Any rock star who's been around as long as Jon Bon Jovi has seen his share of friends with substance abuse problems. But it doesn't necessarily make it any easier when it hits even closer to home.
On November 14, police found Bon Jovi's daughter Stephanie Bongiovi unresponsive in a dorm room at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and an ambulance arrived at around 2 a.m. The 19-year-old was suffering from a suspected heroin overdose. She and a friend were arrested and faced misdemeanor drug possession charges, but the case was eventually dropped (thanks to a New York law that offers immunity to a person when official help is sought during a life-threatening overdose).
Now, her concerned rock-star father (pictured above in 2011 with his family, including Stephanie second from left) is speaking out for the first time, calling Stephanie's drug ordeal a "tragedy."
"It's human," he told a Fox station in LA on Tuesday. "This tragedy was something that I had to face, too, so we'll get through it. People's incredible warm wishes for my family and I have been really reassuring. So, we're good."
Bon Jovi, who's widely known as a devoted family man, managed to steer relatively clear from the hard-partying drug scene himself although he admits to some experimentation in his teen years. For that short time, he enjoyed drugs and even began dealing them, he told Men's Health in 2007. "I did the drug thing very young and wised up very young too, because I was into drugs a little too much," he says. "I've always felt I didn't have the mental stability to handle drugs."
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It's time for Nick Lachey to start writing some lullabies. Lachey, 38, and his wife Vanessa Minnillo, 31, welcomed the birth of their first son on Wednesday, People reports. "We are incredibly proud to announce the birth of our beautiful baby boy, Camden John Lachey,” the couple said in a statement.
According to the statement, Camden was born at 6:54 PM. He weighed in at a whopping eight pounds, nine ounces and measured at 21 inches long.
Lachey and Minnillo have been together forever, so it was about time that they started a family. They began dating in 2006 after Lachey divorced his first wife, Jessica Simpson, that same year. Lachey and Minnillo briefly split in 2009, but the breakup only lasted several months. The couple finally tied the knot on July 15, 2011 during an intimate ceremony on Sir Richard Branson's private Island in the British Virgin Islands. Now, they have just expanded their family with the birth of little Camden.
"Love has truly been redefined for both of us," the couple said.
Congrats to the Lacheys on this happy news.
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As a comedic performer there's probably nothing more satisfying than being able to make an audience roar with laughter. And not just a hesitant chuckle, either. We're talking fall-out-of-your-seat, stitch-in-your-side, gut-busting laughter. It’s a unique and rare quality to possess, but one that Wayne Brady seems to have perfected to an art form.
A versatile performer, perhaps best known his brief acting stints on comedies like How I Met Your Mother, his wildly memorable appearance on Chappelle's Show, and putting his impressive improvisational skills to the test on Whose Line Is It Anyway, Brady is about to return to the small screen in a big way this summer as he introduces a brand new show called Trust Us With Your Life, which premieres tonight on ABC. Hollywood.com recently chatted with the star about what's in store with his latest celeb-filled comedic venture. “In a nutshell, it’s Whose Line Is It Anyway meets This Is Your Life,” Brady explains, “We take a team of improvisationalists, starring myself, Colin Mochrie, and my buddy Jonathan Mangum as a rotating improviser, and we improvise the life of a celebrity. They come on and Fred Willard, as the host, asks them about their lives and the interesting things that make them, them — some of the things that maybe you don’t know from having read Wikipedia.” In short, a pop culture geek's dream come true.
“We take stories that they tell us and we blow them up improvisational-style,” Brady continues, “So a very straightforward story about how someone and their three sisters grew up could become anything from a John Woo movie to a Broadway musical." In case that wasn't enough to whet your pop culture palate, there's one major Hollywood star who’s already signed up to appear on the show and it's none other than America’s favorite British comedian they love to love to hate: Ricky Gervais. Brady assures that, in addition to his known comedy skills, the Golden Globes host has some pretty incredible stories to tell, including about his time as a musician. “I didn’t know that Ricky Gervais was a musician. And I didn’t know that aside from just being a musician, he actually had a decent-sized hit in the UK,” says Brady, “So that’s another cool part about the show is that you end up learning stuff.”
And while they’ll definitely have some fun with each star’s background, Brady insists that it won’t be a Comedy Central-level roast, by any means. "We don’t go after the jugular on people,” he says. “Because how do you expect people to come back and get other guests if every show you’re kicking somebody in the ass? It’s all done in love, even the things that kind of play off the negative aspects of their career.” But even though he’s already got some willing celebrity guests like Gervais already lined up, Brady admits that there’s one person in particular who he’d love to get in the hot seat: former President Bill Clinton. “I would love to sit down with Clinton,” the 40-year-old reveals, “I think his life and his rise would definitely be amazing.” Until that day comes, Brady also hopes to return to TV later this fall on How I Met Your Mother and perhaps fill in a few of the blanks that came with Barney’s huge wedding shocker. “I’m hoping [the writers] write in the Barney bachelor party scene because I’m kind of wondering what’s the bachelor party like that I would plan for him,” Brady ponders. “Where would it be? So I’m definitely pulling for that one.” As are the rest of us. It would be legen— —dary!
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More details have emerged about the tragic death of Whitney Houston. According to the full autopsy report released today, Houston's assistant found her face down in the bathtub at the Beverly Hilton on February 11. In the subsequent search, police discovered several pieces of drug paraphernalia.
As Houston was getting ready for a pre-Grammy party, she complained that she had a sore throat and announced that she was taking a bath. Her assistant left to run an errand at Neiman Marcus, and when she returned at about 3:35 p.m., she found Houston in about 13-inches of water. Houston was pulled from the bathtub and paramedics tried to revive her, but she was unresponsive.
During their investigation of the hotel room, authorities found many prescription bottles along with some loose pills. In the bathroom there was an ashtray with "a small spoon with a white crystal-like substance in it and a rolled up piece of white paper." The report continues, "Located in the top drawer, in the north side of the counter were remnants of a white powdery substance, and a portable mirror on a base." White powder was also found on the base.
As stated earlier, Houston's official cause of death was accidental drowning, with cocaine and heart disease acting as contributing factors. Authorities found no signs of foul play.
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Bobbi Kristina, daughter of Houston and Bobby Brown, has reportedly been cast in Tyler Perry's dramedy, For Better or Worse, on TBS. Details of her role are unavailable, but the role is meant to be a recurring one. The reported decision comes after Kristina expressed in an interview with Oprah that she was looking to get into acting and follow in her mother's footsteps: "We're going to do the singing thing. Some acting, some dancing."
For Better of Worse finds many characters from the Perry universe on television and has a comedic vein. Perhaps Kristina could try her hand at making audiences giggle?
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On March 16, the internet exploded with rumors of Bobbi Kristina's reported engagement to her adopted brother, Nick Gordon, 22, after she was spotted wearing an enormous rock on that particular finger.
But it was all a big misunderstanding. Kristina's rep has since spoken out about the incident to People magazine, stating that Whitney Houston's daughter is definitely not engaged.
So why is the 19-year-old really wearing such a big rock on such a suggestive finger? A source commented that it's just a little token she uses to remember her late mother. "She is just wearing her mom's ring."
While some will see this new development as a definite source of comfort, it still doesn't explain the other rumors that continue to circulate around the alleged couple, such as reported hand-holding and other public displays of affection. There might still be more to this relationship than meets the eye.
Kim Kardashian is not without a sense of irony. The reality star was seen rocking a blonde wig on March 12, mere days after Mad Men star, Jon Hamm, referred to her as an "idiot." And though it's doubtful the E! star donned a different hair color just for that purpose, you can't help but appreciate the humor of it all (insert dumb blonde joke here).
However, it's likely just a pleasant coincidence. Kim's been known to enjoy changing up her hair color every so often and even dyed her hair blonde back in 2009. And with her failed marriage to Kris Humphries well behind her now, she could simply be considering a fresh do for a fresh start. The color might soon become permanent.
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A clip of Oprah Winfrey's upcoming interview with Whitney Houston's family members, including daughter Bobbi Kristina, has made its way online, offering a glimpse of the sure-to-be-emotional sit-down.
The 18-year-old -- whose emotional state has been the subject of much speculation since Houston's death on Feb. 11 -- recently agreed to the Q&A session with her mom's old friend, as did Houston's sister-in-law/"closest confidant," Patricia, and her brother, Gary.
Although the brief video, which you can watch below, doesn't provide much in the way of details, it's clear that Oprah won't steer clear of the questions a lot of people probably want to ask, including: "How did you feel about Bobby Brown?"
Catch the interview in its entirety this Sunday, March 11, at 9 p.m. on OWN.