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From Associated Press, August 16, 2018 1:55 PM EST

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Glynn Turman’s Final Visit with Aretha Franklin Was ‘Full of Closure,’ Says Her Ex-Husband
Thu Aug 16 15:24:12 EDT 2018

Aretha Franklin received a visit from her ex-husband Glynn Turman in her final days, and the actor is opening exclusively to PEOPLE about his fond memories of the late singer.

“I felt her pulse holding her frail, frail arm,” the actor, 71, says about his final moments with Franklin, whom he calls “a love of my life.”

“I was able to feel her pulse, which was strong. So she was fighting ’til the very end,” he says of the star, who died of pancreatic cancer at age 76 on Thursday morning. “She’s always been a warrior — a strong, strong woman and a fighter. Her pulse told me that she was not in surrender mode. She was going to fight it ’til the end.”

During his visit, Franklin was conscious but unable to communicate with Turman and Stevie Wonder. Still, “she did know that I was there,” he says. “And we were able to feed off of that recognition, feed off of the moment of both sort of realizing that time was extremely precious at this time. So it was a moment full of closure.”

Franklin and Turman, who did not have children together, wed in 1978, separated in 1982 and divorced in 1984. Franklin never married again but remained close to longtime love Willie Wilkerson until her death, while Turman married once more.

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Despite their marriage ending, Turman says he and Franklin “remained friends over the years” and would often speak on the phone, mostly about a film she was working on.

Turman saw a side of Franklin, a mother to four sons (Ted White Jr., 54, Clarence Franklin, 63, Kecalf Cunningham, 48, and Edward Franklin, 61), that the public did not always see. “The good times were wonderful. The things we were able to share, things we were able to do together, the concerts that we were able to share,” he recalls.

“People think of her often as an iconic singer, an iconic performer, but they don’t necessarily remember that she was a mother and a wife and someone’s lover,” he adds. “There was that part that I’m glad I got to know about.”

Now, he will remember Franklin’s humor and stubborn streak. “She was hilarious,” he says. “She had a roster of jokes and could make funny situations out of situations that you wouldn’t think … were funny.”

At the same time, Franklin was “stubborn, stubborn as hell,” he adds. “Women’s Rights Movement should have her name written all over. She just didn’t take tea for the fever, as the old folks would say. She was stubborn and hard to persuade. When she got her mind made up on something, you might as well pretty much forget trying to change it.”

Turman believes that Franklin was aware of all the warm thoughts that fans and friends were sending her way before she died. “I’m sure she knew of all the people who cared about her,” he says. “I think that the people who were taking care of her continually told her of all the good wishes that were coming through.”

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The Queen of Soul’s family released a statement on Thursday announcing her death: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart,” her family said. “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

The statement continued, “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko 'Are Still Very Attracted' to Each Other: Source
Thu Aug 16 15:19:35 EDT 2018

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko‘s relationship is complex and nuanced, multiple sources tell PEOPLE.

Earlier this month, reports circulated that the two had split as photos surfaced of Panettiere out in Los Angeles with Brian Hickerson, an aspiring actor originally from South Carolina, according to E! News. (A rep for Panettiere did not respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.)

Panettiere, 28, and Klitschko, 42, share 3½-year-old daughter Kaya. The actress started dating the Ukrainian boxing champ in 2009; they split temporarily in 2011. They later rekindled their on-again, off-again romance and got engaged in 2013, though they never tied the knot.

Now, a source close to Panettiere tells PEOPLE that the two “break up and get back together frequently.”

“Don’t assume Wlad is out of the picture because they aren’t seen together,” the source says. “They respect each other and are still very attracted . Don’t rule this romance out.”

The source adds that Panettiere and Klitschko love their daughter and share parenting duties well.

As for Hickerson? According to the source, it’s nothing serious just yet.

“He is hot, but Hayden is in the midst of making decisions about what she wants to do next and needs a break from routine,” the source says. “She’s a young, beautiful girl who is allowed to have a good time. That’s what she’s doing.”

A second source also tells PEOPLE the actress isn’t looking to settle down, but rather is enjoying some downtime in the wake of her CMT series Nashville concluding after six seasons.

“Hayden isn’t looking for anything serious,” the source says. “She’s trying to enjoy her own life and needs a break from so much work.”

“She’s a mom and when there’s a break she would be crazy not to let loose and have fun,” the source says. “Don’t expect another heavy relationship now. She still cares for Wlad and loves her daughter.”

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Though Panettiere and Klitschko were previously based in Nashville, the first source tells PEOPLE that Panettiere enjoys spending time in Los Angeles, while Klitschko prefers his oceanfront penthouse in south Florida.

“He loves being in Florida, while she prefers Los Angeles,” the source says. “She has spent plenty of time there, but she’s more at home in L.A.”

A third source tells PEOPLE that Klitschko “loves bringing Hayden to Florida,” though they haven’t been spotted there together in some time.

“You can see them kicking up and having a great time on the beach each time they’re here,” the source says. “They usually look happy and in love — although each can be moody and wander off alone.”

While Panettiere has yet to publicly address her relationship status, her mother Lesley Vogel recently spoke out about the reported split, telling RadarOnline that “there are a lot of changes going on in life.”

“But I think they’re positive changes. And I think that she’s taking some time,” Vogel said. “She needs to take a little bit of a break and make some decisions on her own of what she wants to do. So I think she is in a very good place.”

Vogel added that Panettiere and Klitschko are still on good terms and recently vacationed in Greece with their daughter.

The couple was last seen together in public in February while enjoying a tropical getaway with their daughter in Barbados.

Bethenny Frankel's Ex-Husband Accuses Her of 'Dangerous Parenting' After Dennis Shields' Death
Thu Aug 16 15:15:54 EDT 2018

Bethenny Frankel‘s ex-husband has brought the death of her on-off boyfriend Dennis Shields into their contentious custody battle over 8-year-old daughter Bryn.

At a previously scheduled hearing Thursday, the Real Housewives of New York City star asked for primary custody and full decision-making power. Jason Hoppy, however, expressed his desire to keep the current joint custody arrangement the same.

After the judge set a date for a trial on Frankel’s request, Hoppy’s attorney Robert Wallack referenced reports that the New York banker died of an apparent overdose. (Shields was found dead in his Trump Tower apartment Friday at the age of 51. The toxicology report has not yet been released.)

“Our concern is while his death is very sad this raises serious concerns about Ms. Frankel’s parental judgment,” Wallack said, according to Page Six. “Dennis Shields spent a great deal of time with Bryn and even cared for Bryn at times when Ms. Frankel wasn’t around. Considering Mr. Shields’ addiction what does that say about Ms. Frankel’s parenting that she would allow this person to care for her daughter? This doesn’t just constitute a lapse in judgment this was just downright dangerous parenting.”

Page Six reports that Frankel teared up during the hearing, and that Hoppy’s lawyer requested that she be tested for drugs. The judge was reportedly “skeptical” of this argument given Hoppy had already expressed his desire to continue sharing custody. He said Hoppy was “throwing grenades” in the proceedings and set a March court date for Frankel’s requests.

Frankel and Hoppy, both 47, have been fighting over custody of Brynn for years. After a whirlwind romance, the Skinnygirl mogul learned she was pregnant, and they got married in a lavish televised wedding in 2010, welcoming their baby girl shortly after. Then, things turned ugly. They separated in December 2012, and their protracted divorce was finalized in July 2016, though they’ve been stuck in a messy court proceedings; she accused him of stalking and harassing her just last year.

Though they met almost 30 years ago, Frankel and Shields began dating on and off in 2016.

After losing him, Frankel is “devastated,”  friend told PEOPLE, explaining that she leaned on him throughout her seemingly never-ending divorce.

“She loved him. He was her family and Bryn’s family. Bryn loved him. Dennis was Bethenny’s partner, her family, her business partner and her best friend,” the friend said.

As PEOPLE exclusively reported, Shields even proposed to her in April.

“She would have loved to have married him, but there were some hurdles to overcome first,” the source said.


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