Healthier lifestyle

Lady Gaga quit smoking and 'flirted with' sobriety making new album

Lady Gaga's puffing is in the past.

While discussing her deeply personal album "Chromatica," which is set to be released next week, the singer opened up about the effects recording had on her — even getting her to quit smoking.

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"I smoked the whole way through making this record," she told Zane Lowe on his Apple Music show. "And when we were done, I stopped. It was the most bizarre, beautiful thing that could have happened, that this music actually healed me. You don't understand how I feel, what I've been through. And I was in this endless state of 'I'm being attacked.'"

Not only did she quit smoking, but Gaga also considered giving booze the boot, she said.

"I don't take any pain medication, because it's not healthy for me," she's said, "but I've flirted with the idea of sobriety. I'm not there yet, but I flirted with it throughout the album."

The 11-time Grammy winner said the song "911," which is about an "antipsychotic" drug she takes, made her think about her vices.

"It's something that came up as a result of me trying to work through the pain that I was feeling," she said. "But part of my healing process was going, well, I can either lash the hell out of myself every day for continuing to drink, or I can just be happy that I'm still alive and keep going and feel good enough."

She soon realized, "I am good enough. It's not perfect, but wabi-sabi. I'm perfectly imperfect."

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Throughout the process of making the album, Gaga found some catharsis and a way of dealing with traumas — some of which were self-inflicted.

"I think I forgive myself," she added. "I forgive myself for all the ways I've punished myself in private. I've been open about the fact that I used to cut. And I've been open about the fact that I have had masochistic tendencies that are not healthy. And they're ways of expressing shame. They're ways of expressing feeling not good enough, but actually they're not effective. They just make you feel worse."

High school drama

Clare Crawley fights back against claims she lied about prom

Clare Crawley is having to dance around claims that she lied about not attending her high school prom.

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On "The Bachelorette" this week, the reality TV star told contestant Chasen Nick about her teenage years. 

"I didn't have the greatest high school experience either, to be honest," she said. "I never went to prom. Nobody ever asked me. Nobody even knew who I was in high school. I was just invisible, I think. I felt invisible."

However, one woman says Clare's statement is a boldfaced lie. She knows this, she claims, because her husband supposedly took Clare to prom.

"My husband took @clarecrawley to senior prom, @clarecrawley you went to prom #bachelorette #clarecrawley #senior ball #1999 #hothusband," an Instagram user posted alongside pictures of Clare and a man at a high school dance. "Note: she went to all girls school he went to an all boys school call it what you want, Senior Ball or Senior Prom, it took place in the spring."

After a separate user said Clare had just been "exposed," the "Bachelorette" responded.

"Lol actually not," she wrote in a screenshot captured by Comments by Celebs. "You do know there is more dances in high school that are NOT Prom? Turns out it's just someone digging up old photos. (why she keeps her husbands old dance pics I'm not sure) I went to a new school senior year and in fact DID NOT go to prom just like I said."

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The high school drama notwithstanding, it seems that Clare has found her happy ending, as multiple media outlets claim she fell hard for Dale Moss and even left the show after just a few weeks with her new beau. She was reportedly replaced by fan favorite Tayshia Adams.

Felicity Huffman nearing completion of probation sentence

Felicity Huffman is about to put her college admissions scandal in the rear-view mirror.

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On Oct. 21, TMZ reported that the "Desperate Housewives" star is close to finishing her supervised release, and she's requesting that her passport be returned, as it's currently being held by the probation department.

Last year, the actress pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges, admitting that she paid $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter's answers on the SAT to help get the teen into a top university. Felicity was sentenced to a 2-week prison stint, required to perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine. She was also required to serve one year of probation.

With Felicity's probation period wrapping up in a few days, it all but puts an end to her involvement in the scandal.

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Seeing that Felicity has fulfilled her legal obligations, TMZ said the probation department has no issue returning the passport, and it's only a matter of time until she gets it and is able to travel outside the United States (which is currently hard to do amid the coronavirus pandemic).

The completion of Felicity's sentence comes less than a month before Lori Loughlin, who was also involved in the scandal, is set to report to prison to begin a two-month sentence.

ICYMI

Kanye's sweet birthday tribute to Kim: Pic

Kanye West took it back seven years to honor his wife today on her 40th birthday.

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On Oct. 21, the rapper posted a photo from his engagement to Kim Kardashian West from 2013. 

"Been doing empty stadiums. Happy 40th birthday!!!," he tweeted alongside the picture. "I love you so much."

"I love you so much," she replied.

Back in 2013, Kanye rented out AT&T Park in San Francisco to pop the question in front of the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star's friends and family on her 33rd birthday, a proposal that was shown on the family's soon-to-be ending reality TV show. While the words  "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!" appeared on the stadium's Jumbotron, the Chicago Symphony performed.

A the time, the couple had only recently welcomed their daughter North. They've since welcomed three other children to their fold. 

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Kanye's birthday tribute is one of many that Kim got on Wednesday — other's came from family members and friends like Victoria Beckham and Nicky Minaj. Even Sacha Baron Cohen gave a shoutout while in his full Borat character. The best gift Kim got, she said, was farther reaching.

"The best birthday present!! Today, the United States Library of Congress announced it will now use the subject heading…Armenian Genocide," she tweeted. "This landmark news was announced nearly one year after recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the U.S. Congress and in the setting of the recent devastating attacks on Armenians in Artsakh."

Hot hubby

Miranda Lambert uses shirtless husband to promote new video

No shirt, no shoes, no problem! 

On Oct. 21, Miranda Lambert decided that the best way to hype up the release of her new music video for "Settling Down" was to post a thirst trap of her husband, Brendan McLoughlin… not that there's anything wrong with that.

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"Shirtless husband promo volume 5 is coming for y'all tonight in the "Settling Down" video," Miranda captioned a behind-the-scenes photo from the music video of her and her husband in the kitchen. 

Brendan reposted the picture to his Instagram, writing, "We're cooking up a listless something." His rock-hard abs and muscular body can easily be seen in the image.

This isn't the first time the country superstar has shared shirtless snaps of her man. Earlier this month she posted a series of photos of her sans-shirt husband moving bales of hay.

"Make hay while the sun shines y'all!," she wrote alongside the photos, adding the hashtags "shirtless farm husband" and "you're welcome."

While making music videos is old hat for Miranda, it's new to Brendan, who has a starring role in "Settling Down." Likewise, social media is also new to the former New York City police officer, as he only joined Instagram last week. 

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"CityGoesCountry," he captioned his first snap in Oct. 16, which shows him riding a horse. 

On Oct. 19, he also shared a behind the scenes moment with Miranda from the set of "Settling Down"… and yes, thankfully his shirt is unbuttoned.

Ch-ch-changes

Why Matthew McConaughey stopped being 'the rom-com shirtless guy'

For well over a decade, Matthew McConaughey made a living basically playing the same character in the same type of movie. But then something changed in his personal life and he knew he needed to transition… if only it were that easy. 

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"So I'm rolling in rom-coms, they're very successful. I'm the rom-com guy," the actor said on the Oct. 20 episode of Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast. "They're fun. They're easy. I like doing them. They pay well. They're paying for the rent of my house on the beach that I'm running around surfing shirtless on. I'm going, 'Hell, yeah!'"

While in the midst of this, he met his wife. Camila Alves. He then knew he needed to take on different roles.

"All of a sudden my life is more full than it's ever been. My life is vital, man. I've had a newborn. I'm finally a father. I've met the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with. You know, I laugh louder. I love harder. I have more rage. I have more joy. Life is just full. … But in my work, I'm feeling kind of like, 'Ehh!' I can get another rom-com — I could do that tomorrow morning," he said.

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For more than a year and a half, Matthew declined romantic comedy role after romantic comedy role. Unfortunately, that was essentially all that was being offered to him

"Those movies I wanted to do, they were like, 'No, not with you McConaughey — you're the rom-com shirtless guy. We're not gonna let you do this movie,'" he recalled. "So I said if I can't do what I want to do, I'm going to quit doing what I've been doing."

When he committed to his word, Hollywood paid attention and started considering him for more dramatic roles.

"So another year goes by. Nothing comes in. Nothing comes in. I talk to my agent every couple of weeks. It's just like nothing. Nothing. A total of 20 months went by, and all of a sudden, 'Killer Joe' comes my way, 'Mud' comes my way, 'Magic Mike' comes my way, 'The Paperboy,' 'True Detective,' I can get 'Dallas Buyers Club' made," he said. "All of a sudden, these movies and this run that I went on come to me."

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The importance of Matthew's temporary Hollywood hiatus isn't lost on him. 

"I unbranded in that 20 months. You didn't see me. The industry didn't see me as a rom-com guy. You didn't see me in the tabloids shirtless on the beach," he said. "So all of a sudden, Matthew McConaughey for this dramatic role is now a new novel, good idea — and a good idea that I wouldn't have been 20 months prior. So I unbranded to rebrand basically."

The same day Matthew chatted with Barstool Sports, his new memoir, "Greenlights," debuted. He also produced a one-time special show on Spotify to coincide with the book release.

Alien encounter

Miley Cyrus say she was once 'chased down by some sort of UFO'

Miley Cyrus is revealing that she once had a close encounter with an unearthly object.

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In a chat with Interview magazine, the "We Can't Stop" singer said she once saw a UFO in the sky and even made eye contact with the driver of the ship.

"I was driving through San Bernardino with my friend, and I got chased down by some sort of UFO. I'm pretty sure about what I saw," she said, later indicating that the "glowing yellow" UFO looked like a "flying snowplow."

"I did see it flying, and my friend saw it, too," she said. "There were a couple of other cars on the road and they also stopped to look, so I think what I saw was real."

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The most disturbing part of the encounter, she said, was seeing the driver of the ship.

"I think that's what really shook me, looking into the eyes of something that I couldn't quite wrap my head around," she said. "I was shaken for, like, five days."

She added, "I couldn't really look at the sky the same. I thought they might come back."

Like Miley, Demi Lovato recently spoke about her extra-terrestrial encounters, claiming she was "communicating" with aliens in the California desert.

"Over the past couple months I have dug deep into the science of consciousness and experienced not only peace and serenity like I've never known but I also have witnessed the most incredibly profound sightings both in the sky as well as feet away from me," she said. "This planet is on a very negative path towards destruction but WE can change that together. If we were to get 1% of the population to meditate and make contact, we would force our governments to acknowledge the truth about extraterrestrial life among us and change our destructive habits destroying our planet."

She added several videos and pictures that she says shows other forms of life. 

She added, "This is just some of the evidence from under the stars in the desert sky that can no longer be ignored and must be shared immediately."

meme girl

Erika Girardi feuds with fan over Instagram meme credit

Just call Erika Girardi a meme girl.

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The "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star recently got into an online tussle with a fan on Instagram after posting an image that mimicked herself, Lisa Rinna and Robyn Dixon as Pink Ladies in "Grease." 

"Frenchy, Rizzo, and Marty. Pink Ladies," she captioned the meme that showed the women in pink outfits. Below that image was a photo of the actual Pink Ladies from the 1978 film. 

No one argued that the meme was clever, but one user claimed to have made the meme and was upset about Erika not giving them credit. 

"Hey. That's my photo! Can you credit me Please?" @BrandsbyBravo asked in the comments section of the post. 

Erika wasn't having it, responding, "Actually it's not your photo. It's Bravo and Paramount photo but ok. Cute meme though."

The Instagram account pleaded that the meme was their "idea."

"I'm a huge fan of yours and nearly passed out when I saw you posted my meme. I just wanted credit for it," the message said. "And in my post, I credited Bravo for the photo. Thanks!"

Erika snapped back, "The way to get more 'credit' for your 'ideas' is to come up with your own and stop leaving comments on my page about how you feel wronged. These images do not belong to you…" She even doubled down, tagging Kyle Richards in the post, since she took the snapshot of Erika in the pink jacket. 

Brands by Bravo wouldn't relent, commenting elsewhere to no one in particular, "Please go to my page to see the photo. I guess I should have water marked but I posted it an hour before she did!" The Instagram handle later maintained, "My photo. And my idea of the [pink] ladies!!"

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Upon seeing the back-and-forth, many Instagram users told Erika she was in the wrong for not giving credit. Users said it was "not cool" or "frankly gross" that she didn't credit the meme creator. Another said "stealing memes is so 2012."

"Girl really???," wrote another. "You don't know how memes and instagram works all of the sudden?? When someone edits a photo and puts their time into it, and then you repost it without credit…it's messed up. And then you gave the audacity to be rude in return? Lmao ok girl keep digging yourself into a hole it seems to be working out great so far."

Erika hinted at the meme meltdowns on her Instagram Story on Oct. 20 several times. She even referenced the Presidential election amid the drama, writing, "Y'all better keep this same energy Nov. 3. Probably won't though."

sticky fingers

Armie Hammer reveals he stole his 'Rebecca' wardrobe from film set

While leaving the set of his upcoming film "Rebecca," Armie Hammer apparently had the mentality of "what's yours is mine."

During an interview with Ali Plumb on Radio 1's Movies podcast, the actor happily revealed that he had some sticky fingers when it came to his wardrobe.

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During the chat, which also included his co-star Lily James, Armie was asked about the three-piece mustard suit he wore in the film. 

"I looked at it and went 'it's very yellow' and [director Ben Wheatley] said, 'It's gold! You're a trophy,'" the actor recalled. "I said 'are you objectifying me' and he said 'yes you are an object in the beginning.'"

Armie clearly had a fondness for the suit. 

"Don't tell people at Netflix but that suit is in my closet. you have no idea how much I stole," he said. "We're Americans! We're tactless and we steal things."

Lily was astonished at the reveal.

"I have never done this on any job! I was wearing Chanel all the time. I should do this!," she said. 

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Armie joked, "Lily is playing it right, which is why Working Title [the production company] have made so many movies." She quickly jabbed back, "That's such a compliment – I'm hired because I don't steal, not because of anything else."

The fact that Lily, 31, took part in the interview is news in and of itself, as she canceled multiple promotional interviews amid her alleged tryst with actor Dominic West, who's a married man. On Monday, one day after canceling her appearance on the "Today" show, the actress has decided to forgo her appearance on BC's "The Graham Norton Show," which was set for Oct. 23.

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Last week, Lily was spotted getting romantic while exploring Rome with her married "The Pursuit of Love" co-star. Published pictures on Oct. 12 showed Dominic, 50, caressing Lily's head and kissing her neck. Other images showed them on a shared electric scooter. The duo also reportedly flew to London together afterward, and a source told The Daily Mail they were  "all over each other" while airborne.

"Within minutes of the plane leaving, they began kissing and cuddling after both removed their masks," the source said. "They looked like a couple heading for a dirty weekend and they were all over each other. They were French kissing and there was a lot of necking going on."

dog savior

Jean-Claude Van Damme helps save puppy from euthanasia

Jean-Claude Van Damme is partially responsible for saving a 3-month-old Chihuahua from certain death due to a passport snafu.

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According to Agence France-Presse, a Bulgarian puppy named Raya was sold to new owners in Norway, but the dog was essentially stuck in limbo because it didn't have the correct passport. 

An online petition site detailed the ordeal. 

"The dog puppy has a Bulgarian passport with vaccines and parasites treatment given by a Bulgarian veterinarian," the petition said. "The Norwegian Food Safety Authority, however, does not validate the vaccines she got in Bulgaria. Here in Norway, the dog also got additional vaccines (DHPPi and Rabies vaccines among others). On September 23. The Norwegian Food Authority took the dog from us and put her in quarantine. I have to pay for every day she is in quarantine, which I accept, as I only care for the puppy's life and well-being."

While Norway said that dog was transported "illegally," Bulgaria said the passport is invalid, preventing the pup from going there. 

With the dog in no-man's land, euthanasia was the next move. That's when Jean-Claude stepped in.

"I beg, please, for my birthday, the food safety authority, change your decision," he wrote on the petition. "They made a mistake, the people who didn't do the paper correctly … But they cannot kill that little Chihuahua."

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Jean-Claude brought further awareness to the cause by tweeting out the petition to his nearly 350,000 Twitter followers.

The petition seemed to work. Media reports state the Bulgarian food safety authority have decided to allow Raya to return. She will receive a medical checkup and be put up for adoption.