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Bet You Didn’t Know These 15 Celeb Middle Names

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Lurking around every corner is a celebrity’s middle name. You might not even be thinking about the fact that they have one, but it doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Many of these celebrities don’t even mention their middle names. If those middle names could talk, they would be jealous of celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Jessica Parker. They are never to be seen on a big billboard near the highway or in the credits before a blockbuster movie. That’s why it’s important to recognize the middle names that deserve recognition. You can also go to the appropriate city offices and have a middle name inserted between your first and last name.

source: vibe.com

source: vibe.com

This year, everybody has been watching Ricky Lamar Hawk “whip” and “nae nae.” But they don’t know him by Ricky Lamar Hawk. Everybody knows him by the name “Silento.” He’s only 17 years old and already has a top 3 single on Billboard, a record contract with Capitol Records, and a performance at the 2015 BET Awards under his belt. He first achieved fame by putting a 15-second clip of himself on Instagram. Then the rest was whipping.

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source: fanpop.com

Poor Britney Jean. Or should I say Britney Spears? You probably don’t know that Britney Spears put out an album a while back called “Britney Jean.” If you did know, then you probably didn’t buy it! According to Idolator, the album with her middle name on it was “chart poison.” It had the lowest first week sales tally of 108,461 copies sold of any of her albums. Can Britney ever make a hit one more time?

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source: ubergizmo.com

Dr. Dre is a rapper and entrepreneur. His real name is Andre Romelle Young. He got his middle name from his father’s R&B singing group, The Romells. Last year he was ranked as the second richest guy in American hip hop by Forbes with a fortune of $550 million. The movie “Straight Outta Compton” just came out and is produced by a group of people including Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. The Urban Daily reports this movie has made $56 million this weekend.

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This has got to be one of the best middle names in the history of middle names. Taraji P. Henson lets everyone know her middle initial, but you never knew about what the “P.” stood for! It stands for “Penda” which is Swahili for love. Isn’t that just lovely? What is even more awesome about her is that she paid her way through college by working at the Pentagon. Henson spoke to E! Online about her style, saying, “I came from nothing, I was deprived all my life, so when you get money, you go big!”

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source: cbssports.com

Rob Gronkowski has a middle name, but at this point, people know him as “Gronk.” He was born Robert James Gronkowski in 1989. He plays football for the New England Patriots. Adweek wrote an article about Gronkowski’s latest commercial where his pre-game ritual is shown alongside the life of a young boy. The young boy wakes up and Gronk wakes up. The young boy eats cereal and Gronk eats cereal. They both suit up in football gear and then the tag line is “Football is family.”

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source: idolator.com

If you like cheerleaders and songs about them, you will know who this guy is. His middle name is Samuel, but he goes by Omi. Omar Samuel Pasley is a Jamaican singer who sings the song “Cheerleader.” It’s all thanks to this song that Nick Jonas didn’t have to do any work during a set in “Live in Concert” tour according to MTV. Jonas covered “Cheerleader” the song during a stop in the Dominican Republic, but the fans basically sang the song for him and he didn’t sing all the lyrics.

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Zain Javadd Malik auditioned for “The X Factor” in 2010 and then became famous through the band “One Direction.” He announced his departure from the group in March of this year. Malik’s father is British Pakistani and his mother is English. According to a website called “Hollowverse,” a Pakistani Brit with the same last name as Zayn is a high-profile member of the British Labour Party. This site tentatively put Malik in the British Labour Party, which they say is associated with ethnic minorities. Oh really.

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source: celebuzz.com

Kylie Jenner celebrated her 18th birthday recently. She went on a helicopter ride and left her boyfriend Tyga behind, according to Us Magazine. She had a silver birthday cake, a bottle of Moet champagne, and a birthday song sung by a crowd. Then she threw t-shirts with her name on them to the crowd at a beach club. It was said that while she was in Canada partying, Tyga was spending time with his 2-year-old son King Cairo. Her middle name is Kristen.

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source: rollingstone.com

Taylor Swift’s middle name is Alison. Imagine how close we were to having a famous singer named Alison Swift debut her song “Bad Blood.” There are guitars named Taylor so there’s that connection too. Swift recently gave a shout-out to Jaime King’s baby Leo Thames. “This is so beautiful Tay. Leo Thames is so blessed,” tweeted King. This weekend, Swift had two more celebrities give props to her when Julia Roberts and Joan Baez came on her stage during the song “Style.”

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Miles Alexander Teller made his feature film debut in the movie “Rabbit Hole.” You probably know him better as one of the jerks in “Divergent: Insurgent.” In 2013, he won the Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting in the movie “The Spectacular Now.” Comicbook.com reports that Josh Trank wanted Teller in their “Fantastic Four” movie and then he ended up arguing with Teller. At one point, they were chest to chest. That’s awful close.

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source: reddit.com

Amy Schumer, whose middle name is Beth, was drinking something and singing some Irish song with Judd Apatow in Dublin. Newsday reported this story and said they had crashed the after party of a groom and bride named J.P. Swaine and Eithne McAdam. It all went down at Grogans Pub. They were in Ireland promoting the movie “Trainwreck” which stars Schumer, James Lebron, and Bill Hader. An Irish website called The Independent said the movie felt like yet “another Bridget Jones.”

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source: empireonline.com

Kate Hudson has an interesting middle name. She told The Daily Telegraph that she likes how androgynous it is and that it suited her personality. Her middle name is Garry. It was in honor of her uncle who passed away just before she was born. There was a trend of girls being named Garry a long time ago, but the same can’t be said these days. If Kate had been Garry instead, she probably would have maintained her level of popularity.

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source: myfreeconcert.com

Raise your hands if you thought Monae was Janelle Monae’s last name! That’s right! It’s not! Ha ha! Janelle Robinson, whose full name is Janelle Monae Robinson, would have been just as cool. But the thing is, Monae is less common than the sound of Robinson. This made for an interesting choice. During a performance last week on the “Today” show, Monae was cut off as she spoke about the Black Live Matter movement. Jezebel reported that many people wondered if “Today” purposefully cut her off.

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source: salon.com

September 8 is coming and there will be no escape left. You will bear witness to the new show that Stephen Colbert is hosting. It will be called “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and Colbert is replacing David Letterman. Colbert’s middle name is Tyrone. There’s no word on whether he will use his middle name during his new show. He was able to get about 600 fans in New York’s Union Square for a recent promotion.

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source: people.com

Luke Bryan was named Thomas Luther Bryan by his parents. He released his fifth album “Kill the Lights” earlier this month. He was able to sell 345,000 units in the first week, according to Billboard. It is the third-largest week of 2015 for an album to sell that much. Drake and Kendrick Lamar still had higher album sales with their entries, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and “To Pimp a Butterfly.”

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Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”

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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. 

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Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?

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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.

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Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single

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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.

Better Apart:

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.

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