Dolores O’Riordan: Mourned by “Devastated” Bandmates

The sudden passing of Dolores O’Riordan continues to reverberate around the music world.

As previously reported, the lead singer of veteran rock band The Cranberries died suddenly on Monday at the young age of 46.

The cause of death remains a mystery, but a few new details have emerged regarding this unfortunate piece of news.

According to O’Riordan’s longtime friend and Eleven Seven International Managing Director Dan Waite, per People Magazine, the Irish artist had left a voicemail on his phone mere hours before she died.

There was no signs of any kind at the time that the end was near.

“Dolores left me a voice message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves’ version of Zombie,” said Waite of O’Riordan’s remix of The Cranberries’ 1994 hit track with the hard rock band, Bad Wolves.

He added:

“She was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals.”

The singer was scheduled for a recording session on the day of her death.

Concluded Waite to People:

“She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week.

“The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children, and her mother.”

During O’Riordan’s run as the lead singer of this group, The Cranberries were responsible for eight top-20 hits, foremost among them “Linger,” “Zombie,” and “Dreams.”

Tweeted former co-musicians Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler upon learning of her death:

“We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores.

“She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries.

“The world has lost a true artist today.”

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O’Riordan’s publicist, meanwhile, confirmed her passing in a statement to earlier in the day.

The statement reads as follows:

“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old.

“The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session.

“No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

The band had canceled a number of tour dates last July due to ongoing back problems for O’Riordan, but she recently assured fans she was feeling much better.

In the wake of this news, sales of The Cranberries’ album “Something Else” surged 913,350% on Amazon.

Records by the group also dominated the Top 10 list of iTunes at the moment.

It can at least be comforting to know that music fans are realizing just what kind of special artist O’Riordan was, although the circumstances could not be any sadder.

Eleven Seven Music CEO Allen Kovac, who previously managed The Cranberries, also released a statement.

“From the very first time I met Dolores, I knew she was a great talent. Managing the Cranberries and being part of making ‘Zombie’ one of the biggest records of its time was a great professional honor,” he said, concluding: 

“So when Dan Waite called me suggesting a collaboration with Dolores and Bad Wolves’ on Zombie, I was excited to once again be a part of the magic she was able to create.

“My heart goes out to her children, I hope they can find some peace despite this tragic event.”

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Josiah Duggar: Courting Lauren Swanson!

Another Duggar is headed for the altar!

Sources close to the family have confirmed that Josiah Duggar is courting Lauren Swanson, a longtime family friend.

The Duggars have yet to officially announce the courtship, but insiders say there’s no mistaking the fact that Josiah and Lauren are an item.

Swanson joined the Duggars on their current trip to Australia, which is already an indication that she’s more than just a family friend.

Further driving the point home is the fact that Lauren is being treated like a guest of honor, joining the Duggars on stage for their public appearances, and conspicuously being seated next to Josiah.

Witnesses say Lauren is already greeting fans and signing autographs as though she’s one of the family.

While Duggar courtship rumors are certainly nothing new, Josiah’s situation is unique from those of his siblings.

Josiah courted Marjorie Jackson in 2015, and the two of them called it quits not long after announcing their relationship.

That makes him the only member of his immediate family to be involved in an unsuccessful courtship.

The cause of Josiah and Marjorie’s split remains a mystery, and some Duggar fans continue to obsess over what exactly went wrong.

“Marjorie and I had a good time together,” Josiah revealed to People magazine in 2016.

“We were just trying to follow God’s lead on everything. She didn’t feel that it was the right timing then, so we called it quits for a bit.”

The relationship ended abruptly, and seemingly not on good terms.

The family never announced the breakup, and Duggar fans simply pieced it together when Josiah deleted all photos of Marjorie from his Instagram page.

At one point, it was rumored that Marjorie was planning to write a tell-all exposing some of the Duggars’ darkest secrets, but the book never materialized.

Little is known about Lauren, but it’s assumed that, like Marjorie, she’s a particularly pious member of the Duggars’ congregation.

Those who know the Duggars best say they expect a formal courtship announcement will be made upon the family’s return to the States.

In the meantime, watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most famous family.

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Siesta Key Season 1 Episode 11 Recap: Much Ado About Juliette

Changes were afoot on Siesta Keys Season 1 Episode 11 as it became apparent that no relationship was safe in Siesta Key. 

Juliette Porter got to narrate the first episode back, and it was like she made it her mission to send shots at Kelsey Owens. 

The two women were still at war. Kelsey getting too close to Alex paved the way for the demise of her relationship with Garrett. 

That’s part of the reason why Juliette was happy. She got to get back at both Kelsey and Alex, and it was clear she loved to manipulate a situation. 

When the episode kicked off, Juliette seemed ecstatic because she was still with Garrett, but things got awkward when she had to be in the same room as Kelsey. 

Juliette continued her mean girl narration, but Kelsey and Garrett met at the bar to have it out over what happened in the past. 

Garrett was quick to point out that Kelsey was blinded by the money Alex has and that’s apparently why she was willing to risk the relationship. 

Kelsey complained that Garrett made her miss her Uber, so he said he would give her a ride home. The thing is, he did not take her to her home. 

Instead, he took her to his house and Kelsey spent the night. Kelsey was doing damage control the next morning by telling new roommate, Madisson that she did not have sex with Garrett. 

Garrett kept the news on the down low because he seemed scared in case Juliette iced him out, so he lied to her and said he was working on meal plans that night. 

If you watch Siesta Key online, you will already know secrets don’t remain buried deep in the keys. Chloe informed Kelsey that she knew the truth because she stalked her on Snapchat. 

It turns out, you cannot hide anything from your friends these days thanks to the use of social media. Chloe admitted that Juliette needed to know the truth. 

At the next party, Chloe dished the goods to Juliette, and she was pissed. Juliette went looking for Garrett to hear it from him, but he was too busy hanging around with Kelsey. 

The pair admitted to Juliette but maintained that Kelsey slept on the couch. Kelsey went back to the party while Juliette compared Garrett to Alex and said that he was not the kind guy he wanted everyone to think he was. 

Juliette left and shoved into Kelsey on the way out, before getting an Uber home. The teaser for the next episode showed the two girls embroiled in their biggest bust-up yet, so we’ll be sure to have the popcorn at the ready. 

Elsewhere, new girl Canvas got a job at the bar and wasted no time in getting up close and personal with Brandon. The chick was using the cameras to create a narrative of her own. 

She apparently did not care Brandon was in a relationship with Madisson. She kept saying they did not act like they were in a relationship, so there was something wrong. 

It all came to a head at the close of the episode when Canvas started touching Brandon in full view of everyone. Instead of smacking Canvas around, Madisson complained that she was paranoid. 

Thankfully, Tarik was on hand and pulled Canvas aside. She reiterated that she did not care about a relationship and that she would do what she wanted because she can.

It was bizarre, and Brandon is a d-bag for not pushing Canvas aside.

Yes, it seems all the relationships are going to be destroyed during these final episodes of Siesta Key Season 1. 

Finally, Alex was relegated two a mere two scenes, and it’s probably down to the controversy he was involved with before the series debuted last summer. 

We found out that he had a broken jaw, and then witnessed him making a move to law school. 

The show appears to be distancing itself from him, and maybe it’s for the best. 

What did you think of the premiere?

Siesta Key continues Mondays on MTV!

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Meghan Markle Will “Taint” Royal Family with Her “Black Seed,” Horrible Girlfriend of British Politician Warns

As it turns out, not everyone loves Meghan Markle.

As it also turns out, not everyone is tolerant of people who are not Caucasian.

A pretty major flap has arisen in Great Britain after The Daily Mail obtained text messages from a woman named Jo Marney.

She is (or was, keep reading…) the girlfriend of a British politician named Henry Bolton and she GOES OFF on Markle in these explicit messages, writing the kinds of things one would expect to only hear from Donald Trump.

(Just kidding. Sort of.)

An ex-model, Marney refers to Markle in these texts as Prince Harry’s “black American fiancee,” adding that she will “taint” the Royal Family with “her seed.”

No, seriously. She wrote all that.

She also said Markle will pave the way for a “black king” to rule the nation.

It’s unclear to whom Marney is texting, but when she gets called out for being awful and racist, she responds as follows:

“lol so what. Not wanting other races and cultures to invade your own culture doesn’t mean I hate their race. Just means I don’t want their cultures invading mine.”

It’s a fine line, apparently.

(Marney also says that she would never have sex with “a negro” because they are “ugly,” but, hey, she doesn’t have any issues with that race, okay?!?)

Bolton, meanwhile, is a 54-year old leader in The UK Independence Party who some citizens wanted to resign even before this new scandal hit…because he left his wife and two kids for the 25-year old Marney.

He has broken up with his girlfriend in the wake of this public flap, but he may still be ousted by the party’s ruling National Executive Committee on Thursday.

If this happens, it would leave the party having to elect its fifth leader in just over a year and a half.

Here is a photo of the controversial former couple:

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In a statement to The Mail, Marney apologized and claimed her comments had been taken out of context, which is pretty hilarious.

This is what she wrote for her mea culpa:

“No offense was intended and, again, I apologize unreservedly for any such offense or hurt that my messages have caused to members of the public, members of Ukip, my friends, family and loved ones.”

Markle’s father is white and her mother is African-American.

Sadly, she has faced a great deal of harassment concerning her mixed heritage ever since entering the spotlight as Harry’s girlfriend.

In November of 2016, the Internet trolls grew so loud in their racism that Prince Harry instructed Kensington Palace to issue a strongly worded statement in regards to a “wave of abuse and harassment.”

“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with [Prince Harry] that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” this statement read, adding:

“He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game.’ He strongly disagrees.

“This is not a game – it is her life and his.”

In their first joint interview as an engaged couple, Markle and Harry addressed this topic.

They remained level-headed about it and are refusing to let horrible people such as Marney influence their happiness in any way, shape or form.

“At the end of the day I am proud of who I am and where I have come from and we have never put any focus on that, we have just focused on who we are as a couple,” said the actress at the time.

Good for her.

And very bad for Marney. Very, very, very, very bad.

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The Bachelor Recap: Wrestling For Roses

If The Bachelor spoilers have taught us anything, it’s that every season has a hero, a villain and some absolutely shocking twists.

Okay, maybe they’re not all that shocking, but they’re head-turning enough to be dubbed the FIRST IN BACHELOR HISTORY. 

This week didn’t offer too many jaw-droppers, though it did get us one week closer to finding out who wins The Bachelor 2018.

The first group date on this third episode of the season was brought to you by the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or GLOW.

Naturally, the reality show spun this into its own acronymed offshoot entitled GLOB, or the Gorgeous Ladies of The Bachelor. 

Grab some Advil, as the eye-rolling may be so persistent and extreme that it actually gives you a minor headache after awhile.

Maquel, Jacqueline, Lauren B., Tia, Marikh, Bekah M., Bibiana and Krystal were coached by veterans of the original GLOW.

After plenty of tough love from the coaches and a few tears, the women got in the ring and channeled their pro wrestling alter egos.

It was actually somewhat entertaining at times, but the levity was short-lived after the group date when Krystal “stole” Arie. 

Yes, she pulled that s–t again.

Bibiana tried to tell him about the drama with Krystal, but he was unmoved, and at the end of the date, Bekah M. got the rose.

Lauren S. got the one-on-one date this week (there was only one of them) and spent it at a Napa Valley winery with Arie.

Sounds awesome, but it wasn’t. The date was one of the most awkward on the show in some time, and she left with no rose.

Lauren S.’s departure was a topic of discussion back at the house, and naturally Krystal made more enemies taking about it.

The next group date featured more trauma for Annaliese, who moved from last week’s “bumper car trauma” to a fear of dogs.

Oh yes, the group date – in which the girls and Arie got to partake in dog-show tricks with a group of pups – was scary for her.

Fortunately, Annaliese overcame her rough experience with a dog in her childhood and was determined to kiss Arie at the end.

Not that he seemed interested, but whatever. At least she hung tough while Chelsea received the coveted group date rose.

At the cocktail party, Bibiana and Annaliese were getting increasingly antsy to get a rose or a kiss or an acknowledgement from Arie.

They came up empty on all fronts.

Annaliese finally caught up to Arie and mentioned how many other girls had kissed him. His response to that obvious invite?

“I just don’t think we’re there yet.” 

Ouch. Annaliese’s feelings were hurt, and he followed that up by sending her home on the spot when she wanted answers.

At the rose ceremony, Arie sent Bibiana packing, rounding out the night with three eliminations on this leg of the journey.

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Teen Mom OG Recap: Oh, Yeah, Baby, Yeah!

Monday night on Teen Mom OG Season 5 Episode 8, Farrah got into a nasty argument with her mom … what else is new, right?

Meanwhile, Amber found out she was expecting, and Ryan and Mackenzie celebrated a joint bachelor and bachelorette party.

There’s no need to tease that someone is pregnant on Teen Mom: OG, because in this day and age, you already know who it is.

Still, there’s always more to the story that you don’t know, and for Amber Portwood and Andrew Glennon, timing was everything.

On the couple’s Hawaiian vacation, she ended up getting sick right away, immediately and then continuously feeling nauseous.

You know what that means!

Despite the exciting pregnancy test reveal (see video above), it wasn’t all sunshine last night, thanks largely to Andrew’s past.

Amber’s ex, Gary Shirley, started reading things in the news about him, and discussed Amber’s battle with depression issues.

He ultimately relayed this to his wife, Kristina Anderson, saying that as always, it’s all about Leah, his daughter with Amber.

Kristina revealed that the couple told Leah that Amber hadn’t been coming around as much because she was too depressed.

That’s fair if true.

However, Leah later asked Kristina: “If she was too depressed to see me, she wasn’t too depressed to find a new man?”

Meanwhile, Catelynn Lowell decided to get her birth control device out but wanted to keep that a secret from Tyler Baltierra.

Right away, that’s a recipe for disaster.

By the time she turns 30, she hoped to be done having children, she told her mom, and now that she’s 26, the clock’s ticking.

Cate was told by her doctor she needs to drop 15-20 pounds to get healthy, however, plus quit smoking (Tyler already has).

In the world of Farrah Abraham, she decided to take her mother and her father on a family vacation, a very nice sentiment.

At least it was, except for the fact that she neglected to tell her mom that her dad and his girlfriend would also be on hand.

Naturally, the moment Debra showed up and ran into Farrah, Sophia, Michael and his girlfriend, Amy, was beyond awkward.

Nevertheless, they somehow persevered through that and were having a cordial time with one another. Shocking, we know.

Later, though, Debra brought up Farrah’s ex-lover Simon Saran in front of Sophia, and Farrah proceded to flip her actual s–t.

As soon as Sophia was out of earshot, Farrah called Debra “an evil bitch” and said she didn’t want to speak to her anymore.

At least Soph wasn’t there for that?

Last but not least, Mackenzie Standifier and Ryan Edwards jetted off to Las Vegas for their bachelor and bachelorette parties.

There, Standifer broke down talking about her bizarre parking lot wedding to Ryan last spring where only his parents came.

Those were dark times, indeed.

Mackenzie added that at one point, she didn’t even know if he’d be alive, so thinking about a future with him seemed bleak.

Ryan, for his part, confided that he’s not sure if he’s ready for another child … making reports of them trying for a baby feel troubling.

Standifer mentioned that she invited his ex, Maci Bookout, and her husband, Taylor McKinney, to the wedding. But did she?

The invite came to “Maci Bookout” and Bentley … as in her maiden name, and without Taylor’s name appearing anywhere.

Bookout planned to bring him anyway, so we’ll see when we watch Teen Mom OG online next week if that caused any drama.

Feels like a good bet.

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Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 14 Episode 14 Recap: Bun in the Oven

It’s the reveal we’ve been waiting months for, and on Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 14 Episode 14, Khloe Kardashian finally revealed the news to her family. 

While Khloe may currently be six months pregnant, the episode was recorded back when she was just six weeks pregnant. 

When the episode got underway, Khloe dished the good news to her assistant, Alexa Okyle. 

“I’m pregnant,” Khloe revealed emotionally, and you could tell she was excited, but cautious about the news. 

The Revenge Body host then went into detail about the moment Tristan was told the good news via Facetime.

“He was like, ‘Wait are you kidding or serious?’” she recalled. 

Instead of going guns blazing to tell all to her family, Khloe opted to hold off the news until an upcoming family barbecue. That meant just Khloe, Tristan, Alexa and some production members were in the know about it. 

Later, Kourtney Kardashian grew concerned over Khloe’s diet regime because Khloe had gained some weight. 

“You’ve gained a few pounds,” Kourtney said. “Have you amped up the eating since Tristan’s been back?”

Luckily, Khloe revealed all to her family shortly after. At the barbecue, Khloe cradled niece Dream Kardashian as she plucked up the courage to tell everyone. 

“We’re so lucky and blessed to have everyone here … we’re having a baby,” she said in a real tearjerker of a scene. 

It was evident Kris Jenner was ecstatic by the news, and it was almost like she breathed a huge sigh of relief when she got the news.

Either that or she realized she could make the family a whole lot of money from a dual pregnancy. 

“I always thought that Khloe would may be one of those women who never had kids,” Kris confirmed to the cameras. 

The topic of conversation quickly turned to the due date, and Khloe confirmed, “I’ll be six weeks on Tuesday.” 

Given that the show is far behind on the pregnancy news, we may need to wait a long time to see the offspring on KUWTK. 

Kylie Jenner did not grace her family with her presence at the event, so she was told the news via Facetime. Kylie seemed overjoyed but continued to remain coy about her own pregnancy. 

Seriously, what’s the holdup, Kylie? 

Maybe we’ll get another two-night event to confirm the 20-year-old has a bun in the oven. Either that or she’ll use it to plug Life of Kylie because that show did not exactly kill it in the ratings. 

The other big shocker from the episode did not involve any pregnancy news. It was all about Kim Kardashian. 

The 37-year-old confirmed that her glam squad would continue to work even she was in a coma. The reason? 

Kardashian had glam squad requests in her will. Yes, it makes sense that Kim would want to continue to look good when she has no control over her body. 

Aside from those two developments, the producers could have easily added five minutes on to Sunday’s episode with all of the details. 

What did you think of the reveal?

Hit the comments below!

Keeping Up with the Kardashians continues Sunday on E!

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Kylie Jenner: Pregnancy Complicated to Come?

Kylie Jenner is a still an expecting mother.

Despite recent rumors to the contrary, the reality star did NOT give birth over the weekend.

Why did this chatter even make the social media rounds?

Why was there talk that Jenner completed labor already and is resting comfortably with her newborn?

Because, insiders tell Radar Online, the 20-year old did see her doctor.

And, yes, the visit was related to her pregnancy… and not simply a regular check-up, either.

“She is due in late February or early March and she is having some minor complications right now that may force her to deliver the baby C-section,” claims a Radar source, adding a bit ominously:

“It is nothing too alarming; her docs think that it would be the best option for the delivery.”

A c-section is the short-hand name for a procedure known as a “cesarean section.”

This is when a woman delivers a baby through a surgical incision in her abdomen and uterus – and, yes, it is very common.

There’s typically a couple week recovery time afterward, however, during which time the mother is very sore and has difficulty doing everyday tasks such as walking or holding her baby.

It’s a common surgery, but it’s still a real surgery.

Most women would prefer to avoid it.

We have no idea what Kylie’s medical condition may be, but it’s well known at this point that half-sister Kim Kardashian experienced two very challenging pregnancies.

She has something called placenta accreta, placenta increta or placenta percreta.

This is means the placenta’s blood vessels attach too deeply to the uterus’ wall; the condition can lead to complications such as blood loss and the inability to conceive again.

Kim did give birth vaginally to both North and Saint West.

But doctors advised against her trying for a third child, which is why she and Kanye West are instead set to welcome a new son or daughter via surrogate.

Kylie, meanwhile, still has not said a word about being pregnant.

Neither has baby daddy and semi-long-term boyfriend Travis Scott.

As a result, we cannot verify this report or, to be honest, anything related to Kylie’s expecting state.

This is where we’d typically make some sort of joke at Jenner’s expense, but the timing just feels off.

If this story is true, and there really may be complications ahead, we simply feel badly for her and wish Jenner the best.

If she’s hiding her baby bump because she’s sad and ashamed, then we say the same thing.

A new life is about to be brought into the world and that’s an awesome responsibility.

This isn’t a time for jokes or mockery, just for the very best of wishes.

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