Dove Cameron reveals identity, dysphoria struggles in emotional post
Disney Channel alum Dove Cameron says she's trying to understand who she really is — as opposed to the person she purports to be in the eyes of other people. Alongside a handful of teary-eyed selfies, Dove, 26, told Instagram followers this week she's "been struggling lately with the concept of self, my inner relationship to who i know myself to be and my outer perceivable self who i feel i have never known but other people seem to." Later in the caption, she admitted she's also taken to "covering mirrors," "feeling wrong in clothing that used to make me feel beautiful," and "crying a lot lately, sometimes terrorized by my identity and image, sometimes in absolute flow with something new and peripheral and joyous to me." She went on to say matters like "sexuality and performative gender norms" are "throwing me for a loop," and noted that her mental health has suffered from the demands of social media and the expectation that she'll share her personal life with strangers. "This is a modern problem not designed with human health in mind," Dove warned. "We all deserve a life unburdened by the societally created identity, we all deserve to unlearn self abuse and self hatred. i am on that journey now …," she continued. In closing, Dove told fans and followers to remember that "emotion is COOL. dysphoria is OK. living as a human is INTENSE. we are all holding hands."
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Tom Cruise tears up amid standing ovation, surprise Palme d'Or award at Cannes
Tom Cruise was treated to a five-minute long standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, May 18, when he was presented with an honorary Palme d'Or award ahead of a screening of "Top Gun: Maverick." The actor, 59, welled up and appeared speechless for a few moments amid the applause, according to video from the premiere published by ET. The premiere kicked off in equally thunderous form, with eight fighter jets unleashing plumes of red, white and blue smoke above the theater and red carpet. "It's been 36 years since the first 'Top Gun' and we've had to hold it years for the pandemic," Tom said while introducing the movie, according to Deadline. After shouting-out his "Top Gun: Maverick" castmates, including Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, and Jon Hamm, Tom said the "movie was a dream," and admitted he was basking in being able to "see everyone's faces" while watching the film in a theater. "I'm going to take this all in and I feel very grateful … I make all these movies for all of you and I'm very blessed to do what I do. Enjoy this evening," he said. "You all have made my life."
Chris Brown appears to send ex, Rihanna, his congrats amid baby news
Shortly after news broke on Thursday, May 19, indicating Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have welcomed their first child together, Rihanna's ex, Chris Brown, seemed to send some love her way. A screenshot on TMZ shows the singer posted "congratulations" alongside emojis of prayer hands, a heart and a pregnant woman on his Instagram Stories just as news began to break about Rih and Rocky's baby boy. The couple, pictured here early on in Rihanna's pregnancy, welcomed their son in Los Angeles on May 13, People confirmed Thursday. Long before she fell in love with Rocky, Rihanna dated Chris from 2007 until 2009, when he assaulted her the night before the Grammy Awards. A few years later, she told Oprah Winfrey on "Oprah's Next Chapter," "I have forgiven him. I was angry for a long time." Rihanna explained Chris had been her "first love" during the emotional interview, in which she also said Chris had grown up witnessing domestic abuse. "It was a weird, confusing space to be in," Rihanna said at the time, acknowledging that while she felt "hurt and betrayed" by his attack, she knew "he needed help" and might not get it. She was also crushed because, as she put it, "I lost my best friend." On Thursday, a source told People, "Rihanna is doing well," since welcoming her baby boy. "They are very excited to be parents. Rihanna is already a wonderful mom." The musicians have not yet revealed their son's name.
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Emmy Rossum reveals she nearly gave birth in an Uber
When Emmy Rossum thinks about the day she became a mom nearly one year ago, she thinks of … New York City traffic. While co-hosting "Live with Kelly and Ryan" on Thursday, May 19, the "Shameless" alum revealed in hilarious detail how she almost gave birth in the back of an Uber. "[This is] just about my worst nightmare," Emmy recalled, per People. "I gave birth almost a year ago today in New York and went into labor and took an Uber to the hospital. My worst nightmare would be, I had this [mental] picture of my holding on [to the door handle] in the car with the baby coming out in the Uber." It seems the issue was Emmy's "lovely and very conscientious Uber driver," which, she pointed out, "is not what you want when you're in labor." She explained, " I want to go — if it's an orange [light], just take that as a green and go!" Emmy recalled that they were almost home-free when the driver chose safety over speed. "We were driving and we were a couple of minutes away from the hospital and I was fully in contractions and I didn't realize I was actually nine centimeters dilated at that point, so real close. I was basically 10 minutes away from having a child," she said. Asked if her labor was "very short," Emmy told Ryan Seacrest, "It had progressed very quickly. … And we were driving towards the hospital the light was turning orange and I was like, 'Go, go, go, go!' And he was like, 'We're just going to hit the brake and stop here. I want to get you there safely.' I was like, 'I would like that too. I would like to get there.'" In the end, they did get there in time for Emmy and her husband, "Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail, to bring their little one into the world surrounded by medical staff instead of blaring car horns and the plush upholstery of an Uber's back seat. Emmy, 35, and Sam, 44, said I do in May 2017, a few years after they met while working together on the set of the film, "Comet."
Kim Kardashian gets social media props for going makeup-free on 'The Kardashians'
Viewers see Kim Kardashian's elated, Red Lobster-adjacent reaction to news she's passed the "baby bar" exam in the Thursday, May 19, edition of Hulu's "The Kardashians." But fans on social media were also buzzing about a scene in which Kim was on-camera without makeup, a dramatic departure from her usual, heavily made-up glam face. Even her made-up look for most scenes in the episode was scaled way back to neutral shades and barely-there lip and cheek color. "Kim is beautiful, her face without makeup is top tier #TheKardashians would love to see her skin care [sic] routine," one person tweeted. "Kim looks soooo good with no makeup," said another. Referencing a point in the show where Kim and Kendall Jenner get together for lunch after a meditation session aimed at helping Kendall with her anxiety, one Reddit user wrote, "She looks so pretty here. She literally is one of the prettiest people I've ever seen. I really wish she would stop with the cosmetic enhancements." Said another: "If I looked like that I would never wear makeup again. She looks stunning without it."
Selena Gomez gets candid about her own mental health struggles in White House debut
Selena Gomez made her White House debut on Wednesday, May 18, joining First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to host a panel discussion about mental health issues among young people. The 29-year-old star has often spoken publicly about her struggles with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder in recent years. And as she told mental health leaders from across the country on Wednesday, the simple act of talking about those "very personal" challenges has helped her manage them. "I heard a phrase recently that I really like: the mentionable becomes manageable," said Selena, who co-hosted the Mental Health Youth Action Forum in conjunction with her beauty line's Rare Impact Fund, according to Billboard. "I felt like once I found out what was going on mentally I found there was more freedom for me to be OK with what I had. Because I was learning about it — and talking about your own journey helps. It is a topic that should be talked about freely, without shame." Selena said she hopes sharing her personal story "can help others feel less alone and find the help that they need," adding a push for more support in "developing [mental health] resources and services and increasing access to those services for young people." The talk came ahead of MTV's Mental Health Action Day on Thursday. Described as a "movement to drive culture from mental health awareness to mental health action," the 2022 campaign is focused on the theme of "connection."
Christine Quinn denies she faked COVID-19 to avoid 'Selling Sunset' reunion
"People think you faked COVID." So said Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live" this week while chatting with Christine Quinn about her "Selling Sunset" reunion disappearing act. "I absolutely did have COVID. I absolutely did," the reality star assured Andy. When he noted fans thought she dodged the reunion because of tensions between her and the other members of the Oppenheim Group, she stuck with her story. So did she at least watch the reunion special from home? Apparently not. According to People, Christine said she watched "The Kardashians" instead. She also claimed that her contract didn't require her to attend the reunion, though Andy cast doubt on that. Finally, when a fan wondered why she didn't call in via video like one of her COVID-positive co-stars had, Christine brushed the question off. "Well, I wasn't feeling well at all," she said. "I was in bed until 4 o'clock that day. And like, no one wants to see what I look like in the morning."