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Ozzy: I could have died

Ozzy Osbourne "could have died" if he didn't undergo emergency surgery to treat a staph infection.

The 69-year-old rocker scrapped four concerts on his No More Tours 2 trek after he was hospitalized with a hang nail that sparked a major infection. Opening up for the first time about the health issue, Ozzy told Rolling Stone magazine that he was diagnosed with a potentially deadly staph infection after going to the emergency room when his thumb swelled to the "size of a lightbulb."

"I didn't feel sick, so I was cracking jokes," the Black Sabbath star recalled. "The doctor said, 'I don't know if you realize, Mr. Osbourne, this is a very serious problem you have.' (Wife) Sharon said, 'Would you stop making jokes?' So I said, 'Well, it's my hand.'

"They're all extremely, deadly serious about it. I judge it based on the expression and the body language of the doctor. If he comes in with a really solemn face, I go, 'Oh, OK. My time to go is up.'"

The doctor told Ozzy it may have been something as simple as shaking someone's hand that led to him getting the infection. However, once diagnosed, the medics had to work quickly to treat it.

"Even with the numbing stuff, it was agony."

Following the operation, Ozzy spent a week in hospital, where he was treated with antibiotics before being discharged. Now his health is back on track, the musician has rescheduled the October dates he axed for next year, but said he remains well aware he had a lucky escape from what could have been a much more serious situation.

"I'm going to make those shows up next year," he promised, before adding: "It could have been a lot worse. I could have been dead."



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Abdul tumbles off stage

Paula Abdul is nursing a few bumps and a bruised ego after falling off the stage during a gig in Mississippi on Saturday night.

The Straight Up singer went straight down as she reached out to grab fans' hands at the front of the stage at the Hard Rock Live venue in Biloxi and lost her balance.

Fans helped Paula get back onstage and she continued with the show, putting on a brave face and completing the third gig on her Straight Up Paula! 2018 Tour.

It's not quite clear if the singer and dancer is more seriously injured than she let on, but she recently revealed she was taking care on tour after a horrific accident on a plane flight 25 years ago derailed her pop career.

The singer underwent 15 surgeries and was left partially paralyzed after the engine of the seven-seater plane, on which she was a passenger, blew up and Paula, who was not strapped in, found herself being tossed around the cabin like a rag doll.

"I hit my head on the top of the plane and after that I was sidelined for seven years," she told U.S. talk show host Steve Harvey. "I had 15 spinal surgeries, I had partial paralysis."

She returned to the spotlight as a judge on U.S. talent show American Idol and now she's back on her feet and touring again.

"I'm really excited that I get a chance to do this again," she said.

The Straight Up - Paula! tour began earlier this month, and she's scheduled to perform at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Pennsylvania on Oct. 23.



Selma diagnosed with MS

Selma Blair has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The 46-year-old actress revealed her struggle with the condition, which can affect the brain and/or spinal cord, in a candid post on Instagram on Saturday, detailing her disabilities alongside a snap of herself posing in a mirror.

"I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation," Selma wrote. "By the grace of the lord, and willpower and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don't know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best."

The Cruel Intentions star also thanked her celebrity friends - Jaime King, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Freddie Prinze Jr. - for their support after her diagnosis, and explained she was given the news back in August.

Selma, who is mother to Arthur, seven, continued: "I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. You can't get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don't have answers. You see, I want to sleep. But I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my son again."

She also asked her fans and followers for help if they see her struggling while she's out and about in Los Angeles.

"I have MS and I am OK. But if you see me, dropping c**p all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges," she mused.

Selma was encouraged to see neurologist Dr. Jason Berkley, the brother of actress Elizabeth Berkley, and was diagnosed when she collapsed in his office after thinking she was suffering from a trapped nerve.

"I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share," the star added.

Fellow MS sufferer Jack Osbourne commented on her post: "Sending lots of love", while close friend Busy Philipps replied, "Honey. Sending you love! You are one of the strongest people I know. Thank you for sharing."



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Kim lavished with flowers

Kanye West has celebrated his wife Kim Kardashian's birthday by filling their house with huge flower displays.

The 41-year-old rapper decked out their Hidden Hills, California home on Saturday with floating purple floral displays that were hung from the ceiling, as a pianist performed for Kim on a wooden piano.

"@KimKardashian You're stunning," Kanye wrote alongside a video of the extravagant gesture on Twitter. "I will keep trying to make things that can express how beautiful you are inside and out and how much I love you and our family."

Kim, who turns 38 on Sunday, replied: "The most beautiful birthday flowers in the world!!!!! I have the sweetest most creative husband! Thank you babe love you so much!!!"

She also shared a series of videos of the musician's performance and her flowers on her Instagram Story, and wrote, "This is what I wake up to, guys. Kanye's the most creative when it comes to sending me flowers on my birthday! Love you so much babe."

Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian was also present for Kanye's gift to his wife, and shared clips of the occasion on her Instagram Story.

"You deserve it ALL Keeks," she sweetly captioned one video, calling her sister by her nickname.

Hours earlier, the mother-of-three showed off some of the other early birthday gifts she's received so far, including three exclusive Judith Leiber handbags.

"Look what Mario got me for my birthday," Kim gushed on social media, showing her fans and followers what her long-standing make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic had gifted her. "It's a black Judith Leiber heart. It's really rare and it is so cute."

Her mother, Kris Jenner, also purchased a vintage Judith Leiber bag at an auction, which was covered with stars and emblazoned with the famous Hollywood sign.

"OMG MOM I LOVE YOU!!!" the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star wrote alongside a video of her present.



'Bohemian' school of rock

The stars of the new Queen biopic worked so hard to look like they knew how to rock their musical doubles were not needed.

Actor Gwilym Lee, who plays guitarist Brian May in Bohemian Rhapsody, has revealed "hand doubles" were hired to make himself and his castmates look like they knew what they were doing, but director Dexter Fletcher was more than impressed with the actors' efforts.

"We all worked really hard to master our instruments as best we could," Lee said. "I'd played a little bit of guitar before, but nothing on this level. It was a new skill to try and learn lead guitar.

"Production always had a hand double (ready) to play our instruments, but we haven't used them, and I'm quite happy about that."

He reveals Queen's Brian May helped him perfect his guitar playing, adding, "He has been a really supportive presence for me."

"I showed him a few licks and he got very into it," May stated. "I find myself looking at the edits (and) I do kinda believe he's me.

"The four guys who play us are phenomenal. They completely lived it, they became us. It just sends shivers up your spine."

Bandmate Roger Taylor also turned mentor for actor Ben Hardy, who portrays him in the new film: "I taught him a few visual tricks," the drummer said.

The movie, which also features Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, will be released Nov. 2.



Avril was ready to die

Avril Lavigne has described how she "accepted death" during her health battles.

The Canadian singer-songwriter first confirmed she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease, a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks, in April 2015.

Since then, Avril has been open about her journey to get well again, though in a new interview with Billboard magazine she has shared how at her lowest point, she "knew death was coming."

"I had accepted that I was dying," she said. "And I felt in that moment like I was underwater and drowning, and I was trying to come up to gasp for air. And literally under my breath, I was like, 'God, help me keep my head above the water.'"

That moment inspired her new song, Head Above Water, her first single since 2015.

Avril began showing symptoms of Lyme disease in 2014 while she was on tour. Accordingly, she recalled to a reporter at the music publication the struggle she had with doctors to try and get an answer to her health woes.

"I'm achy, I'm fatigued, I cannot get the f**k out of bed - what the f**k is wrong with me?" she remembered of the questions she asked medical experts at the time.

But only after a friend suggested she get in touch with Lyme disease sufferer Yolanda Hadid - mother of models Gigi and Bella Hadid - was Avril able to get an insight into what was wrong.

While she's getting the help she needs, the star also explained that there is no easy treatment plan for the debilitating disease.

"It's a bug - a spirochete - so you take these antibiotics, and they start killing it," the 34-year-old stated. "But it's a smart bug: It morphs into a cystic form, so you have to take other antibiotics at the same time. It went undiagnosed for so long that I was kind of f***ed."

The Complicated hitmaker has now launched the Avril Lavigne Foundation in an effort to teach people about the dangers of Lyme disease, and to help people with serious illnesses and disabilities.

And she is strangely grateful that the disease gave her a forced hiatus from the music industry.

"The silver lining of it is that I've really had the time to be able to just be present, instead of being, like, a machine: studio, tour, studio, tour," she added. "This is the first break I've ever taken since I was 15."



Ballet Kelowna is back

Fresh from successful Toronto and Beijing debuts, Ballet Kelowna launches its 16th season at Kelowna Community Theatre Nov. 16 and 17. 

Autumn is a multi-faceted celebration of the splendour of the fall season.

It will feature the premiere of two highly anticipated works from lauded Canadian choreographers – Schubert from internationally renowned choreographer John Alleyne, and In Between by rising star Alysa Pires.

“Having recently returned from our company debut at Toronto’s FFDN Festival and Beijing’s China International Performing Arts Expo, we are thrilled to share with our home audiences our commitment to the creation and celebration of works by Canadian dance artists, recognized on the national and international stage,” says artistic director Simone Orlando.

The Georgia Straight enthused: “Inherent in Alleyne’s signature vocabulary are sensuousness and sophistication," as the dancers, emblazoned in golden yellows and earthy oranges, convey the rhythmic and inevitable cycle of life.

Pires' haunting In Between has been hailed by the Globe and Mail as “a polished, cohesive, and energetic ballet” and the “discovery of the evening."

MAMBO will wrap up the show, a sweet, silly, sensual, and sassy piece set to a vibrant soundtrack of Latin, swing, and jazz standards.

Tickets are $53.70 for adults, $46.70 for seniors, and $30 for students and children. They are available at balletkelowna.ca and kelownatickets.com or by phone at 250-862-2867 or 1-888-974-9170.



Pam Anderson on crutches

Pamela Anderson is hobbling around on crutches after injuring her ankle during rehearsals on the French TV competition show Danse avec les stars (Dancing with The Stars) on Thursday night.

The former Baywatch star has taken to Instagram to share the news about her banged up calf muscle and is now fighting to perform on the show on Saturday.

"Petite Problème I hurt my right calf muscle in rehearsal last night," she wrote on Friday. "We weren't doing anything crazy just dancing. It felt like someone threw a baseball very hard at my lower leg - I screamed and turned around and no one was there. Then realized it was my calf muscle that may have exploded?

"I'm on my way to another Dr (insurance) this afternoon and will continue my cryotherapy and kine' every day... My hamstring is almost healed from 80% torn - so I've been doing well.

"I'm sad but hopeful that I can continue to dance. We are losing precious rehearsal time and Saturday is only 2 days away. This is my favorite dance so far... This is just another challenge. A bump in the road... I'm determined to do whatever it takes to dance on Saturday."

Pam also heaped praise on her dancing partner, Maxime Dereymez, revealing he carried the actress to her car and then to her hotel room after she could no longer dance through the pain.

Former Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere, 1980s pop icon Lio, actress Heloise Martin, and former soccer star Basile Boli are also among the contestants on the ninth season of the hit French show.



Keith Urban surprises fan

Keith Urban stunned a superfan fighting for her life on Thursday night by visiting her in hospital.

Marissa English, who was born with an inoperable cyst on her brain and cerebral palsy, among other health issues, had to give up her ticket for the country star's gig in Toledo, Ohio after falling ill - and so Keith decided to surprise her before hitting the stage.

He learned about a social media campaign set up by nurses at nearby Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center, where his 25-year-old fan is a patient, and got in touch to help make her dreams come true.

"She's got a picture (of Keith Urban) that's right by her bed," Marissa's sister Madison Rowe tells Taste of Country, recalling the moment Urban entered the room. "She started looking at the picture and then she looked back at him and she looked at the picture and was like, 'Oh my God, Keith is here!'"

Urban sat by English's bedside for almost an hour and sang her favorite tune, Blue Ain't Your Color.

"I don't know if there was a dry eye in the room or the hallway or the hospital," Rowe adds, explaining Keith's visit was like a dose of great medicine - for everyone.

"The day before, my husband and I went up to see her and it was probably the hardest time I have ever had being with her," Rowe explains. "She was in so much pain, she was just shaking. Every vein in her arm you could see because she was so tense. She kept telling everybody she was in pain and she didn't feel good.

"I'll be damned if yesterday he didn't walk in and her whole face lit up. Her heart rate the day before had been skyrocketing... and her heart rate was so calm and easy the whole time he was there. She lit up and talked more than we have seen her talk. She sang with him. He could hear her trying to sing, even though she was on a ventilator. It was night and day from the day before when had seen her."

Meanwhile, English's family and friends who did attend Urban's concert, were upgraded, and he dedicated the show to his ailing fan.



Katy salutes gay fans

Katy Perry thanked her "LGBTQ-plus family" for offering her a home in their hearts while accepting a major honor in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

The pop star was feted with the Courage Award during The Foundation for AIDS Research Gala at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills for her commitment to the fight against AIDS, and she used her acceptance speech to poke fun at her religious upbringing and pay tribute to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender fans.

"Today I understand that a courageous life is the only one worth living," she told the crowd, which featured her boyfriend Orlando Bloom and actor Robert Pattinson. "You may or may not have heard that I come from a Bible-thumping background that wasn't particularly open or accepting of curiosity.

"I wasn't allowed to eat Lucky Charms - luck was too closely associated with Lucifer, obviously - or watch The Smurfs because they were magical blue demons. And then I become (the voice of) Smurfette later on in life...

"I may not have known it then but daring to ask questions and redefine right and wrong when everybody around me spoke in absolutes was my first attempt at a courageous life.

"To my LGBTQ-plus family who is disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, I've always felt such a deep connection to, and gratitude for your bravery to live your authentic truth. It's a gift to all of us and you deserve to be safe, seen and celebrated. I want to thank you for always offering me a home in your hearts and a bench in your ears. You have one in mine, too, and we are in this together."



Rihanna: no to Super Bowl

Rihanna reportedly declined an invitation to headline the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show to stand in solidarity with controversial American football star Colin Kaepernick.

Sources told Us Weekly that the Bajan singer turned down the offer to perform in front of American football fans at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia in February to show her support for Kaepernick.

"The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year's performer in Atlanta," the insider said. "They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn't agree with the NFL's stance."

The quarterback sparked controversy in the U.S. in 2016 when he became the first National Football League star to kneel during the national anthem before games as a protest against racial injustice and police brutality. He has not played for the NFL since early 2017 and is currently suing the organization, accusing them of colluding to keep him off the field.

A second source told Entertainment Tonight: "Rihanna was the front-runner for next year's Super Bowl Halftime Show... CBS and the NFL reached out to Rihanna first, who after thinking about the offer, decided to pass due to the NFL and the situation regarding players kneeling.

"The offer and exposure would have been great for Rihanna as she's planning a new album and tour but she stuck to what's right in her eyes."

A separate source told the website that NFL officials approached Pink early on as well, but because the negotiations took so long, she decided to move on. The What About Us singer performed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in February.

It has been reported that Maroon 5 will headline the 2019 Halftime Show with the assistance of their Girls Like You collaborator Cardi B, but this is yet to be confirmed.



Bruce Dern hospitalized

Actor Bruce Dern has been hospitalized after a fall during his daily jog in Los Angeles.

A representative for the 82-year-old Dern says he is still undergoing treatment at a local hospital on Friday. The Oscar-nominated actor's representative says he is in good spirits.

No further details were released.

Dern starred in the 2013 film "Nebraska" as the character Woodrow T. "Woody" Grant, earning him an Academy Award nomination for best actor. He also played in films "Coming Home," ''The Hateful Eight," ''Black Sunday" and "White Boy Rick."

His representative says Dern just finished filming Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." The actor is currently filming Showtime's upcoming comedy series "Black Monday."



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