Like Taylor Swift sings, August sure did slip away into a moment in time. We’re here to break down any pop culture or newsworthy content you might have missed.
Bachelor In Paradise is Back!
After being off the air for a year thanks to COVID-19, BachelorNation fans were treated to a brand new season of Bachelor in Paradise. This spin-off follows former contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette as they are given a second chance at love as they explore new relationships on an isolated beach.
On Monday, August 23, the FDA granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and over in the United States. Previously, the vaccine was authorized via emergency use which was causing vaccine hesitancy for some as they wanted to wait for full approval. This approval comes as the Delta variant is sweeping through the country, which has slowed down the progress we made in rebounding from COVID-19.
Is Britney Free?
Many are wondering if Britney Spears has been freed after news broke on August 12 that her father, James “Jamie” Spears is preparing to step down from the conservatorship. This move came a few days after Judge Brenda Penny denied a petition filed by Ms. Spears’ attorney to move a September 29 hearing to August 23. Britney’s attorney, Matthew Rosengart said in a statement to CNN, “We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed. It is vindication for Britney. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others. We look forward to continuing our vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr. Spears, and others, over the past 13 years, while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate, and I look forward to taking Mr. Spears’ sworn deposition in the near future.”
The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics concluded on Sunday, August 8, and we are surprised they were able to pull it off with the Delta variant lingering over the games. Team USA ended up first in the medal count as American athletes came home with a total of 113 medals: 39 gold, 41 silver, and 33 bronze. Some highlights from the games included Allyson Felix becoming the most decorated U.S. Olympic track athlete ever, US Women’s basketball extending their winning streak to 55 games, US Women’s gymnastics rising to the occasion to win silver after Simone Biles pulled out due to “the twisties” and mental health concerns, and Caeleb Dressel & Katie Ledecky dominating the swimming events.
Fall Is Right Around the Corner
The sweet smell of Pumpkin Spice is so close. Continue to stay safe and healthy as we head into cooler weather. Stay tuned for next month’s blog as we share the latest news across the country and in pop culture.