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Believe Luisana Lopilato: Husband Michael Bublé Is Not an Abuser

Lopilato noted that the backlash was encouraged by the public's high-strung mindset during quarantine; people at home going stir-crazy are more likely to create false drama in order to entertain themselves.

Grammy-winning singer Michael Bublé has faced intense scrutiny since he appeared to "elbow" his wife "aggressively" in an Instagram Live feed.

His wife and Argentinian model and actress, 32, Luisana Lopilato took to Instagram to defend her husband after backlash flooded Twitter and Instagram. Bublé, 44, and his wife have been live streaming to their fans while quarantining together. Many viewers allege that Bublé has shown a pattern of abusive behavior in their livestreams, from "elbowing" his wife and grabbing her arm for speaking over him in a 2-second video clip to telling her "I'm going to kill you" when she fumbled the phone after a livestream.


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CULTURE

8 Celebrities Who Peaked Before They Were Famous

Because it turns out celebrities exist even before we hear about them.

So many celebrities seem to build their entire lives around careers in entertainment.

Good for them. They knew what they wanted to do, and they were actually lucky and talented enough to be successful. But for a lot of these people, it's hard to imagine how they would function in the world without their celebrity status. That's why people freak out when they find out that Taylor Swift can cook. She not only eats people food, she actually knows how to prepare it! Do you think she even washes her own dishes?!

But there is another class of celebrity. People who had full, interesting, and often insane lives before anyone had ever heard of them. People like...

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MUSIC

“JACKBOYS” Is Cool, but Sheck Wes Is Not

The compilation album is actually awesome, but Sheck Wes is more trouble than he’s worth

Compilation albums are a tricky feat to master.

Every label has their weakest link, an artist whose potential seemingly fizzled out shortly after signing. Despite a compelling New York Times expose, Valee has yet to reach the standards set up for him after joining G.O.O.D Music. Meanwhile, Jay Electronica signed to Roc Nation in 2010, but his debut album remains elusive a decade later. For Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang, the title of weakest link has continuously seemed to go to the Chevy Woods, who despite a multitude of releases has yet to truly achieve lift off.

That's not to say that the aforementioned artists don't have stable careers. There are a plethora of musicians that don't achieve the stardom of their heavy-hitting counterparts and still go on to curate perfectly fine music and lead perfectly fine lives. But their disparities are exasperated when they're put into a room with some of their label's top-tier talent. JACKBOYS is a perfectly fine compilation album, and it effectively balances a handful of Cactus Jack's unique budding talents, but the problematic Sheck Wes is not one of them.

JACKBOYS, Sheck Wes - GANG GANG (Audio)

"Flamin' Harlem with the goons, we was wildin skipping school / Now we go make the (Ching Ching)" are a few of the lackluster bars Wes offers on JACKBOYS. Aside from making one of the most obnoxious frat-anthems of 2018, Sheck Wes faced serious stalking and abuse allegations later that year from R&B starlet Justine Skye. No criminal charges ensued, but text messages and a disturbing video of Wes breaking into Skye's residence all but proves the rapper's issues with boundaries. Wes also recently starred as Nebuchadnezzar in Kanye West's insanely problematic opera.

Personal turmoil aside, the dude is just not a good rapper. His latest single, "YKTS," sounds like a drunken freestyle, with Wes offering some insanely clunky bars: "I bring home the bacon, young Sheck Wes, I do not do haram, uh, I eat the halal, uh, pork, I ain't never taste it." He is not a talent worth fostering, and Cactus Jack would be better off without him. Instead, let's all pay attention to Don Toliver, who undoubtedly is Travis Scott's successor.

CULTURE

The Cleveland Browns Are a Model NFL Team: Jermaine Whitehead Waived

Jermaine Whitehead was fired for making violent and racial threats on Twitter—also for sucking at football.

Dawgs by Nature

NFL athletes have long seemed to receive a pass when it comes to the social justice of the #MeToo movement and legal consequences for domestic violence.

In September Senator Richard Blumenthal wrote a condemning statement about NFL players being treated as exceptions to the law and common decency: "The NFL has failed to lead on the issue of domestic violence & sexual assault by its players. These heinous crimes must be taken more seriously with greater oversight & accountability." After the scandal surrounding Ray Rice's domestic abuse case highlighted the NFL's failure to act responsibly, media attention began signaling that "The Sports World Needs Its #MeToo Moment" and that the NFL needs to issue bans for violent behavior.

The Cleveland Browns, in a possible attempt to not grievously disappoint fans with their ethics as well as their performance, have waived Jermaine Whitehead after he made violent threats against fans and Dustin Fox, a former NFL player and Browns radio host, on Twitter. After Whitehead's poor performance was mocked on Twitter immediately following the Brown's loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Whitehead lashed out at fans who criticized an easy missed tackle of Noah Fant.

He used violent and racial language such as, "Don't get shot at lil b*tch...can you whoop my ass f*ck football...let me know when you need the address," "CRACKER," and "Imma kill you b*tch...that's on blood."


In response, the Browns let Whitehead go. A spokesperson for the team issued the statement, "Jermaine Whitehead's social media posts following today's game were totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate. We immediately spoke with Jermaine upon learning of these comments. The Browns in no way condone that type of language or behavior. This matter will be further addressed internally."

It turned out that meant waiving the safety, which is frankly a surprisingly level-headed and socially responsible reaction by a team in a traditionally "tone deaf" league. Of course, Whitehead, 26, didn't think so. On Instagram he posted a self-pitying paragraph that laments his unfair treatment: "Crazy world. They line it up and say anything in the book too you," he said in the caption of a photo of himself walking outside with a suitcase in his right hand and a cast on the left one. "They tell you take the high road, when yo whole life you was taught to meet fire with fire. I do apologize for my performance, but having a broke hand and a strong fear of letting my team down is my downfall. Whatever happens happens. Ain trippin. They probably gone still talk crazy but this me getting smoke off my chest. I don't need one like.. this from me to me! Keep ya head up homie, can't nobody f--- with you. I dare em to try."

TV

What Are Kate's Relationship Demons on "This Is Us"?

That feeling when your older boss looks up your address and appears on your doorstep, uninvited: RUN

What do you do when the co-worker you've started making out with at work suddenly shows up at your door to have dinner with your family?

Don't worry, he just knows that you're dreading it, so he looked through your job application to find your address and decided to show up uninvited. You're also a teenager, he's in his twenties, and he's also your boss. What do you do? Slam the f*cking door.

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Unfortunately, it's truly not that simple when a charming individual starts pushing personal boundaries—especially if you're a young woman ages 18 to 24, especially when it's your first relationship, and especially when it's not long after your father just died (from a janky crock-pot, no less). That's what we know about Kate Pearson's teen years so far on season 4 of This Is Us. Among the most tear-jerking moments from last week's episode were Randall's realization that he's passed his anxiety on to his daughter and Uncle Nicky's bonding moment with Kevin. But then Kate and Rebecca shared an ominous moment while reminiscing on Kate's first boyfriend, Marc. After Kate discovers an old Polaroid of herself and Marc, her mother reflects solemnly, "I was trying so hard to hold it together that year after your father died, and I wanted to believe so badly that you kids were happy, I didn't see what was happening." Kate responded, "I didn't see it either."

Based on executive producers' and young Kate actress' (Hannah Zeile) thinly veiled hints and the show's typically dramatic build-up, signs point to Kate's first love turning into an abusive relationship. The twenty-something-year old has recently hired the teenager to work at the record store, and we see Kate and Marc spending most of her shift kissing in the back room. While Kate introduces Marc as her "friend from work," he ignores that to introduce himself as her boyfriend. While Marc seems charming and affable (not to mention his 90s grunge, laid back vibe), his charisma is paired with a slightly possessive hold on Kate's arm throughout his visit.


Co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker hasn't been coy about the show's exploration of this dark time in young Kate's life. He's confirmed that fans "should have a healthy amount of concern" over what occurred in Kate's first relationship. "I mean, there's something ominous looming there, the way that Rebecca and Kate are speaking about that relationship in present day," he explained. "And although he seems like a sweet guy now, it certainly seems like that did not end well for Kate." Fellow showrunner Elizabeth Berger has been more to the point, highlighting red flags in Marc's brief appearance on the show. He arrives, uninvited, at the Pearson home for a tense family dinner, passing it off as a seemingly charming gesture so Kate wouldn't have to "deal with this alone." But Berger notes that the act is particularly "telling" about his character. "That will definitely prove to be symbolic of Mark's larger personality," she revealed. "He's obviously somebody that goes for what he wants and feels entitled to show up to a place even when he's not invited."

Dan Fogelman's NBC family drama has managed to address a litany of delicate issues without exploiting trauma for higher ratings. From addiction and miscarriages to mental illness and HIV/AIDS, what's jokingly referred to as the show that makes America cry is a well-crafted tableau of a flawed family that doesn't always handle its demons well. As Aptaker notes about Kate's teen years, "I think Kate's at an incredibly sensitive, potentially vulnerable time in her life, a little bit aimless, searching for meaning and searching for a plan in the wake of her father's death." Compounded with the fact that the highest rates of partner violence occur among females ages 18 to 24, Kate's long-standing struggles with body image, self-confidence, and food could easily be influenced by an early abusive relationship.


It's also sadly reflective of society, as nearly 1 in 3 (35.6%) of women in the U.S. "have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime," according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Nearly half of all women (48.4%) have experienced "psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime." And while there are many forms of partner abuse (all varied, but all valid), whether emotional, physical, verbal, sexual, or even economic, anyone can fall into an abusive relationship if preyed upon during a vulnerable time. Furthermore, teens who experience abuse become alarmingly more susceptible to depression, anxiety, and harmful behaviors like substance abuse. After working with One Love Foundation's #ThatsNotLove campaign, 20-year-old Mattis Collier reflected, "It's not just bruises that are giveaways for an abusive relationship… It's how someone talks to you. It's how someone treats you. It's how someone talks about you to others."