Savannah Chrisley Splits from Boyfriend Luke Kennard After 4 Months of Dating

Savannah Chrisley and Luke Kennard are going their separate ways.

The Chrisley Knows Best star and newly-drafted NBA player have broken up after four months of dating, according to E! News.

“The last 4 months I’ve been dating Luke have been great but as a young woman of faith I made the decision that with where Luke and I both are in our careers, it was best to part as friends rather than deal with the pressures of wondering if you are the only one,” Savannah, 20, shared in a statement to the outlet.

“I was brought up to know my worth. I’m 20 now and so excited to live my life as beautifully as God intended,” she continued. “I will forever love the Kennard family.”

Their split comes a week after Todd Chrisley defended his daughter’s relationship amid reports that the pair had broken up.

“So proud of these two and how they NEVER listen to the noise,” Todd, 48, wrote on Instagram. “@lukekennard5 @savannahchrisley I hope you guys are having an amazing time.” Alongside the message, Todd shared a photo of the young couple, who were vacationing in the Cayman Islands for Savannah’s birthday.

WATCH: ‘He’s My Guy’: Savannah Chrisley Dating Newly-Drafted NBA Player Luke Kennard

Savannah made her relationship with Kennard, 21, Instagram official in June when he was selected by the Detroit Pistons as the 12th pick of the 2017 NBA draft.

“Yep y’all…he’s my guy could not be more proud of him!! Thank you for choosing me @lukekennard5,” the former Miss Teen Tennessee captioned her photo along with the hashtag “#myboyfriendishot.”

Prior to Kennard, she was formerly linked to Memphis Grizzlies player Chandler Parsons and split from longtime boyfriend Blaire Hanks in January after a two-year romance.

Another Summer at the Shore! Snooki & JWoww Join Jersey Shore Spinoff

Get ready for another summer at the Shore!

Five years after Jersey Shore fans said goodbye to the reality series following the season 6 finale in 2012, two of the show’s stars are returning for a spinoff.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley, who starred on all six seasons of Jersey Shore, will be joining Mob Wives‘ Drita D’avanzo on the new VH1 production, Celebrity Shore (a working title of the show), PEOPLE can confirm.

When the new series premieres, audiences will watch Snooki and JWoww head back to the beach with their reality star friends for another summer at the Jersey Shore.

WATCH: Why Snooki Thinks Kim Kardashian Wouldn’t Cut It on the Jersey Shore

This Sunday, E! will premiere the reunion-centered docu-series, Reunion Road Trip: Return to the Jersey Shore, also starring Snooki and JWoww.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the upcoming docu-series last month. Road Trip Reunion will capture the cast taking an epic trip down memory lane, making all the familiar stops along the way — Jenks, anyone? — as they share stories, revisit hot spots and catch up on each other’s current lives.

Reunion Road Trip: Return to the Jersey Shore premieres Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET on E!

Twin Peaks Actor Arrested for Attempted Second Degree Murder After Allegedly Beating Woman with Baseball Bat

An actor who appeared on an episode of Twin Peaks: The Return has been arrested for attempted second degree murder after allegedly beating a woman with a baseball bat.

According to a press release from the Spokane, Washington, police department, officers responded to a call from a local Spokane business around 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday for an alleged assault. The call said that a man, identified as actor Jeremy Lindholm — he appeared in one scene of the limited series’ Part 6 episode as Mickey  — was assaulting a woman with a baseball bat. When officers arrived at the scene, Lindholm was fleeing out the back of the business with the bat in hand. He “quickly gave up” when officers confronted him in the alley, according to the release, and was then taken into custody.

Surveillance video caught footage of the incident from inside the business and captured the “extremely violent assault perpetrated by Lindholm,” according to the release.

Upon interviewing both the victim and witnesses at the scene of the crime, police learned the incident was “domestic violence related.”

After watching the footage, officers believed that the victim was in danger. “There was information suggesting the intent of was to kill the victim,” according to the release.

Officers booked Lindholm, 41, into Spokane County Jail on multiple charges: attempted murder second degree, second degree assault and several others, including assault of the victim’s friend.

The victim received serious but non life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

According to TMZ (which first reported the news), Lindholm is being held on $100,000 bond.

“MAM represents Jeremy Lindholm. We have worked with him on bookings for television, film, and commercial projects. We are stunned at the news of his arrest,” Lindholm’s talent agent, Anne Lillian Mitchell, said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Our interaction with him has always been consistently professional. We will monitor the trial. Our thoughts are with all involved and their families.”

On Aug. 5, Lindholm shared a photo to Twitter of himself standing beside a TV that was playing his scene from the Showtime limited series. “How are you watching Twin Peaks? Don’t forget it begins airing at 8pm this Sunday,” he wrote.

How are you watching Twin Peaks?
Don’t forget it begins airing at 8pm this Sunday #TwinPeaks#WeAreMAM#Showtime

— Jeremy Lindholm (@JeremyLindholm) August 5, 2017

Showtime declined to comment.

Twin Peaks airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Showtime.

RHOMiami Alum Joanna Krupa & Romain Zago Finalize Divorce

Joanna Krupa and Romain Zago’s marriage has officially ended.

The former Real Housewives of Miami star’s attorney, Raymond J. Rafool, confirmed to PEOPLE that the pair divorced Thursday morning.

“Joanna and Romain remain grateful for the years they spent together and wish each other nothing but continued happiness and success,” Rafool said in a statement to PEOPLE.

“The parties did not request from the other and do and did not seek and irrevocably waived any and all rights to receive alimony and support in all forms and/or a combination of forms,” according to Krupa and Zago’s final judgment of dissolution of marriage obtained by PEOPLE.

After they signed their divorce documents, the duo was spotted leaving a Miami, Florida, court building.

Krupa, 38, donned a fitted black top and black skinny jeans, which she paired with nude pumps and a pale pink blazer, while Zago sported jeans, black tennis shoes and a white long-sleeved polo shirt.

Upon walking out of the building with two lawyers, Krupa and Zago each hugged the legal counsel before they went their separate ways.

A source confirmed to PEOPLE in May that the former Bravo personality had separated from Zago after four years of marriage; last month, the pair jointly filed for divorce.

According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Krupa, who was listed as the petitioner, claimed their marriage was “irretrievably broken,” and both parties had agreed to not seek spousal support from one another.

Krupa wed Zago in June 2013 in front of 150 guests, including former RHOM castmates Adriana DeMoura and Alexia Echevarria. The ceremony took place poolside at the Park Hyatt Aviara resort in San Diego.

According to an eyewitness, “The ceremony featured many candles and was very romantic. Joanna wore a strapless dress and looked gorgeous. She got emotional during their vows: “After they were pronounced husband and wife, they couldn’t stop kissing. They both looked extremely happy. It was a very special ceremony.”

WATCH: EXCLUSIVE! Real Housewife Joanna Krupa: Why I’m Freezing My Eggs

Months after tying the knot, the reality star opened up to PEOPLE about life as a newlywed. “The honeymoon stage officially ended a week ago. Right after the wedding, everything was so calm. We were relaxed, didn’t bicker. Now it’s back to normal,” she said.

The former couple had no children together.

AGT Champion Grace VanderWaal Returns & Receives Standing Ovation from Judges After Performance of ‘Moonlight’

America’s Got Talent had a very familiar face visit the series on Wednesday’s episode — champion Grace VanderWaal!

VanderWaal, who was crowned the season 11 winner at the age of 12, returned to the same stage where she won a million dollar prize and headlining show in Las Vegas in September.

The musician, now 13, performed her song “Moonlight,” which was well-received by both audiences and the judges — Simon CowellMel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — who cheered loudly and gave her a standing ovation.

“It’s great to be here!” a smiling VanderWaal, who is going on tour, told the crowd.

BRB dancing to @GraceVanderWaal’s #Moonlight in the daylight, moonlight and every light on repeat forever.

— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) August 17, 2017

“It’s living proof that this show changes lives,” said host Tyra Banks.

Ahead of the episode, VanderWaal expressed her excitement about her return to the competition series. “Tonight’s the night! So excited to be back here at @AGT Make sure to watch my performance of #Moonlight at 8/7c on @NBC!” she tweeted.

Tonight’s the night! So excited to be back here at @AGT ❤ Make sure to watch my performance of #Moonlight at 8/7c on @NBC!

— Grace VanderWaal (@GraceVanderWaal) August 16, 2017

During the show last year, VanderWaal performed her viral audition song “I Don’t Know My Name” to a packed audience, including special guest Stevie Nicks, who she got to later introduce before the Fleetwood Mac band member performed “Landslide.”

VanderWaal’s golden buzzer coach Mandel gushed about the singer after she won in a series of tweets that read: “@GraceVanderWaal MY GOLDEN BUZZER WON!”

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on NBC.

Ellen DeGeneres Posts Loving Anniversary Tribute in Celebration of Nine Years of Marriage to Wife Portia de Rossi

Happy anniversary Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi!

Nine years ago on Wednesday, the couple tied the knot. And in celebration of their anniversary, DeGeneres, 59, shared a loving tribute to Instagram!

“@PortiadeRossi and I got married 9 years ago today,” the Ellen DeGeneres Show host captioned a smiling, black-and-white photo of the pair on their wedding day. “Being her wife is the greatest thing I am.”

Singer Joshua Radin, who performed at the couple’s wedding, also took to the photo and video-sharing app to celebrate their union.

“Nine years ago today, these two incredible women got married and asked me to sing some of my songs to them while they were celebrating their most special day. It’s still one of the most fun things I’ve ever done,” Radin wrote. “Happy anniversary @theellenshow and @portiaderossi.”

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, de Rossi recalled about falling for DeGeneres. “We actually met socially and I just felt that immediate draw,” she said. “We did talk a little bit and then over those three years, we saw each other at parties or at various things, but the one time that was the most significant was during a photoshoot actually.”

She continued: “I just walked over to say hello to her, and I couldn’t believe it, but she turned around and it was like an arrow was shot through my heart. I felt weak at the knees and I was overwhelmed with how I felt, but then it took me about 10 months to get the courage up to actually do anything about it.”

In a 2008 episode of her talk show, DeGeneres announced her plans to wed de Rossi; the reveal followed the news that the California Supreme Court had struck down a law banning same-sex marriage. The happy couple later showed off their engagement bling on the Daytime Emmys red carpet that same year.

That August, the couple tied the knot with an intimate ceremony in their L.A. home. (To see more of their cute moments from throughout the years, click here).

“Portia and I constantly say to each other, ‘We are so lucky.’ Sometimes it’s lying in bed at night before I go to sleep, and I just say thank you to whatever, whoever is out there,” DeGeneres told PEOPLE in her 2016 cover story. “I’ve gotten to a place where I really am just settled. Really. I know that I’m not going anywhere. She’s not going anywhere. I’m not saying the relationship took a while; I’m saying in my life, it took a while to find this.”

BiP Cast Says Race ‘Absolutely’ Played a Part in the Aftermath of DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios’ Sex Scandal

Chris Harrison was able to officially declare that Bachelor in Paradise was “back open” on Tuesday evening’s episode — but only after a serious discussion with the season 4 cast members.

In the second part of a two-night premiere for the fourth season, Harrison addressed the sexual encounter between DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios (both of whom had been drinking heavily the day of the incident) that shut down production just days into filming in June. Warner Bros. subsequently suspended production on the show and launched an internal investigation into “allegations of misconduct,” which was later cleared after they deemed nothing improper had occurred.

But before production could officially resume — this time without Olympios, 24, and Jackson, 30 — the longtime host of the Bachelor/ette spinoff sat down with the new and returning castmates in Mexico to discuss the scandal — and the aftermath — that shook Bachelor Nation. (For more on the scandal, here’s everything you need to know.)

Here’s how the conversation unfolded.


“Before I can officially declare Paradise back open, I think it’s very important that we sit down and have a serious talk, all of us, about what happened, what didn’t happen, and what we all need to do to start this show together,” Harrison told the cast.

He proceeded to explain that Warner Bros. hired an outside firm to “look into everything that supposedly happened” and “they concluded that there was no evidence of misconduct by cast on the set.”

But Harrison wanted to hear the cast’s interpretation of the incident and made room for them to share.

“Do you trust that conclusion?” Harrison asked the cast, who sat in a large circle on the beach.

The group was unanimous in trusting the outcome of the investigation and were vocal in supporting producers, Jackson and Olympios.

“I was confident that nothing happened between DeMario and Corinne that was bad. I trusted everyone that worked here, so I knew everything was going to be okay,” said Raven Gates.

“I think there was a lot in the media regarding the producers as if they’re not our friends and they’re just using us to make us do things like we’re going to just do whatever they say,” said Alex Woytkiw.

Added Derek Peth: “I think there’s a weird perception that exists out there that we’re not in control of ourselves when we’re here. … We all know how realistic the friendships are with and among the cast. … We are here to make our own decisions and develop real relationships with everybody.”

Taylor Nolan, who revealed during casting that she doesn’t drink and said she has never been asked to have a drink by production, told Harrison, “We’re responsible for ourselves and the things we say, how much we drink, who we kiss.”

“We’re all adults here. We’re not here to be babysat by production,” Taylor added.

For Raven, she opened up about the worry she had for Corinne and DeMario from the outset: “My biggest worry was for not only production, because I felt like they were kinda blamed. My worry was for DeMario and Corrine because we knew what happened, but it was so unfair the way that people were speaking about DeMario and the blame he was getting and the horrible things said to him and Corinne both — it broke my heart because I thought no matter if everything is cleared up, people are still going to associate something bad happening with Corinne and DeMario.”

Like Raven, Kenneth “Diggy” Moreland also worried about DeMario’s future and his name being associated with a sex scandal: “Obviously everything came out clean, but I empathize with DeMario a lot more just because I mean obviously we had a black male, white female. But he has 20-30 years of Google searches that are going to be done in his name,” he said. “I’m thinking of the long-term effects and I was really pissed about that.”


“Do you think race played a part in this?” Harrison asked the cast, who responded with “yes,” “for sure” and “absolutely” answers.

“I’m sensitive to it because I’m from the South and we have a stigma that we’re seeing a white woman with a black man is wrong,” Raven said. “And that night, what happened wasn’t wrong. And so I was super empathetic with DeMario because it’s just another issue. Not only is consent important, but it’s also to get rid of the stigma that interracial couples can’t be or blaming African American men for crimes they didn’t commit.”

When Jasmine Goode returned home from filming, she feared for DeMario. “I was just thinking the whole time: what if this happened to my brother?” she said. “He’s a great guy from the guy I met here … and I never felt he was aggressive with any of us. … I just hate that he’s going to have this image stuck with him for a while.”



“I think for me and Jasmine, when we were kind of vocal about sticking up for DeMario, people automatically assumed we were slut-shaming Corinne and that was not the case at all,” Raven explained during the discussion. “We felt for her. It was never calling her any names or judging her for anything she did. Because we didn’t think she did anything wrong and neither did DeMario.”

After news of the scandal broke in Mexico, Corinne released a statement in which she referred to herself as a “victim.” “Why do you think she ” Harrison asked the cast.

“I don’t think Corinne’s statements came from her. It was a very vague lawyer statement,” Derek stated. “It was really interesting to see how that vague statement was turned into an opinion, which wasn’t said. There was no statements about who was in the right, who was in the wrong, but instantly people made their decisions about that.”

Said Harrison: “Derek touches on an interesting point as well. There was a lot of slut-shaming.”

As the conversation about slut-shaming continued, Raven bravely opened up about a painful past experience in her own life when she was sexually assaulted.

“A lot of people don’t know this that I was in a very abusive relationship and there was a point where I was sexually assaulted and so I guess that’s why I took this kind of really personally,” she shared. “So I hope this situation doesn’t deter actual victims from coming forward and really speaking their truth and getting help and asking for help. I hope this doesn’t deter anybody.”


The last topic that Harrison discussed with the group was consent and the importance of it both on set and in the cast members’ personal lives.

“One of the topics that this has raised and something we should talk about is consent … How do you know when someone has given consent when you are getting intimate with somebody?” and “If somebody is passed out, unresponsive, can they give consent? If somebody is drunk, can they give consent?” were just a few of the questions the longtime host asked.

“The purpose of Paradise and what I’m hoping for all of you — and I’m sure you’re all hoping — is to fall in love here,” Harrison explained. “Part of falling in love is physical intimacy. That’s a big part of any serious relationship. But for while you’re here, please keep consent issues in mind and actually that goes for forever, but it definitely should be something we all talk talk about and something we all think about.”

“Knowing what we all know now, having lived through what we’ve all lived through and experienced — the shutdown, the scandal, the accusations, everything we’ve all endured — do each of you want to be here?” he asked the group.

“If the majority of you feels like we should not continue, then we will not continue the show. Please be 100 percent honest because it’s important that we get this right. And so I want to literally go person-by-person,” he said before asking the cast about continuing production.

After each and every cast member agreedthat filming should resume, Harrison concluded by declaring the beach back open: “After we shut down for more than two weeks, with the power vested within me, I now declare Bachelor in Paradise back open.”

Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

D’Andra Simmons: 5 Things to Know About the New Real Housewives of Dallas Star

Will it be another brunette who brings the drama on season 2 of The Real Housewives of Dallas?

Real Housewives of Dallas are getting to know newcomer D’Andra Simmons, who joined fellow new Housewife Kameron Westcott in shaking up the dynamic among returning cast members Cary Deuber, Stephanie Hollman, Brandi Redmond and controversial brown-haired beauty LeeAnne Locken.

Here are five things to know about Simmons.

1. She’s a Dallas socialite.Simmons was born and raised in Dallas and comes from a wealthy family that is considered one of the city’s most prominent. Her father, Glenn Simmons, and uncle were self-made millionaires. The Simmons name can be spotted throughout the city on numerous buildings, including the medical center and at Southern Methodist University.

“Growing up, I was just spoiled rotten, my mom would say,” Simmons explained on the premiere. “I had something like 275 dresses at 5 years old and 75 pairs of shoes. I don’t think I’ve gotten out of that phase.”

2. She’s married to a photojournalist.
Simmons’ husband, Jeremy, is a photojournalist who is retired from the military and has two children from a previous marriage. The couple’s Highland Park home is filled with photos and souvenirs from their travels across the globe.

3. She was initially pursuing politics.
After graduating college, Simmons didn’t have to work, but she wanted to prove that she could do things independently. In 2004, she was pursuing a career in politics in Washington, D.C., when she was convinced to return to Dallas to run her mother’s company.

4. She works for her mother’s company.
Simmons’ mother, Dee, is a breast cancer survivor who founded a lucrative nutrition product line 20 years after her diagnosis. Thirteen years ago, Dee was supposed to turn the reins of her company over to her daughter, but she still actively runs it today.

“She says she wants to retire, but my mother, just like I am, we’re both control freaks. So it’s going to be hard to let go of those reins,” Simmons explained. “She’s afraid that I grew up with a silver spoon in my mouth, so now I don’t know how to make money. Let’s just put it that way.”

5. She’s best friends with LeeAnne Locken.
Simmons and Locken are thick as thieves, so we anticipate to see the strong bond between these two brunettes to be played out at some point this season.

“D’Andra Simmons comes from a legacy family of Dallas,” Locken shared. “And I’m lucky she happens to be my best friend.”

The Real Housewives of Dallas airs Mondays (10 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

RHOD: 5 Things to Know About Dallas Socialite Kameron Westcott

There’s a new blonde bombshell in town, and she’s joining the Dallas drama!

Real Housewives of Dallas are getting to know newcomer Kameron Westcott, who joins fellow new Housewife D’Andra Simmons in trying to find a place among returning cast members Cary Deuber, Stephanie Hollman, LeeAnne Locken and Brandi Redmond.

Here are five things to know about Westcott.

1. She’s a Dallas socialite.
The Westcott family is one of the wealthiest and most prominent in Dallas. Highly respected in the city’s charity scene, she has a broad social circle that spans throughout the city.

“Kameron Westcott is a Dallas socialite. It’s what Chris Rock always said: there’s rich people and then there’s the wealthy ones that write the rich people’s checks. The Westcotts are wealthy,” Deuber explained on the premiere.

2. She’s a California girl.
Although she now calls Dallas home, Westcott is originally from Montecito, California. After graduating high school, she left the Santa Barbara area to attend Southern Methodist University, where she majored in fine arts.

3. She’s a married mother of two.
At the age of 22, Westcott met her husband, Court, a venture capitalist who has made his money off of tech investments. The couple has been married for eight years now and lives with their two children — daughter Hilton, 6, and son Cruise, 3 — in a 7,500-sq.-ft. home in Dallas’ most exclusive neighborhood, Highland Park.

4. She’s practically a real-life Elle Woods from Legally Blonde.
If Reese Witherspoon‘s famous character Elle Woods were a real-life person, she would be Kameron Westcott. The socialite may have long blonde locks, but don’t underestimate her intelligence! Westcott admittedly prefers to “use the blonde card” and has a blonde license plate, which she believes prompts fellow drivers to drive safely around her vehicle. And like the Legally Blonde character, Westcott also has a furry companion that accompanies her (in her purse) wherever she goes — a Yorkshire Terrier called Louis that she got before she met her husband.

“Kameron is like a real-life Elle Woods from Legally Blonde and she’s happy in her world and I say more power to ya, sister,” Deuber shared.

5. She loves pink.
Westcott loves pink. From her clothes to her lipstick to her home, there’s never enough pink for her. In fact, she loves pink so much that she’s developing an organic and natural pink dog food line.

“I love pink. It’s my way of taking myself out of reality. I mean, with all the horrible things that are happening in our world, I like to live in a bubble,” Westcott said. “I always say: blonde by birth, pink by choice.”

The Real Housewives of Dallas airs Mondays (10 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

RHOC’s Meghan King Edmonds on Shannon Beador’s Weight Struggle: ‘I Haven’t Been There for Shannon Like I Should Have’

Meghan King Edmonds regrets not being a better friend to her Real Housewives of Orange County costar, Shannon Beador.

Ahead of the RHOC season 12 premiere last month, Beador revealed in a candid Instagram post that she has gained 40 lbs. in the last few months. “So let’s just get to it. Yes, I have gained weight. A lot of weight. About 40 pounds to be exact,” Beador wrote. “I have not had plastic surgery or fillers, it’s just plain and simple weight gain. There are multiple factors that have contributed to my size and it will be addressed this season on the show.”

Speaking with PEOPLE on Monday, Edmonds, 32, admitted that she hasn’t been the supportive friend she should be throughout Beador’s ongoing weight loss journey.

“I haven’t been there for Shannon like I should have been. I feel like I’ve been so consumed with the baby that it’s really hard for me to check up with my friends like I feel like I should,” Edmonds, who welcomed daughter Aspen in November, said.

“And yeah I check in with Shannon, but I haven’t been like, ‘How are you doing with your weight?’ ” she continued. “Yeah, I kind of suck as a friend, I guess.”

WATCH: RHOC‘s Shannon Beador Reveals She Lost 15 Pounds and Has 25 Pounds to Go

In the RHOC season 12 premiere, Beador, 53, said that stress caused by Vicki Gunvalson led to her weight gain.

“That stress caused me to eat more, caused me to drink more, and that’s a huge part of why I gained my weight,” she said. “My weight gain has affected me and how I feel about myself. I’m embarrassed about my body.”

But last week, Beador clarified that she doesn’t place any blame on Gunvalson in regards to her recent weight struggles.

“@Andy I never blamed Vicki for my weight gain. Discussed it for the millionth time last week. Only blame myself. Enough,” Beador tweeted.

Earlier this month, Beador revealed she’s had success in losing weight — 15 lbs. down, 25 lbs. to go — by focusing on “eating clean, which I always did before.”

“I just kind of went off the rails for a little while,” she told PEOPLE Now. “I’ve been exercising 30 minutes a day. I cannot stand exercising, but you can always carve 30 minutes.”

The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

How Taraji P. Henson’s Hospitalization Motivated the Empire Star to Help ‘Free Women from Being Slaves to Food’

Taraji P. Henson wound up in an emergency room as a result of her food choices. Now, she’s on a mission to help women make better decisions with their diet — and prevent them from making the same mistakes that led to her own hospitalization.

“Recently, I had a health issue where it was because of food that was causing me to have really bad gastritis in my stomach, so I was forced to make better choices. And then once I started learning about what was happening to me physically — knowledge is power, and I found out that it was the food choices that I was making that put me in this predicament,” the Empire star tells PEOPLE.

“My mission is to save women from being in the position I was in. You don’t want to wake up one day and you can’t keep water down. Those food choices led me to the emergency room and I just don’t want another woman to have to go through that,” says Henson. “When it’s all because of me, that can be prevented in what we choose to eat and what we choose to put in our bodies.”

Henson, 46, has teamed up with Kellogg’s Special K — “I love Special K! I’ve been eating Special K cereal for as long as I can remember. Cereal was a part of my childhood,” she says — and is encouraging women to #OwnIt by combating any self-doubt about their food choices and eat with confidence.

According to a survey conducted by Kellogg’s, “90 percent of women in the United States question or doubt their food and spend 61 minutes second-guessing their choices – every day” and “59 percent of women say they spend more time thinking about what they eat than what they wear.”

WATCH: Taraji P. Henson Is One of PEOPLE’s World’s Most Beautiful

But Henson wants to help change that and is rallying to empower women to own what they’re eating without shame.

“Ownership in life gives you confidence. If you are confident about the choices that you’re making in your food, then you can own it. I know I can own something that I feel good about. You can’t own it if you feel guilty about the choices that you’re making. But once you take ownership, then you’re taking control of your life – you’re taking control of your health and that’s a better position to play instead of letting the food take control of you,” she shares.

On Monday, the actress will be in Times Square, New York, with Special K, where she will be highlighting just how much time women spend doubting their food choices and hopes to “relay to these women: take your life back.”

She also is aiming to encourage women to, “own the choices that they’re making with their food. Be confident in their food choices and hopefully give them a better option to make better choices for their health and lifestyle.”

Henson adds: “That’s what I’m trying do — free women from being slaves to food.”

Amber Portwood’s Ex-Fiancé Matt Baier Says He Wants Her ‘to Be Happy and Safe’ as She Is Seen Kissing a New Man

Amber Portwood‘s ex-fiancé Matt Baier is sending her well wishes from afar.

Last month, the Teen Mom OG star opened up about her tumultuous relationship with Baier — with whom she joined the Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars — Family Edition cast — on Dr. Drew Pinsky’s podcastThis Life #YouLive, and revealed that the couple had split.

“We are talking, but we’re not talking in a sense that we’re going to get back together,” Portwood stated. “We argue too much.”

“We are not living together. We haven’t lived together in now almost two months,” Portwood told Pinsky. “I broke up with him before we went on Family Boot Camp.”

Despite the former couple’s split, Baier wants nothing but the best for Portwood.

“All I ever wanted for Amber is for her to be happy and safe,” Baier told E! News. “We spent three years building a life together and they were the three happiest years of my life. I wouldn’t trade them for anything.”

“Amber knows if she ever needs me I’m just a phone call away,” Baier, who is living in Las Vegas, Nevada, added.

Although Portwood didn’t take the possibility of a reunion off the table when speaking with Pinsky, she shared, “I’m trying to find me first before I even thinking about getting in another relationship with Matt.”

WATCH: ‘Teen Mom OG:’ the Moment Amber Portwood Was Forced to Pause Her Wedding Plans With ‘Junkie’ Fiancé Matt Baier

But now it appears that the reality star has found romance with someone new!

In a recently surfaced video obtained by Radar, Portwood was captured kissing a tall mystery man, who can be seen rubbing the MTV personality’s back in the footage.

It’s been a roller coaster ride for Portwood, who put her wedding to Baier on hold in August 2016, after their relationship took a hit when she found out about his past mistakes. Reports surfaced that he allegedly failed to pay child support for several secret biological children with multiple women.

The pair appeared to have mended things in the months following, with Portwood telling PEOPLE in March that Baier was “completely into” tying the knot. But in May, a source told PEOPLE that their fall wedding was off.

Though the duo has since parted ways, they’re still in touch with one another.

“We still talk, of course, because love doesn’t just shut off like that,” Portwood told Pinsky. “That’s not how it works. I just want him to be happy.”

Niecy Nash Opens Up to Essence About the Personal Tragedies She’s Endured — Including Watching Her Mother Get Shot

Niecy Nash is widely recognized for her comedic chops, but behind the screen the actress’ personal life has been riddled with tragedy.

In her September cover interview for Essence, Nash, 47, opens up about how comedy helped mend her broken family following the death of her brother — and why she now likens her life to a fairytale.


“If you look at my track record,” Nash told the publication, reflecting on the tragedies she’s endured, “Then to look at , in many ways that does feel like a Cinderella story.”

At the age of 15, Nash watched as her mother’s boyfriend shot her mom, Margaret Ensley, in the back.

“When I was 15, I saw my mother get shot. Her boyfriend was very abusive, and he shot my mother with a sawed-off, double-barreled shotgun in front of her children, Easter Sunday morning, shot her down like a dog in the street,” Nash said in 2010. “Thankfully my mother survived that incident.”

But just eight years later, Nash’s younger brother, Michael, was shot to death at his high school over a love triangle. He was 17.

“My mother said, ‘I give up,’ ” Nash, who refused to let her do that, recalled in 2010. Instead, she stood at the foot of her mom’s bed every day telling jokes until she finally cheered up. “That’s when I realized comedy was a gift.”

Now a veteran in the entertainment industry (she’s “been in this business for more than 20 years”), the Claws star has expanded herself beyond the comedic genre — but it required patience on her part.

“For a long time the industry was polite, but they were like, ‘Dear, you have a lane. You do broad comedy. Stay over there.’ I had to be a lady-in-waiting and bide my time until they started to recognize,” she told Essence. “My first time doing dramatic work garnered me back-to-back Emmy nominations.”

“God sometimes has to prepare the right project for you,” said Nash. “You just have to be consistent with the work and be patient.”

Nash’s Essence cover interview goes on sale Friday, Aug. 18.