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In the weeks since Demi Lovato suffered an overdose that nearly claimed her life, the outpouring of support and concern from fans has been constant.
Millions were relieved by reports that Lovato had checked into rehab earlier this week after spending several days at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Now, however, the latest update from Demi’s inner circle has led to a new round of fears for the beloved singer’s health.
According to Radar Online, Lovato checked out of rehab earlier this week after just five days of treatment.
Sources close to Lovato say she’s currently in Chicago with her mother.
Fortunately, the unexpected trip is not Demi’s way of avoiding the rigors of recovery — quite the opposite, in fact.
Lovato is in Illinois to visit Timberline Knolls, the facility where she sought treatment when she first decided to get sober back in 2012.
“Demi and her mom flew to Chicago together, where she is meeting with a team of doctors that were very influential to her in early recovery,” a source close to the situation tells Radar.
The insider adds that Lovato “trusts the team of doctors at the facility with her life.”
Even though it was at Timberline where Demi got sober for the first time, she was apparently reluctant to return to the facility due to feelings of shame regarding her relapse.
“The team at Timberline reached out to Demi to try and convince her to get treatment there after her overdose, but she was too ashamed and embarrassed to go there because of their long history,” says the source.
“After a lot of consideration, Demi and her mom wanted to talk to them because they wanted to see what they recommend for her treatment.”
Despite her closeness with the staff at Timberline, Demi is reportedly planning to return to Arizona this week where she has already begun treatment.
In other news, Lovato has canceled her remaining tour dates and plans to spend the next several months focusing on her recovery.
We wish her all the best as she navigates the hard road ahead.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are, objectively, two of the best looking people on the planet.
It is therefore ironic that their divorce proceedings have taken a turn for the very very ugly.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jolie raised the stakes in her legal battle against Pitt by filing court documents that accused the actor of basically stiffing her out of child support payments.
Despite the stars not even having a formal financial arrangement in regard to their six children, an attorney for Jolie said in a two-page brief that Pitt “has paid no meaningful child support since separation.”
She added that her famous client intends to file for the “establishment of a retroactive child support order.”
This is a pretty damning accusation, as it managed to paint Pitt as both a bad father and as a cheapskate.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that Pitt has now fired back.
On Wednesday, Pitt detailed (through his own set of legal papers) how he lent Jolie approximately $ 8 million to help her purchase her current house.
He also says he paid more than $ 1.3 million in bills for the benefit of her and their kids: Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
In full, Pitt’s response reads as follows:
“There is no need for a Case Management Conference to schedule a hearing or filing deadlines regarding child support.
“[Pitt] adamantly disputes the contention that he has not paid significant child support.
“[Pitt] has previously loaned [Jolie] $ 8 million to assist her in purchasing her current residence and has paid over $ 1.3 million in bills for the benefit of [Jolie] and the minor children.”
Aside from this rundown, however, Pitt’s attorney also said Jolie’s filing is “unnecessary, omits material information and is a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage.”
Like we said, things have turned very ugly.
And also very personal.
Jolie alleges to have proof that Pitt is an unfit father, but we have yet to see it.
Some have argued for some time now that Jolie is simply trying to make her estranged husband look as terrible as possible in order to win full custody of her kids.
This allegation goes way back to when Pitt was investigated by the FBI for an alleged altercation between himself and his teenage son Maddox right around the time the stars separated in September 2016.
The actor was never found to have acted illegally or inappropriate, not in any official manner.
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt nearly two years ago, citing irreconcilable differences.
The split seemed relatively calm and amicable for awhile, most notably just this past June when Jolie and Pitt reached a new temporary custody agreement.
It laid out all of the dates during the summer that the actor will have custody of the six kids.
A spokesperson for the actress released a statement shortly afterward which aimed to dispel the notion that Jolie was trying to paint Pitt with a negative brush in the press.
“From the start, Angelina has been focused only on [the kids’] health and needs, which is why it was so important that this last court hearing be conducted privately,” this statement, in regard to leaks, read.
“It’s deplorable that someone, for their own selfish reasons, leaked selective portions of the confidential and sealed court record to create an inaccurate and unfair picture of what is really happening.”
We’re not even trying to take sides here.
We just think it’s very depressing that it has come to this for the couple formerly known as Brangelina, don’t you?
If you spent any time on Facebook or Twitter yesterday, then you might have encountered reports of the passing of actor Michael J. Fox.
The rumor was so pervasive that Fox’s name quickly became a worldwide trending topic.
Fortunately, fans can breathe easy, as Fox is not dead, but is instead the latest victim of an obnoxious celebrity death hoax.
Reps for Fox have confirmed that the 57-year-old actor is alive and well, and was just as confused about the apparent prank as anyone else.
Usually, the origin of such nonsense remains mysterious, but this time it looks as though the culprit has been identified.
According to the internet’s sharpest sleuths, news of Fox’s passing originated on a website that was designed to trick users into thinking they had visited Yahoo! News.
A report at the top of the site’s homepage reads as follows:
“On August 2, Michael J. Fox arrived at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was self-admitted with complications attributed to Parkinson’s Disease. According to Chief Coroner Jonathan Lucas M.D., Fox had developed pneumonia, a common problem occurring in Parkinson’s sufferers in the later stages of the disease.”
“Tragically, Fox died at 11:24 this morning. Doctors confirmed Fox passed away peacefully and was surrounded by friends and family.”
While it’s true that Fox has been battling Parkinson’s Disease for much of his life, the rest of the report is a complete fabrication.
It seems that the hoax spread further and faster than most due to the fact that Fox has been silent on social media in recent weeks.
The photo above, which Fox tweeted on June 1 in support of gun violence victims, constitutes his most recent social media activity.
“It’s made me stronger,” Fox once said of his diagnosis.
“A million times wiser. And more compassionate, I’ve realized I’m vulnerable, that no matter how many awards I’m given or how big my bank account is, I can be messed with like that.
“The end of the story is you die. We all die. So, accepting that, the issue becomes one of quality of life.”
Hopefully, Fox’s story won’t come to an end for many years.
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Back in May, Mackenzie Standifer disappeared from social media.
Her reasons were obvious, of course.
Standifer's husband, Ryan Edwards, has been involved in just about every sort of scandal imaginable in the past few months.
The downward spiral began when Edwards got arrested several months ago, and it's continued in shocking fashion ever since.
At a certain point, Mackenzie probably got sick of dealing with a new controversy every time she logged in.
Fans are happy to see Standifer back on Instagram — but they still have a lot of questions about her absence.
1. Before the Fall
2. A Rocky Start
3. Turning It Around?
4. Worse By the Day
5. Bad Timing
6. The Long Goodbye
Anna Duggar is starting to really take to this whole social media thing.
The beleaguered former reality star had been silent on Instagram between May 1 and July 5.
She had been similarly quiet on Twitter during this same time period, only re-sending a few messages from her family’s official account for over two months.
Not that we could blame her, of course.
Not that anyone could really blame her.
The 30-year old is trapped in a marriage to an ADMITTED child molester and an ADMITTED adulterer.
Josh Duggar has owned up to the fact that he inappropriately touched two of his sisters back when he was a teenager and also to having cheated on Anna via the infidelity website Ashley Madison.
It’s very ugly stuff all around.
So anyway. Our point is that we totally understand why Anna would stay as far away from the spotlight as possible.
For whatever reason, however, she has chosen to emerge a bit from her social media cocoon of late.
First, Anna gave props to John-David Duggar for courting.
Then, she gushed over her relationship with Josh and we threw up a lot.
Now, Anna has opened up about two of her kids, starting with eight-year old Mackynzie.
“Mackynzie, Jordyn and cousin Emily enjoyed attending a sewing camp this week!”
Yes, sewing camp.
Instead of rolling our eyes over this concept, however, we’ll simply echo the sentiment of most Instagram followers who think this is a very cute photo of young Mackynzie.
Because it definitely is.
Whatever issues we have with her father, they obviously do not apply to her or any of her siblings.
We just feel terrible for them.
Elsewhere, Anna also posted a video of her two-year old daughter Meredith belting out a tune.
Check it out here:
“She is adorable! And hearing her sing made me smile ear to ear. So precious!” reads one comment in response.
We don’t know why Anna has chosen to suddenly be so open about her kids, but perhaps she just needs some positive reinforcement in her life.
Any time Anna mentions Josh, she gets slammed online.
Folks wonder how the heck she can remain with such a disgusting cheater.
But the opposite takes place any time Anna shares a picture or video of her young children… and for an understandable reason:
They’re so very cute, young and innocent.
Anna is the mother of Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, Meredith and Mason.
She met Josh in 2006 at a Christian homeschooling convention and the two got married two years later in Florida.
They have since welcomed the five kids cited above.
And while Anna and Josh will no longer appear on TLC because the original Counting On was canceled in the wake of Josh’s molestation scandal, it does look like we’ll be seeing a lot more of their kids going forward.
We just pray they grow up alright.
Kylie Jenner is a brand new woman.
Actually, to be more accurate, we should say the following:
For the first time in a long time, Kylie Jenner is going back to old self.
In a move that has stunned a wide segment of the Internet, the 20-year old shared two photos on her Instagram page yesterday that featured her rocking a tight black dress and standing next to some friend named Stassie Karanikolaou.
As you can see above and below, Jenner is barely madeup in these images; she’s not even using any hair extensions.
She actually looks quite a bit younger, in our opinion, and we weren’t the only ones to think this apparently.
In response to a follower saying Jenner looked like the “old Kylie” in these snapshots, the relatively new mother explained why this is the case:
“I got rid of all my filler,” she wrote back.
Jenner, of course, denied for years that she had done anything to her lips.
Despite rather clear photographic evidence to the contrary (they were just so darn plump!), Kylie insisted over and over when the topic was broached that every inch of her was all natural.
But then she finally made the confession in May of 2015, stating at the time that her “insecurity” led her to take the lip filler route.
We never judged her for this decision. We just got annoyed that she denied the obvious for such a long period of time.
On a subsequent Life of Kylie (LOL, remember that show?!?) episode, Jenner delved further into the topic.
“I was 15 and I was insecure about my lips … I [had] really small lips,” the star told a therapist on the show back then, adding that she “took it hard” when some guy told her she was a bad kisser.
That guy sounds like a loser.
Fast forward all these years and we’re glad Kylie has overcome this insecurity.
She doesn’t need to impress any new guys, of course, as she’s basically tethered to Travis Scott now that the two have had a baby together.
More good news?
In a recent video Q&A, Jenner said her daughter has NOT inherited this feature from her mother.
“She has the most perfect lips in the whole entire world. She didn’t get those from me,” Jenner happily told fans.
Kylie took a short break from sharing snapshots of her child this summer, not really explaining why at the time.
We assume she was sick and tired of trolls leaving rude comments, though.
Or she just figured her baby deserved some privacy.
But the young mother is back to posting pictures once again, much to the delight of her many millions of followers.
She’s also back to posing in a seductive manner on Instagram, as documented in the photo collection below: