Ben Affleck reveals he's completed treatment program for alcohol addiction

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 7:33 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 7:33 PM

            Actor Ben Affleck recently completed a treatment program for or alcohol addiction, according to a statement on his official Facebook page. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actor Ben Affleck recently completed a treatment program for or alcohol addiction, according to a statement on his official Facebook page. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Ben Affleck recently completed a treatment program for alcohol addiction, he confirmed.

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People reported that the actor posted a statement about the treatment on his official Facebook page Tuesday.

I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step. I'm lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I've done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.

The exact time the 44-year-old actor entered treatment is unclear. E News reported he previously entered rehab in 2001 "for alcohol-related struggles."

Affleck, who was in attendance at the 89th annual Academy Awards, continues to co-parent daughters Violet, 11, and Seraphina, 8, and son Samuel, 5, with his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, 44.

Us Weekly reported Affleck and Garner announced a split in June 2015 after being married for 10 years.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines: 10 things to know

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

Who are Chip & Joanna Gaines?

Chip and Joanna Gaines rose to fame on their HGTV series “Fixer Upper.” Although their hit series is ending, the family has multiple business across their town of Waco, Texas, and a line of decor at Target.

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Here are some facts about the couple.

The Gaines opened their first business together in 2003

Magnolia Market came from a dream Joanna Gaines had. The business opened in 2003, but the couple later closed it to focus on their first two children, Drake and Ella Rose. During that time, they focused on their construction business, Magnolia Homes.

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 05: 'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines pose with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 pace car at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)(Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The first Magnolia Market, known as the Little Shop on Bosque, reopened in 2014. After outgrowing the space, the business moved to downtown Waco in October 2015 and became the Magnolia Silos location.

Chip and Joanna married in 2003

Chip and Joanna married in Waco, Texas, on March 31, 2003.

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Chip surprised Joanna with a gathering of family and friends for their 12th anniversary in 2015. Some of the celebration aired during season three of “Fixer Upper.”

“The party itself was so intimate with just family and close friends in attendance,” Joanna told Style Me Pretty. “Chip stood up and read the sweetest speech and there was also live music played by a dear friend of ours. All the details and meaning behind this party really touched me, and when I think back to that sweet day Chip surprised me I feel so loved and honored to be his!"

They have a big family

The Gaineses are parents to four children and have one on the way. They have two boys, Drake and Duke, and two girls, Ella Rose and Emmie Kay. Joanna is pregnant with a baby boy who is due in July.

Related: ‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines reveal gender of new baby

Chip and Joanna both went to Baylor University

Baylor University has been frequently featured in some capacity on “Fixer Upper.” Although Chip and Joanna Gaines both went to the school, they did not meet there. Chip graduated with a marketing and business administration degree in 1998. Joanna graduated with a communications degree in 2001.

They practice Christianity

Chip and Joanna are Christians and are outspoken about their faith. In 2016, they did an interview about their relationship with each other and their faith with I Am Second.

Chip has said Joanna allows him to be himself

“I feel like she knows me in a way that has caused me to stop acting,” Chip told I Am Second. “I feel like I’ve really been an actor -- I’ve been a character my whole life. I’ve always tried to prove something to someone. 

“When I caught her. I felt like I could be content. I felt like I could be exactly who I was.”

Joanna credits Chip with pushing her to start her own business, which became their home-renovation company

“If I didn’t have Chip Gaines in my life, I’d still be dreaming in my head but not acting out on any of that. Not living it out,” Joanna told I Am Second, adding that her husband pushed her out of her comfort zone.

Chip had multiple businesses before meeting his wife

Joanna met Chip in 2001, when she worked at her dad’s tire shop in Waco.

Related: Chip, Joanna Gaines team up with Target to release home-decor line

In an interview with “Today”, Joanna said her husband had a wash-and-fold business and a landscaping business, among others.

Joanna is of mixed heritage

Joanna is multiracial, and shared her heritage with fans on her website.

“I love hearing all the guesses,” Joanna Gaines said on a Q&A on the Magnolia website. “Although I did play Pocahontas in high school, I am not Native American. My father is half Lebanese/half German and my mother is full Korean.”

The Gaines’ businesses go beyond houses and home decor

In addition to their Target line of home decor, their renovation business and Magnolia Silos, the Gaines are opening a restaurant in Waco. Magnolia Table is opening at the location of Elite Cafe, a historical restaurant in Waco that closed in 2016.

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'Willie Wonka' actor appears on 'Jeopardy!'

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 1:51 AM

From left, Actors Rusty Goffe, Julie Dawn Cole, and Paris Themmen visited Hollywood last year. Themmen played Mike Teevee in the 1971 classic movie,
From left, Actors Rusty Goffe, Julie Dawn Cole, and Paris Themmen visited Hollywood last year. Themmen played Mike Teevee in the 1971 classic movie, "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."(Charley Gallay)

Mike Teevee won another Golden Ticket, but you had to be a big chocolate fan to recognize him.

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Paris Themmen, who played the TV-obsessed kid in the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” finally made it to television on Tuesday when he appeared in an episode of “Jeopardy!” ET Online reported.

However, Themmen did not mention that he had been in the classic that starred Gene Wilder. When host Alex Trebek asked Themmen about an interesting fact, the former child star said he was an “avid backpacker” who had hiked on six continents, ET Online reported.

Themmen’s fans recognized him, however, and mentioned that fact on Twitter. He wound up finishing second during Tuesday’s episode, ET Online reported. The last acting role Themmen had was a small part in the 2000 television series, “Star Trek: Voyager.”

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Cardi B is pregnant, report says

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 11:35 AM

Rapper Cardi B is pregnant, according to one report. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
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Rapper Cardi B is pregnant, according to one report. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)(Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for New York Fashio)

Cardi B may be performing at Coachella in April with a baby bump.

According to TMZ, the rapper is pregnant with her first child with her fiance Offset.

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Citing unnamed sources, the website says Cardi is due the first week of July and will be around seven months pregnant when she performs at Coachella.

If TMZ’s report is true, Offset, who’s in the rap group Migos, would be having his fourth child. The 25-year-old is already a father to two sons, Jordan and Kody, and a daughter named Kaela.

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Neither Cardi nor Offset have confirmed TMZ’s claim.

Cardi has a busy year. In addition to Coachella, she’s joining Bruno Mars on the last leg of his 24K Magic World Tour. The tour is set to make stops in the U.S. and Canada through October.

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Rihanna slams Snapchat for ad asking users to slap her or ‘punch Chris Brown’

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 10:24 AM

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Weeks after receiving backlash for its new design, Snapchat is under fire again. This time, users are upset about an ad that seemingly promotes domestic violence.

An ad for a game called “Would You Rather” popped up on the social media platform last week. It asked, “Would you rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown?” It included a subtitle that read “Impossible Choices.”

In 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault and making criminal threats after assaulting Rihanna his then-girlfriend, during Grammy weekend. Many thought the prompt directly referenced the incident and encouraged domestic violence. 

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Following the backlash, Snapchat issued a statement Tuesday, saying the ad was published “in error,” according the to BBC.

“The advert was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines. We immediately removed the ad last weekend, once we became aware. We are sorry that this happened,” it said.

Despite the apology, Rihanna took to social media Thursday morning to denounce the brand. “I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with mess,” she posted on her Instagram story Thursday. “All the women, children and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out let us down! Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away.” 

Related: Snap Inc.’s stock falls after Kylie Jenner tweet about Snapchat redesign

The Verge reported that Snapchat responded to Rihanna’s post in a statement Thursday.

“This advertisement is disgusting and never should have appeared on our service,” the company said. “We are so sorry we made the terrible mistake of allowing it through our review process. We are investigating how that happened so that we can make sure it never happens again.”

Dateline reported that the ad was approved in error and violates Snap’s advertising guidelines. The company said it has blocked Would You Rather as an advertiser.

Some fans have considered deleting the app after Rihanna’s post.

According to The Wall Street Journal, about $800 million of Snap’s market value was lost after Rihanna’s post. The price of shares in the app’s parent company went down 4.5 percent according to Bloomberg

Snap’s latest decline comes after shares rebounded from Kylie Jenner’s February tweet about no longer opening Snapchat. After the tweet, $1.3 billion in market value was wiped out as shares of Snap declined 6.1 percent. 

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