Sometimes a duckling will become a swan in those childhood stories that we all know and love. It takes a few pilates classes, a trip to the dentist, and a stylish wardrobe but now the only thing fat about them is their designer wallet full of cash. However, you won’t see many ducklings in Hollywood where bodies are tight and prices are exorbitant. Michelle Obama recently said that we need to give her five ways we are leading a healthy life. That is a lot to ask for! You can’t become a swan in a day, First Lady! Celebrities already have to deal with the pressure of keeping up with social media trends and now they have to lead healthy lives too. These are the celebrities who were beautifully fat kids.
Many people have been keeping up with the Kardashians, but who has been keeping up with Khloe and her childhood memories of bullying? “Having someone in your class call you fat, ugly, too tall and so on, you start to think all those things about yourself. And if you’re like me, those words are played on repeat inside your head,” said Kardashian to Life & Style. Khloe has been keeping up with the Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan since she and Kim paid him a visit on Thursday.
Henry Cavill called his former self “Fat Cavill” in a Details interview. He did not have an easy time at boarding school as a kid. “I bawled on the phone to my mom four times a day. I became an easy target,” said Cavill. He lost weight for his first big role “The Count of Monte Cristo” and then became the famous Superman. He was able to look like a beast of a man with the help of eight meals a day and military style workouts 7 days a week thanks to trainer Mark Twight.
Jerry O’Connell liked having a bag of chips on the way home from elementary school but which was brand was it? Which products of Entenmann’s did he eat when he was doing his homework or watching VHS tapes? His parents eventually got him a personal trainer and he got his fit body. “I was in high school talking to some older girls and telling them I was getting in shape. I told them I’d done 100 situps that morning and then dared one to punch me in the stomach. When she did I farted,” said O’Connell.
Kate Winslet spoke to Marie Claire in 2009 about her awful, terrible, mean classmates when she was younger. They called her Blubber. “I was bullied for being chubby. Where are they now?” said Winslet. They are probably drinking in their tears of regret and sadness that Winslet got to be in the blockbuster romance movie of the millennium and slayed the competition. “I do think it’s important for young women to know that magazine covers are retouched. People don’t really look like that. In my films I might look glamorous, but I’ve been in hair and makeup for two hours,” said Winslet.
Don’t talk about swimming in front of Ryan Seacrest and don’t mention jeans from Marshall’s. He used to be self-conscious about taking off his shirt in the pool and had to shop in the husky section at the store. “I do remember that feeling of growing up and being a little bit overweight. I also remember at times being teased about it and because of that it’s still in my brain. I never want to feel that way again, and that motivates me to strive hard for balance without cutting anything that I truly enjoy,” said Seacrest.
Ginnifer Goodwin has had some sort of relationship with Weight Watchers since she was 9 years old. She is a member of the group online and people were shocked at the thought of her dieting. Goodwin had some interesting information about how other actresses try to lose weight. “I call it the ‘Cocaine and cigarettes diet’ in Hollywood. I see girls who haven’t had a carbohydrate in three years. The second you go back to eating right, you’re going to put that weight on,” said Goodwin.
The former husband of Katy Perry, Russell Brand, had a lot going on when he was younger. “It’s awful to be bulimic but I lost a whole lot of weight when I needed to. I was a fat kid, not obese but chubby,” said Brand. According to Telegraph, he played a character named Fat Sam in a school production of Bugsy Malone and that is when he decided to become an actor. Brand is promoting a documentary about bailouts during the financial crisis called “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
Lady Gaga made a song called “Swine” but it wasn’t about fat people even though she has spoken out about being bullied for her weight. It’s about a guy who is a pig inside a human body. As for her childhood, she said the girls in private school were mean. “I had a very big nose, very curly brown hair and I was overweight. I got made fun of,” said Gaga. She also promoted her own body revolution by tweeting “Proud at any size, because the inside is what really counts.”
If you want to see a woman who has succeeded in the fitness industry, then look no further than Jillian Michaels. She has her own company, DVD series, and books about fitness. She did not always have those rock hard abs. She was bullied as a kid because of her weight! “Being big as a kid was pure hell,” said Michaels in a US Magazine interview. She even skips her high school reunions because those bullies would be there.
Kelly Osbourne was singing about keeping that baby in “Papa Don’t Preach” when she started her music career and now she’s all about fashion. How does she stay fit? “I get in a solid half hour of cardio daily, usually intervals on the treadmill and whatever else I feel like that day. I call myself a former fat person, and when you’re an FFP, you still see yourself as the person you used to be. That’s something I’m genuinely working on all the time,” said Osbourne.
Kesha signed a record deal at the age of 18 and then went on to wear those feathers on her head when performing live. Last year she allegedly spent two months in rehab for anorexia and bulimia. “During that time I began to feel a shift in my mentality and really started to understand my own self-worth. I started to not worry as much about what other people thought of me, I’m not fully fixed. I am a person in progress but I want to be part of the solution,” said Kesha in an Examiner interview.
Neville Longbottom was a Gryffindor student in the “Harry Potter” movies who was sometimes the butt of the joke. Now he’s fitter than ever and probably richer than ever since those movies are historic favorites. “I wasn’t attractive when I was growing up and I don’t think I am now,” said Matt Lewis. They even made him wear a fat suit on the set when he was growing up which he talked about to the Daily Mail.
Josh Peck looks a lot different than his days as that kid on the show “Josh and Drake.” He maid a conscious effort to lose weight and looks completely different. “I started by going on a diet and I got a personal trainer, but I definitely have a healthier lifestyle now,” said Peck. He is very active on Vine with over 7 million followers. Peck will star in a show with John Stamos which is about a man who finds out he has a son and a granddaughter.
Craig David sang about creeping around late last night and now he’s one of the best picks for karaoke songs. “I was a fat kid growing up. Lost the weight. Got himself kind of together and now it’s about consistency. There’s always a fat kid inside trying to reach out,” said David. Last year he released a teaser track called “Cold” in anticipation of his sixth album. Where is the new album, Craig?
Meghan Trainor was all about this boy before she was all about that bass. “I grew up a chubby girl. I had two brothers. My parents loved us, they just fed us whatever we wanted. I did have this one boy come up to me, who, like I loved him, I was so in love and he told me, ‘You’d be like real hot if you were 10 pounds lighter.’ I was like, ‘Ugh, that’s it! I am going to cry all day and not eat for the rest of the day,” said Trainor to ET.
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.