The future of hit U.S. reality TV show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is hanging in the balance following reports one of the series stars is dating a convicted child molester. Mama June Shannon has found a new man after splitting from the father of her daughter, the titular Honey Boo Boo, last month (Sep14) - and the romance could cost the family its show.
Sources tell People.com Shannon's new love was imprisoned in 2004.
A spokesman for the TLC network, which airs the show, says, "We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series."
Country star Troy Gentry has asked fans to pray for his wife Angie after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The Montgomery Gentry star broke the news to fans in a post on the band's Facebook.com page on Wednesday (22Oct14), weeks after the music duo launched a charity campaign online to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October (14).
The singer admits the news has hit his family hard, but reveals doctors are confident Angie will pull through the health crisis.
The message reads: "Hey everyone, Troy here. As you know, we launched this 'Check Your Headlights' campaign for breast cancer awareness in early October.
"What you didn't know is that right before we launched, my beautiful Angie got a diagnosis from her doctor that has rocked our world a bit over the last few weeks. She has breast cancer - and we wanted you to hear it from us first. She is currently going through chemo treatments and her prognosis is very good.
"We'd love for you to keep her in your prayers over the next few months. Many Thanks".
It's the second time in three years the Montgomery Gentry stars have been touched by cancer - Gentry's bandmate Eddie Montgomery won a battle with the the disease in 2011 after undergoing surgery.
Lady Gaga helped her pal propose to his boyfriend in an unforgettable way by staging the moment during her concert in England on Tuesday (21Oct14). The Poker Face hitmaker brought her ArtRave: The Artpop Ball to the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, and halfway through the gig, she invited her friend Jay, who she described as "family and an incredible man and incredible friend" on to the stage, along with his boyfriend Shaun.
In a video posted by a fan on YouTube.com, Gaga is seen handing over the spotlight to the couple, as Jay gets down on one knee and proposes to Shaun, much to his surprise.
After Shaun says 'yes', Gaga serenades the newly engaged couple with her equal rights anthem Born This Way.
She told the crowd, "It's so bizarre, you know, my record label a long time ago they told me that my show is too gay and I was too gay or this was too gay.
"I told them, 'Well it's a great thing that there are gay people all over the world!' We're all human beings with real dreams and real stories and you deserve to love and express your love the same as everybody around the world."
She continued, "I'm pretty sure I don't have to say this because this a pretty free-thinking city, but I'm going to f**king say it anyway: if you are living in the U.K. or in Manchester and whether you are young or old or in the middle, if you are gay hold your head up high and be proud. You don't have to hide. You're human.
"And if anybody here in the audience, I can't imagine there is, but if anybody here is uncomfortable with this you should probably f**king go because you're on the wrong side of history and everybody in here is on the right side."
Gaga ended by telling Jay and Shaun, "I wish you a beautiful, long and happy life."
A cousin of slain model Reeva Steenkamp has hit out at rumours her killer Oscar Pistorius will be freed after just 10 months in prison, insisting he should spend more time behind bars. The athlete was sentenced to five years on Tuesday (21Oct14) for shooting his blonde girlfriend four times in the bathroom at his home in Pretoria, South Africa last year (13).
He was convicted of manslaughter but cleared of murder because the judge accepted his insistence he thought the model was a burglar.
Pistorius' lawyer later stated that sentencing guidelines mean the athlete will serve just 10 months behind bars, but Kim Martin, a cousin of Steenkamp, spoke out after the hearing to insist it is not long enough.
In an exclusive interview with U.K. TV show This Morning, Martin, who gave evidence for the prosecution during the case, says, "I suppose I'm pretty numb. A lot of mixed emotions. We never came here today hoping that Oscar would be put away for very long... we never held out much hope, but at the same time, we do feel that time needs to be served to justify Reeva's untimely death...
"I still feel that we mustn't underestimate how difficult it is going to be for Oscar in prison, and at the same time I can feel sorry for him... but it doesn't mean that I don't feel that he must serve time to pay for what he's done to Reeva, so it's a very difficult situation...
"I'm a compassionate person. But compassion doesn't mean that you still believe that that person needs to serve time. I don't think 10 months is enough time, but at the same time I know it's going to be hard for him. It does not mean in any way that I still believe the sentence should be longer... I'm just saying that I sympathise, it doesn't mean in no way that I feel sorry for him... Somebody must be punished for what they do so they learn not to do it again."
Responding to viewer feedback that Pistorius' sentence was unfairly lenient, she adds, "Yes, it's not fair at all. But for us as a family, to carry on with so much hate in our hearts, we're never going to heal... we'll never start our process of healing. And no, we're not happy about it, but what can you do? You have to carry on. The team did the best with what they had. It was a very difficult case. It was only Reeva and Oscar there that night and Oscar will have to live with what he's done, and the truth, for the rest of his life."
Rachel Mcadams and Ryan Reynolds were inducted to the Canada Walk of Fame at a ceremony in Toronto on Saturday (18Oct14). They landed stars on sidewalks in the city along with Canadian-American rock group The Band and late blues guitarist Jeff Healey, who died in 2008.
Mean Girls actress McAdams, who was born in London, Ontario, said of the honour, "To be recognised by your own country like this and to be put on this illustrious list of people that have come before is, I mean, is sort of beyond words for me."
Reynolds, who hails from Vancouver, added, "If you could ask me when I was 16 years old that I'd be standing here doing this right now, I'd just be lucky and happy that I lived this long, let alone to have this honour, so I'm excited."
Reynolds said of his sidewalk star, "It's pretty exciting - I can't wait to step all over me."
The Band stars Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson were on hand for the unveiling of the group's star, while Healey was represented by members of his family.
Previous honourees include Celine Dion and William Shatner.
Latino actress Gina Rodriguez was told she'd never make it as a leading lady in Hollywood due to her weight issues. The Our Family Wedding star was diagnosed with a thyroid disease when she was a student at New York University and as well as struggling to stay awake, she couldn't control her weight gain.
As she embarked on an acting career, she was told time and time again by casting agents that she was too fat to become a star.
Now fronting hit U.S. TV comedy Jane The Virgin, Rodriguez recalls, "I've always thought, 'I will be a lead and I will be able to empower people around me...' and then I was told, 'No, you're not skinny enough to be a lead, you're not pretty enough'."
The actress has turned to holistics to help battle her weight and hormone issues, but reveals she learned she's also fighting the more serious condition Hashimoto's thyroiditis just after filming the pilot of her new show.
She says, "I was training for a half marathon and I went to see my holistic doctor right after the marathon was done. (She said), 'You have Hashimoto's and to be honest, I don't know how you're standing right now and why you're not asleep. I thought somebody would be bringing you here... Your blood tests are, like, off the charts'.
"I was like, 'I just ran a half marathon three days ago. I just bike rode, like, 12 miles here...!' She goes, 'Aren't you tired?' and I was like, 'Yeah, but you get up and push forward!' It's mind over matter."
Classical singer Katherine Jenkins was on the verge of quitting life in the spotlight last year (13) amid reports of diva-like demands. The Welsh star was left devastated by a string of reports, including allegations she threw a phone across a room and had been dumped by her record company over her behaviour.
Jenkins is adamant the rumours were untrue, but she was so hurt by the gossip that she was on the brink of walking away from her career until her mother advised to hang in there.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "Yes, there was a time last year when I did (want to stop). The person I was seeing in the papers was so different to the real me, I thought, 'I'm fighting a losing battle here.'... My mum (stopped me). I called her and she said, 'Come back to Wales. Have a cwtch,' which is a Welsh cuddle. She said, 'Let it pass, put your head down. It happens to everyone at some point.'
"It's out of your control. You're being presented in a way that you can't do anything about any more. It got to the point where it had taken the enjoyment out of the bit of the job I love most. And I was putting my family through a lot, having to read those things too."
Pregnant actress Milla Jovovich has been forced to cut back on engaging with fans online after her family became the target of an alleged stalker last year (13).
The Resident Evil star opened up about the harassment hell in a series of posts on Twitter on Tuesday (14Oct14) after a number of followers noticed the infrequency of her tweets in recent months. Jovovich, who is expecting her second child with her director husband Paul W. S. Anderson, reveals she turned to police for help after the incident and was advised to stop exchanging messages with strangers. She explains:
"A lot of my followers hve (have) been asking why i (sic) don't chat on here anymore. unfortunately, my family was threatened last year by a stalker. "after contacting authorities, i was told to absolutely stop talking to people i don't know on social forums... now that sucks for all the cool people i got to know on here, but my family comes first and i cannot take any chances when it comes to them. "it makes me feel sad that i have to be distant with you all, as it is not my nature. i have not stopped posting altogether, as was suggested... but personal contact with individuals is at an end. its (sic) too bad that the rotten apple spoils the bunch, but its (sic) the reality. i send out a lot of love to my fans and many apologies! all the best!"
Further details about Jovovich's encounters with the alleged stalker were unavailable as WENN went to press.
Actress Madeleine Stowe has signed up to front a new charity campaign to educate people about multiple sclerosis after watching her father struggle with the condition throughout her youth. The 12 Monkeys star reveals her dad Robert needed crutches by the time she was five to help him stay on his feet, and just a year later, he was forced to rely on a wheelchair.
He battled the autoimmune disease for another 20 years before he passed away, and Stowe admits dealing with the condition was a challenge for her whole family.
She tells Eonline.com, "My father had MS at a time when there were absolutely no treatments, no treatment options and he had it very severe. He went from being a man who was walking, talking and standing to, in a very short time, being in a wheelchair.
"It was extraordinarily challenging for him and of course for the family. We would do things like clothe him, tie his shoes, bathe him. He lost control of everything."
Stowe, 56, is now hoping to use her own experiences with the illness to lend her support and help empower those living with MS as part of biotech firm Genzyme's Lights, Camera, Taken Action on MS campaign in memory of her late father.
She explains, "I'm here as part of this campaign to talk about the role of family and caretakers. It's really important for people not to feel alone and not to isolate and to just bring everything out of the shadows and to talk about it."
Actress Gina Rodriguez was left shocked when she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. The Our Family Wedding star, 29, found out she had a thyroid condition at 19, but she had no idea she had also been suffering from Hashimoto's disease, in which the immune system attacks the thyroid.
Rodriguez was given the news about her condition in the middle of shooting the first episode for her new U.S. TV series Jane the Virgin, in which her character is also given unexpected news during a routine check-up.
The actress tells Entertainment Tonight, "While I was shooting the pilot, I was training for a half marathon and I went to see my holistic doctor right after the marathon was done.
"She said, 'From your test results, let's talk about your Hashimoto's (disease).' And I was like, 'What are you talking about? I have thyroid disease' and she said, 'No, no you have Hashimoto's and to be honest, I don't know how you're standing right now and why you're not asleep. I thought somebody would be bringing you here.'
"I was like, 'I just ran a half marathon!' She goes, 'Aren't you tired?' and I was like, 'Yeah, but you get up and push forward!' She said, 'Aren't you depressed?' and I said, 'Yeah, but mind over matter?'"