had, I had like an onion sandwich. I thought we did this.”” Matt took it in stride. “I was making fun of her that entire time about her onion breath, which I didn’t even smell,” he said. “Her breath smells like roses.”

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