Actor-director Ben Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner announced plans to divorce the day after their tenth wedding anniversary. The couple has three children together: Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.
In a joint statement, the couple said, “After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding.”
This was Garner’s second marriage. The first was to “Scandal’s” Scott Foley whom she was married to at the time she met Affleck when the two co-stared in “Pearl Harbor.”
They reunited for “Daredevil” in the summer of 2002, and at that time Affleck had started dating Jennifer Lopez. Garner and Affleck actually came together romantically when Affleck did a cameo in the “Daredevil” spinoff, “Elektra.”
Turns out that cameo was cut, but the reunion was life changing for the two stars. By the time “Elektra” premiered in January of 2005, they were already a hot item. By April they were engaged.
Things had changed, though, and the marriage became the subject of tabloid fodder for years. In 2013 when Affleck made a remark that his marriage was “work” when he accepted his Oscar for “Argo,” it only magnified the scrutiny.
Then last year, Garner commented on her “mindful” marriage, and said, “you can’t expect to be courted all the time” and that “We’re definitely in a very mindful place where we’re making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and me loving.”
Early in June rumors of a possible split circulated when a moving truck was spotted outside their home. At that time they dispelled rumors by saying they were doing renovations to their home and that the trucks were taking their furniture to storage.
Both Affleck and Garner have successful careers. Most recently Affleck was in Detroit to film his role as Batman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and then went on to Toronto to film another role in the DC Comics franchise titled “Suicide Squad.” Garner is also in the midst of filming “Nine Lives” which stars Kevin Spacey and Robbie Amell.
Unfortunately, this is a reminder that not every Hollywood romance has a happy ending.
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Sandra Bullock became a mom back in 2010. It was a time of big transitions in her life. She and her then husband Jesse James were in the process of adopting. They brought a new born baby boy home to live with them in January but kept it quiet.
Then the ground fell out from under her when she learned her husband had been unfaithful. They separated and divorced, and Bullock decided to move forward with the adoption as a single mom. She named him Louis Bardo Bullock, a name inspired by the great Louis Armstrong.
Today one of Bullock’s goals for her 5 year old is that he grows up like any other kid and as part of that, she hasn’t told him that she’s an actress. For now, she hopes to keep her Oscar-winning career a secret just a little longer, but she’s aware that will all change in a heartbeat one day.
In an interview on a UK TV show, Lorraine, she said,”I don’t want him to like what I do. I want him to be embarrassed by me. Do you know what I mean? I do. Because that’s what you do, you don’t think of your parents as anything they do is cool, you just roll your eyes. I just want him to be like every other kid and go, ‘Oh she’s so irritating, she does nothing.’ Which is true, which if he says that he’s spot on. I want him to be innocent a little longer and not know this world is fake because he still thinks it’s real.”
Once Louis learns his mom is a movie star, she admits she won’t try to stop him if he decides he wants to be an actor, however she would hand down the same warnings her parents gave her when she announced that’s what she wanted to do.
They told her, “If you’re going to do it, do it 100 percent and you might need a second job, do it for the passion and love it, don’t do it for anything else.”
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Back when social media was all abuzz about Simon Cowell’s “love child”, I have to admit I wondered how he would react to the reality of being a dad.
Now a little more than a year after the birth of his son, Eric Philip Cowell, he admits he loves being a dad and is entertaining the idea of expanding his family.
Cowell and his girlfriend Lauren Silverman welcomed their son into the world in the spring of 2014, and instantly a softer side of the music mogul began to surface.
Cowell is known for being rather rude, arrogant, and even somewhat self-serving, but I think fatherhood has allowed us to see that he is really more than that deep down.
I remember when his son was born that he admitted he had gotten to the point that he never thought he would have a child of his own. Now he and Silverman are talking about more children.
He told the Mirror “Myself and Lauren want to have more children of our own but we could adopt as well. I wouldn’t rule out it happening. It’s a good idea.”
At this time there is speculation that 55-year-old Cowell and his girlfriend have been shopping for engagement rings.
An article in the British Sun-Times, reported the couple has been seen looking at pricey diamond rings in a couple of major jewelry stores. The paper also reported sources close to the couple are “convinced” engagement is inevitable and that “he’s madly in love with her.”
The article set the Twitterverse and other social media into a frenzy. Reactions were mixed. Some fans are thrilled while others are crushed at the thought of Cowell making a commitment because it takes him off the market.
Whether or not any of this is true remains to be seen. Simon Cowell’s rep gave a “no comment” response when asked whether or not Cowell was tying the knot.
However, if they are talking about extending their family, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see a ring on Silverman’s finger fairly soon.
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Comedienne Lisa Lampanelli is known for her stand-up and insult comedy, and now she’s known for something else. She’s lost over 100 pounds since undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in 2012, and she says it has given her a new lease on life.
She told Yahoo! Beauty, “I turned back the clock. I’m reliving my life.” And she even said she felt like she was 19 again and could do things over. That’s what I call I fresh start.
Losing all that weight is just one of the changes she’s made. She’s also shifting the focus of her stand-up routines. The reasons?
First, things have changed over the 25 years she’s been in the business, and secondly, she has grown as a person and a performer. In that regard, she says she’s including more true stories in her routine, with “more of a message of, ‘I’m still working on myself and you guys can, too.'”
Another big change in her life is that she’s gone through a divorce, and she’s taking summer classes at Yale’s drama school. In the future she says she would like to be a “humorous motivational speaker.”
But for now, she has a brand new TV special ready to air called Back to the Drawing Board. In it she’ll be talking about everything from her new look to being single again and over 50.
Lampanelli says that she started gaining weight in college and it didn’t stop. Like many of us, she was an emotional eater and used food as “medication” like many do with alcohol, drugs, or shopping and it led to a 32-year battle with weight and body image problems.
Now, she says the biggest key to maintaining her weight loss is to avoid emotional eating. Before she eats anything, she asks herself if she is physically hungry. If she is, she’ll eat something that’s “hopefully good for me.”
Learning to break emotional eating is for her a lifestyle which requires ongoing mindful eating.
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Michael Douglas, 70, was honored with the one million dollar Genesis Award in Jerusalem on Thursday, June 18. His wife of 14 years, Catherine Zeta Jones (45) and daughter, 12-year-old Carys (rhymes with Paris) and 14-year-old son Dylan joined him on the red carpet.
It was good to see them reunited as a family after their separation, something the Ant-Man actor discussed when asked about it by the AP. He said, “That’s a while ago, at least a couple of years ago. Catherine is wonderful, kids are here, we’re having a fantastic time, life is good.”
Last April, he had admitted that working together was how they made it through the tough times.
“If both of you are willing, you know, to do it. It can’t be a one-way street. But I’m crazy about her, and yeah, I think every couple has their difficult times.” – Michael Douglas
As for the red-carpet walk with his family by his side, he said, “Well, Carys and Dylan are sure making us feel super old today!” Something most of us parents can relate to as our kids grow up.
Catherine looked elegant in a two-tone black and nude floor-length gown, with her hair cascading in dark curls. Douglas wore a black tuxedo paired with a plumb-color tie.
When he accepted the award he talked directly to his family from the podium saying, “Most of all I want to thank Catherine, Dylan and Carys. Seeing them here tonight means so much to me. They inspire me. They challenge me. They know that no husband or father could love them more.”
The emotion choking his voice touched my heart. He even had to pause to clear his through and start over.
With the premiere of Marvel’s Ant-Man movie in July in which Douglas plays the character Hank Pym, there’s a chance we’ll see the family walk the red carpet together again in July. Time will tell.
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I’m not a fan of many reality shows, and when A & E came up with the Married at First Sight show and promoted it as a “groundbreaking social experiment” in which six people choose to get married within a couple of weeks of meeting I wondered how they’d get anyone willing to participate.
I mean, who in their right mind would essentially agree to marry a stranger in our culture? Didn’t that go out with mail order brides?
While I don’t understand the motivation, the fact that the show has just finished up its second season and that their website has posted an ad saying more Married at First Sight singles are wanted tells me they have an audience and people willing to be guinea pigs in their experiment.
Of the three couples married during the first season of the show, two are still married. That’s better odds than the national average!
But now that the second season has just wrapped up, it looks like season two may not be as successful, because only two couples decided to stay married, and now one of them, Ryan De Nino and Jessica Castro are duking it out on social media.
During the show, the couple had their share of problems and argued a lot, but they worked out their troubles. Or so it seemed. This past weekend painted another picture when De Nino posted a photo of a restraining order Castro had taken out against him on Instagram.
Along with the restraining order pic, he posted a response implying it was just an attack by Castro on his character.
“Bash me all you want, say whatever it is about me just remember this board don’t break for nada. Why I posted this will be thoroughly explained when the times right. #CheckMate.”
Castro couldn’t leave that unanswered, and posted her own cryptic message saying, “There’s no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.”
What’s behind all of this drama? Plenty of speculation for sure. Some rumors say De Nino walked out of the taping of the show’s reunion episode because Castro was allegedly accusing him of drug use.
According to a statement put out by Kinetic Content, the company that produces the show, they “don’t know all the details and can’t comment on the specifics. What we can say is that unfortunately, couples on the show can go through real divorces, and divorce can often be difficult.”
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Award winning actor Benedict Cumberbatch has played some challenging roles, but as of this week he’s up for one of the toughest roles of his life. He’s a new dad.
He and his wife Sophie Hunter welcomed a baby boy the day after the actor was honored by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the performing arts and charity.
On Saturday, June 13, his representative confirmed the good news in a statement to People saying “Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful son. We would kindly ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy during these next few precious weeks.”
The couple had kept their relationship a secret until last November when they announced their engagement in London’s The Times and they were married on Valentine’s Day of this year on the Isle of Wight in England followed by a honeymoon on Bora Bora.
A couple of months later they announced they were expecting.
Cumberbatch, 38, and Hunter, 37, met back in 2009 when working on Burlesque Fairytales. Along with his role in Sherlock, Cumberbatch played the villain Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as computer genius Alan Turning in The Imitation Game.
Cumberbatch guards his privacy as tries to keep his personal life personal, but last year he did mention to Elle that he would like to be “surrounded by family” 30 years into the future.
“I can imagine I’ll look back at this point in my life and think: ‘Wow, that was really extraordinary’. But at the same time I hope I’m looking back and going, ‘Oh, that was the moment I got on with life and realized things beyond myself.’ Without using words like ‘marriage,’ ‘children’ and ‘family’ — although I have just used those words — put it this way, I hope I’ve got other people to look back with me at that point. I hope I’m surrounded by family.” – Benedict Cumberbatch via Elle
Looks like he’s taking steps to meet that goal. Congratulations to him and his wife on the birth of their son.
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Today’s link round-up has décor tips, grilled angel food cake, free printables, and more.
Crafts by Amanda showed us how to brighten our home with coastal striped fish décor.
Spaceships and Laser Beams showed us party food in the form of grilled angel food cake with fruit and mint salsa.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a free printable for daily and weekly cleaning.
A Beautiful Mess shared 10 tips for adding personality to a rental.
Create Craft Love shared a recipe for chocolate cobbler.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared easy Father’s Day marshmallow pops.
Cupcakes and Cashmere showed us eight different manicure and pedicure color combinations.
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I admit I feel sorry for the Duggar family after their son’s sealed juvenile records were revealed, but I have to stop and ask why any parent would want to put their family in the spotlight of a reality TV show.
Look at the history of Mama June from TLC’s Here Comes Honey BoBo. She had a good thing going until she dated a man convicted of child molestation. Then her show was cancelled.
Truthfully, I never watched an episode of that show because the bad behavior highlighted on the commercials offered enough of a warning to steer clear.
But back to the Duggar family. If they knew their son had made poor decisions as a young teen and had been found guilty of molestation, why on earth would they enter into a situation where the media does everything they can to find “dirt” for a headline?
I guess they trusted that the sealed records would remain sealed, but if I were them, I would not have risked that. Of course, I speak with hindsight. I’m sure if they had known before they went down the road to TV stardom that this would have happened that they would never have done it.
But now it is done, and it is a mess.
Now Mama June is upset because, while TLC has pulled the Duggar’s show, it hasn’t cancelled 19 Kids and Counting as yet even though Josh Duggar’s child molestation scandal proved to be true.
Mama June told TMZ that she is ready to sue the network that canceled her show if they don’t act quickly. From her side of things, the cancellation of her show cost her hundreds of thousands of dollars, and so if the Duggars get to stay on the air, she thinks the network owes her money because they are not consistent or fair.
And the mess doesn’t end there. Mama June’s daughter Anna Cardwell, who is also known as Chickadee, is suing her mom for allegedly keeping $300,000 in profits from the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo show.
The families starring in these two shows have very different backgrounds but a common problem. The dirt diggers have brought them problems.
I’m not saying I agree with anything either of families has done or didn’t do. I’m just saying they find themselves in their current situations because they chose to be on TV.
I don’t think it is in a family’s best interest to turn everyday life into a television show. What do you think? Would you do it?
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