On Monday afternoon, President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor to singer Stevie Wonder, TV journalist Tom Brokaw, and Ethel Kennedy, wife of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
Oh, and he gave one to his girlfriend too.
That would be Meryl Streep, the actress.
“I love Meryl Streep,” the president said in front of all assembled "Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing either of them can do about it.”
No real scandal there. Just a nice bit of affection.
Oh, and he poked a little fun at his love too - pointing out that she sang Abba - "which, you know, that's something."
In the Hot Couple Alert, "Hunger Games" fans are like "it's about time!! Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth are finally ready to take their relationship to the next level. One insider says, "They've always had insane chemistry, but they've never been single at the same time before." But now that Jennifer's brief relationship with Chris Martin is over, and Liam's been single since splitting with Miley Cyrus last year, there's nothing in their way. Things reportedly got more serious as Liam was helping Jennifer through her breakup with Chris. The source says, "Liam knows Jen loves koala bears so, the next day, he had an enormous stuffed toy koala sent to Jen with a note saying, 'Hold out for the perfect man.'"
Ariana Grande has released a bizarre new Christmas song called "Santa Tell Me". It's actually a fairly conventional-sounding holiday tune, but it's the lyrics that are strange. Ariana seems to be worried about falling in love with the wrong guy. So, she turns to Santa and asks him to look into his crystal ball and let her know if it's true love.
Pharrell and Gwen Stefani shared a preview of their video for "Spark the Fire" on "Ellen" yesterday.
Trey Songz celebrated his 30th birthday recently like a kid with friends and family at a carnival-themed party. His buddy Chris Brown was there, along with Kid Ink, Pusha T, and Sevyn Streeter. The party featured women on stilts, a mechanical bull that Chris rode, and cotton candy. Also, Chris sang "Happy Birthday" to Trey. Their tour, "Between the Sheets" kicks off in Hampton on January 28th.
George Eads is leaving "CSI". He's played Nick Stokes on the show since it debuted 15 years ago. There's still no word if the show will even be renewed for a 16th season. Meanwhile, Rachel McAdams has joined the cast of the second season of HBO's "True Detective" joining Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, and Taylor Kitsch.
YouTube star Bethany Mota got the boot on "Dancing with the Stars" last night. That means tonight's finale is between Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson and Janel Parrish.
Some would call Samantha Hess's business an overnight success - but you can't stay overnight.
Samantha runs a shop in Portland, Oregon called Cuddle Up to Me - and it's a professional cuddle shop.
Stay with me now. For $60, a customer can get sixty minutes of hugging, or as it's been described, "the level of human contact that we want or need in order to be our optimal selves."
Sure, it sounds like a front for something, but Samantha says it's a great idea, one that came to her when she really needed a hug. "I was at a place where I thought paying someone to hug me and not have ulterior motives sounded like a great idea," she told an interviewer from The Independent. "I decided why can't this be a thing that we can easily and safely reach for?"
It's all on the up-and-up. Everyone stays dressed, hugs and hand-holding are the only items on the menu, and the show is open Monday through Saturday.
By the way, Samantha's been at it for a year or so. But all of a sudden, the media are getting hold of the story, and it's gone viral.