Serena Williams says she was taking a personal photo of her progressing pregnancy on Snapchat when she accidentally pressed the wrong button and made the post public.
The photo of the tennis superstar in a one piece bathing suit was captioned “20 weeks.” It immediately made headlines around the world last week. Her publicist later confirmed the pregnancy.
Williams told Gayle King at the TED 2017 Conference in Vancouver on Tuesday night that the mishap wasn’t a big deal because she planned to share the news shortly. Williams said she plans to return to the court after becoming a mom, adding, “my baby is going to be in the stands, hopefully cheering for me and not crying too much.”
Coulter cancels speech at Berkeley
Ann Coulter said she is canceling her speech at the University of California, Berkeley, because she had lost the backing of conservative groups that had initially sponsored her appearance. Coulter told the New York Times, “It’s a sad day for free speech.” Despite insisting that she would go to Berkeley regardless — even after the university said it could not accommodate her on the date and time it had initially scheduled her because of threats of violence — Coulter said she did not see how she could go forward. The school said she could speak only at a later date and an earlier time of day, when there were likely to be fewer students on campus and less likelihood of violent outbreaks.
JFK diary: A diary kept by John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II is up for auction this week. Boston-based RR Auction said the diary is expected to fetch at least $200,000 at the auction. The 61-page diary was written in 1945 when the 28-year-old Kennedy was a correspondent for Hearst newspapers and traveled through a devastated Europe. It provides insights into his thoughts on world leaders of the era. Kennedy reflects on the legacy of Hitler and presages the future of the United Nations and the Western power struggle with the Soviet Union, a central conflict during his presidency 16 years later.
not happy: Madonna isn’t happy with a biopic planned on her pre-fame life. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Universal had acquired the rights to “Blond Ambition,” a script about the singer. Brett Ratner is expected to produce the film, which centers on her struggles in New York while making her first album. Madonna expressed her displeasure via Instagram, saying that only she was qualified to tell her story and “anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool.”
Feud: The Queen of Soul is coming out swinging against fellow legend Dionne Warwick, accusing her of making up a story that she was Whitney Houston’s godmother, even though the alleged offense happened five years ago at Houston’s funeral. “She blatantly lied on me … fully well knowing what she was doing,” Aretha Franklin said. Though Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston’s mother, said in the days afterward that Franklin wasn’t Houston’s godmother (it was Darlene Love), Franklin felt the comment was damaging to her and planned to address it at a later date.