Just in time for this year’s crop of high school graduates, we look at the celebrities who didn’t walk their commencement ceremony in a cap and gown. These celebrities can’t be expected to finish high school. They’ve got albums to drop and movies to film. But it’s too bad we won’t be able to see prom photos of Jim Carrey or Cameron Diaz. We will never be able to create memes of their yearbook photos. We’ll never get the chance to make GIFs of their high school musicals. Let’s enjoy these famous faces who became successful anyway.
Jessica Chastain was in “Zero Dark Thirty” and she was also in zero high school grad ceremonies. “Nobody knows this about me – I dropped out of high school. I was not a hard worker. I was a terrible student. Eventually I got my adult diploma, but I did not graduate. It wasn’t that I just dropped out and never went back. At the end of the year I had too many absences to graduate,” Chastain told EW.
Wolfgang Puck, also known as Wolfgang Johannes Topfschnig, was dropped out of school at the age of 14. He still had a lot of learning to do since he trained as an apprentice under Raymond Thuilier at L’Oustau de Baumaniere in Les Baux-de-Provence. “I quit school when I was 14 and got a job as a cooking apprentice at a hotel. When I told my father, he said, ‘Well, you’re good for nothing. Cooking is for women,'” Puck told Inc.com.
Hilary Swank played a high school teacher in the inspirational movie “Freedom Writers,” but she never actually graduated high school in real life! “I’m not proud to say I’m a high school dropout. She had a problem with school rules, according to Today. “I’m not proud that that’s something that happened, but it happened. I think school is really, really important and we have an education problem in this country and it’s a shame,” said Swank.
Ryan Gosling was in “The Notebook,” but he no longer needed his notebooks after quitting high school at the tender age of 17. Then Ryan Gosling went on to become one of hottest memes of Tumblr and Buzzfeed. There’s even that book where it’s just pictures of him going “Hey girl.” Many women have to fan themselves from the flames of his allure. His face makes an appearance in a chair on the new Netflix show “Grace and Frankie.”
Forget the homework and the pop quizzes when you can become a model at the age of 14. That’s what happened to Gisele Bundchen. She is on the top of the Forbes list for highest paid models in the world. She earned $47 million between 2013 and 2014. Her endorsements range from Chanel to Oral-B. Even after her husband Tom Brady has been caught in the Deflategate scandal, she’ll be ok in the financial department.
Simon Cowell once made a joke about becoming successful by being useless at school and getting lucky in life, according to Mirror. Then people called him out for it and he defended his comments, which is the right decision since he is a high school dropout. “I was lucky that after failing my exams I was given a chance to work hard. I have a policy at my company that we judge people on their qualities not just their exam results,” said Cowell.
Cameron Diaz quit high school but she managed to have some interesting experiences before she dropped out. She went to the same high school as Snoop Dogg. “Long Beach Poly. He was a year older than me. There was a lot of people there. I saw some potential. I can spot talent. The question is, could he see it?” Diaz told Seth Meyers. Then Diaz went to star in such movies as “Charlie’s Angels” and “Bad Teacher.”
Jim Carrey dropped out of high school to work full-time since his family was poor. He also helped care for his mother who had a chronic illness. Then he became a comedy legend in movies. Where would we be without the green mask of “The Mask?” Carrey will be in a movie called “Bad Batch” with Keanu Reeves and Suki Waterhouse. It’s a dystopian love story set in a Texas wasteland.
In case you didn’t hear everyone talking about the alleged fight of the century, Floyd Mayweather made $5 million per minute during his match with Manny Pacquiao. The tickets sold on Stubhub for as high as $87,000 according to Bloodyelbow.com. The pay-per-view sales also made millions of dollars. These numbers are not bad for a man who dropped out of high school to pursue boxing. Mayweather is planning to retire after fighting one more time in September.
Nicolas Cage was so in love with acting that he didn’t think twice about quitting classes at Beverly Hills High School. Then he went above and beyond for roles in which he slashed his arm, had his teeth pulled, and swallowed a live cockroach for the movies “Racing With the Moon,” “Birtdy,” and “Vampire’s Kiss.” He is going to be in an upcoming thriller called “Pay the ghost” to be directed by Uli Edel.
Avril Lavigne was so close to graduating. She was in 11th grade when she dropped out. Music was just calling to her like a siren in the sea. “When I got signed to Arista, they signed me as a singer. They didn’t know I could, or wanted to, write songs also. They began to pitch me other people’s songs, but I just couldn’t sing them. I said, ‘I don’t care how good these songs are, I want to write my own,'” Lavigne told MTV.
Katy Perry is known as a California girl but she is not known as a California graduate. “I was being pulled out of school even in the middle of school and sometimes being homeschooled. Sometimes we were sent to these really half-Christian, half-education, I-don’t-know-what-they-were schools. I’m kind of bummed at this stage that I didn’t have a great education because I could really use that these days,” Perry told Yahoo.
Kylie Jenner has been at the center of the scariest teen trend to come around in a while. It’s that video where girls put a shot glass on their mouth to make their lips look bigger like Kylie. “Kylie quit homeschool a few months ago. She told her mom it was getting in the way of her career and that she wanted to focus her energies on building her personal brand and making money,” an insider told Radar.
Whoopi Goldberg dropped out of high school and worked as a phone sex operator. It all came to light when she was on “The View” with Elizabeth Hasselbeck who was doing a segment about stay-at-home moms who earned money as phone sex operators. “When I was younger, the money was great. See now, people would know my voice,” said Goldberg. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in “Ghost.”
Rihanna and her fame is shining bright like a diamond in the sky. Her net worth isn’t so bad either. The high school dropout is worth an estimated $120 million according to Dailymail. She quit school at the age of 15 and then worked on her long music career. Rihanna is now the first black campaign model for Dior and has been doing videos for them called the “Secret Garden.”
Just to make sure you were paying attention….Which one of these celebs did not graduate?
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.