FOU: Stage School series 2: Hollie BREAKS DOWN in tears after shock exit ‘I can’t do it’
Given an opportunity to be selected for a special performance, the nerves got the better of Hollie and she failed to turn up to two rehearsals.
Fearing the worst, concerned singer and dancer Lucia went out to find her missing friend.
Spotting her in the singing booth, Lucia asked: “Hollie, what are you doing? We’re meant to have a rehearsal for our audition!”
Hollie then began to sniffle and replied: “I know, I’m really sorry. I just… I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do this audition.”
FOU: TLC singer Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins Calls for Justice After Mentally Ill Cousin Is Shot at Least 18 Times by Police
TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins is trying to come to grips with the shocking death of her cousin.
The singer, 47, shared a series of tweets this week, telling her followers her cousin, Eddie Russell Jr., 25, was shot to death by police officers 18 times.
In an Instagram post of her tweets shared on Sunday, the TLC singer wrote, “My Cousin Was Shot 18 Times Including the Face and Back of His Head! He Harmed NO ONE EVER! He Had Mental Health Issues AND THE COPS KNEW THAT! Anything he’s ever Done Was minor and NON VIOLENT! Eddie Russell Jr -A Human-Being -A Son- Brother-Friend-Nephew – Cousin-HUMAN!”
The Peoria Police Department in Illinois released a press release on their Facebook page on Friday, alleging Russell Jr. was shot and killed in front of his home as he was “advancing towards officers with a handgun.”
When police located Russell Jr., they say they attempted to contact him for over two hours, before activating a special response team to the scene.
At about 3:46 p.m., Russell Jr. emerged from his home when officers shot him between 17 and 20 times, according to the department’s release.
They say my cousin had a gun! Whatever he is holding isn’t a gun! And they used his Mother to bring him out telling her
— Tionne T-Boz Watkins (@TheRealTBOZ) September 24, 2017
No matter what they SAY he did they shot him 18 times he NEVER had a violent record or harmed ANYONE! Not even the day he was shot
— Tionne T-Boz Watkins (@TheRealTBOZ) September 24, 2017
I’ve watched this story change so many times right before my eyes! Jr. Was a sweet harmless young man with mental issues he couldn’t help
— Tionne T-Boz Watkins (@TheRealTBOZ) September 24, 2017
He NEVER DESERVED TO GET SHOT 18 times with AR 15’s No one was being held hostage! But one thing we can ALL SEE that doesn’t look like a gun
— Tionne T-Boz Watkins (@TheRealTBOZ) September 24, 2017
Russell Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the handgun he carried matched the same one that was used during the bank robbery.
The six officers involved in the shooting have been placed on critical incident leave, according to police.
On Twitter, Watkins defended her cousin, writing that police “used” his mother to get Russell Jr. to leave his home and when she called him out, they opened fire.
FOU: Why Breaking The Girl Code Could Be The Best Thing You Ever DoGirl code should never ever be broken, right? Wrong. While you’ve heard girl code is sacred, and it is, there are times you can — and SHOULD — feel free to break it. In fact, it may actually change your life for the better!
Thinking about breaking girl code? Before you let your presuming guilt fully take over, know that breaking girl code, while tricky, can sometimes be exactly what you need in order to find true love and happiness. Breaking girl code however, should NOT be taken lightly. It’s a decision you need to be sure of, and to help clarify what breaking girl code entails, we sat down with award-winning actress, author, and celebrity life coach expert, the fabulous Brooke Lewis! While Brooke stressed to us that she’s a HUGE proponent of girl code, there are a few select and specific times when breaking it could actually be your healthiest option.
“The girl code to me is an agreement between women that should be etched in stone, where secrets and guys are locked in a vault,” Brooke shared with HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “I am SO in favor of girl code personally and professionally. It is so important.” For Brooke, and for many women, girl code is a way of life, and it’s how women know other females have their back. “In my professional opinion, girl code exists to empower women,” Brooke explained. “It is an agreement of respect, and that to me is the foundation of friendships and relationships; respect, loyalty, and trust. So if we commit as women to girl code, and follow it strictly, then we empower each other as women.” Click here to see gorgeous pics from Brooke Lewis’ engagement to Mark Steven.
But while all of that is completely valid, SOMETIMES girl code can hurt more than it helps. Admitting that these situations can be “tricky,” Brooke revealed to us what these situations may look like and how you can navigate through them — hopefully while keeping your most precious friendships in tact. “I am SUCH a proponent of girl code, it is unbelievably important, but as an expert, and as a woman who has grown, it can be harmful when YOU are committed to girl code and a friend is not,” the author of Coaching From A Professed Hot Mess, said. “If she does not support you or have your best interests at heart, that can be an issue. We’ve all experienced that.”
Brooke elaborated, “It’s that friend who tells you you look great in that outfit before you go out on Friday night, but she’s lying. She’s the one who tells you to stay with that awful guy. She’s not supporting you or looking out for you, and that’s a problem — that’s when girl code needs to be broken.” Breaking off a toxic friendship like that may seem sad and/or lonely at first, but in the end you’ll only be making more room in your life for positive influences and TRUE friendships.
Another time Brooke says it’s sometimes acceptable to break girl code is when you’ve completely fallen for a friend’s ex or crush. And we’re not talking about puppy love here! Your connection must be the REAL deal if you’re contemplating breaking girl code. “Let’s say you’ve dated a guy, and maybe it wasn’t a super serious relationship, and your friend connects with him on a really deep level — I’ve seen it happen,” Brooke told us. “Someone has dated someone’s ex boyfriend and ended up marrying him! That to me is fated, destiny, serendipity — that’s when you have to look at both sides of the discussion.”
The relationship guru stressed though that it’s HOW you approach the topic with your friend that could make or break your friendship. “First and foremost, when you are going to break [girl code], I want there to be absolute communication and honesty,” Brooke said. In the end, you’re living your life for yourself — no one else. And sometimes, your happiness — and sanity — just needs to come first. “It’s ok sometimes to be self-ISH [different from selfish] — sometimes you have to give yourself permission to be a little self-ish — to put yourself first,” the actress noted. “[You deserve to] find joy and find happiness. If that guy is the perfect guy for you, then I believe there is a way, through authentic truth and honesty, to work that out with your friend.”
In the name of true love, girl code can also be broken if you and your gal pal’s friendship has officially run its course. “Sometimes we just know in our hearts, without any malice or anger, that a relationship or friendship has run its course,” Brooke said. “When that happens, when you KNOW that friendship has ended, then you have rights to find happiness or love, and it’s ok to date someone that person has dated.” We totally think that’s fair!
It’s also ok to break the code when WE chose it — when you’re the one who’s dated the guy. “I dated a guy 15 years ago, he was fantastic — but not the right guy for me,” the relationship expert revealed of her own past. “We stayed friends, and I chose to set him up with three of my best girl friends. Why shouldn’t my friends have a great guy, right?” SO true! That only goes to prove that sometimes allowing girl code to be broken could be both selfless and empowering. “It’s a positive way to break girl code,” Brooke added.
As we mentioned before though, breaking girl code should not be an easy decision. It should be carefully contemplated and communicated, otherwise you risk not only your friendship, but also your reputation. “Walk in [your friend’s] Louboutins first and think about how if you were in their shoes, how would you feel about this?” Brooke advised. “Just really be clear, and think about it first. I really do believe that guys come and go, but girl friends are forever, for the most part. You have to remember that true girl friend friendship is locked in that vault. You want to make powerful choices before you do break the code.”
So you’ve thought about. And you’re SURE breaking girl code is in your best interest? Brooke explains how you can handle the situation. First, always keep in mind that communication is key. “Be authentic, be real, speak from the heart, which leads to full honesty,” the life coach stressed. “For me, as a coach, I’m not about communicating digitally. Do not put it in a text if you’re about to go date your friend’s ex, PLEASE do not put it in a text! I don’t even like a phone call when it comes to something like that. Take your best friend out, sit her down, look in her eyes, speak from your heart, and communicate what you are about to choose. Also, take responsibility — that’s something a lot of people don’t do.”
As it turns out, taking ownership of what you’re about to do/what you did, could make a huge difference in salvaging your friendship. “When someone speaks their truth and owns their honesty, there’s not much else anyone can be besides angry,” Brooke explained. “It helps soften the blow for the other person.” Most importantly, make it clear to your friend that you still want to be friends. Brooke recommends saying something along the lines of, “Look, I’m about to break girl code, which I know will affect our friendship, but how can we work on this together because I respect our relationship? How can we work on this together to save our friendship WHILE breaking girl code?”
“Look at each other in the eyes,” Brooke added. “Skype, FaceTime, whatever you have to do.” Not every friendship can be saved though. Breaking girl code comes with the very real possibility that you may lose a friend — or even a whole group of friends — and that’s something you need to be prepared for. “You have to look at both sides of the issue,” Brooke said. “You have to be willing to lose that friendship. Sadly, you have to be willing to have that friend walk away from you. You want to know that the consequence may entail other friends leaving your friendship too. You may be labeled as that friend who’s the boyfriend stealer who can’t be trusted.”
So what can you do to help you make the final decision — to break girl code or not to break it? “You have to evaluate your friendship,” Brooke said to us mater-of-factly. “Think, ‘What is more important to me in this moment? My friend? Or dating this guy? My friendship or breaking girl code by sharing a secret my friend shared?’ It’s a really powerful choice you’re making.” Keep in mind that while breaking girl code could very well make YOUR life happier, it may truly hurt someone else. So make sure to keep that in perspective.
Overall though, girl code is your friend! “I think we need girl code now more than ever,” Brooke said. “More than ever, we are stepping into a time and universe of girl power, of female empowerment, and of supporting other women… The more women get behind other women, the more we give them the strength and power to be who they’re supposed to be.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — could you see yourself ever breaking the girl code?
FOU: Jhene Aiko Stops Concert To Help Fan Shockingly Having Seizure In Audience: Watch Scary VideoA scary situation unfolded at a Jhene Aiko concert when a fan had a seizure in the audience! Watch the horrifying moment here. Warning: this video features strobe lights and could be disturbing to some.
This is so scary! Jhene Aiko, 29, stopped her packed show in Atlanta on September 25 when she noticed that a fan was having a seizure in the middle of the packed audience. She shut down her band and shrieked into the microphone that she needed a medic ASAP. From the stage, she told the crowd to part so that help could get through. The frightening moment was captured on video, and showed the medics rushing into the audience and carrying the woman out of the theater. The woman was still violently shaking as they carried her way, having a full-blown tonic clonic (sometimes called grand mal) seizure.
Scroll down to see video of the emergency at Jhene’s concert. We must warn you again: some people may find the footage disturbing. Additionally, it features strobing, which could be harmful to people with seizure disorders. On that note: while we cannot comment on what caused the woman’s seizure, Jhene’s concert had intense, constant strobe lights. Some people with epilepsy and other seizure disorders (but not all) are sensitive to strobing and suffer seizures when exposed to it. This may not have been the case for the woman in Jhene’s audience; there’s no word on what actually caused her to seize. After the woman was taken away by medics, Jhene resumed her show, giving her audience a stern warning that the strobe lights would continue and that they needed to proceed with caution. Good on her!
HollywoodLifers, we hope that Jhene’s fan is safe and sound after her medical emergency! Send your support to her in the comments!
FOU: ‘Law & Order True Crime’ Stars Reveal Why They Sympathize With The Menendez BrothersWe talked EXCLUSIVELY with the actors playing Lyle and Erik Menendez in ‘Law & Order True Crime.’ Even though the brothers murdered their parents, the actors admit they do ‘sympathize’ with them after learning what they went through.
Miles Gaston Villanueva and Gus Halper are playing Lyle, 49, and Erik Menendez, 46, in the new series Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, which premieres Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC. Lyle and Erik are famous for brutally murdering their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, in 1989. The case became a media and national obsession. The series, the latest in the Law & Order franchise, will dive deeper into the trial that shocked the world and the lives of the brothers. Despite the fact that the Menendez brothers shot and killed their parents, Miles and Gus revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that in order to tell Lyle and Erik’s story, they embraced their side of the story.
“There is a difference between sympathize and empathize, but I think that if we didn’t sympathize with them we shouldn’t have done the project,” Miles told HollywoodLife.com at the show’s PaleyFest event on Sept. 11. “If after every scene or after work we are going ‘they didn’t get abused,’ and we dismissed it and were flippant about it that would be insulting to who they are and what they went through. I think we have to take them at their word.”
Gus added: “Nobody does something for no reason. Everyone has a reason for the things that they do and whether you agree with or not and say I would have done X, Y, and Z, there is always a reason for people’s actions, and at the end of the day that is what your job is, and we have to figure it out and internalize it.”
Both Erik and Lyle claimed during the trial that their parents had sexually and psychologically abused them growing up and that led to murder. The brothers received the sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Will the brothers be able to watch the show? Miles and Gus revealed that Lyle will definitely be watching from prison. “Someone asked him if it was going to be hard, and he said it would be painful, but it’s going to be good,” Miles told us. Gus chimed in and said Lyle is “excited” to watch the show. Miles continued, “He is excited to see it… So hopefully he watches, and there is some sort of… I mean it would be a gift if it was some sort of catharsis for him or if I represented him well. I hope he feels some empathy, and that it is believed that we shared the story accurately and with empathy since we are not poking fun. No one is assuming that they are liars and just murderers. There is so much more to their story.”
HollywoodLifers, are you going to watch Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders? Let us know!
FOU: The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 7 Episode 12 Recap: The Uninvited
Kelly Dodd, is that you?
That was the big question on The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 7 Episode 12 when she underwent her breast reduction surgery and seemingly got a personality transplant in the process.
For so long, we’ve watched Kelly be the one to instigate all the drama and make things downright uncomfortable for those who hate her, so it’s fun to watch a new side to her as she navigates her life.
After her surgery, Vicki appeared to let her know that the pain would get better. That’s because Vicki is essentially an expert in plastic surgery because she gets it so much.
Shannon also showed up, but she was adamant forgiving Kelly was the right thing to do because Vicki had shown no remorse for her actions.
We can get on board with that, but it would make sense to bury the hatchet and stop acting like the other does not exist. Kelly wanted to find out what was going with Shannon and Lydia.
Without going into much detail, Shannon felt like everyone was arguing just for the sake of arguing. Hell, that’s what you sign up for when your checks are coming in from the Bravo reality TV cameras.
While that was going down, Tamra was trashing Shannon to Meghan. Oh, how the tables have turned. Tamra was mad that Shannon wanted to pull her into the fight.
Could Tamra finally cut Shannon off? If so, which one of them would become BFFs with Vicki first? That’s one of the more interesting questions right now.
Meghan also revealed that she was no longer mad about Kelly’s wild accusations, and wanted to let the whole thing stay in the past because she was done arguing with people.
Thankfully, the two women managed to put their feud aside and moved on with their glitzy lives and promised never to fight again. Yeah, right.
Is it just us or do the ladies want to throw every strange party under the sun this season? First, it was Kelly saying goodbye to part of her breasts.
Now, it’s Lydia throwing a party to say goodbye to Doug’s genitals. Lydia invited every one of her friends, and everyone seemed glad Vicki could not attend.
Things took a tense turn at dinner when Meghan decided to ask Peggy whether she really had cancer because some things were just not adding up.
Kelly chimed in saying that she was confused by the whole thing and felt like she needed to be clued in. Peggy said the doctor found preinvasive cancer, and that her double mastectomy was preventative.
Things took an awkward turn when Lydia called, and she was not invited out with them. But, she decided to be the bigger person and invited them all to the party for her husband. You stay classy, Lydia.
But, she turned to Doug and revealed that she was so mad about the whole thing and rightfully so.
The talk at dinner turned back to Peggy’s cancer, but everyone chatted about it when she was away from the table. Oh, and Vicki sent a text saying she was on her way to the hospital.
Yes, there’s never a dull moment with this bunch!
What did you think of all the drama?
Sound off below!
The Real Housewives of Orange County continues Monday on Bravo!
FOU: The Originals season 6: Will there be a sixth series or will season 5 be the last one?
“Ending a show is always bittersweet, but for me, it’s a true blessing to be a part of making that choice.
“I want each actor to play their last scene as their character, and to put their character to bed with grace and care.”
The Originals may be drawing to a close by Ms Plec believes the Vampire Diaries universe has the potential to inspire further spinoffs.
Speaking to TVLine, she said: “I think there are future shows down the line that can be spawned out of this world and could tell good stories. It’s a hope for the future if nothing else.”
FOU: Rihanna’s Winery Might Be Fake, But It’s More Complicated Than It Seems
Buckle up, we’re going for a deep dive.
Fenty Beauty came crashing into our lives at full speed in early September, and the world has been more magically beautiful ever since.
And recently Rihanna has been on a makeup tour, with Fenty Beauty events taking place in New York, London, Paris, and Madrid.
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And obviously fans on Twitter were getting super excited about it. I mean, who could blame them?
FOU: Jennifer Lopez Donates $1 Million to Puerto Rico Relief Efforts, Working With Alex Rodriguez and Marc Anthony
Jennifer Lopez is doing her part to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
On Sunday, the star spoke at a press conference about the devastation on the island, and her personal connection to the devastation. She also announced she is donating $1 million to relief efforts, and serving as a Co-Chair of the Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort.
“My cousin and I and our family still haven’t been able to hear from all of our family over there and we are concerned for them and everyone on the island,” she said, before introducing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Lopez’s boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, is also working alongside Lopez in her fundraising efforts.
“Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are utilizing all of our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rican and Caribbean relief efforts,” she revealed during the press conference.
Lopez’s ex-husband, Marc Anthony, is also working with the star and others to support the hurricane victims.
“With Marc Anthony, we are spearheading additional relief efforts and organizing the Latino community of artists and athletes to rush the relief that our brothers and sisters in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean desperately need,” she said.
“We’re working with Mark Cuban and Jose Barea,” she added. “We have two team planes filled with supplies and generators awaiting air clearance to depart, land and unload these much-needed supplies in San Juan. And I will be donating $1 million from the proceeds of my Las Vegas show to the designated beneficiary charitable and NGO organizations.”
The World of Dance star has been outspoken in her efforts to help, urging fans on Instagram to donate.
“Today, Puerto Rico needs our help. I urge you to support and donate to the efforts of the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Areizaga,” she shared on Thursday. “Together we can help rebuild our island, and the Caribbean.”
For those who want to donate to Puerto Rico’s relief and rebuilding efforts, click here.
FOU: Yes, Beauty Legend Sally Hansen Was A Real Person, And, Yes, She Was A Total Badass
The original #GIRLBOSS.
But despite its popularity, one question has always remained: Who IS Sally Hansen? Was she even a real person?!
According to Sally Hansen parent company, Coty Inc., “Who is Sally Hansen?” was amongst the most searched inquiries on the internet in 2016. Some believed that she was a myth and that her namesake brand was based on a fictional woman!
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FOU: Kourtney Kardashian: It’s Time For a Butt Lift!
On Sunday night, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians ten-year anniversary special aired on the E! network.
It was a time to reflect on how far the first family of reality television had come, as well as to ponder the qualities that have made them such an irresistible draw to so many millions of Americans:
There’s Kris Jenner’s talent for marketing, the sisters’ impressive social media prowess, that one-of-a-kind family dynamic, and of course, their butts.
Obviously, Kim has the most famous backside of them all, but her sisters are no slouches in the ‘donk department.
We don’t want to get into a debate over whose butt is the best, because that’s like choosing your favorite Beatle.
There’s something for everyone, and there’s no wrong answer, unless you say something crazy, like “Ringo” or “Khloe’s.”
(Sorry, but they’re both too fake for our taste. Ringo’s not even his real name!)
That said, we think anyone creepy enough to compose an actual list would put Kourtney’s ass in one of the top spots.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement.
According to Radar Online, Kourt has already scheduled a butt lift procedure for sometime in the very near future.
That might seem strange, as Kourtney’s bikini photos never disappoint, and she seems to pride herself on being one of the least “enhanced” Kardashians.
But apparently, at 38 and after three kids, Kourt feels it’s time for a little preemptive maintenance work.
“Kourtney is sticking religiously to the ‘body plan,’ and according to her calendar, it’s time for a butt life,” says one insider.
Take a moment to pause and imagine an actual wall calendar with “BUTT LIFT!!!” written in red marker on today’s date.
That’s funny stuff.
Anyway, it seems it was always Kourt’s plan to have work done before she starts noticing signs of age.
“Kourtney doesn’t want to patch herself up as she goes, like other Hollywood stars,” says the source.
And because she’s a Kardashian, it stands to reason that Kourtney is addressing the problem butt-first:
“Her butt is her pride and joy,” says the insider.
“She’s worked hard to keep it natural, but now it’s time for a little surgical help.”
Hey, with how big of a role butts have played in her family’s empire, we can’t blame her.
Plus, it might help make Scott Disick jealous, and that’s always a bonus.
FOU: This Twitter Exchange Between Chris Evans And Chris Pratt Will Make You Smile
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Together with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth, they are the Four Horsemen of the Apoca-Chris.
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Because of Chris – I mean, this – there is obviously a large number of Chris-centric quizzes on the internet.