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Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend slams Jay-Z for NFL partnership

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The girlfriend of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick blasted hip-hop star Jay-Z over his recently announced partnership with the NFL, calling it “disgusting and disappointing.”

“We will never turn our backs on @kaepernick7 because your idols decided to work with the same organization that is actively keeping Colin unemployed all because he peacefully protested against social injustice in black and brown communities, specifically police brutality,” radio personality Nessa wrote on Instagram Thursday night.

“So really, how can Jay-Z and the NFL utter social justice in their partnership while keeping Colin unemployed because of his social justice work?”

Earlier this week, the NFL announced that it is collaborating with Jay-Z’s entertainment company, Roc Nation, which will help select music artists for high-profile performances including the Super Bowl.

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As part of the partnership, Roc Nation will have a role in the NFL’s “Inspire Change” campaign, which aims to strengthen social justice. However, the Grammy-winning rapper is facing backlash for his business deal after previously showing solidarity with Kaepernick. Kaepernick gained notoriety, and the scorn of figures including President Trump, for faking a knee during the national anthem to call attention to social injustice and police brutality in minority communities.

“It’s typical for the NFL to buy different PR looks to cover up their dirt- that’s nothing new. But what is disgusting and disappointing is Jay-Z let them use him,” Nessa told her Instagram followers. “Whether Jay-Z knew it or not (I don’t doubt his intelligence-so I would think he knew) he helped the NFL bury who he said is an iconic figure, Colin Kaepernick.”

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She continued, “Don’t tell me there’s a “master plan and wait for it” because the ONLY reason anything would ever change is because THE PEOPLE are loud and clear and won’t let the league buy their loyalty with their disingenuous moves. The people are letting the league and anyone who works with them know that they aren’t buying the bs.”

The comments came as Kaepernick recently celebrated the three-year anniversary since he began kneeling during the anthem in order to protest police brutality.

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Former Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy suffers heart attack

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Singer Peter Murphy was rushed to a New York hospital Tuesday evening after suffering shortness of breath that was later revealed to be a heart attack, according to his rep.

The longtime Bauhaus singer was forced to postpone Tuesday’s scheduled concert at the Greenwich Village venue Le Poisson Rouge, where he has been performing a residency comprised of his solo albums and one evening of David Bowie songs.

The concerts scheduled for Aug. 13, 15, 16, 18 and 19, have been postponed, with dates to be determined. Ticket buyers will have their tickets transferred to the corresponding rescheduled date, or can request a refund by emailing info@lprnyc.com by 5 p.m. ET on August 30, 2019.

Cardiologist Jason Song, MD of Lenox Hill Hospital, treated the singer and issued the following statement:

“Mr. Murphy was admitted for treatment of a myocardial infarction. He had two stents placed in his right coronary artery and was started on medications to manage his heart condition. Due to HIPAA regulations we cannot reveal further details of his condition. He is still in the hospital for continued monitoring of his condition.”

In a statement, Murphy’s family said: “We would like to thank the fans for their undying support and hope that Peter will be back on stage with a refreshed heart, stronger than before!”

The staff of Le Poisson Rouge said in a statement, “All of us at LPR are devastated by this news. Peter’s performance and presence over the past twelve days has been amazing – both onstage and off. We wish Peter a swift and full recovery and look forward to his successful return to LPR.”

Follow Peter Murphy and Le Poisson Rouge online for further updates on the rescheduled shows.

This story originally appeared in Variety.

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Lil Nas X country-rap smash ‘Old Town Road’ divides CMA Awards voters

Though Lil Nas X has broken chart records and become a streaming juggernaut with his breakout country rap hit “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, the song faces an uphill challenge to get a nomination for a CMA award.

Ballots have gone out for nominations for the Country Music Association Awards, but some voters are struggling to decide how to recognize the musical phenomenon of the year, which has become the longest-running No. 1 song in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100.

Billboard decided “Old Town Road” wasn’t a country song and pulled it off country charts early on, but the song made enough of an impact anyway that it became eligible for a number of CMA categories this year, including single of the year and song of the year. CMA voters, which include musicians, producers, songwriters, touring professionals, country radio employees and others, vote in three ballots with the final nominations typically being announced in late August or early September. The award show will air Nov. 13.

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But there are already signs that the song isn’t getting wide support. It failed to get enough votes in the major song categories. The song only earned enough votes to be considered in the musical event category on the second ballot, which went out to voters Monday.

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Lil Nas X visits the Country Hits Radio studios on July 04, 2019 in London. The rapper’s smash “Old Town Road” has CMA Awards voters divided on whether it’s “country” enough to qualify for a trophy.

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Shane McAnally, one of country’s biggest hit-makers who has written for Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves, Kenny Chesney and more, said he’s been impressed with the way the song has resonated with fans, but it never felt country to him.

“I just think country people do not see that as a country song,” said McAnally, who is co-president of Monument Records and one of three producers on NBC’s song competition series, “Songland.” ″Pop listeners think it’s a country song.”

The song’s genreless approach by mixing trap beats with a Nine Inch Nails sample and Western-themed lyrics appealed to millennials on TikTok but took Nashville’s music industry by surprise. While pop, rap and rock artists have gotten CMA nominations before, it’s a lot harder to earn a nomination without broad support among Nashville’s labels and country radio.

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Nelly was nominated for musical event in 2013 with Florida Georgia Line for “Cruise,” but that was a country song with a rapper added to the remix. Nelly’s earlier collaboration with Tim McGraw on “Over and Over” in 2004, which was primarily promoted as a rap song, did not earn any nominations from the CMAs.

“I will be shocked if it makes the final ballot,” McAnally said of “Old Town Road.”

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Still McAnally pointed out that non-country acts can still surprise at the CMA Awards, such as when John Denver, largely considered a pop-folk artist, won entertainer of the year in 1975, prompting Charlie Rich to set fire to the card with Denver’s name during the broadcast.

David Macias, president of Nashville-based entertainment company Thirty Tigers, which works with Americana artists like Jason Isbell and John Prine, said Billboard’s decision to not classify the song as country probably just reinforced CMA voters who weren’t inclined to vote for it anyway.

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“I haven’t really decided what I am going to do where that’s concerned,” Macias said. “There’s no doubt it’s the musical cultural phenomenon of the year. I am on the fence on whether or not it sits in there. It deserves some recognition, and frankly no matter what happens on the voting part, it will be interesting to see what the CMA does.”

Hunter Kelly, a veteran country music journalist, was surprised that the song didn’t get enough early votes for single of the year, but he said its qualifications for the musical event category seemed undeniable.

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“If you talk about a musical event, it’s still 19 weeks at No. 1,” Kelly said. “It’s the all-time No. 1 on the Hot 100, so as a musical event, it totally deserves a nomination.”

During the voting period, labels or management agencies often engage in lobbying efforts that include advertisements in music industry publications. Representatives for Lil Nas X’s label, Columbia Records, did not respond to the AP for comment about the CMA voting.

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Kelly said that since “Old Town Road” didn’t originate in Nashville and Lil Nas X is not signed to a Nashville label, there are fewer voters emotionally or financially invested in seeing it nominated.

At the very least, “Old Town Road” has proved that lightning can strike twice in the same place with the re-introduction of Billy Ray Cyrus to a new generation, McAnally said. The mullet-wearing Cyrus was last nominated for a CMA in 1992 when he won single of the year for his own ubiquitous, danceable hit “Achy Breaky Heart.”

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“That’s pretty crazy,” McAnally mused. “He wasn’t going away. You can’t discount that.”

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Europe takes wait-and-see approach to sexual misconduct claims against Placido Domingo

Whatever his future in America, opera star Placido Domingo may still have a place to perform in Europe despite allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

The Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Opera canceled scheduled performances by Domingo Tuesday after The Associated Press published a story in which numerous women said that Domingo used his power in the opera world to try to pressure them into sexual relationships. The Los Angeles Opera, where Domingo has been general director since 2003, announced it would hire outside counsel to investigate the claims.

But across the Atlantic, there were no immediate cancellations and some even offered words of support for the 78-year-old Domingo. Opera officials noted that no charges had been brought against Domingo and no formal judicial investigations were underway that might provide legal underpinning to cancel any contractual obligations.

One such official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AP that Domingo’s status as one of the most popular and influential figures in the opera world could trigger a backlash against European venues if performances were canceled without due process.

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Following sexual harassment allegations, concerts for legendary opera singer Placido Domingo were canceled on both American coasts, but European opera is taking a wait-and-see stance. (Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images, File)

“Some attitudes, seen in hindsight, risk being misunderstood,” cultural journalist Leonetta Bentivoglio wrote Wednesday in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “That he [Domingo] was a Don Juan was something everyone knew, and in the promiscuous theater world he is not alone. We must add that his charm has always attracted a crowd of women, and often it was he who had to defend himself.”

Bentivoglio recalled an incident at a Paris hotel during Domingo’s “Three Tenors” heyday with Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras, when he asked journalists to pretend to accompany him in the elevator “to escape to his room without being followed by some beautiful young women,” who were in pursuit.

“These are difficult stories to tell in the slippery era of #MeToo,” she wrote.

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Three Spanish sopranos have also come to Domingo’s defense, saying that they have never experienced the sort of behavior described in the AP story, which included accusations that he put his hand down one woman’s skirt and forced wet kisses on three others. All of the allegations were related to incidents in the United States, spanning two decades beginning in the late 1980s.

Spain’s Europa Press news agency on Wednesday quoted Spanish soprano Davinia Rodriguez as saying she “never felt the least indication of what they accuse the maestro of,” adding that Domingo had always shown her and theater workers “the maximum of respect, with the humbleness and generosity that characterizes him.”

Fellow Spanish soprano Pilar Jurado said that Domingo had always behaved “as a perfect gentleman” with her and Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta expressed shock at the allegations, saying she considered Domingo and his wife to be family.

“I have no idea if he might have flirted and scored. That sort of thing went on before and still does now, but I know he is not a harasser, I’d put my hand in the fire on it,” Arteta told the Spanish daily El Pais.

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According to Domingo’s website, 19 of his 24 scheduled engagements through November 2020 are on European stages. Upcoming performances in Salzburg, Milan, London, Zurich, Cologne, Hamburg and Geneva were still on but some venues said they would monitor the investigation in Los Angeles. Other venues postponed comment, citing the summer holiday.

Domingo received support from the Salzburg Festival in Austria, his next scheduled performance on Aug. 31, as well as from some singers who have shared the stage with him.

Salzburg Festival president Helga Rabl-Stadler, who said she has known Domingo for 25 years and has long appreciated both his “artistic competence” and “appreciative treatment of all festival employees,” said “it would be factually wrong and morally irresponsible to make irreversible judgments at this point.”

The Hamburg opera house in Germany also said Domingo’s Nov. 27 appearance there was still on, citing the lack of any legal action against the tenor.

“As a public institution we neither tolerate nor trivialize sexual assaults, but we are also bound by the principles of the rule of law in our actions. Valid contracts with the concert promoter exist for the appearance of Plácido Domingo,” the opera house said in a statement. “Subject to further developments, the concert will therefore take place as planned.”

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Domingo did not respond to detailed questions from the AP about specific incidents but issued a statement calling the allegations “deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.”

“I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone,” the statement said. “However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are —and should be — measured against today are very different than they were in the past. I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Jay-Z and the NFL teaming up on entertainment events and social activism

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The NFL and Jay-Z’s entertainment and sports representation company are teaming up for events and social activism.

The league not only will use Jay-Z’s Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show, but will work with the rapper and entrepreneur’s company to “strengthen community through music and the NFL’s Inspire Change initiative.”

Inspire Change was created by the league after an agreement with a coalition of players who demonstrated during the national anthem to protest social and racial injustice in this country. Those demonstrations were sparked by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

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NFL owners agreed to contribute up to $89 million over six years toward causes players were supporting. Commissioner Roger Goodell sees the partnership with Roc Nation as a significant step in several directions.

“Roc Nation is one of the most globally influential and impactful organizations in entertainment,” Goodell said. “The NFL and Roc Nation share a vision of inspiring meaningful social change across our country. We are thrilled to partner with Roc Nation and look forward to making a difference in our communities together.”

While the entertainment portion of the deal is important — Roc Nation’s stable includes Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Shakira and, of course, Jay-Z — much emphasis from both the league and the representation group is being placed on the social relations aspect of the agreement. For Inspire Change to succeed, it must have strong roots within the communities that are most affected by the issues the players want addressed: criminal justice reform; relationships with police; economic growth opportunities; and educational progress.

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“With its global reach, the National Football League has the platform and opportunity to inspire change across the country,” said Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter. “Roc Nation has shown that entertainment and enacting change are not mutually exclusive ideas — instead, we unify them. This partnership is an opportunity to strengthen the fabric of communities across America.”

Jay-Z has been a strong supporter of Kaepernick, who has not played in the NFL the past two seasons and is not with a team now. He has turned down invitations to perform at the Super Bowl, as has Rihanna.

But now there is a working agreement between the league and Roc Nation, which also represents such NFL stars as Todd Gurley, Saquon Barkley and Ndamukong Suh. How that plays out on both the entertainment and social initiatives fronts figures to be newsworthy.

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Lil Nas X hit ‘Old Town Road’ makes Billboard charts history

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Lil Nas X is galloping his way to two new records on the Billboard charts thanks to the massive success of “Old Town Road.”

The song that beat out Mariah Carey and “Despacito” to become the longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of the Hot 100 chart has now set records on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs and Hot rap songs charts, respectively.

Old Town Road,” which features Billy Ray Cyrus and is spending its 19th week at No. 1, surpasses the record set by Drake’s “One Dance” on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. Drake’s track spent 18 weeks at No.1.

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On the Hot rap songs chart, where Lil Nas X’s county-rap tune is also spending its 19th week on top, the 20-year-old beats the record set by Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” and Missy Elliott’s “Hot Boyz.” The latter three songs each spent 18 weeks at No.1.

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Last month Lil Nas X’s viral song became the most successful No. 1 song of all-time when it reached its 17th week at No. 1 on the all-genre Hot 100 chart — Billboard’s main chart for singles — surpassing the 16-week record held by Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito.”

“Old Town Road” is now spending its 19th week on top of the Hot 100 chart.

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Lil Nas X’s song, which has achieved most of its success through audio streaming, was originally a solo song but he added Cyrus to the track. The song also has remix versions featuring Diplo, Young Thug, Mason Ramsey and BTS, and Billboard counts the original song and its remixes as one when calculating chart position, thus helping “Old Town Road” stay on top.

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Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall says she almost died from anorexia

Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall has relived the horrifying moment doctors warned her she would die if she did not start eating.

The 26-year-old, who has won millions of fans with the Brit-winning girl band, suffered from anorexia for five years before finding fame on “The X Factor.”

Thirlwall was treated in hospital aged 16 and says she was tormented by an “anorexia angel” on her shoulder.

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The northern pop star went on to make a full recovery and was discharged just weeks before auditioning on “The X Factor” in 2011.

Now Thirlwall is determined to help youngsters battling eating disorders and recently visited patients at a hospital in Sheffield to tell them about her own experiences.

The emotional day was recorded for “BBC Sounds Life Hacks” podcast “I’ve Been There: Jade Thirlwall & Anorexia.”

Reflecting on her own battle with the mental health condition, Thirlwall told host Katie Thistleton: “Anorexia was my own dark secret and I guess I was sort of satisfied with that.

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“It was my own thing that I could do to myself and nobody knew about it.

“I obviously became very small and my ribs were sticking out. I was very gaunt and I used to wear a lot of baggy clothes to hide that.

“In my head, I felt so down and depressed about everything that was going on in my life, I really just wanted to sort of waste away.

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“I got in a really horrible state. The turning point — and the reason why I first told my counselor — was when I got tired of hating myself so much.

“The second turning point for me was when I was at the hospital and the doctors told me that I would die if I kept doing it.

“To hear somebody say that to you is actually quite scary and I started to realize how damaging it was for my family.

“I’d become so selfish with how I felt about myself I forgot that I had family and friends who were also really hurting because of what I was doing.

“It sounds really weird, but I saw anorexia like an angel on my shoulder. Anorexia for me was control, and if I was controlling something then I was winning.

“It wasn’t until I had therapy about it that I realized anorexia was actually the devil on my shoulder. That it wasn’t my friend.

“I really struggled to understand that at first, because I was so isolated and didn’t talk to anyone.

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“I’d got so used to hearing that voice telling me, ‘Don’t eat that’ or ‘Don’t look in the mirror’, ‘You’re still ugly, you still have a long way to go’.

“It took a long time to realize that voice wasn’t good for me anymore.”

Thirlwall, who grew up with parents James and Norma and brother Karl in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, believes her anorexia began after her granddad died when she was 13.

The number of teenage girls diagnosed with anorexia has rapidly increased in recent years and 1.25 million people in Britain are currently living with an eating disorder.

Thirlwall listened to an interview with 14-year-old anorexia sufferers Marissa and Megan.

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Marissa has battled the condition for three years and only sought help after she came across a recovering anorexic’s Instagram post discussing how her periods had stopped.

Thirlwall tells podcast host Thistleton, 30: “It’s really scary when you haven’t spoken to anyone yet  and you know you’re hurting yourself but you don’t understand the seriousness of it.

“My period stopped as well and I thought, ‘Oh well, it’s just a side effect of doing what I’m doing’.

“I didn’t realize that I was gradually destroying my body, more and more.

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“It sounds quite twisted but I was — not proud of myself — but I knew I was having the effect that I wanted on my body.

“I was destroying myself and that’s what I intended to do.

“But when you’re actually told by someone, especially a doctor, that you’re going to die if you keep doing what you’re doing — especially if someone says that in front of your mom, or someone that you really love — it is really a hard moment.”

Megan has struggled with anorexia for two years. She told Thistleton she would feel so guilty about eating that she punished herself by sleeping on the floor.

Thirlwall’s visit was arranged as a surprise for Little Mix fans Marissa and Megan, who squeal with delight when she walks into the room.

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The pair quiz Thirlwall on her own struggles with anorexia, in particular her worst moment. She tells them: “Probably the first day I had to go to the hospital. I remember my mom and dad had a bit of a breakdown.”

Following regular therapy and visits to the hospital, Jade was discharged just weeks before auditioning for “The X Factor” in summer 2011, aged 18.

The judges put her together with Leigh-Anne PinnockJesy Nelson and Perrie Edwards to form girl band Little Mix and they went on to win the show.

Asked how she avoided a relapse, Thirlwall replies: “I knew I would ruin my dream of becoming a singer.”

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She adds: “Being famous still has a lot of downsides — like people constantly talk about the way I look if I put a little bit of weight on, and there are unflattering photos.

“Honestly, I still have times where I’ll feel a bit sad or down about something, but I now don’t associate that with eating anymore. I don’t punish myself in that way.”

After the visit, Marissa says: “It just shows you that there is life after the hospital and you can recover.”

And Megan, who has since been discharged, adds: “It doesn’t stop you from reaching your goals. Jade said she had a goal in her mind and she got it.”

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While 46 percent of anorexia sufferers make a full recovery, it remains the biggest killer of all mental health conditions. But Thirlwall’s story shows there is hope for youngsters out there battling it.

“Life Hacks – I’ve Been There: Jade Thirlwall & Anorexia,” produced by Amelia Ellis, is released Sunday on BBC Sounds. Listen here.

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

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Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth separate after less than a year of marriage

Miley Cyrus and husband Liam Hemsworth have decided to separate, a representative for Cyrus confirmed Saturday.

The split comes less than a year after the on-again, off-again couple married in a private ceremony in December.

The rep said the pair are focusing right now on themselves and their careers but will stay “dedicated parents to all of their animals they share.”

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Miley Cyrus, left, and Liam Hemsworth attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala in New York, May 6, 2019. (Associated Press)

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Rumors of a split have been swirling for months and they escalated Saturday when Cyrus Instagrammed a photo of herself not wearing her wedding ring while on vacation in Italy.

Previously, Cyrus, 26, told Elle magazine for an interview in its August issue that she and Australian-born Hemsworth, 29, star of “The Hunger Games” movies and other films, had a “unique” relationship.

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“I’m in a hetero relationship,” Cyrus said, “but I still am very sexually attracted to women. I made a partner decision. This is the person I feel has my back the most. I definitely don’t fit into a stereotypical wife role. I don’t even like that word.”

The rep said the couple has requested privacy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Taylor Swift likens herself to Hillary Clinton as she explains why she was silent on politics

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Taylor Swift is coming clean on why she was silent about politics during the 2016 election: She thought she’d actually harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

“Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement,” Swift, 29, told Vogue’s all-important September issue, noticeably omitting President Trump’s name. “He was going around saying, I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you.’ I just knew I wasn’t going to help.”

Other stars, including Swift’s nemesis-turned-pal Katy Perry, Demi Lovato and more endorsed the Democratic candidate. However, the countrypop singer says it wasn’t just her celebrity that kept her mum — it was her specific reputation.

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“Also, you know, the summer before that election, all people were saying was, ‘She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar,'” Swift recalled of her own reputation in the latter half of 2016. “These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? ‘Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women.’ Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses.”

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Swift did, indeed, go underground for a significant period of time following the summer of 2016, when her then-seven-year (coming up on decade-long) feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian came to a head when Kardashian released video of Swift on the phone with West discussing his song, “Famous,” in which he mentions her name. Swift appeared to give her blessing to the track in the clips Kardashian released, but has steadfastly and vehemently denied approving the specific lyric “that b—h.”

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Swift didn’t share much else about her beef with the couple, save to say how it affected her own life.

She doesn’t appear to assume any responsibility for potentially perpetuating the pettiness for years through her own music and actions, but did confess to learning from the ordeal.

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“A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled, is a very isolating experience,” the “Archer” singer said. “I don’t think there are that many people who can actually understand what it’s like to have millions of people hate you very loudly. When you say someone is ‘canceled,’ it’s not a TV show. It’s a human being. You’re sending mass amounts of messaging to this person to either shut up, disappear, or it could also be perceived as, ‘Kill yourself.’”

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“I realized I needed to restructure my life because it felt completely out of control,” she admitted. “I knew immediately I needed to make music about it because I knew it was the only way I could survive it. It was the only way I could preserve my mental health and also tell the story of what it’s like to go through something so humiliating.”

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Swift turned to songwriting as a means of activism as well. Recounting a time close friend Todrick Hall asked her what she’d do if she had a gay son, Swift explained that she felt like she wasn’t being clear enough on her stances for LGBTQ rights.

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“Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male. I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of,” she said. “It’s hard to know how to do that without being so fearful of making a mistake that you just freeze. Because my mistakes are very loud.”

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She added, “When I make a mistake, it echoes through the canyons of the world. It’s clickbait, and it’s a part of my life story, and it’s a part of my career arc.”

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Indie singer-songwriter David Berman dead at 52

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Singer-songwriter David Berman, who formed the 1990s indie band Silver Jews, died by suicide on Wednesday.

He was 52.

Berman’s record label, Drag City, announced the news on Twitter, writing, “We couldn’t be more sorry to tell you this. David Berman passed away earlier today. A great friend and one of the most inspiring individuals we’ve ever known is gone. Rest easy, David.”

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Variety reports that Berman was slated to tour with his new band, the Purple Mountains, starting Saturday in New York.

Berman reportedly battled drug addiction for years, suffering several overdoses and at least one attempted suicide.

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Berman had written in a post on the Drag City Records message board about his anger with his father, gun and tobacco lobbyist Richard Berman, from whom he was estranged.

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