Dennis Rodman, Trying to Stay Sober

Dennis Rodman has fallen off the wagon. The former NBA star has admitted to drinking again, but says he is now focused on cutting alcohol out for good.

The 57-year-old was arrested for a DUI back in January and checked himself into rehab shortly after. He has slipped up in the past 2 weeks and was seen drinking at bars in Newport Beach, California. According to TMZ, Dennis is back in AA and trying his hardest to stay sober.

He added that “It’s a long process and it’s gonna take time to get over the hump,” but that is what he wants to do.

Lil Xan’s Day Out

Lil Xan checked himself out of rehab on a day pass to lock down his post-rehab living quarters.

The rapper left his treatment facility on Saturday to sign papers for the new house he bought in Redlands, California.

Xan will move into the home once he has completed his in-patient treatment and will have round-the-clock care to keep him on the straight and narrow.

Nicki’s New Man Is an Ex-Con

Nicki Minaj fans are concerned about the new man in her life.

Over the weekend, the rapper announced that she is dating 40-year-old Kenneth Petty, who happens to have quite a rap sheet.

According to court records, Kenneth was convicted of attempted rape in 1995, when he was in his teens. The female victim was also in her teens at the time. He was sentenced to 18-54 months in a state prison and served 48 of those months. Kenneth also served time for a shooting someone. He pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter in 2006 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He served seven of those years.

None of the crimes are news to Nicki as it has come out that the couple dated as teens. The 36-year-old has given him another chance because she believes he is a changed man and will be faithful. Her friends say they have never seen her so happy.  

Courtney Love’s Protection Order

Courtney Love took out a restraining order against her former manager Sam Lutfi.

The singer-actress claims that Sam has been harassing her and her family, demanding money and incessantly trying to contact her via email, texts and phone calls.

Frances Bean, Courtney’s daughter with the late Kurt Cobain, and Courtney’s sister are also included in the restraining order.

Single Nikki

Nikki Bella is enjoying the single life.

The “Total Divas” star ended her six-year relationship with WWE star John Cena this past spring and has yet to rejoin the dating scene.

E! News caught up with Nikki and twin sister Brie Bella at the Jingle Ball in NYC over the weekend and asked about the reality star’s dating life. Nikki said, “I’m enjoying being single, but I’m not really living up to the perks of a single life.”

There was, however, at least one attempt at dating for the 35-year-old. In a promo video for the upcoming season of the E! show “Total Divas,” Nikki got set up on a date with “The Bachelorette” contestant Peter Kraus. When asked about it, Nikki played coy saying “You know, you have to watch the show to see if there were sparks or not.”

No Host Oscars?

With Kevin Hart’s unexpected departure as the Oscars host, the Academy is scrambling. They’re set to meet tonight to go over options. One top comedy agent tells Variety they have no idea what they’re going to do, but one idea is emerging as a favorite: No host. Instead, celebs would do bits and throw to commercials between awards and show segments. It’s not the worst idea; with no one wanting to do it and some hosts getting bad reviews before the show even airs, the Academy would be taking a major stumbling block off the table, and move closer to a format that might once again attract massive audiences. Viewership numbers have plummeted over the last decade.

Hart Knock Life

Kevin Hart can’t catch a break. A woman who attended his show in San Diego last July is suing because she wasn’t allowed to use her cell phone to check an app that monitors blood sugar. The plaintiff is diabetic, and was feeling unwell, but was asked to leave when security saw her taking the phone out. Fortunately — the suit is against the venue and Live Nation, not Hart himself.

In Yo’ FACE

Ron Teigen celebrated his daughter’s 33rd birthday in style — getting her FACE tattooed on his left arm. Chrissy Teigen posted a pic to Instagram of her dad with his tattoo artist sporting the new ink on Monday. Famous pal Kim Kardashian-West commented “OMG” and January Jones chimed in with “Now that’s a good dad.”

Maverick On Location

Tom Cruise is on location in Lake Tahoe, shooting scenes for the sequel to “Top Gun.”

While the specifics of the film have been kept under wraps, some shots have been revealed. According to TMZ, Tom has been shooting scenes running through the forest and on top of mountains that look down at the local airport. Military aircraft has been spotted flying in and out that airport too. 

Scenes for the film have also been shot in San Diego and Nevada.

Offset Trying To Save His Family

Offset is determined to win Cardi B back.

Sources told TMZ that the rapper was desperately trying to save his marriage before Cardi made the announcement that they were done.

The 26-year-old believes that what he wants may be impossible because of all the haters out there commenting and blogging about the failed relationship. He added that Cardi reads all that is written and takes it to heart.

Friends close the couple said that the rapper only has love for his daughter Kulture and Cardi and that he will take every chance to save his family.

Tyra Drops Some Beats

Tyra Banks is a supermodel-turned-MC. While hosting the Altus Foundation Gala in Houston on Sunday, she unexpectedly took the stage for some freestyle rapping. The 34-year-old was pretty good at it too.

The surprise rap performance comes on the heels of her being compared to the likes of Cardi B and Nicki Minaj after dropping her new “Life Size 2” music video, in which she is in full on rap mode.

Rapper Showers Mom In Love and Cash

Jaquees dropped some serious dough at his mom’s wedding over the weekend…all over the dance floor. During the reception, the rapper took the mic to profess his love and appreciation for his mom. He then opened a Louis Vuitton duffel and poured $100k all over the floor.

While many guests were shocked, none more so than his mom, Rosie Broadnax.

Bhabbie Disses Iggy

Danielle Bregoli aka Bhad Bhabbie aka Cash Me Outside Girl just took another hit at Iggy Azalea. While answering questions—in Iggy’s native land of Australia—the 15-year-old told fans that Iggy can’t be on her current celebrity s**t list because she’s “not even really a celebrity.”

Just last month, Bhabbie was in a bar where she threw a drink at the 28-year-old. She also dissed Iggy in her song that she shared to kick off 2018.

Teen Mom Couple Take 30-day Reflection

Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra are trying to fix their marriage by living separately. The “Teen Mom OG” stars are taking a “30-day self-reflection” period apart to see if they can envision a future together.

During the separation the couple plans to focus on their individual struggles by really diving headfirst into their therapy sessions.

Tyler said that he wants to focus on his mental health, while Cate focuses on her postpartum depression and anxiety.

The couple rose to fame on the MTV show when they got pregnant as teenagers with their first child, who they decided to place for adoption. They have since had a daughter, 3-year-old Novalee Reign and are expecting another daughter, due next year.

Ariana’s Tatted Nana

To celebrate the end of an emotionally challenging year, Ariana Grande got a friendship tattoo with an unlikely family member. The “thank u, next” singer and her 93-year-old grandmother hit up Brooklyn tattoo artist Mira Mariah for some ink.

The 25-year-old got a celestial tattoo on the top of her left hand, totally sending off “God is Woman” vibes.

Not to be left out, the 93-year-old opted for her late husband’s nickname “Ciccio” on the inside of her ring finger.

Post tattoo, Ariana’s grandma said, “I feel fine…I’ve had a little bit more excitement than this.”

R. Kelly Screening Investigation

An investigation into who threatened to shoot up the NYC screening of “Surviving R. Kelly” led police to R. Kelly’s hometown of Chicago.

According to TMZ, the person of interest is a man with Chicago’s 773 area code. The name of the man has not been released and it is unclear if he has a personal relationship with the singer.

“Surviving R. Kelly” is a documentary about the 51-year-old’s alleged sexual abuse of women. It was screened Tuesday night at NeueHouse in NYC.

The documentary premieres on Lifetime in January.

Both the singer and the NYPD have declined to comment on the incident.

No More Ring For Cardi

Cardi B has removed her 8-carat, $550k wedding ring.

As the 26-year-old headed into Madison Square Garden for iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball concert, she proudly waved her hand for fans and paps to notice the bare finger.

The move was obviously a signal to her estranged hubby Offset, who the rapper has already stopped following on Instagram.

Following the Jingle Ball concert, Offset took to Twitter to share his feelings on the matter, writing, “F**K YALL I MISS CARDI.”

Rapper Faces Life, Girlfriend Gets Inked

Tekashi69’s girlfriend is supporting her man with some new ink and a new hairstyle. Jade showed off her “69” tattoo and rainbow hair in an Instagram post over the weekend. Apparently, the rapper’s baby mama is sticking by his side even though he is still in custody and facing a life sentence in his federal racketeering case.

Miley Picked On Hailey

Miley Cyrus crashed Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin’s “Carpool Karaoke” episode and dished about childhood memories with Hailey.

Hailey and Miley have known each other since they were young, but haven’t always had a great relationship. The 26-year-old singer admitted that she and Hailey’s oldest sister Alaia would lock the young model out of their room when she tried to play with them.

Hailey added that her older sister and Miley “used to gang up on me.” To which Miley responded, “It made you who you are, you know? Now you can always take like the trolls and sh*t.”

Hart: Out

That was quick: Comedian Kevin Hart is out as the host of the Oscars in 2019. There was uproar over previous tweets deemed to be anti-gay. Meanwhile, online videos surfaced of his 2010 act which had a whole bit on wanting to be sure his son wasn’t gay. Hart took down the offending tweets during the furor, but it wasn’t enough. 

He at first refused to apologize, saying he’d addressed these criticisms previously. Then, without apologizing, he bowed out from hosting duties in the early hours of Friday morning. In a lengthy Instagram post and video he apparently took while lying in bed, he says he’s evolved, said people are just looking for things to be mad about, and is putting the entire issue to rest.

Washington’s Best Actor Nominee

Thursday morning was made extra special for a famous father and son.

Denzel Washington sat with his son John David Washington as the names of nominees for the 2019 Golden Globes were announced. Leslie Mann read the names for Best Actor and last on the list of 5 was John’s.

The “Blackkklansman” star told E! News that he hugged his dad for “what felt like for about 10 minutes. We just held each other.”

The 34-year-old’s nomination comes 30 years after his father’s first nomination—in the same category—for his role in the movie “Cry Freedom.”

Ina & Jen In & Out

Ina Garten is known for making complex meals with authentic ingredients, but she’s no food snob. Garten wrapped up her book promotional tour in California Thursday then headed to In ‘N Out Burger with her pal Jennifer Garner — the ladies have been friends for three years. Each posted a pic of their dinner to Instagram, each with complimentary things to say about the other.

SpongeBob’s Creator Cause of Death

The cause of death for Stephen Hillenburg has been revealed. According to his death certificate, the “SpongeBob SquarePants” creator died of heart failure as a result of his ALS.

The document also states that he was cremated and his ashes were scattered off the coast of California.

Stephen died last month after battling ALS for more than a year. He is survived by his wife and son. He was 57-years-old.