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Chester Bennington’s Widow Releases Statement: My Life Is a Tragedy

Last week, the music world was shocked by the news that beloved Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington had passed away at the age of 41.

Shortly thereafter, investigators confirmed Bennington’s cause of death.

Perhaps mimicking the recent suicide of his friend Chris Cornell, Bennington had hung himself in his Los Angeles home, where his body was discovered by a housekeeper.

He died on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

Hundreds of thousands have paid tribute to Bennington online, including many of the famous friends he made over the course of his 17-year music career. 

Today, the singer’s grief-stricken widow made her first public statement since Bennington’s passing.

Her words reflect not only her own heartbreak, but also the grief endured by those who knew Bennington best, including his six children.

“One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero – their Daddy,” Talinda Bennington wrote.

“We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy.”

Talinda went on to say that she hopes her love for her children will sustain her through this incredibly difficult time.

She also reminded fans that their words of support are deeply appreciated.

“How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left,” Talinda stated.

“I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive.”

She concluded with a tribute to her departed husband that’s sure to leave many fans in tears.

“He was a bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice,” Talida wrote.

“And now he is pain-free singing his songs in all of our hearts. May God bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.”

Bennington’s family members have stated that while they appreciate the well-wishes from fans, they plan to lay the singer to rest in a private ceremony.

Our thoughts go out to Chester’s loved ones during this difficult time.

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Ariana Grande and Mac Miller: Closer Than Ever Since Manchester Tragedy

The Manchester bombing was a despicable act that targeted the most innocent in our society.

It’s one of those attacks that sort of changes things and makes you wonder when the next concert will be hit. It’s also a tragedy that’s likely to be linked to Ariana Grande’s name for a long time.

And Ariana, personally, was devastated.

Fortunately, we know that she’s hanging in there. We even know how — through the support and presence of boyfriend Mac Miller.

According to an insider, Ariana has been having nightmares — a pretty standard PTSD symptom — but Mac has been there for her every step of the way.

“Mac has not left her side, holding her at night, helping her fight back the tears.  While the bombing has been terrible in every way, it has brought Ariana and Mac closer together than ever as a couple,” the insider says.

“She doesn’t know how she would be getting through this ordeal without her loving boyfriend.”

That’s not surprising. Holding her at night is pretty par for the course as her boyfriend. But he’s also canceled some of his own gigs — remember, he has a music career, too, and they collaborated a couple of years ago — to stay by her side. That sounds like exactly what she needs, and he sounds like a very devoted boyfriend.

We could be cynical and say that this is the advantage of dating a guy when you’re totally out of his league, but let’s not. This is just a super loving relationship.

Unfortunately, political opportunists have given Ariana more need for emotional support than just the horrific attack.

Her critics have stated that her sexy persona made her a “perfect target,” effectively blaming her — one of the victims — for what happened.

Conservative commentators have lamented that she hasn’t made xenophobic or Islamophobic statements about “border security” or other usual racist euphemisms.

In their minds, not agreeing with their politics means that she doesn’t care. It’s kind of the literal opposite.

Let’s remember that Ariana is a victim in this, too.

We don’t mean that her brand is a victim, or that lost revenue makes her a victim.

She was there when the bomb went off, just like everyone else. You don’t have to be hit by the blast to come away shaken.

Trauma is a very real thing and it’s very likely that she’s feeling a misplaced sense of guilt. It was her concert, after all.

Obviously, acts of terror are the fault of the perpetrators, not of the victims. And she’s going above and beyond for the victims.

That’s why it’s so good that she has support mechanisms. Not just Mac Miller, of course.

Just look at her incredible mother, Joan Grande. This is a strong, wonderful woman — you just have to follow her on Twitter to know that.

This is also the same woman who reportedly ushered a group of nearby audience members backstage when the blast hit. She’s the sort of person who’s always going to help as many people as she can.

And let’s not forget Ariana’s fans. Sometimes referred to as Arianators, because why not, they’re a passionate collective covering a pretty large age range.

They love Ariana and they know that it was fellow fans who were the direct victims of the Manchester attack. Her fans are supporting her online, and they probably always will.

It sounds cheesy, but it’s kind of beautiful to see love and hope in the face of adversity, you know?

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Katy Perry Slammed for Controversial Statement on Manchester Tragedy

This week, many, many celebrities have taken the time to make statements about what happened Monday night at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

That night, a man named Salman Abedi set off a bomb in the venue, killing himself and 22 others.

Over 50 people were injured, and countless others were undoubtedly traumatized by the attack. Abedi’s brother has been arrested in connection to the horrific events, and ISIS has taken responsibility.

Details are still coming out about the bombing, but the basics are that at least one man plotted to kill numerous teenagers and children during what should have been a happy event.

The whole thing is just too horrific for words, but still, people are trying.

And Katy Perry is one of those people.

In an interview, Katy said “I think the greatest thing we can do now is unite as people, as fan bases, all of it.”

“Whatever we say behind people’s backs, the Internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fan bases go but I think the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other.”

“No barriers, no borders,” she said, “we all just need to co-exist.”

It’s a harmless statement, right? Katy obviously means well, and she’s just trying to spread a simple message of love and peace — and she’s specifically talking about fan bases here, too.

But to some people, her words were really and truly offensive.

A writer for The Blaze theorized that with this point of view, Katy is “putting at least some of the blame on the people who were blown up.”

“The terrorist was led to strap on an explosive vest stuffed with nails because the world has failed to ‘unite,'” the article read.

“It was not his own decision and his own wickedness that caused him to massacre kids; it was our society with its borders and its barriers and its intolerance.”

The writer criticizes Katy for talking about unity when she couldn’t even stay united with her former husband, Russell Brand, and for saying “no barriers, no borders” when she hires bodyguards.

Fox & Friends’ Michelle Malkin also commented on Katy’s “bodyguards and security systems,” adding that she has “no sense of reality.”

Katy actually responded to Michelle on Twitter, writing “The media has edited my words out of context, I was talking about online fan culture and how we must unite now.”

Speaking of Twitter, many users have also been slamming Katy for her remarks — one person wrote “Katy Perry lectures that we need to co-exist with ISIS but she can’t manage to co-exist with Taylor Swift.”

Which, to be fair, is pretty good.

But the point is that it doesn’t make any sense that all these people think Katy Perry is going to give a thoughtful, intelligent statement on national security.

She made her statement, which wasn’t even about the world at large, it was about pop stars and their fans, and it didn’t hurt anyone.

Let’s save the outrage, just this once.

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Kim Kardashian: Slammed For “Insensitive” Response to Manchester Tragedy

As you’ve probably heard by now, tragedy struck in the unlikeliest of places Monday night, when a suicide bomber killed 22 people during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

The situation only becomes more horrific with each new detail that emerges.

Yesterday, the first of many victims were identified, the youngest, an 8-year-old girl.

Needless to say, this is the sort of unspeakable tragedy whose measure can’t be taken simply by the staggering death toll.

Acts such as the Manchester Bombing often leave survivors permanently scarred and communities shaken to their foundations in ways from which they may never be able to recover.

Along with millions of others Grande expressed her condolences on social media, and the singer is said to be personally devastated by the tragedy.

Many other celebrities have expressed their grief and support online, but the response from Twitter and Instagram users hasn’t always been entirely positive.

A “black ribbon with bunny ears” meme that made it’s way around the Internet yesterday was viewed by many as an attempt to market Ariana’s music in connection with one of the worst terrorist attacks in recent memory.

Similarly, many fans felt that Kim Kardashian’s public reaction to the news

Kim Kardashian posted a throwback photo of herself with Ariana, and many fans saw the image as a shameless attempt at self-promotion.

“I’m praying for everyone in Manchester,” Kim captioned the photo.

“This is truly so senseless & heart breaking. I can’t imagine the fear and agony these parents must be going through searching for their kids. Concerts are supposed to be a place where u can let loose and have fun.”

She added:

“It’s so scary to not feel safe in this world. My heart goes out to @arianagrande I love you.”

While some fans applauded Kim, many others were critical of the reality star:

“Of course u had to post a pic of urself when it doesn’t have anything to do with the victims,” wrote one follower. “Narcissism… Kim, it is quite clear u love urself because if u didn’t, u wouldn’t of posted a pic with u in it.”

“Way to make this about yourself you moron,” commented another.

A third added:

“You should delete this. Inappropriate. It’s about the victims, not you or Ariana. Smh.”

Given Kim’s long history of sometimes shameless self-promotion, it’s not hard to see how fans may have been skeptical of her intentions in posting a photo of herself with Ariana.

But in times like these, it’s important to remember that everyone is confused, no one is quite sure of how to respond, and the best weapon we have against fear is unity.

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Little People, Big World Recap: Tragedy Strikes

Zach and Tori Roloff faced an unexpected tragedy on last night’s episode of Little People, Big World.

Thankfully, it did not have anything to do with their baby son.

But the couple learned on the latest installment of this TLC hit their their beloved dog, Sully, had been diagnosed with cancer.

Just a few days later, the illness has quickly spread to the canine’s major organs and the three-year old was dead, with Zach and Tori burying him on the family farm alongside three other pets who had passed away over the years.

The episode was filmed in March, during Tori’s third trimester, about two months before she gave birth to her first child.

“We were supposed to make a family together,” Zach said of how he envisioned himself, his wife, their dog and their son, prior to this awful development.

He added in a confessional:

“Sully was supposed to take care of the baby and be his friend. Just tons of dreams and visions were crushed.”

“It was the hardest goodbye I’ve ever had to make,” Tori wrote on Instagram at the time, adding that Sully was “the best big brother baby Roloff could ever ask for.”

Heartbroken over the sudden loss of her four-legged pal, Tori opened up multiple times in late March.

She shared three different Instagram posts about Sully, writing on March 23 as a caption to the adorable photo below.

There are still some moments where the pain is unbearable. Where I swear I’m going to walk through the door and you’ll be there wagging your tail with your favorite stuffy in your mouth.

Losing sully has been incredibly hard on both zach and I and I think we’re both just waiting for the loneliness to subside.

We know our house won’t be quite for long and we are in for the ride of our lives with baby roloff on the way but it’s hard to not think about the best of friends the two of them would have been.

We’ll never have another friend like #inspectorsullivan but we do look forward to the day we’re able to give another Berner a forever home.

I celebrate you Sully on #nationalpuppyday because you will forever have a place in my heart. Love you goobies.

sully

This photo and those words received nearly 900 Comments and 34,500 Likes.

Fans of this family clearly felt Tori’s pain and sympathized with her at the time.

Of course, she and Zach were also preparing for a baby (born on May 12 and named Jackson Kyle) back when this episode was filmed.

After Tori went in for an ultrasound, Zach told his mother that it looked like the impending infant would, indeed, be a little person.

“The skull is measuring above average and all the limbs are measuring below average,” he said.

The Roloffs are yet to confirm whether little Jackson is a dwarf, but Zach said on the episode that all “measurements were indicating” this would be the case, while doctors dubbed the possibility as “likely.”

Despite being a little person himself, Roloff had previously admitted that he was concerned his son would through the same bullying and potential health issues that he has suffered.

“I didn’t think it would affect me until the doctor said it to me,” Zach told his mother, Amy, who responded as best she could in an attempt to alleviate her child’s worries.

“Even if it is a dwarf, you don’t know that they’re going to have all your problems as well,” she said, to which Zach replied:

“Totally, physical problems. I’m talking about the emotional problems right now, though.”

Things then turned emotional when Zach recounted all the times he would come home “crying” because he couldn’t “keep up” with his friends.

In the end, though, Zach laughed that he turned out “alright” as a little person, while Tori took the long view of their situation.

“He’s healthy, he has a great heartbeat – he’s cute as a button, and that’s all that matters,” she said of her son, adding:

“His quality of life is not going to change, and the amount of love he receives is not going to change.”

Amen. Well said, Tori.

To find out what else transpired last night, click on the above video to watch Little People, Big World online.

Then, join us in sending your condolences to the Roloffs on the loss of Sully.

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Lamar Odom: A Timeline of Tragedy, Love, Loss … and Redemption?

With Lamar Odom fighting for his life in a Las Vegas hospital, it's worth sadly remembering all the former basketball star has been through.

1. Left All Alone

Left all alone
Lamar’s mother died of cancer when he as 12 years old. His father, Joe Odom, was addicted to heroine and scarcely in the picture when Odom was a child.

2. Off-Court Troubles

Off court troubles
Odom was a high school phenom on the basketball court. However, academic troubles (along with a citation for soliciting prostitution) plagued Odom prior to him transferring from UNLV to the University of Rhode Island.

3. On to the NBA

On to the nba
Odom was selected fourth overall in the 1999 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. A couple years later, he was suspended twice in an eight-month span for marijuana use.

4. Goodbye to Grandma

Lamar odom in camo
In 2003, Odom’s maternal grandmother Mildred, who helped raise him, passed away.

5. An Unspeakable Loss

Lamar odom on bench
Three years later, Odom’s 6-month-old son, Jayden, died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome while sleeping in his crib.

6. Another Death in the Family

Lamar odom in a daze
In 2011, a 24-year-old cousin to whom Lamar was close was murdered while Odom was in New York to shoot a Nike commercial.

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