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Chris Hemsworth Describes Mental Anguish of Weight Loss

Chris Hemsworth is best known for his imposing stature. Indeed, his toned, physique made him a perfect choice to play Thor in the Marvel films. It was a huge change, therefore, when he took on a role that required him to appear emaciated. The actor has explained that the process took a toll on him both physically and mentally.

In the Heart of the Sea

For his performance in In the Heart of the Sea, the 32-year-old actor had to drop a whopping 33 pounds in just four weeks and he described the experience as anything but pleasant. During an interview with Good Morning America, he explained: "The gaining is fine, you just eat a lot and you lift weights but that was underfed, which led to a pretty moody existence and inconsistent emotions… You play all sorts of games – if I eat this maybe I don't eat that. The insanity is nuts."

What exactly did the actor eat? Boiled eggs, salads and “nothing much.” He limited his intake to 500 calories per day. Anyone who has tried a diet that severely restricts calories can probably relate to how bad Hemsworth felt. Still, he said it was all part of the process.

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Model With Down Syndrome Talks Support

During a time when so many complain about the pressure to look a certain way in the fashion industry, it’s heartwarming to hear Madeline Stuart’s story. The young woman has been making waves for all the right reasons.

2015 Was a Big Year

Stuart became the first model with Down Syndrome to headline a beauty brand after walking the catwalk during New York Fashion Week, landing a contract with fitness line, Manifesta, and becoming the face of Glossigirl cosmetics.

In an interview with Today.com, Stuart explained: “It’s been a wonderful year. We have made so many new friends and learned many more things about the fashion industry, but most of all, we have received so much love and support from our social media family.”

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Home Invasion Leaves Simon Cowell “Psychologically Damaged”

Anyone who watched American Idol will remember the tough version of Simon Cowell, the man who never seemed to want to settle down and who was vocal about not wanting children. When it was revealed that he had an affair with his best friend’s wife and that she was expecting his child, it was a huge shock but now, two years later, it seems that the unlikely couple are settling into domestic life. Unfortunately, a recent break-in has shaken their sense of security.

Recent Home Invasion

On December 4, 2015, Cowell, his now-girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, and their 21-month-old son, Eric, were asleep in the bedroom of his multimillion dollar mansion when a burglary occurred. The whole experience has been traumatic for the mogul who is haunted by what could have happened if things had gone badly.

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Robin Williams’ Widow Shares Final Conversation

The world was absolutely stunned by the sudden death of Robin Williams last fall. When it was confirmed that the comedian had committed suicide, the situation was even more tragic and perplexing. How could someone who had spent their entire career making people laugh be in so much pain? Did his loved ones see warning signs? His widow, Susan, has provided some insight.

Since his passing, it...
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Stone Temple Pilots Frontman Scott Weiland Dead at 48

The news that Scott Weiland passed away took my breath away this morning. I knew he had struggled with drugs for years but stories about him had been, largely, quiet and I assumed that things were going well. Unfortunately, a Facebook post late last night reported that the frontman had died during a tour stop in Minnesota with his new band, the Wildabouts. It is important to note that the cause of death has not been announced or fully determined but, according to sources, the 48-year-old died in his sleep.

Stone Temple Pilots

Back in the 1990s, he was the perfect lead singer for a grunge band. He sort of growled when he sang, his hair was dyed a strange red color and he did cool and strange things to push the limits while entertaining his audience. Songs like “Lady Picture Show” and “Big Bang Baby” have stuck with fans (like me!) over the years and he definitely has a place in musical history due to his influence during a pivotal era. In 2013, he was kicked out of the band for “destructive behavior” (according to his bandmates’ attorney).

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Despite Controversy, Jim Bob Duggar Offers Parenting Advice

Over the past few years, the Duggars appeared on their 19 Kids and Counting show on TLC and were considered, by some, a model for families. It was a shock, therefore, when it was discovered that eldest son, Josh, had molested several underage girls, including two of his own sisters. There has been much debate about how the parents handled the situation but, ultimately, their show was pulled from the air.

While some argued for forgiveness on behalf of Josh, another huge bombshell was dropped - during the Ashley Madison hack, it was revealed that Josh Duggar had two active accounts with the site offering affairs to married men and women. After confessing to a pornography addiction and cheating on his wife, Anna, Josh entered rehab. It is unclear whether he has completed his treatment but everyone is still reeling from the series of events.

With everything that has been going on, it surprised some when patriarch, Jim Bob, took to his family’s personal website to provide advice to men who are trying to raise kids. In his post, “A Note to Fathers,” he expressed grief that his wife, Michelle, had once suffered a miscarriage while on birth control and that they, as a couple, prayed to God for forgiveness.

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Reid Ewing Reveals Body Dysmorphia, Sexual Orientation

Making the decision to reveal sexual orientation is deeply personal. Some may choose to confide in trusted friends and family before coming out to the world, others opt to keep the matter private for their entire lives and still others may live their lives in such a way that they assume it’s all obvious. Modern Family actor, Reid Ewing, recently surprised fans with a casual comment about his sexuality at a time when they were already reeling about his battle with body dysmorphia.

Plastic Surgery Addiction

In a personal essay written for Huffington Post, Ewing explained that, after moving to Los Angeles in 2008, he felt isolated and developed a deep sense of insecurity over the pressure to look a certain way. He wrote: “‘No one is allowed to be this ugly,’ I thought. ‘It’s unacceptable.’ … when I was 19-years-old, I made my first appointment to meet with a cosmetic surgeon. I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt.”

With “very few, if any, friends” to talk to, he would sit alone in his apartment and take pictures of himself “from every angle, analyzing every feature.” This obsession with his appearance, which, in his case, was diagnosed as body dysmorphic disorder, led him to consult with a plastic surgeon.  He admits to having had several botched procedures, including cheekbone and chin implants as well as Botox injections. By 2012, he had descended into depression and struggled with people even looking at him.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Shares How Depression Shaped His Life

Too often, people make assumptions about the types of people affected by mental illness. A recent example is the shock many expressed when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson admitted to having struggled with depression. Sure, he may be physically strong and he may be cast in "tough guy" roles but he's a human being just like anyone else. Depression does not discriminate - it affects people from all walks of life - and the honesty of people like Johnson help us realize how many people around us may be suffering in silence.

During an appearance on OWN network's "Oprah’s Master Class" he explained: "I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you're not alone. You're not the first to go through it; you're not going to be the last to go through it … I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], 'Hey, it's gonna be OK. It'll be OK.' Hold on to that fundamental quality of faith. Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good."

Football Aspirations

In his youth, Johnson played for the University of Miami but, after he graduated, he was overlooked by the NFL. After being added to the practice roster of Canadian Football League team, the Calgary Stampeders, he suffered even more disappointment when they let him go. At 23 years old, instead of having the successful athletic career he'd dreamed of, he was living with his parents in a tiny apartment. "You just feel like you're alone," he said. "You feel like it's only you. You're in your bubble."

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Charlie Sheen Discusses Shame, Attempt to Conceal HIV Status

Charlie Sheen has been a big name in Hollywood for decades and, during that time, he earned a bit of a reputation for his partying ways. Still, he continued to make movies and reached massive television success on Two and a Half Men.  It seemed like things were going great for him until his falling out with producer, Chuck Lorre, resulted in him being killed off the show. What followed was a confusing period during which Sheen appeared increasingly unstable. Over time, things quieted down and he faded a bit from the spotlight but, after a very revealing interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, he's back to being the center of attention.

Charlie Sheen Confirms HIV Status

When he sat down with Lauer yesterday, Sheen confirmed that he is HIV positive. The 50-year-old actor said: "It's a hard three letters to absorb. It's a turning point in one's life." Most of us can only imagine the emotional turmoil that would come with that type of diagnosis. It would be daunting to try to digest that kind of news while trying to hide it from the continually prying public eye.

The reason Sheen came forward, however, is that some people around him know about it and have been demanding money in return for their silence. He explained: "I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me, threatening the health of so many others that couldn't be further from the truth." Adding that he's paid out more then $10 million for his privacy, he continued: "What people forget is that that's money they're taking from my children. I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle, and I thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason."

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