Orange Is the New Black’s Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli Are Married

It’s official: Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli are married!

On Saturday afternoon, the Orange Is the New Black star, 29, tied the knot with her longtime partner in an intimate Palm Springs, California, ceremony surrounded by family and friends, PEOPLE can confirm.

As revealed to Martha Stewart Weddings, who were the first to report the news, the nuptials were designed and executed by Beth Helmstetter Events, the confetti-themed bash — based in part on the couple’s desire for a non-traditional event and their mutual affection for Pillsbury Funfetti cake.

Wiley’s parents officiated the ceremony, according to the magazine, and their music choice was perfect for pop music fans — their recessional was “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan and their reception entrance jam was Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”

The newly minted spouses were both outfitted by Christian Siriano. Guests dined amid centerpieces of flowers and citrus fruits, garlands, sparkling light strands and mismatched glassware. During the brides’ first dance, a blast of — what else? — confetti enhanced the beautiful moment.

The nuptials’ Palm Springs location was special to the couple, as it was where the OITNB writer popped the question in October with a dazzling yellow-gold engagement ring featuring an asscher-cut diamond.

Morelli was previously married and split from her husband after she realized she was gay while writing for the hit Netflix series. She penned an essay on Identities.Mic at the time detailing her experience. “I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on the set,” she wrote.

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“Accordingly, I was nervous about the first love scene I’d written for Alex and Piper,” she explained. “I loved writing it, loved watching a tenderness emerge in their relationship where passion always seemed to be the ruling principle, but by that time, I was so deep in my own self-doubt that I constantly felt like a fraud.”

Morelli told Out magazine in December that although she was open with her husband and they tried couples therapy, the issue was obviously not something fixable within their relationship — and that Wiley became a source of comfort in figuring out her next steps.

“Samira became my outlet, and through that process I fell in love with her,” she said. “But I thought, This will be the one that got away. Being with her felt too good to be true.”

Later, almost two years after she began dating Wiley, Morelli planned to propose right before they headed out for the vacation so they could use the time in Palm Springs to celebrate the engagement.

“I found a ring, they shipped it to me,” Morelli added to Out of their engagement. “I was so nervous and terrified she knew it was coming, but she was so shocked that I couldn’t get her to stop crying.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/celebrity/samira-wiley-lauren-morelli-married/

Man Who Shot Terminally Ill Dog and Buried Her at a Beach Is Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

A Virginia man who claims he shot his 15-year-old dog to end her suffering and then buried her at the beach is facing animal cruelty charges, according to a report by 13News Now.

Michael Whalen, a 65-year-old resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia, told the news outlet that his dog Allie had been suffering from Cushing’s disease, which is terminal, for about a year. But when the veterinarian talked about putting her down in February 2016, Whalen tells News 3, he didn’t feel the time was right.

“Allie was not ready. I was not ready. She was still having fun. She wasn’t in ill health. I got her stable on her medication,” he told the outlet.

But Allie’s condition took a turn for the worse in February, when Allie began seizing uncontrollably, according to News 3. “She was not coming out of this,” Whalen told the station.

Allie’s body was found partially buried Feb. 10 with a head wound, according to News 3. The outlet discussed standards and policies to a local veterinarian, who told News 3 that a gunshot wasn’t considered a legal form of euthanasia.

“The options were to sit here and let her do this until she expired, or to put her in the car, which I couldn’t control her and it would have been dangerous for me to drive trying to keep her airway open,” Whalen told The Virginian Pilot.

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News 3 reports that Whalen is expected to appear in court in June, and that his attorney George Yates simply felt like his client was acting how anyone would in his situation.

“We feel that he did what a pet owner is required to do,” Yates told the outlet. “Take care of their animal and when their animal is suffering to properly euthanize the animal.”

“It was so emotionally disturbing,” Whalen admitted to News 3. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to go through this in my mind and sometimes I’ll just start crying.

“We did everything together. She went everywhere with me. I even took her on a vacation trip one time on my motorcycle,” he added in his interview with News 3. “This was a very sad and painful story, and I did nothing but help my dog leave this world.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/pets/man-charged-with-animal-cruelty-allegedly-shooting-dog/

Louis Tomlinson Pays Tribute to His Late Mother on Her Birthday

Louis Tomlinson is remembering his mother Johannah Deakin fondly.

The One Direction member, 25, tweeted on what would have been his mom’s 44th birthday Saturday, expressing his continual love for Deakin to mark the occasion.

“Happy birthday Mum. I love you x,” he wrote simply.

Deakin lost her battle with leukemia in December, and the singer took to The X-Factor stage just three days after she died to launch his solo career by performing his single, “Just Hold On.”

“When I first found out about the news, I did want to throw the towel in,” Tomlinson told SiriusXM in January of how his mother’s death affected him. “But it was mum that said to me that I just gotta keep going. She told me very sternly that she wanted me to.”

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“So I’m not doing it for her, but we’re doing it for each other,” continued the singer, who celebrated his son Freddie Reign’s first birthday in January. “It was tough, but I felt like it was nice for me to have a little send-off.”

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Tomlinson’s X-Factor performance earned him a rave review from Simon Cowell, who praised Tomlinson for his courage, talent and character.

“You know what. I have to say something to you,” Cowell said as the musician, who got his start on the show, stood onstage. “I’ve known you now for six years. What you’ve just done — and the bravery — I respect you as an artist, I respect you as a person, and your mum was so proud of you, Louis, and she was so looking forward to tonight.

“She watching down on you now, and you’ve done her proud,” he added.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/music/louis-tomlinson-late-mom-birthday-tweet/

One Direction’s Liam Payne and Cheryl Welcome a Son — See the First Photo

It’s official, Directioners: Liam Payne has joined the former-boy-bander-turned-dad club.

The singer has welcomed his first child, a baby boy, with girlfriend Cheryl, he confirmed on Instagram Saturday.

“I’m incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it’s a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favourite memory I have so far,” Payne, 23, captioned a photo of himself snuggling his brand-new son close.

“I’m completely in awe of his incredible mother and how she has been the whole way through this, she’s really made my dreams come true,” he says of Cheryl, 33. “We haven’t named him yet but he’s already capturing hearts including mine. I feel very blessed.”

Cheryl shared the same picture of Payne and revealed that the baby was born March 22 and weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz.

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PEOPLE confirmed that Payne and the former Girls Aloud member were expecting in November. Though Cheryl didn’t officially announce her pregnancy until February, she stepped out showing her growing baby bump on multiple occasions in late 2016.

Payne and Cheryl began dating late last year, but first met in 2010 when the former One Direction member competed on The X-Factor. Cheryl was then a judge on the competition series.

The couple made their red carpet debut in May at Eva Longoria‘s Global Gift Gala in Paris, where Cheryl was awarded the Global Gift Philanthropist Award.

“Obviously I have the most ­beautiful girlfriend in the world and she’s absolutely amazing,” Payne told U.K.’s Rollacoaster magazine in March. “She’s been my dream girl since I was younger. She’s so ace.”

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“She is a wonderful, wonderful person and it’s amazing to have someone who can relate to so much of things — someone who’s taken greater steps than me,” Payne continued. “Her solo career was ­amazing. She’s been in the industry for 14 years now.”

Added the singer of his beloved, who made her bump debut in a photoshoot for L’Oreal and The Prince’s Trust, published in The Daily Mirror, “She fully supports me. We’re super happy. It’s a very personal, precious time for us. I’m still ­learning. I’m only 23.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/babies/liam-payne-cheryl-cole-welcome-baby-boy-first-child/

Phaedra Parks Is ‘Reviewing Her Options’ After Judge Throws Out Divorce Order with Apollo Nida

Phaedra Parks told PEOPLE in November that her divorce from jailed husband Apollo Nida was finalized — but it seems she spoke too soon.

TMZ reported on Friday that a judge has tossed out Parks and Nida’s divorce judgement, reportedly because the judge felt that it was unfair to Nida.

Parks’ rep confirmed that a judge had tossed out the order to PEOPLE, saying that the reality star was reviewing her options regarding her next steps.

“It’s very confusing why a man who is engaged and enjoys frequent visits with his fiancée would work so aggressively to avoid ending his marriage,” Parks’ rep said. “Regardless, Phaedra is reviewing her options with her attorney to determine the most efficient path toward ending this marriage so she can move forward and focus on raising strong, healthy and happy children.”

The 43-year-old Real Housewives of Atlanta had been documenting the end of her seven-year marriage on the hit Bravo show’s ninth season.

The couple, who split in 2014, began divorce proceedings last season on the reality show. Nida is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to bank fraud and identity theft in May 2014.  He was also incarcerated from 2003 to 2009 for car theft charges.

The couple shares two children together — sons Ayden, 6, and Dylan, 3.

On a recent episode of RHOA, Parks had an emotional scene with fellow Housewife Porsha Williams, confessing that her divorce papers had been signed.

But in a preview for an episode airing April 2, Nida called Kandi Burrusshusband Todd Tucker and Cynthia Bailey‘s ex-husband Peter Thomas and claimed Parks had tried to trick him.

“When Phaedra came up here to visit me, she told me everything was put on hold,” he said in the clip.

The sneak peek also showed the appearance of a woman who claimed to be Nida’s new fiancée.

Parks previously told PEOPLE that after Nida left, she had to regroup and refocus on her on herself and her children. She said while she’s not ready to start dating just yet, she knows her kids will be a part of it when she does.

“If I date someone, they have to date all three of us,” she said. “We’ll be a foursome — me and my two kids and him. It has to be a whole family affair.”

“And at this time, that’s not really my top priority. My priority is making sure they’re okay,” she added. “I think dating is in the bright near future, but it’s got to be someone who’s definitely a really good guy. I can’t have any crazy at this point in my life.”

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The reality star also told PEOPLE she looked back on the time with Nida positively – even though there were tense moments, like when an estranged Nida showed up at her house as she was changing the locks and confronted her on-camera.

“It was hard to have such a traumatic, real-life scenario happen all on cameras in front of everybody,” she said. “But at the end of the day it not only made me stronger as a woman, but it made me look at life differently. I think I’m better because of it. I always try to be very optimistic about life and hope things will be as positive as I want them to be. And that’s not always so easy on this type of show. But I think at the end of the day, it works itself out. ”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/tv/phaedra-parks-is-reviewing-her-options-after-judge-throws-out-divorce-order-with-apollo-nida/

Fans Pay Tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds at Heartfelt Public Memorial in Los Angeles

Fan, friends and family honored the legacies of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds at an emotional public memorial on Saturday.

The beloved actresses were remembered at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles at a celebration organized by Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher, three months after the film icons died tragically within a day of each other. The public memorial was also streamed live on Reynolds’ website.

The memorial included an original tribute song written by James Blunt. The British musician, who was extremely close to Carrie, did not attend the memorial but the new song played over a video montage.

Earlier on Saturday, Carrie’s half-sister Joely Fisher shared a tribute to the two actresses on Twitter.

Todd, who organized the memorial with his wife, Catherine, previously said he decided to invite the public in keeping with his mother’s wishes.

“The public is invited because that’s how my mother would want it,” Fisher told attendees earlier this month at a screening of Bright Lights — the HBO documentary about his mother and sister — at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in California, according to Variety. “She was very connected to her fans and felt they were a part of her, so we’re opening it to the public.”

The actresses were laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Jan. 6. Reynolds was buried with some of Fisher’s ashes. Forest Lawn — Hollywood Hills is also the final resting place of a number of other notable stars, and Todd Fisher told 20/20 after his mother and sister’s deaths that they will be buried “among friends.”

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Carrie Fisher was aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23 when she went into cardiac arrest. She died four days later at UCLA Medical Center at the age of 60. Her cause of death was listed as “cardiac arrest/deferred,” according to her death certificate.

Reynolds died a day later, on Dec. 28, at the age of 84. She suffered a stroke at her and Fisher’s property. The Singin’ in the Rain star died from a blood vessel that ruptured and caused bleeding in her brain. Her official cause of death was an intracerebral hemorrhage.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/celebrity/carrie-fisher-debbie-reynolds-public-memorial-los-angeles/

Father Accused of Fatally Stabbing 2 Daughters — One Only 4 Days Old — in ‘Horrific’ Slaying: Cops

A North Carolina man has been arrested on two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing his 4-day-old and 2-year-old daughters to death, according to local authorities.

Tillman Freeman III, 30, was arrested Friday on two counts of child endangerment and two counts of child abuse, following the disappearance of the girls while their mother (who is not named in reports) was at a hospital, according to The Fayetteville Observer and the Hoke Country Sheriff’s Office.

Hoke County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Hubert Peterkin told The Fayetteville Observer that the girls’ bodies were found at around 2 a.m. Saturday, inside a parked car in a wooded area in the Raeford area, which is about 35 minutes outside of Fayetteville.

Freeman was then subsequently charged with the murder counts, the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

“It was horrific,” Peterkin told The Fayetteville Observer, adding that the children appeared to have been stabbed multiple times with a survivalist-type or hunting knife.

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“From what our investigation’s telling us they had a dispute, where allegedly made accusations about the babies not being his, a child not being his or maybe her involvement with someone, and when he took the kids we understand he left in a rage,” Peterkin told ABC 11.

 

“It’s kind of hard to find the words to describe what this feels like,” Peterkin told ABC 11. “I know people read it, I know people see the story and hear about it, but to be out here on the scene and actually see this stuff, to see these children lifeless and brutally stabbed…

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“I don’t care how many years you’ve been in it. How many times you’ve been in it or seen things, this was not a good experience,” he added. “Everybody’s taking this real hard. Our heart goes out to the family, to the mother.”

“I feel sad and hurt, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” a relative of the slain children told ABC 11.

It is not known at this time whether Freeman has entered a plea.

 

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/crime/north-carolina-man-accused-stabbing-daughters-arrested/