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Ben Affleck Breaks Silence After Completing Latest Stay in Rehab

In August, Ben Affleck entered rehab for the third time, following an intervention by his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, and a sobriety coach.

He has now completed his inpatient treatment.

Now, he is finally breaking his silence for the first time since beginning his latest stint in rehab.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, Ben Affleck penned a serious message for his fans and followers.

“This week,” he begins. “I completed a 40-day stay at a treatment center for alcohol addiction.”

“And,” he continues, he will “remain in outpatient care.”

That is good. Staying in rehab helps with sobering up and getitng support. The real test is when you return to the real world.

“The support I have received from my family, colleagues, and fans means more to me than I can say,” Affleck writes.

“It’s given me the strength and support,” he says, when he needed it most.

He writes about how empowering it is “to speak about my illness with others.”

Sometimes, the best way that you can help yourself is by doing your best to help others.

“Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle,” he affirms.

If a single stint in rehab could simply cure an addiction, well, the world would be a different place.

“Because of that,” Affleck explains. “No one is never really in or out of treatment.”

Sobriety becomes part of your life on a permanent basis. You can never let down your guard and relax, unfortunately.

“It is a full-time commitment,” he adds.

What matters to him is that he remain motivated and keep his eye on the prize.

“I am fighting for myself and my family,” Affleck writes.

“So many people have reached out on social media and spoken about their own journeys with addiction,” he continues.

Sharing stories of personal struggles, even when those tales include setbacks, and build a powerful sense of commonality and community.

“To those people,” Affleck writes. “I want to say thank you.”

He credits them with lending him emotional support when he was at his most vulnerable.

“Your strength is inspiring and supporting me in ways I didn’t think was possible,” he says.

“It helps,” Affleck admits. “To know I am not alone.”

Addiction is a serious problem for millions of Americans — and for countless millions more. He is far from alone.

“As I’ve had to remind myself, if you have a problem, getting help is a sign of courage,” he continues.

It is important, he notes, that asking for help is perceived as wise and brave, “not weakness or failure.”

He is absolutely right. If society shames people for seeking help, no one can ever receive treatment.

It’s a real relief that Affleck is taking this seriously now that he has completed his stint in rehab

People who struggle with addiciton can sometimes convince themselves that it’s in the past, only to relapse the moment that their lives experience setbacks.

No one wants that for Ben Affleck. Least of all Ben Affleck himself.

By sharing his journey with fans in an open message like this, perhaps he will feel that he has a larger support network this time around.

We hope so.

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EJ Johnson Breaks Silence on Lyric McHenry’s Death

EJ Johnson has finally commented on the tragic death of Lyric McHenry.

And the former E! reality star has said something very interesting and thought-provoking about his late friend.

First, a quick refresher:

McHenry was found dead on a sidewalk in New York City in mid-August.

The scene was both horrifying, depressing and confusing, as authorities came across McHenry’s body in a rundown section of the Bronx.

She was only wearing underwear and a pajama top. And there was a small ziplock bag of cocaine in her possession.

Moreover, according to initial reports that are now under some dispute, McHenry was about 20 weeks pregnant. She was also just 26 years old.

McHenry was known to television viewers as someone who made multiple appearances on EJNYC, a one-season Rich Kids of Beverly Hills spinoff that aired in 2016 on E!.

It followed the life of EJ Johnson in New York City, the son of basketball legend Magic Johnson and an out and proud young gay man.

Since McHenry’s shocking and sad passing, many friends, family members and loved ones have spoken out in tribute.

They’re also spoken out in defense of Lyric, whose reputation was taking a major hit in death due to the way her corpse was discovered.

But McHenry was a Stanford graduate who had previously interned for Barack Obama and who was enjoying a successful life as a television producer.

In his first remarks since his close friend passed away, however, Johnson did not really take this approach.

Instead, in the comments section of his Instagram, the reality star actually said very little.

Yet he sort of said a lot at the same time.

“I’m going to make this clear to everyone there will be no mourning post because I’m not going to reduce a 25yr friendship to 1 Instagram post,” Johnson wrote.

He later added simply:

“Please respect my privacy and my process.”

That’s quite the unusual and, in our opinion, admirable stance.

In this age of social media, people are often judged by what they say in public; most users feel a need to respond to every tragedy or every current event online, in some kind of attempt to get “credit” from their followers.

But Johnson is refusing to give in to this social norm.

He’s going to grieve in private and he’s not going to try and sum up an entire person or an entire friendship in, like, 240 characters.

McHenry died after a night out with friends in celebration of her birthday, although Johnson was not included in this group outing.

He had earlier sent his pal very happy wishes for the occasion, however, writing on Instagram:

Happy birthday to my best friend who has strutted with my in princess gowns since day 1 @lyric_leigh words cannot express how much I love and appreciate you in my life.

Your constant love, respect and companionship gives me the confidence to live my truth every single day and I am so blessed that even as baby divas we recognized the greatness in each other.

I love you.

McHenry, meanwhile, also frequently shared photos of herself with Johnson on Instagram.

Last year, she wished EJ a happy birthday with a heartfelt post of her own.

“Happy birthday to my twin spirit for life coordinated since toddlers,” she wrote. “I’m so proud of who you are and what you will continue to be! I love you @ejjohnson_!”

While some wonder whether McHenry was murdered, allow us to simply say the following:

May Lyric McHenry rest in peace.

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Jimmy Bennett Breaks Silence on Asia Argento Rape Accusation

Jimmy Bennett has spoken out for the first time since his allegations of sexual assault against Asia Argento went public.

In a case that has received national attention, and about which the reporting has gone through a number of twists and turns, the 22-year old actor says Argento raped him back when he was 17 years old.

She was 37 years old at the time.

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Bennett has known Argento since the two worked on a 2004 film together.

According to documents obtained by The New York Times, he claims that she plied him with alcohol and forced herself on him inside a hotel room about five years ago.

He made this allegations several months ago because Argento was in the news for making her own rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

In response to the accusation, Argento paid Bennett a sum of $ 380,000.

However, she has said she was prompted to do so by then-boyfriend Anthony Bourdain in order to 1. Help Bennett financially and 2. Make the issue go away.

Argento has strongly denied having any sexual contact with Bennett, as you can see in her statement below:

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HOWEVER, a photo has since surfaced that appears to show Argento and Bennett in bed.

Moreover, there also appears to be a text message chain (down below) in which Argento admits to a friend that she slept with Bennett, while saying the actor initiated this interaction and has basically been obsessed with her ever since.

So that’s where we stand.

That’s the background to Bennett’s first statement on the confusing, disturbing scandal.

We’re just going to publish the entire statement here and allow our readers to make up their own minds about what may or may not have transpired between Bennett and Argento…

Many brave women and men have spoken out about their own experiences during the #MeToo movement, and I appreciate the bravery that it took for each and every one of them to take such a stand.

I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me.

My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself. I have not made a public statement in the past days and hours because I was ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative.

I was underage when the event took place, and I tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time because I was not ready to deal with the ramifications of my story becoming public.

At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society.

I didn’t think that people would understand the event that took place from the eyes of a teenage boy.

I have had to overcome many adversities in my life, and this is another that I will deal with, in time. I would like to move past this event in my life, and today I choose to move forward, no longer in silence.

This is a photo of Bennett and Argento:

Argento became a prominent leader of the #MeToo movement following her accusations against Weinstein.

(Dozens of other women have made similar accusations of assault against the producers in the days, weeks and months since.)

She was also in the news this summer after Bourdin tragically committed suicide.

Argento denied Bennett’s rape allegations in a statement to New York Magazine on Tuesday, August 21, saying:

“I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

In one of the texts below, though, Argento appears to write:

“I had sex with him it felt weird. I didn’t know he was a minor until the shakedown letter.”

You can read more of these text messages here:

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Bethenny Frankel Breaks Silence on Death of Dennis Shields

Bethenny Frankel has spoken out for the first time since her long-term ex-boyfriend was found dead of an apparent drug overdose.

As reported last Friday, Dennis Shields passed away as the result of what appears to have been over-consumption of the prescription pill Oxycodone, although we’re still waiting for an official report from the coroner’s office.

He was 51 years old.

Just two days before this tragedy took place, Frankel had talked openly on an episode of The Real Housewives of New York City about how she was planning to take a three-month break from her romance with Shields.

However, this installment was filmed many months ago.

A far more recent report alleged that Shields was planning to propose to Bethenny during their final dinner date, only to get the strong impression in the middle of this meal that she was uninterested in marriage.

The general point here, however, is that Frankel and Shields were a very serious item for a long time.

They started dating in 2016 and continually found their way back to each other in the years since.

In the wake of Shields’ passing, Frankel has now shared the following image on Instagram.

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The snapshot features Shields in bed with Frankel’s beloved dog Cookie, who passed away in October at the age of 17.

“Rest In Peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love,” wrote Bethenny as a caption, adding the hashtah “#nowandforever.”

We’re not about to judge anyone for how he or she responds to death.

Everyone mourns in his or her own way.

However, some social media users out there were taken aback by Frankel’s initial statement here for three reasons:

ONE, the passing of a pet is very sad. But is it a little bit odd to compare this event to the passing of a human loved one?

TWO, could it also be considered inappropriate to share a photo of Shields in a semi-passed out state, considering he died of an overdose?

THREE, Bethenny’s caption says nothing about Shields with the exception of how he treated her, which comes across as a bit self-serving.

Conversely, some are saying, Dennis’ estranged wife, to whom he was still legally married when he died, posted the above picture of herself and Shields.

Among other tributes, she wrote the following:

To the love of my life- Dennis-I will miss you every day. Forever your legacy will live on in our children and our future grandchildren.

Your intelligence, humor and of course your good looks will forever be engrained in our family!

even though we did not live together, you still remained my best friend and my husband. You’re the best — always and forever!

Jill, Bethenny and many others attended a funeral for Shields in Long Island on Monday.

According to the New York Post, Shields knew something was very wrong last Friday morning and asked his assistant to give him Narcan, an emergency medication intended to reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose.

However, he lost consciousness before the medication could take effect and was pronounced dead a short time later.

May he rest in peace.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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Kathryn Dennis Breaks Silence on Thomas Ravenel Sexual Assault Allegations

In the wake of multiple sexual assault allegations against Thomas Ravenel, he is under investigation by the network and by law enforcement.

Bravo addressed the accusations by not having him at the reunion. But his castmates were still there. And his absence definitely came up.

During Part 1 of the reunion special, Thomas' ex and baby mama, Kathryn Dennis, finally broke her silence on the investigation.

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Though Kathryn goes on quite the face journey (we've included some of our favorite stills) during this clip, her actual words are . . . moderate.

"I’m not going to comment until it’s resolved," Kathryn says after Andy Cohen asks her what she thinks.

“What I am going to focus on," Kathryn explains. "Is just the children and staying out of it."

Kathryn does acknowledge that she's spent time with Thomas, saying: "We’ve been trying to spend more time together in front of the children."

"So things are moving in the right direction the best as they can," she explains.

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Kathryn's words may be almost neutral, but her face speaks of discomfort … and perhaps anger.

Andy Cohen read a statement to the group from Thomas' attorney.

"Along with Bravo," the statement reads. "Our client made the mutual decision not to attend today’s reunion taping as there is a pending investigation."

For Bravo, that's a decision of taste. For someone under police investigation, that's an issue of an attorney's advice — you never want your client talking about the case.

"Our client is fully cooperating with authorities on that investigation,” the statement claims.

“He expects to be completely vindicated once the investigation is concluded," the statement says. "He sends his best regards to his fans and his fellow castmates."

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That was intensely awkward.

Andy then polls the group about how they feel about Thomas not being there.

Cameran Eubanks was quick to comment, saying: "I think it’s the right decision for him not to be here."

Any way that you look at it, she's right.

"I will say this," Shep Rose says. "90 percent of the time Thomas is funny, eccentric, jovial and then we’ve seen that there’s a side of him that’s not really him."

Shep exudes more raw Owen Wilson energy than anyone but Owen Wilson himself. It sounds like he's being very honest here.

"There's a big side of him that I really really love," Shep explains. "And a little part that I don't."

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Naomie Olindo (who, not that this is relevant, really stood out with her subdued yet gorgeous appearance at the reunion) spoke up about how Thomas has always been nice to her, personally.

At the same time, she joins in, acknowledging that there is another side to him, that he can be — and Shep jumps in and supplies the word: "Volatile."

Naomie agrees.

Many would point out that someone being nice to one person, or most of the time, does not make them actually a nice person.

Being nice to Naomie is great. There are a few different women who say that Thomas was anything but nice to them. And one of them has photos of injuries. That's something to consider.

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Shep and Naomie may be in agreement, but we already know who isn't.

Thomas' girlfriend, Ashley Jacobs, will appear in the second part of the reunion special.

You can already guess her opinion as to whether or not Thomas is innocent.

"Of course, yes,” Ashley says in a preview of that special. “He has not be charged with anything."

"These," she says dismissively of the rape accusations from various women. "Are just allegations."

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Kathryn Dennis may be Thomas' ex, but she also knew Nanny Dawn for years. For half of her very young children's lives, really.

It makes a lot of sense that she cannot — one way or the other — speak out about Thomas' allegations.

For many fans, while they know that a single false allegation of rape is statistically unlikely but still possible, they find it hard to believe that multiple women made this up.

Especially when one has photographs of injuries sustained during the alleged assault.

Others aren't convinced that the seemingly charming man they've seen on screen could sometimes be a monster when the cameras aren't rolling.

While Thomas' legal future hinges upon investigators, prosecutors, and a jury, his future on reality television may hinge upon whether viewers are willing to watch the show if he remains part of it.

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Amy Roloff Breaks Silence on Chris Marek Breakup Rumors

A couple of weeks ago, Little People, Big World star Amy Roloff actually defended her ex-husband, Matt Roloff. Things between the two of them seemed better.

But ever since boyfriend Chris Marek was conspicuously absent from her Fourth of July photos, fans have worried that things between Amy and her love are worse.

Fortunately, Amy has found a gentle way to lay those rumors to rest.

“This guy!” Amy Roloff writes under this cozy photo of her with Chris, quashing breakup rumors without ever having to acknowledge them.

Amy’s post continues, as she gushes: “What a fun time at his family reunion picnic yesterday!”

Attending a family reunion with someone is usually a big deal — if you’re both adults, anyway. It’s like a magnified version of introducing someone to your parents.

“Yes they loved my Oregon Bounty,” Amy writes. “Marion Berry loaf and Hazelnut cookies and Lemon cookies from Amy Roloff’s Little Kitchen.”

If you don’t love Amy Roloff at her shameless product placement on social media, you don’t deserve her the rest of the time.

“Woohoo!” Amy says. “I was excited about that and being with him.”

“So excited for you,” one fan commented. “You found a very nice person. Your family is awesome.”

“So cute what a great couple!” another fan exclaimed. “You guys look great!”

Someone else decided to ask an impertinent question, writing: “Will you guys get married?”

Don’t be pushy, folks.

“Love the fact that ure much happier now. Best of luck. Been watching the series for years,” another fan commented.

Some fans also wrote to Amy that her description of the food that she brought to his reunion really sounded appetizing.

Amy has international fans, and some asked if her products were available in the UK or in Australia. We’re sure that she was heartened to see these messages.

Others offered some unsolicited advice on how Amy should get along with Matt and let go of her anger.

That’s all fine and well … if she asks for your opinion. If you’re not her friend or her therapist, what business do you have giving her life advice?

It seems that, no matter what Amy does, some commenters will never be satisfied.

Just because two people are dating doesn’t mean that they have to attend every single event together or be in every photo together.

For reference, see: what your parents told you when you wanted to bring a date on your family vacation in high school.

So Chirs didn’t have to appear in pics with Amy on Independence Day. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love Amy — or America.

If Amy had addressed the rumors, that would have seemed confrontational to fans — and might have seemed to lend legitimacy to them.

Instead, Amy just found a way to shut them down without addressing them.

And she included a little product integration in the process.

Fans are happy to see Amy with Chris for a lot of reasons — and some of them just didn’t like Matt. Or, at least, they didn’t like the way that he treated her.

We all recently saw Matt portray Amy as being dumb, so that kind of insulting behavior is fresh on the minds of fans.

Of course, there are also some trolls who like to give Amy a hard time about her relationshipw ith Chris.

They seem to be “convinced” that Chris is just using Amy for fame.

The reality is probably that these trolls are suspicious of a man who would date a little person because they are projecting their own bigotry onto him.

We’re glad to hear that Amy and Chris had a good time at the reunion.

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Justin Bieber Breaks Silence on Engagement, Is “Soooo in Love” with Hailey Baldwin

… and just like that, he’s off the market.

Following a day’s worth of (very strong) speculation, Justin Bieber has come out and confirmed what multiple outlets confirmed on Sunday afternoon:

He really is engaged to Hailey Baldwin.

It’s still legitimately shocking, isn’t it?

“Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast,” Bieber wrote as a caption to the Instagram photos above and below on Monday evening, adding in gushing detail:

“listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you!

“So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY.”

It does seem as if Justin doesn’t seem Hailey all that well.

The two started dating in late 2015 and then continued with their romance into 2016, posing for a handful of cozy photos on Instagram.

But the romance never seemed all that serious.

Heck, Baldwin herself said back then in a magazine interview that the stars were not “exclusive” and shrugged casually at the fact that Bieber was set to go back on tour and the two would therefore be separating soon.

She all but admitted it was nothing but a f-ckfest at the time.

But that was over two years ago and the celebrities have remained tight ever since.

They were spotted making out in New York City about six weeks ago and then… BAM!

The engagement news hit.

In his heartfelt Instagram message, Bieber made vows to Hailey (yes, already!) and even hinted strongly that kids were on the way.

At some point, that is.

“I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make,” Bieber wrote, going on as follows:

“My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else.

“You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!”

A million hearts of Beliebers just shattered into a million pieces, didn’t they?

Did you ever imagine Justin would write these words about someone NOT named Selena Gomez?

As detailed HERE, Bieber proposed to Baldwin in the Bahamas on Saturday night, doing so in front of many other hotel guests.

The soon-to-be-newlyweds then celebrated their engaged status by going from bar to bar in this same tropical location on Sunday.

They really do seem to be in love.

Just look at the way Bieber concluded this lengthy post:

It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense!

The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!!

Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts?

By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA VE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!”

This is the year of favor!!!!

So… there you have it, folks.

Now, you tell us:

Do you think Bieber and Baldwin will make it down the aisle?

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