Actor and former politician reveals strict parenting style included burning daughter's shoes, throwing son's mattress off a balcony, more news

Terminator parenting

When your dad’s the Terminator, you can say “hasta la vista, baby” to that unmade bed. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently shared a glimpse of his approach to parenting, and it was … strict, to say the least. While speaking to People about his new book, “Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life,” the Austria-born star jovially recalled how his then 9-year-old son, Patrick Schwarzenegger’s failure to make his bed inspired Arnie to toss his mattress off a balcony. “I opened up the door to the balcony, picked up the mattress and threw it down with the bedsheets, the pillows, everything. I said, ‘Don’t ever make someone come in and clean your room, clean your shower or make your bed,’ I said, ‘because I taught you how to make the bed.'” Similar “life lessons” followed — and they weren’t limited to the boys Arnold shares with his ex, Maria Shriver. According to Arnie, when his daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger — now 33 and a parent herself — repeatedly failed to put her shoes away as a little girl, he threw them into the fireplace and had her watch them burn.

He said Katherine now uses the experience as a warning for her own daughter, Lyla, 3. “Katherine comes over with Lyla and she says, ‘Lyla, I told you already not to put the shoes there,'” Arnold told the outlet. “‘Keep your shoes on or you put them away, but you don’t leave them there by the stand in front of the fireplace because you know what Daddy did when I left my shoes there twice? The third time, he burned them in front of me and I cried.'”

Asked if he really burned the shoes, he “grinned” and said, “Yes, absolutely. Now uses the same methods which she cried over and that she complained about.” He added that because he grew up “with nothing,” he washed and put away his sole pair of shoes every day. “So I said, ‘I want you guys to do the same thing, even though you have many shoes. 

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Apartment loan

With Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas ordered to keep their daughters in the greater New York City area while they hash out the terms of their divorce, Sophie’s leaning on a famous friend for help. On Sept. 27, Page Six reported Taylor Swift has lent Sophie one of her apartments in the Big Apple’s Tribeca neighborhood giving the British “Game of Thrones” alum a place to reside with her kids until she and Joe have worked out their ongoing legal drama. Sophie’s been spotted out and about in NYC with her pal, Taylor, in the wake of her split from Joe, who filed for divorce from the actress earlier this month. The stars’ divorce intensified on Sept. 21, when Sophie filed a lawsuit against Joe demanding he return their daughters’ passports so she could take the girls, 1-year-old Delphine and 3-year-old Willa, back to England with her.

Joe denied Sophie’s claims he “wrongfully removed or wrongfully retained” their children before an interim consent order was filed in the case. The order indicates Sophie and Joe temporarily agreed to stay in the New York City area “pending further order” of the court, according to E! News. The outlet reported Joe and Sophie are both due to appear in court “for an initial pretrial conference”on Oct. 3. The apartment where Sophie’s reportedly staying is an investment property for Taylor, per Page Six. Taylor, meanwhile, has been busy spending time with her rumored boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce.

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Welfare check

Deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department visited Britney Spears’ Los Angeles-area home for a welfare check on Sept. 28, TMZ reported. The officers reportedly spoke with Brit’s security, then left after determining she was OK and didn’t want to speak with them directly.

The visit was prompted by a recent Instagram video Britney posted in which she can be seen dancing while holding large knives. The singer, who recently split from her husband Sam Asghari, appears to have a cut on her leg and a bandage on her arm in the clip, though she’s said the knives weren’t real. “Lighten up about the knives I’m copying Shakira !!!,” she told fans on Instagram, referring to Shakira’s knife-wielding performance at the 2023 Video Music Awards.

Police sources told TMZ the welfare check request came in on Sept. 27 via the LAPD’s Systemwide Mental Assessment Response Team, which handles mental health evaluations. Although fans have called the LAPD to express concern for Britney’s wellbeing in the past, based on other concerning Instagram activity, the caller who alerted the authorities this time reportedly knows Britney.

Kissing concerns

Kris Jenner loves “Yellowstone” and she presumably loves her boyfriend, Corey Gamble. But when Corey was offered a part on the hit show, Kris apparently blocked him from taking it. That revelation came to light in the Season 4 premiere of “The Kardashians,” as Kris and Corey were wrapping up dinner in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with Kris’ daughters Kimand Khloé Kardashian. “I’m so excited to watch the next episode of ‘Yellowstone,'” Kris, 67, said at one point during the scene, according to Entertainment Weekly. Her comment sparked Corey, 42, to quietly remind his longtime girlfriend, “If it wasn’t for you, I would be a ‘Yellowstone’ star!”

The acting offer seemed to be news to Kim. “They asked you to be on ‘Yellowstone’ and you said no?” she asked him, sounding surprised. Before he could respond, Kris jumped in. “Correct. I told him to say no… Because I thought he was going to have to have a romantic relationship [on the show],” she said.

Noting her mom’s likely double standard, Khloé quickly pointed out, “But if they said they wanted you to star and [share a] kiss with Kevin Costner, I’m sure you would take it.” Confirming the rules would be different if the tables were turned, Kris replied, “Oh, that’s a hard yes!”

Fraud trial witnesses

Former President Donald Trump and his three eldest children are expected to be called as witnesses in his $250 million civil fraud trial in New York next week, multiple outlets reported on Sept. 28. Ivanka Trump, who served as a senior advisor to her father in his administration, along with her brothers, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, who have run their family’s Trump Organization business since 2016, are all on New York Attorney General Letitia James’ witness list, according to NBC. That list also includes the former president, who’s accused of inflating the value of his assets and properties by as much as $2.2 billion, misleading banks and insurers for his own benefit. The former president has denied the allegations. His sons, Don Jr. and Eric, are also named as defendants in the case, which begins Oct. 2. Trump’s defense team also submitted their witness list, which includes 128 people, per NBC.

The latest developments in the case come after New York Judge Arthur Engeron found Trump and his company liable for fraud between 2014 and 2021. The New York DA is seeking $250 million in damages.

‘Irreverent and hilarious’

Sir Michael Gabon, who played Professor Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight “Harry Potter” movies, died at age 82 after a battle with pneumonia, his family announced on Sept. 28. Among the many tributes that surfaced online in the wake of his death was a lengthy remembrance from Daniel Radcliffe, who starred in the seriesalongside the beloved actor. “With the loss of Michael Gambon the world just became considerably less fun,” Daniel said in a statement published by USA Today. “Michael Gambon was one of the most brilliant, effortless actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with, but despite his immense talent, the thing I will remember most about him is how much fun he had doing his job,” Daniel continued.

“He was silly, irreverent and hilarious. He loved his job, but never seemed defined by it. He was an incredible story and joke teller and his habit of blurring the lines of fact and fiction when talking to journalists meant that he was also one of the most entertaining people with whom you could ever wish to do a press junket. The sixth film was where I got to spend the most time working with Michael and he made the hours spent in front of a green screen together more memorable and joyous than they had any right to be.” He added, “I’m so sad to hear he has passed, but I am so grateful for the fact that I am one of the lucky people who got to work with him.”

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