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Casey Anthony’s “Boring” Life Five Years Later

It was a verdict that shocked and rocked the nation. After what felt like a circus of a trial, Casey Anthony was acquitted of the murder charges filed against her in connection with the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee. Hundreds of people protested, legal pundits and talk show hosts expressed their opinions as to why a Florida court freed her from the Orange County jail but, regardless of what anyone said or did, Casey Anthony was (and is) for all intents and purposes, an innocent woman. We all got used to seeing the pictures of Casey drinking and partying, even during the time when her daughter was missing. We all heard the stories about why she waited so long to report that anything was amiss. We even heard about the fact that Casey was so unsure of who Caylee’s father was that she had her own brother, Lee, tested. So five years later, what is life like for her now? Casey recently turned 30 and, apparently, does very little with her days in South Florida. She claims she can’t find a job and she hasn’t done much with the photography business she started. Basically, she survives off of the financial support she receives from some members of her legal team.
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Chloë Grace Moretz Almost Gave in to Plastic Surgery

To be clear, this post is not about whether plastic surgery is good or bad. There are many people who undergo procedures and it ends up being an overwhelmingly positive experience. Others, unfortunately, go under the knife for the wrong reasons and it can have a lifelong damaging effect. In old Hollywood, there seemed to be more of a desire to be a "natural beauty" than there is today when so many stars have altered their appearance in some way. It definitely sends a message to fans but, also, to younger actors and actresses in the industry. It sounds like Chloë Grace Moretz has some insight about this topic. The 19-year-old first gained notoriety as a preteen who had the foulest language in the 2010 movie, Kick-Ass, and has since gone on to star in major movies such as the remake of Carrie. Things weren’t always so positive, she revealed since she considered having several plastic surgery procedures when she was just 16 years old. The actress told Elle magazine: "I wanted a boob job. I wanted the fat pad under my chin to be removed. I wanted a butt reduction, or whatever."
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Tyler Oakley: Social Media Comments Hurt

If you follow YouTube celebrities or watched the most recent season of The Amazing Race, you are probably familiar with Tyler Oakley. With millions of subscribers, Oakley has become an internet sensation and, as such, has some really valuable insight about the interactions he sees online and what we can do to make our virtual world a better place. While speaking at VidCon 2016 in Anaheim, California last week, he explained: "You may think that when you tweet – I'm probably preaching to the choir, ya'll are angels I'm sure – but when you tweet to somebody … like, okay, say you tweet to Demi Lovato, God Bless her, but you tweet something shady, she might see that – and like I just said, she's a human… So it doesn't matter if that person's an A-list celebrity, a YouTuber, a politician … whatever they might be, words have power."
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Kelly McGillis on Surviving a Brutal Sexual Assault and Emotional Turmoil

When Top Gun came out, so many of us wanted to be Kelly McGillis. The actress was Tom Cruise’s leading lady in the classic film and she seemed to combine strength and natural beauty in an effortless way. Sadly, things were less than perfect off-screen. Home Invasion When McGillis was in her 20s, she was viciously raped by two men. She was living in New York City after relocating from California 24 years ago when her attackers broke into her apartment as she was getting out of the shower. As she screamed for help, the pair held a knife to her face and forced her into her bedroom where they took turns raping her. To further demoralize her, they spat on and hit her while stabbing at her. Back in 1988, she told People magazine: "They kept switching and telling me they were going to beat me until I was dead. At that point, I thought I would die, and I had resigned myself." Fortunately, police arrived on the scene and stopped the attack. A month later, the men were arrested but one of them escaped conviction.
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Padma Lakshmi Reveals Childhood Sexual Abuse

It’s been a time of great revelations for Padma Lakshmi who, recently, admitted that, while pregnant with her daughter, she was not sure who her child’s father was. In what seems to be an effort to tackle topics that are often painful and taboo, Lakshmi has also revealed that she survived childhood sexual abuse. In her memoir, Love, Loss and What We Ate, the television personality recounted a devastating story with an equally sad ending. The 45-year-old explained that, when she was just seven years old, she lived in a two bedroom apartment with her mother and stepfather. She also shared an actual bed with one of her stepfather’s relatives which, according to Lakshmi, isn’t uncommon to those used to sharing cramped living quarters in India. She wrote: “one night, I woke up to his hand in my underpants. He took my hand and placed it inside his briefs. I don’t know how many times it happened before, since I suspect I slept through some incidents.” Distressed by what happened, young Lakshmi urinated behind her bed which was a signal to her mother that something was very wrong. In her book, she detailed the grim outcome after telling her mother about the abuse. She wrote: “once you take a girl’s innocence, you can never get it back. What I remember more is telling my mother what happened and her believing me and then she and I telling someone else that it happened and that person not believing me. And then the next week, I was sent to India.”
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Ally Hilfiger Pens Book on Being Institutionalized Due to Lyme Disease

When most of us think of reasons why a young woman might be committed to a mental institution, we rarely consider Lyme disease. Yet, that’s exactly what happened to Ally Hilfiger, the daughter of fashion mogul, Tommy Hilfiger. After years of suffering, Ally was just 18 years old when she woke up in a psychiatric facility. Exhibiting manic behavior, struggling to speak in complete sentences, and showing signs of paranoia, she seemed to be spiraling out of control and her father made a last-ditch effort to save her life. While she was growing up, Ally had been plagued by a number of unexplainable illnesses that worsened as she got older. Who would have guessed that her erratic behavior, nausea, and fatigue were caused by a tick bite she had suffered when she was just 7 years old? Unfortunately, she was not treated properly at the time and, ultimately, deteriorated over a 12-year span before finally being correctly diagnosed. Today, in her early 30s, Ally has decided to share her story in hopes of raising awareness about the issue. She was inspired by becoming a mother, an experience that, she feels, has given her some valuable perspective. It’s been more than a decade since the fateful day when she woke up in the psychiatric ward of a hospital and, looking back, she is able to reflect on how her “worst nightmare” ended up being the best thing that has ever happened to her, despite the fact that she, initially, hated her father for having her committed.
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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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