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Demi Lovato: 'staying sober'

Demi Lovato's "life depends" on her staying sober.

The 24-year-old singer recently celebrated five years of sobriety after previously struggling with addictions to drugs and alcohol. But despite making it to the impressive landmark Demi is always conscious of the threat of relapse, and ensures she keeps in mind the damage it would do to her body and her life if she was to return to her former wild ways.

"What keeps me on this path is there's a drive that I have to stay sober because I know that my life depends on it," Demi told Entertainment Tonight as she attended the UCLA's Semel Institute Biannual Open Mind Gala on Wednesday. "If I would have continued down that road, I don't know if I'd be here today. So it's something that's very important to me."

Demi has been very open in recent years about her mental health struggles, which also include suffering from bipolar disorder, eating disorders and self-harming. Her willingness to go public with her battles led to her being presented with the Artistic Award of Courage at the gala, and Demi is thrilled that her story has helped inspire others to seek help.

"I've been able to share my story with other people, and I've had fans that come up to me and tell me, 'Because you got sober, I got sober,'" she smiled. "It's just been a really beautiful thing."

At the event, Confident singer Demi posed for pictures alongside CAST Centers' CEO Mike Bayer, who also happens to be her personal development coach. Demi is also the co-owner of Los Angeles-based CAST Centres with Mike.

Demi is now using her story to help influence the music she writes, adding to Entertainment Tonight: "What I'm channelling is things I'm going through today, which are different. Everyone goes through ups and downs and I'm getting to write about that. I'm at a new chapter in my life so whenever I'm writing, I keep that in mind."



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Marc Anthony makes debut

Marc Anthony and model Mariana Downing made their relationship red carpet official by appearing together at an event in New York City on Tuesday.

News of the I Need to Know singer's romance with Mariana broke in February. According to TMZ, Marc met the 21-year-old model at a dinner party. They also recently vacationed together in the Caribbean.

On Tuesday, the couple posed for pictures on the red carpet at the 2017 Maestro Cares Foundation's Changing Lives and Building Dreams Gala at Cipriani Wall Street. Marc and Mariana embraced each other while smiling for the cameras at the event, where Marc was honored for his work with the foundation. He also hit the stage to perform.

The official news of Marc's new relationship comes a month after his two-year marriage to Venezuelan stunner Shannon de Lima came to an end. The former couple split in November and began legal proceedings to end the union a month later.

Last month, a judge reportedly approved the divorce papers.

Marc was previously married to Jennifer Lopez, the mother of his nine-year-old twins Max and Emme, and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, with whom he shares teenage sons Cristian and Ryan. Marc is also dad to 22-year-old actress Ariana from his relationship with Debbie Rosado.

The 48-year-old recently reconciled with Lopez professionally and the ex-couple is working together on her upcoming Spanish-language album. Anthony is producing the project.

De Lima has also reportedly moved on - reports suggest she is dating her ex-boyfriend, actor Manuel 'Coco' Sosa - the father of her nine-year-old son Daniel.



Buy Garbo's apartment

Film legend Greta Garbo's former longtime apartment in New York City is up for sale for nearly $6 million.

The New York Times reports that the Swedish-born star's seven-room Manhattan co-op overlooking the East River is on the market for $5.95 million, with monthly maintenance of nearly $9,100.

The co-op is located on the fifth floor of the 14-story Campanile building, located on East 52nd Street. Garbo lived there from 1954 until her death in 1990 at age 84.

The apartment is being sold by the family of Gray Reisfield, Garbo's niece and sole heir to the actress's estate. Reisfield and her husband occupied the co-op from around 1992 to 2013 before relocating to San Francisco.

Garbo was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1920s and '30s.





Adele dedicates to London

Adele dedicated her song Make You Feel My Love to the victims of the London terror attack during her New Zealand concert on Wednesday night.

The 28-year-old singer was born in the Tottenham district of the English capital, and told fans she felt "very strange" being so far away from her hometown, which was left devastated after an attacker drove onto the sidewalk on Westminster Bridge before fatally injuring a police officer outside the Houses of Parliament. Four people were killed and countless more injured.

As she took to the stage at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, Adele couldn't help but pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack, telling the crowd: "Today there was a terror attack in my hometown of London. I feel very far away and very strange not being at home. All I want to do today is just be at home and be with my friends and family.

"Everyone (I know) is fine, but there are four people that aren't fine."

Adele then asked fans to turn on the lights on their phones and hold them up, adding: "I want them to see the lights and know we are thinking of them."

The mother-of-one concluded: "Let's dedicate this to them tonight and to my hometown, which is my soulmate. This is Make You Feel My Love."

Adele wasn't the only British celebrity who was abroad at the time of the attacks and made an emotional tribute in the hours that followed.

James Corden, who has become a massive success Stateside with his nightly chat show, took a minute out of Wednesday night's episode to remember those affected by the tragedy.

"London is a diverse and proud and brilliant city, and one thing is for sure: If this act of terrorism was supposed to divide the people of London, I know for a fact that all something like this does is bring them closer together as one," James said. "Tonight, we send our heartfelt thoughts to everybody in Britain. Stay safe."



Mel B attends family therapy

Mel B and her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte reportedly took their children to a family therapy session on Wednesday.

The former Spice Girls star filed papers on Monday to end her nine-year marriage to Stephen, citing irreconcilable differences and revealing they had been separated since December.

However, they are reportedly still working together to ensure their children are doing alright throughout their breakup and reportedly attended a family therapy session with Dr. Charles Sophy, Mel's longtime psychiatrist, in the Mulholland Estates gated community in Los Angeles with their five-year-old daughter Madison, plus Angel, nine, and Phoenix, 18, from her previous relationships.

Mel and Stephen reportedly drove separately to the session while the kids arrived in a third car with their nanny, according to TMZ.com.

Less than 48 hours after she filed for divorce Stephen, who has another daughter from a previous relationship, was reportedly spotted having a drunken meltdown at the former couple's restaurant Serafina Sunset.

"Stephen turned up at 9pm and headed straight for the bar with a friend," a source told Britain's The Sun newspaper. "The barman was filling him up with glass after glass of neat vodka and he was swearing his head off, while in a very loud conversation.

"A lot of customers nearby looked shocked and uncomfortable but he just looked like he couldn't care less... When someone then approached him to ask how he was, he said: "I've been f**king better!'"

According to the source, a waitress apologized for his behavior and said he had been "drowning his sorrows" for weeks since the divorce filing.

The singer, 41, is reportedly asking for joint custody and for the court to terminate any spousal support to Stephen.

This is the star's second failed marriage - she and her first husband Jimmy Gulzar split in 2000.



Scarlett Johansson 'proud'

Scarlett Johansson is proud her daughter gets to see her as an "independent woman" while on a film set.

The 32-year-old beauty has daughter Rose, two, with estranged husband Romain Dauriac, whose lawyer recently stated the Frenchman is "tired" of catering his and their daughter's life to her schedule as the former couple go through divorce proceedings.

During an appearance on British TV show Lorraine on Thursday Scarlett appeared to defend herself as she stressed the importance of positively influencing her little girl by giving her an inside look at her career.

"I am so proud to do a job that I love to do and I worked really hard at to get where I am... And to be able to show my daughter that and have her come to the workplace and to see that her mom is an independent woman making it happen, it's really important for me," she said during a video interview.

The Ghost in the Shell star also commented on gender equality, urging women to "fight for and continue to protect" their rights, including equal pay, and explained why she attended one of the Women's Marches earlier this year following the inauguration America's new President, Donald Trump.

"It's important to know the women's march was not against Trump - it was basically a march for women to highlight that we are a very strong force to be reckoned with," she noted.

Scarlett's divorce has made the headlines recently, with Romain revealing he wishes she hadn't filed the papers in court making their "personal differences" public. His lawyer, Hal Mayerson, claimed his client was caught off guard when the actress submitted the documents and shared Romain's plans for Rose to live with him in France.

"Ms. Johansson has two apartments in Paris. She can come any time she wants to see (Rose) and have the child with her," the lawyer stated.

"Mr. Dauriac is tired of having to run his life and his child's life based on Ms. Johansson's shooting schedule."

Scarlett, is petitioning the court for joint custody and wants Rose to reside with her. She responded in a statement to insist she'll "never" comment on the dissolution of her marriage.



Beyonce surprises teenager

Beyonce fulfilled the dream of a teenage cancer patient by calling her using FaceTime on Wednesday.

Ebony Banks has been residing at the MD Anderson Cancer Center for the majority of her senior year as she continues battling a rare stage four cancer. Her schoolmates at Alief Hastings High School in Houston, Texas, have done their best to keep Ebony happy and content at all times in the hospital, and even staged a special early graduation ceremony for her earlier this month.

Knowing how much Ebony, whose nickname is Ebob, loves Beyonce, her pals decided to create a social media hashtag #EBOBMEETSBEYONCE as a graduation present, in a bid to attract the attention of the pregnant Halo singer.

"Beyonce is one of her idols. She admires her so much, so we're trying to put that on Twitter and Instagram to get Beyonce's attention," student Karina Gutierrez told KTRK-TV.

And sure enough, just a few days after the hashtag went viral, Halo singer Beyonce surprised Ebony with a FaceTime call.

In a touching exchange, Banks lays in a hospital bed and says, "I love you Beyoncé," to which Queen Bey replies, "I love you" and waves to the camera.

Following the call, Ebony's pal Cristal Depaz added: "We try to make sure she has a smile on her face and to make her wishes come true."

And Alief Hastings senior Shanya McKnight is still struggling to come to terms with the fact their social media campaign paid off, laughing: "It was like wow, it really happened. We actually got her attention!"

Her school also added on their Twitter page after the call: "Thank you to everyone who helped #ebobmeetsbeyonce @Beyonce."



Imani Winds demonstration

On Saturday, April 1, 2017 the Chamber Music Kelowna Society is hosting a free educational outreach program for students and adults entitled a Musical Journey Around the World with featured artists Imani Winds. The group will perform and discuss various pieces and musical styles throughout the demonstration.  From 1:00-1:50 pm the public will have the rare opportunity to experience this awarding winning chamber ensemble up close and personal. The outreach program will be held in the Mary Irwin Theatre at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, with doors opening at 12:30 pm.

Later at 7:30 pm, the evening concert will commence in the same theatre.  The program, entitled Tradition and the Innovative will feature the Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn, Carl Nielsen’s Prelude, Theme and Variations from Wind Quintet, Op. 43, and Paquito d’ Rivera’s  Kites along with other works. Ticket holders can expect to hear North America’s premier wind quintet in an exciting and varied concert of the highest caliber states Lorna Paterson, CMK’s Artistic Director. A few tickets for the performance may still be available by contacting the Rotary Centre for the Arts at 250-717-5304.



New ARTSCO Workshops

From artists to musicians, dancers, designers, theatre and more, it’s undeniable: creative talent in the Okanagan is off the charts. The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO) is offering four workshops in April for artists interested in exhibition opportunities, creating prints from their original work, and representing themselves more professionally in the digital world.

Exhibition Opportunities in the Okanagan Sat, April 1st - 1:00 - 4:00pm

Overview all recurring exhibition opportunities in the Okanagan and alternative exhibition opportunities like public galleries, artist-run centres and commercial galleries. Learn what artists need to create an exhibition application package.

Images for Digital – A How-to Workshop for Artists Sat, April 8th - 1:00 - 4:00pm - Learn how to use your smartphone to create eye-catching images for your website, social media and online presence. Get inspired and learn how to create images that you’ll be proud to share with everyone.

Images for Print – A How-to Workshop for Artists Sat, April 22nd - 1:00 - 4:00pm - Learn how to create high-quality images for print in multiple forms including cards, posters, large reproductions and image licensing.

Document Your Artwork Professionally – Photo Shoot Day for Artists Fri, April 28th - Book a session to get your artwork professionally photographed by the professional photographers at Pinstripe Productions.

Open to anyone, these workshops support the professional growth of artists in the Okanagan. Workshops are between $25 and $75, with discounts for ARTSCO members. Visit http://www.artsco.ca/wordpress/announcing-new-professional-development-workshops-for-artists/ for more information and to register.



Witherspoon's Irish heritage

Reese Witherspoon was excited to learn that her ancestors were mostly from Ireland.

The Wild actress was born in Louisiana and spent her childhood in Nashville, Tennessee, and she has always been proud of her ancestors, who she believed to be from Scotland and Wales.

However, Reese has now learned that her relatives are actually from the Emerald Isle.

"I did one of those genetic testing things and I found out that I'm 63 per cent Irish," she said during an appearance on Conan on Tuesday. "I had no idea. I had no idea! I thought I was Scottish and Welsh. It turns out my parents are just full of s**t, I guess. But now I'm Irish!"

Reese, who turned 41 on Wednesday, added that she was on board with meeting any Irish family members.

"It just makes so much sense," she laughed. "I'm a really good drinker. I love St. Patrick's Day. Potatoes are delicious. I'm looking forward to meeting all my cousins."

Before she could continue, host Conan O'Brien jokingly said, "No, no - you don't want to meet those people" and she excitedly responded, "You and I are probably related!"

During her interview, Reese also discussed her recent travels to New Zealand, where she had been filming Ava DuVernay's upcoming film adaptation of the novel A Wrinkle in Time with Oprah Winfrey.

And the mother-of-three found Oprah to be as generous and kind in real life as she was during her TV talk show days.

"She also just loves to bring everybody muffins - but not like a regular muffin. She has muffins flown in from Napa! She doesn't just give them to a few people; she gives them to the entire crew," she shared. "I had to Instagram the muffins. It's so exciting. She's so nice. So generous."



Lohan teases series details

Lindsay Lohan's social media pranking show has been given the green light.

The 30-year-old star shared her idea of creating a TV programme that involves hoaxing people last month and she's now confirmed the venture, titled The Anti-Social Network, is going ahead by sharing a short featurette on Tuesday evening.

"I love social media. I am social media," she says in the video uploaded to Twitter, featuring various snapshots from her social media pages. "Everybody knows you should never leave your phone lying around - especially near me. I decided I'm going to hijack your social media - your Instagram, your Snapchat, your Facebook, your Twitter - all of it for 24 hours."

She then revealed the format of the show, which involves her setting participants three challenges via their online platforms. Each contestant is submitted to the show by somebody close to them, who gives the actress details on what they're like.

If the person succeeds at all three tasks, like posing naked in a still life drawing class as seen in the teaser clip, they'll win "fabulous" prizes.

"I've decided to dare people, to really question how much their social media is worth," Lindsay added.

No release date has been given yet, but her nine million Twitter followers couldn't contain their excitement over the announcement with many commenting on the footage.

Lindsay, who also boasts six million Instagram fans, certainly knows her stuff when it comes to social media and often takes to the internet to share big news.

Earlier this month she used Instagram to reveal she was designing her own fashion line, posting a black and white photo of herself wearing a headscarf alongside the caption: "New Fashion Line coming soon .... #fashion".



Pics of Demi Lovato leaked

Demi Lovato has reportedly become the latest celebrity to have personal photos of her leaked online.

Sources tell the New York Post's Page Six pictures of the Skyscraper star laying on her bed wearing an unzipped top have allegedly been circulating online via a number of pornographic sites. It is unclear how authentic the pictures are and when or where the photos were taken.

Lovato has not commented on the naked pictures or confirmed their authenticity.

This isn't the first time alleged racy photos of Demi have been hacked - in 2014, naked pictures of the 24-year-old, including ones featuring her ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, appeared online.

The photo leak comes a week after Demi celebrated five years of sobriety by driving around Los Angeles and hand delivering donations to local charities and organizations. The singer randomly selected a group of causes based on their work, which included lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups, and non-profits offering animal care and adoption.

She also marked the milestone on social media.

"So grateful. It's been quite the journey. So many ups and downs," Demi wrote on Instagram alongside a progress tracker from Alcoholics Anonymous. "So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession. I'm so proud of myself but I couldn't have done it without my higher power (God), my family, friends, and everyone else who supported me.

"Feeling humbled and joyful today. Thank you guys for sticking by my side and believing in me," she concluded.

Other celebrities who have recently become victims of hackers stealing from their personal accounts include actresses Rhona Mitra, Amanda Seyfried, Mischa Barton, Emma Watson, Katie Cassidy, and Dylan Penn.



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