You know her from Full House, the reboot Fuller House, and her recent stint on Dancing with the Stars but did you know that Candace Cameron struggled with body image in her younger years? There was a time when she seriously struggled with bulimia and, as a result, she says she is dedicated to helping her own children feel comfortable in their own skin. Mother to Natasha, 18 (who recent competed for a brief time on The Voice), Lev, 16, and Maksim, 14, the now 40-year-old actress says: “As a mom, I’m always telling my children, ‘Love who you are.’ You are beautifully and wonderfully made. You are unique and there is no one like you. Embrace it and love it.'” It’s good to know, however, that she realizes that, despite her best efforts, her children could still face body image problems. Being proactive, she told Dr. Oz that she said to her kids: “If there is a point of struggle in your life, the first step is to tell someone. I think that’s the hardest thing to do, and once you share it and get it out there, then you can look for ways to recover.” Drawing from her own experience, how does she promote a healthy relationship with food in her household? “I’ve had to learn to view food as my fuel and something I can enjoy, and do enjoy and am allowed to enjoy in moderation,” she said. “I can no longer look at food as my source of comfort because that’s what I was doing. I would feed my emotions with food.”
Amanda Seyfried became a cultural icon for her role in Mean Girls and has continued to captivate audiences ever since. While she may appear carefree onscreen, she has been dealing with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and anxiety for years. Now, at 30, she’s advocating for mental health issues in hopes of lifting the stigma associated with seeking treatment. In the November issue of Allure magazine, Seyfried explains: "I'm on Lexapro, and I’ll never get off of it. I've been on it since I was 19, so 11 years. I'm on the lowest dose. I don't see the point of getting off of it. Whether it's placebo or not, I don't want to risk it." She continues: "And what are you fighting against? Just the stigma of using a tool? A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category [from other illnesses], but I don't think it is. It should be taken as seriously as anything else. You don't see the mental illness: It's not a mass; it's not a cyst. But it's there. Why do you need to prove it? If you can treat it, you treat it." It’s admirable that she is being so open about being on medication but, at the same time, was it necessary to mention that she’s on “the lowest dose”? What about people who are on the highest dose and still suffering? It’s unlikely that she meant any harm in saying that but, really, that is part of the problem. Even when we admit we are in treatment, we have a tendency to want to minimize it to avoid judgment and backlash.
Taraji P. Henson is best known these days for her portrayal of Cookie Lyon on the hit series, Empire. She delivers a performance that is often wrought with pain and grit but there’s probably more to her performance than just great acting chops. She had a tough childhood so she likely relates more to the role than viewers can imagine. Growing up in Washington, D.C., crime was all around her both on the streets and in her own home. In her new memoir, Around the Way Girl, she recounts some harrowing takes from her early years and, really, it’s pretty painful to imagine. In one passage, she wrote about her father dragging her mother by her hair into his car and “threatening to kill her.” Henson watched this nightmare unfold when she was just about four years old. Fortunately, her mother, Bernice Gordon, had the strength to end her abusive marriage to her husband, Boris Henson, choosing to raise her daughter on her own. In the current issue of People magazine, Henson explained: “She never gave up, she always persevered. I knew she was upset about living from check to check, but we were never in danger of being kicked out. There was always, always food on the table.” That’s not all, either. It sounds as though, despite the fact that their relationship had been dysfunctional, Henson’s parents both found a way to add positivity to her life in their own way.
Let’s make this clear from the beginning – this is not a post about politics. Sure, it’s indirectly implicated but I am not making a statement about how anyone should cast their vote in November. I am, however, wondering, in the middle of all this chaos, what happens to the wife of a certain political candidate. More specifically – what about Melania Trump? Donald Trump running for president was a real surprise and, really, most people didn’t seem to think he’d make it this far but, here we are, just weeks away from the election and he’s the Republican nominee. While his numbers have been steady (or rising!) for months, his newest scandal threatens to derail his campaign entirely. A video of an old conversation he had with Billy Bush has surfaced and he made some incredibly lewd comments about women. In the clip, he discusses trying to bed a married woman, among other crude things. At the time, he had only been married to Melania for a few months and she was pregnant with their now 11-year-old son, Barron.
Viewers of The Biggest Loser celebrated when Ali Vincent was crowned the victor. She worked hard on her emotional and physical self and really seemed to understand that gaining control over her weight was about more than winning some reality television competition. It’s been eight years and Oprah did what she does best – she invites people to sit down with her and share intimate parts of themselves with the world. On this week’s episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? Vincent opened up about some truly painful moments. First, she described a sexual assault that took place in 2015 while she was getting a massage. With tears in her eyes, she explained: “I was getting a massage and I fell asleep, as I often do in massages, and I felt so safe in this place, I had no guard up. And I woke up to — I woke up to someone feeling in my vagina and I was just like in shock, like what’s going on, what’s happening? And then I just jumped up and I ran out and just hid. And I was sitting there in a ball and I was just shaking, and I don’t know how to explain it. But I just was so afraid. I was scared.”
This is a crazy world we’re living in and, while celebrities may be insulated against many problems facing the average person, they may actually be at an increased risk of dealing with irrational, scary people. Whether they have to fight for protection from aggressive paparazzi or stalkers, stars often face issues that most of us will never understand.
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Whenever a couple divorces, it’s pretty much guaranteed that, at least, some of their dirty laundry is going to come out. This is especially true with celebrities. One crucial thing is to always remember is that there are two sides to a story and that people are innocent until proven guilty. We seem to forget that nowadays when news articles and social media influence our opinions so heavily. Despite some true horrors occurring in this country, life seemed to stop when it was announced that Angelina Jolie was leaving Brad Pitt. Sure, many people predicted this years ago when they started their relationship while he was still married to Jennifer Aniston but, over the years, they seemed so devoted to each other that the doubts faded away. Of course, all this week, people have been expressing their shock and wondering what could have suddenly gone so wrong with this couple who share six children. Why would Jolie divorce Pitt now, leaving even their close friends (such as George Clooney) stunned? New reports are saying that Pitt is under investigation for child abuse after an incident on the family’s private plane. He allegedly became verbally and physically abusive with one of their children with Jolie and the other children were present. It’s been said that he was drinking at the time. Apparently, an anonymous report has led the Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services to look into the matter. One source has said of Pitt’s reaction to the situation: "He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children. It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."
The world was shocked when six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was killed almost 20 years ago. The little girl, who regularly participated in beauty pageants, was murdered on either December 25 or 26, 1996. After a series of bizarre and troubling events, she was actually found in her basement despite the presence of a lengthy ransom note. Despite much speculation, the case...
When Mandy Moore burst onto the scene with her song “Candy,” she was a mere teenager. She rose in popularity very quickly and seemed to be everywhere all of a sudden. By the time she turned 25, she was already married to rocker, Ryan Adams. While they appeared very happy, they divorced just six years later. The singer/actress discussed the reasons why she and her husband split last year. In an interview with People, she explained: "My story deviated in a different direction than I expected but, ultimately, life is about being happy and fulfilled and sometimes that means making hard choices." She’s right. There are so many people who, despite loving their spouse, made the tough decision to leave them. Sometimes, love isn’t enough and, in the end, we are all responsible for our own happiness. We cannot depend on someone else to make us happy. While it’s fair to argue that too many people give up too quickly, it’s not up to any of us to judge or make this decision for others. Moore, who is starring on a the upcoming much-hyped show, This is Us, insists that, although, it was a painful process, she did her best to move forward. "There are moments of being curled up in a ball on the floor. It's really hard. But I've moved on and progressed in the stages of grief and being angry and feeling the loss and all that. I do believe things happen for a reason. And I think I had that mantra moving through the trying times."
When people hear the name Shannen Doherty, a few things probably come to mind. First, of course, is the fact that she became a household name during her time on Beverly Hills, 90210. Her legendary temper, however, resulted in her being removed from the cast but producer, Aaron Spelling, gave her another chance on the hit show, Charmed. Again, her on-set antics led to her dismissal and she’s been largely unemployed ever since. Recently, some very sad news about the actress came to light – she’s battling breast cancer. Unfortunately, comments across the internet suggest that some people believe she deserves to suffer for all of her bad behavior but she hasn’t let that get her down. Instead, she seems determined to fight to survive. No longer a starlet, the 45-year-old attended Stand Up to Cancer’s event last week and, with her husband, Kurt Iswarienko, and oncologist, Dr. Lawrence Piro, by her said, she gave an update on her health saying: "I've been given a really interesting opportunity and one that in a way, I kind of feel blessed. Cancer has in a strange way done some amazing things for me. It's allowed me to be more me, like much more in touch with who I am, and much more vulnerable and the person that I always was, but I think it got hidden behind a lot of other stuff. My marriage was always fantastic, but it's even better now."