Model-turned-actress Amber Valletta is looking for the early signs of addiction in her teenage son after realising there's a family connection to the disease. The 40 year old has been sober for 15 years after struggling with her vices at the height of her catwalk fame.
She went public with her secret addiction battle during a live seminar for wellness website MindBodyGreen.com in July (14), and was stunned when her appearance went viral.
Now she's urging other addicts to keep a close eye on their kids to make sure they don't become problem teens.
Appearing on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live on Tuesday (09Sep14), Valletta says, "We need to stop living in the shadows of pain, and addiction is not something you can fight by sheer willpower. It is a real disease and recovery is possible.
"I see too many people and hear too many people suffering in silence and there is no reason to be ashamed if you have cancer, so there is no reason to be ashamed if you have the disease of addiction.
"I just don't believe it's about willpower... If I could have stopped, I would have stopped. I'm a very strong person, I'm a very powerful woman, I can do many things, but that I could not conquer."
And the actress admits she's determined to make sure her son Auden avoids the pitfalls she was plagued with when her modelling career took off 25 years ago.
She adds, "He's grown up with me being clean. I just tell him that it runs in your family and you definitely need to be careful but I also don't want to be the kind of parent who's not realistic. We live in a world where everything's accessible. I think it's being really smart how you talk to your kids. One time, one thing can be addictive - the first time."
Ariana Grande has denied reports she scrapped her promotional schedule in Australia because she was unhappy with a photoshoot.
The Problem hitmaker was reported to have stormed out of a photo session Down Under because she was unimpressed with the pictures produced, but Grande is adamant there is no truth to the rumours.
She tells Australian radio show Mike E & Emma, "I did hear about something just 10 minutes ago that was totally untrue and very annoying... There's no record to set straight. It was just a photographer or something who got mad at me because I left to change my outfit mid-photoshoot because I didn't like my top and I was like, 'Oh I'll be right back' and then I came back and he had left and I was like 'Oh s**t' . He's now... said all these ridiculous untrue things about me and I'm just like, you know what, that's not real, that's nonsense, my fans know who I am, my family knows who I am, my friends know who I am and that's all that matters."
Grande's manager Scooter Braun also defended her on Twitter.com on Monday (08Sep14), writing, "@ArianaGrande is kind, caring, and more than anything she is a great human being (sic). Some people make up rumours for a living... so... saying things about Ari comes with her now being a big star. But saying she isn't a good person that ain't gonna fly... There is zero truth to anything different. Enough is enough...(sic)."
Last month (Aug14), Grande had to defend herself when a group of U.S. fans accused her of being rude and cold towards the crowd at a meet-and-greet session. Grande claims she acted that way because she was upset.
The radio interview with the pop star is due to air on Wednesday (10Sep14).
Taylor Swift has aired her grievances with a mystery female pop rival in new song Bad Blood. The singer counts the likes of Selena Gomez, Lorde, Lena Dunham, Emma Stone, Hailee Steinfeld and Sarah Hyland among her many girlfriends, but there's one famous female she has never gotten along with - and now she's channelled her feelings of bitterness into the track from her forthcoming album, 1989.
Swift refuses to name names or go into specific details, but in a candid new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she explains, "For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, 'Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?' (Then last year) she did something so horrible. I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies'. And it wasn't even about a guy!
"It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I'm surprisingly non-confrontational - you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It's awkward, and I don't like it."
Swift admits the fall out "broke my heart... because I have such a high priority on girls sticking together", and she wishes she could say some of the lines from the tune directly to her rival.
She adds, "Sometimes the lines in a song are lines you wish you could text-message somebody in real life. I would just be constantly writing all these zingers - like, 'Burn. That would really get her'. And I know people are going to obsess over who it's about, because they think they have all my relationships mapped out. But there's a reason there are not any overt call outs in that song.
"I know people will make it this big girl-fight thing. But I just want people to know it's not about a guy. You don't want to shade someone you used to date and make it seem like you hate him, when that's not the case."
Korn guitarist Brian Welch is throwing his support behind a new faith-based documentary by joining Christian band Jake Hamilton & The Sound to perform at the film's premiere on Saturday (06Sep14).
Holy Ghost documents perspectives from religious figures and celebrities from around the world and Welch is featured heavily in the film as it chronicles a Korn concert. He is hoping to use his star power to draw attention to the movie and shine a more positive light on the Christian faith, according to Variety.com.
He says, "Christians unfortunately have been given a bad rap. I'm excited for real people to be able to talk about faith and not scare people away from it. It's all about love and meeting God and having our eyes opened." Welch has previously credited his faith with helping him kick his drug and alcohol habit in 2005. Holy Ghost will premiere online on Saturday and the concert will take place at the Redding Civic Auditorium in Redding, California.
Jackass star Steve-O faces criminal charges for defacing a freeway sign as part of a protest against SeaWorld, if California Highway Patrol officials get their way. CHP bosses insist the prankster, real name Stephen Gilchrist Glover, should be punished to the full extent of the law after he posted a video of himself attaching the word 'SUCKS' after the words 'SEA WORLD' on the state road sign near San Diego on YouTube.com last month (Aug14).
The incident occurred in May (14), but the identity of the person behind the prank was a mystery until the footage appeared online.
CHP officials have recommended the San Diego County district attorney's office charge Steve-O with vandalism and trespassing.
Leading activists at animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have already agreed to pay any fine assessed against the prankster and stuntman.
Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan has advised the world's leading showbiz stars to quit using social media to stop a repeat of the nude pictures leak scandal. Dornan, who plays bondage-loving businessman Christian Grey in the upcoming movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, was disgusted after hackers stole nude photos of 100 famous women including actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton.
It has sparked outrage in Hollywood amid a probe by agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and prompted calls for legal action against the hackers, but Dornan is adamant cyber-crime is impossible to guard against.
He is now urging all famous women to avoid using online storage devices to hold their private photographs.
Speaking at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London on Tuesday (02Sep14), Dornan says, "What can you do? It's sort of disgusting. I don't know how they are going to keep control over it but there seems to be so many different ways that your information can be accessed. I think the thing to do is step away from social media if you can."
Other stars at the event also sent their sympathy to those caught up in the furore, with pop star Jessie J saying, "I think it's really awful and I think that nobody deserves to have their privacy tampered with. I think everyone deserves their sanity, and sanity is privacy. You need something for yourself, so I hope that it's sorted and it doesn't happen again."
Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens, whose former co-star Jessica Brown Findlay was among those affected by the leak, says, "It's pretty despicable behaviour really and I think the practice of human online behaviour has to evolve. I think people are behaving in a way online that they never would in real life and it's creating a warped new reality. It's very, very frightening."
Actor Douglas Booth, who was recently rumoured to be dating Miley Cyrus, adds, "I think it should be treated the same way as sexual assault. I think it should be treated criminally and I hope that the person goes to prison for a very long time."
Actress Victoria Justice is taking legal action over leaked nude photos of her on the Internet, despite previously insisting the pictures were fake. The former Victorious star was one of many female celebrities whose personal pictures were part of a massive online hack on Sunday (31Aug14), and shortly after the risque images surfaced, Justice took to Twitter.com do deny the photos were really her, writing, "These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*"
However Justice, 21, is now admitting her privacy was invaded.
In a message posted on the microblogging site on Tuesday (02Sep14), Justice wrote, "Shortly after I tweeted about certain pics of me being fake, I was faced with a serious violation of privacy. There have always been fake photos of me on the internet, but I will not be put in the position to defend myself as to what is real or what is fake.
"I am angry at this massive invasion of privacy, and like the other women who are in this situation alongside of me, I am taking legal action to protect my rights."
The haul of celebrity photos originated on 4Chan.org after a hacker found them on numerous Apple iCloud accounts, and since then, authorities at the FBI have launched an investigation to track down the cyber criminals.
Celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have all admitted the pictures are real. Meanwhile, some 4Chan users also claim to have nude images of newlyweds Gabrielle Union and Jenny McCarthy, mum-to-be Hayden Panettiere, Hilary Duff, Kaley Cuoco Sweeting, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lea Michele and Selena Gomez, among others.
Rapper/singer Cee Lo Green temporarily deactivated his Twitter.com account late on Monday (01Sep14) after followers took aim at him for an ill-advised rape comment.
The Forget You hitmaker, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, hit headlines last year (13) after an ex-girlfriend accused him of slipping her ecstasy during a dinner date in Los Angeles in 2012 and then having sex with her. A charge of sexual assault was previously dropped by police due to a lack of evidence, and last week (ends29Aug14), he agreed to serve three years of probation and complete 360 hours of community service after pleading no contest to a felony count of sharing ecstasy.
Green, who denied taking advantage of the woman without her consent, broke his silence on the case on Monday, when he took to his Twitter.com account and appeared to vent his frustration at the allegations.
In a series of posts, he wrote, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!! If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent."
The ill-advised tweet prompted followers to take aim at Green, and he later tried to make amends for the careless comments, posting, "Let me 1st praise god for exoneration fairness & freedom (sic)! Secondly I sincerely apologize for my comments being taken so far out of context... "I only intended on a healthy exchange to help heal those who love me from the pain I had already caused from this. Please forgive me as it was your support that got me thru (sic) this to begin with. I'd never condone the harm of any women. Thank you."
Green deleted his offending tweets and subsequently shut down his profile on the microblogging site. However, his page was live again by Tuesday (02Sep14) afternoon.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence's representative has threatened to prosecute whoever is behind a new celebrity phone hacking scandal after naked photos of The Hunger Games star appeared online on Sunday (31Aug14). Risque pictures of the Oscar winner, along with other female celebrities such as Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst, surfaced on the Internet, and Lawrence's spokeswoman is waging war on the person responsible for leaking the personal photos, which she confirms are real.
A statement from her rep to Us Weekly reads: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Revealing photos of actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead also appeared online, and she took to Twitter.com herself to address the leak, writing, "To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great 'bout yourselves."
She continued, "Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked."
Meanwhile, former Victorious co-stars Grande and Justice have denied the leaked images of them are for real.
Grande's rep tells JustJared.com that the photos are "completely fake", while Justice took to Twitter and wrote, "These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*".
The haul of celebrity photos originated on 4Chan.org after a hacker found them on numerous iCloud accounts. Site bosses also claim to have nude images of newlyweds Gabrielle Union and Jenny McCarthy, mum-to-be Hayden Panettiere, Hilary Duff, Kaley Cuoco Sweeting, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lea Michele and Selena Gomez, among others.
U.S. comedian Jimmy Kimmel kicked off his late-night TV show on Thursday (28Aug14) by assuring Friends fans that his reunion skit the day before was planned and Jennifer Aniston was not forced into taking part. Devotees of the beloved sitcom flooded social media and YouTube.com after Kimmel brought Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox together for a scene read in a stage replica of character Monica's kitchen.
Aniston, who was promoting her new film on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, appeared not to be happy about the idea, prompting many fans to criticise her.
But, at the top of his show on Thursday, Kimmel poked fun at the baffled fans as he read out their tweets, posts and emails.
He then explained that his pal Aniston was very much in on the joke - and she was just acting surprised and annoyed by the reunion.
He said, "She was acting, apparently very good too. She should probably get an Emmy for that acting...
"Ninety-nine per cent of the time when you put something on YouTube everyone jumps in to say it's fake, then we put something that is, I thought, obviously fake on and people think it's real."