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KYLIE Jenner has remained silent about pregnancy rumors on Instagram and Twitter following reports she is expecting her second child with Travis Scott.

It comes after friends "dropped hints" about the pregnancy as rumors spread among fans.

The on-again, off-again couple are already parents to 3-year-old daughter Stormi.

Multiple sources spilled the pregnancy news to Page Six, after fans have been speculating for weeks that Kylie's pregnant with another child.

One insider shared that the whole Kardashian-Jenner family is “thrilled.”

This comes after Caitlyn Jenner had slipped and dropped a major hint that the makeup mogul's pregnant again in a candid chat with fans.

The source also told The Sun about the 24-year-old’s change of attitude from her first pregnancy: “She’s already so much more confident and less worried than the first time around. 

“Kris had the strongest reaction, she bursted into tears at the news of having another grandbaby. 

“But all of her siblings are so happy for her too,” it was added of KimKourtneyKhloe and Rob Kardashian along with sister Kendall Jenner

Though the big news just broke today for most of the world - and even some of Kylie’s friends - a source told The Sun that the family already knew and is “beyond excited.”

"They truly are a family of 'the more the merrier' so the more they can add, they welcome that. 

“Kylie's always wanted to add more kids, that's no secret so this is a really happy blessing,” an insider spilled. 

Kylie Jenner’s mom, Kris, burst into “tears of joy” as she learned of her youngest daughter’s pregnancy news, The Sun can reveal.

The famous momager and the rest of the Kardashians are “beyond excited” by the latest addition to their family as the Kylie Cosmetics billionaire is allegedly expecting her second baby.

Kylie is reportedly expecting her second child with the "SICKO" rapper.

Multiple sources spilled Kylie's pregnancy news to Page Six after fans speculated for weeks that the young Kardashian was pregnant with another child.

One insider shared that the whole Kardashian-Jenner family is “thrilled.”

This comes after Caitlyn Jenner had slipped and dropped a major hint that the makeup mogul's pregnant again in a candid chat with fans.

During a visit at The Toy Story in Quincy on Thursday, Caitlyn, 71, talked about having 18 grandchildren, joking that she hopes to one day have 30 grandchildren because "it's a nice round number," TMZ reported.

The California native then revealed that she recently found out that one of her children has a baby "in the oven," adding, "we only have 10 to go."

The reality star recently rekindled her relationship with Stormi's father, Travis Scott, as it was revealed that they were trying for another child.

Kylie Jenner, the youngest of the Kardashian bunch, cracked the Forbes billionaire list in 2020.

Kylie, 24, is in an on-again, off-again relationship with rapper Travis Scott.

They share a daughter, Stormi Webster.

Kylie gave birth to Stormi in February 2018, after she decided to hide her pregnancy for the full term.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Scott's fortune reportedly stands at $50million.

Aside from music, Scott and Nike officially signed a partnership in 2017, as the "Antidote" rapper has released several shoes with the sneaker brand.


When it comes to winning the rich list, Kylie tops the charts with over 231million followers and 10.4m likes on her pregnancy announcement she earned herself a potential $1M for this one post. 

Working alongside The Sun looked at how stars potentially raked in thousands with their pregnancy announcements.

Other big earners included Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Gigi Hadid.


Kylie chose the name Stormi for her little one, born in February 2018/

The name was first registered in the United States in 1975 and there are over 6,000 children named Stormi around the world.

One blog says the meaning behind the moniker is because the child is a “free-hearted spirit who cares about all”.

It adds: “Stormi trusts only a few and has the biggest heart.”

The significance of this meaning rings true with mum Kylie, who trusted her family to keep her pregnancy secret for the whole nine months.

Another blog claims the name Stormi is given to those who “attract money”.

The mom-of-one denied 'bullying' a model on the set of her ex Tyga's music video for Ice Cream Man in 2015.

Victoria Vanna claimed Kylie, as well as her friends Jordyn Woods and Stassie Karanikolaou, were "pointing and laughing" at her and mocking her dance moves.

Kylie, 23, hit back at the allegations by writing on Instagram: "This never happened."

Victoria claimed in a TikTok clip that Kylie was intimidating on set - but that other people there told her the KUWTK star is a "b***h to everyone" and not to take it personally.

The model said: "As soon as I walk out, she's looking at me up and down, whispering and pointing and making fun of how I was dancing."

She claimed Kylie and her friends were imitating how she was twerking, saying they were "making fun of me, clearly."


Kylie said she kept her fans in the dark about her pregnancy because she did not want to go through this phase of her life in the limelight.

The star felt she needed to take on "the role of a lifetime" in a stress-free and healthy way.

However, it was claimed in US reports that Kylie was hiding her pregnancy because she wants to feature it in her spin-off reality show Life Of Kylie.

Radar Online alleged that theN 20-year-old was busy filming in the hope of getting a second series E! TV show alongside her boyfriend Travis Scott.

A source alleged: “She’s had cameras on her non-stop at home. What people don’t know is that Kylie is avoiding the public for a good reason.

“She is at home filming her pregnancy in hopes of locking in a second season of her reality show, Life of Kylie.

“She is not at all alone. Aside from her family, she has a cameraman that pretty much lives with her and is going to remain there until after the birth of the baby.”

The source went on to claim Kylie is looking forward to working out again after “putting on pregnancy weight”.

They added: “It is not that Kylie doesn’t want to leave her house. She does. She just thinks that the more mystery she creates the higher her chances are of getting a second season. And she’s right!

Kylie shared many of her signature designer pieces from her closet for fans to purchase, including a $500 Dior tracksuit.

She captioned the video: “Cleaning out my closet! Shop all the new items in my collection @KardashianKloset.”

The collection included a $495 Dior tracksuit and a $395 Unravel dress.

In December 2018, Kylie sparked rumours that she was engaged to boyfriend Travis after she posted a pic to her Instagram story with a diamond ring emoji.

This wasn't the first time Kylie sent the engagement rumour mill into overdrive. Back in November 2017 she posted a video on Snapchat of her wearing a huge diamond ring.

The ring then reappeared in February, 2018, shortly after the birth of Stormi and again in April, 2018. Then in October, 2018, sources close to the star claimed that she calls Travis "hubby" as she's eager for him to propose.

The reports added that Kylie's mum Kris would be happy to see her daughter married - as long as Travis signs a pre-nup.

Then on Travis' birthday in 2019 Kylie teased the couple had tied the knot as she shared snaps of balloons and a cake that read: "Happy birthday husband." However, the couple NEVER confirmed if they were engaged, or indeed married.


One Keeping Up With the Kardashians fan wrote: “So the rumor is that Kylie is going to show up at the Met Gala in September with her belly showing as an announcment. Lets start placing bets.”

Another said: “If kylie is pregnant, i’m imagining using the met gala as her announcement. 

“Like her designer is designing a dress to make it an over the top moment to announce her pregnancy bc the devil works hard but kris jenner works harder.”

A third suggested: “hear me out, kylie is gonna announce her pregnancy at the met gala”

A fourth replied: “Child gonna be called Thunder.”


On October 2, 2019, it was reported Kylie had split from her rapper boyfriend Travis  after two years of dating.

The couple decided to put their relationship on hold after a long period of rows, according to TMZ.

The last time the couple were pictured together was at the August 27, 2019, premiere of the Netflix documentary, Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly, The pair continue to co-parent Stormi and make her their priority.

Since then, the pair have been very on and off.


A source told The Sun that Kylie Jenner’s due date should be sometime in early 2022. 

According to the insider, she is still pretty early on in her pregnancy. 

On August 20, 2021, Page Six reported that Jenner was expecting baby number two with baby daddy Travis.

Jenner has been opening up about wanting a sibling for Stormi "to multiple sources," the outlet wrote.

When asked about having a sibling for Stormi during an interview for Harper’s Bazaar’s March 2020 issue, the makeup guru revealed: “My friends all pressure me about it … They love Stormi. I definitely feel pressure to give her a sibling, but there’s no plan.”


On June 16, 2021, fans speculated that Kylie and Travis had reconciled after the pair were seen in New York with daughter Stormi.

The family outing sparked rumours that the co-parents are “officially back together.”

Kylie and Stormi were there to support Travis who was being honoured at the 72nd annual Parsons Benefit.

While the KUWTK star didn’t confirm she’s back with her baby daddy, they appeared to be giving their relationship another try in the cozy snap.

On August 20, 2021, Page Six reported that Kylie was expecting baby number two with baby daddy Travis.

Kylie has been opening up about wanting a sibling for Stormi "to multiple sources," the outlet wrote.


A Keeping Up With The Kardashians' producer has revealed Kylie hid her pregnancy from them.

Kylie became pregnant with her first child Stormi in 2017 and gave birth to the now three-year-old - who she shares with Travis Scott - in February 2018.

Executive producer Farnaz Farjam revealed that Kylie actually found out she was pregnant while filming her own show Life Of Kylie - and managed to keep it secret from the crew the whole time.

“Here’s the funny thing about Kylie’s pregnancy,” Farjam told Variety.

“She found out she was pregnant while she was filming ‘Life of Kylie.’ We didn’t know. She hid it from the cameras.”

Farjam watched back the footage later and found the exact moment that Kylie, 23, found out she was expecting.

“Before I found that footage one of the family members told me she was pregnant but that she was keeping it a secret - and I thought they were trying to set me up and trying to find out who the leak was," she added.

"I was like, ‘This person is lying to me and just trying to see!’ They used to do that sometimes, just to find out who was leaking.”


Kylie threw an over-the-top Father's Day pool party for her baby's father, Travis Scott with massive sunflower and balloon displays.

The billionaire decked out her home with elaborate floral arrangements, candles, balloons, heart-shaped cookies, landscape artwork, and a romantic hideaway.

The reality star also snapped a photo of Travis and their 3-year-old daughter, Stormi, standing in front of a baby blue floral arrangement spelling out the words "Daddy."

Kylie is not the only famous sister rumored to be pregnant.

Kourtney Kardashian's fans are convinced she's pregnant after she posted another loved-up snap with her fiancé Travis Barker.

Rumors have been swirling for weeks that the KUWTK star, 42, could be pregnant with her first child with 45-year-old Travis.

She is already a mom to Mason, 11, Penelope, eight, and Reign, six, with her ex Scott Disick.

Kourtney recently shared a post about gaining weight and "not because of food".

She's also been wearing loose clothes, has given up eating meat and fish and stopped drinking alcohol.

Earlier this week, The Sun exclusively revealed that Kourtney and Travis are engaged after he proposed in Las Vegas.


WORKERS at the factory making Kylie Jenner’s makeup felt “degraded,” were forced to work in “horrific” conditions and were banned by factory supervisors from even looking at the billionaire mogul when she visited, two former employees exclusively claimed to The Sun.

Kylie, 23, launched KYLIE Lip Kits by Kylie Jenner in 2015 before the company was renamed Kylie Cosmetics, LLC in 2016, and Spatz Laboratories located in Oxnard, California was the manufacturer of her cosmetic products. 

Former Spatz Laboratories employee Irene Lopez was hired by a temp agency to work for the factory on the assembly line in 2016.

During Irene's year at Spatz, she claimed she felt “degraded” while creating products for the reality star's brand.

Martha, 31, exclusively told The Sun of the strict “rules” workers had to follow when Kylie visited: “Supervisors would say, 'Don’t talk to them, don’t even look at them.'

Martha alleged that she felt “verbally threatened” by supervisors. 


Kylie publicly dated rapper Tyga on and off starting in 2014.

The pair met in November of 2011 at Kendall Jenner's 16th birthday party when Kylie was 14 years old and Tyga was 21.

They went public on social media in 2014 as Kylie posted photos of them celebrating her 17th birthday together.

Days after the party, Tyga called off his engagement to rapper Blac Chyna after two years of dating.

Tyga and Blac Chyna share a son, King Cairo Stevenson.

Kylie and Tyga became Instagram official on Halloween of 2014 with a couple’s costume, though they would deny their relationship because she was underage.

In September of 2016, Kylie showed off a massive ring on Instagram leaving her fans wondering if she and Tyga were engaged or not.


The Jenners have slammed the rumors, claiming that the truth is that the sister's partners are unable to handle the level of celebrity the business mogul family have.

During an interview with Andy Cohen after the most recent episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kendall opened up about the "curse."

Kendall said: "What I don't like about this narrative is that the blame is on us. I think the men need to take that responsibility.

"I think that we're all extremely giving and caring and loving women. And, when there is a man in our lives we like, give everything to them and as a family, we all love them so much. It's almost offensive, personally."

In an interview with GQ, Kylie Jenner claimed that men find it, "extremely difficult to fly this close to the sun."

Kylie added: "[I was] built for this level of celebrity—the other men weren't. That's exactly what it is. They come and can't handle it...

"It’s not just men—it's friends, it's people who come and just don't know how to handle it. It's negative. There's a lot of people who love us, but there's also a huge handful of people who don't like us.” 


The rumor, which has been dubbed the "Kardashian curse," has sparked outrage in the family who have slammed it as a myth- but what is the "curse" and who has allegedly fallen victim to it?

The Kardashian curse is the belief that all the men who enter their orbit end up "flaming out."

The relationships usually end abruptly- along with their partner's successful careers.

A string of bad luck tends to follow in their wake, from addiction to struggles with mental health.

Some of those exes include, Lamar Odom, Scott Disick, Ben Simmons and Kris Humphries.

The makeup mogul announced her makeup line is going "vegan."

The KUWTK star felt that her makeup line needed to "join the VEGAN and CLEAN family."

Kylie continued: "I’ve been working hard to create the newest innovative formulas for you guys.

"I’m sooo excited to share with you all soon! Stay tuned."


While Cristiano Ronaldo topped the Instagram rich list for the first time after dethroning wrestling legend Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Kylie is high up on the list at number four.

She can reportedly command $1.49m for a sponsored Insta post.

The 24-year-old is one of the most followed celebs on the planet, boasting 245m on Instagram.

She achieved international fame by starring in Keeping Up with the Kardashians, a reality TV show that aired between 2007 and 2021.

Kylie shared a series of adorable throwback clips of her daughter Stormi, as she admitted she's "growing too fast."

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star, 23, gushed over the 3-year-old as she reminisced on a selection of sweet baby moments.

Stormi looked cuter than ever in the throwbacks, as Kylie reminisced on the early stages of her life.

Alongside a series of crying emojis, the reality star added: "My baby is growing too fast. I can't handle it."

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'The Chair,' Episode 1: 'I'm Surprised by How Much Works'

The Chronicle of Higher Education 21 August, 2021 - 08:40am

This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Explore four key questions and read four case studies about how colleges can make racial equity a priority.

Rebecca: I was surprised by how much actually works. There is enough that’s realistic that it started to become stressful to watch! While we’ve had a few college professors as regular characters on television shows (Gary on Thirtysomething and Noah Wyle on Falling Skies, whose knowledge as a historian specializing in colonial history amusingly made him a brilliant strategist to combat an alien invasion), their primary purpose seems to be sleep with students or demoralize them. Often both. The one show I can recall that focuses on college faculty was the Richard Dreyfus star vehicle The Education of Max Bickford (2001-2002). My fuzzy memory makes me think it was decent but got fewer things right, and was focused on the failed liberalism of a Baby Boomer who was somewhat contemptuous of how progressivism manifested on campus. Helen Slater played a trans woman who had recently transitioned, an example of the weird blend of sympathetic and transphobic representation common to that period.

Alison: I imagine that most people watching will be academics, but I wish that the show had built in more context for viewers not in higher ed (or for any university administrators watching!), on budget crunches, enrollment, and the fallacies of bottom-line approaches. Vibrant engagement with students is essential, but I don’t want to see blame for departmental-budget crises put solely on bad teaching. Lousy teaching matters and is a systemic problem, but it’s an “and,” not an “or,” and it’s being applied a bit disingenuously here. I get that the destruction of higher ed through systemic neoliberal policies doesn’t necessarily make good TV … but maybe a show purporting to display the problems of chairing an English department should tackle those issues head-on?

Dan: The show wants us to know right away that it’s irreverent — even slapstick. Yes, the chair’s office is big and beautiful … but when the chair first sits in her chair, it collapses and she falls to the floor, followed by the title screen flashing “The Chair.” I’m a sucker for visual gags.

Things are falling apart. Ji-Yoon rehearses our cliché refrain (“dire crisis,” “enrollments are down,” “unprecedented times,” “critical thinking … is more important than ever,” “what we teach … cannot be quantified”), while we watch Bill drink seven beers, piss in a parking lot, fail to find his car, and steal and crash a golf cart. The show seems to love these difficult English professors — all make bids for our sympathy, even though most behave badly — while poking fun at our pretensions, maybe even worrying that our pretensions have the reins and are driving us to our demise. We purport to dispense wisdom but lack the wisdom to live well ourselves. Bill is the foremost screw-up, as the show itself reports, our stereotypical “disaffected middle-aged, white, male professor,” underperforming but overvalued, leaving slack for his women-of-color colleagues to pick up. But he’s also a new widower, kind to Ji-Yoon, good with Ju Ju, funny (he gives her a nameplate that says “FUCKER IN CHARGE OF YOU FUCKING FUCKS”) — and, I regret to admit, hot.

Grace: The first episode’s title, “Brilliant Mistake,” comes from the Elvis Costello song we hear playing over the end credits, “He thought he was the king of America / where they pour Coca-Cola just like vintage wine.” In this context, “he” is presumably Bill, whose brilliance consists of juxtaposing absurdism and fascism, and whose mistake is to use “Heil Hitler” as phatic speech. Whether such brilliance, or indeed such a mistake, warrants the name, let alone the kiss-off line of the entire episode, remains an open question. Nonetheless, the Costello lines that underscore Bill’s lecture seem to point to some of the episode’s commitments, as well as some of its blind spots. In particular, the lines narrate the difference between American and European depictions of political sovereignty on the one hand, and of cultural capital on the other. Any narrative about the humanities must explore the relationship between political power — such as that of “Board of Trustees Eisenstadt,” whose relatives are, apparently, especially deserving of protection from the sexual predations of male faculty — and the refusenik uselessness of the humanities as represented by the show’s one old white lady, Joan Hambling.

Dan: I love Holland Taylor as Joan Hambling. (I consulted IMDb, and she has played an academic before, in Saved by the Bell: The College Years.) We’re meant to be torn by her. She is, as it’s said, problematic: Her rant at the Title IX coordinator for wearing short shorts is out of touch, on-the-nose sexist, high-grade cringe. Taylor, though, delivers all her lines with such joie de vivre I find her character impossible not to like.

Grace: My favorite aspect of this episode, I think, is the amity between generations: Ji-Yoon’s friendship with Joan contrasts with the frosty, mistrustful relationship between Yaz and Elliot, which is a little more familiar — though perhaps also more plausible. But I’m not sure whether the price of that amity isn’t a universal infantilization, with each of the characters displaced from sexuality: the faculty lounge as a pasture for castrati.

And I can’t have been alone in thinking that the young woman to whom Bill was wishing a fond farewell at the airport (toodles, Doodles) was not his daughter but his lover, a fear intensified by her delivery of the episode’s most alarming and inexplicable line, “What happened, happened.” Yet the intimations of Bill’s sexual incontinence are never, in fact, instantiated. We are left with the model of a modernist professional: A straight man who uses 10-buck words, and still sounds cheap.

Alison: Re: Bill’s lecture, I found the actual content — apart from the Very Bad Decision — rather touching. The talk of carrying on in the absence of hope makes me wonder when this show is supposed to be set: Now? Post-pandemic? Pre-? In a world that didn’t have one? This is something my students want to talk about all the time: how to continue to push forward in the face of crisis. Well, I want to talk about it all the time, too! Particularly now, in light of how fully the pandemic has disrupted higher ed over the last two years. I wish the character had earned that moment with a little more work, though. Instead, it feels like a foil to the student demonstrations that I’m expecting in later episodes.

4 Key Questions and 4 Case Studies 

The Cancel-Culture Debate Is Exhausting. 'The Chair' Is Not.

The Atlantic 21 August, 2021 - 07:00am

Perhaps, like me, you inwardly sigh with the breath of a thousand winds whenever you hear the words cancel culture, as mangled and distorted as the expression has become. If so, know that the people behind Netflix’s The Chair are likely sighing too. And yet here they are, presenting a unicorn: a near-perfect television show that clocks in at just three hours, and a comedy-drama that skewers the subject of free speech in academia without taking a side, demonizing a particular group, or descending into tweed-clutching.

The Chair, created by the actor Amanda Peet and the academic and screenwriter Annie Wyman, feels like it could have been a play (Peet has written two). The show’s structure—from introduction to rise to complication to catastrophe—is pure Freytag, and its setting (the fictional Pembroke College, a frigid northeastern school that’s supposedly a “lower-tier Ivy”) is insular and wood-paneled. In the first episode, Ji-Yoon Kim (played by Sandra Oh) has finally reached a lofty career peak as the chair of the Pembroke English department. Apprehensive and endearingly awkward in a duffel coat, she walks into her new office, unwraps a gift (a nameplate for her desk that reads FUCKER IN CHARGE OF YOU FUCKING FUCKS), and sinks into her new desk chair, which promptly breaks beneath her. The pratfall is also an omen: More than the furniture is rotten at Pembroke.

The college, in fact, is in crisis, and the English department is hemorrhaging enrollments, largely because the majority of its professors are tenured, over 70, and totally unwilling to try to connect with their impassioned Gen Z students and their progressive priorities. On her first day, Ji-Yoon is instructed by the dean to ax the most egregious dinosaurs, including the Chaucer scholar Joan (Holland Taylor) and the American-lit professor Elliot (Bob Balaban). Elliot’s classes pale in popularity compared with those of his dynamic colleague Yaz (Nana Mensah), and yet he’s presiding over her application for tenure. More troublesome still is Bill (Jay Duplass), a rock-star professor of modernism in a state of catastrophe after his wife’s death. During one packed lecture, Bill satirically performs a Hitler salute while considering absurdism’s power against fascism, sparking a viral meme and a furious debate about free speech on campus.

Within its tight frame, the series packs in more than shows three times its length. It’s particularly rewarding in its portrayal of Ji-Yoon’s personal life: In her 40s, after breaking up with her longtime partner, she tried for years to adopt, eventually matching with Ju-Hee (Everly Carganilla), whom she named after her dead mother. The sore points and conflicts between Ji-Yoon, her Latina daughter, and her elderly Korean father, Habi (Ji-Yong Lee), are thoughtfully and sweetly rendered. Oh has always excelled at playing women who reject the idea that things should be any way other than how they want them to be, and Ji-Yoon—harried, focused on work, snappy, paranoid that her daughter doesn’t really love her—embodies a kind of motherhood that’s rarely seen on-screen but is deeply gratifying nonetheless.

What truly sells The Chair, though, is how fast and funny it is while throwing around a legion of informed ideas about a well-trodden subject. “Stop saying ‘gag order’!” an exasperated Ji-Yoon yells at a younger teacher’s assistant after being excoriated on the front pages of the student newspaper. Then she pauses, catches herself, and diplomatically adds, “Actually, no, say it as much as you want.” Classes on Moby-Dick turn not to themes of monomania and open-mindedness, but to whether Herman Melville was a wife beater. The most talented people are given the hardest time because their talent allows them to see how urgently change is necessary. “Why should they trust us?” Ji-Yoon says of the students protesting outside her office. “The world is burning and we’re sitting here worried about our endowment.” The rifts between the generations seem impassable, and yet the thing the series suggests might unite them is the one thing they can agree on: that whatever art, language, and literature might mean to different people, they’re always worth fighting for.

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