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Avril stops Mendes sweep

Avril Lavigne stopped Shawn Mendes from sweeping the board at Sunday night's Juno Awards, by taking home the Fan Choice award.

It was a massively successful night for Mendes, who took home prizes for Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year for his eponymous record, and Single of the Year for In My Blood. He was also nominated for the Juno Fan Choice Award, but was pipped to the post by Avril.

Despite their victories, neither Avril or Shawn were at the ceremony. While Shawn is currently on tour in Europe, Avril is being kept busy in Abu Dhabi, where she recently performed alongside Luis Fonsi at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi.

Shawn, meanwhile, delighted fans by appearing on the awards broadcast with a taped performance of hit In My Blood.

Other big winners at the Juno Awards, held in London, Ont., included Post Malone, who took home the International Album of the Year gong for his record Beerbongs & Bentleys, and Arkells, who left with prizes for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year.

Sunday night's prizegiving also saw 1980s heartthrob Corey Hart, who has not performed on television in more than 20 years, inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Sarah McLachlan took charge of hosting the ceremony, and wasted no time in taking aim at Canada's neighbor America, and their controversial president Donald Trump, as she told the audience: "You know when you live somewhere peaceful and beautiful, then you get a crazy neighbour, and they start causing all sorts of trouble like putting up weird walls, picking fights with all the other neighbours, and telling your daughters how they should behave, all the while saying they're making the area great again, and you just watch, feeling helpless, and hope they'll be gone by 2020..."

To cheers from the crowd, she added: "He does make me want to swear."



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Angie, Brad work on split

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly working out a deal to be declared officially single by a judge so they can move on with their lives.

According to The Blast, the estranged couple, who split in 2016, are negotiating a "bifurcated judgment" of their status as a married couple, which means they will both be considered divorced and single.

Angelina and Brad are allegedly keen to move on with their lives as they continue to settle up the separation of property and hammer out a permanent custody order before a judge can declare them legally divorced.

While the Maleficent star has yet to begin dating again, it was reported last month that Brad is romancing Charlize Theron.

The final settlement will likely take several months, the outlet reports, and the former couple has a temporary custody order in place while they negotiate.

Angelina and Brad began dating in 2005, and wed in 2014, but unexpectedly split in 2016 as the Oscar-winning actress filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.

The Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-stars were previously at war over their children, and Angelina was originally seeking primary custody of their six children – Maddox, 17, Pax, 15, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

A bitter custody dispute broke out following their split, during which the Moneyball star was investigated and cleared of child abuse.

The couple is reportedly working towards a fair custody agreement, and in November (18), Angelina's attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean, announced that disputes between the former couple over the care of the children were resolved.

"A custody arrangement was agreed to weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge," the lawyer told Reuters in a statement at the time.



Paris slams suicide reports

A representative for Michael Jackson's daughter has assured fans she's fine after reports suggested she had attempted suicide.

The 20-year-old actress and singer Paris Jackson stepped out with her boyfriend Gabriel Glenn on Saturday afternoon, following the drama, and appeared to be in great spirits.

Hours earlier, Paris dismissed reports she had been hospitalized after trying to take her own life.

"f**k you you f**king liars," she snapped under a Twitter link to a TMZ story.

A source close to Paris has since released a statement insisting the young star "required medical treatment" after an accident, but that she was "doing fine."

But insiders continue to insist Paris really was suicidal on Saturday morning, with one telling Us Weekly she had "a horrible episode," adding, "It appears that everything she held inside finally burst."

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that cops and emergency service officials were called to her home at 7.30 a.m. on Saturday, while a Los Angeles Fire Department representative tells Entertainment Tonight a person was transported to the hospital.

Jackson has been trying to distance herself from the fall-out from new documentary Leaving Neverland, which paints her late father as a serial pedophile and on Wednesday, she took to Twitter to salute her cousin, Taj Jackson, for the way he was defending the King of Pop following the release of director Dan Reed's damning film.

"There's nothing i can say that hasn't already been said in regards to defense," Paris wrote. "Taj is doing a perfect job on his own. and i support him. but that's not my role. i'm just tryna get everyone to chill out and go with the flow, be mellow and think about the bigger picture. that's me (sic)."

The 20 year old took issue with headlines which suggested she was "spiraling out of control" and told one user that she didn't have the same amount of patience as her dad did.

"I have the same moral compass as my father, but not the level of patience," she tweeted. "I'll fight for love n peace in the same way, but i am more aggressively driven. i don't sit by idly when i see injustices happen, especially when they're directed towards me or my family."

Meanwhile, Paris' fans took to social media on Saturday to show their support following the suicide story - 10,000 Twitter 'likes' were recorded as devotees turned on the outlets reporting the news.

One fan, @Katyshoes88, suggested the 20 year old should "get offline for a while."

In 2013, Paris' mother Debbie Rowe confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that her then-15-year-old daughter had been hospitalized after a suicide attempt.



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Huffman quits social media

Felicity Huffman has quit social media after being constantly criticized by followers for her part in the college admissions scandal.

The Desperate Housewives star and Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin were among 50 people recently indicted by U.S. federal authorities for allegedly taking part in a scheme to get children into elite universities in the U.S.

Now, it appears the 56-year-old has deleted her Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts, and taken down her parenting website, What the Flicka?

Huffman and her actor husband William H. Macy, who remains unindicted, are accused of paying a $15,000 to bump up their 18-year-old daughter Sofia's test scores.

Loughlin and her fashion designer spouse Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to scam the University of Southern California into believing their two daughters Olivia and Bella would be joining the school's rowing team.

Both her daughters are reported to have dropped out of university following the scandal.

Loughlin's Twitter and Instagram pages have since been deleted, and 19-year-old influencer Olivia has disabled the comments on her Instagram posts.

Meanwhile, a U.S. mother has filed a $500 billion lawsuit against the people charged, claiming her child was "unfairly denied a place" at one of the affected universities.

Jennifer Kay Toy cited the "despicable actions" of the alleged conspirators, including Huffman and Loughlin, as the reason her son Joshua was not admitted to some universities he had applied to and was "outraged."

A separate $5 million class action suit by current students from Stanford University has also been filed against the universities named by U.S. federal officials in the investigation.

The students say a "warped and rigged" admission scandal cost them money, and have requested compensation for the college fees, according to BBC News.



Sam says he's non-binary

Sam Smith has revealed he identifies as non-binary.

The Dancing With a Stranger hitmaker said he was "a mixture of all different things" as he explained his gender identity was not exclusively masculine or feminine.

During the interview on Jameela Jamil's new Instagram TV series, I Weigh Interviews, Sam, who came out as gay in 2014, opened up about being non-binary, also known as genderqueer.

"When I saw the word non-binary/genderqueer and I read into it and I heard these people speaking, I was like, 'f**k, that is me,'" Sam, 26, shared. "Non-binary/genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender. You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation.

"That's how I take it – I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between – it's all on the spectrum," the Oscar-winning singer added.

He told The Good Place star Jameela that he thinks of his gender as being free, rather than defined by society.

"I've always been very free in terms of thinking about my sexuality, so I've just tried to change that into my thoughts on gender as well," Sam said.

The pop star also candidly discussed body image, and confessed to having liposuction at age 12 because he was "holding a lot of weight in my chest."

Grammy winner Sam said body image is "the basis of all my sadness," but revealed in an Instagram post last month that he was trying to accept his body the way it is.

"Yesterday I decided to fight the f**k back. Reclaim my body and stop trying to change this chest and these hips and these curves that my mum and dad made and love so unconditionally," he wrote.



Fear of 'catching cancer'

Actress Joey King had to put a fellow airline passenger in his place after he confessed he feared he would "catch cancer" from the teen, just because she was sporting a shaved head.

The Conjuring star cut off her hair to play Gypsy Rose Blanchard in new true crime drama series The Act, which centers on a girl who murdered her mother after spending her childhood thinking she had suffered from a number of physical and mental ailments, but was actually in fine health.

The mother and daughter's story hit the headlines in 2016 when journalist Michelle Dean published a Buzzfeed article titled, Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered, and now their toxic relationship has been adapted for TV, with Patricia Arquette portraying Dee Dee Blanchard, who battled mental disorder Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Joey kept her head shaved clean for much of the show's production and quickly discovered just how the style change affected the way people interacted with her when she was out and about - because so many assumed she was undergoing chemotherapy, which often causes cancer patients to lose their hair.

"Some people were like, 'Hey, good luck' and walk away, and I'd be like, 'I'm not sick!'" the 19 year old recalled on breakfast show Today.

"But then this one guy sat next to me on the airplane and he... took a picture of me... as if I had no idea, and I could see over his shoulder, (he) was texting somebody else he knew on the airplane, like, 'This girl next to me has f-ing cancer. She's coughing, I don't wanna catch it!'"

The crude text message prompted Joey to patronize the traveler, explaining that the disease isn't contagious.

She continued, "I was like, 'Oh man... You know you can't catch cancer? I don't have it, but you can't catch it like that!' It's so ridiculous!"

The Blanchard story features in the first season of anthology series The Act, which debuts on streaming service Hulu next week.

It's not the first time Joey has had a razor-short haircut for work - she went almost bald for her role as a child prisoner in 2012 Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, while she also shaved her head on camera in Zach Braff movie Wish I Was Here in 2014.



Pretty Woman no way today

Classic movie Pretty Woman wouldn't get made today because it's full of political incorrectness, according to Julia Roberts.

The Oscar winner played the title character, a prostitute, in the beloved 1990 romantic comedy, which is now a big Broadway musical, but she fears the film would be passed over today by cautious movie bosses.

''I don't really think you could make that movie now, right?" she tells The Guardian newspaper. "(There's) so many things you could poke a hole in, but I don't think it takes away from people being able to enjoy it."

Julia still feels very lucky to have landed the role opposite Richard Gere after a string of other actresses turned the hooker with a heart part down: "It really is not a measure of talent, particularly in the beginning," she tells the publication. "It's a measure of good fortune - and being able to have your wits about you enough to make something out of that good fortune."

And Julia admits she was almost on the other side of another hit after initially turning down the lead in Notting Hill.

"I did not want to do that movie," she explains. "The pitch of it sounds awful, right? 'Do you want to come and play the world's biggest movie star and then fall in love with the bookshop owner?' No!"

But she agreed to meet with the filmmakers and they won her over: "It's this great little jewel of a movie," she smiles.



MJ kicked from museum

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has removed three Michael Jackson items from exhibits after a new documentary renewed allegations of child sexual abuse against the late singer and Gary native.

The Indianapolis Star reports a fedora and glove Jackson wore onstage and a Jackson poster are no longer on display at the museum.

Chris Carron, the museum's director of collections, says it wants items on display to tell stories of "people of high character."

The HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland" featured accounts from two men who say Jackson groomed them for sex and molested them when they were young. Allegations of sexual abuse shadowed Jackson throughout much of his adult life. Jackson was acquitted on child molestation charges in 2005. He died in 2009.



Kylie wants another baby

Kylie Jenner is reportedly pushing boyfriend Travis Scott to get started on baby number two.

The make-up mogul is keen to give her daughter Stormi, 13 months, a sibling, and according to sources close to the reality star, she may already be pregnant.

"They've spoken about having another baby," an insider told Heat magazine. "Kylie would love to give Stormi a sibling and wants another girl. Travis wasn't into it at first, but he's happy to go along with it if it makes Kylie happy."

However, there has been trouble in paradise as Travis, 27, was recently at the centre of cheating rumours while on the road with his Astroworld - Wish You Were Here Tour 2 tour.

The couple allegedly fell out amid speculation that Kylie had accused Travis of cheating on her while he was trekking across the United States.

The news surfaced after the hip-hop star blamed illness for cancelling a gig on Feb. 28 in Buffalo, New York, although reports suggested he had actually pulled the show so he could stay in Los Angeles to work things out with 21-year-old Kylie.

"He just wants to keep her calm. That's why he cancelled a recent tour performance and flew home to see her," the source commented.

Unlike his previous tours, when Kylie was a constant presence, this time she has stayed home with their baby daughter. But the insider also claimed there may be another reason for her deciding not to travel with her beau.

"People have speculated she has too much morning sickness to travel around to be with him," they continued. "It hasn't helped that she's been hearing rumours that he's been cheating, but she's more worried about how all the recent stress and drama could affect an unborn child. But Travis is constantly on the phone with her when he's not onstage. She's not talking about the pregnancy yet, but everyone can see she's extremely emotional."



Demi Lovato back on track

Demi Lovato has marked what would have been her seven-year sobriety anniversary with a message to fans.

The singer stumbled and relapsed last summer and underwent a lengthy spell in rehab after suffering an overdose, and on Friday, the 26 year old was keen to make it clear she's still determined to stay clean.

"Today I would've had 7 years sober," Demi wrote on her Instagram Stories account. "I don't regret going out because I needed to make those mistakes but I must never forget that's exactly what they were: mistakes.

"Grateful that AA/NA (Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous) never shuts the door on you no matter how many times you have to start your time over. I didn't lose 6 years, I'll always have that experience but now I just get to add to that time with a new journey and time count."

She then suggested her story could offer others struggling with addiction issues hope: "If you've relapsed and are afraid to get help again, just know it's possible to take that step towards recovery," she added.

"If you're alive today, you can make it back. You're worth it."

Lovato still hasn't gone into detail about the overdose which led to a lengthy hospital stay last summer after she was found unconscious in her Hollywood Hills home, but her representative insisted some reports surrounding the medical emergency were inaccurate.

The Confident singer celebrated six years of sobriety last March, before confessing to her fans that she had relapsed in new song Sober, which was released in June, a month before the overdose drama.



Cameras OK'd in Kelly court

A Chicago judge has granted media cameras courtroom access to document R. Kelly's upcoming hearings and trial for sex abuse charges.

The I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker is currently free on bail after he was indicted on 10 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse last month.

He is due to return to court on March 22, and when he does, his every move will be filmed.

Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood made the ruling during a brief hearing on Friday, after officials at a number of news organizations joined forces to request access to the proceedings.

However, the judge declared that they will not be allowed to use photos and video footage of Kelly's accusers without their consent. So far, two women have expressed their desire not to be featured on camera, according to The Associated Press.

Kelly, who was not present for Friday's court date, has pleaded not guilty to all 10 charges.

The sex crimes case isn't the singer's only legal headache - he was also recently jailed for three days after he was found in contempt of court for failing to keep up with his child support payments to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly, with whom he shares three kids.

The 52 year old was given until March 6 to settle the full debt, amounting to more than $160,000 - or be thrown behind bars.

Kelly was unable to meet the deadline and was taken into custody, until an anonymous donor covered the fee to secure his release.

He has since lost a bid to lower the $21,000 monthly payments he had previously agreed to in the couple's 2009 divorce, claiming he can no longer afford the amount due to a lack of work, which his attorney, Steve Greenberg, blamed on the backlash his client has faced over the sexual misconduct allegations.

"If you can't play a show, if you can't go out on tour, if they're not streaming your music anymore, obviously you're going to have financial problems," he told reporters after the hearing on Wednesday. "You don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure that out."



Lupita's creepy role for Us

Lupita Nyong'o knew she had created a movie monster for her new thriller Us when cast and crew refused to look her in the eye.

The Oscar winner portrays mum Adelaide Wilson and her creepy doppelganger Red in director Jordan Peele's new horror film, and admits even her castmates and crew were terrified of her on set.

"I would say the atmosphere changed according to which family was working," the actress said during an appearance on the Lauren Laverne Podcast on Friday. "When it was the Wilson's it was all games and jokes, stupid dad jokes and whatnot and the set was quite light.

"And then, when the Red family were working the set it would be extremely quiet, everyone was whispering, nobody wanted to look us in the eye. Everyone wanted to get away from us as quickly as possible, and everyone would sigh at the end of the day, because they were so relieved that it was time for the Red family to go."

The new film, which also stars Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss, follows a family enjoying a beach vacation, who are terrorized by a group of lookalikes.

Lupita admits she had a lot of fun creating the character Red and her "crazy" voice, but playing the dual character was hard work: "They're very different," she recently said. "I had to go to some dark places within myself."

But she loved working with Get Out director Jordan Peele: "It was just amazing," she gushed. "I would work with (him) again and again. He's the most passionate, gentle, believe it or not, and communicative, imaginative, collaborative director that I've worked with, and I feel I grew as an artist while working with him."

Us will hit cinemas around the world on March 22.



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