Ray Rice on Domestic Violence: “I’m a Rehabilitated Man”

The world was shocked over a year ago when a video of NFL player, Ray Rice, beating his then-fiancée, Janay Rice, surfaced. It sparked huge debates about domestic violence and whether sports leagues should discipline players in these situations. Rather than end their relationship, the couple moved forward and were married not long after the incident. The charges in that case were dismissed.

In a recent interview with Outside the Lines, Rice said: "I can understand some people probably never will forgive my actions but I think that every step that I took going forward right now—over time, I want to be able to rewrite the script, to tell my daughter that daddy made the worst decision of his life, but this is what I did going forward. To the survivors of domestic violence, I understand how real it is, and I don't want to ever take that for granted because this is a real issue in our society. My video put the light out there. If you have never seen what domestic violence looks like and you look at my video, I could understand why some people would never forgive me."

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Justin Bieber Admits to Feelings of Depression

There are few faces more recognizable than that of Justin Bieber. In the time since he first emerged on the scene, he has enjoyed a level of fame that most can only dream of - and he’s just 21 years old. In recent years, he has been in trouble with the law, involved with feuds and has disappointed his fans. Some have attributed it to not being able to handle life in the spotlight but others have pointed to the fact that he’s still so young.

It is unlikely that we will ever understand what it is like to be famous but Bieber recently revealed that he struggles with an issue that many have experienced. He has faced depression.

There’s a lot of pressure to continue delivering great material which can be further amplified in certain situations. Bieber knows that his reputation has soured with the public and he realizes that his career could end as a result of some of his actions. As a result, he told Ryan Seacrest that he wants his new album to be perfect.

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Whitney Houston’s Daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown Has Passed Away

Any child can be born into difficult circumstances but the children of celebrities face unique challenges. From virtually the moment she was born, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was surrounded by addiction and mental illness in addition to all of the other stressors that can come with living in the spotlight. Unfortunately, her short life has already come to an end and we are all left wondering whether her upbringing ultimately led to her demise.

Famous Parents

Bobbi Kristina was the daughter of former New Edition star, Bobby Brown, and the late, legendary singer, Whitney Houston. When they first got together, people wondered about their compatibility. He was a so-called “bad boy” whereas she had the exact opposite reputation yet, for a time, they seemed to make it worse. Sadly, things spiraled out of control and their daughter watched it all.

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Kim Richards Talks About Struggles with Alcohol: ‘I’ve Always Loved Sobriety’

Most recently seen in Sharknado 3, Kim Richards is best known as one of the stars of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but she’s also made headlines for speaking out on her issues with alcohol abuse and walking out on Dr. Phil halfway through an interview. In a sitdown with Entertainment Tonight, she discussed her struggles as well as her arrest at the Beverly Hills Hotel and her appearance on the talk show.

Sobriety and Relapse

The 50-year-old reality TV star told ET: "I love sobriety. I've always loved sobriety, and relapsing was very hard for me. It was not easy. I have to say, don't take this wrong, but I really wanted to go to treatment because I needed a break from what I was going through at home."

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Comic-Con Fans Pay Tribute to Jared Padalecki

Recently, I wrote about Jared Padalecki’s very open battle with depression. The Supernatural star chose to share his struggles with fans a few months ago and has been honest about times when he has cancelled appearances as a result. It was a brave thing to do since there is still such a stigma attached to mental illness but, if nothing else, the actor can rest assured that his fanbase is both loyal and loving.

Outpouring of Support

The Comic-Con in San Diego is one of the biggest television and movie events of the year with people coming from all over the world to listen to panels, dress up for cosplay and to look for their favorite celebrities. This year, however, something very special happened – more than 7,000 fans lit candles to show their support for Padalecki’s “Always Keep Fighting” campaign. The proceeds are earmarked for the To Write Love on Her Arms nonprofit organization aimed at preventing self-harm and suicide among those coping with depression and addiction.

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Amanda Peterson Struggled with Addiction Before Death

The 1980s was a magical time for teen movies. Along with the big titles such as The Breakfast Club a nd Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was a film called, Can’t Buy Me Love, which helped launch Patrick Dempsey’s lengthy career. His co-star, Amanda Peterson, was a big reason for the flick’s success - boys wanted to date her and girls wanted to look like her. Unfortunately, the good times didn’t last.

Sudden Death

Last week, reports emerged that Peterson had unexpectedly passed away at the age of 43 at her home in Greeley, Colorado. No official cause of death has been released but her family have already held a memorial service honoring the actress. A photo and video montage from Peterson’s younger years and career was shown to mourners as they listened to Eddie Vedder’s “Rise.” Rather than being a completely somber occasion, it sounds as though they chose to celebrate Peterson’s life.

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Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian Split Possibly Due to Addiction

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick may have just welcomed their third child but things are anything but happy in their home. In fact, as of right now, the couple have split and Disick’s belongings have been moved out of the family home. Sadly, sources suggest that his continued battle with addiction is a major reason for their troubles.

Short Rehab Stint in March

Earlier this year, it seemed that Disick was making progress towards gaining control over his life. This past March, he said: “I’m ready to truly remedy this struggle I continue to battle” as he entered rehab in Costa Rica. There was speculation that he left the treatment facility before his program was completed but, at the time, he denied these reports. He explained: "The funny thing is, a lot of people were under the impression that I was going to this rehab facility in Costa Rica for a month, when the truth was, I was going for a week for one treatment that they have there. I'm not done. I plan to go back to this place."

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Bill Cosby Admits to Giving Quaaludes to Women

For months, the allegations about Bill Cosby have reemerged in the headlines and the effect has been polarizing - either people have sided with the accusers, believing that Cosby was guilty of drugging and raping the women, or they have stood by the comedian in hopes that the accounts were untrue. There was one court case from 2005 that seemed to hold all of the answers but, until yesterday, it was inaccessible. Now, we do know that, under oath in a court of law, Cosby admitted to giving drugs to women for the purpose of having sex because the court documents were unsealed.

Judge Explains Decision

A federal judge chose to unseal the documents and provided a very clear explanation for his actions. Judge Eduardo Robreno said: "The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct is a matter as to which the AP — and by extension the public — has a significant interest." The documents were released after a request from The Associated Press.

Robreno went on to say that the situation "is not about the Defendant's status as a public person by virtue of the exercise of his trade as a televised or comedic personality. Rather, Defendant has donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime."

The case was eventually dismissed in 2006 and Cosby was not charged. His lawyers have fought to keep the details private stating that they would be “terribly embarrassing” for the comedian.

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Amy Winehouse Documentary Will be Heartbreaking

Amy will be hitting theaters soon and will depict Amy Winehouse’s meteoric rise to fame and devastating decline until her untimely death from alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011.  A recently released trailer has shown that the film will be both heartbreaking and surprisingly funny for audiences.

In the clip, Winehouse is heard saying: "I don't think I'm gonna be at all famous. I don't think I could handle it, I would probably go mad." The film provides a glimpse, through home videos shared by the British singer’s friends and family, into her real life and the results are, reportedly, surprising.

Rather than seeing the persona that she presented to the rest of the world, the documentary will open with a 14-year-old Winehouse stealing the show with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” and will continue to show fans how bright-eyed, carefree and lighthearted she was away from the stage.

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Did Sexism, “Mad Men” Mentality End Ben Affleck’s Marriage?

It was a bit of a shock when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their plans to divorce earlier this week, despite the fact that there have been rumors about a split for a while. The couple have three children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, and have seemed devoted to their family life but there were signs that the relationship was struggling.

Mad Men Mentality

Some people have suggested that Affleck’s old-fashioned view of marriage ultimately led to their demise. Rather than being the progressive, modern husband that Garner wants, he was acting more like Don Draper.

As one source told People: "He’s like a '50s dad. He thinks work is your priority and providing money for your family is your priority, and raising the kids day to day and making a nice house is the wife's priority."

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