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Lauren Swanson: Disturbing Video Prompts Concerns For Josiah Duggar’s Bride

Last week, Josiah Duggar married Lauren Swanson in one of those massive Duggar ceremonies that's attended by pretty much the entire population of Arkansas.

Duggar courtships are always of intense interest to the family's legion of fans, but Josiah and Lauren attracted even more attention than usual for a number of reasons.

The most obvious of which is that this was not Josiah's first courtship.

In an unprecedented turn of events, Josiah broke up with Marjorie Jackson for reasons that remain mysterious.

Adding to the enigmatic nature of Josiah's love life is the fact that very little is known about Marjorie compared to others who have married into the Duggar clan.

It's not that she's been hiding from the public — quite the opposite, in fact.

The Duggars have posted videos in which Lauren introduces herself to fans.

Swanson has been a fixture on Josiah's Instagram page, and we know she'll be appearing on the upcoming season of Counting On.

But many fans think there's something a bit … off about Lauren.

Maybe it's just nerves, or perhaps it's the fact that she seems to be reading her lines from a cue card, but whatever the case, it seems Lauren doesn't give off the "giddy new bride" impression that viewers were expecting.

"Wow! Lauren was super nervous and obviously reading lines…But looked so beautiful!" wrote one YouTube commenter.

"Lauren sounded like she was about to burst into tears," remarked another.

"I guess that's to be expected when you're a teenager and have just been forced into a marriage to a guy you barely know."

"Super awkward; Lauren looks so uncomfortable & I want whatever drugs she is on because she looks stoned," a third fan wrote.

"She pulled away from that kiss quick."

Others suggested that Josiah might be to blame for Lauren's bad case of the nerves.

"He seems like he'd rather be with someone else…. Like Lawson Bates perhaps?" one commenter joked.

Obviously, Lauren's not totallhy comfortable here, but it's really not all that surprising. 

After all, not only did she just become a wife — she also just became a reality star.

Check out the clip below to diagnose the newest Mrs. Duggar for yourself:

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Demi Lovato Fires Manager, Raises Concerns About Sobriety

Demi Lovato may have just given fans yet another cause for concern.

Just a few weeks after the beloved singer admitted to having relapsed, following six-plus years of sobriety, Lovato has gone ahead and taken an unexpected step in her professional life.

According to Radar Online, Lovato just fired her long-time manager, Phil McIntyre, doing so “in the middle of her tour” because, this insider says, “she wanted to go in a different direction and decided to completely severe ties with him.”

This move could be interpreted in multiple ways, of course.

It may be a sign that Demi’s downward spiral is not over yet.

McIntyre has been by Lovato’s side for a lengthy period of time, overseeing a very successful music career, making many wonder why the artist would choose the aforementioned different direction.

Hadn’t her career under McIntyre been headed in a very positive one?

But there’s a flip side to this decision, as well. There’s a more positive way to look at Demi’s move.

She clearly laments having fallen off the wagon and, we sincerely hope, is looking to get right back on it again.

She wants to live a clean life and is “focused on surrounding herself with positivity and accountability,” as the Radar Online source describes it.

Neither Lovato nor McIntyre has acknowledged the rumors of their split, but it comes not long after Lovato also cut ties with her rehabilitation and recovery business, CAST Center.

“They are in a bitter dispute over money and branding,” a source told Radar.

Darn. This makes us feel terrible for Lovato.

It can’t be easy to rebuild one’s personal life when one’s professional life is also a mess.

In June, Lovato released “Sober,” a heartbreaking singler featuring lyrics that seemed to confirm that she had relapsed after six years of sobriety.

“Mama, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore/And Daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor/To the ones who never left me/We’ve been down this road before/ I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore,” she sings on the track.

Heartbreaking, isn’t it?

No one can almost ever say for certain what causes an addict to revert to his or her old and dangerous ways.

But reports indicated that Lovato fell into trouble once again about two months ago.

“She stopped the accountability portion of her recovery,” is how one person explained it, with another going so far as to say Lovato “fell off the rails.”

We also heard late last month that Demi started drinking again, not doing drugs, which is maybe a silver lining.

As Lovato has openly discussed in the past, she was into cocaine and other hard drugs during her teenage years.

We can only sit back now and wish Lovato the best.

We hope she has the proper support system in place and we hope she knows how much we love and admire her.

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Wendy Williams Addresses Health Concerns: My Body Was a “Mess”

Wendy Williams doesn’t want your sympathy.

But she does want your attention.

The controversial talk show announced on February 21 that she would be taking a three-week leave of absence due to a diagnosis of Graves Disease.

This is an autoimmune disease that leads to a generalized overactivity of the thyroid gland and is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States.

It’s a pretty serious illness.

We aren’t very big fans of Williams because he entire career is predicated on tossing out one uneducated and cruel hot take after another…

… but we don’t wish any physical hard on her or anything.

We were glad to hear on Good Morning America today that she’s set to return to the air and is feeling better these days.

Being able to recuperate for those three weeks was the “best prescription ever,” Williams explained to Amy Roach, admitting that were “levels were way off” before this break and she could feel it.

This doesn’t mean Williams was thrilled to learn she had to take almost a month off of work, however.

“I cried and then I laughed,” she recalled of being informed of this news. “[I told the doctor,] ‘Are you out of your mind? It’s sweeps.'”

She quickly learned, though, that she was “very deficient of vitamin D,” the worst her physicians had even seen in fact, and really had no choice in the matter.

“There’s was just a mess going on inside my body,” she explained.

Armed with a renewed focus on her health, Williams also says she has learned some valuable lessons from this ordeal; both for her gender and for herself, personally:

“We, as women, particularly if we have families, you know, we’re taking care of children, we’re taking care of our home, our husbands, we take care of everybody but ourselves.

“I’m not doing that anymore, Amy. Wendy first!”

And despite appearing on national television to discuss her disease, Williams does NOT want anyone feeling sorry for her.

Not at all.

Not even a little bit.

“When I see you in the streets, the grocery store, don’t ask me with the woo-woo-woo and the the puppy eyes,” she said, making it clear she’s not here to host any pity parties and adding:

“Then I’m going to snap.”

Jerry O’Connell has been filling in as a guest host on Wendy’s absence, but Williams admits she’s only tuned him to see him in action on two occasions.

She says it was simply too painful because she wanted to be the one in the purple chair so badly.

“Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else,” a rep for the show said via statement last month, adding:

“Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ disease for many years in addition to hyperthyroidism.

“Yesterday, Wendy’s doctor prescribed a necessary three weeks of rest to get her levels and medication in sync.”

Now that time is over, however, and Williams can go back to saying really dumb and mean things.

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Larry Nassar Begs Judge to Stop Witness Statements, ‘Mental Health’ Concerns

Scumbag convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar wrote a letter to the court begging to end the witness statements … saying the terrible stories of sexual assault are damaging his mental health.  Don’t worry … the judge shot his pathetic ass…

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Joanna Gaines Ultrasound Raises Serious Concerns; Is Her Baby in Trouble?

Just a few days after Chip and Joanna Gaines announced to the world that they’re expecting their fifth child, medical experts say the couple may have cause for serious concern when it comes to the baby.

This concern centers around an ultrasound photo Joanna shared on Tuesday of her unborn baby.

On January 2, Chip confirmed the exciting news of a fifth bundle of joy on the way for him and his wife, as the Fixer Upper star shared an adorable picture (below) and wrote as a caption:

“Gaines party of 7.. (If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT) @joannagaines.”

The HGTV stars are parents to four children: Drake, 12, Ella, 11, Duke, 9, and Emmie Kay, 7.

They’ll feature the kids occasionally on their wildly popular home renovation show, but only in snippets; only to show everyone gathered at home for some ice cream or something.

At various times last year, Chip made comments that hinted he and Joanna were trying (or thinking about trying) for another boy or girl.

As a follow-up to her husband’s cute news-breaking photo and message, Joanna posted a picture of her ultrasound, writing along with it:

“Chip swears he can already tell it’s a boy. Look at the little heartbeat!!”

Sadly, however, many Internet users are focused on something else.

According to TMZ sources and others in the medical community, it looks very much as if there’s excess fluid around the fetus.

This has many wondering if the baby has a condition known as hydrops fetalis, which can be fatal.

You can take a close look at the ultrasound below:

It’s important to note here that this one ultrasound image is not conclusive.

There are other angles and other photos an expert would need to study in order to determine whether extra fluid is in additional cavities such as the heart, lungs or abdomen.

So states a radiologist from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to TMZ.

Chip and Joanna announced in October that they were ending Fixer Upper after five seasons.

“While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with,” they said at the time, adding:

“Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen.”

Cynics questioned whether this decision was simply a contract negotiating ploy, but Chip and Joanna remained adamant that they simply needed a break.

And they cited their family as the main reason why.

“This has nothing to do with a fraudulent skincare line or anything else you’ll inevitably read,” they continued.

“This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment.

“Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses.”

We don’t know how far along Joanna is, so it’s possible she was already pregnant at the time of this announcement.

All we can say now, meanwhile, is that we’ll keep the couple in our thoughts and we will wish them all the best.

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Matt Roloff Christmas Photo Sparks New Drinking Concerns

Matt Roloff can't exactly catch a break these days.

The Little People, Big World star appears to get dragged online for almost any reason, even when he shares a seemingly innocent photo of himself.

Case in point?

The picture below of Roloff in a funny hat at the supermarket.

After taking a glance at it, many followers wondered whether an intervention was needed for Matt's alleged drinking problem.

We wish we were kidding, but scroll down…

1. "Getting in the full Christmas spirit."

Matt roloff loves christmas
That’s what Matt wrote as a caption to this photo. Pretty simple, right? Pretty funny, no? Those would be our only reactions to the image.

2. However…

Matt roloff drinks
… not everyone saw it our way. They took one quick look at Roloff in a festive mood and their mind went someplace else; specifically, to what caused him to be in this sort of mood.

3. Case in Point:

Case in point
This one person clearly thought alcohol played a role in Matt’s mood, and he or she seemed pretty judgmental about it in writing these two words.

4. Did He Fall Off the Wagon?

Did he fall off the wagon
This is what some are wondering. No, Matt is not an alcoholic. Yes, however, he has one unfortunate mark on his record that have made some think he has a drinking problem.

5. The Arrest

The arrest
In July of 2007, Roloff was arrested for drunk driving. Cops pulled him over after they spotted his vehicle swerving between lanes. Authorities reported Roloff allegedly failed the field sobriety test. He was taken to the Washington County jail where he was cited for a DUI.

6. This Was His Second Offense

Matt roloff as santa
In 2003, Matt was convicted of drunken driving in Multnomah County, court records prove. The charge was dismissed a year later after he successfully completed an alcohol diversion program.

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