Former Lostprophets star Stuart Richardson smashed a platinum record to pieces in anger at frontman Ian Watkins' sickening child sex offences. Watkins was convicted of a number of shocking abuse charges, including the attempted rape of a baby, last year (13). He was sentenced to 35 years behind bars and the band, which formed in Wales in 1997, split shortly after.
Now members Richardson and Lee Gaze have spoken out about their shock and disgust for their disgraced ex-bandmate and the music they made with him.
Speaking to Britain's The Guardian, bassist Richardson explained how he believes their music has been tarnished by Watkins' actions, and he recently vented his fury by smashing an award he received for sales of their hit third album Liberation Transmission.
He says, "I don't know how his badness can't cancel out our music. We had platinum records in our houses, awards. I smashed Liberation Transmission the other day. The rest are in the garage and they'll probably never come out again."
Glaze adds that he will never be able to listen to their material from that time again: "I can't. It's tainted, because he was the voice of the band, and it was his lyrics."
They also reveal how they confronted Watkins in 2012 when his drug taking got out of hand. Glaze adds, "We had an intervention with him to get him off coke, and he denied he was doing it, and then a year later he was addicted to crystal meth. The gigs in 2012 were awful - on tour, he was barely functioning; he'd miss cues for songs and wasn't interacting with (the) audience. He really didn't spend much time with us. I'm quite a loner, anyway, and we weren't close... We were operating on a fractured basis, where we would only get together to do our job."
The pair has since formed a new band, Lost Devotion, with other ex-Lostprophets rockers Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson. Former Thursday star Geoff Rickly is acting as frontman.
Stars including Nicola Roberts, Sadie Frost and Anna Friel have posed for a series of candid photos in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Diet Coke. To round off a year of celebrations to mark the beloved beverage's launch in 1982, a host of British celebrities have set up their own 'Diet Coke Moment' for a series of stylish snaps.
The photos will be auctioned on eBay.com from 5 November (13), with all proceeds going to U.K. youth charity The Prince's Trust.
The images include Girls Aloud star Roberts taking a Diet Coke break in the studio, Frost relaxing with the fizzy soda in her London garden, and Friel taking meetings in the U.K. capital.
Peaches Geldof, model Daisy Lowe and designer Giles Deacon have also posed for shots.
Brid Drohan-Stewart, Marketing Director for Coca-Cola Great Britain, says, "2013 has been a phenomenal year for Diet Coke. As part of our 'Sparkling Together for 30 Years' campaign, we wanted to end the year of celebration with one big sparkling moment and give fashion fans the opportunity to bid for these exclusive pictures to raise money for a worthwhile cause."
Movie veteran Joan Collins has revealed she ended her first marriage to actor Maxwell Reed after he attempted to sell her to an Arab sheikh for $20,000 (GBP13,300). In her new memoir, titled Passion for Life, the Dynasty star admits her first union was a disaster, especially in the bedroom - and she fled to Hollywood after learning of her husband's bid to honour a rich Arab's indecent proposal to spend a night with the British beauty.
In the tome, Collins claims she was 18 when she lost her virginity to Reed, who was twice her age, recalling, "The act was awful and degrading."
The actress alleges he got her into bed by "drugging" her rum and coke, adding, "He ripped off my clothes while I was unconscious and I was violently sick afterward."
And her sex life as Mrs. Reed never improved. She continues: "The sex was awful. I gritted my teeth... and watched television."
Collins divorced Reed after five years of marriage and has wed four more times. She is currently married to Percy Gibson.
There are some phrases that dudes should never say, like "Can I have a salad instead of French fries?" or "On second thought, I'll take a diet coke." It's like seriously, you've already sitting in front of three Big Macs – go all the way big fella!
Of course, any woman can say any of the above and we'd all be perfectly fine with it (three cheers for women's lib!), which is why BuzzWatch has released a funny new video that pokes fun at how un-manly and weird it would be if a dude acted like a chick.
It's like seriously, the only time a man should "I bought Daddy a tie for his birthday," is if he's a low-level congressman referring to Ted Cruz. Seems like the entire country has been taking orders from that dude, lately.
Miley Cyrus has opened up about her opinions on drugs, confirming she loves Ecstasy and marijuana but hates cocaine. The Wrecking Ball singer's love of smoking weed has been well documented since she labelled herself a stoner when she was presented with a Bob Marley birthday cake in 2011.
Earlier this year (13) she defended her habit, insisting alcohol is more dangerous, and now she has added cocaine to the list of substances she hates.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the former child star says, "I think weed is the best drug on earth. One time I smoked a joint with peyote (hallucinogenic cactus) in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon. Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better. And molly (Ecstasy), too. Those are happy drugs - social drugs. They make you want to be with friends. You're out in the open. You're not in a bathroom. I really don't like coke. It's so gross and so dark. It's like what are you, from the '90s? Ew."
"Either I was p**ck wasted lastnight, or I saw a Thai woman pull a live bird,2 turtles,razors,shoot darts and ping pong, all out of her p**sy. The birds feathers were all damp! Lol And THEN she tried to turn water into coke in her $!! Uhh yea, all I'm saying is water went in and soda came out! I'm traumatized!!!" Rihanna was left stunned by a cabaret show she saw in Thailand.
"I'm like a vampire. I prey on the testosterone and alcohol-drenched sweat that comes off the crowd. That keeps me forever young and enjoying it. Most importantly, just before I go on stage my manager slaps me really hard around each cheek - which ay my age is the equivalent of doing a line of coke." DJ Fatboy Slim still manages to get his kicks at gigs despite giving up alcohol.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony star Bizzy Bone has spoken out to silence false rumours suggesting his dramatic weight loss was linked a drug problem, insisting the gossip is untrue. The rapper is sporting a newly svelte figure after shedding around 80 pounds (36 kilograms), but he is adamant his massive weight loss is down to cutting out alcohol and taking up a healthy new diet and fitness regime.
He tells Allhiphop.com, "I'm perfectly healthy... I'm probably the healthiest I've ever been in my life... A brother done (I have) lost 70, 80 pounds. I had to. I was too damn fat, and it was all from alcohol. As far as me drinking and things of that nature, I've gone out maybe six times in a year and six months... Never have I done anything else. No Mollies (ecstasy), none of that s**t. No crack. No coke. The farthest I've ever been is opium back in my younger days... All that bulls**t. I ain't got time for that."
The star goes on to insist he felt obliged to speak out to silence the untrue rumours, adding, "I can't walk into any business places that's (sic) conducting distribution, marketing, promotions and them take me serious if I don't answer these things. So if I leave it out there and say I don't care what anybody say about me it starts affecting my business. I have to say, 'Nah, it nothing like that (sic). I ain't never (sic) done no s**t like that'."
"I was drinking about a fifth of Jack (Daniels) a day, doing a lot of coke. I was just very introverted, I had an issue with being insecure and always trying to get external validation... It was just never enough and I was a late bloomer. I didn't actually start drinking until I was 22." Backstreet Boys star A.J. Mclean on his past battles with sobriety and substance abuse.
There is a (not so) mysterious demo floating around the Internet titled "So Legit," attributed to Lana Del Rey, that completely bashes Lady Gaga. And it's the very fact that the song slams Mother Monster that is causing the public to point fingers at Del Rey (well, that and the fact that it sounds like her and, according to the Huffington Post, was removed from YouTube by Del Rey's label, Interscope Records). Neither Del Rey's nor Lady Gaga's representatives have commented on the song.
For the sake of fanning the flames, let's act on the assumption that the song is Del Rey's spawn. Where did this beef with Gaga come from? Many weren't aware that Del Rey had such an axe to grind with Lady Gaga at all and it's unclear exactly when or why they might have had a falling out. However, we do know that Del Rey and Lady Gaga started out on similar career paths. Both of them are New Yorkers who appeared on New York's music scene at the same time and Del Rey worked with Lady Gaga under the same manager, Bob Leone. Del Rey even did joint gigs with Lady Gaga under her real name, Lizzy Grant. But Del Rey and Lady Gaga had drastically different relationships with "The Fame Monster," considering that Del Rey only became well known recently and Lady Gaga has been a household name for years. In "So Legit" Del Rey expresses disbelief that, of the two of them, she was the one who was left in the dust.
Let's take a look at these lyrics and find out how "legit" Del Rey really is, "You're looking like a man, you're talking like a baby /How the f**k is your song/ In a coke commercial crazy." Now, that's just aggressive. The song takes a turn by morphing into a lament of what Brooklyn used to be and somehow tries to blame Lady Gaga for its gentrification.
Del Rey then seems to go for the jugular by overtly attacking Lady Gaga: "Stefani, you suck/ I know you're selling twenty million/Wish they could have seen you when we booed you off in Williamsburg." Whoa, a little personal there with the name! But oh, the irony — little did Del Rey know that she would be booed off SNL years later.
We can only cross our fingers that Gaga takes a note from the infamous Eminem/Mariah Carey feud and releases a rebuttal.
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