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Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 12:47 PM
“I lost my dad this week,” she said. “He had a good, long life, and he lived his life exactly how he wanted. He was Christian science his entire life. He never had medicine his whole life. Never went to a doctor. I never had a vaccination. We never had medicine growing up, and he lived to be 92.
“He was very proud of me. He loved this show, and he was a kind man, a very accepting man. There was not one bone of judgement in his body,” she said. “He was very funny. I think my brother Vance and I got our sense of humor from him.”
DeGeneres, 59, said that her father’s death was not unexpected. She went on to say that she and her dad, a former insurance salesman, had a special bond and that he was particularly fond of her work in the entertainment business, especially since their family had taken a trip to tour Warner Bros. studio when she was young.
“We only took one family vacation. When I was a little girl, we came to this lot, to the Warner Bros. lot, and took the tour and went around. And now I work on the Warner Bros. lot and have my own stage with my name on it, so he was really proud of that,” she said. “Before he passed away, I got to talk to him, so I got to say goodbye to him, and I was leaving the building and I looked back and there was a rainbow over the Warner Bros. studio.”
This week, at the age of 92, my father Elliott DeGeneres passed away. He lived a good long life. It wasn’t unexpected. I was able to say goodbye. pic.twitter.com/L0zEJJNPrq— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 11, 2018
When I was a kid, my dad took us on one vacation to Warner Bros. Studios. He loved this business. He loved that I was in it. When he died, I saw this rainbow over the stage they named for me. pic.twitter.com/QQswe3mwfi— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 12, 2018
My dad and me. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ovNJzOnOMs— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 12, 2018
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:49 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM
— Swimmer Michael Phelps has revealed that after the 2012 Olympics, he considered suicide.
“Really, after every Olympics I think I fell into a major state of depression,” he told David Axelrod at the fourth annual conference of the Kennedy Forum, an organization for mental health advocacy, according to CNN. Phelps revealed that after winning four gold medals and two silver medals at the 2012 Olympics, the depression got worse, and he couldn’t leave his room for days.
“I didn’t want to be in the sport anymore … I didn’t want to be alive anymore,” he said.
Eventually, Phelps decided he needed to seek help.
“I remember going to treatment my very first day. I was shaking, shaking because I was nervous about the change that was coming up,” Phelps said. “I needed to figure out what was going on.”
After getting his life back on track, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which works with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He also has been open about his struggles with mental health and depression.
“I think people actually finally understand it is real. People are talking about it, and I think this is the only way that it can change,” he said. “That’s the reason why suicide rates are going up; people are afraid to talk and open up.”
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 5:24 AM
— Grammy and Oscar-winning singer John Legend is claiming that President Donald Trump and his team’s alleged racism are behind the government shutdown.
“The reason the government shutdown is that Trump and his team have an ideological commitment to allowing fewer black and brown people into the country #TrumpShutdown #TrumpIsARacist,” Legend tweeted.
Legend has called Trump a racist before.
Most recently, Legend tweeted on Jan. 11 that Trump is “a racist” and “has been for his entire public life.”
The president is a racist. He has been for his entire public life. If you vote(d) for him, you do so because of that or despite that. We need a multi-racial anti-racist coalition to defeat him and try to heal our nation.— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 12, 2018
That came in response to vulgar remarks Trump allegedly made about immigrants from African countries.
In April, Legend said he thinks that Trump is a “terrible president.”
“He’s manifestly unqualified, not curious, not good at legislating or doing anything that his job requires. He doesn’t have any depth about any subject,” he said. “And he’s also using the office of the presidency as a way to make money for himself with his businesses, so he’s corrupt.”
“I can’t say anything nice about the guy. I think he’s one of the worst people I’ve encountered in public life,” he added.
As early as December 2016 in an interview with Rolling Stone, Legend made the same accusation.
When asked for his response to a Trump presidency, Legend said: “He’s been consistent about being a racist and about a couple of other things, but he’s also been wildly inconsistent and lied a lot. So we truly don’t know how he’s gonna govern.”
Legend added: “We haven’t seen anyone like him before. It’s a very kind of different world now, knowing that someone’s going to possibly dismantle a lot of what Obama accomplished. I don’t know where we’re going to go.”
Legend went on to say he believes it is his role as an artist to “tell the truth and reflect what’s going on.”
“We just have to be vigilant and get through this, and then hopefully it’ll be over soon,” he said.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 10:36 AM
— Chicago rapper Fredo Santana has died, according to several of his friends, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 27.
Canadian rapper Drake, record producer Maxo Cream and California rapper Lil B expressed their condolences on social media.
Santana, whose birth name was Derrick Coleman, wrote on Instagram in October that he was suffering from liver failure, the Sun-Times reported.
Let one off in the air for fredo santana !! For life they cudnt stop that man SSR for life CHICAGO for life Chief Keef chop durk Reese Gino sd the whole Chicago what it do joe we living it up joe Chicago joe for life too fredo - Lil B— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) January 20, 2018
Santana was a force in Chicago’s drill music scene when it began in 2012 He released his 2013 debut album, “Trappin’ Ain’t Dead” on Savage Squad, the record label he founded, MTV reported.
His last album, “Fredo Kruger 2,” was released last year.
RIP Fredo Santana pic.twitter.com/hrepckC7gW— Rap Dose (@RapDose) January 20, 2018
Oh my god,— luka fallback sabbat (@whoisluka) January 20, 2018
R.I.P Fredo this is too crazy
He went way too soon.
He just started a family.
Love to his family and friends❤️🖤😔
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 1:01 PM
— Musician Ed Sheeran is engaged to childhood friend Cherry Seaborn.
Sheeran announced the news of his engagement Saturday on Instagram. The engagement took place just before the new year. The couple have lived together for over a year, The Telegraph reported.
The pair have been longtime friends and attended school together, but were not childhood sweethearts.