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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Debbie Reynolds Dies After Daughter Carrie Fisher's Death

Debbie Reynolds - the mother of Carrie Fisher - has died. Only one day after he daughter passed away.

In news just in from TMZ:

Debbie Reynolds -- who rose to stardom in "Singin' in the Rain" and quickly became a staple among Hollywood royalty -- died Wednesday as a result of a stroke, TMZ has learned ... just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away ... this according to her son Todd.
Debbie was rushed to a hospital shortly after 1 PM when someone at the Beverly Hills home of her son, Todd, called 911 to report a possible stroke. We're told Debbie and Todd were making funeral plans for Carrie, who died Tuesday of cardiac arrest.
Debbie famously divorced Eddie Fisher in 1959 after his affair with Elizabeth Taylor.Debbie married 2 more times in 1960 and 1984.
She played iconic roles in "Tammy and the Bachelor" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" ... for which she earned an Oscar nomination.
Carrie's relationship with Debbie was the focus of Carrie's semi-autobiographical book, "Postcards from the Edge," which was later adapted for the big screen, starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
Debbie's survived by her son Todd, who tells us, "She's with Carrie."
She was 84.


"Debbie said to her son Eddie Fisher, only 15 minutes before she died: "I miss her so much. I want to be with Carrie."


Here is Debbie in her 'Singin' In The Rain' role, above, and the clip below:

Pink has second child: PHOTO

There is wonderful celeb baby news just in!

Singer Pink has just announced she has given birth to baby number two.

Pink - real name Alicia Moore - posted the announcement and the cute photo on Instagram. The cute pic is below.

She gave birth to a baby boy named Jameson Moon Hart on December 26, 2016, She and husband Carey Hart also parent a 5 year old daughter, Willow Sage Hart, together.

She captioned the mother-son moment simply with: "Jameson Moon Hart 12.26.16"

The couple has always wanted to name their son Jameson, actually.

In a 2010 interview with Access Hollywood, Pink explained, "My dad's name is James, and my brother's name is Jason. [Carey and I] are both Irish, Carey's middle name is Jason, and Jameson—we like whiskey. That's a no brainer."

Pink kept much of her second pregnancy secret, keeping the news a secret until mid-November, then announced she was expecting on Instagram by posting a photo of her little girl embracing her baby bump.

A photo posted by P!NK (@pink) on

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Why have so many celebrities died in 2016?

Another celebrity dies - 2016 has been so cruel! Why are all our icons dying?

You've been hearing this a lot, right? Perhaps even adding to the dialogue, questioning why this is happening in greater numbers than usual?

Asking 2016 to go away so we can herald in 2017 when perhaps the rate of celeb deaths will slow down?

Well, while it HAS in fact been a BIG year for celebrity deaths - and, figures do confirm a spike in high-profile deaths this year, with Wikipedia recording 642 notable deaths in January compared to 466 just a month earlier - the fact is: people die.

I am not being morbid or rude or disrespectful.

It's just that people - stars or family or friends - always seem to die when you don't want them to.

Because when do we want them to die?

How about NEVER!

That's not possible or real life, of course. And we know it.

But we continue to be shocked when someone of notes dies. Or when a family member passes.

I would argue we are not equipped as a society to deal with death in any way that is good for our health. That is, we don't know how to deal with grief, and that loved ones can die at any time (again, sounds so obvious, and that yes, we know the drill... but really, we don't, and are emotionally ill equipped when someone we love dies). I would even go as far to say we make their death about us. Because that's what humans do. (I recently told my brother: I am so sad our dad died, so devastated... but what about him! He lost his life so young!).

This is human nature of course, and a sign we are living, breathing humans who have a heart, and are compassionate, and in tune with our emotional IQ. We are greatly affected by death.

The fact is: people of our era and older are dying because they are of that age group that they are more likely to die, and in today's news saturation society, where a 24 hour news cycle is the norm, it is FAR more widely reported when famous people die. And we know more and more details about how they died, which humanises them even more, and affects us even more greatly.

Here are more theories on why seemingly more people of note are dying:

- There are more celebrities

So, we are more likely to feel like we know them more of them.

And we as a society have CREATED more celebrities for no apparent reason (Kardashians, anyone?), so there are more people we care about and know about, and feel affected by when they die.

Our fetish for pop culture, and our hunger to know more and more about famous people, and their willingness to give it to us through social media posts and snippets - or whole mega paid magazine spreads - on their lives makes us feel connected, and therefore more devastated when they die.

- Social media makes us feel more connected... and therefore more gutted

Think about it. When someone dies, the wave of grief - and social media posting - is like a tsunami of hashtags and virtual tears.

If you announce it on YOUR social media page any later than 28 minutes after TMZ or BBC break the news, you may be deemed to be too slow with the news.

Frankly, there has been many a time when I have gone to bed, and at 1.30am Sydney time there is news breaking in the US. And out of bed I hop to report and blog and try to be one of the first. Because we have to be the first, to lay claim to knowing first. Okay, I run a blog page and I have to be with it, but many WANT to be first to post on Facebook and Instagram because we feel we are delivering breaking news, and can then recount how WE felt and where WE were when news broke.

- Music is the soundtrack of our lives

And so, when artists die, we feel pieces of us are gone too.

Musicians of note this year who has passed - David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael to name a few, died "before their time". But what is "before their time" anyway? They are certainly and absolutely FAR too young to have died! Carrie Fisher - only 60! Still so much living to do. Same with George and Bowie and even older artists we've lost, like Leonard Cohen. It's too young! They still had so much living to do... and they still had so much to give... us.

If your great grandmother dies, and she's - as Aussies say - "had a good innings" - they are STILL your loved one, and you STILL don't want them to die. They hold memories close to your heart; they are the fabric of your history. When they die, a piece of you dies too. And you feel the same way when artists and celebrities die, that they are "have been there for you" in different ways. George was there for you when you had a shitty Christmas with an ex. Or when you wanted to get it on with a potential lover... or had a heightened supermodel fetish (Okay, I may be talking about me now...).

When George Michael died, I was propelled back to 1984 when 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' was released and I was an uncool 12 year old at a girls' Catholic school, then got cooler (I think?), and linked more and more memories to fun times hearing George's song's.

The same applied to Prince's passing. 'Cream', 'Get Off', all of those sexy AF numbers brought me back to a time and place in my 20s when life was FUN. And Prince's tunes was in fact the soundtrack to my life... and many a messy night.

There are stories about how David Bowie made YOU feel a particular way when he was alive, and therefore feel certain emotions when he died. They are YOUR stories, valid and important, but connected to you and your history. Everyone's stories unite each other, although many a time we probably feel that OUR grief is greater than someone else's about a famous person's passing, because WE have more memories about them.

I remember when I interviewed Peter Walsh - Oprah's Aussie declutter guru - he said to me that 'clutter memories' can be overwhelming, and people don't know what to do with things connected to deceased loved ones.

He said that when we throw something out, we feel we are throwing out the memory.

But, he is at pains to kindly point out, we are not. The memory remains. We just need to know how to manage it. Perhaps have a few pieces of theirs which we hold close and dear and have us feel connected.

This has helped me somewhat in dealing with what to do with belongings from my late mum's house - I knew I could not keep everything, and I had to learn the art of culling.

Conversely, we connect concert tickets, festival ticket stubs, and midnight movie session tickets, and movie posters, and signed CDs and books to that artist we loved, and how we felt when we heard, had signed, or danced to anything tangible related to that artist. 

- Baby boomers are dying

What is a 'baby boomer'? 

Well, if you are reading this you might be likely to be a Gen X or Gen Y person, or someone born beyond the 'noughties'.

But you could also be a baby boomer, defined as a person born between 1946 and 1964, when there was a massive growth in population. This means people in their 50s, 60s and 70s now make up a much larger percentage of the population than they did four or five decades before that.

The result? More of them are famous! And now, more of them are dying.


Well, the 'baby boomers' are reaching an age where they are more likely to develop life-threatening conditions such as cancer and heart disease, or suffer a stroke (did you know that the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that heart disease, dementia, and stroke are in the top three causes of death in Australia... cancer does not even make it in the top three. I learned this when I was researching my book 'The Australian Ageing Generation Handbook'... and dementia went from number three, to number two on that causes of death list).

So, there is an even greater chance that YOUR fave celeb / artist / author / movie star is dying or about to die. For real.

Prediction: 2017 will have as many if not more notable deaths - because the maths and illnesses likely to afflict our most fave stars says so.

On a personal note, as someone who has experienced death from a young age - my dad died at age 57 (I was 13; he died in a car accident) and my mum died at age 82 (30 years after my dad, and from dementia; I was her carer), my understanding of death changed RAPIDLY.

I went from an innocent child of 13, thinking my parents would die of old age some day in their 80s or even 90s, only to having my world completely and utterly smashed to smithereens knowing that someone I love could die at any time.

For years I was SO, so fearful of my mum dying young and suddenly, and that I would not be able to control any if it. (Turns out I was half right... she died much later, from a disease I could not control, but I could certainly manage how it unfolded and how she was cared for, ultimately - and my brothers can attest - absolutely prolonging her life).

And so, again - an acceptance of death goes a long way in understanding that your fave cultural icon WILL die. Sadly. And never when you want them to. You will never be ready.

I have spent the past few days cranking up George Michael songs LOUD on the music TV channel at home.

I explained to the kids I was celebrating the life of an artist I LOVED and was part of many memories from my youth.

I think they truly got it as they danced along with me... they were having fun... and I was 12 again, then 18, then 24. And it was a happy time for me remembering some good times from my younger days.

Thank you David Bowie, thank you Prince, thank you George Michael. And Michael Jackson  and Whitney Houston before you. We are grateful for the soundtrack you provided to ALL our lives.

Now rest in peace and party hard in heaven.

Carrie Fisher Dies, Age 60

Carrie Fisher has died, age 60.

The iconic actress, who portrayed Princess Leia in the  Star Warsseries, died Tuesday following a massive heart attack last week. She was 60.

"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," Simon Halls, a spokesperson for Fisher's family, said in a statement to People.
Carrie suffered a heart attack last week aboard a Los Angeles-bound flight 15 minutes prior to landing. A medic onboard performed CPR on the actress until paramedics arrived to take her to UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator.
Carrie was the daughter of screen legend Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, and at the age of 19, after landing the role of Princess Leia in George Lucas' 1977 space epic Star Wars.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

George Michael’s boyfriend posts heartbreaking tribute

George Michael's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz has described the heartbreaking moment he discovered his partner's lifeless body in bed.

He took to Twitter today to pay tribute to his partner, who died on Christmas Day.
He wrote: “It’s a xmas i will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning. I will never stop missing you xx (sic)”
Fawaz, who is a hair stylist, also changed his Twitter biography to “I will never stop missing you xxx”.

Read more about George Michael's death HERE.

See many of George's videos HERE.

See George's funny turn with James Corden and when he met the Little Britain duo HERE.

Read about George Michael's cause of death HERE.

Monday, 26 December 2016

George Michael, James Corden, Little Britain: VIDEOS

The nostalgia around George Michael is plentiful... but have you seen James Corden - he of carpool karaoke fame - with George?

And, bonus:

George Michael meets Little Britain:

George Michael: Cause of Death Confirmed

The world is still reeling from news of the death of George Michael, who died on Christmas Day (UK time), age 53.

And now, the cause of death has been revealed.

The former Wham! singer died of heart failure on Christmas Day, confirmed 'The Hollywood Reporter'.

The statement from his publicist said:

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

Relive his music videos HERE.

Read the original report on his death as we reported HERE.

George Michael: MUSIC VIDEOS

George Michael.

Soundtrack to the youth of so many growing up in the 1980s and 1990s and noughties.

Here are some of is VERY best songs, solo and with his group Wham! who he founded with Andrew Ridgley.

He has died, age 53.

George Michael dies age 53

In new just in, singer George Michael has died, age 53.

This report just in, from BBC:

Singer George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said.
The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer, is said to have "passed away peacefully at home".
Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT. 
Police say there were no suspicious circumstances. 
Michael, who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London, sold more than 100m albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades.
Earlier this month it was announced that producer and songwriter Naughty Boy was working with Michael on a new album.
In a statement, the star's publicist said: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.
"The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage." 
In 2011, Michael postponed a series of concerts after being taken to hospital for treatment for pneumonia.
After treatment in a Vienna hospital, he made a tearful appearance outside his London home and said it had been "touch and go" whether he lived.
Doctors were said to have performed a tracheotomy to keep his airways open and he was unconscious for some of his spell in hospital.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Margot Robbie Married: PHOTO

Margot Robbie has reportedly tied the knot with fiancΓ©e Tom Ackerley in a secret Byron Bay wedding just yesterday.

Margot arrived in the Gold Coast early yesterday morning, and today... well, she looks to be married... and she gave the finger on her Instagram account:
A photo posted by @margotrobbie on
Tom and Margot were pictured here at a friend’s wedding in a picture posted on Instagram:

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Elle Halliwell: Baby Born

Elle Halliwell has given birth to her baby, and posted a pic on her Instagram page with the simple caption:

A photo posted by Elle Halliwell (@ellehalliwell) on

Elle has shared her health battles on '60 Minutes' - here is that link with the FULL CLIP.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Alan Thicke, dead at age 69

TV and celeb news just in:

TV icon Alan Thicke has died ... TMZ has learned. 
Says the report:
We're told Alan had a heart attack while he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter. He was transported to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center around noon, and pronounced dead there.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... a company that recovers organs was contacted, so some of Thicke's organs could be donated.
He's survived by his 3 sons -- RobinBrennan and Carter ... and his wife, Tanya.
The Canadian born actor was most famous for his role as Jason Seaver, the dad on the '80s sitcom "Growing Pains." Most recently, he was on the Netflix reboot, "Fuller House." 
He also hosted game shows, talk shows, and wrote several famous TV show theme songs for "Diff'rent Strokes," "Wheel of Fortune" as well as "Growing Pains." 
Alan was 69. 
Story developing ...

Here is the 'Growing Pains' theme song:

And here is an interview with a young, 13 year old Robin, his 'Blurred Lines' fame song:

And here, Alan Thicke - who started his career as a songwriter and singer before landing his iconic role on 'Growing Pains' -  opens up about his early career and all things family, including his son Robin's VMA's performance:

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Sally Obermeder Second Baby Born: PHOTO

Sally Obermeder's second daughter was born - and Sally has just shared a snap of the beauty.

Her Instagram post was captioned simply like this:

Elyssa Rose Obermeder ❤️

A photo posted by SALLY OBERMEDER (@sallyobermeder) on

Mum of two Sally, who has forged a career in TV on 'The Daily Edition' and 'Today Tonight' and travel shows before that, just uploaded a few days ago a precious snap of her adorable daughter Annabelle Grace, with the five-year-old curiously stroking surrogate Rachel's baby bump.

"Everything about this picture makes my heart explode with love and gratitude," wrote the TV host, who opted for surrogacy after being warned that her breast cancer could return if she fell pregnant.

Sally announced the happy pregnancy news in August, posting a photo of herself with husband Marcus and Annabelle, holding a sign that read 'I'm going to be a big sister.'

Sally, 43, opened up about her experience with surrogacy on 'Sunday Night' earlier this year in an emotional interview.
"How do you even repay someone, like a bottle of perfume just doesn’t cut it. The gift, I mean, it is priceless," said Sally.
"How amazing that there are people like Rachel [the surrogate - pictured below] in this world, like a woman from the other side of the world who I don’t even know who would do this for me?"
Sally has had quite the incredible battle of the life in the past few years, with her cancer diagnosis, just before giving birth to her first child, Annabelle.

You can read the whole story HERE.
And her surrogacy announcement HERE.
And when she won her battle with cancer HERE.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Amy Schumer + Ellen DeGeneres: VIDEO

Amy Schumer was on Ellen Degeneres's show 'Ellen' and this happened...

The Trainwreck star told of the horror date she had with her boyfriend of one-year Ben Hanisch, when they both got food “violent poisoning” - and Ellen positively lost it with laughter.

What happened in their hotel room was far from romantic, and Amy explained to Ellen in vivid detail how the vomiting and diarrhea “manifested itself” in her.

Ellen? Well, she was shaking with laughter, even wiping her eyes as she struggled to contain herself.

Amy told Ellen that she thought her relationship would be over when they went to Paris for a vacation in September.

“I was yelling to him, ‘It was so great dating you, I wish you the best luck, you’re gonna meet a great girl,’” she said of what she was shouting to him from the bathroom. “But I knew, I knew it was over. Who can get through that?”

Watch the video here:

'Married At First Sight': Michael "Australia's Pickiest Man" - VIDEO

Michael will be THE most talked about man on 'Married At First Sight' when it airs in early January 2017.

This video was released, and there's little doubt Michael's wish list when it comes to a woman is extensive, particular, and will be the subject of social media discussion.

Here it is:

In case you need that repeated...

“I don’t like the pretentious fake look, I hate that. Natural beauty? Perfect. If you can wake up in the morning and not have to worry about make-up ... They [only] put a little bit of foundation on and they look fantastic,” says Michael.
He does allow for one exception to his “no fakes” rule: “I don’t mind fake boobs, that doesn’t worry me in the least,” he adds. Cool.

Also: Michael’s partner needs to have “small ears, good teeth, physically active, is motivated, likes to train and keeps healthy."

Plus: she needs to wear high heels, but is never taller than him. And, she must be under 60kg.

He also gives a 'warning' of sorts to the show's producers: if he’s presented with a bride he deems “ugly”, he’ll reject them on sight. Well, it IS all about the senses and "marriage at first sight", right?
“Michael is the most challenging groom we have ever come across. We have never, ever met anyone like him,” says psychologist John Aiken, who has returned to the show one of the MAFS resident relationship experts.
Michael, thank you in advance for giving us sensational viewing.
'Married At First Sight' will screen on January 30, 2017 on Channel Nine.

Louis Tomlinson's mother dies, age 43

The mother of One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson - Johanna Deakin - has died from leukaemia, age just 43.

Johannah, a mum of seven and a midwife, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the blood cancer earlier this year and had been at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital since May. In an emotional statement, Johannah's partner Dan, said she would "always look to put other people before herself".

"She worked tirelessly on numerous charity campaigns, creating memories for many individuals and their families."

Johanna became a grandmother at a young age earlier this year after Louis' ex Briana Jungwirth gave birth to his first child in January.

Louis' One Direction bandmates sent their sympathies on Twitter, with Harry Styles remembering Johanna as his second mum.

Louis just performed at the UK edition of 'The X Factor' only days after his mum died, and as you can imagine, it was highly emotional. He sang 'Just Hold On':

Simon Cowell complimented Louis for his courage in performing.

"Louis, I have to say I've known you for six years. The bravery of what you've done. I respect you as an artist, as a person and your mum was so proud of you and she was so excited for the performance. She's looking down on you tonight," Simon said.

Hours before the show was due to start, Tomlinson addressed his 25 million Twitter followers with a brief message.

"All the support has been incredible! Let's do this together tonight."

The hashtag #RIPJohannah has trended worldwide on Twitter, with millions of social media users also sending their sympathies.

And here is a post from Louis a few weeks ago:

A photo posted by Louis Tomlinson (@louist91) on