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R Kelly Opens Up About Childhood Sexual Abuse, Marriage to Aaliyah

With the massive success of his song, “I Believe I Can Fly,” from the Space Jam soundtrack, R Kelly became, arguably, one of the biggest entertainers in the world overnight. Unfortunately, over the years, he’s become just as known for his possible inappropriate behavior with underage girls as he is for his music. While he’s largely denied that he’s ever done anything wrong, we now may have a little more insight into what’s been going on inside his personal world. Past Sexual Abuse Many of his fans were shocked when the 49-year-old opened up to GQ about the sexual abuse he endured early in his life. Of course, those who read his 2012 memoir, Soulacoaster, are already familiar with most of what he had to say. It’s a sad and tragic story all the same. The singer alleges that from the age of “7 or 8 to maybe 14, 15” a blood relative regularly abused him. He explained: “I remember it feeling weird. I remember feeling ashamed. I remember closing my eyes or keeping my hands over my eyes. I remember those things, but couldn’t judge it one way or the other fully.” Some may wonder what happens to victims of sexual abuse as they mature, grow accustomed to the abuse or go through puberty. R Kelly echoed what many other survivors have reluctantly admitted: “Over time, yeah, [it changed]. I remember actually, after a couple of years, looking forward to it sometimes. You know, acting like I didn’t, but did.” Fortunately, the abuse came to an end when he got a girlfriend.
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Nick Carter Discusses Recent Arrest, Says: “I am Human”

The Backstreet Boys rose to fame in the 1990s and made Nick Carter a star. The youngest of the group, Carter’s piercing blue eyes and sweeping blond hair made him an instant teen idol. Unfortunately, along with his incredible success has come great suffering. Over the years, the singer has seen his share of ups and downs and, most recently, was arrested in Key West, Florida earlier this month. Now, he’s ready to talk about what happened. Altercation at Bar On January 13, 2016, Carter was taken into custody after engaging in a bar fight at the Hog’s Breath Saloon. Police officers at the scene said that he appeared intoxicated and was “slurring” his words. The arrest occurred after the bar’s general manager called for help when, he says, he witnessed either Carter, or his companion, Michael Papayans, “sucker punching” one of the saloon’s bartenders. The pair had, reportedly, grown irritated with the employee after he refused to serve them. Post-Arrest Comments No longer a teen, Carter is a 35-year-old married man with a baby boy on the way. He chose to address the reports of his arrest by sending out a few messages to fans via Twitter. The first tweet said: "I am human and at times it can be a struggle to balance a healthy lifestyle. I'm not perfect and for that I am sorry.” He quickly followed that up with: "When we fall we have to get up and keep on walking. I hope you stay by my side and continue to walk with me."
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Khloe Kardashian Opens Up About Lamar Odom’s Recovery

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom were tabloid fodder for a while before she took steps to end their marriage. It seemed like a good step for her since his lifestyle appeared to be a major factor in their marital problems. It wasn’t a huge surprise to fans, therefore, that, while they were separated Odom started engaging in behavior that almost cost him his life. Last October, the 36-year-old former Los Angeles Laker was rushed to the hospital after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. He had taken cocaine and other substances, including an herbal form of Viagra. After a lengthy hospitalization, Odom continues to fight to regain some semblance of normality. During an interview with Good Morning America, Kardashian explained: "He’s doing great but, you know, it’s a long journey and it’s something that he’s working really hard on. Every day is different. We take every day as it comes. I’ve learned not to really look into the future too much.” His 31-year-old estranged wife has put off plans to finalize their divorce and has remained by his side throughout the entire ordeal. What does that mean for their relationship? Kardashian added: “I do believe that we’re soulmates but...that’s not even where my head is at. I think people, they don’t understand the severity of everything. It was really scary. I know when we got to the hospital in Vegas, we were told, you know, there’s only a few hours to live and we had to make some medical decisions… There were a lot of challenges but he’s a fighter and, obviously, he’s here now and he’s out of the hospital. It’s all about his health and my happiness and his happiness and right now those are two individual things.”
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NBC Shoots Down Jimmy Fallon Drinking Rumors

The rumblings have been growing for a while now but, apparently, they have become loud enough that NBC felt that the situation needed to be addressed. Jimmy Fallon took over Jay Leno’s role on The Tonight Show and, since then, he has been dogged by rumors that he has a drinking problem. Injuries and Reported Binge Drinking There is evidence to support why some people may have grown concerned. Along with the reports (and multiple images shared on Twitter) of him regularly binge drinking and even narrowly escaping a bar brawl in New York City back in 2014, he began to seem a little clumsy. Despite having been in the public eye for years, suddenly, Fallon has become very accident-prone. First, he ended up needing emergency surgery after he, reportedly, tripped on a braided rug in his apartment. He attempted to break his fall by grabbing onto a counter but his wedding ring got snagged and dislocated his finger. The procedure took six hours to complete and he was in the ICU for 10 long days! A couple months later, he chipped his tooth which, he claims, happened while he was trying to open a tube of scar tissue repair gel. Not long after all of that happened, Fallon was honored by Harvard University’s humor magazine, Harvard Lampoon. While attending the festivities in Cambridge, the talk show host was injured yet again. A video posted by a fan on Instagram, shows the funnyman holding a bottle of Jaegermeister as he trips over another attendee.
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John Stamos Discusses DUI Embarrassment, Rehab Experience

John Stamos is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. He’s had a long career while maintaining a reasonably low profile (along with his good looks!). It would be easy to see him flashing his charming smile in a Greek yogurt commercial and forget that he’s a human just like the rest of us but, in a recent interview, his honesty provided a great reminder that fortune and fame does not, necessarily, make life any simpler. During an interview on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show, Stamos shed light on some of the struggles he’s faced over the years, especially recently. He said that he really doesn’t “have anything to hide anymore” because he no longer is drinking or getting high “at all.” While explaining the circumstances that led to a downward spiral, the actor said: "My father passed away and I got divorced ... it sent me sort of down a wrong path." When his mother died in September 2014, he said that it “knocked [him] off" and was "very hard." His pain and grief was exacerbated by the fact that he had been drinking for a long time but had, in the past, been able to curb the problem enough to focus on work. Unfortunately, he lost control last summer and was arrested for driving under the influence. He received three years of probation as a result of the incident. He explained: "I could stop [drinking] on a dime. I could stop. In the times that I went back, it just sort of deteriorated my life, and who I was, and my morals and my values. I lost myself, I lost my sense of discipline, which my dad taught me so well, and I just became someone – more and more I was just dipping into that dark place. It happened more and more and it just got darker and darker. It stunted my growth. Emotionally – maybe I would be married with kids right now."
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Justin Bieber’s Relationship With Mom Has Deteriorated

When Justin Bieber first emerged on the scene, one of the things that was immediately apparent was that he had a very close relationship with his mother, Pattie Mallette. Over the years, however, the Canadian singer’s life has taken some surprising turns and it seems as though that once tight bond is particularly strained. In a recent interview, the 21-year-old got pretty honest about how things have deteriorated over the past two years. He describes their relationship as “pretty non-existing” and puts the burden of that shift on himself. He’s been in a lot of trouble recently and he reacted by pulling away. "I was distant because I was ashamed," he explained. "I never wanted my mom to be disappointed in me and I knew she was. We spent some time not talking, so it takes time to rebuild that trust… She's living in Hawaii now, so it's hard, but getting better. She's an amazing woman and I love her." Mallette wrote the 2012 book, Nowhere But Up, in 2012 to share the story of raising Justin alone after becoming a single mother at 17 years old. Despite always being super supportive of her son, there were signs that things were changing in 2013. Mallette conceded that her son was making “his own decisions” and that him getting multiple tattoos was something that she didn’t necessarily have to like.
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Howard Stern’s Daughter is Not What You’d Think

When Howard Stern first hit the airwaves, none of us had ever heard anything quite like it. Labelled a “shock jock,” his radio show contained content that was more graphic, sexual, and lewd than had ever been broadcast. Still, he attracted enough of a following to earn his own satellite radio channel even if, today, he tones it down enough to appear as a judge on a family television program like America’s Got Talent. Listeners wondered about what the effect of his radio show would be on their children, but I wonder how many thought about how his raunchy style might influence the lives of his own kids. Emily Stern, his 32-year-old daughter, recently shed some light on her personal experience. Her life, it seems could not be any different from her famous father’s public personality. Devout and Modest Almost ten years ago, Emily made the decision to begin practicing Orthodox Judaism. On any given day, it’s not unusual to find her, just blocks away from her dad’s Upper West Side home, reciting a blessing while wearing a modest ankle-length skirt. The Torah-scholar spends her Friday evenings hosting Shabbat dinners at her apartment instead of going out on the town. For now, she is also single and told the New York Post*: “It’s rare I go on dates [now]... my dad’s emphasis on sexuality [in his career] kept me out of the dating ring [when I was younger].”
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