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Alison Victoria Says Brandt Andersen Romance Caught Her By Surprise: He’s the ‘Most Amazing Human’
Alison Victoria and Brandt Andersen. JC Olivera/WireImage

HGTV star Alison Victoria and her boyfriend, Brandt Andersen, never expected going Instagram official would become major news.

“We did not think it was that big of a deal. But to me, I just love him,” Victoria, 42, exclusively told Us Weekly at the 6th Annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards on Saturday, June 15. “He is the most amazing human I’ve ever met. I love that everybody already knew how amazing he was. And now I could just be so proud to be next to him.”

The Windy City Rehab personality and film producer Andersen, 46, debuted their romance via Instagram earlier this month and made headlines in the process. According to Victoria, the connection caught her off-guard.

“Surprises are good,” she quipped at Saturday’s awards fest, where she rocked a Paco Rabanne gown.

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Andersen, who attended the event with Victoria, further told Us that they “were friends first” before their bond turned romantic.

“I have no friends who I laugh with like I did with her,” Andersen, wearing a self-styled Louis Vuitton look, said on the red carpet. “It just became something more because we just love being with each other.”

Andersen also had “never” previously watched Victoria on Windy City Rehab before they got together.

“As soon as we met, I binge-watched [her show] like crazy,” he told Us. “Now, I’m like an expert on her show. She’s amazing.”

Anderson is also Victoria’s No. 1 fan off-camera.

“She’s just very honest. We have a very honest relationship where we just laugh and we laugh and we just have a great time all the time,” he gushed. “No matter what’s going on in our lives, we kind of laugh our way through. We dance.”

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Victoria also said grooving with her man is one of her favorite activities.

“We love cooking and dancing and laughing. It’s all about the simple things,” she stressed.

While Victoria and Andersen are basking in their blossoming romance, it likely won’t be captivated onscreen anytime soon.

“Oh, God. I mean, never say never,” Victoria joked. “We’ll see. You never know.”

Victoria has starred on HGTV’s Windy City Rehab since 2019, flipping houses in her hometown of Chicago. On the four-season show, Victoria has shown her prowess renovating fixer-uppers in historic neighborhoods.

“When I created Windy City Rehab, it was to really be different and to show the truth of the business and the good, the bad, the ugly and never hide from it,” she told Us. “I think a lot of [HGTV] shows tend to be a little more fluffy and pretty and I wanted to be more raw and real [and] that’s what I want my new production company to fully encompass and embody is just that truth and that rawness and that realness.”

With reporting by Mike Vulpo

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By: Miranda Siwak
Title: HGTV’s Alison Victoria and Boyfriend Brandt Tell Us About ‘Honest’ Romance
Sourced From: www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/hgtvs-alison-victoria-brandt-andersen-reveal-how-they-started-dating/
Published Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2024 22:01:35 +0000

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‘Shogun’ and ‘Hacks’ Win Big at the 2024 TCA Awards

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The Television Critics Association has announced the winners of its landmark 40th TCA Awards, with two shows standing head and shoulders above the rest during the 2023-2024 television season. Each year, the organization celebrates the exemplary programs that debut within a season, as its membership of over 230 professional television journalists from across the United States and Canada vote for the defining series and stars in several categories. For this iteration, the big winner of the evening was FX’s period piece adaptation Shgun, which scored four wins from the five categories it was nominated in, while Max’s standout comedy Hacks took second place with two wins.

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By: Ryan O’Rourke
Title: ‘Shogun’ and ‘Hacks’ Win Big at the 2024 TCA Awards
Sourced From: collider.com/tca-awards-winners-2024/
Published Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2024 02:00:12 GMT

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle forced to grin and bear it as Serena Williams makes brutal joke about them for daring to breathe

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When it comes to the Windsor Royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have always been outsiders. Since their wedding, the famous couple have made a point to stand apart from their more controversial family members. A decision that is not doing them a whole lot of good.

Harry and Meghan are acutely aware of the ugly history behind the English monarchy. Its violent past of colonialism added rumors of racism against Meghan when she officially joined the family. It has been years since the couple separated themselves from the family and have been building their roots in America. But so far, their tiniest decision and smallest step has been blown out of proportion by the British media as a calculated plan to defy the Royals or malign their reputation — a trend that has not gone unnoticed, especially by those who remain close to Harry and Meghan.

And it did become a point of discourse on July 11, 2024, at the ESPY Awards where famed athlete Serena Williams and Meghan’s close friend took the stage and poked fun at the dilemma of the couple is forced to live every day.

The controversy the Duke of Sussex riled up by not refusing to accept the renowned Pat Tillman award for the Invictus Games is well known. Harry was bashed by many, including Pat Tilman’s mother, for his Royal lineage, the many troubles he is currently embroiled in, and according to many, for not meeting the demands of the award that is given to those that make “remarkable civic contributions” and exhibit “extraordinary fortitude and spirit of service.” Along with these criticisms, Harry has also been accused of trying to hog the limelight while Prince William and Kate Middleton attempt to navigate life after her cancer diagnosis.

Whew! In short, the couple can’t do anything right as per the naysayers, something which Williams hilariously drew attention to in her speech.

“Please, Harry and Meghan, try not to breathe too much tonight. Because this is my night and I don’t want to be overshadowed by accusations you guys are taking up too much oxygen.”

On the surface, as Williams is a friend of the couple, her comments should have been in good fun. But all it did was put a spotlight on Harry’s tricky relationship with his family where he and his wife are often absent from Royal events as the Crown deems their presence “distracting.” During the joke, both Harry and Meghan smiled politely, but on the inside, they were probably wondering about the next storm Williams’ comment would bring for them. Anyway, unfortunately, they are used to this — politely accepting blame and criticism despite their charitable works and attempts to use their privilege for a good cause.

And they would be right to fear the repercussions of Williams’ little joke. After all, Meghan’s products getting promotion from friends on the very day Kate broke her oath of isolation to mark her presence at the Trooping Colors also cursed the Duchess of Sussex with the blame for trying to upstage her sister-in-law. The fact that Kate only made the announcement of her impending arrival mere hours ago — or how, allegedly, Harry and Meghan were not updated about this development in advance — did nothing to diffuse the renewed Meghan-bashing.

While the savage joke at their expense did earn Williams’ a few rounds of laughter, there is no guarantee that the quip won’t give trigger the ire of the British Royal Family once again.

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By: Apeksha Bagchi
Title: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle forced to grin and bear it as Serena Williams makes brutal joke about them for daring to breathe
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Published Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2024 11:49:46 +0000

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Team USA Basketball Has Plenty Of Options For Their Starting Lineup

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Team USA Basketball Has Plenty Of Options For Their Starting Lineup – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Team USA will enter the 2024 Summer Olympics as the heavy favorites to take home the gold medal in Men’s Basketball. The team is stacked with some of the best talent that the NBA has to offer, from budding superstars to some of the league’s older and most accomplished players.

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But with all of the premier talent to choose from, who will head coach Steve Kerr elect to be in the starting lineup once the tournament starts later this month?

There are a few shoo-ins based on talent and accomplishments. LeBron James will be making his fourth Olympic appearance for Team USA, and is coming off of a season in which he averaged over 25 points and 8 rebounds as the oldest player in the league at age 39.

James’ spot as a starter is solidified, but he isn’t the only one. Stephen Curry is finally making his Olympics debut after missing out for various reasons in year’s past, and will bring his shooting talents to the world stage in what could be a final stamp on his illustrious career.

Another player that appears to have a starting spot locked in is Kevin Durant, who along with James and Curry form something of a “Big 3” for Team USA.

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The final two spots won’t be quite as simple. The centers that will be going up against the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo and other big men around the world will be Anthony Davis and Joel Embiid, both of whom will have legit arguments from being in the starting 5.

The 2-guard spot will need to be decided as well, and there are plenty of viable options. Devin Booker and Anthony Edwards appear to be the two that would lead the race for being starters, but newly-crowned NBA champion Jayson Tatum is on the roster as well. With some positional shuffling, he too could have a case for being one of the top-5. Jrue Holiday could even make a starting appearance based on matchups given his defensive prowess.

Bam Adebayo, Tyrese Haliburton, and Derrick White round out the roster for Team USA.

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By: Anthony R. Cardenas
Title: Team USA Basketball Has Plenty Of Options For Their Starting Lineup
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/team-usa-basketball-has-plenty-of-options-for-their-starting-lineup/
Published Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2024 18:54:20 +0000

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