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Category: topSource: cbsnewsJun 19th, 2017

Hong Kong Gold Medalist Claims She Was Sexually Abused By Her Coach When She Was 13 Years Old

Another athlete has accused a team official of sexual assaulting her at a frighteningly young age. Lui Lai Yiu, a gold medalist from Hong Kong, took to Facebook last week to share her own horrifying #MeToo story in hopes of breaking the taboo in Chinese culture surrounding topics related to sex. Inspired by Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's [...] Another athlete has accused a team official of sexual assaulting her at a frighteningly young age. Lui Lai Yiu, a gold medalist from Hong Kong, took to Facebook last week to share her own horrifying #MeToo story in hopes of breaking the taboo in Chinese culture surrounding topics related to sex. Inspired by Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's claims of being sexually abused by her team doctor, the 23-year-old revealed that she was sexually assaulted by her then-coach 10 years ago, when she was just 13 years old. Related: Aly Raisman Was Sexually Abused By Gymnastics Team Physician Remembering the incident like it was yesterday, Lui said that her coach called her up on a Saturday and offered to give her a massage. She agreed, since "massages, from the viewpoint of an athlete, are considered absolutely ordinary." Though the two met at the sports ground, Lui recalled her coach suggesting they go to his house instead. She agreed again, because she respected him as a professional. After the massage began, however, the so-called "professional" took full advantage of the middle schooler's trust in him. Lui wrote: "We went to his house, and he pointed for me to lie on the bed. After he pressed on the back of my thighs three or four times with his hands, he said to me that it was hard to massage my legs with my jeans on and suggested I take them off. I trusted him, so I had never imagined he would do something so despicable to his own student. Next, he continued the so-called 'massage.' Finally, he took off my jeans and underwear and touched my private parts." Lui was so stunned, she didn't know how to react at the time. She didn't tell anyone about the incident except for a close friend several years later. Related: Bryan Singer Denies, Denies, Denies Sexual Assault Allegations The athlete was so conflicted, in fact, she continued to keep in touch with the coach -- even wishing him a happy birthday every year -- despite not understanding why she did it. Analyzing her actions at the time, the gold medalist mused: "Perhaps I thought I could deceive myself, tell myself that this never happened." Lui finally decided to come forward after reading about Maroney's experiences, along with learning the news about Lin Yi-han, the Taiwanese author who killed herself after claiming a former teacher sexually groomed and raped her. In response to Lui's admission, Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam asked police to investigate the matter and treat it with the utmost severity. The coach has reportedly been fired. We applaud this brave young woman for coming forward, especially coming from a culture where saying #MeToo isn't exactly embraced with support and warmth -- not yet at least. Read Lui's full post (below): "#metoo I was sexually assaulted by my former coach. This summer, when I read the news about Taiwanese author Lin Yi-han, I felt the urge to share the unhappy experiences from my childhood, but I lacked the courage. A few months ago, after I saw Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney sharing her experiences of being sexually abused by her team doctor, the idea to share my own story resurged. It's been many years since it happened, and today I finally plucked up the courage to tell the truth for three reasons: - to call on people to pay attention to the sexual assault of children - to encourage victims to be brave and come forward to tell their stories - to show the public that topics related to sex should not be treated as awkward or embarrassing and shouldn't be something that can't be discussed publicly. I'm very thankful for McKayla Maroney. Because of her one action, I'm willing to discuss this again, to bravely face the past in the hopes of bringing a positive impact to more people. Ten years ago, when I was around 13 or 14, I met coach Y while participating in extracurricular activities at school. Coach Y put a lot of effort into training me and building my confidence. We often had afternoon tea or lunch together. You could say he was my teacher and also my friend. A year later, my sporting achievements had definitely improved, and it made me further believe that this coach could help me achieve even more. I still remember it was a Saturday around noon. I had just gotten out from cram school when I received a phone call from him. He asked me if my muscles were tense after last week's practice. He said he could help me massage and relax those muscles. Massages, from the viewpoint of an athlete, are considered absolutely ordinary. At the time, I didn't see any issues with that, and in my mind he was still a professional coach. We met at the athletic field. Then he said it was difficult to give me a massage there and suggested going to his house instead. I agreed. Again, I hadn't noticed anything wrong with that, because I was just a middle school student, and because in my eyes he was a coach I respected. We went to his house, and he pointed for me to lie on the bed. After he pressed on the back of my thighs three or four times with his hands, he said to me that it was hard to massage my legs with my jeans on and suggested I take them off. I had trusted him, so I had never imagined he would do something so despicable to his own student. Next, he continued the so-called "massage". Finally, he took off my jeans and underwear and touched my private parts. Even as he took off my underwear, I couldn't react. And so that was what happened. About two years ago, I told this to a very good friend of mine. And to this day, she was the only person who knew about it. Human beings are full of contradictions. I still kept in touch with this coach these past few years. He had taught me for some time, so every year I still wished him happy birthday. Am I insane? How could I wish the coach who sexually assaulted me happy birthday every year? I don't know. Perhaps I thought I could deceive myself, tell myself that this never happened. But I couldn't lie to my body. After that, every time he came close to me, my body would tell me to move back. After that, physical contact was limited to just patting on the head. When I grew up, I'd sometimes come into contact with him, and I'd force myself to say a few words but all I wanted to do was run away. And this only brought about a bunch of gossip about how I was rude and didn't understand the concept of gratitude. After I decided to tell my story, I spent a lot of time debating whether to describe my experiences in detail. On one hand, I didn't want people to put the emphasis on the act itself, but on the other, I wanted everyone to know that the aggressor will rationalize everything and use the victim's trust for him to achieve his goal. I have yet to hear of cases of sexual assault or indecency in the Hong Kong sporting world, but I believe that similar cases do exist. If you unfortunately, like me, have gone through a similar experience, I hope that you will pluck up the courage, seek support from those around you, and no longer be lenient toward offenders. In Chinese culture, topics related to sex have always been considered awkward, embarrassing, and not something you should talk about openly in the the public. Come forward — your courage will affect a lot of people who have travelled down the same road, the same way McKayla did for me. As to my family and those who care about me, please don't blame yourself. Don't feel guilty, because your trust, like mine, was taken advantage of. It wasn't my fault, it wasn't my parents' fault, and it definitely wasn't the school's fault. It was the fault of my offender. As a victim, I don't feel shame. I don't want you to feel sad for me. I want you to applaud me for my courage. "I am not broken. It was not my fault. I am growing strong. I refuse silence." These are the words of a #MeToo victim, and the words of my heart. Today is my 23rd birthday. Telling the truth is a form of release. It's me transitioning from a victim to a survivor. It's a birthday present to myself. If you want to wish me well and show you care, then I hope you will share this post so that the #MeToo movement continues to burn on, touching more people who have been affected and showing the true faces of the offenders. "Is it possible to put an end to this type of abuse? Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it is time to take our power back. And remember, it is never too late to speak up." — McKayla Maroney, 2017 Lui Lai Yiu 11/30/2017" [Image via Facebook.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonDec 8th, 2017

Shailene Woodley’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Breaks Pre-Sales Record

How big of a hit is The Fault in Our Stars going to be? Huge. Josh Boone’s adaptation of the bestselling John Green tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars will be a force to be reckoned with when it opens in theaters on Friday. Just how huge the film about l.....»»

Category: topSource: celebuzzJun 3rd, 2014

Bebe Rexha"s "All Your Fault: Pt. 2" Stream & Download - Listen Now!

Bebe Rexha delivers a Friday treat for fans with the second half of her debut album All Your Fault: Pt. 2, and you can listen to it right here! The release picks up where the first part left off in February, and features 6 tracks from the 27-year-old singer, including her latest Lil Wayne-assisted single [...] Bebe Rexha delivers a Friday treat for fans with the second half of her debut album All Your Fault: Pt. 2, and you can listen to it right here! The release picks up where the first part left off in February, and features 6 tracks from the 27-year-old singer, including her latest Lil Wayne-assisted single “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” as well as collaborations with Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Kranium and Florida Georgia Line. Bebe is also currently featured Louis Tomlinson‘s latest solo single “Back To You” with Digital Farm Animals. The duo performed the song together for the first time on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week. Stream Bebe Rexha‘s All Your Fault: Pt. 2 on Spotify below and download it on iTunes now!.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 11th, 2017

Pink SLAMS Recording Academy President"s "Step Up" Comments!

Pink has no time for BS! As we reported, in response to the #GrammysSoMale controversy, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow made headlines when he said women in music need to "step up" if they "want to be part of the industry." Related: Pink & Her Nipples Will Empower You! On Monday, the What About Us singer shared a [...] Pink has no time for BS! As we reported, in response to the #GrammysSoMale controversy, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow made headlines when he said women in music need to "step up" if they "want to be part of the industry." Related: Pink & Her Nipples Will Empower You! On Monday, the What About Us singer shared a handwritten note on Twitter SLAMMING Portnow's backward comments as women totally "owned music this year." The 38-year-old wrote: "Women in music don't need to 'step up' — women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside. Women OWNED music this year. They've been KILLING IT. And every year before this. When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair." Out of all the major categories at the 2018 Grammys, Alessia Cara -- who took home Best New Artist -- was the only female award winner. See Pink's full post (below): pic.twitter.com/BI861sjSZ4 — P!nk (@Pink) January 29, 2018 [Image via Ivan Nikolov/Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJan 29th, 2018

Kesha was snubbed at the Grammys. So was SZA. The academy's solution? Women need to 'step up.' - Washington Post

Washington PostKesha was snubbed at the Grammys. So was SZA. The academy's solution? Women need to 'step up.'Washington PostIn an award season where the focus is on equality for women, you would think that all award show producers would have some killer quotes ready when they're inevitably asked a question about the topic. Not so much on Sunday night at the Grammy Awards ...Recording Academy's Neil Portnow Says Women Need to 'Step Up' to End Male Dominance of GrammysBillboardShould Women 'Step Up' at the Grammys, or Just Step Away Entirely?JezebelWomen will win Grammys when they 'step up,' says Recording Academy presidentThe VergeEW.com -TMZ.com -USA TODAY -Complexall 192 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsJan 29th, 2018

Donald Trump VS The NFL — Everything You Need To Know!

What could the President of the United States of America possibly have to gain by fighting with the NFL?? Well, when you're talking about Donald Trump, there actually are a couple good reasons. (And by "good" we mean horrific.) Let's rewind. Related: Like John Oliver Did Last Night For Megyn Kelly — OUCH! On Friday night, Trump was holding [...] What could the President of the United States of America possibly have to gain by fighting with the NFL?? Well, when you're talking about Donald Trump, there actually are a couple good reasons. (And by "good" we mean horrific.) Let's rewind. Related: Like John Oliver Did Last Night For Megyn Kelly -- OUCH! On Friday night, Trump was holding a rally in Alabama -- yes, our sitting president who has been in office less than a year regularly holds campaign-style rallies to inflate his ego -- in which he made some inflammatory remarks about protesting football players. In short, he said NFL owners should fire the players who kneel during the National Anthem. And he said it in the crudest way: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired. He's fired!'" Yep. Our president used an expletive in a public speech attacking private citizens who are peacefully protesting. Though he didn't mention Colin Kaepernick by name, he is at the vanguard of this controversy. So his mom responded to the "son of a bitch" comment with an AMAZING quip: Guess that makes me a proud bitch! — Teresa Kaepernick (@B4IleaveU) September 23, 2017 It should be noted in that same speech he also rattled off the opinion that penalties for hitting too hard, installed to protect players from concussions, are "ruining the game." Shortly after this, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was so offended by this (and presumably everything that came before) he decided not to attend the traditional visit by the NBA champs to the White House. In response, Trump officially, publicly disinvited him. CLICK HERE FOR MORE! Guy. Everyone knows you can't un-invite someone after they said they weren't coming! It turns you from a loser into an ANGRY loser. Even middle school student body presidents wouldn't make that mistake. Damn. Or as LeBron James put it: U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up! — LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017 Ha! But Trump had moved on from a feud with a specific player. He decided he wanted to take on the entire NFL. On Saturday, Drumpf doubled down: If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 ...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 If you haven't seen it, longtime sports journalist Bob Costas gave an epic response to this argument, pointing out that peaceful protest and dissent are some of the most patriotic things you can do in a free country. CLICK HERE FOR MORE After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Trump's comments showed an "unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players," Trump responded: Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 On Sunday, he actually encouraged his followers to boycott watching the games: If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017 This is clearly on very shaky ground ethically -- the POTUS directing people to boycott a private American business -- and he's already had a complaint filed against him with the Office of Government Ethics. Oh, and if you're like us and know to look for the tweet from Barack Obama's presidency that proves Trump is being a total hypocrite about this, look no further: President should not be telling the Washington Redskins to change their name-our country has far bigger problems! FOCUS on them,not nonsense — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2013 Every time. So on Sunday when it came time for football players to stand for the National Anthem, all eyes were on their reactions, which... varied. At latest count more than 200 players league-wide didn't stand for the anthem. Trump's friend Tom Brady doesn't have his back. The Pittsburg Steelers didn't show up on the field at all! CLICK HERE FOR MORE Trump was so unhappy about all this he may even have snuck a lewd gesture onto live TV. You can decide that one for yourself. Trump was undeterred. Obviously. But on Monday morning, he did tweet a clarification, as once again he didn't like being called out as a racist: The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017 Except it DOES have to do with race. You can't say the intent of these players has nothing to do with race when they're flat-out saying it's about race. It's about injustice along racial lines, specifically when it comes to police brutality. Police keep getting away with killing unarmed black citizens. But the surge in players kneeling this Sunday was in unity AGAINST Trump's awful comments attacking players and their freedom of speech. We know because THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT IT! And they aren't alone. Many celebrities have come out in support of the protesting. CLICK HERE FOR MORE So with all of this support on the other side, for the NFL, for freedom of speech, for African Americans looking for justice, why would Trump take the position he's taking? Two reasons: 1. His Base We already know by Trump's inability to condemn the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, equating the white supremacists with those counter-protesting, that Trump is unwilling to go against his base. Let's be honest here. Trump ran on a platform of hate. He painted Mexicans as criminals as he threw his hat in the ring. He regularly fans the flames of Islamophobia. His wall, aside from being completely idiotic, is as xenophobic a policy as we've ever heard. The first time he even dipped his toe into the political world was to declare Obama wasn't really an American. So his core supporters, the ones he's courted from the beginning, are racists. And he can't lose them. They're all he has left. Besides the cowardly Republican party that let him hijack them we mean. 2. Ego Trump KNOWS so much of this is about him. He's the one who is embarrassing and demeaning our country, he's the one making us all look bad, he's the one emboldening Nazis. It's 2017, and we have a Nazi problem! Let that soak in. He's making every problem with our country worse. So as the leader of the United States, he takes it as a personal slight when players kneel during its anthem, when they don't stand for the flag. And we know how he reacts to criticism. And he's petty enough to start a war with an organization like the NFL over it. So there you go. [Image via Instagram.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 25th, 2017

Aly Raisman Calls Out U.S. Olympic Committee For "ZERO Accountability" Over Its Role In Larry Nassar "Mess"

Aly Raisman, y'all. As you know, the courageous 23-year-old has been leading the charge fighting for justice for all the young women who were abused and molested by Larry Nassar. Now, she's going after the institutions that allowed and enabled the USA Gymnastics team doctor's abuse for decades. On Monday, after three USAG execs resigned, the U.S. [...] Aly Raisman, y'all. As you know, the courageous 23-year-old has been leading the charge fighting for justice for all the young women who were abused and molested by Larry Nassar. Now, she's going after the institutions that allowed and enabled the USA Gymnastics team doctor's abuse for decades. On Monday, after three USAG execs resigned, the U.S. Olympics Committee's CEO Scott Blackman released a statement about the organization's decision to bring on new board leadership to "support the brave survivors." Related: McKayla Maroney Accuses USA Gymnastics Of Trying To Silence Her Blackman wrote: "Since October of last year, we have been engaged in discussions with leadership of USA Gymnastics about the primary recommendation of the Daniels Report—changing the culture of USA Gymnastics. Those discussions accelerated over the holidays and today you have seen three board resignations. New board leadership is necessary because the current leaders have been focused on establishing that they did nothing wrong. USA Gymnastics needs to focus on supporting the brave survivors. The Olympic family failed these athletes and we must continue to take every step necessary to ensure this never happens again." Quite frankly... Raisman is calling bullshit. Taking to Twitter shortly after, the gold medalist penned: "The Indy Star broke on August 4, 2016 after survivors courageously came forward sharing stories of sexual abuse and alleging organizational mishandling. The next day, the USOC said they wouldn't investigate (and even praised USAG's work in the area of sexual abuse). For the past week, survivors came forward to courageously face a perpetrator of evil and share their painful stories. Many of them, myself included, claim the USOC is also at fault. Was the USOC there to 'focus on supporting the brave survivors'? No. Did they issue a statement then? Crickets… Over the weekend, the USOC released a statement shamelessly taking credit for a few USAG resignations (note: not fired), as though they're addressing this problem. But they are still not acknowledging its role in this mess. ZERO accountability. It's like none of us were ever abused!" She added: "If the board members had to go because they ‘have been focused on establishing that they did nothing wrong,' then the USOC must see fault. So what was the fault? And why just those three board members? How about the others, who either allowed them to do whatever they did wrong, or were so oblivious they didn't know it was happening? Either way, these—and any other changes—won't matter, until we know exactly what happened. Suggesting otherwise is dangerous to athletes." The decorated athlete concluded with a call to action: "INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION! What's it going to take for you to do the right thing?" Thoughts on USOC's statement pic.twitter.com/hygTV6nNXd — Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) January 23, 2018 Keep fighting the good fight, Aly. And to USOC, history is watching. [Image via Derrick Salters/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJan 23rd, 2018

Donald Trump Blames The "Crooked Media" For America"s Social & Political Divide While Defending His Charlottesville Response!

When it comes to violent rallies that result in the death of an anti-white supremacy activist, Donald Trump likes to blame "both sides." But when he's talking about the giant divide of the country he runs, the president knows only one entity is at fault: the crooked media! Video: Trump Supporters Are Creepin' In AHS: Cult Trailer! POTUS [...] When it comes to violent rallies that result in the death of an anti-white supremacy activist, Donald Trump likes to blame "both sides." But when he's talking about the giant divide of the country he runs, the president knows only one entity is at fault: the crooked media! Video: Trump Supporters Are Creepin' In AHS: Cult Trailer! POTUS launched a new attack on the "sick people" in the media at a campaign-style rally on Tuesday night, labeling it as "the source of the division in our country." He told a pumped up crowd in Phoenix, Arizona: "These are sick people. If you wanted to discover the source of the division in our country, look no further than the fake news and the crooked media." The rant came as Trump defended his response to the deadly Charlottesville rally earlier this month, which began in protest of the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. Related: Wife Of U.S. Treasury Secretary Ices IG Haters! Unsurprisingly -- and kind of impressively, tbh -- the president divided his supporters further from the other side in the same breath he blamed the media for the social and political divide, hissing: "It's time to expose the crooked media deceptions and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting divisions and yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage." Trump then spoke on how the media reacted to his responses to Charlottesville. After reading a version of his initial statement that left out the part that faulted "many sides" for the violence, he said: "They don't report the facts. Just like they don't want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence and strongly condemned the neo-nazis, the white supremacists and the KKK. I openly called for unity, healing and love and they know it because they were all there." To his credit, he did condemn the white supremacist groups -- after commenting that some "very fine people" were among the neo-Nazis and KKK protesting the removal of the Confederate leader. Related: Trump Supporters Cancel 37 Rallies Across The Country! The president faced criticism from the media and political leaders -- both Democrats and Republicans -- over his initial response to the violence. But in Trump's eyes, it was only his third statement on the incident that mattered. He complained: "I hit 'em with neo-Nazi. I hit 'em with everything. I got the white supremacist, the neo-Nazi. I got 'em all in there. Let's see. KKK? We have KKK. I got 'em all. So they're having a hard time. So what did they say, right? 'It should have been sooner; he's a racist.'" The crowd at the Phoenix Convention Center seemed to agree, as some were reported to yell out profanities and spit out insults at reporters during the rally. But, you know, this one-sided lib-trash post is what's dividing the country........»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonAug 23rd, 2017

EXCLUSIVE! OG Girl Group Bananarama Are Back Together & Spilling All About Their Reunion Tour And MORE!

The girls are back!! British pop trio Bananarama — ​Siobhan Fahey, Sara Dallin, and Keren Woodward — has reunited for a reunion tour, 30 years after the original three split. Related: PRETTYMUCH Just Slayed This Childish Gambino Cover! With Siobhan back after decades, fans have been thrilled for the ladies' big return to the stage. Not only will [...] The girls are back!! British pop trio Bananarama -- ​Siobhan Fahey, Sara Dallin, and Keren Woodward -- has reunited for a reunion tour, 30 years after the original three split. Related: PRETTYMUCH Just Slayed This Childish Gambino Cover! With Siobhan back after decades, fans have been thrilled for the ladies' big return to the stage. Not only will they tour the UK, but the US as well, with four dates in 2018. We were lucky enough to EXCLUSIVELY catch up with Keren when the big USA news broke! Ch-ch-check out our Q&A (below) where we find out about their reunion, what the ladies think of girl groups of today, and more! Fans are quite excited on social media. What can they expect from the tour? "We're currently rehearsing in London. Our UK shows begin in a month's time, so we're all getting really excited. We've chosen our set list now – which includes most of our hits and some fan favourites. The whole show is one big party. The idea of the three of us touring together first came about after a kitchen disco at Siobhan's house - so we've been telling people our show is the kitchen disco come to life! Everyone on social media has been so positive. The news of our live dates totally exceeded our expectations!" Siobhan said when she was asked to return to the group, she was in tears and over joyed. What was the initial reunion like for the three of you after being apart for so long? "Sara and I never stopped performing as Bananarama and have played shows all over the world, so we know how much fun it is singing our songs in front of a live audience. At the infamous kitchen disco we told Siobhan this – and we still don't think she realizes quite how amazing it's going to feel. The three of us have met up several times over the last few years – in fact, we all went out dancing with our kids in Los Angeles a couple of years ago! When we called Siobhan just before Christmas last year to ask her how she'd feel about coming back to playing some shows with us she was actually quite speechless! Once we announced the reunion and the tickets started to sell so well – I think we all felt a bit emotional! But yes, she has shed an odd tear, it's true!" You all had your fair share of growth and differences over the years — but today, everything is played out on social media for the world to see. What do you think of girl groups like Fifth Harmony? They parted ways with a member in 2016, and the drama was intense. "The main difference between us and a band like Fifty Harmony is that we were all friends who formed a band. We weren't auditioned or put together by a record label, management company or TV show. When you‘re in a band it's a 24/ 7 thing. If you don't get on or like each other things will fall apart very quickly – which is what it seems happened with Fifth Harmony. When Siobhan left, we never fell out or had a huge argument. She just wanted to move to America and do something different." This year, you all received the Glamour Icons Award — what's it like to be seen as iconic to so many? "It was such a great night and a great honour! We shared a table with Olly Alexander from the band Years and Years. French and Saunders were also there, so it was fun to see them again. It's actually quite a starry event. Nicole Kidman was on the table next to us." What's your favorite song to perform as a trio? Any specific memories attached to it? "We've never actually performed live with Siobhan – so we'll have to let you know!!! Venus is always a good one when we've performed it on TV and we recently sang Cruel Summer live on a TV show in the UK. That's always been one of our favourites. We filmed the video for Cruel Summer in New York and gave the job to any director who could get us to New York for the small budget we had. It was our first US hit, so it carries really special memories for all three of us. Siobhan lives in LA these days and says she often hears it when she's buying her groceries in the supermarket!" Are there any artists of today that truly inspire you? "Beyoncé. She's the most amazing all round performer. There are people with good voices, and people who can dance – but she can do everything. Love her!" Will you be catching the gals on tour?? Watch their Twitter for more info on the fan presale!.....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 10th, 2017

Simone Biles Steps Forward, Says She Was Also Sexually Abused By USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar!

Her too. Gymnast after gymnast has come forward with sexual abuse accusations against former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Now four-time Olympics gold medalist Simone Biles is sharing her own story. The 20-year-old athlete took to Twitter and Instagram with her testimony on Monday, writing of the difficulty she faced with the decision to publicly share [...] Her too. Gymnast after gymnast has come forward with sexual abuse accusations against former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Now four-time Olympics gold medalist Simone Biles is sharing her own story. The 20-year-old athlete took to Twitter and Instagram with her testimony on Monday, writing of the difficulty she faced with the decision to publicly share her experience. Related: Simone SLAMS Gabby Douglas For Victim Shaming Remark! Biles penned: "I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar. Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak those words out loud than it is now to put them on paper. There are many reasons that l have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it is not my fault." By stepping forward, Simone joins the 140 other women and young girls to speak out against Nassar, who faces seven sexual assault charges in federal court this week. Biles went on to write: "It is not normal to receive any type of treatment from a trusted team physician and refer to it horrifyingly as the "special" treatment. This behavior is completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially coming from someone whom I was TOLD to trust. For too long I've asked myself, "Was I too naive? Was it my fault?" I now know the answer to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others." Read her statement in full (below): Feelings... 💭 #MeToo pic.twitter.com/ICiu0FCa0n — Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018 We stand by Biles and all the other gymnasts who were abused by this man who continued to be protected by the system. Hopefully justice will be served. [Image via FayesVision/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJan 15th, 2018

Pink Fights Back Against Recording Academy President Telling Women in Music to ‘Step Up’

Pink didn’t agree with Recording Academy president Neil Portnow‘s comments about the lack of female winners at last night’s ceremony. The 38-year-old musician took to her Twitter to respond to Neil‘s comments that women “who have the creativity in their hearts and souls” need to “step up.” “Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’ [...] Pink didn’t agree with Recording Academy president Neil Portnow‘s comments about the lack of female winners at last night’s ceremony. The 38-year-old musician took to her Twitter to respond to Neil‘s comments that women “who have the creativity in their hearts and souls” need to “step up.” “Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’ — women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside,” Pink wrote in a handwritten note. She added, “Women OWNED music this year. They’ve been KILLING IT. And every year before this. When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair.” See Pink‘s entire note below… pic.twitter.com/BI861sjSZ4 — P!nk (@Pink) January 29, 2018.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredJan 30th, 2018

Pink Fights Back Against Recording Academy President Telling Women in Music to "Step Up"

Pink didn’t agree with Recording Academy president Neil Portnow‘s comments about the lack of female winners at last night’s ceremony. The 38-year-old musician took to her Twitter to respond to Neil‘s comments that women “who have the creativity in their hearts and souls” need to “step up.” “Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’ [...] Pink didn’t agree with Recording Academy president Neil Portnow‘s comments about the lack of female winners at last night’s ceremony. The 38-year-old musician took to her Twitter to respond to Neil‘s comments that women “who have the creativity in their hearts and souls” need to “step up.” “Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’ — women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside,” Pink wrote in a handwritten note. She added, “Women OWNED music this year. They’ve been KILLING IT. And every year before this. When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair.” See Pink‘s entire note below… pic.twitter.com/BI861sjSZ4 — P!nk (@Pink) January 29, 2018.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredJan 30th, 2018

Taylor Swift Reflects on "Reputation" & Society in Heartfelt Letter to Fans

Taylor Swift is getting personal in a reflective letter to fans, which she wrote for the Target-edition physical copy of her new album Reputation, which dropped today. The letter serves as the prologue for a book of personal poetry included with with the album. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Taylor Swift Taylor begins [...] Taylor Swift is getting personal in a reflective letter to fans, which she wrote for the Target-edition physical copy of her new album Reputation, which dropped today. The letter serves as the prologue for a book of personal poetry included with with the album. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Taylor Swift Taylor begins by stating, “Here’s something I’ve learned about people,” and proceeds to share her thoughts on her generation, social media, and the ups and downs of fame. “We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them they have chosen to show us,” she writes. “We know our friend in a certain light, but we don’t know them the way their lover does. Just the way their lover will never know them the same way that you do as their friend. Their mother knows them differently than their roommate, who knows them differently than their colleague. Their secret admirer looks at them and sees an elaborate sunset of brilliant color and dimension and spirit and pricelessness. And yet, a stranger will pass that person and see a faceless member of the crowd, nothing more. We may hear rumors about a person and believe those things to be true. We may one day meet that person and feel foolish for believing baseless gossip.” Click inside to read the rest of Taylor’s letter… “This is the first generation that will be able to look back on their entire life story documented in pictures on the internet, and together we will all discover the after-effects of that,” she continues. “Ultimately, we post photos online to curate what strangers think of us. But then we wake up, look in the mirror at our faces and see the cracks and scars and blemishes, and cringe. We hope someday we’ll meet someone who will see that same morning face and instead see their future, their partner, their forever. Someone who will still choose us even when they see all of the sides of the story, all the angles of the kaleidoscope that is you.” “The point being, despite our need to simplify and generalize absolutely everyone and everything in this life, humans are intrinsically impossible to simplify,” she adds. “We are never just good or just bad. We are mosaics of our worst selves and our best selves, our deepest secrets and our favorite stories to tell at a dinner party, existing somewhere between our well-lit profile photo and our drivers license shot. We are all a mixture of our selfishness and generosity, loyalty and self-preservation, pragmatism and impulsiveness. I’ve been in the public eye since I was 15 years old. On the beautiful, lovely side of that, I’ve been so lucky to make music for a living and look out into crowds of loving, vibrant people. On the other side of the coin, my mistakes have been used against me, my heartbreaks have been used as entertainment, and my songwriting has been trivialized as ‘oversharing.’” “When this album comes out, gossip blogs will scour the lyrics for the men they can attribute to each song, as if the inspiration for music is as simple and basic as a paternity test,” she goes on. “There will be slideshows of photos backing up each incorrect theory, because it’s 2017 and if you didn’t see a picture of it, it couldn’t have happened right?” “Let me say it again, louder for those in the back . . .” she shares. “We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them that they have chosen to show us,” she reiterates. “There will be no further explanation,” she finishes. “There will just be reputation.” TAYLOR SWIFT's #reputation : Prologue pic.twitter.com/IXD23WQagN — rep (@labanizzle) November 9, 2017.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredNov 10th, 2017

How "The Fault in Our Stars" cast stayed upbeat on-set

"Divergent" stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are playing cancer patients, and lovers, in the new tearjerker "The Fault in Our Stars," also starring Laura Dern and Sam Trammell. The stars spoke to CBS News' Ken Lombardi about the positive vibe they .....»»

Category: topSource: cbsnewsJun 6th, 2014

Saoirse Ronan Says Ed Sheeran"s Misspelled Tattoo Isn"t Her Fault - Watch!

Saoirse Ronan has something to say about that misspelled tattoo Ed Sheeran has! During a recent interview on The Graham Norton Show, the 23-year-old Lady Bird actress says that having “Galway Grill” instead of “Galway Girl” tattooed on the 26-year-old Grammy-winning musician wasn’t her fault. “It wasn’t my idea to do the bad spelling!” Saoirse [...] Saoirse Ronan has something to say about that misspelled tattoo Ed Sheeran has! During a recent interview on The Graham Norton Show, the 23-year-old Lady Bird actress says that having “Galway Grill” instead of “Galway Girl” tattooed on the 26-year-old Grammy-winning musician wasn’t her fault. “It wasn’t my idea to do the bad spelling!” Saoirse declared. “He’s been saying to people at his gig that I misspelled the word ‘Girl,’ but I didn’t! The tour manager in Dublin — we’d had a few drinks during the show, because he did two shows in Dublin after we did the music video.” Back in May, Saoirse starred in Ed‘s “Galway Girl” music video, and during the video Ed had the title of the name misspelled on him – which he found to be a huge joke, but has been totally blaming Saoirse for misspelling it. “The tour manager was going by, and he was like, ‘You know what would be gas? If you misspelled the word Girl and tattooed somethin’ else onto him,’” Saoirse continued. “So, we did ‘Galway Grill’ instead. We got a tattoo artist to come in at 12 o’clock at night, in Dublin, during a birthday party that was being had in town. This poor guy — he came in, and he was terrified. This poor fellow was having to tattoo onto Ed Sheeran’s arm, the arm he plays the guitar with.” Watch the interview! Saoirse Ronanon Ed Sheeran’s Tattoo – The Graham Norton Show.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredFeb 10th, 2018

The Chew Cohosts Deliver A Half-Baked Address On Mario Batali"s Sexual Harassment Scandal

Mario Batali was forced to step away from his role on The Chew after four women accused him of sexual harassment in an Eater exposé. Now the celeb chef's costars on the reality show, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon, have addressed their audience about the uncomfortable situation. Related: Actress Becomes Fifth Woman To Accuse Batali But [...] Mario Batali was forced to step away from his role on The Chew after four women accused him of sexual harassment in an Eater exposé. Now the celeb chef's costars on the reality show, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon, have addressed their audience about the uncomfortable situation. Related: Actress Becomes Fifth Woman To Accuse Batali But for chefs and foodies, they sure watered it down, saying: "Yesterday, allegations of past improper behavior surfaced about our own Mario Batali, and ABC asked him to step away from the show while those allegations are reviewed." Considering he admitted to the behavior, and it's been corroborated by multiple others already they sure made it sound like he's coming back. Don't believe us? Watch, then read the fan comments (below): "Our commitment to our viewers remains the same – to deliver the entertaining show that you’ve come to expect." Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Michael Symon address the recent news impacting our show. pic.twitter.com/mObwosDWcd — The Chew (@thechew) December 12, 2017 We're hardly food experts, but as public statement aficionados, we'd say this could have stood to be saltier AND more plain. [Image via ABC.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonDec 13th, 2017

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Leaves "The Chew" Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Mario Batali has been accused of sexual harassment by four women. The celebrity chef and co-host of ABC’s The Chew has been asked to leave the show while an investigation takes place. “We have asked Mario Batali to step away from The Chew while we review the allegations that have just recently come to our [...] Mario Batali has been accused of sexual harassment by four women. The celebrity chef and co-host of ABC’s The Chew has been asked to leave the show while an investigation takes place. “We have asked Mario Batali to step away from The Chew while we review the allegations that have just recently come to our attention,” a spokeswoman for ABC said in a statement. “ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment. While we are unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with the show, we will swiftly address any alleged violations of our standards of conduct.” The Eater published an expose detailing the allegations, which include two decades of “inappropriate touching.” Click inside to read Mario Batali’s apology statement… MARIO BATALI’S APOLOGY STATEMENT “I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family. “I have work to do to try to regain the trust of those I have hurt and disappointed. For this reason, I am going to step away from day-to-day operations of my businesses. We built these restaurants so that our guests could have fun and indulge, but I took that too far in my own behavior. I won’t make that mistake again. I want any place I am associated with to feel comfortable and safe for the people who work or dine there. “I know my actions have disappointed many people. The successes I have enjoyed are owned by everyone on my team. The failures are mine alone. To the people who have been at my side during this time — my family, my partners, my employees, my friends, my fans — I am grateful for your support and hopeful that I can regain your respect and trust. I will spend the next period of time trying to do that.”.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredDec 11th, 2017

"Fault in Our Stars" crew freaks out over question from Olivia Newton-John

Even stars have their fanboy and fangirl moments.In the latest round of Orange Room Roulette, "The Fault in Our Stars" actors Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort and author John Green drew a question from Olivia Newton-John. Then the three proceeded to frea.....»»

Category: celebSource: msnbcJun 20th, 2017

The Story Behind Jimmy Fallon"s Emotional First Night Back Following His Mom"s Death Will Break Your Heart

As you can imagine, Jimmy Fallon's first night back on his show Monday following the death of his mother Gloria was incredibly difficult. Taking to Twitter following the taping, one of Jimmy's writers/producers wrote the story behind the comedian's emotional return – and how Taylor Swift stepped in without hesitation to make the episode extra special. Related: [...] As you can imagine, Jimmy Fallon's first night back on his show Monday following the death of his mother Gloria was incredibly difficult. Taking to Twitter following the taping, one of Jimmy's writers/producers wrote the story behind the comedian's emotional return -- and how Taylor Swift stepped in without hesitation to make the episode extra special. Related: Taylor Swift Announces 2018 Reputation Tour Dates! Follow along with Mike DiCenzo's telling of events, and grab a tissue or four, (below): A few words (i.e. a thread) about tonight's show. It was our first show back after Jimmy's mom passed away... — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 It was a really tough day for our whole staff. A lot of us knew his mom Gloria, and she was the best. The best. She loved the show, she loved all of us, and most of all, she loved Jimmy. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 They talked on the phone every day. As Jimmy said, she was his biggest fan. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 And as @Questlove said, Jimmy is not only our boss, he's our family. We love him. So we were devastated for him last week, and we were feeling for him today. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 I'm sure today was especially tough for Jimmy. The fact that he came out, stood there, and did a normal monologue for the crowd is a testament to how strong he is. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 But at the desk, you could hear his voice break when talking about our musical guest Taylor Swift, and that's because he knew what he was about to say... — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 Jimmy's words about his mom were beautiful. "Mom, I'll never stop trying to make you laugh. I love you." I was crying. We all were. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 The story about his mom squeezing his hand 3 times to say "I love you" when he was a kid, and then him squeezing her hand in the hospital - he hadn't told any of us that story... More on that in a second. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 First, a quick word about Taylor Swift. She was not scheduled to do our show today. But we wanted something special for this first show back, so we asked her on a complete whim, since she had been in town doing SNL. She said yes with zero hesitation. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 She sang "New Year's Day." No one had heard it. Suddenly she sings the line, "Squeeze my hand 3 times in the back of the taxi." I nearly gasped. Tears. I think everyone in the audience started sobbing. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 I could see Jimmy silhouetted at his desk dabbing his eyes with a tissue. We all lost it. It was a beautiful coincidence in a beautiful performance. "Hold on to your memories, they will hold on to you," Taylor sang. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 That hug between Jimmy and Taylor after the song was 100% real emotion. Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something beautiful for Jimmy and our show today, and we're forever grateful. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 Thank you to Taylor, the Roots, Higgins, our whole staff and crew, and to all the FalPals, fans, and everyone who reached out to and supported Jimmy and his family. I can tell you it meant everything to him. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 One last note: our show was right on time today, but we edited out a minute to leave room for Jimmy high-fiving audience members during the end credits. It was Gloria's favorite part of the show. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 We love you, Gloria. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017 Sending all our love! [Image via NBC.].....»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzNov 14th, 2017

Justin Trudeau Wants You To Say "Peoplekind" Instead Of "Mankind"…

Justin Trudeau definitely means well… Last week, during a Q&A at MacEwan University, a young woman asked the Canadian Prime Minister about the country's restrictions on volunteering with religious organizations. Related: Why Can't Justin Trudeau Be Our President?? She said: "So, that's why we came here today to ask you to also look into the policies that religious charitable [...] Justin Trudeau definitely means well... Last week, during a Q&A at MacEwan University, a young woman asked the Canadian Prime Minister about the country's restrictions on volunteering with religious organizations. Related: Why Can't Justin Trudeau Be Our President?? She said: "So, that's why we came here today to ask you to also look into the policies that religious charitable organizations have in our legislation so that it can also be changed because maternal love is the love that's going to change the future of mankind—" When the lady said "mankind," Trudeau interrupted her and said she should use the word "peoplekind" instead. He quipped: "We like to say 'peoplekind,' not necessarily 'mankind,' because it's more inclusive."' You can watch the awkward exchange (below): When the clip went viral, Twitter users SLAMMED the politician for mansplaining the young woman, and for his "stupid" word suggestion. The big thing about Trudeau's #peoplekind comment is that it's not a word. It's not in any dictionary. The man is so painfully politically correct he literally invented a new word just to chew out some woman. But I guess it was also her fault for asking him a question. — J.J. McCullough (@JJ_McCullough) February 6, 2018 Always reluctant to call a Canadian Prime Minister stupid. Will just say #Trudeau’s insistence that Cdns use the term #peoplekind is daft. — Charles Adler (@charlesadler) February 6, 2018 Urban Dictionary quick to be updated in the wake of Justin Trudeau's mansplaining, manterruption, #peoplekind gaffe. pic.twitter.com/8HTy7nMAmx — Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) February 6, 2018 Trudeau sounds exactly like a first-year women's studies major who just walked out of his first ever seminar #peoplekind — Mido (@midoanth90) February 5, 2018 In the age of #peoplekind which has been ushered in by our feminist PM, Justin Trudeau: Woman = Wopeople Menopause = Peoplepause Manicure = Peoplecure Menstruate = Peoplestruate Get it right, bigots. — Danielle (@HerbMajesty) February 6, 2018 I can only assume that Justin Trudeau, when exhausted, lets out a breathy "Oh, people." #peoplekind — Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) February 5, 2018 Breaking: Manitoba has changed their name to Peopletoba to prove they're not sexist.#Peoplekind #CDNPoli #MBPoli pic.twitter.com/3tYadVmh76 — Alberta Can't Wait (@albertacantwait) February 6, 2018 Last week, according to CNN, Canada's Senate passed a bill making the country's national anthem gender-neutral, so instead of saying, "in all thy sons command," it is now "in all of us command." Last month, Trudeau tweeted support for the bill, saying it was "another positive step towards gender equality." [Image via Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonFeb 6th, 2018