After a fifteen-year hiatus, which honestly felt like eternity, country superstar Shania Twain is set to make a comeback!
The Canadian-born artist made the announcement on the singing competition The Voice, during her stint as mentor.
Despite racking up awards, Shania had to stop performing after her being diagnosed with dysphonia, a condition which affects the vocal chords and hinders the ability to speak and sing. Hers was caused by a bout of Lyme Disease.
Thankfully, after years of vocal therapy, she is finally fit to record new music and release an album.
The album name is yet to be revealed but it set to be released in September and fans will get to hear the first single, Life’s About to Get Good as early as June.
“I was at home looking out at the ocean and I said to myself, ‘Here I am stuck in this past of negativity, but it’s so beautiful out. I’m not in the mood to write a ‘feeling-sorry-for-myself’ song,” Shania told Rolling Stone.
The songs are inspired by the hurdles she’s had to go through over the last few years including her breakup with husband Robert “Mutt” Lange in 2008.
“Writing is my therapy and writing this new album helped me come to terms with a lot of things emotionally,” tweeted the Grammy-winner.
Man! We are very much looking forward to hearing Shania on the radio again! How about you?
If anyone ever lived the Hollywood dream, it was Grace Kelly.
Born to humble beginnings in a Philadelphia family, she managed to become a world-famous movie star and later a princess. In just 5 years and 11 films, she became a true Hollywood icon who is still remembered by fans to this day.
But behind the glitz and glamour were secrets that nearly tore her perfect life apart, including love affairs with some of Hollywood’s leading men.
In one of the star’s biographies, the secrets she kept from the public and her own family were finally revealed.
Kelly’s career seemed to come out of nowhere, with the actress becoming a star almost instantly thanks to roles in Hitchcock classic like Rear Window and Dial M for Murder.
One of her biographers, Wendy Leigh, credits part of her success to the way she aggressively pursued her male co-stars. Clark Gable, Bing Crosby and William Holden are among the men Kelly is rumored to have had flings with.
Of course, all these romances made young Grace very unpopular with Hollywood’s wives. Director Henry Hathaway’s widow summed her up this way:
“Yes, she wore white gloves, but she was no saint.”
Click the next page to learn about Kelly’s connection with Frank Sinatra!
Today, Kelly is remembered for her romance and fairy-tale marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco as much as any of her films.
After meeting the prince at the Cannes film festival, the pair tied the knot at a small wedding of 600 guests – which was watched on TV by an estimated 30 million people.
But Kelly’s marriage didn’t slow her down at all. Her love affairs continued, including an affair with the husband of one of her own bridesmaids.
Kelly’s most famous affair was with singer Frank Sinatra, who co-starred in High Society with Kelly before she married Prince Rainier.
According to Leigh, the pair would take romantic trips together to a villa in southern France, much to her husband’s displeasure.
Sadly, at just 52 years old a tragic car accident cut Kelly’s life short. She suffered a stroke while driving to Monaco and steered off a mountainside.
If there was any doubt fans around the world loved her, the fact that more than 100 million tuned in to watch her funeral proves she was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
It goes without saying that Celine Dion is one of the greatest artists of our time.
She’s won over two-hundred and fifty awards including 5 Grammys, 7 American Music Awards, 7 Billboard Awards, 12 World Music Awards, 20 JUNOs, and counting. She’s sold over 200 million albums worldwide and her long-running Las Vegas show is the most successful residency of all time.
The Canadian singer’s talent is unmatched and we were reminded of that when she took the stage at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. Celine transported us back to 1997 with a chill-inducing rendition of one of her most popular hits, My Heart Will Go On. The vocalist sang the song to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the iconic movie Titanic.
Celine donned an angelic Stephane Rolland Haute Couture white gown to deliver the powerful performance under a magical crystal chandelier all the while clips of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as Jack and Rose played in the background.
After her performance Celine confessed that she had to hold back tears the entire time. Honestly, so did we.
“Being a part of a classic is a very big, big honour and especially being here tonight. After 20 years you might think and feel like, ugh, I’m going to sing the Titanic again. But when nights like tonight happen and everybody from six years old to eight years old to fifteen years old, they were not even born, and they were singing with me, all singing with James Cameron, James Horner, it was emotional. I was like, “Hold your tears, hold your tears,” said Celine.
“It’s something that I will never forget so thanks to the crowd,” she added.
It’s certainly a night that us fans won’t soon forget either. Watch the clip of the emotional performance below and get ready for goosebumps:
While most of us were enamored by Celine, she was fangirling over another diva. Find out who it is on the next page.
Backstage at the Billboard Music Awards Celine was having the time of her life as another legend took their turn on the Las Vegas stage.
This year’s Icon Awards recipient, Cher, delivered an electric performance of one of her 90s hits and even Celine couldn’t contain her excitement and awe.
The 71-year-old performed Believe and Celine couldn’t help but dance and sing along to the track. She even got the entire backstage crew and press to join her for a singalong and it was wonderful.
Check it out:
This will no doubt go down as one of the best Billboard Music Awards performances of all time. We can’t wait to see what else Celine has up her sleeves for us!
What did you think of the performance? Share your thoughts in the comments!
It takes a lot for Ellen DeGeneres to be at a loss for words, but between the uncomfortable laughter and the peculiar anecdotes, Jessica Simpson’s appearance on The Ellen Show has fans wondering what was going on with the singer.
The 36-year-old mother of 2 frequently slurred her words and make cringe-worthy remarks about her relationships and family life in the 5-minute interview.
We all know that she perfected the “dumb blonde” persona back in the early 2000s, but this interview took it to a whole new level.
She set the tone for the interview noting how she wasn’t pregnant during this appearance like she was the last 2 times she was on the show.
“Very exciting! I’m not pregnant on your show. Oh gesh, no. We have an IUD, it’s … nothing gonna get in that uterus.”
From there, she talked about her daughter’s recent mermaid-themed birthday party that had entertainers swimming in the backyard pool dressed as mermaids.
“Silicone tails,” she announced out of nowhere. “They had … manhandlers. It’s not called manhandlers … No … they had to be carried if they had to pee … cos they can’t pee on my children in the pool. They pick ‘em up, and carry ‘em … It’s a, it’s a business.”
Changing gears, Ellen asked her how long she has been with her husband. Her response should have been simple, however it was far from it.
See her response and the full video on the next page.
“Seven years now. Well, coming on seven years. Well actually, seven. It’s a long time. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a seven-year relationship. Other than with a woman. Well, not that kind.”
Can you feel the tension in the room, yet?
She continues to add that it’s the longest relationship she has had- besides her friendships with her girlfriends.
Together with her husband, Eric Johnson, they have 2 kids Maxwell and Ace.
After some more idol chit-chat Ellen commented how Simpson was nw the head of a billion-dollar fashion empire.
“Isn’t it awesome? It can happen for anybody!” exclaimed Simpson.
Continuing the conversation they revert to her music career.
“I have about 38, so maybe 36, or 39 [songs]” said Simpson.
“You DON’T have 38 songs. I doubt it,” said Ellen, clearly losing patience by this point.
“We’re going to take a break.”
This isn’t the first time Jessica Simpson has made a questionable TV appearance. In 2015 she surprised views during a Home Shopping Network slot where she appeared to be incoherent on air.
When talking about a pair of grey jeans from her line, she rambled, “Ashlee is like the best at wearing grey … my sister … Like, she’s very rock’n’roll, but there’s something about a grey … that’s like … sexy.”
1995 was a very memorable year for those of us who were around in the 90s. Not only was the public granted access to the World Wide Web for the first time, but Alanis Morissette gifted the world with her third album and international debut, Jagged Little Pill. A phenomenal record that altered the face of a genre forever.
The Canadian singer-songwriter cemented her legacy as grunge rock queen after topping the charts, selling millions of copies and sweeping up five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year and Best Rock Album for her U.S debut album.
Morissette’s critically acclaimed album produced plenty of smash hits including You Oughta Know, Ironic and Hand In My Pocket, all of which continue to stand the test of time.
22 years after the iconic record’s debut, Jagged Little Pill is making a comeback in a very special and exciting way.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jagged Little Pill will be making its way to the Broadway stage as a musical.
Morissette is set to be working with very recognizable names including director Diane Paulus (Waitress), Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and screenwriter Diablo Cody, who is tasked with writing the musical book.
“This team that has come together for this Jagged Little Pill musical is my musical theater dream come true,” Morissette said in a statement. “The chemistry between all of us is crackling and I feel honored to be diving into these songs again, surrounded by all of this searing talent. Diablo and Diane are already taking these deeply personal songs that are part of my soul’s marrow to a whole other level of hope, freedom, and complexity.”
As far as storyline goes, the show will reportedly explore issues of gender and race within a modern, multi-generational family. Of course songs from the influential album will be part of the musical and so will other tunes from Morissette’s extensive catalogue.
“I am so excited to tell a modern story through these iconic songs. Alanis’s music is full of powerful narratives that lend themselves organically to this process,” said Cody. Paulus added, “Jagged Little Pill defined a generation and yet the raw, emotional honesty of Alanis’ songs feels more needed now than ever.”
The musical is scheduled to make its debut in May 2018 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Are you excited to see Alanis make her Broadway debut? Sound off in the comments!
Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel is a household name as well as a role model for aspiring songwriters and musicians.
The 68-year-old “piano man” has had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990. He wrote all 33 of his Top 40 hits in the US.
With classics like Uptown Girl, New York State of Mind and We Didn’t Start The Fire it’s not surprising that people start to sing along when they hear his tunes.
It’s only fitting that he has received some very prestigious awards for his work in the music industry. Billy Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
He holds a record for selling out 36 shows in 3 years, more than any other artist.
While backstage at Madison Square Garden, in New York, Billy Joel moves slowly and deliberately, having just had both hips replaced. However when he gets on stage, he is exuberant and makes the giant venue feel like a living room.
The crowd in the building is aged 20 and up. A much younger audience than you would expect at this old rocker’s show.
“I’d look down and see rich people sitting there, I call ’em “gold chainers.” Sitting there puffing on a cigar, “entertain me, piano man.” They don’t stand up, make noise, sit there with their bouffant haired girlfriend lookin’ like a big shot. I kinda got sick of that, who the hell are these people, where are the real fans?” Billy Joel said in an interview with Billboard.
“It turns out the real fans were always in the back of the room in the worst seats,” he said.
So that’s when Joel decided it was time for a change.
Joel hasn’t produced new music 24 years and doesn’t intend to ever make a new album.
“I’m still writing music, I just stopped writing words,” he said. “When Christie [Brinkley] and I got divorced I was missing my daughter, who would visit me and then have to leave.”
“It was heartbreaking. I started to write what could have been a song, but the music was saying what I wanted it to say. It came naturally to me and it had all the emotion in it. Music speaks to me on its own. But I’ve never closed the door on writing songs,” he said.
He’s proud to have made music that speaks to all age groups, with 12 best-selling albums.
Billy Joel is spending most of his time at Madison Square Garden, close to his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island, not far from where he was born.
“I hesitate to call it a tour – I don’t want to be a road dog any more. I’ve got a new baby, a new wife and I don’t want to be in hotels,” he said.
Billy Joel toured with Elton John for 16 years, but that came to an end after he had his hips replaced.
“I had to have my hips replaced and that was the reason I was out of commission. The last few gigs I did with Elton I could barely walk. I had canes – canes on stage is not good,” he recalled.
For now he is happy playing close to home and sleeping in his own bed at night, overlooking manicured gardens and the sparkling bay. With an estimated worth of $180 million he doesn’t need to worry about booking gigs any time soon.
Having true fans at his shows is very important to the performer.
“We never sell front rows, we hold those tickets at just about every concert,” he said. “For years, the scalpers got the tickets and would scalp the front row for ridiculous amounts of money.”
Instead he sends his road crew out to the back of the room after the audience comes in and get the people in the worst seats and bring them to the front rows.
“This way you’ve got people in the front row that are really happy to be there, real fans,” she said.
His actions not only make fans happy, but he can feel good about taking those tickets out of scalpers’ hands.
“We’ve tried to figure out how to beat the scalpers for years and years, hold off selling until the last minute, the wristband thing, limiting the amount of tickets people can get. You can’t fight that secondary market,” he said.
“We don’t want to play to big shots, I want to play to younger people, people who can only afford a low ticket price. They make the best audience, they make the most noise, they’re the most enthusiastic,” he said.
Celebrities often come from interesting pasts that can lead to situations where love and heartbreak take center stage. This is especially true for musicians who find inspiration for their songs from real life situations, that no one would wish to be a part of.
Many members of Hollywood’s elite have swapped lovers, wives and groupies, but these crazy love triangles haven’t stopped these A-listers from advancing in their career. If anything, these particular scandals have made them even more famous.
Take a peek at these legendary tales of relationships gone wrong that are noteworthy across the world.
In 2002, Stefani wed fellow musician Gavin Rossdale and as their marriage progressed, welcomed three beautiful children into the world. They were always seen out and about, participating in family excursions – which also included their sons’s nanny, Mindy Mann.
It was revealed in 2015 Stefani and Rossdale had split up after 13 years of marriage and 20 years together. It was later revealed their relationship broke down after the Bush front man had been having an affair with Mann for the past three years.
Stefani said the end of her marriage was “unexpected” and the “beginning of hell.”
“My dreams were shattered. All I wanted my whole life was to have babies, be married, like what my parents have. Then I remember thinking,’There’s gotta be a reason for this.’ Of course you go through the ‘Why me?’ and feel sorry for yourself,” Stefani told Harper’s Bazaar.
“But then I was like, ‘No, this happened to me already and I made something good out of it,’ and that was Tragic Kingdom,” she added.
Stefani and Rossdale’s divorce became official in 2016, where they decided on joint custody of their three boys.
George Harrison first met Pattie Boyd on the set of the Beatles’ first film, A Hard Days Night in 1964. He and the 19-year-old model were instantly smitten and married less than two years later. The couple was happy through most of the ’60s with Harrison writing the track “Something” in her honor.
Their marriage, however began to deteriorate by the end of the decade when Boyd became close friends with guitarist Eric Clapton.
Clapton fell in love with Boyd and ultimately confessed his feelings to the couple. She initially refused his advances which sent Clapton into a drug-fueled depression. In his haze of addiction to heroin and alcohol, he wrote his hit Layla in 1970.
Several years later Boyd left Harrison for good and she and Clapton began living together in 1974.
“Eric was very attractive and persuasive,” she later said. “George and I had many problems in our relationship that had a great deal to do with the enormity of his fame and his increasing passion for meditation and the spiritual life. He frequently simply wasn’t there for me, and there were other women.”
Clapton then wrote his classic “Wonderful Tonight” for her, and the the couple later married in 1979.
Harrison bore no ill-will towards Clapton, often referring to him as “husband-in-law,” and even attended the couple’s wedding.
Sadly their union didn’t last and Clapton and Boyd divorced in 1988.
In 2004, it seemed like Britney Spears finally found love with her backup dancer, Kevin Federline. Fans were thrilled for the “Oops… I Did It Again” singer, until they learned she had broken up a family.
It was revealed Federline had left his pregnant fiancée, Moesha star Shar Jackson for Spears, just before she was due to give birth to their son. To add insult to injury, it wouldn’t be long until Spears and Federline wed, and welcomed their first child together, Sean Preston.
At the time, Jackson said the pop star’s actions “wasn’t like just breaking up a relationship. It was like breaking up a family.”
However, their union wouldn’t last for long, as the couple would end up divorcing only two years later.
Since the end of their marriage, Federline has publicly apologized to Jackson, finally burying the hatchet.
‘I know I’ve caused you a lot of pain. I’ve been really selfish. I guess I got so wrapped up in all this other sh*t that I never really got a chance to sit back and apologize to you,” Federline told Jackson on an episode of Celebrity Fit Club. “I really do want you to know that I am sorry.”
When 21-year-old Anita Pallenberg was able to talk her way backstage at a Rolling Stones concert in 1965 in Munich, Germany, she didn’t anticipate how much she would hit it off with the group.
The young model hit it off with guitarist and founder of the group, Brian Jones. The two quickly became an item.
By 1967 they were the hottest couple in London, but their drug use took its toll on their relationship.
“He was short but very strong and his assaults were terrible,” she later said. “For days afterwards, I’d have lumps and bruises all over me. In his tantrums he would throw things at me, whatever he could pick up—lamps, clocks, chairs, a plate of food—then when the storm inside him died down he’d feel guilty and beg me to forgive him.”
That’s when Keith Richards moved into the home that Jones and Pallenberg shared. That March, the three took a trip to Morocco where Richards ended up falling in love with Pallenberg.
“We went by car, a Bentley with a driver, and Brian got sick and ended up in the hospital,” she remembered. “He had asthma. He was very sickly, fragile. So Keith and I drove on and left him there, and that was when we had a physical relationship.”
Jones and Pallenberg split soon after causing a strain on the band. Jones alienated himself from Richards and Mick Jagger finding solace in drugs and alcohol.
In the summer of 1969 Jone was found dead in his swimming pool.
Pallenberg and Richards went on to have 3 children together. Their romance cooled down in the ’80s, but they were still warm to each other.
“She’s still one of my best friends,” Richards told Rolling Stone in 2010.
Pallenberg passed away in June 2017 at the age of 75.
What happens off-stage to music’s most iconic legends can often leave people thinking these stories can’t actually be real. A lot happens on the road, at shows and on holidays that these artists find love in the strangest places.
Baywatch star Pamela Anderson married Tommy Lee, the drummer for Mötley Crüe, a short 96 hours after meeting him in 1995. They had two sons together before the marriage dissolved in 1998.
She reportedly entered into an on-again-off again relationship with Kid Rock after the divorce. The couple had plans to marry in April 2002, but never made it to the alter.
In 2006, Anderson and Rock rekindled their relationship and tied the knot in July. Rumors believed that the quick wedding was a result of Anderson’s pregnancy. In November she tragically miscarried and filed for divorce a week later.
Anderson later revealed that her and Lee occasionally hooked up after their divorce.
This created tension between the two men, where Rock stated that Lee was sending him taunting emails during his divorce.
When Anderson’s exes crossed path at the 2007 VMA’s a fight erupted and police were called, where Rock was cited by the Las Vegas police department for the incident.
“This was unavoidable,” Rock said on a Los Angeles radio program at the time. “I had to do what I had to do because this was a long time coming. You know, I came back from the bathroom and he was sitting right there. It was even more disrespectful after everything he’s said, I was like that’s enough, that’s it.”
Anderson was also not impressed with the scuffle.
“As soon as I left, meow!” she said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show soon after. “They all went after each other.”
Model Bebe Buell served as a muse for many great rock legends in the ’70s including Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Iggy Pop.
Her long-term hot and cold relationship with Todd Rundgren was interrupted by an affair with Steven Tyler, the lead vocalist of Aerosmith.
That’s when she unexpectedly became pregnant with Tyler’s baby. Liv was born in July of 1977, but because of Tyler’s extensive drug use, Buell lied saying Rundergren was her father.
Even in 1979 after Rundergren and Buell parted ways, he maintained the lie that he was the girl’s father.
It wasn’t until Liv was eight years old that she met Tyler and his daughter Mia and noticed their shared physical characteristics. After mentioning it to her mom, Buell revealed the truth about her biological father.
Liv changed her last name to Tyler and the two began a bond starting in 1993.
Linda Daniele originally dated Ramones front man Joey, but things got messy when she got into a relationship with bandmate Johnny. Some say that Daniele and Joey split by the time she got together with Johnny, but Joey took offense to the relationship, and was not shy about expressing his feelings about it.
The Ramones came to blows over it, with Johnny reportedly beating Joey so bad that he required surgery to treat a blood clot in his head.
The band continued on, in spite of the strain to the relationship between Joey and Johnny Ramone. The incident inspired the song “She’s a Sensation.”
In 1984, Johnny and Daniele married and they stayed together until he died of prostate cancer in September 2004.
When Shania Twain announced her intention to divorce music producer Robert “Mutt” Lange, it became one of the biggest scandals in the country music industry.
Lange not only cheated on Twain after 14 years of marriage, but left her for her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud.
“I’ll be honest: when your husband leaves you, and falls into the arms of your close friend, your self-esteem can really suffer,” Twain wrote in her memoir, From This Moment On, adding she begged Thiebaud to end their affair.
But, in a bizarre twist of fate, the “You’re Still The One” singer found love again, with Thiebaud’s ex-husband, Frédéric. The couple tied the knot in 2011 and have been happily married ever since.
We can all picture it- Audrey Hepburn without the dresses and jewels, just sitting on her window ledge with her guitar and a subtle song of Moon River cascading up the fire escape.
This musical number offered a raw look into the lead character, Holly Golightly, dressed down in jeans and a sweatshirt.
This simple song, of only 10 lines provided the dreamy soundtrack for the 1961 classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The song went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song, 2 Grammy’s for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Since it’s release it has been covered thousands of time by artists including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Aretha Franklin.
But how did this song come to be?
At first, Paramount film-makers were reportedly concerned that Audrey Hepburn was not a strong enough singer to pull off the song. They considered dubbing another voice over hers, but composer Henry Mancini was able to create a song from Hepburn’s limited range. It took Mancini, the man behind The Pink Panther theme, a month to write the first three notes, and the rest came to him within half an hour after that.
Mancini then reached out to Johnny Mercer to write the lyrics to his score, and Moon River was born.
“Many songwriting teams sit down together and work out a strategy for a song, a way it’s supposed to go. Henry and Johnny never sat down together,” said Ginny Mancini, Henry’s widow. “They discussed what it should be and what the lyric had to say, but once Henry had the melody nailed, he would just send it to Mercer.”
It wasn’t until Mancini was rehearsing for a benefit concern at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angles when Mercer showed up with the lyrics.
Moon River, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you’re going I’m going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end–
waiting ’round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.
“They sat down in the empty ballroom and Henry played Moon River while Johnny sang the lyrics. Johnny was a wonderful singer and I loved to hear him sing. They were two of the best,” Mrs. Mancini recalled.
But the song almost didn’t make it to the movie. Find out why on the next page.
When putting the lyrics together for Moon River, Mercer’s inspiration came from the waters ways of Savannah, Georgia, not the Hudson River in New York City like most people believe.
He wrote the chorus recalling his childhood home in Burnside Island which overlooked Back River. A year after the film’s release, the County Commission dubbed a section of the Back River as Moon River.
Huckleberries appeared in the chorus because Mercer used to pick them as a kid.
“When I grew up in the South, by a river, there were always wild bushes, blackberries, strawberries, little wild strawberries, wild cherry trees, and huckleberries,” Mercer is quoted in Portrait of Johnny: The Life of John Herndon Mercer,” and that coupled with the name Huckleberry Finn — and Mark Twain had written about the Mississippi, and this girl in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was from around that neck of the woods, down there in the southwest United States, it just seemed to fit the need.”
It’s hard to believe that the song almost didn’t make it into the movie. The screenplay was simply too long and the studio suggested cutting the scene from the film.
“I saw Henry go pale,” Ginny said. “We were all stunned, totally stunned. We were quiet for a minute or two and then there was a barrage of reasons why it should stay in the film and cuts should be made in other areas.”
Remember, the studio was concerned about Hepburn’s musical abilities.
In the end, it was said that it was Hepburn that put her food down, insisting that the song should stay.
And it’s a good thing it did! It’s hard to imagine this film without the iconic song.
“There have been more than a thousand recordings of ‘Moon River,'” Mancini said. “Of all of them — and I am not overlooking the recordings by Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, and Frank Sinatra — Audrey’s performance was the definitive version. It transcended anything I had ever hoped for the song.”
While it may be common to not go by the name you were given when you were born, stage names for celebrities is a regular practice. While some celebrity names you can guess not be to be on their birth certificate, others may surprise you.
From pop queens, to rock and roll legends and country-music superstars, see how many on the list you knew about! There’s one at the end, I bet you won’t be able to guess.
She changed her name to avoid being confused with the actress Kate Hudson. She originally released a Christian Rock album in 2001 under the name Katy Hudson, but that was before she was famous.
Known as Jazzy around his childhood neighborhood nickname in Brooklyn, New York he took on the stage name of Jay-Z to pay homage to his mentor Jaz-O.
Destiny Hope Cyrus is no more. At 15 years-old she legally changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus. The Hannah Montana star had been called Miley by her father since she was a baby, when he realized the little girl smiled all the time.
When he was a young teen in Dublin, Paul Hewson’s buddies started calling him Bono Vox after the neighborhood hearing-aid store. Bonovox is latin for the term good voice, so he has been known as Bono ever since.
Born Audrey Faith Perry in Jackson, Mississippi, she married music publishing executive David Hill in 1988. Her career took off after that she never changed her name back after their divorce.
Continue to the next page to find out which famous country artist doesn’t go by her real name.
Whether their name wasn’t catch enough to be on an album cover or it was changed for family reasons, celebrities come up with all sorts of names for their fans to call them.
Think about it, what would you call yourself if you had millions of people watching your every move.
Born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, she originally adopted the nickname Nicki Maraj before settling on Minaj.
You may recognize him as Gene Simmons, but that name was not always applied to that face. The Demon, and bass guitarist for Kiss, was born Chaim Witz in Israel. When he moved to America, he changed his name to Gene Klein and later settled on Gene Simmons for professional purposes.
It probably comes as no surprise that Lady Gaga isn’t the Born That Way artist’s real name. She was born Stefani Joanna Angelina Germanotta and came up with Lady Gaga when her boyfriend at the time used to call her Gaga because her voice and style reminded him of the song Radio Gaga.
It’s hard to deny that Lady Gaga and Freddie Mercury share some serious parallels when they get on stage.
Sting got his stage-name from a friend who used it as a nickname for him. He used to wear a black and yellow sweater with hooped stripes with the Phoenix Jazzman. Gordon Solomon, the bandleader thought he looked like a bee, which prompted the name sting.
Born Eilleen Regina Edwards, her parents divorced when she was just 2 years-old. Her mother remarried Jerry Twain, an Ojibwa man from nearby Mattagami First Nation. Jerry adopted Eileen and her sisters changing their last name to Twain. In the early 90s she changed her name to Shania, which was said to be an Ojibwa word which means “on my way”.
When 21-year-old Valerie Bertinelli was ready to walk down the aisle with rock-star 25 year-old Eddie Van Halen, it was just another workday for band manager Noel E. Monk.
The couple’s wedding day, on April 11, 1981, was just another public performance by Eddie and his band mates. It was Monk’s job to keep the notoriously rowdy rockers in check during one of the most important days of Eddie’s life.
Concerns over how competitive front-man David Lee Roth would behave once the booze started to flow and how Eddie’s substance abuse would wreak havoc on the day. In the month’s leading up to the wedding Eddie had started doing cocaine in addition to his daily drinking and smoking marijuana. Monk had asked Eddie to try and show some restraint at the wedding to which he replied, “I’ll try to stay as straight as I can.”
As one of rock’s fastest-rising young bands, and a sit-com star with a squeaky-clean image, Eddie and Val seemed like an unlikely pair.
The Van Halen-Bertinelli nuptials were among the earliest of the era that saw a ton of rock stars marrying Hollywood celebrities, and many of the unions ended quickly.
The ceremony was held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Westwood, California. Navigating through the paparazzi, Monk got the newlyweds safely to their limo where they were finally able to breathe a sign of relief from all the excitement.
Once the cars started to arrive at the historic Grayhall mansion in Beverly Hills for the reception, Eddie and Val were no where to be found.
Found out what happened on the next page.
The couple met in Valerie’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana in August 1980. The One Day at a Time star was enthralled by Eddie Van Halen’s good looks and stage-presence that she used her connections to get backstage.
“It was kind of cute to see them together — they were both clearly nervous and somewhat reticent,”writes Monk in his new book Runnin’ with the Devil. “This struck me as a sign of genuine chemistry. After all, Valerie had spent most of her life in front of a camera or audience; she was completely comfortable with all manner of public interaction. And yet, here she was, stammering and blushing like a schoolgirl in the presence of the captain of the football team. And Edward? Here was a guy who went out on stage every night and performed, wizard-like, in front of thousands of adoring fans. In the presence of this young woman, however, the rock star facade melted away.”
Though a fairy-tale beginning their short courtship of 8 months was a rocky one. 3 months into the relationship, Eddie was slapped with a paternity lawsuit from a groupie who claimed he had fathered her child.
After a negative paternity test, the couple was able to move on from the setback and continue to plan their wedding.
With wedding guests ready at the reception, the newly wed couple was found in the mansion’s upstairs bathroom. Eddie was huddled over the toilet while Valerie, still in her white gown, held back his hair. In the short time from when the ceremony ended to the beginning of the reception he managed to become intoxicated.
The bride was just standing in the bathroom with tears streaming down her face.
Valerie, however, didn’t let this ruin her wedding day.
“She coaxed Edward to his feet, cleaned him up, straightened his tie, and helped him comb his hair. In her eyes I saw not disappointment but compassion and love … They emerged from the bathroom hand in hand, and made a glorious entrance into the grand ballroom, where a crowd of family and friends and an assortment of Hollywood stars burst into applause,” Monk said.
10 years later, on March 16, 1991 the couple welcomed their son Wolfgang Van Halen to which the track “316” was created to commemorate the new addition to the family.
Their troubles finally tore the couple apart and they announced their separation in 2001 and finalized their divorce in 2007.
The breakup was amicable and they always remained united, especially where their son was concerned.
“I do love Ed so much, and I care about what happens to him. He’s my son’s father,” Bertinelli told USA Today. “I was very, very in love with Ed in the beginning, but I was 20. I’ll always love him, but not in that way. It’s now like a mother/son or brother/sister thing.”
Some actors have a very versatile look, changing each time they’re in front of the camera and everyone is okay with it.
But then there are those celebrities who can’t just change up their look without looking like a completely different person. It’s almost like their hair, makeup or clothing defines who they are and what we recognize about them.
We know that there are more to stars than what they look like, but this list defines those who are so attached to their style that we have to do a double-take when they switch it up.
Known for her wide doe eyes and blunt bangs this New Girl turns heads with her iconic look.
But what happens when she steps out without her signature hairstyle and eye makeup? She looks like a completely different person!
We are used to seeing Joaquin Phoenix as the clean-shaven man with the mesmerizing green eyes. As this Gladiator and Walk the Line actor lit up the silver screen with his iconic look, nobody expected this transformation.
When he steps out with a face fill of hair and sunglasses, we barely recognize him. This look is not something we expect when this guest steps out in the 2009 episode with David Letterman.
Ke$ha could often be found in a sea of glitter and rhinestones as they cover her outfits and her face. It’s hard to picture this singer who established herself as a drunken party girl with a love for alien-inspired costumes on stage, as a sophisticated and glamorous woman.
Today, Kesha has removed the “$” from her name and prefers more of a natural look. She has ditched all the glitter and facepaint for a more natural approach and fans are loving it!
“I felt like part of my job was to be as skinny as possible, and to make that happen, I had been abusing my body. I just wasn’t giving it the energy it needed to keep me healthy and strong,” she said.
Continue to the next page to see transformations from a pop star and a rock musician.
It’s no doubt that Lady Gaga has a memorable signature style. From dazzling costumes, to funky hair and weird color combinations, the Monsters singer knows how to leave a lasting impression. From drawing in a crowd at the Superbowl to touring the United States with her hit singles, she is a very unique artist.
Off stage, Gaga ditches the colors and sparkles for her more natural self, and she’s not afraid to hide it. Tweeting a selfie of her make-up free visage on her birthday, the Born This Way singer showed off her birthday cake that she was using to celebrate her special day.
“I saved a piece of birthday cake my fans,” she wrote. “You made my 20s worth it all. To spreading love, above all things.”
For years people have wondered what the Australian singer looked like underneath her hair and hat. She kept her face hidden to maintain privacy and mystery.
The 41-year-old singer flashed a smile for photographers as she walked through the Los Angeles International Airport fresh-faced and make-up free.
“I was an alcoholic and a drug addict, and I sobered up and I decided I didn’t want to be an artist anymore because I was starting to get a little bit famous and it was destabilizing in some way.,” she said. “I thought, ‘What doesn’t exist in pop music at the moment?’ And it was mystery!”
If anyone has a signature look, it’s Marilyn Manson. This dark rocker is known for heavy makeup and demonic-looking contacts. You can rarely find a time when he’s not sporting a blood red lipstick that is both creepy and intimidating.
Brian Warner looks much less like a spawn of Satan, and much more like a middle-aged rocker without all his dramatic makeup. After making an appearance on Eastbound & Down, fans barely recognized the musician without his signature look.
This Baywatch babe has become known for her dark eyeliner and bold makeup. This beauty bombshell even launched her own makeup collection with everything you need to create her signature look.
“When you put makeup on, you want to look sexy and have fun and [Alexis and I] had this kind of specific look that we used to do and so she convinced me to do this little kit with her,” she tells People.
Partnering with makeup artist Alexis Vogel who was the mastermind behind Anderson’s Playboy looks.
“She has this shadow shaper and you put it right next to your eye — the little tricks to just bring everything up and it makes you look more youthful and sexy — it’s kind of the Playboy trick,” Anderson shares.
Leaving behind the makeup kit, Pamela decided to show off her natural look and still looks gorgeous.
Taking away the signature pink gloss, heavy black eye makeup and bleach hair teased to the high heavens, this actress could pass for a different person entirely.
What do you think? Should these celebs leave behind their signature or look or hold true to what keeps them unique.
Sometimes all that we need is the right partner to come along and change the way we live our lives.
In this case, all it took was a friendly stranger who saw the potential in the music being played to elevate a shy pianist. It takes guts to play an instrument publicly and one unassuming traveler bravely sat down to play steadily through a very beautiful song.
Another traveler noticed the pianist and walked over to observe him playing. After a few seconds he reached out a hand and touched down on the keys beside the first pianist’s fingers.
Within moments the two were playing a stunning duet with so much passion the people surrounding them in the airport erupted in applause.
Watch the magic below!
Did you love that spontaneous duet? Watch three more incredible street improvisations on the next page!
Shakespeare wrote: “If the music be the fruit of love, then play on.” If he were alive to hear these performances today, he likely would have said their music expresses exactly what he meant!
Sometimes the only way we can express ourselves – sadness, joy, longing – is through an instrument. Listening to more than one person come together to express the same emotion through song can be a powerful experience.
But there is a really special kind of magic when strangers connect to make sweet music in the street!
Listen to these incredible improvisations below:
A spontaneous street duet between this pianist and a violinist stuns passersby as they perform Just The Two Of Us in New York City
Never judge a book by it’s cover! This workman stuns audiences with an incredible Boogie Woogie, proving that not everything is what it seems at St Pancras Station in London, England:
The street isn’t the only place for musical inspiration, if you’ve ever ridden public transit in a big city, you’ve certainly come across your fair share of buskers.
Most people listen and toss in a few coins as they make their commute to work, but these next few people couldn’t resist and joined in for an incredible musical surprise!
The Monday morning commuter blues were instantly wiped away for these passengers when a couple of performers passed out lyrics to everyone on the bus.
What happens next will leave you grinning from ear to ear:
David Bowie only found out that his cancer was terminal 3 months before he died, according to a documentary that marked the anniversary of the superstar’s death.
In the documentary, David Bowie: The Last Five Years, it was revealed that Bowie discovered his treatment was to be stopped while he was filming the music video for what would be his final single, Lazarus.
“David said: ‘I just want to make it a simple performance video’,” said Johan Renck who directed the video, which features Bowie singing lines such as “Look up here, I’m in heaven” from a hospital bed.
Many believe that he came up with this idea after he got his prognosis, but he had come up with the plan for the video weeks before.
“I immediately said ‘the song is called Lazarus, you should be in the bed’,” says Renck. “To me it had to do with the biblical aspect of it … it had nothing to do with him being ill.”
It wasn’t until they were shooting the music video that he found out that they were ending the treatments and the illness would run it’s course.
That didn’t cause Bowie to lose hope though.
Continue to the next page to see what he did before he died.
Even with his grim diagnosis, Bowie had not given up hope of surviving his cancer and was still keen to make new work right up until the weeks before his death.
He had kept his illness a secret from the world, but paid homage to his death through his work.
He threw a lot of his energy into his final projects including Blackstar, his album and Lazarus, the New York City musical.
“Often he would go and record in the studio and then go and watch the rehearsals for Lazarus in the evening, or talk about the play in the morning, go to the studio, and then come back. It was quite an extraordinary workload,” said Francis Whately, who came up with the new documentary.
Whately and Bowie had known each other for almost 20 year. They first met on the set of a short film they worked together on at the beginning of Whately’s career. The pair regularly kept in touch over email.
“The David Bowie that I knew in my limited way was incredibly courteous, was incredibly polite, well informed, utterly charming. But I would question anyone who said they really knew him. I don’t think anyone knew him,” Whately said.
To outsiders, it didn’t appear like his illness was slowing him down any.
“I think everyone would like me to say he was turning up to the studio to record Blackstar and he was terribly ill, but I don’t think he was. There are musicians in the Blackstar band who didn’t even know. We all now know he was ill, we know he was undergoing treatment, but it doesn’t seem to have had an effect at all on his output,” Whately said.
After his heart attack in 2003, Bowie bowed out of the public eye, something that he increasingly began to loathe over time. As much as he would have loved to move back to London, he stayed in New York for the relative anonymity it provided him.
“I don’t find it strange he kept his illness so private,” said Whately. “He’d had his life picked over for 40 years and he thought he had said everything he wanted to say, there was nothing more.”
David Bowie died on January 10, 2016, just days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar.
Bowie’s death came as a shock to the world since he had only shared news of his illness with those closest to him.
“I still don’t know if he started making Blackstar before he knew he was ill, or after,” Whately said. “People are so desperate for Blackstar to be this parting gift that Bowie made for the world when he knew he was dying but I think it’s simplistic to think that. There is more ambiguity there than people want to acknowledge. I don’t think he knew he was going to die.”
But you really never know.
“However, he must have known there was a chance he wasn’t going to recover, so, to do an album with a certain amount of ambiguity in it, is Bowie playing the cat and mouse game that he always played.”
On Sunday August 17, 1969, it was the third day of Woodstock. The mud creeps up the long, pink and white blanket that covers a young couple that are surrounded by debris from the festival. Behind them you can see a newly returned Vietnam veteran that sleeps on the grass. This veteran would go on to become the cover of Woodstock’s album.
This couple would become the iconic image of the 3-day peach and music festival on a dairy farm in upstate New York.
Nick and Bobbi Ercoline only stayed at the festival for one night.
They had been together for 3 months at the time and Bobbi had been working in a bank for 3 years, while Nick had a construction job and was a bartender.
Their friend borrowed their mom’s station wagon and they loaded it with beer and wine. With the main route being at a stand-still, they took some back roads and then began to walk to the festival grounds.
There were hundreds of thousands of people doing the same thing, all heading in the same direction. People had abandoned their belongings along the way and that’s where the couple picked up the blanket- they had never thought to bring one along.
“It was so hot. [35 C] and 100 per cent humidity” and it poured rain on and off. Between the mud and the heat, people were stripping down as they were tuning in, but most of them were average people who’d go back to school or work the following week. They weren’t marching in protests or staging sit-ins. Yet, the concert did have a peace-minded focus as the war raged in Vietnam,” Nick said.
Like most of the people in attendance, they were hardly the ardent hippies people presumed they were.
“I really think it was a blend. You’re talking a majority of kids that were college aged. But it was in the summer, so you had a lot of professionals off work, like teachers,” he said of the festival’s atmosphere. “Cops who were off work just to see what it was like.”
Continue to the next page to see where the couple is now.
Nearly 5 decades later, the pair is still holding onto each other tightly.
“She’s still my best friend. We get along great… For the most part we’re attached at the hip,” said Nick Ercoline, who is now a grandfather.
His wife, Bobbi Ercoline became a school nurse and he worked for the local county housing department. They still live in Pine Bush, New York, where they raised 2 sons.
Married just 2 years after the festival, the couple were turned into unintential icons when Burk Uzzle snapped their photo at the festival.
“We didn’t know the picture had been taken until the album came out in the late winter/early spring,” Bobbi says.
“I try to explain that photo as a couple of 20-year-olds who were in love with each other. It’s us. That’s who we are. Still. You can still find us holding hands and hugging each other. Still,” Nick said.
The couple now volunteers at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which is a museum, music venue and park that was built where the original Woodstock was held. Nick and Bobbi now give music acts tours of the site before their shows are part of their volunteering.
“It’s fun. I’m not going to say it’s not fun. There’s nothing bad about it. It’s a responsibility. It’s a responsibility to the event. It’s a responsibility to a generation,” Nick said.
The couple originally met at Dino’s Bar, a local diner, in February 1969 when Bobbi was with another man.
She was gorgeous, are you kidding me? Long, blonde hair, she was a gorgeous girl. She’s a gorgeous woman,” Nick said.
He decided to make his move when the other guy left for Memorial Day weekend and the two have been together ever since.
“I met Nick, we fell in love and it was the beginning of my best life,” Bobbi said.
So what’s their secret to a long and happy relationship?
“A lot of communication. Don’t go to bed mad at each other. It’s a give-and-take. Choose your battles,” Nick said.
Florida Georgia Line member Tyler Hubbard and his wife Hayley announced on June 7th that they are expecting their first child.
Tyler and Hayley tied the knot in July 2015 in front of the picturesque mountain setting of Sun Valley, Idaho.
After getting back from a trip from California, Hayley was having trouble sleeping.
“So I took a test the next morning and I couldn’t even contain myself, I was so excited. I honestly didn’t have time to think of how to surprise Tyler, so I just jumped back into bed and showed him the pregnancy stick,” Hayley shared to People Magazine.
In addition to dealing with the typical nausea that most women have in the first trimester, Hayley has been travelling a lot to advocate for maternal child health initiatives.
Although it was a great cause, the most challenging part for her was being away from her husband.
“That was probably the hardest two and a half weeks, just being pregnant and being away from Tyler,” she says.
Tyler just kicked off the Florida Georgia Line: Smooth Tour with Nelly, Chris Lane and the Backstreet Boys.
“The due date is the end of December — we’re going to be off the road [and] be able to be home for the first few months. It’s just crazy how it all worked out so perfectly,” Tyler said.
While the couple gets excited to prepare for baby, they think about the impact their busy lives will have on their growing family.
“Hayley and I both thrive in that environment of having a lot of things going on and a lot of excitement in our lives,” explains Tyler. “We don’t like to get bored. The second that we feel bored, we’re on to doing something else. This has been a big year. And next year is going to be a great year to reflect on what all happened this year.”
Well, they definitely won’t be getting bored when it come to revealing the gender of their new bundle.
Just 3 days after their pregnancy announcement, they did a gender reveal that showed they’re having a boy!
But that’s not all. Continue to the next page to see what announcement they made today.
After revealing that they were having a baby boy, Tyler and Hayley had another surprise for us today!
“Gods got jokes……After thinking we are having a boy for the last few months, turns out the blood test was wrong and we’re actually having a little girl,” Tyler wrote on his Instagram post.
Hayley shared a similar post on Instagram, dealing with her own reaction to the news.
“Baby Hubbard’s keeping us on our toes & has another announcement to make!! It’s not a boy! It’s a GIRL!!! ” wrote the mama-to-be. “Our hearts are exploding with joy all over again! And shock! And excitement!”
Regardless of gender, this baby will already have some playmates once she makes her debut.
The couple has close friends Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren having a baby girl due this month, and recently welcomed a daughter Willa Gray, from Uganda, who is now 21 months old.
Also, Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany are expecting a son on the way.
“Now Britt and I will be having boys within two weeks of each other, and I’m sure when they get older they’ll be fighting over the Akins girls!” Hayley, 30, told PEOPLE in June when she and Tyler thought they would be welcoming a son.
Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood has revealed how he prepared to say goodbye to his young family after he received his lung cancer diagnosis earlier this year.
The 70-year-old rocker shared how he kept his disease a secret and how it led to the darkest period of his life.
He also faced the diagnosing decision on whether to go ahead with chemotherapy to treat his illness.
“I’ve had a fight with a touch of lung cancer. There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains, time to say goodbye,” said the father of 6.
Ronnie Wood made the decision to quit smoking a week before his one-year-old twins Gracie and Alice were born.
His diagnosis came 3 months ago during a routine medical appointment with Richard Dawood, the band’s doctor.
That’s when Dawood asked to check the star’s heart, lungs and blood.
“I said go for it,” recalled Wood. “And then he came back with the news that I had this supernova burning away on my left lung. And to be totally honest, I wasn’t surprised.”
He knew that he hadn’t had a chest X-ray since he was at Cottonwood, a rehab clinic in Tucson, AZ in 2002.
The star’s third wife, Sally, who is 31 years younger than him, stood by his side during the tests to see if his condition had spread beyond his lungs.
“If that had happened, it would have been all over for me. So there was this one week when I didn’t know what was happening,” Wood said. “Sally was amazing. It’s only since we’ve got through it that she has been able to tell me how it was the worst seven days of her life.”
No matter what happened, the star was adamant not to undergo chemotherapy.
Continue to the next page to find out why and the status of his condition.
The guitarist who joined the Rolling Stones more than 40 years ago, admits that considering everything he has been through, he has been very lucky. As one of the most notorious hell-raisers in rock history, Wood enjoyed a “love affair” with drugs and alcohol spanning decades.
“I had this thought after I gave up smoking, ‘How can I get through 50 years of chain-smoking, and all the rest of my bad habits, without something going on in there?’ ’Someone up there must like me,” he said.
Known for his iconic hair, the aging musician didn’t want to loose the look that people recognize him for.
“I was prepared for bad news but I also had faith it would be OK. Apart from the doctors, we didn’t tell anyone because we didn’t want to put anyone else through the hell we were going through,” he said. “But I made up my mind that if it had spread, I wasn’t going to go through chemo, I wasn’t going to use that bayonet in my body.”
“It’s more I wasn’t going to lose my hair. This hair wasn’t going anywhere,” he concluded.
A week later the doctors came back with the news that the cancer hadn’t spread. It was time to have the surgery to remove the mass and begin his fight.
The rocker is now said to be fine, and will be getting check-ups every 3 months to make sure he stays that way!
Thank you for all your words of support today ~ I’m feeling great and ready to see you on the road next month 👍🎸🎸🎸https://t.co/qYMWrGpzpp
The Rolling Stones are going on tour in September with 14 gigs lined up across Europe.
This health scare served as a warning to Wood, “People have to get checked. Seriously have to get checked. I was bloody lucky but then I’ve always had a very strong guardian angel looking out for me. By rights I shouldn’t be here.”
Getting a tattoo can be a big decision, especially if you’re getting it to match someone else. Whether you want the relationship to be inked forever on your body, or you want to commemorate a special time in your lives, a tattoo is a great piece of art to symbolize special meanings.
Whether it’s the birth of a child, an anniversary, your spouse’s name or something of a more ‘secret’ meaning, these celebrities headed into the tattoo parlor to get inked together.
While they may not be dating anymore, Drake got the same camouflage shark tattoo Rihanna had gotten in 2016. It represents a date they had at the aquarium.
Orlando Bloom and the rest of the cast honored their time shooting The Fellowship of the Ring with the word “nine” written in Elvish on different parts of their bodies.
These Stark sisters got the dates they found out that they were being cast on the hit HBO show tattooed on their arms.
They both got 07.08.09. tattooed to remind themselves of the date they first met.
“That date always meant a lot to us and we always said we were gonna get it done,” Sophie said.
The musical power couple has the Roman numeral for the number 4 tattooed on their fingers. This number holds special significance because it’s their anniversary date, and both of their birthdays. Their first daughter’s middle name is also Ivy, which gives their tattoo even more meaning.
The singer actress gave us all a fright when she and her best friend Alanna, who is best known for her role as Tara on The Walking Dead, got adorable ghosts tattooed on their forearms. These BFFs also have matching hearts on their wrists.
These musicians got matching Pingu tattoos, a popular claymation show about a penguin from the 90’s.
Yes this forever couple has gotten under each other’s skin with tattoos of their spouse’s name. After 17 years of marriage, 4 children it seems like these tattoos are way less impulsive than many other couples.
The only daughter of Michael Jackson is very close with her godfather Macaulay Culkin that they even sport matching tattoos. They both got matching striped tattoos on their forearms. It’s believed that the spoons in tattoo art represent a struggle with chronic illness or pain.
The Suicide Squad actresses tattooed each other’s big toes with smilie faces after shooting wrapped up.
“That moment when you realize the silly joke tattoo you got with your band 8 years ago means that your sweet stunt double has to have it drawn on too,” she wrote on Instagram. She even used the hashtag #babiesonmy feet meaning that squiggle is exactly what it looks like.
Do you have a matching tattoo with someone? What would you get done and who with?
Troy Gentry, part of the music duo Montgomery Gentry, died on Friday after a helicopter crash in New Jersey. Now details are finally emerging about what happened to cause the fatal crash and how the singer’s loved ones are planning to celebrate his life.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00 p.m. today in Medford, New Jersey,” the band said in a statement on their Facebook page on Friday.
The 50-year-old country star decided to take an impromptu, spur of the moment helicopter trip during the afternoon ahead of his concert at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford on Friday night. The show was cancelled immediately following reports of the accident.
“The day started with such excitement as the Montgomery Gentry bus rolled through our gates. The nicest people got off the bus and joined us on the ramp for what we hoped would be the best concert we have ever had. Sadly this was not to be,” Flying W said in a statement posted on their website. “Instead the day turned to tragedy as a helicopter accident took the lives of the pilot and Mr. Gentry. No words can describe the sadness that the Flying W employees feel for the families.”
The venue is processing refunds for concert goers who had planned to attend the concert.
The crash is still under investigation, but new information has been release about what actually happened that afternoon.
The country music duo, known for chart toppers like If You Ever Stop Loving Me and Something to be Proud Of, was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009. They were also inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
After the helicopter took off, the pilot encountered some issues and struggled with ways to avoid the crash. The pilot had to wait for the fire department before trying to land. The 30-year-old pilot, James Evan Robinson, was also killed in the tragic accident, according to authorities. Robinson worked as a helicopter pilot at a flight school located at the airport.
“Not long after takeoff, the pilot announced over the airport frequency – which was being monitored by a number of people – that he was having difficulty controlling engine RPM,” Brian Rayner, senior air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, told People. “The helicopter landed short of the runway in low brush, it was substantially damaged and the occupants were fatally injured.”
A full report on the crash will be made available next week.
“Nobody loved life more than Troy Gentry,” music journalist and author Holly Gleason tells PEOPLE. “Whatever adventure, all night party or hardcore hillbilly song, he was up for it.”
Gleason who has been close with the band since she did publicity for them in the early 2000’s had just seen them on stage at a music festival in Miami.
“He was on that stage, guitars blazing, trading vocals with his partner Eddie — and they made it feel like the biggest party in a place that knows how to party,” Gleason says. “Hot and sweltering as it was, the crowd was up, dancing and yowling and throwing down to ‘Hillbilly Shoes,’ ‘Gone’ and Charlie Daniels’ ‘All Night Long.’”
Top names in country paid homage to the music star.
God bless you Troy Gentry. Heartbroken and in disbelief.