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In December, Jax Taylor’s father died following a cancer battle. Cancer is the actual worst, folks.
Months later, on his late father’s birthday, Jax has taken to social media to share his thoughts on his dearly departed dad.
Jax was clearly able to be emotionally honest, because you can tell that he wrote this from the heart.
Jax Taylor’s father, Ronald Cauchi, is gone but not forgotten by his son.
On Tuesday, June 12, Jax posted a tribute to his father on Instagram.
“Happy birthday to my angel in the sky,” Jax writes. “I love you so much dad and I miss you more and more each day.”
Losing a loved one can get easier over time, but … not in just a few months.
“Since you have left you have changed me in so many ways,” Jax writes.
Recent stories about Jax have made it sound like he’s really thinking about what sort of person he wants to be.
Jax then adds: “Thank you for being my father.”
There is no good time to lose a loved one.
“My new goal in life,” Jax announces. “Is to be exactly the man you are to your family.”
He makes it clear that he is not the only one who thinks that his father was a good person.
Jax continues: “Jenny and I are still getting messages from your friends on what an incredible man you are…”
He adds elipses there at the end, showing that he is pausing to find the words. This is an emotional message.
“I am so f–king proud to be your son dad,” Jax writes.
That is so sweet.
His father is going to miss on some major life milestones.
“My only wish is that you could see me and Brittany on our wedding day,” Jax laments.”And meet your grandchildren.”
Jax and Brittany Cartwright are actually engaged. Like we said, it seems like he’s really stepping up.
Jax takes comfort in one thing: “But I know you will be with me in spirit and help guide me the rest of my life.”
That is so heartwarming to read.
“I love you dad…” Jax trails off again.
Even in print, sometimes deep and powerful emotions can be difficult to express.
“Until we see each other again, keep the fireball ready and the redwing game on.”
Jax ends his post on a seemingly alarming note.
“I’ll see you soon,” he writes. “Cheers pop.”
Despite his phrasing, we absolutely do not believe that Jax is expressing the expectation that he will die any time soon.
We think that he instead means that, in comparison to the vastness of eternity, the rest of his long and hopefully happy life will seem relatively short.
This is a sweet and tender message and shows how sensitive Jax can be as a person.
Not only was Jax’s father’s birthday this week, but Father’s Day is coming up right around the corner.
You know that this holiday celebration is going to be emotionally challenging for Jax.
Perhaps even surprisingly so. When you are grieving a loved one for that first year, sometimes you don’t always anticipate which days are going to have the strongest emotional impact.
Father’s Day is not one of the subtle ones. We’re sure that he’ll be with family — including his fiancee Brittany — to see him through the day.
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Kelly Clarkson seemed like an unusual choice at first to host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
She's a singer, after all, not a comedian or even an especially notable performer.
Only a few minutes into her monologue, however, it quickly became clear on Sunday night that Clarkson was the right woman for the job.
Not because Clarkson told jokes and not even because she sang an impressive medley of hits, even though she later did exactly this.
But because the original American Idol is a Texas native and was therefore the ideal celebrity to stand up and talk about last week's tragic school shooting in Santa Fe.
"I’m a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year.
"Once again, y’all, we’re grieving more kids that have died for absolutely no reason at all,” Clarkson said as the MGM Grand venue was lit black at the start of this awards ceremony.
On Friday, 10 people were shot and killed at a high school in Texas, while 13 others were wounded.
“Tonight they wanted me to say that obviously, we want to pray for all the victims and families," Clarkson continued.
"They also wanted me to do a moment of silence and I’m so sick of moments of silence. It’s not working, obviously.”
Instead, therefore, Clarkson chose to be loud when it comes to this topic, not quiet.
"Why don’t we stop moments of silence and do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Change what’s happening, because it’s horrible.
"Mommas and daddies should be able to send their kids to school, to church, to movie theaters, to clubs. You should be able to live your life without that fear."
Clarkson is a mother of four young kids, two to whom she gave birth and two she took under her care upon marrying Brandon Blackstock.
She went on:
"We are failing our children, we’re failing our communities. We’re failing their families. I have four children.
"I can’t imagine getting that phone call or knock on the door. So instead of a moment of silence, I want to respect them and honor them with tonight y’all in your community, where you live, your friends, everybody.
"Let’s have a moment of action, let’s have a moment of change."
Clarkson's speech will no doube engender controversy.
Plenty of viewers out there were probably standing and applauding, while others were probably wishing a music awards ceremony would stick to handing out music awards.
Prior to moving on and joking about how she isn't qualified to host anything, Clarkson concluded:
"I hate talking about it but you have to talk about it or no change is going to happen."
Watch the opening remarks below:
Though some wild rumors are floating around, the claim that Kris Jenner is making Tristan Thompson pay for his cheating has yet to be confirmed.
In public, at least, her words are all about Khloe and how extraordinary she is being on her journey as a new mother.
In the video below, Kris even admits that she gets choked up thinking about it.
When Ellen delicately broaches the subject of Tristan Thompson's cheating scandal.
"Pretty unexpected, but Khloe is amazing."
Though Tristan was caught cheating with multiple women and it all came out the day before Khloe went into labor, Kris deflects to Khloe's strength.
"I’m so proud of that kid. I get choked up because she’s such a good mom."
Judge for yourself whether or not Kris is actually getting choked up in the video below.
"Honestly, I get so emotional."
We're not going to question that (because I admire Kris but also she terrifies me).
Kris talks about her very recent visit to Khloe in Cleveland.
"It was snowing, and she was nestled in in the nursery [with] the baby and she’s just concentrating on that."
Remember last week, when there was still cold weather and people were complaining? Well, now everywhere feels like an oven.
Kris describes Khloe's maternal manner.
"Just being a mom, her baby."
Khloe, of course, is not the only one of Kris' daughters to have welcomed a baby girl this year.
"That’s what her sisters are doing as well."
Kris talks about Khloe's current mood.
"She’s so excited about motherhood."
Kris does, however, reveal that Khloe has encountered a major problem.
She says that Khloe is "trying to get the nursing thing down, which is a little tricky."
Nursing is not as easy as a lot of people make it look. Sometimes, the baby has trouble latching or the mother has trouble lactating. There's a lot involved.
"She’s figuring it out just one day at a time."
But Kris has nothing but good things to say for Khloe's mothering.
"And she’s just the best mom already."
Naturally, Kris is over the moon about her youngest grandchild.
"And that baby is so cute, little True."
Ellen asked if Kris and the others are conspiring to avenge Khloe, but Kris says:
"I think we do what we always do and that’s spring into action with love."
Possible translation: Kris certainly isn't going to talk about her elaborate, Bond-villain level plot to exact justice in public.
"We all hopped on a plane and flew to Cleveland, ‘cause that’s what we know to do."
Some people scatter when there's trouble. The Kardashian clan always rallies.
"I’m there to support my kids no matter what happens."
That's why she's the momager.
"I just do the best I can just like anybody else would for their family."
She points out that her family, in addition to having more resources than most, also just has more people.
"There’s a lot of us."
She then makes a major understatement:
"We all get together and we do things together and we’re a force to be reckoned with."
Kris says that she and her family arrived just in time.
"She gave birth within hours after us arriving, it was crazy."
They knew in advance, so she says that they would have been on their way even if it hadn't been for Tristan's scandal.
"It was very exciting, though, at the same time. It was all simultaneously happening."
Khloe was already in labor while they were on the plane.
"We knew she was going to have the baby within the week. I brought the doctor. I had the doctor on the plane and nurse practitioner."
Yes, they dragged a doctor across the country. That's what it's like when you're rich. Also, can you imagine saying no to Kris Jenner? I can't.
"We were calling from the plane, like, ‘What’s going on?’ They were like, ‘She just got her epidural!’ And we were like, ‘What!’"
But they did make it in time to welcome little True into the world. Adorable.
Here is the video, where Kris says all of this and much more:
Serious and also very sad.
The Vanderpump Rules star and veteran Bravo personality updated her social media fans on Monday with the news that her father has passed away.
“Rest in paradise, my sweet dad. The world seems to be spinning much slower,” the 28-year-old wrote alongside a video shared to Instagram that shows her goofing off with her dad using a rainbow animal filter.
The video also depicts her mom and brother, Easton Burningham.
It’s not clear at the moment just how Kent’s father died.
But Lala was very candid in her caption, revealing to the world just how difficult this loss is to process.
“I’ve never felt so lost. I’ve never felt so sad. My world has crumbled,” she concluded.
Kent, who is somewhat of a controversial figure due to some of her shenanigans on Vanderpump Rules and some of the comments she makes away from the camera, elicited nothing but sympathy for her post.
This has everything to do with the tragic subject matter, of course, but also with how open Kent has been in the past about her bond with her dad.
“I grew up in a very open home,” she explained to Heavy.com in 2015, adding at the time:
“We talked about literally everything – still do, which sometimes my dad is like, ‘OK, I don’t need to know EVERYTHING!’
“My family is extremely close. I don’t have family in Utah except for immediate family so it is kind of like ‘we all we got!'”
Lala also went into detail in this interview about the relationship between her parents and how it has shaped her own views and opinions on love.
“I take marriage seriously,” she told the website.
And this is why:
“My parents have been together for 35 years, through thick and thin. I haven’t ever been married, but I still hold that title sacred.
“Their marriage isn’t something I have any input on. I just hope everything works out and they stick together through all the ups and downs. I love them together.”
That’s so very sweet of a daughter to say, isn’t it?
Those who watch Vanderpump Rules online or who follow Lala’s life closely are aware that she’s dating Randall Emmett.
The romance seems pretty serious, too.
“I see marriage with him,” Lala told Life & Style a little while back.
“I see kids with him. We are absolutely in no rush. He spoils me beyond belief with materialistic things, but it’s beyond that. He takes care of my heart and soul.”
We’re so glad to hear it.
She likely needs him more now than ever before.
We send our thoughts and prayers to Kent and her family.
Carrie Underwood did more than just move fans to tears on Sunday night.
The beloved solo artist moved herself to tears as well.
Donning tear-shaped glitter makeup below her eyes, the former American Idol champion delivered an emotional performance her new single “Cry Pretty” at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
She received a standing ovation at the end of the rendition because it was the first time she took to a stage since a horrific fall back in November.
As Underwood admitted in a subsequent social media post at the time, this fall resulted in over 40 stitches to her face.
The superstar even confessed late last year that she was frightened to show her face again in public.
"When I am ready to get in front of a camera, I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different," Underwood wrote candidly, adding last week that her face is "healing well" and:
"I definitely feel more like myself than I have in a while."
We were very glad to hear this.
And then even more glad to see Underwood back in amazing action at the ACM Awards.
Moments after earning her ovation and fighting back years, the American Idol alum and Keith Urban returned to the stage to accept the award for vocal event of the year for their duet “The Fighter.”
“Thank you for having me,” Underwood told her fellow artist through tears. “I’m still shaking right now. Thank you.”
Underwood donned a sparkly silver-and-black frock and didn’t miss a single beat as she belted out her beautiful power ballad last night.
The lyrics of the track are all about vulnerability and overcoming adversity and they allude to her traumatic injury.
“The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can’t hold them back,” Underwood explained in a letter to fans about the single after she released a recorded version of “Cry Pretty” earlier this week.
“It really speaks to a lot of things that have happened in the past year and I hope when you hear it, you can relate those feelings to those times in your life.
"It’s emotional. It’s real. And it ROCKS!”
YOU rock, Carrie.
Watch clips from the emotional stage return below!
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