Little Mix announces shock hiatus after 10 years performing together

Beloved girl group Little Mix have announced they will be taking a break at the end of their upcoming tour after 10 years together.

The British band — which comprises singers Perrie Edwards, 28, Jade Thirlwall, 28, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 30 — revealed on social media they will be taking a hiatus after their next tour in April-May next year.

In an Instagram post, Little Mix assured fans they are “not splitting up” but are taking a break to work on individual projects.

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“It’s been 10 amazing years, a wonderful non-stop adventure, and we feel the time is right to take a break so we can recharge and work on some other projects,” Little Mix posted on its Instagram account.

“We can’t thank you enough for your love and never-ending support since the beginning. We love you all SO much. We are not splitting up — Little Mix are here to stay. We have plans for more music, tours and performances in the future.

The post continued: “We’ve made so many incredible memories with you all, and we can’t wait to make so many more.

“We’re sisters and we’ll always have each other and you, the fans, in our lives. Little Mix is forever. See you on tour!”

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The hiatus announcement comes less than 12 months after former member Jesy Nelson declared she would be leaving the group after nine years in 2020.

Nelson, 30, revealed the news in an Instagram post in December 2020 detailing how it was time for her to “embark on a new chapter”.

Her former bandmates later expressed it was “an incredibly sad time for all of us be we are fully supportive of Jesy.”

In an August 2021 interview with The Guardian, Nelson recalled her personal struggles skyrocketing to fame in a girl band and being negatively compared to her three bandmates.

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“I would be very shocked to hear of any band where everyone felt equal. I don’t think that’s possible, because you’re always going to get compared; who they think looks better, who they think sings better,” Nelson said.

“There’s always going to be one person that people think is weaker.”

Little Mix was formed in 2011 after the four girls competed in the 2011 UK season of The X-Factor.

All four bandmates had auditioned as solo singers but had been teamed up together, similar to how mega boyband One Direction had been formed in 2010.

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Kaley Cuoco admits ‘it’s okay to not feel okay’ in emotional birthday post following split from husband

Kaley Cuoco has marked her birthday with a candid social media post about how she is feeling since announcing her divorce from husband Karl Cook.

The former Big Bang Theory star, 36, has celebrated her birthday three months after the split and took to Instagram to reveal her emotional struggles to followers.

“Sometimes it’s okay to not feel totally okay. Even on ur bday,” Cuoco wrote in a now-expired Instagram story. 

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After the raw admission, Cuoco also took the time to honour the amazing support she has around her.

“I have the greatest fam and friends there ever was,” she added.

Cuoco rang in her 36th birthday with a trip to Disneyland with her family, sharing a series of fun snaps from the day onto her Instagram.

The actress’ honest message to fans comes only months after revealing she was divorcing husband Karl Cook, who she had been married to since 2018.

In a statement to People in September, Cuoco and Cook, 30, said it was an amicable split and assured there was “no anger or animosity” between them.

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“Despite a deep love and respect for one another, we have realised that our current paths have taken us in opposite directions,” they said in a joint statement.

“We have both shared so much of our journey publicly so while we would prefer to keep this aspect of our personal life private, we wanted to be forthcoming in our truth together. There is no anger or animosity, quite the contrary.”  

A source told the publication the couple’s sudden split came as a surprise even to their loved ones.

“In the beginning of the summer, Kaley seemed very happy with Karl. They were affectionate and seemed great,” the source said. “The split seems very sudden. It’s pretty shocking.”

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In 2019, the couple raised eyebrows after revealing their unconventional marriage dynamic.

Despite being married, Cuoco and Cook still did not live together but said they were planning on living under the same roof “very soon”.

“We have a very unconventional marriage. We have different locations that we are at a lot,” Cuoco told E! News in August 2019.

“We are not together every single day, and I think personally, it’s important. It works well for us.”

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Mark Hoppus reveals his cancer announcement was an accident

Mark Hoppus has revealed he didn’t mean to announce his cancer diagnosis earlier this year.

The Blink-182 rocker, 49, accidentally posted a photo of himself in a chemotherapy chair to his Instagram Story in late June. “Yes hello. One cancer treatment, please,” he wrote alongside the photo.

But according to People, it turns out he was only meant to share that photo with a few of his close friends, not his 1.2 million followers.

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“Throughout the day as I’m getting chemotherapy and more bags of chemicals are being dropped into my body, other people are reaching out and they’re like, ‘Dude, what’s going on?'” he recalled in a recent interview with GQ.

Hoppus has since announced that he is cancer-free following months of treatment for Stage 4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, the diagnosis for which he received in April.

But when he accidentally posted, the bassist was not aware of everything he was doing, as Benadryl and chemotherapy had made him forgetful.

“Chemo is like being on the worst international, overnight flight where you can’t sleep or get comfortable,” he told the magazine.

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“I felt so s—-y. And the brain fog is so bad. The chemo brain is just heartbreaking to me because I can feel myself diminished mentally right now.”

“Maybe part of me subconsciously posted it to my main, but I definitely didn’t do it on purpose,” he added. “But I don’t know. It kind of felt like a Band-Aid had been ripped off and I was able to be honest with people.”

In July, Hoppus shared details of his diagnosis in an Instagram Q&A video.

“The cancer isn’t bone-related, it’s blood-related. My blood’s trying to kill me,” he said at the time. “My classification is diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Stage 4-A, which means, as I understand it, it’s entered four different parts of my body.

“I don’t know how exactly they determine the four-part of it, but it’s entered enough parts of my body that I’m Stage 4, which I think is the highest that it goes. So, I’m Stage 4-A.”

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Hoppus also revealed that he and his former Blink-182 bandmate Tom DeLonge have repaired their friendship in the months since his cancer diagnosis. The musicians told GQ that they reunited in Hoppus’ backyard with drummer Travis Barker.

“I was like, ‘Oh s–t, band meeting!” DeLonge recalled. “We got into more life stuff. What we’ve learned over the years about ourselves. How we’ve grown, how nothing really matters when it boils down to what we were dealing with in that moment. And so, it wasn’t some big meeting about Blink-182, it was more about brothers meeting and saying, ‘How do we support Mark?'”

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Rust ammunition supplier denies live rounds came from him in tragic on-set shooting

The weapons expert who supplied guns and ammo for the production of Rust told Good Morning America on Thursday that the live rounds found on set did not come from him.

Seth Kenney, of PDQ Arm & Prop, gave his first public comments shortly after investigators searched his business in Albuquerque, New Mexico for clues that might explain how live rounds became mingled with dummy rounds.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on October 21 when actor Alec Baldwin fired a live round from an antique .45 Colt revolver while preparing for a scene.

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“It’s not a possibility that they came from PDQ or from myself personally,” Kenney told ABC News.

That statement conflicts what with Kenney told investigators on October 29, according to a search warrant affidavit released on Tuesday.

In that interview, Kenney surmised that the dummy rounds could have been mixed with “reloaded ammunition” he had received from a friend a couple of years earlier. Reloaded ammunition refers to rounds that are rebuilt using a spent casing.

Kenney said the reloaded rounds would have had a Starline Brass logo, and would have appeared similar to the blank and dummy rounds he supplies to film projects.

Kenney did not address that prior statement in the Good Morning America interview. He did say that dummy rounds are checked to make sure they rattle before being sent to film sets. A live round would not rattle.

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“When we send dummy rounds out, they get individually rattle tested before they get sent out,” Kenney told the program.

“So if you have a box of 50, you’ve got to do it 50 times. And at that point you know they’re safe to send.”

Baldwin is set to appear in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News on Thursday evening.

In a clip from the interview released on Wednesday, Baldwin denied that he had pulled the trigger.

“No, no, no,” he said. “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never.”

Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the armorer on the film, has previously said she has no idea where the live rounds came from.

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The prop master on the film, Sarah Zachry, has told investigators that the ammunition came from several sources, including Kenney, a man named Billy Ray and from a supply that Gutierrez Reed had left over from a previous project.

Gutierrez Reed’s father, veteran armorer Thell Reed, told investigators last month that he and Kenney had conducted a live fire training for actors in August or September.

He said Kenney had asked him to bring some extra .45-caliber ammunition for the training, and that Kenney had made off with it after the training was over.

Reed suggested that some of those rounds might have made their way to the set of Rust.

In the interview with Good Morning America, Kenney said that was not possible. He also noted that some of the dummy rounds had come from other sources.

Investigators seized some .45 caliber ammunition, including live rounds, from Kenney’s business on Tuesday.

Kenney said those rounds did not match the live rounds found on set. The FBI is analyzing the ammunition seized from the set.

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Jonshel Alexander, former child actor and Beasts of the Southern Wild star, shot and killed at 22

Jonshel Alexander, a one-time child actor who played a supporting role in the 2012 Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild, was killed in a weekend shooting in her native Louisiana. She was 22.

Police said Alexander and a man were shot inside a vehicle on Saturday in New Orleans and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The man, whose name was not released, drove to a hospital for treatment.

At age 12, Alexander played the character Joy Strong in Beasts of the Southern Wild, a drama filmed near Houma recounting the story of a poor Louisiana bayou community struggling for survival. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture.

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Director Benh Zeitlin cast Louisiana natives for the lead roles, auditioning more than 4,000 actors before completing the cast. Shelly Alexander said her daughter charmed the filmmakers and came out on top.

“She was like, ‘I’m going to be in this movie,'” her mother recalled. “They fell in love with Jonshel.”

Alexander was too old to play the film’s lead role of Hushpuppy, which went to then-six-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis. But Zeitlin said he was captivated by Alexander, describing her as an “absolute one-of-a-kind, unforgettable, force-of-nature human being” and cast her in the supporting role.

“We incorporated a part into the film that was very much inspired by her,” Zeitlin said. “A lot of the lines were written by her, and so much of the character grew out of who Jonshel was. Her character in the film is named Joy Strong, which always seemed like a perfect description of Jonshel. She was a really bright burning light.”

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Zeitlin said he was devastated to learn of her death and has been in touch with her family.

Alexander was the youngest of three children, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. After graduating from high school, she worked as a hostess in restaurants and devoted herself to the care of her one-year-old daughter, De-vynne Robinson.

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“She brought life to everything,” Shelly Alexander told the newspaper on Tuesday. “Jonshel was feisty, jazzy, spoiled. It was her way or no way. Jonshel was like, ‘It’s going to be me.’ “

Meanwhile, investigators are seeking a person of interest in the shooting and have asked the public’s help for any information in the case.

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Laverne & Shirley actor Eddie Mekka dies, aged 69

Actor Eddie Mekka, best known for playing Carmine ‘The Big Ragoo’ Ragusa on sitcom Laverne & Shirley, has died, aged 69.

An official Facebook account for Mekka announced the news on Thursday morning (Thursday night AEDT) revealing he had “passed away peacefully” on Saturday, Nov. 27, at his home in Newhall, California.

No cause of death was given in the short statement.

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Ragusa was the boyfriend of star Cindy Williams’ character Shirley Feeney on Laverne & Shirley.

Nicknamed ‘The Big Ragoo’ on the show, he was a part-time boxer who owned a dance studio and dreamed of becoming a dancer and singer. In the finale, he auditions for “Hair” on Broadway, fulfilling his goal.

Mekka appeared in 150 episodes of the beloved sitcom that ran on ABC America from 1976 to 1983.

During its run, Laverne & Shirley was the most-watched show on TV from 1977-1979, reaching a high of 23 million households in the US.

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on June 14, 1952, he worked at the Worcester County Light Opera and taught singing lessons.

Before moving to Los Angeles, he earned a Tony nomination in 1975 for his lead role in The Lieutenant on Broadway.

Laverne & Shirley was his first major role, and he was also featured in the series Blansky’s Beauties. Both shows were created by Garry Marshall as spinoffs of Happy Days, in which Mekka appeared on twice as Ragusa.

Mekka kept working steadily from the 1970s through the 2010s. Some of his other credits included The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Family Matters, Guiding Light, 24, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and two Laverne & Shirley TV specials.

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How teenage pop sensation JoJo Siwa manages to stay true to herself in a cutthroat industry

Pop sensation JoJo Siwa only turned 18 this year but she is wise beyond her years. 

The singer and dancer continues to rise and rise since her days on the reality TV program Dance Moms — and it’s all because the multi-talented star remains unapologetically true to herself. 

In an industry that tries to mould and market artists to look and sound a certain way, JoJo goes against the grain and makes choices that feel right for her and it’s paid off.

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“If anyone tried to have an input in my career, I’d always listen. But if anyone tried to put input in me personally, I wouldn’t listen,” she tells 9Honey Celebrity via Zoom.

“And sometimes that can be taken as a bratty kid who won’t listen, which [is] valid. But for me it was that I want to be myself. I don’t want some human who runs a corporation to tell me who to be personally. 

“Business-wise, I want to hear what they have to say. I want to hear about what they think about social media or what they think about merchandising. But I’m never going to want someone to tell me what to wear or tell me what I have to sing about. That’s not what we built my entire life and career off.”

One person whose opinion does matter to JoJo is that of her mother, manager and best friend, Jessalynn Siwa. With Jessalynn by her side, the duo have gone from strength to strength with JoJo now one of the world’s most famous faces.

And mother and daughter hope to do the same for other young girls with similar dreams in their new reality TV talent competition series, Siwas Dance Pop Revolution.

“I just had these visions of making a pop group and people lined up to audition and be a part of it, and us picking who we wanted and putting them together,” Jessalynn tells 9Honey Celebrity as they promote the series.

“I didn’t know if I wanted to do girls or boys in the beginning and then we went with girls because we thought we knew more about girls. So we’ve just stuck with that.”

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Adds JoJo: “With creating this girl group, we wanted to show girls all around the world that anything is possible, if you work hard and if you believe. I feel like I was a kid from Nebraska and I made my dreams come true, but no one got to really see the process documented [on Dance Moms]. And that’s what is so special about Siwas Dance Pop Revolution, is that it’s the process.”

The series sees mother and daughter team up as they audition young talent — who are also major JoJo Siwa fans — to compete for a spot in XOMG Pop, a new pop group that Jessalynn will manage. The crowned pop group will also be the opening act for JoJo when she resumes her D.R.E.A.M. The Tour in January. 

But with 11 tweens participating in the series through various performances and challenges, JoJo — who serves as choreographer and mentor on the show — had her work cut out for her.

“It was much easier said than done,” she laughs. “I would say, ‘Yeah, I’ll do the choreography, I’ll be the kids’ mentor. Absolutely I want to be creative director,’ not realising that I had only ever done that for adults or for my own career. 

“And then being handed 11 kids I had never met before that are young and talented but also haven’t met each other before, who are now on a reality TV environment, who are all vying for an X amount of spots in a girl group, who also have crazy mums, and we have three days. I was like, ‘Huh, this is hard.'”

And the workload never got easier but the ‘Boomerang’ singer persevered because of her second-to-none work ethic.  

“I remember just being like that week I did not eat, I did not sleep,” she recalls. “Every lunch break that I had I was working on these steps for these kids. I mean, I gave it everything I could.”

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It’s this same enthusiasm JoJo applies to her career. Being in the spotlight from the age of nine, the singer and dancer has been in the business for half her life. And she knows it takes hard work to succeed in a cutthroat industry that never sleeps.

“The industry is never down, the industry is never dark, the industry never quits, the industry doesn’t go anywhere,” she says. “You can be working at four in the morning, you can be working at midnight, you can be working at noon. It never ever ends and it’s magical, so just enjoy it. Also every project, no matter what, is stressful so just try your hardest to enjoy it.”

Besides, the view from the top is worth the sleepless nights. Last year, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people — an honour she was not expecting.

“It was so cool. I remember when I found out, I was stunned. That is an honour I never thought I’d hear my name attached to. It’s just so surreal to be on that list and to be on that list at 17, it’s crazy.” 

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Woman discovers Kanye West’s X-rated comment in old high school yearbook

A woman has shared her remarkable discovery after realising her dad went to high school with rapper Kanye West — and she even has a raunchy yearbook message to prove it.

TikTok user Abby Richardson posted a viral video with the words: “pov (point of view), your dad’s best friend in high school was Kanye West”.

Abby then went on to video herself flipping through her dad’s old yearbook which showed his name and picture, alongside the famous singer’s name and high school photograph.

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At the back of the book, she then showed the X-rated message West wrote her father at the end of the school year in the early 1990s.

“You better get some p—y this summer,” the obscene note read.

In the clip, Abby claimed her father, Brian Richardson, was “best friends” with the rapper, 44, while they were in school together.

“No joke ask my grandparents,” she captioned the video.

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According to the Chicago Sun Times, West attended Polaris High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois and graduated in 1995.

Abby’s clip quickly went viral and attracted over 2.1 million views, with the TikTok user adding another comment about how her dad’s friendship with West went beyond high school.

“He was supposed to go to New York with Kanye to meet with JZ (Jay Z) but chose to stay back with my mom instead,” she wrote.

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Hundreds of commenters responded to Abby’s video with shock, with some even surprised the rapper’s real name is in fact Kanye West.

“That’s the most Kanye signature ever,” one person said.

“Your dad was friends with the greatest artist of this generation,” another gushed.

One added: “Why am I just now learning Kanye’s full name is real and not a stage/changed name like most artists do.”

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Vin Diesel reveals his daughter was maid of honour at the wedding of Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow

Vin Diesel has revealed his bond with late actor Paul Walker went beyond the movie set.

The pair became friends after meeting on the set of The Fast and the Furious in 2001, and by the time they filmed their final movie together in 2013, they were more like family with their children also super-close.

In a tribute post to mark eight years since Walker’s tragic death, Diesel revealed his daughter Hania, 13, even served as maid of honour when Walker’s daughter Meadow, 23, married actor Louis Thornton-Allan in October.

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“It’s been eight years today … and not a day goes by that I don’t reflect of the brotherhood we were blessed to have… but you know that. Tragedies in life are always followed by life’s blessings if you just stay open and have faith,” Diesel began in his heartfelt post, which he accompanied with a photo of their daughters embracing on Meadow’s wedding day.  

“Look at this photo Pablo, it will make you smile. The same angel that you helped me prepare for in the most beautiful way with your brotherly advice is the same angel that precious Meadow asked to be her Maid of Honor.”

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Diesel — real name Mark Sinclair — explained he was worried in the leadup to Hania’s birth in 2008 because he was a first-time dad, and it was Walker who eased his mind in between takes while they filmed the fourth movie in the Fast & Furious franchise at the time. 

“When we were done filming that day you came into my trailer and asked, what’s on your mind? You always knew when something was on my mind. Haha,” Diesel recalled.

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“I told you that I was about to have a baby and didn’t know what to expect at the hospital which I was heading to after work. Will never forget what you told me… you said a lot of tough guys will tell you to wait outside of the delivery room, but that’s wrong. Go in there, actually cut the umbilical cord and it will be the best day of your life. You of course, was talking from experience, having already an angel of your own.”

Walker died on November 30, 2013, in a car crash. Meadow was only 15 at the time and Diesel — who is her godfather — promised to be a father figure to her in light of the actor’s death. True to his word, Diesel was the one who walked Meadow down the aisle at her wedding on a beach in the Dominican Republic.

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Happy birthday Britney! Celebrating the pop icon as she turns 40

Britney Spears turns 40 today!

The singer, who rose to massive popularity as a teen with her hit ‘…Baby One More Time,’ posted to social media to remind fans she still feels young.

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Spears modelled bikinis in the post and quoted the film This is 40, starring Leslie Mann, whose character says, “I don’t want to shop at old lady stores. I don’t want to go to J. Jill and Chico’s and Ann Taylor.”

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She tried on multiple outfits in a reel, appearing in front of a huge Christmas tree while she tried on festive dresses.

“Fashion and festivities … guess what ???? My b-day is coming soon,” Spears captioned the video, and included a birthday cake emoji.

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The pop icon has a lot to celebrate this year after winning her fight to end her 13-year conservatorship and regaining control of her finances.

She has since been celebrating her new life on Instagram with dances and inspirational quotes.

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Kelly Osbourne slams tabloid email for ‘fat shaming’ her during ‘the hardest year of my life’

Kelly Osbourne has called out body shamers after a tabloid publication allegedly sent her an email about gaining weight.

The TV personality, 37, shared that this has been “the hardest year” of her life after she received an email allegedly sent by The National Enquirer.

The email appeared to request for her comment on an upcoming story, which insensitively claimed she “has put on a tremendous amount of weight”.

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“This is what I deal with on a daily basis,” Osbourne shared alongside a screenshot of the email on her Instagram Story.

The unverified email, which was posted to her Instagram Story, said the former Fashion Police star “has been dealing with stress of her relapse by eating.” The message added that she should reply to the outlet and its editor-in-chief, Dan Dolan.

“Feel free to email Dan and tell him what you think about them fat shaming me,” Osbourne added.

The ‘Changes’ singer added in a separate post on her Instagram Story, “This has been the hardest year of my life. I was compliantly and utterly broken. I am still putting myself back together again.”

“I am happy. I am healthy. That’s all that should matter,” she added.

Osbourne’s statement comes months after she shared she had “relapsed” after nearly four years of sobriety.

“This is a little hard for me to talk about, but I’ve always promised you that I will always be honest with you about where I’m at and what’s going on in my road to recovery,” she said in a video. “I relapsed. Not proud of it. But I am back on track.”

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In October, the former Project Runway: Junior judge marked five months of sobriety on her 37th birthday. “I am filled with so much gratitude it’s almost overwhelming!” she said via Instagram.

Last year, Osbourne lost 85lbs (38.5kg) after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery.

“I don’t give a f–k what anyone has to say. I did it, I’m proud of it, they can suck s–t,” she said during an interview on the Hollywood Raw with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn podcast in response to rumours about plastic surgery.

“I did the gastric sleeve. All it does is change the shape of your stomach. I got that almost two years ago. I will never, ever, ever lie about it ever. It is the best thing I have ever done.”

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Mariska Hargitay asks man to stop singing during Law & Order: SVU shoot in New York

In a video circulating on social media this week, Law & Order: SVU star and executive producer Mariska Hargitay leapt into action to help get a shoot in New York City back on track.

In the video, she respectfully asks a man to stop singing and interrupting a shoot in in Washington Square Park, telling him: “Your singing was beautiful, but we’re just trying to get the shot. Is it okay if you don’t sing when we say ‘action’?”

According to the Twitter user who posted the video, a passerby in the park had been singing loudly to intentionally disrupt the shoot, and refused to stop when asked by members of the Law & Order: SVU crew. Hargitay, who plays Olivia Benson in the NBC crime drama created by Dick Wolf, then approached him herself.

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Law & Order: SVU showrunner Warren Leight also shared the video, noting Hargitay’s handling of the situation given her A-list status. “What other #1 on the call sheet could do this? We all [love] Mariska,” he wrote.

Hargitay appeared to confirm her identity to the man, who is not visible in the video, and make a deal to honour a request of his — indecipherable in the video — provide he not sing during filming. “We’ll make a deal,” she says on the video. “I’m happy to do that for you, it’s just that we’re shooting, so it doesn’t work for the scene. Is that okay? I’ll get to you, though.”

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Hargitay has starred in Law & Order: SVU since the show’s debut in 1999. Her character, a fan favourite, rises the ranks from detective all the way up to captain throughout the show’s 23 seasons and is known for getting emotionally invested in the sexual offence cases she investigates. For playing Olivia, Hargitay has received eight Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations, winning one of each.

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Dick Wolf Productions had no further comment on the incident.

Hargitay’s parents were bodybuilder and actor Mickey Hargitay and actor Jayne Mansfield, the latter having passed away tragically in 1967 in a car accident that Mariska survived. In 2004, Hargitay married Peter Hermann, who she met on the set of Law & Order: SVU; Hermann plays the recurring role of defence attorney Trevor Langan.

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‘Kinda sick’: Former America’s Next Top Model contestant reveals the shockingly low wage models were paid during filming

A former America’s Next Top Model contestant has exposed the allegedly low wages models were paid during filming.

Ex-contestant Sarah Hartshorne, who appeared on season nine in 2007, was asked a question on Twitter about how much the models received in stipends during their time on the show.

Hartshorne responded to a tweet which read: “The fact that girls on ANTM were getting paid $40 an episode and Tyra and them judges were making BANK, is kinda sick.”

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When a fan tagged the model and asked: “is this for real???”, Hartshorne replied and confirmed the low wage.

“$40 an episode and we had to pay for food,” Hartshorne claimed.

She also explained the production company “catered one or two meals” on elimination days or photo shoots, but the rest of the time the models were only given $US40.

Dozens of horrified Twitter users replied to Hartshorne’s tweet and described it as “awful” and “below minimum wage”.

“WOW this is garbage. Every new fact I learn since watching this show sounds like fuel for a class action lawsuit that should have already happened,” one person fumed.

“Wait NO how is that even possible?! even small low-budget commercial shoots have catering for cast and crew,” another wrote.

One asked: “Does that even cover the minimum wage?”

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ANTM, which aired its final episode in 2018, has copped criticism years after the show finished filming over its treatment of models.

Former host Tyra Banks has faced backlash online for “insensitive” moments during the show’s 24 seasons, including a scene where she told Cycle 6 winner Dani Evans she’d never be successful because of the gap in her teeth.

Episodes from Cycle 13 were also slammed after contestants had their skin darkened for a “biracial themed” photo shoot, while another model in Cycle 4 was asked to pose in a coffin for a shoot just one day after her friend died.

Banks took to Twitter in May 2020 to address the claims and admitted some of the choices during filming were “off”.

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“Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you. Looking back, those were some really off choices. Appreciate your honest feedback and am sending so much love and virtual hugs,” Tyra wrote at the time.

Former judge Jay Manuel also addressed the backlash against Banks in an interview with Variety and described the criticism against her as “unfair”.

“I do think it’s a little unfair for people to persecute Tyra now, especially because she has already taken heat for her past executive decisions in past years,” Manuel said in 2020.

“However, I can’t really defend her either because when ratings were high and things were great, she remained a clear figurehead, because it was her show,” he added.

“Consistently, when s–-t hit the fan and people wanted to talk about some of the things that were said on the show, we would have another singular EP come forward to claim that all creative decisions were made as the team, and I really wish that were the case, but that just simply is not true.”

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Alec Baldwin says he ‘didn’t pull the trigger’ on set of Rust film

Alec Baldwin said he did not pull the trigger of the gun that fired a live bullet and killed a cinematographer on the set of the movie Rust, according to an excerpt of an upcoming television interview that was released on Wednesday.

Baldwin, who was holding a gun he was told was safe when it went off, spoke in his first full interview about the October 21 shooting in New Mexico.

“Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” the actor told ABC television journalist George Stephanopoulos, according to the excerpt of the interview, which is to be broadcast on Thursday.

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“So you never pulled the trigger?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“No, no, no. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never,” Baldwin replied.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was wounded in what Baldwin has previously called a tragic accident on the set of the Western movie he was making near Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department said on Wednesday it had no comment on Baldwin’s statement. It was not known whether authorities are pursuing an accidental discharge scenario.

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No criminal charges have been filed. Investigators have been focusing their efforts on how live ammunition found its way onto the set.

Baldwin says in the ABC interview that he had no idea how a live bullet got onto the set.

The actor, best known for playing an egotistical TV network executive on the TV comedy series 30 Rock, has kept a low profile since the accident at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe.

Baldwin, who was the star and also a producer on the low-budget Western, “went through in detail what happened on the set that day,” Stephanopoulos said on Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America show ahead of the broadcast.

“As you can imagine he’s devastated but he was also very candid, he was very forthcoming. He answered every question,” Stephanopoulos said.

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Two crew members have filed civil lawsuits accusing Baldwin, the producers and others on the production of negligence and lax safety protocols. The producers have said they are conducting their own internal investigation.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Leslie Adler

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Ben Affleck admits he is ‘grateful’ for second chance with Jennifer Lopez

Ben Affleck is feeling grateful for the second chances he’s received, both professionally and in his love life.

Promoting his new movie The Tender Bar, the actor has told The Wall Street Journal he’s really changed over the last five years.

“Only within the last five years, I really felt increasingly grateful for the difficulties that I’ve had,” he tells the publication.

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“It’s not insignificant, because a lot of that pain is rooted in pain caused to other people. And that turns out to be the most painful thing in life.”

As for a second chance with Jennifer Lopez, who he is once again dating 17 years after their breakup, he at first holds back a bit in the interview.

“You can write conjecture about it, but one of the harder lessons that I have learned is that it’s not wise to share everything with the world,” he says.

“I know that I feel more comfortable having those healthy boundaries in my life around which, in a friendly and straightforward way, I tell you, I just don’t want to be talking about my personal relationship in the newspaper. I’m going to exercise a little restraint.”

But Affleck does say he’s happy about their romance rekindling.

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“I can say that it’s definitely beautiful to me. And, you know, one of the things I really value across all facets of my life now is that it was handled in a way that reflected that,” he said.

“My life now reflects not just the person that I want to be, but the person that I really feel like I am — which is not perfect, but somebody who tries very hard and cares very much about being honest and authentic and accountable. It’s hard to say who benefits more, without going into gossipy detail.”

He adds: “I could just say that I feel great about being very healthy. And it is a good story. It’s a great story. And, you know, maybe one day I’ll tell it. I’ll write it all out. And then I’ll light it on fire.”

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Affleck reminds himself second chances in all forms are a gift, saying, “I am very lucky in my life in that I have benefited from second chances, and I am aware that other people don’t even get first chances.”

“I’ve had second chances in my career. I’ve had second chances as a human being. Life is difficult, and we are always failing and hopefully learning from those failures,” he says.

“The one thing you really need to avail yourself of the opportunities provided from that growth is the second chance. I’ve definitely tried to take advantage of that. I haven’t always been successful, but in cases in which I have, they’ve turned out to be the defining aspects of my life.

“But tell your wife to imagine the best story, and I’m sure that’s the true version.”

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