Singer Tulisa Contostavlos has pinpointed the infamous leaking of her sex tape as the moment when her career and life spiralled out of control. The former N-Dubz star was a chart-topper in her native U.K. and a popular judge on The X Factor, but she was horrified and humiliated in 2012 when footage of her performing a sex act on a former boyfriend hit the Internet.
She managed to overcome the scandal but became mired in controversy again last year (13) after British newspaper The Sun on Sunday alleged she had brokered a cocaine deal for an undercover reporter.
The singer was charged over the incident but was cleared when the case collapsed last week (beg21Jul14), but her bad luck continued on Friday (25Jul14) when she was convicted of assault for punching a blogger at Britain's V Festival last year.
Contostavlos has now spoken out to detail her two years of hell, and she blames the sex tape incident for catapulting her into controversy.
In a new BBC documentary, she says, "The tape is where it all went wrong for me mentally. When it was leaked I felt like I had lost control again... I found it so hard to face people again."
Asked during an interview with U.K. TV show This Morning when she was last "truly happy", she replies, "Truly, truly happy? I would say, like, two years ago, before the tape came out."
Sir Mick Jagger is finding comfort following the death of his fashion designer girlfriend L'Wren Scott, thanks to the newest additions to his family. The Rolling Stones frontman was left devastated after his long-term partner took her own life at her apartment in New York City in March (14).
But in the following months, Jagger had two reasons to celebrate - his daughter Jade, 42, gave birth to her third child, son Ray, and her daughter, Assisi, 21, welcomed the rocker's first great-grandchild, Ezra Key.
In an interview with Hello! magazine, Jade reveals having the two new bundles of joy around have made the rocker's grieving process much easier to handle.
She says, "My dad loves babies. He's really good with them and is a big family man. He's been through a difficult time but it's been great to have two new babies in the family with the joy they bring."
Jagger has seven children from four relationships, ranging aged from 14 to 43.
Rocker Jack White made a surprise appearance to join his pal Beck onstage at the Newport Folk Festival on Saturday night (26Jul14). The Loser hitmaker served as the headliner at the Providence, Rhode Island music event, and for his encore, the White Stripes star stunned fans by joining him for his final songs.
Beck introduced White as "the best bartender in the world" before the two went into Beck's Pay No Mind and Loser.
Sean Lennon also made an unexpected appearance by joining the duo for an extended version of Where It's At, playing a tambourine.
Wiz Khalifa has expressed his disappointment with fellow rapper Tyga for pulling out of his new North American tour, insisting it was a "wack move". The hip-hop star invited Tyga to join him on the road for his third annual Under the Influence of Music trek in the spring (14), but the Rack City hitmaker withdrew from the live shows earlier this month (Jul14), just two weeks before the gigs kicked off in Scranton, Pennsylvania on Thursday (24Jul14).
Tyga took to his Twitter.com account to explain his reasons for his abrupt exit, claiming he wanted to use the time to finish up his album and work on a movie instead, but Khalifa has made it clear he is not interested in his excuses.
During an interview on Philadelphia radio station Power 99 on Friday (25Jul14), Khalifa revealed his pal had failed to break the news to him himself.
The Black and Yellow star explained, "He didn't tell me at all. His people was just like, 'Nah, we ain't gonna be on the tour (sic).'"
Khalifa hasn't spoken to Tyga since, but he insists there is no bad blood between the pair: "I'm sure he'll probably hear interviews of me saying that I thought that it was wack (bad) and he didn't reach out. I'm the type of person, I talk to people when I want to. We cool, that's the homie, and that was just a wack move (sic)."
He continued, "I felt like that (his excuse) was just corny. We're better than that. At the end of the day, you don't say 'album and a movie' to sound like you have something to do, 'cause I did my album before the tour and I'm shooting a movie once I get off tour and I got a son. So, at the end of the day, what do you want to do with your life?"
The Under the Influence of Music tour also features Rich Homie Quan and DJ Drama on the line-up.
Actress Alison Sweeney knew it was time to quit her longtime role on U.S. soap opera Days Of Our Lives after her young son started waking up before 6am just to see his mum before she disappeared for work. The 37 year old announced in January (14) that she was bowing out as Samantha 'Sami' Brady, a character she had portrayed onscreen for the past 21 years, and she filmed her final scenes in May (14).
Sweeney, who also serves as host of U.S. reality show The Biggest Loser, has since revealed the guilt she felt over leaving her kids Ben, nine, and Megan, five, with her husband Dave for the whole day ate away at her - so she made the choice to take a step back from her career and focus on her children.
She tells People magazine, "Ben would wake up really early just so he could have breakfast with me before I went to work, and that sat with me.
"I'd like to be there for them and not feel like I have nine other things going on in my head. Committing to two full-time jobs and being a wife and mum has been challenging and exhausting. It's been weighing on me for a long time."
Her husband adds, "I was thrilled (when she first told him the news), actually ecstatic. (The kids) were jumping up and down. They don't watch Days, but knowing the character of 'Mum' will actually be taking them to school in the mornings is super cool."
Newlywed British pop star Cheryl Cole has been given another reason to celebrate after scoring her fourth solo number one single in the U.K. with Crazy Stupid Love. The Fight For This Love singer becomes only the third British female in the history of the nation's charts to achieve such a feat, following in the footsteps of former Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora.
Celebrating the success of her first single in two years, Cole says, "It feels great to be back but even more special to have achieved my fourth number one. So exciting!"
Crazy Stupid Love, featuring rapper Tinie Tempah, was released in the U.K. just days after she announced she had wed her boyfriend of three months, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
It debuted ahead of Magic!'s Rude at two and Ghost by Ella Henderson at three.
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran racks up a fifth week at the top of the U.K. albums chart with X, making it the longest-running number one since Adele's 21 spent 11 straight weeks in pole position in 2011.
Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke - The Best Of climbs to second place and Sam Smith rounds out the top three at three with In The Lonely Hour.
Actress Brit Marling was left horrified while researching lab work for her role in new sci-fi drama I Origins after accidentally destroying a student's thesis project. The Arbitrage star and actor Michael Pitt portray molecular biologists who make a groundbreaking discovering in the film, and they headed to private research school John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland to brush up on their science knowledge prior to shooting.
However, Marling reveals the trip didn't end so well for her.
She explains, "Mike Cahill, the director, his brother went to John Hopkins so Michael Pitt and I went down to the lab, and we put on the lab coats and the gloves and we learned how to splice DNA.
"The bad thing is I accidentally broke someone's thesis experiment and he'd been working on it for two years. It was really bad... He passed it (DNA slide) to me and I was looking at it through the microscope and it was so beautiful I got really excited and I turned to pass it to Michael Pitt and I dropped it. So that happened. And it didn't even make it in the film...!
"But then I made it up to him because I was like, 'I'm basically your lab slave now' and I just spent the rest of the month pipetting saline solution to test tubes for him, helping him back out. It was a rough start."
An elderly woman was hospitalised after she was hit by a car on Saturday evening (26Jul14), when a Zombie Walk event during California's Comic-Con weekend ended in chaos. The annual parade, featuring fans dressed up as the undead, took place not far from the San Diego Convention Center, where a deaf driver, who was travelling with his two children, who were also hard of hearing, was stopped to let the march pass by.
The kids became scared, prompting the dad to try and move out of the area.
However, according to authorities, a number of Zombie Walk participants grew angry at the man for attempting to drive through the crowd and "surrounded and began punching" the car.
A spokesperson from the San Diego Police Department adds, "Several of them climbed onto the car and beat on the car. The car windshield was shattered by the crowd."
The man attempted to drive away and ended up knocking down the 64-year-old pedestrian, who sustained "serious arm injuries", before he was able to get away from the mob and flag down a police officer.
The Zombie Walk is not directly affiliated with organisers at Comic-Con.
No arrests were made, but police are currently investigating the scary incident.
A man has died after falling ill at the Global Gathering dance music festival in England on Friday (25Jul14). The 20-year-old male was taken from the annual event to nearby Warwick Hospital, where he died early on Saturday (26Jul14) morning.
A spokesman for Warwickshire Police said a post-mortem examination will be conducted to discover the cause of death. Officials at the festival are assisting the force with their investigation.
The two-day event, which began on Friday, featured sets from dance stars including Chase and Status, David Guetta and The Prodigy.
Actress Dara Tomanovich was charged with driving while impaired in New York City earlier this month (Jul14). Tomanovich, best known for her role in 1996 comedy Bio-Dome, allegedly crashed her Porsche in Manhattan and was arrested after she failed two breathalyzer tests at the scene.
According to TMZ.com, Tomanovich was taken into custody and charged with driving while impaired. She was released without bail.