If you ever listened to your parents, teachers, the D.A.R.E campaign or Mr. Mackey the school counselor from South Park, you’ll know that drugs are bad. Mmm’kay? So you don’t need us to tell you. But, in case you were in any doubt for whatever reason, we’re going to demonstrate the negative impact of narcotics. Via the medium of ‘before and after’ photographs of celebrities that have had their physical appearances radically altered by banging the old Bolivian marching powder and friends. And that ‘altering’ isn’t for the good. Drugs are bad. Mmm’kay? Mm’kay. Here are fifteen excellent examples to prove what we’re blathering on about…
The former child star of movies like The Parent Trap and Mean Girls, no one’s gone off the tracks quite as impressively as flame-haired wild child Lindsay Lohan. But it’s not just casual sex and booze that the 29 year-old has dabbled with. She’s had her fair share of drugs too. And not just the usual offenders like weed, pills and cocaine, either. We’re talking the really hard stuff. In 2010 she was pictured injecting heroin. And it’s taken its toll. She doesn’t look like she’s still in her twenties, does she?
Here’s British soap actress Daniella Westbrook. Back in the nineties, she was the biggest star of the UK’s biggest soap, EastEnders. Playing Sam Mitchell, she was pretty, fiesty and a respected actress. But an addiction (in fact, a pretty HUGE addiction) to snorting coke led to irreparable damage to her nasal septum. In fact, so bad was it that she had to have it removed… And the pictures made for some pretty shocking viewing.
Kate Moss was one of the biggest supermodels in the world for many years. A famed clotheshorse, she used to be one of the most desirable women in the world (she bagged Johnny Depp back before he was fat and old, remember…). But the girl loves a party. And it didn’t take long before partying turned to drug use and drug use turned to her appearance suffering.
Amanda Bynes is now retired from acting. The former star of flicks like She’s The Man and Hairspray has since retired from Hollywood, although – to be fair – we doubt she was in demand all that much anyway. Back when she was acting, she was pulled over for driving while under the influence of cannabis. She tried to convince cops that her bong was a vase. If only she were a better actress, they might have bought her story.
Lisa Robin Kelly played Laurie Forman on That ’70s Show had a tumultuous life that hit the skids, culminating in her drug-related death just two years ago. She had been in trouble with the law after being arrested for ‘spousal abuse’. She later passed away after ‘accidental unspecified oral multiple drug intoxication’. But here’s her mugshot from her domestic violence arrest. A startling difference. Just say no, kids.
Back in the early 2000s, Mischa Barton landed the role of Marissa Cooper on The O.C. Suddenly she was one of the up and coming names in Hollywood and everyone wanted a piece of her. She quickly succumbed to the party lifestyle and began getting mixed up with the wrong people and the wrong substances. She’s been seen in bars and clubs openly taking party drugs, much to the chagrin of her agent, no doubt.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day cast relative unknown kid actor Edward Furlong in the part of the young John Connor that Arnie’s character was sent to protect. His performance wowed audiences across the world and many in Hollywood expected a lot from him to come. And they were right. A lot of drug taking. Not much in the way of outstanding performances in front of the camera. Look at what his lifestyle did to his looks too…
The latest inductee into the world famous ’27 Club’, London-born singer Amy Winehouse had a voice to die for. Unfortunately for her and her fans, she also had a drink and drug addiction to die for too. For years, the Back to Black singer struggled with Class A drugs, eventually succumbing to her vice in 2011. There was no denying it, either. Just look at the difference between the healthy looking Amy on the left. Then glance at her emaciated twin on the right. Shocking stuff.
At one point, we all thought that little Macauley Culkin was the Peter Pan of Hollywood – the boy who would never grow up. But it turned out that while he always retained his youthful looks, the Home Alone star did grow up and gained some very adult tastes indeed. His fondness for illicit substances has clearly taken its toll too. Just check out his gaunt appearance post-‘partying’. If he’s Home Alone tonight, it’s only because he can’t find any girls to go back with.
Ah, Whitney. Poor Whitney. Arguably the finest female vocalist to ever walk the Earth, a crippling addiction to crack cocaine ended her career – and life – early. She was hooked on crack along with her husband Bobby Brown for years and managed to cover it up to a certain degree. But eventually, her erratic behavior and appearance gave her away. Sadly, she died in February 2012.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are the cute twins who we’ve all grown up with. Stars as children, they’re both now BILLIONAIRE fashion designers. But the weird thing? In between that transition, they pair went off the rails and got involved in the murky underworld world of the LA drug scene. Many people point a finger in the twins’ direction when looking for someone to blame for Heath Ledger’s pills-based death. He was friends with the two and they were said to have drugs parties together.
A cute, brooding, pale rocker from England, Pete Doherty was part of a band dubbed ‘The Savior of British Rock n’ Roll’. But as joint lead singer in The Libertines, Doherty fell into the trap that so many musicians do… The drugs trap. Crack and heroin bloated the singer and guitarist and turned him from pin-up to convicted criminal after he robbed his best friend and bandmate’s house to raise drugs money.
Gary Dourdan used to be on CSI. Since then, an addiction to meth has seen his looks and life fall apart. Frequent arrests for drugs-related offences and domestic assault have seen Dourdan take quite a spectacular fall from grace. As this mugshot shows. This guy used to be a heartthrob and now look at him. Terrible, really. Stay off drugs, kids!
We watched the cast of Friends go from fresh-faced twentysomethings to jaded fortysomethings, didn’t we? Over all those years. But the change was no more obvious that with Chandler Bing himself, Matthew Perry. But what accounted for his frequent bloating, eye bags and sweaty look? Well, pills. Perry was addicted to prescription medication. He’s clean now, though. Although it’s successfully scuppered his career.
Here’s the controversial figure of singer and actress Courtney Love. The Hole singer is often said to have been involved in the death of her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Now were not sure if she was involved. All we know for sure? She was definitely involved with drugs. And you can tell. Just look at it, it’s ravaged (and this is a pretty forgiving photo!).
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.