Camila Cabello Details Her Private Battle With OCD in Personal Essay

Camila Cabello is pulling back the curtain on her private battle with OCD. 

In a candid personal essay penned for WSJ. Magazine in honor of Mental Health Month, the Grammy-nominated songstress came forward about something she’s been personally facing behind the veneer of her Instagram feed. 

“But here’s what there aren’t pictures of from the last year: me crying in the car talking to my mom about how much anxiety and how many symptoms of OCD [obsessive-compulsive disorder] I was experiencing,” she began. “My mom and me in a hotel room reading books about OCD because I was desperate for relief. Me experiencing what felt like constant, unwavering, relentless anxiety that made day-to-day life painfully hard.”

In the essay, Cabello described how her anxiety has manifested as OCD and her struggle with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors also caused chronic headaches and stopped her from sleeping. 

“My body went through what felt like multiple roller-coaster rides every day. I kept going and kept showing up, never letting people around me know how much I was really struggling,” she shared. “But you probably felt my distance on some level. All my loved ones did.”


The performer also explained that the embarrassment and shame she felt about what she was experiencing kept her from sharing it. 

“I didn’t want the people who thought I was strong and capable and confident—the people who most believed in me—to find out that I felt weak. The little voice in my head was telling me that if I was honest about my mental health struggle and my internal battles (i.e. being human), people would think there was something wrong with me, or that I wasn’t strong, or that I couldn’t handle things,” the 23-year-old star said. “That same little voice also told me maybe I was being ungrateful for all the good in my life—and that hiding the open wound I’d been avoiding the last few years was the easiest and fastest solution.”

As she affirmed, however, “all of that is not the truth” and hiding her suffering did not heal it. She touched on how she also couldn’t be present for loved ones because “my mind was making so much noise and my hands were full trying to handle my own pain. I knew I needed to take action and take ownership of the one mind and the one life I was given.”

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Ultimately, Cabello sought professional help and did months-long work, including cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation and breath work. “It also took a lot of self-love (believing I am inherently worthy of happiness, belonging, love and joy, no matter what), self-compassion (not emotionally beating myself up for struggling) and self-awareness (calling myself out on my s–t),” she noted. 

While advocating for continued conversations around mental health and those suffering to speak up, the star confirmed she now feels “the healthiest and most connected to myself I’ve ever been” and “rarely” suffers from OCD symptoms currently. 

“For a long time, anxiety felt like it was robbing me of my humor, my joy, my creativity and my trust,” she wrote. “But now anxiety and I are good friends. I listen to her, because I know she’s just trying to keep me safe, but I don’t give her too much attention. And I sure as hell don’t let her make any decisions.”

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Normal People Will Probably Never Get a Second Season (and That's a Good Thing)

Watch out! This post contains spoilers.

By now, we can confidently say that the BBC and Hulu’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel, Normal People, is the most popular rom-com drama series of 2020. Depicting the lives of two Irish teenagers — Marianne and Connell — as they navigate early adulthood, first love, and heartbreak, the series is 12 episodes of pure emotion. Everything from the candid sex scenes to Marianne’s summer style — and especially Connell’s damn silver chain — has captured the hearts of, well, all of us.

But the series ended on a sad note, and now that we’ve recovered from having our hearts ripped out and stomped on in the show’s final moments, we’re wondering whether a season two is in the cards. In short: it’s not. The adaptation is incredibly faithful to Rooney’s book, and the series ticks off all the topics addressed in the original story. Of course, we know that it’s not unprecedented for TV series’ storylines to eclipse that of the book that inspired it (take Game of Thrones, for example), but it’s rarely done well or in a way that does justice to the characters.

Lovers of the book will probably argue that the beauty of Connell and Marianne’s entire love story is in the heartbreaking ending that sees their lives go in different directions. And I agree. It’s rare that a fictional romance is left with loose ends, rather than being tied up in a neat little bow by the last chapter — and that’s exactly what makes Normal People so believable. These two characters cannot communicate, and their relationship is essentially a series of frustrating miscommunications and breakups — although they clearly have a lot of love for one another — so it’s nearly impossible to imagine that they’d suddenly get their sh*t together by the end of their time at university. Rooney’s book ends in exactly the same way the series does: on a gut-wrenching cliff hanger, so that’s exactly how the series should end to.

The Normal People creators have already turned their attention to adapting one of Rooney’s other bestsellers, Conversations With Friends, so it would seem that a second season of Normal People is definitely out of the question, at least for the foreseeable future. In an interview with Wonderland Magazine in May, Paul Mescal (who plays Connell) admitted that he’s content with how the series ended, but wouldn’t say no to stepping into Connell’s shoes again in the future. That said, when asked point blank whether a season two was in the works, he said, “It’s not on the cards at the moment.”

Will we keep our fingers crossed for a follow-up novel from Rooney that catches up with Marianne and Connell years down the line when their lives inevitably meet again (you know, or not)? Of course. And if that time comes, we’ll be the first to campaign for a second season. But until then, we’ll just be here, mopping up our tears.

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Louis Vuitton’s New Fragrance Bears Alex Israel's L.A. Sunset Aesthetic

Alex Israel, in Malibu, on the set of his film SPF-18, with the actors Bianca Santos and Noah Centineo, May 2015.

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Louis Vuitton’s history of artist collaborations goes back 20 years, ever since then-artistic director Marc Jacobs called on Stephen Sprouse to transform the house’s monogrammed logo with his neon handwriting. The collaborations are often rooted in contrast, setting pop-oriented aesthetics against the traditional look of their chocolate brown leather goods—think Takashi Murakami’s cartoonish cherry blossoms, or Yayoi Kusama’s pulsating circles. 

Now, for the first time, that collaborative spirit has been extended into the realm of fragrance. For California Dream, a new sunset-inspired perfume, multimedia artist Alex Israel has applied his signature cotton candy color palette to a sleek bottle and carrying case. The L.A. native has long looked upward for inspiration in his “Sky Backdrops” series, splashing dreamy swaths of pink and blue clouds onto massive canvases, entire gallery walls, and even Rimowa suitcases in a nod to the Hollywood sound stages of the Technicolor era. 

Master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud sought to transpose the emotions brought up by a California sunset into a fragrance, combining contrasting elements of warmth and coolness, freshness and softness that evoke the transitional. “A sunset is at once ephemeral and perpetual, a moment that’s unique and yet eternally renewed,” Belletrud said. “The same goes for perfume, which is at once elusive and always true.”  The result: a floral, citrusy concoction mellowed out with ambrette and benzoin, a resin with an aroma reminiscent of vanilla. 

California Dream joins the Les Colognes collection, a trio of summery scents with summery names: the earthy, tangy Cactus Garden; the bergamot-centric Afternoon Swim; and Sun Song, a soft, musky orange blossom. All four can be stashed in a leather carrying case emblazoned with one of Israel’s cresting waves, a motif that first appeared in his conceptual surf film SPF-18. Even in a summer like this one, it’s a reminder of optimism and endless capacity for renewal.

Related: Spring’s Most Cheerful Pieces Are Bound to Make You Smile

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Cheer for the Cast of Bring It On Then and Now

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They’re sexy! They’re cute! They’re popular to boot!

Start chanting along with the cheers that pepper the now-classic 2000 teen comedy Bring It On and you might never stop. Or at least you’re going to have “that’s alright, that’s OK, you’re gonna pump our gas someday” in your head for hours.

But what’s more than alright and more than OK, is that it’s Jesse Bradford‘s birthday today (you know you want to chant it)—and because this is a cheerocracy, we have decided that the timing is spot-on to check in with the cast of the sleeper hit about a high school cheerleading squad from a privileged enclave in San Diego, Calif., that learns the true meaning of teamwork after it turns out their former captain was stealing routines from other squads.

As Kirsten Dunst, who did some cheering herself in eighth grade, pointed out to E! News almost 20 years ago, the important objective she feels they achieved with the film was to push against the stereotype of the ditzy cheerleader (Eliza Dushku‘s Missy certainly has her preconceived notions) and show how hard those athletes really work.

“They’re gymnasts and dancers, this is like a sport and no one really realizes it,” Dunst explained.

“The kind of cheerleaders that we’re portraying in the film,” added Gabrielle Union, “it’s on such another level as far as the athleticism and the level of commitment.”

Don’t worry, there’s no need for you to attempt to execute a wolf wall pyramid—all that tumbling around isn’t suitable for social distancing at the moment anyway.

Rather, sit back, relax, and enjoy the nostalgic scent of clover in the atmosphere:

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Kirsten Dunst

Torrance Shipman’s dream came true when she was named Big Red’s successor as cheer captain—and it was up to Tor to reunite her squad in time for Nationals when the pyramid threatened to come crashing down around them. 

Dunst, meanwhile, started off as a child star in the likes of Interview With the Vampire and Little Women and has remained a prolific actress, starring in (to name a few) The Virgin Suicides, the Spider-Man trilogy, Marie AntoinetteMelancholiaMidnight Special and The Beguiled More recently she’s been tearing it up with the dark humor on TV, earning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Fargo and another Globe nomination in 2020 for On Becoming a God in Central Florida.

On May 3, 2018, she welcomed her first child, son Ennis, with Fargo co-star turned real-life love Jesse Plemons.

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Eliza Dushku

New girl Missy appears to be 100 percent attitude (decorated with felt-tip barbed wire), but after learning that cheerleaders aren’t all bobbleheads, she wants to win for the Toros as much as anybody.

Before Bring It On, Dushku was best known for playing five-by-five Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (before which she played Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s daughter in True Lies), and then went on to star in her own short-lived spy drama, Dollhouse, and the supernatural crime series Tru Calling, playing a medical student who can talk to the dead, which turns out to be an ideal tool for solving murders. She’s done a ton of voice work (Torchwood: Web of LiesHulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.) and most recently appeared in the CBS series Bull and The Saint, a pilot for a new show based on the 1960s TV series that ultimately went straight to VOD.

Dushku married businessman Peter Palandjian in August 2018 and they welcomed a son, Bourne, in 2019. In other good news, Dushku just celebrated her graduation from college in May 2020 (online, like the rest of the Class of 2020) and plans to enter a Master’s program in Holistic Counseling, Psychology, Theory & Practice.

“This has been a dream (as many of you know!) for a long, LONG time coming,” she wrote on Instagram. “I moved back to Boston almost 5 years ago with a few credits under my belt & some fierce determination to complete my BA. Along the way I met the love of my life (Peter P!) who has rooted me on endlessly, with my beautiful family (hi mom, Aaron, Leni, Ben, Nate, Ami! + study nights with my niece & nephews Kyle, Sof, & Joji were true highlights!) & friends (too many to name but I SEE YOU!!) believing in me, our perfect little nugget, Bourne, joining me in my belly for the last few semesters.”

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Jesse Bradford

He believed in her! Missy’s brother, Cliff, does too-cool-for-school things like read The Naked Ape during football games, but he’s drawn to sunny, spirited Tor all the same.

Bradford, who also started acting as a kid, went on to star in the teen stalker thriller Swim Fan and the sci-fi action flick Clockstoppers in 2002; had a memorable turn as Josh Lyman’s intern Ryan in The West Wing; and played a reluctant war hero in Clint Eastwood‘s Flags of Our Fathers. He’s been in a dozen indie films and recent TV appearances include NCISShooter and Magnum P.I. Along the way, back in 2005, he was part of an investment group that included Chris Noth, Damon Dash and Petra Nemcova that opened the New York City nightclub NA—and Eliza Dushku celebrated a birthday there!

Bradford married wife Andrea Watrouse (his actual last name) in 2018.

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Gabrielle Union

We all know that Union hasn’t changed a bit since playing rival cheerleader Isis and her East Compton Clovers cheer outfit remains in the family.

The ageless actress has been in a slew of movies since, among them The BrothersDeliver Us From EvaBad Boys IIThe Perfect Holiday, Cadillac RecordsThink Like a ManTop FiveBirth of a NationGirls Trip and Breaking In. She won an NAACP Image Award for her role as a driven journalist in the BET series Being Mary Jane and now plays an LAPD detective (who is her same character from Bad Boys II) in Spectrum Originals’ LA’s Finest.

Union spent a season as a judge on America’s Got Talent and upon her exit from the show alleged there was a “toxic culture” on set and she was subjected to racist and sexist remarks. However, an independent investigation determined that “no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union’s appearance,” NBC and AGT producers shared on May 27, 2020.

“At the end of all this, my goal is real change—and not just on this show but for the larger parent company. It starts from the top down,” Union told Variety before the investigation results were released. “My goal is to create the happiest, most high-functioning, inclusive, protected and healthy example of a workplace.”

Union married now-retired NBA star Dwyane Wade in 2014 after almost six years of dating. They welcomed daughter Kaavia James via surrogate in 2018 and she is also stepmom to Wade’s three kids from previous relationships.

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Clare Kramer

Courtney doesn’t wear anything under her cheer pants, so… there’s that. 

Right after Bring It On, Kramer dove into the role of Gloria, the biggest bad Sunnydale had been threatened with to date, in the fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was in the 2002 adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ The Rules of Attraction as well as a slew of horror films and supernatural TV series, which included a guest appearance on Eliza Dushku’s show Tru Calling.

She cofounded the website Geeknation because, as she said in an interview with GEEKisH at Oz Comic-Con in 2018, she’s a fan like everybody else. She also hosted the podcast Take Five With Clare Kramer, which she called a highlight of the journey, and segued into hosting and moderating at fan-driven events while continuing to act, most recently in the Lifetime Movie Dating to Kill.

Kramer married producer Brian Keathley in 2005 and they have four children. A fangirl through and through, she refers to herself as a “Mother of Dragons” on her Instagram bio.

“We had the best time filming that movie,” she said about Bring It On, telling GEEKisH, “When I first read the script I didn’t totally understand it because a lot of it was written in this cheer lingo…but I definitely wanted to be a part of it.” Eight auditions later, she got the part and reported for cheer boot camp.

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Nicole Bilderback

Five years after her movie debut in Clueless as Summer, Bilderback played bitchy but ultimately harmless Whitney, who eventually proves to be a team player.

Bring It On was her biggest movie but she has steadily worked in film and TV, including a recurring role as Heather on Dawson’s Creek, followed by HouseHeroesCold CaseNumb3rsCastleThe MentalistBonesNCIS: New Orleans and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. An expert in martial arts as well as a trained dancer, Bilderback has done all of her own stunts through the years.

Jenny Han, author of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books, wrote in a 2018 New York Times essay that she feels that, if Bilderback were coming up now, she’d be the lead in more projects. “She’d be the star of a teen movie, because I would make it my mission to write one for her,” Han wrote. 

Bilderback, who is Korean-American, told Huffington Post in 2018, “The majority of the roles that I’ve portrayed have been roles that were either intended for Caucasian actresses or the ethnicity wasn’t specified. So for me, I got lucky in the sense of I wasn’t really typecast as just an Asian actress. And I think a lot of that had to do with the timing. I was one of the first. It was like me, Lucy Liu, Lindsay Price and one or two other actresses who are still working today.”

Asked what it was like continuing to audition at that point in her career, Bilderback (who read for Crazy Rich Asians but didn’t get it) replied, “I’ve always been very fortunate. I’ve always worked. But it’s, for me personally, getting to the next level that I thought I would have already been at by now.

“Because I’ve always been a contender. I was always getting down to the wire, and politics have been a speed bump. Here I would be a contender for a lead role in something, whether it be a TV show or a great role in a big movie, and there would already be an offer out to a star name, or they went with a different ethnicity. And then it’s funny, because this year has been a really beautiful, big breakthrough year for me because I returned to writing. I wrote a half-hour, single-camera sitcom pilot, kind of loosely about my life, really. I’m also producing now. I’m producing my first feature film. I had to realize, ‘Oh, wait a minute, there’s than one way of becoming a successful actress and reaching the success that I’ve always known I was meant to reach, other than just through auditioning.”

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Natina Reed

Isis’ fiery friend and squad mate Jenelope didn’t hold back, leaving diplomacy to her captain.

Reed was a songwriter and member of the trio Blaque, whose second album, Blaque Out!, came out in 2001. She appeared in the show V.I.P. and the Jessica Alba movie Honey (Blaque’s “I’m Good” was on the soundtrack) before she decided to focus solely on music. Blaque broke up in the mid-’00s but briefly reunited in 2010.

She had a son, Tren, in 2002 with rapper Kurupt and “she was tremendously excited to be a mother,” her father, the Rev. Paul Reed, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Tren was her priority from that point on.”

Sadly, Reed died in October 2012 when she was hit by a car while walking along Lawrenceville Highway, north of Lilburn, Ga. She was 32.

“The very last time we were together, we were all in the studio,” Brandi Williams, Reed’s mate in Blaque along with Shamari DeVoe, told You Know I Got Soul in 2013. “It was so interesting because of course, we didn’t know that would be the last time we were together. It just felt so natural like we hadn’t been away from each other. It felt like we had been each other everyday up until that day. Shamari was going to school, I was doing my own thing and Natina was jogging on with the Blaque train going as well as her personal thing, so we weren’t really together everyday. When we got in that studio that very last time, it felt like we had never left each other’s side.”

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Lindsay Sloane

Big Red left the Toros high and dry when she graduated and it was soon revealed that she had been ripping off the East Compton Clovers and other cheer squads for who knows how long. Villain!

Sloane has been doing movies and TV ever since, appearing in films such as She’s Out of My LeagueThe Other Guys and the two Horrible Bosses films, as well as shows ranging from The West Wing and Entourage to How I Met Your MotherWeeds and PsychKroll Show and Drunk History.

She’s been married to talent agent Dar Rollins since 2004 and they have two daughters together, Maxwell and Pippa.

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Ian Roberts

Oh, Sparky Polastri, the charlatan expert on the difference between jazz hands and spirit fingers.

Roberts is a founding member of legendary improv troupe Upright Citizens Brigade whose talents have been put to good use in AnchormanTalladega NightsReno 911!Step BrothersWorkaholicsKey & PeeleDrunk History and wherever else antics are sold.

He has two children, Declan and Josie, with wife Katie.

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Shamari Fears

East Compton Clover Lava also had Isis’ back no matter what.

Fears was also a member of Blaque with Natina Reed and Brandi Williams. She’s been married to Ronnie DeVoe of Bell Biv DeVoe and New Edition fame since 2005 and they welcomed twin sons, Roman and Ronald, in 2017.

In 2018 Fears joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and appeared in season 11.

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Richard Hillman

Tor’s smarmy boyfriend Aaron started cheating on her seemingly the second he moved away to college, but she at least got the chance to put him in his place.

With previous credits including Detroit Rock City and Boys and Girls, after Bring It On Hillman had a bit part in Legally Blonde and guest-starred on the TV show Jack & Jill, but he appeared to leave the business behind in 2002 after a decade-long career. He died in 2009 at the age of 34; the cause was not reported.

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Nathan West

In a getting-to-know-you convo with Missy, Jan declares how super-straight he is by making it known that Courtney doesn’t wear anything under her cheer pants (which she does knowingly, as implied when she gives Jan a pointed look before game time one night). Oh, 2000.

After a handful of more roles in the likes of The Skulls II and Miracle (he played major junior ice hockey in Canada), he left the acting game in 2010 and is now busy raising three kids with wife Chyler Leigh—Lexi, on Grey’s Anatomy. They met at an audition for a WB series called Saving Graces. The show wasn’t meant to be, but they were.

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Huntley Ritter

As far as sexuality goes, Les—as he tells Missy—is “controversial.” Oh, 2000.

Ritter went on to appear in more films, including The Wedding PlannerWishcraft and We Are Marshall, but stopped acting in around 2007 and went into producing and business, becoming an executive at the Virgin Group and then founding his own interactive ad company, USeek.

“One day, while I was sitting in the doctor’s office awaiting an appointment, I noticed three reading options on the table; Golf Digest, Women’s Health, and Where’s Waldo? I remember thinking, I hadn’t seen Where’s Waldo? since I was a kid, so I picked it up,” he recalled to Forbes in 2019. “What was fascinating is that it now included Starbucks, Holiday Inn and other brands sprinkled throughout the search. I found myself engaged and having fun and it led me to think, “Why are we not making ad content more fun like this?” 

Their headquarters are in Whitefish, Mont., which Ritter calls “a great place to raise a family.”

Recalling how he first got interested in being on the other side of the camera, Ritter said, “When I was doing Bring It On in San Diego, I pulled my chair up next to one of the main producers and said, ‘Hey, I really want to be a producer. I’d love to shadow you if that’s OK.’ He jokingly replied, ‘Why? You have the cushiest job in the world. You’re one of the main actors in the movie.’ But after some back and forth, he agreed to let me learn directly from him.”

Not long after, “I moved onto the physical production and agency side of the house at Stafford, which I still have. We started doing short form advertising campaigns and we began working with Comcast sales teams to come up with creative pitches and packages while dabbling with e-com click through technologies. All of this eventually led to the idea for USeek.”

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Peyton Reed

When the Toros are learning the intricacies of Mime as part of their crash course in creativity before Nationals, the mime teaching them the moves is the film’s director, Peyton Reed

Having previously worked in TV, including Mr. Show With Bob and David and “The Love Bug” for Wonderful World of DisneyBring It On marked his feature movie debut. He has since directed—stop us if you’ve heard of some of these—Down With LoveThe Break-UpYes ManAnt-Man and Ant-Man and the WaspAnt-Man 3 is in the works.

Asked in 2018 if he thought massive spectacle movies like those he was making for the Marvel Cinematic Universe were crowding out the kinds of smaller (albeit still studio) pictures he first made a name for himself with, he thought not.

“I don’t think it any tougher now,” he told Tech Crunch. “Honestly, in some ways it’s a bit easier, because not only studios but people like Netflix are financing comedies and stuff like that. I guess what I’m saying is: It’s always been tough.”

“I was 20 or 21. You see the words Cheer Fever [the movie’s original title], and as a dude I was kinda going, ‘I don’t know, is this for me?'” Bradford, who’s celebrating his 41st birthday, recalled to Entertainment Weekly in 2015. “But then I met Peyton, and it was so clear to me that he was a smart guy and that he had a vision.”

“Let the record state,” he also said, “that I bought that Clash T-shirt off of eBay, because I was worried that somebody was going to try to put me in a reproduction that was too big or whatever… But Cliff is probably the most accurate version of the real me that I’ve ever portrayed on camera.”

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Recording Academy Leaders Cover John Prine’s ‘Angel From Montgomery’ For Charity

The Recording Academy paid tribute to Grammy award winner John Prine by covering a special version of his song “Angel From Montgomery.”

The proceeds of “Angel From Montgomery” will benefit the MusiCares‘ COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Prine died of complications due to COVID-19 on April 7. To honor him, some of the Recording Academy’s board members recorded and released the special version of the song on May 22. “Angel From Montgomery” is a song from the songwriter’s self-titled 1971 album.

Recording Academy trustee Michael Romanowski, who originated the idea, said that the vision behind the project was not only to honor Prine but also to help the music community affected by the pandemic.

“We started this project as a way to raise money for MusiCares. With John’s passing, we also wanted to raise awareness that this can strike anybody,” he said.

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Golf games of up to four people and tennis doubles matches to be allowed – The Sun

GOLF games of up to four people and doubles tennis matches will be allowed to restart from Monday, Boris Johnson announced this evening.

People are now allowed to meet up to six different people from different households and small team sports will be allowed to restart as lockdown restrictions are slowly eased.

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The move to allow multiple people from different households to meet up again – as long as they are socially distancing – comes after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said eight people can meet up if they are only from two households.

England has previously only allowed two people from different households to see one another.

Mr Johnson announced the five crucial tests for lifting lockdown had now been met and the UK would move to alert level 3.

The nation has been at level 4 for the past two months.

Mr Johnson said this evening: "These changes mean that friends and family can start to meet their loved ones perhaps seeing both parents at once or both grandparents at once."

"For many people I know this will be a long awaited and joyful moment." 

"We know the transmission of the virus is far lower outdoors so we can confidently allow more interaction outside."

Boris Johnson revealed this evening:

  • People living in England will be able to hang out in groups of six others from other households – but they must remain outside and stay 2m apart
  • People will be able to play golf in groups of four, and tennis doubles from Monday
  • Schools will open next week as planned – but for a small number of pupils only
  • Businesses are set to return from June 1 and June 15 as the PM revealed last week

People in England will also be allowed to see one another in private gardens.

The relaxations are part of the Prime Minister's three-phase plan to ease lockdown.

The Prime Minister warned that there could be further local lockdowns even after restrictions have been eased.

He said: "All the steps we have taken are conditional on the data and on the scientific advice"

"In all frankness there will be further local outbreaks so we will monitor what is going on very carefully.

"We will put on the brakes where is required and where necessary we will reimpose measures

"Its very important to be clear about that upfront – we will see how these new changes are working."


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Baby No. 2? Kelly Rowland Talks Future Family Plans

A sibling for Titan? Kelly Rowland and her husband, Tim Weatherspoon, “don’t know” exactly when they want to add another baby to their brood.

“I mean, it’s quarantine! Anything can happen,” the singer, 39, told Us Weekly exclusively on Wednesday, May 27, while promoting her Betty Crocker partnership. “I don’t know to be honest.”

The Georgia native joked that “so many people are having quarantine babies” amid the coronavirus pandemic, telling Us, “Babies are expensive. I want everybody to know that.”

The Grammy winner welcomed her and Weatherspoon’s son, now 5, in 2014. Three years after his birth, Rowland told Us exclusively, “I do want to have another one.”

For now, the “Motivation” singer is raising her baby boy and battling “very real” guilt as a working mom. “I try to just remember the fact that he is still happy, even in a time that he’s not having my attention,” Rowland told Us on Wednesday. “He’s still a happy kid and I’m also showing him what responsibility looks like, so I try not to give myself too much of a hard time because I do want him to be responsible and I do want him to see me working so that he will eventually want to get a job and want to have something that he’s just as passionate about as well.”

The former Destiny’s Child member is currently hanging at home with the little one amid the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping busy by “pretending to be dinosaur[s]” and “watching documentaries every night on sharks and whales.“

Rowland went on to tell Us, “We are doing different projects. … We play hide-and-seek In the house, we draw, we just chill! We play games.”

Since the “Work” singer is “not a very good cook,” she “always resorts to Betty Crocker Classics” when in the kitchen. She gushed to Us about the #BettyBringstheParty Sweepstakes, which will give 1,000 birthday baking kits and a personalized message from Rowland to winners selected on Monday, June 1.

With reporting by Carly Sloane

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Aldi is bringing back sell out hanging egg chair – just like Stacey Solomon and Mrs Hinch’s

Stacey Solomon swears by her hanging egg chair to get son Rex off to sleep, and Mrs Hinch loves sitting in hers with her baby Ronnie.

Now you can have your own version as Aldi are bringing back the popular seat from Sunday (31 May) available online only.

The £149.99 hanging chair suspended from a powder-coated iron frame received rave reviews last summer and it quickly sold out.

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Both Stacey and Mrs Hinch often share snaps from their garden sat in their own hanging chairs, but Aldi are selling theirs at a fraction of the cost.

While the egg chair will give you the best seat outdoors, it is actually suitable for indoor use as well – if you've got the perfect spot.

The stylish rattan design is a favourite amongst house-proud celebs, and comes with a padded, polyester seat, back cushions, a safety rope, as well as a three-year warranty.

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  • Mrs Hinch shares throwback transformation snaps but says she feels 'less confident' now

The chair which racked up hundreds of five-star reviews on its launch last summer, will be available for pre-order on Sunday with orders being shipped after 4 June.

Mrs Hinch's gorgeous grey hanging chair is from another discount store B&M, which she snapped up for £150.

While it's unknown where Stacey got hers from, the mum of three, recently redecorated hers with fake flowers and fake ivy for Rex's first birthday.

"The boys always have a birthday chair," Stacey explained as she was setting up the decorations last weekend.

"The big boys like the armchair but this is Rex’s favourite chair so I’m just going to shove some flowers in it."

Stacey's quick fix is something that anyone could follow, as it isn't permanent, you just need to thread the vines through the gaps.

"I really didn’t do much just threaded some fake ivy through all the holes and then pushed some flowers through," she said.

"I won’t glue any of them in as they’re just for his birthday so I’ll take them off after and use them for crafts."

Meanwhile Mrs HInch has decorated her egg chair with fairy lights and plastic ivy to give hers a nature vibe.

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20% of Americans plan to make this dangerous move during COVID-19

Economy being hit hard by coronavirus, not the lockdown: Obama economist

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Many Americans are struggling during the COVID-19 crisis, and that includes the millions who have already lost their jobs. It's not surprising, then, to learn that 20% of people say they'll likely take a 401(k) withdrawal in the near term to put cash in their pockets, according to the May 2020 Simplywise Retirement Confidence Index. But that's a decision they might sorely regret.


The consequences of taking an early retirement plan withdrawal

Normally, tapping a 401(k) or IRA prior to age 59 1/2 results in a 10% penalty on the amount you remove. But thanks to the CARES Act passed in March, you can now withdraw up to $100,000 without penalty from a retirement plan if you can show you've been negatively impacted by COVID-19. That's a nice option to have in theory, because it's easier to remove money that's yours from a retirement plan than to go out and qualify for a loan. But taking an early retirement plan withdrawal is a bad idea for three big reasons.


1. Taking a withdrawal now could mean locking in losses

Most retirement plan values are down because of COVID-19's brutal stock market beating earlier this year. If you take a withdrawal now, you'll risk solidifying those losses, whereas if you leave your account alone and wait for the market to recover, you may not lose a dime.


2. The more money you remove now, the less you’ll have for retirement

You may be desperate for cash at present, given the current situation. But think about what your financial circumstances might look like once you're in your 70s or 80s and you haven't worked in years. Chances are, you'll need all the money you can get at that point, and the more you remove from your 401(k) or IRA today, the less your senior self will have access to.

3. You’ll lose out on investment growth on your money

The money in your 401(k) or IRA shouldn't just sit there doing nothing. Ideally, you should be investing it in a manner that lends to decent growth — namely, by loading up on stocks. If you take a retirement plan withdrawal today, you'll lose out on whatever growth that money could have achieved. Now, imagine you take out $15,000 to pay some near-term bills, but you're 30 years away from retirement. If your retirement plan investments normally generate an average annual 7% return, which is a few percentage points below the stock market's average, you'll wind up losing out on $114,000. And that's a lot of money to give up.


You may feel you have no choice but to take a withdrawal from your retirement plan in the coming weeks or months. But before you do, explore other options. See if you can defer some bills, crank up your income with a remote side hustle, or borrow money affordably with a home equity loan. If you're truly out of options, you're better off removing funds from your 401(k) or IRA than racking up expensive debt, like that of the credit card variety, but if you can avoid an early withdrawal, you'll be better off later in life.


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Alo Yoga launches up to 40% off sale and here's what's included

WHAT do Hailey Bieber, Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift, and Kendal Jenner have in common?

All have been spotted wearing Alo Yoga items. And luckily, there's a massive sale happening right now.

An American yoga brand Alo Yoga is loved by yogis and celebrities alike – and for good reason: fashion and performance merge into beautiful pieces to give you both confidence and support.

And to the joy of the brand's fans, there's a great sale happening right now: up to 40 per cent off a wide range of styles.

  • Up to 40 per cent off Alo Yoga styles – buy here

The sale runs across both women and male sections, meaning you can pick up a new gift for your better half – a great way to get them into yoga with you, as well as get something new and exciting for yourself.

Look out for high-waisted and seamless leggings, bras, tops, sweatshirts and jackets. And there's also a great range of men's shorts on sale too, perfect for a summer jog.

Alo Yoga offers free 2-4 day shipping to the whole of the UK.

You can find more shipping information here, and check out our top choices below.

  • Field Crop Jacket, $96 (£78) – buy here
  • Equalize Leggings, $77 (£62) – buy here
  • Half Moon Bra, $41 (£33) – buy here
  • Trail Jacket, $89 (£72) – buy here

  • Stability 2-in-1 Paint, $94 (£76) – buy here
  • Triumph Hoodie, $74 (£60) – buy here
  • Plow Board Short, $62 (£50) – buy here

We've created a list of the best yoga and exercise mats you can get, if you want to elevate your practice to a more comfortable level.

Already have a mat? Here are the best yoga socks to guarantee no slipping so you can always keep your balance.

And for more product recommendations, check out our dedicated Sun Selects section.

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