The Cranberries singer Dolores O'riordan has spoken out for the first time about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child. The musician reveals she was regularly molested by the same man for four years between the ages of eight and 12 after her family moved to a new area in Limerick, Ireland.
Breaking her silence on her childhood nightmare, she says, "For four years when I was a little girl, I was sexually abused. We moved into a busy housing estate when I was seven. There were tonnes of people around all the time.
"My mother worked a lot to pay the bills and my father (who was left brain damaged after a road accident in the 1960s) was oblivious to it."
The 42 year old reveals she only told her mother about the abuse eight years ago and never revealed her secret to her father before he died in 2011, but she feels that speaking out about her trauma will now finally help her move on.
In an interview with Ireland's Life magazine, she adds, "I see this as cleansing. It is a way of emptying that closet - no more skeletons. Just peace and healing. No baggage. There is a great sense of a great burden off my shoulders.
"I feel it is going to help me by opening up and just confessing to all of those people who bought my albums, and that love me and come to my gigs and all those fans.
"If I tell them that this happened to me and they still love me, that is going to make me feel good about myself."
Australian model/actress Megan Gale is set to become a first-time mum. The star took to her Instagram.com page on Monday (11Nov13) to reveal that she and her sports star boyfriend Shaun Hampson are preparing to start a family, and she shared baby's first photo with fans in the form of an ultrasound.
Alongside the snap, the beauty writes, "I'm so excited and thrilled to announce that my boyfriend Shaun and I are expecting our first child together and I'm 13 weeks pregnant.
"We have prayed for this beautiful little soul to come along and now it's happened we could not be more thankful and we can't wait to be parents. SO looking forward to meeting you our little angel."
"I love her innocent rebelliousness. I say that in a good way because sometimes when you come from such places like Disney and they control your every move and you've been controlled almost your whole childhood and you've got your own thoughts and your own dreams, sometimes when they come out, they may not come out politically correct but they're honest... and I love her for it." Rapper Nelly insists his 4x4 collaborator, former child star Miley Cyrus, means no harm with her headline-grabbing antics, which continued on Sunday (10Nov13) as she spanked and groped a little person during her performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Holland, while she also appeared to light and smoke a joint as she accepted an award.
Actress Michelle Trachtenberg does not have fond memories of her school days in Brooklyn, New York, revealing she was "severely bullied" by classmates. The former Gossip Girl star admits she hasn't kept in touch with anyone from her childhood because of the torment she experienced.
She tells the New York Daily News, "There really aren't people back in Brooklyn that I like. Every once in a while someone will come up to me and they'll say something like, 'Oh! You went to school in Brooklyn...' and it's hard for me to respond favourably...
"To be honest, all of those kids were very mean to me. Very cruel. It was horrible."
Despite her difficult time in school, the actress still loves her hometown and would like to return if she becomes a mum.
She continues, "I love Brooklyn. I love that I came from there. And in the future if I'm lucky enough to have kids... the struggle for me will be where to raise them, because I am quite proud of my Brooklyn roots."
The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco has dismissed reports suggesting she is expecting her first child. Cuoco, who became engaged to her tennis player boyfriend Ryan Sweeting in September (13) after three months of dating, has brushed off recent U.S. reports suggesting she is set to become a first-time mother.
She took to Twitter.com to shoot down the rumours, writing, "I would like to make something very clear to anyone who cares. I am not effing (sic) pregnant. Do with that what you will."
Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood is set to become a grandfather for the eighth time - his daughter Leah Wood is pregnant. The legendary musician's daughter is expecting her second child with her husband, financier Jack MacDonald.
Leah shares the exciting news with Hello! magazine, gushing over her father's relationship with her four-year-old daughter Maggie.
She says, "We don't see him often but when we do, he'll pick Maggie up and give her kisses and play with her. Dad is really good with Maggie."
Leah, who is Ronnie's daughter from his marriage to Jo Wood, has been married to MacDonald since 2008.
Child star Sophie Nelisse has urged Hollywood's studio bosses to keep making films about the Holocaust, because she is part of a generation who aren't taught about the horrors of the second world war. The 13 year old admits she knew nothing about the Nazi atrocities before she started researching her role in The Book Thief, in which her character befriends a Jewish man hiding from German troops, and she thinks youngsters should be aware of what happened.
Speaking at a recent screening of the film in Los Angeles, Nelisse said, "We don't learn about the Holocaust in my school, so when I did the movie I had to do a lot of research.
"Kids my age - our generation - don't know enough about what happened. Some people think it's annoying that we keep on making these (Holocaust) movies, but I don't think so because all of the (concentration) camp survivors are gonna die at some point... and I just hope that in 100 years, people remember what happened, first of all to not let it happen again and sort of for a way to remember the people that died and to remember the people that fought for them (sic). I just think it's really important that we keep on making these movies."
Her thoughts were echoed by her co-star Emily Watson, who recently told WENN, "We filmed in Berlin, which is a city that is very, very honest and it wears it's history on it's sleeve, and it's very brutal with itself what has happened there. It was pretty relentless because you're filming all day and then you'd go off on a sightseeing tour and everywhere you go there is an exhibit about what happened. It's gutting.
"But it's fascinating to me that Sophie has friends who don't know about the Holocaust. You sit in a room with seasoned hacks (journalists) and they've all seen Schindler's List and The Pianist and The Reader and they ask, 'Do we need another Holocaust movie?'
"Yeah, we b**ody well do. (Co-star) Geoffrey (Rush) was talking about a survey that was carried out in the United States, where teenagers were asked, 'Was Adolf Hitler a dictator or was he a football coach?' Most of them thought he was a football coach! So it's a story you have to keep telling."
Actor Jackson Rathbone is trying to persuade his Twilight co-star Nikki Reed to get pregnant, so his baby son Monroe has a playmate. Rathbone's new wife Sheila Hafsadi gave birth to the couple's first child last year (12) and now the movie vampire is urging the boy's godmother to start making family plans with her musician husband Paul McDonald.
He says, "Nikki will be an amazing mom, so we're trying to infect her with baby fever so we can have an amazing kid for Monroe to play with. We want him to have a little buddy."
And is seems little Monroe will have a sibling or two in the very near future - his proud dad is keen to add to the family.
He tells People.com, "We kind of hope that we’ll have twins, a little boy and girl."
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If you were a young girl in 1988, you remember falling in love with a charismatic ginger orphan named Pippi Longstocking. If you were a young boy in 1988 you remember falling in lust with the present-day version, Tami Erin, sometime around yesterday. It's a confusing time. The freckle-faced girl mainstream America fell in love with has fallen into an all too familiar path for child stars and orphans alike: The sex tape trade.
Unlike many former child stars, this 39-year-old actress isn't trying to shed her Pippi image. If anything, she's using the kid-friendly character who made her famous to make her naked body sort of famous. This has become such a problem Columbia Pictures is threatening legal action for any adult site that uses the image of the 14-year-old Pippi. It kind of feels like we should all threaten legal action for that. Grossly enough, this tactic is working. According to TMZ the two leading Pippi porn sites average 200k views per day. A bulk of this traffic comes from Sweden, where children's author Astrid Lindgren wrote the original story of the pigtailed red-head in the 1940s. Yep, it's pretty creepy stuff.
Erin's situation is seemingly sympathetic. She claims she only released the tape to beat her ex to the punch. Since many sort-of-celebs have made similar claims in the past, the theory about releasing a sex tape without her consent has been debunked. No one is buying this story even when they are buying the smut. It seems that back in August when Erin was "fighting" to keep the video from being released, she may have been just sympathetically promoting it.
Erin sold the video to Zero Tolerance Entertainment for $10,000, which is not nearly enough money to be thrown in the category of Flick from A Christmas Story, Screech Powers, and that teen mom everyone hates. Making a sex tape is such an obvious choice next to reality TV and going to rehab, and let's face it she'll likely do it all. While it's cool that people are celebrating an older woman's sexuality and body, it would be a lot cooler if she wasn't exploiting her childhood image in the process. Leave that iconic mystical hobo-kid alone.
Alicia Keys' Black Ball charity auction received a $2 million (£1.3 million) donation from pharmaceutical mogul Stewart Rahr. Rahr joined Keys' auction in aid of her charity Keep A Child Alive, at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday (07Nov13), and placed bids on nearly every item.
The billionaire played such a heavy part in the evening that the Fallin' singer eventually invited him to join her on stage to tell the audience about his own rise to riches.
Rahr donated a total of $2 million in less than an hour of bidding, doubling the event's total.
A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Stewart went wild during the live auction and bid on every lot except one. There was a trip to Milan which started with a reserve price of $8,000. Stewart put his hand straight up and said, 'I'll bid $100,000'. Nobody even bothered bidding against him... He was out of control. He donated so much money that Alicia got him onstage. He was up there for five minutes telling everyone about his rags-to-riches story."
The son of a Brooklyn chemist, Rahr sold his pharmaceutical company Kinray in 2010 for $1.3 billion.