Melanie Schmitz

News editor at Romper, journalist covering politics and foreign affairs. Obsessed with Justice Kagan’s wild Spider-Man ruling. Reach me here: melanie@bustle.com

What You Should Know About Angelina Jolie's Bell’s Palsy Diagnosis

In a recent Vanity Fair cover interview, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie opened up about a number of sensitive issues, including her divorce from Brad Pitt and life on the road with her children. Speaking to the pressures that come with being a…
By Melanie Schmitz

Arnelle Simpson Testifies At OJ Simpson Parole Hearing

The world watched closely on Thursday as former NFL star O.J. Simpson appeared before the parole board at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, to determine whether he was fit for early release. Among those who spoke for him, alongside his lawyer,…
By Melanie Schmitz

Was John McCain Sick During The Comey Hearing?

Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer following surgery to remove a blod clot above his eye, his office said in a statement on Wednesday. Doctors stated that the Arizona senator had a "primary glioblastoma," a specific type of brain…
By Melanie Schmitz

Will Mindy Kaling's Pregnancy Affect 'The Mindy Project'?

Fans were ecstatic to learn on Monday that everyone's favorite funny-woman, Mindy Kaling, was reportedly pregnant with her first child. According to E! News, "multiple sources" said the baby news was "an unexpected surprise" — and a sweet one at…
By Melanie Schmitz

Get Your Hands On Beyoncé's Outfit From Her Twins Instagram

Beyoncé broke the internet once again on Friday after she took to her official Instagram account to post the first photo of her twins, Sir Carter and Rumi. It was a momentous occasion for fans who had been waiting patiently for official word from…
By Melanie Schmitz

Just Some Hilarious Tweets About Beyoncé's Twins Photo

The twins are here! Now that it's official-official, Beyoncé fans everywhere are celebrating the news appropriately — or at least as appropriately as you'd expect. And the funniest tweets about Beyoncé's twins are further proof that the Beyhive has…
By Melanie Schmitz

Beyoncé Announces Her Twins' Birth With A Glorious Photo

Praise Bey! In the early morning hours on Friday, the Queen herself, Beyoncé, finally announced the birth of her twins, Sir Carter and Rumi, with arguably the most iconic photo ever. Within minutes, the Instagram photo had racked up thousands of…
By Melanie Schmitz

Here's Why Donald Trump Jr. Tweeted His Emails

After days of speculation about an alleged Trump campaign meeting with a Russian attorney in 2016, one of the presidents sons took to Twitter Tuesday, evidently attempting to explain. When you read the tweets, though, you have to ask: Why did Donald…
By Melanie Schmitz

Nicki Minaj's Baby Emoji Tweet Has Fans Freaking Out

Is a little one on the way for one of the music industry's biggest names? Fans were left buzzing on Monday night after rapper and all-around queen Nicki Minaj tweeted a mysterious baby emoji from her official account, leading many to question…
By Melanie Schmitz

DJ Khaled's Son Wins The BET Awards In His Tiny Blue Tux

It's not often that you get shown up by a baby, and yet here we are. At the BET Awards on Sunday night, DJ Khaled's son Asahd Tuck Khaled took to the stage during his dad's closing performance, fully clad in a tiny, bright blue tuxedo (and a pair of…
By Melanie Schmitz

Read Chance The Rapper's BET Humanitarian Award Speech

At Sunday night's BET Awards, one special artist was honored with a humanitarian award for his work assisting the public school system in his hometown of Chicago. Chance the Rapper's BET humanitarian award speech followed in the vein of similar…
By Melanie Schmitz

Bruno Mars Was Just Resting His Eyes At The BET Awards, OK

He was just resting his eyes, OK? Bruno Mars definitely wasn't falling asleep at the BET Awards on Sunday night, despite the many gifs of him falling asleep at the BET Awards floating around Twitter. Just trust me on this. Upon first glance, yes, I…
By Melanie Schmitz

Twitter Had Some Opinions About That BET Awards Conveyer Belt

You can't say they didn't try. During Sunday's BET Awards, viewers both at home and in the Microsoft Theater were more focused, it seemed, on the stage itself than the entertainers. And why not? If nothing else, the wild conveyor belt entrance…
By Melanie Schmitz

Several Casualties Reported At Finsbury Park In North London

Early Monday morning local time, police in north London reported that an individual driving a white van had struck several individuals leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque near Seven Sisters Road, "leaving a number of casualties." Metropolitan Police…
By Melanie Schmitz

Beyoncé's Twins Are Geminis & Fans Have Plenty Of Thoughts

If you thought the Beyhive wouldn't have some serious opinions on the astrology behind the Knowles-Carter twins' births, get ready to be very, very wrong. On Saturday evening, Us Weekly claimed that singer-songwriter Beyoncé had reportedly given…
By Melanie Schmitz

Twitter's Hilarious Response To The Birth Of Beyoncé's Twins

Praise Bey! On Saturday evening, Us Weekly reported that singer, songwriter, and all-around queen Beyoncé had purportedly given birth to twins with husband and rap mogul Jay Z. The new additions join 5-year-old big sister Blue Ivy Carter, who was…
By Melanie Schmitz

This Tick-Borne Disease Could Be Fatal For Kids

On Sunday, an Indianapolis family experienced the unthinkable when their 2-year-old, who had otherwise been healthy, died of an illness medical professionals believe she contracted from a tick bite. Kenley Ratliff had developed a dangerously high…
By Melanie Schmitz

Trump's Response To The London Bridge Attack

Authorities in London on Saturday responded to reports of a white van plowing over crowds of pedestrians on London Bridge in England, gunfire at surrounding locations, and at least two stabbings in a nearby restaurant. Police did not release details…
By Melanie Schmitz

Reports Of A Major Attack At Manila Resort

Local authorities on Thursday reported gunfire and explosions at Resorts World Manila in the Philippines. While details were not immediately available, photos and video from the scene showed chaos and confusion as police and SWAT teams swept the…
By Melanie Schmitz

Twitter Doesn't Know What "Covfefe" Means, Either

No one's quite sure how it happened. Thirty minutes later... then 45, then one hour later, the tweet was still up on the president's timeline. Pundits began weighing in on what exactly it meant (Is it code? Are we all about to be Raptured?), but no…
By Melanie Schmitz