Book the tickets, pack up the bags, drive through rush hour traffic, get through the security line, and sit on the plane with crying babies. Who wants to be a teen mom now? Other forms of birth control include diaphragms, patches, nuvarings, hormone shots, fertility awareness, vasectomies, IUDs, and condoms. It’s also strange that a dad from “Teen Mom” would start his own line of condoms. It’s a little bit late to be thinking about condoms when you’re a teen mom’s baby daddy of two kids. But Gary Shirley does have diapers to buy, so maybe the line will sell like smart phones. The babies on “Teen Mom” will surely become famous.
Jared Leto won an Oscar and thanked his mom. He said, “Somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative and work hard and do something special. That girl was my mother and she’s here tonight. I just want to say ‘I love you mom, thank you for teaching me to dream.'” The Stir reported that the Leto family grew up needing food stamps to eat.
Mandy Teefey was allegedly 16 years old when she gave birth to Selena Gomez. The father was Ricardo Joel Gomez and they split when Selena turned five. Sometimes Selena and her mother lived paycheck to paycheck but then Selena got on the show “Wizards of Waverly Place” and she’s in Justin Bieber’s hands now. Mandy married Brian Teefy in 2006 and had another girl in 2013. Selena has been hanging out with Zedd.
Complex reported that Sabrina Jackson, mother of 50 Cent, was drugged and died from gas poisoning. Somebody shut the windows in the room she was in and turned on gas. She had 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis, when she was 15 and was a cocaine dealer. She was murdered in 1988 at the age of 27. Curtis has stated in interviews that he has no yearning for his father who left when he was young. Topps is giving Curtis his own card to memorialize his first pitch.
Remember that great joke at the Golden Globes when Tina Fey said that everybody knows Oprah by one name: Winfrey? Everybody knows who Oprah is, otherwise that joke would not have worked as well. She’s the talk show host that you wanted to have on her show because she might give you a house or new car. Oprah’s mother, Vernita Lee, was 18 years old when she had Oprah. There was also an abandoned sister named Patricia who came on Oprah’s show to confront her mother.
Justin Bieber’s mom has a Twitter account! Follow Pattie Mallette for such wise words as, “Real love has boundaries #lovewins” and “2 days left! Bid on the comforter @justinbieber used as a kid. It’s been signed & all proceeds go to @StratfordHOB.” That’s really gross. Can you imagine what the buyer will do with Justin Bieber’s childhood blanket? She was 17 when she had him. Mallette said “I have many other great qualities beside being his mom.” Oh, honey, if you have to say it, people will talk.
Look who’s coming for dinner! Jamie Foxx has been trying to reconcile with his biological parents. They were supposedly teenagers when they gave him up for adoption. Now he’s an Oscar-winning star! The Sunday Times got the scoop on his thoughts on letting his mom Louise move in with him last year. “We’re trying to learn about each other. The one thing I think is great is she’s in the same house, because you realize certain things that you missed when you were growing up.”
It’s Mister President! Obama’s mother had him when she was 18. Her name was Stanley Ann Dunham and she said her father wanted a son. She went by her middle name in college and met Barack Obama, Sr. in a Russian language class. There was parental opposition when they married each other in 1961. Later that year, she gave birth to Barack, Jr. Dunham was an anthropologist who specialized in economic anthropology and rural development.
Gretchen Wilson is still here for the party, since she has a DVD out called “Still Here For The Party.” Wilson was born to a teen mom in a poor and difficult household. USA Today reported that her mother was an abused wife who turned to alcohol and drugs. Gretchen dropped out of high school when she was 14 and became a country music star. “There were times we only had a little bit and times we didn’t have anything, but she always made sure that we had love,” said Wilson.
Walk around any high school long enough and you will probably see the fruits of Dr. Dre’s labor in those Beats by Dre headphones. Dr. Dre was the fruit of Verna Young’s labor when she was fifteen. “Everyone was trying to convince her to get an abortion. She wouldn’t. So it was always embedded in my head as a child that I have to be a success, because those people cannot be right,” said Dre.
Jacida Carter married a man named Avery Goff in 2012, but a lot of attention probably went to her son Lil Wayne! Jacida was 19 when she had Wayne and looked out for his safety. Talking about dropping out of school to get his GED, Wayne told Katie Couric, “It was my mom’s idea. I had an album out, I was platinum already, thank god, and I was still trying to go to regular public school. She saw me getting ready for school one day and she saw me putting my gun in my backpack.” Wayne went to school in a rough area of New Orleans.
He doesn’t buy any drinks at the bar. He pops champagne because he’s got that dough. Trey Songz was born to April Tucker when she was 17. They lived on welfare and Section 8 housing. Tucker enrolled in Virginia State University and earned her degree in sociology with a minor in administration of justice. Songz has a tattoo on his chest that says, “To God I pray may April’s showers rain on her Forrest.”
Nick Cannon wrote a song about his mom called “Can I Live?” Beth Gardner was 17 when she had Nick and was allegedly going to have an abortion but changed her mind. Cannon told USA Today that he didn’t make the song to be a political statement. He just thanked his mom for being strong. The lyrics were “Mommy, I don’t like this clinic. Hopefully you’ll make the right decision, and don’t go through with the knife incision.”
You grew up thinking your mom was your sister and your grandma was your mom. This really happened to a celebrity when June Nicholson was pregnant with her son Jack Nicholson when she was 16. June’s mother pretended to be Jack’s mother so that June could pursue her dream of becoming a dancer. Jack said that he was glad they kept the secret and he didn’t have to deal with it.
In 2001, Debbie Mathers was told she would receive $1,600 after filing defamation lawsuits against her son Eminem. Eminem one rapped “My mom smokes more dope than I do” in the song “My Name Is.” Debbie claimed she was slandered and that’s why she sued her son. Looks like she didn’t get the $10 million she wanted. She was 17 when she had Eminem and it was apparently a 73-hour birth.
His mother turned out to be his grandma and his sister was not his sister! Eric Clapton is an English singer-songwriter who has been called one of the most important guitarists of all time. He was born in Surrey to the 16-year-old Patricia Molly Clapton and the 25-year-old Edward Walter Fryer. Eric’s grandmother Rose pretended to be his mother and he grew up thinking his mother Patricia was his sister. His mother eventually married a Canadian soldier and moved to Germany.
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.