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Celeb in 5: Thursday's best entertainment and gossip news.

1. Oh. Married At First Sight’s Jessika Power and Nick Furphy are dating now.

Jessika Power has had a big week.

On Sunday, she debuted her new pink hair while twerking in active wear for free champagne a few metres down the road from the Logies, and today, she revealed she’s got a new Married At First Sight boyfriend.

 

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Cocktails in my active wear [email protected] @barnineteen89

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Only this time, they didn’t marry each other on television the first time they met.

The controversial contestant is now dating Nick Furphy from season four of the reality show. (As in the guy who got a matching foot tattoo with his fake television wife and then had to have it removed because – in a shocking turn of events – their relationship didn’t last.)

 

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Look at those chompers. He is the best @dr.dee_official @voguedentalstudios ????????????

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Jessika today told the Daily Mail the two are “just seeing how it goes”.

“Nick and I can confirm we have started to see each other,” she said.

“A lot of people are weighing in on this especially his best friend Telv [Williams], however we are not allowing people’s opinions to hurt this and we are just seeing how it goes.”

Got it.

Furphy also confirmed the news to Yahoo Lifestyleclaiming they had met through a “shared dentist” and we don’t… believe you.

Either John Aiken has a side hustle we don’t know about or you’re straight-up lying because you obviously met through both being former MAFS contestants.

“We’re actually in a relationship,” he told the publication.

“It’s only been a few days [but we’ve] been talking for a few weeks.”

Stay tuned for the inevitable matching tattoos. We can’t wait.

2. ‘He thinks I’m beneath him.’ MAFS’ Martha is still talking about her Logies ‘feud’ with Kochie.

In the most surprising news we’ve read all day, the bizarre but equally as entertaining feud between MAFS’ Martha and Kochie from Sunrise is still… going.

The gloriously trashy war that broke out post-Logies has culminated in a tennis-match like back and forth bouncing from Martha’s various social media channels and Kochie’s breakfast television platform.

And while we don’t usually watch sport, this has our full attention.

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Martha and Kochie.
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It all started when Kochie claimed Martha elbowed him "aggressively in the ribs" on the Logies red carpet and if that isn't the most brilliant way to get your name back in the headlines post-MAFS we don't know what is.

(Kidding – we do not condone violence, especially against a national treasure like Kochie).

Martha denied the claims, but after Samantha Armytage told Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa that it "definitely happened", Martha has had her "final say".

In a video posted to her Instagram account last night, the 31-year-old claimed she is being bullied by the presenters who are refusing to apologise. She said she feels they are treating her as though she is "beneath them".

 

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"Today, Kochie refused to apologise for lying about the elbowing incident, and he just thinks that I don't deserve an apology," the makeup artist said. "He just thinks that because I was on a reality TV show and I'm a 'reality TV star', that I don't deserve to get an apology from him – perhaps that I'm beneath him.

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"But I'm a person, and like I have feelings, and Sam and Koch have caused me so much stress and anxiety these past few days, and I feel like it's just so unnecessary, like for what? I don't even know. Like for ratings? I don't know why they would do it. But it's at the expense of my wellbeing and it's not fair."

3. Robert Irwin is the absolute spitting image of his father Steve Irwin.

13 years on from Steve Irwin's unexpected death, Robert Irwin has honoured his dad with a post on Instagram – and he truly is his father's spitting image.

Posting two side-by-side photos taken 15 years apart, one shows Steve in his iconic matching cargo outfit, with the second depicting Robert, wearing the same outfit as his dad, standing in the same location.

Not only is it the same outfit and location featured in the throwback image – in both photos, the same crocodile, Murray, is being fed.

 

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Dad and me feeding Murray... same place, same croc - two photos 15 years apart ❤️????

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“Dad and me feeding Murray… same place, same croc — two photos 15 years apart,” Robert wrote alongside the photos.

Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray while filming at Batt Reef near Port Douglas, on September 4, 2006.

We bet he would be incredibly proud of his son if he could see him today.

4. US singer Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

One half of R&B duo ChloexHalle is set to become part of the Disney family.

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19-year-old Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, as revealed today.

 

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Director Rob Marshall said Bailey was a clear front runner for the role from the beginning.

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance – plus a glorious singing voice – all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” he said in a statement.

Bailey is joining a cast including Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, with talks that Melissa McCarthy will play Ursula.

We officially cannot wait until it comes out.

5. "I felt like a junkie." Two years ago, Yumi Stynes gave up drinking. It's changed her life.

After decades of heavy drinking and hangovers, radio presenter Yumi Stynes hasn’t touched alcohol in two and a half years.

It’s a decision she credits much of her recent success to, so the radio presenter penned a letter, published by the ABC on Wednesday, to share her own experience with alcohol addiction and offer advice to others.

Stynes began her heavy drinking at age 13 and said her only breaks came during her pregnancies, but after her children were born, “the drink pulled me back in” and she would fall back into the same behaviours.

Read the full story from our earlier post here.

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