Selena Gomez seeking treatment after hospitalization, emotional breakdown
Selena Gomez sought out a mental health treatment program in October after allegedly being hospitalized for issues related to her 2017 kidney transplant then suffering an emotional breakdown, according to reports published on Oct. 10. The singer reportedly checked into an East Coast psychiatric facility to receive dialectical behavior therapy. "Selena has dealt with depression for a while and the people around her have always kept an eye on how she feels, even more so since her kidney transplant. Selena wasn't feeling well and went to the hospital, as she does whenever she feels off. After further monitoring, it was decided that Selena would seek treatment at a [mental health] facility," a source told "Entertainment Tonight."
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Kanye West meets with President Donald Trump at White House
Kanye West met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House where he discussed several personal issues on Oct. 11. The rapper was invited to talk about prison reform, manufacturing and gang violence in his hometown of Chicago but instead spoke for 10 minutes in a wild monologue about what he claimed was his bipolar disorder misdiagnosis, his father, his support for Trump and his suggestion for a new design for Air Force One.
Republicans, white nationalists speak out against Taylor Swift after Democrat endorsements
Republican leaders and white nationalist groups condemned Taylor Swift on Oct. 8 after the singer endorsed Democratic candidates Phil Bredesen and Rep. Jim Cooper in a post on Instagram — the first time she's ever taken a public political stance. "Multimillionaire pop star Taylor Swift came down from her ivory tower to tell hardworking Tennesseans to vote for Phil Bredesen," the National Republican Senate Committee said of the singer. Taylor wrote that although she's been "reluctant to publicly voice" her political opinions in the past, she now feels compelled to "cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country."
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Fleetwood Mac dispute Lindsey Buckingham's claims amidst lawsuit
Fleetwood Mac fired back at longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham on Oct. 12 after Lindsey filed a lawsuit accusing his former bandmates of wrongful termination. The band released a statement saying, "Fleetwood Mac strongly disputes the allegations presented in Mr. Buckingham's complaint and looks forward to their day in court."
Camila Cabello, Taylor Swift take home major trophies at American Music Awards
Camila Cabello and Taylor Swift were two of the big winners at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 9. Camila took home prizes for favorite pop/rock song, favorite music video, collaboration of the year and new artist of the year, while Taylor snagged the artist of the year, tour of the year, favorite pop/rock female artist and favorite pop/rock album trophies.
Cardi B facing assault charges after strip club fight
Cardi B is facing assault and reckless endangerment charges after turning herself in at a New York City police station on Oct. 1. The rapper was allegedly involved in an altercation with a 23-year-old bartender at a Queens strip club in August during which chairs, bottles and hookah water pipes were thrown. "We are aware of no evidence that she caused anybody any harm from that night," Cardi's lawyer, Jeff Kern, told reporters. "We expect the matter to be resolved expeditiously."
Family, friends "relieved" that Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande called off engagement
Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande's loved ones are reportedly "relieved" that the couple called off their summer engagement, according to reports published on Oct. 24. "She threw herself into the relationship with Pete. She is young, but at least mature enough to realize this wasn't the right relationship or the right time to get married," a source told People.
Stars honored at all-female CMT Artists of the Year celebration
Country music's biggest female stars up lifted and empowered one another between performances at the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year celebration on Oct. 17. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert (with the Pistol Annies), Maren Morris, Hillary Scott, Kelsea Ballerini and more attended the big event in Nashville, which was the first all-female show.
Ex-rap mogul Suge Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison for murder
Marion "Suge" Knight, the former owner of Death Row Records, was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Oct. 4, four years after he killed one man and injured another with his truck. The 53 year old music mogul accepted a plea deal offered by Los Angeles prosecutors on Sept. 20 — just a few days before he was scheduled to stand trial for attempted murder and murder.
Two new Las Vegas residencies announced
On Oct. 18, Britney Spears announced her second Las Vegas residency: "Britney: Domination" will open at the new Park MGM resort in February 2019. On Oct. 24, Lady Antebellum announced that they, like so many other musical acts, are launching a Las Vegas show. "Our Kind of Vegas," a 15-date residency, will include shows in February, May and August 2019 at the Palms Casino Resort.
Tina Turner musical to open on Broadway
A new Tina Turner musical is headed to Broadway next year, according to reports published on Oct. 3. "Tina," a show based on the life of the legendary singer, will debut in New York City in the fall of 2019. The casting, performance dates and exact location of the musical have not yet been released.
Canadian rapper Jon James falls to his death during airplane stunt
Canadian rapper Jon James McMurray fell to his death on Oct. 20 after slipping off an airplane wing while filming a music video. The 34 year old, who had reportedly been training for the stunt for months, was performing on the wing of a plane when he fell. "…As Jon got further out onto the wing of the plane, it caused the small Cessna to go into a downward spiral that the pilot couldn't correct," his team said in a statement. "Jon held onto the wing until it was too late, and by the time he let go, he didn't have time to pull his chute. He impacted and died instantly."
Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard among 15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees
Stevie Nicks, The Cure and other iconic musicians were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Oct. 9. The nominees for the 2019 ceremony also include Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, Todd Rundgren, Rufus & Chaka Khan and The Zombies.
Cardi B, Childish Gambino dominate the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards
Cardi B, Childish Gambino and the Carters were big winners at the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards in Miami on Oct. 16, each taking home multiple trophies. Cardi won four prizes including best featured verse and MVP of the year, while Beyonce and JAY-Z won the three awards and Childish Gambino (aka actor Donald Glover) snagged two.
Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland sentenced to six years in prison
Billy McFarland, organizer of the disastrous Fyre Festival, was sentenced to six years in prison on Oct. 11. The 26 year old pled guilty to fraud and was immediately taken into custody following his sentencing. The charges stem from April 2017 when he deceived fans into paying thousands of dollars for faulty accommodations and tickets to a Caribbean concert that never occurred.
Lady Gaga talks mental health, suicide in powerful op-ed
Lady Gaga — who's been drawing raves all month for her performance in October's "A Star is Born" — addressed suicide and the world's "mental health emergency" in a powerful essay she wrote in collaboration with the director general of the World Health Organization. "Despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources," the pair wrote, in part, for The Guardian on Oct. 9. "Within families and communities, we often remain silenced by a shame that tells us that those with mental illness are somehow less worthy or at fault for their own suffering." The same month, Gaga made headlines for finally confirming that she is engaged to agent Christian Carino.