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Justin Bieber Calls Out “Hollow” Awards Shows in Thoughtful Post

Justin Bieber was just 12 years old when he gained fame and, in the years that have followed, the world has watched him experience all of the ups and downs. While some have been so eager to criticize, others have remembered that the teen years are hard for most people - so why should we expect more from him than we do of ourselves? He’s had problems with drinking, speeding, disorderly conduct, estrangement from his mother (with whom he was so famously close!), and, of course, girl trouble. For a time, it almost seemed like things were so bad that he might need an intervention of sorts (and, maybe, there was one) but, now, he seems to be pulling himself together. Unfortunately, this is alienating some of his fans. One of the problems with fame is that some people believe that, by buying your album or by paying for a ticket to your concert, they somehow own you. This is unrealistic thinking. Celebrities are still human beings with their own free will. Look at Prince. Up until his untimely death last month, he was very selective about how his music was shared and which events he’d attend. There’s nothing wrong with having healthy boundaries which are increasingly difficult during a time when technology allows us to be so invasive of each other’s lives. Recently, Justin Bieber has been setting limits on taking pictures with fans and attending “meet and greets.” He has said that these encounters are overwhelming to him and, really, why shouldn’t that be respected? Other celebrities, including Amy Schumer and Lady Gaga, have started to set similar boundaries. Shouldn’t fans be satisfied with watching them during performances as well as following them on social media? How much should stars be expected to share?
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Elijah Wood Claims Child Actors are “Prey” to Hollywood Pedophile Ring

Elijah Wood has had one of the longest careers of any current actor in Hollywood so it definitely sparks interest when he shares his opinions about the industry. Landing his first major gig when he was just eight years old, Wood claims that his early entry into business has taught him some pretty sad and terrifying things. In a discussion with the Sunday Times, Wood brought up the Jimmy Savile scandal in the United Kingdom which led to hundreds of sexual abuse allegations surfacing following his death. Wood said: "You all grew up with Savile – Jesus, it must have been devastating. Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. There is darkness in the underbelly – if you can imagine it, it's probably happened." The 35-year-old Lord of the Rings star went on to say that his mother was a great source of protection since she was more concerned about his well being than his career. He explained: "I never went to parties where that kind of thing was going on. This bizarre industry presents so many paths to temptation. If you don't have some kind of foundation, typically from family, then it will be difficult to deal with." Wood went on to add that he believes that the sex crimes are “probably still happening” in Hollywood and that the young and the innocent are particularly vulnerable since “people with parasitic interests will see you as their prey.”
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Kristen Bell Gets Candid About Depression

From her days on Veronica Mars, to voicing the character Elsa in Disney’s smash-hit, Frozen, actress Kristen Bell has always projected an image of happiness and positivity. She’s married to comedian Dax Shepard and, over the years, the pair have engaged in antics that have reminded people just how funny she can be. For this reason, she’s the perfect person to be speaking out about what it’s like to live with depression and anxiety. Personal Struggle Bell recently sat down with Off Camera and, during the interview, she opened up about living with depression and anxiety from a very young age and how she came to learn that certain conditions were prevalent in her family. The 35-year-old explained: "I'm extremely co-dependent. I shatter a little bit when I think people don't like me. That's part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I'm not liked. And I know that's not very healthy and I fight it all the time." It’s a good thing she was popular in high school but she admitted to feeling anxious anyway which led to her choosing to adopt the interests of her classmates rather than trying to follow a path of her own.
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Is Sharon Osbourne Overwhelmed by Marital Problems?

Sharon Osbourne has been married to rock legend, Ozzy Osbourne, for more than 33 years. Over the years, the couple has faced serious adversity but always managed to stay together - until now. Over the weekend, rumors of infidelity began swirling and reports suggest that the couple are on the verge of divorce. That can be hard for anyone but it must be doubly difficult under the glare of the public eye. Rocky History The pair met back in 1970 when Sharon was just 18 years old. Her father was managing Black Sabbath and Ozzy was the group’s frontman. Nine years later, when he was kicked out of the band, she took on the task of directing his solo career. Within a few years, they were married. The couple didn’t wait long to tackle parenthood. In fact, they welcomed their three children (Aimee, Kelly and Jack) in a span of just three years. While it may have seemed that they were one big happy family, the truth was that domestic violence was a real part of their lives. It reached a boiling point after Ozzy tried to strangle Sharon to death. Instead of pressing charges, she supported his decision to enter rehab and it seemed as if it strengthened their relationship. Pop Culture Icons In 2002, MTV launched the reality show, The Osbournes, to give us an inside look into the family’s daily comings and goings. For three years, viewers tuned in to the show that appeared to depict a family with relatively average problems but, underneath it all, they were struggling.
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Are Beyoncé Fans Bullying Jay-Z’s Suspected Mistresses?

It felt like the internet exploded over the weekend when Beyoncé's visual album, Lemonade, aired on HBO.  The singer, who is known for being fiercely private, seemed to blow her private life wide open while seemingly implying that her marriage to Jay-Z had suffered as a result of his infidelity. Honestly, I sat there and watched the whole thing and I'm not sure I took a single breath the entire time.  While a few people claimed boredom, the majority of viewers were absolutely riveted. One group of particularly devoted Beyoncé fans, whom are collectively known as the Beyhive, paid special attention to one particular lyric that seemed to confuse and intrigue everyone. Queen Bey seemingly referred to one of her husband's mistresses as "Becky with the good hair." Of course, no one actually went looking for a woman named Becky but they did wonder about the identity of this "other woman." Rachel Roy In the past, there had been rumors of Jay-Z possibly having an affair with Rachel Roy, the ex-wife of his former partner, Damon Dash.  The long-standing professional relationship broke down so suddenly and quickly that many assumed there must have been a reason and all clues pointed to Roy, a woman who has made a name for herself as a celebrity fashion designer. Right after the special aired, Roy didn't help matters by posting an image of herself to Instagram with the caption: "Good hair don't care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always. Live in the light #nodramaqueens." Surely, she could not have expected to post such a cryptic message without eliciting a response from the public? Well, if she was looking for attention, she got it but it was far from positive. Not only did she delete the post but she's also gone on the defensive against, what she feels, has been vicious attacks and bullying from the Beyhive.
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Divorce Left Coldplay’s Chris Martin Depressed for a Year

Ending a marriage is an emotional decision for anyone, even celebrities. A big part of the struggle is accepting the fact that something that you once thought held so much promise is now over or ending and it can feel like a massive failure. It's usually far more complicated than that but, when you get down to the very basics, most people who have gone through a split spend time wondering what went wrong and whether it was their own fault. Coldplay is one of the most successful bands in the world and lead singer, Chris Martin, has passionately performed some of the most heartwrenching songs for fans around the world. It must have been difficult, therefore, for him to continue on while he was going through such a rough period in his own life. When he first married actress, Gwyneth Paltrow, some people were surprised by the romance but, after they welcomed their children, Apple and Moses, and found another couple (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) to hang out with, they just seemed like any other couple. It almost felt like, as soon as we all got comfortable with this union, it was ending. Maybe that's how Martin felt too since he recently revealed that the "conscious uncoupling" left him in a state of depression for a year. Meaningful Poem In the aftermath of their announcement, Martin struggled to find happiness. Again, this isn't unusual for recently divorced men and women. In an effort to regain some equilibrium, he threw himself into literature of all kinds. From a psychotherapeutic manual written by Viktor Frankl to Holocaust memoir, Man's Search for Meaning, Martin scoured for something that would make sense in the midst of his grief. He came across a poem titled The Guest House which was written by 13th century Persian poet, Rumi. It made an impact.
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Wentworth Miller Proves That Body Shaming Happens to Men Too

Right now, there's a huge movement going on to promote inclusiveness and body positivity among women. Actresses such as Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham have been very outspoken about the unfair pressure actresses face in the industry. This pressure, of course, is echoed through the halls of virtually every high school and workplace in America. Whether it's postpartum weight loss, the celebration of different body types or the common struggles of humans trying to maintain a healthy weight, more and more people are speaking out against the unrealistic expectations that have been placed on women... but what about men? There was a time when Wentworth Miller was on millions of television screens across the country on a weekly basis. Fox had an almost instant hit with Prison Break and he was a big reason for the show's success. Today, he's a little older and, perhaps, a little wiser due to some personal struggles brought on by a rarely discussed issue - male body shaming. Hurtful Memes To be clear, the criticism women face does seem to be a bit more widespread but that does not negate or minimize what men experience. In a recent open letter, the current star of Legends of Tomorrow shared what it was like to deal with fan backlash after he put on a few pounds. On his official Facebook page, he shared a meme that features an old picture from his leaner days alongside an image of him at his heaviest. The caption reads: "When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald's monopoly ..."
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Mackenzie Phillips Reflects on Revealing Incestuous Relationship

Mackenzie Phillips may have come from a famous family but she made a name for herself as an actress on shows like One Day at a Time but she was also well known for being the daughter of Mamas and the Papas musician, John Phillips.  It seemed like this successful young woman was a member of Hollywood royalty but seven years ago, revelations in her 2009 memoir, High on Arrival, shook that idyllic image to the core. Shocking Allegations In her tell-all book, Phillips claimed that she carried on a long-term incestuous relationship with her father. The 49-year-old said that, on the eve of her marriage to Rolling Stones entourage member, Jeff Sessler, she and her father had sex. Of that night back in 1979, she wrote: "On the eve of my wedding, my father showed up, determined to stop it. I had tons of pills, and Dad had tons of everything too. Eventually I passed out on Dad's bed.  My father was not a man with boundaries. He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father. Had this happened before? I didn't know. All I can say is it was the first time I was aware of it." Within a year, the 20-year-0ld lost her job on One Day at a Time due to her drug abuse and she says that, by then, her sexual relationship with her father had become consensual and would continue for a decade.  With her life spinning out of control, she went to rehab for the first time.
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Why “Star Wars” Fans Need to Stop Hurting Jake Lloyd

I was born just as the very first Star Wars movie was about to leave theaters. According to legend, my much older brother snuck me in to a viewing despite the fact that I was a newborn. Maybe that's why I've loved the franchise my entire life. Unlike most fans my age, I can technically claim that I have "seen" all of the movies in theaters! When Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was announced, I was almost beside myself with excitement. It had been a long time since Return of the Jedi had left theaters and, really, I never thought that we'd get another trilogy. As soon as tickets went on sale, I snatched up a pair and, on opening night, I soaked up the electricity in that room filled with fellow enthusiasts. I sat and watched the screen with wonder and for the entire walk home, my companion and I excitedly chatted about what we'd seen and theorized about the future. I had two small children already and we talked about how impressive it was for a little boy as young as Jake Lloyd to take on such a huge role in such a huge movie. The pressure must have been unimaginable, we said, and we praised him for being able to act and interact with characters and environments that weren't really there during filming. He had a green screen, some puppets, at best, but he wasn't really piloting a pod racer or using The Force. What a clever boy, we mused! "Bad Actor" It was shocking, therefore, to learn that so many had panned his performance. I'm not sure what they were expecting but the criticism was harsh and unrelenting. Here we had a child who may not have even heard of Star Wars before being cast in the film. Surely, most people understood that a 10-year-old was not going to understand and connect with those films in the same way as someone who had seen each of them multiple times as an adult, right? It didn't seem to matter. The little boy who bravely brought Anakin Skywalker to life was uniformly labelled a "bad actor" and was summarily thrown to the Hollywood wolves.
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