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"I didn't realise until too late": John Farnham opens up about severe health scare

<p>Australian music icon John Farnham caused concern amongst his fans as he was forced to cancel his Australian tour at the last minute and was admitted into hospital.</p> <p>He’s now opened up to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></em><span> </span>about the experience.</p> <p>The 70-year-old said that he had a “severe” kidney infection.</p> <p>“I didn't realise until too late. I'd been feeling uncomfortable. My wife Jill had been telling me to go to the doctor,” explained the singer.</p> <p>Instead of seeking medical help, Farnham powered through the pain and thought that things will be fine.</p> <p>“I was very unwell there for a while,” he added, stating that he is “good now”.</p> <p>“It gave me a wake-up call to look after myself a bit more.”</p> <p>The health scare was the wakeup call Farnham needed, as he has completely overhauled his lifestyle.</p> <p>This includes giving up smoking, which the<span> </span><em>You’re The Voice<span> </span></em>star has done so since he was 14.</p> <p>Farnham also admitted in the article that he has cut back on drinking in recent months.</p> <p>The music icon is set to tour Australia again in November, with shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Caversham, Seppeltsfield and Werribee.</p> <p>He is also touring New Zealand, with two shows in Auckland and Wellington.</p>

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Madonna reveals hidden story behind iconic “Vogue” music clip

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Madonna’s hit </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was the best-selling single of 1990, with more than 6 million copies flying off the shelves.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, despite the songs success, it was the accompanying film clip that really made waves.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film clip is shot in black and white, and the singer drew inspiration from “vogue” dancing, which is created from eccentric model poses from </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> magazine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The dance style at the time was little-known as it evolved from African-American drag queens of the Harlem ballroom scene in the early 1960’s.</span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GuJQSAiODqI"></iframe></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The impact that the video had on the underground scene will be spoken about in the upcoming second season of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pose</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, with the show picking up at a time when Madonna’s video was released.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The FX drama details the history of drag ballroom culture that came to define New York. Co-creator Steven Canals said that season 2 would follow the reaction of drag culture making its way into mainstream pop culture. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If we’re looking at the history of ballroom and specifically that moment in time, what Madonna did was bring ballroom to the mainstream,” Canals told </span><a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/pose-cast-creators-madonnas-vogue-season-2-influences-1217365"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Hollywood Reporter</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “She introduced the world to this community who, up until that point in time, had been a subculture.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a sneak peek of the first episode of the second season, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> can be heard playing minutes into it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) gives a speech to the house full of critics.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Mark my words, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">will make us stars,” she says. “Madonna lives on the edge for what’s next, and what’s newer than an entire world undiscovered brimming to the rim with guts, gorgeousness and raw talent?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">American theatre performer Billy Porter, who stars in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pose</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, says that the industry still had to make strides before being accepted into society.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Without us Madonna would be nothing, Beyoncé would be nothing, Lady Gaga would be nothing,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The culture has been influenced by us since the beginning of time and now we get to reclaim that space.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Photo credit: Madonna, </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuJQSAiODqI"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span></a></p>

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Princess Diana brought to life in new Broadway musical

<p>A new musical about the late Princess Diana is currently in the works with performances taking place in March 2020. The director, Christopher Ashley, won a Tony Award for his work on<span> </span><em>Come From Away</em><span> </span>with the show’s music and book written by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, who won a Tony for Memphis in 2010.</p> <p>Diana will be played by Jeanna de Waal.</p> <p>“To bring Diana to life onstage is obviously a huge privilege,” said de Waal of the role, as reported by<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.marieclaire.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>Marie Claire</em></a>. “I feel very daunted by the prospect, but I hope people who didn’t know about her and weren’t aware of her journey leave the theatre with an idea of what she did for the world. She made everyone feel special, from the highest person to the lowest-ranking person, and I think we want to celebrate her.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1E_xUUnIr8/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1E_xUUnIr8/" target="_blank">A post shared by kembricistan (@kembricistan)</a> on Aug 12, 2019 at 1:54pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>There will be 23 songs featured throughout the show, with one of them being “<em>A Pretty Girl in a Pretty Dress</em>,” which will seemingly reference Diana’s famous “revenge dress” – a black, off-the-shoulder Christina Stambolian gown that she wore while attending the Serpentine Gallery summer party in 1994.</p> <p>The Princess wore the jaw-dropping ensemble the same night Prince Charles confessed to having an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles in a televised documentary.</p> <p>DiPietro, who took great interest in Tina Brown’s book<span> </span><em>The Diana Chronicles</em><span> </span>told the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/" target="_blank"><em>Post</em></a><span> </span>that “(Diana) was a blue blood, she was beautiful, and she was a virgin, which was hard to find in 1980s London.”</p> <p>The musical is said to focus on Diana’s life, with her tragic death being referenced in an epilogue.</p> <p>Performances will begin on March 2, 2020 at the Longacre Theatre in New York.</p>

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Dolly Parton’s secret revealed: Why you’ll never see her with short sleeves on

<p>Dolly Parton, country singer, has been in the public eye for more than 50 years. In that time, she has never worn a top with short sleeves.</p> <p>For many years, avid fans of the singer have been speculating that her arms are covered in tattoos, but there has never been any proof.</p> <p>However, comedian Rosanne Barr confirmed the rumour in an appearance on Craig Ferguson’s talk show back in 2011.</p> <p>"Do you know who's totally tattooed?" she said, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&amp;objectid=12257243" target="_blank">The NZ Herald</a></em>. "I shouldn't even tell this. Dolly Parton is totally tattooed.</p> <p>"She showed me. She's got all these awesome tattoos all over her body — no black or blue lines, all like pastel, gorgeous bows all over everything."</p> <p>The existence of the tattoos was also backed up by<span> </span><em>Absolutely Fabulous</em><span> </span>star Jennifer Saunders, who said she saw the artwork after bumping into Parton in a restaurant.</p> <p>"She literally just opened her top," Saunders recalled on<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94a9NNxEYdM" target="_blank">Channel 7's Sunday Night</a>.</em></p> <p>"And she wasn't wearing a bra.</p> <p>"They were the most beautiful angels and beautiful butterflies and baskets of flowers in pastel-coloured tattoos."</p> <p>Despite Parton asking Saunders not to tell anyone, she wrote about the experience in her autobiography.</p> <p>Parton has denied the existence of the tattoos in the past but confirmed their existence in 2017 to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/01/dolly-parton-tattoos-fan-art" target="_blank">Vanity Fair</a>.<br /></em></p> <p>"I don't really like to make a big to-do of [the tattoos] because people make such a big damn deal over every little thing.</p> <p>"But most of the tattoos, when I first started, I was covering up some scars that I had 'cause I have a tendency to have keloid scar tissue, and I have a tendency where if I have any kind of scars anywhere then they kind of have a purple tinge that I can never get rid of.</p> <p>"So mine are all pastels, what few that I have, and they're meant to cover some scars. I'm not trying to make some big, bold statement."</p> <p>If fans think that they’ll be able to see the tattoos more often, they’d be wrong. Parton performed at the Grammy Awards with her goddaughter Miley Cyrus and despite wearing a sheer top, she kept her tattoos hidden with a flesh coloured material.</p> <p>Scroll through to see Dolly Parton’s long-sleeved looks over the years.</p>

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"I don't know what's more upsetting": Wife turns recording of husband's snoring into a hit song

<p>What would you do if you could no longer stand your partner’s snoring? A woman has come up with a daring solution – record the snoring sound, turn it into a song and release it on popular music platforms around the globe. </p> <p>After getting fed up by the noise her husband Dave made every night, the English woman turned the recorded the sound of his snoring into an “'80s movie-style dramatic theme song” she titled <em>Dave Don’t Snore</em>.</p> <p>The song has become an unexpected hit, with the streaming numbers continuing to climb.</p> <p>The woman made her husband Dave a <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/DuckMischief/status/1139300333426020353" target="_blank">certificate</a> when the snoring song passed 30,000 streams on music platforms in June.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I don’t know what’s more upsetting, that my wife uploaded my snoring to spotify, that 44,000 people have listened to it, or that she took the time to release an instrumental version! <a href="https://t.co/EfBktLpDXy">pic.twitter.com/EfBktLpDXy</a></p> — Dave (@DaveApnea) <a href="https://twitter.com/DaveApnea/status/1151049562523611137?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“I don’t know what’s more upsetting, that my wife uploaded my snoring to Spotify, that 44,000 people have listened to it, or that she took the time to release an instrumental version!” Dave wrote on Twitter in July.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xIso1MH8L8Q"></iframe></div> <p>At the time of writing, the song has received more than 154,488 streams on Spotify and over 62,000 plays on YouTube.</p> <p>This week, the song reached number 17 in the Singapore Viral 50 chart on Spotify.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">No. 17 and CLIMBING in Singapore on <a href="https://twitter.com/Spotify?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Spotify</a> 🚀🔥🤭 (<a href="https://twitter.com/DaveApnea?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DaveApnea</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DistroKid?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DistroKid</a> ) <a href="https://t.co/UiSCE8AhB1">pic.twitter.com/UiSCE8AhB1</a></p> — Duck Mischief (@DuckMischief) <a href="https://twitter.com/DuckMischief/status/1158000995047235586?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The viral song also fuelled more follow-ups <em>Dave Also Plays a Mean Flute</em> and <em>Dave Found His Old Synthesizer</em>.</p>

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Who is Austin Butler? The upcoming star cast in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley film

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Austin Butler has been cast in a career-making film role as he’s set to play the late Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film which will have Tom Hanks as Presley’s longtime manager.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film’s timeline will span 20 years, from Presley's rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America”, according to </span><a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/elvis-presley-film-release-date-austin-butler-baz-luhrmann-tom-hanks-king-of-rock-a9037716.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Independent</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The plan for filming is set to start in early 2020 to accommodate Hanks’ schedule, according to </span><a href="https://variety.com/2019/film/news/austin-butler-elvis-presley-biopic-2021-release-1203290408/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Variety</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which means that there’s a release date of October 1, 2021. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Butler, 27, beat out Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort for the role, but no one knows that much about him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Butler started out on networks such as Nickelodeon and Disney Channel in the early 2000s, but has recently starred alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in the blockbuster </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. It was directed by Quentin Tarantino.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He is currently dating Vanessa Hudgens and has done so since 2011.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0dm9eSB10g/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0dm9eSB10g/" target="_blank">#onceuponatimeinhollywood Styled by @browne.andrews Photo thanks to @britishgq © David Crotty</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/austinbutler/" target="_blank"> Austin Butler</a> (@austinbutler) on Jul 28, 2019 at 6:47am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Butler couldn’t be more thrilled about being cast for the role.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am just profoundly honoured that Baz has invited me on this journey with him,” Butler told </span><a href="https://www.etonline.com/austin-butler-says-hes-honored-to-be-playing-elvis-as-he-channels-the-king-on-the-red-carpet-129099"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Entertainment Tonight</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s an extraordinary privilege. And I just feel so blessed to be working with such singular directors like him and Quentin Tarantino.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz8sg24Bw6y/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz8sg24Bw6y/" target="_blank">“You have made my life complete, and I love you so”</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/austinbutler/" target="_blank"> Austin Butler</a> (@austinbutler) on Jul 15, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luhrmann was quick to release a statement about Butler’s casting.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I knew I couldn't make this film if the casting wasn't absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Throughout the casting process, it was an honour for me to encounter such a vast array of talent.”</span></p>

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Mariah Carey opens up about first marriage to man 20 years her senior

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mariah Carey has recently revealed that despite what people thought, things weren’t always as glamorous as they seemed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a cover story for </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cosmopolitan</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the singer discussed a range of topics, including her mixed-race identity, the impact she’s had on pop music across her three-decade career, as well as her beginnings in the music industry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> She also made reference to her marriage to a man 20 years her senior, Sony Music mogul Tommy Mottola.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You might want to picture a child bride,” she</span><a href="https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a28137694/mariah-carey-profile-cover-cosmo-interview-sex-shade-memes/"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> told the magazine</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “There was a conscious effort to keep me as this all-American, whatever that means, girl. It was very controlled. There was no freedom for me as a human being. It was almost like being a prisoner.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mottola has deemed his relationship with Carey as “wrong and inappropriate” and the couple broke up after eight years together. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzsg82Kg81o/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzsg82Kg81o/" target="_blank">Out now! cosmopolitan.com/mariah-carey @COSMOPOLITAN Photos: @jasonkimphoto Stylist: @jwujek Makeup: @kristoferbuckle Hair: @hairbylorenzomartin</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mariahcarey/" target="_blank"> Mariah Carey</a> (@mariahcarey) on Jul 9, 2019 at 5:11am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Carey also goes onto talk about her infamous 2016 New Year’s Eve performance when her earpiece malfunctioned and she refused to sing along to the backup track.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If people think that’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to me, then first of all, they haven’t studied my career well enough,” she says. “After what I’ve been through, who really gives a s**t if my monitor broke, fell off, came out of my ears because the stupid robe was too loose? These things happen and it’s over. My true fans stick with me, and the rest of the people will get over it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cosmopolitan </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">asked her about whether she writes her own songs and she commented:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A lot of artists say they write, but they don’t really write. No offense to anybody. That’s just what I’ve seen.”</span></p>

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“He’s fully taken over”: Why Celine Dion's friends are worried about her “boy toy"

<p>Celine Dion is known as a music icon around the world, but there are concerns amongst her closest friends that she’s being too heavily influenced by her backup dancer and close friend Pepe Munoz.</p> <p>The 51-year-old <em>My Heart Will Go On</em> singer has been very close to Munoz after her husband René Angélil passed away at the age of 73 in 2016.</p> <p>Munoz has been described as her “boy toy” but Dion has said herself that he is gay and her “best friend”.</p> <p><em>The New York Post</em>'s <a rel="noopener" href="https://pagesix.com/2019/07/29/celine-dions-dancer-boy-toy-calling-the-shots-for-legendary-singer/" target="_blank">Page Six</a> has reported that some people in Dion’s inner circle fear that Munoz is “isolating” the star from her friends and “taking over” her life.</p> <p>“Pepe is like her boy toy who is really trying to take over. He’s isolating her and people are feeling it,” an anonymous friend told the publication.</p> <p>“She’s in love with this guy and listens to everything he’s saying.</p> <p>“People go to him when they have questions. He’s fully taken over.”</p> <p>Meanwhile, Dion shut down rumours of a relationship between herself and Munoz last year.</p> <p>“Pepe is gay,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://extratv.com/2019/04/04/celine-dion-takes-on-pepe-munoz-romance-rumors/" target="_blank"><em>Extra</em></a>. “At first, I think some people did not know that.”</p> <p>The iconic singer added, “The thing is that he’s my best friend and we dance together and he did so much for me and even just holding my hand… it’s something that I haven’t had for a long time.”</p> <p>She further defended herself to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/8301240/celine-dion-hyde-park-concert-sexier/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em>’s</a> Dan Wooten in January saying that they’re just good friends.</p> <p>"The press said, ‘Oh my God, René just passed and now there’s another man.’ Yeah, there’s another man in my life, but not the man in my life," she said. "We’re friends, we’re best friends."</p> <p>Dion added, “Of course we hug and hold hands and go out, so people see that. I mean, he’s a gentleman. He’s giving me his hand to go out.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Dion and Munoz spending time together as best friends. </p>

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Pink Floyd guitar sells for world-record price at auction

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The legendary guitar belonging to Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour has sold for $5.7 million at auction. It is now the most expensive guitar of all time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gilmour raised over $30 million for charity after auctioning off more than 120 lots from his personal collection.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sale took place at Christie’s auction house in New York City and included iconic instruments played by Gilmour throughout Pink Floyd’s history.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The legendary “Black Strat” Fender Stratocaster guitar, which was used on the recording of the band’s hit albums </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Dark Side of the Moon</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (1973), </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wish You Were Here</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (1975), </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Animals</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (1977) and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Wall</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (1979), was the standout item and sold for the jaw-dropping $5.7 million.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">"It's very hard to know how much I will miss it."<br />David talks about his iconic Black Strat, ahead of its sale through <a href="https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ChristiesInc</a> next month in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GilmourGuitars?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GilmourGuitars</a> charity auction. <a href="https://t.co/CA7anqH9ej">pic.twitter.com/CA7anqH9ej</a></p> — David Gilmour (@_DavidGilmour) <a href="https://twitter.com/_DavidGilmour/status/1129086403000901637?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">16 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Proceeds from the auction will go to the charity ClientEarth, which funds environmental lawyers and experts in the fight against climate change.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The global climate crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity will ever face, and we are within a few years of the effects of global warming being irreversible," Gilmour said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We need a civilised world that goes on for all our grandchildren and beyond in which these guitars can be played and songs can be sung."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other stand out items sold at auction included Gilmour’s Martin D-35 acoustic guitar, which sold for more than $1 million and his 1955 Gibson Les Paul, which was famously used for the guitar solo on</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Another Brick in the Wall </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Part 2).</span></p>

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Baz Luhrmann is making a biopic about Elvis Presley

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Baz Luhrmann has decided to create a biopic about musical legend Elvis Presley. Luhrmann is known for his stylised work on </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Moulin Rouge! </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Great Gatbsy</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Five actors battled it out to get the top spot of playing Presley, with big names such as Ansel Elgort, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Miles Teller, Austin Butler and musician slash actor Harry Styles fighting for the part.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, it has recently been announced that the man who will play the King of Rock is Austin Butler. Butler announced the news on his Instagram.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz8sg24Bw6y/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz8sg24Bw6y/" target="_blank">“You have made my life complete, and I love you so”</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/austinbutler/" target="_blank"> Austin Butler</a> (@austinbutler) on Jul 15, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tom Hanks is already on board the project as Col. Tom Parker, who is the legendary manager who controlled every aspect of Presley’s life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film is described as focusing on the late entertainer’s rise and fall, with a major aspect of the film focusing on his relationship with Parker.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a manager, Parker helped build Presley’s career from nothing, but was also said to be extremely controlling. It was also said by </span><a href="https://deadline.com/2019/07/elvis-presley-movie-baz-luhrmann-ansel-elgort-miles-teller-austin-butler-harry-styles-tom-hanks-1202640766/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Deadline</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that he took half of Presley’s earnings home for himself. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luhrmann has been developing this project with his wife Catherine Martin since finishing on</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The Great Gatsby</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in 2013. The pair are set to co-produce the biopic.</span></p>

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Spitting image: Annie Lennox’s daughter makes glamorous arrival at red carpet event

<p>Annie Lennox’s daughter Lola Lennox oozed glamour as she took to the stage for the Discovey Channel’s star-studded<span> </span><em>Serengeti</em><span> </span>premiere.</p> <p>The singer, 29, stunned in a black thigh-split gown as she performed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.</p> <p>Lola, who is the oldest daughter of music legend Annie, 64, from her second marriage to Israeli film product Uri Fruchtmann, wore <span>a fitted black halter-neck gown with a cinched-in waist, as well as boasting a thigh-high split. She completed her outfit with matching black heels.</span></p> <p>Lola styled her hair in loose curls and finished the look with a silver bejewelled bracelet.</p> <p>Her performance was used to introduce the audience to a screening of the acclaimed nature documentary, and she sang a hyena-themed track with<span> </span><em>American Idol<span> </span></em>star Joshua Ledet.</p> <p>Lola also has a sister called Tali, who works as a model and has turned her attention to portrait painting.</p> <p>Annie has shared with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/news/a26059494/annie-lennox-botox-plastic-surgery-health-gift/" target="_blank"><em>Good Housekeeping</em></a> that she hopes her daughters are proud of what she has achieved in her career.</p> <p>“I think my daughters respect what I’ve done and am trying to do… I’m so proud of both the girls as human beings.</p> <p>“I grew up in Scotland in the '50s and in my background, nobody hugged or kissed. It was viewed as too soft, as times were hard and the culture contained a great deal of stoic reserve.” </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Lola Lennox’s glamorous outfit.</p>

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New Michael Hutchence documentary reveals the night that changed everything for the star

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michael Hutchence and INXS in their prime made some of the biggest hits of their era and reached number one with Need You Tonight in January 1988.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">20 years on from his suicide, Hutchence is still a pop culture icon. With newspapers, TV documentaries, drama series and reality competitions retelling his story, they were all missing a crucial piece of information.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hutchence had suffered a traumatic brain injury from a one-punch attack in Copenhagen, 1992.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The story, told in a new documentary </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mystify</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, was told by Hutchence’s partner from 1991 to 1995 Helena Christensen. The story was then backed up by a coroner’s report.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Christensen recounts that a taxi driver "yelled at Michael to move, got out of his car and punched him. He fell backwards and hit the curb".</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The aftermath was dark. Hutchence insisted on leaving the hospital and stayed in Christensen’s apartment, vomiting and refusing food for the next month.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"This dark, very angry side came out in him," she says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The documentary </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mystify</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is told by long-time INXS collaborator Richard Lowenstein.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"She didn't even tell her parents for 20 years, so her interview was very revealing. And then the coroner's report was even more revealing — of what he was hiding," Lowenstein tells </span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/stop-everything/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">RN's Stop Everything!</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I think it was incredibly emotional finding that out, especially for the band members. They came to a screening and they didn't know the full extent until they saw the film."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lowenstein obtained the unedited coroner’s report of Hutchence through British Journalist sources. He then showed it to neurologists and psychologists.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I don't think anyone had seen that unedited coroner's report before, but that was a revelation," he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"[They] rang up in the middle of the night saying: 'It's very obvious what happened. This is a perfect storm of suicide risk, what's here in the report.'"</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lowenstein said that the revelation was a transformative piece of the “jigsaw puzzle” that was Hutchence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"After his assault in Copenhagen in 92, he came back and filmed some videos, and all of us at Ghost, everyone who worked with him, saw a very different Michael. And we just [thought]: 'There's something wrong'," he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We didn't know if it was going to be permanent. And then we saw him go off the rails. You'd see him every three months and you'd go: 'Whoa, that's not the Michael we knew three months ago.'"</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lowenstein said he was inspired to tell the true story of Hutchence as he didn’t feel like the real version of him was out in the media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We just all sat there and thought: 'There's honestly nothing of the guy we remember — that we recognise — out there.' And we just we had all the footage in our archive, in literally my attic. And we thought, we should do something authentic about him," he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"As we put the jigsaw puzzle together, I discovered a much more complicated and insecure [person], someone who had been fighting depression from the start," Lowenstein says.</span></p>

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How the film “Yesterday” was able to use so much of The Beatles music

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yesterday</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> goes into the story about how a struggling songwriter is losing his passion for music and he gets hit by a bus. Upon awakening, he realises that he is the only one in the world who knows who The Beatles are and uses their discography to rise to fame.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, many people were surprised that the film managed to get some of the most recognisable songs from the band into the film. Surely, that would’ve cost a fortune.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Danny Boyle, the film’s director, had a plan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The production company behind the film had a deal with Apple and Sony which allowed screenwriter Richard Curtis and Boyle to choose up to 18 songs and even switch their picks when they were shooting and editing the film.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After all, there’s no point having a joke hinge off a niche Beatles song. The audience won’t get it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Curtis explained this to </span><a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-yesterday-beatles-songs-20190707-gehxkurakngldohru2waj3o4hu-story.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NY Daily News</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For the jokes to work it has to be songs people recognize… if Jack sat down at the piano in that Ed Sheeran scene and plays “</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not a Second Time</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">,” most people won’t know it’s the Beatles.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The scene in question is where the main character of the film is working with Ed Sheeran and singing “</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hey Jude</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">”. Sheeran has a brainwave and suggests changing it to “Hey Dude”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Boyle told </span><a href="https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8512779/danny-boyle-yesterday-the-beatles-interview"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Billboard</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> what happened when they obtained the rights.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Apple and Sony are very picky about not only who uses the band’s music but how it is used. Working Title did that first because there’s no point in spending money on a film like </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yesterday</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> unless you can guarantee you’ve got the music. It made for a top-heavy budget -- the costs for the songs were very expensive, a substantial part of the film’s budget. But they made a clever deal, allowing us the freedom to change songs up to the last minute.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Billboard estimated that it cost $10 million for the songs to be featured in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yesterday</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. However, Boyle also did his due diligence and reached out to Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon about his intentions for the film.</span></p>

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How Princess Diana's height stopped her from pursuing one of her biggest dreams

<p>Princess Diana will always be remembered as the fashion icon of the '80s and '90s, and one of the traits that made her look so good in her bold, creative and flattering outfits were her enviously long legs.</p> <p>At nearly 178cm (5’10), the Princess of Wales was taller than most women and it is no doubt her height left a major impression on everyone she met. However, it did mean some of her most beloved passions were quashed.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7828696/new-project-9.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/254954e0df994e54a23c6db3c9790fb8" /></p> <p>Her impressive stature meant her childhood desire to become a professional ballerina was short-lived because of how quickly and tall she grew. A majority of female ballerinas were much shorter than Princess Diana and aside from her long legs and torso – the royal would likely have never been allowed to continue on as a professional ballerina anyway.</p> <p>Before she married into the British royal family, Princess Di had come from an aristocratic family as the daughter of an earl. As a member of the Spencer family and one of the most prominent names in British nobility, a dance career was unfortunately deemed “improper” due to her name and upbringing.</p> <p>However, the princess was still able to have a “real” job that adhered to her own love of children by becoming a nanny and later on a kindergarten aide – her last job before she become a royal member.</p> <p>Her days of dancing resurfaced in her young adulthood when she hired a dance teacher to help her reconnect with her lifetime passion for dance.</p> <p>Her ballet teacher Anne Allan spoke about Princess Di’s love of dancing in <em>Diana: In Her Own Words</em> in 2017 to mark 20 years since the royal’s tragic death in 1997.</p> <p>“When I first met her you could see that there was a huge shyness. But over time as we went through our dance class I realised just how much dance meant to her,” Allan said.</p> <p>“She had dance in her soul. I realised the pure enjoyment that it gave her. She loved the freeness of being able to move and dance. She loved it. I could see it helped to alleviate her emotional life. That was hard for her at that time.”</p> <p> <img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7828694/new-project-10.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/23a74f55d7ad4a66a9710c062b58a761" /></p> <p>While the Princess would never pursue a dancing career, she did find other ways to connect with her first love.</p> <p>She was a major supporter for the English National Ballet and often could be seen at appearances to watch and cheer on other young aspiring ballet dancers.</p> <p>The royal also famously danced with Hollywood heavyweight John Travolta at a White House event in 1985. The same year she lovingly surprised her husband at the time, Prince Charles, to a guest appearance at the Royal Opera House where she performed in a quick duet to <em>Uptown Girl</em> with dancer Wayne Sleep who described the experience as <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jul/14/thats-me-diana-dance-wayne-sleep" target="_blank">“surreal”</a> to <em>The Guardian</em> in 2017.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7828693/new-project-11.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d48ae400b47c494d850ba4065ede82d3" /></p> <p>“Diana loved ballet, but she also wanted to learn jazz, tap and contemporary. Sadly, I couldn't teach her, because I was away on tour so much. But she approached me again when she wanted to perform at the Royal Opera House – it was a private show for supporters and friends of the Royal Ballet. Charles was going to be in the audience and she wanted to surprise him; it was all top secret," Sleep remembered.</p> <p>“The audience gasped when Diana appeared, as if they'd all taken one huge breath. The routine had a bit of everything: jazz, ballet, even a kickline. At one point, I pirouetted and she pushed me down; then I carried her across the stage. I remember thinking, 'Don't drop the future Queen of England.'”</p> <p>It turns out Princess Diana has not been the only royal to love ballet. In 2018, it was revealed Prince George, 5, began taking ballet classes – just one more way the people's princess still holds weight in the lives of her descendants.</p>

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Robbie Williams’ secret health battle: “I didn’t leave the house for three years"

<p>On Sunday evening, Robbie Williams performed to thousands of adoring fans – something he thought he might not ever get the opportunity to do again, he admitted.</p> <p>The British superstar opened up about his health battle with agoraphobia, admitting it left him unable to get off the sofa for three years from 2006 until 2009.</p> <p>Williams told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/9501277/robbie-williams-agoraphobia-battle-sofa/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a> he was sofa-ridden and couldn’t leave his home or continue to perform or work because his mind told him he “shouldn’t go anywhere".</p> <p>“My career had gone stratospheric and taken me to Mars, and I needed some time to get my equilibrium back and get myself back together,” the singer candidly revealed.</p> <p>“It was my body and mind telling me I shouldn’t go anywhere, that I couldn’t do anything. It was telling me to just wait — so I literally just sat and waited.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxARYvJpu4e/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxARYvJpu4e/" target="_blank">A post shared by Robbie Williams (@robbiewilliams)</a> on May 3, 2019 at 7:46am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I was agoraphobic from around 2006 to 2009. Those years were just spent wearing a cashmere kaftan, eating Kettle Chips, growing a beard and staying in.</p> <p>“I remember they offered me £15 million ($A26 million) to take over from Simon Cowell on <em>American Idol</em>, plus a big gig in the States, but I turned it down because I wasn’t leaving the sofa at the time. I just couldn’t.”</p> <p>Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder where an individual can fear and avoid places or situations that might cause them to panic and make them feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.</p> <p>Thankfully, the singer decided to get the help he needed when he heard the song <em>Human</em><span> by fellow musicians <em>The Killers</em> on the radio.</span></p> <p>​“I remember listening to that Killers song and something in that moment made me think, ‘I had better get my a**e in gear, put an album together and tour’.​</p> <p>Robbie eventually made a comeback on <em>The X Factor</em> in 2009 where he performed his song<em> Bodies.</em></p> <p>However the the appearance did not go as smoothly as planned when the sliding stage doors got stuck and a critic slammed Robbie's "wide-eyed, unblinking and sweaty"<span> </span>rendition was a sign he "wasn't the superstar he used to be."</p> <p>“There was no rhyme or reason why five minutes before that, it hadn’t happened. But when I did come back, it felt so unnatural. It’s why that Bodies performance was so bad — I didn’t know what the f*** I was doing, it didn’t seem natural to me any more.</p> <p>“I had to re-learn how to entertain. It wasn’t an easy process — it was like having a car crash and then learning how to walk again.</p> <p>The British star eventually re-joined the Take That tour in 2011, which broke all previous records for ticket sales, and extra dates were added to adhere to demands.</p> <p>“If it wasn’t for Take That, and re-joining them, I don’t know if I’d have come back at all.”</p> <p>He added, “Initially, I got to hide in plain sight – I could hide behind my boys. They helped an awful lot.”</p>

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How music changes the way you exercise

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new study has shown that listening to upbeat music can make an intense workout physically and mentally easier. This is the case even for people who are unfit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Matthew Stork, who is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus published a study examining how the right music can help less-active people get more out of their workouts as well as enjoy it a bit more.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While HIIT is time-efficient and can elicit meaningful health benefits among adults who are insufficiently active, one major drawback is that people may find it to be unpleasant. As a result, this has the potential to discourage continued participation,” he said to </span><a href="https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/upbeat-music-makes-exercise-physically-better/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Good News Network</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stork looked to fix this and gathered a panel of British adults to rate the motivational qualities of 16 fast-tempo songs. The songs that were ranked the highest were used for the study.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Next, a group of 24 participants completed an intense “one minute workout”, which consisted of three 20-second all out sprints. The workouts were done under three different conditions, which were one with the motivational music, no audio or a podcast that was devoid of music.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Music is typically used as a dissociative strategy. This means that it can draw your attention away from the body’s physiological responses to exercise such as increased heart rate or sore muscles,” says Stork. “But with high-intensity exercise, it seems that music is most effective when it has a fast tempo and is highly motivational.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Humans have an innate tendency to alter the frequency of their biological rhythms toward that of musical rhythms,” he explained. “In this case, the fast-tempo music may have increased people’s heart rate during the exercise. It’s incredible how powerful music can be.”</span></p>

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The touching reason Olivia Newton-John is selling her iconic Grease costume

<p><em>Grease</em> star Olivia Newton-John is auctioning off the iconic skin-tight pants and leather jacket she wore in the movie.</p> <p>Newton-John initially wanted to part with the items last year to coincide with the film’s 40th anniversary, but she was forced to postpone the sale due to a fractured pelvis.</p> <p>"I've been wanting to auction them off for many years, and now is the perfect time," the actress told Fox 5 news in Las Vegas.</p> <p>"We were going to do it on the 40th anniversary but I spent most of that in hospital, so now it's the following year and that's fine."</p> <p>A portion of the money raised from the sale through Julien’s Auctions will go towards the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness &amp; Research Centre in her hometown of Melbourne.</p> <p>Newton-John told <a rel="noopener" href="https://style.nine.com.au/latest/olivia-newton-john-auctions-iconic-grease-costumes/bc7996c6-3372-4392-9c16-31724f67f67f" target="_blank">Nine Style:</a></p> <p>"We hope to raise a lot of money with the jacket and the pants as they're iconic pieces from the movie and I'm really excited," Newton-John said.</p> <p>"I hope some billionaire somewhere wants to buy them for his daughter or granddaughter.”</p> <p>The skin-tight pants are made out of sharkskin and the lovely pink outfit was worn to the film’s premiere at The Mann’s Chinese Theatre in LA.</p> <p>There is also a custom “Pink Ladies” jacket that was presented to her by the crew at the end of filming.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see some of the iconic<span> </span><em>Grease</em><span> </span>outfits that are for sale.</p> <p>Photo credits: Getty and <a rel="noopener" href="https://pagesix.com/2019/07/09/olivia-newton-john-to-auction-off-grease-looks-for-cancer-research/" target="_blank">Page Six</a></p>

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Placido Domingo's daughter-in-law reveals Scientology secrets: The celebrities exposed

<p>A former Scientology member has told<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7176547/Daughter-law-opera-singer-Pl-cido-Domingo-reveals-Scientology-celeb-secrets.html" target="_blank"><em>DailyMailTV</em></a>about what went on behind the closed doors of the church.</p> <p>Sam Domingo, 51, isthe daughter-in-law of one of theworld’smostfamous opera singers, Plácido Domingo, and was in the Church of Scientology for 22 years. During this time, she had unrivalled access to the group’s celebrities, which included Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Jada Pinkett Smith.</p> <p>Sam is now out of the church, along with her three daughters and her ex-husband, but wants to share her story as a warning of what harm Scientology can do, even to the most powerful members of the group.</p> <p><strong>Tom Cruise</strong></p> <p>Sam spoke about her story and what Scientology is doing to Tom Cruise’s daughter Isabella, 26, who is being used as Scientology’s “poster girl”.</p> <p>“Isabella's being used for PR, she's Tom Cruise's kid, it's not fair what they're doing to her and Connor. They have no choice but to be the poster kids of Scientology now.”</p> <p>Sam also said that things changed after the divorce between Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, when the children were moved to an isolated “boot camp” experience away from the other children. They were led to believe that their mother should be ex-communicated and regarded as a “suppressive person”.</p> <p>“I know what techniques they used... I know what the second-in-command at the time Marty Rathbun did, he was so tough on them, the Cruise kids had no choice. After the divorce, they were indoctrinated into Scientology and very much isolated.”</p> <p>Sam explained that if you’re a part of the Cruise family, you can’t be anti-Scientology.</p> <p>“They were in it 100 per cent, there was no wavering.</p> <p>“You can't be anti-Scientology if you're part of Tom's family, you will be disconnected – look at his daughter Suri.”</p> <p><strong>John Travolta</strong></p> <p>After the tragic passing of Travolta’s sonJett, 16, the family was left in agony. Sam explained that Travolta tried summoning his son from the dead by commanding Jett’s Scientology spirit, known as a “Thetan”, back into his body.</p> <p>“Scientologists believe the spirit Thetan doesn't pick up a body until birth. If you lose a baby before it's born, then it's just an empty shell, nothing to worry about,” Sam said.</p> <p>“It's the same with death. To them once your body is of no use, your Thetan can just go out and pick up a new body and carry on right where you left off.</p> <p>“John Travolta did a 'Bring Back To Life'assist while Jett was in the ambulance, it's where you order the Thetan to get back into the body, saying: 'I command you to get into the body now.'This is meant to raise them back to life."</p> <p>Sam then elaborated on the theology behind the “Thetan”.</p> <p>“When Jett died, [wife]Kelly [Preston]was camped out at the Church HQ in Clearwater, in a hotel room, day and night, with private security, getting auditing.</p> <p>“When you lose a child in Scientology, you believe that the spirit – Thetan – has left that physical body and will find another one.</p> <p>“In the case of Kelly, she got pregnant while she was being audited several months later and Ben was born just over a year and a half after Jett's death. She will believe the Thetan of Jett is in Ben.”</p> <p><strong>Jada Pinkett Smith</strong></p> <p>Sam says that actor Will Smith's wifePinkett Smith was definitely into Scientology as she was a recruiter and was paid commission to bring in other celebrities.</p> <p>'When I moved to LA from Clearwater, I was just hanging out with celebs and their kids at the Celebrity Centre, most of them went to the Scientology school, Delphi LA,” Sam said.</p> <p>“Jada would always be around. There was a Sunday buffet where you can invite your friends and they brought in Daphne Wayans, her then-husband Keenan and their five kids.</p> <p>“Daphne told me that Jada had introduced them to Scientology, Daphne was really excited telling me all this, but that's what Jada did – she was charged with getting people into Scientology and I'm sure she'd be getting commission for it.”</p> <p>Sam also says that there’s no point in Pinkett Smith trying to deny her involvement in the Church.</p> <p>“We all knew both of them [Will and Jada]were Scientologists though. There was never any doubt amongst internal staff.</p> <p>“They deny they've ever been in it – they lie. She was a recruiter.”</p>

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New study shows that music videos are more important than ever before

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Music videos have been on the scene since the introduction of MTV and have managed to survive and thrive in the tricky world of the music industry’s digital revolution.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Video host Vevo have a reported 3.9 million music video views on living room devices for the month of May, 2019, according to </span><a href="https://digiday.com/sponsored/vevo-vevobca-the-video-star-will-never-die-music-videos-come-home-to-tv/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Digiday</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So, despite music video shows, such as Australia’s RAGE taking a downward dive, it’s clear that people are still watching videos in their living rooms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The growth has come from the use of connected and smart televisions, such as Apple TV.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vevo’s VP of sales strategy and partnerships Rob Christensen explains that while mobile and desktop views have grown steady, smart TV viewers have been the reason for the huge jump.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Over the past 12 months, when you look at mobile and desktop, we’re up or down a few digits here and there,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you look at performance in terms of view count, connected TV has been the biggest growth factor for us across any screen. We have seen a 41% increase in the living room year-over-year.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They have also explained that another factor for the bump includes that the availability and instantaneous nature of the search function. Apps and devices are now geared towards instant discovery and “search is in convergence with the living room”. </span></p>

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