Ashton Kutcher reveals health scare left him unable to see, hear or walk
In this week's episode of "Running Wild With Bear Grylls," Ashton Kutcher reveals he recently lost his ability to see, hear and maintain his sense of balance while battling a dangerous condition related to blood vessel inflammation. "Like two years ago, I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis that like knocked out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out like all my equilibrium," Ashton says in a sneak peek published by "Access Hollywood" on Monday, Aug. 8. "It took me like a year to build it all back up." Vasculitis can be caused by a number of things, including autoimmune problems in which the body mistakenly attacks its own blood vessels, or an allergy-like response to an antigen, according to the Mayo Clinic. Left untreated, it can cause blood vessel and tissue damage or aneurysms. "You don't really appreciate it until it's gone. Until you go, 'I don't know if I'm ever going to be able to see again, I don't know if I'm ever going to be able to hear again, I don't know if I'm ever going to be able to walk again,'" Ashton continues in the clip, adding that he's "lucky to be alive." Still, the star seems to have found a silver lining to his health scare. "The minute you start seeing your obstacles as things that are made for you, to give you what you need, then life starts to get fun, right?" he says. "You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them."
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Kanye West has taken down a disturbing Instagram post that trolled Pete Davidson after his recent split from Kanye's ex, Kim Kardashian. On Monday, Aug. 8, multiple outlets reported the rapper shared a fake New York Times front page story with the headline, "Skete Davidson dead at age 28." Kanye's repeatedly called Pete "Skete," both on social media and in songs he's recorded since Kim and Pete went public with their romance last year. The post had been removed by Monday afternoon. The rapper, who was briefly banned from Instagram in March for violating the platform's rules against hate speech, bullying and harassment, has previously "joked" about Pete's death on social media, sparking widespread fan backlash. The response to his latest post was similarly negative, according to the Daily Mail, which reported calls for Kanye to take the meme down proliferated in the comments. "Take this down god. you're free to rise above. love you," one person responded. "So EVERYONE @kimkardashian dates is gonna be treated like this?" another asked. "Watch the energy you put into the universe man! Not cool man you better than this!" wrote a third. Someone else reportedly tagged Instagram directly in the comments, urging the platform not to "tolerate" Kanye's message about Pete's alleged death. Kim, meanwhile, was reportedly furious about the post and wanted it taken down. "She has been vigorously defending Pete. She'll never get back together with Kanye over the way he's treated the people she loves and respects," a source close to the star told the Mail. "She has tried incredibly hard to have a good co-parenting situation for the children," the insider added. "She won't stand for this type of behavior from him." Kanye also trolled fellow rapper and former friend Kid Cudi in the meme. According to E! News, Kim and Pete split after nine months together over scheduling issues that arose when Pete he started filming a new project in Australia. They reportedly hope to remain friends.
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John Travolta shares moving tribute to late 'Grease' co-star Olivia Newton-John
Amid news of Olivia Newton-John's death at age 73 on Monday, Aug. 8, the actress and singer's "Grease" costar and longtime friend, John Travolta, was among the first of her colleagues to honor the late star on social media. In a touching tribute on Instagram, John, 68, wrote: "My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!" The pair stayed close friends for decades after their iconic turns as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson in 1978's "Grease," which earned an Oscar nod for best song with Olivia's rendition of "Hopelessly Devoted to You." Olivia's husband, John Easterling, confirmed the news of her death on social media on Monday. The four-time Grammy winner had battled cancer repeatedly after her initial diagnosis in 1992.
Britney Spears and Elton John's upcoming collaboration gets a title, could be out before September
New details are emerging on Britney Spears' "Tiny Dancer" collaboration with Elton John. On Monday, Aug. 8, Elton's label Interscope Records unveiled the title of the new track, sharing a post that featured the words "Hold Me Closer," presumably the title for the remake, along with rose and a rocket ship emojis, seemingly references to Elton's "Rocket Man" nickname and Brit's love of flowers. According to TMZ, Britney met with producer Andrew Watt in-person in Los Angeles, with Elton joining in via Zoom, to discuss the single. Sources tell the outlet Elton recorded his parts first and "only wanted Britney for the remake," which they said has "a dance [music] vibe." Britney reportedly recorded her verses in under three hours and is already excited about the mix Andrew put together. She and Elton are angling to release the song before the end of the month, in order to make the cut for Grammy Award consideration, TMZ reported.
Mike Tyson slams Hulu over unauthorized series based on his life
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Renee Zellweger dismisses 'garbage' anti-aging products: 'To be beautiful you must embrace your age'
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