Crisis point

Demi Moore opens up about 'spiraling down a path of real self-destruction'

Demi Moore was in crisis. But thanks to the help of "two people who I barely knew," she got her life back on track.

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The actress spoke about her struggles during an acceptance speech after receiving a woman of the year award from Peggy Albrecht Friendly House, the Los Angeles recovery center and sober living program that celebrated its 29th annual awards luncheon on Oct. 27.

"I feel like there [are] defining moments in our lives that shape who we are and the direction we go and early in my career, I was spiraling down a path of real self-destruction and no matter what successes I had, I just never felt good enough," Demi, 55, explained, according to reports from Us Weekly and Variety.

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"I had absolutely no value for myself and this self-destructive path, it very quickly led, brought me to a real crisis point," she added. "And [the reason] wasn't clear at the time. Maybe it was divine intervention, but two people who I barely knew stepped up and took a stand for me and presented me with an opportunity, which I guess was more like an ultimatum — unless I was dead, I better show up."

Demi did not explain the nature of her self-destruction, but it has been reported that she struggled with drug addiction not long after she found fame in the early '80s. People magazine has previously reported that Demi was abusing drugs and alcohol as she worked on movies like 1982's "Parasite" and TV shows like "General Hospital," on which she starred form 1982 to 1984.

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1984 is also the same year she divorced first husband Freddy Moore — and when she booked the movie that would change the course of her career: "St. Elmo's Fire," which co-starred several other members of the Brat Pack. "But when director Joel Schumacher discovered the extent of Moore's dissolute ways, he threatened to fire her," People wrote years later. "That did it. Moore promptly entered a rehab program and arrived on the set two weeks later clean and sober. She never looked back."

In her award acceptance speech on Saturday, Demi said that the ultimatum she was given "gave me a chance to redirect the course of my life before I destroyed everything. Clearly, they saw more in me than I saw in myself and I'm so grateful because without that opportunity, without their belief in me, I wouldn't be standing here today," she told the audience.

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Demi concluded, "Life is certainly not a straight line and I think everybody here has dealt with not feeling good enough at some point in their lives. I know that in a moment of great struggle for me, I reached out to a wise teacher and I expressed my fear that I wasn't good enough and she said, 'You will never be good enough but you can know that value of your worth. Put down the measuring stick.' So today, I put down the measuring stick and I thank you for this beautiful acknowledgment and the opportunity to know the value of my worth."

In 2012, Demi made headlines after she was transported to a hospital after collapsing at a party, reportedly because of substance abuse issues. She was said to be struggling to cope with the fallout of her divorce from Ashton Kutcher at the time. People magazine reported that sources close to both Demi and Ashton had claimed Demi's prescription drug use was a contributing factor in their split.

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Multiple outlets reported that she entered rehab again in 2012 — Demi's camp's official explanation was that "because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health entered treatment for exhaustion" — but according to E! News, Demi went to Cirque Lodge in Sundance, Utah, to seek treatment for an eating disorder and addiction issues.

The day after the award ceremony, Demi took to her new Instagram account to thank her three daughters with ex-husband Bruce Willis, her good friend Amanda de Cadenet, other loved ones and Friendly House for honoring her.

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So grateful for the love and support of friends and family even my furry family! Ru @rumerwillis Scouter @scoutlaruewillis and my Boo @buuski seeing your beautiful smiling faces-you are what makes my heart worth beating. Everything I do is for you! Thank you my dear friend Amanda @amandadecadenet for presenting me with this beautiful honor and bringing your strength beauty depth intelligence and deep loving. Having you there was like being wrapped in a warm blanket of love and safety. It was an honor to be recognized by @FriendlyHouseLA alongside @angelamanueldavis @wzyofweho #BarbaraBachStarkey and #MarjorieBackWalsh With the gorgeous @ambervalletta as our host Amber you are a pillar of calm grace and ease that reminded me to breathe thank you! my anchors for always being there @ericbuterbaugh @jwuntitled Girls love @moonfrye @spagettyos_ @lennz13 @danielavillegasjewelry @atlantabean @trinavenit #sathari #danaharris #michellealves Thank you to all my friends who supported me and @friendlyhousela but who could not be there yesterday. Your support is what allows Friendly House to do the amazing work they do helping women find recovery and reclaim their lives with dignity!! This Instagram business is still new for me and yesterday's unspeakable act in Pittsburgh left me gutted and frozen, completely unable to even think about sharing my gratitude for such a beautiful event. I will figure this out but please excuse me in advanced for any IG faux pax of insensitivity it certainly is not intended. My heart goes out to the families. I believe in the power of LOVE! These are the moments we need to inject greater loving compassion acceptance and understanding. #LoveWins

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"So grateful for the love and support of friends and family even my furry family! Ru @rumerwillis Scouter @scoutlaruewillis and my Boo @buuski seeing your beautiful smiling faces-you are what makes my heart worth beating. Everything I do is for you!" Demi wrote in part. "Thank you my dear friend Amanda @amandadecadenet for presenting me with this beautiful honor and bringing your strength beauty depth intelligence and deep loving. Having you there was like being wrapped in a warm blanket of love and safety."

Island fever

Miss Cayman Islands denies link to Armie Hammer amid scandal

Armie Hammer is on an island of his own when it comes to the Miss Cayman Islands pageant.

The organization was recently linked to Armie, but it has forcefully refuted any connection to the scandal-plagued actor.

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Last week, the "Call Me By Your Name" star was reported to have a secret Instagram account under the handle el_destructo_86. The person running the account, supposedly Armie, implied that he was having a relationship with "Ms. Cayman," as a racy video of a woman appeared in the feed.

The org said the lingerie-clad woman on the Instagram feed is not Miss Cayman, nor does the woman have anything to do with Miss Cayman Islands.

"The Committee is very disturbed by the video and would like to confirm that the woman is not the reigning Miss Cayman Islands and has no affiliation to the Miss Cayman Islands Universe pageant," the pageant said on its Instagram account. "The Committee and the reigning Miss Cayman regard this issue with the utmost seriousness and the matter has been reported to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS)."

It added, "The depiction of the woman in the video goes against all that our organization stands for and the Committee is consequently requesting that Mr. Hammer immediately remove all references to Miss Cayman from his social media channels."

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Last weekend Armie's name was trending on social media after he allegedly described himself as a "cannibal" in a leaked private message to a woman. As the week went on, more women came forward with bizarre and disturbing accusations against him.

The fallout prompted him to pull out of the film "Shotgun Wedding," which he was set to star in opposite Jennifer Lopez. 

"I'm not responding to these b******* claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic," he told TMZ. "Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I'm grateful to them for that." 

Body moving

Kelly Osbourne 'feeling herself' while showing off weight loss

Kelly Osbourne has got it, and she's flaunting it. 

The reality TV star took to Instagram this weekend to show off her 85 pound weight loss.

"Oh she's feeling herself today hunty!!!!," Kelly captioned a series of snaps that appear to have been taken in a trailer.

Last August, Kelly shocked her fans when she showed off a significantly slimmed figure on social media. She told one friend that she dropped 85 pounds. A few weeks later, she opened up about her weight loss, indicating it was helped by surgery.

"I did the gastric sleeve. All it does is change the shape of your stomach," she said on the "Hollywood Raw with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn" podcast. "I got that almost 2 years ago. I will never ever ever lie about it ever. It is the best thing I have ever done."

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The surgery, she said, is different than a "gastric bypass."

"All it does is move you in the right direction," she said. "So, anyone who's thinking of doing something like this, really think about that. I had to do a year of stand-alone therapy to prepare myself for the surgery before I even had it. All it is — is a push in the right direction. It doesn't solve all your problems. It's not a quick fix."

Not only has Kelly's body changed, but so has her mindset.

"The number one thing I had to do was get happy. I had to fix my head before I could fix my body. You can never go into this if you're not in a good mindset. I stopped drinking, which is the best thing I've ever done. I really wanted to fix the things that were broken in me," she said. "I'm not perfect. I still make a lot of mistakes. I have bumps in the road, I fall down, I get back up again."

Equestrian Mission

Chrissy Teigen heads into 'horse world' for therapeutic reasons

In the wake of her recent pregnancy loss, Chrissy Teigen is taking the advice of her therapist and giving "horse world" a try.

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On Saturday, Jan. 16, the cookbook author and mother of two shared a photo of a gorgeous brown horse with a white nose relaxing in a stall.

"My therapist says I need something that I do for just me, as I have absolutely nothing currently lol," she tweeted. "Today begins my journey into the horse world. I hope this dude likes me … he's so handsome and appears lazy, I love."

Asked what is name is, Chrissy replied in the comments, "Cosmo!" adding that she hopes his name is a reference to the "Seinfeld" character, Cosmo Kramer, and that she's not Cosmo's owner.

Though she didn't immediately confirm if she was planning to take horseback riding lessons, the fact that her therapist suggested Cosmo made one follower point out she could be starting equine therapy, which can center around riding, or incorporate other kinds of equestrian work or interaction.

Chrissy's foray into "horse world" marks the latest in a series of changes she's made to her life since September, when she and her husband, John Legend, lost their third child, Jack, about halfway through Chrissy's pregnancy, due to complications related to the placenta.

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The experience left Chrissy in a deep state of grief, as she later shared in a candid Medium essay.

But she's also told fans she's been able to move forward, thanks to therapy and other support systems.

Back in December, the model revealed she'd given up drinking.

She's also added tattoo tributes to both Jack and John, to her growing — and family-centric — ink collection.

Good Genes

Blue Ivy Carter, 9, takes after her aunt Solange in adorable dance class video

Genes work in mysterious ways!

A video of Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, rocking out in dance class went viral this week after Blue's grandmother, Tina Knowles Lawson, marveled at how much the 9-year-old resembles Bey's younger sister, Solange.

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"Thi is Blue but I swear it looks like Solange dancing at this age ❤️," Tina captioned the adorable clip, which shows Blue pumping her arms and stomping her feet as she spins around slowly, checking out what the other girls in her class are up to.

By the end of the short video, a few of Blue's classmates start trying out moves that match hers as they watch her dance.

According to JustJared, the clip went viral as commenters compared notes on Blue's dance floor similarities to her famous mom, 39, and aunt, 34.

For some, like activist, author and teacher Rachel Cargle, Blue's Beyonce DNA was clearly centerstage.

"The way she looked around to VERIFY that no one was on her level," Rachel commented, "… then went back to work. … BABYYYYY! This is Beys child!"

Another user joked, "Blue said 'hold my Juicebox real quick '😂😂😂."

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Granted, not a lot of kids are on her level when it comes to music and performance.  

Blue was just 8 when she won an NAACP Image Award for outstanding duo, group or collaboration for her contribution to Beyonce's "Brown Skin Girl" and a Soul Train Award for video of the year for the song's video.

Last month, she was added to the list of Grammy nominees for Best Music Video for "Brown Skin Girl," an honor she shares with her mom and Beyonce's collaborators, SaintJhn and WizKid.

Released

Dr. Dre released from hospital after brain aneurysm

After nearly two weeks in the hospital, Dr. Dre has been discharged and is headed home. 

On Jan. 15, the hip-hop mogul was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, but TMZ reported that doctors are still monitoring him very closely, as he still needs constant attention.

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"There are medical professionals at his home who will monitor him 24/7 for the next few weeks to make sure he's okay," the webloid said.

Dre was rushed to the hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm on Jan. 4 — all but two days of his hospitalization were spent in the intensive care unit. 

Despite his release, doctors still don't know what caused his brain bleed. Still, there is hope that the worst is over, and sources told TMZ earlier in the week that a "bad outcome" isn't expected, but doctors have told Dre's family to stay cautiously optimistic.

It's not publicly known whether Dre had surgery, but it seems likely.

Of course, brain aneurysms are very serious and result in death about half of the time. The majority of those who survive a brain aneurysm suffer permanent neurological damage.

After news of hospitalization made headlines, the rapper posted an encouraging message on Instagram. 

"Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes. I'm doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team," he wrote on Jan. 5. "I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!" 

Shedding the lb's

Blake Shelton plans to lose 10 pounds before wedding

Blake Shelton is looking to slim down before his wedding ceremony.

While speaking to his pal Luke Bryan on an episode of Party Barn Radio, the "Minimum Wage" artists said he's determined to get in better shape before tying the knot with fiancée Gwen Stefani. In fact, he's looking for double-digit weight loss.

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"I feel like if I say 10, I have to do it. So, 10. It's out there now, I can't let people down," he said. "I've readjusted all the mirrors in the house. So they look like you when you're taking a selfie from up above, because you can't even stand and look at myself in the mirror."

"So I've rearranged them or they're kind of angled down, looking down at me," he added. "So I'm looking up and it's not so bad."

It's not known when Blake and Gwen will eventually get hitched, but she's indicated that she doesn't want to get married during a pandemic

"It's like, Blake, why couldn't you have done it before," she mused to Jimmy Fallon earlier this month. "Now we can't have a wedding with the pandemic. It's like sitting around going, OK, drag it out more!"

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During that same conversation, the "Hollaback Girl" singer spoke to Jimmy about the moment that her country singer beau finally popped the question after five years together

"Wasn't expecting it at the moment that it happened, at all," she said on "The Tonight Show" on Jan. 5. "Didn't have any idea, nobody knew. I think he had told my dad on my birthday about two weeks earlier, and I gotta tell you, I was sorta like, What's happening with us?"

She began to doubt that Blake would ever pop the question.

"It was kind of in my mind like, We've been together a long time now. What's going on? I was in that place in my head," she said.

Before the proposal, reports claim, Blake got the approval from Gwen's sons Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, 6, whom she shares with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale.

Music is coming!

Adele's friend hints that new music is coming within weeks

We might be less than a month away from new music from Adele.

It's been over five years since Adele dropped "25," but the wait will be over soon, according to one of her friends.  

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In a chat with Grazia UK, comic Alan Carr said he's heard some of the unreleased music, and "it's amazing."

Adele's name was brought up when the "RuPaul's Drag Race" host was asked who of the following women would drop music in February: Adele, Cardi B or Rihanna.

"Adele, isn't it? I've actually heard some tracks on it," he said. "Oh my God, it's amazing — so amazing."

It's believed that Adele's album is finished, and it's been unofficially dubbed "32," as that's the age she was when it was recorded. Previous Adele albums have all been named after her age during recording.

Upon hearing the new songs, Alan recalled telling Adele, "That voice is like an old friend."

He continued, "There are some people in the charts who sound a bit like Adele and then when you hear Adele's voice, you go, 'Oh no, there's only one.'"

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In referring to Adele's massive weight loss, Alan was asked if the songstress' voice had "gone skinny."

"No, no, no," he said. "She's still got a chunky but funky voice — don't worry."

Adele, for the record, has stayed mum on her plans to release music. Many wondered if she might tease a new song during her hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live" last year, but that didn't happen. Likewise, she hasn't posted on Instagram since that appearance.

"Look after each other and go easy on yourselves," she wrote on social media after thanking the cast and crew of the NBC show. "I'm going back to my cave now to be the (single) cat lady that I am! Peace out til next year."

Friends forever

Mario Lopez dishes on chat with Dustin Diamond after cancer diagnosis

Bonded by Bayside.

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On Jan. 14, Dustin Diamond's reps confirmed that the former "Saved By The Bell" star has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. A few hours later, one of Dustin's "Bayside High" classmates reveled that he reached to the ailing actor. 

"I connected with Dustin earlier this evening and although the news of his diagnosis is heartbreaking, we remain positive that he'll overcome this," Mario Lopez tweeted alongside two pictures from the nostalgic show. "Praying for him & his family and for a speedy recovery. God Bless."

On Jan. 11, multiple reports revealed that Dustin had been hospitalized after feeling uneasy and experiencing pain all over his body. He also discovered a lump in his throat. Dustin's medical team felt it was "likely" cancer, and on Jan. 14, TMZ reported that those fears were confirmed. Dustin, the webloid explained, has stage 4 cancer and is also experiencing pain from shingles. 

His rep later confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Dustin, who famously played Screech, had already started chemotherapy.

"It's serious, but we don't know how serious yet," Dustin's rep told EW. "He's at an undisclosed hospital in Florida and will probably go home after treatments. We just want him to get well soon."

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Dustin's health issues come amid the recent revival of the sitcom on Peacock. Several of Dustin's former castmates star in the new show, but the actor who played Screech wasn't offered a gig, perhaps given his fallout with the majority of the cast over the years. 

In 2009, he released a book titled "Behind the Bell" that painted a dark picture of the show, alleging drug use and backstabbing. Most of the cast spoke out against the book, calling it fiction. In 2014, Lifetime released a movie largely based on the book: "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story."

Dustin eventually said he didn't write the book and apologized for it.

There is buzz that Dustin might make an appearance on the revival. "They've been talking, so we're keeping our fingers crossed," his reps said.

Remembrance

Celine Dion honors late husband on 5th anniversary of his death

Celine Dion is paying tribute to her late husband, René Angelil, on the fifth anniversary of his death.

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On Jan. 14, the singer posted a photo to Instagram of her and René holding hands on the beach. 

"René, it's been 5 years already… There's not one day that we don't think about you," she sweetly captioned the image. "We're reaching out to you now more than ever, to guide us, protect us, and continue to watch over us. And we pray that you'll shine your love on the entire world, to all those at this very moment, who are facing incredibly difficult times."

She added, "You are in our hearts and in our lives forever. We love you, Celine, René-Charles, Nelson and Eddy xx…"

Celine often speaks about her late husband, who passed away in 2016 after a long battle with throat cancer. 

Celine often keeps René's spirit alive in Instagram tributes to her kids. She took the opportunity to reference René last October when their twin sons, Nelson and Eddy, celebrated their 10th birthdays. 

"Nelson and Eddy, you have been bringing so much joy, love and laughter into our lives every single day for the past 10 years," she wrote on Instagram at the time. "You make me, your big brother and your Dad, who is for sure watching over you, so very proud. Happy birthday my beautiful boys! We love you so very much… – Mom, RC and Dad xx…"

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She did the same when René-Charles' turned 19 years old in January 2020. 

"I want you to know that your father's guidance continues to support and protect you… as I do," she wrote on Instagram last year. "Keep being the best of yourself… strong, passionate, and wise, as you pursue all of your dreams in life – the sky's the limit!"