Categories
Celebrity

Lindsey Lagestee dead at 25 after Dixie Crush singer is hit by car on her way to concert

DIXIE Crush singer Lindsey Lagestee has died aged 25, after being struck by a car.

The country singer was making her way to a concert in Chicago on February 14 when she struck by the vehicle.

Chicagoland native Lindsey was taken to hospital but succumbed to her injuries on Monday, as confirmed by her band on Facebook.

The statement read: "To our Dixie Crush family, aka the #CrushCrew, thank you so much for the outpouring of love and support these past few days.

"Some of you may have already heard the terrible news, but It is with the heaviest of hearts, we sadly share that Lindsey Renee passed away on Monday due to complications from the accident last Friday.

"Our hearts are broken over this senseless tragedy. Information about services is posted below."

It continued: "Lindsey was a founding member of Dixie Crush back in 2015. From the very beginning, everyone knew she was something special. Her Uncle Tony described her best as a supernova.

"Above and beyond her beautiful voice, Lindsey just had a way of connecting with every audience leaving an indelible impression. Not only would she give an amazing performance, but after every show, Lindsey would come offstage, take time to meet anyone who wanted to say hi, take pictures, and build friendships."

The band added: "We in the band and Lindsey’s family are moved and comforted by all the beautiful stories and encounters that you have shared.

"We've received texts and posts from dozens of musicians and soundmen from Chicago to Nashville and beyond who had the chance to work with Lindsey over the years.

"We received notes, texts, emails, and posts from literally hundreds of friends and fans sharing stories and expressing their sympathy and condolences.

This one is gonna be special!Spend Valentine's with Dixie Crush at @firewatermtgreenwood

A post shared byDixie Crush (@dixiecrushband) on

"The common thread was love. If you have a Lindsey story, please post it and tag Dixie Crush."

The statement concluded: "Above and beyond being an incredible performer, great friend, and the best bandmate, Lindsey was a loving daughter to Linda and Vaughn, compassionate sister to Lauren, Carrie, and Samantha, adoring aunt to Andrew, Colin, Danielle, Alexander, and Amber, and wonderful girlfriend to Kevin.

"Lindsey, you will forever be in our hearts!"

The band then drew attention to a GoFundMe set up for Lindsey’s family to help with expenses.

While they also shared information for services and funeral arrangements.

 

Speaking to Taste of Country, band member Jim Nonneman confirmed the tragic accident took place as she was heading to Firewater Saloon.

As well as being a musician, Lindsey was also a published pharmacist and graduated with a doctorate from Midwestern University with a PharmD degree.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Celebrity

'Married at First Sight': Mindy Shiben Comments On Zach Justice's Instagram

Many of the stars of Lifetime’s Married at First Sight lock down their social media accounts and set them to private while their seasons are airing. Some might do so to keep the outcome of the show top-secret, while others might want to avoid the barrage of potential criticism from viewers as they watch their relationship unfold.

Zach Justice, who married Mindy Shiben on Married at First Sight Season 10, is one exception. He’s kept his Instagram, @thecasualathlete, public while his season aired, despite widespread criticism after he admitted he wasn’t physically attracted to Mindy.

But Mindy’s comments on Zach’s recent Instagram post might show that the couple worked things out in the end, or at least that they’re still relatively friendly with each other.

Mindy praised Zach on his recent Instagram post

32-year-old Zach, a personal trainer and fitness model based in Washington, D.C., was already active on Instagram before he started appearing on Married at First Sight.

Zach immediately had marital issues with Mindy, a 34-year-old figure skating coach, after he refused to move in with her after their honeymoon and admitted he felt no chemistry with her. Many Married at First Sight fans wondered if he was sincere in his motives for appearing on the show.

Despite his troubles with Mindy and skepticism from fans, Zach has kept his social media presence up and running since Season 10 premiered (unlike most of his castmates).

Under a recent video of himself working out in the gym and giving advice on effective leg exercises, Mindy wrote simply “#GOALS,” adding heart and flexing emojis. (Zach liked her comment.) Some fans were surprised that Mindy was supporting her husband (or ex-husband, by now?), despite their problems on the show.

The ‘Married at First Sight’ star also replied to fans

Fans replied to Mindy’s comment on Zach’s post with praise and advice. One Instagram user wrote in response, “Hello beautiful lady rooting for you guys all the way from the United Kingdom. You are one helluva strong lady, fingers, toes and everything crossed.”

Mindy replied positively, “Thank you! We love the support!”

One Married at First Sight fan seemed to think Mindy’s public support of Zach and her use of the word “we” implied they were still together. “Your response says it all. Destiny,” the viewer wrote in response.

Another viewer told Mindy she believed that “true love was right around the corner” for her. The commenter also mentioned her own daughter’s tragic death, expressing sympathy for Mindy’s loss of her younger sister not long before filming the show.

The Married at First Sight star responded to the fan with her characteristic graciousness, writing, “My heart is breaking for you after reading about your daughter. Sending you all the love in the world❤️. Thank you for your support and encouragement!”

Fans flooded Zach’s comments with opinions about his relationship with Mindy

Of course, plenty of Married at First Sight fans also commented on Zach’s post with their opinions on his marriage to Mindy.

While many viewers thought Zach seemed too egotistical and “shallow” to make it work with her, others thought the couple simply didn’t have chemistry. Still others encouraged Zach to go for it and try to make his marriage successful.

One critic encouraged Zach to look beyond Mindy’s looks, writing, “You need to remember your looks muscle and tattoos will fade when you are in your 70s plus, but Mindy if you treated her right would be there for you forever.”

Another viewer thought it all added up to a spark, and neither Zach nor Mindy could do much to change it. “I would love to see you and Mindy end up together because she is such a doll,” the Instagram user wrote, “but after all said and done if there’s no attraction or chemistry then it’s just not there and I respect that.”

Yet another Instagram commenter still had hope for Zach and Mindy’s relationship. “Without the cameras around I REALLY hope and pray you can work issues out and be friends at least but even more if you can do it. I cried on your wedding and was SO hopeful! I’m still hanging on hope,” they wrote optimistically.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Celebrity

'Married at First Sight': Katie Conrad Tells Derek Sherman She’s Still Attracted to Her Ex

Fans of Lifetime’s Married at First Sight wereworried about the relationship between 25-year-old KatieConrad and her 26-year-old husband, DerekSherman, right away.

While Katieand Derek got along on their honeymoon in Panama and seemed to have a romanticspark, Katie’s relationship history seemed to cast a bit of a dark cloud overthe new marriage. She admitted to having “cold feet” just before she married herhusband after an ex, who’d once ghosted her, reached out to try to reconnect.

Although Katie ultimately decided to go through with the wedding, she had second thoughts that concerned Married at First Sight viewers. And on the Feb. 12 episode, “New Wife, New Life,” Katie’s past once again came back to haunt her new marriage during a stressful counseling session with Pastor Cal Roberson.

Derek told Katie he wasn’t ready to fall in love

During Katie and Derek’s marital counseling session, Derekadmitted he felt like they’d plateaued in terms of romance, at least for thetime being.

After their honeymoonin Panama, he explained, they felt a bit of a letdown. “For me, I realizethat the main thing that’s missing here is time,” the Married at First Sightstar told Pastor Cal. “Like, I want this to work out. I’m gonna do everything Ican to see what happens here. But I don’t think I could actually feel love forat least six months to a year.”

Katie looked heartbroken as Derek shared his potential timeline for falling in love. “It scares me that Derek doesn’t know if he’s willing to fall in love with me,” she told Lifetime producers. “I got married at first sight to fall in love and be in love.” She admitted that hearing Derek’s confession “hurt” and that she hoped things would change as they moved forward together.

Katie came clean about her lingering feelings for her ex

Pastor Cal continued the session by asking Derek about his perspectiveon love. Derek explained that he didn’t think he’d truly been in love before atall.

That’s when Katie dropped a bombshell about her remaining feelingsfor her ex, who ghosted her before coming back into her life just beforeher wedding to Derek.

“There was somebody I was dating casually. I actually mentionedit to you,” the Married at First Sight star told the pastor. “And you askedme, ‘If you were to go through with this, would you have any problem shuttingthat door?’ And I said no.”

But Katie admitted it hadn’tbeen a clean break. “Things kind of progressed,” she revealed, “and he toldme that he loves me. And that made it harder for me to make that decision.”

“If that person came back into your life now, do you thinkthat would be a problem?” Pastor Cal asked Katie.

After an excruciating pause, she answered noncommittally, “It’shard to say.”

“Are you still attracted to that person?” the pastorreplied.

“Yeah,” Katie confessed, adding that cutting emotional ties with him was a “conscious decision” that she had to make “every day” in her marriage.

The ‘Married at First Sight’ star admitted the breakup still hurt

Katie began to cry as she described the impact her breakupstill had on her, even as she had decided to committo Derek.

“It hurt when that happened,” she revealed. “It hurt to betold by somebody I had been waiting for, you know, months and months to feelwhat I felt to tell me they did feel that, and even though I’m glad I made thatdecision, because I don’t want to be with someone who did that to me. But thatthe same time, yeah, it still hurts. I didn’t have a whole lot of time toprocess the healing, so I still kind of am.”

Derek tried to be understanding of Katie’s feelings, but headmitted her admission made her feel like he had “competition” in his marriage.

“It’s concerning that there are still lingering feelings, becauseI am going into this as kind of a blank slate,” he told Lifetime producers. “Idon’t think I should feel like I have a competitor in a marriage.”

While Derek was obviously concerned about Katie’srevelation, the Married at First Sight couple had a  heart-to-heart about it later on that seemedto assuage some of Derek’s worst fears. “There’s no communication,” Katie toldhim of her ex. “Zero.”

Derek looked relieved to know that Katie wasn’t still incontact with the ex in question. Although the problem wasn’t yet resolved,Katie assured Derek she was willing to put in any amount of effort to maketheir marriage work.

“You are a better man [than him], and I’m happy I’m with you,”Katie gushed before they kissed.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Celebrity

Coleen Rooney hits back at Rebekah Vardy after tearful Loose Women appearance

Coleen Rooney has hit back at Rebekah Vardy after the WAG made an emotional appearance on Loose Women to discuss the infamous WAGatha Christie scandal.

Becky, 37, joined the Loose Women panel on Thursday to talk about the trolling she had faced as a result of Coleen, 33, accusing her of leaking fake stories about her to the press.

Although Rebekah said she couldn’t talk too much about the details, telling the panel ‘It’s really hard because we are in the middle of a legal battle and I can’t really say too much at the minute’, she teared up as she shared that she had been hospitalised on three occasions due to panic attacks.

Following the TV appearance, Coleen issued a statement via her rep to announce she would not be pursuing any similar interviews.

The statement read: ‘Coleen has nothing to add to what she has already said.

‘She remains confident in the legal process and sees no reason to take the numerous opportunities that have been offered to engage in further public debate in this matter.’

On Loose Women, Rebekah – who recently welcomed her fifth child, Olivia – got emotional as she discussed the effect that the online abuse she received over the scandal had on her.

The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! campmate, who is married to Jamie Vardy, said: ‘It was really really hard. It is probably up there with one of the worst things that I have had to deal with apart from being abused when I was younger.’

Explaining how she found out about the bombshell statement Coleen had put out, she said: ‘We were just about to meet to go for dinner with some friends and we were just in a taxi, my manager messaged me and said you need to see this. I looked at my phone and there it was in all its glory. It was hideous and it was horrible and I don’t think I was prepared for what was to come.

‘The trolling was the worst part for me. I have been trolled before and I do get it all the time, but it escalated off the back of this.’

Rebekah continued: ‘I think people don’t realise when they are saying stuff like that.

‘I ended up with severe anxiety attacks. I ended up in hospital three times. I ended up with kidney stones. I felt like I couldn’t go out with people just looking at me just questioning.. whether.. did she do it? Did she not do it?

‘No one would ever say anything to your face they never do, do they. They aren’t brave enough to say things to your face.’

Back in October 2019, Coleen – who is married to Wayne Rooney – alleged that she set up a ruse to catch out a friend, who she believed was selling stories from her personal Instagram account to the press.

In a now infamous statement, the mum-of-four claimed ‘It’s……….. Rebekah Vardy’s account’ that was responsible – something Vardy has repeatedly denied.

Rebekah previously said she would be getting a forensic investigation on her account to prove she was innocent.

Got a showbiz story?

If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us celebtips@metro.co.uk, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Celebrity

The seven big questions at the Oscars this year

With the 92nd Academy Awards just days away, there is more intrigue than usual about the winner of best picture. Here are the seven big questions.

Can 1917 continue its awards season momentum?

Since winning at the Producers Guild and Directors Guild awards on consecutive weekends last month, Sam Mendes' epic war drama has emerged as favourite to win best picture.

1917: Favourite to take out the best picture Oscar. Credit:Francois Duhamel

Historically, Oscar voters seem to love a "war is hell" movie and this one has the cache of being created as if it was one long take. Statistics suggest it will win (joining 70 per cent of Producers Guild winners and 76 per cent of Directors Guild winners), but the best way of assessing its chances is to imagine being a hard-headed Oscar voter.

The greatest films are creatively brilliant at every craft level, say something substantial about the world and have an emotional impact.

While certainly engaging, the Hardhead Index suggests 1917 is not especially well acted, has a script that goes for high drama over logic (why not go around risky buildings rather than through them? How does a rushing river conveniently deposit a character exactly where he needs to be?) and lacks the emotional power of, say, fellow war movies Dunkirk and Gallipoli.

So whether it wins could depend on …

Can a foreign-language film win best picture?

Subtitles – the "one inch barrier" mentioned by director Bong Joon-ho when the South Korean social satire Parasite won at the Golden Globes – have long been an obstacle to best picture success.

Only a dozen foreign-language films have even been nominated and the most recent, Mexico's masterful Roma, was beaten by the Hollywood crowd-pleaser Green Book last year.

While Parasite has been acclaimed since claiming the Palme d'Or at Cannes, it was the surprise win for best ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards – when most of the voters would not even have known the actors' names – that showed how much Hollywood has embraced it.

Searching for free Wi-Fi: Park So-dam and Choi Woo-shik in Parasite. Credit:Madman

Given actors are the largest single group of the almost 8500 academy members – reportedly 16 per cent – it could easily win best picture. On the Hardhead Index, it is hard to fault: it's a creatively brilliant and savage commentary on inequality that stays gripping as it switches from dark comedy to thriller. But it's in a foreign language.

While Mendes is favourite to win best director after the Directors Guild Awards – 90 per cent of winners there have won the same category at the Oscars – Bong deserves the award. Parasite's best picture chances might depend on …

Have Oscar voters overcome their distaste for Netflix?

A key factor in Roma's loss to Green Book last year was Hollywood anger about Netflix's disruptive strategy of limited cinema seasons just before a streaming release.

Netflix has two really strong films up for best picture this year in epic mob drama The Irishman and divorce drama Marriage Story. But even with another year of streaming services, these two films have not been getting the rewards they deserve during the awards season.

Laura Dern, left, and Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story. Credit:Netflix via AP

While the sprawling length of The Irishman counts against it, Marriage Story is as deserving as Parasite for its creative excellence – especially the writing, direction, casting and acting – for what it says about relationships and the raw emotional impact.

Can any other best picture nominee spring a surprise?

Given the preferential voting for best picture, it's possible a much-admired film could win even if it's not the most popular first choice.

Jojo Rabbit is a brilliantly warm-hearted and witty film with a contemporary resonance given the rise of neo-Nazis, but writer-director Taika Waititi's idiosyncratic humour seems to be lost on some American critics and, you suspect, Oscar voters.

Taika Waititi, left, and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit. Credit:Twentieth Century Fox

Joker is up there with Parasite and Marriage Story on the Hardhead Index – a raw creative take on a comic book origin story – but has been divisive. Little Women has been widely acclaimed as a fresh take on a classic novel, but plays best to fans of the book.

The race car drama Ford v Ferrari is lucky to be nominated ahead of the likes of sexual harassment drama Bombshell, religious dramedy The Two Popes, Spanish drama Pain and Glory  and French lesbian romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Whether any of these nominees can surprise might depend on …

Is this Quentin Tarantino's year to finally claim best picture or director?

When the Oscar nominations were announced, Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood was immediately favourite to win best picture. And that made sense: made by one of Hollywood's favourite directors, it taps into nostalgia for a golden past for Hollywood, stars Hollywood royalty and centres on that favourite location for best picture winners – Hollywood.

Brad Pitt, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood.

Tarantino has had three films up for best picture without winning – Pulp Fiction (1994), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012). While winning two screenplay Oscars, he has also lost when nominated as best director for Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds.

As1917 and Parasite have picked up momentum during the awards season, Once Upon A Time has drifted away from Oscars favouritism. While hugely entertaining, the Hardhead Index suggests it runs too long at 161 minutes, lacks the pace and wit of Pulp Fiction and the climax is unnecessarily violent.

None of these drawbacks might matter, of course.

Anyone who has followed The Hollywood Reporter's demonstration in recent years that some academy members are shallow, egotistical philistines, its series on "brutally honest" Oscar voters, will recognise votes are cast for all sorts of reasons, including a sense that someone is due a win.

If it's about sheer cinematic excellence, best picture should go to Parasite or Marriage Story.

Can Margot Robbie win?

With nominations for I, Tonya and now Bombshell in three years, Robbie has proven to be the real deal. But there are five virtual certainties at the Oscars this year and she is up against one of them – Laura Dern for Marriage Story.

Margot Robbie, left, and Kate McKinnon in Bombshell. Credit:Hilary B. Gayle/Lionsgate via AP

Taking into account the eye-catching quality of the work and success over awards season, it's hard to see anyone beating Dern for best supporting actress, Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) over the excellent Adam Driver (Marriage Story) for best actor, Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time) for best supporting actor, Roger Deakins (1917) for best cinematography and Parasite for best international feature film.

Renee Zellweger (Judy) is close to a certainty for best actress, though the film is disappointing and Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story) is just as deserving, especially given she is also up for best supporting actress (Jojo Rabbit).

With the smarts she has shown as an actor-producer, Robbie's time will come.

Can these awards restore the Oscars' credibility?

The #OscarsSoWhite controversy in 2015, the fiasco over wrongly announcing La La Land best picture winner in 2017 and Green Book's controversial win over Roma last year have all tarnished the awards' credibility.

Despite an aggressive drive to include more academy members from diverse backgrounds, Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) is the only non-white acting nominee this year, with the Parasite cast, Awkwafina (The Farewell) and Lupita Nyong'o (Us) among the deserving contenders overlooked.

And despite the cinematic boldness of Celine Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood) and even Australia's Jennifer Kent (The Nightingale), best director is an all-male line-up yet again.

Women are finally getting to direct more Hollywood movies – though still hugely under-represented – but it is shameful that only five have been nominated for best director in entire history of the awards – Gerwig (Lady Bird), winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Sofia Coppola (Lost In Translation), Jane Campion (The Piano) and Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties).

Adele Haenel (left) and Noemie Merlant in Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

The fact the best picture nomination of the unremarkable Ford v Ferrari was not controversial when there were so many more accomplished (and more diverse) films eligible shows the staleness that has infected the nominations … and Hollywood's limited perception of the types of films that should be honoured.

A historic best picture win for Parasite could signal a change but, even so, the Academy has much more work to do to stay relevant.

The Academy Awards are on Monday.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Celebrity

YG Will Perform at Grammys After Arrest and Release, Lawyer Says

The show must go on for YG … according to his lawyer, anyway, who says the guy WILL perform at the Grammys after all, this following his arrest and release.

YG’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, tells TMZ … YG is moving forward with his Grammy Awards performance Sunday night, which had already been in the books before he got hauled in by cops last week on suspicion of robbery and bonding out the same day on $250k bail.

The rapper’s performance is supposed to be in honor of the late Nipsey Hussle — which Tacopina and others, including The Game, thought might’ve been behind the arrest.

We still don’t know what the robbery allegation stems from, but YG’s Escalade was involved in a high-speed chase back in July that left a 65-year-old man dead. The MC denied he was anywhere near that scene at the time … it’s unclear if the two cases are related.

Looks like YG’s following in the footsteps of his fellow artist Young Thug — who was also put in cuffs last year right before his Grammys performance, but was then released.

YT ended up making his Grammy gig … here’s hoping YG can too.

Source: Read Full Article