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Betty White gives update, Cuomo and Selena Gomez celebrate graduates and more

All the latest updates about coronavirus in the worlds of entertainment and royalty

Andrew Cuomo had a sweet message for graduates, including his daughter Michaela, unable to attend big ceremonies this year. “Congratulations to all 2020 graduates,” he tweeted along with two heartwarming family photos. “While the celebrations are different this year, the pride is even stronger.” Making the message personal, he added: “And to my daughter Michaela, who officially graduates today: The best is yet to come. That I promise.”

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The Governor’s note was accompanied by two photos of him and his daughter

 Selena Gomez opened up about her journey in a special virtual commencement speech for immigrant families. During the #Immigrad 2020 Virtual Commencement, which celebrated students from immigrant families, the singer spread some hope in these trying times. “When my family came here from Mexico they set into motion my American story, as well as theirs,” she said. “I’m a proud third-generation American-Mexican, and my family’s journey and their sacrifices helped me get me to where I am today. Mine is not a unique story. Each and every one of you has a similar tale of becoming an American.” Watch her touching full speech below:


Broadway star Nick Cordero’s battle against coronavirus has seen another setback. The 41-year-old Tony-nominee, who was hospitalized in March for coronavirus, is facing a new challenge. “It‘s been a tough week,” his wife Amanda Kloots said in her frequent Instagram story debriefing Saturday night. “Nick suffered from some new infection in his lungs earlier this week and since then, he’s been slowly recovering, which is great.” She added: “Day by day, hour by hour, he’s getting better. He’s slowly getting back to where he was before this infection came about.” We continue to keep Nick and his family in our thoughts.

The Venice Film Festival is happening! The governor of Italy’s Veneto region, Luca Zaia, confirmed that the famous event will go on as scheduled September 2-12.

Betty White has sent an official update out to the world amid the pandemic. The beloved 98-year-old icon, who has been on the minds of many during this trying time, is doing very well in quarantine according to her representative. “No one [is] permitted in except those who must,” the rep told TODAY. “[She] has helpers who are great with her.” In a charming turn, the email reported that: “Betty has a beautiful backyard with a number of wild animals visiting. Two ducks always come by to say hello. They waddle up to her glass door and look in.” And, on that darling image, we’ll sign off.