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Pink snaps back at parenting police with witty message

<p>Pink doesn’t have time for those who critically analyse her parenting skills.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, the pop star shared a photo of her son Jameson Moon Hart indulging in chocolate, and the mother-of-two paired it with a witty caption.</p> <p>“Chocolate is good for babies, right?” she wrote. “Help me Instagram, we can’t possibly parent without you.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrUJROJhqNW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrUJROJhqNW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Chocolate is good for babies right? Help me Instagram, we can’t possibly parent without you.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/pink/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> P!NK</a> (@pink) on Dec 12, 2018 at 8:52pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The sarcastic comment comes after Pink’s husband Carey hart posted a photo of himself and Jameson taking a ride on a dirt bike.</p> <p>Hart, who posted the photo three days ago, had already predicted the amount of backlash he was going to receive, as he wrote in the caption: “Don’t worry parent police, I’m a professional. #BeADadNotAFad.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrL6yovHUYg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrL6yovHUYg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Jamo has his race face on😂😂😂. Don’t worry parent police, I’m a professional. #BeADadNotAFad @FoxMoto @Dualigans @giantbicyclesusa @RideDunlop @Guts_Racing_Inc @WorksConnection @Fmf73 @motionpro @Twin_air @GalferUsa @ODIgrips @mactools38 @acerbisusa @Bel_RayCompany @GoodRide @HinsonRacing</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/hartluck/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carey Hart</a> (@hartluck) on Dec 9, 2018 at 4:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Still, his followers took to the comment section to criticise Hart, saying that the 23-month-old wasn’t adequately protected, and the activity wasn’t age appropriate.</p> <p>“Your face and body protected but his isn’t,” wrote one person, with others agreeing to the sentiment, saying that Jameson should have been provided with more than a helmet.</p> <p>“Nice eye protection for the kid,” said another.</p> <p>Hart responded to the backlash by telling them to “move along".</p> <p>But despite the onslaught of negative comments, there were many positive ones as they praised the parents for making sure their children Jameson and 7-year-old daughter Willow Sage Hart grow up with fond memories.</p> <p>“I wish my dad was like you when I was young,” wrote one follower. “You can’t wrap them in cotton wool all the time and you’re a professional. Don’t stop being an awesome dad.”</p> <p>Another person wrote: “I took my kids riding at that age. They loved it and wanted to go as fast as possible. As you said, ‘You are a professional’. Screw everyone else, your son is having a blast and you are making memories.”</p> <p>Do you think Pink and Carey are in the wrong with their parenting style? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Should this classic Christmas song be banned? Radio stations pull the plug on yuletide tune

<p>It’s one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, but<span> </span><em>Baby, It’s Cold Outside</em><span> </span>has come under fire as feminists are demanding for the song to be banned from radio stations claiming the lyrics promote date rape.</p> <p>Stations in the US and UK have already begun taking it off air as campaigners have slammed the song as inappropriate, and now radio channels in Australia are being pressured into following the same path.</p> <p>But despite the outrage, many feminists have rejected to take part in the protest as they say those disagreeing with the song need to lighten up.</p> <p>Originally written in 1944, the Academy Award-winning song has been reproduced by singers such as Michael Bublé and Dean Martin.</p> <p>The song tells the story of a man who is attempting to get a woman to stay with him and was first featured in the 1949 film<span> </span><em>Neptune’s Daughter</em>starring Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban.</p> <p>A line that is causing offence is: “Say what’s in this drink? No cabs to be had out there,” with those who disagree with the song's message claiming the line implies drink spiking.</p> <p>Another line that has caused a stir is: “I ought to say no, no, no – Mind if I move in closer?”, which has come under fire for promoting non-consensual sex.</p> <p>Appearing on UK breakfast show<span> </span><em>Good Morning Britain</em>, feminist Daisy Buchanan raised the issue by saying: “This is a song about trying to get away from a man and being assaulted. She’s trying to say no.”</p> <p>But host Piers Morgan wasn’t having any of it, as he refuted the claim by saying: “Radical feminists like you want to suck the joy out of everything and make this look like sexual assault. She gave consent, she stayed. Do you not read the lyrics? She’s flirting with him.”</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/has-the-pc-brigade-gone-too-far/news-story/b020b05ebe476425ea10464d4cc666b9" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a>, Anna Kerr, from Sydney’s Feminist Legal Clinic, says the lyrics of the acclaimed song are “definitely creepy".</p> <p>“There is even a line that seems to subtly reference the female being drugged by the male,” she said. “Songs that normalise and even celebrate predatory sexual behaviour by men are never OK.”</p> <p>Agreeing with those sentiments is Jazzlyn Breen, from the University of Sydney Women’s Collective.</p> <p>“In this day and age, especially in the light of #MeToo movement, I find it really unnerving that people would enjoy listening to content which insinuates the use of date rape drugs,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/has-the-pc-brigade-gone-too-far/news-story/b020b05ebe476425ea10464d4cc666b9" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a>.</p> <p>But controversial author and sex therapist Bettina Arndt considers the entire controversy to be ridiculous.</p> <p>“This … ludicrous campaign against a funny, traditional Christmas song is the reason people are turning off feminism,” she said.</p> <p>“It’s a sweet, light hearted portrayal of a man trying to seduce a woman – nothing more. Why are we taking any notice of this tiny group of narrow-minded, man-hating nut cases who see this as date rape? Ordinary people still enjoy this type of light hearted banter and flirtation and need to stand up against the puritanical feminists.”</p> <p>People took to Twitter to share their own opinions of the song, with one user saying: “The song Baby It’s Cold Outside is about rape … I’m disturbed.”</p> <p>But another disagreed, saying: “Christmas songs being offensive and banning them, is bloody ridiculous.”</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/has-the-pc-brigade-gone-too-far/news-story/b020b05ebe476425ea10464d4cc666b9" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a> contacted various radio stations with iHeartRadio saying they will continue to play the song. Triple J, Nova and 2DayFM all declined to comment.</p> <p>Do you think<span> </span><em>Baby It’s Cold Outside</em><span> </span>insinuates date rape? Decide for yourself below:</p> <p><strong><em>Baby, It’s Cold Outside</em><span> </span>song lyrics</strong></p> <p>I really can’t stay (Baby it’s cold outside)</p> <p>I gotta go away (Baby it’s cold outside)</p> <p>This evening has been (Been hoping that you’d dropped in)</p> <p>So very nice (I’ll hold your hands they’re just like ice)</p> <p>My mother will start to worry (Beautiful what’s your hurry?)</p> <p>My father will be pacing the floor (Listen to the fireplace roar)</p> <p>So really I’d better scurry (Beautiful please don’t hurry)</p> <p>Well maybe just a half a drink more (I’ll put some records on while I pour)</p> <p>The neighbours might think (Baby it’s bad out there)</p> <p>Say what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)</p> <p>I wish I knew how (Your eyes are like starlight now)</p> <p>To break this spell (I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell) (Why thank you)</p> <p>I ought to say no, no, no sir (Mind if move in closer?)</p> <p>At least I’m gonna say that I tried (What’s the sense of hurtin’ my pride?)</p> <p>I really can’t stay (Baby don’t hold out)</p> <p>Baby it’s cold outside</p> <p>Ah, you’re very pushy you know?</p> <p>I like to think of it as opportunistic</p> <p>I simply must go (Baby it’s cold outside)</p> <p>The answer is no (But baby it’s cold outside)</p> <p>The welcome has been (How lucky that you dropped in)</p> <p>So nice and warm (Look out the window at that storm)</p> <p>My sister will be suspicious (Gosh your lips look delicious!)</p> <p>My brother will be there at the door (Waves upon a tropical shore)</p> <p>My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious (Gosh your lips are delicious!)</p> <p>Well maybe just a cigarette more (Never such a blizzard before) (And I don’t even smoke)</p> <p>I’ve got to get home (Baby you’ll freeze out there)</p> <p>Say lend me a coat? (It’s up to your knees out there!)</p> <p>You’ve really been grand (I feel when I touch your hand)</p> <p>But don’t you see? (How can you do this thing to me?)</p> <p>There’s bound to be talk tomorrow (Think of my life long sorrow!)</p> <p>At least there will be plenty implied (If you caught pneumonia and died!)</p> <p>I really can’t stay (Get over that old out)</p> <p>Baby it’s cold</p> <p>Baby it’s cold outside</p> <p>Okay fine, just another drink then</p> <p>That took a lot of convincing!</p>

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The real tragedy of Bon Scott

<p>Once Scotland Yard issued an announcement on Wednesday, 20 February 1980, the news quickly spread around the world: Bon Scott, the 33-year-old lead singer of Australia’s greatest ever rock band, AC/DC, had been found dead in a parked car in London. There were “no suspicious circumstances". By Friday that week, coroner Sir Montague Levine had ruled his demise a ‘death of misadventure’ caused by acute alcohol poisoning.</p> <p>It was an open and shut case – or was it?</p> <p>For decades, many conspiracy theories around Scott’s mysterious death have emerged; some of them worthy of investigation – a possible drug overdose, others patently absurd – murder. But to be able to solve what I regard as the Da Vinci Code of rock, it required going back much further than 1980 – back to AC/DC’s first tour of the United States in 1977. For it was in America that the road to Scott’s death, his last highway, began.</p> <p>As a biographer of Bon Scott, the challenge for me was answering one simple question: "Just how had a rough-edged and sometimes inarticulate but charming, witty, street-smart young man with a bent for reinvention and a talent for lyric writing end up a chronic alcoholic with two heroin overdoses under his belt by age 30? Why did his life end just as AC/DC was on the cusp of fortune and international superstardom?"</p> <p>There had to be more to it than just one fateful night out on the town that ended in a tragic accident. And there was – much more. In <em>Bon: The Last Highway</em>, I delved deep into Scott’s unknown past, meeting friends and lovers he had during three years of touring America. They all told a similar story: he was troubled, conflicted, sometimes depressed, and sick of playing the role he’d created for himself as a sort of rock ’n’ roll Fagin.</p> <p>The pressures and loneliness of life on the road were getting to him, and he was masking a lot of his inner torment by drinking alcohol, using drugs such as Quaaludes and cocaine, and bedding groupies as AC/DC moved from gig to gig, city to city across America.</p> <p>The real Bon Scott liked reading Doris Lessing and Colette. He listened to The Pretenders and Steely Dan. He wanted stability and commitment in his romantic life, but he wasn’t getting it from the few women he was genuinely interested in. He was too wayward, too unpredictable, too uncertain about his own identity for them to consider a serious relationship. He was even unsure whether he wanted to stay in the band.</p> <p>And so, by the time Scott got to London in early 1980, he was not in a good way. Though AC/DC had finally cracked the US market with <em>Highway to Hell</em> and money was finally starting to appear in his bank account, physically he looked haggard and tired, and wasn’t his customary fit self. Emotionally, he was at a weak point and susceptible to temptation.</p> <p>London, flooded with brown heroin from Iran, was a not a good place to be.</p> <p><span><em><a href="https://www.penguin.com.au/books/bon-the-last-highway-9780857988928">Bon: The Last Highway</a></em></span> by Jesse Fink, published by Penguin Random House, is available now for RRP $34.99.</p> <p>What are your memories from when the news hit of Bon Scott’s death?</p> <p><em>Written by Jessie Fink. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/the-real-tragedy-of-bon-scott.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></span></em></p>

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Bob Geldof sledges Keith Urban on stage at ARIA Awards

<p>Last night, the 2018 ARIA Awards closed with two icons, Bob Geldof and Keith Urban, appearing on stage to present the final award.</p> <p>Prior to revealing the winner for the ‘Song of the Year’ award, Urban reminded the Boomtown Rats rocker that he hosted the awards show back in 1991.</p> <p>However, the musician seemed unable to recall the experience.</p> <p>Geldof answered: “Apparently I did, but…”</p> <p>Not missing a beat, Urban asked: “Memorable experience?”</p> <p>Bob then said: “It was at a time when you don’t remember these sort of things. They come and go.”</p> <p> “Like tonight?” Urban asked.</p> <p>“Judging by <em>your </em>performance, yes,” Geldof responded.</p> <p>The exchange drew gasps from audience members as some attendees looked visibly shocked.</p> <p>However, Urban jumped in, saying: “I haven’t even played yet! It is a tough room, it is a tough room.”</p> <p>The pair continued on stage, discussing why Geldof was present at the awards show.</p> <p>“I was in town to do some stuff. I have a new record I was playing to the record company, I’m going to South Africa tomorrow. You called me and begged me to help you out tonight,” he said.</p> <p>Geldof then transitioned into the nominees for the award, admitting that he was ad libbing because he couldn’t read the autocue.</p> <p>“There’s very few people who make it to the top of the game and tonight there’s — again, it is down to three or four or five people who get to have the Song of the Year, the song better than any other song ever this year, the song that from all over the world gets to win this thing. I can’t read the stuff, so I’m making this up, but it sounds f**king good to me,” he shrugged.</p> <p>Eventually, the rocker was able to announce Five Seconds of Summer as the winner for their song <em>Young Blood.</em></p> <p>Viewers were quick to comment on the bizarre banter, with some describing it as “cringey”.</p> <p>One user wrote: “Is Bob Geldof taking the piss? What did I just channel surf to?”</p> <p>Another commented: “So Bob Geldof is an EXTREMELY loose unit and I think the people who booked him secretly knew this.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">This <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/arias?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#arias</a> hosting shade from FIFO celebrities is cringey. Act like you want to be there, ppl, you're getting paid.</p> — beverley wang (@beverleywang) <a href="https://twitter.com/beverleywang/status/1067733980261232640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 28, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Here are the winners for the ARIA Awards 2018:</p> <p><strong>Album of the Year</strong></p> <p>Amy Shark – Love Monster</p> <p><strong>Song Of The Year</strong></p> <p>5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood</p> <p><strong>Best Male Artist</strong></p> <p>Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)</p> <p><strong>Best Female Artist</strong></p> <p>Amy Shark — Love Monster</p> <p><strong>Best Group</strong></p> <p>5 Seconds of Summer</p> <p><strong>Video of the Year</strong></p> <p>Dean Lewis - Be Alright</p> <p><strong>Best Blues and Roots Album</strong></p> <p>Tash Sultana - Flow State</p> <p><strong>Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album</strong></p> <p>Parkway Drive - Reverence</p> <p><strong>Best Independent Release</strong></p> <p>Gurrumul - Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)</p> <p><strong>Breakthrough Artist</strong></p> <p>Ruel - Dazed &amp; Confused</p> <p><strong>Best Urban Release</strong></p> <p>Hilltop Hoods - Clark Griswold</p> <p><strong>Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album</strong></p> <p>Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Boy: The Soundtracks</p> <p><strong>Best Dance Release</strong></p> <p>Pnau - Go Bang</p> <p><strong>Best International Artist</strong></p> <p>Camila Cabello - Camila</p> <p><strong>Best Adult Contemporary Album</strong></p> <p>Vance Joy - Nation Of Two</p> <p><strong>Best Country Album</strong></p> <p>Kasey Chambers &amp; The Fireside Disciples - Campfire</p> <p><strong>Best Rock Album</strong></p> <p>Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel</p> <p><strong>Best Pop Release</strong></p> <p>Amy Shark - Love Monster</p> <p><strong>Best Australian Live Act</strong></p> <p>5 Seconds Of Summer - Meet You There Tour</p> <p><strong>Hall of Fame</strong></p> <p>Kasey Chambers</p> <p>Did you tune into the ARIA Awards this year? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The Project star Carrie Bickmore’s surprising A-list replacement

<p>Carrie Bickmore has temporarily said goodbye to her popular radio show, <em>Carrie and Tommy</em>,<em> </em>as she goes on maternity leave to prepare for her third baby.</p> <p>But now, an unexpected co-host is set to replace her, as Keith Urban, 51, will host the show alongside Tommy Little, 33, on Wednesday.</p> <p>The country musician will host the show from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm before he heads off to host the highly anticipated <em>ARIA Awards</em>.</p> <p>Keith will reveal details about his brand new album <em>Graffiti U</em> and his single <em>Never Comin’ Down</em> alongside what he loves the most about coming back home.</p> <p>In her final show, Carrie burst into tears as she spoke about her family dynamic.</p> <p>The mother-of-two shared her concerns over the impact her third child may have on her two children, Ollie, 11, and Evie, three.</p> <p>“I’m very excited about expanding my family,” said Carrie.</p> <p>“Ollie thinks we’re having a boy and Evie thinks we’re having a girl, so one of them is going to be very disappointed and one very excited,” she said through a laugh.</p> <p>Then she became emotional as she spoke about her children.</p> <p>“I know families of three and I know they’ll all love each other so much, but I don’t want anything to happen to their (Ollie and Evie's) bond. So it makes me a little sad,” she said.</p> <p>Ollie is Carrie’s son from her late husband Greg Lange, who passed away in 2010 after a long battle with brain cancer.</p> <p>Evie and her unborn child is shared with her partner Chris Walker, who is a TV producer.</p> <p>Keith will be hosting the 32nd annual <em>ARIA Awards </em>on Wednesday night.</p>

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Married for 52 years: Dolly Parton reveals the secret to her happy marriage

<p>Although country music legend Dolly Parton has won nine Grammy Awards and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, there is one accomplishment that is treasured far above everything else: her 52-year-long marriage to her husband Carl Thomas Dean.</p> <p>In a new interview with <a href="https://people.com/"><strong><em><u>People</u></em></strong></a>, the singer has opened up about her happy marriage to her husband, whom she met when she was just 18 years old.</p> <p>“I’ve been married for 53 years come next May, and my husband and I have a great relationship,” she told the publication.</p> <p>“We’ve been together most of our lives.”</p> <p>The 72-year-old star revealed that the couples’ secret to their happy marriage is perfecting the balance between their busy schedules and alone time together.</p> <p>Dean never appears at public events with his famous wife and has shunned the spotlight.</p> <p>“I always joke and laugh when people ask me what’s the key to my long marriage and lasting love,” said Parton.</p> <p>“I always say ‘Stay gone!’ and there’s a lot of truth to that. I travel a lot, but we really enjoy each other when we’re together and the little things we do.”</p> <p>When she has a day off work, the <em>Jolene</em> singer enjoys taking mini trips with her husband in their “little camper” and having picnics in the Tennessee countryside.</p> <p>The couple also swap fancy nights out for low-key dinners at their favourite local restaurants.</p> <p>“When I met my husband, he wanted to take me out to dinner. He pulled up to the drive-in window and got our food at McDonald’s,” explained Parton.</p> <p>“We know a few little places we can go without being bothered. He only likes to go places where he can be comfortable!”</p> <p>Although the singer loves to get dolled up because she doesn’t “believe in going home and being a slouch”, she is thankful that her husband cares more about her inner beauty.</p> <p>“He doesn’t care what I wear as long as I’m happy,” she said.</p> <p>“He loves me the way I am.”</p> <p>For their 50th wedding anniversary, the couple renewed their vows in their Nashville home.</p> <p>When they tied the knot in 1966, they were forced to elope because Parton’s record label wanted her to remain unmarried.</p> <p>“We’d already sent out invitations and so I thought, ‘I ain’t waiting!’ We went that same weekend to Ringgold, Georgia in a little church. I had a little white dress and little flowers, and my mom went with me.”</p> <p>Parton explained that when she renewed her vows, she finally was able to get the over-the-top wedding she’d dreamed of as a little girl.</p> <p>“I never really felt like I had the wedding that we really wanted,” she said. </p> <p>“He got all dressed up and I got all dressed up. Fifty years is a long time for anything, and I felt that we needed to do something to commemorate this. It’s been a good 50 years and I don’t know how many more years we’ll have left.”</p>

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What life was like with the king of rock: Elvis Presley

<p>At the age of just 12, Jerry Schilling met someone who would change his life. It was a Sunday afternoon and he was recruited to play with a young singer by the name of Elvis Presley, who’d just laid down his first recording.</p> <p>“He wanted to play, but they only had five people, so they let the little kid play – that was me,” says the now 74-year-old music industry veteran from his West Hollywood home, the same one Elvis bought him back in the 1970s.</p> <p>“He’d recorded a record [<em>That’s All Right</em>] and by the next week it had become a huge hit in Memphis. We still played football every Sunday. I thought I’d be out because everybody wanted to play then.”</p> <p>The friendship endured and, when Jerry was in his senior year of college, Elvis asked if he would work for him as part of a close, trusted group that would become known as the Memphis Mafia.</p> <p>“He really knew human nature,” says Schilling. “He really wanted people around that he trusted and luckily I was one of those people. The people who worked for him – who handled his money or his security – we all lived together. We were the original entourage, if you like.</p> <p> “He was the guy we worked for, but it wasn’t that kind of relationship. We were like a big group of dear friends. A lot of the time it was us against the world, because people forget in those early days Elvis wasn’t liked by everybody. Politicians, religious leaders … They didn’t like the controversy. He made Justin Bieber look like a baby.”</p> <p>Then, of course, there were the encounters with other celebrities: the Beatles spent time at Elvis' home, the gang would hang out with Sammy Davis Jr in Vegas, and Schilling was with him when Elvis offered to swap pants with the members of Led Zeppelin.</p> <p>Perhaps the most extraordinary experience, however, occurred in 1970 when Schilling accompanied Elvis to the White House to meet Richard Nixon.</p> <p>“It was bizarre in a way, but in another way, it was a true American story. He was a poor boy from Mississippi, who moved to Memphis, with his roots in the projects, who went on to become one of the most – if not the most – popular guys in the world. And he met his President. To be honest I was more of a Kennedy guy, so I wasn’t that thrilled about meeting Nixon until I met him. And I’ve gotta tell you I saw two guys who were at the top and they were the only ones who know what it’s like to be in that powerful position.”</p> <p>Eventually, in 1976, with Elvis on a path of self-destruction, Schilling left to manage the Beach Boys. He visited Australia a couple of times on tour with them, then again in 1976 when he was managing Billy Joel and the singer performed at the Sydney Opera House.</p> <p>What is your favourite Elvis song?</p> <p><em>Written by Carrie Hutchinson. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/a-life-with-the-king.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></span>.</em></p>

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Angry Anderson’s anguish and fury: “My boy died trying to do the right thing”

<p>Australian rockstar Angry Anderson has spoken up for the first time since the tragic murder of his son Liam Anderson and his anger over the man that allegedly killed him.</p> <p>Liam, 26, was found dead on Sunday morning in a park in Queenscliff, NSW, with earlier reports suggesting that the accused killer Mathew Flame, 20, was best friends with the victim.</p> <p>But Angry and his eldest son Galen have rejected those claims.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/angry-anderson-talks-for-the-first-time-about-his-anguish-and-fury-over-his-son-liams-brutal-death/news-story/64e23433ccdde6df74776f4647677aea" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a>, a clearly distressed Angry said: “They were not best friends.</p> <p>“He wasn’t even in Liam’s main group of friends.”</p> <p>Angry, who is known for his rock music and stage presence as frontman of band Rose Tattoo, was forced to take frequent breaks throughout the conversation as he struggled to keep his composure. Holding onto Galen’s hands he said that he had raised his four children to “always do the right thing” and to “look after people".</p> <p>“That’s what Liam was doing on Sunday morning,” he said.</p> <p>Documents received by Manly Local Court on Monday revealed that Mathew and Liam were amongst a group of boys who had drunk alcohol, taken MDMA capsules and attended a house party in the Sydney's northern beaches the night before he passed.</p> <p>Mathew, who lost consciousness for a brief moment and woke up with concerns of overdosing, attempted to leave the party alone to which Liam accompanied him to make sure he was safe.</p> <p>It wasn’t long before Mathew beat Liam so terribly that police advised the Anderson family to not view his body due to the condition it was left in.</p> <p>“Liam was trying to help him,” Angry said. “He was such a decent human being.”</p> <p>Mathew appeared in court on Monday and was charged with Liam’s murder.</p> <p>Galen, who was close to his brother Liam and would regularly spend time with him, said Mathew was not amongst his trusted circle of close friends.</p> <p>“I didn’t know him. None of us know him,” said Galen. “The first time I ever saw him was about six months ago when the dog was going nuts outside and it was at him.”</p> <p>Angry was in Perth when he heard the tragic news, and it was as if the world had gone silent.</p> <p>“If he was Liam’s best friend, I would have known him,” Angry said. “He would have been here, around this table, eating with us and the others.”</p>

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Why you hate the sound of your own voice

<p>You’re watching a video of your family holiday when you suddenly cringe. Is that really what your voice sounds like? If you can’t stand the sound of your own voice, you’re not alone. But don’t worry – you’re probably the only one who gets annoyed by its sound. There’s a scientific reason you hate your own voice so much.</p> <p>When we hear an outside sound, like someone else’s voice, the sound travels through your ear, into the canal and to the eardrum, says Aaron Johnson, PhD, a US speech-language pathologist and assistant professor in the otolaryngology department at NYU Langone’s Voice Centre. Vibrations from the eardrum travel to the inner ear, where fluid makes little hair cells move. Those movements create electric energy that gets sent up to the brain, which translates it into sound.</p> <p>That exact same thing happens when you hear the sounds that come out of your own mouth – but something else happens on top of it. “As we’re talking, sound waves travel not only outside our body, but there is energy bouncing around in our mouth and throat and through our head, directly to the inner portion of our ear,” says Dr Johnson. Other people can’t sense the vibrations in your mouth, so you hear your own voice differently than they do.</p> <p>When listening to your own voice on a recording, you aren’t getting those extra vibrations in your mouth and throat, so you’ll hear what everyone else does. Because it’s as unique as your fingerprints, your voice – or what you think it sounds like – is part of your self-image. A sudden change can be off-putting. “We think of ourselves as sounding a certain way, and then we hear ourselves on recording and it’s completely different,” says Dr Johnson. “It’s unexpected. It’s like, ‘That’s not me’.”</p> <p>And there’s a reason people are rarely pleasantly surprised by this new sound. The vibrations coming directly from your head are lower, so the sound is richer. “People are surprised they sound … irritating because it sounds brighter and sounds higher than what they’re used to,” says Dr Johnson. So, when you suddenly sound more Janice from <em>Friends</em> than Morgan Freeman, you might get freaked out.</p> <p>To get over your hatred of your own voice, try listening to recordings of it, recommends Dr Johnson. “The more you get used to that, the more you acknowledge, ‘That really is my sound’,” he says.</p> <p>If you think your voice is truly annoying (and not just to you), you aren’t stuck with that sound forever. Singing lessons, public speaking classes and vocal training can help you learn how to change your voice’s sound, says Dr Johnson.</p> <p>“We sometimes see people who are just not using their voice efficiently,” he says. “You can find different ways to use your voice to produce different qualities using breath and trying not to use your throat very much.”</p> <p><em>Written by Marissa Laliberte This article first appeared in <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/conditions/mental-health/why-you-hate-sound-your-own-voice">Reader’s Digest</a></span>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <span><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestsubscribe?utm_source=readersdigest&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;utm_medium=display&amp;keycode=WRA85S">here’s our best subscription offer</a></span>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Angry Anderson rushes back to Sydney after son killed

<p>Australian rock musician Angry Anderson is grieving the loss of his son after it was revealed that Liam Anderson was allegedly killed by his best friend on Sunday morning.</p> <p>He was spotted arriving from Western Australia where he was performing with Rose Tattoo on their 40th anniversary tour.</p> <p>Angry has been heard in the past giving credit to his children for keeping him grounded and turning his life around.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BHBPd4cgDJ2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BHBPd4cgDJ2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">My youngest son Liam and I at the specialists. He’s now the third of my four children diagnosed with overactive Thyroid ...three out of four!  Go figure!! Who else has children who suffer with similar health issues? #GaryAngryAnderson #AngryAnderson #family #children #healthyliving #stayingfit #livelifetothefullest</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/gary_angry_anderson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Gary Angry Anderson - Official</a> (@gary_angry_anderson) on Jun 23, 2016 at 6:50pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Friends and family have chosen to remember the 26-year-old as they left tributes and messages at Sydney’s northern beaches where the attack took place.</p> <p>The man reportedly behind the attack was 20-year-old Matthew Flame who according to the police, was Liam’s best friend, as the pair would often comment and like each other’s posts on social media.</p> <p>Police are said to have arrested Flame at the scene and he is expected to be charged with murder.</p> <p>Adam Thompson, the frontman for Chocolate Starfish and close friend of Angry said to<em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/angry-anderson-wanting-answers-over-the-brutal-death-of-his-youngest-son-liam/news-story/144db49d3c73e22c9a6d0b34c78a8984?utm_source=Daily%20Telegraph&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=editorial" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></em>: “I’m sure he’d be wanting answers – how it escalated to the level it did.”</p> <p>He said that Angry would be grieving as a “father way more now than Angry the performer.”</p> <p>Liam posted many photos and videos with Flame on his Instagram account, with the most recent being in September at Sydney’s Defqon.1 Festival.</p> <p>“Defqon was lit, shout to the homie (Mr Flame) for being a real one,” he captioned the post. “Love ya mate x.”</p> <p>A friend of the pair commented saying: “You guys are obsessed (with) each other.”</p> <p>“Yeah pretty much,” responded Liam.</p> <p>Flame then light-heartedly suggested that the commenter was “jealous” of their friendship.</p> <p>Witnesses at the scene of the crime recounted the events to the police and said that they heard “shouting and moaning” from the Pavillion Reserve park.</p> <p>Due to critical head injuries, Liam passed away almost instantly.</p>

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Rare family photo of Rod Stewart and his sons aged 7 to 38

<p>Rock star Rod Stewart was seen taking in the sunshine while visiting the beach on Monday.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpis_XJBrs8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpis_XJBrs8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Family time down in Malibu</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/penny.lancaster/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Penny Lancaster</a> (@penny.lancaster) on Oct 29, 2018 at 8:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The happy snap shared to social media shows a beaming Rod Stewart posing with his wife, Penny Lancaster, 47, and his four sons: Sean, 38, Liam, 24, Alastair, 12, and Aiden, 7.</p> <p>The rare family photo was posted by Lancaster to her Instagram account, and she captioned it: “Family time down in Malibu.”</p> <p>Stewart and Lancaster tied the knot in 2007 and have two children together, Alistair and Aiden. His eldest son Sean is from his first marriage to actress Alana Stewart, while Liam is his son with New Zealand supermodel Rachel Hunter.</p> <p>The singer, who has eight children in total, is also a doting father to Kimberly, 39, Ruby, 31, Renee, 26, and 55-year-old Sarah Streeter who was raised by adoptive parents but reunited with Stewart later on in life.</p>

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Pink's daughter Willow rushed to hospital

<p>Singer Pink was faced with a quite a scare yesterday as she had to rush her 7-year-old daughter to hospital after an accident in the playground.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/music/it-runs-in-the-family-pink-s-7-year-old-daughter-willow-can-seriously-sing" target="_blank">Willow Hart</a> was playing on the monkey bars like all children do before she fell and sprained her arm. But despite the mad rush to the hospital, the young girl has a positive attitude.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpjFxJGh4fK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpjFxJGh4fK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Monkey bars from hell. ER convos with my soulchild. #shesfine Her fav part of all of this is that she doesn’t have to do her chores.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/pink/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> P!NK</a> (@pink) on Oct 30, 2018 at 12:07am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Monkey bars from hell. ER convos with my soulchild. #shesfine,” the singer wrote underneath a photo showing the mother and daughter in a deep conversation while in a hospital room. “Her fav part of all of this is that she doesn’t have to do her chores.”</p> <p>It didn’t take Willow long before she was running around again, but this time, there was an added sling.</p> <p>Her dad Carey Hart gushed over his girl, saying she’s as tough as they come.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpioUzkHuaI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpioUzkHuaI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Willz has her first ER trip today due to a crash and burn on the monkey bars. She is tough as nails and left w/ a sprain. #ProudPapa #BubbleWrapYourKids</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/hartluck/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carey Hart</a> (@hartluck) on Oct 29, 2018 at 7:49pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Willz [had] her first ER trip today due to a crash and burn on the monkey bars. She is tough as nails and left w/ a sprain,” wrote Hart, as he posted a photo of Willow with a sling around her arm.</p> <p>This isn’t the first health scare the family has had to deal with this year, as only two months ago, Pink and Carey’s 22-month-old son Jameson fell ill with with hand, foot and mouth disease during the pop star's tour in Australia.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnBI56QDsYB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnBI56QDsYB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Wanna know how glamorous tour can be? Jameson has hand, foot, and mouth; and willow has a 102 temp. Both kids laid up and mama @pink still has to push through and do shows. I had Jameson at breakfast yesterday and this vile woman at the table next to us kept staring at him with a shitty look on her face. I told her it was bed bugs 😂. #NoRestForTheWicked #LifeInHotels</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/hartluck/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carey Hart</a> (@hartluck) on Aug 28, 2018 at 2:37am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Wanna know how glamorous tour can be? Jameson has hand, foot and mouth; and Willow has a 102 temp,” Carey shared on Instagram during the time of the incident. “Both kids laid up and mama @pink still has to push through and do shows.”</p> <p>And it wasn’t only her kids that had suffered with health problems. Pink also fell sick during her time in Australia which resulted in a number of cancelled Sydney shows. She was admitted to hospital twice, once for dehydration and then the second was due to a gastric virus.</p> <p>“We were absolutely planning on going ahead with the show, and about 20 minutes before I left for soundcheck, I was rushed to the hospital, in excruciating pain,” she wrote. “That was the reason for the late cancellation. It was out of anyone’s control, and of course, wasn’t planned that way."</p> <p>The singing sensation added, “I was discharged from hospital last night and am following doctors’ orders of liquids and rest.”</p>

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"I'm not OK": Michael Bublé opens up about his son's cancer battle

<p>Singer Michael Bublé has spoken of the ongoing effect his son’s cancer diagnosis is having on him.</p> <p>It was during a special <span>episode of "Carpool Karaoke" with late-night TV host James Corden for charity Stand Up to Cancer.</span></p> <p>The popular crooner’s son Noah, with actress Luisana Lopilato, was diagnosed with liver cancer when he was three years old.</p> <p>Now 5, Noah is doing well and in remission.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kg7UWnNF_rA" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><span>In the emotional interview, Bublé teared up remembering his son’s cancer diagnosis in 2016, saying at one point to Corden, "It's too hard to talk about man.”</span></p> <p><span>"We got the diagnosis, and that was it man," said the 43-year-old. "My whole life ended."</span></p> <p>The Canadian singer and his immediate and extended family decided to relocate to be close to the hospital where Noah was being treated, reports <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.today.com/parents/michael-bubl-talks-about-son-s-cancer-battle-carpool-karaoke-t140779" target="_blank"><em>Today</em></a>.</p> <p>During that time, the singer said that he was the rock in the relationship, but once Noah had been given the all-clear, the pressure of the ordeal took its toll and remains with him today.</p> <p>“I’m not OK,” he admitted.</p> <p>“My wife, honestly, when this all started, I became the strength to somehow pull us and lift us and to be positive,” he explained.</p> <p>“And when they got [the cancer] out and the chemo was done and they said, 'We did it, it's good, he's OK,' I fell, I just fell. My wife picks me up now."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821678/14642240_10154003873729157_4873649632082196909_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f5ef2cc6822046808577d7216abc5f17" /></p> <p>Revealing the cancer diagnosis late in 2016, Bublé posted a poignant message on his Facebook page saying, <span></span><span>"We are devastated about the recent cancer diagnosis of our oldest son Noah who is currently undergoing treatment in the US.”</span></p> <p>“We will win this battle.”</p> <p>Both he and Argentinian-born Lopilato, who are also parents to Elias, 2, and baby girl Vida, put their careers on hold to see their son through his treatment.</p> <p>In an interview with the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/singer-michael-buble-opens-up-about-son-noahs-cancer-battle/news-story/4458edecc7bf6d66c7cc2f8ab08fffb9" target="_blank">Herald Sun</a> in July, Bublé called Noah a “superhero".</p> <p>“It’s my boy. He’s a superhero," he told the publication. “But I’ve been to hell. And you know what, hell seems like a really nice place to vacation compared to where we’ve been.”</p> <p>Recently, amidst reports Bublé was going to retire, his publicist Liz Rosenberg set the record straight.</p> <p>“Michael Bublé has absolutely no plans to retire,” she told INSIDER. “I assure you with a new album coming out, TV appearances, and a possible tour, he is not retiring.”</p> <p>Bublé’s upcoming album, Love, will be the singer's 10th record.</p>

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What really happened when Eric Clapton's 4-year-old son died in 1991

<p>A new biography has shed light on the tragedy of the death of music legend Eric Clapton’s young son in 1991.</p> <p>It was supposed to be the start of a new beginning on the fateful day when music legend Eric Clapton’s young son sadly died in 1991 – he was only four years old.</p> <p>But the tragic moment instead became the inspiration for two of the artist’s iconic songs.</p> <p>Clapton, now 73 years old, had Conor with Italian actress Lory del Santo who had custody of their son, and only the day prior to Conor’s death had taken him on a special day out to the circus at Long Island.</p> <p>According to the biography <em>Slowhand: The Life And Music Of Eric Clapton</em>, by Philip Norman, an excerpt of which has been published in the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6324449/Biographer-PHILIP-NORMAN-reveals-Eric-Claptons-tortured-life.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>, it was the first time the<span> </span>acclaimed guitarist had taken his son out by himself.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 480px; height: 360px;" src="/media/7821659/conor-clapton.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/23e258ea09334479ac63f17a749ad94a" /></p> <p>Clapton “intended to be a proper father,” writes Norman.</p> <p>The next morning, as Clapton was due to arrive to pick up Conor for another day out, this time to the Bronx Zoo and lunch at an Italian restaurant, tragedy struck.</p> <p>Conor was running around the 53rd apartment in the New York high-raise his mother shared with Italian film producer Silvio Sardi,<span> </span>excited to see his “papa.”</p> <p>A janitor had been working on the windows in the living room but one was still open recounts Norman.</p> <p>“He called out to the nanny to watch the child, but before she could react, Conor dashed past her, jumped up on to the low window-ledge where he’d normally press his nose against the glass to gaze out – and disappeared,” he wrote.<span> </span><br /><span></span></p> <p><span>The four-year-old tragically fell to his death.</span></p> <p>Clapton wrote his iconic chart-toppers Circus Left Town and Tears in Heaven in response to the devastating accident, the deeply emotional lyrics from the latter some of the most well-known in classic music:</p> <p>“Would you know my name/ If I saw you in heaven?/ Would it be the same / If I saw you in heaven? / I must be strong and carry on / 'Cause I know I don't belong here in heaven.”</p> <p>Two days before Clapton’s 46th birthday, he said goodbye to Conor at his son’s funeral.</p> <p>Clapton once descried his son as “the one thing in my life that good could come out of.”</p>

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It runs in the family! Pink’s 7-year-old daughter Willow can seriously sing

<p>A newly-released YouTube video gives a revealing glimpse into how the daughter of music superstar Pink has inherited her mum’s impressive vocal talents.</p> <p>Recording her track <em>A Million Dreams</em> for <em>The Greatest Showman – Reimagined</em>, an album of covers from the hugely successful Hugh Jackman-starring movie musical, Pink and her 7-year-old daughter Willow Sage Hart engage in playful banter between takes.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/V1weVGUmNTA" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>“I think you’re fun,” the 39-year-old tells her daughter, who replies, “Why?”</p> <p>“Because you’re fun, I’m glad I had you.”</p> <p>Willow is also a guest artist on the album, and fittingly, sings <em>A Million Dreams (Reprise)</em>. And boy can she sing! </p> <p>Kneeling beside her daughter, Pink supportively mouths the words to the popular song, as Willow belts out the tune. The pair also sing together as part of the recording.</p> <p>During the footage, the singer and mum of two, who gives a typically powerful performance on her version of the song, told <em>The Greatest Showman </em>director Michael Gracey of her gratitude to him for making the film.</p> <p>“I grew up watching Annie,” Pink explained to Gracey. “To have her [Willow] finally have something like this …You made our favourite movie ever.”</p> <p>On Twitter, users wrote of how moving they found the mother-daughter performance.</p> <p>“I watched this early this morning when it first aired and I watched it again just now and choked up with happy tears each time,” said one.</p> <p>“Willow has a beautiful voice, Pink’s joy in working w/her daughter &amp; the song itself are a great way to begin &amp; end the day!”</p> <p>“Honestly the most heartwarming cutest thing I’ve seen ever!” said another.</p> <p>“The bond you both have is amazing and priceless, the best of friends. It’s so amazing to see such a connection between a mother and a daughter! You rock @pink”</p> <p>The album <em>The Greatest Showman – Reimagined</em> will be released on November 16.</p>

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Keith Urban movingly serenades sick woman in hospital: “My biggest fan”

<p>Some dedicated nurses caring for a terminally ill young woman recently put a call out on social media to see if country music star Keith Urban could possibly visit his “#1 fan” to give her her “dying wish".</p> <p>Marissa English had tickets to Urban’s Ohio, US, concert on Thursday but sadly couldn’t attend as her condition had deteriorated and was confined to her hospital bed in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the St. Vincent Medical Centre, Toledo. </p> <p>The 25-year-old was born with an inoperable cyst on her brain, cerebral palsy and severe scoliosis, reported local Toledo news station <em><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.wtol.com/2018/10/18/mercy-nurses-start-social-media-campaign-hopes-bring-keith-urban-hospitalized-fan/?fbclid=IwAR1Q3U2AHFg73juv0Dt1ZFTC9VYYz5vgmL41Te4oqT2OBDxK9Xh6eBStN9s" target="_blank">WTOL-11</a></em>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/KeithUrban?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KeithUrban</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mercy_health?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mercy_health</a> Keith will be in Toledo for a concert tomorrow (10/18). His “number 1 fan” is a patient here at St. Vs in Toledo! She had tix for the concert but is now facing hospice. Trying to reach out to see if Keith can possibly give this young girl her dying wish</p> — Laura Biel (@LauraBiel71) <a href="https://twitter.com/LauraBiel71/status/1052635273518043136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>"We knew how important it was to Marissa to be at that concert tonight and since she wasn't able to we were hoping to try and find some way to have Keith make a connection with her," nurse Jan Cassity told the news station.</p> <p>"She just has such a fascination with Keith and loves to watch him on TV and listen to his music," Marissa's in-home nurse Jackie Codding said of her patient’s love of the country singer. Codding thought the visit "would mean the world to her".</p> <p>Amazingly, Urban answered the call, stopping by the hospital en route to his performance that night. In touching footage aired by <em>Sunrise</em>, the 50-year-old and loving husband of Nicole Kidman could be seen kneeling beside English as he held her hand and serenaded the super fan with her favourite song of his, <em>Blue Ain’t Your Colour</em>. </p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FSunrise%2Fvideos%2F312598449327683%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>At one point, her face beams with joy and she mouths the words with the country music superstar. A photo posted on Twitter showed the singer leaning over the hospital bed with his head lovingly touching his fan’s as she looks up smiling.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So heartwarming ❤️ <a href="https://t.co/H2EtYDeK51">pic.twitter.com/H2EtYDeK51</a></p> — @jeanmarie (@jeanrelford) <a href="https://twitter.com/jeanrelford/status/1053072693388632069?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>At the concert, Urban dedicated the show to the “beautiful girl named Marissa,” he had just met, “who I truly think is my biggest fan,” according to the news station.</p> <p>In her place at the concert was Marissa's family and some of her nurses, and Urban acknowledged them in his moving tribute.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Keith Urban took the time to visit a patient while in Toledo ... ❤️❤️ <a href="https://t.co/vvihmp0nIw">pic.twitter.com/vvihmp0nIw</a></p> — @jeanmarie (@jeanrelford) <a href="https://twitter.com/jeanrelford/status/1053051659113381888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>“We’re going to dedicate this whole show tonight to her, to Marissa.”</p> <p>“Her family is here,” he said, “and so are some of her paediatric ICU nurses.”</p> <p>Marlise Matthews, Marissa's mother, told WTOL-11 just how much of a fan of Urban’s her daughter is.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D1461907574061851%26set%3Da.1461907590728516%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="531" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“She has memorabilia from a couple of the other concerts we’ve been to. She has a T-shirt that we put on a pillow that’s beside her all the time,” said Marlise. “It’s actually cute because she’ll pick up the pillow and hug it and kiss it (and) ... she’ll point at it and say, ‘Mr. Hottie.’”</p>

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Michael Bublé has “no plans to retire” as he dismisses rumours

<p>He’s known for his melodious voice and for bringing along the Christmas cheer, but Michael Bublé broke many hearts after it was reported that he will be retiring from music. Thankfully, those rumours have been dismissed.</p> <p>In an article from the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6272425/Michael-Buble-QUITS-music-following-son-Noahs-life-changing-cancer-battle.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a>,</em> the media outlet reported that the singer would be quitting his music career to focus on his five-year-old son who is currently battling cancer, but a representative has put an end to those claims.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BLoIek9jPFg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BLoIek9jPFg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Feliz día de la madre !! Happy Mother's Day @luisanalopilato !! #myhero #bestmommy #bestfriend</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/michaelbuble/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Michael Bublé</a> (@michaelbuble) on Oct 16, 2016 at 7:25am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 43-year-old will be releasing his album,<span> </span>Love, on November 16 which is why he sat down for an interview with the UK publication, and while discussing his music, he also spoke about the challenges his family has faced after discovering his son has the life-threatening condition.</p> <p>“This is my last interview,” Bublé told the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6272425/Michael-Buble-QUITS-music-following-son-Noahs-life-changing-cancer-battle.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>. “I’m retiring from the business. I’ve made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top.”</p> <p>While it does seem as if Bublé has intentions to quit his career, his publicist Liz Rosenberg set the record straight after social media went into a frenzy.</p> <p>“Michael Bublé has absolutely no plans to retire,” she told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thisisinsider.com/" target="_blank"><em>INSIDER</em></a>. “I wasn’t sitting in on the interview, but this must have been taken out of context.”</p> <p>“Perhaps as he discussed the different emotions he’s been through these last few years, that thought might have gone through his mind.</p> <p>“I assure you with a new album coming out, TV appearances, and a possible tour, he is not retiring.”</p> <p><span>Bublé’s upcoming album, Love, will be the singer's 10th record. He has dedicated it to his well-wishers and fans, who he says have helped him and his family out through this very difficult time.</span></p> <p>“On behalf of my family and I, there’s no way that you can know how much it meant to us – how much your prayers, how much your thoughts, how many times you got us through. For me, this is kind of a really small way of being able to thank you, to tell you how much I love you,” Bublé announced.</p>

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Nicole Kidman sings emotional duet with husband Keith Urban

<p>Aussie actress Nicole Kidman and musician Keith Urban continually stun fans with the adorable affection they continue to lavish on each other after 12 years of marriage.</p> <p>Now, the loved-up duo have joined forces to sing an emotional song for a special cause.</p> <p>In a video that Nicole uploaded to Instagram, the couple sat down at a piano to sing Urban’s hit song, <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Female</em>.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BozKFN4laYt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BozKFN4laYt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman)</a> on Oct 11, 2018 at 9:23am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“To honour International #DayoftheGirl,” Kidman wrote alongside the video.</p> <p>The Day of the Girl is a United Nations initiative which raises awareness of gender inequality in areas such as education, nutrition, legal rights and medical care.</p> <p>Although Kidman has previously expressed her lack of confidence in her musical ability, she put aside her insecurity for the special song.</p> <p>“I went down (to sing vocals) and I did it because he asked me to,” Kidman told <em style="font-weight: inherit;">ET.</em></p> <p>“Keith knows I have no confidence when it comes to singing,” she added. </p> <p>“So I’ll sing for him and that’s it.”</p> <p>Last month, Kidman shared a photo of her husband rocking out in a hotel bathroom with headphones in.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmWVw6JFvHn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; 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Nothing like the acoustics in a hotel bathroom.”</p> <p>The power couple share two children together, Sunday Rose, 10, and Faith Margaret, seven. </p>

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Shannon Noll pleads guilty in court

<p>In his latest round of strife, singer Shannon Noll has appeared at a Sydney court pleading guilty for cocaine possession.</p> <p>The Australian Idol runner-up, 43, was arrested on September 13 for carrying half a gram of the drug, following a dog squad search at Caringbah Hotel in Sydney’s south.</p> <p>At Sutherland Local Court, Noll’s lawyer, Bryan Wrench, entered a guilty plea on behalf of his client and asked that the charge proceed to sentencing immediately, reported <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/shannon-noll-pleads-guilty-to-cocaine-possession/news-story/a1537c2544984ebb2fc229511828f0dd" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>Noll escaped having the conviction recorded with Magistrate Glenn Walsh imposing a one year good behaviour bond instead. It appears that glowing references from farmers and celebrities, such as shock jock Kyle Sandilands, that Noll is a “great man”, aided a more lenient punishment. </p> <p>The singer was described in court a personality who had fallen from his “high perch” and it was revealed that Noll has “a severe case” of depression.</p> <p>The magistrate noted the impact of the death of Noll’s father Neil in 2001, as he handed down his judgement.</p> <p>“He’s never really gotten over the death of his father,” he said.</p> <p>Noll spoke about the devastating loss of his father in an interview with <em>The Daily Telegraph</em> in 2008, saying that it was then that his addiction to drugs and alcohol was at its worst.</p> <p>“I got to a stage where I had to own up to it,’’ he said. “I’d turned into a zombie on the lounge. I wasn’t doing anything useful.</p> <p>“My dad never drank and he never smoked.</p> <p>“He worked his fingers to the bone. You can be a good man and, still, things can go wrong.”</p> <p>“You can wrap yourself in cotton wool and get hit by a truck. So I thought, bugger it, I’m going to live life, try things, have a bit of fun and not live in the closet. I don’t want to live my life worrying about what might go wrong.’’</p> <p>Magistrate Walsh said he believed a conviction for drug possession would be “going too far” and “if he (Noll) wants to resurrect and continue his career, clearly a ... conviction would be most adverse to him.”</p> <p>“Frankly, his status as a singer has little to do with this case,” he said.</p> <p>Speaking to reporters outside the court, Noll, who was arrested in January last year at an Adelaide strip club for assaulting a bouncer, said he was relieved the case was over, and was looking forward to “getting back to work”.</p>

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