Katie Holmes and her new boyfriend Bobby Wooten III appeared on the red carpet together on Thursday, May 26. They were attending The Moth’s 25th Anniversary gala, The Silver Ball, held at Spring Studios in New York City. The 43-year-old Dawson’s Creek star stepped out with the 33-year-old Grammy nominee, getting affectionate in front of the cameras.
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Holmes was wearing a long-sleeved orange gown with black patent leather heels, and carried a small black clutch with a gold frame. Her hair was loosely pulled back and she accessorized with dangling diamond drop earrings. Wooten wore a blue suit over a button-down black shirt, and a pair of black boots with a few silver rings on his hand.
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Now that things are “red carpet official,” here’s everything we know about Bobby Wooten III, Katie Holmes’ new boyfriend.
Who is Bobby Wooten III?
Wooten grew up in Chicago, a midwesterner like Holmes, who is native to Toledo. The musician and composer is playing bass in Moulin Rouge! The Musical on Broadway at the moment, but he seems to have projects and performances popping up everywhere. At this year’s Coachella, Wooten performed with Carly Rae Jepsen, he was nominated for a Grammy Award, and is also an adjunct instructor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
A source told People that Wooten is “an amazing guy, very kind, super talented and just an all-around cool guy. He’s a highly accomplished bassist and musician, and is as chill and brilliant and funny as they come.”
Wooten was invited to The Moth’s Silver Ball because he worked with singer-songwriterDavid Byrne on the Broadway recording of American Utopia. Byrne was the evening’s honoree, and Wooten presented him with the award.
Wooten told Us Weekly, “I’m happy to have (Katie) here as my date.”
How did Bobby Wooten and Katie Holmes meet?
A source close to Holmes told E! News in early May that they were introduced through friends, adding that their relationship is “working well.”
“Katie is excited about seeing someone and is very happy,” they said. “She enjoys having someone in her life and he is very kind and good to her.”
Rumors of their relationship started in April, when they were seen kissing outside the subway while on their way to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where they kissed before heading inside, Us Weekly reports. It had been about a year since Holmes was romantically connected to anyone after breaking it off with chef Emilio Vitolo Jr., who she dated for a few months.
Holmes has said in the past that her priority is raising her daughter, 16-year-old Suri Cruise, who she shares with her ex-husband, Tom Cruise.
“My child is the most important person to me, and her upbringing is paramount to my work right now,” Holmes told Town & Country in 2017. “It’s very important that I’m present and she has a stable, innocent childhood. I feel so blessed to do what I do, but there’s nothing in the world better than watching your child succeed.”
When were Katie Holmes and Bobby Wooten last seen together?
On August 6, Holmes and Wooten were out in New York City again walking hand-in-hand through Washington Square Park. Holmes was wearing a tan jumpsuit with a halter neckline and a cinched waist over a pair of black sneakers. She left a her long brunette hair down and wore a pair of gold hoop earrings. Wooten wore a grey t-shirt with khakis and black leather shoes, and carried a canvas tote bag over one shoulder. This was two months after their debut on the red carpet at the Moth’s Silver Ball where Wooten presented singer-songwriter David Byrne with an award.
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Beyoncé gave one fan an experience he’d never forget when she threw him the sunglasses off her face during her “Renaissance” World Tour concert in London. In a now-viral TikTok video, fans captured the exact moment she removed her Off-White sunglasses, which she paired with a red-sequined Off-White bodysuit and thigh-high boots, and threw them into the crowd — but only after pausing to check the brand, of course. The recipient? A TikTok user who goes by the name Global Valentino, aka Valentino Rodrigues.
“Best experience ever, this meant so much!”
“I’m 1 of 1,” Valentino captioned the video. “Me and @khal caught the glasses!! best experience ever, this meant so much!” The joy of catching one of the Grammy-winner’s personal accessories, however, was short-lived as security promptly came over and snatched the sunglasses back. As his friends tried to keep the glasses safe, the guards mouthed, “Stop! Stop!” and ultimately ended up walking away with the sunglasses.
Later in the evening, Beyoncé returned wearing a custom Loewe bodysuit in gold and smiled as she returned the sunglasses to Rodrigues. “No, seriously, I’m still in shock ’cause what the hell?” he told his TikTok followers in a video after the show. After sharing a glimpse of the sunglasses up close, Valentino explained that a piece had fallen off the side immediately after the show. Once they were fixed, he happily tried them on. “OK, so I’m never wearing these again, guys, but they fit,” he said in a follow-up video. Since the concert, Rodrigues has also updated his TikTok bio to read, “BEYONCÉ GAVE ME HER SHADES.”
In an interview with The Daily Dot, he added that the show was the “best night of my life.” The experience was made all the more special by the fact that the glasses were inscribed with the numbers 4-2.3 — likely an optometric measurement — because his birthday happens to be April 23, a noteworthy coincidence.
Though security tried to confiscate the glasses, Rodrigues didn’t let the moment spoil his experience, and he’s glad he was able to hang onto a memento from the unforgettable show. “I don’t know about you guys but I can’t see the haters,” he said with a laugh as he put on the glasses.
Follow Beyoncé and Rodrigues’s full sunglasses saga ahead and shop our favorite sunglasses for summer here.
As far as skirt trends go, this past year has undoubtedly been the year of maxi hemlines and micro minis. Midi skirts haven’t ever been “out,” but I did put them on the back burner momentarily. There’s always been a place for classic slip midis, but the more trend-forward and creative elements were always applied to the mini and maxi styles. However, as I took a deep dive into the latest market for summer, I was surprised to see a large variety of updated and elevated midi skirts. Think cargo styles, airy linen options, and colorful wrap skirts.
For 2023, any skirt length goes, but these midi options will have you impressed. I’ve gathered a diverse selection of skirts, whether you’re into having an ultra-colorful summer or much prefer a more pared-back aesthetic this season. The best part about these skirts? You may be buying them for the summer, but I can assure you of their year-round versatility. Simply take them into the fall easily with tall boots and an oversize sweater. Keep scrolling to see and shop the best skirts on the market that haven’t sold out yet.
Ahead of her Midnights deluxe album drop, Taylor Swift announced she would be working with everyone’s fav red-haired femcee Ice Spice. A collaboration that immediately sparked social media chatter. The announcement of the unexpected link-up comes after sparked rumors of Swift reuniting with former flame and The 1975 frontman, Matt Healy. Healy had some questionable things to say about Spice during his time on The Adam Friedland Show podcast in February but has since apologized.
Last week, Taylor Swift dropped the visuals for her cautionary tale anthem, Karma. A dreamy video is heavy in astrological symbolism, campy storytelling, and Ice Spice!
However, the visuals aren’t the only place we see this duo. During Swift’s Eras tour stop in New Jersey, Ice Spice made a guest appearance. She shined on stage, and not just because she delivered a great performance, her custom crystal look by Theophilio twinkled under the spotlights.
Spice slayed the stage in a black mesh catsuit adorned with black ostrich feathers on the arms and legs with a crystal-covered cut-out bodysuit, and, of course, ice in the form of a diamond Cuban link chocker. With her signature red curls coiled to perfection, the look did eat, bon appétit!