The Love & Hip Hop star proposed to his new girlfriend and fellow LHH cast member at her home in Atlanta on Christmas Eve.
The couple only started dating a couple of months ago, but it looks like things are moving pretty fast.
A rep for Safaree told TMZ: “2019 is the year of new beginnings and it’s safe to say our guy Safaree stepped up and put a ring on it.”
According to the gossip site, Safaree presented Erica with a $175,000 engagement ring that features 14 carats in platinum and was personally designed by Safaree and Trax NYC.
As for how he set the proposal up, TMZ reports Safaree “pulled out all the stops”:
Our sources say Safaree surprised his girl with 20,000 rose petals surrounded by 200 candles before popping the question.
Safaree pulled out all the stops, because 112 was in the house singing “Cupid” and “Crazy Over You” in front of a full, live band in her living room!
After Erica said yes, a firework show started outside the house!
Video footage shared to Instagram shows Erica Mena crying after Safaree drops down to one knee and surprises her with a ring.
Back in August Safaree let his 200K+ Twitter followers know that he was about to buy an engagement ring in hopes of it bringing his “wife to be” into his life.
“Whoever she is will have the baddest rock a finger can hold!! I just wanna ice her up,” he tweeted at the time.
I'm seriously about to buy an engagement ring and pray that will bring the spirit of bringing my wife to be into my life!! Who ever she is will have the baddest rock a finger can hold?? I just wanna ice her up ??
Cardi B says she has a perfect explanation as to why she got back together with Offset (temporarily) and why we saw them all “boo’d up” on a Jet Ski a few days ago.
The “Money” rapper, who announced her split with her husband of a little over a year earlier this month, took to Instagram to address the photos that surfaced showing her and the Migos rapper riding on a Jet Ski in San Juan Friday (Dec. 21) ahead of her performance in Puerto Rico at the Electric Holiday festival, explaining that it was all about satisfying her sexual urges.
“I just had to get f**ked. That’s all,” Cardi said in an Instagram Live video Saturday.
So, in other words, Cardi and Offset are NOT back together. This was just a d**k appointment for her.
The Grammy-nominated rapper also explained how TMZ got a hold to the photos.
“Let me tell you something about the jet ski n***a, right?” she said in the video. “The instructor or whatever the f**k he is, he was taking pictures of us on the phone like, ‘Oh, I’m gonna send you these pictures so you guys can have a memory and I’m going to delete it.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, OK.’”
But Cardi said the man didn’t delete the photos and sold them to TMZ. “What type of professional sh*t is that?” Cardi asked before holding up a copy of the company’s brochure and advising people not to do business with them.
Offset, who was slammed on social media for doing the most, had also taken to social media to beg Cardi for forgiveness, insisting that he didn’t cheat on her and saying all he wanted for his birthday (which was December 14th) was for her to take him back.
Well, it looks like Offset’s begging and pleading is finally starting to work.
Beyoncé recently updated her website with a bunch of new photos and offered us a rare glimpse into her private life by sharing never before seen pics of her twin babies Rumi and Sir Carter.
Documenting her recent trip to India, where she performed at a lavish wedding for the daughter of a multi-billionaire, Queen Bey posted two new photos featuring Rumi and Sir.
In one of the photos (above), the 37-year-old pop icon can be seen standing on what looks like a secluded beach, smiling and lifting Rumi in the air as she plays with a seashell.
Another photo (below) shows both Rumi and Sir sitting on the edge of the beach facing away from the camera and looking toward a beautiful sunset.
Not featured in this latest photo update is Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s oldest child, daughter Blue Ivy, who will celebrate her 7th birthday a few weeks from now on January 7th.
Bey and Jay welcomed twins Rumi and Sir Carter about a year and a half ago in June 2017, and save for a few random photos here and there, we haven’t seen much of them since, so it’s always a special occasion when Bey shows off her babies.
Oops! Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd was showing fans his new tattoos on Instagram Live Wednesday morning (Dec. 19) when he “accidentally” flashed his penis, which made him a trending topic on Twitter for a few hours.
The video showed the rapper-singer standing naked in a bathroom as he showed off his tattooed body. Seconds later, as he moved the camera towards his lower body, Swae’s junk was exposed to the thousands of fans watching his IG Live video.
Of course, screenshots were taken, and the footage immediately surfaced on social media, prompting a wave of jokes and reactions on Twitter.
Once Swae caught wind of the NSFW screengrab, he said the flash was unintentional, and made it clear to those making jokes that he’s a grower not a shower.
“I was tryna see my tattoo, accidentally posted,” he tweeted. “If you see me in real life you know what’s going on. Don’t let the camera [angles] make y’all get it twisted. Everything [is] working properly but yes it was an accident.”
Hol upppp? Y’all see why #SwaeLee was trending??? |
A 35-year-old Detroit meteorologist died by suicide after struggling for two months with a very challenging Lasik recovery period.
Loyal viewers of Detroit’s WJBK Fox 2 news station were shocked on the morning of Thursday, December 13th to learn that popular meteorologist Jessica Starr had died of suicide the day before.
Starr, described by colleagues as “funny, bright and bubbly,” had admitted to “struggling” with persistent dry eye and dimming vision after undergoing LASIK eye surgery in mid-October. She took a month off from work following the procedure and returned on November 13th.
In a Facebook Live video on her first day back at work, the wife and mother of two explained what she had been going through for the past month or so. “I had LASIK SMILE surgery done about a month ago, so I’m still healing. I wore contact lenses for 20 years and I also had a really high [prescription], so the vision is getting there,” she said in the video.
“I have a tad side of dry eyes, so I have to use a lot of drops,” she added. “When the drops are in, I can see clear, but then they fade pretty quickly.”
She continued: “I am struggling a little bit, so I do still need all the prayers and the well wishes because this is a hard go. The doctor said it could take up to three months or so before I feel 100% again.” Starr then asked for people to tell her in the comments about their LASIK recovery and how long it took them because she was “trying to stay strong and get through this recovery,” she said.
The next day, Starr tweeted out what would eventually become her last interaction with the public via social media.
“Yesterday was a struggle for me. I really wanted to come back but I need more time to recover,” she wrote. “Please keep me in your thoughts during this challenging time.”
Update; yesterday was a struggle for me. I really wanted to come back but I need more time to recover. Please keep me in your thoughts during this challenging time. Will keep you updated. ??
On Wednesday, December 12th, Starr hanged herself, according to officials at the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office. “My colleague went out there… it was just a gruesome scene,” a spokesperson for the medical examiner told Radar Online. “It’s just very sad.”
The next morning, Fox 2 Detroit morning anchor Amy Andrews reported on her colleague’s devastating suicide.
“Our hearts are broken,” she tweeted. “Last night we were informed our Jessica Starr took her life. Her Fox 2 family is deep shock and cannot believe such a wonderful, bright and intelligent woman is gone. Keep her family in your prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief.”
Our hearts are broken. Last night we were informed our Jessica Starr took her life. Her Fox 2 family is deep shock and cannot believe such a wonderful, bright and intelligent woman is gone. Keep her family in your prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief. pic.twitter.com/z4km8Tsb9K
Starr’s death is putting a spotlight on LASIK eye surgery. According to LasikComplications.com, there has been more than 20 laser eye surgery-related suicides reported over the years, and many more are suspected. “Countless more are suicidal, blind, visually disabled, or in incapacitating pain,” the website says.
27-year-old Max Cronin took his own life in 2016 “as a direct result of complications he experienced from LASIK,” his mother said. “He left suicide letters stating this and kept details of his complications. He experienced vision loss, constant eye pain, dry eyes, haze, and loss of quality of life resulting in depression and his suicide. He was unable to work or continue his life goals due to his eye complications.”
Colin Dorrian was 28 when he ended his life due to complications from LASIK six and a half years after having the procedure done. The surgery was done at a LASIK center in Canada that has since closed. “If I cannot get my eyes fixed, I’m going to kill myself,” he wrote in a note police found on his body. “I just cannot accept the fact that I’m supposed to live like this.”
In an article on the website Lawyers and Settlements, the author wrote that Dorrian had LASIK surgery to relieve himself from a condition known as chronic dry eye. However, instead of improving his vision and freeing him from his contacts, the procedure left Dorrian with so much eye pain and fussy vision that he took his own life.
“Dorrian should have been disqualified from having the surgery,” the article’s author wrote. “His pupils were overly large, and he suffered from extreme dryness of the eyes—two conditions that should have disqualified him from having the procedure. And yet he was cleared for it.”
A 54-year-old Canadian man named Paul Fitzpatrick killed himself on October 6th, 2018—more than 20 years after laser eye surgery side effects “ruined his life,” his family said.
Fitzpatrick, a resident of Ontario who had PRK surgery (the first form of laser eye surgery before LASIK was popularized), was believed to have suffered from a rare condition called “corneal neuralgia” that can cause severe pain, CTV News reported.
Fitzpatrick, a father of two, left a note for his family, writing: “I cannot experience any type of pleasure anymore. Just the pain of burning eyes inside my head and throughout myself … Since 1996 Pain, pain and more pain, please forgive me for not being strong enough to cope. The past few months have been unbearable.” Paul’s death is believed to be the first documented suicide linked to laser eye surgery in Canada, according to CTV News.
Jessica Starr’s mother, carol Starr, told Radar Online that the LASIK procedure her daughter underwent was fairly new and she possibly suffered from “brain trauma” before her suicide. “She went to, like, four specialists,” Carol said. “From what we’re hearing now, it can have other implications, including on the optic nerve. It can cause some brain trauma.”
Carol said the family had recently learned that the surgery Jessica underwent was risky because it was a new procedure created within the last couple of years. The heartbroken mom told Radar she had “no idea” that her daughter was struggling “so much.”
Carol explained that Jessica suffered from poor vision throughout her life and she began wearing glasses and contacts at a young age, which is why she underwent the procedure in the first place. Ultimately, the complications wer too much for her to handle.
“It was affecting her sleep. She lost weight. You never expect it to get this bad,” Carol said. “She made it through so many bad things in her life. She was always a trooper and a fighter. She was a strong woman. I raised a strong woman.”
In another case, Paula Cofer says she has suffered through decades of pain following a LASIK procedure she underwent years ago. “My eyes began to burn and burn and burn and it just never let up. It was just constant burning sometimes stinging, stabbing,” she told Inside Edition.
Cofer is now an anti-Lasik advocate who runs a LASIK online support group for patients of the surgery dealing with complications. “Pain is way more common than people realize,” she told the New York Post. “When you throw in the fact that your vision is blurry in a way no one understands, you can’t function anymore.”
Dr. Eric Donnenfeld, a spokesman for the American Academy of Opthalmology, says that despite its apparent risks, LASIK is safe for the vast majority of patients. “The risk of complications is small and [in] the trials that have been done recently usually 96 percent of patients say they are extraordinarily happy with the procedure,” he told Inside Edition.
But a doctor who helped get LASIK approved the FDA is now campaigning to have the eye surgery banned. “Don’t do it! There’s no reason to do it! You’re just looking for trouble,” Dr. Morris Waxler said.
Paula Cofer says you should be very careful when considering having an irreversible procedure done to your eyes. “It’s your eyes, your only pair of eyes and it’s a one-way street. If it goes badly there’s no going back,” she told Indianapolis news station Fox 59.
A woman from North Carolina will spend some time in prison for faking a pregnancy in order to receive Medicaid benefits and donations.
According to the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office, 39-year-old Wendy George used a pregnant friend’s urine to obtain a positive pregnancy test that she then used to receive Medicaid benefits from the Department of Social Services.
The DA’s office said George also posted online about putting her “baby” up for adoption and got more than a dozen people to send her money for food, doctors’ appointments and housing. George also reportedly paid a friend who was actually pregnant $20 for an ultrasound image that she shared with donors.
Prosecutors said George found couples on adoption websites like Domestic Adoption Support Network, Expectant Moms Thinking of Adoption and Mommy’s Angels Support Group. George reportedly scammed more than a dozen people who thought they were paying George so they could adopt a baby.
George’s pregnancy scam was foiled by a couple from Ohio couple who called the police in Carolina Beach, N.C. and told them they’d been sending money to a woman who said she was pregnant and would let them adopt her baby, WWAY reported.
The 39-year-old pleaded guilty to 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, and one count each of medical fraud and using a computer to perpetuate a fraud, the Wilmington Star News reported.
A judge sentenced George to up to five years in prison, followed by three years on supervised release.
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Hailey Bieber reveals that her and her hubby, Justin Bieber, both have lice at the moment. “Most people find it gross, but I think it’s romantic that we have it at the same time” -Hailey Bieber via Instagram stories pic.twitter.com/bR9bDJ3NPP
John Gray, a South Carolina megachurch pastor, has been catching a lot of flock on social media for his decision to surprise his wife with a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus—one of the most expensive cars on the market.
Pastor John Gray—who heads Relentless Church in Greenville, S.C.—defended his actions in a lengthy Facebook Live video on Thursday (Dec. 13), saying that “not a nickel, not a penny” from his church went towards purchasing the gift, which was an eighth-anniversary present for his wife and fellow pastor, Aventer Gray. “May God take my life on this feed if I did,” he added.
Gray’s critics were worried about the “optics” of the gift, with many suggesting that it looks bad to have a Christian leader shelling out nearly a quarter of a million dollars on a luxury vehicle. But Gray shrugged off the critics, saying that he used his own money to make the big purchase. He said that he didn’t buy the gift as a pastor, he bought “as a man” looking to make his wife of nearly a decade happy.
“I’m 45. I’m supposed to wait ’til I’m 70 to live my best life? My best life is seeing my wife happy. It’s not like I’m sitting up trying to do something for me. I want my wife to be happy and every man should be able to do whatever is in his ability to do,” he said.
Pastor Gray said that his “heart is pure” after presenting the luxury vehicle to his wife during a wedding vow renewal party on December 8th. He said the revenue from his book deal, his reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, his savings and “wise investments” allowed him to purchase the lambo for his wife—not church money.
Defending his right to buy nice things for his family, Gray said that as long as what he does is “honorable, ethical and not illegal,” it’s nobody else’s business how he chooses to express love for his wife.
“The stories that I hear, and I’ve tried to not listen to it, but one of them is, ‘Pastor buys his wife, you know, this expensive car,’” John Gray said in the video. “First of all, it wasn’t a pastor that bought the car. It was a husband that bought the car.”
“I’m a husband first. Don’t confuse what I do with who I am,” he added. “What I do is, I pastor God’s people. Who I am is a husband and a father, and I’ll do anything to honor them, and I won’t ask permission from anybody to do it.”
Gray also quoted Bible verses from the Book of Ephesians during his Facebook Live video to explain why he spent $200K on a Lamborghini for his wife. He talked about the importance of a “good marriage,” explaining that he had never seen a successful marriage when he was growing up. And he said that since he had never seen a happy marriage, he used to worry that he would never be able to be a good husband.
Gray mentioned men in his family who had abandoned their wives and families, leaving the women to raise their children alone. “I grew up with those stories,” he said. “I grew up seeing physical abuse, seeing domestic violence.” Gray also talked about witnessing men in his family abusing drugs and committing adultery. “I swore to God I’d never perpetuate that,” he said. “I swore I’d be more.”
Taking a verse from Ephesians, Gray talked about the importance of being a good husband. “Here’s the truth, husbands love your wives like Christ loves the Church,” he said. “Even giving himself a ransom. That means give everything. Sow everything. Give the best of everything. And that’s where I’m at.”
Video footage of John Gray presenting his wife with the keys to the SUV during their vow renewal celebration earlier this month was widely viewed on social media. The Grays said that they didn’t post the video and that it was shared by someone else.
Still, the video sparked a ton of backlash online, with some people using it to suggest that Gray is a prosperity preacher, like Creflo Dollar, for instance. Prosperity theology is a religious belief among some Christians that suggests God wants all Christians to be prosperous and that material wealth is a sign of God’s favor.
Gray rejected the idea that he is a prosperity preacher in his Facebook Live video, saying instead that the gift was just him wanting to make his wife happy.
“My wife has pushed for my dreams and my vision. And she has toiled with a man who was still trying to find himself, and that carries a weight,” Pastor Gray said in Thursday’s video. “I wanted to honor her for how she has walked with me. I’ve covered her, she’s covered me.”
Gray said he came up with idea to buy his wife the Lamborghini Urus back in February when the couple saw a presentation about the new vehicle at a hotel. The vehicle, which premiered in December 2017, typically sells for $240K or more with options, and it’s one of the fastest SUVs in thew world, with the ability to go from zero to 60 in under 3.6 seconds.
“I saw my wife’s eyes light up,” he said, referring the moment she saw the SUV. “She said, ‘This would be a dream,’ and that’s all she had to say to me.” He said he spent the next 10 months planning how to purchase the SUV. “I’m a 45-year-old man, and I’ve worked my whole life,” he added. “I should be able to bless my wife.”
Aventer Gray came to her husband’s defense on social media, writing that when celebrities buy expensive gifts for their partners, it’s seen as “fun and cool,” but when pastors do it, “we are stealing.”
“I don’t see anyone screaming about how basketball players drive what they do while you paying $$$ to see them play in arenas and on fields,” Aventer Gray wrote last week in a since-deleted Instagram post. “We don’t live for people! We live for God!”
John Gray rose to fame as a former associate pastor at Houston’s Lakewood Church, the megachurch run by the popular American televangelist Joel Osteen.
Gray moved to Greenville, South Carolina to work at Relentless Church, a megachurch that was named Redemption Church (started by Apostle Ron Carpenter) and had five campuses and an active membership of 22,000 people when he took over in May.
Gray previously received backlash for being one of several black pastors who accepted an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House back in August. Gray has since said that while he initially thought the purpose of the meeting was to discuss prison reform, he now believes it was simply a photo opp for Trump.
On Sunday, during a church worship service, Relentless Church members showed support for the Grays, giving Pastor Gray a round of applause when he mentioned the controversy over his wife’s new Lamborghini.
“I got one wife, I got one life, I got two kids, and while they’re alive, I’m going to do whatever I can to bless them,” he said in his Facebook Live video. “And I hope you do the same to your family.”
Earlier this month, Pastor Gray switched up the collection plate while blasting “pulpit pimps” during his sermon. He told his congregation that members in need should take cash from the offering plates instead of donating.
“For too long people have stood in a pulpit and told you to give, give, give,” he said. “Very rarely have I seen churches stop and said ‘leave the baskets out, let the people get what they need.’ We’ve got too many pulpit pimps who want to get fat off people but don’t want to meet the needs of the poor people.”
He added: “And Jesus said that’s who you supposed to be taking care of. We got widows, we got orphans, we’ve got single moms in here. We might not be able to do everything but we can do something. I wish we could do more but it’s the best we can do right now.”
“Are there any single mothers in here?” asked. “You had an orange light in your gas tank when you pulled up, where are you? Come to the altar. Hurry. Single mothers. Are there any single fathers and you had less than a quarter tank of gas, where are you? Come to the altar, come to the altar.”
As Cardi B and Offset’s breakup continues to dominate gossip headlines, Cardi B wants the world to know that her split with her husband is the real deal, Holyfield.
Over the weekend, Offset pulled off an elaborate stunt that saw him crashing Cardi B’s Rolling Loud performance and begging her to take him back in front of a screaming audience of thousands of fans. The rapper appeared on stage with a cart of roses spelling out the words “Take Me Back Cardi.”
“I just wanted to tell you I’m sorry, bruh, in person, in front of the world,” Offset said. “I love you. Whatever I got to do to show that, I’ll do it.”
Cardi looked mortified, and the entire moment was captured on video and quickly went viral on social media, where some folks suggested that the whole thing was a publicity stunt.
Making matters even worse, a video clip surfaced showing Offset being led to Cardi’s stage by the “Money” rapper’s publicist Patience Foster.
Here is backstage footage of Cardi B’s publicist Patience Foster leading Offset to the stage. Like I said, this whole "break up" is an orchestrated publicity stunt. So these media outlets can stop using this fake scenario to push their anti-Black "toxic masculinity" narrative pic.twitter.com/z8KLPs3eZl
Which begs the question, if this moment was so sincere, why was Patientce a part of it? Well, according to Cardi herself, Patientce is more than just her public relations manager—she’s family to both Cardi and Offset.
“That’s my bitch. That’s my homie. That’s like my big sister,” Cardi said on Instagram Live. “She’s not like any other publicist. She’s my friend.”
Cardi continued: “She has taken my husband and my sister as a client and she has helped us a lot. Yeah, sometimes she does a little bit more, you wanna know why? Because we are a family and she cares about my family. I’m not gonna let y’all drag her. I don’t give a f**k … I will never let y’all disrespect people this close to me.”
Cardi said she had no idea that Patientce and Offset were working in tandem for the viral stunt, and she’s in no way mad at Patientce because she knows she was just trying to do what she thought was best. “She was just trying to help a man that was telling her, ‘Yo, I love my wife. Please help me get my wife,’” Cardi said.
“I’m not gonna let y’all drag my bitch for that,” she added, threatening to delete her Instagram account and not drop her new music video for “Money” if her fans didn’t back off.
Cardi reiterated her sentiments in an Instagram Story post, writing: “Fan or not you talk about my publicist/friend you can eat a d**k period.”
Responding to a fan’s comment on Instagram, Cardi added: “She was there when I gave birth to my daughter and the only person I have kept [with] me since the beginning of my career cause everybody saw [me] as nothing but a piece of opportunity.
She continued: “You wanna know what’s sooo funny? The last publicist I had when I first got on TV told me if I don’t change the way I talk or act I won’t blow up because I wouldn’t appeal to big brands. [They] even [tried] to make me get a damn etiquette class. I found somebody who fit my personality and look how far we have [come]. You can’t be mad at somebody for trying to help somebody else.”
Foster responded to the note with her own caption: “For those of you who question where I stand with the people who MATTER!”
Cardi went on to say that she didn’t want people to criticize Offset for “f**king trying,” adding that she was also tired of people saying the rapper’s actions were a sign that he was trying to manipulate her.
“I’ve been married and y’all haven’t noticed that I be talking some sexual sh** and I be saying whatever I want and wanna know why? Because nobody can manipulate me to change who I am. Period. So stop with the sh**,” she said.
This comes after Cardi pleaded with fans to leave Offset alone.
“I don’t want people to keep doing f**k sh**, saying f**k sh**,” she said. “I just want things to die down. I just need time so we can see eye-to-eye. I can’t predict the future. I don’t know. But, the whole coming at my baby father bullsh**, that doesn’t make me feel any better, because at the end of the day, that’s family.
She added: “I’m not saying that I’m gonna get back together with him. I just don’t like that bashing online thing. I know how painful it is when you have millions of people bashing you every single day. I don’t like that, and it doesn’t make me feel any better. Period.”
Cardi also directly responded to claims that her breakup with Offset is a publicity stunt, saying that she doesn’t need the publicity.
She said in a profanity-laced rant on IG Live: “This year I was one of the most tweeted b**ches. This year I was one of the most searched b**ches even on f**king PornHub. Do you think I need f**king publicity hoe? F**k outta here. B**ch, I sell! F**k is you talking about? I don’t need no motherf**king publicity b**ch! Right now on my live there’s 101,000 viewers. You think I need f**king publicity, b**ch?”
She added: “Do you think I want n***as to be f**king talking sh** about my baby father? The n***a I conceived a kid with? No, so shut the f**k up. You think I wanna give these bum a** bitches clout. So what makes you think I wanna do this sh** for publicity?”