Good morning! Catch up on your pop culture news with our roundup of today’s top stories — so far.
1. Kanye West releases controversial new tunes
Kanye West hosted a livestreamed listening party for his new album, Ye, last night in Wyoming. The material on it refers to his mental health, #MeToo, and wife Kim Kardashian’s reactions to his statements about slavery. And while Taylor Swift can breathe easy, NBA star Tristan Thompson got burned with a rhyme about his cheating on West’s sister-in-law, Khloé Kardashian. Read more >
2. Kim Kardashian gives a Trump meeting recap
Speaking of Mrs. West, the reality star revealed details about her meeting with President Trump in an interview with Mic. Kardashian is “very hopeful” that POTUS will pardon Alice Marie Johnson — though so far he has only announced plans to pardon conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza, with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Martha Stewart as possible contenders. Read more >
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4. Meet the new National Spelling Bee champ
This 14-year-old must feel pretty good about himself today. Texas’s own Karthik Nemmani took home the National Spelling Bee trophy after correctly spelling koinonia. Mmm, definition please? Read more >
— NationalSpellingBee (@ScrippsBee) June 1, 2018
5. Bachelorette contestant apologizes for social media controversy
Garrett Yrigoyen, who is vying for the heart of Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, has issued a statement — via social media, of course — expressing regret over “liking” controversial posts bashing feminism, Parkland survivors, immigrants, and trans rights. Read more >
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