“Most people know Joe Biden’s character. They know his value system. They know that he visited Iraq and Afghanistan over 21 times as a United States senator and vice president,” Brazile said on “The Five.” “But this story — the way it came across and it came out — [was] heartfelt because people know that Joe Biden is heartfelt.”
Biden responded Thursday to a Washington Post report claiming that a military story he’d shared on the campaign trail “never happened,” saying in a podcast interview: “I don’t know what the problem is.”
The anecdote in question came up earlier this month when Biden recounted a story he claimed to be “God’s truth” at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.
The Washington Post says it appears as if Biden “jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story.”
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Co-host Lawrence Jones criticized Biden for the perceived blunder, saying that he either has a memory problem or is lying.
“So the campaign realizes, the people that are brought to protect Joe Biden, that there is a problem going on whether it’s memory or whatever it may be or he’s just lying and they don’t want him out there,” Jones said.
Brazile disputed Jones, insisting that Biden “misspoke,” unlike President Trump, whom she said “lies.”
Valerie Harper and Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Ed Asner pose with their Emmys at the 1971 award show. APhide caption
Valerie Harper and Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Ed Asner pose with their Emmys at the 1971 award show.
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One of TV’s most beloved sidekicks has died. Valerie Harper, best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died Friday in Los Angeles. She was 80.
As the blunt, self-deprecating Rhoda, Harper created one of the most beloved sitcom characters of the 1970s. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a ratings powerhouse, centered on best friends Rhoda and Mary Richards, two single women making their way through life, love and career.
Rhoda was the perfect foil for the buttoned-up Mary, played by Mary Tyler Moore. “Rhoda had this wonderful quality of saying the unsayable,” Harper told NPR in 2010. She would say things “that Mary Richards would not say because she’s too much of a lady or, you know, it’s not polite. Rhoda, the New Yorker from the Bronx, would just say it straight out.”
The show set high standards for every sitcom that followed, and generations of TV writers and actors cite it as a major influence, including Tina Fey, Lena Dunham and Modern Family star Julie Bowen. Robert Thompson, who teaches television and popular culture at Syracuse University, says Harper and Moore were one of the great comedy teams of all time: “We had Lucy and Ethel — they were kind of the Romulus and Remus of TV girlfriends — and we get a lot thereafter: Laverne and Shirley, and Cagney and Lacey. But Rhoda and Mary, when they were on stage together, even though they weren’t dancing, it was kind of like watching [Fred] Astaire and [Ginger] Rogers. They just worked perfectly together.”
Moore show co-star Ed Asner extolled her acting talent and called her “a great friend … Goodnight, beautiful. I’ll see you soon.”
Valerie Harper was born in Suffern, N.Y. Her father was a lighting salesman, her mother was a nurse and her first love was ballet (she originally wanted to be a dancer). Harper got her first job as a dancer with Radio City Music Hall when she was a teenager. In the late 1950s, she worked as a chorus girl in Broadway musicals; later, to hone her comedy chops, she did improv with Second City. But Rhoda put Harper in the spotlight.
In her memoir, I, Rhoda, Harper (pictured here in 2013) writes that she was “determined to define [Rhoda’s] style” and help soften her sharp edge. Kris Connor/Getty Imageshide caption
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In her memoir, I, Rhoda, Harper (pictured here in 2013) writes that she was “determined to define [Rhoda’s] style” and help soften her sharp edge.
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In her memoir, I, Rhoda, Harper writes that she was “determined to define [Rhoda’s] style” and help soften her sharp edge. Rhoda may have joked about being frumpy and hating to diet, but she was also fashion forward: She wore hippie-chic outfits with colorful head scarves and hand-crafted jewelry, wide-legged pants and long vests, but also sleek, contemporary dresses and suits in bold colors and prints. Harper writes that “Rhoda’s gypsy-woman look became an intrinsic part of her quirky character,” even though Harper herself “had never in my life worn a head scarf.”
Beyond the punchlines, The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a breakthrough for women on television and much has been written about the show’s impact on feminism. As career-minded, single women in their 30s, Mary and Rhoda’s self-worth wasn’t shaped by men. Harper told author Mollie Gregory (Women Who Run the Show) that the characters “were created and written as multifaceted human beings with all kinds of talents, frailties, quirks, and virtues. The women were not written as foils or props for men.”
After winning three Emmys in a row, Harper’s sidekick stepped into the spotlight. The spinoff Rhoda opened with this introduction: “My name is Rhoda Morgenstern. I was born in the Bronx, N.Y., in December 1941. I’ve always felt responsible for World War II. The first thing I remember liking that liked me back was food.” The show debuted to huge ratings in 1974. (Many consider the wedding episode, in which Rhoda gets married, a TV sitcom classic.) Rhoda gave Harper her fourth Emmy.
After years doing sitcoms, Harper began taking on more serious roles: She co-wrote and starred in All Under Heaven, a one-woman play about writer and Nobel laureate Pearl Buck, and she portrayed the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony, another solo show. But Harper will be remembered most for her impeccable comic timing, a skill that earned her praise as the glamorous, hard-living actress Tallulah Bankhead in the play Looped. In 2010, Harper told NPR she had some reservations about repeating some of Bankhead’s salty language. “The f-bomb was all over,” she said. “And every time I did a show, I’d say, ‘Don’t bring the kiddies to see Rhoda.’ “
Harper earned a Tony nomination for her performance in Looped. New York Times critic Charles Isherwood wrote that Harper “is not really a natural fit for the role — both the sandpaper voice and the flouncing hauteur seem applied from without — but she gives an enjoyably big, blustery performance, nailing every last laugh with a professionalism that the real Bankhead would surely admire.”
In 2009, Harper had a cancerous tumor removed from her lung, and in early 2013, doctors told her the cancer had spread to areas surrounding the brain and that she probably wouldn’t make it through the spring. In typical Harper fashion, she remained upbeat in interviews. As a guest on the TV talk show The Doctors in March 2013, she said, “More than anything I’m living in the moment. I really want Americans — and all of us — to be less afraid of death and know that it’s a passage. Don’t go to the funeral before the day of the funeral. While you’re living, live.”
Long after The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Valerie Harper often talked about how grateful and lucky she was for landing the role of Rhoda. Millions of viewers felt exactly the same way.
The Federal Trade Commission has voted to fine Google $150 million to $200 million to settle accusations that its YouTube subsidiary illegally collected personal information about children, according to three people briefed on the matter.
The case could have significant repercussions for other popular platforms used by young children in the United States.
The settlement would be the largest civil penalty ever obtained by the F.T.C. in a children’s privacy case. It dwarfs the previous record fine of $5.7 million for children’s privacy violations the agency levied this year against the owners of TikTok, a social video-sharing app.
The news of the F.T.C.’s settlement with Google comes at a moment when regulators and lawmakers in Washington and the European Union are challenging the power — and the aggressive data-mining practices — of tech giants like Facebook and Google.
Last month, the F.T.C. announced a $5 billion fine against Facebook for abusing its users’ personal data. Members of Congress this year have also introduced at least dozen privacy and transparency bills to bolster protections for Americans’ social media data, genetic data, facial recognition data and other kinds of information.
The F.T.C.’s agreement with YouTube involves a larger fine than in previous children’s privacy settlements, but the case has renewed complaints from consumer advocates that the agency has generally failed to require privacy violators to make substantive change to their data-mining practices.
“Once again, this F.T.C. appears to have let a powerful company off the hook with a nominal fine for violating users’ privacy online,” Senator Edward Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, said in a statement on Friday.
If regulators fail to take a tougher stand to protect children’s privacy, the problematic practices of social media companies will not change, said Josh Golin, the executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a nonprofit group.
“YouTube has reaped huge profits by ignoring federal children’s privacy law and engaging in illegal data collection and targeted marketing,” Mr. Golin said.
The F.T.C., which is expected to announce the settlement in September, declined to comment. YouTube declined to comment.
Google has faced scrutiny before over how it collects and uses people’s data. It is already subject to an F.T.C. consent order from 2011 for deceptive data-mining involving its now-defunct social network Buzz.
That order required the internet search company to institute a comprehensive privacy program and prohibited it from misrepresenting its data-handling practices.
In 2012, Google agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle F.T.C. charges that it had violated the consent order by deceiving users of Apple’s Safari browser about its data-mining practices.
Whether YouTube’s alleged misuse of children’s data also violates that order is not known.
Children are among the most avid viewers of YouTube. Yet the video site has struggled to police content intended for and featuring them. In February, a video documenting how pedophiles used the comments on videos of children to guide other predators went viral on YouTube.
The revelations were especially damaging because YouTube had pledged in 2017 to do more to protect families after reports of pedophiles cruising the site for videos of minors and leaving lewd or sexual comments. YouTube addressed the latest issue by disabling comments on most videos featuring children under 13 years old after brands threatened to suspend advertising on the site.
In June, The New York Times published an investigation into how YouTube’s recommendation system automatically promoted videos of scantily clad children to people who had watched other videos of young children in compromised positions or sexually themed content.
The accusations against YouTube emerged last year after a coalition of more than 20 consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint to the F.T.C. saying that the video platform was violating a federal privacy law by collecting and exploiting the personal information of children.
That law, called the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, prohibits online services aimed at children under 13 from collecting personal details — like a child’s birth date, contact information, photos or precise location — without a parent’s permission. The law also prohibits children’s apps from using persistent identifiers to target youngsters with ads based on their behavior.
YouTube has long maintained that its platform is not intended for children under 13, even as some of its most popular channels — with names like Cocomelon Nursery Rhymes and ChuChu TV — are clearly aimed at youngsters, offering colorful animated videos that have been viewed more than a billion times.
People who set up accounts on YouTube must affirm that they are at least 13 and must agree to Google’s terms of service, enabling the company to track users’ video-viewing activities, internet browsing habits and other details. YouTube has said that it deletes accounts when it determines that a user is under 13.
YouTube maintains a separate app for younger users, called YouTube Kids, which says that it does not allow behavior-based ads.
But the children’s groups said in their complaint that YouTube was aware that millions of children were watching its main channel and collected the children’s personal details anyway, without parental consent.
The F.T.C. settlement with YouTube could have major implications for other popular, general interest apps — like animated video games — in the United States that have millions of users under the age of 13.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday significantly tightened Obama-era rules for student borrowers who say their schools defrauded them, imposing a deadline on claims and eliminating a requirement that the department automatically wipe away the loans of some students whose schools closed while they were enrolled.
The new rules apply to federal student loans made from July 2020 onward. They will replace a set of policies, completed by the Obama administration in 2016, that Ms. DeVos had delayed carrying out until a court ordered her to do so last year.
Under the new rules, borrowers seeking loan forgiveness will have much higher hurdles to clear. They will need to prove that their college made a deceptive statement “with knowledge of its false, misleading or deceptive nature or with reckless disregard for the truth,” and that they relied on the claim in deciding to enroll or stay at the school. They will also need to show that the deception harmed them financially.
There is currently no time limit on submitting claims, but Ms. DeVos set a three-year deadline from the date that students graduate or leave their school.
“We believe that within three years, the borrower will know whether or not there has been misrepresentation,” Diane Auer Jones, the Education Department’s principal deputy under secretary, said Friday on a call with reporters.
The new rules also eliminate the “automatic closed school discharge,” a program that wipes away the loans of students whose school closed before they could complete their degree. Students who do not transfer their credits elsewhere can apply to have their loans erased, but many do not know about the option and never apply.
The 2016 rules required the department to automatically eliminate their debts if the students did not enroll elsewhere within three years. That approach has contributed to the discharge of $222 million in loans owed by nearly 20,000 borrowers, according to Education Department data gathered by the National Student Legal Defense Network, an advocacy group.
The new rules from Ms. DeVos will cut debt forgiveness for borrowers by around $500 million a year compared with the 2016 rules if they were in full effect, the Education Department said in its draft of the changes.
Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, called the latest changes “another Trump-DeVos giveaway to their for-profit college cronies at the expense of defrauded student borrowers.”
Consumer advocates said they planned to challenge the new rules in court. Rolling back the 2016 rules will “encourage schools to break the law, engage in risky practices that lead to abrupt closures and harm students with impunity,” said Abby Shafroth, a lawyer with the National Consumer Law Center.
Everest College in Industry, Calif., was among the campuses in the Corinthian Colleges chain that closed.CreditChristine Armario/Associated Press
For two years, Ms. DeVos has “refused to follow existing law and cancel the loans for these students, leaving them in debt they can’t get away from,” said Eileen Connor, legal director of the Project on Predatory Student Lending. “Now, she’s shredding a set of fair, common-sense rules that level the playing field between students and those who take advantage of them.”
The federal government is the primary financier for Americans borrowing to attend college — it has made or backed more than $1.4 trillion in student loans to nearly 43 million people. Borrowers must repay their loans even if they drop out, are unhappy with their education or cannot find a job in the field they trained for.
But the government contracts include one escape clause: Borrowers can seek to have their loans eliminated if they can demonstrate that their school defrauded them or broke certain laws.
The clause, known as “borrower defense to repayment,” was little used for decades, until a wave of large, for-profit chain failures began in 2014, when Corinthian Colleges collapsed. Caught off guard by a deluge of claims, the Obama administration struggled to create a process for managing and adjudicating them. It eventually approved or set in motion approvals on nearly 48,000 claims, many of them in the last few weeks of President Barack Obama’s term, eliminating $600 million in borrower debt.
But when Ms. DeVos took over, the process stalled. The department had nearly 180,000 pending claims as of March 30, and had not approved or denied any in more than a year. Those cases must still be evaluated under the rules in place when the loans were made.
Many of the claims relate to false promises by for-profit schools about their graduates’ career prospects. In a coordinated crackdown, state attorneys general and Obama-era federal regulators brought a series of lawsuits against schools that saddled students with high debts for subpar educations. Several large chains, including Corinthian and ITT Educational Services, went under.
The Obama administration granted full loan discharges to the borrower defense claims that it approved, but Ms. DeVos tried a new tactic, discharging only a portion of the debt owed by some Corinthian students. A federal judge in California blocked that approach last year, ruling that the department had violated privacy laws by improperly obtaining information from the Social Security Administration on individual applicants’ earnings. The department appealed the decision and is waiting for a court ruling before it addresses those borrowers’ claims, Ms. Jones said.
“We are diligently working to see if there is a different methodology we could employ so we can resolve those claims,” she said.
Some people, like Jessica Jacobson, have been waiting for more than four years for a decision on their claim. In June, she and six others asked the federal court in the Northern District of California to compel the Education Department to make decisions on their cases.
Ms. Jacobson earned a bachelor’s degree from the New England Institute of Art, which she hoped would lead to a career in visual effects. She picked the school, she said, because it marketed its industry connections and state-of-the-art technology. But the equipment was scarce and obsolete, she said, and the school’s career support was limited to pointing students toward public job postings and giving them handouts like one titled “Tips for Applying to a Job From Craigslist.”
After her graduation, Ms. Jacobson worked a succession of low-wage retail and restaurant jobs. The New England Institute of Art closed in 2017. The Massachusetts attorney general sued its former operators last year, accusing the school of predatory recruiting tactics and of deceiving students by misrepresenting its job placement rates.
Ms. Jacobson sent her borrower defense claim to the Education Department in March 2015, seeking to have $25,000 in federal loans forgiven. While the claim has been pending, she has held off on several major life decisions, including a marriage proposal from her boyfriend. If the claim is denied, she said, she does not want him to be ensnared in her debt.
“I’m in limbo,” she said. “I don’t know what the government is going to decide to do, and this debt is just hanging over my head. I feel trapped by it.”
Valerie Harper, who thought she would die from cancer years ago but survived to ply her madcap comic style for a new generation of audiences, has died. She was 80.
Her husband, producer/actor Tony Cacciotti, confirmed her death Friday to ABC and The New York Times. Longtime family friend Dan Watt confirmed her death to the Associated Press but said the family would not immediately release further details.
She died just eight days after her birthday. She had been battling cancer for years, and her husband said recently he had been advised to put her in hospice care.
Harper, best known for roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda,” had overcome multiple medical crises over the years, including surviving after being told she was terminal, but the bills were mounting.
In July, a family friend created a GoFundMe campaign, shared to Harper’s official Facebook page, for Cacciotti.
The last 10 years have been up and down health-wise for Harper. In 2009, she survived lung cancer. Four years later, in 2013, she announced she had been diagnosed with a rare – and terminal – kind of brain cancer, with only months to live.
In multiple media interviews, she explained she had leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain.
But Harper survived. In 2014, she told the media that her cancer was in a kind of remission.
In 2015, she was rushed to a hospital after feeling unwell before an evening performance of “Nice Work If You Can Get It” at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine, and was reported to be in a coma and failing.
She wrote on Facebook that she is “happy to report I am not, nor have I been, in a coma.”
In September 2016, People magazine interviewed her, reporting that the cancer of the brain membrane was back and her condition was terminal.
As of Jan. 24, 2017, Harper was tweeting again, promoting her latest role in an indie film, “My Mom and The Girl.”
Harper trod Broadway stages and sparkled on the big screen, but it was on sitcom TV where she made her memorable mark, as zany/spunky, man-crazy, independent/single girl and upstairs neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
As much as the show’s eponymous star, Harper entertained millions and “turned the world on with her smile,” as the theme song went. “We all looked up to Mary but we identified with Rhoda,” Harper used to say.
But Harper also made a memorable mark at the end of her life, because hers was a death delayed: In 2013, she told People magazine, and soon everybody else in an emotional round of print and talk-show interviews, that she was dying. And this after she had already beaten lung cancer.
Harper said her doctors suggested she may have only have three months left to live. “I don’t think of dying. I think of being here now,” she said at the time, openly talking, crying and joking about what she was facing.
“Being here” turned out to last two years. “I’m the poster child for not believing everything I’m told,” Harper joked a year after her diagnosis.
She was not “cancer-free,” but she was in a kind of remission, responding well to treatment, taking loads of pills and acing her scans.
“I want to live,” she told everyone, “and as long as I’m here, every single moment is going to be as good as I can have it be.”
And she was working. A year after the months-to-live prediction, she appeared in a Hallmark Channel series, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” In fact, her IMDb profile lists a total of six roles in 2014 and 2015, including an appearance on a contemporary sit-com, “2 Broke Girls.” She even appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” in September 2013.
In a 2006 interview with The Advocate, she talked about how Rhoda became a gay icon, after she goes on a date with the brother of her nosy landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman). Phyllis is horrified her brother might fall for Rhoda, until Rhoda ends up breaking the news to her that he’s gay.
“When I tell Phyllis, she says, ‘Oh, what a relief!’ ” she recalled, which got a laugh. But that wasn’t all.
“Do you know, when I said that line ‘He’s gay,’ we got the biggest laugh ever on the show? I mean, this was the ’70s, long before “Will & Grace” or “Ellen;” there really weren’t gay characters on television back then. The audience laughed and cheered for over a minute. They had to take most of the audience response out for the broadcast cut. It was amazing.”
Harper’s resume of roles dates back to the 1960s but her long run as Rhoda began in 1970 with “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later with her own show, “Rhoda,” which was on until 1978. (Later, in 1986-87, she had another series, “Valerie.”)
She collected four Emmys and a Golden Globe for her work as Rhoda. She also won Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, and her “Rhoda’s Wedding” episode in 1974 set that year’s ratings record.
In the 21st century, she was still making TV appearances, on series such as “Desperate Housewives,” “The Office” and “Drop Dead Diva.”
Harper was known as a passionate advocate for women’s rights and the unsuccessful Equal Rights Amendment. Since the 1980s she had been making a film with second husband, Cacciotti, on the subject of domestic violence, based on a true story.
Harper was born in Suffern, N.Y. — “I was born to suffer” — and began as a dancer at Radio City Hall during its heyday. She moved into acting, working in industrial shows, regional theater and the Second City comedy troupe of Chicago. Eventually, she made it to Broadway and feature films, until landing the part of Rhoda.
Her first marriage, to Richard Schaal, lasted from 1964 to 1978. She and her second husband married in 1987.
TelevisioniconValerie Harper, best known as wise-cracking Rhoda on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” has died after a long bout with cancer, her family confirmed on Friday. She was 80 years old.
Harper, a native of Suffern, N.Y., began her career as a dancer at Radio City Music Hall, then transitioned into theater and improv comedy before ultimately rising to stardom as Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” earning her a Golden Globe and four Emmys.
She got her own spinoff, titled “Rhoda,” from 1974 to 1978, then starred in her own sitcom, “Valerie,” from 1986 to 1987. She appeared regularly on television for more than 30 years, as well as in a dozen films.
Actress Valerie Harper (R) and her Daughter Cristina Cacciotti (L) attend the Valentin fashion line launch party at Philippe Chow on October 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
In July, Harper’s husband, Tony Cacciotti, whom she married in 1987, revealed her doctors recommended she go into hospice care, but at the time he refused to allow it.
“I have been told by doctors to put Val in Hospice care and I can’t [because of our 40 years of shared commitment to each other] and I won’t because of the amazing good deeds she has graced us with while she’s been here on earth, he wrote on Facebook.
“We will continue going forward as long as the powers above allow us, I will do my very best in making Val as comfortable as possible,” he added. “There are two special ANGELS on this planet masquerading as humans who live and work together, that have made it possible to have all of Val’s needs taken care of.”
Cacciott went on to say: “For those of you who have been in this position, you will totally understand that ‘it’s hard letting go.’ So as long as I’m able and capable, I’ll be where I belong right beside her.”
Harper’s medical expenses proved nearly unbearable, leading her family to resort to crowdfunding to pay for her cancer treatments and care.
Harper herself told Fox News in 2017 that she was used to beating the odds.
“People are saying, ‘She’s on her way to death and quickly,’” she said. “Now it’s five years instead of three months… And the thing is, everyone is going to die in one way or another. So why don’t you fight it? I’m going to fight this. I’m going to see a way.”
But even though Dunst has a new Showtime series, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” has been in many popular and beloved movies including “Bring It On” and “Interview with the Vampire,” and won the Cannes Film Festival’s award for best actress for her work in the 2011 film “Melancholia,” Reuters chose to focus on her role as a superhero’s significant other.
The British-based news agency tweeted out a story about Dunst getting the star by ― what else? ― focusing on her connection to a man.
Here’s a screenshot of the now-deleted tweet:
The sexist tweet offended many Twitter users, especially since Dunst has had a long, successful acting career.
“I’ve never been recognized in my industry, I’ve never been nominated for anything. Maybe like, twice for a Golden Globe when I was little and one for ‘Fargo,’” she said during an interview on SiriusXM’s “In Depth with Larry Flick.”
“I always feel like nobody ― I don’t know, maybe they just think I’m the girl from ‘Bring It On,’” she added.
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Nestled into a corner table at the popular West Hollywood Italian restaurant Cecconi’s Spears appeared casual and was seen with a new brunette ‘do. This, according to one who told “Entertainment Tonight” that Spears appeared upbeat during the outing.
“She seemed super happy, smiling and laughing a lot,” the source said, adding that Spears “was with two security guards.”
Spears, 37, has been on a quest for peace and understanding on social media of late. Her public sighting comes just days after “Baby, One More Time” performer went on Instagram to share a picture message telling people to “pay close attention to the people who don’t clap when you win,” and denouncing “fake” people and “haters.”
“Living in LA is such a trip !!! It can be lonely at times. You never know who to trust, and some people can be fake,” she captioned the post. “I have a very small circle of friends, and simply do what makes me happy!!! It breaks my heart to see the comments on my posts sometimes …. So I simply choose not to look anymore … let the clever haters do what they do best …. hate!!!”
Asghari echoed Spears’ sentiment, writing in the comments section, “Winners don’t hate or bully, losers (haters) only do because they don’t have what you have (which is the best heart in the world) ♥️.”
Spears and Asghari made their red carpet debut as a couple last month when they crashed the premiere for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Spears looked youthful as she graced the carpet in a tight-fitting redress of her own and her blond hair pulled back for the cameras. Meanwhile, Asghari looked sharp in a cream suit, white shirt, black tie and suede black boots.
The loved up pair looked smitten as they posed for pictures, before turning and giving each other a smooch for photographers.
Britney later shared another adorable photo alongside the model and personal trainer from inside the venue, captioned: “Our first premiere.”
Spears and Asghari met on the set of the singer’s music video for “Slumber Party.” The pair quickly hit it off and after Spears’ video debuted in 2016 kept their relationship a secret for months until they were spotted by paparazzi.
“I don’t think [we] had the intention to just be friends,” Asghari told Men’s Health in July 2018. “She motivates me more than anyone,” Asghari gushed about Spears. “It’s crazy how I can be humbled by a person like her. If I could be that humble when I’m that high in life, that would be the best thing.”
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