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Ludacris awarded primary custody of youngest daughter Cai Bella

Ludacris has been awarded primary custody of Cai Bridges, his 13-month-old daughter with Tamika Fuller, and the rapper says he's "gratified" by the judge's decision.

"After review of all the evidence, the testimony of the witnesses, the report of the guardian ad litem, and the claims made throughout this entire case, I am gratified that the judge found me to be the most fit and proper parent to have primary physical custody of our beautiful daughter," the 37-year-old said in a statement Wednesday.

Ludacris -- real name Christopher Bridges -- and Fuller had been in a battle over custody and child support since early last year. It was a fight that got pretty nasty along the way.

The Atlanta performer and years-long girlfriend Eudoxie Mbouguiyengue got married in December, on the same day he proposed. They'd been dating since 2009.

Cai was conceived while the two were reportedly on a break from their relationship. Ludacris also has another daughter, 13-year-old Karma Bridges, from a...

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Cobie Smulders of 'HIMYM,' Taran Killam welcome baby No. 2

Cobie Smulders just showed her skills as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent: The actress quietly welcomed her second child three weeks ago and is only now talking about it.

The "Avengers" and "How I Met Your Mother" actress broke the news to Bustle while promoting Kris Swanberg's indie film "Unexpected" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, this week. (She appears in Andrew Bujalski's "Results," which also premieres at the festival.)

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In "Unexpected," Smulders, who is married to "SNL's" Taran Killam, plays an inner-city teacher who disccovers she's pregnant -- a role that hit close to home for the Canadian actress, who says the film is about motherhood and "female empowerment."

"I'm in Sundance and I have a 3-week-old baby, so I can certainly relate," Smulders said of balancing work and career. "It's my world at the moment, and it's just so prevalent in the world today. I'm very lucky where I have a great career and a huge support system, and not...

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Johnny Depp details chupacabra attack in Tokyo

Other actors might simply fight off a cold. Johnny Depp, however, has apparently fought off a chupacabra.

At least that's the story he's sticking to, by way of explaining his failure to appear Tuesday at a news conference in Tokyo.

"I was attacked yesterday morning by a very rarely seen or experienced animal called the 'chupacabra,'" the "Mortdecai" star told journalists Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. "I fought with it for hours."

More than 200 media types had to wait an hour the previous day before learning Depp's illness was putting the kibosh on the news conference.

"They're very persistent, very mean," he said of the legendary creatures known for sucking the blood out of livestock. "And I'm pretty sure it came in my suitcase."

A chupacabra would, of course, have to have hitched a ride to Japan -- the critters have primarily been tied to the Americas.

"I threw him off the 23rd floor. So we'll never see him again," Depp said. "Thank you for understanding."


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Drew Barrymore: 'Detriment' to youth is 'biggest asset to my adulthood'

Drew Barrymore is set on giving her daughters a better childhood than she had.

The "E.T." alum, whose tumultuous youth was well-chronicled, is now one of America's sweethearts. She's also More magazine's latest cover star, sporting a striking brunet 'do in its February issue.

Barrymore contended with an absentee mother, an abusive father and two stints in rehab as a teenager -- and she said she doesn't want that kind of life for her daughters Olive, 2, and Frankie, 9 months,

"I didn't really have parents, you know?" the 39-year-old told More's Taffy Brodesser-Akner (via People). "And therefore the kind of parent I will be is a good, present parent."

"In a way, maybe that was a detriment to my youth, but it'll be the biggest asset to my adulthood," she said.

The "Blended" and "Charlie's Angels" star comes from a long line of actors whose iconic careers reach back to the era of silent films. She's the daughter of actor John Drew Barrymore, who struggled with alcohol, drug abuse and...

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Gwyneth Paltrow touts vaginal steaming as 'an energetic release'

Leave it to Gwyneth Paltrow to suggest a Must-Do Thing that we didn't even know was a Thing People Get Done.

We're talking about the intentional steam-treatment of one's lady parts.

"The real golden ticket here is the Mugworth V-Steam," she writes at her Goop website, talking up a holistic spa in Santa Monica. "You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al."

And to think, up till now we were feeling pretty good about figuring out how to clean our home office. Maybe how to freshen up the interior of our car.

"It is an energetic release — not just a steam douche — that balances female hormone levels," Paltrow explains. "If you're in L.A., you have to do it."

Good to know ...

Want to learn more about what a V-steam entails? Laura Hooper Beck has kindly journeyed to Santa Monica for the experience and written about it in detail for Fast Company.

"Basically," Beck writes, "it’s sorcery for your vagina."

If only...

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Newlyweds Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden smooch on Lakers kiss-cam

Look, there they are! Cameron Diaz and her new husband, Benji Madden, got caught on the kiss-cam at the Lakers game on Tuesday.

The "Annie" star and the Good Charlotte rocker, who got married earlier this month, made their first public appearance by sitting courtside at the NBA game against the Washington Wizards.

When the cozy couple appeared on the Jumbotron kiss-cam, Diaz flashed her signature grin before going in for a drawn-out smooch with her half of the Madden twins -- smiling again after coming up for air.

Diaz, 42, and Madden, 35, tied the knot at her home in Beverly Hills on Jan. 5 with about 90 guests in attendance. The couple had been dating for about eight months and in December were rumored to be engaged.

"We couldn't be happier to begin our new journey together surrounded by our closest family and friends," the couple told People in a statement.

After the wedding, the newlyweds jetted off to Jackson Hole, Wyo., and spent their honeymoon at the Shooting Star resort,...

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