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The daily gossip: Baseball legend Hank Aaron dies at 86, Gigi Hadid finally reveals her baby’s name, and more

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Hall of Fame slugger Hank Aaron died peacefully in his sleep at 86, his daughter said on Friday. Aaron, who played from 1954 to 1976, mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, finished his career with 755 home runs — a record that stood until 2006, when he was surpassed by the steroid-assisted Barry Bonds. Aaron is also revered for his fortitude in facing down racism as he chased Babe Ruth’s career home run record in the early 1970’s. “When people finally realized I was climbing up Ruth’s back, the ‘Dear N—-r’ letters started showing up with alarming regularity,” he wrote in his 1991 memoir. “There’s no way to measure the effect those letters had on me, but I like to think every one of them added another home run to my total.” [WSBTV, The Week]

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At last, relief from all our sleepless nights of wondering what Gigi Hadid and Zayn “Zaddy” Malik named their daughter! Four months after giving birth to a baby girl, and an entire debunked rumor involving Taylor Swift later, Hadid quietly changed her Instagram profile on Thursday to read “Khai’s mom.” Though “Khai” might sound initially like a long-lost Kardashian relative, a source told TMZ the name is a tribute to Hadid’s paternal grandmother, whose name was Khairiah. “Khair” is also the middle name of Gigi’s younger sister, Bella Hadid, while “Khai” means “crowned” in Arabic, a neat little compliment to “Malik,” which means “king.” Though what’s really impressive is that Gigi and Zayn kept the name under wraps for so long. Congrats to those two! [Us Weekly, TMZ]

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Affleck shared some real talk about going full-frontal on camera in an interview for Variety‘s Actors on Actors series. “So obviously, you’re a two-time Academy Award winner, a multiple Golden Globe winner, you were nominated for best depiction of nudity, sexuality, or seduction by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists in Gone Girl,” Baron Cohen said, before asking: “Were you furious when you didn’t win?” Affleck smoothly countered: “I mean you do so much frontal, you’ve been so naked, and yet you were overlooked.” Baron Cohen was quick to quip in exchange, “Yeah, the alliance of Women Film Journalists never saw what I saw in the mirror …I feel like we’re veering away. Tell me about your Batman!” Read their full, hilarious interview at Variety. [Variety]

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Speaking of Ben Affleck, his younger brother, Casey Affleck, is claiming he knows nothing about the now-viral photos of a man who looks suspiciously like him throwing out a life-size Ana de Armas cutout from Ben Affleck’s house after the couple reportedly split. “No, that’s not me, and I can’t even really say if they have totally broken up for good or whatever. I would leave that to them to speak to,” Casey Affleck told Entertainment Tonight. “A bunch of people sent that picture to me, and I was gonna tweet some, like, joke, response or something. And then I couldn’t think of one and a joke didn’t seem appropriate. And I don’t have Twitter so that wasn’t going to work.” [Entertainment Tonight, Vulture]

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Joan Dideon — the legendary 86-year-old writer “who embodies that classic, old school definition of what it means to be ‘cool’” — gave an interview on Friday in which she sounds “like she’s doing the absolute bare minimum to avoid getting fined by the league,” if you’ll excuse the football simile offered by writer Marin Cogan. In the interview, Dideon was asked boilerplate questions like “do you have hope?” to which she gave brief, dismissive answers like, “hope for what? Not particularly, no.” Asked what it means to be called “the voice of your generations,” Dideon replied, “I don’t have the slightest idea,” and when asked if there’s anything she wishes to still achieve that she has not, the fabled writer answered: “Figuring out how to work my television.” [Time]

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