Jack Osbourne had some pretty heavy news to deliver recently. The 26-year-old has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This has come so out of the blue and is quite a shock and the timing of it makes it even worse. Jack and his fiance, Lisa Stelley, just had a beautiful baby girl, Pearl Clementine, less than two months ago — on April 24. MS affects the central nervous system, and because of the damage to the brain and spinal cord, problems with sight, sense, balance, thinking and muscle control are caused. He found out he had the disease after losing 60 percent of the vision in his right eye. Of his condition, Jack has said, “I was just angry and frustrated and kept thinking, ‘Why now?’ I’ve got a family and that’s what’s supposed to be the most important thing.” Oh man, this really sucks. We really feel for him because we’ve seen firsthand, how bad the degenerative effects can be, so we’re praying for him and his new family. Jack also added, “While I was waiting for the final results, I got really, really angry. Then I got really sad for about two days, and after that I realized, being angry and upset is not going to do anything at this point — if anything it’s only going to make it worse. Adapt and overcome’ is my new motto.” We’re sending our sympathies and best wishes to you, Jack.
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Rihanna hasn’t been feeling too well, you guys. In addition to canceling a concert at the end of October due to illness, Britain’s The Mirror claims that RiRi is currently under 24-health watch, complete with a curfew, after a stress-induced meltdown almost forced her to cancel a performance in Dublin on November 25. Wow, an adult curfew plus no booty calls? The woman might as well be in a coma!
2011 has not been a great year for stressed-out singers in general, though. Everyone from Usher to Keith Urban to Adele have had to cancel concerts for reasons ranging from total exhaustion to bleeding vocal lesions. Ugh, we’re getting bleeding vocal lesions just thinking about it. Rihanna has been on tour for 10 months with 101 scheduled performances; it wouldn’t be too surprising if her body was trying to force her into Mandatory Nap mode. That, or maybe she caught something from that bathtub in her “We Found Love” video. It looked profoundly unsanitary.
It takes a strong man to look on three strokes as a “gift.” And not just a physically-strong man like former Hercules star Kevin Sorbo, but an emotionally-strong man like…well, actually, like Kevin Sorbo. As the action star explains in his new book True Strength, “It certainly hurt my career, which I wasn’t happy about, but with God I finally got to a point where I was told by a couple of people that I had to look at it as a gift. It was hard for me to do. It didn’t kill me. It certainly made me stronger. It pushed me to become a bigger and stronger man — physically and mentally.” And if strokes can make someone bigger and stronger than Kevin Sorbo was in 1997, then the U.S. government needs to harness it before the terrorists get to it.
Despite his lengthy recovery process, Sorbo also credits his illness with helping win over his now-wife Sam Jenkins. “Actually, she said if I hadn’t had the strokes, she doubted we would have stayed together,” he explains. “Because of my life — my work and the craziness involved.” Well, we guess the moral of the story is, strokes aren’t that bad, provided you are exactly like Kevin Sorbo. And let’s be honest: none of us are like Kevin Sorbo.
Didn’t think anything could squeak you out more than John Mayer? How about John Mayer’s throat lesion? Throw in that hat he’s wearing and you’re going to need to lie down with a cool washcloth on your forehead. “After several months of going week to week monitoring and hoping to correct the condition, I am forced to cancel my upcoming singing engagements due to something next to my vocal cords called a granuloma,” John Mayer’s Tumblr reads. According to Vulture, a granuloma is a lesion that can “cause hoarseness and pain,” in addition to “making us want to barf at the thought of it.”
In addition to missing the iheartradio Music Festival and an upcoming performance with Tony Bennett, the “Waiting For The World To Change” singer will have to push back his upcoming album Born And Raised until 2012. “This is a temporary setback, though IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure how long or short a period of time it will be. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got the best doctors in the country looking after me and I will be singing and touring again as soon as I get the all clear,” Mayer writes. We hope John takes as much sick leave as he needs to, because who wants to “Your Body Is A Wonderland” sung over a throat lesion? Very, very few people. Not us.
Just yesterday we were listening to “Gossip Folks” and practically weeping, just thinking to ourselves that there are children alive today who don’t know how hard Missy Elliot is capable of killing it. Anyone alive and possessing ears between 1997 and 2007 knows exactly what we’re talking about. However, as the singer now reveals, Missy Elliot’s Graves’ disease diagnosis hit her hard in 2008, and the rapper has slowly been in recovery ever since. “I was [driving and] trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping,” Elliot recalls about her struggle with the autoimmune disease. “I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed. I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad—I couldn’t even use a pen.”
While Graves’ disease is incurable, symptoms like hyperthyroidism, hair loss and weight gain are treatable; Elliot cites radiation treatment as helping put her illness into remission. “I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising,” Elliot says. “My thyroid is functioning, so I haven’t had to take medication in about nine months. [But] you live with it for the rest of your life.” Because this is the same woman who had approximately 5,000 songs on the radio at the same time during the late nineties, Missy Elliot’s new album, yet another collabo with partner Timbaland, will drop sometime this year, Missy Elliot’s Behind The Music episode premieres next Wednesday, and the rap game will completely change once again about 90 minutes after her album goes for sale on iTunes.
Whatever life throws at Whitney Houston (or, frankly, what Whitney throws at herself), we’ve always have faith that she’ll make it through. Sadly, Whitney Houston’s emphysema diagnosis is just the latest obstacle the beleaguered diva now has to deal with. “She’s developed emphysema — and her doctors are warning her she’ll die a horrible death,” a friend of Houston’s allegedly told the National Enquirer regarding her recent diagnosis with the lung disease. If the rumor is true, it might also help explain the string of Whitney Houston concerts canceled in April due to illness, and perhaps even those concerts canceled last year. Whitney Houston’s rehab stint began at the beginning of May, and was aimed at treating her drug and alcohol addiction. Hopefully it will aid her in her medical recovery, too; doctors are allegedly requiring Whitney to kick her smoking habit completely. We are warning people now: we will straight up rip the seats out of the movie theater if we have to see a Whitney-less Waiting To Exhale 2. Some things we simply cannot abide.
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After hearing about Justin Bieber’s beef with CSI‘s Marg Helgenberger, people were lining up to buy Justin a ticket on the Diva Town Express. To counter the assumption that the singer is just a snot-nosed punk, however, we’d like to present the fact that Justin Bieber vomited in concert last night in the Philippines…and he just kept performing. Apparently the “Somebody To Love” singer felt dizzy, then had to excuse himself to throw up in between numbers. “sick as a dog…but the show must go on. got called a trooper. lol. LEGGO,” Bieber tweeted before the show, later adding “that show was great but tough. real sick. time to rest.” Meanwhile, we would have just gone home if we’d gotten sick at work, and at most only one or two people would ever find out it had happened.
Justin’s night of 1,000 barfs comes only a week after Bieber got egged during his Sydney concert. The fact that he didn’t immediately command his Bieber army to rip that egger to shreds, plus his victory over vomiting, is all the confirmation we need that Justin is anything but a brat.
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Catherine Zeta-Jones always struck us as a woman not to be messed with (in the most flattering way possible!), and it looks like that same strength is helping her speak out about her mental illness. In an interview with People, Catherine Zeta-Jones discusses her bipolar disorder, offering support for those experiencing the same struggle. “This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them,” Zeta-Jones explained. “If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”
Though it’s only been a week since Zeta-Jones checked into a mental health facility, she has since returned to Louisiana to film her new rom-com Playing The Field with Gerard Butler and Uma Thurman. News also broke earlier today that director Adam Shankman just cast Zeta-Jones in Rock Of Ages with Tom Cruise and Russell Brand. Zeta-Jones’ character is slated to sing Pat Benatar‘s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and Twisted Sister‘s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Said Shankman, “She’s the villain who is out to stop rock ‘n’ roll from poisoning Los Angeles. If Tipper Gore and Anita Bryant had a love child, it would be this woman.” Given how face-meltingly good Catherine was in the musical Chicago, we can’t wait to see it, and for the actress to make a full recovery.
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The brave, diligent men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department took more time off from fighting actual fires when Charlie Sheen visited the firefighters who responded to the 911 call from his mansion. “It was the hernia heard ’round the world!,” the actor joked about Sheen’s hospitalization for a hiatal hernia on January 27, which apparently we are all still pretending was completely unrelated to the drug-filled marathon porn party he was hosting at the time. Sheen gave the entire crew Leathermans, or multi-tools that include a knife, which will presumably come in handy if they have to cut Charlie down from a sex swing or saw through a pair of faux-fur handcuffs. “These guys are like George C. Scott, with a capital C! Hardcore,” Sheen crowed. And if there’s anything Charlie knows well, it’s anything hardcore.
During his trip, Charlie also got to try on a pair of fire-resistant pants, which we’re assuming were left covered in a fine white powder. “Compared to me, these guys are true heroes,” Charlie told TMZ. Compared to you, the mailman is a true hero, Charlie. Actually, the mailman has to get close enough to Sheen’s house to hear the insane debauchery coming from inside, so maybe he deserves one of those fancy knives too. And a hug.
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We might not be qualified to practice medicine in anyway, but we have access to at least three kinds of thermometers and are eager to help, knowing that George Clooney contracted malaria in Sudan. Scheduled to be interviewed by Piers Morgan on the British journalist’s new show this Friday, the host revealed Clooney’s diagnosis in a promo tweet: “BREAKING NEWS: George Clooney has contracted malaria following recent trip to Sudan. Reveals news on @PiersTonight tomorrow 9PM ET.” We’d say this is the only thing that would make us keep our mitts off the silver fox, but we are we kidding? Clooney would have to be wearing a blanket made out of mosquitoes before we’d stop swooning long enough to care.
Clooney’s rep confirms the diagnosis, explaining “George is completely over the malaria he contracted while in the Sudan during the first week in January.” Clooney spent time in Africa this past December as part of his ongoing humanitarian effort in the region. Joked Morgan after his initial tweet, “Clooney malaria update: now have 24,563 offers to nurse him. But his rep says medication’s worked and he’s OK. Sorry, ladies.” Make it 24,564, and really, we were not joking about those thermometers.