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Generally, when we talk about Demi Lovato here it’s because she blessed the internet with another memorable swimsuit selfie.
But today, we’d like to take a moment to applaud Demi for providing an invaluable service to her legion of adoring fans.
Throughout her career, Lovato’s struggles with addiction and mental health have served as fodder for tabloid headlines, but while some stars might attempt to hide such troubles, Demi has embraced her struggle.
She openly discusses her painful past in hopes of serving as an inspiration to fans who might be struggling.
And now she’s going even further to ensure that young people who are experiencing the same problems she endured are able to receive the help they need.
Appearing on Good Morning America Wednesday, Demi announced that her new tour will feature group therapy sessions and talks from motivational speakers before the music begins.
“It’s basically like a therapy session before the concerts, and we have speakers from all over and we’re also helping out with different charities from around the country,” Lovato said in an interview.
“I actually have bipolar disorder, and I’m very open about that because I think that mental health affects so many people and we need to take the stigma away from it.”
Demi went on to speak about what she feels is her duty to the fans that made her famous:
“I think that it’s important for me to use my voice for more than just singing,” she stated.
“I just know how important it is to use my platform to help others and to share my story in hopes that it inspires people to either get into recovery or better themselves. Whatever it is, I just want people to know they’re not alone and I’m here for them.”
Thousands of fans have already taken to social media to thank Demi in advance for this important gesture.
In March, the singer will celebrate six years of sobriety following a struggle with drugs and alcohol that she says nearly cost her her life.
In the years since she got clean, Demi has become far more than just a singer to her millions of fans.
For many young people, she’s living proof that struggles can be overcome and there’s a light at the end of every tunnel.
Demi’s 2018 US tour kicks off in February.
She’ll play more than 20 shows in the next six weeks, and touch untold thousands of fans.
Josh and Anna Duggar’s marriage is still in deep trouble, according to a new report, as the old wounds from the past have yet to heal.
With a new baby on the way soon, a family insider says that they’re putting on a good front, but the cracks in their foundation are evident.
The Duggar source says that “they have continued to work through their issues in couples counseling,” though it’s been an uphill battle.
While the parents of four (soon to be five) appear outwardly to be “doing okay,” they may be hiding their marital issues from their family.
“If there was a problem, we wouldn’t know about it,” the insider said, adding that this is just what the embattled couple has always done.
“They put on a front.”
The report claims that the two are “trying desperately to salvage their troubled relationship,” which is holding on by a thread at this point.
It’s obvious that the chasm between them was particularly deep, given the extent of what happened. Still, it’s jarring to read this account.
The report of marital strife between Josh and Anna follows rumors of their kids moving to the Duggar compound to live with their grandparents.
That story, while not independently confirmed, coincides with recent talk that essentially, Jana Duggar is raising Josh’s kids … seriously.
Jana, the oldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle, is helping out their first-born child so Josh and Anna can try to save their marriage.
Supposedly. That’s the word on the street in Tontitown, where Anna also hates Austin Forsyth apparently (follow the link on that side note).
Anna famously stood by her husband amid police reports that revealed how he molested five minor females (for sisters) in his youth.
Then he was caught cheating on her.
After the police reports were published in the media – the legality of which is still being questioned by the Duggars – TLC axed their show.
While 19 Kids and Counting was later reborn as Counting On, with a shift in focus to the adult women, Josh has been persona non grata.
The molestation of his sisters, while deeply troubling, might have been forgivable had his family not tried to handle it “in house” for years.
Moreover, he wasn’t held accountable, all while espousing “family values” and self-righteously condemning those with whom he disagreed.
Then, to top it all off, he was busted on the adultery website Ashley Madison, ultimately admitting he was a cheater and a porn addict.
He checked into a Christian rehab center soon after.
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” he said a statement, admitting that he did all this “While espousing faith and family values.”
“I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography … this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”
“I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living.”
“[I’m] grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.”
The couple began marriage counseling when he left treatment in March 2016 “to take important steps toward healing,” they said.
“Since the residential treatment program ended, we have been working with a professional marriage and family counselor.”
“It isn’t easy and some days are very difficult. It is a long road to rebuild trust and a truly healthy relationship,” the couple said.
“We are very thankful for God’s forgiveness, grace and help, as it is our strength and guide to rebuilding our lives.”
“As the future unfolds, we are taking one day at a time and we are grateful for your continued prayers for both of us and our sweet children.”
They announced their fifth pregnancy in March 2017, and Michael, Marcus, Mackynzie and Meredith await their newest sibling any day now.
While his family continues to shun him and TLC won’t show his face on TV (see below), Anna has made her decision to stay.
That doesn’t mean she doesn’t regret it, or wish she had the option of leaving when she truly believes she has no choice in the matter.
As we are all too keenly aware, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have separated. Because love is dead, if it was ever real in the first place.
However, the two of them are reportedly attending couples counseling even though they’re separated.
But … don’t get your hopes up. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re pushing to reconcile.
Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced their separation during the first week of August, shattering hearts and hopes and dreams from countless fans of the couple.
Though we’re sure that there were many factors behind the split, it’s looking more and more like Chris Pratt’s success ruined their marriage.
Isn’t that sad?
When the two of them got married, Chris Pratt had barely dipped his toes into Parks and Recreation, while Anna Faris was the movie star with name recognition.
Chris Pratt scored Guardians of the Galaxy and became an overnight blockbuster star. Then he starred in Jurassic World.
He even starred in that creepy mistake of a film, Passengers.
(Seriously, casting people: have Chris Pratt play someone lovable or what is even the point?)
Apparently, his busy filming schedule and the travel involved didn’t fit with Anna Faris’ plan for their family, and it was tearing the two apart.
We’re sure that there were other factors, but the two have been fairly tight-lipped about it, releasing this statement about why they’re keeping mum:
“Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward.”
And their son, Jack Pratt, born in August of 2012, is what leads us to these two sitting down with a couples counselor.
People reports that Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are in couples counseling, but it’s not an effort to reconcile.
“They are going through couples counseling now, which is what you do when you want to divorce and there are children involved.”
Jack, who is five years old, deserves as much care and attention as they can give him.
To be clear, they’re not planning on ending their separation.
“It won’t likely change the status but it could help with their future coparenting.”
That is so important.
For Jack’s continued stability and happiness, his parents need to be on the same page regarding him and his development.
And we’re sure that they’d rather reach an agreement in counseling than work out custody concerns in court.
Of course, some people wonder if spending this time being honest and working together could make them reconsider.
People‘s insider isn’t prepared to totally rule that out.
“Never say never.”
But … mostly. They’re mostly prepared to rule that out.
“Their work separations have taken a toll, and it is not likely that the marriage can be repaired enough to work right now.”
Now, we don’t know if this means that there was something that one or the other of them cannot forgive, like a cheating incident.
Sometimes people just grow apart — especially if they’re spending time apart.
It sounds like Chris and Anna don’t hate each other, though.
“But there is still love between them.”
That’s definitely a good thing. Sometimes, when a relationship sours, all that’s left is spite.
What seems to have drawn them apart hasn’t changed.
“Chris is in demand now and will continue to be traveling all over the world, keeping them apart.”
He’s in Avengers 3: Infinity War, of course, but that’s certainly not his only project.
“That doesn’t make young marriages fare well.”
In all fairness, Chris Pratt as a movie star isn’t really the dynamic that either Chris or Anna signed up for when the two first tied the knot.
It’s only been eight months since Maci Bookout and Taylor McKinney got married, but it seems the Teen Mom stars’ wedded bliss has already given way to the complexities of life in a blended family under the constant glare of the media magnifying glass.
On last night’s episode of Teen Mom: OG, we learned that Maci and Taylor have entered marriage counseling.
While that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re having serious relationship troubles, many fans have pointed out that there’s ample reason to believe that Maci and Taylor’s home life is less than ideal.
For starters, there’s the revelation that it’s not unusual for Maci and Taylor to engage in drunken fights off camera.
“Obviously, having three kids is catching up to us,” Maci told her friend Keelie in a scene from last night’s installment.
“Eighty-five percent of the time, we’re good to go. The rest of the 15 percent, it’s hell. It’s like all of our stress and emotion and everything … we take it out on each other.”
“When the cameras leave, we’ll drink and freak out. It’s always like, literally, the smallest things.”
Maci didn’t go into specifics about what she meant by “freak out,” but the comment certainly didn’t paint a pretty picture.
Fortunately, she and Taylor followed Keelie’s advice and sought counseling.
Based on the comments she made to her therapist, it sounds like Maci allows the day-to-day pressures of her hectic life to build up , and then vents her frustrations after her tongue’s been loosened by a few Bud Lights:
“All of the little things build up because neither of us ever communicate them,” Bookout told the couple’s counselor.
“Then all of a sudden, we’re mad and we don’t even know why we’re mad.”
“To be honest with you, he could go the rest of our lives and never tell me ‘thank you’ or ‘you’re awesome.’ Just grab my ass every now and then and give me a kiss.”
We’re sure the situation isn’t helped by recent issues involving Maci’s first baby daddy.
Fans learned last week that Ryan Edwards has checked into rehab for unspecified substance abuse issues.
Sources close to Maci say she’d been frequently breaking down in tears out of concern for her ex.
So Ryan, Maci, and Taylor are all far from out of the woods, but the important thing is that they’re seeking the right kind of help, which considerably improves their chances of working through these issues.
And for that, we commend them.
Watch Teen Mom online to relive the rocky road that led Maci to her current situation.
Last night’s Teen Mom OG Season 4 Episode 10 saw Maci Bookout struggling with issues with a man in her life, but not who you think:
Taylor McKinney. Her husband.
If you watch Teen Mom OG online, you know that Maci’s ex, Ryan Edwards, has been the subject of a great deal of scrutiny for months.
Well, it turns out not everything is great at home for Maci either. She and Taylor are understandably struggling with having three kids.
Keeping their marriage healthy with that kind of busy lifestyle is no easy fast, and Maci revealed her drunken fights with Taylor off camera.
She decided to propose they go to marriage counseling with her husband to “fix it before it gets too bad to fix,” and he agreed to this.
“I want to be able to help him understand what I’m feeling without saying it in such an a–hole way,” Maci said at their very first session.
If we learned anything from this, it’s that both of them seem committed to each other and to having a healthier relationship in the future.
On last week’s Teen Mom OG, Maci and Amber (along with Catelynn, but not Farrah) spent time in Puerto Rico on a little girls’ getaway.
Amber really missed Leah, understandably, and was excited to see her daughter this week. Boy did she make up for lost time!
Portwood said they were going to spend the weekend staying up all night and having fun, putting on her makeup like a “baby hooker.”
That’s her quote, and it’s super weird.
Shifting gears before we dwell any longer on that, Amber’s ex Gary Shirley made Amber drop Leah off early to reveal his new house.
According to Amber, this was more of an attack on her than a surprise for Leah, and she made her fiance, Matt Baier, drop Leah off.
Portwood just couldn’t even pretend to be excited for Gary, saying “he’ll do things to spite me sometimes … I could not drop her off.”
Co-parenting is never easy, is it?
Meanwhile, in the great state of Michigan, Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra revealed that have not seen Carly in two years.
Carly, of course, is their first child, who they placed for adoption, and their lock of communication with her adopted parents is difficult.
“I’ll keep asking, though,” Tyler said of trying to reach out and ask to speak to Carly, who lives in another state with her family.
Finally, Farrah Abraham confessed that her most recent ex, Simon Saran, struggled with accepting her late boyfriend Derek Underwood.
Derek, of course, is deceased.
He died while Farrah was pregnant with their daughter, yet he still has a big role in her life, because Farrah keeps his memory alive.
Some have accused Farrah of doing this for the cameras, but there’s no question it’s made an impact on Sophia, and a special one.
Still, to hear Abraham tell it, Simon wasn’t ready to accept this, and Farrah didn’t seem too crushed, instead embracing the single life.
Sophia, she said, “likes to be involved” in the dating scene for her mom, and we’re not even kidding. She apparently screens all applicants.
According to Soph, she didn’t like one guy Farrah found on a dating app because, in the child’s words, he was “not like daddy Derek.”
Most of the news coming out of Buckingham Palace in recent weeks has had to do with the upcoming wedding of Pippa Middleton.
So it’s interesting that just a few days ahead of the highly-publicized nuptials, the tabloid press has shifted its focus to the marriage of Pippa’s much more heavily-scrutinized older sister.
After years of maintaining at least the appearance of quiet domestic contentment, Prince William and Kate Middleton hit their first public rough patch last month following allegations that William cheated on Kate during a rowdy vacation with his mates.
To be fair, most insider accounts claimed that Will stopped short of sleeping with the other woman, but Kate was reportedly less than thrilled by reports that he had been getting very friendly with an eager young blonde.
As with most royal matters, the whole thing was quickly swept under the rug, but that doesn’t mean all is well for Will and Kate.
According to a new report published today by Radar Online, Will and Kate are attending marriage counseling sessions in a desperate effort to repair their badly damaged relationship.
“Of course it was all downplayed, but Kate was horrified and since then Will has been nothing short of a slave trying to make amends,” a source close to the couple tells Radar.
During the past month, Will and Kate have participated in a number of highly-publicized royal engagements, but the insider says that’s all part of an effort to create the illusion that all is well:
“All these publicity stunts and interviews are total deflections from the truth; Kate’s really struggling to forgive him,” the source claims.
“She was humiliated and part of their therapy is for him to make public gestures to repair the damage.”
Of course, the culmination of this public apology tour will be Pippa’s wedding, where Kate and Will will be seated at the head table alongside several other prominent couples.
Interestingly, Prince Harry was always the family’s resident bad boy, but these days he’s reportedly planning to propose to Meghan Markle, and it’s Will who’s out there sowing his wild oats.
Maybe we’ve but judging the Ginger Prince unfairly all these years.
Or maybe Will was really better behaved the whole time and he’s simply in the throes of a premature midlife crisis.
While it’s true that Kim Kardashian-Kanye West divorce rumors have been circulating pretty much since the day the couple got hitched, this time around there’s real reason to believe that Kimye may soon be a thing of the past.
Sources have confirmed that Kim and Kanye lived in separate homes for a brief period following his hospitalization for psychiatric issues.
These days, it appears that the Wests are once again cohabiting, but that doesn’t mean they’re out of the woods just yet.
In fact, it seems that Kim and Kanye are having such a tough time lately that they’ve been undergoing an “extreme” form of couples counseling in a last-ditch effort to save their struggling marriage.
“They’re having twice-weekly sessions, plus a third session on their own, each of which costs $ 1,000 a pop,” a source close to the couple tells Radar Online.
On top of the frequent face-to-face sessions, Kim and Yeezy have reportedly been taking full advantage of their therapist’s 24-hour stand-by services.
“Their on-call therapist is available 24/7, which doesn’t come cheap, but she’s also available via Skype if they’re out of town,” says the insider.
Not surprisingly, that sort of round-the-clock help doesn’t come cheap:
“The help is costing them $ 4,000 a week for the four sessions and another $ 1,000 every time there’s an off-hours query,” the source adds.
Yes, $ 1,000 for a phone call.
At that rate, most folks would hold off unless there was some sort of serious emergency, but this is Kanye we’re talking about.
You know he’s making the call every time Kim forgets to tell him how dope his leather sweat pants are.
The whole situation sounds extreme, but apparently Kim and Kanye’s problems are serious enough to justify this approach.
The insider says Kim nearly reached her breaking point when she was robbed at gunpoint in Paris back in October.
Kanye was reportedly not as supportive as Kim needed him to be, and she was forced to finally come clean about a litany of complaints that she had been keeping to herself.
“They have a lot of issues to work through and Kanye’s in total shock at just how unhappy Kim’s been,” said the source.
“He’s had his head in the clouds.”
Head in the clouds? Kanye?
We simply can’t believe that.
Are we laying on the sarcasm thick enough for you?