updated 08/02/2013 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/03/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
Surprise! That prickly, cruel and oft-wise entertainment mogul Simon Cowell is going to be a dad. And more shocking still, the new mother is the wife of one of his good friends, a touchy detail that elicited surprise this week.
But enough about just him, here are the five stories that sparked strongest reactions from readers this past week – the news that made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, angry and even saying ‘Wow’!
Keep clicking on the emoticons at the bottom of every story to tell us what you think!
After 75 loving years together, California couple Helena and Les Brown, who were born on the same day, passed away – one day apart. The enduring romance of the 94-year-olds drew only love from readers as their youngest son Daniel noted: “My mom often said she didn’t want to see my father die, and he didn’t want to live without her.”
Cowell’s baby news presented a different kind of X Factor coverage. Expectant New York socialite Lauren Silverman, 36, who is married (but divorcing) one of Cowell’s good friends, real estate mogul Andrew Silverman, is reportedly “ecstatic.” Cowell, 53, had been on the fence about becoming a dad, noting he liked kids, but wasn’t sure he had proper time to devote to them with his busy career.
Things are busting out all over for some curvaceous celebs, and readers were laughing over the questionable cleavage displays of supermodels Kate Upton and Tyra Banks, and actress Paula Patton.
She has sung about pain and loss for decades, and this week, readers were saddened for country music icon Loretta Lynn, who confirmed the loss of her oldest daughter, Betty Sue Lynn, who passed away at 64 from complications of emphysema in Waverly, Tenn.
Readers were angry over news that two of The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s most outspoken and controversial stars, Teresa and Joe Giudice, were indicted on charges of fraud over allegations of hiding their wealth in a bankruptcy filing. The Montville Township, N.J., husband and wife face 39 federal charges including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.
Be sure to check back next week for another must-read roundup. Until then, see what readers are reacting to every day by clicking here.