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Ryan Lochte Has Apologized for Robbery Story at Olympics

Before we go any further, let’s be clear – no one seems to know exactly what happened and no one involved seems to completely agree about what happened so we have to take everything with a grain of salt. One thing is certain, though – a potentially terrible situation was exaggerated and now we are dealing with the fallout. While competing at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, swimmers, Ryan Lochte, James Feigan, Jack Conger, and Gunnar Bentz had some sort of altercation with security guards at a gas station after a night of drinking. The reason why we all know about it is that Lochte originally claimed that their taxi was pulled over by men pretending to be police officers who then robbed the teammates at gunpoint. Almost immediately, authorities voiced their concern over the account and the investigation intensified to the point that the swimmers’ passports were revoked (Lochte had already returned to the United States, however). After reviewing surveillance videos, it was determined that the foursome had fought with a security guard at a gas station and a new statement has been released by the United States Olympic Committee in light of the revelation. It states: "As we understand it, the four athletes (Bentz, Conger, Feigen and Ryan Lochte) left France House early in the morning of August 14 in a taxi headed to the Olympic Village. They stopped at a gas station to use the restroom, where one of the athletes committed an act of vandalism. An argument ensued between the athletes and two armed gas station security staff, who displayed their weapons, ordered the athletes from their vehicle and demanded the athletes provide a monetary payment. Once the security officials received money from the athletes, the athletes were allowed to leave.
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Online Bullies Attack Christie Brinkley’s “Not as Pretty” Daughter Sailor

This is so sad. We all know who Christie Brinkley is. She was such a big deal back in the 1980s because she was a supermodel who happened to marry legendary singer, Billy Joel, and was featured as the “hot girl” that Chevy Chase almost drove off the road ogling in National Lampoon’s Vacation. It’s been a few decades since then and her own children are learning about life out in the real world. Her oldest daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, with her dark doe-like eyes and brown hair does look a lot more like her father and she is stunning yet, for years, she dealt with constant comparisons to her mother. Her younger sister, Sailor, whom Brinkley shares with her second husband, has the same build, hair and eye color as her mother which, in some way, may be even worse. At just 18, Sailor is dealing with public criticism because online commenters can’t help but compare her to her famous mother. With the teen preparing for her first year of college at Parsons School of Design in New York City, the pair snapped a shot of themselves in matching overalls as they moved her stuff into her dorm. What should have been a great moment quickly devolved into ugliness as the young woman was mocked for the school she’s chosen to, unfortunately, her looks. After seeing the hate, Sailor took to Instagram to address the situation.
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Princess Kate, Prince William “Would Not Hesitate” to Seek Mental Help

In a time when people are working harder than ever to lift the stigma associated with mental illness, we are getting a little needed help from Princess Kate and Prince William. So often, we avoid getting the help we need for ourselves or our loved ones because we are too ashamed or embarrassed to admit that something isn’t right. Of course, that needs to change if we are going to get healthier as a society. In a series of podcasts launched by Princess Kate this weekend, the hugely popular member of the British royal family, and mother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, said: "It doesn't need to be like this. With the right help, children have a good chance of overcoming their issues while they are still young, and can have the bright future they deserve." That’s so incredibly true. So often, we hear of adults who are seeking therapy to finally address pains that originate from their childhood. Why shouldn’t we try to address those situations as they arise so that they do not cause so much damage. To the parents who shy away from seeking help for their children, Kate said: "No parent would fail to call the doctor if their child developed a fever, yet some children are tackling tough times without the support that can help them because the adults in their life are scared to ask. Throughout my work with family and child support organizations, one thing that has stood out to me time and again is that getting early support for a child who is struggling to cope is the best possible thing we can do to help our children as they grow up. “
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Father Says Heath Ledger’s Caused His Own Death

When Heath Ledger died in 2008, it was as though everyone was in a state of shock. A young, rising star and new father, it seemed unfathomable that his life could be cut short. But it was. In the days and weeks that followed his death, details emerged that painted a grim picture of the life that seemed so charmed. An autopsy showed that the Dark Knight actor died from “acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.” Now, after so many years, Ledger’s father, Kim, is speaking out and he blames his son for his own death. In an interview with Daily Mail Australia, Kim said: “It was totally his fault. It was no one else’s. He reached for [the pills]. He put them in his system. You can’t blame anyone else in that situation. That’s hard to accept because I loved him so much and was so proud of him.” The grieving father added that just the night before Ledger’s death, his sister, Kate, was warning him about the dangers of mixing prescription medication with sleeping pills. He reassured her that he was fine and knew what he was doing. “Heath mixed a couple of drugs together with sleeping tablets and he’s gone forever,” Kim said. “That’s something we [himself, wife Sally and Kate] just have to deal with.”
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Maria Bamford Feared Bipolar Meds Would Ruin Career

It’s a common worry among people living with bipolar disorder - will the prescribed medication alter my personality to the point that my career could be affected?  Even fictional character, Carrie Mathison, on the Showtime series, Homeland, avoids taking her pills for similar reasons. It’s not surprising, therefore, that comedian, Maria Bamford, felt the same concerns. Bamford’s new Netflix show, Lady Dynamite, is a hit and she’s using the spotlight to open up about her diagnosis and how hard she has worked to rebuild her life after suffering a devastating mental breakdown in 2010. In an interview with People, Bamford explains: "I went through a nightmare, but it means a lot to me that other people with mental illness tell me the show has helped them and made them laugh. Getting that reaction makes me feel like I'm being useful in life, and that's good." She had been on the fast-track to success before her mental health deteriorated. She was touring the world and is unsure of what may have triggered her suffering but knew pretty quickly that she would need help. The 45-year-old comedienne explained:  "I don't know if it was a hormonal change or stress, but I'd never felt that bad before. I absolutely melted down. Every single moment was unbearable." At the time, she was battling suicidal thoughts while cycling through manic and depressive episodes. She felt unsafe seeking outpatient care so, over a two-year period, she checked herself in for psychiatric care and was once committed under California’s 5150 hold by her doctor. Still, she was hesitant to take the medications she had been prescribed. "I was anxious I'd never work again. But eventually I got to a point where I didn't care," said Bamford. "I didn't feel immediately better, and the side effects from this medication are hair loss, weight gain and tremors, but it's been manageable."
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Celine Dion and Kathie Lee Gifford Share Grief Over Husbands

One of the toughest things that can happen in life is the loss of a loved one. Celine Dion and Kathie Lee Gifford know this truth all too well. Dion’s husband and manager, Rene Angelil, passed away from a lengthy battle with cancer this past January and Gifford’s husband, Frank, died almost a year ago. When the 48-year-old singer visited the Today show this morning, she and the talk show host bonded over their grief. Gifford opened up the discussion by saying: "You have been as I have been this past year ...We've been on quite the journey. We are still on one." She cried as Dion explained: "I lost the man of my life but I cannot live thinking this way. I have to say, 'I found the best man in the world.' Like you did for yourself. We were both extremely lucky. The luggage that we have, we will carry for the rest of our lives and show our kids that mom is fine, and you're gonna be OK." Gifford added, after admitting to having not cried about Frank’s death yet: "And we're all going up someday. If I concentrate on what I lost, then I will be in despair but if I concentrate on what I still have, all of God's blessings. I still have my beautiful children, my husband, the same way you do. ...We are in a state of what's called grace, and I think that's because God gives you what you need when you need it. We have actually been rejoicing as a family since Frank went to be with the Lord. ...We have peace about it."
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Simone Biles Overcame Huge Odds to Become Olympian

At 19 years old, Simone Biles may not be the youngest gymnast the the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio but she’s definitely the most talked about. It’s very possible that the teenager could leave the international competition with several medals around her neck. Despite her already successful career, Biles definitely didn’t have the easiest start in life. Given Up by Mother You wouldn’t know it from Biles infectious giggle or the fierce look in her eyes while she’s competing but she was born to a mother who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. She was very young when she and sister, Adria, were placed in foster care but, fortunately, she had someone looking out for her. Maternal grandfather, Ron, and his wife, Nellie, stepped in and adopted the now 4’ 8” gymnast and, today, it’s clear that she appreciates their actions. "[They] support me in any way possible," she said earlier this year. "My parents make sure we have everything we need so that we compete to the best of our abilities."
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Prince’s Death Motivating Chaka Khan to Seek Treatment

Back in the 1980s, Chaka Khan burst onto the scene with “I Feel For You,” a song written, and first performed, by Prince. The world was shocked when the diminutive singer died on April 21, 2016, but it seems like Chaka has been moved on an entirely different level. Prescription Overdose Prince was known for his clean living. He didn’t eat meat, did not drink alcohol, and was not known to abuse drugs. Unfortunately, what the world did not know is that he was battling an addiction to prescription painkillers and, ultimately, it cost him his life. Chaka Khan Enters Rehab The details of Prince’s death have not been lost on Chaka Khan who has now entered into a rehabilitation program to battle her own addiction to prescription medication. A representative for the 63-year-old artist told People magazine: "Representatives for Chaka Khan announced today that ten-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Chaka Khan has entered an addiction rehabilitation and aftercare program which will cause her to postpone all dates scheduled for the month of July. "Chaka has struggled with a dependence on prescription pain medications and has voluntarily entered the program to get healthy and stay that way. As part of the ongoing outpatient treatment, the doctors have urged her to resume recording mid-July and commence all performances beginning August 1st and onward."
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Doctor Who Star Shares Bullying Regret

Christopher Eccleston has built a solid career for himself on both the big and small screen but he’s probably best known for her work on Doctor Who. While it’s been a long time since the 52-year-old was in school, he proved that some wounds may never fully heal. As a boy, he claims that he was first bullied by a female classmate who would corner him during recess. He told Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain: "Playtime became terror time to me. She would trap me against the wall and make me do sums. I did not want to go to school. I certainly did not want to go out at playtime." While her torment ended after a while, he was, eventually, bullied by a fellow boy when he was a bit older. Sadly, this experience may have led him to become a bully himself.
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