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Did Brad Pitt Abuse One of His Children in Front of the Others?

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."
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Mandy Moore Talks About “Lighter” Life After Divorce

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."
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Shannen Doherty Says Cancer Has Done “Amazing Things”

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."
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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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